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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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Posted: 8:29 PM EDT, Wed. May 17, 2017 - Updated: 3:29 PM PDT, Sat. May 20, 2016

Tulsa, OK -- A jury found Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby not guilty of first degree manslaughter Wednesday. Shelby was charged with first degree manslaughter in the shooting death of Terence Crutcher. The jury delivered their verdict after nearly 10 hours of deliberation starting just after noon Wednesday. The judge denied the jury's request to explain how they came to their conclusion.

The defense had moved for a mistrial in the case. However, the judge denied it. The announcement comes the same day a judge released some key evidence to the public. Officer Shelby’s interview with Tulsa’s Homicide Division was released Friday. Officer Betty Shelby will be allowed to return to the Tulsa Police Department.

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Posted: 8:29 PM EST, Mon. May 16, 2016 - Updated: 3:29 PM PST, Tues. May 17, 2016

"You've got a tough job...we want you to know we could not be prouder of you."

-- Pres. Barack Obama as he awards Medal of Valor to 13 police officers on May 16, 2016. The Medal of Valor is the nation's highest honor for law enforcement officers.

ST. LOUIS, MO • Jason Stockley, 35, of Houston, is a former St. Louis police officer. Stockley has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder for the on-duty shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith. Stockley is white and Smith is black. St. Louis police and U.S. marshals arrested Stockley on Monday at his home in the 6300 block of Chevy Chase Drive in Houston. He is in custody in Harris County, Texas. St. Louis Circuit Judge Michael Mullen ordered Stockley held without bail.

The incident led to one of the largest wrongful-death settlements stemming from a police shooting in the city’s history. In 2013, the Board of Police Commissioners settled a federal wrongful-death lawsuit in connection with the shooting, for $900,000. The suit was filed on behalf of Smith’s (then 1 year old) daughter, Autumn B. Smith. A confidentiality agreement prevented her attorney from confirming the amount. However he said: “I’d be hard-pressed to find any other verdict or settlement that gave rise to a higher payout.”

Jason Stockley graduated from Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville in 1998. He went on to West Point. He then went on to be awarded an Army Bronze Star in combat in Iraq. He joined the police department in 2007. An online résumé shows he last worked as a regional project manager for TH Hill Associates. In that role, he worked to reduce non-productive time associated with oil drilling operations in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. The company confirmed his employment ended Jan. 7 of this year. They would not say whether he resigned or was fired.

Anthony Lamar Smith's childhood history is unclear. Court records show Smith had a history of unlawful use of a weapon, stealing, drug possession and driving with a revoked license. He was on probation at the time of his death for a stealing case stemming from an incident in Ferguson in 2010. An autopsy report obtained by media sources showed Smith had marijuana in his system at the time of his death. It also showed he had been shot multiple times.

Stockley shot Smith, 24, in December 2011 after a suspected drug transaction and high-speed chase. Stockley and his partner, Officer Brian Bianchi, shot at Smith’s car. They chased the victim at speeds over 80 mph. While in pursuit, the police SUV crashed, backed up and continued following Smith’s vehicle. During the chase, Stockley says: “going to kill this (expletive deleted), don’t you know it.” As Smith’s car was slowing to a stop, Stockley tells Bianchi to “hit him right now,” at which point the driver slams the police SUV into Smith’s car. Court documents did not disclose the source of the quotes. Stockley then approached Smith’s car on the driver’s side and shot five times into the car. Each shot struck Smith. A gun was recovered from the victim’s car. However, lab analysis revealed the presence of only Stockley’s DNA.

Police said the events unfolded when Stockley and his partner, Bianchi, spotted Smith in a suspected drug transaction. The transaction allegedly occurred in a Church’s Chicken parking lot at Thekla Avenue and Riverview Boulevard. The officers approached Smith’s vehicle. Stockley carried his personal AK-47 assault rifle. This is a violation of department policy. That policy forbids officers from carrying their own weapons.

Police originally said that Smith allegedly reached for something inside his car. Stockley fired his department-issued Beretta when Smith drove toward the officers. No one was wounded at that point. The pursuit began at this point. The chase ended in a crash about a mile away. Stockley said Smith reached for something and Stockley shot him in the car. Police said they found a revolver and heroin in Smith’s vehicle.

The shooting occurred under Chief Dan Isom’s administration. Isom put Stockley on desk duty. The police department was under the state’s control at the time. Sam Dotson became police chief. He ordered a $5,500 forensic analysis of the in-car video and audio, which became part of the investigation. While awaiting a response from the Justice Department, Dotson suspended Stockley for 30 days. Stockley resigned Aug. 16, 2013.

As of Monday, local authorities still were awaiting word from the Justice Department. Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, wrote in a statement Monday, “The matter remains open, and the department declines to comment further.” State and federal prosecutors have filed no charges.

The murder charge follows a public call by activists in late April. Activist Anthony Shahid shielded Smith’s mother, Annie Smith, from interviews during the press conference in April. He said she was too emotionally distraught to talk to a reporter. He said she believed Stockley had been in jail. It’s not clear why she believed that. When she found out Stockley wasn’t in jail, she asked Shahid for help, he said.

Activists demanded that Stockley be charged with the murder of Smith. Activists were critical of the Justice Department during their news conference in April. Rev. Phillip Duvall said: “The Department of Justice has had the information on this and has not moved.” Duvall lauded Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce in a statement Monday. He said activists still want the Justice Department to look more closely at the case.

