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

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

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Ha...

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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A Judge Hears a Motion in Death of Dennis Grigsby, who was Allegedly Shot by Police in Texarkana, Texas

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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On December 15, 2014, 35-year-old Dennis Grigsby Jr., who was an African American with a history of schizophrenia, was allegedly fatally shot by a Texarkana, Texas, police officer as he stood in a neighbor’s garage holding a spoon. On August 9, 2017, in Texarkana, a federal judge heard a motion in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Grigsby’s family. The family alleges that excessive force was used against Grigsby. A grand jury in Bowie County did not indict the police officer who allegedly fired the single shot in the chest, which was a fatal wound. The motion being considered this week was a request for a dismissal of the case. During the hearing, an audio recording from the officer’s body microphone was played

The family is questioning such things as why he did not inform Grigsby that he was a police officer and why he didn’t park his vehicle in a way that he could illuminate the garage with the headlights. In answer, the officer did not take these actions because he was avoiding endangering himself.

The officer also points out that the neighbors who called the police said they heard moans and said someone was tapping on their window. The officer said he felt that it may not be a burglary but a different type of situation

The judge announced that recommendations and a report about this alleged fatal police shooting should be forthcoming within a few weeks.

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Grand Prairie Police Misconduct Attorney – New Texas Laws Improve Transparency Regarding Police Shooting

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

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Greater transparency with regard to law enforcement reporting on fatal and serious police shootings has uncovered cases that would allegedly previously have been obscured. When agencies don’t report officer-involved shootings, there is now greater accountability and incentive to be thorough in sharing facts about each such incident. The following is information on two officer-involved shootings in Texas that would allegedly and historically have been kept silent but for the new laws.

In October 2015, 21-year-old Garrett Steven McKinney was shot and killed outside of a regional hospital following an altercation with an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety. McKinney had been there for the purpose of receiving mental health treatment.  This story is the type that previously wouldn’t have come under the public’s radar. Discussions on this shooting, which contributed to Texas reforms, involved Sherene Mayner, McKinney’s mother in Austin, Texas.

On January 30, 2016, a 25-year-old rookie cop in Clute, Texas, allegedly fired his weapon through the bedroom wall of his apartment accidentally. When the shot went off, 35-year-old neighbor Reggie Rossow Jr. had been asleep. He heard the gunshot and almost rolled off of his bed. He realized something was wrong and felt blood but didn’t realize he had been shot. The officer knocked on the door of Rossow’s apartment and asked if everyone was okay, admitting what had just happened. Turned out the bullet traveled through Rossow’s spleen. His spleen had to be removed, which left him with medical bills of more than $50,000 and a susceptibility to infection. Within days of the accidental alleged off-duty police shooting, the rookie police officer resigned. He was later indicted on a deadly conduct charge. It’s a misdemeanor with a punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. His trial is set for October 2017.

In the past 22 months, there have been 330 officer-involved shootings in Texas. It has been very rare for officers to face charges, though research shows that 1 of every 6 person shot by a Texas law enforcement officer was allegedly unarmed.

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Incident Involving Constable Deputy in Houston

Friday, July 28th, 2017

English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Ha...

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)

The actions of a constable deputy in Harris County Precinct One in Houston, Texas, have come under fire this week. The deputy approached 20-year-old African American Marlin Gipson, who was mowing lawns in his neighborhood, as part of his business. When questioned, Gipson explained that he was mowing lawns and putting business cards on residents’ doors. The police officer said there have been recent robberies in the neighborhood, and he was conducting an investigation. Gipson has accused the deputy of racially profiling him. The entire incident involved Gipson allegedly evading arrest and allegedly being severely bitten by a police dog in his home. In addition, two of his brothers were arrested and his sister, age 13, was handcuffed. Part of the interaction between Gipson and the deputy were recorded on video and posted on social media.

The interaction between the deputy and Gipson took a turn when Gipson was asked for his identification. He said he didn’t have any and then allegedly gave a fake name. Gipson asked the deputy for his name and information, and at that point the officer pulled out his handcuffs. Gipson fled the scene and the deputy called for backup.

