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A Former Mesquite, Texas, Police Officer is Charged with a Crime in the Alleged Shooting of Lyndo Jones

Friday, December 8th, 2017

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On November 8, 2017, Lyndo Jones, a 31-year-old black man, was accosted by police in Mesquite, Texas, as he was trying to shut off the malfunctioning alarm in his vehicle. Reportedly, within 10 seconds of the arrival of the police, Jones was allegedly shot in the stomach by a black officer. He was then tased as he was lying there. The officers allegedly tried to conduct a cavity search, and Jones was then shot in the back. Initially, Jones, who has survived the alleged police shooting, was charged with evading arrest; but that charge was dropped. On December 7, 2017, it was reported that the officer involved in the shooting has been indicted on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant. The officer turned himself in and has since been released on a $300,000 bond.

Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson has declined to share or describe the body camera footage of the incident.

The charges that the officer faces for the alleged police shooting of Jones carries a sentence of between 5 years to life in prison and a fine of up to $100,000. Johnson said the maximum sentence in the case is being pursued.

The officer who has been charged was fired in November for violating the policies of the police department. Charlie Cato, Mesquite Police Chief, did not specify which policies may have been violated, but he did say the officer involved had been with the Mesquite Police Department for more than nine years.

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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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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 Charge Against a Man Allegedly Shot Twice by a Mesquite, Texas, Police Officer Has been Dropped

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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Thirty-one-year-old Lyndo Jones was allegedly shot twice by an officer with the Mesquite Police Department in Mesquite, Texas, on November 8, 2017. Police had responded to the 1300 block of South Town East Boulevard on a report of a possible car burglary. At the time, Jones was in his own truck, and the alarm on the vehicle was malfunctioning. Police approached him, and Jones claims that he was shot within 10 seconds of their arrival. A spokesperson for the police department said that a scuffle had started before shots were allegedly fired. First, Jones claims, he was shot in the stomach. Then the officers allegedly tried to perform a cavity search as he was lying there, wounded. When he reacted, Jones says that he was then shot in the back. Jones was admitted to Baylor Hospital, where he was reported to be in critical but stable condition. He has since been released.

A charge of evading arrest was filed and then dropped hours later.

The officer who allegedly shot Jones has been with the department for a decade. He has been placed on paid administrative leave and is scheduled to be interviewed by criminal investigators. The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office and the Mesquite Police Department are investigating the alleged police shooting.

Jones is demanding to see the dash cam of the police officers plus any body cam videos that may have recorded the incident.

Sources claim that law enforcement officials have expressed concern about the officer-involved shooting.

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A Woman Allegedly Shot in Head by Bartlesville, Oklahoma Police Department Officers Sues Department and Officers

Monday, October 30th, 2017

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In Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Trina Brown called the police on October 26, 2016, when she saw that her then-boyfriend was headed toward her house. He had allegedly beaten her earlier in the day. When police officers arrived, they witnessed Brown being beaten by her boyfriend. A Taser was deployed on the attacker, but it had no effect. Officers next tackled the boyfriend and ended up getting punched. One of the officers allegedly fired his weapon numerous times in the man’s direction. The boyfriend was killed, and Brown was allegedly shot in the head. She says that the bullet traveled behind an ear, down her neck and back, getting lodged close to her lower spine. Brown is suing the department and the officers at the scene for alleged negligence in shooting her while firing at her boyfriend. She claims that the officer who fired a weapon lacked proper training. She also says the police tried to cover up what had happened to her by saying she had been cut with a knife rather than shot. Brown says that her constitutional rights were violated.

Whenever a police officer fires a weapon, the officers who fired the shots are placed on administrative leave during an investigation. When the investigation regarding a police shooting reveals that an officer followed procedure, he or she is usually reinstated to their former position. If it is determined that an officer acted independently of police training, he or she might be fired and could also be charged with a crime for using excessive force.

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A Man Allegedly Shot by a Chicago Police Officer is Awarded $44.7 Million

Friday, October 27th, 2017

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A record-breaking $44.7 million has been awarded to a man in Chicago who was allegedly shot in the head by an off-duty patrol officer with the Chicago Police Department. The police shooting occurred at the home of Michael LaPorta, who was the victim of the alleged shooting and is now 37 years old. The only people in the home at the time were LaPorta and his friend, the officer who allegedly fired the shot. Allegedly, the officer had been drinking heavily and shot LaPorta in the back of the head. He first allegedly misled investigators, claiming that his friend had been trying to commit suicide. LaPorta survived, but he still has many health problems as a result of the shooting. He is unable to walk; and he requires 24-hour care, which is provided by his parents.

