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-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
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Published: 21:23 PT, 04 August 2015 | Updated: 21:23 PT, 08 August 2015
FAIRFAX, Va. (WCJB) - Adam Torres (pictured above, center) is a former Fairfax County police officer. He is accused of shooting and killing an unarmed man in Springfield. Torres made his first appearance in court in Fairfax. Torres faces a second-degree murder charge in John Geer's death. He was indicted Monday, two years after the shooting. He fainted and fell to the ground in court after he was denied bond. The courtroom was cleared after he fell. Paramedics went in to check on him. They came back out of the courtroom without Torres. Later, Commonwealth's attorney Ray Morrogh said Torres was taken to the hospital.
Media sources present in court reported that asps were heard and Torres' mother put her hand to her mouth and started crying. His murder trial date was set for Dec. 14, 2015. His wife, Danyal Torres was in court, but declined to comment, telling reporters to "go away, far, far away." Last week Danyal spoke to a reporter at her home. She expressed frustration over the family's financial situation. The couple has two small children. On Wednesday, her husband did not need that stretcher, but he did go the hospital. Morrogh said he was told that Torres was OK.
"It was pretty dramatic. The human side of you can't help feel sorry for his family there," said Jeff Stewart. Stewart was a good friend of John Geer and a witness to the fatal August 29th, 2013 shooting. "Justice is being held accountable, being brought before a jury of your peers to determine if your actions were valid. And that is happening for the first time in history of this county," said Stewart.
Torres is accused of wrongfully shooting and killing 46-year-old John Geer. The incident occurred during a standoff stemming from a domestic dispute in 2013. Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Morrogh told the judge that Torres shot Geer, who had his hands up, and that made Torres dangerous. "I just took my position on that the fact that it was a malice killing of man with his hands up. I've been doing this 32 years and I've never agreed to a bond for murder," said Morrogh. Morrogh also said that Torres had a deteriorating mental state and had been fighting this his wife. He told his supervisors that she was cheating on him.
The defense refused to waive its right to a speedy trial. As a result, a trial date was set as early as possible for December 14th. Torres was not considered to be a flight risk because he is from Fairfax County and has numerous ties to the area. Both of his parents and an uncle were also in the courtroom.
Geer's family was happy the former officer faced charges but believed the indictment should have come sooner. Earlier this year, Fairfax County paid $3 million to settle a civil lawsuit filed by Geer's family.
Published: 03:06 EST, 13 January 2015 | Updated: 21:23 PT, 04 August 2015
Orangeburg, South Carolina -- A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial in the case of a white ex-police chief charged with murder. Former Eutawville police chief Richard Combs was charged after shooting dead 54-year-old Bernard Bailey, a black man, three times in May 2011. Combs tried to arrest him on an obstruction of justice warrant in the town hall parking lot. Bailey was unarmed at the time of his death.
The seeds of the fatal confrontation were sown seven weeks earlier. Combs stopped Bailey's daughter for a broken taillight. The daughter called her father and Bailey came to the side of the road. The chief secured a warrant for obstruction of justice. However, he waited several weeks to serve it. Bailey came to Town Hall the day before his daughter's trial. After Combs told Bailey he was being arrested for obstruction of justice, witnesses said Bailey left Combs' office and went for his truck. Combs followed. Prosecutor David Pascoe argued that the warrant had been trumped up.
The jury in Orangeburg deliberated for 12 hours before telling Circuit Judge Edgar Dickson they were deadlocked. Nine of the jurors voted to convict Combs. Three were not convinced of his guilt. Pascoe said that he will evaluate his case, but plans to try Combs again. It is not yet clear when that will happen. 'I'm going to take a little time, but we're going forward,' Pascoe said.
Combs' defense attorney maintains Combs is innocent. He said it had been a long week. 'We're disappointed we didn't get a result, but I think both sides feel that way,' he said. The defense said that the shooting had nothing to do with race. They argued Combs fired in self-defense when he was caught in the door of Bailey's moving truck as he tried to arrest him.
