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Protestors and Family Members of a Man Killed in an Alleged Police Shooting in Waco, Texas, Demand Justice

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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English: I took photo with Canon camera in Waco, TX. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A lack of video footage of the alleged police shooting of Kerry Bradley in Waco, Texas, on August 1, 2017 is resulting in public demonstrations and demands for justice. The Waco Police department has not released any official police footage of the incident. Officers had arrived at the Waco location in unmarked vehicles that are not equipped with cameras, and the purpose was to arrest Bradley on alleged drug charges. Police claim that Bradley, an African American, was trying to escape and ran over a detective. His GMC Yukon became lodged on top of Officer William Graeber. Police also say they did not fire their weapons at Bradley until Graeber had been hit by the vehicle. Bradley was killed in the alleged police shooting and Graeber suffered critical injuries.

Family members and protesters have been accusing the police officers of causing the accident by first shooting Bradley, who allegedly then lost control of his vehicle and struck the officer. There are claims that footage exists to prove this narrative, but it has not come forward and the Waco police haven’t seen any.

On Tuesday, August 15, a Waco City Council meeting was disrupted and then shut down as a result of loud chants of protestors demanding justice for Bradley.

Police cameras are widely used, but they are not on all Waco police vehicles. Police Chief Ryan Holt said he doesn’t want to make comments on the case at this time because it is still under investigation by Texas Rangers. His answer suggests that no official footage exists. He said officers will soon have body-worn cameras and it’s unnecessary to equip every unmarked police car with a video camera.

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The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is Sued for Official Oppression; the Related Dash Cam Video has been Released

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Español: El 1200 Jail (“Carcel 1200”), la sede de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recently, in August 2017, the complete dashcam video of the 2015 roadside strip search of Charnesia Corley was released and quickly went viral. On June 20, 2015, in northwest Houston, Texas, Corley was pulled over for allegedly running a stop sign. During the stop, Corley claims that the deputies said they could smell marijuana. They searched her vehicle but found nothing. Then, right there on the roadside next to a gas station parking lot, a female police officer instructed Corley to remove her pants. The officer then allegedly conducted a visual strip search by shining a flashlight on Corley’s exposed genital area as she lay on the ground with her head under her vehicle. It appears that this search lasted 10 minutes.

The 23-year-old is now suing the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. She is asking for a special prosecutor on the case, since the Harris County district attorney’s office dismissed the official oppression charges initially brought against the two deputies allegedly involved. The initial charges were dismissed on the eve of the trial against them, which has been a cause of tremendous social outrage.

Both sides in this case claim that the dashcam video proves their particular side of the story. The deputies claim to be vindicated by the video. Corley, however, contends that the roadside search was a violation of her constitutional rights.

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Grand Prairie Police Misconduct Attorney – New Texas Laws Improve Transparency Regarding Police Shooting

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Houston, Texas, police cruiser. (Labeled for free use)

Greater transparency with regard to law enforcement reporting on fatal and serious police shootings has uncovered cases that would allegedly previously have been obscured. When agencies don’t report officer-involved shootings, there is now greater accountability and incentive to be thorough in sharing facts about each such incident. The following is information on two officer-involved shootings in Texas that would allegedly and historically have been kept silent but for the new laws.

In October 2015, 21-year-old Garrett Steven McKinney was shot and killed outside of a regional hospital following an altercation with an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety. McKinney had been there for the purpose of receiving mental health treatment.  This story is the type that previously wouldn’t have come under the public’s radar. Discussions on this shooting, which contributed to Texas reforms, involved Sherene Mayner, McKinney’s mother in Austin, Texas.

On January 30, 2016, a 25-year-old rookie cop in Clute, Texas, allegedly fired his weapon through the bedroom wall of his apartment accidentally. When the shot went off, 35-year-old neighbor Reggie Rossow Jr. had been asleep. He heard the gunshot and almost rolled off of his bed. He realized something was wrong and felt blood but didn’t realize he had been shot. The officer knocked on the door of Rossow’s apartment and asked if everyone was okay, admitting what had just happened. Turned out the bullet traveled through Rossow’s spleen. His spleen had to be removed, which left him with medical bills of more than $50,000 and a susceptibility to infection. Within days of the accidental alleged off-duty police shooting, the rookie police officer resigned. He was later indicted on a deadly conduct charge. It’s a misdemeanor with a punishment of up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000. His trial is set for October 2017.

