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A Suspect is Allegedly Fatally Shot by Police Officers in Fort Worth, Texas

Posted on February 16th, 2018

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On Wednesday afternoon, February 14, 2018, an alleged armed suspect was allegedly fatally shot by Fort Worth, Texas, police officers during a traffic stop. According to Chris Bitt, Fort Worth Police Sergeant, the deadly shooting occurred in the Presidio Junction Shopping Center on North Tarrant Parkway at about 3 p.m. Prior to the traffic stop, police were called to a business on Fossil Bluff Drive with regard to a domestic dispute. Britt said an ex-boyfriend of one of the employees had a weapon and threatened her with it.

When police arrived on the scene, they were able to identify the suspect, a white adult male, who drove off in a red Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck. Police officers followed him in pursuit. The suspect turned in a shopping center parking lot, got out of his vehicle, and started to walk toward the four police officers who wanted to engage in conversation with him, Britt said. The suspect was commanded by the officers to stop, but the man, who had displayed a handgun, continued to walk toward the officers. Britt said officers opened fire and struck the suspect at a point when they feared for their lives.

The officers began first aid on the suspect, and he was transported by ambulance to John Peter Smith Hospital. An 18-year-old witness at a nearby drive-through restaurant said that she saw the alleged fatal police shooting incident unfold. She said it was frightening, especially because it felt that she was the only other person at the scene. She said it appeared the suspect refused to obey police commands. She also said that she saw the suspect walk very fast toward the officers and pull out his handgun.

All of the police officers were wearing body cameras, but it has not been verified whether any video footage captured the alleged shooting incident. The four officers involved have been placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure. The shooting is under investigation by the Major Case unit at the Fort Worth Police Department. The Texas Rangers will also conduct an investigation, which is also routine procedure after alleged fatal police shootings.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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Amarillo, Texas, Police Allegedly Shoot a Man Who Disarmed a Suspect in a Hostage Situation

Posted on February 15th, 2018

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On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, officers with the Amarillo Police Department received an emergency call that approximately 100 people were being held at a local church in a hostage situation. When the officers entered the chapel, they opened fire at a man seen holding a gun. It turned out, however, that the man with the gun had just disarmed the suspect. The man who was allegedly shot was identified as a bystander who took away the suspect’s firearm. The injured man was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance. According to police, the man’s injuries are not life-threatening. The 35-year-old suspect was taken into custody. No one else at the scene was hurt.

It is standard procedure that when an officer fires a weapon, the officer is placed in an administrative capacity while an investigation into the incident is conducted. The actions of police officers are evaluated. Sometimes, it is determined that an officer acted outside the realm of proper procedure. Not only do officers sometimes lose their jobs in such instances but sometimes they are charged with crimes.

An example of a controversial shooting occurred on July 23, 2017, in Southaven, Mississippi. Police officers went to the wrong address as they were searching for a suspect in an assault case. A man who lived at the wrong address ended up allegedly being fatally shot in the back of the head by police as the officers tried to gain entrance. The incident stirred a great deal of public outrage. As the family has continued to seek answers, the latest news came out in December 2017, only to say that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is still ongoing. The names of the officers involved were never released to the public.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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As Reports of Continued Problems at the New Orleans, Louisiana Jail Multiply, the Director Quits

Posted on February 14th, 2018

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On Monday, January 29, 2018, the Director appointed to address problems at the New Orleans Jail in New Orleans, Louisiana, quit. There was a status hearing that day, in which a litany of problems was discussed. The director began work in October 2016. A lawsuit had been filed over conditions at the jail, resulting in a 2012 jail compliance agreement. The jail moved to a new location in 2015, but the location itself seemed to have nothing to do with the activities at the jail. Suicide attempts and prisoner violence continued at the new facility. Shortly after the new director was hired, in 2016, a 15-year-old succeeded in committing suicide by hanging; and another suicide occurred a few months later.

Among the problems that are recognized at the New Orleans jail are: Prisoner suicides, fights between prisoners, drug overdoses, other smuggled contraband, inadequate staffing, poor training, and a lack of written policies. Mental healthcare is also inadequate, particularly for women prisoners.  Margo Frasier is a court-appointed monitor of the situation and former Texas sheriff. At the hearing about jail conditions, she said she smelled marijuana smoke during a weekend jail visit. She said that on 10 occasions in recent months, Narcan had been used in the treatment of opioid overdoses. On three of those occasions, a prisoner died from an overdose.

Dr. Raymond Patterson, a court-appointed expert, testified at the hearing that, due to inadequate supervision, prisoners frequently manage to secure sharp objects and other items that can be used in suicide attempts.

At the hearing, Frasier insisted that the problems can all be fixed. However, there are growing concerns as problems continue to mount.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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Man Dies in Frio County, Texas After Interaction with Pearsall Police Department

Posted on February 14th, 2018

Roberto Elizondo passed away on January 14, 2018 after an encounter with the Pearsall Police Department in Frio County, Texas.  Information we post here was obtained from a custodial death report filed by that police department with the Attorney General of Texas.  We make no allegations of any wrongdoing but are simply providing information.

Police received a telephone call about Mr. Elizondo, who was 57 years of age at the time, on January 13, 2018.  When police arrived, they observed Mr. Elizondo standing on the front porch of a residence.  Mr. Elizondo clearly had mental health issues, yelling about an invisible dog attacking him and about officers pouring gasoline on him (which was not occurring).  Ultimately, officers decided to take Mr. Elizondo in custody for an emergency mental health detention.  After doing so, at some point, Mr. Elizondo became non-responsive.  He passed away the following day at University Hospital.

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In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 3 Jail Staffers are Charged in a Prisoner’s Dehydration Death

Posted on February 13th, 2018

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On February 12, 2018, three staffers with Milwaukee County Jail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were charged with alleged crimes for their alleged roles in the April 24, 2016, death of 38-year-old prisoner Terrill Thomas. Thomas died in his cell from dehydration, and his death was ruled a homicide. An investigation into his death led to a Milwaukee County jury unanimously recommending that seven jail staffers be charged with crimes in connection with Thomas’ death. Two of the three staffers charged with crimes are accused of felony neglect of a resident of a penal facility, which is punishable by up to 3 ½ years in prison. The third jail staffer has been charged with obstructing an officer and misconduct/office-act/inconsistent duty, which is punishable for a total of up to 4 years in prison. This individual allegedly failed to preserve surveillance video which showed the water to the cell being cut off and also allegedly lied about what the missing footage showed.

Investigators discovered that the water to Thomas’ cell was intentionally cut off as punishment, after he had flooded his mattress with water. Thomas went a week with no water before dying of dehydration.

Investigators also say they found evidence that two other prisoners at the jail were deprived of water as a punishment. One of those occasions happened a week after the custodial death of Thomas.

Individuals who are incarcerated have civil rights. In Texas, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) monitors county jails and other facilities in which prisoners are detained. Jail staffers can be held accountable for criminal acts against prisoners in Texas, too.

As with every post on this website, we are only providing information in this post and do not make any allegation or assertion that anyone acted inappropriately or engaged in misconduct.

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