LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan found guilty of felony assault in the murder of Alesia Thomas

aliesia thomas

From KTLA:

“Thomas was in the back of a patrol car wearing handcuffs and leg restraints when the police cruiser’s camera captured O’Callaghan kick her in the stomach and groin area and push her in the throat, according to a 2013 news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Paramedics were called after Thomas, who was still in the patrol car, lost consciousness.

Dashcam video from another patrol car showed O’Callaghan light a cigarette and look inside the car where Thomas had been placed and say “That ain’t a good sign,” the Los Angeles Times reported.

Thomas was taken to an area hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

O’Callaghan was charged with assaulting an arrestee under the color of authority in connection with Thomas’ death in 2013.

Prosecutors declined to file an involuntary manslaughter charge, citing insufficient evidence to prove that O’Callaghan’s conduct caused Thomas’ death. 

You can read the backstory and history since OCallaghan’s vicious murder of Alesia Thomas that  I’d written here. The jury had been deadlocked until today.  Deadlocked; imagine that.  No news yet on the sentencing phase; she could receive up to three years in prison.

RIP, Ms. Thomas.

35 responses to “LAPD Officer Mary O’Callaghan found guilty of felony assault in the murder of Alesia Thomas

  1. Insane. ‘Source: Evidence in Sheriff’s Tamir Rice shooting investigation does not support criminal charges’

    “The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s investigation of the shooting of a 12-year-old boy at a Cleveland rec center does not support that a crime was committed, a source familiar with the case told newsnet5.com.

    The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office has turned its investigation into the shooting of Tamir Rice over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.”

    let’s hope the prosecutor sends it to the GJ, at least. no news of charges in the assassination of brendon glenn; even LAPD chief beck said there seemed to be no reason for it. an understatement, but the fop freaked out.

  2. h/t mr. wd: Denver Post: ‘No charges against Denver cops who shot Jessica Hernandez

    “A 17-year-old driver behind the wheel of a stolen Honda did not hit two Denver Police Department officers who shot and killed her, according to a letter released by the city on Friday.
    Still, Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said he will not prosecute Officers Gabriel Jordan and Daniel Greene for the shooting death of Jessica Hernandez on the morning of Jan. 26.

    The officers were justified because they reasonably believed the teen was accelerating toward Jordan and that he was in imminent danger of being killed or suffering a serious injury, the district attorney wrote in his decision letter.” [snip]

    Soon after the shooting, a passenger in the car, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of safety concerns, said officers came up on the car from behind and fired four times into the driver’s-side window.

    The passenger also said the officers did not yell any commands before they fired, and that the car may have struck the officer after Hernandez was shot and lost control of the vehicle.”

  3. According to reports Ezell Ford’s killers are the next to be exonerated by LAPD, because after all Ford “grabbed for the officer’s gun” and so he forced the officer to shoot him repeatedly in the back while he was on the ground. Had to. No other choice at all.

    What’s become clear is that when police kill outright, they won’t face more than a few inconveniences (for which they will be paid), but now and then they are facing consequences for assault that may or may not lead to the death of their victims.

    What this O’Callahan did to Ms Thomas is not that unusual. The routine cruelty and brutality of American cops is legendary. What is unusual is that O’Callahan was tried and convicted of assaulting Ms Thomas. It happens more frequently that trials and convictions of officers for killing outright.

    The message to cops is that it’s OK to kill — please do — but don’t get caught on camera assaulting your victim first.

  4. On the other hand, in Baltimore and DC now, they know how to do these things right:

    They charge the victims with assault.

    Larry Lomax charged with 2nd Degree Assault — one assumes for forcing the officer to pepper spray him point blank, and some of the spray got on other officers.

    DC’s phony assault charges:

    http://wamu.org/projects/assault-on-justice/#part1

    Of course in Ferguson — and elsewhere — mere touching a police officer, even inadvertently, can lead to an assault charge. So can breathing, blowing bubbles, speaking, sneezing, laughing, crying… really anything at all.

    • that excellent film footage just about says it all, doesn’t it? i wish i could have heard what larry was yelling at the end of it between the ‘fuck you’s’. but i’d guess *that* was what brought the assault charges, yes? the wamu piece looks educational, but it’s a bit too long to finish for now. thank you for it.

      the ‘injuries to cops’ figure in those cases: i’ll bet 95% of them are laffers. (we’ve seen too many photos of cops’ nonexistent injuries.)

