Aug. 24: ‘Ferguson judge withdraws all arrest warrants before 2015’
“The municipal court judge in Ferguson, Missouri, on Monday announced sweeping changes to the city’s court system, including an order to withdraw all arrest warrants issued in that city before December 31, 2014.
Municipal Court Judge Donald McCullin, who was appointed in June, also changed the conditions for pretrial release. According to a press release put out by Ferguson, all defendants will be given new court dates with alternative penalties like payment plans or community service.” (read more here)
Aug. 27, the Guardian: ‘William Chapman: state official will seek to prosecute officer who killed teenager’; Virginia state prosecutor will seek indictment from grand jury over death of unarmed black 18-year-old, who was shot dead by a white police officer in April
Charlotteobserver.com: No retrial for Jonathan Ferrell’s police murderer, Randall Kerrick, oh no. The jury was hung 8-5, so the judge had declared a mistrial.
”Jury foreman Bruce Raffe told the Observer that, of the eight jurors who favored acquitting the police officer, one was black, one Hispanic and six white. Of the four favoring conviction, two were black, one Hispanic and one white. Raffe said he believed Kerrick was not guilty.”
August 28: ‘As Trial Approaches, What Has Changed Since Freddie Gray’s Killing?’ TRNN visits Penn & North, a short distance from where Freddie Gray lived and died and this is what we witnessed’
From TRNN, Aug. 27: ‘Bullock Trial Begins Friday’; 18-year-old Allen Bullock broke a police car window during the Baltimore uprisings. Having turned himself in, he faces life in prison and a bail that is higher than those set for the six police officers charged in the killing of Freddie Gray’
From thefreethoughtproject.com, Aug. 27: ‘Father Says He Has Proof His Son Surrendered Toy Gun Before Being Killed by Police’
“While there are multiple conflicting accounts regarding this incident, Julian’s father Derek is claiming that the version of events police gave contradicts the sequence of events given by witnesses and his son’s fiancee. He also claims he has video evidence that his son had his arms up in an attempt to surrender. While he admits Julian had an air rifle with him initially during the encounter, He went on to say:
“He put it on the ground, got back up and put his hands in the air.”
Hoffman’s house has a video surveillance camera mounted at the front entranceway. Hoffman said the video is “proof” that his son had his hands up and surrendered before being shot”.
Reason.com: ‘Witness Video Appears to Contradict Official Version of Fatal Police Shooting of Unarmed California Man’; Cops say John Berry tried to hit them with his car before they shot and killed him but family and witnesses disagree’
“Early last month, deputies from the Los Angeles County shot and killed 31-year-old John Berry, who was drving his car. The authorities said Berry rammed a patrol car and then pinned a cop to another vehicle, and that deputies shot at Berry because they feared for that cop’s life. [snip]
Chris Berry, a federal police officer who works at a facility with two psychiatric hospitals, said he called the Lakewood sheriff’s station and asked that a mental evaluation team be dispatched. He was informed that deputies would be sent instead.
The deputies who arrived were immediately aggressive and escalated the situation, Chris Berry said. He said he watched as they unleashed pepper spray, shot his brother with a Taser at least four times and struck him with batons. His brother, he recalled, looked stunned and cried, “What did I do wrong?”
“They said he accelerated and crashed into the police car. That did not happen — I was there for the whole thing,” Chris Berry said. “But they have to say that because it justifies their aggressive actions.… I believe in my heart and I know Johnny wasn’t trying to hurt them.”
Chris Berry said that as a law enforcement officer, he is pained to be mixed up in what feels like a family fight. “I called one brother to help another brother and…” He stopped, unable to finish the sentence.”
From thedailybeast.com: ‘First State Legalizes Taser Drones for Cops, Thanks to a Lobbyist; North Dakota police will be free to fire ‘less than lethal’ weapons from the air thanks to the influence of Big Drone’
A complicated legislative story, but more states might follow, yes?
Not police, but the Injustice System: in the how rare, how wonderful category, ‘A Pennsylvania judge in Pennsylvania was just sentenced to 28 years in prison for selling “kids-for-cash.”
“The bribery scandal made headlines when Former Luzerne County Judge Mark Ciavarella Jr. was alleged to have taking $1 million in bribes from juvenile detention centers to fill their cells with children who came before him in court.” yes, just the tip of the iceberg, but good, nonetheless.
Via ksatcom: ‘EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Fatal deputy-involved shooting; Bexar deputies shot, killed man while responding to disturbance call’
His hands were in the air.
“Certainly what’s in the video is a cause for concern, but it’s important to let the investigation go through its course so that we can assure a thorough and complete review of all that occurred,” Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau said.
Pamerleau said the suspect allegedly injured an 18-month-old child and woman who were inside the home at the time. She said the deputies tried Tasers and shields to subdue the suspect, but were unsuccessful. “Two deputies attempted to arrest the individual and he resisted. They also used, tried to use, non-lethal force weapons to try and detain him and after a lengthy confrontation, both deputies fired shots,” Pamerleau said.”
Bakersfieldnow.com reports: Bakersfield police on shooting: Car jack looked like gun’, Aug 25, 2015
“Police say the officers got out of their car and approached the Subway. Alderman walked toward the front door and looked to be holding a rifle, according to police.