Pascoe argued during closing arguments that Combs frequently changed his story to match the evidence. He said Combs was confident he would never be held responsible for killing Bailey because he was a cop. "'He thought he got away with it because he wears a badge. Prove him wrong,'" Pascoe said. In a passionate, hour-long argument Pascoe slammed the gun used in the killing on a table. He then had an assistant sit in the witness chair so he could carefully recreate the shooting. Pascoe also told jurors that Combs had delayed serving the arrest warrant for seven weeks in an effort to show off for his law enforcement friends.
Pascoe asserted that Combs wanted to make a display of arresting Bailey, when he could have instead asked for help from sheriff's deputies. Pascoe said Combs could have stepped away from the truck door, but instead stood there and fired three shots into Bailey. The prosecutor said several things made it clear the truck was stopped and Bailey was trying to give up: The victim's foot was on the brake, and three shell casings were found close together along with Combs' dropped handcuffs.
The defense attroeny said the case hinges on the three seconds in which Combs was trapped in the door of Bailey's pickup as it rolled in reverse. He argued the seven weeks it took Combs to serve the warrant was irrelevant. 'Does he want to go home to his family?' the attorney said of Combs. 'Or does he hope the truck doesn't roll over the top of him?' Combs' lawyer said all that mattered was that the chief feared for his life during the three seconds it took to shoot. He said Combs had no pepper spray or Taser and had no option but his gun.
Jurors had the choice between murder and voluntary manslaughter. Murder carries 30 years to life in prison without parole. Voluntary manslaughter carries two to 30 years in prison. A Voluntary manslaughter conviction would have meant Bailey's killing was illegal but happened in the heat of the moment. Judge Dickson authorized the voluntary manslaughter option Monday.
Published: May 02, 2011 ~ Updated: May 03, 2011 - 3:56 PM
A man who once helped uphold the law is now dead. The latest murder of an African-American citizen under color of state law happened in Eutawville, South Carolina. Eutawville a tiny town of about 400 people in the middle of the state - 70 miles southeast of Columbia. Friends of the man shot and killed in front of the Eutawville town hall on Monday say 54 -year-old Bernard Bailey once worked for the South Carolina Department of Corrections. "He wasn't just anybody," former co-worker Master Wahoo Rahmaan said. Rahmaan says Bailey was a former corrections officer for MacDougall prison in Ridgeville. "He also worked at the medical university as an officer," he said. Rahmaan described Bernard Bailey as a big man with an easy going personality. That's why he and others say they are left with many unanswered questions. "Just to hear that a man was taken out like that was very surprising," Rahmaan said. Tuesday the Orangeburg County Coroner's Office performed an autopsy on Bailey. They say he died from 2 gunshot wounds to the chest and one to the shoulder.
Mr. Bernard Bailey, 54, went to pay a utility bill at the Town Hall building this past Monday, May 2, 2011. Mr. Bailey, who had worked at Wal-Mart in nearby Summerville for at least the past 17 years, apparently asked Eutawville Police Chief Richard Combs about a traffic violation a relative of his received from Combs. That question led to Chief Combs firing a gun at Mr. Bailey three times, as he sat in his pickup truck, killing him instantly. Mr. Bailey's bullet-riddled body sat in the truck for hours while thug Combs was taken to the hospital for "treatment." The police chief has been rewarded for killing Mr. Bailey with a paid vacation, aka "paid administrative leave." Witnesses said a truck left in front of town hall belonged to Bailey. Investigators won't say why it was there.
The murder of Mr. Bailey is just one more in a continual pattern of White cops killing "black" people based upon personal discretion. Incidentally, another blackman was apparently killed a day prior outside of a gun club in the same town Mr. Bailey worked. South Carolina is not only a Confederate haven, it is still not very far removed from antebellum culture. State Senator Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, was recently photographed in a Confederate Army costume with two "black" dudes dressed as slaves.
