Tag Archives: police violence

MN: Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau resigns over police killing of Australian woman

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

"At the request of the mayor, Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau announced her resignation Friday afternoon in the aftermath of the officer-involved shooting of Justine Damond, a 40-year-old Australian woman. Last Saturday, Damond called 911 around 11:30 p.m. to report a possible sexual assault near her home in south Minneapolis, and one of the responding officers, Mohamed Noor, shot her from the squad car. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is investigating the shooting." (07/21/17)

MN: Minneapolis cop kills bride-to-be

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

"A 40-year-old woman who family members said called 911 to report a possible assault in the alley behind her home Saturday night was fatally shot by a Minneapolis police officer. The shooting happened at the end of the alley on W. 51st Street between Washburn and Xerxes avenues S. in the city’s Fulton neighborhood. The woman, Justine Damond, from Sydney, Australia, and her fiance lived in the 5000 block of Washburn. Three sources with knowledge of the incident said Sunday that two officers in one squad car, responding to the 911 call, pulled into the alley. Damond, in her pajamas, went to the driver’s side door and was talking to the driver. The officer in the passenger seat pulled his gun and shot Damond through the driver’s side door, sources said. No weapon was found at the scene." (07/17/17)


What dog shootings reveal about American policing

Source: The Atlantic
by Conor Friedersdorf

"Police shootings of humans are a national scandal in the United States, where law enforcement officers kill far more people than their counterparts in other highly developed democracies, and powerful police unions help shield some members from accountability. Those incidents are properly the focus of far more concern than any dog shooting. And even so, dog shootings warrant national attention. This is most evident when dog shootings threaten the lives of humans. Last year, an LAPD officer shot and killed a dog on the crowded boardwalk in Venice Beach — and hit a passing cyclist with a bullet that passed through the dog and wound up in her foot. Last month, an L.A. County sheriff’s deputy killed a 17-year-old when a bullet meant for a pit bull that had bitten a deputy ricocheted off the ground and struck the teen. And even when humans are neither struck nor at risk nor bereaved at the loss of a beloved pet, the frequency with which dogs are shot by cops in America is alarming — and revealing." (07/13/17)


MN: Cop who killed Philando Castile to receive $48.5k bonus

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"The Minnesota police officer who was acquitted in last year's fatal shooting of black motorist Philando Castile will receive $48,500 as he leaves the suburban department that employed him at the time of the killing, according to a separation agreement announced Monday. Jeronimo Yanez will be paid the money in a lump sum, minus applicable deductions and withholdings for state and federal taxes. Under the five-page agreement released through a public records request, the Minneapolis suburb of St. Anthony also will pay Yanez for up to 600 hours of accrued and unused personal leave pay. The agreement, which has Monday's date, doesn't say how much time he has accrued." (07/11/17)


MN: Video shows cop shooting dogs in Minneapolis yard

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

"Owner says neither dog was charging; video appears to verify her story. … The Facebook video is disturbing. A uniformed Minneapolis police officer is seen in the fenced back yard of a home in north Minneapolis. Two dogs come out to see what's going on. The officer shoots one dog, then the other. As of Sunday afternoon, both dogs were alive but their owner, Jennifer LeMay, was facing thousands of dollars in bills for vet care and surgery. Minneapolis police released a statement Sunday saying an investigation is underway and 'at this time, there is no further information we can release.'" [editor's note: Make the cop pay for treatment from his personal wealth; then give him a choice between prison or being neutered – TLK] (07/09/17)


IL: Three Chicago cops indicted in alleged cover-up of Laquan McDonald shooting

Source: Chicago Tribune

"Three current or former Chicago police officers were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring to cover up alleged wrongdoing by Officer Jason Van Dyke in the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Detective David March and patrol Officers Joseph Walsh, Van Dyke's partner that night in 2014, and Thomas Gaffney were each charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and obstruction of justice. … Police dashcam video of Van Dyke shooting the black teen 16 times as he walked away from police while holding a knife has caused a firestorm of controversy and led to calls for major reforms of the Police Department. The accounts of several officers dramatically differed from the dashcam video. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder on the same day in November 2015 that the video was released on the order of a Cook County judge. Van Dyke is still awaiting trial." (06/27/17)


Technology alone won't deliver justice for victims of police abuse

Source: Foundation for Economic Education
by Brittany Hunter

"Chills run down the spine of anyone who has the stomach to watch the footage of Philando Castile’s death last summer. … This damning footage was revolutionary, or at least, it should have been. There was no valid excuse for the officer involved in the Castile case. There was no opportunity for the live stream footage to be altered and there was no reason to believe that the images in the footage misrepresented or misconstrued the situation. Yet, last week Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted of all charges in the death of Philando Castile. Now we are left wondering what can be done if technology is not the great equalizer we had hoped. Technology may not be enough to change the trajectory of our criminal justice system, or at least not as rapidly as many activists had hoped. But that does not mean we are without hope altogether." (06/26/17)


MN: Taxpayers on hook for $3 million settlement in Castile killing

Source: Washington Post

"The mother of Philando Castile, a black motorist killed by a Minnesota police officer last year, has reached a nearly $3 million settlement in his death, according to an announcement Monday by her attorneys and the Minneapolis suburb that employed the officer. The settlement to be paid to Valerie Castile will avoid a federal wrongful death lawsuit stemming from Philando Castile’s death. The 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker was killed by St. Anthony officer Jeronimo Yanez during a traffic stop July 6 after Castile told the officer he was armed. Castile had a permit for his gun." (06/26/17)


Law enforcement's dirty little secret

Source: CounterPunch
by David Macaray

"Armchair sociologists tell us that the primary reason cops kill unarmed (or armed but non-threatening) black people is because cops are, at root, 'racists,' and that the reason juries acquit these trigger-happy officers, even when the evidence overwhelmingly supports a guilty verdict, is because the jurors themselves are, at root, racists. Although no one is going to suggest that racial discrimination isn’t alive and well in the U.S., a couple things fly in the face of that 'White cops kill blacks and Latinos because cops are racists' premise: (1) Black and Latino cops regularly engage in this same kind of savagery, and (2) cops also kill, harass, bully, and beat the hell out of their share of white people as well." (06/26/17)


MO: White cop shoots black guy; oops, turns out it was another cop

Source: WTSP 10 News

"A black off-duty St. Louis police officer was shot by a white on-duty police officer from the same department who apparently mistook him for a fleeing suspect, according to a statement from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. … Two officers 'challenged the off-duty officer and ordered him to the ground,' the department said. The officer complied and once they recognized him the on-duty officers told him 'to stand up and walk toward them.' At about the same time, another officer who had just arrived on the scene saw what was happening and 'fearing for his safety and apparently not recognizing the off-duty officer, discharged a shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm.'" [editor's note: The old "fearing for his safety" excuse; as noted in the Philando Castile case, that appears to be a get out of jail free card – TLK] (06/24/17)