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

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Oklahoma City Police Department (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

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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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is Sued for Official Oppression; the Related Dash Cam Video has been Released

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Español: El 1200 Jail (“Carcel 1200”), la sede de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently, in August 2017, the complete dashcam video of the 2015 roadside strip search of Charnesia Corley was released and quickly went viral. On June 20, 2015, in northwest Houston, Texas, Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. During the stop, Corley claims that the deputies said they could smell marijuana. They searched her vehicle but found nothing. Then, right there on the roadside next to a gas station parking lot, a female police officer instructed Corley to remove her pants. The officer then allegedly conducted a visual strip search by shining a flashlight on Corley’s exposed genital area as she lay on the ground with her head under her vehicle. It appears that this search lasted 10 minutes.

The 23-year-old is now suing the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. She is asking for a special prosecutor on the case, since the Harris County district attorney’s office dismissed the official oppression charges initially brought against the two deputies allegedly involved. The initial charges were dismissed on the eve of the trial against them, which has been a cause of tremendous social outrage.

Both sides in this case claim that the dashcam video proves their particular side of the story. The deputies claim to be vindicated by the video. Corley, however, contends that the roadside search was a violation of her constitutional rights.

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Police Misconduct Lawyer Amarillo – Embattled Waller County Jail in Texas is Approved for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s 287(g) Program

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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English: The Waller County Courthouse located at 29.5816° -95.7617°, Hempstead, Texas, United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Waller County Jail in Texas has become recognized worldwide as the place where Sandra Bland committed suicide in her cell after a controversial arrest. The death of Bland stands out as a significant turning point in the social movement to put an end to alleged racial police violence. The same jail has a record that continues to stir up negative controversy, and yet it has been approved by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to take part in immigrant deportation. An agreement has been reached between Waller County and ICE to deputize two sheriffs for the immigration enforcement program 287(g). The highly controversial program gives deputies authorization to arrest and detain individuals based on their immigration status.

Waller County is now part of an aggressive immigration strategy being implemented by President Donald Trump. At least 25 other local police agencies have just been enlisted to enforce federal laws. Sources in opposition to these activities express their concern that ICE doesn’t seem to care about questionable track records among the individual law enforcement agencies they work with.

For instance, in addition to Bland’s death in 2015, other flags have been raised at Waller County Jail. In March 2017, a female prisoner was allegedly sexually assaulted by a male inmate who had been allowed to perform cleaning duties in the jail. County officials said there had not been authorization for him to engage in the cleaning work.

An inspection of the jail after that incident found the jail staff non-compliant in at least three separate areas. These violations included allowing male and female inmates in the same area without direct supervision.

ICE formally approved Waller County’s application to join the 287(g) initiative, even though the approval came within days of the assault allegations and a failed inspection.

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