Killed By Police November 12

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on November 12, 2017

31 people were killed by police in the United States last week. This report is based on the Killed By Police database, which would appreciate a financial contribution. Here are the links: 1005 Juan Carlos Gomez (1006 / 1007 reported last week) 1008 Nyung Kyee 1009 Michael Wayne Marin 1010 Augustus Crawford 1011 Humberto Edwards 1012 Mason Andrew Johnson II 1013 1014 Marlysa Sanchez 1015 Eddie Patterson 1016 Pamela L. Webber 1017 1018 1019 Brandon Lee Flowers 1020 Jarrett Varnado 1021 1022 Jason Ike Pero 1023 Victor D. Bray 1024 Roger Raymond York, Jr. 1025 James Jacob Bailey 1026 Joseph Santos 1027 Charles Nichols. 1028 Paul Jones III 1029 Kiser Sturgell 1030 Ashley Jenkins 1031 1032 Thomas Aikens 1033 1034 1035 1036 1037

4 of the victims were female. (1014, 1016, 1021, 1030) 13 of the victims were white. (1005, 1009, 1012, 1013, 1014, 1016, 1017, 1019, 1024, 1025, 1026, 1029, 1030) 5 of the victims were black. (1010, 1015, 1020, 1028, 1031) 12 victims did not have a race indicated in media reports. 1022 Jason Ike Pero was “a member of the Bad River Tribe”

8 of the victims fired at an officer. (1009, 1012, 1013, 1024, 1025, 1028, 1033, 1034) 10 of the victims displayed a weapon. (1008, 1011, 1016, 1017, 1019, 1020, 1021, 1023, 1027, 1032) 3 of the incidents involved a domestic dispute. (1012, 1023. 1036) 4 of the victims were possibly suicidal. (1016, 1021, 1022, 1034)

Officer Jaimie Cox was killed during a KBP incident. Rockford Officer Shot Suspect Before Fatal Crash: Autopsy “A Rockford officer who died early Sunday while making a traffic stop fired his weapon, killing the suspect, before he was killed, police said. Autopsies conducted Monday showed that Officer Jaimie Cox, 30, died of blunt force trauma believed to be caused by a single-vehicle crash with suspect Eddie Patterson, 49, at the wheel. The Winnebago County Coroner’s Office has ruled Cox’s death a homicide, police said. Patterson was killed by gunshots that police believe were fired by Cox. Police said Patterson also received injuries when his pickup truck crashed about two blocks north of the initial traffic stop. On Sunday, Rockford Police Chief Dan O’Shea said he believed Cox had fired his weapon during the incident, and police initially tweeted that they were on the scene of a “shooting involving an officer,” at 1:20 a.m. Sunday. Police said Cox made a brief radio transmission asking for assistance after making a traffic stop at around 1 a.m. in the area of State Street and Dawn Avenue. Officers who arrived on the scene minutes later found Cox with critical injuries and Patterson dead inside his pickup truck, which struck a tree in the parking lot of the nearby Unitarian Universalist Church, according to the State Journal-Register. On Sunday, O’Shea said police believe that Cox scuffled with Patterson and “became entangled in the suspect’s vehicle.” State police said Patterson’s license had been revoked, and that Cox may have stopped him because the license plates on the pickup truck did not match the vehicle, according to the Associated Press.” (1015)

2 of the incidents took place in Georgia. East Cobb woman shot and killed by police after making threats “Cobb Police said Tuesday afternoon that three officers shot a woman at her East Cobb home after she threatened them while they responded to a suicide call. The woman, whom police said made an “overt action” with a handgun toward the officers, was transported to WellStar Kennestone Hospital and later died. Cobb Police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said … Four officers arrived at the home and found a 32-year-old woman inside, along with her three-year-old daughter, according to Pierce. He said the woman left through the front door and returned inside, “and at one point made an overt action” with a handgun, threatening the officers. Three of the four officers then shot her, Pierce said. … Pierce said the child was unharmed, and was taken away by a neighbor until a family member arrived. Pierce said this was not the first time police have been called to the home for similar reasons. “We have been at this residence before,” he said. “There’s a history here.” (1021)

