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A 51-year-old Prisoner at a County Jail in Mississippi Apparently Commits Suicide

Monday, January 15th, 2018

English: Headquarters of the Meridian Star, a ...

English: Headquarters of the Meridian Star, a newspaper in Meridian, Mississippi (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fifty-one-year-old Robert Johnson died at Kemper-Neshoba Correctional Facility in De Kalb, Mississippi, on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. He was discovered dead inside an observation room. According to Kemper County Sheriff James Moore, strangulation with a shoestring appears to be the cause of death. An investigation is underway and there will be an autopsy, to determine whether it was a suicide.

Jailers at the facility responded to two altercations earlier that evening, both involving Johnson. The first incident involved other inmates. The second time jailers were involved with Johnson was because he was threatening to do himself harm. He had been moved into the observation room because of those threats.

Although he was found deceased, Johnson was transported to a local hospital, where attempts to revive him failed.

Johnson had been housed at the jail on behalf of Meridian, another city in Mississippi, since November 15 for unpaid fines and a variety of other reasons. Sheriff Moore said they had attempted to determine what Johnson’s history was, and they knew the East Mississippi State Hospital was his last known address.

Johnson spoke about the need for prisoners to get the help they need for mental illnesses. He said county jails aren’t equipped to serve in the role of a mental health center and that jail is not therapy. He said more space needs to be provided at state hospitals, and sheriff’s departments need additional funding to deal with people suffering from mental illness.

Texas lawmakers have acknowledged that prisoners with mental health problems need proper care. A new law referred to as the Sandra Bland Act was passed in 2017. The new legislation adds requirements on how to handle prisoners who are or may be mentally ill.

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3 Officers Face up to 50 Years in Prison for the Alleged Beating of a Teen and Cover-up

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

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English: View of the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds at dusk. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 23, 2017, three police officers with the Poloma, California, Police Department were charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the alleged beating of an unarmed teenager in September 2015. The three officers pled not guilty to the criminal charges against them and were released on $50,000 bond. A trial is set for December 19.

A bystander took a video of the incident leading to these recent arrests. The events that night began at the Pomona Fairplex at the Los Angeles County Fair. The teen’s father was being arrested on suspicion of public intoxication. The teen used his phone to video record the arrest, and he stayed 10 to 15 feet behind the officers. One officer told the teen to stop following them but he continued walking behind them.

The bystander’s video shows the teen being grabbed by officers, struck on the knees with a police baton, and thrown to the ground. He was then handcuffed and arrested and charged with obstructing a peace officer. The bystander was also arrested and later released without charges, but only after his video was downloaded by the police.

Two of the officers allegedly lied about the incident in police reports and in testimony at the teen’s trial, according to prosecutors. One of the officers is also charged with using excessive force. Another officer allegedly made false statements to the teen’s mother, to dissuade her from filing a complaint. He is charged with lying to agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In a civil lawsuit last year, the teen was awarded $500,000 by the City of Pomona, in connection with the alleged beating.

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An Oklahoma City Officer Fires His Weapon at a Woman Allegedly Threatening Suicide

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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Not long after midnight on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, police officers were called to an apartment complex regarding a female who was threatening to commit suicide. Two officers went to the scene and found that the woman was sitting inside a vehicle, and she was still making suicide threats. Police say the women exited the vehicle holding a handgun. One officer allegedly fired a gunshot at the woman, but the bullet missed. The other officer fired a beanbag shotgun at her twice, and she was knocked to the ground, hit by both beanbags. The officers then took the handgun away from the woman, and she was taken into custody. Police officers transported her to a local hospital for a mental health evaluation. No one was seriously hurt in the incident. The police officer who fired the gunshot at the suicidal woman has been placed on administrative leave, and an investigation is pending.

When police respond to 9-1-1 calls, unfortunately, things sometimes go very wrong. For instance, another police shooting that occurred in Oklahoma City in September involved a deaf man. Police officers were following a lead on a hit-and-run driver related to an accident with no injuries when they encountered a deaf man who was also developmentally impaired. The man had a pipe tied to one hand, which was used to protect him when encountering stray dogs. Police felt threatened by the man and allegedly shot and killed him as neighbors screamed out that the man was deaf. In Houston, Texas, recently, a woman in a nearby home was allegedly shot by police during an attempt to apprehend suspects.

It is perceived by many in the public that police officers are not held accountable for their actions to the extent that they should be. Social outcry about this matter seems to be creating different outcomes when officers blatantly use excessive force. Even if officers don’t face criminal charges when their actions are reckless, more and more counties are paying multi-million-dollar lawsuits to families of victims of alleged needless police shootings.

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Police Shoot and Kill an Alleged Disabled Man in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as Neighbors Scream that He is Deaf

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Oklahoma City Skyline from I-35

Oklahoma City Skyline from I-35 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A tragic alleged police shooting occurred on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Police officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department went to the home of 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez in response to some information about a possible hit-and-run suspect. The driver of a green truck was allegedly involved in a crash and then left the scene. Sanchez was on his front porch when police arrived. He had a pipe in his hand, and it appeared to be purposed as a “fairly large weapon,” according to police. He wasn’t just holding the pipe, however. It was tied to his wrist so that it wouldn’t easily come off, according to Police Chief Bill Citty. A police officer who showed up at the scene called for backup. Another officer arrived, and both officers allegedly shouted the command to drop the pipe. Sanchez continued to approach the officers as the officers continued yelling and neighbors yelled that Sanchez couldn’t hear. Then one officer fired his Tazer at the suspect. Only one prong hit Sanchez. At that point, the second police officer fired his handgun.  First aid was immediately administered, but Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

This alleged police shooting immediately began to draw criticism. Citty explained that the officers on the scene had not been issued body cameras. The incident was not caught on any type of video until after the shooting occurred.

