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  1. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Fatal police shooting of pregnant woman because the Taser wasn't charged
    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...er-investigation-for-leaving-taser-in-locker/

    "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.""
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    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

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    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 news.com.au.

    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.”

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...merican-police-officer-killed-their-daughter/

    Mohamed Noor: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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    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

    More at http://heavy.com/news/2017/07/moham...k-minneapolis-police-officer-somali-mohammed/

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

    http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/justine-d...rnbull-to-demand-answers-20170718-gxdz6u.html

    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.

    https://heavy.com/news/2017/07/mohamed-noor-justine-damond-ruszczyk-new-update-latest/
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    '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
    • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4711218/Killer-cop-Mohamed-Noor-sued-woman.htmlIt is claimed he forcibly sent a woman to hospital and injured her in the process
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4711218/Killer-cop-Mohamed-Noor-sued-woman.html

    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 DailyMail.com 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.''
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...op-Noor-tells-story-Justine-startled-him.html
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    'Twin Cities Police easily startled,' signs warn after shooting | CNN

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    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.

    Continued at www.cnn.com/2017/07/24/us/twin-cities-police-easily-startled-signs-trnd/
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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.

    Transcript: https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/24/criminologist_phil_stinson_police_kill_three
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

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

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    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.”

    Source: http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-mayor-announcing-changes-for-police-body-cameras/436730873/
  7. http://www.motherjones.com/politics...y-under-federal-oversight-for-discrimination/
    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

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    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.

    Continued at https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/investigations/police-fired-rehired/
  10. http://www.mcall.com/news/nationwor...-police-misconduct-online-20170802-story.html

    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

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    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.”

    Continued at https://apnews.com/2a7be40a2aa5447f907b3d6ad338a572
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    Trump to reverse ban on local police using military equipment: report

    http://thehill.com/homenews/adminis...-local-police-using-military-equipment-report
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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

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    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.

    Continued at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/...ial-marco-proano-met-0829-20170828-story.html

    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.

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/chicago-cop-shoots-teens-vehicle/
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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

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    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.

    Source: http://www.philasun.com/commentary/surprise-blue-line-even-drawn-around-black-cops-slay-whites/
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