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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #255 on: August 19, 2020, 10:47:59 am »
Wednesday, 19th August 2o2o
Deadly Portland police encounters reveal troubling patterns
by Noelle Crombie, Shane Dixon Kavanaugh, Maxine Bernstein and David Cansler

It’s been 17 years since a Portland police officer fired a single shot at Kendra James, killing the young woman as she tried to drive away during a traffic stop.

The broad outlines of that encounter are by now well-known: James, who grew up in North Portland, was Black and unarmed.

The officer had reached deep into the car to get James out, a decision that the chief at the time criticized.

James put the car in gear.

It started to move.

Officer Scott McCollister said he lost his footing and feared he would be dragged down the street.

He drew his 9mm pistol.

The bullet pierced the woman’s left hip and lodged under her right breast.

The shooting galvanized Black leaders and spurred a movement focused on wholesale police reform that remains just as urgent today as Black Lives Matter activists -- propelled by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis -- seek a fundamental rethinking of policing.

“Everything blew,” said the Rev. LeRoy Haynes, chairman of a group now known as the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice and Police Reform, founded in response to the James killing.

The group has gone on to become a leading voice in the effort to transform policing police culture and policy in Portland.

“There was great outrage from the Black community, not only the Black community,” he said.

“People came to the march that we organized from all sections of the city.”

Under the backdrop of current demands for far-reaching change, The Oregonian/OregonLive analyzed fatal shootings by Portland police since James died in 2003.

In the intervening years, police have shot and killed 39 more people.

They were suicidal or in the throes of an emotional crisis.

Some people, like James, were trying to flee police.

In other cases, officers were responding to calls about break-ins, robberies or assaults. Most of those killed had guns or knives.

A handful had replica pistols.

Those fatally shot were disproportionately Black.

At least half of the cases involved people with mental illness.

None of the more than five dozen officers who pulled a trigger in the shootings were ultimately disciplined or indicted by a grand jury, despite attempts to fire or suspend some of them.

Those stubborn and troubling patterns are now spurring the thousands of people who have taken to the streets in Portland in the last two months, saying the names of Black Oregonians killed by police and decrying a criminal justice system that too often harms people of color.

“You can add all the training and this, that and the other,” said Donna Hayes, whose teenage grandson, Quanice Hayes, was killed by a Portland police officer three years ago.

Changing policies and training, she said, doesn’t fix the “warrior” culture in policing.

“They do what they are supposed to do,” she said.

“This is the way they were created.”

The city has paid out a total of more than $2.2 million to the families of four people fatally shot by Portland police officers since James’ death in 2003, according to Portland Copwatch, a grassroots police watchdog organization.

“All of this clearly shows there’s no accountability when a police officer kills a community member,” said Jo Ann Hardesty, a longtime police reform advocate who became the first Black woman elected to the Portland City Council in 2018.

“I think we could all agree that what we’ve been doing is not working.”

Twenty-eight percent of those who died at the hands of police were Black, though about 8% of Portland’s nearly 655,000 residents identify as Black alone or in combination with another race.

Eleven Black people died in the 40 shootings reviewed by The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Twenty-seven shooting victims, or 68%, were white and two were Latino.

A study by two researchers at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that Portland ranks 208th out of nearly 400 American metro areas in police killings for all races and ethnicities between 2013 and 2017.

The researchers looked at Clackamas, Columbia, Multnomah, Washington and Yamhill counties, as well as Skamania and Clark counties in Washington.

The region ranked 56th in the rate of Latinos killed by police and 122nd in the killings of Black people.

Portland’s ranking in the study is affected by the inclusion of a half-dozen counties with very small percentages of Black people.

Nationally, Black Americans are killed at a much higher rate than white Americans, according to The Washington Post, which has tracked fatal shootings by on-duty police officers since 2015.

Black people account for less than 13% of the U.S. population but are killed by police at more than twice the rate of white Americans, the news organization found.

“It isn’t any different here in Portland,” said Jann Carson, interim executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon.

Despite efforts to train police and improve policing, she said, the outcome for “the most vulnerable segments of our communities, primarily Black people and people in mental crisis” remains the same.


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« Reply #256 on: August 19, 2020, 10:50:36 am »
The death of Kendra James represented a watershed moment in the Police Bureau’s long and strained relationship with the city’s Black community.

When the 21-year-old woman was shot, police removed her from the car, handcuffed her and left her on the ground unattended.

She died from her injuries.

It would be another four days before investigators interviewed the officer.

He received a 5½-month suspension, later reversed by a state arbitrator.

A grand jury found the shooting was justified.

Later, a federal jury reached the same conclusion and rejected the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the James family.

In the aftermath of James’ death, a coalition of community groups and Black leaders pressed Portland police to adopt two dozen reforms addressing what they identified as gaps in police culture, hiring, training, independent oversight, racial profiling and the grand jury process for police shootings.

Progress meeting those calls has been mixed, said Dan Handelman, a longtime police accountability advocate in Portland.

Those pushing for change, for instance, want Oregon’s deadly force statute to include objective standards that define what constitutes a threat to public safety instead of relying on the “reasonable” judgment of the officer at the scene.

That demand — and others including requiring city leaders to ask the FBI to investigate controversial police shootings for possible civil rights violations — hasn’t been met, said Handelman, a founding member of Portland Copwatch.

Oregon lawmakers this week revised the deadly force law but the amendments fell short of the standards sought by activists.

Yet other policy changes, including bias training for officers, have been adopted but haven’t made a meaningful difference, Handelman said.

“We are still seeing the traffic stop data and the shooting data that reflects over-policing of the Black community,” he said.

Donna Hayes said she often thinks of the fear her 17-year-old grandson must have felt when confronted by police in February 2017.

Quanice Hayes, known to his family as Moose, was a suspect in an armed robbery and attempted carjacking earlier that day.

Police were told Hayes had held up a man in a car and that the man had described his assailant as having a tan pistol.

Police discovered Hayes in an alcove in front of a Northeast Portland home and ordered him to keep his hands up but crawl toward officers on the driveway and then lie down with his hands to his side, according to grand jury testimony.

Police said Hayes appeared to reach toward his waistband.

