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A Second Person in Four Days is Allegedly Shot and Killed by a San Antonio, Texas, Police Officer

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018

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In the second alleged fatal police shooting in San Antonio, Texas, within four days, 43-year-old Kirsten Kloppe was allegedly shot and killed by a police officer with the San Antonio Police Department on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Kloppe had a history of mental illness, according to William McManus, San Antonio Police Chief. Police officers went to her home on Saturday afternoon to do a welfare check. Initially, however, Kloppe contacted police, saying she was being stalked. When officers went to her home, they discovered that Kloppe was in her bedroom. The door was locked, but they made entry and found that she was holding a Glock pistol. Kloppe raised the gun to her head, according to McManus, after which there was a struggle with her and police officers. McManus said during the altercation, Kloppe’s handgun was beginning to work up toward an officer’s head, at which time she was allegedly shot in the abdomen. The officer who allegedly pulled the trigger has not been identified, other than to say that she has been with the police force for six years.

The officer who allegedly shot Kloppe is now on administrative leave while an investigation into the incident is conducted by the Texas Rangers.

The other alleged fatal police shooting in San Antonio in the past week was on Thursday, January 25, on Northwest Loop 410. An unidentified suspect in an alleged BMX bike theft allegedly cut a police officer on the hand and was then allegedly fatally shot by another officer at the scene.

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A Protester in the 2015 Baltimore Riots is Awarded $75,000 in a Complaint Against Police Officers

Friday, January 26th, 2018

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In May 2015 during Baltimore, Maryland, riots over the death of Freddie Gray, 26-year-old Larry Lomax dared officers with the Baltimore Police Department to arrest him. Captured on video, Lomax balls up his fists and walks toward police officers, screaming for them to arrest him. When he neared some officers, one police officer doused Gray with a spray canister of tear gas intended to disperse crowds 18 feet away. The video then shows police yanking Lomax to the ground by either his shirt collar or his hair. He was handcuffed and arrested. Lomax was allegedly blinded by the spray, and he claimed that burning in his nose and mouth continued throughout the 21 days in which he was jailed. Lomax sued two of the police officers involved in his arrest for alleged battery and use of excessive force.  On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, a jury awarded $75,000 to Lomax.

Officers said Lomax provoked officers with his “look of fury” and his advance towards them.

Many people were arrested during the Baltimore riots and others, in addition to Lomax, have sued officers for alleged injuries.

Freddie Gray was a 25-year-old African American from Baltimore who was arrested on April 12, 2015. While being transported in a police vehicle, he was allegedly seriously injured. According to his family, he suffered three fractured vertebrae and voice box injuries and his spine was 80% severed at his neck. A week after the arrest, Gray died. The police department reportedly confirmed that his death was caused by a spinal injury. Another point of controversy, however, was that the police department released inconsistent and contradictory information with regard to the details of Gray’s arrest and transport.

News of the manner of Gray’s custodial death sparked outrage, rioting over alleged police brutality, vandalism, and unrest that ultimately cost the City of Baltimore $20 million. The rioting lasted from April 18 thru May 3, 2015.

The medical examiner ruled Gray’s death a homicide. Six officers were charged for various offenses in connection with his death. Those charges included second-degree murder. Ultimately, three of the officers were acquitted and charges were dropped against the other three police officers.

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A Prisoner at Cleveland County Jail in Oklahoma Dies Hours After Arrest: A Related Video is Released

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

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Body camera video released after inmate dies hours after being arrested

Hours after being arrested and booked in Cleveland County Jail in Norman, Oklahoma, on January 16, 2018, 34-year-old Marconia Kessee, an African American, was found unresponsive in a cell and later died at a nearby hospital. The circumstances leading to his arrest involved his refusal to leave Norman Regional Hospital after being treated for a headache. Police officers with the Norman Police Department attempted to talk Kessee into leaving and going to the Salvation Army. Although a 9-1-1 call indicated that Kessee had “wigged out” in the hospital waiting room and needed to be removed, he was ultimately arrested. Kessee’s uncle said that his nephew should have been taken to some kind of crisis center, not a jail.

