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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #330 on: August 05, 2021, 10:33:28 am »
Thursday, 5th August  Twenty One
Chicago civil servant charged in downtown subway shooting
by DON BABWIN






(CHICAGO, Illinois) — A Chicago police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back as he tried to escape capture by running up an escalator in a busy subway station has been charged with felony aggravated battery with a firearm and official misconduct, prosecutors said Thursday.

The Cook County State's Attorney's office said in a news release that Melvina Bogard, 32, turned herself in to investigators on Thursday morning and was scheduled to appear in court for a bail hearing later in the day.

The shooting happened in February 2020 at a downtown station.

Bogard and another officer were pursuing Ariel Roman, a short-order cook who was suspected of violating a city ordinance by walking from one train car to another.

Cellphone video shot by a bystander that was made public almost immediately received national attention, as did footage from police body cameras and Chicago Transit Authority surveillance cameras released two months later.

The footage shows officers chasing Roman and Bogard shooting him at the foot of the escalator and then shooting him the back from about 10 feet away.

Roman survived the shooting and filed a federal lawsuit that alleged Bogard and the other officer, Bernard Butler, “chased, tackled, pepper-sprayed, Tasered and shot twice."

The announcement of charges was not surprising given the actions of the then-police superintendent and the comments made by his spokesman and the mayor.

Interim Superintendent Charlie Beck signaled his concern almost immediately and took the unusual step of requesting that prosecutors be sent directly to the Red Line L station where the shooting occurred.

At the time, Anthony Guglielmi, Beck's spokesman, said that while the superintendent “doesn’t want to rush to judgment,” the incident raised significant tactical concerns about the officers' actions.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot expressed her support for Beck’s decision to send prosecutors to the scene as well as her concerns about what she called the “extremely disturbing” cellphone video.

Also, while officers involved in a shooting are always immediately placed on desk duty, Beck took the unusual step of stripping them of their police powers pending the outcome of an investigation.

If anything, those concerns only deepened when, a couple of months later, extended security and body-camera video was also released, showing Bogard shooting Roman in the back from about 10 feet as he ran up the escalator.

In April this year, Police Superintendent David Brown recommended to the police board that Bogard be fired.

On Thursday, the department said the police board has not yet made a decision and declined to comment on her arrest.





















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #331 on: August 05, 2021, 12:06:30 pm »
Thursday, 5th August   Twenty One
FIRED!!!
by Haven Orecchio-Egresitz






The Atlanta Police Department has fired the sergeant who was captured in a viral Instagram video kicking a handcuffed woman in the head.

Marc Theodule, who had been with the department since 2009, was fired after the department's Office of Professional Standards completed its investigation into the incident on Monday, the agency said in a press release Wednesday evening.

"Based on a review of all the facts, it was determined Sgt. Marc Theodule's actions violated department policy and he acted outside of APD standards and training," the agency said.

The incident first came to light last month, when the Instagram account Atlanta Uncensored posted a six-second video showing Theodule and Officer Bridget Citizen standing above a woman who was lying on her stomach on the ground, with her hands cuffed behind her back.

At one point in the video, the woman could be seen lifting her head while Theodule appeared to kick her.
























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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #332 on: August 05, 2021, 06:43:12 pm »
Thursday, 5th  August  Twenty One
Appeals court upholds amber guyger's murder conviction

by Associated Press






(DALLAS, Texas) — A Texas appeals court on Thursday upheld the murder conviction of a former Dallas police officer who was sentenced to prison for fatally shooting her neighbor in his home.

A panel of three state judges ruled that a Dallas County jury had sufficient evidence to convict Amber Guyger of murder in the 2018 shooting of Botham Jean.

The decision by the 5th Texas Court of Appeals in Dallas means Guyger, who turns 33 on Monday, will continue to serve her 10-year prison sentence and largely dashes her hopes of having the 2019 conviction overturned.

She will become eligible for parole in 2024, under her current sentence. 

The ruling comes in a case that drew national attention because of the strange circumstances and because it was one in a string of shootings of Black men by white police officers.

The appeals court justices did not dispute the basic facts of the case.

Guyger, returning home from a long shift, mistook Jean’s apartment for her own, which was on the floor directly below his.

Finding the door ajar, she entered and shot him, later testifying that she thought he was a burglar.

Jean, a 26-year-old accountant, had been eating a bowl of ice cream before Guyger shot him.

She was later fired from the Dallas Police Department.

Guyger’s appeal hung on the claim that her mistaking Jean’s apartment for her own was reasonable, and therefore, so too was the shooting.

Her lawyer asked the appeals court to acquit her of murder or substitute in a conviction for criminally negligent homicide, which carries a lesser sentence.

Dallas County prosecutors countered that the error was not reasonable, that Guyger acknowledged intending to kill Jean and that “murder is a result-oriented offense.”

The court’s chief justice, Robert D. Burns III, and Justices Lana Myers and Robbie Partida-Kipness concurred with prosecutors, disagreeing that Guyger’s belief that deadly force was needed was reasonable.

In a 23-page opinion, the justices also disagreed that evidence supported a conviction of criminally negligent homicide rather than murder, and they pointed to Guyger’s own testimony that she intended to kill.

“That she was mistaken as to Jean’s status as a resident in his own apartment or a burglar in hers does not change her mental state from intentional or knowing to criminally negligent,” the judges wrote.

“We decline to rely on Guyger’s misperception of the circumstances leading to her mistaken beliefs as a basis to reform the jury’s verdict in light of the direct evidence of her intent to kill.”




















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #333 on: August 05, 2021, 07:01:39 pm »
Thursday, 5th  August   Twenty One
Former Louisville Cop Pleads Guilty for Hitting Kneeling Man
by Briasia Russ






Former Louisville officer Cory Evans pleads guilty for hitting a kneeling man.

According to a statement, Evans “struck the victim in the back of the head with a riot stick.”

Evans was one of the officers on duty during protests after the recent killings of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd in 2020. 

As reported by CNN, when the victim surrendered for arrest by getting on his knees and placing his hands in the air, officer Evans proceeded to hit the victim, causing the victim to suffer a head wound. 

“While the vast majority of law enforcement officers are hardworking professionals who work conscientiously to protect the public, Cory Evans was simply not one of those officers,” said Edward J. Gray, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Louisville Field Office.

Gray is aware of the responsibility and power that law enforcement holds, and that it should never be taken advantage of.

“Every citizen has the right to expect law enforcement officers to act in accordance with the laws they have sworn to uphold. We entrust law enforcement officers with great power and authority, which we, as a community, expect them to wield with the utmost integrity. This case provides another example that abusing that power and authority will not be tolerated in Louisville,” Gray said.






















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #334 on: August 06, 2021, 12:53:11 pm »
Friday, 6th August  Twenty One
5 Miami Beach cops charged!
by WSVN-TV



Five Miami Beach police officers were hit with criminal charges on August 2nd, 2021, for using excessive force on a man in handcuffs and for pummeling another man who was videotaping the incident on his cellphone from what appeared to be a safe distance.










