Due to the nature and depth of each person’s story, some are the complete story, as reported and others are just the initial outline with more depth to be added as time goes on.
#1 Known and Unknown
There have been 8000+ deaths of Black and brown people at the hands of police since Emmett Till’s murder… the names in this art installation are by NO MEANS comprehensive. We pray that the list has an end point now, but know that the country’s consciousness is (pray God) coming into sharper focus right now in its understanding of the epidemic of racism and how it is infused in every aspect of our society. We give thanks that reforms to policing are being envisioned. May the work of raising consciousness help to save Black lives and all bodies who are more vulnerable to police violence. Thank you for taking this journey here.
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.
People have asked me, “Why are you including MLK, Jr.; he wasn’t killed by police?” Well, I say, he is one of the most recognized Americans- a descendant of enslaved Africans- and he was an unarmed Black man, a leader in a nonviolent movement for black and poor people and he was murdered.
Assassinated at age 37 at his home in Jackson, Mississippi.
Byron De La Beckwith was convicted of murder on February 5, 1994. In 1997, De La Beckwith appealed his conviction in the Evers case, but the Mississippi Supreme Court upheld it.
Medgar Evers was an American civil rights activist in Mississippi, the state’s field secretary for the NAACP, and a World War II veteran who had served in the United States Army. He worked to overturn segregation at the University of Mississippi, end the segregation of public facilities, and expand opportunities for African Americans, which included the enforcement of voting rights. Evers became active in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s.
When he arrived home, Evers’ family was waiting for him. Evers rose and staggered 30 feet before collapsing outside his front door. His wife Myrlie was the first to find him. He was taken to the local hospital in Jackson, where he was initially refused entry because of his race. He died in the hospital 50 minutes later.
Emmett Louis Till (July 25, 1941 – August 28, 1955) was a 14-year-old African American who was lynched in Mississippi in 1955, after being accused of offending a white woman in her family’s grocery store. The brutality of his murder and the fact that his killers were acquitted drew attention to the long history of violent persecution of African Americans in the United States. Till posthumously became an icon of the civil rights movement.
In September 1955, an all-white jury found Bryant and Milam not guilty of Till’s kidnapping and murder. Protected against double jeopardy, the two men publicly admitted in a 1956 interview with Look magazine that they had killed Till. Till’s murder was seen as a catalyst for the next phase of the civil rights movement. In December 1955, the Montgomery bus boycott began in Alabama and lasted more than a year, resulting eventually in a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that segregated buses were unconstitutional. According to historians, events surrounding Emmett Till’s life and death continue to resonate. Some writers have suggested that almost every story about Mississippi returns to Till, or the Delta region in which he died, in “some spiritual, homing way.” An Emmett Till Memorial Commission was established in the early 21st century. The Sumner County Courthouse was restored and includes the Emmett Till Interpretive Center. Fifty-one sites in the Mississippi Delta are memorialized as associated with Till.
Artist Note: Emmett Louis Till was murdered and had his body abused nearly beyond recognition in Mississippi in 1955. He was 14 years old. I remember learning about the horrific and hateful murder of Emmet Till in school when I was 14 years old and it made an impact on me toward deepening my understanding of the particular vulnerability of black bodies in our country.
Eric was heard saying, “I can’t breath”.
JOHN CRAWFORD lll
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8. Ezell Ford
A 25 year old African American man, died from multiple gunshot wounds after being shot by Los Angeles Police Department officers in Florence, Los Angeles, CA on August 11, 2014. In the weeks and months that followed, Ford’s shooting triggered multiple demonstrations and a lawsuit by Ford’s family claiming $75 million in damages.
The officers and eyewitnesses offered competing accounts of the events surrounding the shooting,and an investigation by the LAPD’s watchdog unit, Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners, concluded in June 2015 that one officer had been justified in the shooting, while the other officer was unjustified, had acted outside of LAPD policy, and had violated Ford’s civil rights by detaining him.
The City of Los Angeles settled this lawsuit in October 2016 for $1.5 million.
In January 2017 Los Angeles County prosecutors said the officers involved, Wampler and Villegas would not face criminal charges in connection with the shooting.
Dante Parker, was a 36-year-old pressman at the Daily Press newspaper in Victorville, CA. Police were responding to a home break in and found him cycling away from the scene. Though Parker had no criminal record (other than a DUI), a scuffle ensued and Parker was tased repeatedly when he resisted arrest, according to witnesses. He began breathing heavily and was taken to a hospital, where he died on August 12th, two days before his 37th birthday.
After protests, NAACP’s called for a federal investigation and stern defense of law enforcement, the family of Dante Parker filed a lawsuit alleging 10 civil rights violations from Dante Parker’s death in deputies’ custody.
On April 30, 2014, Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by police officer Christoper Manney, at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. No charges were brought, but Manney was fired from the force. As a result of the shooting and subsequent protests, Milwaukee police officers were equipped with body cameras.
Dontre D. Hamilton (1983 – April 30, 2014), of Milwaukee, was 31 years old at the time of his death. Hamilton had a history of mental illness. In 2013, he had made a suicide attempt by stabbing both sides of his neck and had been hospitalized. According to Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn, Hamilton had a prior history of arrests in Milwaukee which were “directly connected to mental health issues.” Hamilton’s family stated that Hamilton had been treated for schizophrenia but was not violent. In the days before his death, Hamilton told his family that he was “tired and hungry, and that somebody was going to kill him.”
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JAMES N. POWELL Jr.
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James was a 15-year-old boy who was shot and killed on July 16, 1964. He was killed by police Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan in front of Powell’s friends and about a dozen other witnesses. His death would be the catalyst that began what would become known as the Harlem Riots of 1964. Lieutenant Gilligan shot Powell as he exited a building managed by Patrick Lynch. Powell was attempting to intervene in an altercation where Lynch had sprayed several Black students with a hose and in doing so entered the building. Gilligan claimed he came to the scene after hearing glass break and shot Powell because he had a knife in his hand. This claim was disputed by witnesses. Six days of civil unrest followed. Gilligan was cleared of any wrongdoing by a grand jury September of that year. Powell was killed two weeks after the 1974 Civil Rights Act was signed into law.
Frank Smart was 39 when he died in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania on January 5th, 2015. He died after having a seizure while being restrained and handcuffed under the care of an Allegheny County Jail. The medical examiner concluded the seizure was the cause of death but that the restraints were a “significant condition” in his death. Smart’s eldest daughter Tiara filed a wrongful death suit claiming that the jail failed to administer his seizure medication properly and had “failed to protect him.” This case as well as at least 6 other deaths in an 18 month period led Allegheny County to cut ties with Corizon Health who managed the inmates health in the jail where Smart was housed. He passed away at a local hospital shortly after arrival.
Nathasha, 37, died from cardiac arrest after being tasered by a Fairfax County Sheriff’s Deputy when she would not bend her knees to be put in a wheeled restraint chair. She was held at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Virginia because of a warrant for being suspected of assaulting an officer. She had a history of mental health diagnosis and an emergency response unit fitted in hazmat suits and gas masks was called to transport her. She was on life support for five days before she was taken off and passed away. Her last words, recorded on video, were, “You promised you wouldn’t kill me.”
It was questioned whether use of force on a restrained detainee was justified but no charges were brought against the officers involved. Her death prompted civil rights investigations, a suspension of taser use by Fairfax Sheriff’s and a 51 page report was released on the incident.