Mr. Bailey was a beloved man in the community and inspired many people. "In the 25+ years I have known Coach Bailey, I can't remember a single incident where he was unkind, inconsiderate or impatient with anyone," Ms. Martha Sue Hope wrote in an online forum set up for people to leave condolences. "Bernard was an inspiration to anyone who had the privilege to meet him...always had a smile on his face and kind words to say," wrote Tracy Ussery. After retiring from the Department of Corrections, Brittany Williams says her mom worked with Bailey at the Summerville Wal-Mart. "Every time I went in there, there wasn't a time when he seemed negative. He always had a smile on his face and was uplifting," Williams said. Friends of Bailey say he leaves behind a wife and children. He also owned his own landscaping business.
Combs was just months into the job in Eutawville before the State Law Enforcement Division was called out to look into the shooting that happened Monday in front of the town hall. Combs is now part of a SLED investigation after fatally shooting 54-year-old Bernard Bailey. According to records from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Combs was previously an officer in the Orangeburg County Sheriff's Office and had his employment terminated in 2007. The report lists his reason for termination as "violation of AGENCY police NOT involving micsonduct, good character or moral turpitude.. (i.e., substandard performance, excessive absenteeism, sleeping on duty, etc.) Combs' record shows he was hired 4 months later by the Elloree Police Dept and served there for 4 years until becoming the chief in Eutawville in February 2011.
Shots Fired - Officer Down!
May 7, 2011
HOUSTON, TX (WCJB) -- A Houston police officer has been shot in downtown Houston and the suspect is now in a standoff with authorities. Houston police confirmed an officer was shot outside the Greyhound bus station in the 2100 block of Main St. at W. Gray. There have been reports of a second officer hit by a bullet, but HPD could not confirm that information. The suspect was pursued by police and we are told that he has barricaded himself in a parking garage on Pierce at Fannin. Officials said SWAT is outside the parking garage, working to get the suspect to surrender. A spokesperson with Mayor Annise Parker's office reported on Twitter that Parker is going to the hospital and will update the media on the condition of the officer or officers.
3000 - Boys!
May 7, 2011
An Investigation Reveals Details of a Gang-Like Clique of Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputies Within the Men's Central Jail. The group [of deputies] was thrust into the media spotlight after several of their members became involved in a violent fight during a sheriff department Christmas party last December 2010.
NOPD! Criminally Dsyfunctional!
March 21, 2011
"For far too long, the New Orleans Police Department failed to adequately protect the citizens of the city. This was a result of its failure to ensure respect for and adherence to the Constitution[.]"
-- Deputy Attorney General James Cole
At the invitation of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, the Federal Department of Justice evaluated and offered recommendations for the improvement of the New Orleans Police Department. Their independent analysis on the patterns and practices of the NOPD shows an agency mired in racial profiling, violence, and abuse of police power-operating with very little community outreach, a critical component in the fight against crime. The 115-page report paints a picture of a department with real structural and administrative problems. It comes at a time when the city faces its worst crime situation in generations.
New Orleans Citizen Keenon McCann after being shot by a NOPD Officer after Hurricane Katrina.
"For far too long, the New Orleans Police Department failed to adequately protect the citizens of the city. This was a result of its failure to ensure respect for and adherence to the Constitution," said Deputy Attorney General James Cole. "Our findings show that the problems facing the NOPD are wide-ranging, systemic, and deeply rooted in the culture of the Department," said Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. Perez says that one of the causes at the root of the problem is the lack of officer training and failed evaluation systems along with inadequate supervision. Other issues that the DOJ highlighted were the problems with the "Paid Detail" system, which Perez called "an aorta of corruption," and a lack of community oversight. Without changing this, he said, it would be impossible to "achieve the culture shift" that "this community and everybody indeed demands."