The video below has been released in connection with the police interaction with Kessee. There is no indication on the video that anything officers did contributed to his death. Police Chief Keith Humphrey said, however, that disparaging comments were made by officers, which caused him concern.

After being booked into Cleveland County Jail, Kessee allegedly attempted to cause himself harm. He was placed in a padded cell and later found unresponsive. Paramedics were quickly contacted, and Kessee was transported to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

The officers involved with the arrest are now on administrative leave while an internal investigation is conducted of the custodial death. One of the officers has been with the Norman Police Department since 2009 and the other since 2013.

A law was enacted in 2017 in Texas to address this common issue of mentally ill people being booked into jail when what they may need is help for their mental condition, not incarceration. The law is referred to as the Sandra Bland Act, in reference to Sandra Bland, who died in Waller County Jail in Hempstead, Texas, on July 13, 2015. Bland was arrested for an alleged altercation with a police officer after being pulled over for an alleged minor traffic violation. The 28-year-old committed suicide in the jail three days later. A dash cam video of her interaction with the officer who pulled her over went viral on social media, causing huge controversy and sparking demonstrations alleging police brutality and racial discrimination against African Americans.

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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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The Family of Manual Delcruz Files a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Jefferson County, Texas

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

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On August 1, 2016, 26-year-old Manuel Delacruz died in a Port Arthur, Texas, hospital during a scuffle with police officers. Delacruz was diagnosed as schizophrenic. In the days leading up to his death, his family said he hadn’t slept or eaten. In desperation, they took him to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas there in Port Arthur. He was unwilling to cooperate with the hospital staff, however. Family members contacted police for the purpose of obtaining a court order allowing admission to the emergency room. Delacruz refused to cooperate with officers from the Port Arthur Police Department, saying he would not put on a hospital gown because he feared being raped. According to family members, officers struck Delacruz, put him in a chokehold, and used an electronic weapon on him multiple times. It was during this encounter that Delacruz died. The parents have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the Port Arthur Police Department, the Medical Center of Southeast Texas, and specific individuals in connection with their son’s death, which they claim was entirely avoidable.

One of the claims the family is making is that the officers who repeatedly used an electronic weapon on Delacruz were inadequately trained. They also say five or six officers were scuffling with him, all at once.

Delacruz’s cause of death is unknown because the autopsy done was inconclusive. A grand jury at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office did not indict any of the police officers involved in the incident with Delacruz.

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A $22.4 Million Jury Verdict Against the Sheriff’s Office in the Alleged Shooting of Dontrell Stephens is Thrown Out by an Appeals Court

Friday, January 12th, 2018

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In 2013, a deputy with the Palm Beach County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office allegedly shot Dontrell Stephens after instructing him to dismount from his bicycle. Stephens was paralyzed from the waist down by the alleged four shots fired into his back at close range. The case went to trial in 2016, and a federal jury ruled that the deputy had used excessive, unreasonable force when he allegedly fired those shots at Stephens. A dash cam video captured the incident, which seemingly shows Stephens being shot at the moment he got off of his bicycle. The deputy claims that Stephens was holding a dark object, and he thought it was a gun. The federal jury ruled in favor of Stephens, awarding him $22.4 million. The appellate ruling which overturned the jury verdict was based on what the judges said were incorrect jury instructions. Those errant instructions denied the deputy the opportunity to defend himself against charges of using excessive force.

The issue the jury was ruling on was very narrow, that being whether the deputy used excessive force in the alleged police shooting against Stephens. When the cyclist dismounted his bicycle, he walked backward toward the officer, according to the deputy. In a new trial, the deputy and the sheriff’s department will again face the task of justifying shooting an unarmed man in the back.

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

Monday, November 27th, 2017

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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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