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.
John Collado 43, Sept. 6, 2011 New York City NY – Neighbors who witnessed the event say an unidentified man was grabbing a young next-door neighbor, Collado jumped in to rescue the neighbor. Suddenly, the unknown attacker pulled a gun and shot Collado. That attacker turned out to be an undercover cop and unknown to Collado, the fight was actually an attempted marijuana arrest by NYPD plainclothes detective James Connolly who had abandoned his NYPD narcotics team to attempt this arrest alone. Collado died hours later. Murdered by NYPD
Tiffany Danielle Bishop 24, Sept. 1, 2011 Jackson GA – At the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison, inside a weapons classroom and firearms training exercise the instructor pulled the trigger, killing a probation officer. Apparently he forgot to replace his real gun with a fake training gun called a “red gun.” This is “a major breach of policy” since “firearms are not allowed in a training class.” Probation Officer Tiffany Bishop was accidentally shot and killed. Murdered by State Prison Weapons Instructor
Arthur Hayes (age unknown) Aug, 11, 2011 Conyers GA – Died from injuries after being struck by police cruiser. Officers were chasing Hayse and another person as prime suspects in a recent bank robbery. Killed by Conyers PD
Vivian Marie Elmo 41, Aug. 3, 2011 Colorado Springs CO – Air Force Captain Elmo was northbound on Curtis Road, trying to turn left onto westbound Highway 94. As she was turning, a brown Ford Explorer driven by 42-year-old Deputy Rodney Fannin of Calhan entered the intersection against a red light and hit Elmo’s Honda on the driver’s side. After the impact, Fannin’s car ended up in a nearby field. Elmo’s car remained in the roadway. Elmo was pronounced dead at the scene. Fannin suffered what are described as “moderate” injuries and was taken to the hospital. Sheriff Deputy Rodney Fannin with a history of traffic offenses the accident occurred while he was driving his personally owned vehicle. The judge sentenced Fannin to 90 days in jail, 200 hours of community service and two years of unsupervised probation. Murdered by El Paso County Sheriff
Carlos Alcis 43, Aug. 16, 2013 New York NY – Police investigating the theft of a cellphone barged into the around 5 a.m. and the basement apartment awakening Alcis. Carlos Alcis’ 15-year-old son whom police initially believed was a suspect for the theft (he was not). While police were inside the apartment, Carlos suffered an apparent heart attack from the abrupt police invasion. Officers did nothing in the 30 minutes after Carlos Alcis fell to the ground. With more than 10 police officers inside of the house a nephew had to call 911. His family said the man had no history of heart problems and it was believed he was literally *scared to death*. Murdered by NYPD
Ramon Martinez 29, April 9, 2014 Alameda County CA- Following a high-speed vehicle pursuit that started in North Vallejo and ended about five miles away in the Mi Pueblo Food Center parking lot. Police said two officers opened fire on Martinez after he collided with their patrol cars and became locked under the bumper of one of them. As Martinez tried to speed away, police claim he spun around in such an erratic fashion that he risked hitting a civilian vehicle which contained a father and his children. After Martinez failed to obey the officers’ commands to stop, officers used deadly force shooting him 7 times. Killed by Alameda County PD
David Hooks 59, Sept. 24, 2014 East Dublin, GA – When Hooks’ wife saw men in dark clothing heading for their home at 11 p.m. she woke up her husband and told him the thieves who had stolen their SUV were back. Hooks grabbed a gun and headed to the back door. The sheriff’s office had obtained the search warrant based on a tip from a known thief and confessed meth addict, who claimed he’d found 20 grams of methamphetamine inside a bag in the previously stolen vehicle. Sheriff’s deputies raided the home without identifying themselves. The sheriff’s claimed they fired at Hooks more than 16 times for aggressively pointing a gun at them near the back door. However the deputies blindly shot at Hooks through a wall without knowing who was behind it. Authorities searched Hooks’ home for 44 hours, but found no drugs. Murdered by East Dublin Sheriff’s Dept.