However, Joyce’s office had not moved on the case until recently. Dotson said he had conversations with Joyce regarding the case shortly after he became chief in 2013. Dotson declined to comment further. He cited a pending investigation. Joyce said in an interview Monday that Isom’s administration never formally presented her office with the case. Joyce said that U.S. Attorney Richard Callahan’s office called her prosecutors to “informally review” the case at the end of 2012.

In 2012, Joyce said: "[T]he police department sent its investigation into Smith’s shooting to [my] office for an “informal review,” after Callahan’s office declined to prosecute the case. Callahan said that his office reviewed the case from January through October 2012. The review was conducted with an FBI investigation that included “some grand jury matters.” He said he then forwarded the case to the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division for a review. He claims has not received a response.

On Monday Joyce’s office issued a statement related to the arrest. The statement reads:

“I’m disappointed because I know what fine public servants the vast majority of police officers are, and this kind of conduct on the part of this former officer doesn’t reflect the excellent work I see from them every day,” Joyce said. “So it’s disappointing in that regard, but it’s important that people understand that if you commit a crime, and we have the evidence to prove it, it doesn’t matter to us what you do for a living. Our job is to hold people accountable if we have the evidence. And in this case, we do.”

Media sources and activists filed requests under Missouri’s Sunshine Law seeking documents, video and audio evidence associated with the case. Investigative materials regarding the shooting have been sealed under a protective order. City and state attorneys sought the protective order in 2012 as part of the settlement of the civil suit. Media sources filed a motion in federal court Thursday to have the protective order lifted. The Attorney General Chris Koster’s office has not responded. They represented the police board and Stockley in the case.

The police board is now represented by the city due to a law change. The PB said it would not oppose the media source’s request. Joyce said: “The video alone is not sufficient for charges, but it’s very concerning. As troubling as this case was, there was not sufficient evidence to file charges at that time.” She added that she would not release the evidence because of the pending case. Joyce said she had not personally seen the video until about three weeks ago. She also said she was unaware, until then, that forensic scientists found only Stockley’s DNA on the gun recovered from Smith’s car. She continued: “I feel like this case has gone as fast as it could have.”

One of the first cases Joyce prosecuted was a second-degree murder charge against a former city police officer, Robert Dodson. The charges stemmed from the 1999 beating death of a burglary suspect on the roof of a pawnshop. A jury acquitted the officer. Joyce said: “The conviction rate on these cases nationally is 10 percent, and very rarely are they charged because of how laws are set up, and it’s rare to get a guilty verdict.”

She said new protocols instituted by Dotson should ensure that such delays won’t play out in future police shootings. She said now the department’s Force Investigation Unit consults directly with her office on every shooting. She declined to comment on whether Stockley’s partner, Bianchi, would face any charges. His attorney could not be reached for comment. St. Louis Police Officers’ Association Business Manager Jeff Roorda referred questions to Stockley’s attorney. The attorney could not be reached for comment.

The Heroic Proof!

Posted: 8:29 PM EST, Mon January 13, 2014 - Updated: 1:29 AM PST, Wed. January 15, 2014

Santa Ana, CA (WCJB) -- A jury has acquitted two former Fullerton, California, police officers on trial in the beating death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill and homeless man. The verdict was read in a Santa Ana courtroom Monday afternoon. Eight women and four men began deliberating the case on Thursday.

"I'm just horrified. They got away with murdering my son," Cathy Thomas, the victim's mother, told reporters after the verdict was read. The victim's father, Ron Thomas, said that everyone now needs to be afraid. "This is carte blanche to police officers to do whatever they want," he told reporters.

The beating of Thomas in a transit parking lot was recorded by security cameras on the night of July 5, 2011. The surveillance camera footage shows Thomas being beaten, clubbed and stunned with a Taser by police. The video sparked a nationwide outcry.

Former officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. A second former Fullerton officer, Jay Cicinelli, was charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.

Both were found not guilty on all charges.

"These peace officers were doing their job. They had no malice in their heart," said an attorney for Ramos.

When asked about the video, he said it's "not the entire case."

In closing arguments, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas told jurors that Ramos bore responsibility for Thomas's death because he issued a threat to the uncooperative homeless man. Ramos can be seen on the surveillance video putting on gloves and shaking his fist in Thomas' face.

Posted: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 - Updated: Tuesday, May 08, 2012 08:15:23 PM PDT

Fullerton, CA -- Police officer Manuel Ramos was charged with second-degree murder in Thomas' death, and Cpl. Jay Cicinelli faces involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force charges.

Security camera footage showing the police beating of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man, at a Fullerton, California bus depot on the night of July 5, 2011. The altercation begins at 00:15:20 of the video.

Murderer in O.C.!

Posted: 6:15 PM EST, Thu September 29, 2011 - Updated: 16:08 PDT, Tuesday, October 25, 2011
"'You see my fist? Now they're getting to ready to Fuck you up[.]'"

-- Statement made by Manuel Ramos, 37, a 10-year veteran of the Fullerton Police Department to Kelly Thomas before he proceeded to beat him to death, with the assistance of six other Fullerton Police Officers.

Los Angeles, CA (WCJB) -- A Fullerton, California, police officer charged with second-degree murder in the beating death of a mentally ill homeless man was released from jail Thursday after posting a bond in lieu of $1 million bail, the Orange County Sheriff's Department spokesman said. Manuel Ramos, 37 (pictured above, center) a 10-year veteran of the Fullerton Police Department, is also charged with involuntary manslaughter in the July death of Kelly Thomas, 37. Ramos' family and friends raised the $100,000 for the bond -- which typically is 10% of the bail -- to secure his release from custody, said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County sheriff. Ramos was released shortly after midnight Thursday, Amormino said. "By the time they do the paperwork and things of that nature, many times it's that late in the morning," Amormino told media sources. One other officer charged in the Thomas case is Cpl. Jay Patrick Cicinelli. He is charged with involuntary manslaughter and felony use of excessive force. He was released last week on $25,000 bail. Both officers have pleaded not guilty to the charges. The two men are among six Fullerton police officers -- all men -- who were involved in the Thomas arrest and have been placed on involuntary, paid administrative leave.