An officer fired, killing him.

Police said they found a black and tan replica gun in a flower bed about 2 feet from Hayes’ body.

Three months before he was killed, police had warned Hayes, then found with a fake gun, that it could get him killed.

Hayes’ grandmother doesn’t buy the police account of what happened.

The family has sued the city.

“He was a kid but he wasn’t a stupid kid to pull a play gun out of his waistband to be shot,” she said.

“All I can think of was how scared my grandson was.”

She said the teen had been taught by family always to keep his hands where police could see them.

“They will see you as Black,” she said she told her grandson.

“Show your hands.”

The analysis found that at least 20, or 50%, of those killed by Portland police had a mental illness or were experiencing a mental health crisis.

Some suffered from a diagnosed condition or appeared suicidal.

Others displayed emotional distress or erratic behavior leading up to their fatal encounter.

Michael Gennaco, a national authority on policing who has studied Portland police practices for more than a decade, said police departments around the country have their own patterns and trends that emerge around their officers’ use of force.

Take Southern California, he said.

There, he said, police shootings tend to be associated with criminal activity — such as a suspect firing on police from a moving car — or violent crime.

“That doesn’t seem to be as prevalent in Portland. It seems to be more mental health or (people) under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” he said.

Gennaco has seen signs of improvement in Portland police over the past decade, he said.

“I see encounters where things are slowed down. I see encounters where there is more deliberation, thoughtfulness and planning with regard to addressing the situation,” he said.

“But even when you do some of that it doesn’t mean you will get a result where deadly force is not used,” said Gennaco of OIR Group based in California.

His organization’s most recent report on police shootings in Portland highlighted a problem with what he called the “action reaction principle” in which officers are trained that someone can pull out a weapon before officers can get to their own guns.

“While that may be consistent with physics,” he said,

“we are worried about the implication. That doesn’t mean you should be shooting someone before you see a gun. In our view, it means you need to get back, you need to seek cover, you need to be safe.”

One of the city’s highest profile police shootings unfolded a decade ago and involved a report of a suicidal and armed man who was distraught about the death of his younger brother earlier that day.

When Aaron Campbell, a Black man, emerged from a Northeast Portland apartment complex, an officer thought Campbell was reaching for a gun.

The officer, Ronald Frashour, fired and killed Campbell.

Campbell was 25.

Campbell was unarmed; a gun was found later in his girlfriend’s apartment.

Campbell’s girlfriend told the primary officer at the scene that Campbell’s state of mind had improved since the previous night, according to Portland police reports.

The information didn’t reach fellow officers, the reports say.

Investigative records laid bare the disconnect between one officer who was talking to Campbell by text and phone and five officers standing ready in the parking lot with a high-powered rifle, beanbag shotgun and dog.

Those officers had no idea of the progress that their colleague had made communicating with Campbell.

Officers would later say they were surprised when they saw Campbell emerge -- walking backward with his hands behind his head -- from the apartment.

The grand jury issued a blistering rebuke of the Portland Police Bureau for its mishandling of the scene and said the agency should be held accountable for Campbell’s death.

The jurors said Campbell died as the result of “flawed police policies, incomplete or inappropriate training, incomplete communication.”

The city settled with Campbell’s family for $1.2 million – the second-largest payout associated with a deadly police shooting death in Portland.

The city has spent millions to settle claims involving people who died in police custody or were shot by police.

It paid $1.6 million to the family of James Chasse, a white 42-year-old who suffered from schizophrenia and died in 2006 from blunt force trauma to the chest after officers chased him and knocked him to the ground in the Pearl District.

The city paid $2.3 million to settle a lawsuit filed by William Kyle Monroe, a white man who was permanently disabled in 2011 after an officer fired lethal rounds from a beanbag shotgun.

The settlement remains the largest payout to date.

A grand jury also indicted the officer for assault.

As recently as last year, people with mental illness continued to be overrepresented in fatal police encounters in Portland.

Of the five fatal police shootings in 2019, three involved people in the midst of a mental health crisis:

-- Andre Gladen, a 36-year-old legally blind man with schizophrenia who had used methamphetamine before bursting into a stranger’s home.

-- Koben S. Henriksen, a 51-year-old man whose father described his son’s illness as somewhere between extreme bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and who witnesses say was walking in traffic with knives.

-- Lane Christopher Martin, a 31-year-old man who threatened a security guard with a knife and hatchet and swung a hatchet as he walked down a busy city thoroughfare.

Martin’s family said he experienced a psychotic break when confronted by police.

Gladen was Black; Henriksen and Martin were white.

Portland police officers, including the one who fatally shot Henriksen, had previously encountered Henriksen and in that case took him for mental health treatment, Henriksen’s father said.

Rick Henriksen described his son as “very sick” and said he had been living on the street and off his medication in the weeks leading up to his death.

One of the officers in that earlier contact “basically talked with my son and talked him down to the point where he sat down and started crying,” the father said.

“Obviously,” he said,

“the shooter didn’t learn much as a result of how you handle or should handle the mentally ill.”

The news organization’s analysis found that 32, or 80%, of the people killed by police were armed with weapons such as guns, knives and in one case a crowbar.

Four of the guns were replicas.

Seven people were unarmed.

Three were Black, including James.

Four were white.

In one instance, police killed a man who emerged from his ex-girlfriend’s apartment holding what the officer thought was a rifle; it turned out to be an umbrella wrapped in a towel.

Those inside the duplex included his ex-girlfriend’s three children who later revealed to police that the man, Ronald Richard Riebling Jr., 40, had ordered them to tell officers he was armed.

No guns were found on the man or in the complex.

Many of the police shootings involved people who were hurting others or threatening to harm them when police arrived.

Police said David Wayne Downs, 38, was threatening a woman with a knife and holding her hostage in the stairwell of a Pearl District building when officers encountered him last year.

Jeb Brock, 42, was holding a woman at knifepoint in a room with a baby when police fired on him last year.

He had stabbed three other residents in the home before officers arrived, according to police, witnesses and grand jury transcripts.

Kelly Swoboda, 49, was wanted in the kidnapping of a 23-year-old woman from her job at a tanning salon near Oak Grove.