Suspect dead after 2 officers shot in Forest Park, police say “Police said they were responding to a reckless-driving call and when they arrived, police said they saw James Jacob Bailey on a motorcycle, driving erratically without a helmet on. Police said the two officers tried to apprehend Bailey, but he ran behind a home. Witness Jose Martinez said he saw Bailey armed with a gun with police close behind him. “They told him to stop. They pulled the gun but he didn’t stop and he run to the back of the house over here,” Martinez told Channel 2 Action News. The gunfire between the two officers and Bailey left one officer shot in the neck, the other in the leg. Bailey is dead. … Officer Tim Sterrett was shot in the neck area and had surgery Wednesday night. He is showing signs of improvement Thursday morning and will remain in ICU for a while. Officer Demarkus Hutcherson was shot in the leg and is recovering well. … Channel 2 Action News dug into Bailey’s past. A 2010 document indicates a first offender sentence for Bailey for a methamphetamine count, cruelty to children and battery-family violence. A 2016 document indicates a theft by taking charge and a negotiated guilty plea sentence of seven years but upon serving one year, the remaining six “may be served on probation.” A Department of Community Supervision officer said at the time Forest Park officers encountered Bailey and he shot them, he had an active probation violation warrant out for him. “He was not in his right mind’ I’m telling you,” his mother, Chris Bailey … described her song as too generous and kind to shoot anyone, that is, until drugs got the best of him.” (1025)

5 other incidents are noteworthy. Officer wounded, man killed in Meridian “Meridian Police Chief Benny DuBose said the incident began when a couple was riding with the suspect and the suspect got into an argument with the man and forced him out of the car at gunpoint. The man then called police to report that his girlfriend was still in the car with the suspect, DuBose said. “A BOLO (be on the lookout bulletin) was given for the vehicle, and the officer involved spotted the vehicle and attempted to get the suspect to exit the vehicle. He told him he knew he had the gun and to place his hands on the dash,” DuBose said. “The suspect came out of the vehicle firing at the officer.” (1013)

Man hit by Taser catches fire, dies Tuesday in McClain County “A man died Monday evening after dousing himself and the inside of his van in gasoline and then being struck by a police officer’s Taser, the McClain County Sheriff’s Department reported. The man had been reported as missing by Norman police and was reportedly suicidal, said McClain County Sheriff Don Hewett. Two Lindsay police officers located the man about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday inside a parked van at 100th Street and Council Avenue, about 2 miles northwest of Lindsay. Lindsay city manager Stephen Mills said the officers were responding to a report of a man who was acting erratic with a gun when they found him sitting inside a van with a container of gasoline. Mills said the officers ordered the man out of the van and he got out with a lighter in his hand. Officers saw the gasoline but said he did not smell any gasoline on the man and did not see the man pour it inside the van, Mills said. As the man disobeyed the officers’ commands to get away from the van, he turned to get back inside the van, Mills said. The officer fired the Taser, igniting the gasoline. The man climbed back into the van, where the flames ignited the gasoline already poured inside the van. The van was quickly engulfed in flames, and one officer’s jacket caught fire during the blaze. Lindsay firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze. Mills said he didn’t think the officer violated any training in the use of a Taser, which can ignite any flammable liquid or fumes present. The officer believed the risk of the man getting back into the van with gasoline and a lighter was greater than firing the Taser, Mills said…. Hewett said the fire burned the man beyond recognition.” (1018)

“One dead after officer-involved shooting in Clinton Three Clinton Police Department officers responded to a home in the 1000 block of East Drive after 9 p.m. Wednesday. They had received information that a man with outstanding warrants was at the residence. Upon arrival, officers attempted to take him into custody. The man then attempted to climb out of a window. At one point, the man fired a weapon at the police. One of the officers fired back, hitting him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The officers were not injured. Records show York had a violent criminal history in Anderson County. In July, he was arrested for evading deputies twice in two days. According to the report from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, he tried to reach for a knife to attack a deputy and tried to bite him while being arrested. York was booked on three counts of evading arrest, two counts of resisting arrest and once count of assault and reckless driving on top of his other outstanding charges of evading arrest and reckless driving.” Man flees deputies twice, succeeds once 1024 Roger Raymond York, Jr is the PICTURE OF THE WEEK.(1024)

