Currently, there is no national database documenting the murders of un-armed people by police, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes. Although not all victims found here were weaponless, the fatal murdering of the unarmed: whether they are of ethnic origin, are disabled, mentally ill, homeless or their sexual orientation, by Police Departments across the country is unjustified, and the vast majority of officers involved are not being held accountable.
Unfortunately due to the ongoing killings by Police and people claiming Stand Your Ground (Castle Doctrine) this list will continue to grow. If you have a family member, friend or know of someone (unarmed) murdered at the hands of Law Enforcement (or others) please let me know and I’ll add their name to this memorandum.
Visual map displaying accounts of extrajudicial killings of people of colour beginning in 2012 https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215510872499841685660.0004c577c714cfc6b9ef1&msa=0&dg=feature
I believe ALL those listed below regardless of whether they were in the process of perpetrating a crime, in a gang, drug possession, incarceration, resisting arrest, alluding, a weapon thrown aside, mentally ill or just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they are all victims. Victims who loved and were loved. This memorial is dedicated to all the Mothers and Fathers, Sons and Daughters, Husbands and Wife’s, Grandparents, Sisters and Brothers, Nieces and Nephews, Girlfriends, Boyfriends, Lovers, Friends and Neighbors who have lost someone at the hands of law enforcement. For all the heartbreak, shed tears, unanswered questions, lies and grief for a life unfulfilled, to you I give honor, for “there but for the grace of God go I”. May you find peace in knowing their bloodshed will not go unnoticed nor will their life be forgotten.
As we remember victims of violence let us remember the sadness of loss. May that sadness be transformed into compassion for the victim and their loved ones. May the fear struck in us by the power of tragedy give way to reverence at the unending power of unconditional love. May we uncover the energy of our anger and use it to right what is wrong in our own behavior toward one another and to challenge the mindsets and systems which enable and promote violence. May love gently wipe the tears from our eyes and remove the fear from our hearts. Look with favor upon the families and friends who mourn the victims and comfort those who are in grief and despair, that peace, the fruit of justice and charity may reign for each of us gathered here today. For all victims of crime, abuse, harassment and all who commit acts of violence; from those who speak harsh words in anger, to those who hate others who are different from themselves, to those who take the life of another, may we learn to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly.
My definition of Unarmed
Please keep in mind I am only able to research and write bio’s on 5-7 victims per day. Each bio is verified through multiple sources, photos are retrieved, copied, cropped. Each bio is written and condensed close as possible to a single paragraph, many have links to READ MORE. Each name, age, state and ethnicity are entered into 3 data bases and then, after all pertinent information has been gathered I individually post to the website. Therefore each bio takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
It is at my discretion as to what I consider as being unarmed. If the person has a weapon but is unable to use it because it’s under a seat, knocked to the side, fallen to the ground, in someone else’s possession etc. I consider that person unarmed. If someone is shot in the back, I consider that person unarmed. If there appears to be questionable circumstances surrounding the death, I consider that person unarmed. If the person is mentally ill and can be contained without using deadly force, I consider that person unarmed. If ANYONE can be contained without using deadly force, I consider that person unarmed.
There is no reason, in my opinion to shoot someone when police manage to apprehend and incarcerate extraordinarily dangerous serial killers/ mass murderers/spree killers and vigilantes yet cannot manage the capture of citizens of ethnic lineage without executing them.
However, if someone is shooting, holding a weapon or hurting someone (including an officer) and there is absolutely no other way to control them, I consider that person armed. Mind you, I credit witness statements far above police reports.
I DO NOT believe Law Enforcement reports. Lies the police tell that are so familiar anyone can recite them: “Reached for waist band”; “Pointed hand at police in a threatening manner.” “Backed the car toward officers” “Lunged at me” “Had a black object in hand” “Tried to grab gun” “Officers of the Un-Peace” or “Un-Peace Officers” Campaigns were formed against the “Blue Code” supposedly making it more visible to the public eye have taken place but all they seem to be doing is allowing the police to police the police and the police. Police are liars, period. So please don’t think I would even consider relying on their statements. The code of Blue Silence is too real to be ignored, and has been proven over and over again to be the real badge of the law.
As for Grand Juries they’ve been bought and paid for in more cases than can be counted. There is something fundamentally unfair about a grand jury system which doesn’t reflect the racial, political and ethnic diversity of the community it serves and the people it indicts.
See a Full List of Names and Bio’s to date HERE
Jeterius Moore 18, May 10, 2012 Selma, AL – Police say they got a call about a “disturbance” in the area. When they arrived, police say one of their cops became “engaged” with an individual and “shots were fired. It can be safety assumed Jeterius was unarmed…or at least did not have a firearm. Police in all jurisdictions immediately will tell the public of guns possessed by individuals they shoot and kill, which justifies these summary executions in most Americans’ eyes. The fact Selma police are not releasing any details at all and will not answers any questions when a young man was killed by their department makes this appear to be yet another senseless murder. Murdered by Selma PD
Dillon Taylor 20, Aug. 11, 2014 Salt Lake City, UT – Taylor was exiting a 7-Eleven with his brother and cousin when officers arrived in response to a report of a man with a gun in the area “waving a gun around.” When police arrived, they found three men leaving the convenience store. One of the men, later identified as Taylor, reportedly matched the description of the man reported in a 911 call. Police said Taylor ignored the officers’ commands to stop. Taylor’s brother, Jerrail Taylor, they were both wearing headphones and didn’t immediately hear the officers, who were shouting conflicting commands and shot Dillon Taylor 2 times even though he was unarmed and posed no threat. Murdered by Salt Lake City PD
Christopher Jerome Thomas 22, June 28, 2012 Dothan AL –The traffic stop, which is highly questionable initiated the pursuit which started between a marked patrol K-9 vehicle and a white Ford Explorer driven by Thomas. The pursuit spanned 12 blocks, starting on Blackshear Street. Thomas’ SUV traveled across a busy roadway and ended in the strip shopping center in a parking lot striking a printing business and injuring one person inside. Officer Darren Moody jumped from his car and began firing shots before giving Thomas a chance to obey instructions. Officer Moody shot Thomas five times with all bullets passing Thomas’ in a left-to-right trajectory, including two in the neck. Witnesses at the scene claim Officer Moody ran toward Thomas’ car and fired at nearly point blank range with the officer NEVER in the path of Thomas’ vehicle, witness’s also testified Thomas was not moving, and not facing anyone including Moody at the time of the shooting. Of course the shooting was not captured in the video recording, only the chase during which Officer Moody appears to make at least two misrepresentations to dispatchers and supervisors. The officer reported speeds of 30 miles per hour when his patrol car was actually traveling at 62 miles per hour while passing through a residential neighborhood. Moody has claimed twice that Thomas’ car attempted to strike an unmarked police car while the video clearly shows Thomas swerved to miss it. Officer Darren Moody claims he thought he was chasing Jerry Jerome Hill, a convicted felon also known as “Booty Bop” as they both “are African-American.” Murdered by Dothan PD
Trevion Davis 13, June 28, 2012 Clayton County GA – Clayton County police officers responding to a burglary saw multiple suspects leaving the location. Attempting to make contact with Trevion, who had a BB gun. An officer was forced to open fire, shooting the boy in the head. The teen was transported to a hospital, where he later died. Murdered by Clayton County Police
Clayton County District Attorney Tracy Graham-Lawson “it’s possible 18-year-old Jamar Odom, who is accused of participating in the burglary, could face a murder charge since he was involved in a crime that led to Davis’ death.’