  5. i agree that it’s not unusual, but what o’callaghan did and *said* was so personally revealing about the way she perceived alesia, and she shouldn’t have been arrested in the fist place. even chief beck seemed appalled, and that’s saying a hella lot. the deadlocked jury gave me the absolute shivers. one holdout? more? i really did reckon this would be a second mistrial, myself.

    i can’t make the la times appear again, even though i registered again. but i know just about what it might say. damned ezell was the author of his own death.

    but as far as death in police custody, this one is another that seriously breaks my heart (not that most don’t). ‘Georgia Man Beaten to Death In Restraining Chair Under Police Custody’ just look at that face; imagine his terror,, imagine his agony as they beat him to death. they murdered him cuz they could, never told his family that the ME had filed his report declaring it a homicide (no manner of death indicated, of course).

    it’s so out of control. question: did i ever bring the denver sheriff’s jail report? oh, my; i hope they do another on the denver pd’s jail.

  6. ‘Behind the Headlines: 300-page report on the Denver County jail’

    Denver post on…the report: the report notes: ‘it will take a long, long, long time to change the culture’. well, it damned well shouldn’t.

    and now it’s not the nypd having an office in israel, but the island home of the richest city in the world needing some…expertise:

    11:00 cst:

    • Re: Changing jail culture… the way jails are run can change pretty quickly as long as those at the top are intent on changing things. I haven’t read the entire 300 page report on the Denver jail’s problems, nor am I likely to but I’m sure there are people in Denver that have done a thorough job of that. What I get from the Post article that I’ve at least skimmed — ;-) — is that if change is to come, it will come through leadership, and from what I’ve seen in the context of other jails, particularly the one in Sacramento, that’s exactly right.

      Sacramento had a series of appalling sheriffs over the decades that I lived there, truly remarkably bull-headed and proud of it. Their operations of the jail were notorious for cruelty and brutality — and death. Unspeakable things went on. I closely followed one trial of a deputy who was accused of using excessive force on a woman jailed on suspicion of DUI, for example. She was beaten senseless, bones were broken, she was left in her own blood and vomit for hours, yadda yadda, and this was typical. There were simply no controls on behavior by deputies at the jail, and deputies just coming onto the force had to spend their first year or so working at the jail, so the culture of brutality and worse was ingrained into the sheriffs department at its root. The testimony from the deputies, was that what happened to this woman was a) her own fault; b) routine.

      When we were collecting data and testimony regarding police brutality, our emphasis was on the city police department, but we kept getting testimony regarding horrible things happening at the jail, and a number of those cases involved deaths due to use of the prostraint chair (also a contributing factor in the death of Matthew Ajibade you mentioned above). The prostraint chair became a symbol of everything wrong with the treatment of jail inmates. It was being used as a torture device. And inmate death was too often the result.

      There were dozens of lawsuits some of which resulted in large awards, settlements and payouts, but the money wasn’t the primary objective. Changing the policies, procedures, and the culture of brutality at the jail was the main thing.

      There was considerable media attention and public outcry over abuses at the jail, but replacing the jail commander was crucial to implementing real change. Once that happened, complaints declined markedly as new policies and procedures were put in place, reliance on brutal treatment of inmates was reduced substantially, and routine mistreatment was ended. Oh, and use of the prostraint chair was all but eliminated.

      The man who made these changes at the jail is now the elected Sheriff. When he was commander at the jail, he instituted major reforms within a very short time. It doesn’t have to take forever to change things; what’s needed are the tools and the will to make changes.

      The main problem I’m aware of at that jail now — at least from news reports — is indifference and neglect of inmates, particularly of injuries and illness which have led to death on more than one occasion. I suppose indifference and neglect is a tradeoff….