Man killed by police in Providence did not steal state police cruiser “According to state police Col. Ann Assumpico, an unnamed trooper was driving Donald Morgan, 35, to a court appearance on obstruction and possession of a stolen motor vehicle charges. When the trooper stopped at a crash on Route 146 and exited the car, Morgan, still handcuffed, got into the driver’s seat and drove away with the cruiser. The trooper’s weapon was not taken. Laura Meade Kirk, a spokeswoman for the state police, said she could not comment on questions related to procedures for the transport of prisoners.” … “About an hour and a half after the cruiser was stolen, according to Cranston Police Col. Michael Winquist, a call went out across police radio channels asking officers across the state to be on the lookout for a white Ford F150 with something “hanging out the back.” The broadcast led the officer to suspect Morgan might be in the truck, Winquist said. A Cranston officer saw a white Ford F150 driving “erratically” in the city shortly afterward, and attempted to pull the driver over. The truck stopped, but when the Cranston officer got out of his car, the driver “took off at a decent clip,” Winquist said. The truck swerved, made illegal turns, and sped past stop signs evading the police. …” “A driver is shown racing in a white pickup truck down a highway Thursday morning as he tried to elude police cars, then getting caught in traffic where two highways merge alongside the city’s downtown. He repeatedly rams a woman’s car in front of him as officers jump out of the way. Providence police and state police converged on the truck and fired more than 40 rounds, killing the driver and injuring the passenger, said Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements. Police later found no weapons in the truck.” Woman reacts to brother’s killing by police on I-95 ramp She acknowledged that her brother has a criminal record. He had a suspended license and was driving an unregistered vehicle when he saw police attempt to pull him over. “He was probably nervous that he was going to get pulled over and sent back to jail, so he didn’t want to stop, which was the wrong decision on his part, which made it dangerous for other people,” Santos said. … “What they chose to do was use live ammunition — in excess of 40 rounds — to stop an almost completely stopped car,” … Santos said if it wasn’t for Donald Morgan, who is accused of stealing a state police cruiser and fleeing in a white pickup truck, her family wouldn’t be going through all of this. “My brother was wrong for not stopping and they were incredibly wrong for using the amount of force to stop a man who was actually innocent and scared,” she said.” video (1026)

Officials: Man flees arrest in Ross County, allegedly steals car at gunpoint “Law enforcement officials continue to search for a man who allegedly stole a vehicle at gunpoint to get away from them Wednesday. The incident happened while the U.S. Marshals Office was serving warrants along with the Ross and Pike County sheriff’s offices. Officers attempted to serve Kiser Sturgell, 27, with a warrant at 632 Keiser Road in southern Ross County when he allegedly ran out of the home with a rifle and threatened to shoot anyone who followed him into the woods, according to the Ross County Sheriff’s Office. Officers followed Sturgell but lost him in the woods. About 30 minutes later, he allegedly stole a 1997 burgundy Buick Lesabre from the 300 block of Keiser Road at gunpoint. The U.S. Marshals Task Force continued to work throughout the night and on Thursday to locate Sturgell. According to online prison records, Sturgell was placed on parole supervision after his release from prison in August on a felony failure to appear charge out of Jackson County. Pike County Court records indicate a warrant was issued for Sturgell’s arrest when he failed to appear for court Oct. 30 on charges of possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia filed by Waverly Police after an Oct. 28 incident. He also was cited for driving under suspension, no operator’s license, and unsafe vehicle during the same incident. Sturgell is described as a white male, 6-foot-2 inches tall, 200 pounds, blonde hair, blue eyes, and tattoos covering his neck and jaw.” Two dead after police shooting in Greenup County “Trooper Michael Murriell with Kentucky State Police says several law enforcement agencies in Greenup County were chasing a vehicle late Thursday night. The chase ended near the intersection of Route 693 and Route 207 in Flatwoods. That’s where neighbors reported hearing as many as 20 gunshots. Murriell says the two people in the vehicle died after they were shot by police. He could not confirm who opened fire first. KSP is also not commenting yet on what led to the chase.” Kiser Sturgell Dead in KY “Kiser and Ashley were shot dead in Flatwoods KY. ~ Why would you post something like that if your not 100% sure ?? ~ Because I watched it happen in my neighbors yard. He fired multiple shots and they fired back. ~ How do you know fs thou did you actually see kiser and how come the news has not released the names yet ?? ~ Tag # on the back of the Buick LeSabre he carjacked is the same. This happened in my neighborhood which the state Dept has closed off now btw. ~ Ashley WHO ? ~ Jenkins ~ This piece of garbage your referring to has a mom and a dad that are eventually gonna find this thread and have to read that about their baby. Kiser wasn’t a bad person, he just got down the wrong path in life. Drugs consumed his conscience and he made mistakes. Please don’t speak so ill on the dead, he wasn’t always this way.” (1029, 1030)