Omar Abrego 37, Aug. 14, 2014 Los Angeles, CA – LAPD claims police attempted to pull over Abrego because he was driving erratically and almost hit a pedestrian. Officers say he attempted to flee, first in his vehicle, then on foot, before eventually being caught. In the ensuing altercation, police officials claim Abrego suffered a laceration. Witnesses claim to have seen officers striking unarmed Abrego on his head and face, one saying the beating lasted 10 minutes. A cell phone video shows a motionless Abrego with a bloodied face, lying on the ground. An ambulance was called to the scene, and 12 hours later, Abrego was dead. The LAPD claim the two sergeants involved in the incident were injured as a result of the arrest and that the department has mounted an investigation into the incident. Murdered by LAPD
Jacinto Zavala 21, Aug. 14, 2014 Greeley CO – Greeley Police claim a 911 caller reported an intoxicated man armed with “two or three guns”. Zavala, a military veteran reportedly had a brief encounter with police, which officials claim, Zavala refused their commands to drop a weapon and instead pointed it at officers, leading them to shoot and kill him. Police maintain Zavala was brandishing an AR-15, he was armed only with a BB gun, and he never raised it at the officers. The source of the 911 call, who claimed the suspect had PTSD. Zavala’s family alleges he didn’t suffer from the disorder, but that officers should have behaved differently if they believed they were responding to a mentally unstable individual. The Weld County District Attorney’s Office is currently investigating the case, though details about incident have not yet been released. Murderd by Greeley PD
Diana Showman 19, Aug. 14, 2014 San Jose CA – Diana Showman suffering with severe bipolar disorder, called 911 reportedly telling dispatchers that she had a gun and was going to shoot her family. However, no one else was at home with her. When Showman later approached officers outside of her home with a large black object in her hand, the officers ordered her to drop it, but when she disobeyed police claim, an officer fired one fatal round. Showman had a black cordless drill in her hand. Showman’s parents, as well as local police, are demanding a thorough investigation of the shooting. Murdered by San Jose PD
Michelle Cusseaux 50, (mentally ill) Aug. 14, 2014 Phoenix AZ – On the same afternoon, a veteran officer from the Phoenix Police Department arrived at 50-year-old Michelle Cusseaux’s apartment in order to transport her to an in-patient mental-health facility. Police say Cusseaux — who was said to have serious mental illness which included schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression — met the officer at her front door with a hammer in her hand when she was shot dead. The Arizona Department of Public Safety will conduct a criminal investigation into the shooting after Cusseaux’s mother asked that the city use an independent agency to look into the incident. Murdered by Phoenix PD
Joshua Paul 31, Aug. 17, 2014 (photo: Joshua in front) Carpentersville, Illinois – Joshua was pulled over by police for suspicion of driving on a revoked license. Officers informed Paul he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest due to prior traffic violations, and attempted to take him into custody. Police reported a “brief physical struggle,” which left Paul with a laceration under his chin requiring on-scene medical attention from paramedics. The extent of his injuries was reportedly more substantial as he was eventually taken to the hospital in an ambulance, where he died a few hours later. The cause of Paul’s death and extent of his injuries have still not been officially released, although witnesses testify they believe his neck was broken. The Illinois State Police Public Integrity Unit has launched an investigation into the incident. Murdered by Carpentersville PD
Maria Godinez 22, Aug. 19, 2014 Orlando FL – Several people called 911 to report a man with a gun outside of a downtown nightclub, but that he hadn’t fired it yet. According to a police affidavit, police ordered Kody Roach, the gunman, to get on the ground, but when he started to back up toward the club again, witnesses say policed fired as many as a half-dozen shots. Police say during a police confrontation with the gunman, 22-year-old Maria Godinez was killed by a stray bullet fired by an officer. Roach survived the shooting and now faces a murder charge for the killing of Godinez. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has launched an investigation into the shooting. Murdered by Orlando PD
Guillermo Canas 36, (mentally ill) Aug. 28, 2014 St. Paul MN – Police say they received 911 calls describing a man walking down a street wielding a pipe and bashing in windows. A witness described the man as homeless. St. Paul Police Chief Tom Smith said that the man was attacking officers with rocks and had also apparently attacked a school bus with a metal pipe. Witnesses say that when police arrived, the man was throwing rocks and trying to punch police officers just before he finally charged at one of the officers and was fatally shot. Murdered by St. Paul PD
Marlon Horton 28, Sept. 7, 2013 Chicago IL – Horton was reportedly attempting to visit his girlfriend on the morning of Sept. 7, 2013, but a lawsuit claims that his cell phone battery had died, leaving him unable to call his girlfriend to get into her building. Horton then asked two building security guards, one who turned out to be an off-duty Chicago police officer, to let him into the building. When the pair of guards refused to let him in and asked him to leave, Horton allegedly began to urinate near the police officer’s car and a scuffle began. It ended with Horton being shot as he moved toward the off-duty police officer. Transcripts from 911 calls reveal a dispatcher instructing the off-duty officer to give Horton medical assistance after Horton had been shot, but security video from the scene of the shooting shows no assistance was given. The Chicago Independent Police Review Authority is investigating the incident. Murdered by Chicago PD
Hernandez L. Dowdy 36, June 27, 2014 Memphis TN – Memphis police arrested Erica M. Moore on June 23, when police received complaints from a BP Gas Station about women soliciting truckers on the lot. Moore had been seen at the BP and warned to leave the area before she was arrested. She was charged with criminal trespass and pedestrians soliciting rides or business. She told an investigator that after she had been arrested for flagging down cars, she didn’t know who had her silver 2008 Pontiac G6, it was stolen by a gunman. Moore claimed she was carjacked about 9:30 p.m. on June 22 by one of four people she allowed in her car. She said she had given two men wearing dreadlocks and two women a ride after failing to find a man called “Hap” because he needed her to buy Xanax. Moore told police she gave them a ride with the condition one of them take the wheel, because she suffers from anxiety about driving. Moore reported the man driving her car pulled over, told her to get out at gunpoint and then said he would kill her and her family if she called police. June 27 a GPS company notified the Memphis department’s Communications Bureau that the car was in the 3400 block of Wingate. Police reported Dowdy refused to stop, fled east, struck another vehicle and bailed out of the car. “According to officers on the scene, the suspect reached toward his waistband and indicated he had a gun, at which time the suspect was fatally shot by Memphis police pursuing the driver of what was reported to be a carjacked vehicle. But there was no carjacking. The Southaven woman who made the claim has been charged with the felony of making a false offense report to Memphis Police. Dowdy was pronounced dead later at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis. The department on Friday released the name of the officer involved, James Archie, 40, who joined the force in November 2006. Archie remains relieved of duty with pay during an investigation of the shooting. Police officials have declined to release additional information, saying in statements that the exact details surrounding this incident are still under investigation. Murdered by Memphis PD