In the past 22 months, there have been 330 officer-involved shootings in Texas. It has been very rare for officers to face charges, though research shows that 1 of every 6 person shot by a Texas law enforcement officer was allegedly unarmed.

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Incident Involving Constable Deputy in Houston

Friday, July 28th, 2017

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English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Español: El 1200 Jail (“Carcel 1200”), la sede de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The actions of a constable deputy in Harris County Precinct One in Houston, Texas, have come under fire this week. The deputy approached 20-year-old African American Marlin Gipson, who was mowing lawns in his neighborhood, as part of his business. When questioned, Gipson explained that he was mowing lawns and putting business cards on residents’ doors. The police officer said there have been recent robberies in the neighborhood, and he was conducting an investigation. Gipson has accused the deputy of racially profiling him. The entire incident involved Gipson allegedly evading arrest and allegedly being severely bitten by a police dog in his home. In addition, two of his brothers were arrested and his sister, age 13, was handcuffed. Part of the interaction between Gipson and the deputy were recorded on video and posted on social media.

The interaction between the deputy and Gipson took a turn when Gipson was asked for his identification. He said he didn’t have any and then allegedly gave a fake name. Gipson asked the deputy for his name and information, and at that point the officer pulled out his handcuffs. Gipson fled the scene and the deputy called for backup.

Another deputy for Precinct One saw the suspect near an address a witness had provided to the police. The homeowner allowed deputies to enter, and Gipson was discovered hiding in a closet. He allegedly refused to exit the closet. At that time, deputies allegedly subdued him with both a K-9 unit and a Taser. Gipson was arrested on charges of evading arrest and failing to identify himself.

Records show that it was determined when Gipson was fingerprinted at the Harris County Jail that there was a warrant out for his arrest allegedly in association with a 2015 assault case as well as two cases of resisting arrest in April 2017, which are still pending.

A great deal of social media attention has already been given to this incident.  Photos that claim to be pictures of the dog bites Gipson suffered due to the K-9 attack are posted, and there is some fundraising to support him as he returns to college classes and his business.

It is being claimed by some on social media that police won’t even leave members of the black community alone when they are busy doing “something productive.”

Constable Allen Rosen of Precinct One spoke on the incident, alleging that Gipson’s claims are false.

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The City of Houston Considers an $85,000 Settlement Related to a 2013 Officer-Involved Shooting

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

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English: 1200 Travis, the headquarters of the Houston Police Department Español: 1200 Travis, la sede del Departamento de Policía de Houston (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Houston, Texas, City Council was set to vote on July 25, 2017, regarding whether or not to enter a settlement in a federal civil rights lawsuit. The potential 85,000-dollar settlement is related to a 2013 narcotics raid, during which an unarmed man was shot. During the raid, a Houston police officer allegedly shot then 38-year-old George Ralph Benard in the abdomen. Benard filed lawsuits against the Houston Police Department (HPD) and the City of Houston, and both cases were dismissed.  He also filed a lawsuit against the officer who allegedly shot him, and that is the case which may end with a settlement this week. The question with regard to the officer is whether excessive force was used, when Benard was allegedly shot.

The 2013 shooting happened at about 8:20 p.m. in the 6700 block of Sherwood in Houston. According to HPD, police officers involved in the narcotics raid entered the home and identified themselves as officers. They say Benard was in the living room but then ran to a room toward the back of the home. He was ordered to stop and show his hands, but he failed to comply. According to officers, when Benard ran back into the room, he reached toward his waistband, as though he had a weapon there. He also turned abruptly toward one of the officers.

A police officer who says that he feared for his own safety and the safety of his partners shot Benard in the abdomen. The officer had been with HPD since December 1992. The case was investigated by HPD Internal Affairs, Homicide division, and the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

Earlier in July 2017, Houston paid a settlement to the family of Kenny Releford in the amount of $260,000. It was the largest Houston settlement in the past seven years related to an officer-involved shooting. In 2012, Releford was allegedly fatally shot by a police officer and found to have been unarmed. Releford was a Navy veteran.