3 of the incidents can be labeled suspicious. Deadly officer-involved shooting in south Bakersfield “A man (Augustus Joshua Crawford) was killed Saturday night in an officer-involved shooting in South Bakersfield. … According to Bakersfield Police Department Sgt. Ryan Kroeker, officers stopped a vehicle around 10:45 p.m. Saturday on Planz Road near South H Street. Kroeker said a man, who was in the vehicle, got out and ran. Kroeker said an officer shot the man. He was taken to a local hospital where he died. Police said the man had a gun, but it’s unclear if officers were aware of that when the shooting occurred. Kroeker said a gun was recovered at the scene. ” (video) UPDATE (Nov. 6): “The Bakersfield Police Department said the gun found at the scene of the deadly police shooting Saturday night was one stolen from an unmarked Kern County Sheriff’s Office vehicle in October. Police also said the man was a suspect in a shooting earlier that night.” A facebook post says “Crawford’s family said Augustus was leaving his son’s first birthday party last night when he was pulled over by Bakersfield Police.” (1010)

Authorities initially called to shooting scene for a report of a person with a knife “The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office says a 14 year old boy has died following an officer-involved shooting in Odanah. Authorities say they were called to the area of Maple Street shortly after 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday for a report of a male walking around carrying a knife. According to authorities, shots were fired by a deputy shortly before noon, and the boy was hit by a gunshot. … The boy was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Ashland after he was treated by first responders, and was pronounced dead at the hospital. The Bad River Tribal Council says the person who died was a young male and was also a member of the Bad River Tribe” “The Ashland County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a male subject walking on Maple Street carrying a knife. Ashland County Sheriff’s Deputy Brock Mrdjenovich responded to the scene and encountered a 5’9”, 300 pound male subject who fit the description given by the 911 caller. The subject was later identified as 14-year-old Jason Ike Pero. Pero approached Deputy Mrdjenovich with a large butcher knife and he refused numerous commands to drop the weapon. On two occasions, Pero lunged at the deputy while the deputy was attempting to retreat. Deputy Mrdjenovich fired his service weapon at Pero, striking him twice. Life-saving measures were initiated however, Pero was pronounced dead at Memorial Medical Center in Ashland. DCI has determined Jason Pero was the same person that called 911 reporting a man with a knife, giving his own physical description. Initial information indicates that Pero had been despondent over the few days leading up to the incident and evidence from a search warrant executed on Pero’s bedroom supports that information.” (1022)