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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #335 on: August 07, 2021, 07:11:06 am »
Saturday, 7th  August  Twenty One
2 Seattle cops who were at US Capitol in January are fired
by Martha Bellisle & Jake Bleiberg






(SEATTLE, Washington) — Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz on Friday fired two police officers who authorities have said violated the law while attending events in Washington D.C. during the January 6 insurrection.

Married officers Caitlin and Alexander Everett were fired because “they crossed the outdoor barriers established by the Capitol Police and were directly next to the Capitol Building,” Diaz said in a statement.

“It is beyond absurd to suggest that they did not know they were in an area where they should not be, amidst what was already a violent, criminal riot,” he said.

Diaz also called the officers’ presence at the Capitol that day as “an attack on our profession and on every officer across the country.”

Mike Solan, president of the Seattle Police union that represents officers, did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment about the decision to fire them.

The officers, in a report released by Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability, said they stayed on grass 30 to 50 yards (27 to 45 meters) away from the capitol building and never saw any signs of a disturbance.

It’s not known if the officers are under criminal investigation by federal authorities for their actions.

The Everetts were among six Seattle officers in the nation’s capital for individual-1’s “Stop the Steal” rally.

The couple’s trip became public after Caitlin Everett posted a photo on fakebook of her and Alexander Everett at the demonstration.

Four other officers later admitted they were also there but said they were not involved in the riot.

Friday marked the first time that the Everetts have been named.

The police department has not named the other four officers.

The Washington Supreme Court announced Thursday that it would hear a lawsuit filed by the officers against people who filed public records requests seeking to disclose their identities.

Last month’s investigation by Seattle’s Office of Police Accountability found that the Everetts violated the law by trespassing at the U.S. Capitol while rioters stormed the building.

The police discipline report stated that they also lied about their activities.

Despite the Everetts’ claim that they didn’t see a disturbance, FBI photographs showed them “directly next to” the Capitol building at about 2:30 p.m. — about 30 minutes after the demonstration had been declared a riot, the police accountability report said.

The officers told investigators that they had no idea that the event had turned violent, the report said.

But “nearby, and within your line of vision, numerous people were scaling a stone wall to the Capital steps, climbing the scaffolding, and crowds were surrounding the building,” the report added.


Diaz said the Everetts’ presence there was unacceptable:

“More than a hundred officers sustained serious injuries – some career-ending – through outright assault,”

He added: 

“Hundreds more, across all agencies called to respond, bear the physical and emotional scars of that day. The participation of these two officers in that crowd is a stain on our department, and on the men and women who work every day to protect our community, serve those in need, and do so with compassion and dignity.”

Both officers came to Seattle after working with police departments in Texas.

The officers worked together at the Dallas Police Department as patrol officers before they were married, according to police reports released through a public records request.

Alexander Everett graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice in 2008 and worked in Dallas for four years before taking a job as an officer in Round Rock, Texas.

He also worked for the U.S. Air Marshals for more than 22 years, the records said.

Caitlin Everett worked for the Dallas police for four years under her maiden name Caitlin Rochelle, the records said.

It was not immediately know if the Everetts have a lawyer.

The attorneys representing them and the four other Seattle officers in the public records case withdrew from the case after the accountability office investigation was completed last month.
















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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #336 on: August 13, 2021, 08:47:23 pm »
Friday, 13th  August  Twenty One
Ex-Philadelphia homicide detectives arrested
by Tom Jackman






Three former Philadelphia homicide detectives, who built a murder case that wrongly convicted a 20-year-old man and kept him in prison for 25 years, were arrested Friday on charges of perjury and false statements, in a rare attempt by authorities to hold police accountable for actions which lead to false arrests and wrongful convictions.

The detectives said that Anthony Wright had confessed to the rape and murder of his 77-year-old neighbor Louise Talley in 1991, and that they found the bloody clothes he wore during the killing in his bedroom.
 
But Wright denied confessing, and DNA testing in 2013 showed that another man, a career criminal who lived near the victim, had raped and likely murdered her, prosecutors said in court papers.

It also showed that the clothes the detectives claimed they found were actually worn by the victim, not Wright, court records state.

Still, Philadelphia prosecutors insisted on retrying Wright in 2016.

And that is when the actions of homicide Detectives Manuel Santiago, Martin Devlin and Frank Jastrzembski began to unravel, according to a Philadelphia County grand jury’s detailed presentment Friday.

At the retrial, two of the detectives testified they had not been told about the results of the new DNA testing.

One claimed he’d found the victim’s sweatshirt in Wright’s room.

And Santiago and Devlin testified that “Wright freely and willingly admitted to killing Mrs. Talley during questioning at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Homicide Division,” the grand jury found, claiming that Devlin had transcribed by hand all of the questions and answers in the interrogation.

But Devlin was unable to demonstrate his note-taking ability for the jury in the retrial, while Wright testified that he spent hours handcuffed to a chair, denying involvement and crying for his mother, according to the grand jury’s report.

The jury acquitted Wright of rape and murder charges in less than an hour.

Following his release, most of the jurors met with Wright the next day to wish him well.

In 2018, the city of Philadelphia agreed to pay a $9.85 million settlement to Wright.

The lead prosecutor in the retrial, Carlos Vega, ran for district attorney in the Democratic primary against incumbent Larry Krasner in May, and was soundly defeated.

Krasner’s Conviction Integrity Unit, led by Patricia Cummings, has exonerated 21 wrongly convicted men since Krasner took office in 2018, mostly Black men convicted of murder.

Cummings’ unit has also been focused on seeking accountability both in the Philadelphia police and in prior prosecutors’ administrations, such as the era of Lynne Abraham, who was the district attorney from 1991 to 2010 and earned the nickname the “Queen of Death” for frequently seeking the death penalty.

Her office sought death for Wright.

A study released last year by the National Registry of Exonerations found that out of 2,400 exonerations since 1989, 54 percent of the defendants were victimized by official misconduct, with police involved in 34 percent of cases and prosecutors in 30 percent of the cases.

But the study found that only 4 percent of prosecutors involved in wrongful convictions were disciplined, and police officers were disciplined in 19 percent of cases.

Maurice J. Possley, senior researcher at the exonerations registry and a former reporter for the Chicago Tribune, said that “the prosecution of police and other officials for criminal misconduct during cases which result in exonerations is still a relatively rare event. The misconduct frequently has occurred in the distant past. As difficult as it is to prove an exoneration, it is also so difficult to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that criminal conduct occurred.”

Sometimes, officers are disciplined internally after a case is reversed, often for witness tampering, fabricating evidence or concealing exculpatory evidence and committing perjury at trial.

“There were very, very few instances of criminal charges being brought against officers,” Possley said.

The officers’ conduct at the original trial in 1993 was arguably beyond the statute of limitations, Krasner said at a Friday news conference.