He was killed in a 2014 shootout with an officer who was called to the area to investigate a report of a suspicious van near the Hillsboro Library.

He was shot three times and died.

Swoboda fired at the officer, injuring his hand.

The case was one of three since James’ death in 2003 when Portland officers were shot by suspects who died in the confrontations.

Ten years ago, Keaton Otis, 25, shot Officer Christopher Burley in the groin.

In 2004, William T. Grigsby, 24, fired on Officer Richard Steinbronn and Officer Christopher Gjovik -- injuring both.

A total of 65 police officers fired their guns in these shootings, according to the newsroom’s analysis.

Three were disciplined, but those actions were later overturned in arbitration with the police union.

McCollister, who shot Kendra James, ultimately received back pay for his 5 ½ month suspension.

The 2006 arbitration decision also ordered the city to expunge the suspension from McCollister’s record.

Frashour was fired by then-Chief Mike Reese after he killed Aaron Campbell.

But an arbitrator in 2012 found there was "an objectively reasonable basis" for Frashour to believe that Campbell posed an immediate risk of serious injury or death to others.

The arbitrator ordered the city to reinstate him with lost wages.

Reese also suspended two sergeants and an officer who fired the beanbags for two weeks without pay for their role in the Campbell shooting.

An arbitrator upheld those disciplinary actions.

Lt. Jeffrey Kaer was fired by then-Mayor Tom Potter in 2006 after he shot and killed Dennis Lamar Young, an unarmed white man who was inside a car outside of Kaer’s sister’s home.

A 2008 ruling found Potter didn’t have just cause to fire the commanding officer.

Records show McCollister and Frashour still work as officers with the Portland Police Bureau. Kaer retired in 2016.

A Portland officer hasn’t been indicted for killing someone in 51 years, since an on-duty officer fatally shot his girlfriend’s husband in 1969.

The officer, Steven Sims, was eventually convicted of manslaughter and sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2011, a Multnomah County grand jury indicted Portland officer Dane Reister on assault charges after he mistakenly fired lethal rounds from a beanbag shotgun and critically wounded William Kyle Monroe in Southwest Portland.

Reese, then the police chief, fired the officer in 2013.

Reister later died by suicide.

According to the newsroom’s analysis, seven of the 65 officers have fatally shot two people during their careers with the Portland Police Bureau.

One of them, Terry Kruger, is now the police chief of West Linn.

Another, Nathan Voeller, who was involved in fatal shootings in 2006 and 2013, currently serves as a lieutenant in Portland, records show.

His promotions to sergeant and lieutenant came in 2012 and 2018, respectively.

“There is just a sense that a cop can kill somebody and never face responsibility for it,” said state Senator Lew Frederick, D-Northeast Portland, a Black lawmaker who has long pushed for statewide police reform and accountability measures.

“It’s a get-out-of-jail card for anything that was done.”

All told, 20 of the 65 officers who used deadly force in the shootings eventually earned promotions.

Fifty-six of them currently work as police officers in Portland or other law enforcement agencies in the metro area, state certification records show.

The Oregonian/OregonLive provided Portland Police Chief Chuck Lovell with the findings of its analysis and sought comment.

In a written statement, Lovell said each shooting involving officers undergoes an extensive internal and external review.

“Even though these incidents are rare, they have lasting effects on families, the community and the bureau,” he wrote.

“We have to learn from such impactful incidents.”

In the past decade, Lovell said the Police Bureau has carried out “major reforms” in areas dealing with mental health, use of force, training, policy, accountability and community engagement.

The bureau, he wrote, is committed to building “community trust through open dialogue and by doing the work required to provide its officers the best training possible so that they can effectively serve the community.”

Daryl Turner, president of the Portland Police Association, the police union that represents about 950 rank-and-file officers, sergeants, detectives and forensic criminalists, didn’t respond to an email seeking comment.

The Police Bureau and the city remain under a 2014 settlement agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice after a federal investigation found police used excessive force against people with mental illness and fired multiple cycles of Taser gun shocks unnecessarily.

The agreement led police to improve crisis intervention and de-escalation training, do a better job of tracking when and how police use force and improve their tracking of complaints against officers.

After 2019 became one of the deadliest years of police shootings in the last decade, no one has died in a confrontation with Portland police in more than eight months.

Still, a growing number of activists, lawmakers and criminal justice reform advocates believe the oversight and rules for reviewing fatal shootings by officers are complicated and unfair.

Haynes, of the Albina Ministerial Alliance, said the process

“has been unfair to the citizens of Portland, the mentally ill and Black people. It’s a process that Black folks have no trust in. They know the answer before the grand jury ever issues a statement. In fact the system has broken down.”

Frederick has spent nearly a decade proposing changes to state law that would shift the job of investigating and prosecuting officer-involved shootings from district attorneys to an independent agency such as the Oregon attorney general.

The proposals are now gaining traction in Salem and are part of the focus of a newly formed Joint Committee on Transparent Policing and Use of Force Reform.

“We need the community to believe there’s a credible investigation following a use of force incident,” he said.

“The promise by law enforcement after these incidents has always been ‘We’ll police ourselves.’ It’s never happened.”

Meanwhile, Hardesty is leading a push to revamp Portland’s police oversight system, which residents will vote on this fall.

The new oversight board would investigate complaints against police employees, deaths of people in police custody, uses of deadly force and officer-caused injuries, as well as cases of alleged discrimination and constitutional rights violations.

Board members would be allowed to subpoena documents, access police records and require witnesses, including police, to give statements.

They also would be allowed to impose discipline, up to firing a police employee.

“We now have a chance to fundamentally change our city’s police oversight system,” Hardesty said.

“It’s long overdue.”


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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #257 on: August 31, 2020, 09:44:03 am »
Saw this written in another online forum; let me reiterate for the readers at HEF:

In the Hollywood movie, Robocop, corporate America assists dangerous criminals and incite street riots so that property values will lower at a cheaper rate to purchase the city while simultaneously privatizing the city police force.

Would you buy that for a dollar?
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« Reply #258 on: August 31, 2020, 10:49:20 pm »
Tuesday, 1st September 2o2o
Ex-Boyfriend Of Breonna Taylor Says Louisville Police Involved In Coverup Regarding Her Death

The ex-boyfriend of Breonna Taylor is speaking out as more details of his involvement in her shooting death come to light.