Denver police officer shoots man accused of robbing a bank on the 16th Street Mall; suspect dies at hospital “A Denver police officer shot a man accused of robbing an ANB Bank on the 16th Street Mall as he tried to flee down a nearby alley Friday afternoon while many people were walking down the mall, police say. … Chelsea Wood, 28, was walking east on the mall in front of the Ink Coffee shop when he saw a heavily bundled man walk casually out of the ANB Bank. He was wearing a gray ski mask over his face, a light hoodie, a winter coat and jeans, she said. …“He was very hobo-esque. I was looking at him as we passed face to face about six inches away. I thought, why are you wearing a ski mask when you can’t even see?” Wood said. “He was trying to see out of the mask and he couldn’t even see me.” Just then two men ran out of the bank and screamed, “We’ve been robbed!” At that moment, the peculiarly acting man with his hands inside his coat took a sharp left turn into an alley. A Denver police officer had just arrived on his shift, White said. He was less than a block away, Wood said. He came running as the bank men pointed him down the alley, she said. … The officer ran down the alley, yelling orders for the suspected robber to stop. The officer fired several shots, striking the suspect. Police later recovered a gun where the alleged bank robber fell near Dumpsters. There was also evidence from the bank robbery, White said.” (1035)

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Killed By Police November 5

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on November 5, 2017

22 people were killed by police in the United States last week. This report is based on the Killed by Police database. Here are the links: 984 Lucas De Ford, 985 Eric Higgs 986 Mark Bidon 987 Tymyr Wilson 988 Dante Holden 989 Robert James Lightfeather 990 Jesus Birelas-Contreras 991 Luvelle Kennon 992 993 Vincent Hall 994 Heather Denean Bubrig 995 Jamee Almarez 996 Christopher Jacobs 997 998 Wallace Jory 999 Jerry Roach 1000 Robert A. Powell 1001 Marvin Stair 1002 Jorge Hidalgo 1003 Christopher Edward Loftis 1004 Raymond Davis 1005

21 of the victims were male. 994 Heather Denean Bubrig is the female. 5 of the victims were white, (994, 996, 998, 999, 1003) 6 were black, (985, 987, 988, 991, 993, 1004) 2 were native, (984, 989), and 2 were hispanic. (995, 1002) In 7 of the cases, the ethnicity was not indicated. (986, 990, 992, 997, 1000, 1001, 1005) The picture of the week award goes to 1003 Christopher Edward Loftis.

8 of the incidents saw the victim fire at the police. (985, 987/988, 993, 995, 997, 1000, 1001, 1005) 9 of the victims displayed a weapon. (986, 989, 990, 992, 994, 998, 999, 1002, 1003) Police used a taser on 996 Christopher Jacobs, and it did not work.

Facebook was the messenger in 2 of the incidents. Wallace Jory posted this message: “Just a thank you to my friends that helped me in my “move”; its over my stuff is garbage and tonite is my last night on earth. The wife and the son can have the apartment, good bye to one and all!!!” (998)

Jorge Hidalgo posted several memes, including “I need a cheap gun.” There were several messages. “What I’m about to do no Cai pedo real camaradas to hat have ur back don’t exist fuck it maybe i will live after this solo dios save” “To all my real camaradas need a gun to take some fool out of the way mis verdaderos camaradas no pinchis culos if you ain’t down with me don’t hit me up at all one way or the other i will get a gun” “Are you going to divorce? – Maybe – Think about it – No more thinking she got somebody i need somebody too” (1002)

Several of the incidents are noteworthy. Mark Bidon was a former law enforcement officer, who showed up at the employee entrance making trouble. “According to the department’s radio traffic from the time of the incident, a reporting party says there’s a “possible 10-96 at employee gate.” Sources tell 9Wants to Know “10-96” is code that refers to a person with possible mental health issues.” This may be a suicide by cop. (986)

Mr. Dante Holden, 19, of East Orange and Mr. Tymyr Wilson, 21, of East Orange were killed by an off-duty officer during a robbery attempt. “Information gathered so far indicates the police officer was dropping off an acquaintance and two children when they were confronted by the alleged robbers. Police said both suspects were armed. Police said one of the men apparently attempted to fire at the officer but the weapon jammed.” (987/988)

Sunnyvale police: Slain man threw knife at officers after killing Jax the police dog “About 18 minutes into the standoff, as they continued trying to coax Birelas-Contreras into surrendering, he threw a 6-inch butcher knife at the officers, Ngo said. That prompted Larkin to open fire with his service weapon, striking the suspect at least once. Birelas-Contreras was rushed to the hospital, where he died. Jax died from his wounds the same evening.” (990)