But in addition to their testimony in the 2016 retrial, they also gave sworn depositions during Wright’s civil suit in 2017.

Again, Devlin was asked to transcribe Wright’s alleged confession as an attorney read it to him, and was only able to write one sentence, the grand jury wrote.

Santiago was asked if it was true that Wright had gone from “a guy that had absolutely no problems cooperating with you, hopped in the car, went downtown ... to a guy who gave you this detailed statement confessing to a murder and rape, correct?”

“That is correct,” Santiago said, according to testimony included in the grand jury’s report.

Wright told the grand jury he was kept handcuffed in a small room for hours, threatened with having his eyes pulled out by Santiago and Devlin, and then handed a confession to sign so he “could go home.”

He said he never had the victim’s clothes in his home.

Even after DNA seemingly cleared him, Wright was retried.

Attorney Peter Neufeld of the Innocence Project, who represented Wright, said it was “the only DNA exoneration in the country where the prosecutor elected to retry the case despite overwhelming evidence of innocence.”

Prosecutors simply changed their theory of the case to add the second suspect, who had since died.

The grand jury wrote that they sought to hold Santiago, Devlin and Jastrzembski “accountable for lying under oath to condemn an innocent man and cover up their wrongdoing, and for perverting the integrity of the law.”

“These charges are an indication that a Philadelphia jury,” Krasner said,

“in this case a grand jury, can carefully look at evidence and can understand that the law must apply equally to people, whether they are in law enforcement, or supposed to be served by law enforcement.”

Wright told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Friday,

“This will mean everything to me if those guys individually can be held accountable for what they did to me. And their name is on so many people’s paperwork that were wronged.”

The three former detectives surrendered Friday afternoon to face multiple counts each of perjury and false swearing for false testimony, Jane Roh of the district attorney’s office said.

Records for the officers hadn’t been entered into the Philadelphia County courts system computer Friday night, so it could not be determined if they had retained attorneys.





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S YCpla

Seems like every case against a Black man should be checked.  If they don't kill them outright,  they do this.


ChristmasRose

Sometimes there is true justice after all.  But still too rarely.

This young man spent the best years of his life in prison because of lazy and corrupt police and prosecutors.

I hope these criminal police and prosecutors are sent to prison themselves much more often in the future.


The Dowager Queen Beastly

So they never bothered to look into serial rapists living nearby because it was just so much faster and easier to frame an innocent teen.  Convicting the innocent means the guilty walk free.


Downeast Patriot

Thank you Larry Krasner.
Watch the PBS series about him.
You will learn a lot about our justice system that is unjust and in need of reform.


Female veteran

Tell me again how we should trust the police and legal system? Time for major revisions in recruiting, hiring, training and continuing oversight.


Ultimateliberal

And then there are DAs who both suppress evidence and tell the forensic scientists what they have to say in court as to their findings in the crime lab.

I ratted on some who later were imprisoned for extracting false evidence. These lazy bums were also in cahoots with the crime lab execs who needled and threatened chemists who had integrity.


no-hoper

Would like to see Karma served on Lynne Abraham, the D.A. Queen of Death.



ballmerboy

Bravo, Larry Krasner.


aphcir

This is shocking. Not that an innocent Black man was finally exonerated but that the cops that ruined his life might actually be punished in a court of law.


Avian_Donn

21 exonerations in 3 years in just one district?

54% of exonerations over the last 30 years involved individuals convicted in part by official misconduct of police and/or prosecutors?

Let's just wonder a minute about the true number of people wrongfully convicted with the help of lying police and cheating prosecutors. How many people are growing old and/or dying in prison because of this corruption. How many  people who served decades long sentences before being released were innocent of the crimes they were convicted of. Decades and decades of this malfeasance.

Police misconduct. Prosecutor  misconduct. Prosecutors playing politics in their jobs. Corrupt judges. Convictions and sentences skewed and warped based on class, race and gender. Anyone in this country who isn't rich, White and influential should be very afraid of our injustice system.  From the cops on the street to the prison guards, the system in corrupt. Let's throw pandering politicians into that mix as well.



SoFedUp14

Yeah it must have been very bad. But it also may be that there are not that many states that set up a unit to look at this. It would be interesting to see what would happen in NY or Los Angeles.



Avian_Donn

Must have been bad?? It IS bad. This is a nationwide problem. Let's just try to imagine how many wrongfully convicted people are serving prison time. Do we have a clue? Can we even make a ballpark guess?


The Dowager Queen Beastly

Every state should have a CIU and hold prosecutors accountable.


toomuchinternet

The Philadelphia cops coerced a confession from this poor guy by threatening to torture him.  What sissies.  One case in Chicago required a detective to use a hot iron to burn a suspect to elicit a confession.  Now that is real macho police work.
This particular precinct in Chicago was so infamous that Gov. George Ryan commuted the sentences of every prisoner on death row.  A system that corrupt has no business imposing the death penalty.


Guitar Lute

My uncle was a Philadelphia police officer. I knew a lot about his misconduct, but this is much worse. He said he could get away with anything because the police kept evidence hidden all over the city that could convict every DA and judge because they were all 'dirty'.



jvbale

Beyond despicable, the second prosecutor too


Oh Moe is Me

As an attorney I can only applaud the actions of the D.A.'s in Philly in bring the charges against the detectives. Over the years I've known some great police officers. However, I've also known those who appoint themselves judge and jury, and convict a suspect in their minds. For years I've believed that all police facilities where people are detained should have cameras that cannot be disabled and that the suspect be recorded at all times (except if visited by a lawyer), so that the treatment of the suspect in detention is known at all times. Confessions signed under great duress have long been the weapons of bad cops. The same goes for prosecutors who withhold evidence or rely upon evidence they know to be tainted.


CousyWP

Wow. Long overdue.

I recommend the excellent television series “Philly DA”  (Netflix) for more in these efforts to right the wrongs of the past in Philadelphia.



IC1 Navy

Luckily for republicans, they are exempt from prosecution for lying under oath.  If republicans lying under oath was a crime, which it is obviously not a crime, then individual-1's family, his cabinet, and republican justice clarence thomas would be charged with felonies.


jvbale

And Brett Kavanaugh


Wikey WashPo

Lazy, mendacious police pinning it on a person to resolve a case; not to lock up an actual perpetrator.

That’s government at its absolute worst. I wish all the not best to those police defendants.



Ultimateliberal

That happened to someone I know......and every time he was up for parole, he was asked, "Are you sorry for what you did?"  His standard response was, "What did I do?"    Oooops......back to the slammer.

The case was not resolved until the serial crime occurred again.  Someone finally had the decency to find that DNA evidence had been withheld in order to end the case.  Additionally, the falsely accused was schizophrenic and should have never seen the inside of a prison.

The real perp was apprehended while the innocent man was still imprisoned.  The story ended well..........but what a miscarriage of justice!

