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A Jury Awards a Veteran $760,000 in an Alleged Police Brutality Lawsuit

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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Tourist-oriented wooden structure in Kremmling (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017, a jury in a Denver U.S. District Court awarded a disabled Vietnam veteran $760,000 because he was allegedly a victim of police brutality in Kremmling, Colorado. The jury found that Robert Mark Smith was ultimately punished by police for protesting prior alleged wrongdoings of the department. He allegedly became the target of police harassment and victimization, due to his frequent and enthusiastic opposition to the alleged selective enforcement of mobile home park-related laws. He was also outspoken about what he called “trumped-up accusations” that were made against him and his business, made by certain members of the community and law enforcement.

Smith alleges that on the night of March 5, 2013, his home was unconstitutionally raided with no warrant. He claims that police officers beat him brutally. He alleges that he fell to his stomach and officers punched, kicked, and stomped his back, head, and ribs.

The jury obviously agreed that Smith had been a victim of alleged police brutality. In recent years, there has been a change with regard to police because social media websites have made it possible to share videos of alleged episodes of police misconduct. More and more police departments now fit every police officer with a body camera, to further hold officers accountable and purportedly provide assurance that police are doing their jobs in the ways they were trained to do them.

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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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A Suspect is Allegedly Shot by a Police Officer in Fort Worth, Texas

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

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An officer-involved shooting occurred in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday night, September 30, 2017. According to law enforcement authorities, a man suspected of being a drug dealer was stopped by an officer for questioning. The suspect refused to cooperate, and the police officer tried to stop him using a Taser, but the effort was unsuccessful. The man got into his vehicle, continuing to ignore commands to stop. The suspect put the car in reverse and allegedly almost struck the police officer. At that point, the officer allegedly shot several times at the suspect. The suspect was hit in the torso with the gunfire, authorities say, and drove a short distance before crashing into another vehicle. He was then arrested and first taken to a nearby hospital.

Officers who allegedly fire their weapons in police shootings are always placed on some type of administrative duty or on leave while the related incidents are being investigated. Public outcry related to many shootings across the country claim that officers use excessive force. This is part of the reason there is now widespread use of body cameras worn on uniforms.

An example of an alleged police shooting that resulted in tremendous controversy was the alleged shooting of Jordan Edwards in Balch Springs, Texas. A police officer allegedly shot into a car full of teens, leaving Edwards dead. The officer was at the scene of a party, investigating reports of underage drinking, when Edwards left the scene as a passenger in a car. Body camera footage of the incident allegedly led to the officer being fired.

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A Family is Awarded $6.5 million in connection with an Alleged Fatal Police Shooting of a Mentally Ill Man

Friday, September 29th, 2017

On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, the family of a man killed in an alleged police shooting was awarded $6.5 million by a federal jury. The verdict was reached in less than two hours. Johnathan Rose was schizophrenic, and he was allegedly shot and killed in his own home on January 17, 2012. The alleged fatal police shooting occurred in Sacramento County, California. Law enforcement officers had been called to the home by Rose’s parents, who wanted help for their mentally ill son, who had become extremely agitated. Rose’s father, Ted Rose, filed the wrongful death lawsuit against Sacramento County and the deputy who allegedly shot him. The father died, however, on the night before his testimony was scheduled in the trial. Other family members said that, with the verdict, justice and truth have prevailed.

The deputy who allegedly shot Rose was on patrol when the incident occurred, and he had been working at Sacramento County Main Jail shortly before returning to patrol duties. The deputy was answering the family’s 9-1-1 call and found that Rose was not armed. Rose was also not under arrest. However, the deputy claims that he feared for his life and was struck repeatedly by Rose, who weighed 261 pounds. The verdict is an indication that the jury did not believe the deputy had appropriate grounds to shoot Rose in self-defense.

This verdict is the latest among several multimillion-dollar judgments against Sacramento County in recent years. Just over a year ago, female deputies were awarded $3.6 million for alleged workplace retaliation. The six-year legal fight cost the county more than $10 million total.

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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

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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 Pittsburgh Police Officer is on Desk Duty While an Incident Suggesting Police Brutality Captured on Video is Investigated

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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A police officer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is on desk duty as a result of controversial cell phone video. The officer can allegedly be seen on camera repeatedly punching a suspect and slamming him onto the ground. Two people were arrested. Suspect One was wanted on charges of alleged forgery. He had evaded police on a prior occasion and attempted to evade arrest again on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, when the phone video was captured. Suspect Two allegedly interfered with the arrest of Suspect One. The second suspect is the victim of the officer’s alleged police brutality.

The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m. outside Pittsburg’s PPG Paints indoor arena. Police officers were approaching Suspect One. They say that he looked up at one of the officers and asked him if he was the officer he had run from before. Suspect One allegedly then tried to “bull rush” the officer. At that time, according to police, Suspect Two interfered, which resulted in the incident captured on phone video. The video shows the officer’s alleged use of brutal force, which included striking Suspect Two’s head against the pavement, according to Beth Pittinger of the Citizens Police Review Board.

Suspect One has been charged with resisting arrest and flight to avoid police apprehension. The criminal complaint also shows that Suspect Two has been charged with public drunkenness, resisting arrest, and obstructing the administration of law.

Chief Scott Schubert says that their findings of the department’s internal investigation into this incident will be shared publically. In the meantime, the officer involved remains on desk duty.

