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Amarillo, Texas, Police Allegedly Shoot a Man Who Disarmed a Suspect in a Hostage Situation

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

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On Wednesday, February 14, 2018, officers with the Amarillo Police Department received an emergency call that approximately 100 people were being held at a local church in a hostage situation. When the officers entered the chapel, they opened fire at a man seen holding a gun. It turned out, however, that the man with the gun had just disarmed the suspect. The man who was allegedly shot was identified as a bystander who took away the suspect’s firearm. The injured man was transported to a nearby hospital by ambulance. According to police, the man’s injuries are not life-threatening. The 35-year-old suspect was taken into custody. No one else at the scene was hurt.

It is standard procedure that when an officer fires a weapon, the officer is placed in an administrative capacity while an investigation into the incident is conducted. The actions of police officers are evaluated. Sometimes, it is determined that an officer acted outside the realm of proper procedure. Not only do officers sometimes lose their jobs in such instances but sometimes they are charged with crimes.

An example of a controversial shooting occurred on July 23, 2017, in Southaven, Mississippi. Police officers went to the wrong address as they were searching for a suspect in an assault case. A man who lived at the wrong address ended up allegedly being fatally shot in the back of the head by police as the officers tried to gain entrance. The incident stirred a great deal of public outrage. As the family has continued to seek answers, the latest news came out in December 2017, only to say that the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is still ongoing. The names of the officers involved were never released to the public.

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Video and Audio Footage of the Alleged Police-Involved Fatal Shooting of Dewboy Lister is Released on Social Media

Monday, February 5th, 2018

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On October 19, 2017, there was an alleged officer-involved shooting in Corpus Christi, Texas, in Hillcrest Neighborhood. A police officer with the Corpus Christi Police Department allegedly fired a single shot, after being in pursuit of 55-year-old Dewboy Lister and subsequently wrestling the refinery worker to the ground. Body camera footage was released on February 2, 2018, which captured footage of the traffic stop and pursuit that just preceded the alleged officer-involved shooting that resulted in Lister’s death.

The video footage shows that an officer pulled Lister over at the intersection of Port Avenue and Winnebago Street. The officer allegedly observed that Lister was taking up two lanes with his vehicle and had a burned out license plate light. The body camera footage shows that Lister said he did not want to answer any further questions. The officer starting patting Lister down, repeating the reason he was pulled over.

Next, a struggle between Lister and the Corpus Christi officer ensued. The officer allegedly used an electronic weapon, which didn’t seem to have an effect. Lister returned to his vehicle and drove off. The officer followed in pursuit in his vehicle.

On Minton Street, Lister began running on foot, and the officer followed on foot, in pursuit. There was allegedly another struggle between the two. During the struggle, the radio and body camera on the officer became dislodged. However, audio continued. The officer warned Lister that he would be shot if he did not comply. Lister is heard shouting to gain the attention of other officers. On the audio, a single gunshot is heard. At that point, the officer who was struggling with Lister called the other officers over.

Another officer at the scene reported that he observed the officer involved in the alleged fatal police shooting. The officer’s hair and uniform were said to be in a state of disarray and his body camera, flashlight, and mobile radio were all on the ground.

Officers immediately provided medical assistance to Lister, and he was quickly transported to Christus Spohn Hospital Shoreline. Within a few hours, on October 20, Lister died.

The October 19 incident was investigated by the Nueces County District Attorney’s Office, and the grand jury declined to indict the officer allegedly involved in the shooting.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Mike Markle made a short statement in the video before the footage is shown. Among other things, he said the Texas Attorney General’s Office allowed the video footage to be released this week.

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A Jury Finds in Favor of a Fort Smith, Arkansas, Police Officer Accused of Using Excessive Force

Friday, January 26th, 2018

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On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, a jury in the U.S. District Court of Western Arkansas handed down a verdict favoring a Fort Smith Police Department officer, who had been sued for alleged use of excessive force during an arrest. The officer, who is retired for medical reasons, arrested a 44-year-old man on April 18, 2014. During the events that transpired in the “sally port” of the Sebastian County Detention Center, the man fell face-forward while still hand-cuffed, which broke teeth and caused jaw injuries. The deputy told jurors that he had lost his balance and fell at the same time as the man, but the deputy did not fall to the floor. Due to the man’s injuries, the deputy took him to Sparks Regional Medical Center for treatment. The medical staff reported that he was allegedly uncooperative and belligerent, and they refused to provide treatment, after several unsuccessful tries. The man was then returned to the detention center. Ultimately, the man sued above-referenced deputy as well as other officers who serve the city in supervisory positions. The court granted the jury’s unanimous judgment in favor of the defendants. The judge also said all parties are required to pay their respective attorneys’ fees and other costs.