Kelly Thomas (pictured left, after beating) a 37-year-old homeless man with schizophrenia, was beaten by police during an altercation July 5 and died five days later. The case drew widespread attention to the police department of Fullerton, about 25 miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. Thomas' father, Ron Thomas, 55, of Cypress, California, the father of Kelly, objected to Ramos' release and said Ramos should have been held without bail. "I don't want him released because he brutally murdered my son," said Thomas, who's a safety consultant for the construction industry. He was an Army Ranger in special ops for 10 years; a martial arts master, he now teaches hand-to-hand combat to Marines going to Iraq and Afghanistan, he said.

Kelly's father, said Thursday he wants criminal charges against each of the other four officers, not charged in the incident. "Even if he just stood there and did absolutely nothing, that's what he should be charged with. He didn't prevent my son's death," Thomas said.

The FBI is also investigating the incident for civil rights violations. The Orange County district attorney's office said this month that no charges were filed against the other four because "the evidence does not show knowing participation in an unlawful act on the part of these officers." Since then, two other allegations of brutality at the hands of city police have surfaced, both regarding unrelated arrests in 2010. District Attorney Tony Rackauckas and fellow prosecutors viewed 16 minutes of bus depot surveillance video showing what happened in the Thomas case, Rackauckas has said. Thomas suffered brain injuries, facial fractures, rib fractures, and extensive bruising and abrasions, the prosecutor's office said. The Orange County coroner listed his manner of death as a homicide and said he died after having his chest compressed, leaving him unable to breathe.

Ramos had made initial contact with Thomas -- whom he knew as a "homeless drifter" -- after police received a call about a homeless man looking in car windows and pulling on handles of parked cars, Rackauckas said. "He lifted his fists to Kelly Thomas and he said, 'You see my fist? Now they're getting to ready to Fuck you up,'" Rackauckas said, using "F" instead of the full profanity. The district attorney said Ramos' conduct was unacceptable and "not protecting and serving" the public. "Ramos had to know that he was creating a situation where Kelly Thomas feared for his life and was struggling to get away from an armed officer who was going to 'F him up,'" Rackauckas said. Cicinelli (pictured above, center) arrived at the scene later. He is accused of using excessive force when he allegedly assaulted and beat Thomas, including using the front end of his Taser to hit the victim on the head and face eight times while the man was pinned to the ground by other officers. At that point, Thomas was making no audible sounds, indicating that he was "down and seriously injured," the prosecutor's office said.

O.C. Murder Cops!

Posted: September 22, 2011

SANTA ANA, Calif. – Two police officers were charged Wednesday in the death of a mentally ill homeless man Kelly Thomas, who was beaten and on July 5. Officer Manuel “Manny” Ramos and Corporal Jay Cicinelli have been charged with second degree murder and excessive force respective. Cicinelli lost one of his eyes while he was an officer with the Los Angeles police department, in 1996, when shot during an off-duty attack in South Los Angeles. Although the incident with LAPD placed him on disability, he was able to land a job with the Fullerton police. Ramos was taken into custody in leiu of $1 million bail and $25 thousand bail for Cicnelli. Ramos faces 15 years in prison and Cicinelli faces four years in prison.

FBI Investigation?

August 10, 2011
"As far as intentional killing ... I have not seen any evidence of that in this case." -- Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on the beating death of Kelly Thomas by six (6)Fullerton Police Officers.

Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas on Monday said that he's seen no evidence so far suggesting Fullerton police officers intentionally tried to kill homeless man Kelly Thomas, but that his office is still trying to determine whether the officers used excessive force in his death. Thomas, 37, died several days after he was confronted by six Fullerton officers at the local bus depot last month. As they tried to search the schizophrenic homeless man, a violent altercation ensued that left him in a coma. Witnesses have described officers repeatedly striking him and shocking him with a stun gun.

Rackauckas (pictured left) speaking about it publicly for the first time, said the investigation is in its early stages and his office has yet to get a cause-of-death determination from the Orange County coroner's office. "As far as intentional killing ... I have not seen any evidence of that in this case," Rackauckas said. Rackauckas' comments come as Thomas' father revealed new details about his son's injuries. The D.A. said he did not want to speculate on possible criminal charges — whether they be manslaughter or excessive force — until "all the evidence is in."

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The top prosecutor said he had seen a security video of the incident. Prosecutors and police have refused to make the video public, and Rackauckas said he cannot discuss its content. "It is a tragedy this happened," he said when asked to characterize the video's images. "My heart goes out to Mr. Thomas and [his] family members." He said his office is expediting the case by assigning extra investigators, but that it takes time to transcribe dozens of interviews and gather relevant documents. Rackauckas said he has made the investigation a priority for his prosecutors and investigators, and is devoting extensive resources to the case. "I am reviewing everything that is being done," he said. The incident, which prompted large protests at the bus depot in the usually conservative community, is also under investigation by the FBI. The Police Department has released few details about what happened that night, other than to say that Thomas was stopped by officers investigating a report of an attempted car burglary and became combative. Six officers have been placed on leave.