Deion Fludd 17, July 12, 2013 New York, NY – May 5, 2013, four officers spotted Deion Fludd and his girlfriend squeezing through a turnstile at the Rockaway Avenue station in Brownsville on a single MetroCard swipe. After the officers asked for their identifications and began to make an arrest, Deion fled, running onto the C train tracks. He ran the length of the subway platform as officers followed him and bounded onto the C line tracks, running to the platform at the next station. An officer caught him and hit him on the back of the head with a flashlight. Deion told his mom officers then held him down with their feet on his back as he struggled until his voice suddenly stopped working. “They said, ‘Oh, you gonna be running? We are going to make sure your ass don’t run again. He fell in and out of consciousness, but remembers being taken back on the tracks by police. According to police a subway train clipped him, fracturing his skull and two parts of his spine. Before he died from his injuries Deion gave his mother a blow-by-blow account that didn’t involve a subway train. “We asked him if he got hit by a train. He immediately said, ‘No,’” Karen recalled her son telling her at Kings County Hospital, where he was treated for nearly two months connected to a ventilator. Two days before his death on July 12, 2013, Deion was transferred to a rehabilitation center in Far Rockaway. He died of cardiac arrest as a result of his paralysis. Murdered by NYPD
Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. 32, July 26, 2013 Austin, TX – Jackson tried to open the bank’s locked door around 4 p.m. Jackson, who was not suspected in the robbery, walked away but returned a minute later and tried to open the door again, drawing the attention of a bank manager. After speaking to Jackson, police said the manager told Officer Kleinert Jackson had attempted to use the name of a bank customer employees knew wasn’t Jackson. Sources have told the American-Statesman that Jackson had the identification of at least one person that didn’t belong to him, and police have said Jackson had possibly gone there to pass a forged check. Kleinert then tried to question Jackson, who fled. Kleinert chased after Jackson and got a ride from a passing driver in his effort to find him. Kleinert and Jackson then got into a struggle under a nearby bridge, where Jackson was fatally shot in the back of the neck. Former Austin police detective Charles Kleinert turned himself in Monday afternoon after a grand jury indicted him on a manslaughter charge in the fatal shooting of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. Murdered by Austin PD
Kenneth Wade Harding 19, July 16, 2011: San Francisco, CA – Police entered the train at Third Street and Palou, walked straight to Kenneth and asked for proof of purchase. When Kenneth did not supply a transfer, the police removed him from the train. At that time Kenneth began to run with his hands up and holding his cell phone. Police Officers Lopez and Hastings chased him and gunned him down from two different directions. The police originally claimed Harding had a gun but he only had a hiss cell phone. As Kenneth lay in a pool of his own blood, struggling to stay alive, no medical help was rendered to him. He lay there for 28 minutes bleeding out as the police stood over him with their guns trained on him. The police wouldn’t allow the paramedics to help him or anyone from the crowd of people that quickly surrounded the scene. Murdered by San Francisco PD
Raheim Brown 20, Jan. 22, 2011 Oakland, CA – Off-Duty Police Officers Sgts. Barhim Bhatt and Jonathan Bellusa acting a security guards for an Oakland School District dance being held at Skyline High School reported that they first approached the vehicle, which was not parked at the school or on campus, because the hazard lights were flashing. Brown and his friend didn’t need help. As a justification for questioning them, the officers claimed they smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle after approaching it. Other reports have claimed the officers thought the car was stolen. The officers also reported Brown threatened to stab Barhin with a screwdriver he had in the car. Officer Bellusa, who was outside the car on the passenger side where Brown was sitting, ordered a first round of shots. The shots were fired by Officer Bhatt, who was outside the car on the driver side near the female driver. Bhatt fired at Brown across the driver multiple times, but Brown remained living at this time. Bhatt’s gun jammed. He cleared it, then a second round of shots was fired, killing Brown. Tamisha Stewart, the only civilian witness to the killing was in a car with Brown said “the screwdriver Brown was accused of using as a weapon was being used in an attempt to hotwire the car, and it “NEVER left the ignition.” Brown was shot 8 times. Officer Bellusa filed a federal complaint against the OSPD claiming retaliation for his refusal to lie about the second round of shots that killed Brown. In his complaint, Bellusa claims that the second round of shots weren’t necessary because Brown was no longer a threat, after being shot with the first round. Testimony by former Sgt. Bellusa of OSPD, Superintendent Tony Smith was accompanied by some Oakland School Board members at the crime scene – directly following the shooting. “Based on Bellusa’s testimony in his deposition,” said Davis, “Tony Smith came down there and tried to get him to do witness tampering. He tried to get their (Bhatt and Bellusa’s) stories together.” The Coroner’s Office refused to release the death certificate without a $320 payment. Murdered by Oakland Unified School District PD
