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Another Chicago Police Shooting Video – Another Victim

Not sure the dam has broken yet, but Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been pushed into releasing yet another dashcam video of another questionable Chicago Police shooting of an unarmed man, and planting evidence.

Emanuel: City will support release of video of another fatal police shooting

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the city will drop its fight against the release of a police dashboard camera video depicting a Chicago police officer fatally shooting a man in the back on the city’s South Side.

For more than a year, lawyers for Ronald Johnson III’s family have battled city lawyers over the release of the video of Johnson’s October 2014 shooting, which bore striking similarities to the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a different police officer eight days later.

Police have said Officer George Hernandez opened fire only after Johnson pointed a gun at him during a foot chase. Just as it had in McDonald’s shooting, the city argued in court filings that releasing the video would inflame the public and jeopardize the officer’s right to a fair trial if he was charged later, court records show.

But on Thursday, after a week of mounting pressure for transparency following the release of the video showing McDonald’s shooting, Emanuel told reporters he would drop his opposition to making the Johnson video public.

“Yeah, we will do that next week,” Emanuel said when asked about the video at an unrelated news conference.

It was unclear when or how the city planned to make the video public. A Cook County judge is set to hear arguments next Thursday in a lawsuit the family filed seeking the video’s release under the state’s open records laws.

Attorney Michael Oppenheimer, who represents Johnson’s mother, Dorothy Holmes, said at a news conference he was “not surprised” at the city’s about-face, saying it was a step in the right direction but one that would not negate 14 months of what he alleged is a police cover-up that he says included planting a gun in Johnson’s hand to justify the shooting.

“It is a small step in terms of justice for Dorothy Holmes and her family and her son, but there is a long way to go,” Oppenheimer said. “The lies from the police department still persist.”

Asked if the video would shock the public as deeply as the footage of McDonald being shot 16 times, Oppenheimer said he was uncomfortable comparing them.

“This is not a Hollywood production. It’s not whether one movie is better than Batman Part II,” he said. “This is the brutal execution of two young African-American men who did not deserve to be shot.”

The details about Johnson’s killing have emerged amid continued fallout over the handling of the McDonald case. After the dash-cam video of McDonald’s killing by Officer Jason Van Dyke was made public Nov. 24, protests have captured national attention and put increasing political pressure on Emanuel to make wholesale changes to the Police Department.

On Tuesday, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez revealed for the first time that her office is investigating possible criminal charges in Johnson’s case.

On the night he was killed, Johnson, 25, was in a car with friends when the vehicle’s back window was shot out by an unidentified gunman. Chicago police have said that Johnson, a known gang member, resisted arrest when officers responded to the call of shots fired and then ran.

During the chase, Hernandez, at the time a tactical officer in the Wentworth Police District, pulled up in an unmarked squad car and jumped out with his gun drawn, Oppenheimer said. The video, which Oppenheimer said he has seen many times, shows that within two seconds of getting out of his car, Hernandez fired five times at Johnson as he was still running away, striking him in the back of the knee and again in the back of the shoulder.

Autopsy results obtained by the Tribune show the fatal shot traveled through Johnson’s shoulder, severed his jugular vein and exited his eye socket.

Oppenheimer said the squad car from which the scene was recorded began to move shortly after Johnson collapsed in the parkway, so the officers’ actions in the immediate aftermath were not captured. Police reported that night they found a pistol in Johnson’s right hand — a gun that Oppenheimer described as “old and rusty” and completely absent from the video footage.

“There was nothing in his hand, not a gun, a cellphone, a bottle of water — nothing,” he said.

The video was first turned over as part of a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by Johnson’s mother a few weeks after the shooting. With that case pending, U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang granted a request by the city for a protective order barring the release of the footage and other sensitive information, records show…

 
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Posted by on December 4, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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Cops Caught on Camera Deleting VIdeo Evidence in Laquan McDonald Murder

Caught red handed. Yet another cover-up.

Cops didn’t know this camera caught them deleting video of the murder of Laquan McDonald

Accused of deleting the surveillance video of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald’s death, several officers appeared in recently released screenshots tampering with Burger King’s computers before the footage mysteriously disappeared. Although 86 minutes of the surveillance video have gone missing, including the moment that McDonald was gunned down, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez claims no one tampered with the footage.

Surrounded by officers and suspected of breaking into cars on October 20, 2014, Laquan McDonald, 17, was attempting to walk away from a group of Chicago cops when Officer Jason Van Dyke exited his patrol car. According to initial reports, McDonald was armed with a knife and lunged at Officer Van Dyke. Fearing for his life and the lives of his fellow officers, Van Dyke shot the teen in the chest out of self-defense.