Tony Robinson was 19 years old when he was shot to death by police officer Matthew Kenny in Maddison, WI. He had allegedly taken psilocybin, marajana, and xanax and was having an adverse reaction to at the time he interacted with police. He was reported to be running in and out of streets while yelling and emergency responders were called because of concerns for his safety. Officer Kenny was the first to arrive at the address where Robinson was and entered an open door to a stairway. Robinson was headed down the stairs as Kenny fired 7 shots. Robinson was unarmed when he was shot. His death sparked protests from BLM which mostly consisted of students who staged a walkout and filled the state capitol building. Officer Kenny was not charged for Robinsons’ death.
On March 30, 2015 27 year old, Mya Hall, a trans woman and sex worker was shot and killed at NSA headquarters that ‘was supposedly attacked by two “men dressed as women” who tried to barrel through a security cordon around Fort Meade.’
The vehicle, which was believed to have been stolen, was headed south on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Its driver, in what authorities believe could have been a mistake, took a restricted exit leading to a security post at the sprawling campus of the National Security Agency at Fort Meade, Md.
An NSA statement said the driver ignored police commands to stop and instead accelerated toward a police vehicle as at least one officer opened fire. The stolen SUV crashed into the cruiser. One man died at the scene, and the other, Kevin Fleming, 20, was taken to a hospital for treatment and recovered. An NSA officer also was injured, though officials did not say how.
WILLIAM CHAPMAN ll
Brendon Glenn, 29, killed May 5, 2015, was an unarmed black man killed by a police officer. Like those of his innumerable predecessors, his death was captured on video. As usual, the officer who shot Glenn says that the man was reaching for a fellow officer’s gun even though eyewitnesses and video do not show it.
But unlike in most cases, the police chief says that the officer who shot Glenn should be prosecuted. The cop whose firearm Glenn was allegedly reaching for testified that he didn’t feel Glenn trying to reach for his weapon and said that he had no idea why his partner shot Brendon Glenn.
Police chief Charlie Beck, said “It is my belief that former Los Angeles police officer Proctor committed manslaughter by what is called imperfect self defense,in other words, he unreasonably believed that his life was in danger and therefore he took a life”
Clifford Proctor, the officer who shot Glenn resigned from the LAPD in 2017.
VICTOR MANUEL LAROSA
a 39-year-old Black Mississippi man died while being restrained by a police officer, Kevin Herrington, on July 8, 2015, in Stonewall, Mississippi. The officer was accused of choking the father of two to death with a flashlight after he dragged him off of one of his horses.
As Harrington pinned him down in the ensuing struggle, Sanders is believed to have told the officer: ‘Let me go. I can’t breathe’.
Harrington and a medic who was called to the scene both gave Sanders CPR, but he died a short time later. Charita Kennedy, his girlfriend, claims his family were not allowed to see the body when it was transferred to hospital.
The alleged incident has striking similarities to that of cigarette seller Eric Garner, who died after a cop put him in a chokehold in Staten Island, New York.
In January 2016, a grand jury declined to indict the officer, and in March 2016, a grand jury determined Sanders choked after swallowing a bag of cocaine, and police had not used excessive force while restraining him.
Incident and inquiry:
Witnesses reported that the officer had used a racial slur during his encounter with Sanders, and that Sanders’ breathing had been obstructed by officer Kevin Herrington for as much as 30 minutes. Sanders died at the scene. At his funeral on July 18, 2015, 1,000 people attended.
Outcome of grand jury
On March 9, 2016, a Clarke County, Mississippi grand jury determined that Sanders died of “mechanical asphyxia” after swallowing a bag of cocaine, and that the police officer “was in the right to pursue Sanders based on the suspicion he was involved in drug activity”. It furthermore determined there was no evidence showing a traumatic injury inflicted by the police officer. There was speculation over whether the police officer had used a racial slur during the incident. The jury found no evidence to support that. The jury concluded that Sanders “did not act in conformity with his normal character due to the influence of cocaine which was found in his system at the time of his death”.The NAACP doubted the grand jury findings and released a statement asking for an outside investigation by the Department of Justice.
FREDDIE CARLOS GRAY JR.
Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr.
On April 12, 2015, Freddie Carlos Gray Jr., a 25-year-old black man, was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department and subsequently charged for possessing a knife.
While being transported in a police van, Gray fell into a coma and was taken to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. Gray died on April 19, 2015; his death was ascribed to injuries to his spinal cord.
On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were suspended. The circumstances of the injuries were initially unclear; eyewitness accounts suggested that the officers involved used unnecessary force against Gray during the arrest—a claim denied by all officers involved.
Commissioner Anthony W. Batts reported that, contrary to department policy, the officers did not secure him inside the van while driving to the police station; this policy had been put into effect six days prior to Gray’s arrest, following review of other transport-related injuries sustained during police custody in the city, and elsewhere in the country during the preceding years. The medical investigation found that Gray had sustained the injuries while in transport. The medical examiner’s office concluded that Gray’s death could not be ruled an accident, and was instead a homicide, because officers failed to follow safety procedures “through acts of omission.” On May 1, 2015, the Baltimore City State’s Attorney, Marilyn Mosby, announced her office had filed charges against six police officers after the medical examiner’s report ruled Gray’s death a homicide.
The prosecutors stated that they had probable cause to file criminal charges against the six police officers who were believed to be involved in his death. The officer driving the van was charged with second-degree “depraved-heart” murder for his indifference to the considerable risk that Gray might be killed, and others were charged with crimes ranging from manslaughter to illegal arrest. On May 21, a grand jury indicted the officers on most of the original charges filed by Mosby with the exception of the charges of illegal imprisonment and false arrest, and added charges of reckless endangerment to all the officers involved.
Gray’s hospitalization and subsequent death resulted in an ongoing series of protests. On April 25, 2015, a major protest in downtown Baltimore turned violent, resulting in 34 arrests and injuries to 15 police officers. After Gray’s funeral on April 27, civil disorder intensified with looting and burning of local businesses and a CVS drug store, culminating with a state of emergency declaration by Governor Larry Hogan, Maryland National Guard deployment to Baltimore, and the establishment of a curfew. On May 3, the National Guard started withdrawing from Baltimore,and the night curfew on the city was lifted.
In September 2015, it was decided that there would be separate trials for the accused. The trial against Officer William Porter ended in mistrial. Officers Nero, Goodson, and Rice were acquitted. The remaining charges against the officers were dropped on July 27, 2016.
On September 12, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice announced it would not bring federal charges against the six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest and in-custody death of Freddie Gray.However, it was announced on October 5, 2017 that non-criminal, internal disciplinary trials for the officers will be prosecuted by a three person-panel chaired by someone from another Maryland police agency, likely Prince George’s County,and that outside lawyer and former chair of the Baltimore City School Board Neil Duke would serve on the panel as well.
On September 8, 2015, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake announced that the city had reached a $6.4 million settlement with Gray’s family. Rawlings-Blake said the settlement “should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial”, but had been negotiated to avoid “costly and protracted litigation that would only make it more difficult for our city to heal”. The city offered a settlement before they were sued.
On July 11, 2016, Randy Lozoya and John Tennis, two Sacramento police officers, attempted to run over, and later shot and killed Joseph Mann, a 51-year-old mentally ill and homeless African-American man armed with a knife.
Police received 9-1-1 calls about a man standing in the street waving a knife. Dispatchers told police that Mann had a knife and gun, and that he was acting erratically. Mann was carrying a 4-inch knife when police encountered him, but no gun was ever found.
