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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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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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Dallas Civil Rights Lawyer – Rock-Wielding Man Shot by Police at Dallas Love Field Airport is Sentenced to Probation

Friday, July 7th, 2017

On June 10, 2016, 30-year-old Shawn Diamond, an African American, threatened law enforcement officers with rocks and was allegedly shot by police at Dallas Love Field airport. Last month, Diamond pled guilty to felony aggravated assault of a public servant. This week a plea agreement was reached, and he was released from county jail the next day. Diamond was sentenced to 10 years’ probation, and he is forbidden to contact his ex-girlfriend during the probation period. He must also participate in a program for anger management.

According to court documents, Diamond and his ex-girlfriend were having a dispute at the airport. He was allegedly throwing rocks at her car and also hitting it with a traffic cone.

On the day of the incident last summer, Randall Blankenbaker, Assistant Police Chief, told reporters that Diamond had hurled large rocks at the mother of his children. When a police officer approached him, the man allegedly yelled something to the effect of: Shoot me! Shoot me! I dare you! Diamond allegedly charged at police with a rock, and it was at that time that an officer allegedly fired approximately eight rounds. Reportedly, some of those shots were fired after Diamond was hit in the leg and then still attempted to charge the police officer.

In the 87-year history of Love field, this is believed to be the first shooting. Approximately 30 flights were cancelled as a result of this incident.

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Houston, Texas – Officers in Fatal Alva Braziel Shooting are No-Billed by a Harris County Grand Jury

Friday, June 30th, 2017

Two police officers from the Houston, Texas, Police Department (HPD) were allegedly involved in the highly publicized and controversial shooting of Alva Braziel in the summer of 2016. The shooting occurred around the same time there was a spate of high-profile police-involved shootings across the U.S. as well as the deadly ambush that took the lives of five Dallas police officers. On Thursday, June 29, 2017, a grand jury decision was announced in the Braziel case. The members of the grand jury did not indict the Houston officers who allegedly fired the deadly shots. What this means is that the police officers are effectively cleared of any wrongdoing in the alleged shooting.

On the same day the grand jury decision was announced, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner released videos showing the police encounter with Braziel, along with video of the shooting itself. The footage allegedly clearly shows that 38-year-old Braziel still had a gun in his hand after being allegedly shot. This helped to discount the fears that many had that he was another unarmed black man gunned down by police, which is the reason for many protests in the country organized by the Black Lives Matter movement.

Nikki Braziel, widow of the deceased, expressed her opinion that the decision of the grand jury was unfair and that the police officers should have been charged on anything, including manslaughter or capital murder.

Mayor Turner found the Braziel shooting to be a public relations nightmare. Two weeks after the alleged shooting, Turner released 18 minutes of video footage that was more from a distance than the more recently released videos. The distant videos also included enlarged footage showing that Braziel had his hands in the air when law enforcement vehicles arrived at the scene. Turner said his reason for releasing the video was to show that an unarmed black man had not been shot by HPD in this case.

The officer’s body cameras did not start recording until after the alleged shooting. Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo is attempting to acquire new body cameras for HPD that turn on automatically whenever officers step from their vehicles.

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On a Domestic Disturbance Call, an Armed Man is Allegedly Fatally Shot by Amarillo Police

Thursday, June 29th, 2017

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On Tuesday night, June 27, 2017, a police officer with the Amarillo Police Department (APD) allegedly shot and killed 35-year-old Jason Magana Herrera while responding to a domestic violence and trespassing call. The deadly incident occurred west of the Tri-State Fairgrounds at the Nelson Street Apartments. At about 6:07 p.m., police arrived at the scene. Officers encountered Herrera in the parking lot of the apartments, and they attempted to detain him. Herrera allegedly fought with the officers, and a Taser was allegedly used in an attempt to get him under control. According to the Amarillo Police Department, Herrera pulled out the Taser probes and escaped the officers. At that point, Herrera allegedly pulled out a handgun from somewhere on his person, ran from the police briefly, and then turned and allegedly directed the gun at the police. A news release from APD says that one police officer allegedly fired his handgun at Herrera, as a way of protecting himself and the other officer at the scene. The number of times he allegedly fired was not specified. Herrera was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police reported that a gun allegedly used to threaten police officers was recovered at the scene. Also, the call for police assistance was made by a woman who supposedly knew Herrera. One of the officers suffered minor injuries during the altercation with Herrera. At a local hospital, the officer was treated and released.

According to a witness at the apartments, four or five gunshots were fired during the incident.

Both of the officers at the scene are now on paid administrative leave, and the incident is being investigated.