Two Fullerton council members have called for the police chief to resign, and rallies have drawn hundreds of protesters. On Monday, Fullerton's city manager proposed bringing the head of the Los Angeles County sheriff's watchdog body to examine the July 5 incident and related policies and procedures, according to sources. Michael Gennaco, head of L.A. County's Office of Independent Review, has been brought in before to examine the Orange County jails after the death of an inmate.

August 9, 2011

Ron Thomas said MRI and X-ray results from the hospital that treated his son show he had two forms of severe brain injury: one caused by a lack of oxygen and the other by blunt force trauma. Bones in his face had also been broken, said the father, who previously released a photo of Thomas' bloody, swollen, barely recognizable face.

Ron Thomas has labeled his son's death a murder and said he wants the six officers involved to go to prison.

NOW! You Said Hero!

August 3, 2011

SANTA ANA, Calif. (WCJB) - Residents in Fullerton, Calif., are outraged after a mentally-disabled homeless man (pictured above, center) died following a physical confrontation with five police officers. In surveillance video taken aboard an Orange County Transportation Authority bus, passengers say officers pounded 37-year-old Kelly Thomas' face and hogtied him as he cried out for his father. The video was made public on Tuesday. According to media affiliates, officers confronted Thomas, who suffered from schizophrenia, on July 5 while investigating reports of a man burglarizing cars near the Fullerton Transportation Center.

Police said Thomas ran away as officers tried to search his backpack. This triggered an altercation that eventually involved six officers whose names have not been released. One officer was initially placed on paid administrative leave. Police Chief Michael F. Sellers then decided to do the same for the other five officers on Tuesday, according to department spokesman Sgt. Andrew Goodrich. Thomas suffered severe head and neck injuries and was taken off life support on July 10. An autopsy conducted Tuesday night was inconclusive about his cause of death.


August 4, 2011

Orange County prosecutors said they have reviewed a videotape that shows parts of a deadly altercation between homeless man Kelly Thomas and Fullerton police. The Orange County district attorney has more than two dozen investigators working on the case. Officials have already interviewed 80 witnesses and plan to interview more than 100 people. “You understand why the public is upset. We are doing the investigation as quickly as possible. We are waiting for the toxicology and the cause of death,” said Susan Kang Schroeder, the district attorney’s chief of staff. “The D.A. has made it very clear. This is a priority. We have two dozen investigators involved in the investigations.... It is such an important case. The public wants the answers as soon as possible but the public does not want a rush to judgment." Kang Schroeder said the facts will either come out at trial or in a detailed report issued by the district attorney’s office. Kang Schroeder said investigators possess a video of much of the incident.

“The camera at the bus depot was controlled by Fullerton police. It shows certain things but [does] not completely show everything" that happened. But she said they won’t make it public. “The reason why we are not releasing the video is we want to make sure that any witnesses who come forward testify to what [they] saw in person, not what they saw in the media.” Kang Schroeder added: “Your heart goes out to family. You hear the crying, Dad, Dad ... but our office has a very important job to do and we will apply the applicable laws objectively.” At Tuesday night’s City Council meeting, hundreds of angry citizens jammed into the overflowing council chambers, criticizing police for the death of Thomas, 37, and demanding that the city explain what happened. In response to the increasing chorus of public criticism, the Police Department issued a statement Wednesday saying only: "This was tragic for our community. We are in the midst of an investigation." Although the Police Department remained largely silent, the attorney for the six officers spoke out in their defense. Michael D. Schwartz said Thomas was combative with officers. He said that contrary to the statements of at least one witness, the officers did not use a flashlight as a weapon. Schwartz also said there was "no excessive use" of a Taser by the officer on Thomas -- rebuffing claims made by several witnesses.
“Unfortunately, public perception of officer's trying to control a combative, resistive suspect rarely conforms to those officers' training, experience, [and] what those officers were experiencing at the time or reality,” he said. “This seems to be a case in point.”
-- Attorney Michael D. Schwartz whose law firm represents the six officers.

One Fullerton City Council member called for the police chief's resignation Wednesday, criticizing the Police Department for refusing to answer questions in the case.

Above Photo: Fullerton PD in Riot Gear!

Spokane Police!

Posted: 11/15/12 09:14 PM ET EST - Updated: 11/19/12 11:14 PM PST

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., 65 (pictured above, right) a former Spokane, Washington police officer was sentenced Thursday to more than four years in prison for his role in the 2006 death of Otto Zehm (pictured above, left) a mentally disabled janitor who died after being erroneously suspected of stealing money from an ATM. Thompson is a Vietnam veteran and a decorated 40-year veteran of law enforcement in Los Angeles, northern Idaho and Spokane, his attorney said. "This man before you is not a villain," his attorney told the judge. Thompson addressed the court, apologizing to Zehm's mother. "I did not intend to harm Mr. Zehm that night, and did not act in malice," he said. "I have dedicated my life to protection of the public." His Defense attorney argued for a sentence of zero to 16 months, saying there was no evidence presented that the actions of Thompson led directly to Zehm's death.

Federal prosecutors noted that Thompson attacked Zehm without warning, and struck him repeatedly with a 30-inch baton and also stunned him. "There were seven baton strikes in less than eight seconds," said Tim Durkin, an assistant U.S. attorney. "There is compelling medical evidence in this case that Mr. Zehm sustained serious bodily injury." Zehm had committed no crime. Prosecutors sought a sentence of nine to 11 years because of the seriousness of the attack on Zehm, and its impact on the community.

