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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

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Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Johannes Mehserle Trial - 2010 - Part III

July 1, 2010

Houston, TX - A 71-year-old solo practitioner in Texas and his 70-year-old office manager and wife are facing a 26-count federal indictment for allegedly stealing more than $2 million from the accounts of disabled military veterans for whom he served as a guardian. Joe Phillips, who practices in Houston, and his wife, Dorothy, are charged with conspiracy, tax fraud, misappropriation by a fiduciary and making materially false statements to a federal agency, reports KHOU. They allegedly transferred money from veterans' accounts for their own personal use over a six-year period beginning in 2003, reports the Houston Chronicle. Phillips formerly worked for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Neither article includes any comment from the defendants.

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July 2, 2010


He's Gotta' Gun!

June 29, 2010

BERKELEY, CA— A hit-and-run suspect was shot and killed after aiming a gun at Berkeley officers following a late-night chase, police said. About 10:45 p.m., Berkeley police got a call from Albany officers reporting that they were pursuing a silver four-door Honda into the city, police said. The driver was suspected of a hit-and-run in Albany.

The car chase ended when the suspect stopped at Eighth and Jones streets, where he got out and ran two blocks to Camelia Street, police said. By this point Berkeley police had surrounded the area, and two of its officers caught up with the suspect. At the intersection of Eighth and Camelia streets, the suspect "posed a significant threat" to officers, who opened ire and killed him, police said. They later confirmed that the suspect pointed a gun at the officers. Police said about a dozen shots were fired. The suspect, whom police are still trying to identify, was pronounced dead at the scene. His vehicle showed significant front-end damage.

The two officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave while Berkeley police and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office investigate the incident, which is routine in officer-involved shootings. Albany police deferred to Berkeley police for details about the hit-and-run that sparked the initial chase. Those details were not immediately available.

See also:

Lying is the Norm (SFPD)! - Part IV (Draft - Coming Soon!)
Lying is the Norm! - Part III
From Top-to-Bottom: Lying is the Norm! - Part II
Police Cover-Ups: Lying is the Norm!

Mehserle Support!

June 28, 2010

Oakland police stage a multi-agency crowd control training session near the sewage treatment treatment plant in Oakland, Calif. Friday June 18, 2010. The training was held in anticipation of [a NOT GUILTY VERDICT] as the Johannes Mehserle BART shooting trial moves toward a verdict. (ISBA Staff)

Los Angeles: Justice, Race,

Jury Selection & The Verdict!

April 29, 1992

While driving down the 210 freeway in Los Angeles with two friends, Rodney King was detected speeding by the California Highway Patrol. Fearing that his probation for a robbery offense would be revoked because of the traffic violation, King led the CHP on a high-speed chase, eventually hitting 115 miles per hour, according to the police. By the time he was caught and ordered to exit his vehicle, several L.A.P.D. squad cars had arrived on the scene. A struggle ensued, and some of the officers quickly decided that King was resisting arrest. Sergeant Stacey Koon fired two shots into King with a TASER gun, and after that failed to subdue him, the officers, including Laurence Powell, beat him mercilessly with their batons.

The footage showed LAPD officers repeatedly striking King with their batons while other officers stand to watch without an action of stopping the brutal beating. A portion of this footage was aired by news agencies around the world, causing public outrage that raised tensions between the black community and the LAPD and increased anger over police brutality and social inequalities in Los Angeles.

He suffered a fractured facial bone, and a broken right ankle, and numerous bruises and lacerations. In a negligence claim filed with the City, King alleged he had suffered "11 skull fractures, permanent brain damage, broken [bones and teeth], kidney damage [and] emotional and physical trauma." At Pacifica Hospital, where King was taken for initial treatment, nurses reported that the officers who accompanied King (including Wind) openly joked and bragged about the number of times King had been hit.

The jury consisted of Ventura County residents—ten white, one Latino and one Asian. Once the four officers accused in the beating were acquitted by a predominantly white jury in the majority white suburb of Simi Valley, all that rage turned into the worst single episode of urban unrest in American history, which erupted on April 29, 1992. By the time the police, the U.S. Army, the Marines and the National Guard restored order, the casualties included 53 deaths, 2,383 injuries, more than 7,000 fires, damages to 3,100 businesses, and nearly $1 billion in financial losses. Smaller riots occurred in other cities such as Las Vegas and Atlanta.