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Police Misconduct Lawyer Texas – Police Officers’ Use of Deadly Force is Linked to Low Self-Control, Study Shows

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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A study conducted by the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas, analyzing responses of 1,935 police officers was designed to determine the level of self-control of each officer. Among the results of the extensive study, it shows that when a police officer demonstrates low-level self-control in his or her personal life, there is a greater tendency to use deadly force when serving as a police officer.

This study has been published in the online journal Police Quarterly. Eight indicators were used to measure self-control. These included such personal matters as being in a car accident and experiencing financial problems. For each indicator, the likelihood that an officer will be involved in a shooting increases by 21%, research suggests.

Other indicators which were used to indicate the level of self-control in personal life were:

  • History of having a suspended driver’s license,
  • Getting behind on payment of bills,
  • Debts or loans over $1,000,
  • Being separate or divorced,
  • History of being under any variety of court order, and
  • Receiving a traffic ticket within the last five years.

Among the researchers involved in the study are Dr. Jon Maskaly, Assistant Professor of Criminology; Dr. Alex Piquero; and Ashbel Smith, Professor of Criminology. The authors of the study include Dr. Wesley G. Jennings of Texas State University and Loyola University Chicago’s Dr. Christopher Donner.

Researchers say the study’s findings suggest that police departments could benefit from paying more attention to behavioral markers that reflect lower self-control. In addition, the use of interviews and psychological exams to screen candidates more effectively seems advisable.

Dr. Maskaly said a pattern of indicators suggest more screening is needed, but just a couple of indicators shouldn’t produce the same level of concern.

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Austin, Texas Makes its Largest Payout in a Fatal Police Shooting Case

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

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In February, 2017, the Austin, Texas, city council approved a settlement of $3.25 million to be paid to the family of David Joseph. This was the largest settlement of its kind in the city’s history. Seventeen-year-old Joseph was an African American allegedly shot and killed by an Austin city police officer on February 8, 2016. Joseph was unclothed and unarmed at the time. The officer who allegedly shot him was at the scene because of a report about a man harassing residents in the North Austin neighborhood. The officer claimed that the teen charged him and that he feared Joseph could overpower him. The officer fired his weapon twice.

The Austin Police Department terminated the officer who shot Joseph, and he was the first police officer in eight years to lose his job over a fatal shooting. The Austin Police Department concluded that alleged lethal force used against Joseph was unjustified.

This large payout by the City of Austin as a result of an officer’s alleged use of lethal force is one of several fairly recent multi-million-dollar payouts by other large U.S. cities after controversial, high-profile police shootings, most of which supposedly involved young black men. Days following the alleged fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, police in Los Angeles allegedly shot and killed Ezell Ford, an unarmed black man. Ford’s family was paid $1.5 million by the city. Six million dollars was the settlement in favor of the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice to be paid by the City of Cleveland after he was allegedly shot and killed by police as he sat in a park with a toy gun. Ramarley Graham was an unarmed 18-year-old who was allegedly fatally shot by police after they followed him into his home; New York City paid his family $4 million in 2015.

In this continuing series, learn more about these three alleged fatal police shootings that also involved millions in city payouts.

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A San Antonio Police Officer Shoots and Kills a Man Wielding a Knife

Sunday, April 30th, 2017

San Antonio is the largest city in South Texas.

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A police officer in San Antonio, Texas, shot and killed a man on April 20, 2017, after the man allegedly charged at him, wielding a knife. The police officer had been flagged down to help because a man and his girlfriend were fighting and the man pulled a knife. Witnesses told officers that the woman tried to take the weapon from the man. When police arrived, the man, who was still holding a knife, allegedly charged at a police officer. The officer first deployed his stun gun. This did not prove effective, and that’s when the officer said he resorted to the use of his firearm. Police Chief William McManus of the San Antonio Police Department said that it appears so far that the police officer didn’t do anything wrong and, in fact, followed procedure. The incident is being investigated, during which time the officer is on administrative duty.

There has been growing social unrest about police officers allegedly using more than the necessary force against citizens. It remains to be seen what will develop in this case. When family members, friends, and others in the community are of the opinion police officers killed someone wrongfully, outcries seem to put added pressure on police departments and courts to hold the officers responsible.

One example of such a case occurred in San Antonio in 2014, when Marquise Jones was shot and killed by an officer who was working an off-duty security job. Last month a vigil was held at the location of Jones’ death, in recognition of the third year anniversary. On April 6, 2017, a jury in a wrongful death suit ruled in favor of the police officer who shot Jones. The plaintiffs were alleging a cover-up.

In the incident, Jones was killed with a single bullet in the back. The officer alleges that Jones had a gun and was looking back at him as he ran away. There were numerous witnesses, and some versions contradicted what the police officer said happened. Jones was 23 years old and a new father when he was killed, and the family continues to grieve and fight for what they view as justice. It is their belief that Jones was a victim of unjust police violence.

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