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WATCH: WASHINGTON COP SHOOTS UNARMED MAN

Friday, January 26th, 2018

Antonio Davis, 25, was shot by cops in Spokane, Washington on September 18, 2017. Davis was unarmed.
Newly released body camera footage of the shooting was made available on Wednesday.
Officers Tucker Seitz and Chris McMurtrey were in a vehicle pursuit with Davis. Davis refused to stop because he had felony warrants.
Davis eventually wrecked his vehicle and took off on foot along with his passenger.
As Seitz and McMurtrey zerored in on Davis they yelled for him to stop and threatned to shoot him.
It was then that cops say Davis charged at Seitz prompting him to shoot Davis.
Seitz never turned his body camera on, so his vantage point is not avalable, but the video we do have is from McMurtrey.
Davis can be heard saying, “You shot me, I ain’t gonna move. I ain’t gonna move. Oh, my god. Call an ambulance … Call an ambulance, please.”
Capt. Brad Arleth of the Spokane Police Department said that it is not uncommon for officers to forget to turn on their body cameras. The Captain went on to say:
“Officers assumed Davis was armed based on previous bulletins from Nevada that said Davis was wanted for unlawful possession of a firearm, assault and shooting at a vehicle. The bulletin also mentioned Davis was a suspect in a homicide and that the weapon in that homicide had not been found.”
A 9mm gun was found in Davis’s vehicle upon the shooting.
On Dec. 5, 2017 prosecutors determined that the shooting was justified and decided not to press charges against Seitz. Prosecutors said it was,
“Reasonable for Officer Seitz to use deadly force, because Davis presented a serious and immediate threat,”
the prosecutors added,
“There is no indication Officer Seitz acted out of malice or lacked a good faith belief in the correctness of his actions. Therefore, no criminal liability attaches and no criminal charges

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NORTH CAROLINA FEMALE COP KILLS HUSBAND, HUSBAND WAS COP TOO

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018

It is not often that a cop kills a cop, especially when they are married to each other.
But a North Carolina sheriff’s deputy killed her husband in a domestic dispute on the Martin Luther King holiday. The police department revealed today that no charges have been filed yet and the case is still under investigation.
Deputy Sheriff Rataba Hawkins shot and killed her husband, Deputy Sheriff James Hawkins.
Rataba Hawkins has been with the Mecklenburg Sheriff’s Office since 2002 and is assigned to field operations. James Hawkins was with the office since 2005 and was assigned to arrest processing.
The shooting took place at the couples home on Ashley Meadow Drive in Charlotte, NC. on January 15, 2018.
Officers responded to a domestic violence assault with a deadly weapon 911 call. Officers then located Deputy James Hawkins inside the house with an apparent gunshot wound. Deputy James Hawkins was pronounced deceased on scene by Medic.
Rataba shot her husband with her sheriffs department issued gun. Apparently the too were fighting with each other and Rataba felt threatened for her life and fired fatal shots at her husband.
Spokeswoman for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Department Anjanette Grube released this statement:
The Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) is saddened to learn of the news concerning an open homicide investigation involving two MCSO deputies. Our hearts go out to their family as they cope and grieve with this tragedy. This is a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police investigation so any questions concerning the investigation should be directed to CMPD. Because the MCSO family grieves with the Hawkins family, we will have chaplains available for our staff.
No arrests have been made yet. The Charlotte Police Department is investigating this case as an homicide. PINAC will stay on top of this story.
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Texas Cop Indicted for Shooting Unarmed Man Burglarizing Own Truck

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

The Texas cop who shot an unarmed man for trying to break into his own truck – shooting him again after the man resisted an anal cavity search – was indicted by a grand jury last week.
“The jury got it right,” Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson announced after the indictment.
“We will be prosecuting this case very vigorously, we are seeking whatever we can get out of this case,” she said, vowing to seek the maximum punishment for Mesquite cop Derrick L. Wiley.
Dallas County DA Faith Johnson announces indictment of former Mesquite Police officer Derick Wiley
Lyndo Jones was shot while attempting to disable the alarm on his truck, which had malfunctioned on November 8.
Police said they were responding to reports of a possible car burglary after somebody nearby called 911 after hearing the alarm.
Seconds after their arrival, Wiley shot Jones in the stomach.
Then, after he resisted an anal cavity search, he was shot a second time in the back.
“Within 10 seconds of their arrival, he had been shot it the stomach,” Lee Merritt, an attorney representing 31-year-old Lyndo Jones, told WFAA8.
“While on the street suffering from his wound, officers attempted to perform a cavity search and he reacted to that, and he was shot a second time in his back.”
“Mr. Jones reacted to the unlawful sodomy and was consequently shot a second time in the back,”  Justine Moore, another attorney representing Jones, said in a written statement.
Emergency personnel transported Jones to the Baylor Medical Center where he was handcuffed and shackled to his hospital bed and denied visits from his family.
In an attempt to avoid liability for the shooting, Mesquite police initially charged Jones with evading arrest.
The only problem was Jones didn’t commit a crime in the first place, so police had no legal reason to arrest him.
“That truck was

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Ex-Cop Turned Oklahoma Prosecutor Clears Cops who Shot Deaf Man for not Obeying Verbal Commands

