A thread about police brutality

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. Many mourners gathered Thursday at the Lancaster sheriff’s station to pay their respects to a sergeant whom one resident described as “one of the good ones.”
    Just before 8 a.m., Bishop Vaughn stopped at the station to offer prayers for the fallen sergeant.
    His first encounter with Owen wasn’t ideal. It was about eight years ago and the sergeant had arrested him.
    "That's how long we've been together, partners," Vaughn said. "He brought me a long way."
    Vaughn now stays at a mental health facility not far from the station.
    But he thinks often of Owen, who he said served as a mentor and a father figure.
    "This guy, when I was in trouble, kept me straight," Vaughn said.
  2. Palm Springs Officers Shot: 2 Officers Killed, 3rd Wounded Responding to Domestic Disturbance

    Police are still looking for the shooter and have a home surrounded. One officer was a 35-year veteran. The other just had a baby.

    By Feroze Dhanoa (Patch National Staff) - October 8, 2016 11:43 pm ET

    One of the slain officers was a 35-year veteran of the department due to retire in December. Officer Jose Gil Vega, 63, was married and had eight children. He was scheduled to be off Saturday but picked up an overtime shift. Also slain was Lesley Zerebny, 27, who recently returned to duty from maternity leave. She has a 4-month-old child and was on the force for one and a half years. She's married to a Riverside County deputy.

    Officer Jose Vega and Officer Lesley Zerebny | Palm Springs Police
  3. The clerk at Roosevelt Liquors called 911 after Huff drove into the building around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Santini said.

    Then, seconds later, a citizen flagged down the officers to alert them to the crash, Santini said.

    The officers, who were in a marked squad car, made a U-turn and went toward the scene when they saw Huff acting erratically, Santini said. They told him to stop walking away and come toward them but he ignored them, Santini said.

    The female officer eventually went over to Huff and was able to cuff his left wrist. But when she went to his right wrist, he started attacking, Santini said.

    Huff first punched the male officer, who ended up deploying his Taser, Santini said. After pulling out the prongs, Huff struggled with the female officer and allegedly knocked her to the ground. Huff ended up on top of the officer and started punching her in the face, Santini said.

    Then he continued by grabbing her hair and slamming her head on the concrete, Santini said.

    The female officer’s partner intervened and got in between her and Huff. He even deployed his Taser again, but Huff continued with the assault against the female officer, Santini said.

    By this time, more officers came to the scene and were able to pull Huff of the female officer by his legs. Still Huff held onto her hair, Santini said.

    Huff was Tasered a third time as he struggled with the officers, Santini said. One of the other officers ended up getting burned as a result, Santini said.

    The female officer, who was taken to Lutheran General Hospital, suffered a concussion and multiple lacerations and bruises to her face and head, Santini said. She also was treated for a bone chip to the wrist and shoulder and had a neck injury.

    Her partner also was taken to the hospital with a concussion and had cuts, bruises, a torn quad and a broken thumb, Santini said.

    Huff was taken to Loretto Hospital where he tested positive for PCP.

    The attack on the officer was highlighted Thursday at City Hall by Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, who told attendees at a city public safety awards ceremony that the officer decided not to shoot her assailant because she was worried about the repercussions the shooting would have on her family and the department, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.

    Source: New Details Emerge in Brutal Beating of Chicago Police Officer as Alleged Attacker Held Without Bond | NBC Chicago
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    Keith Lamont Scott took bullet in back from cop: autopsy | New York Daily News


    Keith Lamont Scott, the man whose police shooting death set off violent protests in Charlotte last mont, took a bullet in the back, an independent autopsy said Wednesday.

    Scott, 43, was struck at least three times by bullets fired from a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer, according to an autopsy commissioned by his family.

    One bullet hit his left upper back, while the others struck his left lower abdomen and left wrist. Scott also suffered fractures in his ribs, vertebrae, left wrist and left radius, the report says.

    The autopsy classifies the shooting as a homicide and says the shots to Scott’s back and abdomen were the “mechanism of death.”

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    Eric Garner chokehold case given over to new investigating team at Justice Department

    Eric Garner's widow holds out hope NYPD chokehold cop Daniel Pantaleo will see charges after new team of federal investigators takes over the case
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    Justice Department to charge cop in death of Eric Garner | New York Post


    Washington-based federal prosecutors plan to aggressively pursue charges against NYPD cop Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, a law enforcement source told The Post on Tuesday.

    “It’s going to happen sooner than later,” the source said of an indictment. “Washington wants to indict him.”

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    Jury selection begins in case of black motorist shot by cop | The Associated Press


    Jury selection begins Monday in the murder trial of a white former police officer charged with shooting an unarmed black motorist in April 2015.

    The incident came to light — and shocked a nation — after a bystander recorded it on cellphone video.

    The jury being chosen in Charleston this week will have to decide if former North Charleston officer Michael Slager is guilty of murder in the death of Walter Scott. The encounter began when Slager pulled Scott over for a broken taillight.

    Slager's attorney says there is more to the incident than the brief video of the shooting. Attorney Andy Savage says other parts of the video show a fight between the two men and a struggle over the officer's Taser.


    Charleston 'on eggshells' on eve of two racially charged trials | Reuters


    Two South Carolina shootings that rocked the country last year and raised questions about race in America are now headed for trial, putting the historic city of Charleston on edge as the community awaits the testimony and juries' decisions.

    Jury selection begins on Monday in the case of Michael Slager, a white former policeman in North Charleston charged with murder in state court after he fatally shot unarmed black motorist Walter Scott in April 2015.

    One week later on Nov. 7, a federal death penalty trial is slated to start for avowed white supremacist Dylann Roof, who is accused of killing nine black parishioners during Bible study at Charleston's Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in June 2015.

    The nearly simultaneous proceedings will take place at courthouses across the street from each other in the heart of Charleston's downtown district. Black community activists said the outcomes will test the calm that prevailed after the shootings and could trigger unrest if those angry about the killings feel justice is not served.

    "The community is, for lack of better words, on eggshells," said Justin Bamberg, a state legislator and lawyer who represents Scott's family.

    Both trials are expected to last several weeks and draw national attention to the port city of about 133,000 people that is known for its cuisine and well-preserved 18th and 19th century architecture. But Bamberg said the cases have important distinctions.

    Roof's trial is less about his guilt or innocence than whether he will be sentenced to life in prison or death, Bamberg said. Roof's lawyers have said he would plead guilty to 33 counts of hate crimes, obstruction of religion and firearms charges if prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty.

    Slager's case, on the other hand, could produce a rare result: a guilty verdict against a U.S. police officer charged with murder or manslaughter.

    Since 2005, 27 of the 77 officers charged across the country with murder or manslaughter after an on-duty fatal shooting were convicted, according to Philip Stinson, a Bowling Green State University associate professor who tracks such cases.

    Twenty-nine of those criminal cases ended with no conviction, while cases for 21 of those officers, including Slager, are pending.

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  8. Ambush-style killings of police up 167% this year

    USA TODAY - ‎Nov 2, 2016‎

    A total of 115 officers have been killed in the line of duty in 2016, a 15% increase over last year. Additionally, 52 of those officers were killed by gunfire, a 58% increase, the Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit reported. Overall, more officers ...
  9. NYPD sergeant fatally shot in Bronx makes 116 police officers who have died on duty so far in 2016

    The fatal shooting of an NYPD sergeant in the Bronx on Friday marked at least 116 officers who have died on duty nationwide so far in 2016.
    From Dallas and Baton Rouge to Urbandale, Iowa, high-profile shootings this year have robbed Americans of officers sworn to protect their communities. NYPD Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo, 41, served the department 19 years before police said a fleeing home invasion robber shot him in the head.
    The National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, which tracks officer fatalities, reported a 15% rise in line-of-duty deaths over the same time period in 2015 following the ambushes that killed two officers outside Des Moines on Wednesday.
    Worse, the number of officers killed by gunfire had jumped by 58% following the Iowa attack to 52 from only 33 fatal shootings a year earlier. The Memorial Fund counted 16 officers killed in ambushes in 2016—tying 2014 for the most of any year in the past two decades.
    Ambushes more fatal for cops than radio runs, new report says
    “All of these tragedies remind us in very stark terms that America’s law enforcement professionals are facing clear and growing dangers on our behalf,” Memorial Fund CEO Craig Floyd said in a statement Wednesday. “And, when our police officers are at risk, we are all at risk.”
    Police said Tuozzolo and Sgt. Emmanuel Kwo, 30, suffered gun wounds around 3 p.m. while pursuing the armed burglar near Beach Ave. in Parkchester. Police shot and killed the suspect.
    Tuozzolo, 41, was a 19-year veteran of the NYPD.


    Kwo was expected to survive the shot to his right leg. Mayor Bill de Blasio joined a crowd of grief-stricken officers outside the hospital where Tuozzolo died from head and chest wounds.
    “The city is in mourning and the family of the NYPD is in mourning at the loss of a very good man,” de Blasio said at Jacobi Medical Center. “A devoted man. A man who committed his life protecting all of us.”
    Police shooting deaths reach an alarming high in 2016
    In Iowa, Scott Greene gunned down Urbandale Police Officer Justin Martin, 24, and Des Moines Police Sgt. Anthony Beminio, 39, in separate early-morning shootings 20 minutes apart, according to police. Greene, 46, walked up and shot the officers execution-style in their cruisers, cops said.
    “We’re a very tight-knit community,” Des Moines Police Sgt. Paul Parizek said. “Des Moines is not a big city. We all know each other. We’re heartbroken.”
    The killings happened months after officer-involved shootings of black men in Louisiana and Minnesota prompted police brutality protests across the country in July. Some law enforcement officer groups have accused Black Lives Matter protests of inciting people to violence against the police.
    Des Moines police Sgt. Anthony Tony Beminio (l.),and Urbandale, Iowa, Officer Justin Martin (r.) died in a pair of ambushes in the suburb early Wednesday.


    Yet no one could have anticipated that two different lone wolf gunmen would take sniper positions and open fire on officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge days later. Investigators said Micah Johnson mowed down five Dallas officers on patrol at a peaceful Black Lives Matter event July 7.
    The ambush killed Dallas Area Rapid Transit Officer Brent Thompson, 43, Dallas police Officers Patrick Zamarripa, 32, and Michael Krol, 40, as well as Dallas police Sr. Cpl. Lorne Ahrens, 48, and Sgt. Michael Smith, 55.
    Gavin Long fired on police in Baton Rouge on July 17 just five miles from where officers had fatally shot Alton Sterling earlier in the month, according to investigators.
    Baton Rouge police Cpl. Montrell Jackson, 32, Officer Matthew Gerald, 41, and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola died before responding officers shot and killed Long.
    “Five days ago, I traveled to Dallas for the memorial service of the officers who were slain there. I said that that killer would not be the last person who tries to make us turn on each other,” President Obama said.
    Baton Rouge police Officer Matthew Gerald (l.), Cpl. Montrell Jackson (c.), 32, and East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Deputy Brad Garafola (r.) were killed July 17.


    “Nor will today’s killer. It remains up to us to make sure that they fail. That decision is all of ours. The decision to make sure that our best selves are reflected across America, not our worst—that’s up to us.”
    Yet the killings have continued since then, even if they haven’t captured as much attention as the shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
    Police in Hatch, N.M., said a wanted man jumped out of a car and fatally shot Officer Jose Chavez, 33, after a traffic stop on Aug. 12. Alamogordo, N.M., police Officer Clint Corvinus was shot and killed while chasing a wanted felon Sept. 3.
    The Palm Springs, Calif., Police Department suffered its first line-of-duty deaths since 1962 on Oct. 8. Investigators said a gang member gunned down two officers after laying in wait with an AR-15. Police said the gunman wanted to kill any cops who responded to a 911 call.
    “As we remember and honor the officers whose lives have been taken from us, and grieve along with their families and colleagues, we pray and hope that these very difficult times for law enforcement and our nation will help to bring us all closer together in the name of officer and public safety,” said Floyd.
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    MISTRIAL: Jury in trial of Ray Tensing, who shot Sam DuBose, hangs on murder, manslaughter verdicts


    The jury in the Ray Tensing murder trial concluded without reaching a verdict after more than 25 hours of deliberations.

    Former University of Cincinnati's police officer Ray Tensing was charged with murder and voluntary manslaughter for shooting Sam DuBose during a traffic stop in July 2015.

    The jury was directed to consider murder first during deliberations. If they were unable to reach a verdict, or if they found Tensing not guilty, they were to move on to voluntary manslaughter.

    The jury could not reach an unanimous decision on either charge, they told the court.

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    Deadlocked jurors force mistrial in Ohio police shooting | The Associated Press


    Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters suggested that Tensing had racial motives, saying a study found that eight of every 10 drivers Tensing pulled over for traffic stops were black, the highest rate of any University of Cincinnati officer. Tensing also made more traffic stops and citations than other UC officers. Deters also pointed to a T-shirt with Confederate flag on it that Tensing was wearing under his uniform the day of the shooting.