Thompson Jr., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Fred Van Sickle to four years and three months. Van Sickle also ordered that Thompson be taken into custody immediately, over the objections of defense lawyers, who wanted him to remain free while the verdict is appealed. Van Sickle said he hoped the sentence would begin to bring closure to Zehm's family and to the Spokane community, which has been at odds with the police department as a result of this case and others. "This had a significant impact on the community and how it viewed its police department," Van Sickle said.

Six years ago, Zehm was beaten and stunned by Thompson in a convenience store. He was hog-tied and sat on by other officers until he passed out. The 36-year-old died two days later without regaining consciousness. Thompson was convicted last year by a federal jury of violating Zehm's civil rights by using excessive force and then lying to investigators in the case.

Victor Boutros, a Justice Department attorney who helped prosecute the case, said it was important to remember that Zehm, a mentally ill janitor, had committed no crime. "He was just going in as he always did to buy his soda and his candy," Boutros said. Thompson's actions warranted prison time, he said. His last words were: "All I wanted was a Snickers bar," according to trial testimony. Prosecutors also alleged the case involved an extensive cover-up by police. That investigation is ongoing.

"A badge cannot equate to a free pass," Boutros said. "When officers abuse their power and lie to cover it up, it fundamentally undermines" their position of trust in the community, said Boutros.

On March 18, 2006, police received a report that a man matching Zehm's description might have stolen money from people at an ATM. Surveillance video showed that Thompson found Zehm inside a convenience store and immediately struck him repeatedly with a baton and shocked him with a stun gun. Other officers arrived and hogtied Zehm, put a rubber mask over his mouth, and sat on him. It was later determined that he had not committed any crime.

Anger boiled in the community over the death, but the Spokane County prosecutor's office declined to bring charges against any officers. Amid demands for justice, federal prosecutors eventually charged Thompson with violating Zehm's civil rights through use of excessive force and then lying to investigators.

Impersonated Assaults!

Posted: 10/19/2012 02:46:36 PM PDT - Updated: 10/21/2012 05:38:28 AM PDT

San Bernardino County, CA -- Two San Bernardino County sheriff's deputies charged with misdemeanors after one allegedly assaulted a man and the other falsely impersonated another deputy have denied their involvement in the crimes. Deputy Michael Parham, 40, of Rancho Cucamonga, pleaded not guilty Monday to one count of assault by public officer for the May 20 beating of Mario Madrigal, according to court records. He is scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 29.

Parham was one of four deputies who responded to a report of vandalism at a home in the 4000 block of North F Street in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino shortly after 1a.m. During the call, he allegedly kicked the handcuffed man in the chest and groin, stepped on his head and laughed and joked about it while doing so, according to sheriff's reports. Deputy Shadia Adham, 33, of Yucaipa, was also arraigned Monday inside the San Bernardino Superior Courthouse. She pleaded not guilty to one count of false impersonation on Monday and is expected back on Nov. 15, according to court records. She is accused of falsely identifying herself and another deputy who responded to the call as other deputies who worked out of the sheriff's central station in San Bernardino, namely Lauren Mitchell and Galen Spears, respectively, according to the investigative reports.

The events that played out during that call resulted in an extensive internal affairs investigation by the Sheriff's Department, detailed in 315 pages of reports submitted to county prosecutors by a team of five investigators.

Parham and Adham work out of the sheriff's central station in San Bernardino. Parham made news in 2003 when he was critically wounded after being shot while on duty, and the man suspected of shooting him, Ricardo Alfonso Cerna, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head while sitting in an interview room at the Sheriff's Department.

Cerna's suicide, caught on video by a sheriff's security camera, was burned onto a DVD and circulated at a training seminar, which touched on the detaining of criminal suspects. The video wound up going viral on the Internet, resulting in disciplinary action being taken against multiple sworn personnel at the department. Parham spent a week at Loma Linda University Medical Center, where he recovered from his wounds.

Officer Beatdown!

Posted: Jan 20, 2012 - Updated: 3:27 PM PST, Thu May 24, 2012
"The only good nigger is a dead nigger and they should hang you in the town square to prevent any other nigger from coming in the area."

-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland, CA Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.

Melbourne, Florida -- Technicians in Florida have recovered dashcam video of a Melbourne police officer beating a 66-year-old man who suffers from dementia even though the officer deliberately tried to disable the recording. The video clearly shows Albert Flowers calmly walking towards the police cruiser before Middendorf suddenly delivers a kick to his midsection. Before Flowers is able to get up, the white cop drops to his knees and pounds his fists into the African-American man’s face. Flowers spent a month in the hospital after the encounter. An attorney for beating victim Flowers told media sources that his client was prepared to sue the city of Melbourne.

“He should be fired,” an attorney said of Officer Derek Middendorf. “Anyone who’s being pulled over by this officer should be terrified.”

“It’s clear (Officer Middendorf) tried to destroy all the video in this case. He thought he had turned off the camera, and that’s why he acted the way he did,” according to the same attorney.
“Information regarding the arrest of Albert Flowers was sufficient to indicate that an internal investigation was not warranted. Officer Derek Middendorf is a valued officer whose record since joining the department in 2005 reflects the fact that he has done a very good job for the city.”

-- Statement by Melbourne Police Chief Steve Mimbs in a press advisory before the video was released publicly.
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Confrontation starts at 19:28. Officer Derek Middendorf of the Melbourne, Florida Police Department attempted to disable his police cruiser camera before beating Albert Flowers, a 66 year old man who suffers from dementia. Officer Derek Middendorf was only able to disable the audio recording on the camera. The command of the Melbourne Police force found that the use and level of force was justified. This is the entire unedited video. The beating and arrest occurred on Oct 7 2011.

