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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.

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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Activists Demand an Independent Investigation of a Waco Police Shooting

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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In Waco, Texas, on August 1, 2017, Waco police officers allegedly shot and killed Kerry Bradley, an African American. Police say 37-year-old Bradley was evading arrest when he used a GMC Denali to run over Officer William Graeber. Other officers opened fire on Bradley, whose vehicle police say still had Graeber pinned underneath. According to Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton, with the Waco Police Department, multiple officers had to work together to lift the vehicle off of Graeber. The injured officer was transported to Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center, where he was said to be in critical but stable condition, following surgery. Bradley was transported to the same hospital, where he later died. A Dallas-based group called the Next Generation Action Network claims that they have witnesses and video footage proving that Bradley was first shot, lost control of the vehicle, and then ran over the officer. The Waco Police Department points out that none of this alleged evidence has been provided as yet.

On Thursday, August 10, members of the activist group marched to the Waco Police Department. They demanded the opportunity to talk face-to-face with Police Chief Ryan Holt. Chief Holt said that discussing the case before it has been presented to the District Attorney in McLennan County is premature. He released a statement expressing condolences to the Bradley Family and Graber and his family. He said the department is cooperating with investigations and has a commitment to ensure that Waco is safe for all residents.

The Special Crimes Unit and the Texas Rangers are both investigating the fatal police shooting of Bradley.

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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Police Misconduct Lawyer – Some in Garland TX Community Are Outraged Regarding a Former Police Officer

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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Image showing front of North Garland High School (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A police officer in Garland, Texas, was captured on video allegedly beating a 37-year-old suspect after removing his handcuffs. The officer allegedly punched him seven times and gave him a knee-kick to the face. The officer was given a 56-day suspension, which is the longest suspension in the police department’s history. It was announced this week that the officer will not face criminal charges, and the community is outraged.

The suspect admits to being inebriated when the incident occurred. He also says he taunted the officer and challenged him to a fight. After the alleged attack by the officer, the suspect had several large bruises and required eight staples to close a gash on his head.  The officer has resigned.

A former police chief from the area commented on the video, saying that she was appalled by the incident. She said that, in her opinion, it was an assault. Based only on the video evidence, she further stated that if the decision had been hers, she would have fired the police officer and filed criminal assault charges with the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office.

The Garland Police Department has not released a statement with regard to this decision not to fire the officer and not to file criminal charges against him. The suspect in the case said that he regrets taunting the officer but he also believes criminal charges against him would be appropriate.

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Police Misconduct Lawyer – A Baytown, Texas Police Officer, Now Suspended, is Indicted on a Bribery Charge

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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Baytown, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A 9-year Baytown Police Department veteran and member of its SWAT team was indicted on a second-degree felony charge of bribery on Thursday, May 25, 2017. The officer has been fired and indefinitely suspended for allegedly offering to dismiss traffic tickets in exchange for nude photos of an 18-year-old driver.

According to the teen, approximately an hour after getting a ticket in March 2017, the officer allegedly contacted her through social media. Several screenshots were reviewed by investigators, and it was concluded that the messages were allegedly and clearly coercive. The messages allegedly applied pressure on the 18-year-old to forward him nude pictures of herself so that her tickets would be reduced to warnings.

According to a spokesperson for the Baytown Police, the officer was indefinitely suspended in mid-May, right about the time a news organization was on the verge of exposing the charges against the police officer.

Investigators have stated so far that there appears to be no evidence that the officer’s supervisors were aware of his alleged criminal behavior. They further reported that there is no evidence that indecent proposals of this kind are a common practice among the officers in Baytown.

Lt. Steve Dorris with Baytown police said that officers are held to levels of professional, ethical, and moral standards and integrity of the highest degree and that the confidence and trust of the community are of chief importance.

Part of the investigation is to explore whether the officer who allegedly bribed the 18-year-old bribed others. So far, there is no sign of that, investigators say.

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Texas Lawyer – A Lampasas County Sheriff’s Deputy is Caught on Video Allegedly Punching a Young Man in the Face Repeatedly

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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    English: The Courthouse was completed in 1884. It is located in Lampasas, Texas. The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on June 21, 1971. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A video posted to Twitter shows a controversial incident during an early Thursday morning traffic stop on May 25, 2017, in Lampasas, Texas. The video seems to show that a young man pulled over for an alleged traffic violation is punched in the face four or more times allegedly by a Lampasas County Sheriff’s Deputy. Sheriff’s deputies were at the scene to provide assistance to Lampasas police at approximately 3:15 am. Police were called about a motorist driving erratically on U.S. Highway 281.

