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Posted: 5:47 PM EST, Fri January 13, 2012 - Updated: 02:51 PM PST, Fri January 13, 2012
Jackson, Mississippi (WCJB) -- One of four convicted murderers whose whereabouts had been unknown since they were controversially pardoned last week by Mississippi's governor insisted Friday that he hasn't been on the run, saying he is a changed man who deserved to be freed. Anthony McCray (pictured above, center,top-right) who was convicted in a 2001 murder, said he went straight from prison Sunday to the home of a relative in central Mississippi, where he has been since. He criticized the outrage over outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's decision to grant clemency to him, along with nearly 200 other convicted criminals, in a final act before leaving office. "I didn't do this. God did this," McCray said from a covered porch. "God touched Haley Barbour's heart."
McCray was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the 2001 murder of his wife, Jennifer McCray. Even with the plea, he insisted Friday that her death was an accident and said the shot was fired inadvertently during "tussling" over a gun. "I didn't know she was shot," McCray said of his initial reaction. "I said, 'Somebody, call the police.' (Later) I went and turned myself in. ... This is somebody I loved and had children with."
But Judge Mike Smith, the former Pike County judge who presided over that case, said Friday that the woman's killing was not accidental. He noted that there were many witnesses, as the woman was shot from behind in a public cafe. And the victim's younger brother, Ronald Bonds, said Barbour should be "ashamed of himself" for pardoning Anthony McCray.
McCray said Friday that he did not know the whereabouts of any of the men, whom he described as "nice guys." The office of Mississippi's attorney general said late Friday afternoon that authorities have been in touch with three of the four convicted murderers -- McCray, David Gatlin and Charles Hooker -- who were pardoned and released Sunday. But authorities are looking for the fourth, Joseph Ozment, the office said.
All four convicted murderers who were pardoned had been serving life sentences and worked as inmate trusties at the governor's mansion, according to Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Trusties are inmates who can receive additional rights through good behavior. The four convicted murderers -- plus armed robber Nathan Kern, who also has been located -- are required to contact prison officials on a daily basis while their fate is adjudicated.
Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green issued a temporary injunction Wednesday forbidding the release of any more prisoners.
Since Barbour took office in 2004, 222 people have been granted clemency for a wide variety of crimes. The attorney general's office said 203 of those were "full pardons," meaning the convicts record is effectively wiped clean.
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday in a statement that "a large number of staff" is examining these pardons. "Our preliminary investigation indicates that the majority of these purported pardons did not have sufficient publication and therefore we will introduce our evidence (in court on January 23) and ask the court to hold these purported pardons null and void," the attorney general said.
November 29, 2011
San Francisco, CA -- Todd Mehserle (pictured above, center) was barred from the U.S. District Court in San Francisco after he took a photograph of Cephus Johnson — Grant’s uncle — in the court hallway Wednesday, according to lawyers in the case. Taking photos is forbidden in the federal courthouse. Johnson, whose nickname is Uncle Bobby, said Todd Mehserle approached him in the hallway during a break in the civil trial in which the younger Mehserle is being accused by Oakland resident Kenneth Carrethers of using excessive force in a November 2008 incident.
The elder Mehserle said, “Smile, Bobby!” and “Have a good Thanksgiving,” in a very sarcastic, abrasive tone, Johnson said.
When Johnson informed Judge Edward Chen of the interaction, the judge ordered that Todd Mehserle be removed for the remainder of the trial.
O.P.D. & B.A.R.T. P.D.
O.P.D. & B.A.R.T. P.D.
