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

Monday, November 27th, 2017

The Parks parking garage in Arlington, Texas (Photo: Labeled for reuse)

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 Jury Awards a Veteran $760,000 in an Alleged Police Brutality Lawsuit

Monday, October 16th, 2017

Tourist-oriented wooden structure in Kremmling

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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Police Shoot and Kill an Alleged Disabled Man in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as Neighbors Scream that He is Deaf

Monday, September 25th, 2017

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Oklahoma City Skyline from I-35 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A tragic alleged police shooting occurred on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Police officers with the Oklahoma City Police Department went to the home of 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez in response to some information about a possible hit-and-run suspect. The driver of a green truck was allegedly involved in a crash and then left the scene. Sanchez was on his front porch when police arrived. He had a pipe in his hand, and it appeared to be purposed as a “fairly large weapon,” according to police. He wasn’t just holding the pipe, however. It was tied to his wrist so that it wouldn’t easily come off, according to Police Chief Bill Citty. A police officer who showed up at the scene called for backup. Another officer arrived, and both officers allegedly shouted the command to drop the pipe. Sanchez continued to approach the officers as the officers continued yelling and neighbors yelled that Sanchez couldn’t hear. Then one officer fired his Tazer at the suspect. Only one prong hit Sanchez. At that point, the second police officer fired his handgun.  First aid was immediately administered, but Sanchez was pronounced dead at the scene.

This alleged police shooting immediately began to draw criticism. Citty explained that the officers on the scene had not been issued body cameras. The incident was not caught on any type of video until after the shooting occurred.

The officer who used the firearm is on paid administrative while the alleged police shooting is being investigated.

A family member explained that Sanchez was deaf, developmentally impaired, and couldn’t speak. He carried the pipe around to shoo away stray dogs that frequently roam the neighborhood.

Police said that it turned out that the vehicle they were checking on actually was involved in a hit-and-run incident and the driver faces a misdemeanor.

Citty said the police department has contacted the Oklahoma Association for the Deaf and requested advice on improving police training related to dealings with deaf individuals.

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Civil Rights Lawyer – Positional Asphyxia sometimes occurs during Police Restraint in Texas

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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Police frequently use restraint methods on people, and positional asphyxia and sudden death can occur as a result.

What is positional asphyxia?

Positional asphyxia, also known as restraint asphyxia, is the obstruction of a person’s breathing because of a restraint technique being used on him or her. Restraint asphyxia happens when a person’s body position compromises the ability to breath. If the activity isn’t stopped, the result can be death caused by asphyxia or suffocation.

A study was done and reported this summer in the Austin American Statesman out of Austin, Texas. The report alleges that medical examiners cited the process of restraint as a contributing cause of 50 fatalities that occurred in Texas while people were in custody over the past ten years. There is, however, very little research done specifically on asphyxia caused by or related to police restraint.

True-life examples of alleged positional asphyxia

Edgar Vera allegedly resisted arrest in Allen, Texas, in August 2005 when police officers were placing him under arrest for an outstanding warrant for a seat belt violation. During the struggle, Vera died. The medical examiner in Dallas, Texas, found that the death was caused by “positional asphyxia.”

A high profile case that gained widespread attention occurred in Staten Island, New York City in July 2014. A chokehold was placed on Eric Garner for allegedly illegally selling single cigarettes from packs. The medical examiner ruled his death a homicide and said the cause of death was compression of the neck and chest with prone positioning during police restraint.

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Police in Houston, Texas, Allegedly Open Fire and Three are Shot, including a Woman in a Nearby Home

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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In the early morning hours on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, A driver in a black Cadillac SUV sped away when police officers in Houston, Texas, were attempting to pull the vehicle over for making an illegal U-turn on W. Bellfort. The officers chased the vehicle on Highway 59 in the southbound lanes. En route, two female suspects allegedly tossed bags out of the window, which officers believed to contain marijuana, according to Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo. The suspect vehicle ended up on Sunburst Street and struck a tree and a fire hydrant before allegedly intentionally backing into police vehicles twice. At this point, according to Acevedo, several police officers fired their weapons on the suspect vehicle. The driver and passenger were allegedly shot by police as well as a woman inside her nearby home. All three who were injured in the alleged police gunfire were transported to Ben Taub hospital. They are all expected to fully recover.

Chief Acevedo said that charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon are pending for both suspects. The officers who were involved in the alleged shooting have been placed on administrative duty while further investigation into the incident is conducted.