Deshone Lamar Travis 20 June 27, 2012 Port Wentworth, GA – Port Wentworth police department had been asked to assist Pooler Police detectives on a robbery investigation they were conducting in Pooler at the Wendy’s on Highway 80. The investigation led to a home in Port Wentworth and while there, police encountered unarmed Deshone Travis. Robert Travis told us he received a call from his son saying ” police wanted to impound his car and it had something to do with a robbery. I told him I would be right there”. “Everything was calm, no one was irate or anything, so I thought I was just going there and to see what was going on with the car and talk to the officers and see what why they thought his vehicle was involved. But when I got to the scene that was not the case. The glass was busted out of my son’s car which was in the street and I realize my son is in that car and I am asking what happened?” Witness Algerene McKinnon, “police wanted to search Deshones’ car, but then gave him back his keys. I think Deshone assumed he was free to go so he went to the car and was backing away”. McKinnon said officers were not behind the car, but rather to the side on the grass. He said one officer from Pooler followed Deshone to the passenger side of the car after Deshone got inside the vehicle. ‘He told him to get out but he didn’t,” when the car began moving, that’s when officers began shooting from the grassy area to the side. An officer walked behind the car and fired. “Their lives were not in danger”. Murdered by Port Wentworth PD
Shantel Davis 23, June 15, 2012 Brooklyn NY – Plainclothes cops spotted Shantel Davis drive erratically in a Toyota Camry she’d allegedly stolen at gunpoint earlier in the month. After running a series of red lights, she crossed a double yellow line, where, according to NYPD she crashed into a minivan. As cops approached unarmed Davis, she attempted to open the passenger side door. A cop was hit by the door and pushed backwards. Davis then reportedly went back to the driver’s side and put the car in reverse, hitting the gas. At the same time, another cop, Detective Phil Atkins, entered the vehicle through the driver’s side door, attempting to put the car in park. In one hand, he was carrying a gun. “He’s attempting with the other hand to shift the gear into park,” “When she’s hitting the gas, a single round was discharged from his firearm, striking the woman in the chest.” Cops then asked Davis to step out of the car, she stumbled onto the street, bleeding profusely as a large crowd looked on in horror. One witness said “She did not try to put no car in reverse, they were already on her, she had nowhere to go.” Murdered by NYPD
Christopher Brown 17, June 15, 2012 Baltimore MD – Teens were throwing rocks and ringing doorbells at random houses in their Randallstown neighborhood. Christopher Brown had expressed disapproval of the vandalism that had residents complaining to police. But a friend said the high school junior and church usher — dubbed “Mr. Congeniality” by his teachers — reluctantly agreed to join in. According to this friend, he accompanied a separate group trailing behind Brown. They approached a house; he doesn’t think any of the teens out that night knew that a police officer lived on the street, it just happened to be the final house targeted in their game. Some members of the group were acting unusually rowdy and broke away from the rest of the pack. Brown was behind the rowdier group of teens who went to Laboard’s house, and heard two bangs, possibly from a rock and a kick on the door, but the friend was too far away to see who threw the rock or the officer rush out. The friend said he saw Brown in the street at the time, too far away to have thrown anything. People scattered, but Brown was slowed by a knee brace. One of the other kids asked him, “Where’s Chris? Where’s Chris?” About five minutes later, Brown called him on his cellphone “There’s people looking for you all,” Brown whispered. “Get in a house and stay there.” He thought Brown was calling him from his house and was speaking in hushed tones to keep his mother from hearing. Later, when the friend saw county police officers and a helicopter in the area, he thought they were searching for vandals. The friend said Brown did not throw the rock that thumped against Off-duty Police Officer James D. Laboard’s front door. But it was Brown who was caught after Laboard, chasing the teen through yards and between houses, cornering him several blocks away where Laboard found the 17-year-old hiding in some bushes. “The officer hears the young man in the bushes and tells him to come out. The police claim “the young man refused to come out, so the officer reached into the bushes and pulled him out, and Brown engaged in a physical fight with our officer, in the course of that physical fight, at some point the young man became unconscious”. Brown ended up dead by asphyxiation, ruled a homicide by the state medical examiner. James D. Laboard, a nine-year veteran, faces charges of voluntary and involuntary manslaughter in the asphyxiation death whom police said he chased after a group of teens threw a rock at his front door on June 13. Each count carries a maximum of 10 years in prison. Murdered by Baltimore PD
Derrick Gaines 15, On June 5, 2012 San Francisco CA – Hanging out with friends. They had been to McDonald’s. They first went to the bus station, but when no bus came, they wandered back towards McDonald’s and an Arco station. A police car was watching them, making Derrick look over. The cop swooped into the Arco station, full of people, and asked the young men why they were there. “Derrick backed off and started to run. Police Officer, Joshua Cabillo, hit Derrick on the head with his gun; then they struggled on the ground. Derrick was carrying an old gun, which didn’t have a firing pin. It was an old collector-type gun, not visible inside his clothing. It skidded out to the side, after he had been knocked down. The cop pointed the gun to Gaines’s throat and shot him point blank. Witnesses say Gaines’s gun wasn’t near enough to have been a threat.” His mother says that Gaines had been writing rap songs, and she believes the gun may have been a prop. a gentleman who was trained in CPR offered to help, but Cabillo refused to allow it, attempting CPR himself instead. Derrick was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where they went to great lengths to save him. They found a wound in his neck and his lower back.” There was an extensive investigation, including ‘re-creation’ of the scene at the service station. The conclusion was that it was a ‘justified’ shooting. Officer Cabillo was part of a special Neighborhood Response Team [a police unit aimed at combating gang violence in the neighborhood], which swings into high gear when school is out. He has been quoted as saying that he loves foot pursuits.” Neither Gaines nor his friend was a member of any gang. Murdered by San Francisco PD
Kijuan Byrd 28, June 1, 2012 Miami FL – Security Guard Lukace Shane Kendle noticed Byrd and Smathers inside of a Ford F-150 in a nearby parking space rolling up marijuana cigarettes. Kendle says he first decided to join co-workers across the parking lot, but turned back to retrieve something from his truck. As approached his truck, Kendle says he saw the Ford’s doors swing open and then heard someone shout, “I’m going to kill that n—–.” Kendle says as Smather’s was exiting the vehicle, he “might have been pulling something ‘upwards.’ Kendle never saw a weapon, but says he feared for his life. He then pulled out his gun and shot Smathers four times, then focused on Byrd. He told the cops he shot in Byrd’s direction once because he felt his life was in danger. Byrd had crawled under the vehicle at this point. In the warrant, Kendle said he could not see Byrd’s hand, but still fired anyway because he was still “in fear for his life.” Byrd and Smathers were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center, where Byrd later died. An autopsy later revealed that Byrd was shot 11 times. Smathers was still hospitalized Friday in critical condition. Kendle was allowed to go free after shooting by invoking ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ Murdered by Private Security Guard