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A Suspect is Fatally Shot Allegedly by Officers with the Amarillo Police Department

Monday, September 11th, 2017

On Friday, September 8, 2017, SWAT team members and negotiators with the Amarillo Police Department (APD) were called to a home in the 800 block of North Forest just after 4 p.m. They had received a report that a suspect was in possession of a handgun. According to Officer Jeb Hilton, an attempt was made to make contact with the suspect with both a bomb robot and a canine officer with APD. The suspect was hiding in the crawl space inside the home. The sound of muffled gunfire was heard, after which officers removed the canine officer from underneath the house. Police next used a chemical irritant in the crawl space. The suspect came out of hiding at around 7:39 p.m., and he was allegedly pointing a handgun at police officers. The officers opened fire, and the suspect was struck multiple times. Medical attention was immediately given at the scene. The suspect was transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The K-9 SWAT officer had allegedly been shot by the suspect, and he was transported to the Small Animal Emergency Clinic. The dog was treated and released.

The name of the deceased suspect was withheld so that relatives could be notified.

All of the officers involved in the alleged police shooting were placed on a three-day administrative leave, per department policy. The Special Crimes Unit of the APD is investigating the incident.

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Coroner’s Report on Ismael Lopez Confirms Alleged Police Shooting with a 9mm Pistol the Cause of Death

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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The death of Ismael Lopez in Southaven, Mississippi, on July 23, 2017, has attracted widespread attention. Jeffrey Pounders, the DeSoto County Coroner, said Lopez died of a gunshot wound to the head, and the weapon was a 9mm pistol. Lopez was allegedly shot in the head and died after Southaven Police Department officers went to the wrong address. Officers were looking for a man who lived just a few feet away from the Lopez residence. Tragically, the mistake of address on the part of police cost Lopez his life. The controversy surrounding the alleged fatal police shooting also centers around different versions provided by the police and family members.

According to his wife, Lopez was asleep until he heard the dog barking. He got up and the next thing she knew, shots were fired. The wife also said that when she went into the room and saw her husband lying on the floor, there wasn’t a gun near him. Although there were guns in the household, she said that her husband was not in possession of any of them at the time he was allegedly shot.

Police officers say that when they knocked on the door, it opened and a dog attacked them. The dog was shot and then they say they saw someone at the door holding a gun, and he refused to drop the weapon. Fires were allegedly shot through the front door, however, which doesn’t seem to track with what officers say happened.

The investigation into the police shooting incident continue, and there has been no mention of the use of body cameras, which could provide greater insight into what happened.

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A Jury Awards a Police Shooting Victim $11.3 Million

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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In January of 2014, Hung Lam was allegedly shot by police and as a result became paralyzed and must use a wheelchair. Lam, a man in his mid-30s with mental issues, had been in his own yard holding a knife and threatening to hurt himself when a police officer said that she felt threatened and allegedly shot him in the back. The case has been in trial in San Jose, California, and on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, the jury awarded Lam $11.3 million, to be paid by the City of San Jose.

The police officer who allegedly shot Lam testified that, although Lam first held a knife to his own throat, he then started walking toward her, sometimes forward and sometimes backward. She said that because he was still holding the knife, she feared for her life and fired her weapon.

A retired sheriff’s deputy also testified at the trial. The jury said that they believed his testimony. According to the retired deputy, the stabbing motions were only made toward Lam himself. In his opinion, Lam posed no threat to the officer who allegedly shot him.

When the incident occurred, Lam had just returned from two days of confinement in a psychiatric hospital. He was transported to his home, but Lam wouldn’t enter, saying someone was inside. At that point, Lam picked up a knife and caused neighbors to become concerned. One next-door neighbor called police and another attempted to calm Lam down from a distance of 10 to 15 feet. The neighbors claim that the police unnecessarily escalated the situation.

The jury found that unreasonable force was used, and Lam’s rights were violated as a result of the alleged police shooting. Damages were for pain, suffering, and economic loss.

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A Man Allegedly with Texas Warrants is Killed in a Police Shooting in Columbus, Georgia

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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On Monday, September 4, 2017, in Columbus, Georgia, a man with alleged warrants in Texas was allegedly shot by police on a domestic disturbance call. Officers went to a home on Ramsey Drive just before 4 pm, according to Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren. They were responding to a domestic violence call. When the police were at the address, they allegedly got into a scuffle with 52-year-old James Fuller. The fight started when police made the discovery that Fuller was wanted on felony methamphetamine charges in Texas, and they were attempting to arrest him. A Taser was used, but Fuller was not subdued. He continued fighting and allegedly struck a police officer with a chair. Fuller then allegedly reached into a box, seemingly for a gun, and it was then that a police officer fired one round, striking the suspect. Fuller was transported to a nearby emergency room, where he died from the gunshot wound.

Police said that when they first got to the home, the woman was taken outside and placed in a police cruiser, for reasons that were not disclosed. Fuller was in the house with the police officers. The officers put his name through the national crime computer, and the outstanding Texas warrant came up. That’s when the struggle ensued that ended in the alleged fatal police shooting.

Police officers are being held more accountable than ever, which is hopefully reducing incidents of excessive force. At some point, if the police officers wore body cameras during this incident, the details of what happened could be made public. Even when videos are available, however, it is not always understood that actions police officers take are according to standard policy. Though officers may not be at fault, due to operating according to training procedures, needed policy changes can become a focal point.

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