Last week, in an interview with the Louisville Courier Journal, Jamarcus Glover, who dated Taylor off and on for roughly four years, said that police wrongfully obtained a search warrant for her house and are now attempting to blame him for her death.

“The police are trying to make it out to be my fault and turning the whole community out here making it look like I brought this to Breonna’s door,” Glover told the outlet.

“There was nothing never there or anything ever there, and at the end of the day, they went about it the wrong way and lied on that search warrant and shot that girl out there,” he added.

According to an extensive report, Taylor and Glover, a convicted drug felon, were involved in a romantic relationship for years.

The night officers entered Taylor’s home unannounced (based on the majority of witness accounts), they intended to speak to Taylor, whom they believed to be home alone, about Glover’s alleged drug connections.

Police concluded that Taylor was involved in her ex-boyfriend’s affairs and that Glover was using her home to stash money, illegal substances and drug packages.

The Courier Journal reports that circumstantial information was given to a judge in order to issue the no-knock warrant.

It included surveillance photos of Glover’s car at Taylor’s home and photos of her in front of a “trap house” where Glover conducted his alleged illegal business.

Police also said they confirmed that Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s home, though the Louisville postmaster inspector denies the verification request came through his office.

He says a different agency inquired if any suspicious mail was delivered to Taylor’s home and that agency concluded that there were none.

Glover has also stated that Taylor had no involvement with his alleged drug trade though he told his child’s mother during a prison visit after Taylor’s death that “Bre” was holding thousands in cash belonging to him.

The claim could not be verified, as detectives found no narcotics or cash at Taylor’s home the night they barged their way in.

Ju’Niyah Palmer, Taylor’s sister and roommate at the time, told CNN that Taylor was emphatic about Glover keeping any illegal dealings away from her home.

Police records and Taylor’s family attorney, Sam Aguiar, suggest that when authorities approached her apartment on that fateful night in March, they did so knowing that the no-knock warrant they had obtained was to be carried out as a knock and announce.

They also failed to do proper surveillance on the home, completely overlooking the fact that Taylor was accompanied by her current boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when she reentered her home that evening after the two returned from a date.

Walker has maintained that there was no wrongdoing on his or Taylor’s part regarding the shooting.

He never heard the police announce themselves, and he was simply trying to protect the woman he loved. 

On Monday, Aguiar revealed a new development in the story via fakebook.

In a post, he showed evidence that Jamarcus Glover was offered a plea deal that would have required him to say that Taylor was part of his drug operation.

His cooperation would give the Louisville police department a justification for their wrongful search of Taylor’s home.

The deal was offered on July 13th and Glover subsequently rejected it.

Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine’s office, which is responsible for pushing the deal, has since recused itself.

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« Reply #259 on: September 21, 2020, 11:35:59 am »
Monday, 21st September 2o2o
Florida cop demanded victim send him ‘inappropriate photographs’ in return for stolen property
by Nelson Oliveira

A Florida police officer was charged with bribery after telling a theft victim he would return her stolen property if she sent him “inappropriate photographs,” authorities said Monday.

Brian Pace, an 11-year veteran of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, was arrested Sunday night after the woman told officials about his demand.

The officer, who has since resigned from his job, initially spoke with the victim in early May when she called the agency to report that her cell phone and other property had been stolen, Undersheriff Pat Ivey told reporters at a news conference.

Pace later contacted the woman again and allegedly made the shocking demand.

The victim reported the abuse to the sheriff’s office earlier this month, prompting an investigation that led to his arrest over the weekend.

He was busted after meeting the victim to return her stolen items, Ivey said.

The suspect was charged with one count of second-degree bribery.

Pace is the third police officer and the seventh employee of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to face criminal charges this year.

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« Reply #260 on: September 22, 2020, 07:03:14 pm »
Tuesday, 22nd September 2o2o
Louisiana trooper who was to be fired in death of Black man dies in car crash
by Celine Castronuovo

A Louisiana state trooper died Tuesday after his vehicle crashed hours after he learned that state police planned to fire him for his involvement in the death of a Black man, The Associated Press reported.

The Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office announced that Master Trooper Chris Hollingsworth had died Tuesday after being airlifted from the single-vehicle crash site on the highway near Monroe early Monday.

The AP reported that police have not yet released information on the cause of the crash.

Authorities told the AP that Hollingsworth was notified hours before the crash that he would soon be fired following an internal investigation into the May 2019 death of Ronald Greene.

The AP reported last week that federal authorities had launched an investigation into Greene's death.

Greene's family filed a wrongful death suit last year, in which they claimed state troopers "brutalized" the 49-year-old and "left him beaten, bloodied and in cardiac arrest" and subsequently covered up his cause of death.
Louisiana State Police officials initially said that Greene died after crashing his vehicle following a high-speed pursuit by police.

Louisiana police have continued to resist calls for the release of body-camera footage from the incident, citing the ongoing investigations, according to the AP.

Following the announcement of Hollingsworth's death on Tuesday, Greene's family called for "the immediate arrest of the remaining men responsible for this tragic and unnecessary death."

"Trooper Hollingsworth's family has the finality of knowing exactly how he died as their community mourns his loss," Lee Merritt, a civil rights attorney representing the family, told the AP.

"The family of Ronald Greene, however, is still being denied the same finality by the State of Louisiana."

The AP reported that Hollingsworth was the only officer out of the six involved in Greene's death who Louisiana State Police placed on leave on September 9th 2o2o.

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« Reply #261 on: September 23, 2020, 03:52:00 am »
Wednesday, 23rd September 2o2o
NYPD Officer Arrested For Spying For Chinese Government
by Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding

A Tibetan group based in Queens claimed Tuesday to have uncovered ties between an NYPD cop and the Chinese consulate more than 18 months before he was busted by the FBI as an alleged Chinese spy.

The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey issued a two-page statement detailing what it described as repeated efforts by since-suspended Officer Baimadajie Angwang to infiltrate the group by using his uniform and badge as cover.