Derrick Jones 37, Nov. 2010 Oakland CA – Jones’ girlfriend flagged down Police Officers, Omar Daza-Quiroz and Eriberto Perez-Angeles, after she and Jones had fought. At his Bancroft Avenue barbershop Jones refused to give his name and then unarmed Jones ran away from Daza-Quiroz and Perez-Angeles claim when they tried to handcuff and arrest him, he ran leading them on a two-block chase. Daza-Quiroz and Perez-Angeles fired a total of nine shots at Jones, hitting him six times. Daza-Quiroz and Perez-Angeles said they shot at Jones after chasing him from the barbershop because they believed he had a gun. However witnesses report he ran because they shot at him at the barbershop during the initial interaction, and he feared for his life. “That’s why he was running. That’s why he was scared”. Police later found that Jones had no weapon but was carrying a small scale, which they claim he used to weigh marijuana. The two Oakland police officers had their civil case dismissed in federal court. Murdered by Oakland PD
Reginald Doucet Jr. 25, Feb. 7, 2011 Los Angeles CA – Doucet had taken a taxi from Hollywood to his apartment and realized he did not have enough money to pay the fare. An argument ensued when Doucet said he would go up to his apartment to retrieve more cash and the taxi driver called police. At first, Doucet cooperated with the officers and put his hands behind his head as if surrendering. When Goff attempted to place Doucet in handcuffs, however, he balled his hands into fists, broke the officer’s grip on his arm and ran. The officers chased Doucet to the entryway of a building, where they tried to convince him to give up. Again, he ran and managed to flee to the front door of his apartment building. Wanting to catch him before he opened the door, Goff told investigators that he tried to grab Doucet from behind. As he did, Doucet turned and punched Goff in the face. “It was a devastating punch. And I went down right away,” “I became disoriented. I thought I was going to lose consciousness for a moment.” Then Goff claims Doucet struck him several more times while the officer was on the ground. Then, with both hands, Doucet grabbed the handle of Goff’s gun and tried unsuccessfully to yank it out of its holster. Goff’s partner jumped into the fray. Doucet put him on the ground as well with a punch to the face, then alternated between pummeling the two officers. Goff managed to get up on one knee and, as Doucet turned his attention back toward him, the officer drew his gun and fired two shots at close range. In explaining the decision to open fire, Goff told investigators, (Recreating the George Zimmerman excuse)”He’s beating my head…. I’m going to blackout.… Next time he reaches for my gun, I’m not going to be able to fight back. He’s going to get my gun, and he’s going to kill us both.” He said Los Angeles County coroner’s officials concluded during an autopsy that the bullet that hit Doucet’s neck traveled in a downward trajectory, which seemingly would not be possible if Goff had been on his knee while shooting. Goff’s version of events doesn’t match the bullet wounds Doucet suffered. Los Angeles County coroner’s officials concluded during an autopsy that the bullet that hit Doucet’s neck traveled in a downward trajectory, which seemingly would not be possible if Goff had been on his knee while shooting. There is not a dispute Doucet fought with the officers, but denied the LAPD’s allegations that Doucet started the physical confrontation or tried to grab Goff’s gun. Also challenging the officers’ claims they were on the verge of blacking out from the blows. Doucet was not drunk or high on PCP, a drug that often gives users unusual levels of strength, the autopsy determined. Murdered by LAPD
Vonderrick Myers Jr. 18, Oct. 8, 2014 St. Louis MO – According to the police, a 32-year old, off-duty St. Louis Police officer, working for a security company and wearing his cop issued uniform, was in the 4100 block of Shaw when he attempted a “pedestrian check.” The account given by the police is that the man fled on foot, turned and fired a gun at the officer. The officer returned fire, killing the man. Assistant Chief Alfred Adkins gave another story, however. He says the officer encountered four pedestrians and stopped to talk with them. The four fled and the officer chased one. According to Chief Adkins, the man being chased by the officer jumped from some bushes and struggled with him. The man then pulled a gun and fired at the officer. Myers was shot as many as 16 times. Teyonna Myers, Vonderrick’s cousin said “He was unarmed. He had a sandwich in his hand”. Murdered by St. Louis PD