This is America!  Sad!
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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #337 on: August 16, 2021, 10:20:46 am »
Monday, 16th  August  Twenty One
Federal Lawsuit Claims Shooting of 18-Year-Old Black Man Attending Funeral Was Unjustified
by Terrell Jermaine Starr






An 18-year-old Black man was fatally shot by a cop at a funeral in North Carolina last November, and the man’s surviving family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit, claiming he was only trying to protect a mother and her son during a drive by shooting.

Fred Cox was attending the memorial service of Jonas Thompson, who had been killed, at the Living Water Baptist Church in High Point on November 8th.

Davidson County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Shane Hill, who was investigating the killing, attended the funeral at the request of Thompson’s family, according to BuzzFeed News.

As the attendees left the service, shots were fired from a drive by shooting.

At the time, Cox was sitting in his car in the parking lot nearby.

He left his vehicle and ran into the church.

He then held the door open for a mother and her child, who were trying to seek cover, according to the lawsuit.

It was at that time that Hill shot him several times from behind.

Cox died on the scene.

Ben Crump, who is representing Cox’s family, said during a press conference on Wednesday that “Fred is dead for being a hero while Black.”

The federal lawsuit, which was filed against the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office and Deputy Hill, seeks damages on six counts, including the use of excessive force, wrongful death, battery, and negligence, and the violation of Cox’s Fourth and 14th Amendments.

In addition to damages, the complaint also probes the Sheriff’s department, according to Channel News 12 ABC. The complaint claims there have been eight officer-involved shootings since 2014; six have been under current Sheriff Richie Simmons from 2019 to 2021.




















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« Reply #338 on: August 17, 2021, 06:42:13 am »
Tuesday, 17th August  Two Thousand & Twenty One
Stop Misusing Data to Justify Police Shootings
by Tim Wise






When you read or engage in discussions about police shootings of Black folks in America, you’ll eventually encounter those who seek to rationalize these incidents with data indicating that most who end up shot by cops were armed at the time.

According to this narrative, if the decedent was carrying a weapon of some kind, their shooting was acceptable.

Only those killed while unarmed can even theoretically have been innocent of wrongdoing, or at least, that’s the implication.

But the problems with this argument are legion.

First, to suggest that people who had a weapon on them at the time they were killed deserved to die, or at the very least can’t be seen as purely innocent, is monstrous in its implications.

The data showing that most of those killed were armed — even if we believe those claims, which I’ll discuss below — often indicate the weapon in question to have been an object with limited lethal potential.

These weapons include rocks, baseball bats, scissors, and hammers, along with guns and knives.

To believe it necessary to shoot someone pointing a gun at you is one thing.

To think it necessary or presumptively valid when that person is holding a rock is quite another.

In fact, sometimes, when those who were shot are recorded as having been “armed,” the weapon in question is listed as “unknown,” which suggests it was not likely particularly deadly.

Had it been a gun, for instance, police would surely have noted that in the records and to the media.

But even when armed with a gun or knife, this doesn’t automatically mean the person shot posed a real threat.

Alton Sterling had a gun in his pocket, but as the video of his killing indicates, he never drew it or attempted to grab it when police tackled him, after which he was shot.

Philando Castile had a gun and told his killer as much, along with noting he had a permit.

And despite no aggressive moves, Castile was shot.

Is the fact he was armed a sufficient reason to accept the moral validity of his death?

Kathryn Johnston had a gun — albeit a broken revolver that she brandished to scare off intruders — and yes, she pointed it at police.

But they were only in her house because they had fabricated the existence of an informant to get a search warrant for drugs.

They had the wrong place, of course, and there were no drugs to be found.

But in official data, Johnston would be considered armed and presumptively a good kill in the eyes of police apologists.

Likewise, the killing of Breonna Taylor in Louisville has been justified by many as the unfortunate but legitimate outcome of Taylor’s boyfriend firing on police when they busted into her apartment searching for her ex, a known drug dealer.

But putting aside that the officers should have known the ex wasn’t there — he was already in police custody at the time — the fact that the boyfriend shot at the officers doesn’t make the killing of Taylor valid.

After all, he had no way of knowing it was police breaking down the door at that time of night.

The officers claim to have announced themselves, but there is conflicting testimony on that point.

And even if they did, the speed with which they broke down the door would have made it difficult for Taylor’s boyfriend (who had been asleep) to process what was happening in real-time.

Knowing Taylor’s former boyfriend’s reputation, he likely feared it was other dealers breaking in and thought he was defending himself and Taylor from harm.

So although Taylor’s death can theoretically be justified as the killing of someone who was “armed” (or at least whose boyfriend was), this doesn’t mean we should shrug it off as a tragic but unavoidable occurrence.

It was entirely avoidable, and the fault for what happened rests with the Louisville police.

Others whom police have killed have been “armed” with their vehicles, and while a car can be a weapon, often these incidents involve no such fact pattern.

Sam Dubose, for instance, was gunned down in Cincinnati while sitting behind the wheel by an officer standing to his side, who was in no danger when DuBose’s car started to roll forward.

Likewise, pastor Jonathan Ayres was sitting in his car when he saw members of a plainclothes drug task force running towards him.

Unaware they were officers (and likely thinking they were criminals), Ayres attempted to speed away.

In the process, he brushed against one of the officers, who then opened fire, killing him.

He, too, would be considered a legitimate kill to those who assume anyone “armed” is fair game.

Tamir Rice was “armed” with a toy gun, and John Crawford III was “armed” with an air rifle he held at his side, having taken it from the shelf at Walmart.

In both cases, officers lied and said Rice and Crawford had raised their “weapons” at them — claims that were torpedoed once video evidence came to light.

Nonetheless, neither officer was prosecuted, and both shootings would be classified as killings of “armed” suspects.

The lies police told about the threats they perceived from Rice and Crawford then raise a separate but related issue.

Even in cases where officers claim to have seen a gun in the suspect’s hands, are they telling the truth or merely making that claim after a shooting to avoid professional or criminal consequences?

If there is body cam footage, it’s easy enough to know the answer.

But how often have we heard of officers who just so happened to forget to hit record on their body cam or whose cameras mysteriously turned off right before the shooting?

It’s happened more than a few times.

And in cases where there is no bodycam footage, the Rice and Crawford incidents prove that police will attempt (and often succeed) in getting away with killing unthreatening people if they can.

Surely we don’t think they would tell the truth and admit there had been no real threat if that were the case, do we?

Would any officer risk throwing away their career or freedom just for the sake of upholding Scout’s Honor?

We know the answers to this.

Lori Jean Ellis was killed in her home after police barged in late at night to serve some minor warrants.

The cops said that before they killed Ellis, she had fired at them with a “high-powered rifle,” replete with a bright muzzle flash and smoke coming from the barrel.

But as it turns out, there was only one gun in Ellis’s home — a pellet gun — and when the crime lab attempted to fire it and verify the officers’ story, they couldn’t.

So was Ellis “armed?”