But the statement said board members became alarmed on March 3rd, 2019, when they “saw a photo of Angwang’s wife at a Chinese Consulate of New York event.”

“That picture, which indicated Angwang’s affiliation with the Chinese Consulate, made us feel very uncomfortable and somewhat suspicious,” the statement says.

Those worries were further fueled when Angwang, who is of Tibetan descent, “voiced his disapproval of speeches by Tibetan leaders on political and human rights situations in Tibet,” according to the statement.

“He further suggested that we refrain from raising the Tibetan national flag at the Tibetan Community Center,” the statement says.

“What kind of Tibetan would ever tell us not to raise the Tibetan flag? Of course, we never heeded his unsolicited advice.”

A criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court following Anwang’s arrest Monday accuses him of working since May 2018 with unidentified officials stationed in the Manhattan consulate, including a “handler” who’s believed to be involved in “neutralizing sources of potential opposition” to the Chinese government.

Angwang, 33, allegedly reported on the activities of fellow Tibetans, scoped out potential Tibetan intelligence sources and exploited his NYPD position to “provide Consulate officials access to senior NYPD officials through invitations to official NYPD events.”

Angwang was “virtually unknown” to the Tibetan Community before 2018, when he began “using his authority as an NYPD officer to ‘offer service and support,'” according to the group’s statement.

He was granted a January 5th, 2019, meeting with board members and later attended a Tibetan New Year celebration at its community center in Woodside on February 9th, 2019, when US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-The Bronx, Queens) was the “chief guest,” the statement says.

But the discovery of his wife’s photo and his remarks about the display of the Tibetan national flag led the board to “cut off any contact” with Angwang because “he did not seem like someone we could trust,” according to the statement.

Following “numerous” attempts by Angwang to contact the board, a former president “confronted him over the phone and directly asked about his relations with the Chinese Consulate in New York which he acknowledged,” according to the statement.

The group also expressed gratitude over his arrest, saying,

“Tibetans have long known the Chinese government is spying on our communities, even in a free country like the United States, and this incident shows the lengths to which Beijing would go to undermine the Tibet Freedom Movement.”

Earlier Tuesday, China called the federal charges against Angwang “pure fabrication” and a “plot to discredit the Chinese consulate and personnel in the United States.”

Angwang’s defense lawyer didn’t immediately return a request for comment.

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« Reply #262 on: September 23, 2020, 12:05:53 pm »
Wednesday, 23rd September 2o2o (originally published Wednesday, 2nd September 2o2o)
They Are Still Gunning for Breonna Taylor
by Elie Mystal

Authorities in Kentucky have still not arrested the police officers who murdered Breonna Taylor on March 13th.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is now in charge of the case, had time to speak at the republican National Convention last week, but he has not found the time to bring to justice the three cops who shot Taylor in her own apartment.

What have the authorities been doing for the past five and a half months?

Earlier this week, we learned the answer: The authorities have been busy harassing the Black men who knew Taylor, while trying to name Taylor, posthumously, as a criminal defendant.

Instead of building a case against the police officers who killed her, it would appear that Kentucky prosecutors have been doing everything they can to build a case against Taylor, in a desperate yet classic attempt to blame a Black person for “forcing” the cops to kill them.

The prosecutors in Kentucky have one goal: to secure an acquittal for the police officers who shot Taylor should public pressure somehow force them to bring charges against those officers.

State law enforcement in Kentucky is trying to lose the case against the officers before it even starts.

Now the two men who have been hounded by the authorities while Taylor’s killers march around free are starting to speak out through their attorneys and legal action.

On Tuesday, attorneys filed a civil lawsuit on behalf of Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, against Louisville police, the city, and other officials.

The suit is comprehensive: It alleges serious police misconduct and intimidation, gives new details on Taylor’s murder, and seeks to protect Walker from future harassment through a novel use of Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law.

Walker was in Taylor’s apartment the night police barged in and shot her.

He fired one shot at the people he thought were home invaders.

Ever since, the cops have used that shot—fired from Walker’s registered, legally owned gun—as justification for opening fire and unloading 35 bullets into Taylor’s apartment, eight of which landed in her.

Walker was arrested at the scene and charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

Walker has always maintained his innocence, claiming that the cops did not identify themselves as police officers before breaking into the apartment and that he acted in self-defense.

While the cops have produced no witnesses or evidence that they properly identified themselves, Walker’s story is backed up by his call to 911, made in the moments after the shooting, in which it’s clear he has no idea who just shot up the apartment.

“I don’t know what happened…somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,”

Walker can be heard telling the dispatcher in audio released by Taylor’s lawyers.

While the attempted murder charges against Walker were dropped in May, the AG’s office dropped the charges “without prejudice,” meaning that prosecutors could charge Walker again should they choose.

Walker’s lawsuit seeks to get a declaratory judgement preventing his future prosecution—and this is where Kentucky’s “stand your ground” statute boomerangs into police officers.

Here’s how it’s explained in Walker’s complaint:

Kentucky’s “stand your ground” law, KRS 503.085, protects all Kentuckians who seek to protect themselves or loved ones in self-defense.  Kentuckians have no duty to retreat or submit to force.  “It is the tradition that a Kentuckian never runs. He does not have to.” [The statute] recognizes Kentuckians are “immune” from state officials or police “arresting, detaining in custody, and charging or prosecuting” any person who acted in self-defense. KRS 503.085(1)(emphasis added).

I’ve always thought that statutes which render a person “immune to prosecution” if they merely claim they were shooting their gun at a person in a legally defensible way were nonsensical.

I think KRS 503.085 is a poorly written law.

But that’s the law white people in Kentucky wanted; now, let’s see if they are willing to enforce it when a Black man claims protection under it.

But Walker’s case doesn’t stop there.

In addition to the delicious legal jujitsu of using this white supremacist law against the forces of white supremacy, Walker’s complaint also focuses on the behavior of the cops once the shooting stopped.

I am drawn to the allegations of police intimidation that Walker has suffered from the moment cops finished murdering his girlfriend.

In his lawsuit, Walker claims that cops on the scene expressed disappointment when they found that Walker had not been shot.

He claims the cops threatened to sic their dogs on him while they were marching him out of the apartment.