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A former cop, turned Oklahoma prosecutor, will not file criminal charges against the two cops who fatally shot Madgiel Sanchez, a developmentally disabled deaf man, even though neighbors were screaming he couldn’t hear their commands.
“We were screaming that he can’t hear,” Julio Rayos, Sanchez’s neighbor, told The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma City cops. Lt. Matthew Lindsey and Sgt. Christopher Barnes claim they didn’t hear neighbors screaming he couldn’t hear.
Neither officers were wearing body cameras.
Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater made the announcement Friday, stating his investigation determined the shooting death of Sanchez on September 19 was justified.
“The shooting was lawful, reasonable, and not excessive,” Prater said after reviewing the evidence.
Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater
Sanchez, 35, was tasered before he was fatally shot by Lindsey and Barnes after they claim he moved towards them with a metal pipe on September 19.
Neighbors say Sanchez commonly carried a pipe due to stray dogs in the area, but never used it to threaten anyone.
But his family said he used the pipe as a walking stick.
Officers Lindsey and Barnes responded to a call about a hit-and-run crash around 8:15 p.m. in Sanchez’s neighborhood and encountered him holding the metal pipe.
A witness told Lt. Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone.
Lindsey confronted Sanchez and called for back up.
Sgt. Barnes responded shortly after.
Sanchez, who was not only deaf but also could not speak, was on the porch when Lindsey arrived on the scene.
Captain Bo Matthews stated during a press conference that Lindsay had his taser drawn and Barnes had his gun drawn when Sanchez walked from the porch towards Barnes.
As Sanchez advanced, holding a metal pipe, both Lindsey and Barnes fired about five or six bullets.
Sanchez was hit with a stun gun and shot five times in the upper arm, pelvis and chest, according to an

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WATCH: Florida Deputy Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man During Altercation

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Video posted to Facebook shows an unarmed man fatally shot during a scuffle with Florida deputies after a call to 911 about a domestic disturbance on December 7.
“They’re gonna shoot you, man,” onlookers shout at Jean Pedro Pierre as he holds Broward County deputy Sean Youngward’s ankle.
“Let him go. You’re gonna get yourself in bad trouble. There’s a lot more coming, man.”
Pierre, 42, kicks deputy Youngward’s thigh a few times before back up deputy Steven Briggs arrives with  his gun drawn.
“Tase him! Tase him! Don’t shoot him,” voices can be heard pleading with deputy Briggs.
Youngward tries to break away from Pierre by striking at him with his Baton as Pierre holds his ankle.
Eventually, Pierre drops Youngward’s leg and attempts to run away.
That’s when Briggs opens fire, dropping Pierre to the ground.
The video, which was taken by Romeo Pericles, shows Pierre still alive, laying on the ground while officers approach with their guns drawn on him.
One deputy approaches Pierre with a gun drawn; another approaches wearing a glove. 
One of the deputies bends over to check Pierre’s condition and eventually an officer can be seen administering CPR. 
Emergency personnel trasported Pierre to the hospital, where he later died.
Broward County officials said Pierre “charged” at Briggs, but it appears he’s actually attempting to run away in the video.
“Deputy Sean Youngward was attacked by Mr. Pierre. He was punched, he was kicked and he was knocked to the ground,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal said during a news conference Friday.
“It was a violent encounter.”
Officials claim deputy Youngward used his taser on Pierre, but said that didn’t stop him from attacking the deputy.
“He did everything he could to save himself and to end this confrontation, he was overwhelmed by the superior size and strength of Mr. Pierre,” Sheriff Israel told reporters.
“He gave several clear concise, lawful

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South Carolina Cop Guilty of Killing Walter Scott, Sentenced to 20 Years

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

The South Carolina cop who shot and killed a man as he was running away from him, later claiming he was in fear for his life because the man was trying to take his taser, was sentenced to 20 years in prison a federal judge ruled today.
And only because a witness happened to video record the shooting.
The video shows North Charleston police officer Michael Slager shoot Walter Scott as the 50-year-old man was running away from him in 2015, striking him five times in the back, killing him instantly.
The video also shows Slager walking about 17 feet to Scott’s lifeless body and dropping his taser gun next to it to make it appear as if he shot Scott during a struggle over the stun gun.
However, Slager was not aware that a man named Feiden Santana was video recording his actions, which is what led to his termination and prosecution.
According to The State:
The video, shot by an immigrant from the Dominican Republic who was passing by the vacant lot where the shooting took place, showed Slager coolly taking aim and firing eight shots at Scott, 50, as he fled. Five of the shots hit the fleeing Scott in the backside.
 
Slager’s attorney, Andy Savage of Charleston, introduced evidence during the hearing to contend that Scott had resisted arrest and posed a threat to the officer in the seconds before the shooting.
 
However, Norton gave greater weight to prosecution evidence showing Slager had lied about crucial facts and tried to cover up aspects of the shooting so Scott appeared at fault.
 
Had there been no video, prosecutors said, it is likely Slager would not have been prosecuted.
On Thursday, U.S. District Judge David Norton ruled that the shooting was second-degree murder as opposed to voluntary manslaughter, which is what Slager’s attorneys wanted.

Norton also said he will

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Arizona Cops Omit Vital Details from Police Shooting Report of Daniel Shaver

Monday, November 20th, 2017

In the moments before an Arizona police officer opened fire and killed Daniel Shaver, the unarmed man begged police not to kill him.
“Please don’t shoot me,” Shaver pleaded as he crawled on his hands and knees towards the cops before one of them opened fire, killing him instantly.
Mesa police officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford later claimed he was in fear for his life because Shaver had reached for his waistband.
However, not only does Brailsford’s body cam video of the shooting does not show Shaver reaching for his waistband, according to his widow, Laney Sweet, who has watched the video multiple times during Brailsford trial on second-degree murder charges – police omitted to report that he begged for his life prior to being shot and killed.
Five police officers. Five police reports. Five police narratives. And not one mention of the victim begging for his life.
In fact, one police officer investigating the shooting testified that he found this suspicious, according to the Arizona Republic.

On Wednesday, Mesa homicide Detective Paul Sipe gave testimony that appeared to be damaging to Brailsford’s defense.
 
When a Mesa police officer shoots a person, the department investigates its own officer and forwards the investigation to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which then decides if the officer should be charged with a crime.
 
In this case, Sipe led the investigation into Brailsford’s decision to shoot. Brailsford was charged by the County Attorney’s Office in March 2016.
 
Sipe told the jury on Wednesday that he became suspicious of the officers’ reports when he noticed they omitted “vital information.” Sipe didn’t specify what he was talking about and
Deputy County Attorney Susie Charbel didn’t ask him to be specific.
 