The video was taken by a passenger in the car that was pulled over. Her voice is heard on the video, screaming at law enforcement officers not to hit her friend. When she posted the video on Twitter, she alleged that it was a case of police brutality.

In the video, a sheriff’s deputy can be seen straddling the 18-year-old driver. He is allegedly hitting him as another officer tries to hold the young man’s legs. Lampasas County Sheriff Jess Ramos confirmed the identity of the deputy who allegedly struck the 18-year-old.

The driver who was pulled over was charged with driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, assault of a public servant, and interference with public duties. A passenger in the vehicle, also an 18-year-old man, was charged with resisting arrest, assault of a public servant, being a minor in consumption of alcohol, and interference with public duties.

The sheriff’s office released a statement that they are aware of the video circulating on social media. Assistance from an outside law enforcement agency has been requested, to thoroughly review the alleged use of force during the arrests. The officer who allegedly struck the 18-year-old repeatedly has been placed on routine administrative leave until the investigation has been completed and conclusions are made known.

Lampasas is in Central Texas, approximately 55 miles west of Temple.

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Police Misconduct Attorney Fort Worth – Two Fort Worth Police Department Assistant Chiefs are Demoted Regarding Leaked Video

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

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Fort Worth, Texas. Taken from the Amon Carter Museum looking east. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald of the Fort Worth Police Department (FWPD) announced on Friday, May 19, 2017, that two assistance police chiefs have been demoted to captain in connection with the unauthorized leak of a body camera video that shows the controversial arrest that a white officer made of a black woman and her two daughters. Fitzgerald also said that he will recommend that one of the officers is bumped down further to sergeant. The other of the two will also be suspended for three days. The chief said that the decision was difficult, since both men were friends as well as colleagues that he trusted. The investigation into the leakage of the video, which went viral, has continued since it was uploaded to a public website on January 18. The reason for the investigation was because the video contained juveniles. Also, personnel files are confidential and are supposed to remain that way, according to the FWPD.

The leaked video was taken of a December 21, 2016, incident that has been the cause of widespread outrage. A woman in the neighborhood of Rock Garden in southwest Fort Worth called the police to report that a neighbor assaulted her 7-year-old son. Fort Worth police officers went to the scene, and that’s when the controversial police incident involving alleged excessive force occurred.

The footage shows the white police officer at the scene allegedly wrestling the woman who called the police to the ground. He also allegedly pointed a stun gun at her daughters. He then arrested all three of them. The officer was suspended for 10 days for what occurred on December 21. The charges were later dropped against the woman and her daughters.

The woman’s attorney pointed out that the core values of the FWPD seem clear, with one officer allegedly assaulting black women and allegedly falsifying documents getting a 10-day suspension and officers who break the alleged tradition of turning a blind eye to alleged racism, corruption and, and brutality being far more severely punished. The officers who have been demoted are both black, as is Chief Fitzgerald.

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Police Misconduct Attorney San Antonio – The Texas Senate Passes a Purportedly Weakened Sandra Bland Act – Part 2

Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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English: Photograph of the skyline of Downtown Houston, Texas Español: Una foto del panorama urbano de Downtown Houston Category:Images of Houston, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Thursday, May 11, 2017, the Sandra Bland Act was unanimously passed by Texas Senators. The bill addresses criminal justice reform issues related to the death of Sandra Bland, who was found dead, hanging in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell three days after an arrest resulting from a routine traffic stop. An investigation was done, and her death was declared a suicide. The family is disheartened by the final wording in the bill, since it left out elements they think more meaningfully address the issues that resulted in Bland’s death.

The Black Lives Matter movement gained much of its national momentum after Sandra Bland’s 2015 death following a traffic stop near Houston, Texas, in which she was pulled over for not using her turn signals before changing lanes. Her confrontation with the police officer who requested that she put out her cigarette ended with her being pulled from her car by force and then getting into an off-dash-cam altercation with the officer, who arrested her. Although Bland’s death in the jail cell three days later was ruled a suicide, jail procedures have been called into question.

The reforms that Bland’s family hoped would be enacted in the Sandra Bland Act were cut from the bill before being approved by the Texas Senate. Bland’s sister said the bill as it is “renders Sandy invisible.” The family still wants the legislation to be named after her, however.

In its original form, the bill would have required a higher burden of proof for officers to stop and search automobiles, additional training and counseling for law enforcement officers who are perceived to racially profile motorists, and ban arrests for offenses punishable only by a fine.

See Part 1 of this two-part series, for more information.