Another deputy for Precinct One saw the suspect near an address a witness had provided to the police. The homeowner allowed deputies to enter, and Gipson was discovered hiding in a closet. He allegedly refused to exit the closet. At that time, deputies allegedly subdued him with both a K-9 unit and a Taser. Gipson was arrested on charges of evading arrest and failing to identify himself.

Records show that it was determined when Gipson was fingerprinted at the Harris County Jail that there was a warrant out for his arrest allegedly in association with a 2015 assault case as well as two cases of resisting arrest in April 2017, which are still pending.

A great deal of social media attention has already been given to this incident.  Photos that claim to be pictures of the dog bites Gipson suffered due to the K-9 attack are posted, and there is some fundraising to support him as he returns to college classes and his business.

It is being claimed by some on social media that police won’t even leave members of the black community alone when they are busy doing “something productive.”

Constable Allen Rosen of Precinct One spoke on the incident, alleging that Gipson’s claims are false.

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Body Cameras Were Not Activated Before the Alleged Fatal Police Shooting of a 9-1-1 Caller

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

George R. Newell House in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

George R. Newell House in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Justine Ruszczyk called the police on Saturday night, July 15, 2017, out of concern that a crime may have been taking place. According to Don Damond, Ruszczyk’s fiancé, she called 9-1-1 because she thought an assault was taking place in an alley behind her home. Two officers went to the scene, and one of the officers fired shots, killing the 9-1-1 caller. Neither of the Minneapolis, Minnesota, officers turned on the body cameras before the alleged fatal police shooting occurred. This was the first such shooting that has taken place in the city since officers were equipped with body cameras last year.

There are about a dozen situations in which police officers in Minneapolis are required to turn on their body cameras. According to the Policy and Procedure Manual at the police department, those instances include suspicious person stops, traffic stops, and before the use of force. The manual says that if the cameras have not been turned on before force is used, officers are to activate them as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Jenny Singleton of the Police Conduct Oversight Commission said that much is still unknown about exactly what happened before shots were fired that night. Singleton expressed her opinion that it appears that the cameras should have been activated before gunfire occurred. She said that since a gun was discharged, it was unquestionably an incident involving use of force.

Ruszczyk’s death is currently being investigated by the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The findings will be turned over to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office at some point.

Mike Freeman, Hennepin County Attorney, will ultimately make the decision regarding whether or not the two officers involved in the alleged police shooting will face criminal charges. There is no clear indication in the police policy manual of what type of discipline the officers could face.

Ruszczyk was due to get married to Damond next month. There is widespread outrage over this fatal police shooting.

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Police Allegedly Shoot and Kill a Woman who Called 9-1-1 for Help

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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Minneapolis, Minnesota (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Saturday night, July 15, 2017, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Justine Ruszczyk called 9-1-1 because she was concerned that a sexual assault may have been taking place in an alley near her home. In an event that has left many shocked and saddened, Ruszczyk was killed by a police officer when two officers responded to her call. An autopsy showed that she died from a gunshot wound to her abdomen. Ruszczyk is originally from Australia, and she was due to marry her fiancé, Don Damond, next month. Damond has made public statements regarding the tragic fatal shooting, and he says the police have not offered an explanation about how or why the fatal incident occurred. The officers’ body cameras had not been turned on at the time of the alleged shooting.

According to Betsy Hodges, Mayor of Minneapolis, the investigation into Ruszczyk’s death is being handled by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. Hodges said the alleged police shooting happened just before 11 pm.

Police department policy is for body cameras to be turned on before or during contact involving criminal activity, when it is considered safe. The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota claims that the right of the public to know what happened to Ruszczyk was thwarted by the officers’ failure to turn on the cameras. Teresa Nelson, Interim Executive Director of the organization says both officers at the scene should be penalized for breaking policy. She further said breaches in the policy should come with consequences, to ensure better accountability and compliance.