But throughout the trial, Charbel has noted that of the five written reports from the officers on the scene, they left out that Shaver had cried and begged not

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Arizona Cop Heading to Trial for Killing Unarmed Man Claims it Would be “Unfair” to Show Jury Body Cam Footage of Shooting Death

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The former Arizona cop preparing to go to trial for shooting and killing an unarmed man in a hotel hallway last year is now arguing that it would be “unfair” to show the jury body cam footage of the shooting.
But the footage is probably the strongest piece of evidence that will determined whether or not Mesa police officer Philip “Mitch” Brailsford truly feared for his life when he shot and killed Daniel Shaver after ordering him to come crawling towards him on January 18, 2016.
Brailsford, who has since been fired, described it a “terrifying” experience, but so do all cops who shoot and kill unarmed citizens. That’s just Cop Spin 101.
Daniel Shaver and Laney Sweet and their children.
Shaver was a pest control worker from Texas who was staying in a La Quinta Inn in Mesa when he met up with two acquaintances and brought them to his room to show them his pellet gun.
At one point, he or somebody in the room was pointing the pellet gun out the fifth-floor window, which prompted somebody on the ground floor to call police.
Several Mesa police officers responded and made their way up to the fifth-floor, ordering everybody outside the room. Shaver, who was wearing shorts and a t-shirt, no longer had the pellet gun in his hand.
But police still ordered him down on his hands and knees and ordered him to come crawling towards them.
“Please don’t shoot me,” Shaver pleaded, according to witness statements.
But Shaver’s shorts slipped off as he was crawling towards them, which is when his hand instinctively reached down to hold them up.
And that Brailsford claimed, made him fear for his life, prompting him to fire five rounds from his personal AR-15 with the words, “You’re Fucked” inscribed on it.
Five other cops that had their guns trained on Shaver did not

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Oklahoma Cops Shoot and Kill Mentally Challenged, Deaf Man who Couldn’t Hear Commands

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Oklahoma cops fatally shot a developmentally disabled and deaf man who was 15 ft. away from them after he failed to comply with officers’ commands Tuesday night.
Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was Tasered before he was shot dead by Oklahoma City cops. Lt. Matthew Lindsey and Sgt. Christopher Barnes after they claim he moved towards them with a metal pipe.
Neighbors said Sanchez commonly carried a pipe due to stray dogs in the area.
Neighbors say Magdiel Sanchez, 35, who was deaf and mentally challenged commonly carried a stick or pipe due to stray dogs in the area.
Sanchez’s neighbors frantically screamed at the officers during the shooting, telling them he was deaf and unable to hear their orders.
“We were screaming that he can’t hear,” Julio Rayos told The Oklahoman.
Captain Bo Matthews admitted at news conference Tuesday night that witnesses were yelling, “he can’t hear you” before the officers fired at Sanchez, but said the officers had tunnel vision after perceiving the metal pipe as a threat to their safety, causing them to fear for their lives.
“In those situations, very volatile situations, you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision, or you can really lock in to just the person that has the weapon that’d be the threat against you,” Mathews added.
“I don’t know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point.”
Oklahoma City Police Captain said at a press conference that Sanchez was holding a metal pipe and approaching officers when he was shot by two officers Tuesday night.
According to Matthews, who also acts as Oklahoma City Police’s public information officer, Lindsay and Barnes were investigating a reported hit-and-run incident at around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
A witness told Lt. Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone. Sanchez was on the porch when Lindsey arrive on

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California Cop Shot and Killed Partner, Now Faces Felony Charges

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Update to: California Deputy Kills Fellow Deputy in Negligent Discharge while Discussing Gun Safety
Last October Fresno County Sheriff’s Deputy Rod Lucas was shot dead, not by some accused felon but by his partner Detective Jared Mullis, in what the Fresno County Sheriff’s Office calls an unfortunate tragedy.  As a result of an extended and extensive investigation, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office filed on July 14, 2017, a Felony Complaint charging Mullis with ” INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER BY LAWFUL ACT IN AN UNLAWFUL MANNER”.
 

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This action by the DA has left many in the local Law Enforcement Community perplexed and stunned and as the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office Offical Response reads:
 

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This case and the DA’s decision to file charges is quite rare as I can find only a  few cases where this has occurred in California.
I am by no means disagreeing with the decision to file charges, I would like to see charges filed far more often when cops kill.
We will update as the case progresses through the Courts as it is Jared Mullis is currently a free and collecting a check while sitting at home on the taxpayers dollar.
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Disturbing Details Emerge In Louisiana Officer Involved Shooting

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

New information has emerged in the Louisiana officer involved shooting that killed Dejuan Guillory, 27,  from Mamou.  The details came from an interview with the attorney representing DeQuince Brown, who witnessed the shooting and was arrested afterwards for attempted murder of the police officer who was involved. The attorney, Joe Long, spoke to his client over the weekend and revealed details that Brown divulged about the shooting in an interview with Pin Point News.
Early police reports about the shooting, just outside of the tiny town of Mamou, gave few details.  KATC had this to say about the shooting just hours after it happened:
“Louisiana State Police say Dejuan Guillory was shot by an Evangeline Parish Sheriff deputy around 4:30 this morning on Chad Lane in Mamou.
Troopers say the deputy was responding to an attempted burglary when he came upon Guillory.
“An altercation occurred in which time Mr. Guillory was shot and pronounced dead at the scene,” said Master Trooper Daniel “Scott” Moreau. “The deputy received injuries as well and was transported to a local hospital where he remains in stable condition.”
Investigators with Louisiana State Police have arrested Dequince E. Brown, 21 of Church Point. Brown allegedly was with Guillory during the incident. She was booked with attempted first-degree murder of a police officer into the Evangeline Parish jail.”
Rumors quickly began to swirl in the small town about the shooting and just what had occurred.  Family members assert that Guillory and Brown were riding a four-wheeler outside of town hunting for frogs, a popular activity in the area then they came upon an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Deputy.   Family members also claim that Guillory was shot in the back after he had surrendered to the deputy and was lying face down on the ground.
DeQuince Brown’s Mug Shot
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Menace to Society Portland Police Lieutenant Leo Besner At It Again, Assaulting and Unlawfully Arresting A citizen for Filming!