      • you have indeed been involved in police brutality issues for a long time amigo. that’s quite a sacramento history you’ve brought us. but yes, the point you make about a commander or commanders at the top is key, as the ‘experts’ note (and the search is on for new sheriff, they say).

        but all the claims about the employees needing to buy into the leader’s changes/reforms…strikes me as hogwash. they don’t obey the new rules? fire them; they might be poisoned enough never to be able to be part of a new ‘change in culture’.

        no recognizable policies? now that’s srsly bad, but the experts say that a new sheriff might have some experience with that; i hope so.

        this made me laugh in its tantamount to obvious truth: “And the introduction of video cameras already has affected the deputies’ relationships with inmates, the report said.”

        in the end, i wasn’t too impressed by the experts, myself, at least by way of the quotes the post piece brought. one might hope there will actually be bold input from community members, though. deaths in police and sheriff custody stories are all too bloody common. i wish i had the florida numbers at hand, over 1200 in some time frame that made it look obscenely high. of course the state prison board said: ‘you’re taking those numbers out of context…’

        • Quite an education I’ve been through, yeah. Not every situation is the same, of course, and what was done years or decades ago in Sacramento is not necessarily sufficient for today’s problems of violent and abusive policing, but it seems to me that some of the lessons have an immediate application.

          And you’re right. The orders come from the top; buy in by the rank and file is good, but policing is strictly hierarchical and failure to follow orders or going outside policies and protocols is a firing offense in every police/sheriffs/corrections department I know of.

          That’s a big reason why I focus so much on policies which curb/control violent policing, rather than on the laws and court decisions which protect violent police from criminal liability. I would rather see the killing and abuse stop than fret about putting violent cops in prison. The directive to stop the killing and abuse can come from the top — as soon as today. There’s little or nothing standing in the way — except for entrenched power-players who like things fine just the way they are.

          I think we were lucky in Sacramento in that a new police chief backed most of the reforms we were demanding. He wouldn’t go for a civilian review board, though. What he did do, however, was issue orders to curb police violence and death. In doing so, he was not opposed by the city manager — who was his boss. That’s doubly important.

          In the case of the sheriff’s department, the public/media outcry over the brutality and death at the jail, the lawsuits, and the growing animosity between the sheriff and the people convinced the sheriff to appoint a new jail commander. He’d been a deputy (our “adopted daughter Nicole” dated him when he was new to the force) who went and got a law degree, was in private practice for a while, came back to the sheriff’s office as an administrator, and was then appointed to run the jail following all the hoo-hah. He immediately started a major reform-overhaul. Jail deputies who didn’t follow orders were disciplined or fired. But they were very few as I recall. Brutality claims against the jail staff were reduced significantly and very quickly. A few years later, he was elected sheriff.

          Still, friends who were arrested during Occupy and spent the night in jail said they witnessed awful things happening even so. They never- ever wanted to go back… can’t say I blame ’em.

          • i’m never sure who those entrenched-players *are*, but they may have different titles in different venues. it may be because i live in the tulies, but around here, town managers have little authority, from what i’ve seen. county commissioners may have some authority over sheriffs and the department, but then…they like things just as they are, or would like them even worse.

            but there have been a few changes, a new sheriff’s in town, so we’ll see (a former state patrolman who sounds reasonable, at least).

            i suppose it’s hard for me to separate the importance of killing-kops being tried and maybe even going to jail…from policies, for a variety of reasons, one being that convictions can be object lessons to individual cops. so far, they have not had any to speak of, so ‘kill the rabble with abandon’ seems to be the Unwritten Rule. yes, it’s hard to want to send anyone to prison or jail, given their often hideous conditions, and yet…i hope mary o’callaghan gets sentenced to at least one year, and doesn’t just get probation.

            the ‘inside sources’ at the cuyahoga prosecutor’s office says that he’ll not really turn it over to the GJ, but even if he does, how effectively will he prosecute that cop? i googled about it yesterday, and found one site claiming the GJ already has the case. nope, wrong, but the comments underneath his error made my tummy roil with their hatred of tamir rice himself, or what they chose to cast him as, more to the point.

            but oh, dear, i checked keegan’s account yesterday, and the trolls were attacking him and blackLivesMatter folks. it looks as though somehow he’s erased them, but he does have this fact from a the san diego tribune; nice to see some journalistic digging being done here and there.

            Keegan Stephan ‏@KeeganNYC 3h3 hours ago

            The San Deigo DA has reviewed 22 police shootings since 2013 & found the police justified in every single one: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/06/police-shootings-reviewed-justified-reviews/

            added: it looks like mitchell martizez finally died. goddam florida cops, sheriff’s deputies, and jailers. worse than a ‘nickel ride’, by the look of him.