Mann did not cooperate with the first officers who arrived at the scene. Mann’s family describes him as “doing karate moves and zigzagging back and forth across the street as he tried to walk away from the officers.”The initial responding officers ordered Mann to drop his knife, and get on the ground. He did not comply, and instead threw a thermos at the police cruiser, and shouted threats as he walked down Del Paso Boulevard.
When Lozoya and Tennis arrived, their cruiser’s dash cam audio recorded one of them as saying, “Fuck this guy. I’m going to hit him.”The other officer replies, “Okay. Go for it. Go for it.” They missed Mann the first time, and attempted again to try to hit him with their cruiser.As they accelerated toward Mann, one officer said, “Watch it! Watch! Watch”, as Mann jumped into the median strip to avoid the cruiser. After missing Mann the second time, the other officer said, “We’ll get him. We’ll get him.”They stopped the cruiser, exited it, and chased Mann on foot.The officers fatally shot Mann moments later. Police fired 18 shots, 14 of which hit Mann. The Sacramento Bee suggested that Mann was about 27 feet from the officers when he was shot.
The shooting led to protests by local religious leaders and Black leaders. Black Lives Matter demanded the release of the dash cam videos, and criticized the police for escalating the situation.The Sacramento Police Department initially did not release the videos, but later released three dash cam videos and two 9-1-1 call audios after pressure from city officials, including Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, as well as The Sacramento Bee, obtaining surveillance footage from a citizen showing the shooting of Mann. The audio of the dash cam videos was enhanced by The Sacramento Bee.
A toxicology report found that Mann had methamphetamine in his system.
Police spokesperson Bryce Heinlein told reporters that using a vehicle as a deadly weapon is something covered in use of force training. According to Heinlein, Lozoya and Tennis were placed on “modified duty”. Mann’s family has filed both a claim against Sacramento, and also a federal lawsuit. In addition to other shootings by police officers around the country, Mann’s shooting prompted the Sacramento City Council to propose a use-of-force policy change which restricts the use of lethal force, and examines the use of police vehicles.
On January 27, 2017, the Sacramento County District Attorney cleared the two officers of any legal wrongdoing, concluding that they were justified in shooting Mann,but after an internal investigation by the Sacramento Police Department, neither Tennis nor Lozoya remain on the force. Mann died at the scene.
Salvado Ellswood July 12 , 2015 – Salvado Ellswood, 36, was killed by a Plantation, Fla., police officer who encountered him behind an office building while on foot patrol. Police said that the officer told Ellswood, who was homeless, to leave and that he punched the officer in the face. The officer shocked Ellswood with a stun gun and, when Ellswood grew more aggressive, shot him with his handgun. The officer was placed on administrative leave until the investigation was completed. No additional information was found regarding the outcome of the investigation.
Date of Death: 7/13/2015
Sandra Bland was found hanged in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas, on July 13, 2015, three days after being arrested during a pretextual traffic stop. Her death was ruled a suicide. It was followed by protests against her arrest, disputing the cause of death, and alleging racial violence against her.
Bland was pulled over for a minor traffic violation on July 10 by State Trooper Brian Encinia. The exchange escalated, resulting in Bland’s arrest and charge for assaulting a police officer. The arrest was partially recorded by Encinia’s dashcam, a bystander’s cell phone, and Bland’s own cell phone. After authorities reviewed the dashcam footage, Encinia was placed on administrative leave for failing to follow proper traffic stop procedures.
Texas authorities and the FBI conducted an investigation into Bland’s death and determined the Waller County jail did NOT follow required policies, including time checks on inmates and ensuring that employees had completed required mental health training.
In December 2015, a grand jury declined to indict the county sheriff and jail staff for a felony relating to Bland’s death. The following month, Encinia was indicted for perjury for making false statements about the circumstances surrounding Bland’s arrest and he was subsequently fired by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).In September 2016, Bland’s mother settled a wrongful death lawsuit against the county jail and police department for $1.9 million and some procedural changes. In June 2017, the perjury charge against Encinia was dropped in return for his agreement to permanently end his law enforcement career.
In 2019, Bland’s cell phone video became available to the public and to Bland’s family for the first time. The video was obtained and shown by Dallas news station WFAA. This video was not available during the civil trials.
ALBERT JOSEPH DAVIS
Albert Joseph Davis
Date of Death: July 17, 2015
Albert Joseph Davis was shot in the chest by a rookie Orlando, Florida police officer, after the police were called to an apartment building where Davis and four others were fighting. Police attempted to arrest Davis, who fled. When officers caught up with Davis, a struggle ensued. The officer shocked Davis with a taser and then fatally shot him in the chest.
Darrius Stewart, the unarmed black 19-year-old shot and killed by a white Memphis police officer in July, was moving away from the officer when the second shot was fired, according to several eyewitnesses quoted in the official investigation.
The investigation, conducted by the Tennessee bureau of investigation and released by the Shelby County district attorney general on Tuesday, includes two eyewitness accounts of the incident that describe Stewart as turning to run from the officer, contradicting the officer’s account that Stewart advanced at him.
One witness said Stewart “stood up and ran away” from Schilling as the officer fired the second shot. Another witness claimed that the officer shot Stewart “as he turned away”. That same witness also claimed to hear Stewart yell “I can’t breathe” before the teen was hit with the second and, according to the Stewart family’s attorney, fatal bullet.
The identities of all the witnesses were redacted before the file was made public and the investigation notes that “while no witness saw this incident in its entirety, each person saw a portion of it”.
The incident occurred on 17 July when Memphis police officer Connor Schilling had stopped the car Stewart was riding in because one of the car’s headlights wasn’t working. Schilling ran checks for Stewart, the driver and a third passenger. The officer discovered two outstanding out-of-state warrants for the teen, including one for sexual abuse, and placed Stewart in the back of his patrol car. The officer did not handcuff the teen, who he said had been cooperative to this point, while he confirmed the warrants with his dispatcher.
According to the officer, once they had been confirmed, he asked Stewart to exit and be handcuffed. Schilling said Stewart then resisted and the two men became engaged in an altercation on the ground. Schilling said during the scuffle Stewart grabbed at his duty belt, where the officer’s firearm was holstered. Eventually, according to Schilling’s account, Stewart got hold of the officer’s handcuffs and used them as a weapon, striking the officer in the face and arms.
Fearing that the next strike could leave him unconscious and give Stewart access to his firearm, Schilling said he fired one shot from above the teen, and another as the teen had stood up and “advanced towards him”.
The Shelby County district attorney, Amy Weirich, recommended a grand jury indict the officer for voluntary manslaughter and employment of a firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony in November, but the grand jury declined. Schilling was supposed to face an administrative hearing on 13 November to determine whether he should be disciplined by his department, but the hearing was postponed because he reported he was sick.
The release of the files comes after an announcement by the Department of Justice on Monday that it would, in conjunction with the FBI, conduct a “comprehensive review” of the case.
Attorney Murray Wells, who is representing Stewart’s family, called the announcement “overdue” but also questioned its timing, just 20 hours before the investigation files were due to be released. “We’re wondering whether or not there’s some political motive of giving the community the impression of something being done,” Wells said. “Maybe part of it is simply to delay public reaction to what happened.”
The file also included portions of Schilling’s disciplinary records. Schilling and another officer were accused of excessive force after a July 2013 traffic stop, though investigators said the complaint was not sustained. In 2014, Schilling was arrested in connection with driving under the influence by Southhaven police. The charges were dropped, but an internal review found Schilling had violated two department policies and suspended him for 18 days without pay.