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Contributed By Mike Bluehair,
Mike Bluehair
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
On the evening of June 20th, 2017  Portland (SERT), Portland’s Special Emergency Reaction Team” were responding to a domestic Violence call on 181 Ave. Eli AKA Son Of High Tower was quietly filming the police after they had already entered the house for some time. As far as what could be seen there was no danger to public safety at that point. After a few moments an Officer notices Eli and Says (Hey Buddy, I need you to back up. If you wanna cross the street that would be alright, alright?”
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Which Eli responds by immediately moving to where he was directed!
Not more than 3 minutes later Eli was confronted by 2 other officers who told him he had to move locations for a second time because He was “in the line of fire with an armed suspect” never mind the numerous supreme court rulings affirming the police have “no legal responsibility to protect human life! “ Castle Rock, Colorado v. Gonzales” moments later as Eli was trying to politely stand up for his right to film the incident Enters Lt Leo Besner (#27981).
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9upMvoTkqhU?feature=oembed&w=620&h=465] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTGQfJ4z8Y4?feature=oembed&w=620&h=465] To say this Cop is a Menace to the People of Portland would be an understatement that would make one’s mouth dry out! Here are a few examples Of Besnor’s “Handiwork”  “on November 4, 2005, after Raymond Gwerder, 30, called some friends to say he was holding a gun and considering suicide. The friends called the police, and, perhaps so the Bureau could once again enforce Oregon’s assisted suicide law, Officer Leo Besner (#27981) of the Special Emergency Response Team (SERT) killed Gwerder with one shot from a Winchester rifle.
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62 Seconds and an Innocent Man is Gone and His Killer Walks Free

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

Philando Castile’s crime was being born a black man in an age where bigotry and racism should be a thing of the past and yet it oozes and seeps out from the cracks and the holes in the façade, that is used to disguise it under the guise of Law and Order.
Philando Castile
Just a few days after Independence Day on July 6th, 2016 Philando, Diamond Reynolds, and their little girl were returning home from shopping when they encountered Officer Jeronimo Yanez , the person that would end Philando’s life and forever changed Diamond and his little girl’s lives in just 62 seconds.
Diamond Reynolds and Daughter
According to the dash camera video and Officer Jeronimo Yanez‘s statement, the traffic stop was initiated because ” I just knew that the driver matched the physical! Description.”

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And that is why 62 seconds later after asking for identification and being told by Philando that he was armed legally, Yanez summarily executed Philando for absolutely no reason other than his own cowardice after Yanez profiled Philando Castile.  Some will say that Yanez is also a person of color and they would 100% correct his color is blue
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Texas Cop Killed Jordan Edwards Because of PTSD from War, Cop’s Mother Claims

Friday, May 5th, 2017

The family of the Texas cop fired after shooting an unarmed 15-year-old honor student is blaming the tragic death on the cop’s post-traumatic stress disorder from serving two tours in the Iraq war.
Statements about his mental health possibly reveals clues about his intended defense if former Balch Springs police officer Roy Oliver ever gets criminally charged.
His mother, Linda Oliver, says her son is an honorable family man who would never have endangered Jordan Edwards because her son has two toddlers of his own.
“‘He’s a wonderful family man and father. He has two precious little ones himself,” she told the Daily Mail.
 “He is very honorable, very community-driven,” Oliver continued.
However, the car Edwards was riding passenger in when he was killed was driving away from police when he opened fire with his AR-15.
Police say they had ordered it to stop, but the driver of the car, Edwards’ older brother, may not have even heard their commands because he didn’t realize anything was wrong until he saw smoke coming out of his brother’s head a block later, which was when he stopped the car and flagged down police for help.
Linda Oliver (left). Roy Oliver (right).
“He was raised to consider more than just himself, to think about the community, and I’ve very proud of him and the choices he’s made,” his mother said.
However, Edwards’ parents were also proud of their son, a freshman who played football and maintained good grades. He was loved by his coaches and teachers, according to CNN.
Oliver says she has compassion for the tragedy suffered by the Edwards family, but said she will withhold judgement of her son until all the facts come out.
“I retired from educating so I could have easily had him as a student at one point,” she said. “Other than that I really can’t say much.”
The Texas police

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USDOJ Will Not Charge Louisiana Cops who Killed Alton Sterling

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

Standing by its vow to remain supportive of police in a time of nationwide scrutiny against police abuse, the United States Department of Justice will not pursue charges against the Louisiana cops who shot and killed Alton Sterling last summer – setting the stage for nationwide protests again.
Baton Rouge police officers Blane Salamoni and Howie Lake claimed they were in fear for their lives as they piled on top of Sterling and shot him to death by firing several bullets into his chest.
They then pulled a small gun from his pocket, which they said he was reaching for during the struggle.
But witness videos of the shooting show the cops had his arms pinned and his hands were nowhere near his pockets.
However, as tough as it was to prosecute murdering cops under the Obama Administration, it will be nearly impossible to do so under the Trump Administration, who ran on the platform to give police more power.
The decision not to prosecute Sterling is the first high-profile case decided by U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions.
The USDOJ has not formally announced its decision, but four people familiar with the matter spoke to the Washington Post, confirming the decision has already been made.
Instead, the USDOJ is vigorously pursing charges against a 61-year-old Code Pink activist who laughed out loud during Sessions’ confirmation hearing in January after an Alabama senator claimed the attorney general’ record of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.”
Although two witness videos emerged from the Sterling shooting,  Baton Rouge police seized surveillance video from the convenience store without a warrant or subpoena that has not yet been made public.
They also handcuffed and detained the shop owner as they helped themselves to the surveillance video, prompting a lawsuit.
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Texas Police Fire Cop who Killed Jordan Edwards in Unjustified Shooting