And even if she was, technically, so that it would register officially as the killing of an armed suspect, was that weapon in any way a threat to the police?

Of course not.

Or consider the killing of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, in 2015.

Although his killer, Michael Slager, received a 20-year sentence for violating Scott’s civil rights, this was only made possible by the release of cell phone footage taken by a bystander, which showed that Slager had chased Scott and shot him in the back from a distance of 15 feet.

What’s more, the footage showed Slager returning to where his initial struggle with Scott had taken place (before Scott ran off) and picking up his taser, which he then brought back and dropped near Scott’s body.

He then claimed Scott had grabbed his taser and that this was why he had been compelled to shoot him.

All of this was a lie.

But if not for the video, there is no doubt that Slager is still free and still a cop.

Walter Scott would have been marked down as an “armed” suspect, killed by an officer, and thus, a legitimate kill to those who seek to paper over every police action, no matter how depraved.

Before cell cameras, how many shootings of unarmed suspects were written up as legitimate because an officer claimed the decedent had brandished a weapon or reached for theirs?

How many guns or knives were planted?

How often were scissors or baseball bats discovered in the homes of people killed there, which could then be placed near the bodies to justify the shootings?

It doesn’t take a particularly conspiratorial mindset to assume this happened (and still does) quite often.

To believe otherwise, in fact, requires quite a bit more imagination.

To reflexively believe the police when they say someone was armed or threatening them is to believe cops have little incentive to lie.

But in fact, their careers and freedom hinge on making every use of lethal force justifiable to their departments, the public, the prosecutors, and the courts.

They have literally no reason to be honest if and when they shoot someone posing no danger.

Their only incentive is to lie.

Of course, there are cases where an officer has little choice but to fire on a suspect, and I’m not suggesting otherwise.

If civilians have a right to legitimate self-defense, so do law enforcement officials.

But that right should not be any greater than the right for those civilians.

It shouldn’t extend to officers a right to fire first and ask questions later in the name of public safety or because “police have a difficult job,” and thus must be granted extraordinary leeway.

If you wish to justify a given police shooting, feel free to try.

But to use lifeless, bloodless data to do so requires a faith in police honesty they have nowhere earned and an interpretation of suspect dangerousness lacking integrity.

In their desperation to smooth over the hard edges of injustice, those who attempt this maneuver show themselves as the moral monsters they truly are.



















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Thursday, 9th September  Two Thousand & Twenty One
‘Not Going to Do This Anymore’
by Andrew Boryga







John Choi said he will never forget July 6th, 2016—the day 32-year-old Philando Castile was shot and killed by a garbage ass St. Anthony cop during a simple traffic stop over a broken taillight.

When asked for his license and registration, Castile told officer Jeronimo Yanez he had a licensed gun.

Yanez, fearful Castile might reach for it, told him not to.

But despite Castile’s insistence that he was not reaching for the gun, Yanez fired seven shots from close range, killing him.

Later it was revealed Yanez and another officer in the car believed Castile resembled a robbery suspect before they pulled him over.

Choi, the Ramsey County Attorney in Minnesota who charged Yanez for the shooting and later saw Yanez acquitted by a jury, told The Daily Beast he’s never stopped thinking about the way Castile’s interaction with Yanez began—over an innocuous infraction.

Choi said it’s the sort of traffic stop that Black people like Castile, who’d been stopped over 40 times before his death, are subject to daily by police officers often fishing for drugs, guns and an easy arrest.

In honor of Castile, Choi announced Wednesday his office will no longer prosecute felony cases resulting from minor traffic stops for violations like an expired registration, overly tinted windows or broken lights.

The change, Choi said, is a deliberate attempt to cut down on what he said are unnecessary stops by police of people of color that too often spiral into fatal incidents.

“I'm not going to do this anymore,” Choi told The Daily Beast.

“I am not going to perpetuate these unjust practices that disproportionately impact my community.”

Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, praised Choi for the change and said she hopes it inspires other county prosecutors and police departments to do the same.

She told The Daily Beast her son’s broken tail light was simply an “excuse” to pull him over, just as he’d been pulled over dozens of times before.

“You went from a simple traffic stop to a murder,” she said.

“He ended up being murdered because of a broken taillight.”

Despite the praise from some corners, Choi told The Daily Beast he’s been working behind the scenes to get police departments in his county onboard with the change.

The hope, he said, is that his new strategy isn’t just a top-down decision, but one that would also inspire departments to amend their own internal policies and practices—which experts said often train police to stop drivers of color and those in high crime areas with low-level traffic stops in the hopes of finding drugs or guns.

But Allison Schaber, the president of a union representing Ramsey County Sheriff Office deputies, told The Daily Beast that Choi’s new policy, “is another example of the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office circumventing the legislative process to satisfy his own political ambitions.”

Schaber said Choi furthers the “misnomer” that valid traffic stops for small violations “are anything less than legal stops that target activity already deemed illegal.”

Schaber, like others critical of Choi’s change, said she believes the new policy will only lead to more crime.

“County Attorney Choi should focus on reducing the crime wave his constituents are currently experiencing instead of trying to find more ways to justify criminal behavior.”

Brian Peters, the executive director of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers union fired a missive at Choi during the press conference, calling the policy “absurd” and “a slap in the face” to victims of crime.

“Ramsey County residents be warned: those that break the law won’t even get a slap on the wrist—they’ll get a high-five from the county attorney and be left to commit more, and more serious offenses,” he said in a statement on fakebook.

Choi said Peters’ statement was an “outdated model” of values that led the country to a mass incarceration crisis and racial disparity in the criminal justice system.

Choi told The Daily Beast that after meeting with police chiefs in his county in June, about half the chiefs seemed willing to make their own changes as a result of his decision.

On Wednesday, ahead of Choi’s announcement, Chief Todd Axtell of the St. Paul Police Department announced a new set of guidance that falls in line with Choi’s decision, according to an email to his staff obtained by The Daily Beast.

Axtell said he would direct patrol officers to prioritize enforcement on reducing crashes, injuries and death by focusing on violations related to speeding, reckless driving, driving under the influence, and running lights.

He said that minor violations like expired tabs, a single burned out headlight or taillight, small windshield cracks, lack of license plate lights, and small objects hanging from mirrors are “illegal and important to note” but he said that they have little effect on the safety of citizens.

“I want to be perfectly clear: We should not use these violations as a primary reason for a traffic stop unless there’s an articulable public safety concern,” Axtell wrote.

The Roseville Police Department has also made public their support of Choi’s decision.

In a press release on Wednesday, the department acknowledged that focusing on “equipment violations” disproportionately affects communities of color and “undermines law enforcement’s legitimacy.”

The release states that on August 1st, the department changed their traffic policy and “absent other factors” they will no longer enforce “equipment violations, expired registrations, or other non-moving violations that do not create a public safety concern or a dangerous condition.”

Choi called the partnership between law enforcement officials and his office an important moment.