Police fatally shoot father who held 70-year-old elementary school teacher hostage for seven hours “The incident began unfolding at Castleview Elementary School around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday and lasted at least six hours as officials attempted to negotiate with the man … That man has been identified as Riverside resident Luvelle Kennon, 27. He died in the hospital after being shot by police. Kennon had a daughter in the first grade who he was coming to pick up when the violence unfolded, according to Justin Grayson, a public information officer for the Riverside Unified School District. He apparently flouted visitor protocol and forced himself onto the campus, then became upset and barricaded himself inside the classroom. Kennon’s behavior before he showed up at the school had already been raising concern among family members Tuesday morning. Upon his arrival school officials had been warned they may want to call law enforcement, Grayson said. “There’s just not much you can do when someone overpowers their way through the office staff,” he added. Kennon made his way to his daughter’s classroom, where he thought she would be; however, the students were out at lunch. It’s still not clear exactly why Kennon next chose to escalate the matter into a hostage situation. Grayson said he had not been a problem parent in the past.” (991)

Lakeland man 71, refused orders, dies after police confrontation “The incident took place at about 8:45 p.m. Lakeland police officers were dispatched to 726 W Crescent Drive after residents called about 71-year-old Jerry Roach, who they said yelled racial slurs at neighbors, fired his gun into the air once and pointed it at them from his front yard. Officers surrounded his home and evacuated neighbors. They tried to get Roach, who was inside, to come outside, but he refused. But then Roach told officers on the phone that he was going to come outside and that police would have to kill him. He said he would bring his shotgun, police said. Roach stepped out of his home with his shotgun at about 10:50 p.m and walked toward officers, who ordered him to drop it. After he refused, six officers fired at Roach. … he was pronounced dead at 11:20 p.m. … Roach, a felon, has had previous incidents with the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, which include three felony and two misdemeanor arrests. He was prohibited from having a firearm.” (999)

Suspect killed after standoff with police at Billings sporting goods store “Billings Police Chief Rich St. John confirmed the suspect drove an SUV through the front entrance of the Big Bear Sports Center on King Avenue West around 3 a.m. … The suspect reportedly came from Wal-Mart where employees had kicked him out of the store for attempting to steal firearms, according to police. Q2 News spoke with a Wal-Mart employee who saw the suspect attempt to gain access to the gun case at the store early this morning. The employee, who wanted to remain anonymous, said the man appeared to be impaired. The suspect was told to leave and had to be chased out of the store. Officers who arrived on scene were shot at by the suspect. Several volleys of gunfire were exchanged. … It’s not clear if police shot and killed the suspect or if died by self-inflicted gunshot.” (1005)

2 of the incidents can be considered suspicious. State to investigate officer-involved shooting near Black River Falls “After a 27-year-old man was killed in an officer-involved shooting in Jackson County Saturday morning, friends, family and members of the community gathered outside of the courthouse looking for answers. “The family had a million questions, no one was communicating with us,” says Curtis Redbird of the Ho-Chunk Nation. “We did it in a way that was very genuine to our people, and that’s peaceful, we shared songs with them to encourage them to come out and talk with us and we shared songs with the community in hope that they would come and support us.”… “A Jackson County deputy shot and killed a man after responding to a rural area near Black River Falls early Saturday morning. Sheriff Duane Waldera tells WEAU 13 News that the man was shot following a car chase. Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, the deputy responded to what the sheriff described as “a reported disorderly conduct matter that involved a restraining order injunction between two people.” It happened in the Jackson County Town of Komensky, which is east of Black River Falls. The deputy tried to find the person involved when he arrived at the scene and ended up seeing their vehicle, which was in motion. Then, the deputy tried to pull it over. “The vehicle did not stop, and then continued to the area of the residence where the complainant lives, at the residence area, and then everything unfolded from there,” said Sheriff Waldera. “It appeared that the person was attempting to go back to the other person’s residence, but the deputy intervened.” There’s no word on how many times the deputy fired or how many times the man was hit.” (984)