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A $5.5 Million Settlement is Reached Between Pittsburgh and Leon Ford Jr, the Alleged Victim of a Police Shooting

Friday, January 19th, 2018

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A settlement has finally been reached regarding the alleged police shooting of Leon Ford Jr., a young black man, on November 11, 2012, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. A Caucasian police officer allegedly shot Ford during a traffic stop, causing Ford to become paralyzed from the waist down. The alleged racially motivated police shooting prompted demonstrations and resulted in polarization within the community. Ford’s shooting has frequently been a main topic of public meetings between residents and police officials. The settlement amount between the City of Pittsburgh and Ford is $5.5 million to be paid over a three-year period.

Ford has persisted in his claim that police officers had no reason to stop him in his vehicle, and the three officers allegedly used excessive force.

According to police, Ford refused to get out of his vehicle, as instructed. At one point, Ford allegedly attempted to pull away from an officer while partially in the vehicle. On the passenger side, an officer believed Ford may have been reaching for a gun and he allegedly shot Ford four times. That officer also claimed that Ford struck him several times during a struggle.

There have been various trials related to this incident. The officer who allegedly fired the shots is still with the Pittsburgh Police Department, according to the latest accounts.

Investigations are done by Texas Rangers whenever police officers in the state are accused of using excessive force. When officers are found to have acted with excessive force, there are various potential outcomes. Sometimes the officer may face discipline but retain his or her job. There have been times when a police officer faced criminal charges for using excessive force, whether on duty or off-duty.

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A Federal Jury Finds that an Austin, Texas, Police Officer Used Excessive Force During an Arrest for Jaywalking

Thursday, January 18th, 2018

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On November 6, 2015, Jeremy King was arrested for jaywalking in Austin, Texas. He has alleged since that time that excessive force was used against him, and he filed a federal lawsuit against the Austin Police Department. In the second week of January, 2018, the case was in a week-long trial before a jury. Members of the jury found that an officer did use excessive force during the jaywalking arrest. They also decided, however, that the officer is protected from damages for civil liability and King is not entitled to damages.

In 2015, King made a complaint against the officer making his arrest. The Austin Police Department investigation found that the arresting officers were not guilty of misconduct. According to Austin police officials, in light of the jury verdict last week, they will do a thorough review of the verdict and make a fresh decision on whether disciplinary action should be taken against the officer who was a main focus of the lawsuit and/or against other officers.

During the trial, jurors were told that King was instructed by police not to cross the street and that he heard the instruction. King then allegedly profanely coaxed other friends to cross the street with him. Six police officers were involved in the resulting arrests. A video of the arrest went viral, and it showed that officers allegedly held one of the jaywalkers in a chokehold.

King claims to have suffered cuts, bruises, neck pain, and a sprained wrist from the forceful arrest.

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The Texas Rangers are Investigating an Alleged Fatal Police Shooting by a Bedford, Texas, Police Officer

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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In Bedford, Texas, on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, a suspect was allegedly fatally shot by a police officer. According to the Bedford Police Department, the suspect, who has not yet been identified, appeared to be reaching for a weapon when the alleged officer-involved shooting occurred. No police officers were injured. The Texas Rangers will be investigating the alleged deadly police shooting that occurred between Dallas and Fort Worth in Bedford.

At about 4:30 a.m., police officers responded to a call about a suspicious automobile in the parking lot of a grocery store. When officers arrived at the address on Airport Freeway, the suspect drove away. Police pursued and located the vehicle on Hurst Drive. According to police Lt. Kirk Roberts, the suspect allegedly reached for a weapon as the officers were attempting to make contact. One police officer fired his weapon, allegedly striking the suspect.

After the alleged fatal police shooting, police officers immediately administered cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), but they were unable to revive the suspect, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other details have been released, including the name of the officer involved. There was also no mention of whether or not body cameras were on officers at the time of the alleged shooting.

During the investigation of this tragic incident, the actions of the alleged shooter will be examined. There have been times when officers have been found to have acted with excessive force, and sometimes they are charged with a crime. In recent news, for instance, an officer was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the alleged March 26, 2016, fatal shooting of a 16-year-old.

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A Former Texas Police Officer who Allegedly Killed 16-year-old Jose Cruz is Sentenced by a Jury to 10 Years in Prison

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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A former Texas police officer charged with the March 2016 shooting death of 16-year-old Jose Cruz in Addison, Texas, a suburb north of Dallas, was sentenced by a jury to 10 years in prison on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The officer, who was 35 years old and off duty at the time of the alleged shooting, had chased Cruz and another suspect into Addison. The officer then allegedly rammed the teens’ vehicle with his sport utility vehicle and fired multiple shots into their car, which severely injured one teen and killed Cruz.