Middendorf was initially reprimanded for tampering with the recording device, but the city chose not pursue an administrative review at the time. Middendorf indicated in his report that he used force against Flowers (pictured left) after the man did not obey orders to stop moving toward him. The officer had suspected Flowers may have had a knife. “I had to react and protect myself in fear he was going to attack me,” the report said. “Not knowing if he was still armed or not … I struck the defendant in the face to distract him.” Flowers was arrested and charged with felony battery, investigators said. After viewing the video, prosecutors said they changed the charges against Albert Flowers, who was beaten by Officer Derek Middendorf. Prosecutors said they reduced his charges to a misdemeanor of resisting an officer without violence.

Regents Homicide!

Posted: November 17, 2011 | 6:34 am PST - Updated: 11/18/2011 03:28 PM PST Berkeley, CA -- The UC Berkeley student shot and killed by UC campus police on November 15, was a motivational speaker who told audiences the story of how he turned his life around. Christopher Travis, 34, (pictured left) an undergraduate who had transferred to UC Berkeley's business school earlier this fall, died of his wounds at a hospital, officials said. He was shot Tuesday afternoon by a campus police officer in the school's computer lab after Travis allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at officers and refused orders to drop the weapon, authorities said.

Travis sustained multiple gunshot wounds during the incident with campus police officers. UCPD Capt. Margo Bennett who spoke to the media Wednesday afternoon, said when police entered the Haas computer lab, Travis looked up, saw police officers and pointed his gun at them. Campus officials announced that Travis, who was conscious after being shot, had died at Highland Hospital, where he had undergone surgery. The shooting occurred about 2:25 p.m. Tuesday, according to police. University police were responding to a 911 call from a staff member who had noticed the suspect with a gun in his backpack. In April, Travis formed a company in which he worked as a certified life coach and speaker, people who knew him told media sources. "That is very sad. It's hard to believe," Newark Planning Commissioner William Fitts, who had met Travis at the Toastmaster speaking group, told the paper. "He was very engaging. He was a stand-up guy. He seemed pretty normal to me. There was nothing I knew about him that indicated something like this was possible."

Police are reviewing websites on which a man matching Travis' name and description says he was employed as a security guard who worked on "police emergency response," and discusses two suicide attempts, officials said. Police also are in touch with Travis' relatives in Lodi, Calif., and are interviewing nine students who were in the lab at the time. A video camera captured at least part of the incident. "We are looking into everything," including those websites, said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof. Police said Travis had a permit for his weapon, a semiautomatic Ruger, that was issued in San Jose. They have not determined a motive in the incident. Attempts to reach Travis' family for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful.

"When Should You Shoot a Cop?"

Posted: October 31, 2011 - Updated: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 12:34 PM PDT

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A flyer surfaced at 'Occupy Phoenix' that encourages the shooting of police officers, asking "When should you shoot a cop?" Although officials say no credible threats against law enforcement have been uncovered, the flyer chillingly advocates for cop killers and elevates them to almost hero status, media sources reported. "The next time you hear of a police officer being killed "’in the line of duty,’ take a moment to consider the very real possibility that maybe in that case, the ‘law enforcer’ was the bad guy and the ‘cop killer’ was the good guy," the flyer reportedly read.

San Antonio School District PD!

August 8, 2011

"Let's not do any big search over there," the supervisor said. "Let's stay with the victim and see if we can identify (the suspect) that way. We can put one in the area, but let's concentrate on getting the info from the victim." Shortly after a supervisor told Daniel Alvarado to stay with the victim of a minor assault and not search for the suspect, the school district officer ran into the backyard of a Northwest Side home with his gun drawn. Moments later, Alvarado fired his weapon, killing an unarmed 14-year-old boy, Derek Lopez (pictured below, left).

Someone had jumped over her fence in the 200 block of Roswell Canyon and entered her small shed, where her husband stored Christmas decorations, paint cans and a sledgehammer. The retired nurse was inside with her two daughters and 3-year-old granddaughter. "He went into the shed and I feared that he was going to get something and come after us," she recalled in a deposition. The person in the shed was Lopez. Despite his supervisor's directive, Alvarado was speeding down the suburban street in pursuit. No one saw the shooting. But inside the house, the homeowner and her daughters heard a gunshot about 45 seconds after Alvarado entered the backyard. The homeowner saw the officer carrying the boy out of the shed and putting him "on the grass, on the ground," she said. She grabbed a bath towel and ran outside. Applying pressure to the wound with the officer, she asked, "Why did you shoot him?" "He came at me," he told her.

The November incident was not the first time the officer had ignored an order, according to records recently obtained by local San Antonio media sources. Since 2006, Alvarado's supervisors at the Northside Independent School District Police Department had reprimanded or counseled him on at least 12 occasions — six for not following orders. In other cases, Alvarado failed to show up for assignments, and his bosses appeared to suspect him of lying. Alvarado was suspended at least four times, and his supervisors warned of impending termination four times — once even recommending it. In two separate cases, Alvarado was suspended for collecting evidence that disappeared, including an MP3 player and fingerprint cards.