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

The Texas cop who shot and killed an unarmed 15-year-old boy leaving a party Saturday night, then lied by claiming the boy was in a car driving in an “aggressive manner” towards police, has been fired.
And by the looks of it, it won’t be long before Roy Oliver is criminally charged.
After all, Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber – who initially stood by Oliver’s account that he shot and killed Jordan Edwards to protect fellow officers – was quick to backtrack his statements after watching the body cam footage showing the car driving away from officers when Oliver fired his rifle, striking the boy in the head.
The footage has not been released, but things are moving swiftly in Texas, much swifter than we normally see after police shootings where it usually takes months to “investigate” something that should be determined in minutes.
According to the New York Times:
It happened again, this time on a residential street in this working-class Dallas suburb. A police officer shot and killed a black teenager on Saturday night under questionable circumstances, thrusting him, his department and his city onto the national stage.
On Tuesday, the chief of the Balch Springs Police Department announced that he had fired the officer who used a rifle to shoot into a moving vehicle full of teenagers and killed Jordan Edwards, 15, as he was seated in the front passenger seat.
The officer, Roy Oliver, joined the department in July 2011. The police chief, Jonathan Haber, declined to say what policies were violated, citing Mr. Oliver’s right to appeal the termination. Chief Haber said he made the decision based in part on the department’s internal affairs investigation, which has been completed, and the body-camera footage from the two officers at the scene, Mr. Oliver and another unnamed officer.
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Texas Cop Kills Unarmed 15-Year-Boy in Questionable Shooting

Monday, May 1st, 2017

A Texas cop shot and killed a 15-year-old boy named Jordan Edwards Saturday night, claiming the boy was inside a car that was driving in an “aggressive manner” towards another officer.
But that’s the same old excuse police always use when they shoot into moving cars; an overused cop cliche that has been proven false many times by video evidence.
And it will likely be proven false here once the Balch Springs Police Department release body and dash cam videos from the incident that took place around 11 p.m. in a suburb outside Dallas.
How do we know?
For starters, the gunshot that struck Jordan Edwards in the head as he was sitting in the passengers seat did nothing to stop the car.
In fact, it was not until the driver of the car, the boy’s older brother, noticed smoke coming from his brother’s head after driving another block that he realized something was wrong, according to an attorney for the family.
The brother then stopped the car and flagged down an officer, civil rights attorney Lee Merritt told the Washington Post.
When was the last time you’ve seen a fleeing suspect stop his car and flag down a cop for help?
But this is how the Balch Springs Police Department justified the shooting:
“There was an unknown altercation with a vehicle backing down the street towards the officers in an aggressive manner. An officer shot at the vehicle striking the front seat passenger.”
So even the cops admit they had no clue what was going on referring to it as an “unknown altercation.” And even the cops do not dispute the attorney’s claim that the boy’s brother flagged down an officer.
Had the cops truly believed the car was a danger to officers, they would have continued shooting the car until it came to a complete stop or at least ordered

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Body Cam Footage Shows Jordan Edwards Shot and Killed in Car Driving Away from Police

Monday, May 1st, 2017

At first, Texas cops claimed they shot and killed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards because he was in a car driving in an “aggressive manner”  towards an officer.
But Balch Springs Police Chief Jonathan Haber has since said the car was driving away from officers before the cop fired, killing the teen who was riding passenger in a car driven by his brother.
Haber said this after viewing the body cam footage that still has not been made public but it might not be long considering how frank the chief is being on its content.
Edwards’ brother said he did not realize his little brother had been shot until after seeing smoke coming out of his head about a block away.
That was when he pulled over and asked police for help, apparently thinking somebody other than police shot his brother.
After all, both police and the teens say they heard gunshots prior to Edwards being shot and killed, but they could have just been firecrackers because police did not make a single weapons arrest that night.
But the sound of gunshots is what prompted, along with his brother and three other teens, to leave the house party where somebody had called police to report on drunk teens walking the streets.
Police were inside the house when the sounds of gunshots shattered the night.
Even if somebody was discharging a firearm, it had nothing to do with the teens in the car, who were not arrested for being under the influence.
Even the chief is saying the shooting was  unjustified.
According to the Dallas Morning News:
Balch Springs’ police chief admitted Monday that a car was driving away from police when an officer fired into it with a rifle and fatally shot a 15-year-old boy in the head.
After reviewing body cam footage, Police Chief Jonathan Haber said the teen behind the wheel Saturday

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WATCH: Surveillance Video of Florida Cop Shooting Retired Librarian during “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” Training Exercise Released

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

The surveillance video showing Punta Gorda police officer Lee Coel shooting and killing a retired librarian during a “shoot/don’t shoot” citizen’s academy training exercise last year was obtained by a local television news station, showing the cop dressed in a hoodie and playing the role of a thug before pulling the trigger.
But it was obvious Coel was a thug long before he shot and killed Mary Knowlton, a 73-year-old retired librarian who joined the academy to show her support for police at a time when cops were receiving negative press for killing unarmed citizens.
However, these signs were ignored by Punta Gorda Police Chief Tom Lewis despite receiving strong warnings from a local attorney after Coel was recorded on dash cam video allowing his police dog to maul a man for riding a bicycle with no lights.
“Two months ago, I was yelling like Chicken Little that the sky was falling but nobody did anything about it,” said attorney Scott Weinberg last year after the Knowlton shooting, who represented the man on the bicycle.
“Nobody in government had the stones to do what was right. If they had fired him back then, this woman would still be alive.”
Now both Coel and Lewis have been criminally charged for their negligence during the August 9, 2016 shooting.
However, Coel, who was supposed to be shooting blanks during the training exercise, ended up using real bullets for reasons that are not clear other than the fact he was the last person who should have been leading a gun safety training exercise.
According to WINK, which obtained the video:
Newly released surveillance footage shows the moment former Punta Gorda Police Officer Lee Coel shot and killed 73-year-old retired librarian Mary Knowlton in August during a “shoot-don’t shoot” training exercise at a citizens police academy.
Knowlton is seen striding to the front of

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WATCH: Georgia Deputies Kill Unarmed Teen Before Lying to Family about Cause of Death