Irv Magri, head of Crimefighters, Louisiana's Largest Victims Rights Organization - as well as the first president of the Police Association of New Orleans-explained to The Louisiana Weekly, "Since 1988, Louisiana has led every other state, per capita, in homicide. This is something we need to address." "Eighteen percent of our crime is done by recidivists," showing that there is a breakdown in the overall criminal justice system. The former PANO head agreed with the DOJ that the Police Department has dropped the ball when it comes to recruitment-and particularly public outreach. The former PANO president was critical of the DOJ report for not concentrating on recidivism of violent criminals. Magri did warn that many veteran NOPD officers are so worried of racial complaints that such fears can limit "effective policing practices." Discussing these topics, his organization plans to draw together law enforcement officials for a Crime Summit from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March, 26, 2011. Sheriffs, Police Chiefs, District Attorneys and Coroners from throughout the region have been invited to participate. Magri can be reached at (504) 270-7513, (985) 787-2477, or by email to email@example.com.
Racism & dysfunction in NOPD
According to the Feds, the New Orleans police themselves are to blame for many of the criminal problems of the city. "The deficiencies in the way NOPD polices the city are not simply individual, but structural as well," the report says. "For too long, the Department has been largely indifferent to widespread violations of law and policy by its officers." Dealing with discriminatory policing practices, the DOJ evaluators explained, "NOPD has failed to take sufficient steps to detect, prevent, or address bias-based profiling and other forms of discriminatory policing on the basis of race, ethnicity, or LGBT status, despite widespread concern and troubling racial disparities in arrest rates and other data."
The report raised serious questions of racial bias.
NOPD Sgt. Robert Gisevius makes his way to Central Lockup with supportive fellow officers lining South White Street. Seven New Orleans police officers indicted Thursday, December 28, 2006, surrendered to the Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's office Tuesday, January 6, 2007, walking to central lockup past hundreds of supporting officers (Notice how the White Officers shake Sgt. Gisevius' hand and pat him on the back for killing African-Americans?)"NOPD use of force data also shows a troubling racial disparity that warrants a searching inquiry into whether racial bias influenced the use of force at NOPD. Of the 27 instances between January 2009 and May 2010 in which NOPD officers intentionally discharged their firearms at people, all 27 of the subjects of this deadly force were African-American," the report stated. A review of "resisting arrest" reports that documented use of force over the same period found that Blacks were the subjects of use of force 81 out of 96 times. "During our investigation, many members of the community - particularly African Americans, ethnic minorities, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender ("LGBT") community - reported that the Department subjects them to harassment and disrespectful treatment, and unfairly targets them for stops, searches, and arrests. Many members of NOPD echoed these concerns."
According to the report, arrest data provided by NOPD indicates that in 2009, the Department arrested 500 African-American males and eight white males under the age of 17 for serious offenses, which range from homicide to larceny over $50. During this same period, the Department arrested 65 African-American females and one white female in this same age group. Adjusting for population, these figures mean that the ratio of arrest rates for both African-American males to white males, and African-American females to white females, was nearly 16 to 1.
"We also found reasonable cause to believe that NOPD practices lead to discriminatory treatment of LGBT individuals. In particular, transgender women complained that NOPD officers improperly target and arrest them for prostitution, sometimes fabricating evidence of solicitation for compensation." "Further, for the already vulnerable transgender community, inclusion on the sex offender registry further stigmatizes and marginalizes them, complicating efforts to secure jobs, housing, and obtain services at places like publicly-run emergency shelters," the report says. "Of the registrants convicted of solicitation of a crime against nature, 80 percent are African-American, suggesting an element of racial bias as well. Indeed, community members told us they believe some officers equate being African-American and transgendered with being a prostitute."
