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A Man in Oklahoma City is Killed in an Alleged Police Shooting

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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On Sunday evening, December 10, 2017, in southeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a man died after an alleged officer-involved shooting. An officer had responded to a call about a man lying in the grass at the intersection of Mackleman Drive and Southeast 59th Street. The man was later identified as 28-year-old Kyle Anthony Mihecoby. The female officer who went to the scene later reported that the man was not cooperating with her. According to Oklahoma City Police Department Captain Bo Matthews, at that time, the police officer used pepper spray on Mihecoby. Then he reportedly punched her in the face. An altercation followed, during which the officer’s Taser was reportedly taken from her. Mihecoby then allegedly tried to use the Taser on the officer. The police officer then allegedly fired her handgun. Mihecoby was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries to her hands and face. Nothing further has been published on this alleged fatal police shooting, but there will be an investigation into the incident. There was no mention of whether there was a body cam on the police officer when the shooting occurred, to provide evidence of what happened.

In Texas, anytime there is an officer-involved shooting, there is an investigation by the Texas Rangers. In 2015, the Texas Rangers investigated 3,224 incidents total, which includes various categories, in addition to officer-involved fatalities. A total of 1,820 convictions came out of those investigations, resulting in one death sentence, 42 life sentences, and 9,580 years in prison time.

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An Oklahoma City Police Officer is Charged in the Alleged Fatal Shooting of Dustin Pigeon, who was Threatening Suicide

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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On November 15, 2017, suicidal 29-year-old Dustin Robert Pigeon was allegedly shot and killed by an officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department. Court files show that on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, in connection with that fatal police shooting, the officer who allegedly shot Pigeon faces a complaint of second-degree murder or the alternative of manslaughter in the first degree. Early Tuesday, the officer was booked on the complaint through the Oklahoma County Jail.

The alleged police shooting happened at about 2:40 a.m. at Parkview Village Homes, where officers responded to a call of a suicidal person. Upon arrival, police officers found that Pigeon was threatening to light himself on fire, and he was holding a bottle of lighter fluid and a lighter. Officers tried to talk Pigeon into dropping the lighter fluid, but he failed to comply. According to court documents, a bean bag shotgun was deployed by Officer Troy Nitzky, and the bean bag struck Pigeon in the left hip. Immediately after that, an officer allegedly fired his handgun at Pigeon five times. Although Pigeon was provided with immediate medical attention, he died at the scene.

According to David Prater, Oklahoma County District Attorney, after an investigation, two of the officers at the scene were found to have acted appropriately. They used non-lethal methods to deal with the situation. The third officer, however, was found to have allegedly used excessive force and broke the law when he fired his weapon.

The sentence for second degree murder is 10 years to life in prison. The sentence for the alternative first degree manslaughter charge is 4 years to life.

Since the incident occurred, the police officer who has now been criminally charged has been on paid administrative leave.

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Family to Receive $2.4 Million in Wrongful Death Settlement Related to Alleged Police Shooting Death of Unarmed Teen Deven Guilford

Monday, December 4th, 2017

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2006 Michigan State Police Dodge Charger (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On February 28, 2015, 17-year-old Deven Guilford was pulled over by a police officer for flashing his brights at the officer in Eaton County, Michigan. Guilford was argumentative and after a 5 minute 39 second exchange, the unarmed teen was lying dead in a snowy ditch. At the end of November 2017, a settlement was reached between Guilford’s family and Eaton County. The family will receive $2.4 million, ending the legal battle that has been going on since the alleged fatal police shooting occurred.

Guilford was pulled over by a sergeant with the Michigan State Police because of particularly bright high beams that he flashed at the police vehicle. The vehicle the sergeant was in did not have a dash cam. However, some of what transpired was caught on the teen’s audio on his phone. Guilford refused to provide the officer with his driver’s license, proof of insurance, or vehicle registration. The officer refused to provide his badge number. The officer had the teen lie on his stomach near his vehicle. During the process of handcuffing Guilford, the officer deployed his stun gun into the teen. After being tased with the stun gun, Guilford stood up. The two ended up in a ditch filled with snow. The officer claims to have been punched 10 times before ultimately firing 7 gunshots at Guilford. The teen died at the scene.

The family expressed their concern that the officer, who is still employed with the Michigan State Police, used unreasonable force under the circumstances. They said they pray that law enforcement will change and use a different approach.

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Arlington, Texas, Police Shoot a Suspect with a Fake Firearm at Arlington’s Parks Mall

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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On Sunday, November 26, 2017, security staff at Parks Mall in Arlington, Texas, reported that they were in pursuit of a suspect who had allegedly stolen two pairs of sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut. Two Arlington police officers at the mall went to the scene. The suspect was running towards an escalator going from a lower to an upper deck. There was an officer on each deck. According to authorities, the suspect pulled out a firearm and directed it toward the police officer on the lower deck. They described the firearm as appearing to be an imitation or replica. The police officer on the lower deck fired his weapon, allegedly striking the suspect. Authorities say the suspect is in his early 20’s, and he was rushed to a local hospital. According to one source, the suspect is in critical condition. There were no other injuries at the scene of the alleged police-involved shooting.