After the riots, the United States Department of Justice reinstated investigation and obtained an indictment of violations of federal civil rights against the four officers. The federal trial focused more on the evidence as to the training of officers instead of just relying on the videotape of the incident. The jury found Officer Laurence Powell and Sergeant Stacey Koon guilty, and they were subsequently sentenced to 30 months in prison, while Timothy Wind and Theodore Briseno were acquitted of all charges.

Equal Justice, Race & Jury Selection

June 21, 2010

"[A]ssertions about intelligence are "one of the most troubling but persistent reasons" given to dismiss potential jurors who are black. Many of those potential jurors are college graduates[.] The culture has tolerated this all-white jury, white prosecutor, white judge phenomenon, because that's what people have seen for decades."

- Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative

Twenty-five years ago, Earl Jerome McGahee was charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his ex-wife and her friend. McGahee, an African-American, was tried by an all-white jury in an Alabama county that was more than 55 percent black. The district attorney dismissed every one of the 24 blacks who qualified to serve on the jury, including Edith Ferguson, who had worked for the Selma, Ala., Police Department for many years. The reason cited for striking Ferguson from being a juror: "low intelligence." Last year, McGahee was granted a new trial because of the racially discriminatory jury selection in his original case. But many defendants are not so lucky.

Study Documents 'Widespread Discrimination'

Bryan Stevenson of the nonprofit group Equal Justice Initiative tells NPR's Guy Raz that assertions about intelligence are "one of the most troubling but persistent reasons" given to dismiss potential jurors who are black. Many of those potential jurors are college graduates, Stevenson says.

In a new study, Stevenson's group details "widespread discrimination" in the selection of jurors across the Deep South. He says it's been illegal to exclude people from jury service on the basis of race since 1875. But prosecutors can give any reason they want for dismissing a juror, and it's rarely challenged. Stevenson found that serious criminal cases and death penalty cases are even more prone to have discriminatory jury selection than other types of cases.

We've had African-American jurors excluded because they're too old at 43, because they're too young at 28, while other white jurors much older are being accepted, and other white jurors much younger are being accepted.

The study looked at eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Mississippi and South Carolina. In some counties, 80 percent of the African-Americans who had qualified for jury service were excluded. "The evidence of racial bias that we focus on is evidence that's pretty obvious," said Stevenson. "It tends not to be unintentional. ... We've had African-American jurors excluded because they're too old at 43, because they're too young at 28, while other white jurors much older are being accepted, and other white jurors much younger are being accepted. ... We've had jurors excluded because they were in an interracial marriage or had a biracial son. "It is a violation of the law," says Stevenson, "but it is an area of the law where there has been almost no enforcement."

A Sense Of Humiliation

For some of the people he spoke to, Stevenson says, state courts found they had been illegally excluded from juries on the basis of race. He says many felt humiliated, knowing that the assertions against them were false and demeaning. Stevenson says the problem could be fixed if laws on the books were enforced. He says prosecutors should report on jury diversity, and that trial and appellate courts should more rigorously enforce laws from state and federal statutes and Supreme Court rulings through sanctions and fines. But he admits that the habit will be hard to break.

The People of the State of California

Johannes Mehserle

C.J. Note: We note that Johannes Mehserle immigrated from (former Nazi) Germany at the age of two (2) years, then resided in the White, Racist enclave of Napa, California (wine-country) up until the time he murdered Oscar Grant, an African-American citizen of the United States. Shame on every Black police Officer that contributed to Mehserle's $3,000,000.00 bail!

Closing Arguments & Deliberations!

July 2, 2010

LOS ANGELES (4:00 p.m. PDT) – Police in Oakland underwent crowd-control training and were put on 12-hour shifts as they awaited a verdict Friday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man by a white transit police officer who claimed he mistakenly drew his gun instead of his Taser. A jury in Los Angeles began deliberating the case against Johannes Mehserle after hearing closing arguments and instructions. After a brief recess, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Perry instructed jurors for about 40 minutes — outlining the four possible conclusions they may come to: a conviction on second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter or an acquittal.
Jurors deliberated until 4 p.m. today before parting for a three-day weekend. They will reconvene Tuesday morning.

11:30 a.m. PDT — Closing arguments on both sides in the Johannes Mehserle murder trial are now complete. Judge Robert Perry will instruct jurors and the court will break for lunch. Deliberations will start this afternoon.