Further, when it comes to allegations of sexual assault and domestic violence, DOJ found that "the NOPD has systematically misclassified large numbers of possible sexual assaults, resulting in a sweeping failure to properly investigate many potential cases of rape, attempted rape, and other sex crimes. "Additionally, we find that in situations where the Department pursues sexual assault complaints, the investigations are seriously deficient, marked by poor victim interviewing skills, missing or inadequate documentation, and minimal efforts to contact witnesses or interrogate suspects."
This is particularly true, according to the report, in providing policing services to Vietnamese and Hispanics with Limited English proficiency. "NOPD has virtually no capacity to provide meaningful access to police services to LEP community members," the report says. "NOPD relies primarily upon just two officers, one fluent in Spanish and one fluent in Vietnamese, to assist on calls for service and investigations throughout the Department, in addition to performing their regular duties. The Department does not compensate these officers for interpreter services performed while off-duty or provide them with enhanced pay for language fluency; nor does the Department have protocols to assess the fluency of its multilingual officers and train them in carrying out their duties."
DOJ gave an example. "During an August 2010 ride-along, we observed firsthand a delay in response to a call for service from a victim of domestic violence, apparently because she was a monolingual Spanish-speaker. It further appeared that the officer may not have responded at all if not pressed by the DOJ investigator and if the DOJ investigator had not happened to be bilingual. After the officer continued to patrol the district for 30 minutes following receipt of the complaint, the DOJ investigator inquired about what calls had come in through dispatch. The officer initially skipped over the domestic violence call, but then asked the DOJ investigator whether he spoke Spanish. When the investigator replied that he did, the officer responded to the call. "Upon arrival at the scene, the victim, who had visible injuries, said she had been waiting more than an hour for a response. Later, the officer explained that there was only one person on the shift capable of serving as an interpreter, and that the individual was often difficult to reach."
"The NOPD has long been a troubled agency," the report said. "Basic elements of effective policing - clear policies, training, accountability, and confidence of the citizenry - have been absent for years. Far too often, officers show a lack of respect for the civil rights and dignity of the people of New Orleans. Too many officers of every rank either do not understand or choose to ignore the boundaries of constitutional policing. NOPD's failure to ensure that its officers routinely respect the Constitution and the rule of law undermines trust within the very communities whose cooperation the Department most needs to enforce the law and prevent crime. As systematic violations of civil rights erode public confidence, policing becomes more difficult, less safe, and less effective, and crime increases."
Mayor Mitch Landrieu had no such concerns with the DOJ findings. Saying that the findings were not a surprise to anyone: "We may be overwhelmed at times by the relentlessness of the dysfunction that has existed in the delivery systems of government in the city of New Orleans for some period of time, but I assure you, and you know, we have already taken steps in the last eight months to start fixing it."
"...[Q]uite honestly, it's the simple truth," NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas said last week. "We had policies that were just being ignored routinely. We had training that had completely come off the tracks." Serpas also said that he "embrace[s] fully" the report.
(Three NOPD officers plead not guilty to murder!) July 14, 2010 - From left: Robert Barrios, Robert Faulcon Jr., Ignatius Hills, Robert Gisevius Jr., Kenneth Bowen, Anthony Villavaso II, and Michael Hunter Jr. (AP Photo). Note: In the above photograph(s) the officers are being cheered on and congratulated by fellow officers from multiple departments, en route to their first appearance during State court proceedings. State charges were later dropped due to prosecutorial misconduct.Specifically, the Department of Justice revealed "that officers in NOPD routinely use unnecessary and unreasonable force in violation of the Constitution and NOPD policy." "Our review of officer-involved shootings within just the last two years revealed many instances in which NOPD officers used deadly force contrary to NOPD policy or law. Despite the clear policy violations we observed, NOPD has not found that an officer-involved shooting violated policy in at least six years, and NOPD officials we spoke with could recall only one out-of-policy finding even before that time."
