Tag Archives: police violence

VA: Dashcam shows federal park police murdering motorist

Source: New York Post

“A dashboard video released Wednesday shows national park police in Virginia firing their weapons up to nine times at a car they had stopped after a four-minute, stop-and-go chase, killing an apparently unarmed motorist. … ‘Bijan Ghaisar was repeatedly threatened by over-aggressive and out-of-control law enforcement officers, after he drove away from a minor traffic incident in which he was the victim and in which there was little property damage and no known injuries,’ the [Ghaisar family’s] lawyers said. In an interview, Austin said he suspects Ghaisar, who has no criminal record, drove off after stopping because he was spooked by the very first stop initiated by Park Police, in which police cut him off in the middle of the highway and approached with guns drawn, yanking at his front door.” (01/24/18)


CA: Gamer charged in “swatting call” that ended in police shooting; actual killer still at large

Source: Wichita Eagle

“The man accused of making a false report to Wichita police that ended in an officer fatally shooting a 28-year-old man was charged with involuntary manslaughter, reporting a false alarm and interference with a law enforcement officer in his first court appearance in Wichita. His bond was set at $500,000. … Tyler Barriss, 25, was arrested in South Los Angeles on Dec. 29, less than 24 hours after he allegedly called Wichita police claiming there was a homicide and hostage situation at 1033 W. McCormick. Barriss was in Los Angeles when the call was made, and a man inside the home — identified by his family as Andrew Finch — opened his door to see why police were outside and was shot by an officer who was in a driveway across the street.” (01/12/18)


Justice denied: Why the government is not going to save us

Source: CounterPunch
by John W Whitehead

“The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled: it will not hear the case of Young v. Borders. Despite the fact that a 26-year-old man was gunned down by police who banged on the wrong door at 1:30 am, failed to identify themselves as police, and then repeatedly shot and killed the innocent homeowner who answered the door while holding a gun in self-defense, the justices of the high court refused to intervene to address police misconduct. … The body count will continue to mount as long as the courts continue to march in lockstep with the police state, as long as police unions continue to strong-arm politicians into letting police agencies get away with murder, as long as legislators continue to care more about getting re-elected than about protecting the rights of the citizenry, as long as police continue to treat their fellow citizens as enemy combatants on a battlefield, as long as the media continues to focus the spotlight on circus politics, and as long as the citizenry fail to be alarmed and outraged every time the police state shoots another hole in the Constitution.” (01/10/18)


LA: Teacher handcuffed, arrested after bringing up brass salary at school board meeting

Source: NBC News

“A Louisiana teacher who spoke out against a superintendent’s new contract was handcuffed and arrested during a school board meeting in an incident caught on video. At the meeting Monday, Deyshia Hargrave brought up the issue of teacher salary and a raise that was included in a new contract for the superintendent, according to members of the Vermilion Parish School Board. Hargrave is an English language arts teacher at Rene A. Rost Middle School in Kaplan, Louisiana, according to the school’s website. … ‘You need to leave, or I’m going to remove you,’ the unidentified marshal says on the video. Hargrave grabs her purse and leaves as some protest that Puyau had been addressing the teacher even as she was being forced to leave. Suddenly, Hargrave can be heard yelling. The video then shows the woman on the floor in the hallway, where she is being handcuffed behind the back by the marshal.” (01/09/18)


Cato Daily Podcast, 01/05/18

Source: Cato Institute

“How can the public send a clear message to police that they, and not malicious tipsters, are ultimately responsible when cops kill innocent people? Clark Neily comments.” [various formats] (01/05/18)


If you’re afraid of risk, don’t take the job of absorbing risk

Source: A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg

“If you ask the average America what the job of a police officer is, you will likely receive some variation of, ‘To protect and serve the public.’ This shouldn’t surprise anybody. We’re told from a young age that police officers are heroes who protect us and that we pay taxes so police officers can protect us from nefarious individuals. So, at least ideally, the purpose of a police officer, like that of a firefighter or a private security guard, is to absorb risk. When your job is to absorb risk, the job you take is necessarily risky, which is why many individuals, including myself, are puzzled by officers’ obsession with going home safe at night …” (01/04/18)


An unqualified injustice

Source: Cato Institute
by Clark Neily

“One of the most important tools we have for holding police and other public officials accountable is the ability to sue them when they violate our rights. But the Supreme Court has undermined this vital accountability mechanism with a legal fiction called ‘qualified immunity.’ On Friday, the court will have an opportunity to change course by agreeing to hear a case involving a tragic miscarriage of justice. Andrew Scott was home playing video games with his girlfriend after midnight on June 15, 2015, when someone began pounding on the door to his apartment. The frightened couple retreated to Scott’s bedroom, where he retrieved his pistol and then made his way back to the living room. Carefully opening his front door, Scott saw an armed man and started to back up. The man immediately fired six shots, striking Scott three times and killing him. The shooter was Lake County, Florida, Sheriff’s Deputy Richard Sylvester …” (01/01/18)


KS: Cop kills unarmed mundane; police chief puts killer on paid vacation, blames “prankster”

Source: ABC News

“Police and the FBI are investigating whether an argument over an online game prompted a hoax call that led to a house where an officer shot and killed a Kansas man who apparently wasn’t involved in the dispute. Wichita Deputy Police Chief Troy Livingston on Friday blamed a ‘prankster’ who called 911 and made up a story about a shooting and kidnapping. … Several officers arrived and surrounded the home, braced for a hostage situation. When Finch went to the door police told him to put his hands up and move slowly. But Livingston said the man moved a hand toward the area of his waistband — a common place where guns are concealed. An officer, fearing the man was reaching for a gun, fired a single shot. Finch died a few minutes later at a hospital. Livingston said Finch was unarmed. The officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, is on paid leave pending the investigation. … Lisa Finch said the family was forced outside barefoot in freezing cold and handcuffed after the shooting. She said her granddaughter was forced to step over her dying uncle and that no guns were found in the home.” (12/29/17)


TX: Deputies kill six-year-old

Source: US News & World Report

“Four sheriff’s deputies firing at a wanted felon shot and killed a 6-year-old boy when at least one round went through the wall of his San Antonio-area mobile home and struck him, sheriff’s officials said. The woman, sought for offenses including car theft and who was being chased by Bexar County deputies, was attempting to break in to the trailer Thursday afternoon when the shooting happened, Sheriff Javier Salazar said. The woman was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The boy was struck in the torso and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.” [editor’s note: There are two kinds of firearms discharges — intentional and negligent. So the only real question is whether the person who fired the shot should be charged with murder or manslaughter – TLK] (12/22/17)


Texas cop could get away with murder thanks to federal law enforcement partnership

Source: Tenth Amendment Center
by Mike Maharrey

“The state of Texas wants to prosecute a former Austin Police Department detective for using excessive force and killing a man, but the officer has so far avoided prosecution by claiming federal immunity because he was working on a task force organized by the FBI. … Klienter’s attorneys have successfully argued that the state of Texas cannot prosecute him because he was working in a ‘federal capacity’ at the time. Under this legal reasoning, the supremacy clause of the Constitution affords federal agents immunity from state prosecution. The argument follows the typical bastardized view of the supremacy clause. As HuffPo put it, ‘federal law must prevail over an inconsistent state law.’ Of course, that’s not what the supremacy clause says at all.” (12/19/17)