24-year-old identified in deadly officer-involved shooting in Columbus Officials say 24-year-old Raymond Davis of Columbus was pronounced dead at 1:58 AM Saturday. … We’re told police responded to a disturbance call at the Premier Lounge at the corner of 22nd Street and College Street. Investigators said the lounge was closing and there was a large crowd outside. Investigators said the exact details of the shooting are still under investigation. … A second person was also injured in the shooting and is expected to recover. We’re told a gun was recovered at the scene.”(1004)

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Killed By Police October 29

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on October 29, 2017

This is today’s chamblee54 report on police killings, aka officer involved shootings. The source used to track these incidents is Killed by Police. This past week saw 19 people killed by police. Here are the links to this week’s incidents: 964 Jason Daniel Marble, 965 Nicholas Pimentel, 966 Johnny Bonta, 967 Samantha Nicole Hennard, 968 Dexter David Anthony Baxter, 969 Darius Miller, Jr., 20 970 Matthew David Palaita, 971 Ashleigh Bertucci, 972, 973 David Campos, 974 Sean Bohinski, 975 Brandon Uzialko, 976 Timothy Earl Jackson, 977 Antonio Levison, 978 James M. Davis, 979 Sanders Surber, 980 Charles Wallace, 981, 982 Danny Sanchez, 983.

The first incident reported this week saw a police officer killed. “Girard police officer Justin Leo, 31, was shot late Saturday night and later died at the hospital. The suspect has been shot and killed by police. BCI Special Agent James Ciotti said two Girard police officers were called to the 400 block of Indiana Ave. just after 10 p.m. for what he calls a domestic-related incident. According to Ciotti, everything seemed fine when the officers arrived, but as they were standing by the front door, the suspect opened fire and shot Leo. The other officer then shot and killed the suspect in response. Officer Leo dropped to the ground almost immediately after being shot. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown for surgery, but later died at the hospital.”

Of the 19 victims, 17 were male, and 2 were female. (967, 971) 9 were white. (964, 965, 967, 968, 971, 974, 975, 979, 980) 4 were black. (969, 976, 977, 981) 2 were hispanic/mixed. (970, 982) For 4 of the victims, the race was not specified. (966, 972, 978, 983)

In 5 of the incidents, the victim fired at the police. (964, 967, 975, 976, 978) In 6 of the incidents, the victim displayed a weapon to the police. (964, 967, 975, 976, 978) In at least 2 cases, the victim fought with the police. (968, 974) 2 of the shootings involved a domestic dispute. (964, 966)

The Johnny Bonta case has a strange twist. While trying to determine his ethnicity, this came up: Johnny Bonta: Hate crime victim? The name of the victim, and the state, were the same in both incidents. However, the reputed hate crime took place in 2011. The 2017 Johnny Bonta is possibly native american, although this cannot be confirmed. According to the guardian, native americans suffered the highest per-capita rate of police killing in the United States, in 2016. (Incident 972 took place at the Standing Rock reservation, in South Dakota. The victim has not been identified.)

The video of the week shows Sanders Surber crashing a vehicle in a roundabout under construction. The police were chasing Mr. Surber, who allegedly stole a vehicle from a Walmart parking lot. It is interesting how many of these incidents involve Walmart parking lots.

3 killings are labeled suspicious. (965, 972, 973) It should be noted that this is not a comprehensive review, and that mistakes are likely. The links are public record. Readers are encouraged to do their own research, and draw their own conclusions.

Family Speaks Out After 27-Year-Old Man is Shot, Killed by Police After Chase in Stanislaus County “They could have tasered him, they could have done a number of other options, they could have chosen besides this. Now the whole family is devastated,” … She admitted to the family Pimentel was driving drunk and had bumped cars and refused stop for police. Avrek Law An investigation into the police pursuit and fatal shooting remains ongoing. But a number of questions remains. Why didn’t police officers use tasers or some other non-lethal option? The family deserves to know. The community deserves to know. No one is safe in a world filled with police officers that are quick to use lethal force. Our staff at the Avrek Law Firm were deeply saddened to learn about the car chase and police shooting that killed Nicholas Pimentel . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family as they continue to mourn such an incredible loss. No person deserves to die over something like this. Unfortunately, the police often resort to lethal force even when it is not warranted.”