But according to witness statements and police dashcam video, McDonald was walking away when Van Dyke opened fire. After McDonald had collapsed to the ground in a near-fetal position, Van Dyke continued firing his weapon until emptying his clip. As Van Dyke began reloading his gun, a fellow officer had to order him to cease firing at the dying teen….More Here

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Chicago Cop Who Murdered Laquan McDonald to be Charged

Another Killer Cop in Chicago looks like he is headed to trial for the killing of a 17 year old black kid.

Coroner’s Report shows the 16 shots which hit Laquan McDonald in the front and back, when he was on the ground by Officer Jason Van Dyke

 

Reports: Chicago police officer to be charged with murder of black teen shot 16 times

A white Chicago police officer is expected to be charged with murder in the 2014 shooting death of an African American teenager caught on dash-cam video, sources close to the investigation told the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times Monday night.

Unnamed officials told the news organizations that Officer Jason Van Dyke is expected to appear at a bond hearing at noon Tuesday at which time he is also expected to be charged with murder. His lawyer has said that the officer’s actions were lawful.

“He believed in his heart of hearts that he was in fear for his life…he was concerned about the lives of [other] police officers,” Daniel Herbert told reporters last week.

If Van Dyke is indicted, the case will mark the first time a Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality in 35 years, according to the Tribune.

These reports come just a week after a judge ruled that the footage of the shooting must be released to the public by Wednesday.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration has been accused of withholding incriminating evidence over the course of a 13-month investigation into the incident.

Like so many deaths at the hands of police, Laquan McDonald’s seemed at first destined to be mired in an unending he-said, she-said.

The Chicago Police Department initially stated that McDonald, a 17-year-old African American, “lunged” at officers with a knife in a Burger King parking lot. The department’s longtime spokesperson, Pat Camden, said at the scene that McDonald posed “a very serious threat,” leaving one officer no choice but to lodge a fatal bullet into the teenager’s chest.

Reporters and a few witnesses were skeptical of this account, especially after the Cook County Medical Examiner announced that McDonald in fact had “multiple” gunshot wounds. An autopsy later revealed that McDonald had been shot 16 times, in different places all over his body.

Jamie Kalven, the freelance journalist who first obtained the autopsy through a Freedom of Information Act request, called these details “the silent testimony of Laquan McDonald’s corpse.”

Gunshot wound of the left scalp. Gunshot wound of the neck. Gunshot wound of the right upper leg. And so on.

At least two bullets appeared to have gone through McDonald’s back.

The medical examiner described a “well-developed, well-nourished” young man with dreadlocks and several tattoos. One on the right arm read “Quan”; another on his right hand read “Good Son”; a last on the other hand depicted a pair of dice accompanied by the catchphrase “YOLO,” short for “You Only Live Once.”…Read the Rest of this developing story here

 
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Posted by on November 24, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, The New Jim Crow

 

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Ready for a Riot – Cop Shoots Black Teen 16 times In the Back

This Cop murder is so bad, the Police Department is afraid to release the Dash Cam video for fear of inciting riots and violence. This is in Chicago, where over the last few years the murder rate has hit record numbers.

Judge Orders Chicago Police To Release Graphic Video Of Officer Shooting Teen 16 Times

The Chicago Police must release a hotly contested video showing a white officer repeatedly shooting a black teen, a judge ordered on Thursday.

The dash cam footage showing the killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in October 2014 has been described as so graphic that the teen’s mother feared its release could trigger racial unrest like what happened in Ferguson, Missouri, and Baltimore after officers killed unarmed black men in those cities.

A city lawyer even said the video was a factor in the unusual decision by the city to approve a $5 million payment to McDonald’s family before his relatives had even filed a lawsuit.

While Michael Brown in Ferguson and Freddie Gray in Baltimore were both unarmed, McDonald had a 4-inch knife. Officials have claimed that he acted erratically and disobeyed orders to drop the weapon when confronted by police in the Archer Heights neighborhood.

The police union has said that an officer shot McDonald out of fear for his life after the teen allegedly lunged at him with the knife. But even the city’s attorney has said McDonald waswalking away when he was shot. The officer shot the teen after he fell to the ground, according to McDonald’s family.

An autopsy found that McDonald had been shot 16 times and had the drug PCP in his system.

Cook County Judge Franklin Valderrama ordered police to divulge the video by Nov. 25, according to NBC Chicago. Although initially expected to appeal the decision, the cityannounced later Wednesday it would comply with the judge’s order and release the video next week.

The officer, who has not been officially identified, has not been charged with a crime. He’s restricted to desk duty while the shooting gets reviewed. A grand jury’s decision on whether to indict him could come as early as next week.

Media outlets like the Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune had filed various requests to pry the footage from the police department. Police and city officials including Mayor Rahm Emanuel had refused to share it, citing an ongoing federal investigation into the shooting and concern that airing it would impede a fair trial later.