    Tensing said he was often unaware of a driver's race, did not single people out unfairly and was not racist. He testified that the Confederate flag on his T-shirt had no meaning to him.
  11. “This was an execution,” Sheriff Adam Christianson told reporters at a brief press conference. "We believe that Dep. Wallace was killed outside of the car, and we know for a fact that the gun used in this crime was in direct contact with his head when the trigger was pulled twice."
    The Stanislaus County Sheriff's Department condfirmed that David Machado is in custody.


    Wallace, a 20-year veteran of the force, entered the Fox Grove Recreation and Fishing Access at 8:24 a.m. following a dispatcher’s call about a stolen vehicle in the area, Christianson said.
    He immediatley requested another deputy for assistance, police said.

    Five minutes later, the assisting deputy arrived at the scene and found Wallace gunned down.
    Wallace was transported to a nearby hospital were he died from his injuries, police said.
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    Minnesota Cop who Shot and Killed Philando Castile Charged with Manslaughter

    By Carlos Miller, PINAC News


    The Minnesota cop who shot and killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop this year after the 32-year-old man said he was legally carrying a concealed weapon was charged with second-degree manslaughter today.

    St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was also charged with two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a gun, which endangered the lives of Castile’s girlfriend and her four-year-old daughter sitting in the back seat of the car.

    It was his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who live streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook, providing her followers with a gruesome visual of her dying boyfriend after he had been shot four times.

    “FUCK!!!” yelled the St. Anthony Police officer through the window.

    “He just shot his arm off,” said Reynolds to the camera.

    “I told him not to reach for it,” Yanez yelled, “I told him to get hands up!”

    “You told him to get his ID,” said Reynolds, “his driver’s license. Oh my lord, I hope he’s not dead, I hope he didn’t go like that.”

    Police initially said they pulled Castile over for a broken tail light on July 6, 2016, but an audio recording later proved the cop pulled him over because he had a “wide set nose,” which apparently matched the description of an armed robber.

    But Castile, an elementary school worker who had a concealed weapons permit, was not a felon. He just a man who had been stopped by police 52 times for minor traffic infractions, which raised allegations that he had been racially profiled on a regular basis.

    Yanez faces a maximum sentence of ten years for the manslaughter charge, according to ABC News.
    Yanez is the first Minnesota cop since 2000 out of more than 150 shooting deaths to be criminally charged, according to the Star-Tribune.

    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced the charges Wednesday in a press conference, saying that the “use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified” and that “it is not enough… to express subjective fear of death or great bodily harm.”


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    REHIRED: Minnesota Deputy Convicted Of Drunkenly Beating K9 Partner After Groping Casino Patrons

    By Grant Stern, PINAC News


    A Minnesota sheriff’s deputy who was convicted of animal cruelty on his own K9 service dog in a video recorded beating has been rehired by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.

    The Law Enforcement Labor Services police union fought to keep the convicted criminal cop Brett Barry on public payrolls.

    State arbitrator Gil Vernon decided that the deputy will be forgiven for his rampage, even though it was a drunken frenzy that would land any regular citizen in jail for assaulting a police officer – his K9 partner.

    Ironically, Barry will now be paid to guard Ramsey County’s detention unit, instead of spending time behind its bars to repay society for his crime.

    The Minnesota deputy didn’t just beat his dog either.

    Deputy Barry’s drunken on-duty rampage included previously undisclosed sexual assaults by the 20-year veteran which remained buried in the Ramsey Sheriffs internal affairs records until today, seventeen months after the incident, according to the StarTribune:

    Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy Brett A. Berry forcibly kissed and groped patrons at the Black Bear Casino before beating his K-9 partner in frustration several minutes later, according to documents released Tuesday. An internal affairs investigation into Berry’s actions on June 15, 2015, said that he acted in an “aggressive manner” toward three people while drinking at the casino’s Cobalt lounge in Carlton, Minn.

    “His conduct in the Cobalt Lounge toward [redacted] patrons was disrespectful,” said the investigation report. “He agreed that his conduct … was inappropriate.” Berry, 49, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty in January to beating his K-9 partner, Boone, but the full extent of his unwanted advances at the bar hadn’t been disclosed until the sheriff’s office released documents from its investigation Tuesday.

    Judging by the redacted blow-by-blow about “someone identified in the investigation only as “off duty [redacted],” whom he grabbed by the shirt.

    When security confronted the deputy, he demanded, “Who the [expletive] am I harassing? I have a right to know.”

    The report describes three instances of sexual assault, but identities and genders of the victims were redacted.

    Twenty minutes later, Barry beat his K9 partner brutally in the infamous attack that led to his guilty plea for animal cruelty charges.

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  14. Black Sunday: Four police officers shot across nation
    USA TODAY - ‎21 minutes ago‎

    A manhunt was underway Monday for the unidentified man who fatally shot a San Antonio police officer at a traffic stop, one of four officers shot across the nation Sunday.

    In San Antonio, Police Chief William McManus said Detective Benjamin Marconi, 50, was conducting a traffic stop outside police headquarters just before noon when he was shot in his car while writing a ticket. McManus said a black male drove up in a Mitsubishi Galant, walked up to Marconi's car and shot the 20-year department veteran in the head before reaching in and shooting him again.

    The shooter then drove off, McManus said.

    In St. Louis, a police sergeant who was shot twice in the face Sunday evening was expected to survive, Chief Sam Dotson said. Dotson said the officer was sitting in his cruiser in traffic when he was shot by someone in a nearby car. The officer was listed in critical but stable condition at Barnes Jewish Hospital in the city.

    The 46-year-old sergeant is a husband and a father of three children, Dotson said. The 19-year-old suspect was killed hours later in a shootout with officers. Dotson said the teen may have been connected to several robberies, a carjacking and a homicide.

    In Gladstone, an officer was shot after a passenger ran from a car stopped for a traffic violation, according to Kansas City police, which handled the investigation. The suspect, described as a white male in his late teens, pulled out a gun and was killed in the ensuing shootout that left one officer wounded.

    "Thankfully Gladstone officer shot tonight is expected to live," the Fraternal Order of Police tweeted. "Not many more details but this is the best news we could have asked for."

    In Florida, an officer was in his patrol car wrapping up a routine traffic stop at about 8 p.m. ET Sunday when he was shot by someone driving by. The city said on its website that the suspect was taken into custody shortly after the shooting.
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    Charlotte NC police officer will not face charges in shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott | The Charlotte Observer


    No charges will be brought against Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer Brentley Vinson in the September shooting death of a man in University City, the man’s attorney said Wednesday.

    Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot Sept. 20 in a confrontation with officers outside his apartment. Video made at the scene records police calling on him to drop his gun, then four shots are heard.

    A gun, an ankle holster and marijuana were found at the scene.


    North Carolina law allows the use of lethal force by police “only when it appears reasonably necessary ... to defend himself or a third person from what he reasonably believes to be the use or imminent use of deadly physical force.”

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    WATCH: New Mexico Cops Exchange Fist Bumps After Smothering Man to Death | PINAC News


    New Mexico cops from three agencies were smothering a mentally ill handcuffed man with their body weight as he repeatedly told them he could not breathe, only for them to keep asking for his date of birth, never once acknowledging they could possibly be killing him.

    “I’m dying,” Anthony C de Baca groaned, but the cops ignored him as they made small talk while planting their knees on his back and forcing his handcuffed hands down into his wrists in a pain compliance tactic known as the wristlock.

    They had also placed a “spit sock” over his face because they say he had bitten one of them. But they placed it in a way that could have caused him to suffocate, a medical examiner determined.

    And when he groaned in pain and told them he was dying, they only pressed down on him harder and shackled his legs, telling him to “relax.”

    And then he went quiet.

    But that did not stop the cops from continuing to exert their pain compliance techniques on him– all while joking about penises.

    They are still laughing and smothering when one of them notices the masked, handcuffed man is no longer breathing.

    In fact, several minutes went by after he stopped groaning in pain, but they didn’t think anything of that until much later.

    “Anthony …. Anthony ….. Anthony” a cop asks as he lightly shakes the lifeless body lying flat on its face, hands cuffed behind its back.

    Anthony does not respond.

    “Fuck,” a cop says.

    Within minutes, they are tearing the man’s shirt off and trying to resuscitate him, but it was too late.

    The September 6, 2015 death was ruled a homicide from “excited delirium (cocaine intoxication) complicated by means of physical restraint.”

    Rio Rancho police investigated but found no wrongdoing among its officers as well as officers from the Santa Ana and Bernalillo police departments from the Albuquerque area.

    And even though it’s been almost a year, the Sandoval County District Attorney’s Office says it is still investigating the incident for possible criminal charges.

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    Cops Gagged and Smothered a Man to Death, Then Fist-Bumped | The Daily Beast

    After a disturbed man bit an officer, a ‘spit sock’ was put over his mouth, and then more officers got on his back. Yet police say the man’s death wasn’t their fault.

    Police handcuffed Ben Anthony C de Baca, threw him on his stomach, pulled a mask over his face, and planted their knees in his back. While he cried that he couldn’t breathe, the officers were busy laughing at a joke. They stopped laughing when they realized he’d gone limp.

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    Cops shoot and kill someone about 1,000 times a year. Few are prosecuted. What can be done?

    By Philip Matthew Stinson, Los Angeles Times

    Millions of people have seen the video from North Charleston, S.C. Walter Scott was running away from police Officer Michael Slager when the officer shot him in the back, killing him instantly. Yet after watching the video many times, a jury was unable to reach a verdict in the officer’s recent murder trial. This is a story that has become all too familiar.

    I’ve been keeping track of these incidents, and my best estimate is that on-duty police officers across the country shoot and kill someone about 1,000 times each year. Almost all the cases end with a determination by a prosecutor that the police shooting was legally justified. Since 2005, only 78 police officers across the country have been charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting. To date, just 26 of those officers have been convicted of manslaughter or a lesser offense, and only one was convicted of murder. (It was an extraordinary situation: James Ashby, a police officer in Rocky Ford, Colo., saw a man skateboarding on a highway, followed the man into his home, shot him in the back in front of his mother, and then pepper-sprayed him as he lay dying. Ashby was convicted of second-degree murder.)

    Jurors’ unwillingness to convict police officers may seem baffling — if not infuriating. But it’s not difficult to understand their reluctance. They don’t want to second-guess the split-second life-or-death decisions of a police officer who used deadly force. They understand that policing is violent and that sometimes police officers have to use their guns. Some jurors don’t believe a police officer could be a murderer. It is also possible that jurors are afraid to find a police officer guilty, because they think his or her colleagues might retaliate against them.

    Prosecutors have, at least, had some luck charging police officers with “felony murder”: when a victim is killed during the commission of another felony, such as aggravated assault. In many states, there’s no need to prove malice and intent, which may be why prosecutors in Atlanta and Savannah, Ga., obtained convictions for three of four police officers charged with felony murder (the fourth case was dismissed by the prosecutor).

    Although many despair of the status quo, there has actually been a slight, if statistically insignificant, uptick in charges of late: In the past two years, 30 on-duty police officers who shot and killed someone have been charged with murder or manslaughter. That’s more than a third of the total in a 12-year period. This shift may be a result of the growing ubiquity of video recordings; indeed, there was video of at least part of the incident in 17 of those cases.

    Even so, prosecutors have struggled to get convictions. Three cases with video evidence resulted in a guilty verdict, two by jury trial and one by a guilty plea entered just prior to trial. Three other cases ended with a nonconviction — two through acquittals at a jury trial and one in which the prosecutor dismissed the charges against the officer after a mistrial. Eleven cases with video evidence are still pending, including three in which the prosecutor has elected to retry the case after a mistrial. Michael Slager fits in this category.

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    From January 11, 2017:

    Arizona Cop Philip "Mitch" Brailsford Sued for Killing Daniel Shaver in Hotel Hallway
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    Justice Dept: Cops shot at suspects who weren't threats | Chicago Sun-Times


    Chicago police have shot at fleeing suspects who weren’t an immediate threat, used force to retaliate against people, failed to address racially discriminatory behavior within the department, and put their own officers at risk, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Justice released Friday morning.

    The report — concluding a federal investigation that began in December 2015 — alleges widespread and repeated violations of the Constitution. It slams the police department for failing to investigate most cases use of force cases and whitewashing the cases it does open. Interviews of officers involved in shootings and other incidents is done in a way to get information that helps the officer rather than getting at the truth, the report says.

    Inadequate steps are taken to prevent officers from covering up misconduct, and discipline is “haphazard” and “unpredictable,” according to the report.

    The Justice Department also concludes that Chicago police lack the training and practices to de-escalate volatile situations — which leads to shootings that may have been preventable and puts cops in danger. The department provides “insufficient support for officer wellness and safety,” the report found.

    The use of excessive force by Chicago police disproportionately affects black and Hispanic communities, the report says, which breeds distrust.

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    January 13, 2017
    5 accused of helping gunman evade capture in killing of L.A. County sheriff's sergeant

    Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department detectives have arrested five people who they say helped a man evade police after he allegedly shot and killed a sheriff’s sergeant last year, officials announced today.