July 17, 2010
OAKLAND — Oakland and BART police shot and killed Fred Collins, 48, of Oakland near the Fruitvale BART Station (BART STATION where Oscar Grant was killed) authorities said. Preliminary reports were that the man may have been armed with a knife (not confirmed as true). The shooting happened about 8:24 a.m. in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue. Minutes earlier, Oakland Police joined two BART officers in pursuit of the man through the neighborhood after a 911 caller reported a suspect brandishing knives near the Fruitvale BART station. The officers apparently were not hurt. Two officers had fired Tasers at the man with no effect, Israel said. A total of five officers from both departments fired on the man in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue shortly after 8 a.m., Deputy Oakland Police Chief Jeffrey Israel said. The dead man had not yet been identified, Israel said, describing him as appearing to be Hispanic and perhaps between the ages of 30 and 40. Oakland Police are in charge of the investigation, he said.
Jeff Israel is a liar! You can't believe anything he says!
Lying is the norm for Oakland Police Officers and the Department!
Mehserle & Pirone
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Tony Pirone, (photo not available). The lawyer for a BART officer who struck an unarmed man who was later killed by another officer said his client was provoked into using force. BART police Officer Tony Pirone was identified as hitting Oscar Grant III in the head shortly before Grant was fatally shot early Jan. 1.
His attorney, Bill Rapoport, said Grant provoked Pirone's blow by trying to knee Pirone at least twice. Rapoport said he does not think his client will be charged. The attorney hired analysts to break down cell-phone video showing Pirone striking Grant. He determined that Pirone used "reasonable force" by using his forearm — not fist — when striking Grant. Mr. Pirone has nothing to hide because he didn't do anything wrong. He acted properly within procedure during an out-of-control situation with out-of-control people," Rapoport said Saturday.
Pirone was handcuffing that fifth man, Rapoport said, when he heard shouting near his partner and saw three men, including Grant, approach her as she tried to calm them down. That's when Pirone hit Grant.
"Oscar Grant was the aggressor and that aggression needed to be stopped and with the least amount of force," Rapoport said. "My client stopped Grant from striking Marysol and continuing to strike him."
If you watch the video, you'll notice that neither Mehserle, nor Pirone make an actual attempt to handcuff Mr. Grant. Neither Officer has, or reaches for a pair of handcuffs.
Moments later, Mehserle (pictured left) fatally shot Grant. According to Mehserle's attorney, Pirone stated that Mehserle said "I'm going to tase him, I'm going to tase him," before firing his gun.
"He should be prosecuted for his over-aggressiveness by hitting Mr. Grant and holding him down, which led to the shooting. Verbal statements by Mr. Grant or anyone else doesn't justify the use of physical force."
One common definition of reasonable force is simply not to be excessive, under the circumstances. This means to consider the seriousness of the crime, the risk of harm for everyone, and the immediacy of the situation. For example, a petty shoplifting suspect might respond to the physical presence of the officer, their verbal commands, and should require no more than holding force to make a detention. After verbal commands fail, a violent suspect might require more physical force to subdue and chemical sprays or the baton might be needed for self-defense. The choices and variations are endless. The reasonable person should always consider the use of force as a measured continuum from no force to deadly force. Choosing just the level of force necessary to overcome the obstacle is usually [the standard used] to judge what [i]s reasonable. The concept of a force continuum has been around for years and is still taught at most police academies. The force continuum is broken down into six broad levels. Each level is designed to have an elastic factor as the need for force changes as the situation evolves. It is common for the level of force to go from level two to level three and back again in a matter of seconds. The force level should always be appropriate for the circumstances and adjust up and down as the situation requires.
Officer Presence. The mere presence of a highly visible uniform security officer or marked vehicle is often enough to stop a crime in progress or prevent future crime. At this level gestures should be non-threatening and professional.
Verbal Communication. Used in combination with a visible presence, the use of the voice can usually achieve the desired results. Words can be whispered, used normally, or shouted to be effective. The content of the message is as important as the officer’s demeanor. It’s always best to start out calm but firm and non-threatening. Choice of words and intensity can be increased as necessary or used in short commands in serious situations. The right combination of words in combination with officer presence can de-escalate a tense situation and prevent the need for a physical altercation. Training and experience improves the ability of a police officer to communicate effectively with everyone including the suspect, civilian by-standers (on-lookers) and other police officers.