Shem Walker 49, July 11, 2009 Brooklyn NY – The unarmed army veteran, was gunned down after he tried to eject the identified in court papers only as Undercover C-94 detective from loitering on the stoop of the victim’s elderly mother’s apartment building unaware the Haitian-born narc was observing a buy-and-bust operation nearby. The detective fired three times after Walker punched him in the face and both men tumbled to the pavement. The city reached a $2 million the settlement with the family. Murdered by Brooklyn PD
DeAunta Terrel Farrow 12, June 22, 2007 West Memphis AR – DeAunta and his his 14-year-old cousin Unseld Nash, Jr. had walked a few blocks from DeAunta’s home to the nearby apartments where Unseld lived. The two kids made a stop at the gas station/market, picked up a pop and chips and continued down the street. DeAunta’s older brother, already at the apt, was keeping an eye on the two boys as they approached. After Unseld and DeAunta turned up the street leading to the apartment, two undercover police officers suddenly appeared from behind a dumpster. West Memphis Police Officer Erik Sammis says he was on a stakeout when he and another officer confronted someone who appeared to be carrying a gun. When “the suspect” didn’t drop the weapon, Sammis said he feared for his life and opened fire and within moments DeAunta was lying on the ground, shot twice by one of the officers. DeAunta had a soda pop and a bag of chips. Murdered by West Memphis PD
José Antonio Elena Rodríguez 16, Oct. 10, 2012 Nogales AZ – Rodriquez was simply walking home when Border Patrol agents and Nogales, Ariz. police chased two men who dropped marijuana bundles on the U.S. side, then fled back to Mexico. Rocks flew at the agents, and at least one Border Patrol agent fired through the fence in Nogales down a steep hill and across the street on the Mexican side. There is no indication from Mexican police, autopsy, ballistic reports or from witnesses that Rodriguez was involved The Autopsy reports clearly indicates Rodriquez “did not have any type of weapon in his hand, any type of rock, any type of nothing. He had a cellphone in his pocket” and at least eight bullets struck the teenager, one through his head and the rest through various parts of his back. Six bullets were found inside the boy. Murdered by Nogales Border Patrol
Alberta Spruill 57, May 16, 2003 Harlem NY – The warrant for the raid was issued on the basis of a tip from a confidential informant, who told police that a drug dealer lived on the 9th floor of Spruill’s building but had stashed guns and drugs in an apartment on the 6th floor, where Spruill lived. Because the warrant was “no-knock,” a group of 12 armed police officers used a battering ram to topple Spruill’s door at 6:10 a.m., just as the longtime city employee was preparing to go to work. Officers detonated a stun grenade, intended to disorient anyone inside the apartment. The explosion shattered a glass-top table. A neighbor described the raid: “I heard the boom. Police shouted, ‘Get down!’ The lady was screaming. They invaded her apartment. In the hall, she was screaming, ‘I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!’ She was coughing.” Spruill was handcuffed before police realized they had the wrong apartment. On the way to a hospital, Spruill went into cardiac arrest and was declared dead at 7:50 a.m., less than two hours after the raid. Per the autopsy report Ms. Spruill, died of a heart attack induced by the use of the grenade in a no-knock raid on her apartment, which the police had been told was used by a drug dealer. At the time, the drug dealer was already in custody. The medical examiner attributed her death to “the stress and the fear that she experienced” during the raid and the city has agreed to pay $1.6 million to Ms. Spruill’s family. Murdered by NYPD
Timothy Thomas 19, April 7, 2001 Cincinnati OH – Approximately 2 a.m., in a neighborhood called “Over the Rhine,” a young man walking down the street is spotted by an off duty police officer outside “The Warehouse,” a local nightclub. As the officer approaches the man runs and a chase is on. Radio officer: “Ah we have a suspect, male, black, about 6 foot, red bandana, last seen east bound on east 13th. He has, ah, about 14 warrants on him…” Other officers quickly join the pursuit. Radio dispatcher: “Okay cars in the area copy on that. Chasing a subject with open warrants, approximately 14 of them, male black.” Cincinnati police officer spots the suspect as he runs into a dark alley. As a police car approaches, its camera rolling, the officer runs towards the alley and almost immediately a shot rings out. A single bullet fired from the officer’s gun pierces the suspect’s heart. He’s pronounced dead at 3:02 am. The officer later tells investigators he thought the suspect was reaching for a gun – but no gun was ever found. Murdered by Cincinnati PD