    The suspects are accused of helping 27-year-old Trenton Trevon Lovell elude a police dragnet after he allegedly killed Sgt. Steve Owen in Lancaster while the officer was responding to a burglary call Oct. 5.

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    WATCH: San Francisco Police Show "Great Restraint" Before Shooting Unarmed Mentally Ill Man

    By Carlos Miller, PINAC News


    San Francisco police said they showed “great restraint” before beating an unarmed mentally ill man with a baton, then shooting him inside his home earlier this year.

    But San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who is one of the toughest in the nation against cops, said the cops needlessly escalated the situation after vowing to start de-escalating potentially dangerous incidents, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

    It was Adachi who released the body cam video after police refused to release it on the basis it would taint the investigation, which only makes sense if they were planning on tainting the investigation themselves.

    After all, police claimed the man had charged the cops, punching them, which is why they had to respond by beating and shooting him.

    But the video shows the cops charging towards the man up his stairs as he attempts to walk back inside his home.

    The victim Sean Moore, survived the shooting, but suffered gunshot wounds to the groin and stomach. The 43-year-old man, who has a history of paranoid schizophrenia, was charged with assaulting a police officer, making criminal threats and resisting arrest.

    He is being held on a $2 million bond.

    Adachi is hoping the body cam footage, the first that has captured a shooting since the department introduced the cameras last year, will be enough evidence to get the charges dismissed.

    The incident took place in the morning of January 6 after San Francisco police officers Kenneth Cha and Colin Patino showed up to Moore’s home at 4:15 a.m. to serve a violation of a restraining order filed by his neighbor, who called them to complain that Moore was banging on their common wall.

    Moore is irritated that the cops are there and orders them to leave his property in a loud voice laden with profanities.

    The cops say they want to hand him the restraining order, but when they do, they demand for it back.

    At one point, one of the cops pepper sprays him, pepper spraying his partner in the process.

    Moore was able to make it back inside his home after being shot, according to the Chronicle.

    Police said Moore retreated into the house after being shot, and that hostage negotiators spent an hour attempting to coax him out before a tactical team entered to get him treatment.

    His mother, Cleo Moore, said he had been moved recently from the hospital to jail.

    “My son is not a very vicious person, he’s just struggling every day with mental illness,” she said Wednesday. “It’s unfortunate that it happened this way. My son did not need to be shot. … It didn’t have to happen this way if the officers would have been trained in how to take care of mentally ill patients.”

    Adachi said the video shows the officers escalating the situation by aggressively dealing with an already agitated man.

    “If you look at basic de-escalation 101, you talk to the person, you try and get the person in a place where they are calmer, and if the person is making reasonable requests — in this case for the officers to step off his stairs — they could have done that without endangering themselves or Mr. Moore,” Adachi said. “There’s obviously a big gap between what the officers are being told at the academy and what is being done at the street.”

    Police did their part to convince the public that Moore was a dangerous threat to the officers by releasing photos of their bloodied faces.

    But the video shows they struck him first with the baton, so the already agitated man became even more agitated.

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    February 20, 2017
    Gunman accused of fatally shooting Whittier police officer is a suspect in East L.A. slaying
    A gunman accused of fatally shooting one Whittier police officer and wounding a second officer today is suspected of killing another man in East Los Angeles hours earlier, detectives said.

    The slain officer was identified as Keith Boyer, a 27-year veteran of the department. “He was the best of the best,” Whittier police Chief Jeff Piper said, breaking into tears.
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    The post above, from May of 2015, was the first of eighteen mentions on this site of Laquan McDonald.

    This was published today:

    Chicago Cop Charged With 16 New Counts In LaQuan McDonald Shooting Case | Reuters

    The U.S. Justice Department began a civil rights investigation in December 2015 after the video was released by court order.


    A white Chicago police officer accused of murder in the shooting death of a black teenager was charged on Thursday with 16 new counts of aggravated battery, in a case that sparked national debate over police use of force against minorities.

    Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty through his attorney in a Chicago courtroom to 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm that were issued by a grand jury on March 16 and unsealed on Thursday by a special prosecutor, local media reported.

    Video footage of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald being shot 16 times by Van Dyke in October 2014 was released more than a year later, sparking protests and pushing the city into a national debate over police use of force, particularly in minority communities. The release of the video also led to the ouster of the police chief.

    Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to murder in 2015 and is awaiting trial.

    Special prosecutor Joseph McMahon did not give an explanation for the new charges on Thursday. He denied in court that he sought the new charges to correct what the defense has called errors in the initial charges, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Four Chicago police officers were suspended for not having properly functioning dashboard cameras during the shooting, officials said in January. Chicago’s Office of the Inspector General recommended 11 of the 15 officers involved in the incident be discharged.

    The U.S. Justice Department began a civil rights investigation in December 2015 after the video was released by court order.

    The department said in a report in January that Chicago police routinely violated the civil rights of people, citing excessive force, racially discriminatory conduct and a “code of silence” to thwart investigations into police misconduct.

    The report said excessive force falls “heaviest on black and Latino communities,” with police using force almost 10 times more often against blacks than whites.

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    Louisiana Cop Convicted for Killing 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy | PINAC News


    A Louisiana cop who fatally shot a 6-year-old autistic boy five times on November 3, 2015 was convicted of the crime on Friday.

    Marksville city marshal Derrick Stafford found himself in hot water before in 2011 when he was indicted on two counts of aggravated rape for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl, but Rapides Parish assistant district attorney Monique Metoyer dismissed the charges without explanation.

    During the recent trial, Stafford testified in his own defense and attempted to explain to jurors why he didn’t render any aid to 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis, who was riding in the passenger seat with his father Chris Few when he was shot and killed.

    “I was in complete shock,” he told jurors.

    Stafford, along with his partner, Norris Greenhouse Jr., who is believed to have had an affair with the boy’s mother, is awaiting trial on the same charges.

    Stafford and Greenhouse gave the same old excuse to kill, claiming they tried to pull Few over for a warrant, then feared for their lives after Few attempted to run them over by backing into Greenhouse, who had fallen on the ground.

    However, dash cam video shows the car not only never moved but was parked at an angle where it could not have backed into the cops even if it tried.

    The video instead shows Chris Few inside the car with his hands out the window parked perpendicular to Stafford and Greenhouse Jr. when they roll up in their police cars, jump out and blast rounds into Few’s vehicle.

    Five rounds struck Jeremy Mardis, an autistic first-grader, in the head and chest, killing him.

    Stafford and Greenhouse claim they had no idea Jeremy was sitting beside his father in the passenger seat.

    Three days later, Stafford and Greenhouse were arrested on murder charges with their bonds set at $1 million each shortly before a judge issued a gag order, which left details of the case unexplained.

    Many questioned why the two city marshals were pursuing Few’s vehicle in the first place since city marshals typically spend their days serving warrants and serving other court documents.

    “It’s wrong what they are doing out here. They all about protecting and serve; they’re not protecting and serving nothing,” Marksville resident Ricky Jenkins said.

    It is believed Greenhouse was having an affair with Few’s fiancee, resulting in Few telling the cop to leave her alone a few days before the shooting, which may have led to the car chase before the tragic shooting.

    “We believe that they had some type of relationship where they met each other, knew each other,” Michael Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent Col., said.

    During his trial, Stafford testified he never saw what is apparent in the video, according to KALB.

    “I believed Few was using his vehicle as a dangerous weapon to hurt one of us.” he explained. “As I shot, I back pedalled for safety. I never saw his hands go up.”

    “I was defending fellow officers,” Stafford told the jury.

    The state wrapped up closing arguments around 4:30 Friday afternoon.

    “What we have is a case of a ticking time bomb.”

    The jury agreed.

    Stafford is set for sentencing for manslaughter charges on March 31.

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    So long, asshole.

    First of Two Louisiana Cops Charged in Murder of Six Year Old Jeremy Mardis Sentenced to 40 Years


    By Kelly W. Patterson, Cop Block


    Marksville, LA. Police Officer Derrick Stafford was sentenced earlier today to 40 years in prison for the November 2015 murder of six year old Jeremy Mardis. Last week Stafford was convicted of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter for the shooting of Mardis and his father, Christopher Few, who was badly wounded but survived. (See below for videos of the actual shooting.) Technically, Stafford was sentenced to 55 years, but the fifteen years he received for attempting to kill Few will run concurrent to the 40 year sentence.

    As has been reported several times already on the CopBlock Network (primarily by Brian Sumner and also by me personally), Mardis was killed by Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. after a short car chase. Stafford and Greenhouse, who were working as Deputy Marksville City Marshals at the time, claimed that they had to defend themselves after Christopher Few had backed into Greenhouse’s vehicle.

    However, body camera video showed that not only had Few, who was unarmed, stopped prior to the shooting, but that he had also raised his arms outside the window of his SUV. Other officers at the scene, including Marksville Police Lt. Kenneth Parnell, whose body camera recorded the video, did not fire their weapons and also testified that they did not do so because they did not “fear for their lives.” That “extremely disturbing” footage was later cited by Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police as one of the reasons why charges were filed against Greenhouse and Stafford.

    After the shooting it was revealed that Few and Greenhouse were involved in a “love triangle” involving Few’s fiancee, Megan Dixon. Prior to the shooting there had reportedly been several prior confrontations between the two. Also, just prior to the beginning of the chase that culminated in the shooting, Few had been arguing with Dixon and attempting to convince her to come home with him.

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    Alton Sterling Shooting: Justice Department Announces No Federal Charges | NBC News

    Family of Alton Sterling responds to DOJ decision to not charge officers | WAFB 9 News
  27. Ogsonofgroo Member

    Holy fuck eh, some justice served finally. Now start taking care of the rest imho. A fucked society, where the supposed guardians are actually some of the murderers... not where I'd wanna be man.
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    Dr Tiffany Crutcher‏ @TiffanyCrutcher May 15
    Just finished listening Officer Shelby testify about killing #terencecrutcher. Very difficult to listen at all her inconsistencies.

    Dr Tiffany Crutcher‏ @TiffanyCrutcher May 15
    Officer Shelby should not be a police officer. She killed my brother and stated that it was his fault. No remorse, very rehearsed

    Dr Tiffany Crutcher‏ @TiffanyCrutcher May 15
    I can't believe Betty Shelby and her defense hired actors posing as experts to help her get off from executing my twin.
    #sad #fraudulent

    Dr Tiffany Crutcher‏ @TiffanyCrutcher 6 minutes ago
    The verdict is in.

    Maureen Wurtz‏ @MaureenWurtzTV 5 minutes ago
    Not guilty- #BETTYSHELBYTRIAL verdict. @KTULNews

    Dylan Goforth‏ @DGoforth918 4 minutes ago
    Betty Shelby found not guilty. Jurors crying. [Judge] Drummond said "Miss Shelby you are free to go."

    FOX23‏ @FOX23 3 minutes ago
    #BREAKING: Jury finds #BettyShelby not guilty in death of #TerenceCrutcher.
    LIVE updates on FOX23 News.

    Not Guilty: Jury Acquits Betty Shelby In Terence Crutcher Shooting | NewsOn6, Tulsa, OK
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    "… My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets… Suicide by cop was my intention.
    I ain’t fit to live. Not after what I’ve done. Not in y’all eyes and not in nobody else eyes.
    But God, you know, he forgives you for everything."
    Last night, Cory Godbolt allegedly killed 8 people in a shooting spree, including a sheriff’s deputy.
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  30. New material plz
  31. This is a serial killer. Why is it related to police brutality or as it seems, your desire to point out how mean some people are to police and I'm guessing that excuses police killing citizens. He shot 8 people including one LE. I love LE and you're just stupid.
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    RICHMOND, Va. — A Virginia State Police special agent fatally shot by a convicted felon in a Richmond public housing complex was a father of three and former Marine who founded a youth wrestling club and mentored disadvantaged kids, authorities said.
    Special Agent Michael T. Walter, 45, died early Saturday after being shot Friday evening by Travis Ball in a neighborhood in Virginia’s capital city that has been plagued by gun violence, police said.
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    Deranged woman, 66, shot dead after attacking cop with baseball bat in Bronx; NYPD probing why police officer used gun over Taser | New York Daily News


    An NYPD sergeant shot and killed a 66-year-old woman wielding a bat in the Bronx on Tuesday, and now cops say they’re looking into why the officer used lethal force instead of his stun gun.

    Police were responding to a neighbor’s complaint about Deborah Danner behaving “in an irrational manner” in her Pugsley Ave. building near Seward Ave. in Castle Hill around 6:06 p.m., the NYPD said. It wasn’t the first time — cops had answered similar calls at the address in the past, said authorities.

    Sgt. Hugh Barry was among the officers who entered the seventh-floor apartment and found Danner in a bedroom holding a pair of scissors and threatening cops, police and sources said.

    Barry, an eight-year department veteran working in the 43rd Precinct, convinced her to drop the scissors, but she grabbed a wooden bat and lunged a “close distance of an amount of feet” across the narrow room at him, sources said.