  7. http://www.buzzfeed.com/davidmack/texas-police-officer-suspended-after-pulling-weapon-on-teens#.yt04qm9Y2
    Racist white lady harrasses black kids at a pool party, white kid tries to talk her down, lady gets physical, cop goes nuts at black kids.
    https://twitter.com/hashtag/McKinney

    http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/06/06/oakland-police-shoot-kill-armed-man-found-sleeping-car/
    A suspect found sleeping in a car with a handgun was shot and killed by police officers in Oakland Saturday morning and Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf has promised to determine if the officers’ actions were appropriate.

    • officer roid-rage in texas; well, no; not even those of dusky hues with passes were much appreciated at da pool. the sommer-saulting grab-and-smasher would likely be a war vet, eh?

      interesting on the oakland killing. the first version i’d seen had it that the po-po slammed his window, including with bean bag shots, and other objects, but he didn’t wake up. the gun was ‘seen’ in the car, not ‘he was armed’, etc. well, at least we know he was guilty of robbery now, so…any perceived brutality would be okey-dokey. but how nice to hear that libby’s on the case, and that chief mckinley in texas treats every ember of the community equally. whooosh; that’s a relief.

      i like that the white kid noted that the cops didn’t even know he was there; it says a whale of a lot.

  8. The kids, black and white, seemed to have handled themselves well, looking out for each other. The adults are awful. The cop apparently put up the video on his youtube account
    http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/44701_Video-_Another_Police_Brutality_Incident_at_a_Pool_Party_in_Texas
    and photos are being tweeted of some fool who’s apparently so scared of children that he made a thank you sign to the cops that got placed at the pool.

    • johnson anticipated it, and grabbed a screen shot ahead of time: casebolt’s youtube list has been deleted. it’s hard not to reflexively offer a metaphorical ‘small man’ complex for someone behaving so brutally to kids doing nothing but ‘being black “interlopers” in a white neighborhood. this story seems to have gone viral, as they say.

      the sleeping man in oakland:
      ““Cat Brooks, founder of Oakland’s Anti-Police Terror Project, offered a blunt response to the shooting.
      “The way we see it was that he was shot for sleeping in his car,” Brooks, a West Oakland resident, said. “How many Californians have license to carry (guns) in their car? That doesn’t mean he deserves to die.
      “Our police officers are trained, and there’s a lot of posturing OPD is doing around the country about how trained their officers are, but there’s a way to deal with people they perceive as a threat without killing them.”

      (Prominent civil rights attorney john burris) “”If you wake a guy up who’s asleep, you have to make sure you don’t startle the person,” Burris said Saturday. “You have to be careful you don’t misinterpret any movements he makes.
      “The video will be extraordinarily important,” he added. “Let’s see the video.”

      http://www.insidebayarea.com/breaking-news/ci_28265159/oakland-man-fatally-shot-after-standoff

      (cat’s one of the key warrior woman of the blackout collective; i’ve forgotten her twitter name.)

  9. companion pieces:

    one of the sidebar pieces: ‘Huge drop in stop-and-frisk as NYC crime increases raises fear that cops are reluctant to confront criminals

    dunno where the money for moar kops came from, but: ‘PBA head Pat Lynch says city needs more cops and less ‘constant second-guessing’ to combat rise in murders, shootings‘ (deblasio’s budget did not fund them?)

    (the look on bartton’s face is priceless)

  10. Can’t be sure we’ll ever know what really happened in Oakland. My initial reaction was that it was a hit. Not a case of “fearing for my life and the safety of others…” at all. I’m not convinced an “investigation” will produce the truth either.

    As for the Texas Pool Party Incident that has raised so many hackles (justifiably), this interview makes clear that the party was organized by a resident of the neighborhood on behalf of her daughter. Most of those attending were neighborhood residents, and those who were from elsewhere were invited. Some of the white folks in the neighborhood apparently got all butt-hurt about it, though, cause there were just so many Negroes, and they started talking trash; a couple of white women attacked the girl for whom the party was organized. That fight was broken up, but the police had been called (oh, that 911 is so useful, innit?) and police arrived in force.. to wrangle the Negroes. Which is their job after all…

    It may be an integrated neighborhood, but it is still Texas and Texas is still the South… not that it would have been any different in the North. It wouldn’t have been. The Negroes would have automatically been suspect of something regardless of anything else. Like facts…

    The little pissant cop who throws the bikini clad girl around like a rag-doll and then puts his full weight on her to hold her down is just doing his job you see, because she defied his authority, or rather didn’t obey fully enough and fast enough to satisfy his sense of entitlement. He pulls his gun on the other two who run away, but one is caught and brought back, bleeding from the mouth. What happened to him, I wonder.