Valeria “Monique” Tachiquin-Alvarado 32, Sept. 28, 2012 Chula Vista CA – When a group of plainclothes Border Patrol agents went to an apartment to arrest a felon who previously had been deported. The undercover personnel found several of the occupants had been the subjects of prior complaints of illegal drug activity. Police claim they identified themselves as Border Patrol agents. The two agents at the car both had badges, one on his belt, the other on a chain around his neck. Tachiquin -Alvarado a U.S. citizen left the apartment and walked toward a dark-green Honda Accord parked nearby. Border Patrol personnel who had surrounded the complex contacted her as she got behind the wheel allegedly pulled away from the curb, causing the sedan to strike an agent at least once. A witness reported “I just witnessed the officer walking toward the female’s car. She was backing up and then he discharged his weapon started firing,” The agent told Tachiquin-Alvarado she was under arrest for vehicular assault as a fellow officer reached through the driver’s-side window and tried to remove the ignition key the car then struck the first agent again, after which Tachiquin-Alvarado allegedly drove off to the west with him perched on the hood of the vehicle. Another witnesses told investigators the Honda was traveling about 25 mph and at one point veered into an oncoming lane as the agent, who appeared fearful, yelled at the woman to stop the car. After allegedly driving more than 200 yards, Tachiquin-Alvarado began to make a turn and the agent drew his gun and fired repeatedly into the windshield. She was pronounced her dead at the scene. The autopsy report:10 bullets, causing 14 separate wounds and that details about the angle of travel of those bullets reveals that the agent shot Alvarado while standing in front of her car, not while he was being carried along on the hood of the vehicle. Murdered by California Border Patrol
Michael Brown 23, Oct. 26, 2005 Troy MO –Brown was riding with four friends in a pickup truck driven by 22-year-old Tyler Teasley when a sheriff’s deputy clocked them going over the 55 mph speed limit. Deputy Nic Forler sought to pull them over, and Teasley tried to elude him by pulling into a driveway and shutting off the truck’s lights. Lincoln County sheriff’s Deputy Nic Forler fired through the back window of the pickup, killing Brown and the driver, Teasley. No one in the truck was armed. When the truck finally stopped, Forler pulled behind it, got out of his patrol car and stood between the vehicles. Witnesses said Teasley was “freaking out” because he had been drinking, there was alcohol in the car and several passengers were under 21. In his panic, they said, Teasley left the truck in neutral. As the truck rolled backward, Forler fired the fatal shots that struck both victims in the head. Murdered by Troy PD
Tyler Teasley 22, Oct. 26, 2005 Troy MO – Teasley was driving with four friends including Michael Brown in a pickup truck when a sheriff’s deputy clocked him going over the 55 mph speed limit. Deputy Nic Forler sought to pull them over, and Teasley tried to elude him by pulling into a driveway and shutting off the truck’s lights. Lincoln County sheriff’s Deputy Nic Forler fired through the back window of the pickup, killing Teasley, driver and passenger Brown. No one in the truck was armed. When the truck finally stopped, Forler pulled behind it, got out of his patrol car and stood between the vehicles. Witnesses said Teasley was “freaking out” because he had been drinking, there was alcohol in the car and several passengers were under 21. In his panic, they said, Teasley left the truck in neutral. As the truck rolled backward, Forler fired the fatal shots that struck both victims in the head. Murdered by Troy PD
Earl Murray (age unknown) June 12, 2000 Dellwood, MO – A vehicle occupied by Earl Murray and Ronald Beasley moved toward Dellwood officers Robert Piekutowski and Keith Kierzkowski at Jack-in the-Box. When Officers approached Murray’s car, Murrau put it into reverse and backed into a Ford Explorer driven by a Drug Enforcement Agency agent. As the car turned toward the officers, they opened fire and admitted the suspects did not fire any shots and had no weapons in their hands. The cops claim the unarmed Murray backed his car into an undercover police vehicle, got wedged under the bumper, revved his engine, and spun his tires. Police fired out of fear for their lives because they claim they were caught between the spinning tires and the curb. Murdered by Dellwood PD