People were asked to avoid the area, and the mall was evacuated and closed. It opened during normal hours as of the following morning.

Police officers recovered the firearm the suspect was carrying, and they said that it fires pellets or “BBs.” Arlington Police Chief Will Johnson posted a message on Twitter that such a replica of a firearm should never be used in criminal endeavors, since police officers do not have adequate training that could help them distinguish between a real and an imitation gun within seconds. He said officers are pursuing legislation to address the dangers created by realistic-looking faux firearms.

Mall shoppers said it was a chaotic scene, when shots were fired. Reportedly, kids were trampled, people were panicked and crying, and many shoppers crammed into restrooms. In general, people didn’t know what to do.

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A Police Officer in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Allegedly Shot and Killed a Man Who Was Trying to Set Himself on Fire

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, police with the Oklahoma City Police Department were called to a scene where a man was said to be suicidal. At the scene, according to Capt. Bo Mathews, 29-year-old Dustin Pigeon had soaked himself in lighter fluid and was attempting to set himself on fire when police arrived. One officer shot Pigeon with a bean bag gun, but it had no effect. A second officer allegedly shot Pigeon, killing him.

Both of the police officers at the scene have been placed on paid leave. This is standard procedure after police-involved shootings.

This incident is reminiscent of another that occurred in Arlington, Texas, on July 10, 2017. Gabriel Olivas had doused himself with gasoline, threatening to set himself on fire. Officers with the Arlington Police Department were called to the scene. When police arrived, Olivas was saturated in gasoline and holding a lighter. A police officer at the scene said Olivas began to be frantic. One of the officers deployed their stun gun in order to try to subdue him. As soon as Olivas was shot with the Taser, he burst into flames. Blankets were used by the officers to put out the flames, and Olivas was pulled to safety through a window of the house. The house practically burned down as a result of the incident. Three officers suffered from smoke inhalation and received medical treatment at a local hospital. According to the family shortly after the incident, Olivas suffered burns on over 80% of his body and was in critical condition. He died four days later.

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A Robbery Suspect is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a Houston, Texas, Police Officer

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

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English: Fondren Police Substation Español: Subestación de Policía Fondren (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

During early rush hour Tuesday, October 23, 2017, a robbery suspect was allegedly shot and killed by a Houston police officer. The robbery took place on Bellaire Boulevard. A man with a pair of scissors and a screwdriver allegedly robbed both a McDonald’s and a CVS. According to the Houston Police Department (HPD), the McDonald’s manager was assaulted by the suspect, and he sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

HPD and the Bellaire Police Department both received calls about the robberies at approximately 6:45 a.m. An officer from each of the two departments began chasing the suspect on foot. At Bellaire Boulevard near Chimney Rock, the police officers attempted to use a Taser on the suspect. At least one hit, but it failed to stop the suspect, according to HPD Executive Assistant Matt Slinkard. At that time, the Houston police officer allegedly fired his weapon at the suspect an undisclosed number of times. An ambulance was called, and the suspect was quickly transported to Ben Taub Hospital, where he later died.

Bellaire Boulevard was shut down for a few hours, and investigators carefully searched the scene for evidence. They reportedly found scissors and a screwdriver at the scene.

The Houston police officer who alleged fired shots is being placed on administrative leave during the investigation; this is standard procedure. Police said that they are trying to obtain the nearby pawn shop’s surveillance video, which is near the spot where the alleged fatal police shooting occurred.

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Release of Body Camera Footage of an Alleged Fatal Police Shooting in Brownsville, Texas is Disputed

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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Body camera video of a controversial alleged police shooting that claimed the life of a 31-year-old man in Brownsville, Texas, has not been released, in spite of requests to that effect. On October 5, 2017, officers with the Brownsville Police Department went to the man’s home for the purpose of serving a felony warrant for burglary of habitation. When they arrived at the address, they said the door to the apartment was open. Police say when they went inside, the suspect confronted them and was holding a knife in his right hand. Police say they backed out of the apartment and ordered the man to drop the weapon. According to two detectives, the suspect then lunged at them with the knife in his hand. At that time, police officers allegedly opened fire. The man was allegedly shot several times. He was quickly transported to Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville, where he was pronounced dead.

The family members of the man who was killed say he had been awakened from his sleep by police knocking on their door. The man’s aunt claims that he did not have a knife in his possession when he was shot.

The officers involved in the alleged police shooting have been on administrative leave since the incident. The fatal encounter is under investigation. A newspaper filed a request based on the Texas Public Information Act. They are asking for access to the body camera video taken during the shooting as well as police reports and all related radio communications.

The Texas Department of Public Safety and the Brownsville Police Department wrote the Texas Attorney General’s Office, saying that the shooting is still being investigated and early release of the video would interfere with both the investigation and any prosecution in the case. The Texas Rangers are conducting the ongoing investigation.

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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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