Testimony suggested that the patrolman’s violent behavior had been enabled by the police department. The jury concluded that the police department failed to discipline police officers or maintain a system to provide early warnings. The federal jury found that the city of Chicago is responsible to pay the multi-million-dollar jury award plus LaPorta’s legal fees, which adds up to millions more.

Some jury members spoke about their verdict afterward, indicating that there needs to be major change in the city’s law enforcement practices.

The police officer who allegedly shot LaPorta is still with the police department but cannot carry a gun or make arrests.

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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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An Alleged Police-Involved Shooting is Being Investigated in Dalhart, Texas

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

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An officer-involved shooting occurred in Dalhart, Texas, on Monday, October 16, 2017, and the Texas Rangers are investigating the incident. At about 2:15 a.m. Monday, officers with the Dalhart Police Department went to the Dalhart Self Storage in response to a call about a suicidal individual. When they arrived, officers encountered a woman who had a shotgun with her. Police officers said they negotiated with the woman and tried to get her to put the shotgun on the ground. They say that, instead, she turned the shotgun toward the police officers. In response, they shot her an undisclosed number of times. An emergency medical team went to the scene and gave the woman treatment. She was then transported first to a Dalhart hospital and then to Lubbock’s University Medical Center. The Texas Rangers also went to the scene, where they began their investigation.

 

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A Suspect is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a Deputy in Kingwood, a Houston, Texas, Suburb

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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On Monday, October 16, 2017, in Kingwood, Texas, a deputy with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department allegedly shot and killed a suspect. The incident is being investigated by the Houston Police Department. Details of what allegedly happened follow.

According to authorities, the events leading to the alleged fatal police shooting began at about 1:30 p.m. on Kingwood Drive not far from Chestnut Ridge Road. A Montgomery County deputy stopped the driver of a motorcycle at the intersection of Loop 494 and Kingwood Drive. The stop was made because the deputy ran the license plate on the bike, and it showed up as invalid. The driver of the motorcycle took off, rather than comply; and the deputy lost the motorcycle during pursuit.

Another deputy constable identified the motorcycle and began following it. Authorities say the motorcyclist got into an auto accident and then ran to a gas station nearby. He then allegedly tried to commit a carjacking. The deputy arrived at the scene of the would-be carjacking and attempted to subdue the suspect.

The deputy deployed his stun gun, but it reportedly had no effect on the man. The suspect then allegedly grabbed for his backpack and pulled out a handgun. The deputy allegedly shot the suspect several times at about 1:40 p.m. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.

In the initial reporting, there was no mention of body cameras used by the officers involved. In many police stations across the U.S., body cameras are now standard equipment. This new procedure is an answer to widespread outrage over a few high-profile cases that have suggested that police engaged in misconduct of some kind. There are groups claiming that police officers are often involved in racial targeting, which is one aspect of the overall demand for more police accountability.

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One Man is Dead, After an Alleged Officer-Involved Shooting in Brownsville, Texas

Friday, October 6th, 2017

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In Brownsville, Texas, on Thursday, October 5, 2017, police officers were attempting to serve a warrant on a man when the man they were looking for allegedly came at them holding a knife. Officers say they repeatedly instructed the man to put the weapon down. Authorities say that the man refused to do so, resulting in officers allegedly firing their weapons at him, in fear for their lives. The man was quickly transported to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

As a result of the alleged shooting, several police officers will be placed on three days of administrative leave while authorities investigate the shooting, according to J. J. Trevino, spokesperson for the Brownsville Police Department. The Texas Rangers are involved in the investigation.

According to the victim’s family, their loved one had been sleeping when the officers arrived at the door and knocked. The man’s aunt said she answered the door and a short time after that, she heard five gunshots fired. She claims that the man who was shot had not been holding a knife and that the family wants justice.

Since September 7, 2016, the Brownsville Police Department has been equipped with body cameras. At that time, the plan was for every officer to be equipped with a body camera before January 2017. There was no mention of body cameras, however, in the reporting of this story about the alleged deadly police shooting in Brownsville.

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