10:30 a.m. PDT - Johannes Mehserle's attorney Michael Rains ended his closing arguments minutes ago saying to the jury they were his client's "last shot at justice," and reminding them they must acquit him unless convinced beyond a reasonable doubt a crime was committed. The prosecution has begun its rebuttal. Check back for a complete story on the morning's proceedings.

July 1, 2010
"It can never be lawful to shoot an unarmed man when that unarmed man is lying facedown in the process of attempting to place his arms behind his back[.] In this case, the defendant's desire to punish, his desire to mistreat, his desire to belittle Mr. Grant resulted in the death of an innocent person, and for that he must be held liable."

-- Deputy district attorney David Stein in closing arguments Thursday, July 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA — The jury deciding Johannes Mehserle's fate will most likely begin deliberations on his murder case Friday (possibly Tuesday, July 6, 2010). [T]he prosecution and defense failed to complete closing arguments Thursday. Deputy district attorney David Stein will get the last chance to argue his case before the jury of seven women and five men are read instructions and sent to a backroom to decide if the former BART police officer is guilty of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or involuntary manslaughter or not guilty of a crime in Oscar Grant III's shooting. The jury on Thursday heard Stein's initial arguments for why the evidence points to second-degree murder, and they heard most of defense attorney Michael Rains' arguments for why the evidence proves his 28-year-old client is innocent of any crime.

Stein deliver[ed] his two-hour-long address methodically explaining the law of murder to the jury and how evidence presented over the past month coincides with a verdict of second-degree murder. Rains, frequently raising his voice and gesturing widely, accused the Alameda County District Attorney's Office of conspiring to ensure the jury only learns facts of the case that support a guilty verdict. "You haven't been told the truth," Rains said. "You be cautious, you be careful about what (Stein) says, about what he does, about what he tells you." Rains accused the prosecution of attempting to "smear" Mehserle with the actions of Pirone, who, videos showed and witnesses said, constantly swore and used aggressive actions against Grant and his friends on Oakland's Fruitvale BART station platform. At one point, Rains showed a slide on the courtroom's large flat-screen televisions that read, "People v. Anthony Pirone (Johannes Mehserle)." On the slide, Pirone's name was crossed out. "It's really based on People v. Anthony Pirone," Rains said. "You heard it today; smear Johannes Mehserle with the acts of Tony Pirone."

Stein also focused on Mehserle's training but said the then-26-year-old officer failed to follow the skills he was taught and instead allowed his emotions to take over. Stein said there was simply no excuse for Mehserle to shoot an unarmed man in the back as he did early Jan. 1, 2009. "It can never be lawful to shoot an unarmed man when that unarmed man is lying facedown in the process of attempting to place his arms behind his back," Stein said. "That is the bottom line." Stein dismissed Mehserle's defense that he confused his gun for his Taser. Stein told the jury that evidence in the case proves beyond a reasonable doubt that Mehserle wanted to use his gun to shoot Grant. "He lost all control, and that's why you are here," Stein said of Mehserle. "In this case, the defendant's desire to punish, his desire to mistreat, his desire to belittle Mr. Grant resulted in the death of an innocent person, and for that he must be held liable."

Murder One: Not Guilty!

July 1, 2010
"In ruling out first-degree murder, against the wishes of the prosecution, Perry said he saw no evidence that Mehserle acted with premeditation when he shot and killed train rider Oscar Grant on Jan. 1, 2009."

(07-01) 13:02 PDT LOS ANGELES -- Former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle will not be convicted of first-degree murder, a judge declared Wednesday. Jurors in the trial of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle will be given the option of convicting him of second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, involuntary manslaughter or nothing at all, a judge ruled today. The defense sought to take the manslaughter counts off the table, but Judge Robert Perry said the jury - which is scheduled to hear closing arguments Thursday - had enough evidence to consider them.

[T]he jury [will] have to find that Mehserle took the following actions to reach the following crimes:

Second-degree murder: Mehserle knew the actions he was taking could cause a death but took those actions any way.
Voluntary manslaughter: Mehserle acted in the heat of passion or Mehserle believed his life was in danger but used too much force in defending himself.
Involuntary manslaughter: Mehserle committed an act that posed a high risk of death or great injury because of the way the act was committed. Or, Mehserle's actions could be found by a reasonable person to be reckless.