    “As she attempted to strike the sergeant, he fired two shots from his service revolver, striking her in the torso,” said Assistant Chief Larry Nikunen, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Bronx. Medics took the woman to Jacobi Hospital, where she died at 7:15 p.m.

    It was unclear why the cop went for his gun. “The sergeant was armed with a Taser. It was not deployed, and the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation and review,” Nikunen said.

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    NYPD sergeant charged with murder in fatal shooting of Deborah Danner in the Bronx | New York Daily News


    An NYPD sergeant committed murder when he shot a mentally ill woman last October inside her Bronx home, prosecutors charged Wednesday.

    The indictment of Sgt. Hugh Barry marked the first time since 1999 that a city cop faces a top homicide count. In leveling the severe charge — rather than just manslaughter or criminally negligent homicide, as has been the case in other high-profile NYPD shootings — a Bronx grand jury rejected Barry’s testimony aimed at showing he had been justified in firing at 66-year-old Deborah Danner.

    The eight-year veteran, who is white, stood silently as his lawyer entered a plea of not guilty to second-degree murder, manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide in the shooting of the black victim. He later posted $100,000 bond and departed without comment — bolting through an underground garage to a waiting car after the hearing.

    “Debbie had no reason to die, and the cop had no reason to shoot her,” said Wallace Cooke, 74, an NYPD retiree and Danner’s cousin.

    Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark had asked the state to impanel a special grand jury. At the time, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who has the authority to probe police shootings of unarmed people, declined after concluding that preliminary evidence showed Danner was armed at the time.

    Bronx prosecutors said Barry had failed to get critical background information about Danner’s mental health and that he had disregarded his NYPD training “in dealing with emotionally disturbed persons, by rushing into Ms. Danner’s apartment.”

    Barry becomes the first NYPD officer charged with murder in an on-duty shooting since four officers fired 41 shots at unarmed West African immigrant Amadou Diallo in 1999.

    The four officers were later acquitted of the killing by an Albany jury, following a change of venue. Diallo died reaching for his wallet when the shooting started.

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    Charging a police officer in fatal shooting case is rare, and a conviction is even rarer | New York Daily News


    About 1,000 times each year, an on-duty police officer shoots and kills someone. Almost all of these shootings result in a finding that the officer was legally justified in using deadly force.

    A cop is justified in using deadly force if the officer has a reasonable fear of an imminent threat of serious bodily injury or death against the officer or someone else. The legal test requires that a reasonable police officer would have perceived the threat.

    On many occasions, an officer has been cleared by a prosecutor, investigators — and sometimes even grand juries — who determined an officer was legally justified in using deadly force. That is a difficult concept to explain to victims’ families.

    Since 2005, there have been 82 police officers across the country charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting. That includes 18 officers charged in 2015, 13 in 2016, and three charged with murder or manslaughter resulting from an on-duty shooting so far in 2017.

    It is a rare event for a police officer to be charged with a crime resulting from a fatal on-duty shooting, and even rarer for an officer to be convicted in one of these cases.

    In the past 13 years, only 19 officers have been convicted and most of those convictions were for lesser manslaughter offenses. Only one officer has been convicted of intentional murder during that time period.

    On Wednesday, NYPD Sgt. Hugh Barry was charged with murder in the shooting death of a 66-year-old woman. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark knows this isn’t going to be an easy case to successfully prosecute.

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    Officer Who Shot Philando Castile Acquitted of Manslaughter Charges | NBC News


    A jury has acquitted a Minnesota police officer in the shooting death of a black man outside St. Paul last year, putting to end a tragic saga that began with a routine traffic stop.

    St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged in the July 2016 shooting of school cafeteria worker Philando Castile, igniting protests and a call to action by civil rights activists nationwide against the deadly use of force by police.

    After five days and more than 25 hours of deliberation, a jury decided that the state did not meet its burden for a conviction.

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    Minnesota Shooting: Philando Castile Was Role Model to Kids | Time


    Colleagues and parents on Thursday remembered Philando Castile as an ambitious man who served as a role model for hundreds of children before he was fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Minnesota.

    Castile, who was known by friends as Phil, was a cafeteria supervisor at J.J. Hill Montessori Magnet School in Saint Paul, Minn., where he memorized the names of the 500 children he served every day — along with their food allergies, his former coworker said.

    “He remembered their names. He remembered who couldn’t have milk. He knew what they could have to eat and what they couldn’t,” Joan Edman, a recently retired paraprofessional at the school, told TIME. “This was a real guy. He made a real contribution. Yes, black lives matter. But this man mattered.”

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    Officer Yanez Found Not Guilty In Trial Over Philando Castile Police Killing | Unicorn Riot

    "They murdered my motherfucking son with his seat belt on. So what does that say to you? Now they got free reign to keep killing us any kind of way they want to. So I just want to say one thing to everybody out there, I don’t give a fuck what you do. Do what your heart desires. Fuck the police!"

    - Valerie Castile

    Watch here for our live video coverage of the aftermath of the verdict:
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    Unicorn Riot‏ @UR_Ninja 6 hours ago
    Minnesota law enforcement gave reporters personal info of minors arrested last night - which is illegal.
    #PhilandoCastile #YanezTrial

    Unicorn Riot‏ @UR_Ninja 6 hours ago
    .@MnDPS_MSP arrested several minors last night and illegally leaked their names to the press.

    Unicorn Riot‏ @UR_Ninja 6 hours ago
    .@MNDPS_MSP also arrested and criminally charged two reporters covering #PhilandoCastile protest - and seized cameras.
  37. [IMG]Moreno was shot in the head Thursday near Evergreen and Howard Streets after attempting to stop Andrew C. Biceand another man during a "directed patrol" focused on preventing car burglaries.
    As soon as he and his partner, Ofc. Julio Cavazos, stepped out of their vehicle, Bice opened fire, striking Moreno in the head and Cavazos in the chest.
  38. [IMG]A New York police officer has died after she was shot in the head in an "unprovoked attack" while sitting in her car on duty, police said.
    Miosotis Familia, 48, was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead hours after the shooting.
    The suspect, Alexander Bonds, 34, fled the scene before he pulled out a revolver and was shot dead by police.
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    Fatal police shooting of pregnant woman because the Taser wasn't charged

    "One of the Seattle police officers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles is under internal investigation for violating department policy by leaving his uncharged Taser in his locker for more than a week leading up to the shooting, the Police Department’s civilian watchdog said Saturday.

    Officer Jason Anderson, on the force for two years, told investigators after the shooting that he did not carry his Taser during his shift June 18, when the shooting occurred, according to interview transcripts released by Seattle police.

    Seconds before the shooting, Anderson said, when Lyles pulled a knife, the other officer, Steven McNew, called out for him to use his Taser on her. Anderson replied that he didn’t have it, and within seconds, as Lyles began moving toward the two officers, Anderson said, they both shot her.""
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    An Australian family tries to understand why an American police officer killed their daughter

    Australia native Justine Damond, 40, who was set to marry her fiance in August, was fatally shot by a police officer on Saturday, July 16. Few details have been revealed about the incident. Here's what we know.

    By Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post


    Following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minnesota, the story of her death led news sites back home, where friends demanded a federal investigation, and relatives were left searching for answers.

    Tears, confusion after 'peaceful' Australian woman killed by US police,” an Australian Broadcasting Corporation read.

    “Sydney woman shot dead in US made tough decision after declaration of love,” read the headline leading the Sydney Morning Herald site.

    Aussie shot ‘multiple times’ after 911 call,” read the headline atop

    Justine Damond (nee Justine Ruszczyk) moved from Sydney to Minneapolis several years ago and was planning to marry her fiance, Don Damond, in the coming weeks. But the 40-year-old bride-to-be, who had already taken her fiance's last name, was fatally shot Saturday night after she reportedly called 911 about a possible assault in the alley behind her home on the city's southwest side.

    After police arrived, an officer opened fire, fatally striking Damond, authorities in Minnesota said.

    “Basically, my mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers,” her stepson-to-be, Zach Damond, said in a video posted to Facebook.

    “I’m so done with all this violence,” he said, calling her his “best friend.”

    “It’s so much bullshit. America sucks. These cops need to get trained differently. I need to move out of here.”

    In Australia — where lawmakers have passed some of the world's most restrictive gun-control laws — members of Damond's family said they were trying to make sense of her death.

    “This is a very difficult time for our family,” the Ruszczyks said in a statement distributed by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which is providing consular assistance to the family. “We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened.”

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    Mohamed Noor: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


    Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis police officer who is accused of shooting and killing Justine Damond, an Australian yoga teacher and spiritual healer, was the first Somali-American officer in his precinct.

    A year ago, the arrival of Noor on the Minnesota police force was celebrated by the mayor and Somali community he hails from. There is a pending federal complaint against him, though, by a former social worker from Minneapolis who says Noor and other officers violated her constitutional rights in March by ordering her detention at a hospital after she called 911 to report a drug crime and other issues. You can read that complaint below.

    Damond was shot and killed while wearing her pajamas and speaking to another police officer after calling 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home on July 15, reports The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

    The shooting death has caused outrage in both Australia and Minnesota, where Damond, who also went by the name Justine Ruszczyk, was a beloved teacher of meditation who held betterment workshops and was supposed to be married in August.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    1. Noor Shot a Pajama-Clad Damond Through the Door of a Police Cruiser, Reports Allege

    2. The Mayor Recognized Noor’s Arrival on the Force, Where He Became the First Somali Officer in His Precinct

    3. Damond Was Engaged to Be Married & Gave Meditation Seminars

    4. Noor Has Degrees In Business & Economics but Is the Subject of a Pending Federal Complaint

    5. Noor Is on Administrative Leave While the Shooting Is Investigated

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    Fireworks may have startled Justine Damond's killer, US police officer Mohamed Noor

    Mohamed Noor Shot Justine Damond After ‘Loud Sound’: Cops

    Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents interviewed Officer Harrity on July 18. “Officer Noor has declined to be interviewed by BCA agents at this time. Officer Noor’s attorney did not provide clarification on when, if ever, an interview would be possible,” BCA said. Noor’s lawyer previously released a brief statement to the news media that said Noor was offering his condolences to Damond’s family; however, that statement did not provide any details of why Noor says he fired his weapon.
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    'Two people called police for help and both ended badly': US cop who shot Australian woman dead is being sued over the 'false imprisonment and assault' of a 'mentally ill' woman
    • Bride-to-be Justine Damond, 40, was fatally shot by officer Mohamed Noor
    • Damond had called 911 to report a sexual assault occurring in a nearby alley
    • Harrity was speaking to Damond when Noor opened fire through the patrol car's driver-side door, fatally wounding her in the abdomen
    • Neither Noor or his partner had their bodycams switched on at the time
    • Noor is also facing a lawsuit for assault, false imprisonment and negligence
    • is claimed he forcibly sent a woman to hospital and injured her in the process

    EXCLUSIVE: Killer cop says he shot Justine Damond because he was 'startled' by her when she ran towards his car in the dark after loud noise - and had no idea she was 911 caller
    • Mohamed Noor has not spoken to state investigators about why he shot Justine Damond in Minneapolis on Saturday - but has given an account to friends
    • They have spoken to and revealed his first detailed version of how he shot the bride-to-be, 40, after she called 911
    • Noor says she approached their police cruiser in the dark after a loud bang and that he could not tell what she was carrying, so he shot her
    • He was 'startled' and the cruiser's lights were off at the time, he has told friends
    • Noor, a Somali-born American has also said he feels isolated for his race and friend said: 'His feeling is 'I am an immigrant, a Muslim and not white.''
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    'Twin Cities Police easily startled,' signs warn after shooting | CNN


    One week after an unarmed Minneapolis woman was killed in an officer-involved shooting, street signs criticizing "easily startled" police have popped up in the Twin Cities. The orange traffic sign lookalikes depict a police officer jumping in the air, discharging a gun with each hand. "Warning," the signs read, "Twin Cities Police easily startled."

    St. Paul Police Department spokesman Steve Linders confirmed there was at least one sign in St. Paul and another in Minneapolis. Linders didn't comment on any reaction from officers to the signs. "We are aware of the signs and Minneapolis Public Works is removing them," Minneapolis Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Catherine Michal said. "We have no further comment at this time."

    The sign appeared about a week after Minneapolis police shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk, who had called 911 to report a possible assault. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau stepped down six days later.

    Ruszczyk's death was the latest of several fatal officer-involved shootings in Minnesota. Philando Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony officer during a traffic stop in July 2016, sparking nationwide protests. Less than a year earlier, a Minneapolis officer fatally shot Jamar Clark after a scuffle with officers in front of an apartment building.

    Addy Free spotted the St. Paul sign at a busy intersection Sunday morning on his way home from work. He snapped a photo, which has since been shared over 18,000 times on Facebook.

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    Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Kill Three People Every Single Day in the United States | Democracy Now!