Ronald Beasley (age unknown) June 12, 2000 Dellwood, MO – A vehicle occupied by Ronald Beasley and Earl Murray moved toward Dellwood officers Robert Piekutowski and Keith Kierzkowski at Jack-in the-Box. When Officers approached Murray’s car, Murrau put it into reverse and backed into a Ford Explorer driven by a Drug Enforcement Agency agent. As the car turned toward the officers, they opened fire and admitted the suspects did not fire any shots and had no weapons in their hands. The cops claim the unarmed Murray backed his car into an undercover police vehicle, got wedged under the bumper, revved his engine, and spun his tires. Police fired out of fear for their lives because they claim they were caught between the spinning tires and the curb. Murdered by Dellwood PD
Prince C. Jones Jr. 25, Sept. 1, 2000 Fairfax County VA – Was shot six times in the back, one bullet tore through his lung and another punctured his liver after he was tailed from Washington into Virginia because he was seen leaving a Washington house where someone else was sought for stealing a gun from police. Supposedly Police received a “tip” connected to the theft of a gun from a police car two months earlier. Carlton Jones didn’t notify other police departments as he went through their jurisdictions because he supposedly had no plans to arrest the driver. He only wanted to follow the jeep, the story goes, in the hopes of finding information that could be used to track the gun. Officer Carlton Jones claims he was forced to fire at Prince Jones because Jones rammed the officer’s undercover car three times with his Jeep after he had been ordered out of the vehicle. Officer Jones feels he was placed in an untenable situation,” “He had no choice but to use his gun.” The weapon was fired 16 times. Prince Jones’ mother, Mable Jones, a Philadelphia radiologist, shook with anger Wednesday that her son was killed “because he rammed a car.” She wondered aloud whether her son “reacted in fear” and might have tried to ram the other car because he worried the officer–his hair in dreadlocks and driving an unmarked car–was a dangerous impostor. Many questions are raised by this story: Why did a narcotics officer follow a man suspected of stealing a gun-for 15 miles and across several police jurisdictions. Why would Prince ram the vehicle of a man who had just pointed a gun at him? Could Prince have driven away when he was bleeding to death? How did Prince’s jeep get past Carlton Jones’ SUV? Why didn’t Carlton Jones follow Prince after he shot him? Murdered by Undercover PD READ MORE
Ronnie L. White 19, June 29, 2008 Prince George County MD – White, with a criminal background, was accused of killing Cpl. Richard S. Findley. Less than 48 hours after he was arrested, Mr. White was found unresponsive and without a pulse in his maximum-security cell. White was found dead from strangulation in a county jail cell. Jail officials first said that Mr. White was slumped on the floor of his cell; an attorney for the Correctional Officers Association later said that guards found Mr. White hanging in an apparent suicide. Corrections officers were supposed to enter Mr. White’s cell with a hand-held camera to record their actions; only after Mr. White was removed on a stretcher did the camera start recording. Guards blamed a camera malfunction. There was also confusion about whether a bedsheet was found in or near Mr. White’s cell. An autopsy report found that Mr. White was assaulted and strangled; the guards’ union insisted it was a suicide. Some guards, with the support of their union, initially refused to cooperate with investigators. When they did cooperate, they offered confusing accounts of how they found Mr. White. Murdered by Prince George County PD
Edmund Perry 17, June 12, 1985 Harlem NY – Edmund Perry an Honor Student, his teachers rated in “the top 2 to 3 percent of the school in ability, self-discipline, leadership, emotional maturity and initiative” had just graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and been awarded a scholarship to Stanford. Van Houten claimed he had been grabbed in a choke hold from behind by two assailants and repeatedly punched in the face. Before he lost consciousness, he managed to reach the gun in his ankle holster and shoot his attacker in the stomach. Within three hours Perry was dead. Plainclothes Officer Lee Van Houten, says he was jumped and beaten by two men as he patrolled on Morningside Drive near 113th Street in mid-evening. He fired a shot, fatally wounding Edmund Perry. The other man disappeared. Murdered by NYPD READ MORE
Eleanor Bumpurs 66, (mentally ill) Oct. 29, 1984 New York, NY – A city ordered eviction of Bumpurs from her apartment in the Bronx since she was four months behind on her monthly rent of $98.65. In requesting NYPD assistance, housing authority workers told police that Bumpurs was emotionally disturbed, had threatened to throw boiling lye, and was using a knife to resist eviction. When Bumpurs refused to open the door, police broke in. In the struggle to subdue her, one officer shot Bumpurs twice with a 12-gauge shotgun. Murdered by NYPD READ MORE
