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Las Vegas Office Charged in Choking Death of Unarmed Black Man

The usual …

An unarmed black man “behaving erratically” was tackled, beaten, tasered, and ultimate placed in a chokehold leading to his death by a white Las Vegas Police Officer.

Dashcam and body camera video showed the Officer’s actions to be extreme.

The Officer has now been charged with two crimes, each carrying a 4 year sentence.

Not sure how Tashi Farmer was supposed to comply with the Officer’s commands to turn over on his stomach while simultaneously being tased 7 times, and having an officer sitting on top of him beating him. It seems to fit a pattern of over the top Police reactions.

Las Vegas Officer Charged With Manslaughter In Chokehold Death Of Black Man

The charges carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

A white police officer in Las Vegas was arrested on Monday and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of a black man held in a chokehold for more than a minute, officials said.

Officer Kenneth Lopera was charged on the same day the Clark County Coroner’s Office ruled the May 14 death of Tashii Farmer, 40, near the Las Vegas Strip was a homicide due to police restraint.

Officer Kenneth Lopera

The coroner also found Farmer’s enlarged heart and methamphetamine intoxication were contributing factors.

The two charges of involuntary manslaughter and oppression under color of office brought against Lopera, which could each carry a maximum sentence of four years in prison if he is convicted, follow a number of deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of the police in the United States that have spawned protests and the Black Lives Matter movement.

“The charges are the result of the coroner’s findings along with evidence gathered from video surveillance, (police) body-worn cameras and witness statements,” Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo, who overseas the police department that employs Lopera, said at a news conference.

Farmer, who also went by the last name Brown, approached the officer on May 14 inside the Venetian Hotel, saying he believed people were chasing him, police have said. Farmer, who was sweating and looked panicked, then ran into a restricted area.

Lopera ran after Farmer, catching up to him outside the hotel where he tried to arrest Farmer, police have said.

With hotel security guards helping him, the officer used a Taser in an unsuccessful attempt to stun Farmer into submission and later held him in a chokehold, according to police.

After Lopera released Farmer from the chokehold, Farmer was no longer breathing. Paramedics rushed him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lopera, who has been placed on unpaid leave, was arrested and booked into jail on Monday. The Las Vegas Police Protective Association paid $6,000 to have him released on bail, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, citing the police union’s president, Steve Grammas.

“We will be representing the officer to the fullest extent that we can,” Grammas told the newspaper.

Grammas could not be reached for comment late on Monday.

Lopera tried to arrest Farmer because the officer believed Farmer was trying to hijack a truck, but investigators later concluded Farmer would not have been charged with a crime for his actions had he lived, police have said.

 
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Posted by on June 6, 2017 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Philando Castile Murderer Cop Charged

Charging and convicting in this country are two different things  – particularly if the murderer is a cop. Just look at the Walter Scott case. Although the officer’s race makes a difference in whether he will ultimately be convicted – look at the NYC case of Akai Gurley being murdered by Peter Liang.

Minnesota police officer charged with second-degreee manslaughter for shooting Philando Castile

A Minnesota police officer has been charged with second-degree manslaughter in the killing of a black man in a St. Paul suburb.

Prosecutors announced the charge against St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez on Wednesday.

Yanez fatally shot 32-year-old Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop in Falcon Heights. The shooting’s gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, who was with him. She said Castile was shot while reaching for his ID after telling Yanez he had a gun permit and was armed.

Yanez is Latino. Castile was black.

Family members claim Castile was racially profiled. Yanez’s attorney has said the officer made the stop because Castile looked like a possible match for an armed robbery suspect, and Yanez reacted to the presence of a gun.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Killer Finally Charged in McNight Murder

Some odd “justice” there in Louisiana in terms of the relwase of the accused and the charges against him. Oddly, I know the sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Newell Normand. He is a bit on the excitable side, but is a good Cop who will dig for the facts relentlessly.

However I do think the murderer, Ronald Gasser is getting off lightly with a manslaughter charge, instead of murder – especially with his past history of violence.I am hoping the District Attorney for the Parish pursues a First Degree Murder charge.

 

Joe McKnight shooting: Man charged after ex-NFL player’s death

Ronald Gasser (Source: JPSO)The man who fatally shot ex-NFL player Joe McKnight has been arrested and jailed on a charge of manslaughter.

Ronald Gasser, 54, was arrested late Monday, after initially being released last week without charges pending further investigation, jail records show.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand  has said Thursday’s shooting was the result of an apparent road-rage incident.

Gasser shot McKnight three times from inside his car while McKnight stood outside and then gave his handgun to deputies when they arrived at the scene soon afterward, Normand said. Authorities said no weapon was found on or near McKnight’s body.

In an interview with CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan, members of McKnight’s family said that they were not upset by the fact that Gasser was not immediately charged, but by the fact that that their loved one will never come home again

Johanna and Jonathan McKnight want justice for their brother, and said they are willing to wait.

“We don’t want anything to be rushed to judgment. We just want it to be taken care of the right way,” Johanna McKnight said.