What will no doubt come under scrutiny is whether or not the actions of the officers were in keeping with protocol. Even then, the policies and procedures of the Houston Police Department may come under fire, due to the fact that a person completely uninvolved in the incident was accidentally shot.

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A Man Allegedly with Texas Warrants is Killed in a Police Shooting in Columbus, Georgia

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

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On Monday, September 4, 2017, in Columbus, Georgia, a man with alleged warrants in Texas was allegedly shot by police on a domestic disturbance call. Officers went to a home on Ramsey Drive just before 4 pm, according to Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren. They were responding to a domestic violence call. When the police were at the address, they allegedly got into a scuffle with 52-year-old James Fuller. The fight started when police made the discovery that Fuller was wanted on felony methamphetamine charges in Texas, and they were attempting to arrest him. A Taser was used, but Fuller was not subdued. He continued fighting and allegedly struck a police officer with a chair. Fuller then allegedly reached into a box, seemingly for a gun, and it was then that a police officer fired one round, striking the suspect. Fuller was transported to a nearby emergency room, where he died from the gunshot wound.

Police said that when they first got to the home, the woman was taken outside and placed in a police cruiser, for reasons that were not disclosed. Fuller was in the house with the police officers. The officers put his name through the national crime computer, and the outstanding Texas warrant came up. That’s when the struggle ensued that ended in the alleged fatal police shooting.

Police officers are being held more accountable than ever, which is hopefully reducing incidents of excessive force. At some point, if the police officers wore body cameras during this incident, the details of what happened could be made public. Even when videos are available, however, it is not always understood that actions police officers take are according to standard policy. Though officers may not be at fault, due to operating according to training procedures, needed policy changes can become a focal point.

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A Police Shooting Occurs in South Fort Worth, Texas, on a Domestic Disturbance Call

Monday, August 28th, 2017

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On Saturday,  August 26, 2017, officers with the Fort Worth Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance call on East Shaw Street at around 9:15 pm. According to police officers, when they arrived at the address, the man was involved in an argument in the backyard. Then the man went into his home and allegedly exited with a gun. Police officers say that they repeatedly instructed the man to drop his gun. After he refused, police officers allegedly opened fire. The man was allegedly shot in his lower torso by the police. Before he was transported to a nearby hospital, he was alert and speaking.

According to the police, on two occasions earlier that same day, they had been called to the same address where the shooting occurred. The man faces pending charges, and the police officers involved in the alleged shooting are being placed on administrative leave during the time that an internal investigation is being conducted.

Incidents in which police officers shoot individuals are investigated in order to assure that no one’s rights have been violated. The use of dashcam videos and body cameras are helpful tools that often provide greater insight into situations that involve gunfire.

A seemingly growing trend in the U.S. is that police officers are held more accountable for their actions than ever before. Traditionally, that grand juries clear officers even in fatal shootings is almost a given. Growing public demands for justice and accountability will hopefully put a halt to instances of excessive force being used by officers. There are numerous civil groups dedicated to this purpose.

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The Taylor County Sheriff’s Office in Abilene, Texas, Faces Second Lawsuit in a Year Related to a Custodial Death

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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This week a lawsuit was filed against the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO) in Abilene, Texas, in connection with the death of 31-year-old Amanda Nicole Scott. There are claims that her death was caused by missteps on the part of the jail staff. With this action, the TCSO is now facing its second lawsuit for a custodial death in one year. Cynthia Cortez is the other person whose family has filed a lawsuit. The circumstances surrounding these two women’s custodial deaths and the actions taken by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office are allegedly very similar.

In April 2015, Cortez allegedly ingested methamphetamines in a large quantity just before being arrested by Taylor County police officers. After being admitted into the jail, she was later transmitted to the hospital. But on the way, she suffered a cardiac arrest and did not recover. The family alleges that the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office has a history of failing to help inmates suffering from medical needs.

And then  in May 2016, Scott was pulled over by police officers. The family claims that officers witnessed her swallowing a deadly quantity of meth, for the purpose of avoiding drug charges. She was arrested for driving without a driver’s license. Allegedly, Scott was obviously intoxicated by drugs. The family claims that the jail staff did not follow proper procedures that would have ensured that she had the needed screening, transportation, and treatment. At some point, an inmate allegedly reported that Scott was overdosing. The family claims that the jail failed to summon medical assistance in time for her to survive her condition.

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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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