But Alvarado, 46, never was fired. Reached by phone, Alvarado declined to discuss the shooting. NISD spokesman Pascual Gonzalez said the officer has been placed on administrative duty since the incident. Six months after the death of student Derek Lopez, as an investigation into the shooting continues, the 17-year veteran of the Police Department remains with the school district. The San Antonio Police Department has ruled the case a justified shooting. The Bexar County district attorney's office still is investigating. The question of whether the shooting was justified is unrelated to the officer's history of disobeying orders, Assistant District Attorney Cliff Herberg said. The former is a legal matter; the latter, administrative. Gonzalez echoed the distinction in a prepared statement. "We are aware of Officer Alvarado's work history," he said. "While there are some documented incidents, it's important to note that they were administrative in nature, and had nothing to do with student safety."

THE OFFICER: Northside Independent School District Police Officer Daniel Alvarado shot and killed a student in the backyard of a house the youth had run to in order to avoid detection. Photo: Courtesy Photo / SA

Derek's mother hired an attorney in December to investigate the shooting. The attorney filed actions in court to force the school district to release records, including Alvarado's disciplinary history and a dispatch recording. He also subpoenaed witnesses for depositions, some of which contradict Alvarado's version of events. Recorded in depositions, witnesses' recollections offer a closer look at the Nov. 12 incident. About 4:30 p.m., at Vista West Drive and Hunt Lane, a 13-year-old student from the Bexar County Juvenile Justice Academy was talking on a cell phone at a bus stop when Lopez, one of his classmates, punched him in the face. "He just hit me once," the boy said in his deposition. "It wasn't a fight. It was nothing." In a report, Alvarado wrote that he was approaching the shed with his gun drawn when the door flew open, hitting him in the face. No witness recalled seeing any injuries to the officer's face after the shooting. "The suspect bull rushed his way out of the shed and lunged right at me," Alvarado wrote. "The suspect was literally inches away from me, and I feared for my safety." Tracing the bullet's path into the boy's chest as it ricocheted off the pancreas, colon, right liver and left kidney and exited the stomach, an autopsy report notes a lack of gunpowder on Lopez's bloodstained T-shirt. "There is no evidence of close range firing of the wound," the report concludes.

Chicago PD: 8 Shots!

August 6, 2011

Media sources reports that 13-year-old Jimmell Cannon was in serious to critical condition late Monday after being shot eight times by Chicago police officers, who say he was holding a BB gun. His family tells a different story: The 13-year-old boy (pictured above, center - hospitalized and handcuffed) whose parents describe him as a fun-loving, "straight A-B student," wasn't the victim of gang violence or a crazed attacker. Instead, the gunmen were Chicago police officers.

According to media sources in Chicago, police arrived at a park near the Piccolo Specialty School where Jimmell attends to respond to a call of shots fired. They claim Jimmell matched the description of the shooter, so they came after him. He appeared to be holding a weapon in his hand, police say, and when they asked him to lower it, he refused. When he pointed the weapon in the officers' direction, they opened fire. Apparently, eight rounds were required to subdue the 13-year-old. The weapon they allege he was holding was a BB gun, but the Fraternal Order of Police says that officers handled the situation correctly because toy guns and real ones can be indistinguishable even to trained police officers. Meanwhile, Jimmell's family says his hands were in the air when he was shot, and he wasn't holding a gun of any kind. Will a weapon be recovered? If there was a BB gun, should police have known it wasn't a real one? How many shots does it actually take to subdue a 13-year-old kid? This story raises endless questions. But regardless of the answers, here's the real tragedy: Against the backdrop of seemingly endless stories about the police beating or shooting unarmed people, claiming their victims have weapons that are never discovered, and attempting to destroy evidence of their conduct, whether "officers handled the situation correctly" -- particularly when the victim is black -- is always an open question. And that's a shame.

Houston Police Off-Duty Shoot!

July 11, 2011

HOUSTON, TX (WCJB) -- Two people are dead following a fight in northwest Houston. One of those deaths came at the hands of an off-duty police officer. It happened near the El Chaparral Club, which is located in the parking lot of the Northwest Mall near West 18th Street. Around 2:15am, when the club was letting out, two officers who were directing traffic noticed a fight at the gas station next to the club. They believe the men who were fighting came from the club. The officers went over to try to break up the fight. At some point during the scuffle, police say one man got a knife from his car and stabbed another man. According to investigators, Officer Charles E. Hightower, then yelled for the man to drop the knife. Police say he ignored the officer and that's when Hightower fired his weapon several times, striking the knife-wielding man.

"After the suspect was shot, he then gets up, runs to his vehicle and tries to flee, drives off and goes through some bushes and hits a couple of parked cars into the parking lot," said HPD spokesman Victor Senties. "He dies here at the scene." The stabbing victim was taken to Memorial Northwest Hospital, where he later died. Both deceased men have not have not been identified. There are about a dozen witnesses being held for questioning by police. Officer Hightower is with the Northeast Patrol Division. He has served with HPD for four years. He was an off-duty officer, but was working an approved extra job. Hightower will be on desk duty for the next several days, which is standard protocol for HPD.

Black Life Versus White Life!

Posted: 07/22/2011 04:19:52 PM PDT Updated: 07/23/2011 07:48:26 AM PDT

MARTINEZ, CA -- More than six years has passed since Pittsburg police officer Larry Lasater was killed chasing a pair of grocery store robbers, but the pain remains fresh to the dozens who filled a Contra Costa courtroom Friday to watch one of the convicted killers get resentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole. "I thought I would never have to see Andrew Moffett ever again, but here we are," said Lasater's widow Jo Ann, who was pregnant with the couple's only child when her 35-year-old husband was fatally shot April 23, 2005. "The decisions he made that day destroyed my family." Because Moffett was not present when his co-defendant Alexander Hamilton fired the fatal shot, the First District Court of Appeal in November struck down a special circumstance attached to his first-degree murder conviction and called for his re-sentencing. Because Moffett was a few months shy of his 18th birthday when the officer was killed, trial Judge Laurel Brady had the option of re-sentencing him to 25 years to life. Moffett was "very actively involved in the series of events" and had a violent history before the killing, Brady stated as her reasons to reinstate the original sentence.