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A Corrections Deputy is Fired After Allegedly Breaking an Inmate’s Nose and Teeth

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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On June 26, 2017, an investigation began with regard to an incident that allegedly occurred at Manatee County Sheriff’s Office Central Jail in Florida. An inmate’s nose and some of his teeth were broken during the alleged incident. As a result of the investigation, a 32-year-old corrections deputy was terminated from his position with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) on July 6. The officer has appealed the decision; and on July 27, it will be presented before a Career Service Board for consideration.

It was after the accused corrections deputy had conducted a contraband “shakedown” search at the jail that he was fired. Inmate Andrew Pryce found that his cache of oranges had been removed during the contraband search. Pryce allegedly become distraught and confronted the deputy. The inmate was placed in handcuffs with his arms behind his back, and two other deputies were also present

The three deputies began to escort Pryce from the dorm. The accused deputy and another took physical control of the inmate. There is an online video of what happened next.

As the three deputies and Pryce were walking down the hall, Pryce turned to speak to the deputy. The deputy then moved Pryce with his chest against the wall. More words were exchanged. The deputy then allegedly lifted the inmate, spun him to the left, and strong-armed him to the floor, facedown. Allegedly as a result of the deputy’s actions, the inmate suffered a broken nose along with broken teeth.

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Arlington, Texas, Officers are Accused of Alleged Official Oppression and More

Friday, July 14th, 2017

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On Thursday, July 13, 2017, an Arlington mother, Latasha Nelson, accused Arlington police officers of promising to drop charges against her sons in exchange for video she shot from her cellphone during a July 3 incident. The mother claims an officer shoved her oldest son to the ground for no apparent reason. The video has been posted online on the Facebook page of a group out of Dallas that rallies against police violence, the Next Generation Action Network.

The Nelson family has expressed their desire for the officer who arrested her sons to be charged with official oppression and to lose his job. Nelson also demands that charges against her sons be dropped.

Nelson’s telephone was allegedly unlawfully seized. Because her information goes to cloud storage, the video was accessible to the group that posted it.

Nelson says that all the stories of young African American men being shot by police without cause happens repeatedly across the country. She claims that she was terrified when police took her sons.

The woman’s 14-year-old son Trayvon was arrested on suspicion of burglary. The mother allegedly began creating a scene, and that’s when her 16-year-old son walked up and was restrained by an officer. He was arrested on charges of interfering with official police duties.

The Arlington Police Department released a statement acknowledging the existence of the video of the boy who was placed under arrest for allegedly burglarizing a motor vehicle. The department said a thorough investigation appears to be called for, and one will be done. The department said they take accusations regarding possible misconduct very seriously and will remain transparent with the community by conducting a thorough review.

Internal affairs is formally investigating the incident. The arresting officer remains on duty.

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3 Jail Suicides Suggest Troubles at a New Orleans Jail are Far From Over

Monday, July 10th, 2017

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English: 1200 Jail, the headquarters of the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Español: El 1200 Jail (“Carcel 1200”), la sede de la Oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Harris (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Texas death rate of inmates who die while in custody, including deaths from suicide, is approximately double the national average. But Texas isn’t the only state with problems. Adjustments have recently been made to address major concerns in a New Orleans jail, though results of significant changes have not proven to be promising. The death of 15-year-old Jaquin Thomas on October 17, 2016 has led to further controversy and a wrongful-death lawsuit against the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, the state, and others, filed by his family.

Thomas was incarcerated at a new jail that was specifically intended to solve such problems as attempted suicides and alleged excessive force used by guards. Yet, he allegedly hung from the bars of a jail window for more than 90 minutes before being noticed by a guard. The previous jail was notorious for allegedly being dangerous, and there is mounting evidence that things have not noticeably improved.

According to Lance Africk, U.S. District Judge, there has been virtually no progress in implementing changes which have been ordered by the court. At a meeting in June 2017, he says he was optimistic about a new jail director being put in place to help improve things.

Inmates are supposed to be checked on by a guard every 15 minutes, according to the sheriff’s office. It was found during an investigation into Thomas’ death that he was at his desk writing something hours before being discovered. A suicide note was found in the jail cell where Thomas was found hanging.