Michael Stewart 25, Sept. 15, 1983 New York, NY – On the Brooklyn-bound L platform, Kostick saw a tall, thin black man scrawl “RQS” on the wall in foot-high letters with a felt-tip marker. The cop did his duty and collared the graffiti tagger, he later said the man was resigned, almost cordial. On his way home to Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, where he lived with his parents. He asked the cop not to call and wake them. According to Kostick, Stewart’s disposition changed as they waited for the arrest transport van. He bolted upstairs, with the officer on his heels. “At the top, Stewart fell face-forward on the ground,” Kostick would later say. The cop held Stewart to the ground until the van arrived. Several officers loaded the perp inside and took him to the old District 4 transit police station at Union Square. By then, the collar had gone bad. Kostick said Stewart became “very violent” in the van. He tried to run again at Union Square, so he was hogtied — bound at the ankles and tethered hands-to-feet by an elastic strap. 1st Medical exam: “Stewart was drunk and had died of a heart attack unrelated to his handling by cops”. 2nd Medical exam: “physical injury to the spinal cord in the upper neck had caused Stewart’s death. Swelling in Stewart’s brain, scrapes and bruises on his body and pinpoint bleeding in his eyes, indicating trangulation”. A grand jury indicted Officers Kostick, Anthony Piscola and Henry Boerner for criminally negligent homicide, assault and perjury. Three other cops, Sgts. Henry Hassler and James Barry and Officer Susan Techky, were charged with perjury. READ MORE
Mark Clark 22, Dec. 4, 1969 Chicago IL – In the pre-dawn hours of December 4, 1969, Chicago Police stormed into the apartment of Black Panther Party State Chairman Fred Hampton at 2337 W. Monroe Street, killing both Mark Clark and Fred Hampton and causing serious bodily harm to Verlina Brewer, Ronald “Doc” Satchel, Blair Anderson, and Brenda Harris. Hampton and Deborah Johnson, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their child, were sleeping in the south bedroom. Satchel, Anderson, and Brewer were asleep in the north bedroom. Harris and Louis Truelock were sleeping on a bed by the south wall of the living room, and Harold Bell slept on a mattress on the floor in the middle of the room. Clark, sitting in the front room of the apartment with a shotgun in his lap, was on security duty. The first shot hit Clark in the heart. He died instantly, and his gun went off as he fell, according to Harris, who watched from the bed in the corner. The single round was later determined to be caused by a reflexive death convulsion after the raiding team shot him; this was the only shot the Panthers fired. A federal grand jury determined that the police fired between 82 and 99 shots while most of the occupants lay sleeping. The first shot hit Clark in the heart. He died instantly, and his gun went off as he fell, according to Harris, who watched from the bed in the corner. The single round was later determined to be caused by a reflexive death convulsion after the raiding team shot him; this was the only shot the Panthers fired. Murdered by Chicago PD READ MORE
Fred Hampton 21, Dec. 4, 1969 1969 Chicago IL – In the pre-dawn hours of December 4, 1969, Chicago Police stormed into the apartment of Black Panther Party State Chairman Fred Hampton at 2337 W. Monroe Street, killing both Mark Clark and Fred Hampton and causing serious bodily harm to Verlina Brewer, Ronald “Doc” Satchel, Blair Anderson, and Brenda Harris. Hampton and Deborah Johnson, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant with their child, were sleeping in the south bedroom. Satchel, Anderson, and Brewer were asleep in the north bedroom. Harris and Louis Truelock were sleeping on a bed by the south wall of the living room, and Harold Bell slept on a mattress on the floor in the middle of the room. Clark, sitting in the front room of the apartment with a shotgun in his lap, was on security duty. The first shot hit Clark in the heart. He died instantly, and his gun went off as he fell, according to Harris, who watched from the bed in the corner. The single round was later determined to be caused by a reflexive death convulsion after the raiding team shot him; this was the only shot the Panthers fired. A federal grand jury determined that the police fired between 82 and 99 shots while most of the occupants lay sleeping. Shot twice in the head at point blank range. Murdered by Chicago PD READ MORE
James Powell 15, July 16, 1964 New York NY – James Powell and his friends were sitting on a stoop near the Robert E. Wagner, Sr. Junior High School on East 76th street in the Yorkville community waiting for their remedial reading summer class to begin. James and his friends got into a verbal altercation with Patrick Lynch who was the superintendent of three apartment buildings across from the school. Lynch had been watering either some flowers in front of a building or the sidewalk. The man decided to aim his water hose at the young people and allegedly said, “Dirty niggers, I’ll wash you clean.” Lynch was white; James and his friends were black. He continued to drench the young people with water as they scattered and tried to retaliate by throwing a bottle and a soda can in his direction. James Powell had had enough and decided to go after the man, who ran toward a nearby building. An off-duty police officer, Lieutenant Thomas Gilligan, came upon the scene as he was leaving a repair shop across the street. He saw James Powell chasing Lynch and ran over to assist. Gilligan was not wearing his uniform and without apparently indicating that he was a cop pulled out his gun. James Powell saw that Patrick Lynch had disappeared into a building and decided to stop his pursuit. When he turned around, he came face to face with Thomas Gilligan, who fired three shots. Powell hit the ground, blood pouring from his mouth. Murdered by NYPD READ MORE