Early in the investigation into the alleged police shooting, it was determined that there was probable cause for arrest. The police officer was arrested on March 15, 2016, however. He was charged with murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and released on a $150,000 bond shortly thereafter. Cruz’s mother was interviewed after the arrest and stated her opinion that the officer deserves the death penalty. She also expressed surprise that the officer was arrested at all, saying that as a police officer, he is among those who have the power.

According to a Pew Research Center survey conducted by the National Police Research Platform a year ago, even police officers in the U.S. agree with those who think bad cops are not usually held accountable. About 72% of the police officers surveyed said that officers who consistently do a poor job are not usually held to account. Police officers were almost split on their opinion about the disciplinary process in their respective agencies being fair, with about 46% in agreement and 53% in disagreement.

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A Louisiana Man is Injured and Charged in an Alleged Officer-Involved Shooting

Saturday, January 6th, 2018

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An alleged officer-involved shooting that occurred on December 27, 2017, in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, is under investigation. A preliminary investigation suggests that a Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy stopped to assist a motorist in a stalled vehicle at approximately 2 a.m. The vehicle was stopped at the intersection of LA Hwy 139 and US 80. Shots were allegedly fired during the event, and a 36-year-old Bastrop man in the stalled vehicle was allegedly struck. He was transported to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. As a result of the incident, charges of attempted first degree murder have been filed against the Bastrop man. He was also charged with possession of Schedule II narcotics. When the man is released from the hospital, he will be booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center in Monroe, Louisiana, according to authorities. The incident is under investigation by detectives with the Louisiana State Police, the Monroe Field Office, and the State Bureau of Investigation. There has been no mention of the police officer being injured during the incident.

The Texas Ranger Division with the Texas Department of Public Safety has the lead criminal investigative responsibility for officer-involved shooting investigations that occur in Texas. Currently, there are 222 full-time employees handling the many investigations. In 2015, for example, there were 3,224 investigations. Those investigations resulted in 1,583 felony arrests and 124 misdemeanor arrests.

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A Mississippi Teen with Mental Health Issues is Jailed Without a Trial for Almost 4 Years

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

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In 2012, when he was 16 years old, Tyler Haire was arrested and placed in a jail in Mississippi. Haire had a history of significant mental health issues prior to the arrest. According to an investigative report, he remained in the Calhoun County Jail in Pittsboro, Mississippi, for almost four years without ever having received a mental health evaluation or a trial. Calhoun County District Attorney Ben Creekmore says that a mental health evaluation was ordered at the time the case was opened. No evidence has been found that Haire ever received the evaluation. Haire’s mother said that he had been diagnosed with at least ten different mental health issues when he was a child, including psychotic tendencies, bipolar disorder, homicidal ideations, major depressive disorder, impulse control disorder, and anxiety disorder. Yet, in his nearly four years of incarceration, Haire was given no treatments for mental health. A psychologist did, however, declare that he was legally competent in 2016, after which Haire accepted a plea bargain and is expected to be released from the jail in 2018.

Laws in Texas have recently changed to improve the care given to individuals with mental health issues who are incarcerated in the state. The Sandra Bland Act was signed into law in 2017. It mandates that county jails divert individuals with substance abuse and mental health issues toward treatment, among other things. The law was inspired by Sandra Bland, who was jailed in Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, after a controversial arrest that followed her being pulled over by a police officer for an alleged minor traffic violation. Bland committed suicide in the jail three days later, and it was believed that the jail system failed her, since she had reportedly demonstrated evidence of mental health challenges.

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A Tennessee Police Officer Allegedly Fatally Shoots a Kentucky Man who Fled a Sobriety Checkpoint

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

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Thirty-four-year-old Salvador Byassee of Clinton, Kentucky, was allegedly shot and killed in Weakly County, Tennessee, by a police officer with the Hickman County, Kentucky, Sheriff’s Department. The Hickman County officer had pursued Byassee across state lines.

According to authorities, Kentucky State Police officers were conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Highway 1218, and Byassee allegedly failed to yield to the checkpoint. He evaded police officers and then wrecked his car. He then fled on foot and later stole a vehicle in Weakley County. Hickman County officers located Byassee’s whereabouts and pursued him a second time, when the fatal shooting occurred.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) will conduct an investigation into the alleged shooting. Their findings will be submitted to Attorney General Tommy Thomas of the 27th District for review and consideration, as regards whether or not the alleged police shooting was justified.

In Texas, officer-involved shootings are always investigated by the Texas Rangers. One of the objectives is the same, which is to determine whether or not excessive force was used in an alleged fatal police-involved shooting. In many police departments today, officers wear body cameras that are supposed to be turned on whenever police officers are at a scene they were called to. The purpose is to provide added insight about what happened.

Electronic weapons and bean bag guns are additional methods police officers usually have. If an officer feels his life is threatened, however, he or she is trained to open fire.

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