Yes, it appears that it’s going to be a long, hot summer for not only killings by police, but also extreme violence and brutality against our citizens, and not only black ones, of course. Videos have been surfacing in both areas, but I’ll focus on the killings since some of the vicious beat-downs, even by gangs of police, didn’t cause actual death. Some are too painful to watch, in the manner of the gang murder of Kelly Thomas, for whom death may have been a blessing.
July 8 WaPo: ‘Police officers shot and killed more people so far in July than during any other week this year’
From RT: Number of police departments using stun guns, Tasers increased by 10 times – report‘
Oh, the epic cluelessness: ‘‘Eric Garner did not die in vain ‘: De Blasio comforts family at Staten Island memorial service’
Well, unless he means that the city just settled with Mr. Garner’s wife for $5.9 million, and Officer Friendly walks free. Man, it’s creepy to see Rev. Al in every Garner family photo…
TRNN: ‘Baltimore Police Chief Allowed Looting to Discredit Protestors, Says Union; Veteran police officers Kenneth Butler and Neill Franklin discuss a report issued by the Fraternal Order of Police that accuses recently fired Chief Batts of ordering police to stand down during looting so protestors would be blamed as the aggressors – July 10, 2015.
Via koat.com (h/t ChéPasa) in ABQ: ‘City agrees to pay James Boyd’s family $5 million; Boyd was shot and killed in 2014’ He was homeless, mentally ill, and camping ‘illegally’ in the Sandia foothills, for which he was gunned down like a rabid animal. Part of the helmet cam video is at the link.
Can you stand a bit of mega-irony? ‘Gov. Cuomo signs order giving Attorney General Eric Schneiderman authority to probe police-involved deaths’ You remember him, the fearless AG who was gonna prosecute Wall Street mortgage-fraudsters up the ass? Ooopsie; he fined a few firms. Yeppers; he’s jut the man for the job. Honest. He and Lanny Breuer were twins separated at birth. Honest.
Via the LA Times: ‘This is the shooting video Gardena police didn’t want you to see’
“Video of the shooting that killed Diaz Zeferino was unsealed by a federal judge Tuesday after months of legal battles between the city and media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times.
The grainy videos, captured by cameras mounted in two patrol cars, show three men mistakenly suspected of stealing a bicycle standing in a street under the glare of police lights. With their weapons trained on the men, officers scream at them to keep their hands up.
While two of the men in the videos remain motionless, Diaz Zeferino appears confused by the officers’ instructions. He drops and raises his arms repeatedly, showing the officers his hands and stepping backward and then forward a few paces. A laser dot from an officers’ pistol can be seen on his shirt. After Diaz Zeferino removes a baseball cap from his head, officers standing to the side of the men unleash a volley of gunfire.”
From the July 14 Denver Post: ‘Paul Castaway’s family disputes Denver police account of shooting’ Witnesses agree, and so do those who’ve seen the relevant video.
“Six Tuscaloosa police officers involved in a Friday night arrest that ended with a suspect dead have not been placed on leave, authorities said Saturday.
Anthony Dewayne Ware, 35, died Friday in police custody. Police said Ware was pepper sprayed while resisting arrest.
Sgt. Brent Blankley said investigators of the Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit have been assigned to look into the death of the suspect, which is standard procedure for unnatural deaths in the Tuscaloosa area.
Fox 6 reports police do have video footage of the arrest and plan to release it when investigators complete their review.” They predict their review will be completed by the Twelfth of Never.
Ebony.com: Sandra Bland changed lanes without using a turn signal while she was driving back to her alma mater, Prarie View A&M to interview for a job. She was arrested, jailed for three days for booked for “assault on a public officer”, and was found dead in her cell not long after someone had posted her bond. They say she hung herself. Her arrest video is at the link.
From the Guardian: ‘Family of 17-year-old killed by police at station is ‘not going to stop fighting’
“Kristiana Coignard’s family has filed a lawsuit claiming that her civil rights were violated after a jury declined to indict the officers who used excessive force.” And that’s putting it mildly.
July 10 Guardian: ‘Mississippi police accused of choking unarmed man to death with flashlight; Stonewall police chief denies claims made by attorney for family of Jonathan Sanders, 39, who suffered ‘some kind of asphyxiation’ during altercation’
“State officials in Mississippi are investigating the death of an unarmed black man who was killed in a physical struggle with a police officer while saying “I can’t breathe”, according to his attorney.
Jonathan Sanders suffered “some kind of asphyxiation” during an altercation with white officer Kevin Harrington on Wednesday night, in the small town of Stonewall, in the eastern part of the state, said the attorney, J Stewart Parrish.
Sanders, 39, was a father of two children including a one-year-old, according to his family.
Parrish told several local media outlets that Harrington pulled Sanders from a horse and choked him to death with a flashlight. Parrish told the Guardian on Friday that allegation had come from relatives who live beside the site of the struggle and witnessed it.”
The only repercussions so far in the drive-by assassination of a black youngster: WLWT.com: ‘Supervisors disciplined for not vetting officer who shot Tamir Rice’
“Northeast Ohio Media Group reports one officer received a two-day suspension and the other a written reprimand. The officers were accused of failing to check Timothy Loehmann’s personnel file at a suburban department before his hiring in Cleveland last year. An evaluation in the file said Loehmann had dismal handgun performance and was emotionally immature.” (mumble, mumble: grand jury…)
Simply inspirational, even for an apatheist like me:
Race, Faith & Justice in the Age of Ferguson & Baltimore: Rev. Osagyefo Uhuru Sekou (of the black prophetic tradition, and only 18 mins.)
Killed by police on Facebook: At least 627 people have been killed by U.S. police since January 1, 2015. And Eric Garner was choked to death one year ago today, may he find peace in the afterlife. A grand jury failed to indict Killer Kop Pantaleo, who’d told jurors that he hadn’t meant to kill him. Meanwhile, the NYPD has been harassing the two people who filmed his murder.