“This is a big deal,” he said.

“It’s a courageous decision on the part of the police to actually say some things out loud or be with us.”

It is a change, he said, from similar efforts that he looked to as inspiration, such as Fayetteville, North Carolina.

Between 2013 and 2016, the former police chief of the Fayetteville Police Department, Harold Medlock, made the decision to deprioritize stops for non-moving violations and instead had his officers focus on things like speeding and reckless driving.

According to an analysis by the Burlington Times-News, the number of Black drivers searched from 2013 to 2016 declined by nearly 50 percent compared to the previous four years.

Choi said he hopes his jurisdiction—where racial disparities are pervasive—can see a similar decline.

In St. Paul, Ramsey County’s largest city, 43 percent of all traffic stops in 2020 involved Black drivers, despite the fact that Black people make up about 16 percent of the population in the city.

In Roseville, Minnesota, 28 percent of traffic stops in 2020 involved Black drivers—more than triple the 8 percent of Black residents in the city.

The problem isn’t just in Minnesota though.

A 2020 study that analyzed nearly 100 million traffic stops around the country found that Black drivers were 20 percent more likely to be stopped than white drivers and were searched about twice as often when stopped.

Frank Baumgartner, a professor of political science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of a book about racial disparities in traffic stops, said that often police academies teach officers to use minor infractions like expired tags or air-fresheners in a rear-view window as an excuse to pull people over in high-crime areas in the hopes of finding drugs or guns.

“Those things don’t really keep us safer but they do give police the opportunity to have a conversation with whoever they please.”

Baumgartner said these “fishing expeditions” are very unlikely to turn up drugs or guns, and when they do, they often don’t lead to arrests.

But when they do result in a big bust, he said that it often provides law enforcement the incentive they need to continue—without thinking about the people they’ve been subjecting to unnecessary stops and searches in the meantime.

But Peter Moskos, a criminal justice professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former cop in Baltimore, told The Daily Beast that cops are protected by the Supreme Court which has ruled that they can make legal traffic stops and investigate further crimes if there is reasonable suspicion.

“It’s a tool,” Moskos said,

“like any tool it can be misused or used appropriately. But to say you don’t want cops to stop people legally when they’re suspicious is to say you don’t want policing.”

Moskos, like other critics of Choi’s new policy, said he feared the change would only be “for show” and do little to stop rising crime in the area.

According to data from St. Paul Police Department, violent crimes have been on the rise since 2016, including a 78 percent spike in homicides from 2016 to 2020 and a nearly 17 percent increase in assaults during that same period.

Choi told The Daily Beast that he believes stops with sufficient probable cause—such as someone driving erratically or at high speed—warrant further investigation.

But he said lower-level infractions often only alienate people who are stopped over and over for them.

“We know that oftentimes, that's the pretext,” he said,

“there's a reason they're trying to investigate more, because they see something or someone or some situation is suspicious.”

For a long time, he said, he believed this was “good policing” because guns or drugs could be found.

But he no longer believes the low-probability of finding something is worth the cost these stops and searches have on community members, particularly Black residents.

“We have failed to think about the 98 percent of people,” he said.

“We can continue to perpetuate all this, or we can change it.”

Castile, who told The Daily Beast she’s been pulled over many times herself for minor violations, said many Black drivers believe there’s a double standard on the road and drive in fear of being pulled over.

“We, as Black people, don't have the luxury to say, ‘Oh, well, oh, today is a beautiful day, I'm getting in my car, letting the top down and you know taking a long, relaxing drive out of the city,’” she said.

“It’s almost a challenge to get in your car and go to the grocery store because you’re in fear.”

She said her son was pulled over so many times that she was ready to go to the police department herself and talk to them.

But she said he always told her not to.

Now she regrets it.

“I wonder if I had gone down there, would that have made a difference?” she said, adding that the repeated stops and interactions with police were only likely to lead to trouble.

“If you’re in a negative situation so many times, you're gonna have a negative outcome.”


















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Friday, 10th  September  Twenty One
Mississippi Groups Want Information About Infant Shot by Pigs
by Briasia Russ






Protesters in Mississippi are seeking justice for an infant that was fatally shot by officers who were firing at a car the infant’s father was driving.

The father was wanted for the killing of the baby’s mother and another person in Louisiana. 

The baby’s uncle, Jeremy Parker, gathered with protesters Wednesday in front of the headquarters of the Gulfport Police Department, according to WLOX-TV.

AP News reported that prior to the shooting, the tires on the car the father was driving had already been flattened.

“I just want to know why y’all shot that car up like that and y’all know the little baby was in there,” Parker said.

The father, Eric Derell Smith, died on the scene and the infant, La’Mello Parker, died the next day in an Alabama hospital.

An autopsy determined La’Mello died of a gunshot wound.

Reginald Virgil, president of Black Lives Matter Mississippi, says things need to change with law enforcement not being held accountable. 

“We don’t feel safe or respected when police act with the excessive force and disregard for life and public safety,” Virgil said.

“Worse, the law enforcement agencies involved have not been transparent with us when we voice our concerns and frustration and try to get answers. We are the taxpayers who pay their salaries. Black lives matter. La’Mello’s life mattered.”



















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Friday, 10th September  Twenty One
Grand Jury Indicts Pigs & Paramedics

by NOELLE PHILLIPS









Three Aurora police officers and two paramedics face criminal indictment in the death of Elijah McClain after a state grand jury reached a different conclusion than earlier investigations, answering cries for justice from thousands who demanded arrests during police protests, city council meetings and community forums.

The grand jury indicted Aurora police officers Nathan Woodyard and Randy Roedema, former officer Jason Rosenblatt and paramedics Jeremy Cooper and Lt. Peter Cichuniec on 32 combined counts last week, according to court records unsealed Wednesday.

“We’re here today because Elijah McClain is not here, and he should be,” Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said at a news conference announcing the charges.

“He was a son, a nephew, a brother and a friend.”

The indictment comes just over two years after McClain, 23, died after being violently detained by the officers and injected with the sedative ketamine by paramedics.

Weiser’s announcement was welcomed by McClain’s family and their supporters, who have pushed for criminal charges and police reform in the wake of his death.

The grand jury’s decision was condemned by an Aurora police union.

Arrest warrants for all five men were issued Wednesday.

All five men turned themselves in to the Glendale Police Department, where they were booked and released on $10,000 bond.

The four officers and paramedics who still work for the city of Aurora — Woodyard, Roedema, Cooper and Cichuniec — were suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the criminal charges, Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly said in a statement.

All five face charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Officers Roedema, 39, and Rosenblatt, 32, also each face a count of second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury and a count of crime of violence related to the second-degree assault charge.

Paramedics Cooper, 46, and Cichuniec, 48, also each face a charge of second-degree assault with intent to cause bodily injury, a count of second-degree assault for recklessly causing bodily injury by means of a deadly weapon (ketamine) and one count of second-degree assault for a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment for administering ketamine to McClain.