Both officers that were at the scene of the alleged police shooting are now on administrative leave.

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Jury Awards More Than $15 Million to the Family of an Unarmed Man Shot by a SWAT Sniper

Monday, July 17th, 2017

English: Parker Center, the previous headquart...

English: Parker Center, the previous headquarters of the Los Angeles Police Dept. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Friday, July 14, 2017, a federal court jury handed down a unanimous verdict, awarding more than $15 million to the parents and son of Leonard Thomas. In 2013, Thomas was allegedly killed by a SWAT officer while on his front porch. This award, to be paid by the cities of Lakewood and Fife, Washington, is among the largest police deadly force verdicts in the state’s history. The jury found that the rights of 30-year-old Thomas were violated when a minor domestic dispute ended in his being shot by a sniper in front of his son, who was 4 years old at the time.

The three-week trial ended with deliberations lasting more than three days. The seven-member jury unanimously rejected claims by police that Thomas had been using his son as a human shield or holding him hostage. They also apparently didn’t believe Thomas posed a threat to himself or the police officers.

On every count being considered in the trial, the jury sided with the Thomas family. The considerations they were charged with included the matters of:  excessive force, unreasonable seizure, using explosives to enter the home, deprivation of family relationship, false arrest, unreasonable killing of the family dog, causing severe emotional distress, and negligent investigation.

On the night of Thomas’ death, Thomas and his mother, Annalesa Thomas, had an argument. His mother called the police after going to his home to pick up his son. As she was on a cellphone calling police dispatch, he slapped the phone out of her hand. In response to the call, a SWAT team was called, which showed up at the home with 29 heavily armed officers and two armored assault vehicles. One of the vehicles drove into Thomas’ front yard.

There was a four-hour standoff, during which Thomas would not exit the home. He was verbally abusive and belligerent toward police officers. However, he allegedly threatened no one and was unarmed.

After negotiators talked Thomas into releasing his son to be with the grandmother, Thomas went onto the front porch with the car seat and backpack for the boy. As he did so, officers used an explosive breach of the home at the back door, with an assault team. Startled by the commotion and officers running toward him, Thomas grabbed for his son and was at that moment allegedly shot in the stomach by a sniper. He allegedly bled to death.

Evidence at the trial included the testimony of a 24-year SWAT supervisor from the Los Angeles Police Department, who claims that the child had never been a hostage and there was no reason for Thomas to be shot.

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A Dallas, Texas CVS Security Officer Chases Down and Allegedly Murders a Shoplifting Suspect

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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1995-1996 Toyota Camry photographed in Kensington, Maryland, USA. Category:Toyota Camry (XV10) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Sunday afternoon, July 9, 2017, video surveillance allegedly recorded 31-year-old Christopher Geddes shoplifting inside a CVS Pharmacy in Dallas, Texas. According to the Dallas Police Department (DPD), Geddes got into the passenger side of a Toyota Camry after allegedly stealing several items, and the vehicle took off. The loss-prevention officer at the South Buckner Boulevard store allegedly got into his Chevrolet Camaro and pursued the shoplifting suspect. A car chase ensued, after which the security officer allegedly shot and killed Geddes.

Police say that witnesses on C. F. Hawn Freeway reported seeing the Camaro the CVS employee was in chasing the Camry the suspect shoplifter was in. At the Elam Road exit, the Camry struck a road sign and spun out, after which one of its tires was flattened. Witnesses said the driver pulled the Camry to the intersection of Elam Road and the service road of the C. F. Hawn Freeway.

Witnesses also told police that the driver of the Camaro stopped his vehicle on Elam Road, facing east. Geddes then allegedly exited the Camry and approached the Camaro. It was at that time that the CVS employee allegedly shot Geddes in the torso and then drove eastward on Elam Road.

Geddes died from the gunshot wound, and the CVS security officer has been arrested and charged with murder. He is currently in the Dallas County Jail, and bail has been set at $200,000.

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