    As outrage grows in Minneapolis over the killing of an unarmed white Australian woman, we look at the staggering number of fatal police shootings in the United States. For more, we speak with Philip Stinson, criminologist and associate professor at the Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University.

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    Minneapolis police will have to turn on body-cams for all calls | Minneapolis Star Tribune


    Minneapolis police officers must turn on their body cameras when responding to any call, traffic stop or self-initiated activity, Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Wednesday, in a key change to city policy in the wake of Justine Damond’s shooting death.

    “What good is a camera if it is not being used when it may be needed the most?” Arradondo said at a Wednesday news conference, where he and Mayor Betsy Hodges acknowledged some officers have not been using their cameras enough.

    In the eight months the equipment has been in use, officers have been allowed broad discretion on when to turn on the cameras.

    The new policy, effective Saturday, will require officers to turn on the cameras in any encounter with the public, heeding an until-now disregarded 2015 recommendation from the Police Conduct Oversight Commission that police officer discretion on use of the cameras be all but eliminated.

    Within about two months, police officials said, the cameras will activate automatically whenever an officer activates his or her squad car’s lights. Installation of that technology is underway, taking about two hours per squad car. The Minneapolis Police Department has about 200 squad cars.

    “We are not casting judgment on a single officer, nor are we looking at a single event; we are responding to our communities and to recent ongoing assessment,” Arradondo said. “This policy enhancement has been in process for a few months now and many officers are using their cameras a lot and as they’re intended to be used. But there are some officers who are not using them nearly enough.”

    The July 15 shooting of Damond by Officer Mohamed Noor was not captured on video because neither Noor or his partner, officer Matthew Harrity, had turned on his body camera, and the squad car’s dashboard camera was also not running. The incident has drawn international attention and sharp criticism of Minneapolis Police, and led to the resignation of police Chief Janeé Harteau on Friday.

    There have also been persistent questions about why the officers’ body cameras weren’t turned on. Last week, Mayor Betsy Hodges said in an online statement that she expects officers to turn on their cameras as soon as they begin responding to a call. She also called for an independent audit.

    Minneapolis City Council members will be briefed on an upcoming audit of the program at a 1:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday.

    State law requires law enforcement agencies that use body cameras to arrange for an independent audit every two years, starting in 2018.

    Teresa Nelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, said the less discretion officers have about turning on the cameras, the better.

    “What we have asked for is a policy that requires activation before any citizen encounter,” she said. “And the reason for that is, if we have policies when the officers are only capturing footage when they want to have the cameras on, then it becomes solely a tool for police surveillance. But when you have more mandatory policies and more footage, it becomes more useful for transparency and accountability for the officers.

    In Burnsville, the first Minnesota city to equip its police officers with body cameras, the police department has done internal audits to measure body camera use, said police Chief Eric Gieseke.

    The department’s policy is similar to others around the state, and generally requires officers to turn on their body cameras when an interaction, such as a traffic stop, field interview or enforcement action begins.

    In the seven years since the department started using body cameras, there have been a few occasions where officers didn’t record an incident, Gieseke said. In the beginning, he said, the cameras were a tough sell for some officers — but over time, usage has improved and officers often turn on the cameras even when they’re not required to.

    “It’s so beneficial in resolving complaints — even complaints of a small nature,” Gieseke said. “It really sold itself over the years.”

    In Minneapolis, officers must upload the video at the end of their shift. The policy requires that body camera video be retained for at least seven years if an officer uses force or someone is arrested or receives a misdemeanor citation. Officers who fail to follow the department’s policy are subject to “the full range of discipline,” Arradondo said, including firing.

    “We need to build and regain our community’s trust. That is my charge and I’ve expressed that to all of our officers; that body worn cameras are a tool. It’s not everything but it’s a tool,” Arradondo said. “As I’ve told officers, we give them equipment to do their jobs. The one thing we cannot equip them with is the benefit of the doubt.”

    The police chiefs organization, Long Island and LAPD have all made statements against Trumps encouraging police violence.
    Imho this is all don't-look-at-Russia
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    Fired/Rehired: Police chiefs are often forced to put officers fired for misconduct back on the streets

    Since 2006, at least 1,881 police officers have been fired from 37 of the nation’s largest departments for behavior that betrayed the public’s trust.

    One officer sexually abused a 19-year-old in his patrol car. Another officer challenged a handcuffed man to fight for a chance to be released. And another officer shot and killed an unarmed man.

    Those three were among the 451 who successfully appealed and won their jobs back.

    By Kimbriell Kelly, Wesley Lowery and Steven Rich, The Washington Post


    Since 2006, the nation’s largest police departments have fired at least 1,881 officers for misconduct that betrayed the public’s trust, from cheating on overtime to unjustified shootings. But The Washington Post has found that departments have been forced to reinstate more than 450 officers after appeals required by union contracts.

    Most of the officers regained their jobs when police chiefs were overruled by arbitrators, typically lawyers hired to review the process. In many cases, the underlying misconduct was undisputed, but arbitrators often concluded that the firings were unjustified because departments had been too harsh, missed deadlines, lacked sufficient evidence or failed to interview witnesses.

    A San Antonio police officer caught on a dash cam challenging a handcuffed man to fight him for the chance to be released was reinstated in February. In the District, an officer convicted of sexually abusing a young woman in his patrol car was ordered returned to the force in 2015. And in Boston, an officer was returned to work in 2012 despite being accused of lying, drunkenness and driving a suspected gunman from the scene of a nightclub killing.

    The chiefs say the appeals process leaves little margin for error. Yet police agencies sometimes sabotage their own attempts to shed troubled officers by making procedural mistakes. The result is that police chiefs have booted hundreds of officers they have deemed unfit to be in their ranks, only to be compelled to take them back and return them to the streets with guns and badges.

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    This is from the Philadelphia paper. The police there are now more transparent thanks to the civilian government.They should be totally transparent but at least this is a start.

    "The release of this data is a common-sense reform that I hope will serve to increase community-police trust,” he wrote in a statement. “Everyone who works for the city of Philadelphia is a public servant, and the public deserves to know we will take their complaints about any city service seriously.”
    - Mayor Jim Kelly
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    Secret hearings held in ex-Oklahoma City cop's rape case | The Associated Press


    The high-profile case of a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping women while on duty focused the public’s attention on the problem of sexual misconduct on the force, but his appeal raising questions about DNA evidence is playing out in secret.

    Daniel Holtzclaw, now 30, was sentenced to 263 years in prison for preying on black women he encountered while patrolling poor neighborhoods of the city in 2013 and 2014. Defense attorneys appealed the conviction in February, arguing that prosecutors’ faulty analysis of DNA from one of his accusers helped secure convictions on 18 counts involving eight women.

    Holtzclaw’s case became a rallying cry of the Black Lives Matter movement and a cause célèbre for some conservatives. A 2015 Associated Press investigation highlighting it found about 1,000 officers in the U.S. lost their licenses for sexual misconduct over a six-year period — an undercount because some states don’t have a method for banning problem officers. But filings in the case as recently as last week have been sealed by a court order.

    Oklahoma’s attorney general asked the state’s highest criminal court in May to seal many of the records linked to Holtzclaw’s appeal, a request the court granted without comment.

    There were two days of closed hearings about the case in July, although it’s unknown what was discussed. Video surveillance from outside the courtroom obtained by Oklahoma City TV station KOKH-25 shows high-ranking police and lab workers coming and going. Holtzclaw’s attorneys from the state public defender’s office are not seen in the footage, and they declined interview requests.

    “Surely people can look at the entirety of the facts of this thing and say something doesn’t smell right, something doesn’t look right,” said Brian Bates, an investigator for Holtzclaw’s original defense team who has served as a spokesman for the former officer’s family. “And there were certainly misdeeds by the prosecution that should result in a new trial.”

    In their appeal, which is public, Holtzclaw’s new attorneys say his trial lawyers failed to adequately challenge a key witness for the prosecution — the Oklahoma City police lab analyst who said she found the teen’s DNA near the zipper on the inside of Holtzclaw’s uniform trousers.

    That DNA, the defense argues, could have gotten onto Holtzclaw’s clothes through non-sexual contact. Known as “touch” or “secondary transfer” DNA, some scientists say such genetic material can be passed from skin cells via a handshake. The lawyers also contend the lead prosecutor mischaracterized the DNA evidence in closing arguments as coming from vaginal fluid.

    Their arguments were backed by a report written by six forensic scientists convened by a Holtzclaw supporter — one of two filings the court has refused to admit to the record.

    Internal emails released through open records laws also show that District Attorney David Prater asked assistant prosecutors in May to notify him if they were working on pending cases involving Elaine Taylor, the police lab’s former and longtime analyst who was the key DNA witness in Holtzclaw’s trial.

    Prater declined repeated requests to discuss the case but told AP that his email was not related to concerns about Taylor’s work product or proposed testimony. Instead, Prater said, some evidence she had analyzed was being retested out of “logistical and trial strategy concerns.” He did not elaborate.

    Taylor, who retired in February, could not be reached for comment. A man who answered the phone at a number listed for her said Taylor would not want to speak to any reporters.

    Randall Coyne, a retired University of Oklahoma professor who specialized in criminal law, said problems with testimony from lab workers about DNA evidence could prompt a new trial and have wider implications.

    “It could blow things wide open. That’s a good reason from a PR standpoint to keep things quiet, but it’s also a reason why that information needs to be released so lawyers can have access to it,” Coyne said.

    Holtzclaw’s attorneys argue that absent the DNA evidence jurors likely would have voted to acquit. But two jurors interviewed by the AP said they are confident the jury would have convicted him anyway.

    Daniel Speaks, a truck driver from Oklahoma City, said DNA evidence was “pretty crucial” to juror deliberations, but “it wasn’t strictly the DNA.”

    Juror Karen Hancock said she’s still convinced Holtzclaw would have been convicted even without the DNA because of strong circumstantial evidence.

    During Holtzclaw’s monthlong trial, his defense painted him as a model officer who tried to help drug addicts and prostitutes he came across on patrol. But 13 women testified against him, and several said he stopped them, checked them for outstanding warrants or drug paraphernalia, and then forced himself on them.

    Jannie Ligons’ report of being sexually assaulted by a police officer in 2014 triggered the Holtzclaw investigation. AP does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent, but Ligons has spoken publicly about the case and agreed to be named.

    She testified during trial that Holtzclaw pulled her over as she was driving home from a friend’s house after 2 a.m. Ligons said Holtzclaw asked if she had been drinking, made her lift her shirt and pull down her pants to prove she wasn’t hiding anything and then ordered her to perform oral sex.

    Ligons, now 61, says the notion of a new trial seems crazy because “everybody knows what he did.”

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    Jury convicts Chicago cop of excessive force for firing 16 shots at car, wounding 2 teens

    By Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune


    Chicago police Officer Marco Proano claimed he was just doing his job when he fired 16 shots at a stolen car filled with teenagers on the South Side, wounding two.

    But a federal jury decided Monday that the shooting — captured on a police dashboard camera video — wasn't the action of a cop but a criminal.

    In an unprecedented verdict, the jury deliberated about four hours before convicting Proano of two felony counts of using excessive force in violating the victims' civil rights. He faces a maximum of 10 years in prison on each count but likely will get far less because he has no prior criminal history.

    Dressed in a dark gray suit and glasses, the 11-year veteran kept his hands clasped in front of him on the defense table and showed no emotion as the verdict was announced in U.S. District Judge Gary Feinerman's hushed courtroom.

    Feinerman scheduled sentencing for Nov. 20. But federal prosecutors indicated they will seek next week to detain Proano as a danger to the community.

    Proano is the first Chicago cop in memory to be convicted in federal court of criminal charges stemming from an on-duty shooting. He also was the first officer to go to trial in any shooting case since the court-ordered release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video in November 2015 sparked heated protests, political turmoil and promises of systemic change from Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    Earlier this year, a U.S. Department of Justice investigation found the Police Department's use-of-force training was woefully lacking, part of a systemic failure that led to the routine abuse of citizens' civil rights.

    Proano's quick conviction on the federal criminal charges was in stark contrast to how recent police misconduct cases have played out in Cook County Criminal Court, where officers often elect for bench trials instead of a jury.

    In the highest-profile case, former Detective Dante Servin was cleared in April 2015 by Cook County Judge Dennis Porter of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal, off-duty shooting of 22-year-old Rekia Boyd on the West Side. The judge's ruling all but said that prosecutors should have charged him with murder, not the lesser charge.

    Also in 2015, Cook County Judge Diane Gordon Cannon acquitted then-Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans on charges he shoved his gun down Rickey Williams' throat and threatened to kill him while on duty. In throwing out all charges, Cannon belittled evidence of Williams' DNA on Evans' service weapon as "of fleeting relevance or significance."

    Earlier this year, Cook County Judge James Linn acquitted Officer John Gorman of all charges stemming from an off-duty incident in which he was accused of firing shots at a vehicle during a traffic altercation after he'd been drinking.

    Speaking to reporters after the verdict, acting U.S. Attorney Joel Levin acknowledged that without video evidence, it's extremely difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that an officer knew he was using excessive force when he opened fire.