Feb. 10, 2020: Mary Stewart, Darrius’ mother created a petition to get the case reopened.
BILLIE RAY DAVIS
Billy Ray Davis
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Date of Death: 7/18/2015
Reported cause of death: Sudden cardiac death associated with hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease and schizophrenia following agitation and physical restraint
Summary from official Custodial Death Report
On Saturday, July 18, 2015, at about 5:54 p.m., SPO P. Vela and Sergeant B Harris of Houston Homicide were informed of a Death in Custody at 2709 Broadway. Investigators were assigned to make the scene by the Homicide Hold desk personnel, Investigator E. Zugner.
Investigators learned the following: Police Officer A. Lopez riding unit 11H42E stopped to buy a bottle of water at a convenience store at 2709 Broadway when he saw a man crossing the street waving his arms and screaming at approximately 4:07 p.m. Officer Lopez went outside and saw that the man was bleeding from his mouth and head. Lopez told the man that he wanted to get help for him but the man stormed past Lopez and entered the shop at around 4:07 p.m.
The man was acting erratically. Lopez and all the officers involved have had basic C.I.T. training and assessed that the man was not only in physical distress but mental distress as well. After Lopez offered to assist the man, he started to act aggressively towards the officer telling the officer he was “not going back to the jail.”
The officer called for backup and requested HFD to come to the location. Additional officers arrived at the scene and they eventually put the man in handcuffs. Even though he was handcuffed, he continued to kick at officers. The officers described the man flailing around “as if it were a fish out of water”.
The officers used leg restraints to control the kicking but kept him on his side so he could breathe. The officers said this was hard because he would flip and flop onto his stomach. The officers kept him on his side as much as possible and monitored his breathing. The man was “kicking and moving” even when attended to by the Houston Fire Department, ambulance #36.
The surveillance camera at the gas station shows HFD arriving at approximately 4:21 p.m. The man suddenly became unresponsive, was loaded in the ambulance and was pronounced dead at St. Joseph Medical Center in downtown Houston. Dr. Anwar Rawat pronounced the male dead at 5:20 p.m. Even after struggling with the man, the officers were planning on taking him to Ben Taub to be psychologically evaluated as he was clearly mentally disturbed.
As as result, the report will be labeled dead man as the investigation continues. The officers described the man as having incredible Herculean strength. His wrists were so large and his shoulders so wide that they had to use two sets of handcuffs. Dr. Gonsoulin from the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences performed the autopsy under M.L.#2581. She noted some minor hemorrhaging to his arms and legs and no significant injuries to his head.
She noted that there were no external wounds or injuries that could have caused death. She said that the heart was large but he was a large man. She also noted that there was no brain damage. The doctor said she would wait for Toxicology and the final ruling could take 6 to 12 weeks. The complainant was identified as Billy Ray Davis with a date of birth of 04-05-1956. If this is the deceased, he has a county history of untreated Bi-polar, schizophrenia and Hypertension disorder (high blood pressure).
At the time of this report, the identity has not been confirmed by the medical examiner’s office. Four civilian witnesses all said the officers kept on telling the man they wanted to get him help not arrest him. Witnesses said that the officers involved never threw any kind of strikes or holds on the body or neck area. They noted the officers were concerned about keeping him on his side so he could breathe. The store location is under investigation for the illegal sale of “Kush”.
Samuel DuBose. On July 19, 2015, in Cincinnati, Ohio, Samuel DuBose, a 43 year old unarmed black man, was fatally shot by Ray Tensing, a white University of Cincinnati police officer, during a traffic stop for a missing front license plate and a suspended driver’s license.
Tensing fired after DuBose started his car. Tensing stated that DuBose had begun to drive off and that he was being dragged because his arm was caught in the car. Prosecutors alleged that footage from Tensing’s bodycam showed that he was not dragged, and a grand jury indicted him on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter. He was then fired from the police department. He was released on bond before trial. A November 2016 trial ended in mistrial after the jury became deadlocked. A retrial begun in May 2017 also ended in a hung jury. The charges against Tensing were later dismissed with prejudice.
Michael Sabbie. When Michael Sabbie was booked into jail by the Arkansas police on a misdemeanor assault charge in July 2015, he warned nurses there about his ailments — heart disease, high blood pressure and asthma — and told them he needed medication.
Less than three days later, Mr. Sabbie was dead on the floor of his cell. Videos captured his rapidly deteriorating health in the hours before his death as he pleaded with corrections officers for help. At least 19 times he could be heard saying, “I can’t breathe” — at one point as he crawled, gasping for air, while guards watched him through his cell door.
A federal lawsuit filed by his family on July 25, 2107 accuses at least 12 corrections officers and nurses at a for-profit jail on the Texas-Arkansas border of causing his death. The lawsuit claims that the employees at the jail, the Bi-State Justice Center in Bowie County, Tex., showed a “deliberate indifference” to his health and ignored obvious signs of his declining condition.
Mr. Sabbie, 35, was arrested on July 19 in Texarkana, Ark., on suspicion of verbal assault, a Class C misdemeanor, against his wife.
Mr. Sabbie’s medical issues were apparent almost immediately. At 3:30 a.m. on July 20, a nurse examined him for shortness of breath and an inability to breathe while lying down.
At a court hearing on July 21, several people in the room, including the judge, noticed Mr. Sabbie was sweating, breathing heavily and coughing, according to the suit. The judge asked if he was sick, and Mr. Sabbie replied that he had been spitting up blood and needed to go the hospital.
But Mr. Sabbie was taken back to the Bi-State Justice Center instead. During his return to his cell, a security camera in a hallway recorded him leaning against a wall to catch his breath. When he appeared to turn back down the hall, guards tackled him to the ground.
A jail employee with a hand-held camera recorded the ensuing struggle between Mr. Sabbie and five guards who were trying to pull his hands behind his back. “I can’t breathe; I can’t breathe,” he said before another guard used pepper spray on him.
The video shows Mr. Sabbie breathing heavily over the next nine minutes as corrections officers drag him to the nurse’s station and then into a shower. After he collapses in the shower, guards pick him up and pull him into his cell as his orange pants fall below his waist. Mr. Sabbie can be seen rolling on the floor and wiping his face with his shirt before the recording stops.
He was found dead the next morning, sprawled on the floor of his cell.
Lawsuit was settled before trial and the report finds there is sufficient proof that officers and nurses were deliberately indifferent to Sabbie’s suffering, that they falsified records and that they failed to follow or were not trained in LaSalle’s policies and procedures.
BRIAN KEITH DAY
Brian Keith Day, 26, of Las Vegas, on 7/25/2015
Police said, Day emerged from an apartment holding a gun and fired a shot striking one officer in the face.
Officers opened fire on Day a total of three times. Day died at the scene. Metro is looking in to whether mental illness played a role in Day’s actions leading up to the shooting. This is the sixth officer involved shooting this year for Metro.
Day’s gun turned out to be a pellet gun.
ASSHAMS PHAROAH MANLEY
Asshams Pharoah Manley
KEITH HARRISON McLEOD
Keith Harrison McLeod
Junior Prosper. Junior was a 31 year old cab driver who crashed his car on the interstate in Miami, FL on September 28, 2015. He walked away from his car in a haze when the cops chased him down and attempted to tase him. Junior fought back and bit the officer’s finger who, in turn, shot him. As he was crawling away, the police officer shot him again, fatally. His wife was pregnant at the time of his death and is now left to raise four children alone. In January 2017 she filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Anthony Martin, the officer who murdered Junior – the case is still pending.