A guard allegedly walked past Thomas’ cell four times before she finally noticed his body hanging. She was allegedly charged with malfeasance, to which she pled “not guilty.”

It is believed that Thomas moved to the adult facility by September. The next month he committed suicide in the jail.

Inmates were moved into the new jail facility, called the Orleans Justice Center, about a year before Thomas’ suicide. A 63-year-old allegedly hanged himself to death in a jail shower about seven months before Thomas’ death. Other troubling occurrences have also taken place, including a third suicide earlier this year.

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Police Officer is Acquitted on Charges Related to the Death of Philando Castile

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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English: U.S. President Barack Obama speaking on the . (Cropped from YouTube video widescreen, due to watermark) Español: El Presidente Barack Obama en rueda de prensa sobre el tiroteo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A video was taken by the girlfriend of Philando Castile in St. Paul, Minnesota, moments after he was allegedly shot multiple times by a police officer in July 2016. That video went viral, and there has been widespread outrage over Castile’s death since that time. The case recently went to trial by jury. On Friday, June 16, 2017, the officer who allegedly fired the deadly shots was acquitted of second-degree manslaughter and endangering safety by discharging a firearm.

The jury trial involved a week of testimony, and it focused primarily on what Castile was doing just before being shot. The jury was in deliberations for five days. The courtroom was tense when the verdict was announced, revealing that the officer was cleared of all charges. Castile’s mother immediately left the courtroom and later expressed her disbelief that a person allegedly got away with murder, in the death of her son.

Research indicates that this may have been the first time in the history of Minnesota that an on-duty officer was charged with a fatal shooting. The verdict was decided on the question of whether or not the officer had a reason to be afraid that Mr. Castile was reaching for the gun that he had informed the officer he had, after the officer pulled over the vehicle he was in.

The officer who allegedly shot Castile said during the trial that he believed Mr. Castile was making a grab for his gun. The deceased’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, said he was reaching for identification to give to the officer. Although there is a video from the dashcam from the police vehicle of the events and the live-stream video taken by Reynolds, no video provides footage of the critical moments in the front seat of the car, indicating how Castile moved before shots were fired.

The death of Castile has been the rallying cry for large protests in the twin cities. Not long after the deadly shooting, a question of racism became a major focus, partly as a result of U.S. President Barack Obama and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton both verbalizing the question of whether the shooting would have occurred if the driver or passengers had been white.

Following the verdict, an estimated 1,500 people marched in protest at the Minnesota Capital in St. Paul. They caused transit delays and backups in traffic.

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Hundreds Protest the Alleged Deadly Police Shooting of a Pregnant Woman in Seattle

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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English: The top of the Space Needle in Seattle, Washington Deutsch: Turmkorb und Spitze der Space Needle, in Seattle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Police officers allegedly shot and killed a pregnant African American woman in her home Sunday night, June 18, 2017, while responding to a burglary call in Seattle, Washington. According to police, one police officer typically goes to a burglary scene, but there had been an incident at that address earlier in June in which the same woman, Charleena Lyles, had allegedly threatened an officer with shears. The 30-year-old mother of four weighed under 100 pounds and police could have easily overpowered her rather than using lethal force, her family says. They also say Lyles had mental problems. On Tuesday night, hundreds gathered in a vigil and rally to protest Lyles’ death and demand justice.

Police transcripts indicate that the officers engaged in a discussion about a supposedly stolen X-Box when they got to the apartment, and then the scene took a dramatic turn. One of the officers addressed Lyles, repeatedly telling her to get back. Then the other officer asked for quick back-up and said help was needed and a woman had two knives.

One officer told the other to Tase the woman, and the response was that he didn’t have a Taser. There were more commands to get back, by both officers. Then both officers allegedly fired shots.

The officers immediately called for medics. When they arrived, Lyles was declared dead. Lyles’ children were in the apartment, but Lyles was the only person harmed. Relatives took custody of the children.

According to the Seattle Police Department, the officers did have other equipment providing them with options that did not involve lethal force. Both of the officers had been through training for crisis intervention.

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