A report issued by the sheriff’s office said he was involved in a previous incident at the same intersection in February 2006. Gasser got into a “verbal altercation” with another driver, then followed the driver into a service station and “began to strike him with a closed fist,” according to the sheriff’s office. A charge of simple battery was later dismissed.

“What would you say to a community that’s outraged?” Duncan asked Johanna and Jonathan McKnight.

“I would tell them like I tell people here. You can be outraged but you can do it within yourself,” Johanna McKnight said. “Just do it in a peaceful manner because that’s not what my brother stood for, that’s not what we stand for.”

McKnight played three seasons for the New York Jets and one with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Jets held a moment of silence Monday night before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium to honor the former running back.

McKnight was rated the nation’s No. 1 running back recruit when he came out of Louisiana in 2006 and signed with the University of Southern California. He was a fourth-round draft pick of the Jets in 2010 and played three seasons for New York. He spent a season with Kansas City, and most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League.

McKnight had a 107-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in 2011, and it remains the longest play in Jets history.

 
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Posted by on December 6, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Philando Castile Cop Murderer Charged With Manslaughter

Not that I have a lot of faith that the system will actually produce a successful prosecution…But…

Minn. Police Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Is Charged With Manslaughter

The police officer The Driving Life And Death Of Philando Castile who shot and killed Philando Castile in a St. Paul, Minn., suburb in July has been charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said the use of force by St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was not justified. A review of dashboard camera video revealed that “no reasonable officer” would have used deadly force in this circumstance, Choi said.

“Philando Castile was not resisting or fleeing,” Choi added at a press conference Wednesday. “There was absolutely no criminal intent exhibited by him throughout this encounter… he was respectful and complaint … he volunteered in good faith that he had a fire arm beyond what the law requires.”

Castile, a beloved school cafeteria manager, was shot and killed by Yanez during a routine traffic stop. The shooting unleashed days of violent protests in Minnesota.

An NPR review of court records showed that Castile, a 32-year-old black man, had been stopped 46 times before by police.

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Tulsa Cop Who Shot Terrence Crutcher Charged With Manslaughter and Arrested

Wow! That was quick.

Tulsa officer who fatally shot Terence Crutcher charged with first-degree manslaughter

The white Tulsa, Okla., police officer captured on video fatally shooting an unarmed black man on a city street will face first-degree manslaughter charges, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced at a news conference.

The prosecutor filed the charges against officer Betty Shelby on Thursday, a full six days after multiple cameras showed her shooting 40-year-old Terence Crutcher as he stood beside his  stalled sport-utility vehicle. Moments earlier, cameras had captured Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his hands in the air.

“The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Mr. Crutcher are on the hearts and minds of many people in this community,” he said, according to NBC affiliate KJRH. “It’s important to note that despite the heightened tensions felt by all, which seemingly beg for an emotional response and reaction, our community has consistently demonstrated the willingness to respect the judicial process.”

“I do not know why things happen in this world the way they do,” Kunzweiler added. “We need to pray for wisdom and guidance.”

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin released a statement saying she hopes the charges provide “some peace to the Crutcher family and the people of Tulsa.” The statement also urges the public to remain patient and remember that officer Shelby is innocent until proven guilty.

“No matter how you feel about the prosecutors’ decision in this case, I hope Oklahomans will respect the views of your friends and neighbors because we still have to live peacefully together as we try to make sense of the circumstances that led to Mr. Crutcher’s death,” the statement added.

Video shows Crutcher walking toward his vehicle with his hands above his head while several officers follow closely behind him with weapons raised. He lingers at his vehicle’s driver’s side window, his body facing the SUV, before slumping to the ground a second later.

“Shots fired!” a female voice can be heard yelling.

Tulsa police say Crutcher did not have a gun on him or in his vehicle.

After Crutcher is hit, footage shows his limp body lying on the roadway beside his vehicle. Officers appear to wait more than 2½ minutes before approaching Crutcher while he bleeds in the street.

The footage does not offer a clear view of when Shelby fired the single shot that killed Crutcher. Her attorney has said Crutcher was not following police commands and that Shelby opened fire when the man began to reach into his SUV window.

Shelby’s attorney, Scott Wood, told the Tulsa World that Shelby opened fire and another officer used a stun gun when Crutcher’s “left hand goes through the car window.”

Wood told told the Tulsa World earlier in the week that when his client arrived at the scene, several minutes before the camera footage begins, she found Crutcher’s vehicle in the middle of the road with the engine on and the doors open. Shelby, he said, wasn’t “really sure what [was] going on,” Wood said.

Shelby thought Crutcher was behaving like someone under the possible influence of PCP, Wood told the World, noting that Crutcher ignored the officer’s commands to stop reaching into his pockets. Shelby feared Crutcher might have a gun in his pocket, because people carrying weapons repeatedly touch their pockets to confirm the weapon is still there, Wood added.

Shelby, he said, had already checked the driver’s side of the SUV when Crutcher approached her from the east. At that point, the attorney said, a backup officer arrived and drew his stun gun. Wood said the stun gun and service weapon were fired simultaneously.

Police told the Associated Press that Shelby had a stun gun but did not use it.