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Georgia deputies lied to a family about the cause of their teenage son’s death, recently released dash cam reveals.
“I was originally told that he hit a tree at 80 mph,” Greg Dyksma told the ledger-enquirer regarding his son who was killed at the hands of Harris County sheriff deputies.
“Then the story changed to he hit a cop car at 10 mph. Then it changed to they pushed him off the road. So I heard all these stories, but nothing’s been confirmed.”
But dash cam footage released last month confirms 18-year-old Nicholas Dyksma did not hit a tree.
It confirms he also did not die from hitting a cop car at 10 mph.
Instead, the video confirms deputy Thomas Pierson, who has since been arrested and indicted for sexually assaulting at least three women he pulled over during traffic stops, Tasered Nicholas Dyksma before yanking him from his pick up truck, throwing him to the asphalt and mashing his knee on the back of  teen’s neck for nearly a minute, asphyxiating and killing him.
Thomas Carl “Tommy” Pierson faces several sexual assault charges including aggravated sodomy, sexual battery and stalking for raping women then showing up at their homes the next day to intimidate and harass them.
Greg Dyksma, Nicholas’ father, has only seen the disturbing video once. His wife, Tammy Dyksma, has never seen the video.
But one view was enough for Greg Dyksma to know something wasn’t right about the way cops treated his son and the video is now the basis of a federal lawsuit, which names Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley, Sgt. Joe Harmon as well as deputies Heath Dawsom, William Sturdevant and Tommy Pierson as defendants.
It began around 2:00 a.m. on Aug. 31, 2015 with a call to police about a suspicious person sleeping in his truck at a Circle K store, which was Phillip Dyksma.
Columbus police

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Louisiana Cop who Shot and Killed 6-Year-Old Autistic Boy Sentenced to 40 Years

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

A Louisiana cop who shot and killed a 6-year-old autistic boy and wounded his father was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the crime on Friday.
“He shot 14 times while my hands were in the air,” said Chris Few, the boy’s father, who testified in court about the incident.
“He just kept shooting.”
Marksville city marshal Derrick Walker Stafford had previously been indicted in two separate cases on charges of aggravated rape 2004 and 2011. The victim involved in the 2004 allegations was 15-years-old.
Rapides Parish Assistant District Attorney Monique Metoyer dismissed the charges without explanation in 2012.
In addition to previous sexual assault charges, Stafford had six civil rights lawsuits pending against him from his time working for various other law enforcement agencies when he fired 14 shots into Chris Few’s Kia SUV, hitting and killing his son, 6-year-old Jeremy Mardis.
Now, Stafford’s relatives claim the jury’s guilty verdict is nothing more than a modern day “lynching.”
“If it had been two white men who killed that little baby, it would’ve been justifiable homicide. If it had been a black baby, it would’ve been justifiable homicide,” Bertha Andrews, Stafford’s aunt, told a crowd outside the courthouse on Friday before she took to calling out the media, who she blames for “demonizing” her nephew.
Stafford stated at the time he fired over a dozen shots into Few’s car while Few held up his hands outside of his vehicle because he was only trying to protect his partner, Norris Greenhouse Jr., who had fallen on the ground before Few tried to run him over, using his car as a weapon.
Stafford’s own body cam footage left no questions.
That was a lie.
Stafford’s body cam footage shows the car not only never moved but was parked at an angle where it could not have backed into either of the cops even if

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WATCH: Ohio Cops Shoot and Kill Unarmed Man in Front of his Children

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Ohio cops shot and killed an unarmed man in front of his girlfriend and three kids last week after he refused to pull over for a traffic violation.
Roy Evans Jr., who had a suspended drivers’ license, led police on high speed chase for 14-minutes on March 7.
When Strongville cops spun out his van with spike strips, Evans Jr. reached down, attempting to light a cigarette.
That was the last thing he’d ever do.
“Let me see your hands! Let me see your hands!” an officer screams seconds before blasting Evans in the chest point blank with two rounds.
Meanwhile, Evans’ children in the van looked on as a Strongville cop cuffed their dead dad, dragging his limp body to the pavement.
A state trooper on the scene cuffed Amanda Pauley, Evans’ girlfriend, and placed her in a patrol cruiser after sitting her next to Evans’ body.
Amanda Pauley and Roy Evans Jr.
“Please don’t let him die,” she pleaded with officers.
An officer can be seen approaching the drivers’ side window and screaming at the children inside.
“Don’t look at it! Don’t look at it! Don’t look a it! Don’t look at it!”
“That’s my dad, dog,” one of Evans’ kid cries to the cop. “That’s my dad!”
“Don’t look at it!”
“What the fuck is wrong with you?” the kid sobs. “Why the fuck would you shoot him like that?”
“I got it, man. Don’t look at it.”
“That’s my dad, please bro. C’mon, bro., please. That’s my dad.”
Officers can be seen going through the motions, attempting CPR, but they obviously weren’t concerned about his life when they dragged him onto the pavement face-first with two fresh bullet holes in his chest and cuffed him.
“I got blood all over my hands,” one cop can be heard whining to the others.
Evans girlfriend of 10 years, Amanda Pauley, told Fox 8 that she and the children were

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Amtrak Cop Charged with First-Degree Murder for Shooting Man in Back Over Weed