Man killed in officer-involved shooting on Standing Rock Reservation “The Bureau of Indian Affairs says just before 8 p.m., Monday evening, officers responded to a report of shots fired at a Fort Yates gas station. Officers spotted the suspect vehicle traveling west on Highway 24 and pulled it over. During the stop, one of the suspects exited the vehicle and walked toward officers with his hands in his pockets. He ignored officers commands to show his hands, and was shot. “

McDonald’s robbery suspect fatally shot by HPD officer in southwest Houston “Police say hours earlier, the robbery suspect used the scissors and screwdriver to threaten and rob workers at a CVS and McDonald’s. … Around 6:30 a.m. police say the suspect robbed a Southside Place CVS then rode a METRO bus to a McDonald’s on Bellaire Boulevard near the Chimney Rock Road intersection. Executive Assistant Chief Matt Slinkard said the man waited for customers to leave the restaurant, then assaulted the manager. “As the suspect exits the McDonald’s, still with the screwdriver and a pair of scissors, one Bellaire officer and two HPD homicide officers encountered that suspect,” Slinkard said. Investigators say the suspect stood in the middle of a busy Bellaire Boulevard, refusing to drop the screwdriver or scissors. Slinkard said the Bellaire officer and Houston officer both deployed their taser. The man was hit by one taser. Police say it had no effect on him and he continued to threaten the officers. At that point, the Houston officer shot him.”

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Killed By Police October 22

Posted in Killed By Police, Library of Congress by chamblee54 on October 22, 2017

Here is the October 22 edition of chamblee54 looks at police killing of citizens. As always, the information is supplied by Killed by Police. This is a viewer supported service, and would appreciate any contributions. If everyone who talks about police killings contributed…

This report covers October 15 – October 21.There were no police killings reported on October 15. There were 16, all male, in the next 6 days. The KBP numbers are 948 – 963. Here are links to the cases: 948 949 950 951 952 953 954 955 956 957 958 959 960 961 962 963

All of the killings this week appear to be justified. This is a quick opinion, fueled by the media reports shown. Further investigation, and possible litigation, by the appropriate agencies is needed. In one case, there is a video of the robbery, that preceded the killing. Police-involved shooting 10-16-17 Harford Rd./Glenmore Ave. The man got $26 in the robbery. The video does not show why the police felt the need to fire at the suspect.

4 of the victims were white. (950, 951, 956, 961) 5 of the victims were black. (948, 953, 958, 959, 962) In 7 cases, the race was not readily apparent from reports. (949, 952, 954, 955, 957, 960, 963) 911 calls involving domestic violence were made in 3 cases. (950, 957, 960)

In 2 cases, the victim fired at the police. (954, 956) In 8 cases, the victim displayed a weapon to police. (949, 950, 952, 955, 957, 958, 960, 963) In 3 cases, the victim fought with police. (959, 961, 962) In case 961, the victim stabbed the police officer. In 4 cases, the police used tasers on the victim, and the taser did not work taser not work. (949, 957, 960, 962) Apparently, this is more of a problem than some would have you believe.

Suspect dies after struggle with deputies, 962, is our Case of the Week. “A man wanted on several warrants died Friday after a struggle with deputies at the Marksville LA WalMart. According to Chief Deputy Steve Martel, deputies spotted Armando Frank, 42, who was wanted on several warrants, sitting on a tractor outside the store. When they attempted to arrest him, Frank resisted and was tasered by the deputies. He continued to resist and was tasered again before deputies took him to the ground. At that point, they noticed Frank’s breath was becoming shallow, so they called for an ambulance. Frank then died at the hospital, Martel said. … three deputies were taken to the hospital to be treated for minor injuries that occurred during the struggle.”

Readers are invited to look at the links, and draw their own conclusions about these incidents. If you like, please leave a comment here. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. The images were taken in Omaha, Nebraska, in November, 1938. The photographer was John Vachon.