    What happened was wrong on so many levels, but once again it demonstrates how calling 911 — for almost any reason — can lead to mayhem and worse.

    • the oakland ‘robbery suspect’ (ahem: unconfirmed now) story is ugly, and you’re right; like the blue on blue ‘undercover’ one (wherever it was) we’ll likely never know the truth of it. ‘they saw a gun’ was all it took. ‘herd there was a gun’ is second best; a new story up like that.

      goodness, the interviews cast a whole different light on it, and of course, far worse, than the initial stories. an integrated, not white, neighborhood, and a Negro party that some white junkyard dog women couldn’t abide. dayum. oh, and officer pissant was given ‘officer of the year’ in 2008.

      still. i’d bet good money that he was raised by strict authoritarians, and made to feel…small.

      added: ‘Murder indictment for officer who shot fleeing black man’ (michael slager in the murder of walter scott)

  11. thank you. i looked a revo news for more, and they have a couple pics and an instagram, but also this grieveous story (actually two from salinas:

  12. Re: More info on the Oakland police killing

    http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Man-Shot-And-Killed-By-Oakland-Police-IDd-306557381.html

    If the attorney for the officer who fired the fatal shots at Demuria Hogg, 30, of Hayward is telling the truth, then it was a hit, but not the way I initially reacted to the accounts I saw.

    The scenario as I see it now looks something like this:

    OPD was investigating a car stopped on an 580 offramp in the early morning hours (always a fearful time for the po-po.) Running the car’s plates, they discover it is reported stolen. Checking on the driver-sole-occupant, they find that a) he is black — and thus a suspect by definition; b) he is unresponsive and apparently drugged and/or asleep; c) he has a gun beside him in the passenger seat of this stolen car.

    What to do? Textbook: call for backup.

    They apparently did so and officers surrounded the car. They made a plan of action, including deploying a sniper to “neutralize” (ie: kill) the driver at the first sign of a threat. That sign apparently came when Hogg was awakened by an officer breaking out the passenger side window of the car.

    The claim has been made that when he awoke, Hogg “reached” for the gun in the passenger seat and was immediately shot by the sniper who was deployed to do just that.

    In the US it seems, a Negro with a gun is considered an existential threat by definition. Police are conditioned to “neutralize” these threats whenever they perceive them. Death is the preferred form of neutralization. Because Hogg was apparently unconscious or asleep and did not have the gun in his hand, he was not immediately neutralized — but as soon as he was awake enough to allegedly “reach” for the gun on the seat beside him, he was shot and killed — an eventuality which was planned in advance and carried out on cue, at least according to the statement of the sniper-cop’s lawyer.

    So far as anyone knows, Hogg had done nothing that warranted summary execution — except for being black in possession of a firearm, which in America is an automatic death sentence, right?

    Right?

    • actually, it says that the shooter (shootesse?) said that upon awakening, hogg ‘lurched toward the gun’ or close, not that he um…grabbed it, aimed it, or what have you. but you’ve forgotten that the ‘extended magazine’ was illegal, and that the gun was ‘reportedly’ used in a earlier robbery, albeit no one knows if it had been fired recently.

      so yes, the public will largely be glad that hogg has been terminated with extreme prejudice, and will note that he was the first miscreant killed in oakland since…2013.

      meanwhile, visitors to the city council’s meetings have to have their bags and whatnot searched before entering, and the balcony has been closed off to the rabble.

      meanwhile, it seems the mcKinney protest included over a thousand good people, according to reports in the twittersphere.

      folks pissed about chief beck and other po-po in LA saying that no charges should come over the killing of ezell ford are takin’ it to the encampment at the mayor’s house. ;-)

      https://twitter.com/hashtag/OccupyLAmayor?src=hash

      • This “Ezell Ford” you mention… he was just asking for it, too, no?

        The defenses of these summary executions have become tiresome, always the same: “If he’d a only obeyed orders, we wouldn’t be having this conversation…” yadda yadda.

        Just like that girl Officer PissAnt threw around in Texas the other day. “If she’d a only obeyed his orders, none a this woulda happened.”

        “Don’t break the law, and nothing bad’ll happen to you…simple.”