The two paramedics additionally face two counts of crime of violence for each of the assault charges.

Efforts to reach the five and their attorneys were unsuccessful.

The charges brought by the grand jury mark the first time the officers and paramedics involved in McClain’s 2019 death have faced any punishment for their actions that night.

McClain’s mother Sheneen has been demanding prosecutors file criminal charges against those involved since his death.

Her demands were echoed by thousands across the country in the summer of 2020 after people protesting the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer took up McClain’s cause and launched him into the national conversation.

On Wednesday morning, Sheneen McClain said she was overwhelmed by the indictments.

“It’s been a two-year battle just to get to this point,” she said.

“It’s huge to know they’re indicted. But I know it’s not over. We still have to go to trial.”

The public pressure prompted Governor Jared Polis in June 2020 to designate Weiser as a special prosecutor to investigate the death, which led Weiser in January to call for a state grand jury to reexamine the circumstances surrounding McClain’s death and weigh any potential criminal charges.

At Wednesday’s news conference, Weiser said he had a choice between reviewing the records of former Adams County District Attorney Dave Young, who had declined to prosecute the officers and paramedics involved, or to call a grand jury that would be authorized to gather new facts about what happened.

He chose to call the grand jury.

That body finished its work on Thursday, Weiser said.

McClain was walking to a convenience store to purchase tea the night of August 24th, 2019, when someone called 911 to report a suspicious person.

The three Aurora police officers contacted McClain as he returned home.

When McClain refused to stop walking, the officers tackled him to the ground, handcuffed him and used a carotid chokehold to block the flow of blood to his brain.

Officers ignored McClain’s pleas to leave him alone.

Paramedics injected him with 500 mg of ketamine, a powerful sedative, before taking him to the hospital.

McClain suffered cardiac arrest on the way to the hospital, where he was later declared brain dead.

He died August 30th, 2019, after being removed from life support.

The 33-page indictment describes the events of the night and notes the officers never stopped to check McClain’s vital signs after choking him to the point of unconsciousness and hearing his statements that he couldn’t breathe.

The paramedics, too, failed to physically check on McClain before diagnosing him with excited delirium and injecting him with an overdose of ketamine, the indictment states.

“Mr. McClain was a normal healthy 23-year-old man prior to encountering law enforcement and medical response personnel,” the indictment states.

“A forensic pathologist opined that the cause of death for Mr. McClain was complications following acute ketamine administration during violent subdual and restraint by law enforcement and emergency response personnel, and the manner of death was homicide.”

That contradicts the findings of the original autopsy conducted by an Adams County forensic pathologist, who in November 2019 concluded that the cause and manner of McClain’s death were undetermined.

Based in part on that finding, Young cleared the police officers of any criminal wrongdoing and Nick Metz, Aurora’s police chief at the time, determined the officers had not violated any of the department’s policies.

Roedema and Woodyard had remained employed by the Aurora Police Department, but Rosenblatt was fired in July 2020 after it was discovered he had responded “ha ha” in a text to a photo of colleagues smiling and reenacting a chokehold at the spot where McClain was detained.

On Wednesday, Aurora police Chief Vanessa Wilson said,

“I know this has been a long-awaited decision for Ms. McClain and her family. This tragedy will forever be imprinted on our community. We continue to offer our condolences for the loss of Elijah, and we will continue to cooperate with the judicial process.”

Meanwhile, Twombly, the city manager, vowed to push forward with plans to reform the department while also pledging to support the city’s officers as they meet the community’s expectations.

In August 2019, Roedema had been with the Aurora Police Department for five years, Woodyard had been with the department for nearly three years and Rosenblatt had been with the department for two years.

The Aurora Police Protective Association — one of the unions representing Aurora officers — on Wednesday said in a statement that the three officers did nothing wrong and that there is no evidence the officers caused McClain’s death.

“Sadly, Mr. McClain died due to a combination of exertion due to his decision to violently resist arrest and a pre-existing heart condition,” the union said in its statement.

“…The hysterical overreaction to this case has severely damaged the police department. Inevitably, the public are the ones who’ve paid the price.”

But Qusair Mohamedbhai, the lawyer who represents Sheneen McClain, said the union’s response is an example of why people in Aurora don’t trust the police and why reform is necessary.

“The reason the public is losing so much faith and confidence in policing is the heartless positions these police unions take,” he said.

Multiple investigations were launched last summer after McClain became a household name during months of nationwide protests against police violence.

Weiser also launched a probe into the Aurora Police Department’s practices and policies.

That investigation is ongoing.

And the U.S. Attorney’s Office said it, too, would probe the death.

A consulting firm hired by city leaders to examine McClain’s death found Aurora police made substantial errors at nearly every stage of their interaction with McClain and while the department investigated its own officers after his death.

McClain’s parents also filed a federal lawsuit against Aurora and the police officers and paramedics involved in their son’s death.

Mohamedbhai said all sides continue to work on a resolution, and court filings indicate a settlement is in the works.

Even with multiple investigations unresolved, McClain’s death has had lasting impact.

In 2020, the Colorado legislature passed a massive police reform bill that banned chokeholds, required body cameras, changed how departments address misconduct and how victims of police violence can redress their wrongs.

And a state law restricting ketamine use by paramedics was passed earlier this year.

All along, Sheneen McClain has said she wants nothing more than for the people who are responsible for her son’s death to be punished by spending time in prison.

She even wears T-shirts with that demand printed on them.

“Bullies with badges and their accomplices murdered my son!!!! Protecting killers is a crime” is written on a shirt that she told The Denver Post is one of her favorites.

On Wednesday, she remembered her son’s gentle spirit and the little details that only a mother can recall — that his favorite color was blue and that, as a child, he only would accept blue lollipops.

“I miss him,” she said.

“I remember him for who he was and how he treated other people. I appreciate him letting me be his mother.”

After the indictments were announced, LaWayne Mosely, Elijah McClain’s father, said,

“Nothing will bring back my son, but I am thankful that his killers will finally be held accountable,” according to a statement from his attorney, Mari Newman.

Polis issued a statement calling Colorado residents to come together to build a future in which people can walk home safely.

“Elijah McClain’s death was a tragedy and my thoughts are with his mother, father, friends and family today. This innocent young man should be here today,” he said.

The indictment also pleased the activists who pushed for justice by marching in the streets, attending community forums and speaking up at Aurora City Council meetings.

Lindsay Minter, a community activist in Aurora, offered a sentiment shared by many:

The indictment doesn’t bring back Elijah, but it’s a step in holding people accountable for wrongdoing.

Now people have their sights set on the trials.

“I’ll never be happy because Elijah didn’t have to die that night if people had just been human,” Minter said.

“Elijah is a unifying force in Colorado to bring people together. Everybody put in a lot of hard work to get here.”