And prosecutors charged Walker initially with murder of a police officer, a factual impossibility (because Jon Mattingly, the one officer who was wounded, was very much alive the whole time) that prosecutors must have been well aware of.

All of those tactics are part of a very big problem.

They represent attempts by the police to make innocent people accept responsibility for things they did not do or implicate other innocent people in crimes.

Killing a cop can get you a death sentence in Kentucky.

A person might falsely plead to all sorts of things to avoid such a charge, especially when the police have already established that they are sorry they didn’t kill you during the initial confrontation and have threatened to let their dogs maul you like they’re a bunch of Ramsay Boltons with badges.

Unfortunately, Walker isn’t the only acquaintance of Breonna Taylor who has been subjected to this kind of witness intimidation after her death.

Jamarcus Glover, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who is ostensibly the person the police were actually going after on the night they murdered Taylor, missed a court appearance this week.

As that began to make news, his lawyers released documents showing the lengths to which prosecutors have gone to get Glover to implicate Taylor in crimes she did not commit.

Glover’s lawyers claim that he was offered a plea deal on drug charges if he signed an affidavit indicating that Taylor was one of his accomplices in his “organized crime syndicate.”

Glover refused.

The documents also show that Taylor was a named codefendant in the case against Glover.

The local prosecutor, Tom Wine, denies that such a plea deal was “offered” to Glover, but he admits that the concession was part of a “draft” plea sheet ahead of plea negotiations.

Wine also said that Taylor’s name was removed “out of respect for Ms. Taylor.”

Notice the wording there: Wine isn’t saying that the allegations about Taylor aren’t true; he’s saying he didn’t include them in the official plea negotiation “out of respect.”

Everything that is happening to the men who knew Taylor is happening because prosecutors do not want to hold Taylor’s murderers accountable.

This is what the system does when it does not want to secure a conviction.

Prosecutors themselves try to poison the jury pool against their own case, creating avenues of doubt before any trial process gets going.

They try to impugn the character of people who will have to be witnesses for the prosecution.

They try to avoid doing forensic research so that they have no “hard” evidence to present to the jury, should it come to that.

And they try, desperately, to get anybody to speak out against the victim so the defense can use those statements against the prosecution at trial.

The cops shot Taylor under the cover of darkness, but prosecutors are trying to lose the case in broad daylight.

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« Reply #263 on: September 25, 2020, 01:21:49 pm »
Friday, 25th September 2o2o

(ANDERSON COUNTY, South Carolina) – The Anderson County Coroner’s Office officials said an Anderson Police Department officer was killed Friday morning in a head-on crash on Highway 24.

South Carolina Highway Patrol said the crash happened at about 6:30 a.m. near Wham Road on Highway 24 at the Double Bridges.

Troopers said the driver of a 2013 Dodge SUV was traveling east on SC 24 when they crossed over the centerline and crashed into a 2015 Ford SUV that was headed west on SC 24.

The driver of the Ford died at the scene.

The coroner’s office confirmed the man who was killed was Sgt. ethan kaskin with the Anderson Police Department.

kaskin was a sergeant in investigations.

According to the coroner’s release, Kaskin was traveling in his city vehicle west on Highway 24 Friday morning after working out and was hit head-on by another vehicle traveling east.

kaskin was reportedly returning home to get ready for his shift when the accident occurred.

Coroner Greg Shore said kaskin died from blunt force trauma.

The driver of the Dodge — a 22-year-old woman — was taken to AnMed for treatment of severe injuries.

The coroner’s office, SCHP and SCHP’s MAIT Team are continuing to investigate the crash.

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« Reply #264 on: September 28, 2020, 03:34:13 pm »
Monday, 28th September 2o2o
Texas sheriff indicted for ‘evidence tampering’
by Nancy Dillon

A grand jury has indicted a Texas sheriff for evidence tampering related to the death of Black man Javier Ambler, who cried “I can’t breathe” as deputies tased him with reality TV cameras rolling last year.

Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody was booked Monday on the third-degree felony charge that carries up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.

He posed for a bizarre mugshot smiling in front of a large sheriff’s sign before he was released after posting his $10,000 bond.

Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick said Monday that the grand jury composed of Williamson County citizens heard from 19 witnesses before it decided on the charge.

He declined to describe the testimony but said he and Travis County District Attorney Margaret Moore opened their investigation in June with a "shared purpose in obtaining long-deserved answers for the family of Javier Ambler.”

The investigation was launched just days after the Austin American-Statesman and KVUE-TV obtained new details of Ambler’s death and reported that the now-canceled A&E reality show “Live PD” had destroyed its footage of Ambler’s fatal arrest.

“The evidence that we’re looking for is the video and audio evidence from ‘Live PD,’” Dick confirmed Monday.

Ambler was driving home on March 28, 2019, when a Williamson County sheriff’s deputy patrolling with a “Live PD” crew started pursuing him because he allegedly failed to dim the headlights of his Honda Pilot.

After a 22-minute chase that crossed into neighboring Travis County and ended just north of downtown Austin at 1:45 a.m., Ambler, a 400-pound former football player, exited his vehicle with his hands up, The Statesman reported.

With cameras filming, the deputy reportedly drew his gun and then tased Ambler.

Another deputy with another “Live PD” crew reportedly arrived on the scene, as did an Austin cop whose body-camera video captured Ambler stomach-down on the ground, warning deputies that he was in medical distress.

“I have congestive heart failure. I can’t breathe,” Ambler says in the disturbing police video made public in June.

“I am not resisting,” he pleads as deputies pull his arms back to handcuff him.

“Sir, I can’t breathe… Please.”

Ambler’s dad told the Daily News he found it nearly impossible to watch the body-worn video made public in June, shortly after George Floyd died in Minneapolis Police custody after also saying,

“I can’t breathe.”

“Once I saw the George Floyd video, it just sent shock waves through my body, through my spine, and I thought about my boy,” Ambler Sr., 67, told The News in an emotional phone interview.

“I cry every day, every day, you know. He was my best friend,” he said of his son.

“He wasn’t resisting arrest, he was trying to resist suffocation.”