La MONTEZ JONES
LaMontez Jones. In October 2015, LaMontez, a 39 year old man, was killed by two traffic patrolmen after they tried to contact him about making a disturbance and he led them on a chase through downtown San Diego. At one point, LaMontez drew a steel replica of a gun and the officers shot him nine times – neither had their mandated body cameras on. The San Diego County district attorney has ruled the shooting legally justified since both officers believed the handgun was real. In April 2016, LaMontez’ family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the police department and officers, Scott Thompson and Gregory Lindstrom – the case is still pending.
PATERSON BROWN JR.
Paterson Brown Jr. In October 2015, an off-duty police officer shot 18 year old Paterson after he jumped into the officer’s car without permission at a carwash in Chesterfield, VA. The unidentified police officer asked Brown to leave the vehicle, but the teen remained seated in it. Paterson was a football star who had recently graduated high school. The former officer, David L. Cobb, resigned from the police force, was fined $1,000 and served 3 months for manslaughter.
Officers were called to a home in Cathedral City, CA in response to a report of domestic violence on October 24, 2015. Dominic shouted three times that he had a gun, then opened the door and rushed two officers while pointing the broken binoculars. He was shot 11 times, and he died on the spot – he was 30 years old. The two officers who shot him, Alan Lemus and Jeffrey Blachley, have been cleared of all criminal culpability by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
Anthony Ashford. On October 27, 2015, San Diego Harbor police officer Sulimoni Ahfook spotted Anthony, 29, looking into parked cars late at night. The officer stated that Anthony crossed the street and attacked him. An altercation ensued where the officer tased Anthony who then reached for his service weapon. The officer broke free and shot and killed Anthony. There is no open investigation for this case.
Alonzo Smith. On the morning of November 1, 2016 in Southeast D.C., Alonzo was spotted running through the Marbury Plaza apartment complex screaming for help and that someone was trying to kill him. He caught the attention of two special police officers who then followed him as he ran inside the building and climbed a ladder to the roof. That’s when the special police officers grabbed Alonzo in a bear hug, put him on the ground and handcuffed him. Prosecutors also say when D.C. police officers arrived on the scene, they found Alonzo unconscious and they attempted to perform CPR – Alonzo died later at the hospital. The cause of death for the 27-year-old was “sudden cardiac death complicating acute cocaine toxicity while restrained” with a contributing factor of “compression of torso.” Alonzo’s mother has stated that she has never know Alonzo to use drugs. He was a father to a six year old boy and a school teacher for students with emotional and learning disabilities. The names of the special police officers have never been released and they will not be prosecuted for the death of Alonzo. They work for Blackout Security based in Charles County, Maryland. At this time, it is unclear if they are back on the job.
Tyree Crawford. Tyree was just 18-years-old when he was struck and killed by a police car in Newark, NJ. He and five acquaintances, all juveniles between 14 and 17 had just carjacked a Jaguar which led to a police pursuit. Tyree and the other teens jumped from the car – Tyree was fatally hit, three others were arrested immediately and two teens barricaded themselves in a nearby home. 115 police officers, some armed with assault rifles and tactical gear, responded to the scene to apprehend the two remaining juveniles. They have all since been charged with receiving stolen property, resisting arrest and possession of two handguns. In addition, one was charged with carjacking. There is no information as to arrests or charges for the police officer who struck and killed Tyree.
India Kager. On the fateful night of September 15, 2015, India was not the intended target outside a 7-Eleven in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Instead, she was in the car with Angelo Perry, the father of her 4-month-old son who was also in the backseat. When the police approached the car, Angelo began to fire his gun – four officers returned, firing 30 rounds into the vehicle. The baby was unharmed but both India and Angelo were killed. The police said that Angelo was a known criminal and they believed he would carry out a crime that night, but India’s family still questions why the police would plan a takedown with an innocent woman and baby in the car. India was a 28 year-old mother of two and a Navy vet. After a wrongful death lawsuit, India’s family was awarded $800k in damages in 2018. The lawsuit says officers did not shoot India Kager intentionally, but shot recklessly and should be held accountable for her death. Police Chief Jim Cervera said the officers did the right thing and he “stands by them one hundred percent.”
On July 22, 2018, three sisters, Nia, Letifah and Tashiya Wilson, were attacked by a man wielding a knife, later identified as John Cowell, after exiting a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) train at MacArthur station in Oakland, California. 18-year-old Nia Wilson died after her throat was slashed. Her older sister, Letifah, was stabbed in the neck but survived. Tashiya was not physically harmed.
Cowell, aged 27, was identified as the suspect immediately following the attack, and he was caught the following day. Cowell had been paroled in May 2018 after serving time for second degree robbery, and had previous charges for assault and possession of methamphetamine.
Initial perception of the attack as apparently racially-motivated spurred protests at MacArthur BART station and online. Cowell’s parents stated their belief that the attack was possibly motivated by Cowell’s mental illness. Authorities have yet to establish a motive for the attack and have also stated that there is no evidence that the attack was racially motivated.
La’Vante Biggs. On September 5, 2015, La’Vante Biggs called 911 at 10:27 a.m., sounding like he was crying and told the dispatcher, “I love everybody.” He then said, “It’s not nobody’s fault.” When 911 dispatchers called the number back, his mother, Shanika Biggs answered but said she did not know what was happening. She called back at 10:31 a.m. and told dispatchers her son was sitting on the porch with “a big black gun” he kept pointing at his head.
The police said they asked his mother if the gun was real, and she told them, “Yes, it is real.” But speaking with the press a few days later, Biggs disputed that account, “I said ‘I don’t know if the gun is real because I don’t know guns,'” said Biggs. The police arrived at the scene in Durham, NC where La’Vante, 21 years old, was wielding what looked like a gun. After 20 minutes of hostage negotiators trying to talk him into dropping the presumed weapon, Biggs began walking towards the officers when four officers fired 12 shots, five of which hit her son in a “scattershot, reckless fashion” and six that entered the front room of the house “with complete disregard for the safety of the occupants.”
After investigation of the scene, the police found out that the object Biggs was holding was an Airsoft gun. His mother explained he had been depressed about a recent breakup and not being able to see his children. She questioned if more could have been done before the shooting. La’Vante Biggs put the gun down three times, including once for three minutes. She said her husband was on the phone, but police would not let the phone be given to her son. “I’m still trying to figure out how calling for help ended my baby’s life,” she said.
MICHAEL LEE MARSHALL
Michael Lee Marshall
Marshall had been arrested for a nonviolent offense of trespassing and was being held on a $100 bond, which he could not afford to pay. The lack of access to just $100 cost him both freedom and his life. Marshall, who was suffering from a psychotic episode, died on November 11, 2015 after he was restrained face-down for more than 10 minutes by multiple deputies. They held him down even after he had gone limp and vomited. Marshall asphyxiated on his vomit during the struggle and died after a nine-day hospital stay. The death was ruled a homicide.