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Grand Jury Does Not Charge Friendswood Police Officer in 2016 Fatal Shooting – Part 2

Thursday, May 11th, 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)

This week a grand jury handed down a decision with regard to the alleged fatal police shooting of Toby Cummins on November 29, 2016. A police officer discovered Cummins, who fit the description of the suspect, walking on S. Friendswood Drive and told him to stop. The suspect refused and then allegedly lunged at the police officer with an open box cutter. The police officer claimed that he was in fear for his life and he then allegedly shot the suspect four times. Cummins later died at a hospital.

The videos of the Friendswood police shooting were not released until this week. When the decision to keep the recordings from the public eye during the investigation was made, according to Kelly Shannon, executive director of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, it was because of the highly controversial and highly publicized dashcam video of a traffic stop leading to the arrest of Sandra Bland.

Bland was an African-American woman who had a confrontation with a police officer and famously refused to extinguish her cigarette inside of her car. She ended up being arrested after an altercation with the officer who pulled her over. Three days later, Bland was found dead in her cell, having apparently committed suicide in the Waller County jail. The dashcam video of her traffic stop went viral across the world, and Bland’s story has been a rallying point for cries of alleged racial discrimination by law enforcement officials and alleged police brutality.

There are numerous bodycam shots and dashcam videos of the alleged police shooting in Friendswood, now available for public view.

In the Cummins’ case, the family members question why the officer felt the need to use deadly force. They don’t understand why a person with a box cutter can’t be stopped with a stun gun or shots that don’t kill. The use of alleged excessive force is also a theme of a growing outcry today, calling for police to be held accountable for their actions.

See Part1 of this two-part series.

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The Balch Springs Police Officer who Allegedly Shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards is Charged with Murder

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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English: A police station (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday, May 5, 2017, the former Balch Springs, Texas, police officer who allegedly shot and killed unarmed 15-year-old Jordan Edwards was arrested and charged with the teen’s murder. The officer had worked as a law enforcement officer in Balch Springs for six years before being fired, following the alleged shooting. He turned himself in Friday and was later released on bail. His burden is to prove that he acted reasonably when the teen was allegedly shot.

The funeral for Edwards was held at the Mesquite Friendship Baptist Church on Saturday. The family recognizes that the outrage over Edwards’ death allegedly at the hands of a police officer is significant. They have asked to have time to grieve their loss before having to deal with mass protests and their loved one being made into a martyr.

Additional facts continue to be revealed about the April 29, 2017, incident which took the life of Edwards, who was an African-American student at Mesquite High School. Police had responded to a call about underage drinking at a party. Officers were inside the home where the alleged drinking party was occurring when they heard shots outside. Police officers then went outside. A vehicle full of teenagers backed out and then was headed away from police when an officer allegedly fired shots into the car.

One of the allegedly indiscriminate shots struck Edwards in the head. The shooting victim’s 16-year-old brother was driving. Those in the car later reported that, for several minutes, they didn’t know Jordan had been shot. It was approximately 15 minutes after the shooting that Edwards first received medical attention. He was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

A search was done of the vehicle that the teens were in, and there were no weapons. Reportedly, none of the kids in the car had any history of weapons possession. In fact, it has been reported that none of them had ever had encounters with law enforcement before. By all reports, Edwards was a very likeable person who had completely stayed out of trouble.

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Texas Lawmakers Call for Action after Police Shoot and Kill an Unarmed Teen – Part 2

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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English: Police car used by Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Saturday, April 29, 2017, in the Dallas, Texas, area, 15-year-old Jordan Edwards, an African-American, was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer. The Balch Springs, Texas, teen was unarmed and in a car full of unarmed teenagers when the deadly shot occurred. Some Texas lawmakers are discussing whether a legislative solution is needed, with regard to police shootings. Democrat State Rep. Eric Johnson, on the other hand, has proposed that House Bill 245, which has not been scheduled for consideration, could help to prove that there is a problem with unarmed black people disproportionately being killed during encounters with police.

The bill Johnson is pushing would mandate that law enforcement agencies failing to report officer-involved shootings would be punished. A bill has already passed that requires basic information about every police shooting to be sent to the Attorney General’s Office, and it applies to all Texas law enforcement agencies. Johnson has conceded that almost all agencies have been complying with this requirement, but he wants to punish those that don’t.

Johnson’s purpose is to use accurate data to demonstrate whether or not there actually is a specific problem of racial profiling by police.

Democrat State Rep. Garnet Coleman, in response to Edwards’ death, suggested that House Bill 2702, referred to as the “Sandra Bland Act,” should be passed. It would require police officers to be trained regarding implicit bias and de-escalation tactics.

See Part 1 of this two-part series.

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