Control Holds & Restraints. Certain situations may arise where words alone does not reduce the aggression. Sometimes [police] officers will need to get involved physically. At this level, minimal force would involve the use of bare hands to guide, hold, and restrain. This does not include offensive moves such as punching, tackling, and choking. Pain compliance holds could apply here, but only after ordinary holds fail to control an aggressive suspect. A baton or PR-24 can only be used at this level as a self-defense mechanism to block blows or temporarily restrain a suspect. Handcuffs can be used as a restraint devise only if the [police] officer has been properly trained [in use of handcuffs as restraint devices]. Not every suspect needs to be handcuffed. They should only be used on a person who exhibits aggression, poses a real threat or where flight is a real possibility.
Chemical Agents. Sometimes when the suspect is violent or threatening, more extreme, but non-deadly measures must be used in defense to bring the suspect under control or affect an arrest. Before moving to level four, it is assumed that other less physical measures had been tried or was deemed inappropriate. When used by surprise, pepper spray and tear gas is an excellent distraction, allowing the officer time to get away, call for back-up, or subdue the suspect. Contrary to media advertising, pepper spray does not have stopping power or cause paralysis. An assailant can still grab, punch, stab, or shoot and will definitely be angrier after being sprayed. Also, tear gas may not be effective on the insane, drug addicts, intoxicated, or hysterical persons. Even though considered non-deadly, chemical sprays can cause a severe reaction and even death to a suspect with medical or allergic conditions. Also, pepper sprays have a blinding effect and care must be used that spray victims do not fall down stairs or walk into traffic or operate motor vehicles.
Temporary Incapacitation. To use force under level five means that the situation was so extreme, violent, and immediate that it was necessary to temporarily incapacitate a suspect prior to securing his arrest or custody. This includes the use of all methods of non-deadly force beginning with the empty hand up through and including impact tools. At level five, properly used defensive and offensive moves are allowed under the right circumstances. Choke holds and carotid neck holds can be used, but at great risk. Although still taught at many police academies, neck compressions are very risky and used only in extreme situations. Baton blows to the suspect’s head or throat can be deadly and inconsistent with professional training standards. Temporary incapacitation is used to stop a suspect from injuring you or others long enough to handcuff and restrain them. Baton blows to soft tissue and certain joint areas are all consistent with professional security training standards and POST.
Stun/Taser guns are part of level five, but should […] only be used by those authorized and trained in the use and effects of the device. Stun guns are held-held devices and some like the Air-Taser propel charged darts on leads at a suspect.
Note: Oscar Grant was voluntarily incapacitated, ... lying on the ground offering no resistance.
Deadly Force. When [the officer is] in immediate fear of death or great bodily injury at the hands of a perpetrator [s]he [is] authorized to use deadly force in most states. Deadly force can be applied by your hands, impact tools, or with a firearm. There are no rules, other than negligence, for applying deadly force when it’s justified. However, deadly force is the highest standard and must be justified. This force continuum will be considered in the aftermath as a test to see if other alternatives were used first or were more appropriate. For [police] officers, use of the firearm is the most troublesome because of the range of the bullet. [The officer] may be justified i[n] shooting a suspect standing in front of [him], but not justified for wounding innocent bystanders two blocks away. Similarly, [the officer] may have been justified in shooting a suspect charging at [him] with a knife, but not justified after [the suspect] turns to run away. Handguns should not be fired at moving vehicles, except in extreme life-threatening circumstances. Handguns should never be pulled and brandished as a deterrent or be used as a control tool under level three.
Note: Even though Oscar Grant was voluntarily incapacitated, ... lying on the ground offering no resistance, Mehserle went directly to Level Six Force, claiming he intended to use Level Five Force. He never makes an attempt to physically place handcuffs on Oscar Grant.
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