Friday, February 17th, 2017

An Amtrak police officer was charged with first-degree murder for shooting a man in the back after confronting him for smoking marijuana in a Chicago train station.
Laroyce Tankson, 31, turned himself in on Thursday after a warrant was issued for his arrest for the February 8 shooting that took place outside Union Station. His bond was set at $250,000.
The victim, Chad Robertson, 31, had no weapons or a criminal record when he shot. All he had was a small amount of weed.
The incident took place on February 8 when Robertson and two friends who were traveling by bus from Memphis to Minneapolis killed time in Chicago’s Union Station to wait for the next bus.
The three men stepped outside the station to smoke a joint when they were confronted by Tankson and other officers, who told them to put it out.
Chad Robertson and family.
Robertson apologized and did as he was told. The cops allowed the men to leave, so they went to a nearby restaurant  to eat.
Then they returned to the station to retrieve their luggage and board the bus to Minneapolis, but the officers confronted them again, ordering them up against the wall to be searched.
While the cops were patting them down, Robertson took off running.
“If you don’t stop running, I’m going to shoot you,” Tankson yelled as he pulled out his gun, crouched and fired a round, which struck Robertson in the neck.
According to USA Today:
Although, prosecutors said, the officers did not suspect the three of any criminal offense other than possession of cannabis, they detained them and ordered them to stand against a nearby glass wall.
As the officers began to pat them down, Robert bolted. Prosecutors said four people saw the incident and that “none of the witnesses saw Robertson with a weapon nor did they see him

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Oklahoma Cops Threaten to Arrest Widow of Police Abuse Victim After She Calls Them “Pigs” on Facebook Live Video

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Nair Rodriguez  recorded five Oklahoma police officers killing her husband in a movie theatre parking lot in 2014 before they confiscated her camera.
Now those same cops are trying to get her charged with “inciting violence” after she called them “pigs” in a Facebook Live video.
The five Moore police officers claim the video made them fear for their lives.
But the 18-minute video, reposted below, reveals she was only venting about not being allowed to attend a deposition of one of the cops who killed her husband.
She was also frustrated at having no income after her husband’s death and being unable to find a job.
All she was doing was asking for help, but the cops and their attorney twisted that into saying she was asking for help to murder the cops.
Her husband, Luis Rodriguez, who was only trying to diffuse an argument between his wife and daughter the night of Valentine’s Day 2014 when police intervened and pounced on him, leading to his death.
According to News OK:
After being barred from attending the deposition of a Moore police officer she blames for the death of her husband, Nair Rodriguez was feeling particularly desperate and upset one morning right before Christmas, when she decided to vent her frustrations on Facebook, she said.
Using the video-streaming platform Facebook Live, Nair Rodriguez began broadcasting an angry rant against the police officers and the legal process while sitting in her car parked in front of the law office in downtown Oklahoma City. Wearing bright red lipstick and aviator sunglasses, she is visibly distraught throughout the 18-minute video.
“I am desperate, I need help,” she said in the video, which she posted to the “Justice for Luis Rodriguez Not in Vain” Facebook page. “Please, I need help. Can somebody out there, out of this state of Oklahoma help me?”
Her husband, Luis

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WATCH: California Cops Shoot Legally Blind Man, Falsely Claiming he “Advanced” Towards them with Knife

Thursday, January 19th, 2017

Newly released video shows five heavily armed California cops storm a convenience store with a police dog  before shooting and killing a mentally ill man who was legally blind.
The store surveillance video, which contains no audio, contradicts the police version of events that claimed James Hall “advanced” towards them with a knife.
Instead, the video shows Hall cowering in the corner of the convenience store after cops had sicced their dog on him.
The video then shows one of the Fontana cops opening fire on him, then about ten cops swarming the body.
The incident took place on November 22, 2015 and Hall’s family filed a lawsuit against the Fontana Police Department last month. The video was released Wednesday by attorney Mark Geragos.
According to the lawsuit, which you can read here, Fontana police were very familiar with Hall, knowing him to be a peaceful man. They also knew him to be mentally ill.
The 47-year-old man was also known in the community as a peaceful man and even won a community award in 2010 for assisting in the rescue of a four-year-old autistic child.
But he also suffered from schizoaffective disorder, which is described as a “combination of schizophrenia symptoms, such as hallucinations or delusions, and mood disorder symptoms, such as depression or mania.”
Fontana police claimed they were responding to call of an armed robbery, encountering Hall who had a knife in one hand and a rock in the other hand.
They said they were only trying to keep the store clerk and themselves safe from the armed man.
However, the lawsuit states that Hall never even entered the store until after they arrived, and only because he was in fear for his life.
The lawsuit states that Hall’s family was denied access to his body for weeks after it was placed in the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office.
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Arizona Cop Philip “Mitch” Brailsford Sued for Killing Daniel Shaver in Hotel Hallway

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The Arizona cop who shot and killed an unarmed man begging not to be killed as he was forced to crawl towards cops in a hotel hallway was sued this week.
Philip “Mitch” Brailsford, who was fired from the Mesa Police Department after killing Daniel Shaver last year, is still awaiting trial for second-degree murder.
The lawsuit was filed by his parents, Norma and Grady Shaver, on Tuesday. Also mentioned in the lawsuit is Brailsford’s commanding officer, Sergeant Charles Langley, and the city of Mesa, according to the Arizona Republic.
His wife, Laney Sweet, has filed a $35 notice of claim against the city of Mesa, which is an intent to sue, but she has not yet filed the lawsuit. Brailsford is expected to go to trial towards the end of the year.
Body cam footage of the shooting has been partially released, meaning the actual shooting was not included in the video released.
The incident took place in January 18, 2016 as Shaver was inside a fifth-floor hotel room with a couple of acquaintances showing them a pellet gun he used in his pest control business.
At one point, one of the men in the room pointed the pellet gun out the window, which led to people downstairs calling police, who arrived with guns drawn, ordering people out of the room.
Shaver, who was barefoot and wearing shorts and a t-shirt, was ordered to come crawling towards the officers, who all had their guns trained on him.
“Please don’t shoot me,” Shaver said according to a witness, who was also ordered to crawl towards police.
But Mesa Police Sergeant Charles Langley never gave him that assurance.
“There is a very severe possibility that if you make another mistake you are going to get shot,” Langley said according to prosecutor Susie Charbel as she read the transcript of the body

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California Cops who Killed Unarmed Teen on Camera Will Not be Charged