But on Wednesday, state Attorney General Lisa Madigan separately ruled against them, saying they had not adequately explained how the footage would undermine a potential fair trial.

 

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter

 

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Men in White

A fun one from some US Navy Academy Middies…”Naptown” in this case is Annapolis, Maryland – which is home to the US Naval Academy. These guys (and women) are dressed up in the Summer whites, and are a common sight around Annapolis when class is out. Have family and extended family who have attended and graduated both the Navy and Air Force Academies now, so I guess the only thing I have to remember sitting in the stands or watching on TV at a family gathering is “Beat Army!”

 
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Posted by on November 3, 2015 in The Post-Racial Life

 

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Student Who Filmed School Cop Attack Also Arrested

Unbelievable…

SC student arrested for recording school cop’s violent assault on classmate sitting in her desk

A South Carolina high school student who witnessed her classmate being physically abused by a school resource officer was arrested and held on $1,000 for filming the incident.

Niya Kenny, 18, told WLTX she was shocked and disturbed when she saw Officer Ben Fields flipping her female classmate out of her desk and pinning her to the ground for refusing to leave class.

“I was screaming ‘What the f, what the f is this really happening?’ I was praying out loud for the girl,” Kenny told WLTX. “I just couldn’t believe this was happening I was just crying and he said, since you have so much to say you are coming too. I just put my hands behind my back.”

The video, posted Monday by New York Daily News writer Shaun King, shows Fields wrapping his arms around the neck of the pony-tailed girl. He then flips her desk over backwards and throws her onto the ground, saying “put your hands behind your back.”

Kenny said her classmate is only about 5’6″ and said she never saw anything like it before.

“A man used that much force on a little girl, a big man, like 300 pounds of full muscle,” Kenny told the station. “I was like no way, no way, you can’t do that to no little girl.”

Her classmate wasn’t participating in math class at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, and was asked to leave by the teacher. The girl refused, so the teacher called an administrator, who called Fields.

Kenny’s mom, Doris Kenny, said her daughter was just standing up for the girl and said Field’s actions were excessive.

Niya Kenny was charged with “disturbing school,” which her mother questions.

“Who was really disturbing the school?” Doris Kenny asked. “Was it my daughter or the officer who came in to the classroom and did that to the young girl?”

Update – The girl who was slammed around suffered multiple injuries, and had just lost her Mom, and was placed in Foster care.

Black teen attacked by school cop has multiple injuries — and is an orphan who recently lost her mother

…Rutherford told the New York Daily News that the teen recently lost her mother and is living in a foster home. The teen’s foster mother said the girl was “devastated and emotionally traumatized by all that has happened to her,” according to the Daily News.

Rutherford said that lawmakers must tighten up restrictions on use of force by school resources officers such as Fields — who students say was “known for slamming”pregnant women and teenage girls to the ground.

“The legislature needs to take action, and make sure our students are not the targets of rogue police officers called ‘Officer Slam’ who are going to walk in and brutalize them at a moment’s notice,” Rutherford said.

Rutherford, who serves as the Democratic Minority Leader of the South Carolina House of Representatives, also plans to represent 18-year-old Niya Kenny — who was also arrested for “disturbing school” while video recording the violent attack on her classmate.

“We passed that law several years ago, and when we did arrests of students shot through the roof,” Rutherford told the TV station. “They were getting arrested for everything because it meets with the statute. The statute is unconstitutionally broad, and everyone knows it.”

The lawmaker said he was shocked by the deputy’s actions — which he said were completely unjustified.

“I had no words because that was something that simply should not happen,” Rutherford said. “It was a classroom. We’re not talking about a roadside setting where you’re worried about the safety of an officer, we’re not talking about any setting where the officer’s safety is in jeopardy and he needs to make sure he controls the situation. It was a classroom.”

He said school resource officers are placed in schools to protect students from outsiders and threats involving guns or knives — and not to punish students for showing disrespect…

 
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Posted by on October 27, 2015 in BlackLivesMatter, Domestic terrorism

 

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Adele Releases First Album in 5 Years

Like her or not, Adele has a powerful, beautiful voice…She continues with a new Album, “25”, with this first release “Hello – From the Other Side”.

No question this album will top the charts.

 

Adele Debuts Glorious New Music Video For ‘Hello’

“Hello,” Adele!

Just days after she announced her widely anticipated return, Adele dropped a new music video for “Hello,” the first single off her upcoming record, “25.”

The 27-year-old Brit hasn’t released an album in more than four years. Her last age-themed record, “21,” earned her six Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year, in 2012. The soulstress also won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Original Song for the title song for the 007 flick “Skyfall.”

“25” will be released on Nov. 20. You can find the entire track list here.

 
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Posted by on October 23, 2015 in Music, From Way Back When to Now

 

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