Darius Simmons 13, May 31, 2012 Milwaukee WI – Surveillance video taken from John Henry Spooner, a 76-year-old own security cameras showed him emerge from his house and confronts Darius, who is retrieving his family’s garbage cart from the street. Spooner points a gun at Darius, who quickly moves back a few steps asking if he’s had stolen some of his guns. The boy, who held his hands up and said he didn’t have anything. Spooner then talks to Darius’ mother, who’s standing on her porch out of view of the camera, and Spooner briefly points the gun in her direction. Moments later, Spooner points the gun back at the boy standing a couple of feet in front of him. He fires, hitting Darius in the chest. The teen stumbles and runs away, and Spooner fires a second shot that misses. Darius’ mother, Patricia Larry, testified she chased her son to where he collapsed in the street and held him in her arms as he died. “I pulled his shirt up, he had a bullet hole in his chest. He took one more breath and that’s it.” Spooner paced up and down the sidewalk until police arrived a few minutes later. Police officer Richard Martinez testified that he was handcuffing Spooner when Spooner acknowledged, “Yeah, I shot him.” John H. Spooner was convicted of first-degree intentional homicide. He acknowledged shooting the 13-year-old in the chest while the teen’s mother watched. Murdered by a neighbor
Anton Barrett Sr. 41, May 29, 2012 Vallego CA – Police claim Barrett was driving a white Lexus without its headlights on near an intersection where they were conducting a routine DUI checkpoint. When Barrett failed to stop, they went after him. The chase ended at an apartment complex where Barrett and two other male passengers jumped out of the car and ran. Barrett was confronted by an officer and told to show his hands. The officer says instead, Barrett ran towards him, reached into his pocket, and pulled out a dark colored metal object. The officer claims he was forced to fire on Barrett multiple times and that when Barrett tried to get up after being shot, another officer tased him to subdue him. Barrett died later at a hospital from his injuries. Police now admit the object in question wasn’t a weapon but the victim’s wallet. Barrett may have run because he was afraid of getting another DUI and losing his job”. Murdered by Vallejo PD
David Winston 27, May 25, 2012 Birmingham AL – Winston, his common-law-wife and three children, were temporarily staying at the hotel while waiting on their apartment to be ready. The two had left their room to smoke in a grassy area next to the hotel when hotel security guard Pierre Myles approaches and told them to go back into their room. Myles wasn’t supposed to be armed but he’s brought his own gun for his job, Winston was unarmed. On the hotels video tape Winston and Myles are seen arguing and yelling. Myles fires the first shot into the ground. When Winston starts running between two cars, Myles follows firing multiple times. The video of the shooting was synced with a 911 phone call from a hotel employee to dispatcher “ He just shot the guest” Winston is seen in the parking lot suffering from 16 shots from Myles Ruger 9mm pistol. Myles can also be seen shooting a bystander in the leg. Myles was sentenced to 25, to life in prison for the murder charge and 10 years in prison for the second degree assault on the woman, with both sentences to run concurrent.
Dewayne Bailey 38, May 8, 2012 Memphis TN – Bailey was in a public store parking lot asleep with the car running. Someone observe him and contacted local police. While attempting to awaken Mr. Bailey, he awoke suddenly and was startled. It is stated that Mr. Bailey exited the vehicle and started to become physical with the officers however it is also states Mr. Bailey got back into his vehicle and proceeded to drag a police officer making three white officers shoot him 32 times. One black officer that’s states “I DID NOT FEAR FOR MY LIFE SO I DIDN’T SHOOT”. Witnesses disputed the claim by police that when they woke Bailey up, he got out of his car and fought with them, then got back in his car and started driving it. Murdered by Memphis PD
Jeremie McCraven 20, Feb. 10, 2012 Memphis TN – Police claim McCraven was the leader of an auto theft ring and been arrested several times in stolen vehicles. Jeremie was shot in the back while fleeing police while allegedly driving a stolen car. Murdered by Memphis PD
Christian Freeman 19, (paranoid schizophrenic) June 12, 2012 Memphis TN – Police claim Freeman charged at two officers with a knife and they shot him to death. That was Freeman’s second encounter with police. He spent a month in a mental health ward after allegedly yelling and making obscene gestures at police officers in April 2012. Freeman’s uncle in Texas, Todd Jones, said police should have tried to incapacitate and restrain Freeman rather than shooting him. Memphis Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) is used as a model for intervention services regarding arrests of mentally ill people in crisis, but Memphis police do not use it. Murdered by Memphis PD
Delores Epps 53, and Mackala Ross 13, Aug. 26, 2013 Memphis TN – Officer Beard ignored police regulations to use the flashing lights and the siren on his car when he hit a car driven by Michael Ross, killing Mackala Ross and Delored Epps. Michael Ross was critically injured and remained in the hospital. A fourth passenger was treated and released. Beard, who has been suspended with pay, suffered minor injuries. Sept. 2013 Former Officer Beard agreed to plead guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and two counts of aggravated assault in the crash that killed the mother and daughter and injuring the father and will ONLY serve six months in jail. Murdered by Memphis PD
Randy Green (age unknown – legally blind) March, 2012. Memphis TN – Green was pepper-sprayed to death by Memphis police officers on the campus of the University of Memphis, where he was attempting to use the library. It is not known if his case was even properly referred to the Medical Examiner’s office, or if they examined the crime scene, and whether this is yet another case of ME-police cover-up. Murdered by Memphis PD
Justin Thompson 15 , September 24, 2012 Memphis, TN – Justin was shot four times by a Memphis police officer, the motive was presented as “robbery”. No weapon or other evidence of “robbery” ever presented. His brother whom they claim was a participant was never arrested, and was not even on the scene. The ME’s office is purportedly investigating the body, but has issued no findings of any sort, or have decided to keep such finding a secret at the behest of the police. This appears to be yet another cover-up of police misconduct and excessive use of force by the County Medical Examiner’s Office, working in collusion with the police and local political authorities to protect their interests rather than impartially presenting the facts to the public or a grand jury, if need be. Murdered by Memphis PD