Lasater's family gave impassioned pleas before the sentence was delivered, expressing anger for Moffett's continued lack of remorse and their daily suffering from losing the Marine Corps veteran who had dreamed of becoming a police officer since grammar school. Numerous officers in the audience shed tears as Jo Ann described how her 6-year-old son Cody leaves handwritten notes to his father on grave stones and memorials. "At least I have memories of our time together," Jo Ann said. "Cody doesn't have that." Many said they believed Moffett would not hesitate to return to a life of crime if he were paroled. "It's just not true. They just don't know me," Moffett said in response to those comments. Regarding his apparent lack of remorse, he said, "I'm innocent and I have a right to plead my innocence." Moffett's attorney said Moffett is an angry young man now, but he believes he will be changed for the better in 30 years. "If Andrew really is the prince of darkness, evil incarnate, he will never be up for parole," his attorney said. "Just because he is eligible for parole doesn't mean he'll ever get it." Prosecutor Harold Jewett said it would be unjust for the Lasater family to have to worry about that possibility. The judge pointed out that if a bill proposed by Sen. Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, changes state law so that juveniles charged as adults could not receive life without parole, that would happen anyway. See: - Corrupt Justice™: Antioch, CA Police Department - Racism

Two Years & No Charges!

Mehserle & Pirone!

(Pictured left to right Trial Judge Robert Perry, Johannes Mehserle, Oscar Grant and ex-Officer Tony Pirone)

Video shows that before Oscar Grant was killed, officer Tony Pirone punched him in the face without cause. Experts have called Pirone's conduct criminal. So why has the District Attorney said he's not pursuing charges? Tony Pirone then put his knee into Oscar Grant's neck, pressing him face down into the BART platform. Tony Pirone repeated the words "bitch ass nigger" at least twice just before fellow BART cop Johannes Mehserle shot Oscar Grant in the back. These facts were caught on videotape and have been known to BART and the Alameda County District Attorney's office ever since, yet Tony Pirone has not been charged, or even disciplined for his role in the murder of Oscar Grant. Instead, he was placed on full paid leave for over a year before he was fired.

Black Goose!

Posted: 09/17/2011 03:33:23 PM PDT Updated: 09/19/2011 09:15:20 AM PDT

Oakland, CA -- An African-American, 14-year-old boy has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter and a woman is mourning the loss of her husband. All over two bottles of Grey Goose vodka. This tragic story begins with a 14-year-old boy (he is not being named because he is a juvenile) and two teen girls who should have been in school. But like thousands of Oakland high school students on any given day, they decided to cut class. For kicks, they went down to Oak Knoll Market on Mountain Boulevard at the base of the Oakland hills. Dong Suk Kang, the owner, had warned the boy to stay out of his store. The teen was a bad actor who in the past had knocked over display cases, harassed store employees and refused to pay for items that he claimed cost too much. He came back anyway. On the morning of May 31, he tried to steal two bottles of vodka. Kang, 57, confronted him. The teen slammed Kang against a counter and punched him in the face while his wife looked on helpless. Eventually, the boy fled. (It's unclear what the girls were doing all this time, but they were not charged with a crime.) Kang told his wife to call the police. Then, he jumped in his Toyota in pursuit of the boy. What would possess him to chase down a clearly violent teen who could very well have had a gun -- over two bottles Grey Goose? A few blocks from the store, Kang had a heart attack and crashed into the curb. He died at Highland Hospital.

The Alameda County District Attorney charged the teen with robbery and murder. Murder because, prosecutors say, the store owner died from a heart attack triggered by the exertion and anxiety that he suffered during the attack. The state penal code states that if someone is killed during the commission of certain types of felonies, the perpetrator may be charged with murder. Even if he didn't intend to kill anyone. Robbery is one of the criminal offenses that can trigger the so-called felony murder rule. It can also apply after the commission of the felony. For example, if a person is attempting to escape from the scene of his crime and accidentally causes someone's death, he can be charged with murder.

In January, an appellate court upheld a felony murder conviction of a Long Beach man stemming from a freak accident. Cole Wilkins was fleeing from the burglary of an appliance store. A stove that he had stolen fell off the back of his pickup truck onto the highway. A big rig swerved to avoid it and crashed into a sheriff's deputy's Crown Victoria. The deputy was killed. There is no question that there was a direct correlation between the earlier burglary and the stove falling on the highway -- which led to the fatal collision. Yet it's not as cut and dried to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that the teen caused Kang to have a heart attack. There's no question that the boy's behavior subjected Kang to undue stress. But should the teen be legally held responsible for murder? I don't believe so. This was a serious crime. The teen robbed and assaulted a man in his place of business. But murder after the store owner left the premises in pursuit of the youth -- then had a heart attack? Could the youth have reasonably concluded that his actions would cause Kang's death in this instance? Would medical testimony have conclusively supported a murder charge? The point is moot now since the teen has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge -- involuntary manslaughter. Under a plea bargain, he agreed to admit that his conduct played a role in Kang's death -- but the death is legally considered unintentional. Why prosecutors chose to charge this case as a murder given the circumstances remains up for debate. It might fall within the letter of the law, but murder by heart attack is a stretch.

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