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Monday, December 11th, 2017
On Sunday evening, December 10, 2017, in southeast Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a man died after an alleged officer-involved shooting. An officer had responded to a call about a man lying in the grass at the intersection of Mackleman Drive and Southeast 59th Street. The man was later identified as 28-year-old Kyle Anthony Mihecoby. The female officer who went to the scene later reported that the man was not cooperating with her. According to Oklahoma City Police Department Captain Bo Matthews, at that time, the police officer used pepper spray on Mihecoby. Then he reportedly punched her in the face. An altercation followed, during which the officer’s Taser was reportedly taken from her. Mihecoby then allegedly tried to use the Taser on the officer. The police officer then allegedly fired her handgun. Mihecoby was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was treated at a nearby hospital for injuries to her hands and face. Nothing further has been published on this alleged fatal police shooting, but there will be an investigation into the incident. There was no mention of whether there was a body cam on the police officer when the shooting occurred, to provide evidence of what happened.
In Texas, anytime there is an officer-involved shooting, there is an investigation by the Texas Rangers. In 2015, the Texas Rangers investigated 3,224 incidents total, which includes various categories, in addition to officer-involved fatalities. A total of 1,820 convictions came out of those investigations, resulting in one death sentence, 42 life sentences, and 9,580 years in prison time.
Tags: Oklahoma City Police Department,Pepper spray,Police officer,Police-involved shooting,Taser
A Woman Allegedly Shot in Head by Bartlesville, Oklahoma Police Department Officers Sues Department and Officers
Monday, October 30th, 2017
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.
Tags: Lawsuit,Oklahoma,police shooting,Taser,United States
Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017
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.
Tags: Administrative leave,Associated Press,Hit and run,Oklahoma,Oklahoma City,Police,Police officer,Taser
Police Shoot and Kill an Alleged Disabled Man in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as Neighbors Scream that He is Deaf
Monday, September 25th, 2017
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.
Tags: Associated Press,Deafness,Hit and run,Oklahoma,Oklahoma City,Police,Police car,Police officer,Taser
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017
Tasers are used by police officers supposedly as a safer way than other methods to deal with combative suspects. A video has been released which allegedly show deputies using a Taser in a very different way. The video shows that 18-year-old Jordan Norris was allegedly strapped into a restraining chair and tasered repeatedly. Words on the video allegedly include that a law enforcement officer announced that he would continue tasering Norris until the batteries on the Taser ran out of power.
The events allegedly shown on the disturbing video occurred in November 2016 in Cheatham County, Tennessee, after Norris’s home was invaded by a SWAT team because he was suspected of selling drugs. After being arrested, Norris seemed to suffer a mental breakdown. He started banging his head against the door of the jail cell. Allegedly, police officers pulled him from his cell, strapped him into a restraint chair, and began the repeated tasering with 50,000 volts of electricity. As Norris squirmed through the torture, the movement allegedly invited continued deployment of the Taser, also known as a “stun gun.” However, the video does not indicate that he was resisting in any way, making the shocking attack allegedly uncalled for.
Upon his release from prison, Norris was allegedly covered in burn marks that were caused by the Taser. According to a member of Norris’s family, he has more than 40 burns.
Answers were sought as to why the teen would be treated in such an allegedly savage manner. Some investigation allegedly suggests that a law enforcement official may have had a personal vendetta against the tasing victim. Comments about Norris were allegedly posted on Facebook by that official; they were personal and insulting.
The video recently released shows extended and repeated tasering of Norris, and it’s like a scene from a horrifying prison torture film. The alleged perpetrators are sworn to serve and protect citizens, not carry out acts of intentional torture.
Tags: stun gun,Taser,Tennessee law enforcement
Friday, July 28th, 2017
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.
Tags: Area,Arrest,Chief constable,District attorney,Houston,Police,Police dog,Police officer,Taser
Police Use a Taser on a Suicidal Arlington Man Doused in Gasoline, and Flames Immediately Engulf the Man and the Room
Monday, July 10th, 2017
On Monday afternoon, July 10, 2017, Arlington police officers were called to a home on Carla Avenue regarding an attempted suicide. When they arrived, they discovered a man threatening suicide and already doused in gasoline. Sgt. Vanessa Harrison of the Arlington Police Department says that as communication with the police officers ensued, the man reportedly poured more gasoline on himself and began to act in a frantic manner. Harrison said the man appeared to be holding a lighter in one hand. To subdue the man, a police officer deployed a Taser, and the man and the room they were in immediately become engulfed in flames. According to Harrison, it is not clear whether it was the Taser or whether it was something ignitable in the man’s hand that caused the fire to ignite.
Three people from the home were outside and no one else was inside the home at the time the flames erupted, other than the police and the suicidal man. Police reportedly took the man out of the house through a window immediately. They also began working to put out the flames.
The suicidal man allegedly had a warrant out for his arrest, on alleged charges of family violence. He was transported to a local hospital, and there isn’t a report of his condition so far.
Three police officers were treated for smoke inhalation, and all are expected to fully recover.
Tags: Arlington Police Department,Police officer,Suicidal,Taser,Texas
Thursday, June 29th, 2017
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.
Tags: Amarillo Police Department,Police officer,police shooting,Taser,Texas
Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
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.
Tags: Apartment,Police,Police officer,Seattle,Seattle Police Department,Taser,The Seattle Times
Police Misconduct Lawyer – For use of a Stun Gun During an Arrest, an Austin, Texas Police Officer is Suspended for 20 Days
Wednesday, June 14th, 2017
The Austin Police Department (APD) has suspended an officer for 20 days, after he allegedly used a stun gun to shock a suspect who was not resisting arrest. The suspension is from June 14 through June 26, 2017. In addition, the officer has agreed to undergo evaluation by an APD psychologist. Police Chief Brian Manley says the officer is also under departmental probation for one year. If, during that time, the officer repeats the alleged behavior or does anything like it, he faces losing his job, with no right to appeal.
The officer who allegedly stun-gunned a suspect who wasn’t resisting at the time has been with APD since 1994. On January 17, 2017, he was working the Property Crimes Task Force. He and other officers were trying to locate a burglary-of-a-habitation suspect who had an active warrant. In northeast Austin, they found the man and attempted an arrest. The man managed to escape in an automobile. Later the suspect was trying to escape police on foot, and that was when he was captured.
Chief Manley says the suspect had been handcuffed and was face-down on the ground. He was not trying to assault an officer, and he was not actively resisting arrest. During this time, the now-suspended police officer allegedly took an action without first advising the suspect or other officers. He ran over to the suspect and allegedly held the stun gun to the man’s back for five seconds, which is referred to as “drive-stunning.”
Chief Manley wrote that the officer did not use the stun gun in an objectively reasonable manner. The United States Supreme Court has determined that excessive force claims are to be examined based on objective reasonableness.
A video of the alleged drive-stunning incident was released on the Internet and went viral, causing widespread public outrage.
Tags: Associated Press,Officer (armed forces),Police,Police officer,Taser