Bobby Rodriquez (age unknown) July 19, 1995 Jersey City police officers Hazecamp and Wolfe pulled Bobby over, allegedly for running a stop sign. Police claim that the unarmed Rodriguez then jumped out of his van and ran into a vacant lot. The officers gave chase. Wolfe said he scuffled with Rodriguez and lost control of his weapon. Wolfe’s gun went off three times. Hazecamp then shot Bobby four times, and he died on the spot. The two cops each suffered a minor wound. Witnesses contradicted the police account. Several people who ran to the vacant lot when they heard the shots arrived to see Bobby lying face down in a pool of blood, with the cops removing handcuffs from behind his back. The cops deny this, but cannot explain why he would have fled and braved police gunfire over a traffic violation. As it turned out, Bobby had been driving home to pick up his companion to take him to work. His companion was Jose Torres, the prisoner being transported in the back of Chiusolo’s car the night that Maximino Cintron was killed. Jose Torres told the press that ever since he testified to the grand jury in 1991 Jersey City police had continually harassed him and Bobby Rodriguez. The grand jury ruled the killing of Bobby Rodriguez to be justifiable homicide. No indictment was returned. Murdered by Jersey City PD
Lorenzo Davis 28, July 3, 2012 Memphis TN – Lorenzo Davis was allegedly caught selling drugs in front of a house and when police tried to arrest him for possession of crack cocaine, Davis supposedly punched one of the officers and took off running. After police chased and arrested him, he was dragged him down a gravel driveway and across a street. Officers say he was profusely sweating and had a rapid heartbeat. He collapsed while in the squad car. They neighbor witnessed 6 officers beating Davis. Doctors at Methodist Hospital who examined Davis told his mother the only drug in his system was Tylenol and that he had severe head injuries, contusions, internal bleeding, and a broken leg. Family members told the news media they believed police beat Davis to death. To discredit the family, the medical examiner’s autopsy claimed that Davis died from an overdose of cocaine poisoning, which caused him to struggle with the police, thereby justifying the severe beating they gave him. Murdered by Memphis PD
Julio Tarquino 22, May 11, 1995 Jersey City – Julio, his fiancée, and a friend went to a gas station convenience store to buy some food around 3:30 a.m. Two white men began taunting and insulting them and Julio and his friends headed to their car to leave. As they were leaving, Officer John Chiusolo (who killed Maximino Cintron four years earlier) drove up. He was off-duty and out of uniform. He handcuffed Julio and beat him to the ground, kicking him repeatedly in the head. Julio’s finacée attempted to reason with Chiusolo and was also beaten. Julio was arrested for assaulting an officer, then taken to Christ Hospital in Jersey City and treated. He was released back into police custody at 6:30 a.m. “coherent and even joking,” according to hospital personnel. Six hours later, Julio was returned to jail – a time lapse that has never been accounted for. Fifteen minutes later, he was found slumped over in his cell, convulsing. He died of skull fractures. Community protests followed, and another man, German Barrantes, came forward to say that Officer Chiusolo had beaten him at a traffic stop a few days before the murder of Julio Tarquino. In September, 1995, Chiusolo was indicted for second-degree manslaughter. As of September, 1997, he remained free on bail with no trial. Murdered by Jersey City PD
Charles Livingston 32, Dec. 27, 2012 Memphis TN – Police claimed they killed Livingston while he was fleeing from a McDonald’s restaurant, which he allegedly robbed, and that supposedly he pointed a gun at them while he was escaping. Charles was the only suspect of the McDonald’s robbery who was apprehended. There were two more in the actual robbery. One is believed to have fled on foot, and the other is believed to have been driven away by a female accomplice. For over 30 years the MPD has been under a U.S. Supreme Court decision forbidding them from shooting “fleeing felons” like Livingston in the back. Murdered Memphis PD
Donald Moore 67, was shot to death on Jan. 11, 2013. Police claim that when they came to Moore’s home to serve him with a warrant for animal cruelty, he pointed a gun at them. However, when the cops came busting into the house, they broke down the door in the middle of the night and never announced they were police officers. Moore was fatally shot when he went for his firearm on a night stand. Murdered by Memphis PD
Steven Askew 24, Jan. 17, 2013 Memphis TN – After falling asleep in his car waiting for his girlfriend to come home from work. Two police officers, who were called to the area on another matter, claimed when they approached Askew’s car, he pointed a gun at them and they killed him. Askew was licensed to carry a gun. A video of the incident disputes the police version of events. Murdered by Memphis PD
Horace Whiting 63, March 10, 2013 Memphis TN – Police Officers Forrest Wright and Brandon Hatley claim Whiting had a shotgun when they confronted him in front of his house and that he fired at them when they told him to put the gun down. A neighbor of Whiting said Whiting never pointed the gun at anyone, and that he was on his own porch. Officers involved in deadly shooting ad numerous previous reprimands Murdered by Memphis PD
George Golden 42, March 27,, 2013 Memphis TN – The incident began when Kimberly Houston, an off-duty Memphis Police Deparment officer moonlighting as a security guard, reported she saw Golden shoplifting at the Walmart, then followed him out of the store. Houston, who has numerous anger-related disciplinary infractions in her MPD personnel file, then flagged down two on-duty cops who were in the lot: Erica Washington, 29, and Leon Dickson, 33. Shot, kicked and beaten by two police officers in the parking lot of a Walmart store, where police claim Golden was shoplifting. A cell phone video taken by a bystander shows that one cop beat and kicked Golden while he was lying on the ground after being shot by another cop. Police made no reference to the fatal shooting in their final incident report, covering up the cause of death. Memphis PD
Daniel Brock 47, (mentally ill) April 10, 2013 Memphis TN – A complainant told police at the Shelby County Sheriff’s Appling Farms Station he was at AutoZone when he first noticed a male suspect following him. When he noticed Brock tailgating him, he attempted to evade him. The complainant said while attempting to flee, he stopped at the light and Mr. Brock, exited his vehicle and approached him. Mr. Brock began beating and spitting on his window while making threats to kill him. The complainant exited the interstate and drove to Appling Farms Station seeking assistance from Police. The suspect got back into his vehicle and also exited the interstate and continued to follow the complainant to the police station. As officers arrived to assist, Brock sped off the precinct lot as the responding officers pulled into the area and found that the suspect had crashed. Brock exited his vehicle and approached the officers while holding his hand behind his back. After commands from the officers requesting that he stop and show his hands were ignored, an officer shot one time from his duty weapon striking him. Mr. Brock was pronounced deceased on the scene. Murdered by Memphis PD
John Walker May 18, 2013 Memphis TN – Walker was working for a private company working as a traffic escort for a funeral when an off-duty police officer Larry Jackson pulled out in front of him hit the motorcycle Walker was riding. MPD spokesperson Sgt. Karen Rudolph said “no disciplinary actions will be taken at this time. This incident occurred due to an accident which was reported and proper notification was made, therefore he followed policy.” Murdered by Memphis PD