Denver’s Independent monitor, Nick Mitchell, wrote a scathing 73 report of how the Denver Sheriff’s Department mishandled the situation. The district attorney declined to file criminal charges in the case. Garegnani was given a 16-day suspension, and Capt. James Johnson and Deputy Carlos Hernandez were suspended 10 days. A Career Service Authority hearing officer overturned all three suspensions. Deputy Bret Garegnani performed CPR on Marshall after he lost consciousness and was instructed by nurses to ease up for fear Marshall could aspirate on vomit. Garegnani a 16-day suspension, which was later overturned. Additionally, Garegnani’s sergeant nominated him for the department’s Life Saving Award, “Deputy Garegnani is ultimately responsible for prolonging the life of Michael Marshall, which allowed for those valuable moments that the Marshall family ultimately had with Michael and will forever be grateful to Deputy Garegnani,” according to a footnote in the monitor’s report. These valuable moments for the family were spent at the hospital, while Marshall was in a coma.
In November, Denver’s City Council agreed to pay a $4.6 million settlement to Marshall’s family, and the city agreed to changes at the sheriff’s department when it comes to providing mental health services.
Jamar Clark. In November 2015, 24 year old Jamar Clark was killed by two white officers, Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze. Police reports and subsequent investigations demonstrated that on the morning of November 15 Clark had attacked his girlfriend, interfered with paramedics attempting to transport her to the hospital and refused officers’ demands to remove his hands from his pockets. Ringgenberg and Schwarze then took Clark to the ground in an attempt to place handcuffs on him, but during the scuffle, Ringgenberg landed on top of Clark, who then went for the officer’s gun, the prosecutor said.
Concluded that the officers acted in self-defense and would not face criminal charges for the killing.
NATHANIEL HARRIS PICKETT
Nathaniel Harris Pickett
BENNI LEE TIGNOR
Benni Lee Tignor
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KEITH CHILDRESS JR.
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On February 4th, 1999, in the Southview section of the Bronx, a 23-year-old Guinean immigrant named Amadou Diallo was shot and killed by four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers operating under the now defunct Street Crimes Unit. One of the officers claimed Amadou resembled a serial rapist from over a year before and had thus engaged him from their undercover vehicle. Amadou ignored their orders and turned to retreat into his residence when he reached into his pocket and removed his wallet. The officers, seeing him remove a square object from his pocket with his back turned to them, identified it as a gun and emptied 41 bullets at Amadou; Amadou was struck 19 times. All 4 officers were indicated for second-degree murder and reckless endangerment by a Bronx grand jury, however on February 25, 2000, after two days of deliberation, a jury in Albany acquitted the officers of all charges. Amadou’s family did file a wrongful death claim and received the largest amount for a single man with no dependents in history with a settlement of $3 million dollars.
To learn more about Amadou’s story: Diallo’s mother published a memoir, My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Son, Amadou.
On August 13, 2016, Sylville Smith (23) was shot and killed by Milwaukee Police officer Dominque Heaggan-Brown after fleeing from a traffic stop on suspicions of being involved with a drug deal because of his “out-of-state license plate”. The body camera of the incident shows Sylville running into a side yard where he tossed his unfired gun over a chain link fence before being shot in the arm and going down. Heaggan-Brown, who was now within arms reach of the crippled Sylville, fired the final lethal shot through Sylville’s heart and lung as he lay unarmed on the ground. This second shot became the central argument of the prosecutors in Dominque Heaggan-Brown’s first-degree reckless homicide case. The defendant informed the jury that “officers are taught to use the “one-plus rule” — or to expect that if a person has one weapon, he might have another.” and that “A gunfight doesn’t end until the threat is stopped,”. Dominque Heaggan-Brown was acquitted of all charges.
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Jordan Edwards was a fifteen year old high school freshman and honor roll student attending a house party in Balch Springs, Texas on April 29, 2017, when the police showed up for a noise complaint. While driving away with friends, Edwards was shot in the back of the head by officer Roy Oliver, killing him. In an official statement, Balch Springs police chief Jonathan Haber stated that the boys’ car was reversing towards the police in “an aggressive manner,” forcing Officer Oliver to fire. Body cam footage proved this to be a lie, and Oliver was later charged with murder and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
After Aaron Bailey crashed his car during a brief police chase following a traffic stop in Indianapolis on June 29, 2017, Officers Michal P. Dinnsen and Carlton J. Howard fired 11 shots into his car, hitting Bailey four times and killing him. They claimed to have seen him reaching for a weapon, but Bailey was unarmed. The officers faced no disciplinary action and a federal investigation brought up no charges.
On February 13, 2018, Ronell Foster was stopped by Officer Ryan McMahon in Vallejo, California for allegedly weaving through traffic on his bike without a headlamp. After a struggle, the 33 year old father of two was shot and killed. Police claim that Foster had stolen the officer’s flashlight and was holding it in a threatening way although attorneys for Foster say that he was shot in the back of the head. Officer McMahon stayed on the force and was one of six officers who shot and killed 20 year old WIllie McCoy while asleep in his car at a Taco Bell. Foster’s killing was deemed justified by the Solano County DA earlier this year.
On March 18, 2018, 22 year old Stephon Clark was shot and killed by police in his grandmother’s backyard in Sacramento, CA following a complaint that somebody had been breaking car windows in the neighborhood. He was shot at least 7 times, after 20 shots were fired by officers Jared Robinet and Terrence Mercadal, who mistook his cell phone for a weapon. During a press conference where she announced that the police would not face charges, district attorney Anne Marie Schubert, who at the time had investigated over 30 police shootings without ever filing charges, shared personal text messages, phone logs, internet searches and email drafts from Clark’s cellphone. The officers, who were cleared by the FBI in 2019 and returned to duty, were not subject to the same amount of scrutiny from Schubert.
ANTWON ROSE II
Antwon Rose II
On June 19, 2018 in East Pittsburgh, PA, a car that 17 year old Antwon Rose was a passenger in was pulled over after having been involved in an earlier, non-fatal, drive by shooting. When the car came to a stop, Rose, who was unarmed, ran away and was shot three times in the back, face, and elbow by officer Michael Rosfeld, killing him. Rosfeld, who had been sworn into the East Pittsburgh police department just hours earlier, was charged with homicide. The officer had left his previous job as a University of Pittsburgh cop after discrepancies were found between one of his sworn statements and evidence in an arrest. He was acquitted on all charges in the killing of Antwon Rose. Rose, a rising high school senior, who played basketball and the saxophone, wrote in a poem titled “I Am Not What You Think!”: “I see mothers bury their sons… I want my mom to never feel that pain.”
Just months after the infamous beating of Rodney King by the LAPD, on November 5, 1992, 35 year old Malice Green was approached outside of a known drug house in Detroit by two plainclothes officers emerging from an unmarked car. After refusing to drop a vial of cocaine in his hand, Green was beaten repeatedly by officers Walter Budzyn and Larry Nevers. He later succumbed to his head injuries in a local hospital. Both officers were highly decorated and had a long history of excessive force complaints. Nevers had previously been a member of the STRESS unit, a Detroit police initiative, explored at length in the popular podcast Crimetown, that was shut down after its officers shot 20 black men over the course of 3 years. The officers were convicted of second degree murder, but the charges were reduced to manslaughter after a long appeals process. Green remained immortalized in Detroit by a mural on the building he was killed in front of for decades until it was demolished in 2013. A new mural was commissioned after the death of George Floyd.