"We found a pattern of unreasonable less lethal force as well. We found that NOPD's canines were uncontrollable to the point where they repeatedly attacked their own handlers, compelling us to recommend immediate suspension of NOPD's use of canines to apprehend suspects. We found that officers use force against individuals, including persons in handcuffs, in circumstances that appeared not only unnecessary but deliberately retaliatory. We reviewed instances in which NOPD officers used significant force against mentally ill persons where it appeared that no use of force was justified."
Ramessu Merriamen Aha, a former Congressional candidate and radio talk-show host, said that there is no way for the NOPD to put a positive spin on current conditions in the department. "We're moving toward the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the report shows that very little has changed since NOPD officers shot and killed unarmed Black people in Algiers and on the Danziger Bridge in eastern New Orleans in 2005." "While it was refreshing to hear a government agency give it to us straight about the systemic and pathological problems in the NOPD, it is also disturbing that this is a department that has the power of life and death over New Orleans residents but has very little respect for the Constitutional rights of citizens or their basic human dignity.
April 13, 2009 "This is how it should be. If I see three or four young black men walking down the street, I have to stop them and check their names. I want them to be afraid every time they see the police that they might get arrested." ---Homer Chief of Police, Russell Mills (pictured above) speaking to the Chicago Tribune after the killing of Bernard Monroe. See: Palo Alto Police Chief Lynne Johnson, Racist
• Ben Murdoch, Richmond, CA Police - KKK • Former Judge Ralph B. Robertson, Racist • Chief James Hyde - Antioch Police Department
February 20, 2009 Homer, Louisiana, a town of 3,800 about 45 miles northwest of Shreveport, is in the piney woods just south of the Arkansas state line. In a report to state authorities, Homer police Chief Mills (pictured left) said Officer Tim Cox and another officer they have refused to identify chased Shaun Monroe, 38, from a suspected drug deal blocks away to his father's Bernard Monroe's house. Witnesses dispute that account, saying the younger Monroe was talking to his sister-in-law in a truck in front of the house when the officers pulled up. Witnesses confirm that Shaun Monroe, who had an arrest record for assault and battery but no current warrants, drove up the driveway and went into the house. For 73 years before his killing by a white police officer, Bernard Monroe (pictured left) led a life in this little town as quiet as they come: five kids with his wife of five decades; all raised in the same house; and all supported by the same job. Rendered mute after losing his larynx to cancer, the 73-year-old retired power company lineman was in his usual spot on a mild Friday afternoon in February: A chair by the gate that led to his Adams Street home. A barbecue cooker smoked beside a picnic table in the yard as a dozen or so family members talked and played nearby. All seemed peaceful, until two white Homer police officers drove up. Four witnesses told the Chicago Tribune that Monroe was sitting outside his home in the late afternoon of Feb. 20, clutching a large sports-drink bottle, when the two white police officers pulled up and summoned Monroe's son, Shawn, for a conversation. Two eyewitnesses, Cynthia Love and Denise Nicholson, said they were among a large group of people who were visiting in Love’s yard when Homer police drive up. “One of them said ‘Hey, can I talk to you,’ and we didn’t’ know who he was talking to. There were 15 to 20 people there … but some started running,” Love said. “Ben can’t talk, but he can make motions. And one of the ladies was asking the police why they were running in his house. When (Monroe) got on his porch a new police officer started shooting at him. He didn’t have a pistol,” Love said adamantly. “He threw his hands up when the police told him to go in his house. He wasn’t messing with nobody.” As Shaun Monroe entered the house, the two white police officers followed him. Within minutes, he ran back outside, followed by an unidentified officer who Tasered him in the front yard. Seeing the commotion, Bernard Monroe approached the officer. Police said that he advanced on them with a pistol and that Cox, who was still inside the house, shot at him through a screen door. Monroe fell dead along a walkway. How many shots were fired isn't clear; the coroner has refused to release an autopsy report, citing the active investigation. Police said Monroe was shot after he pointed a gun at them, though no one claims Monroe fired shots. Meanwhile, the witnesses said, the