Sharmel Edwards 49, April 20, 2012 Las Vegas NV – Went on what her boyfriend described as a romantic date. Later that evening, he claims he woke up and discovered she’d gone on a late-night drive. He called the police and reported she took his car from a bar “without his permission.” He also reported he kept a gun in the car’s console. Officers pursued Edwards, calling in a SWAT team for back-up. Multiple witnesses claim that she exited the car with her hands up and unarmed, while the police and others claim she was holding a gun. A total of five officers fired at least 15 bullets at the woman with three handguns, a rifle, and a shotgun. The gun in the car Edwards was driving was never fired. Edwards was shot multiple times and died at the scene. The five officers that fired upon Edwards were Melvyn F. English, 43, Todd G. Edwards, 31, Truong T. Thai, 38, Matthew J. Cook, 43, and Christopher M. Grivas, 31. Grivas was involved in another fatal shooting less than a year ago. Murdered by Las Vegas PD
Tyisha Miller 19, Dec. 28, 1998 Riverside, CA – Three days after Christmas in 1998, Tyisha Miller got a flat tire while driving home after spending the day shopping and drinking with friends. When her cousin and a friend arrived to pick her up, she was unconscious and unresponsive to their knocks on her window, with a gun on her lap. They immediately called the police, who were informed of the presence of a gun, so they approached the vehicle with guns drawn. Because Miller would not wake up, police forced entry into the car. When one of the officers attempted to remove her gun, police claim that Miller sat up and grabbed for her gun. Officers then opened fire 23 times, hitting Miller with at least 12 bullets, including four in the head. Murdered by Riverside PD
Andre Jones 18, Aug. 22, 1992 Jackson MI – – Andre Jones was a Jackson, Mississippi college student who was found dead in a Simpson County Jail. He and his girlfriend Tanisha Love had gone out the night before, but when they went to a police checkpoint, an officer claimed that Andre threw a gun out of the car and they arrested him. When he was found dead, authorities claimed that he had hanged himself with a shoelace. However, his family and friends believe that he was murdered and that his death may have been racially-motivated. They also believe that his death may have been connected to several other suspicious deaths that occurred in the jail in the years prior. Andre was more than likely murdered. A separate pathologist who exhumed the body and studied it found evidence of other stuff and claimed in his findings the hanging was staged. He was killed, maybe even accidentally, but then the cover up to stage a hanging went into effect. Too many other people saw or heard strange things happening, including the wheelchair affidavit. Some cell-mates even later heard that the shoelace thing was staged to make it look like a suicide. In February of 1996, Lumumba announced that he would pursue lawsuits on behalf of Charles and Esther Quinn. A few days after the Quinns’ son Andre Jones had been arrested in August of 1992, he was found hanged in a shower stall in the Simpson County jail. The case attracted national attention for three reasons: first because he was one of the last of forty-eight jailhouse hangings of young African American men in Mississippi since 1987; second, because an independent autopsy ruled the death a homicide after state’s pathologist had called it a suicide; and finally, because the hanging happened under the supervision of Simpson County Sheriff Lloyd “Goon” Jones. Jones had become infamous after being accused in the deaths of two foreign journalists covering the landmark racial integration admission of James Meredith to the University of Mississippi in 1962. Jones was later implicated in the murders of two Jackson State University students in 1972. Lumumba won substantial damages for the Quinn family. Murdered by Jackson PD Read more:
William Terrel Allen 31, April 6, 2012 Tulsa OK – Vigilantes 19 year old Jake England and 33 year old Alvin Watts. In an video interview the England described the trauma of watching first his father and then, nearly two years later, his girlfriend being shot dead (suicide) a few feet away from him. He also lamented his father’s death exactly two years earlier “at the hands of a f–king n—-r” Three Crime Stoppers tips helped lead authorities to the men, according to the affidavit. A caller described England as “a racist (who) hates black males” and said he had “bragged about other shootings.” England and Watts went into a largely African-American section of Tulsa shortly after midnight and gunned down apparent strangers at four locations. Two men and one woman died after being shot in the chest — with one of them found “lying face down” outside a funeral home: Bobby Clark, Dannaer Fields and William Terrel Allen, two others were shot and survived. All the shooting victims are black. Police have identified Watts and England as white. Another person phoned to say that England had gone off to burn his truck, which was similar to the vehicle seen by several people including one of the survivors in an around the area where the shootings took place. Sheriff deputies soon after found a 1989 Chevy truck with the Cherokee Nation tag on fire in North Tulsa. The third caller to contact Crime Stoppers on April 7 said England had “made several comments about killing black people” and wanted “justice” for his father’s killing. This person added that England “uses drugs and will not go down without a fight.” Murdered by vigilante’s
Bobby Clark 54, April 6, 2012 Tulsa OK – Vigilantes 19 year old Jake England and 33 year old Alvin Watts. In an video interview the England described the trauma of watching first his father and then, nearly two years later, his girlfriend being shot dead (suicide) a few feet away from him. He also lamented his father’s death exactly two years earlier “at the hands of a f–king n—-r” Three Crime Stoppers tips helped lead authorities to the men, according to the affidavit. A caller described England as “a racist (who) hates black males” and said he had “bragged about other shootings.” England and Watts went into a largely African-American section of Tulsa shortly after midnight and gunned down apparent strangers at four locations. Two men and one woman died after being shot in the chest — with one of them found “lying face down” outside a funeral home: Bobby Clark, Dannaer Fields and William Terrel Allen, two others were shot and survived. All the shooting victims are black. Police have identified Watts and England as white. Another person phoned to say that England had gone off to burn his truck, which was similar to the vehicle seen by several people including one of the survivors in an around the area where the shootings took place. Sheriff deputies soon after found a 1989 Chevy truck with the Cherokee Nation tag on fire in North Tulsa. The third caller to contact Crime Stoppers on April 7 said England had “made several comments about killing black people” and wanted “justice” for his father’s killing. This person added that England “uses drugs and will not go down without a fight.” Murdered by vigilante’s
Dannaer Fields 49, April 6, 2012 Tulsa OK – Vigilantes 19 year old Jake England and 33 year old Alvin Watts. In an video interview the England described the trauma of watching first his father and then, nearly two years later, his girlfriend being shot dead (suicide) a few feet away from him. He also lamented his father’s death exactly two years earlier “at the hands of a f–king n—-r” Three Crime Stoppers tips helped lead authorities to the men, according to the affidavit. A caller described England as “a racist (who) hates black males” and said he had “bragged about other shootings.” England and Watts went into a largely African-American section of Tulsa shortly after midnight and gunned down apparent strangers at four locations. Two men and one woman died after being shot in the chest — with one of them found “lying face down” outside a funeral home: Bobby Clark, Dannaer Fields and William Terrel Allen, two others were shot and survived. All the shooting victims are black. Police have identified Watts and England as white. Another person phoned to say that England had gone off to burn his truck, which was similar to the vehicle seen by several people including one of the survivors in an around the area where the shootings took place. Sheriff deputies soon after found a 1989 Chevy truck with the Cherokee Nation tag on fire in North Tulsa. The third caller to contact Crime Stoppers on April 7 said England had “made several comments about killing black people” and wanted “justice” for his father’s killing. This person added that England “uses drugs and will not go down without a fight.” Murdered by vigilante’s