Alderman refused several orders to “drop the gun,” the police department said. (Jason Lee) Alderman “raised the object in the direction of the officers,” the police statement says.
Garrett was placed on paid administrative leave while the use-of-force is reviewed.
The Alderman family attorneys also have issues with Officer Garrett. They say he was involved in the fatal shooting of a police informant in 2013. Grubbs said that incident was ruled justified, and within policy guidelines.”
Via HuffPo, Aug. 25: ‘Iconic Ferguson Photo Subjects Are Being Charged A Year Later; A pastor, a “peace poet,” a legal observer and a student muralist also head to court’
“ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Two young men featured in iconic photos taken during the Ferguson, Missouri, protests of August 2014 are among a whole swath of demonstrators and observers whom St. Louis County authorities chose to prosecute nearly a full year later.
Others who were recently charged by the St. Louis County Counselor’s office include a pastor, a “peace poet,” a young student muralist and a legal observer. At least three professional journalists (including one of the authors of this story) also recently found out they would have to appear in St. Louis County Municipal Court.”
There are others, of course, charged now with ‘interfering with police’. Jackboots galore.
Aug. 28, ‘Man Shot by SDPD Officer Held Pen, Not Knife’; A man who says he saw video of the shooting says the officer acted “hastily”
Another police barbarity video, good gawd all-friday. ‘I Watched 14 Police Officers Take Down a One-Legged Homeless Black Man Outside Twitter HQ. And nobody could stop them‘.
Somehow, though, for me the wretched treatment of so many “in police custody” are especially grievous and inhumane, and show either such callous disregard, or willful malevolence, and most often with complete impunity, as with the ‘Beat Up Squads’, or Freddie Gray’s nickel ride.
The Guardian: ‘Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell’; Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, had been held in Virginia jail without bail for nearly four months, accused of stealing a Mountain Dew, Snickers bar and a Zebra Cake’
“Jamycheal Mitchell, who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards early last Wednesday, according to authorities. While his body is still awaiting an autopsy, senior prison officials said his death was not being treated as suspicious.
“As of right now it is deemed ‘natural causes’,” Natasha Perry, the master jail officer at the Hampton Roads regional jail in Portsmouth, said of his death in an interview. Perry said there were no obvious outward signs of injury to the 24-year-old’s body. Portsmouth police are looking into the death. [snip]
Officials said that after his arrest, Mitchell was taken to Portsmouth city jail, where he stayed for almost three weeks before being transferred across the city to the regional jail on 11 May.
Ten days after that, the court clerk said, Judge Morton Whitlow ruled Mitchell was not competent to stand trial and ordered that he be transferred to Eastern State hospital, a state-run mental health facility in Williamsburg, for treatment.
The clerk said that typically in such cases “we do an order to restore the defendant to competence, send it to the hospital, and when the hospital has a bed, we do a transportation order, and he’s taken to the hospital.” Whitlow reiterated the order on 31 July and was due to review the case again on 4 September, according to the clerk.
But the hospital said it had no vacancy and the 24-year-old was therefore detained in jail until his death on 19 August, according to Adams, Mitchell’s aunt, who said she had tried to assist the hospitalisation process herself but was left frustrated.”
NY DailyNews: ‘EXCLUSIVE: Diabetic inmate needing insulin dies after suffering for 14 hours as Rikers Island guards do nothing
“A diabetic Rikers Island inmate in desperate need of insulin slowly died over 14 hours as correction officers did nothing — even after the man collapsed and vomited, bombshell documents show.
Internal investigations by the Department of Correction and New York State Commission of Correction place the death of Carlos Mercado squarely on the shoulders of correction officers.”
Yes, please accept no responsibility yourselves you craven faceless bureaucrats. Rikers is such a gem of a jail.
Or in jail lobbies, like Marvin Booker, street preacher, killed by police in a Denver jail. Or this:
From mercurynews.com: ‘San Jose: Dead inmate’s injuries appear to be result of blunt force trauma’
“The inmate, identified Tuesday in a court document as Michael James Tyree, also had bruises that appear to be the result of similar blunt-force injury, the sources said. At the time he died, Tyree was waiting for a transfer to a mental health facility.
At the time of his death, he was being housed on the sixth floor, in the protective custody unit. Several inmates who were also housed there reported seeing the three correctional officers go into his cell and then hearing him scream, “don’t,” “please, stop,” “help,” and “I’m sorry,” before falling silent after the officers left, according to a relative of one of the inmates.
One source with knowledge of the investigation said the officers did not report their use of force to jail authorities immediately as required, or seek medical care for him. Only after Tyree’s body was discovered during a routine cell check at least an hour later did they say the confrontation occurred because he refused to take his medication.”
The pre-trial hearing for police charged with Freddie Gray’s death began today. Via abcnews2.com: ‘Freddie Gray pre-trial hearing: 7 things to know’
What person of noteworthy power will step up and say: ‘Stop the Killing, Stop the Hideous Brutality’?
Will Campaign Zero end brutality and assassinations by law enforcement as so many seem to believe? Or are the demands ‘respectability politics’? ShadowProof recently asked for opinions, and I’d direct you to Tweets by @dhammicmarxist,