In making his decision, Perry said that even with a second-degree murder conviction, Mehserle would face a penalty of 40 years to life in prison because the Alameda County District Attorney's Office also charged the former officer with a gun enhancement.
That enhancement, purposely firing a gun during the commission of a murder, adds 25 years to the 15 years-to-life-in-prison sentence that accompanies a second-degree murder conviction. A first-degree murder conviction carries a 50 years-to-life prison sentence.

Public Anger!

June 29, 2010
"Oscar's revenge: Mehserle's kid."

-- [G]raffiti [slogan] cropped up in more than 10 spots around [Oakland, California's] Lake Merritt over the weekend.

OAKLAND — Threatening graffiti cropped up in more than 10 spots around Lake Merritt over the weekend, calling for the death of former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle just days before his legal defense rested in his murder trial. Mehserle shot Oscar Grant III on Jan. 1, 2009, as the 22-year-old Hayward man lay facedown on the Fruitvale BART station platform. Videos of the shooting, captured by train riders, spread quickly across the Internet, and protesters calling the shooting a "police execution" briefly rioted in Oakland twice in the ensuing weeks. Mehserle was put on trial in Los Angeles, and the final arguments in that murder trial are scheduled for late this week.

In 11 or more areas around the north end of Lake Merritt, red spray-painted graffiti appeared Saturday morning, with such messages as, "Mehserle must die too," "No justice, no peace," "L.A. better get it right or else," and, "Oscar's revenge: Mehserle's kid." At nearby St. Paul's Episcopal Church, "our altar guild team were the first ones who saw it," parish administrator Teresa Lindberg said. On the church's door was a message that read, "Where was Jesus for Oscar?" "Our junior warden came and tried to remove it," Lindberg said. "Unfortunately, it's damaged the doors, and we're going to have to have them taken down and repaired."

"We realized we weren't targeted or anything once we found out they went around the whole neighborhood," Lindberg said. "They tagged Fairyland and a bunch of other locations. We think it was someone with nothing better to do." The graffiti had been mostly cleaned off in several places today, with traces of the erased writing barely visible in the wood and cement where it had been painted. Oakland police did not report any new information on the case today.

The Defense Rests!

June 29, 2010

"'I thought he had a gun. I thought he had a gun.'"

-- Johannes Mehserle's friend and fellow Officer Terry Foreman testifying on behalf of Mehserle.

LOS ANGELES — The difference in weight between Johannes Mehserle's loaded gun and plastic Taser was the last piece of evidence a jury heard Tuesday as this racially charged murder trial neared its end.
Deputy district attorney David Stein displayed the two weapons to the jury and had his inspector explain the difference in weight. The loaded gun weighed 780 grams, or 1.7 pounds, more than the Taser.

The jury will have a day off today as Stein and defense attorney Michael Rains argue over jury instructions and a defense motion to dismiss the case based on a lack of evidence. The jury will return Thursday for closing arguments and could begin deliberating the case Thursday afternoon or Friday.

Stein on Tuesday also called four BART police officers who spoke with Mehserle in the minutes, hours and days after he shot Oscar Grant III in the back as the 22-year-old Hayward man lay unarmed and facedown on the Fruitvale BART station platform in Oakland. Mehserle said last week during testimony he had made a mistake in shooting Grant by confusing his gun for his Taser. Mehserle said he wanted to use a Taser on Grant because he believed Grant was resisting arrest and reaching for a gun in his pocket. Grant did not have a gun. Stein asked three BART police officers who talked with Mehserle immediately after the shooting if the then-26-year-old officer ever mentioned he made a mistake. All three said no.

Stein also asked Mehserle's friend and fellow Officer Terry Foreman if Mehserle ever spoke with him about the shooting in the days that followed. Foreman, who was called by Mehserle for support after the shooting and who drove Mehserle home and days later to his attorney's office in Sacramento, said Mehserle never mentioned the shooting was an accident. "All of a sudden, he broke down and started crying," Foreman said, describing an exchange the two had during a trip back from Sacramento about a week after the shooting. "He said, 'I thought he had a gun. I thought he had a gun.' " Foreman said Mehserle made the same statement the night of the shooting.

Though all four of the officers said Mehserle did not tell them he made a mistake, under questioning from Rains they all said their colleague appeared "shocked," "scared," and "emotionally upset" after the shooting. Rains ended his case with testimony from a university professor, who discussed the mental aptitude of humans during stressful situations and with testimony from an Alameda County coroner who talked about the trajectory of the bullet that killed Grant. The coroner's testimony led to a break in court after his detailed explanations of Grant's wounds and cause of death sent Grant's mother, Wanda Johnson, into loud sobs.