    "Historically, the lack of videos has made it difficult for us to meet our burden," Levin said in the lobby of the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. "With the availability of more videos ... it can, as it did in this case, supply the evidence we need to make the case."

    Proano left the courthouse without comment, ignoring shouted questions from reporters as he ducked into a waiting SUV. His lawyer, Daniel Herbert, also declined to comment.

    The Police Department is seeking to fire Proano, who was placed on unpaid suspension after he was charged last September. In an emailed statement, Superintendent Eddie Johnson called Proano's actions "intolerable."

    Meanwhile, the Fraternal Order of Police, the union representing rank-and-file officers, expressed disappointment at the verdict in a statement released Monday afternoon.

    "The pressure on the police is making the job extremely difficult," FOP President Kevin Graham said in the statement. "It seems that the criminal elements in our society are not accountable in our justice system, while the police face an intense scrutiny for every split-second decision they make."

    Prosecutors said the dashcam video of the shooting — which unfolded in about nine seconds — showed Proano violated all of the training he received at the Police Academy, including to never fire into a crowd, only fire if you can clearly see your target and to stop shooting once the threat has been eliminated.

    The video — played several times for jurors during the trial, including in slow-motion — showed Proano walking quickly toward the stolen Toyota within seconds of arriving at the scene while he held his gun pointed sideways in his left hand. Proano can be seen backing away briefly as the car went in reverse, away from the officer. He then raised his gun with both hands and opened fire as he walked toward the car, continuing to fire even after the car had rolled into a light pole and stopped.

    "Marco Proano drew first, shot next and then he tried to justify it later," Assistant U.S. Attorney Erika Csicsila said in her closing argument Monday. "He came out of his car like a cowboy, he pulled his gun out, held it to one side and aimed it at those kids to send a message and to show who was in charge."

    Last week, jurors heard testimony from two Chicago police training officers that cops are taught to shoot only as a last resort against a deadly threat and to reassess the danger every two or three shots before continuing to fire.

    Herbert argued Monday that the officer did exactly as he was trained — to stop the threat and also protect the life of one of the teens, who was hanging from the passenger window as the car reversed.

    In his closing remarks, Herbert also accused prosecutors of armchair quarterbacking the shooting, making decisions from the safety of their office about what was a tense and dangerous situation.

    "They made that decision (to charge Proano) sitting at their desks, eating popcorn and watching the video, not out on the street like Officer Proano," Herbert said.

    Herbert also represents Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is awaiting trial on first-degree murder charges in Cook County in the Laquan McDonald shooting.

    Proano, a native of Ecuador, joined the Police Department in 2006 and was assigned as a beat cop in the Gresham District after graduating from the academy.

    Prosecutors were not allowed to present evidence of Proano's checkered past, including that the shooting was his third in a three-year span.

    In August 2010, Proano shot and wounded a 20-year-old woman in the 700 block of West 91st Street, according to a Tribune database of police shootings from 2010 to 2015.

    Less than a year later, in July 2011, Proano fatally shot 19-year-old Niko Husband at close range during a struggle as police tried to break up an unruly dance party on the South Side. Proano claimed Husband had tried to pull a gun.

    Proano was not only cleared by the city's much-maligned police oversight agency for Husband's shooting but was awarded a department commendation for valor, records show.

    In November 2015, a Cook County jury found Husband's shooting unjustified, awarding his mother $3.5 million in damages, but a judge overturned the verdict based on a legal problem with the decision. That ruling is being appealed.

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    Cop Convicted After Leaked Video Showed Him Fire 16 Rounds into a Car of Unarmed Kids

    Police tried to hide the video, but once a judge leaked it, a Chicago cop just became the first officer to be convicted in the city in recent history.
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    Surprise! The Blue Line is even drawn around Black cops who slay Whites

    By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Philadelphia Sunday Sun


    It was widely considered a foregone conclusion that Minneapolis police officer Mohammed Noor would be indicted, tried and likely convicted in the shooting death of Justine Damond. He was Black, a Muslim, from Somalia and had prior complaints against him. She was a White, middle-class Australian national, and a popular meditation and yoga instructor. She was shot in her pajamas, at her home, following her complaint of a possible assault in the alleyway behind her unit. A fellow Minneapolis police officer at the scene gave perplexed testimony as to the shooting. The mayor, the former police chief, and a legion of city and state officials condemned the shooting. There was even a brief international uproar over it.

    So all the ingredients for the rarity of rarities was in place: namely, the prosecution of a cop who seemingly wantonly killed an unarmed, innocent civilian. The most compelling ingredient, though, was race. He was Black. The victim was a White woman. This seemed to seal the deal for a prosecution.

    The killing took place on July 16, yet weeks later, there has not been another peep from Minneapolis prosecutors or city officials about the killing. The Minneapolis Police Federation took some heat for its pro forma ringing defense of an officer accused of misconduct, including the seeming unjustified use of deadly force. The union official simply said he’d wait until the investigation was complete before saying anything. This brought the charge that the union was kicking Noor under the bus.

    It was anything but. Union officials didn’t have to say a word about it. Their silence spoke for itself in not condemning the shooting and playing for time with an investigation that might well conclude that there was no criminal malice in the shooting. This amounted to tacit support of Noor. The investigation could provide the get-out-of-prosecution card he needed. He refused to talk to any investigators about the shooting. Eventually, he will have to talk to the department’s internal affairs investigators. By then he, and his attorney, will have had weeks to have prepared a very carefully tailored statement giving his version of the shooting. Even then his statement will not be available to outside investigators of the killing.

    Noor has yet another fail safe tactic to avoid prosecution. Under Minnesota law, public employees being investigated for misconduct are not compelled to provide any information. The consequence of a refusal is that they face disciplinary action. The worse that could happen to Noor if he clammed up was that he’d likely be fired. But again, he might not be. In any case, the time clock is running on the time lapsed since the Damond slaying. Time enough for public passions to cool and memories dim. Noor, and his attorney, have helped make sure that happens by remaining stone silent with the media and the public about the killing.

    Meanwhile, Noor is on the standard administrative leave. He’s still a cop. He’s still being paid. He’s still a union member, and if there is any action against him, he would almost certainly be immediately freed if arrested. He will have his legal fees paid by the union and will be assured of having top gun attorneys who know the ins and outs of defending cops charged with misconduct. In short, Noor’s defense and support for him would be no different than if he were a White officer and his victim were non-white.

    The deafening silence from Minneapolis prosecutors, even though Noor is Black and Damond White, is also really no surprise. The same rules apply as if he were an accused White officer. If prosecutors decide to take him to trial, they will have to overcome the inherent skepticism of jurors that cops break the law, and recklessly and criminally use deadly force. The presumption is that they are much more likely to believe the testimony of police and police defense witnesses than witnesses, defendants, or even the victims. Meanwhile, defense attorneys will file motion after motion on everything from the demand for a change of venue to a bench trial, without jurors. Even when the motions are denied, the clock is still running pending the decisions.

    That time lapse again serves to put yet more time and distance from the killing and the public’s awareness and concern about it.

    The even more daunting problem is that there is no ironclad standard of what is or isn’t an acceptable use of force in police killings. It comes down to a judgment call by the officer. The time-tested standard that is virtually encoded in law is that “I feared for my life.” This will be stated, massaged and repeated in every conceivable way by defense attorneys during their presentation. Noor has said that he heard a noise and that would be construed as a gun shot and that justified the use of his gun. The message being that the use of deadly force was both necessary and justified.

    Noor, of course, may yet be prosecuted. But one thing is for sure: the blue line has been drawn tightly around him, too.

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    ‘You like that?’: St. Louis cops savagely beat handcuffed filmmaker while wife watched, suit says

    Police leaders had initially boasted about owning the streets.

    By Alan Pyke, ThinkProgress


    On St. Louis’ most restless night of protests for some time, interim police chief Lawrence O’Toole seemed to embrace a tribal us-and-them attitude toward demonstrators in his city. Hours after reporters watched black-clad riot cops chant “Whose streets? Our streets!” at dispersing protesters, O’Toole boasted to press cameras that “police owned the night,” comments which Mayor Lyda Krewson (D) would criticize days later.

    It all may have seemed hollow posturing and harmless banter. But a new lawsuit illustrates the very real abuses that such a domineering mentality from law enforcement can foreshadow. O’Toole’s cops allegedly beat, taunted, and repeatedly maced a handcuffed filmmaker that Sunday night, singling the Kansas City man out from a herd of arrestees to punish him physically for recording them. Drew and Jennifer Burbridge sued the city on Tuesday, alleging the kind of unprofessional, illegal mistreatment at police hands that’s routinely drawn protesters into American streets in recent years.

    The Burbridges were present late Sunday night, September 17, when officers suddenly encircled a mix of protesters and reporters in a “kettle.” The tactic involves riot police cutting off all exit routes for a group of people and then arresting everyone. The Burbridges say they were not warned at any point to leave, or to avoid going to the intersection where they were filming protesters and police, before the sudden kettling. With the perimeter established, the suit says, officers began indiscriminately spraying pepper spray into the trapped group.

    The couple sat down and held onto one another. Police moved inside the kettle. “One of the two officers…stated ‘that’s him’ and grabbed Drew Burbridge by each arm and roughly drug him away from his wife,” the suit says. Despite being told Burbridge was a member of the media and not a protester, the officers “then purposely deployed chemical spray into his mouth and eyes and ripped his camera from his neck,” according to the suit. Officers beat the man repeatedly, first with hands and feet as they got plastic zip-tie cuffs onto him and then going back for seconds with their batons after his hands were bound.

    “Do you want to take my picture now motherfucker? Do you want me to pose for you?” one officer allegedly said to Drew during the beating. When the assault caused him to lose consciousness, Drew “awoke to an officer pulling his head up by his hair and spraying him with chemical agents in the face.”

    The officers running the kettle and alleged beating were not wearing name badges on their uniforms and declined to identify themselves to either Burbridge throughout the encounter. Multiple officers seemed to taunt Jennifer as she watched her husband beaten, the complaint says. “Did you like that? Come back tomorrow and we can do this again,” one allegedly told her. Another, the complaint says, asked her, “What did you think was going to happen?”

    An hour or so later, O’Toole and Krewson would appear on local television to praise their officers for effectively balancing the First Amendment rights of peaceful protesters against the criminality of a small minority of those still present on the streets after dark.

    The basis for the police crackdown that night was a handful of smashed windows downtown. But the vandals had been arrested hours earlier by the time the Burbridges arrived and got caught up in the kettle, according to local news reports from the night.

    The allegations of collective punishment, targeted brutality against non-resistant arrestees, and a seemingly intentional singling out of media members all echo a separate lawsuit in Washington, D.C., over the city police’s handling of protesters during President Donald Trump’s inauguration.

    The protests the Burbridges attempted to cover in St. Louis didn’t have anything to do with Donald Trump personally. The city is on edge because another white police officer has been vindicated in the suspicious slaying of a young black man, not because of any acute action from the White House. But the tone and momentum established for police forces around the country by the new administration in Washington has an influence on how both individual officers and whole department cultures view dissent, protest, and civil unrest.

    Immediately upon Trump’s taking office, the administration made clear to law enforcement observers that any protest they deemed to be violent should be met with force. In the months since, the president himself has given aid and comfort to the enemies of civil rights, encouraging cops to knock people around after they are arrested but before they have been proven guilty of any crime or even formally charged with one. In his informal political alliances with men like David Clarke and his own speeches, Trump has repeatedly betrayed an affection for roughing up his critics — something a few optimists in political journalism had hoped he might leave behind on the campaign trail.

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    This Officer Shot an Unarmed Black Man. Now She Can Legally Say She Didn’t. | Mother Jones

    A court ruling last week “essentially makes it as if it never happened.”


    Former Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer Betty Shelby scored a second legal win last week, when a judge agreed to remove from the public record all documents related to her trial in the shooting death of 43-year-old Terrance Crutcher. Shelby was acquitted in May of manslaughter charges stemming from an encounter with Crutcher in September 2016.

    Video footage showed her shoot Crutcher, whose car was stalled in the middle of the highway, as he backed away from her and other officers who were trying to engage him. Attorneys for Shelby argued in court that she shot Crutcher after he attempted to reach into an open car window. (A toxicology test found traces of PCP in Crutcher’s system.)

    Under Oklahoma law, the judge’s decision to expunge her record means Shelby can legally deny the shooting ever occurred, and all records related to the incident will remain under court seal. I talked to Tulsa civil rights attorney J. Spencer Bryan to further discuss the law and its implications in such cases.

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    This cop killed an unarmed black man, so they assigned her to community relations | Salon

    Just over a year ago, Betty Shelby killed Terence Crutcher. Today, she’s back on the force with a new goal in mind.
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    "Detroit police officers fight each other in undercover operation gone wrong"

    "FOX 2 is told the rest of the special ops team from the 12th Precinct showed up, and officers began raiding the drug house in the 19300 block of Andover. But instead of fighting crime, officers from both precincts began fighting with each other.