The retired veteran who served 23 years in the U.S. Army said it’s “impossible” to sit through the chilling footage of his son calling the deputies “Sir” with his last words.

But he wants those officers to watch it.

“All of them need to look at the video and see what they did to my boy,” he said.

A defiant Chody also addressed the media after his arrest Monday, saying he did nothing wrong.

“I did not tamper with evidence,” he said, claiming the prosecutors seeking the indictment were driven by election-year politics.

He blamed Moore for “failing to act” until video of Ambler’s death surfaced shortly after George Floyd’s death while she was locked in a primary runoff she ultimately lost.

“Travis County dropped the ball,” he said.

“When video surfaced during her campaign, she had to find someone to blame.”

Chody also claimed Dick supports his opponent in his upcoming sheriff’s election, a claim Dick rejected.

“Obviously people that are charged with indictments always want to come up with some explanation or some sinister plot,” he said.

“I think anyone who knows me know that I’m very much driven by what’s right.”

Chody’s defense lawyer E.G. “Gerry” Morris called the embattled sheriff a “scapegoat" during additional remarks Monday.

He said the new indictment makes it appear Chody picked up the phone and ordered “Live PD” producers to destroy the footage, and his client never did that.

Deputies used Tasers on Ambler four times as he gasped for air before he died, The Statesman reported.

Investigators told the newspaper they had been working for months to obtain video of the incident and believed the sheriff’s department and “Live PD” stonewalled them.

Ambler’s cause of death was listed as congestive heart failure in combination with forcible restraint.

The grand jury also returned an evidence tampering charge against former Williamson County general counsel Jason Nassour.

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« Reply #265 on: October 13, 2020, 01:42:00 pm »
Tuesday, 13th October 2o2o
ICE calls stop of Black Boston resident ‘standard practice’
by Sarah Betancourt

FEDERAL IMMIGRATION officials say they were searching for a deported Haitian man with multiple criminal convictions when they stopped and questioned a black jogger in West Roxbury on Tuesday, calling the stop “standard practice.”

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s enforcement arm said it was searching for Friendy Grandoit, a Haitian national who has pending charges for drug trafficking, and had been removed from the US in July 2008.

“ICE officers were conducting surveillance as part of a targeted enforcement action Tuesday in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, looking for a previously deported Haitian national with multiple criminal convictions and pending cocaine and fentanyl trafficking charges that may have been residing in the area,” said a spokesperson for the agency.

According to a fakebook post by his partner, Michelle Lynne, Bena Apreala was jogging on VFW Parkway on Tuesday morning when two SUVs approached alongside him and in front of him, blocking his way.

Three white law enforcement officials exited their cars and asked Apreala for identification.

They said he fit a description of someone they were pursuing and asked for his name and ID.

Since he had been running, Apreala didn’t have identification on him.

Lynne said Apreala asked if the officers were with the Boston Police Department, to which they said no and showed him badges that said “ICE.”

Lynne said Apreala told her the officers did not actually identify themselves out loud as law enforcement.

“I’m not who you’re looking for. I was born and raised in Boston,” Lynne quoted Apreala as saying.

Apreala gave the men his name and his home address.

At that point, Apreala began recording the interaction with his phone, and the men decided to let him go.

“We’re all set, sir?” asked Apreala in the video.

The men said they were done and one told him to “enjoy his run.”

As he began to walk away, one of the men asked Apreala if he had any tattoos on his arms.

Apreala responded by saying, “Am I free to go?” The officers didn’t respond, and Apreala began to back away adding,

“If I’m free to go then I’m not showing you anything, thank you. Have a great day, guys.”

He then yelled to a person across the street: “Record this in case bro, for real.”

The incident was first reported by Universal Hub, then WBUR, and other outlets.

ICE said an individual matching Grandoit’s description was spotted by ICE officers, who questioned the man and determined he was not the subject of their investigation.

Lynne said Apreala was stopped because he was black.

“He was stopped for running while black in a predominantly white neighborhood,” said Lynne.

“This blatant display of racism is a direct result of the elected officials we give power to and the man in office turning a blind eye and helpful hand to formerly closeted racists who now have an open forum to degrade and dehumanize others.”

The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts said it is representing Apreala, a lifelong Massachusetts resident.

“This incident raises serious constitutional questions and is disturbing on a human level,” said Rahsaan Hall, director of the racial justice program at the organization.

Local and state officials are calling for a formal independent investigation into the incident.

“This is unacceptable & Boston deserves full transparency about who these men were & how we will ensure this doesn’t happen again,” tweeted Boston mayoral candidate and City Councilor Michelle Wu.

“I’ll be following up with our federal representatives to investigate further.”

City Councilor Matt O’Malley, who represents the area Apreala was stopped in, said that as someone who jogs along that same stretch of road, the encounter hit “particularly hard.” 

O’Malley expressed concern that what he considers to be “an unlawful stop” was caused by racial profiling.

“This unlawful stop was outrageous and unacceptable. Racial profiling should not happen here or anywhere else. I am working to follow up w/the victim and will address this issue immediately w/ federal reps,” he tweeted.

Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley said in a statement she is calling for an immediate investigation, and said that ICE should disclose how many agents it has patrolling the area.

“We must understand what they were doing and rationale behind their deployment,” she said.

State Rep. Ed Coppinger, who lives right off the parkway, said he was disgusted by the incident.

“How many times have I been stopped by ICE and asked to show them my tattoos?” he wrote online.

“Zero. This is infuriating. It is racist, It is illegal.”

ICE said in a statement that it “regularly conducts targeted enforcement operations dedicated to apprehending removable foreign nationals,” and that “it’s standard practice for law enforcement officials to request identification documents to confirm the identity of a potential target while conducting an investigation.”

The agency said its enforcement actions are consistent with federal rules passed under the Obama administration that prohibit racial profiling and the consideration of race and ethnicities in investigations.

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« Reply #266 on: October 16, 2020, 09:04:56 am »
Friday, 16th october 2o2o
by The Associated Press

Officials say a Louisiana police officer who was accused of posting racist and sexist statements online has resigned.

On Wednesday, a Baton Rouge police spokesperson said Sgt. chris kuhn resigned on October 9th.

Kuhn was placed on leave on September 21st pending an internal investigation.

