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This website is maintained by the Law Offices of Dean Malone, P.C., a Dallas, Texas law firm representing people across Texas for police misconduct injury cases. We have attempted to provide useful information for those harmed by police miscponduct.

The Death of Stormye Murphey in Denton County Jail in Texas is Ruled a Suicide

Posted on August 22nd, 2017

When it was originally announced that 30-year-old Stormye Murphey died in the Denton County, Texas, Jail, details of her death were excluded. News has since been released that the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Murphey’s death a suicide with the cause being asphyxia by hanging.

Murphey had been in Denton County Jail for less than three days when a deputy discovered that she was unresponsive in her cell. The Denton County Sheriff’s office (DCSO) records show that she was admitted to jail on Sunday, August 13, 2017, after first being transported to Medical City Denton as a result of a “medical episode.” The DSCO did not provide any details regarding the brief hospital stay. Within hours, Murphey was released and placed in the jail’s medical unit. She did not have a cellmate. The purpose of her being in the medical unit was to have her medical condition monitored, according to Denton County Sheriff Tracy Murphree.

New legislation called the Sandra Bland Act has been put in place which is designed to help prevent jail suicides. The law was named after Sandra Bland, who famously had a video-taped confrontation with a law enforcement officer after being pulled over for not using her blinker. She was arrested for an alleged altercation with the deputy and then was found dead in her cell from hanging three days later. The death was ruled a suicide and became a nationwide rallying cry against racial profiling. The legislation passed in her memory makes sure more help is available for people who are at risk due to suicidal thoughts or other forms of mental illness.

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19-year-old Jonathan Wilson Dies in a Waxahachie, Texas Jail

Posted on August 21st, 2017

English: The darkly gothic Ellis County Courth...

English: The darkly gothic Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie is considered by some to be among the best in the state. Photo by Danny Burton, 07/15/07. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An inmate in the Wayne McCollum Detention Center in Waxahachie, Texas, died on Saturday morning, August 19, 2017. Jonathan Wilson was 19 years old, and Ellis County Sheriff Chuck Edge confirmed that he died during his incarceration. No official statements have been made with regard to Wilson’s death. The family made a statement and expressed their belief that he may have suffered from cardiac arrest. Arrest reports to show why the teen was incarcerated have not been provided.

Edge said the Dallas County Medical Examiner will conduct an autopsy and a cause of death is still unknown. He also said the Texas Rangers are conducting an investigation.

Sheriff Edge also said an additional internal investigation will be done, to determine whether a change in policies and procedures is needed and to see whether anything was done incorrectly.

Edge said that employees that were directly associated in some way with the incident could potentially be temporarily reassigned while the investigation continues. No one had been fired, suspended, or placed on leave as of the afternoon of the custodial death.

A report released a year ago showed that nearly 7,000 individuals died in a 10-year period either while in police custody or while incarcerated in a Texas jail. Almost 2,000 of them had not been found guilty of a crime.

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Protestors and Family Members of a Man Killed in an Alleged Police Shooting in Waco, Texas, Demand Justice

Posted on August 21st, 2017

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English: I took photo with Canon camera in Waco, TX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A lack of video footage of the alleged police shooting of Kerry Bradley in Waco, Texas, on August 1, 2017 is resulting in public demonstrations and demands for justice. The Waco Police department has not released any official police footage of the incident. Officers had arrived at the Waco location in unmarked vehicles that are not equipped with cameras, and the purpose was to arrest Bradley on alleged drug charges. Police claim that Bradley, an African American, was trying to escape and ran over a detective. His GMC Yukon became lodged on top of Officer William Graeber. Police also say they did not fire their weapons at Bradley until Graeber had been hit by the vehicle. Bradley was killed in the alleged police shooting and Graeber suffered critical injuries.

Family members and protesters have been accusing the police officers of causing the accident by first shooting Bradley, who allegedly then lost control of his vehicle and struck the officer. There are claims that footage exists to prove this narrative, but it has not come forward and the Waco police haven’t seen any.

On Tuesday, August 15, a Waco City Council meeting was disrupted and then shut down as a result of loud chants of protestors demanding justice for Bradley.

Police cameras are widely used, but they are not on all Waco police vehicles. Police Chief Ryan Holt said he doesn’t want to make comments on the case at this time because it is still under investigation by Texas Rangers. His answer suggests that no official footage exists. He said officers will soon have body-worn cameras and it’s unnecessary to equip every unmarked police car with a video camera.

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Police Shooting Attorney – Yoakum County Jail in Plains, Texas, is Cited for 10 Alleged Violations of Jail Standards

Posted on August 18th, 2017

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English: Sarpy County jail in ; seen from the southeast. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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In Point Blank, Texas, a San Jacinto County Deputy is Involved in his Third Police Shooting since March 2016

Posted on August 17th, 2017

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In Point Blank, Texas, at about 11:24 pm on August 6, 2017, a deputy with the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office was allegedly involved in a shooting. A 48-year-old male Caucasian and Point Blank resident, Vance Chastean May, was shot in the shoulder and has been recovering. The shooting happened on Highway 190 in the 6800 block. An investigation into the shooting is ongoing and involves the Texas Rangers, the San Jacinto County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In the meantime, investigators have reported that the same deputy is a former Beaumont, Texas, police officer who was involved in two fatal shootings. Those officer-involved shootings occurred in March 2016 and October 2016.

On March 5, 2016, the deputy went to a trailer park in response to a report of a car theft. Herbert Edgar Ballance of Vidor allegedly fired shots inside a trailer at that park and then put a gun to his own head. The deputy allegedly shot and killed Ballance, and a grand jury later chose not to bring any action against the officer.

Chaz York was the person the deputy allegedly fatally shot last year in October. Alleged facts of the case show that York went after the deputy with a bat, during a physical disturbance that moved from inside a business to a parking lot. A grand jury was presented with evidence about the October incident and declined to take any action against the police officer. They ruled on December 7, 2016, that the shooting was justified.

On February 3, 2017, the deputy resigned his position with the Beaumont Police Department.

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