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Saturday, 11th  September  Two thousand & Twenty One
Black Woman Describes Physical Altercation with Chicago Pig
by J.L. Cook




Weeks after a Chicago police officer was captured on cellphone video aggressively grabbing a Black woman walking her dog along the lakefront, the woman spoke publicly about the altercation for the first time in an interview with Good Morning America.

Attorneys for Nikkita Brown have previously said that on August 28th, the officer in the video approached her and asked her to leave North Avenue Beach because it was closed.

She complied.

But as Brown told ABC News, the officer continued to drive behind her as she tried to leave the beach.

He later got out of his vehicle to follow her on foot, even though she repeatedly told him that she was leaving the area, she said.

From ABC News:


The officer got out of his car and told her, “You can go to jail,” according to a video taken by Brown who recorded part of the encounter.

Brown said he also allegedly told her she would never see her dog again.

Brown said she took her cell phone out to record the altercation and call for help.

“Even if somebody didn’t answer,” she said, she wanted to “at least leave a voicemail and say, ‘if you call me in the morning and you don’t reach me, I’m in jail, or worse.’”







The video showed the officer as he grabbed Brown in what appeared to be an attempt to take away her phone.

He physically struggled with her for about two minutes, per ABC News, as Brown could be heard on the video screaming for help. Eventually, the struggle ended and Brown and the officer left the scene.


“I knew if he got me on the floor, I would be dead,” Brown told ABC News.


Brown said she felt that she was racially profiled because she noticed that the same officer didn’t say anything to four white males who were also in the area that night before he confronted her.

The unidentified officer in the video has since been placed on desk duty as the Civilian Office of Police Accountability investigates the incident, according to ABC News.

COPA is an independent agency that investigates allegations of misconduct by Chicago police officers.


More from ABC News:


“We have a responsibility to investigate allegations of police misconduct and determine if they are well founded based on the facts and evidence of each case,” interim COPA chief Andrea Kersten said in a statement. “If violations did occur, COPA will hold the officer accountable.”




















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Sunday, 12th  Two Thousand & Twenty One
AG Files Charges Against Pig
by Dave Biscobing




(GLENDALE, Arizona) — A Glendale police officer accused of tasering a handcuffed man in the groin and lying about the nature of the traffic stop has been criminally charged by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office.

A direct complaint was filed against Matthew Schneider on September 9th, 2021, according to online court records. He’s being charged with three counts of aggravated assault — all Class 6 felonies.

In July 2017, Schneider and other officers repeatedly tasered Johnny Wheatcroft, who was the passenger in a vehicle stopped for an alleged blinker violation.

In front of his two children, Wheatcroft was tasered nearly a dozen times.

Schneider delivered the final tase to a handcuffed Wheatcroft by pulling down his shorts and stunning him in the testicles, according to body camera video and his lawsuit.

In February 2019, ABC15 exposed body camera video of the disturbing incident, and it immediately drew national attention and outrage.

Surveillance video also showed Schneider likely lied about witnessing the alleged blinker violation, experts said.

Multiple independent law enforcement experts, who reviewed the incident, said Schneider’s conduct was unlawful and one of the most cruel and troubling cases of police misconduct they’ve ever seen.

Without public exposure, it’s unlikely the case would have been investigated further.

The AG’s Office was forwarded the case in June 2020 by the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

Under former County Attorney Bill Montgomery, MCAO initially declined to file charges against Schneider in 2017.

But the business day after ABC15’s initial 2019 report, the FBI opened a criminal investigation into the matter.

Once the FBI opened their investigation, an MCAO spokesperson said federal agents asked the office if it would re-evaluate the case for state-level charges.

In 2020, the newly-appointed county attorney, Allister Adel, declared a conflict and had the case sent to the AG’s Office.

A spokesperson said Schneider had once coached Adel’s sons in little league.

Glendale conducted an internal investigation into the case and suspended Schneider for three days.

Schneider, who was one of Glendale’s top arrest leaders, has been suspended or disciplined by the city at least six times, according to his personnel file.

The issues range from excessive force in the Wheatcroft incident to persistent workplace harassment against a female officer in his unit
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Schneider is no longer on the job.

A charging decision at the federal level has been pending for more than a year.

The City of Glendale sent ABC15 the following emailed response:

"The City of Glendale and their police department are aware of the criminal complaint filed by the Attorney General’s Office against former Officer Matthew Schneider.

When this incident took place, the Glendale Police Department conducted a criminal investigation and submitted a report to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office (MCAO). That report included possible charges against former Officer Schneider. After reviewing the report and videos, which have since been widely circulated through the media, MCAO notified the Glendale Police Department that they would not be filing charges. The Glendale Police Department then conducted an internal investigation, in line with the City’s policies and procedures, that resulted in discipline against former Officer Schneider.

The City will fully cooperate with any requests made by the Attorney General’s Office. The Glendale Police Department works tirelessly to maintain the respect of the community they serve. The Glendale Police Department wants the community to know that they are honored to serve and protect them and want to do so with a police force they can be proud to have representing them. As this matter is under litigation, we will have no further comment."


















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Tuesday, 14th  September  ~Two Thousand & Twenty One
Philadelphia reaches $2M settlement with mom who was ‘terrorized’ by pigs, beaten in front of son
by Kate Feldman





The city of Philadelphia has reached a settlement with a 29-year-old woman who was pulled from her car by police during last year’s protests and beaten in front of her 2-year-old son.


Rickia Young, a North Philadelphia home health-care aide, will get $2 million in the settlement, city officials announced Monday.

“Instead of fighting crime and the fear of crime, some of the officers on the scene created an environment that terrorized Rickia Young, her family and other members of the public,” Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw said in a statement.

Rickia Young was attacked by police in October.

In late October, hours after 27-year-old Black man Walter Wallace Jr. was fatally shot by Philadelphia police, Young was driving through the streets after picking up her friend’s teenage son when police converged on her SUV and ordered her to get out.

In video shot from a nearby rooftop, officers can be seen smashing the car’s windows, yanking Young and the teenager out and then beating them on the ground.

After handcuffing Young, officers noticed the toddler still in the car and pulled him out of the backseat.

An image of the young boy in the arms of an officer was later used in promotional material by the National Fraternal Order of Police.

“This child was lost during the violent riots in Philadelphia,” the poster read.

“The only thing this Philadelphia Police officer cared about in that moment was protecting this child.”

Neither Young nor the teenager were ever charged.

Sgt. David Chisholm, a 13-year veteran, was fired in May for violating departmental policies stemming from the incident and Officer Darren Kardos was fired for excessive use of force and physical abuse with a baton.

Fifteen other officers are awaiting disciplinary proceedings, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Monday.

“This terrible incident, which should have never happened to anyone, only further strained the relationship between the Police Department and our communities,” Mayor Jim Kenney said in a statement, calling the attack “absolutely appalling.”

Young’s lawyers have called for criminal charges to be filed against the officers, but District Attorney Larry Krasner said it is difficult to determine which officers were present due to the “fluid” situation.
















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