elder Monroe had started walking toward the front door, carrying only his drink bottle, to try to intervene. When Monroe got to the first step on the front porch, the witnesses said, Cox opened fire, striking him several times as adults and children stood nearby. Friends and family said he was holding a bottle of sports water. Witness: "He just shot him through the screen door," said Denise Nicholson, a family friend who said she was standing a few feet from Monroe. "After [Monroe] was on the ground, we kept asking the officer to call an ambulance, but all he did was get on his radio and say, 'Officer in distress.' " C.J. Note: Officer Cox had been a Homer Police officer for only two weeks before he murdered Mr. Monroe. He was formerly employed by the Haynesville (Louisiana) Police Department, and apparently left "on good terms," even though the department refused to re-hire Officer Cox after he left. As Monroe lay dying, the witnesses said, the second police officer, who has not been publicly identified, picked up a handgun that Monroe, an avid hunter, always kept in plain sight on the porch for protection. Using a police-issue blue latex glove, the officer grasped the gun by its handle, the witnesses said, and then ordered everyone to back away from the scene. The next thing they said they saw was the gun on the ground next to Monroe's body. Witness: "Mr. Ben didn't have a gun," said 32-year-old neighbor Marcus Frazier, another witness who was there that day. "I saw that other officer pick up the gun from out of a chair on the porch and put it by him." Frazier said Monroe was known to keep a gun for protection because of local drug activity. "I said, 'What are you doing?' The cop told me, 'Shut the hell up, you don't know what you're talking about.'" The most parsimonious explanation may be that Cox mistook Monroe's sports drink bottle for a firearm, shot him, and then let him die so that he would not be able to dispute the officers' account of the story. Autopsy results and results of the official state investigation will likely shed more light on the story, and may alter the explanation. Despite the chase and Tasering, Shaun Monroe was not arrested. He and other relatives would not comment on the incident. “This is nothing but the culmination of the hostility the Homer Police Department has been demonstrating for a long period of time against the citizens of Homer. It was inevitable,” resident Willie Curry said of Monroe’s violent death. “Bernard Monroe was an old man who sits in his yard all day. He can’t talk. He worked hard all of this life. I know he was an upstanding person in the community.”
The Feb. 20, 2009 Homer Police Murder is not an isolated case. Across the nation, in four cases in recent months, white police officers have been accused of unprovoked shootings of African Americans in what civil rights leaders say are illustrations of the potentially deadly consequences of racial profiling by police. • In the mostly white Houston suburb of Bellaire, a 23-year-old black man sitting in his own SUV in the driveway of his parents' home was shot and wounded on New Year's Eve by police who mistakenly believed he had stolen the vehicle. The case is under investigation. • In Oakland, a transit police officer has been charged with murder for allegedly shooting an unarmed black man in the back while he was restrained and lying face down on a train platform on New Year's Day. • In New Orleans, nine police officers are under investigation in the New Year's Day death of a 22-year-old black man who was struck by 14 bullets after an undercover team stopped his car. The police say the man raised a gun and fired at them, but the man's family disputes that. The most recent national analysis from the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that blacks and Hispanics were nearly three times as likely as whites to be searched by police—and blacks were almost four times as likely as whites to be subjected to the use of force. "In fact police have implicit biases—they automatically associate blacks with crime—this is relevant to an officer in a split-second, shoot-or-don't-shoot situation," said Lorie Fridell, a criminology professor at the University of South Florida who is creating a new anti-bias police training program with funding from the Justice Department. "The officer is more inclined to believe [s]he sees a gun in the hand of a black person, rather than a cell phone?" "People here are afraid of the police," said Terry Willis, vice president of the Homer NAACP branch. "They harass black people, they stop people for no reason and rough them up without charging them with anything." "That is how it should be," responded Russell Mills, Homer's police chief, who noted the high rates of gun and drug arrests in the neighborhood.
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