    Sources say guns were drawn and punches were thrown while the homeowner stood and watched. The department's top cops were notified along with Internal Affairs. One officer was taken to the hospital."
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    Philando Castile's Girlfriend Diamond Reynolds To Receive $800,000 Settlement | HuffPost


    Diamond Reynolds, who livestreamed the minutes after a cop fatally shot her boyfriend, Philando Castile, has reached a $800,000 settlement with St. Anthony, Minnesota.

    The four-member City Council unanimously voted Tuesday to pay Reynolds $675,000, with the remaining $125,000 to be paid from Roseville Police and the insurance trust, local station WCCO reported.

    “The settlement symbolizes that what happened to my daughter and I on July 6, 2016, was wrong,” Reynolds said in a statement. “While no amount of money can change what happened, bring Philando back, or erase the pain that my daughter and I continue to suffer, I do hope that closing this chapter will allow us to get our lives back and move forward.”

    The settlement comes months after Jeronimo Yanez, the cop who killed 32-year-old Castile, was acquitted of all charges in the shooting. Reynolds, who filed a complaint seeking monetary damages, was in the car with Castile and her 4-year-old daughter when Yanez pulled them over in July 2016. Yanez said he stopped Castile, who was driving, for a broken taillight, but later said he thought Castile looked like a robbery suspect.

    Castile, a nutrition services supervisor at an elementary school, informed Yanez that he had a gun in his car, which he had a permit to carry. Dashcam footage shows Yanez telling Castile not to pull out the gun. Castile appears to say he’s not reaching for it, and then Yanez fires several shots into the car.

    Reynolds broadcast the aftermath of the shooting to millions on Facebook Live. Both she and her daughter were later held by police.

    Yanez, who said he feared for his life and that of Reynold’s daughter, was found not guilty of manslaughter and two counts of endangering Reynolds and her child.

    Part of the settlement, which still has to be approved by a court, will go to a trust fund for Reynolds’ daughter and “her future educational needs,” according to The Washington Post. In June, Castile’s family reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city.

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    Rice County official tweets racist reaction to Diamond Reynolds' settlement | City Pages


    Diamond Reynolds was sitting in the car with Philando Castile when the St. Paul Schools lunch supervisor was killed in a traffic stop last year.

    As former St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez pumped her boyfriend full of bullets, one narrowly missed her four-year-old daughter, who was in the back seat.

    Afterward, police led Reynolds away in handcuffs.

    On Tuesday night, the St. Anthony City Council voted to pay Reynolds $675,000 for her emotional distress and wrongful arrest. The League of Minnesota Cities and the city of Roseville pitched in $125,000.

    That’s an $800,000 settlement, which Elysian city councilman Tom McBroom predicted would be spent within six months on crack cocaine. When challenged on why he’d think a woman with no crack-related criminal history would squander her boyfriend’s blood money that way, McBroom answered, “History.”

    In addition to being an elected official in the tiny southwestern Minnesota town of about 600, McBroom is also a sergeant of the Rice County Sheriff’s Office. That had Twitter users who stumbled upon his racist invective worried about his ability to objectively enforce the law.

    Rice County Chief Deputy Jesse Thomas said Wednesday that he will be reviewing the incident.

    City Pages also reached out to McBroom on Facebook, asking him to address the tweets.

    McBroom responded, “Who said I was Law Enforcement or council member. I’m a general contractor. Wrong person. Sorry.”

    Nevertheless, several photos in McBroom’s Facebook profile showed him wearing the Rice County Sheriff’s Office uniform, and another is identical to his official portrait on the Elysian City Council website. City Pages asked Chief Deputy Thomas to verify the Facebook profile.

    Later, McBroom called and admitted to denying his identity, "Just to screw with you. Because I can."

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    Ex-South Carolina cop could soon learn fate for motorist's shooting | Reuters


    A white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man fleeing a 2015 traffic stop in South Carolina could learn as soon as Thursday whether he will spend the rest of his life in prison for violating the motorist’s civil rights.

    Former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager pleaded guilty in May to the federal charge spurred by the death of 50-year-old Walter Scott.

    At Slager’s sentencing hearing in Charleston this week, prosecutors said the shooting was calculated, while the defense said the patrolman had felt threatened after Scott tried to take his stun gun during a struggle.

    “The defendant shot Walter Scott in the back eight times as he was running away,” prosecutor Jared Fishman said during his closing argument late Wednesday. “It is time to call the shooting of Walter Scott what it was: It was a murder.”

    The case drew national attention after a bystander’s video of the shooting became public, fueling fresh concerns about how minorities are treated by police in the United States.

    A state murder trial ended last December with a hung jury, and state prosecutors dropped the murder case in exchange for the plea in federal court.

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    Woman claims NYPD detectives discussed ‘taking turns’ raping her | New York Post


    The 19-year-old woman who has accused two NYPD cops of raping her broke down in tears Friday while describing in a deposition how the officers took turns attacking her, her attorney said.

    Anna Chambers recalled that at one point, one cop told the other, “Now it’s your turn,” while she was being assaulted in the back of a police van.

    “It was disgusting,” Chambers’ lawyer, Michael David, told The Post of the graphic description recounted by his client. “They were actually discussing that between them, ‘Now it’s your turn.’ I didn’t realize that [accused NYPD cop Richard Hall] did it with such brutal force.”

    Chambers said in the deposition that her hands were cuffed “tightly” behind her as the assault took place in September. “She couldn’t breathe,” David said.

    Chambers became teary-eyed while recounting the experience, her lawyer said. “She broke down. I thought she was going to collapse,” David said.

    Chambers was speaking to an outside law firm hired by the city in advance of her planned lawsuit.

    Hall and partner Eddie Martins in October pleaded not guilty in Brooklyn Criminal Court to rape charges.

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    Chicago is....different. Police brutality is an accepted fact and has been since the 30s
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    Fired but fit for duty | The Oregonian

    Police officers in Oregon can stay eligible to carry a gun and a badge even after being fired for chronically inept police work. Or worse.


    Shaymond Michelson knew a night of drinking had gone badly when he woke up in a jail cell with a face so swollen he had a hard time talking. A police officer wrote in a report he hadn't followed orders. A Navy vet, Michelson trusted that he deserved what he got.

    But weeks later, a police sergeant came to his home carrying a laptop. He opened it on the kitchen table. Michelson and his fiancee huddled around to watch a silent video recorded at the jail's entrance. The sergeant pressed play.

    The video shows Michelson walking toward the door, handcuffed and swaying. He stops. The officer behind him is talking, nodding sharply. Then the officer shoves him. He lurches forward and plants his feet. The officer grabs his neck and throws him to his back on the concrete floor. The officer pins him there, a shin over his chest and throat. A jail deputy arrives, and Michelson kicks toward the deputy's head. The deputy catches his foot and starts to roll him over. The officer punches him in the face. Then again and again and again and again and again.

    Michelson said watching the video was surreal. He replayed it over and over. His fiancee had to walk away.

    He asked Scott McKee, the sergeant who brought the video, whether the arresting officer was allowed to do things like that. The sergeant said no.

    "It looked like a pro wrestling move," said McKee, who criminally investigated the officer's actions. "And the guy's handcuffed. There's no regard for how he lands. There's none."

    Michelson wanted Officer Charles Caruso to be held accountable. He told the city of Eugene he planned to sue. He didn't have to. Eugene paid out $100,000 and fired the officer.

    But Caruso escaped without criminal charges. And the people who held the power to take his badge for good chose to do nothing.

    Case closed.

    But an investigation by The Oregonian/OregonLive found that state regulators took no action to sideline dozens of officers fired for chronically inept police work. Or worse.

    The department let fired officers remain eligible to work even after they accumulated records of brutality, recklessness, shoddy investigations and anger management problems.

    Regulators quietly closed one case after an officer was fired for using excessive force on two handcuffed suspects and for driving 120 mph, at night, through a construction zone. They closed the case of another fired officer whose disciplinary records show he botched investigations, refused to finish police reports, failed to show up at court proceedings, abused sick time and earned a reputation for being volatile and rude.

    Regulators have chosen to shy away from some of the public's greatest concerns about policing, interviews with agency officials show.

    They don't think it's their job to punish officers for brutality.

    They don't think it's their job to punish officers for incompetence.

    They don't think it's their job to even contemplate punishing officers who haven't been convicted of a crime or who haven't lost their jobs.

    They hardly ever perform their own investigations. The department employs only two investigators for the more than 10,000 police officers, corrections officers, dispatchers and parole and probation officers in the state. The investigators rely on documents that employers send them and almost never follow up once those documents arrive. Some police departments do a better job of investigating their own than others. As a result, officers are not held to the same standard across the state.

    Like doctors, lawyers and teachers, police officers must receive the state's blessing to work in Oregon. The department certifies officers who have completed minimum training, and it has the authority to take away their certifications for any misconduct afterward. An officer decertified in Oregon could get certified elsewhere, but police departments in other states can see the red flag if they look for it.

    State certifying agencies could be the vanguard of police accountability in an era when many police departments, prosecutors and the U.S. Justice Department show little appetite for second-guessing cops.

    The Oregonian/OregonLive wanted to know how the state's reputation as a national leader compared to reality.

    Reporters analyzed three databases and more than 10,000 pages of documents from the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. The department didn't turn the records over easily. Reporters successfully appealed to the state Attorney General's Office 10 times to force access to documents and data.

    Among the findings:
    • The department considers incompetence something for chiefs and sheriffs to deal with, not state regulators. The department's staff closed cases when officers were fired after sleeping on duty, repeatedly failing to seize or log evidence, or showing up to work drunk. They closed the books on a Portland crime scene investigator, even though the city's Police Bureau found he refused to go to a homicide scene to process evidence with other investigators and, separately, attended a birthday party outside the city while on the clock.
    • The department won't decertify officers for brutality unless they are criminally convicted. People filed hundreds of complaints alleging excessive force by Oregon officers from 2013 through 2016. But of the officers who came before regulators during the period, only one was convicted for it. Even a conviction won't bar an officer from service permanently. Regulators recently allowed a decertified Clackamas County sheriff's deputy to re-apply for police work eight years after he was convicted for choking a teenager while on duty.
    • Patterns of bad behavior can go unknown or unpunished, even when an officer's record is exceptionally lengthy. A Clatsop County deputy was allowed to keep his certification despite a history thousands of pages long that featured write-ups for extremely fast driving, unsettling comments and sloppy evidence practices. The deputy's troubles, according to the county's attorney, included at least seven on-duty crashes, nine formal reprimands and 62 memos criticizing his attitude and performance.
    Oregon does well in national comparisons for stripping problem officers of their powers. In 2015, Oregon ranked 11th in the rate of officers who were decertified, a survey by Seattle University professor Matthew Hickman showed.

    The bar is low. Oregon routinely decertifies officers when they've committed a crime and punishes many even without a criminal conviction. Some states act only on felonies. A few have no mechanism at all for ousting bad officers.

    The national rankings say nothing about the cases that states choose to drop.

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    'No defending the indefensible,' says top Oregon police official | The Oregonian


    The superintendent of Oregon State Police said this week some of the officers featured in The Oregonian/OregonLive's investigation "Fired, But Fit for Duty" had done things that should have barred them from police work permanently.

    "There's no defending the indefensible," said Travis Hampton, who is a member of the board that oversees public safety officers in the state.

    Hampton is one police leader who has reacted strongly to "Fired, But Fit for Duty."

    The newsroom's investigation examined the work of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, which certifies police officers in Oregon and has the authority to take away their certifications for misconduct.

    The newsroom looked at all cases state regulators closed from 2013 through 2016 and found they failed to sideline dozens of fired officers who had accumulated a record of inept police work, or worse.

    Examples included officers fired after punching a handcuffed suspect, driving 150 miles per hour during a pursuit over a two-lane bridge, showing up to work drunk, sleeping on duty and leaving a patrol district unattended to visit a love interest near the county jail 17 miles away.

    Regulators won't open a decertification case unless an officer has been arrested or has left a job in connection with an investigation or a settlement agreement. They hardly ever perform their own investigations, relying instead on documents from local agencies.

    Daryl Turner, the president of Portland's police union, said the officers he represents are under enough layers of oversight.

    "The system in place is a solid system," Turner said. "I believe it works well."

    Within hours of the investigation publishing online, Turner sent out a press release saying the article was "sensationalism" with the "overarching premise that DPSST is meant to act as some sort of super-employer."

    He sent the statement on behalf of the Oregon Coalition of Police & Sheriffs, an organization that does lobbying and public relations for line officers at some of the state's largest agencies.

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    officialERICA GARNER‏ @es_snipes 13 hours ago
    This is one of Erica's workers. Pray for her.

    officialERICA GARNER‏ @es_snipes 13 hours ago
    She is in a coma.

    officialERICA GARNER @es_snipes 12 hours ago
    I'll tweet updates as I have them. Please pray for Erica right now.

    officialERICA GARNER‏ @es_snipes 1 hour ago
    The Garner/Snipes family wants to thank you all for your prayers and support. At this moment there are no updates on Erica's condition. They ask that you take this holiday to enjoy your loved ones and for self care. More updates will come as they are available.