        Always the same, every time. Obey and live. Disobey and die.

        But of course, that’s not really how it works, is it?

        The decision to kill Hogg, for example, like the decision to kill James Boyd and who knows how many hundreds or thousands of others, was made well in advance and has nothing to do with obedience or disobedience. Once the decision is made, there is essentially no amount of compliance that will be satisfactory. It doesn’t matter what you have — or haven’t — done, it doesn’t matter what a post-mortem records search will turn up about your priors. It doesn’t matter what you’re suspected of.

        Once the decision is made, you’re dead. There is no appeal. There is no recourse. There is no mercy. And you have no rights which a law enforcement officer is obliged to respect. None.

        I imagine this is why Libby and the forces of law’n’order in Oakland are focusing on policies, protocols and procedures. So long as those were followed, it was a “good shoot.” Regardless of anything else.

        There’s no way to hold them criminally liable, not unless the Boyd and the Walter Scott examples produce some profound precedents…

        [Adding: the demonstrations in McKinney yesterday were magnificent. Officer PissAnt will be doing some penance, methinks… especially since witnesses say that all the other officers called to the scene behaved professionally…]

        • certainly he was asking for it; ‘he was reaching for an officer’s gun!’ not that we have any reason to believe po-po testimony. i ponied up my 99 cents to read the La-LaLand times for another few days, and discovered one thing i hadn’t known: not only chief beck, the fop, but also *the chairman of thhe independent review commission’ were all said to have announced that it was ‘a good shoot’, well, ‘justifiable’ for the public. that he seemed to have been lying on the ground with muzzle burns on his back means little, does it? although:

          “But the inspector general, Alex Bustamante, has raised concerns about whether the officers had a legal justification to make the stop and concluded that their tactics were inappropriate, the sources said.”

          but the standard? yes, again: complied with lapd policy.

          some folks are gathered outside the PD hq, and public comments have begun. but holy suffererin’ sailfish! i’m glad i paid my fee; look who’s there! jasmine richards, the first BLM terrorist! i can’t tell you how many times i accessed her twit feed over the past few weeks, to no avail.

          added on edit…sometime or other: this is by the woman i’d emailed to ask what the hold-up of o’callaghan’ trial might have been:

          this, later, by another la journalist:

          ya reckon they went into ‘executive session’ or left by the back door?

          p.s. i can’t even *see* where the italics are comin’ from in Edit, ack!

          oh, but as to all the white or dark-hued adults watching, how do they not jump into the fray? i swear, in my life, i was simply unable *not to*, and luckily i never paid much for my er…interference, although admittedly, no po-po were involved, just asshole bullies. still, i reckon that when i was more physically able, reflex would have dictate that i would have.

  13. Cleveland activists use unusual tactic to seek justice for Tamir Rice; A group of community members announced Tuesday that they are appealing directly to a judge for arrest warrants for the officers involved in Rice’s death, curbing the county prosecutors’ role in the process.’

    Rather than waiting for prosecutors to file charges against the officers involved in Tamir’s death, a group of community leaders and activists announced plans on Tuesday to invoke an obscure Ohio law to sidestep the prosecutors and appeal directly to a judge.

    The 1960 state law allows any “private citizen having knowledge of the facts” of a case to file an affidavit requesting criminal charges. The Rev. Dr. Jawanza Colvin announced at a press conference that the group has filed such an affidavit, citing probable cause to arrest officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, who shot Tamir when they saw him with a gun that was later confirmed to be a toy.
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    “We believe that officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback caused the death of Tamir Rice in deeds that were unconscionable, reprehensible, and – yes – criminal,” Dr. Colvin said at the press conference.’

    good on them; can it possibly work? it depends on the judge they petition, i’d think.

    the police commission is still deliberating over charges in the death of ezell ford, but the ‘following police protocols’ low bar makes it sound nigh on to impossible for any charges, unless any come from ‘stopping him for being black’.

  14. well, yass: ‘One LAPD Officer Not Within Policy in Fatal Shooting of Ezell Ford, Commission Finds

    ” The Los Angeles Police Commission decided that one of the city’s officers acted within policy and another did not in the fatal shooting of Ezell Ford, an unarmed black man with a mental illness.

    The Commission did not comment on whether or not the officer who didn’t act within policy would be punished, and added that any criminal charges against the officer would have to be brought by the district attorney’s office.

    you were right about officer friendly casebolt, ché; he’s resigned. or was given the chance to resign.