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Two California cops who shot and unarmed man earlier this year, then continued shooting him after he fell down clutching his abdomen will not face criminal charges.
Fresno police officers Raymond Camacho and Robert Chavez pulled over Dylan Noble on June 25, suspecting him of walking down the street with a rifle in his hand, even though it was obvious from their body cam footage he was not carrying a rifle.
He was, however, holding a a 4-inch plastic container with malleable clay in his right hand, which struck fear in the hearts of the two officers who had pulled him over.
The 19-year-old man also continued to walk back and forth and would at times place the plastic container behind his back.
“I hate my fucking life,” Noble yells before an officer shoots him twice, causing him to fall to the ground.
Then when he did not keep his hands in the air as he lay on his back dying – clutching his abdomen instead – they shot him again.
“Quit reaching for what you got!” one cop yells. “If you reach one more time, you will be shot again.”
Noble can be seen trying to keep his hands in the air, but he also moves them back to his abdomen, which is a natural reaction by anybody shot in the abdomen, so he was shot again.
An autopsy determined Noble was legally drunk with a blood alcohol content of .12. He also had traces of cocaine in his system, according to the Los Angeles Times.
After an internal investigation determined the officers did nothing wrong earlier this month, the Fresno County District Attorney’s announced a week later that no criminal charges will be filed.
According to ABC 30:
In a two-page press release, the DA’s Office made it clear it will not file criminal charges against Raymond Camacho and Robert

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Texas Judge Declares Mistrial in Case of Cop who Shot at Unarmed Man 41 Times, Despite Fellow Cops Testifying Against Him

Monday, December 19th, 2016

Once again, a jury found itself unable to convict a cop for killing an unarmed man – even with fellow cops testifying against the cop.
This time, it was a Texas jury which ended up deadlocked Monday in the case of Garland police officer Patrick Tuter, who was charged with manslaughter for shooting and killing a man named Michael Allen after a high-speech pursuit in August 2012.
Tuter rammed Allen’s truck with his patrol car, then fired 41 times – reloading twice – striking Allen three times, killing him.
Tuter claimed he feared for his life because he saw Allen “reaching” for something, which is a standard excuse cops use to kill besides “lunging” and “charging.”
But his fellow cops testified that they were the ones fearing for their lives because Tuter was shooting so recklessly.
According to WFAA:
Veteran Garland Officer William Norris says the only time he felt in fear for his life was when Officer Tuter was shooting more than 41 rounds into the truck.
“I didn’t know where he was,” he said.
Veteran Garland police officers took the stand Wednesday for the prosecution, testifying against their former fellow officer.
“Tuter’s shooting was reckless,” Officer Mathew Perry testified.
But that was not enough to persuade the jury to convict, leaving the judge no choice but to declare a mistrial.
It was at least the third mistrial of a police officer in the shooting death of a citizen since October, including the mistrial of South Carolina police officer Michael Slager in the shooting death of Walter Scott, the mistrial of Albuquerque police officers Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez in the shooting death of James Boyd and the mistrial of Ohio cop Ray Tensing in the shooting death of Sam DuBose.
So while we’re now seeing a higher rate of cops having to stand trial for killing citizens, we are seeing those juries unable

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Milwaukee Cop Charged with Homicide Two Months After he was Charged with Raping Two Men

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A Milwaukee cop arrested for raping two men in October was charged with homicide today in the shooting death of another man during the summer, which sparked two days of riots and protests in the Wisconsin city.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was fired after the sexual assault arrest, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide for shooting and killing Sylville Smith on August 13.
The shooting was captured on Heaggan-Brown’s body camera, which is what led to the charges.
Also captured on video were the sexual assaults, which is what led to that arrest.
None of the videos have been been released, but prosecutors saw a different chain of events from the shooting than initially described by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who claimed the video showed Smith turning towards the officer with a gun in his hand, making him fear for his life.
According to USA Today:
The criminal complaint says Heaggan-Brown’s first shot hit Smith in the arm while Smith was throwing a gun over a fence.
The second shot, which hit Smith in the chest, was fired after Smith tossed the gun and fell to the ground with his hands near his head.
The criminal complaint details what investigators saw on body-camera footage:
Heaggan-Brown and another officer ran after Smith. Smith slipped to the ground before standing with a gun in his hand and turning his upper body toward the officers. Smith then threw the gun over a fence into a nearby yard as the first shot was fired.
According to preliminary information provided by city officials, Smith, 23, was shot when he ran from a traffic stop Aug. 13. Police Chief Edward Flynn has said body camera footage shows Smith was armed and turning toward Heaggan-Brown, 24, who then opened fire.
One day after the shooting, Heaggan-Brown was sitting in a bar when news of the shooting came on

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Milwaukee Cop Charged with Homicide Two Months After he was Charged with Raping Two Men

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

A Milwaukee cop arrested for raping two men in October was charged with homicide today in the shooting death of another man during the summer, which sparked two days of riots and protests in the Wisconsin city.
Dominique Heaggan-Brown, who was fired after the sexual assault arrest, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide for shooting and killing Sylville Smith on August 13.
The shooting was captured on Heaggan-Brown’s body camera, which is what led to the charges.
Also captured on video were the sexual assaults, which is what led to that arrest.
None of the videos have been been released, but prosecutors saw a different chain of events from the shooting than initially described by Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, who claimed the video showed Smith turning towards the officer with a gun in his hand, making him fear for his life.
According to USA Today:
The criminal complaint says Heaggan-Brown’s first shot hit Smith in the arm while Smith was throwing a gun over a fence.
The second shot, which hit Smith in the chest, was fired after Smith tossed the gun and fell to the ground with his hands near his head.
The criminal complaint details what investigators saw on body-camera footage:
Heaggan-Brown and another officer ran after Smith. Smith slipped to the ground before standing with a gun in his hand and turning his upper body toward the officers. Smith then threw the gun over a fence into a nearby yard as the first shot was fired.
According to preliminary information provided by city officials, Smith, 23, was shot when he ran from a traffic stop Aug. 13. Police Chief Edward Flynn has said body camera footage shows Smith was armed and turning toward Heaggan-Brown, 24, who then opened fire.
One day after the shooting, Heaggan-Brown was sitting in a bar when news of the shooting came on

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