    Daughter of Eric Garner, Man Who Died After Police Chokehold, Hospitalized | NBC New York


    The oldest daughter of a New York City man killed by a police chokehold has been hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack.

    Her mother, Esaw Snipes-Garner, says her daughter's cardiac arrest was triggered by an asthma attack.

    More at
  67. The Wrong Guy Member

    Activist Erica Garner, daughter of Eric Garner, is dead at 27


    Activist Erica Garner, the eldest daughter of Eric Garner who died at the hands police in New York City, died Saturday after a major heart attack. Garner was 27.

    A representative of the family announced via Garner’s Twitter account that the heart attack over Christmas weekend left her with major brain damage, and later confirmed the activist’s death.

    The mother of two was a prominent, fiery voice of the Black Lives Matter movement as well as in national and local politics, largely for her tireless pursuit of accountability and justice for police violence victims.

    Following the death of her father, Eric Garner, who was held in a fatal chokehold by a plainclothes NYPD officer on July 17, 2014, a grand jury declined to indict any of the officers involved in the encounter. Video footage captured on a bystander’s smartphone showed Garner’s father saying “I can’t breathe” several times as officers attempted to arrest him for allegedly selling loose cigarettes in Staten Island.

    His final words went on to become a rallying cry of the BLM movement.

    As of late December, it had been roughly 1,261 days since Eric Garner’s death — and no disciplinary action had been taken against Daniel Pantaleo, who remains employed with the New York Police Department. Under the Obama administration, the Justice Department opened a civil rights investigation into the officer’s conduct — but has yet to announce whether it will file criminal charges against Pantaleo.

    Continued at

    Erica Garner Died Before a Single NYPD Officer Received the Training That Could Have Saved Her Father’s Life
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    (Include bodycam video of the shooting.)

    Granted that the arsehole who did the swatting checked off all the boxes to get someone killed, police should never have taken an unconfirmed anonymous call as confirmed just because there was caller ID. Caller ID has been broken for many years and the phone companies need to be held accountable for that.

    Killing a bewildered innocent person, blinded by police lights and being shouted at, should never have happened for "failure to comply" without a visible deadly threat present.
  69. Colorado shooting: Four police officers injured, one dead

    A police officer has been killed and four others have been injured while responding to an early morning domestic dispute in the US state of Colorado.

    Authorities confirmed two civilians were also shot by a suspect, who they say is now believed to be dead.

    The shooting happened at an apartment complex at Highlands Ranch, south of Denver.

    Residents in the area were put on "code red" alert and told to stay inside, away from windows during the incident.
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  71. The Use of Force project goals

    "Failing to make life preservation the primary principle shaping police decisions about using force

    Failing to require officers to de-escalate situations, where possible, by communicating with subjects, maintaining distance, and otherwise eliminating the need to use force

    Allowing officers to choke or strangle civilians, in many cases where less lethal force could be used instead, resulting in the unnecessary death or serious injury of civilians

    Failing to require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers and report these incidents immediately to a supervisor

    Failing to develop a Force Continuum that limits the types of force and/or weapons that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance.

    Failing to require officers to exhaust all other reasonable means before resorting to deadly force.

    Failing to require officers to give a verbal warning, when possible, before shooting at a civilian.

    Failing to require officers to report each time they use force or threaten to use force against civilians
  72. The Wrong Guy Member


    These policies often fail to include common-sense limits on police use of force, including:
    1. Failing to make life preservation the primary principle shaping police decisions about using force
    2. Failing to require officers to de-escalate situations, where possible, by communicating with subjects, maintaining distance, and otherwise eliminating the need to use force
    3. Allowing officers to choke or strangle civilians, in many cases where less lethal force could be used instead, resulting in the unnecessary death or serious injury of civilians
    4. Failing to require officers to intervene and stop excessive force used by other officers and report these incidents immediately to a supervisor
    5. Failing to develop a Force Continuum that limits the types of force and/or weapons that can be used to respond to specific types of resistance.
    6. Failing to require officers to exhaust all other reasonable means before resorting to deadly force.
    7. Failing to require officers to give a verbal warning, when possible, before shooting at a civilian.
    8. Failing to require officers to report each time they use force or threaten to use force against civilians
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    On New Year’s Eve, Deputy Larry Falce was violently attacked after a minor traffic collision in his personal vehicle. Larry was hospitalized and succumbed to his injuries this evening. At 10:00 PM, a procession will accompany his body from Loma Linda Hospital to the Coroner’s Office. Rest easy, Larry and thank you for your service.
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    An El Paso County Sheriff's deputy has been shot dead, becoming the state's third officer to be killed in the line of duty this year.

    Micah Flick, 34, was investigating a report of a stolen car when he was fatally shot. Three other officers and a civilian were also injured.

    Mr Flick died on his 11th anniversary on the job, the sheriff's office said.
  75. Two police officers from Westerville, Ohio, were fatally shot Saturday in the line of duty while responding to a potential domestic violence call, officials said.

    Shortly after noon Saturday, police dispatched officers to an apartment complex after receiving a 911 call from someone who hung up, authorities said.

    “As they went into the apartment, they were immediately met with gunfire and both officers were shot,” an emotional Westerville Police Chief Joe Morbitzer said at a news conference.
  76. One Pomona police officer killed, another wounded; standoff with gunman continues

    The suspect remained holed up inside an apartment Saturday. Around 7 a.m., a loud bang was heard, and an officer called for the suspect to come out with his hands up. Officials said SWAT officers have made contact with the man, who has so far not surrendered. Police said they didn't know how many weapons he has with him.

    At a news conference Saturday morning, authorities said the incident began as a police pursuit that ended near the apartment complex when the suspect's car crashed. The suspect ran from his vehicle and was followed by officers on foot.

    He went into the apartment complex and barricaded himself inside one of the units. When officers arrived, authorities said, he fired through a door, hitting the two officers.

    A law enforcement source said about 75 officers from several agencies converged on the scene but were unable to move the wounded officers to safety at first because of gunfire.
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  77. Justine Damond shooting: US policeman charged with murder


    US prosecutors have laid a murder charge against a policeman who shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman.

    Officer Mohamed Noor, 32, turned himself in over the death of Justine Damond in Minneapolis, prosecutors said. He is accused of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

    Ms Damond died in July last year after calling police to report a possible sexual assault outside her home.

    A lawyer for Mr Noor said his client had acted in line with police training.
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    Sgt. Noel Ramirez (l.), 29, and deputy Taylor Lindsey (r.), 25, were killed by a gunman in a Chinese restaurant on April 19, 2018.

    Gunman entered Chinese restaurant to fatally shoot Florida deputies before killing self

    Highnote had no prior history with the Gilchrist Sheriff's Office, authorities said.

    "It appears he just walked up and shot them, then went to his car and shot himself. It's inexplicable," said State Attorney Bill Cervon, according to News 4 Jax. "People will want to know why, and we may never have an answer for them," he added.

    Gilchrist County Sheriff Bobby Schultz blamed the killings on hatred toward law enforcement.
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    A Dallas police officer has died and another remains in critical condition after a shooting at a Home Depot on Tuesday. A civilian guard was also critically injured, according to authorities.

    Officer Rogelio Santander, 27, died Wednesday morning, the Dallas Police Department told multiple media outlets. The other officer, 26-year-old Crystal Almeida, remains in critical condition. The wounded civilian, a Home Depot loss prevention officer, has not been identified.
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    The Mounting Legal Fight Over How Portland Cops Manage Protests

    As more protesters push back, will PPB change its ways?

    By Alex Zielinski, The Portland Mercury


    Jeremy Ibarra wasn’t planning on suing the Portland Police Bureau. But after the 35-year-old man was arrested during a chaotic June 2017 protest—shortly after officers corralled him and at least 200 others in a group and announced they were all being detained—he and his lawyers are prepared to hold the bureau accountable. In doing so, they could accelerate a growing legal fight to ban this type of mass detention at protests.

    Ibarra went to downtown Portland’s Chapman Square on June 4 as a counter-protester, hoping to speak out against the pro-Trump rally taking place across the street at Terry Schrunk Plaza. In what’s increasingly becoming the standard for Portland protests, police showed up in head-to-toe tactical gear. According to PPB, counter-protesters threw a bottle of soda and a brick at the officers. In response, PPB formed a human lasso around some 200 protesters and announced via loudspeaker that everyone inside the circle was being detained. Officers shot paintball-style bullets filled with pepper and flash bangs at the crowd while others directed protesters to disperse, according to protester testimony. When Ibarra tried to leave the crowd, he was arrested for disorderly conduct.

    Instead of taking a plea deal from the Multnomah County District Attorney, Ibarra opted for a trial by jury—an unusual path for a misdemeanor charge. The decision worked in his favor: By the end of the week-long trial, the jury sided with Ibarra and issued a not guilty verdict. But Ibarra wasn’t going to leave it at that.

    Days after the ruling, Ibarra’s attorneys filed a tort claim against PPB, arguing that the entire premise of Ibarra’s arrest—being held along with hundreds of people for the actions of a select few—was unconstitutional.

    “The City clearly based their mass detention not on probable cause,” the tort reads. “The overbreadth of the detention caused the illegal arrest of Mr. Ibarra.”

    The police tactic in question, often called “kettling,” isn’t new. New York officers kettled protesters during the 2004 Republican National Convention, DC Metropolitan Police kettled hundreds who participated in the January 2016 Inauguration Day protests, and St. Louis police were recently accused of kettling protesters following the acquittal of an officer who fatally shot a civilian. In 2014, 70 or so people were kettled by Portland police during a protest over the non-indictment of Ferguson, Missouri, Police Officer Darren Wilson. (Included in that kettle was then-Mercury News Editor Denis C. Theriault, who was reporting on the protest.) A new wave of protests spurred by the election of Donald Trump, however, has renewed the public’s pushback on kettling tactics.

    “They’re not doing anything new, there’s just new people participating in protests,” says Juan C. Chavez, Ibarra’s attorney. “We’re seeing scrutiny where there should have been for a while.”

    That scrutiny is also coming from the ACLU of Oregon, who filed a class action lawsuit against PPB after the June 4 protest, specifically for the kettle-style mass detention.

    “Kettling protesters without probable cause and/or individualized suspicion violates the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution,” reads the ACLU’s complaint, filed last November, that names five people who were caught in the kettle as plaintiffs.

    Chavez says these mounting lawsuits against the city and its police force will hopefully encourage the PPB to reconsider how it handles large crowds. Another thing that could help: Having more protesters like Ibarra taking their misdemeanor protest charges to court—and winning. The cost of sending county prosecutors to fight petty charges in court adds up, as does pulling officers off the clock to testify against protesters.

    “So often, district attorneys file these cases because they know they won’t get sued,” says Chavez. “But they have to answer to us now. Mr. Ibarra wants to show others that they also have rights, that they can fight back.”

    They can, that is, if those cases even make it as far as the district attorney’s office. In April 2017, the Mercury found that the majority of protest-related arrests in Portland since Trump’s election had been rejected by the office of Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill—a signal that these arrests were more symbolic than they were lawful.

    Between unnecessary arrests, the PPB’s tactical armor, and kettling, some civil rights lawyers say Portland police are increasingly using scare tactics to keep people from attending protests.

    Lisa Pardini, a Portland defense attorney who’s represented protesters, calls PPB’s militarized gear “bizarrely unnecessary” and believes the look provokes some of the violent action that takes place at protests. “When you’re dressed in that battle gear, it’s hard not to [be provoked],” Pardini says.

    That only adds to the slippery slope of unconstitutional allegations. If kettling qualifies as protest deterrence, then the PPB could also be accused of violating Portlanders’ First Amendment rights.

    Chavez says it shouldn’t be that difficult for the PPB to follow rules upheld by Oregon and the US Constitution.

    “We want this practice to stop. We want people to be able to go to a protest without getting tear-gassed and without being arrested because one person allegedly threw something,” he says. “It’s as simple as that.”

  81. (CNN)A female deputy who was shot Friday as she and another deputy were transporting prisoners from a courthouse has died, officials in Kansas City, Kansas, said Saturday.
    The male deputy, Patrick Rohrer, was also shot and died at the hospital Friday. He and Theresa "TK" King were overcome by the suspect inside a gated area, police said. She died early Saturday morning.
    "Deputy King and Deputy Rohrer did not just offer to us a total gift of themselves yesterday. They did it each and every day that they stepped out into their community," Mayor David Alvey said.
    Rohrer, 35, was with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office for 17 years and King, 44, was a 14-year veteran. They both worked in the prisoner transport division.

    Maj. Kelli Bailiff, a spokeswoman for the sheriff, said the two slain deputies were "bright and intelligent wonderful personalities. They were an asset to our agency. They came to work every day with a smile, willing to help out, willing to do anything."
    King had three children, Bailiff said, and Rohrer had two.

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