In the courtroom, Rains has attempted, through 11 witnesses including Mehserle, to convince a jury that Grant's shooting was a mistake based, in part, on BART's failure to train his client on the proper use of a Taser. Rains followed up Mehserle's emotional testimony last week with a police use-of-force and Taser expert who testified that Mehserle had the right to use a Taser on Grant and that the former officer's lack of Taser training probably contributed to the shooting. Another defense expert, William Lewinski, gave the jury a brief overview Tuesday of how the human mind works during stressful situations. Lewinski, a retired Minnesota State University professor, studies police reactions to situations and attempts to come up with theories about why police officers react as they do. Lewinski testified it is possible for police officers to get tunnel vision during stressful situations and block out sound and items in their peripheral vision.

Stein and Rains will argue over jury instructions today, and Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Robert Perry will decide if the jury should consider murder and all of its lesser included crimes, such as manslaughter, as possible verdicts.

Closing Shot: The Defense!

June 28, 2010
"I think the Taser would be a good choice in that situation given everything that was going on," Meyer said. "My opinion is that (Grant) was physically resisting while Officers Mehserle and (Anthony) Pirone attempted to get him handcuffed."

-- Greg Meyer, a retired Los Angeles police captain who has testified in more 100 criminal and civil cases on police use-of-force issues, including the infamous Rodney King Trial of 1992.

LOS ANGELES — A police use-of-force and Taser expert hired by former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle's defense team told a jury today that the former officer had the right to use a Taser on Oscar Grant III (pictured left) early Jan. 1, 2009. Greg Meyer, a retired Los Angeles police captain who has testified in more 100 criminal and civil cases on police use-of-force issues, said Mehserle did not act with any unusual force when he tried to handcuff Grant in the seconds before Mehserle pulled out his gun and shot the 22-year-old Hayward man. Meyer said Grant appeared to be resisting arrest at the time and previously, so police had the right to arrest him.

"I think the Taser would be a good choice in that situation given everything that was going on," Meyer said. "My opinion is that (Grant) was physically resisting while Officers Mehserle and (Anthony) Pirone (pictured left to right, Mehserle & Pirone) attempted to get him handcuffed." Meyer, paid $375 an hour for his work and $3,000 a day for court appearances, said he came to his conclusion after spending 80-90 hours on the case reviewing hundreds of pages of documents, interviewing Mehserle, and watching videos of the events before, after and during the shooting. Meyer also concluded that BART failed to train its police officers on how to use and to carry a Taser properly. "It could have been better. It had some deficiencies," Meyer said of the Taser training given to Mehserle.

For all his credentials and assurances on the witness stand about his opinions, Meyer's work on the case was picked apart by Deputy District Attorney David Stein, who at one point had Meyer admit that police officers did not initially have a reason to arrest Grant. "That would be kind of a cheap arrest," Meyer said of having Grant arrested because he stood up when he was told to sit down. Stein's cross-examination of Meyer also revealed that the expert reached his opinions on the case in March 2009 before a preliminary hearing was conducted and before BART conducted its own internal investigation into the shooting. Meyer admitted that he had not reviewed all the evidence in the case, even though his website states, "I've learned to not form opinions before reviewing all the evidence."

Stein also informed the jury that Meyer had worked on behalf of one of the Los Angeles police officers who beat Rodney King and that Meyer reached an opinion in that case that, based on Los Angeles Police Department policy, the officers did not use excessive force against King. Meyer's conclusion that Grant resisted arrest was challenged by Stein, who pointed out that Meyer did not consider key factors in making his findings. Meyer said he made his finding based on Mehserle's testimony that he was pulling on Grant's arm and videos that show Grant's right arm under his body. Stein asked if Meyer's opinion would change if he knew that Grant was pushed on top of someone's legs, had 500 pounds of force against his back and was yelling out that he could not breathe.

All three facts have been presented as evidence in the case, but Meyer said they did not change his opinion. Meyer said he rejected the prosecution's belief that Grant was not resisting arrest but rather had his arm trapped beneath him. "I rejected it. It doesn't wash," Meyer said. "It doesn't matter to me. The evidence, in my view, was that he was intentionally keeping his arm under his body."

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