On August 14, 2019, 23 year old Elijah McClain was walking home listening to music, after buying an iced tea for his brother, when he was approached by three Aurora, CO police officers. He was restrained by officers Nathan Woodyard, Jason Rosenblatt, and Randy Roedema, who were responding to a call of a “suspicious person” walking down the street. They held him down and put him in a chokehold, restricting the flow of blood to his head. Body cam footage, which wasn’t released until months later, showed McClain pleading with the police, saying that he had not heard them because of the music and that he “just can’t breathe correctly.” He is seen sobbing and at one point vomits, for which he apologizes to the officers. Paramedics arrived at the scene and injected McClain with ketamine to sedate him. He went into cardiac arrest and died days later. Elijah McClain is remembered as a kind, gentle man, who worked as a massage therapist and was known to play the violin for stray animals to soothe them. The officers returned to duty with no charges. Later Rosenblatt, and two other officers, were fired for pictures taken at a vigil for McClain where they mocked his killing.
AIYANA STANLEY JONES
Aiyana Stanley Jones
(July 20, 2002 – May 16, 2010)
Aiyana was a seven-year-old girl from Detroit’s East Side who was shot in the head and killed during a raid conducted by the Detroit Police Department’s Special Response Team on May 16, 2010. Aiyana Mo’nay Stanley-Jones slept on the couch as her grandmother watched television. Outside, Television was watching them. A half-dozen masked officers of the Special Response Team—Detroit’s version of SWAT—were at the door, guns drawn. In tow was an A&E crew filming an episode of The First 48, its true-crime program. The conceit of the show is that homicide detectives have 48 hours to crack a murder case before the trail goes cold. Thirty-four hours earlier, Je’Rean Blake Nobles, 17, had been shot outside a liquor store on nearby Mack Avenue; an informant had ID’d a man named Chauncey Owens as the shooter and provided Alyana’s address.
The SWAT team tried the steel door to the building. It was unlocked. They threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of the lower unit and kicked open its wooden door, which was also unlocked. The grenade landed so close to Aiyana that it burned her blanket. Officer Joseph Weekley, the lead commando—who’d been featured before on another A&E show, Detroit SWAT—burst into the house. His weapon fired a single shot, the bullet striking Aiyana in the head and exiting her neck. It all happened in a matter of seconds.
Officer Joseph Weekley was charged in connection with Jones’ death. In October 2011, he was charged with involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment with a gun. Weekley’s first trial ended in a mistrial in June 2013. His retrial began in September 2014. On October 3, the judge dismissed the involuntary manslaughter charge against Weekley, leaving him on trial for only one charge: recklessly discharging a firearm. On October 10, the second trial ended in another mistrial. On January 28, 2015, a prosecutor cleared Weekley of the last remaining charge against him, ensuring there would not be a third trial.Her death drew national media attention and led U.S. Representative John Conyers to ask U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for a federal investigation into the incident.
Botham Shem Jean, a 26-year-old black man living in Dallas, TX, was a Harding University alumnus and an accountant for PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Jean was born in Saint Lucia.:1
On September 6, 2018, off-duty Dallas Police Department patrol officer Amber Guyger entered the Dallas, Texas, apartment of 26-year-old accountant Botham Jean and fatally shot him. Guyger said that she had entered the apartment believing it was her own and that she shot Jean believing he was a burglar. The fact that Guyger, a white police officer, shot and killed Jean, an unarmed black man, and was initially only charged with manslaughter, resulted in protests and accusations of racial bias.
Following the shooting, an attorney representing Jean’s family accused the Dallas police department of attempting to smear Jean’s reputation based on a police affidavit showing that police seized 10.4 grams of marijuana from Jean’s apartment. The lawyers also disputed the account of the incident that Guyger told officials, which was recorded in the arrest warrant affidavit, and asserted that two independent witnesses had come forward to give recollections that conflicted with Guyger’s account. An attorney for Jean asserted that witnesses claimed they heard knocking on the door to Jean’s apartment and that a witness claimed they heard a woman’s voice saying “Let me in, let me in.”
Guyger’s apartment was on the third floor, directly below Jean’s apartment on the fourth, in an apartment building with mostly identical floor plans on each level. Guyger testified that she thought the apartment was her own, and that she found the door slightly ajar, and she testified that she thought Jean was an intruder in the darkened living room of her apartment—when in fact Jean was killed in his own apartment. She claimed she feared Jean would kill her. Jean was unarmed.
After Guyger shot Jean, she called 9-1-1. Jean was taken to a nearby hospital, where he died from his wound. The Texas Rangers investigated the shooting, which led to Guyger’s arrest three days later.
Guyger was initially charged with manslaughter, but was later charged with murder. The initial charge of manslaughter and the racial aspect of the shooting resulted in protests in the following days.
The Dallas Police Department placed Guyger on administrative leave after the shooting. The department fired her on September 24, 2018.
On October 1, 2019, Guyger was found guilty of murder. The jury deliberated for six hours to reach the verdict of murder. The jurors also considered the lesser charge of manslaughter. She was the first Dallas police officer to be convicted of murder since the 1973 murder of Santos Rodriguez.
On October 2, 2019, Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison after the jury deliberated for an hour. During the sentencing hearing, Jean’s mother Allison provided emotional testimony and some of Guyger’s text messages and social media posts that were “racist and offensive” were shared. Jean’s younger brother Brandt forgave and hugged Guyger during her sentencing. Jean’s father Bertrum also stated that he forgave Guyger but had wanted a stiffer sentence. Trial judge Tammy Kemp, who is also African-American, drew controversy when she embraced Guyger and handed her a Bible, with the Freedom from Religion Foundation criticizing her for alleged proselytizing.
On October 16, 2019, Guyger’s attorneys filed a notice of appeal requesting a new trial. Guyger is currently imprisoned in the Mountain View Correctional Center.
Pamela Turner, 44, was shot around 10:40 p.m. by the officer trying to arrest her at an apartment complex in Baytown, about 25 miles east of Houston, Lt. Steve Dorris, a Baytown police spokesman, said.
Authorities said the officer was patrolling the area and was “forced to draw his weapon and fire multiple rounds” after Turner grabbed his stun gun and used it on him. She was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
In the video of the shooting, which was posted on social media, Turner is heard saying “You’re actually harassing me” and “I’m actually walking to my house” to the officer as he tries to arrest her. The pair can be seen struggling and Turner falls to the ground. They continue to scuffle and she says, “Why? Why?” and then, “I’m pregnant.”
Moments later, something flashes as Turner reaches her arm out toward the officer. Suddenly, he pulls away from her, steps back and fires five gunshots.
Police have said that autopsy results show Turner was not pregnant, but the autopsy report has not been released. Online records show the woman died of multiple gunshot wounds and the death was ruled a homicide by the Harris County Medical Examiner’s office.
Turner’s family said at a news conference Thursday that she suffered from schizophrenia, after having been diagnosed with the mental illness many years ago.
Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump, who is representing the family, said Turner was picking up trash in the neighborhood and putting it in dumpsters the night she was fatally shot, something he said she often did.
“She wasn’t a violent person. She’s wasn’t a mean person,” Turner’s sister Antoinette Dorsey-James said. “She was a person who made friends quickly.”
Turner’s son, Cameron January, and daughter, Chelsie Rubin, became emotional during Thursday’s news conference as they talked about their mother.
“My mother was not an evil person, she was not a criminal,” January said. “She was giving and caring … she didn’t deserve this.”
Rubin said she had given birth just days before Turner was killed, and her mother never got the chance to meet her newest grandchild.
“My mom is not a horrible person. She’s so loving, she’s so caring,” she said, crying.