Suzie Marie Peña 19 months old July 10, 2005 Los Angeles CA – Suzie was the 19-month old little girl who was killed when her drunk and meth and coked-up father, Raul Pena, threatened violence in a quarrel with his wife, Lorena Lopez. Lorena went to get a restraining order, Raul Pena managed to get into a shootout with police, most of the time while holding his baby daughter. Eventually an LAPD SWAT team stormed the inside office of Pena’s South LA used car dealership where the man was holed up. Of the 50 rounds that the SWAT guys fired in that final battle, two struck Raul, killing him, and two struck the little girl, one of them hitting her in the head, killing her too. LAPD and special SWAT officers fired at least 250 bullets into an auto shop after a three-hour standoff with Peña. Two bullets hit and killed Suzie Peña. The incident was recorded by nine video cameras, which recorded a total of 27 hours of footage. Supposedly, none of this footage documented the killings of Suzie or Jose Peña. The LAPD deemed the incident a “hostage situation,” but no negotiator was ever called. Instead, five officers stormed the office where the Peñas were located. At the same time, 11 officers opened fire, leaving one police officer injured and both the father and his daughter dead. The commission’s main finding absolved the police for killing Suzie and her father. It was determined the cops acted within the LAPD’s use-of-force policy. The report also concluded that two Los Angeles police officers involved in the early stages of the incident violated department tactics and policy. But these officers will remained on the force and received pnly light, internal punishment. The commission squarely blamed the murder on Peña’s father, a victim of police violence himself. It issued its ruling after meeting behind closed doors with police chief William Bratton for nine hours. As a result, no criminal charges will be filed against the officers involved in the killings. In a 10-page letter to the LAPD, Deputy District Attorney Renee S. Cartaya; wrote the 11 police officers involved in the incident “acted lawfully in self-defense and in defense of others when they used deadly force against Jose Peña.” LAPD chief, William Bratton, applauded the officers’ “outstanding job. I want to commend the men and women of this department who in every instance of this incident behaved courageously, marching toward danger, every one of whose interest and intent was to save the life of the hostages.” LA mayor Antonio Villaraigosa praised the commission and supported the police. In a statement, Villaraigosa said that he is ”confident that the commission reached the appropriate decision”. Murdered by LAPD
Robert Ethan Saylor 26, (Down syndrome) Jan, 12, 2013 Baltimore MD – When Saylor’s caretaker had gone outside to get the car after a screening of “Zero Dark Thirty,” Saylor returned to a theater seat because he wanted to watch the movie a second time but he was without a ticket. Frederick County Sheriff’s deputies were summoned to oust Saylor. Three off duty deputy sheriffs moonlighting as security guards went in. Saylor’s aide pleaded for everyone to wait it out and allow her to deal with the situation. His mother was on the way and warned Saylor would “freak out” if touched. Saylor had a reported medical history of anger issues, especially when confronted or touched particularly by strangers. Deputies dismissed her advice and told her to stay out of the theater. They went in, ordered Saylor to leave then grabbed him when he refused, swearing at them. When he resisted, the others officers joined in. The three deputies and Mr. Saylor all fell into a heap” in a side aisle of the auditorium. Deputies cuffed him, while Saylor struggled and cried, “Mommy, mommy. It hurts.” He cried out for his mommy in the final moments of his life “. The three sets of officers wrestled with 294-pound Saylor and he fell to the ground with a deputy on his back face down on the floor with the deputies sitting on him to accommodate his girth. Saylor became unresponsive so the deputies rolled him over and he started breathing on his own, he still had a pulse when emergency medical workers arrived. The deputies then re-handcuffed Saylor, but his heart stopped again as they tried to apply a breathing apparatus and a breathing tube, which they had difficulty inserting. They couldn’t find a pulse, so they removed the handcuffs and started chest compressions. Saylor was pronounced dead at Frederick Memorial Hospital. An autopsy later revealed his larynx was crushed, injuries to his wrists, face and torso consistent with being handcuffed while lying on his stomach. He also showed signs of “positional” asphyxia, or having been in a position in which he couldn’t breathe. A grand jury did not indict the deputy sheriffs. Murdered by Baltimore Off-duty Sheriff’s
Mark Anthony Barmore 23, Aug. 24, 2009 Rockford, IL – Officers Oda Poole and Stan North were in a prisoner transport van when informed by a dispatcher Barmore was wanted for questioning in regard to a reported incident involving a woman and knife. An outstanding warrant for Barmore indicated he should be “considered armed and dangerous.” Unarmed Barmore ran inside the church to avoid police, entering through a locked door before it could close behind Sheila Brown and her daughter, Marissa. He tried to hide in a large storage room with no possible exit other than the door he entered, which was located in a reception/work area in the corner of the large room in which 12 children, 4 to 12 years of age, were being cared for by three adult staff. Poole and North, entered with drawn weapons, according to witnesses and called for Barmore to come out. It is unclear exactly what happened as he came out. What is clear is that one officer fired once and the other fired three times, leaving Barmore dead on the floor with three entry wounds in his back. Two of the three staff people working in the room with the 12 children were members of the pastor’s family—his wife, Sheila, and his daughter, Marissa, were witnesses to the shooting. The daughter left the room during the shooting, running up the stairs to notify Apostle Melvin Brown, her father, the pastor. The officers called for supervision and support, both police and medical pronounced Barmore dead. Investigative procedures required in all cases of police use of deadly force began immediately, including statements taken from Sheila Brown, Marissa and each of the 12 children interrogated separately, allegedly without parents, lawyers or DCFS representatives allowed to be present. Although a grand jury, as well as other agencies, ruled the shooting justified, an outside investigation by Independent Assessment & Monitoring alleged the officers had not acted according to department policies and training in the minutes leading up to the deadly use of force. The report also identified a number of other alleged deficiencies, including no apparent supervisory oversight during the incident. The Police Department completed its own review. No action taken against North, pending the outcome of his application for disability, which is being considered. Poole was suspended for 30 days and will be subjected to a fitness-for-duty evaluation before he may resume full-time duties. Murdered by Rockford PD