    It was not immediately clear what actions each officer took in the Aug. 11, 2014 incident. The police chief and the department’s independent monitor said both officers were justified in their actions, according to the Associated Press.

    Ford, 25, was killed by two officers near his home that day after he resisted arrest and grabbed an officer’s handgun, according to the LAPD.”

    pass the buck to the DA…

    the killing will continue.

    updated:

  15. companion pieces:

    you’ll likely know of this beyond tragic story:

    yesterday

  16. Re: @lapdcommission statement wrt police killing of Ezell Ford.

    Has anybody been able to decode the gobbledegook of their release on the “tragedy for all involved?”

    “Administrative Disapproval” and “no further action” is pretty damn meaningless taken separately or together.

    It makes no sense.

    The commission has the “final say,” and their final say is that it’s up to the DA to do something about it — or not.

    Jeebus what bullshit.

    ———————–
    As for Rikers, that well-acknowledged hellhole should have been shut down long ago. But no. It goes on and on and on, with yet more plans for yet more reforms. Bucks will continue to be passed. Many more will suffer and many more will die.

    • i’d imagine that ‘the tragedy’ for the killers is that they did their best to portray their grief that ‘ezell made them do it’, much like the little pissant who slammed the kids in bathing suits to the ground and sat on the young girl. ‘oh, he has lost so much sleep over it!’

      rikers reform well, yass:

      ” Davis’ suicide came the same day the city’s Department of Investigation released a scathing report on Corizon Health Inc., the private company contracted to manage psychiatric care at Rikers.

      DOI found the company failed to adequately care for patients, including prematurely removing inmates from court-ordered suicide watch and failure to monitor inmates with serious mental illness.

      Davis’ family could not be reached for comment.

      Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday said the city would not renew its contract with the company when it expires at the end of the year.”

      keegan has more new killings by kops up, but it’s bread day for me, and i got to get to gettin’.

  17. http://www.cleveland.com/metro/index.ssf/2015/06/judge_finds_probable_cause_for.html

    Cleveland Municipal Court judge has found probable cause that police officer Timothy Loehmann should face murder and other charges in the slaying of 12-year-old Tamir Rice.

    • my goodness; thank you, marym. and thanks for someone having dug up he ‘arcane 1960 law’ and going to the right judge (municipal; awesome). i almost missed the news in the mega-sized font at the bottom:
      “Frank Garmback:
      Adrine found probable cause for negligent homicide and dereliction of duty charges.”

      one might say: ‘this is what democracy looks like!’

      on edit: jayzuz. homeless man killed (shot five times) for failing to obey orders to drop the stick he always carried. he was ‘brandishing’ it. they murdered him in front of 50 children. miami, amerika.

  18. Twitter saying the judge’s opinion is “advisory” – it still doesn’t mean charges will be filed. Was going to post a link to that story about the killing of the homeless man. Cops don’t seem to know any more how to do anything in any situation except shoot.

    • had i not been in my usual tear, an read more closely i would have seen that. “The prosecutor’s office will review the case, conduct additional investigations as it sees fit and present the facts to experts for feedback before delivering the evidence to a grand jury. The process could take weeks or months.”

      well, the prosecutor has been reviewing ‘all 3000 pages of in-depth investigative yada, yadas’ for seven months, hasn’t he? loomis’s response was juuuust right.

      kapow, kapow, and ‘the suspect deserved it’. gonna be a long, hot summer, i expect.

      nomad who comes here once in awhile is black, and says that having a gun barrel shoved in your face for the crime of …well, just looking black in your own back yard…is life-changing. i can see that.

      our black/azteca son says the same thing, and says being polite to cops and security guards is no guarantee that horror won’t come next.

    • good on them! i went to brown blaze’s act. to bring the ‘protest libby’s curfew actions last night, and found this. ?

      “The judge’s recommendation, however, was brushed aside by Timothy McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor, who pledged to proceed as planned with having a grand jury decide on whether the officers should be charged.

      “This case, as with all other fatal use of deadly force cases involving law enforcement officers, will go to the grand jury,” McGinty said in a statement. “That has been the policy of this office since I was elected. Ultimately, the grand jury decides whether police officers are charged or not charged.”

      http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/11/tamir-rice-police-officer-murder-charge

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