Kuhn was accused of using a fake account under the username "PESTICIDE" to make posts on Tigerdroppings, a Louisiana State University message board.

The account was taken down.

Chief Murphy Paul said the posts were "racist, sexist, insulting ... offensive and insensitive."

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« Reply #267 on: October 18, 2020, 07:49:22 am »
Sunday, 18th October 2o2o
Indiana cop fired over ties to neo-Nazi website

An Indiana police officer who posted frequently on a now-defunct neo-Nazi forum has been fired after his online predilections were exposed.

Officer Joseph Zacharek, who joined the Lafayette Police Department in June, admitted to his supervisors that the posts on Iron March were his, the police department announced Saturday.

Zacharek’s ties to the site, which was taken down in 2017, never came up in a background check.

“I know the question everyone will have is, how does something like this get missed in a background investigation,” Police Chief Pat Flannelly told the Journal & Courier.

“How is it possible and how do we prevent this from ever happening again? I’m not going to sugar-coat this. Ultimately, it’s my responsibility. We missed it.”

Zacharek was initially outed by a Twitter account called “Ghosts of Past,” which, according to its bio, is run by a “boring white Southern suburban housewife who likes to dox facists and racists.”

Joseph Zacharek was fired Saturday.

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« Reply #268 on: October 20, 2020, 02:42:12 pm »
Tuesday, 20th October 2o2o
by Jerry Lambe

A uniformed Miami police officer was photographed Tuesday morning at a Florida polling location wearing a “Trunk 2020: No More Bullsh*t” face mask, a move the department said is an “unacceptable” violation of MPD policy.

The photo of Officer Daniel Ubeda wearing the pro-Individual-1 mask at the Government Center in Downtown Miami immediately went viral, causing swift backlash from the community, with many saying that his conduct constituted voter intimidation.

The photo likely garnered even more attention than it would have under normal circumstances due in no small part to the fact that Ubeda’s photo was taken by Steve Simeonidis, the chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party, who just happened to be in the Government Center.

Simeonidis quickly posted the photo on social media calling for the officer’s suspension.

“Here is City of Miami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda, in full uniform with badge and gun wearing his Individual-1 mask inside of the polling location in government center,” Simeonidis captioned the photo on Twitter.

“This is city funded voter intimidation. Ubeda should be suspended immediately.”

Speaking to the Miami Herald, Simeonidis, an attorney who works downtown, told the newspaper that Ubeda was “well within” the 150-foot distance officers are required to keep from polling places without permission.

“He may have been going to vote. But he was in full uniform with the mask and a gun. That’s voter intimidation,” Simeonidis asserted. He said that when he questioned Ubeda about the mask the officer “laughed it off.”

Deputy Police Chief Ron Papier also told the Herald that he had spoken with Chief of Police Jorge Colina, who assured him that Ubeda will be subject to “appropriate disciplinary action.”

“Obviously this is a clear violation of our department policy regarding campaigning while on duty,” Papier said.

“Additionally, the mask has offensive language, which is also a violation of department policy.”

Florida election law Chapter 102.101 states that “No sheriff, deputy sheriff, police officer, or other officer of the law shall be allowed within the polling place without permission from the clerk or a majority of the inspectors, except to cast his or her ballot.”

It also states that if an officer fails to comply with the provision, “the clerk or the inspectors or any one of them shall make an affidavit against such officer for his or her arrest.”

Following the incident, the Miami Police Department released a statement saying Ubeda’s conduct is “being addressed immediately.”

“We are aware of the photograph being circulated of a Miami Police officer wearing a political mask in uniform. This behavior is unacceptable, a violation of departmental policy, and is being addressed immediately,” the department wrote on Twitter.

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Saturday, 24th October 2o2o
police officer fired after fatal shooting involving unarmed Black couple
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The police officer who opened fire on an unarmed Black couple in Illinois, killing a 19-year-old and seriously injuring his girlfriend, has been fired.

The Waukegan, Illinois, officer, who has still not been named, was fired late Friday, according to Waukegan Chief of Police Wayne Walles.

"In the evening hours of October 23, 2020 the City of Waukegan terminated the officer that discharged his firearm during that incident, for multiple policy and procedure violations," Walles said in a statement.

Marcellis Stinnette was killed Tuesday night when an officer opened fire on the vehicle he was a passenger in at about 11:55 p.m., according to police.

Waukegan Police Department Cmdr. Edgar Navarro said earlier this week that Stinnette was sitting in the passenger seat of a "suspicious" car that was approached by an officer.

The car fled and was later pulled over by a second officer.

"That officer exited his vehicle and the vehicle that he was investigating began to reverse toward the officer," Navarro alleged.

"The officer then pulled out his duty weapon and fired into the vehicle that was reversing. Both occupants were struck."

Tafarra Willams, the mother of Stinnette's child and diver of the vehicle, was struck in the hand and stomach and is still recovering in the hospital.

Her injuries were not life-threatening.

Both officers had been placed on administrative duty while the shooting was being investigated.

The investigation is being handled by the Illinois State Police, a fact reiterated by the police chief in his statement Friday night.

"The Illinois State Police are continuing to conduct their independent investigation," he wrote.

"Once that investigation has been completed, it will be turned over to the Lake County Illinois State's Attorney's Office for review."

Prominent civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Antonio M. Romanucci announced earlier Friday that he would be representing the 20-year-old Williams.

"Ms. Williams' legal team will begin our own investigation into what happened during that incident, because we do not trust the police narrative in this case. We have seen over and over that the 'official' report when police kill Black people is far too often missing or misrepresenting details," Crump said in a statement.

"We will share our findings with the public when we have uncovered the truth."

Crump and Romanucci also represent the families of George Floyd and Daniel Prude, both killed by police earlier this year.

Waukegan Mayor Sam Cunningham said at a news conference Wednesday he was worried about violent protests in the city.

"I'm nervous because there's a lot of uncertainty out there, there's a lot of rumors flying around. I'm nervous for Waukegan," Cunningham said.

"We've seen this play out throughout this country. It just rips through communities and it takes years to rebuild."

Protests have remained relatively small and peaceful in the days since the killing.

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