Michael Sago Jr. 16, Oct. 1, 2011 Rockford, IL – Michael was hanging out with adult relatives, when one of them attempted to rob a pizza cafe. Off duty sheriff deputy Frank Pobjecky of the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Dept. and friend Vince Tarara happened to be inside the small carryout pizzeria when men wearing dark hooded sweatshirts with cloths covering their faces demanded money. One of the relatives pointed a .357-caliber Smith & Wesson revolver at Tarara, deputy Pobjecky seized the opportunity to grab the weapon. Both men struggled for possession of the gun. Pobjecky said he was aware Tarara routinely carries a Glock semiautomatic handgun in a holster on his hip covered by his shirt while at work. As Pobjecky struggled for the Smith & Wesson, the other would-be robbers supposedly joined the fight. At the same time, Pobjecky took the holster off Tarara’s hip and within moments shot the three men and a lookout who entered the restaurant as shots were being fired. Three men fled out the front door. Pobjecky locked the door behind them and told a restaurant employee to lock the side door and call 911. Pobjecky then turned to his right and noticed Coates on the floor, wounded and looking up at him. “I patted him down. He was unarmed and trying to get up. I told him ‘Stay down. Stay down. I’m a sheriff’s deputy.’ The two other men left and Sago, Jr. tried to leave the scene too. Pobjecky shot the unarmed teen in the back, Sago Jr. fell to the ground just outside the pizzeria, which is located across from a hospital, and lay bleeding in the parking lot until he died. Frank Pobjecky, violated Sago, Jr.’s civil rights, used excessive force, failed to provide medical care, and failed to summon paramedics in a timely fashion. It was discovered the entire incident was captured on the pizzeria’s video security system. Sago, Jr.’s family has not been permitted to view the video footage. A grand jury did not indict Pobjecky. The three adults with Michael were convicted for his murder although they never fired a bullet. Winnebago County Sheriff Richard Meyers said he believes that Deputy Pobjecky’s actions were “in compliance with all department policies and procedures and acted according to proper police training.” Sheriff Meyers subsequently nominated Pobjecky for a law enforcement award for his actions. Murdered by Rockford PD
Devin Brown 13, Feb. 6, 2005 Los Angeles, CA – Brown and a 14-year-old friend led Police Officers Dana Grant and Steve Garcia on a short high-speed chase in an allegedly stolen vehicle. Police officers who were on patrol shortly before 4 a.m. when they saw the Toyota drive through a stoplight. As reported the Newton Division officers turned on their police car’s siren at 3:49 a.m., Garcia radioed to say they were pursuing a possible drunk driver. The top speed they cited was 40 to 50 miles per hour and the chase was over just minutes after the car skidded turning around a curve and came to a stop. The 14 year old, got out and ran away, leaving Devin alone. Officer Garcia was reportedly standing away from the patrol car when the Toyota began to move backwards traveling no faster than 2 mph and hit the cop car. The Toyota then drove forward nine feet, coming to rest alongside the police car. Within seconds, a cop got out of his car and standing by the Toyota’s passenger side window, it took Officer Garcia just seconds to draw his gun and fire: Five shots. Then five more. Seven of them struck and killed the boy who sat alone in the front seat ending his life in a violent burst of gunfire. Garcia was so trigger-happy five bullets hit his own vehicle. The police claim the small compact backed into the police car, and the cop fired “in fear of his life.” And because a cellphone held by Brown’s companion was a gun”. People in the neighborhood disputed many aspects of the police version, casting doubt on whether Devin was ordered to get out of the car before police opened fire, and even whether Devin was even driving. After slandering Devin authorities in L.A. have made a big show of “apologizing.” The LAPD disciplinary board met behind closed doors and overruled the Civilian Police Commission by determining Officer Steven Garcia was justified in shooting Brown. Murdered by LAPD
Michael E. Bell 21, Nov. 9, 2004 Kenosha WI – After a night out with friends Bell and a friend were followed by Officers Strausbaugh and Officer to Bell home. Officers ordered him out of his car, handcuffed him behind his back. After being thrown to the ground and tased Bell managed to get away and attempted to flee to his backyard. Officers gained control, bouncing back and forth between the blows like a “teeter-totter”, kicked, kneed, as he yelled “Get off of me.” His Mom threatened to call police”. Strausbaugh pushed her backwards yelling “Get back or I’ll arrest you.” With his left leg trailing behind him Bell limped away. Lt. Krueger arrived and Bells Mom was screaming to please help her son but instead Lt. Kruger tased Bell. He was thrown onto the hood with such force the wheel well of the car dented and the mirror broke. Bent over at the waist face down, chest and head, legs smashed against car. Officer Albert Gonzales ran into the backyard with gun drawn. Strausbaugh screamed “He’s going for my weapon”. The area was illuminated well enough for Officer Gonzales to see the handcuffed Bell did not have Strausbaugh’s gun. An officer yelled “Shoot, shoot.” Officer Gonzales ran up in between Lt. Krueger and Strausbaugh and shot Bell in the temple. Bell went limp and dies. Officer Weidner removed the handcuffs from the crime scene. Read the full and complete text of Michael’s murder Within 48 hrs. Kenosha County DA, declined to charge the officers involved. A department investigation ruled the shooting justified. Bell’s family won a $1.75 million settlement and Officer Erich R. Strausbaugh committed suicide. Although Strausbaugh did not pull the trigger, he conducted the initial traffic stop of Bell, forced him to the ground and Tased him, and was one of two officers restraining Bell when Officer Gonzales shot him in the head at close range. Murdered by Kenosha PD
Nicholas Hans Killinger 23, Feb. 23, 2004 Santa Monica CA – At the conclusion of a 90-minute high-speed pursuit ending outside Santa Monica High School, the Malibu man’s vehicle rolled back toward two patrol cars after he failed to negotiate a U-turn, television viewers saw two officers fire into the back window of Killinger’s Ford Tempo. A third officer fired when Killinger’s car struck a patrol car as the man flung open his door. Killinger, who sustained wounds to the upper body and left arm, died about an hour later at a Santa Monica hospital. Claiming they acted in self-defense, Hollywood Division Officer Manuel Solis and Rampart Division Officer Carlos Ocegueda said they were entitled to use deadly force to protect themselves or others from immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury. Witnesses said they were cold-blooded killings. Murdered by LAPD
Kathryn Johnston 92, November 21, 2006 Atlanta, GA – Three officers entered Kathryn’s home in what was later described as a ‘botched’ drug raid. Officers cut off burglar bars and broke down her door using a no-knock warrant. Police said Johnston fired at them and they fired in response; she fired one shot out the door over the officers’ heads and they fired 39 shots, five or six of which hit her. None of the officers were injured by her gunfire, but Johnston was killed by the officers. Police injuries were later attributed to “friendly fire” from each other’s weapons. Officer Smith handcuffed Johnston as she was dying. Johnston was pronounced dead at the scene. One of the officers planted marijuana in Johnston’s house after the shooting. Later investigations found that the paperwork stating that drugs present at Johnston’s house, which had been the basis for the raid, had been falsified. The officers later admitted to having lied when they submitted cocaine as evidence claiming that they had bought it at Johnston’s house. Three officers were tried for manslaughter and other charges surrounding falsification and were sentenced to ten, six, and five years. Murdered by Altant