The officer who used the firearm is on paid administrative while the alleged police shooting is being investigated.

A family member explained that Sanchez was deaf, developmentally impaired, and couldn’t speak. He carried the pipe around to shoo away stray dogs that frequently roam the neighborhood.

Police said that it turned out that the vehicle they were checking on actually was involved in a hit-and-run incident and the driver faces a misdemeanor.

Citty said the police department has contacted the Oklahoma Association for the Deaf and requested advice on improving police training related to dealings with deaf individuals.

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A Jury Awards the Family of Daren Borges, Who Died in a County Jail, $2.5 Million

Thursday, August 31st, 2017

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A series of lawsuits have been filed in connection with the death of 42-year-old Daren Borges, who died in a Southern California sobering cell. The civil rights action included a lawsuit against Humboldt County for the tragic death in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. In late August 2017, a federal jury in McKinleyville ruled against Humboldt County. Borges’ mother obtained a $2.5 million judgment in the jury’s decision. Ultimately, the ruling of the jury was that Borges’ constitutional rights were violated.

More specifically, the jury unanimously agreed that three correctional officers failed to provide Borges with adequate medical care during his brief detention in June of 2014. They ruled that the force behind those officers’ actions were the customs, practices, official policies, and/or training programs of Humboldt County.

This is the type of verdict that seems to be needed in Texas and perhaps the nationwide criminal justice system. Deficient customs are costing inmates their lives, many times when the simplest and most basic medical treatments are needed. Reforms are desperately needed, to prevent tragic and completely unavoidable custodial deaths.

The lawsuit claimed that medical assistance for Borges was desperately and obviously required and that if written policies were followed, he could have survived his illness. The lawsuit also alleged that those written policies were routinely ignored and violated as a basic standard operating procedure at the facility.

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An Arlington Police Officer is Cleared in the Alleged Police Shooting of Tavis Crane

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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English: A photo I took of a Fremont Police Officer during a traffic stop. To be used for purposes of showing the vehicle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On February 1, 2017, 23-year-old Tavis Crane was allegedly fatally shot by a police officer during a traffic stop in Arlington, Texas. It has just been announced that the officer who allegedly shot him has been cleared. A grand jury in Tarrant County decided not to indict the officer. The dashcam video has also just been released.

Crane had been pulled over by officers, and he had warrants for his arrest. Officers told him to exit his vehicle, and he refused. He allegedly ran over Cpl. Elise Bowden twice. A backup officer at the scene was part-way inside Crane’s vehicle before it began moving. He managed to get all the way in and allegedly shot Crane.

Officer Bowden suffered broken bones and other injuries and had to be hospitalized for a few days.

Crane’s family had demanded to see the dashcam video of what happened and it was released on August 24, 2017. The video captures the two Arlington police officers approaching Crane’s car. Besides Crane, there was another adult and an infant in the vehicle. The video shows Crane saying that he would not step out of his car, saying he did nothing wrong. Bowden informed him that he has a warrant. Crane continued resisting.

Finally, Bowden informed Crane that windows of the vehicle would be broken if he didn’t comply and that things would get crazy. One police officer opened the rear driver’s door and another pointed a flashlight into the front passenger window. Bowden went behind the vehicle, and it went in reverse, striking the officer. She was knocked onto the ground. The car then crashed into a patrol car and pulled forward, again running over the officer. At some point during these events, the other officer shot Crane. The officer performed CPR on Crane until an ambulance arrived. He was transported to Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Texas Attorney – Fort Worth Police Department – Investigation Regarding an August 22, 2017 Shooting

Friday, August 25th, 2017

English: Sinclair Building (Fort Worth, Texas)

English: Sinclair Building (Fort Worth, Texas) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

An officer-involved police shooting is being investigated in Fort Worth, Texas. The shooting occurred on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, on East Loop 820. Police officers went to the scene due to the report of a man blocking lanes of the highway. They discovered that a Caucasian male in his 40s was holding something, and it looked like a knife, according to police spokesperson Daniel Segura. The police officers say that they attempted to talk with the man, but he began charging toward them with what they thought was a dangerous weapon. Segura says that the police officers attempted to de-escalate the situation, but they were forced to draw their firearms. The man was allegedly shot by police, and he was transported to a nearby hospital in unknown condition.

The incident is under investigation. At last report, police were unaware whether the man had been driving and got out of his vehicle or whether he walked there. The name of the alleged suspect has not been released.

Police officers often come under fire when they use excessive force. Various groups across the country allege that a lot of racial profiling occurs among law enforcement agencies, targeting African Americans. Whatever the race of an individual who is shot and injured or killed by police, the public has a right to expect that law enforcement officers will perform their duties without undue force.

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

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

Monday, 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

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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

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