Dorris said Tuesday that the officer involved in the shooting had dealt with Turner before and knew she had outstanding warrants.
According to Turner’s family, the officer routinely patrolled the area and Turner had “several bad experiences” with him.
OXFORD, Miss. — Dominique Clayton, a 32-year-old mother of four, was shot dead in her Oxford home May 19. A former Oxford police officer has been indicted by a grand jury in the Dominique Clayton murder case, the Lafayette County District Attorney’s Office confirmed.
The indictment, filed Friday, charges Matthew Kinne with capital murder, which is punishable by the death penalty.Clayton’s family says she was romantically involved with Kinne for a year. They say the mother of four tried to end things with the officer before she was killed.
Kinne — who, it later emerged, was in a relationship with Clayton — broke into her home prior to the murder, according to the indictment.
Recently, a relative of Clayton shared that she was found lying in bed and had a large amount of blood near the back of her head, a claim which was corroborated by WHBQ-TV. They reported that Clayton had been shot in the back of her head and was found by her eight-year-old son after he was dropped back home by a family member.
Clayton’s sister Shyjuan shared that Kinne was definitely having an affair with her sister. She told WHBQ, “She was having an affair with Matt, the police officer with OPD. He bought my sister a car and kept it in his name. He was about to get her a house. He just basically didn’t want his wife to find out.”
During Kinne’s court appearance on May 22, Lafayette County Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth shared with prosecutors and the defense that it was very likely that a reasonable bond amount would be set for Kinne, a declaration which has sparked outrage for the victim’s family given that it is a state which usually denies giving bond to murder defendants.Clayton’s family members have also claimed that they heard the judge laughing during the hearing. Clayton’s mother Bessie shared, “They are allowing the killer to decide his bond! That man came through the bushes while he was on duty and walked in behind my daughter’s home, put a bullet in the back of her head and executed her. And they laughed. They should discuss with him what his bond should be? We need help in Oxford! We need intervention in Oxford.” As of now, Kinne is in jail in the neighboring Panola Count
In June, the Clayton family asked the City of Oxford for $5 million to settle a wrongful death claim.
Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, a 28-year-old African American woman, was a pre-medical graduate of Xavier University of Louisiana. Relatives said she worked in human resources. She lived in the house to care for her mother and nephew.
Police arrived at her home after a neighbor called a non-emergency number, stating that Jefferson’s front door was open. Police body camera footage showed that when she came to her window to observe police outside her home, Officer Aaron Dean shot through it and killed her. Police stated that they found a handgun near her body, which according to her 8-year-old nephew, she was pointing toward the window before being shot.The bodycam video released publicly shows the perspective of an officer outside the home, peering into a window using a flashlight and spotting someone inside standing near a window and telling her, “Put your hands up — show me your hands.” A single shot is fired seconds later.
On October 14, 2019, Dean resigned from the Fort Worth Police Department and was arrested on a murder charge. On December 20, 2019, Dean was indicted for murder. Jefferson was black and the officer who shot her is white, prompting news outlets to compare Jefferson’s shooting to the September 2018 murder of Botham Jean.
On November 11, 2018, 26 year old Jemel Roberson was working as a security guard at a bar in the suburbs of Chicago when a fight broke out and shots were fired. Roberson subdued the shooter, holding him against the ground with a gun, which he was licensed to carry. Police arrived on the scene, and officer Ian Covey fatally shot Roberson. Multiple witnesses on the scene said that they were loudly identifying him as a security guard when Covey aimed his weapon, but the shots were still fired. The official police report did not mention the bystanders shouts that Roberson was a bar employee, and blamed the shooting on his not cooperating with verbal commands. They also stated that he was wearing all black without any identification, but witnesses maintain that Roberson was wearing his security vest. Later they amended their statement, calling Roberson “a brave man who was doing his best to end an active shooter situation.” So far no charges have been filed against Covey.
RYAN MATTHEW SMITH
Ryan Matthew Smith
On May 13, 2019, Ryan Matthew Smith’s girlfriend called 911, stating that her boyfriend was intoxicated and threatening to kill both her and himself. She was locked in their bathroom and told the dispatcher that she was not injured and that he was not attempting to force his way into the bathroom, just that Smith was not well and “needs help.” Seattle police officers Chris Myers and Ryan Beecroft arrived and kicked in the front door. They saw Smith standing motionless in the hallway, holding a knife and after he ignored their commands to drop the weapon, shot him dead. It was later found that Smith’s blood alcohol level was .36, eight times the legal limit to drive, and a level of intoxication that can lead to unresponsiveness. Smith’s girlfriend said that she was screaming not to shoot when she heard the cops arrive and later told them multiple times “you didn’t have to kill him.” Beecroft and Meyers, who was previously involved in two fatal shootings, were cleared of all wrongdoing.
DERRICK AMBROSE JR.
Derrick Ambrose Jr.
On November 18, 2012, Derrick Ambrose Jr. was kicked out of a Waterloo, IA bar following an altercation and got a handgun, for which he had a permit, from his car. Officer Kyle Law was near the scene and a chase ensued between the two. Ambrose discarded his gun and continued running away before tripping. The officer stated that Ambrose ignored his calls to stay down and turned around in a threatening way, leading him to fatally shoot the 22 year old in the back of the head and back of the leg. The only witness to the shooting claimed this to be untrue, and that Ambrose never turned back towards Law. Both body cam audio and police car audio was said to have malfunctioned, according to attorneys for the Ambrose family. In 2016 the family was awarded $2.5 million dollars in a settlement from the city. The department still admits no wrongdoing and Law was never charged.
VICTOR WHITE III
REGINALD DOUCET JR.
Reginald Doucet Jr.
DANROY “DJ” HENRY JR.
Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr.
KARVAS GAMBLE JR.
Karvas Gamble Jr.
VICTOR DUFFY JR.
122. Victor Duffy Jr.
CLINTON R. ALLEN
Clinton R. Allen
MICHAEL LORENZO DEAN
Michael Lorenzo Dean
WILLIAM AUBREY MARTIN
William Aubrey Martin
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OSCAR GRANT III
Oscar Grant III
DOMINIQUE “REM’MIE FELLS
Dominique “Rem’mie Fells
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He leaves behind his only sister, Brittany, his mother, Carol and father, Sterling. He was the father of two young daughters, Eugenia 2.5 yrs and Ophelia 1.5 yrs.
Joel was full of life and was known for his infectious laugh and his ability to make you smile. HIs life blossomed when he became a father. His life was cut short due to police injustice. He will be remembered for the love he had for all.
“PRAY THEIR NAMES” Is A Compelling Visual Art Installation That Will Travel Between California Churches in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Location: First Congregational Church UCC, 252 West Spain St., Sonoma
July 18- August 14, 2020
Open sunrise to sunset. No admission. All are welcome.
For more information https://www.facebook.com/Pray-Their-Names-111352017313180
Creator bio: Rev. Katie Morrison is a Special Education teacher known to her extraordinary learners at Venetia Valley K-8 School as “Ms. Mo.” Her students learn about their beauty, worth and belonging under Katie’s loving tutelage. Before she was a teacher Katie traveled the nation, teaching churches about inclusion.
The vision for this installation comes out of a lifelong sense of solidarity with the pain and suffering endured by black and brown bodies. Katie hopes that this visual work will be a source of healing for all bodies, a unifying force to bring people together to meet in the pain and wrestle with the implications of institutionalized racism. “Once we acknowledge and face the wrong, we can begin to do what is right.”
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