A warrant has been issued for Shelby’s arrest, Kunzweiler said Thursday, and arrangements were being made with her lawyer for her surrender to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Department. Shelby, who was hired in 2011, had been placed on administrative leave with pay.

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Pretend Cop Gets Manslaughter In Eric Harris Murder

Some justice served here, even if it wasn’t what he should have gotten for a sentence…

Tulsa pay-to-play reserve deputy Robert Bates found guilty of manslaughter

Tulsa County reserve sheriff's deputy Robert Bates appears on NBC's 'Today Show' on April 17, 2015.

Tulsa Rooter Tooter Pretend Cop, Robert Bates

The Oklahoma volunteer reserve deputy who fatally shot an unarmed suspect being subdued by regular deputies last year was found guilty of manslaughter on Wednesday by a jury that recommended he serve the maximum of four years in prison.

Prosecutors told jurors that Robert Bates, 74, an insurance executive who volunteered as a reserve sheriff’s deputy, deserved to be sent to prison for thrusting himself into the situation when there were several qualified deputies on the scene who could subdue the man.

It took the jury about three hours to reach a verdict.

Lawyers for Bates contended that he mistakenly thought he had a Taser in hand when he shot Eric Harris, 44, not realizing he had a pistol.

Bates is white and Harris was African-American. The shooting, captured on video, was one in a series that raised questions of racial bias in U.S. policing.

Harris was fleeing from deputies last April in Tulsa during a sting targeting illegal gun sales.

“You can expect human error,” defense lawyer Clark Brewster told the all-white jury. “It is not a mistake one goes to prison over.”

Prosecutor Kevin Gray told jurors in closing arguments that Bates made the decision to leave his car, join the deputies and draw a weapon on Harris, who was on the ground.

“People make mistakes all the time, but to equate the shooting of Eric Harris with that is absurd,” he said.

In a video seen previously in the media and played in court at the start of the trial a week ago, a Tulsa County deputy subdues Harris and a voice identified as Bates’ says, “Taser, Taser.”

A gunshot is then heard. A man Oklahoma authorities identified as Bates is heard saying “Oh, I shot him. I’m sorry.”

Harris is heard screaming, “He shot me. Oh my God.”

A deputy replies, telling Harris to “shut up,” and shouts a profanity at him.

Harris, who said in the video he was having trouble breathing, later died at a Tulsa hospital.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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NYPD Cop Found Guilty in Akai Gurley Murder

The NYC Prosecutors finally convict a cop…Of course the convicted cop is a minority, which unfortunately may have something to do with the willingness to prosecute.

A Guilty Verdict in the Akai Gurley Case

A Brooklyn jury convicts Officer Peter Liang of manslaughter and official misconduct in the 2014 shooting.

A New York jury found an officer guilty on Thursday for the 2014 shooting and death of Akai Gurley, an unarmed black man killed in the stairwell of a Brooklyn apartment building.

The Brooklyn Supreme Court found Officer Peter Liang guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct, for shooting, then failing to help Gurley after he lay dying. Liang had faced five counts in all, including assault, reckless endangerment, and criminal negligent homicide.

The trial went to jury Tuesday. At closing arguments, Liang’s lawyers asked the judge to declare a mistrial, saying the prosecution made an “inflammatory and inappropriate” argument when they said Liang intentionally shot Gurley.

He chose to point his gun,” said the prosecutor, Joseph Alexis. “He chose to put his finger on the trigger, to fire the gun.”

“What happened here is a tragedy,” argued Rae Koshetz, one of Liang’s attorneys. “It’s a terrible tragedy, but it’s not a crime.”

Liang shot Gurley, a 28-year-old father of two in a dark hallway of a public-housing building. The rookie officer and his parter were on a routine patrol of the Louis H. Pink Houses when they opened a door to the stairwell on the eighth floor. With the lights out, Liang unholstered his 9mm Glock handgun and held a flashlight. When he walked into the stairwell, Liang told jurors he heard a “quick” sound that startled him, “and the gun just went off after I tensed up.”

The defense had argued that unholstering the gun––despite no obvious threat––fell in line with protocol, because the building was known to be dangerous. They said as he entered, Liang held his finger off the trigger, just as he was supposed to.

Liang’s willingness to walk around a public-housing building with a drawn weapon raised the issue of reasonable force––something that has played out across the nation and has gained increasing attention amid the shootings by police of unarmed black men and women. In this case, the prosecution argued that Liang’s decision to to unholster his gun was “reckless and deadly choice.”

Just before Liang fired, Gurley and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, had walked into the stairwell one floor below. The elevator was out. As Liang’s gun fired, the bullet hit Gurley in the chest.

Liang said he wasn’t immediately aware of this. Not yet. While Butler screamed and ran to find help and a phone, Liang and his partner, Shaun Landau, walked back into the hallway they’d come from and debated who would call in to report that Liang had fired his gun. It was only after Liang went to search for his bullet that he heard someone crying, he said. It was then he he realized what had happened.

But even then, neither Liang nor Landau tried to save Gurley. Instead, the prosecution said Liang worried “whether his mistake would cost him his job,” asThe New York Times wrote

Liang will be sentenced on April 14. He faces 15 years in prison.

 
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Posted by on February 12, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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