Antwain White 17, Jan. 29, 2012 Bushwick, Brooklyn NY – An off-duty detective alleged that White attempted to mug him with a walking cane near the subway station close to midnight. The detective shot him in chest. A 15-year old alleged accomplice was not charged. Murdered by NYPD
Justin Sipp 20, March 1, 2012 New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Off-duty police officer thought Sipp looked suspicious. looked suspicious after a traffic stop for broken tail light. Sipp and his brother were on their way to work at Burger King. Officer Giroir and Sipp argued, shots were fired that left Sipp dead and everyone on the scene, except Officer Giroir, was wounded.* Officer Giroir, who has been sued twice for brutality, wrote racist and threatening remarks online after the Trayvon Martin killing, has been suspended without pay. Sipps’ brother claims Justin shot in self defense against a man who wore no uniform.* A community movement persists. Murdered by New Orleans PD
Pena Family: Maria Pena-Herrera, 24, Dilcia Pena, 16 Andy Pena Herrera, 4 and Ricardo Pena Herrera, newborn Aug. 4, 2001 – Brooklyn NY – Pena-Herrera and her family were crossing the street in the Sunset Park area in Brooklyn, when drunk driver Police Officer Joseph Gray’s minivan struck the family after he ran the red light, killing 8 months pregnant Maria Herrera, her son Andy, and her sister Dilcia Pena. Maria Herrera’s baby boy was delivered in an emergency cesarean section after the accident but later died. Gray and other officers begin drinking in the 72nd Precinct Parking Lot after their shift ended and continued drinking at local Strip Club, a strip bar which officers are forbidden under departmental policy to enter until after 9pm at night. Officer Joseph Gray, 41, a 15 year veteran drank for more than 13 hours prior to the accident, his blood alcohol content was .16, well above the legal of .10, when the accident occurred. Since the incident, 17 officers have been fired, transferred, suspended or restricted to desk. Gray was charged with multiple counts of manslaughter, vehicular man slaughter and driving while intoxicated. On May 23, 2002, former Police Officer Joseph Gray was convicted on four counts of man-slaughter as well as driving while intoxicated. Gray was sentenced to five to 15 years for killing a family while driving drunk. Murdered by NYPD
Anthony Paul Gilmore Jr. 23, March 1, 2012 San Bernardino CA – A car in which Gilmore was a passenger allegedly ran a stop sign. Police detained the woman driver and Gilmore. When the officer asked Gilmore if he had a weapon, he attempted to flee but was grabbed by one of the other cops at the scene. Police say a “struggle” ensued and a gun fell from Mr. Gilmore’s person. One of the cops, using the proverbial “feared for their lives,” opened fire on the young man, killing him instantly. Murdered by San Bernardino PD
Brandon James Dunbar 21, March 1, 2012 Riverside, CA – Dunbar was a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over, the lawsuit said, for having an obscured license plate. He jumped out of the car and ran into a backyard where police shot him. They claim he turned toward them with a gun. He fired no shots. was shot several times from a position where deadly force was not justified in self-defense or defense of others. One of his major leg arteries was severed, and he began bleeding heavily, the lawsuit says. His life could have been saved, but police failed to apply a tourniquet. Furthermore, all Officers conspired to remove as much physical evidence as possible by excavating the entire area where Dunbar had bled to death, removing the blood-sodden turf and dirt to an undisclosed location. Grand Jury investigation was compromised. Murdered by Riverside PD
Willie Miller 25, March 30, 2012 Chicago IL – Chicago police approached a party that had spilled onto the street in the West Side. Miller ran. Police chased him and alleged he pointed a handgun at them. Miller’s mother and sister were both present and claimed he had no gun. “He was just running and they got mad because they could not catch him. Murdered by Chicago PD
Ahmede Jabber Bradley 35, April 5, 2012 Austin TX – An officer pulled Bradley’s car over for a noise violation. Bradley sped off. After a car chase and a foot chase, the police allege there was a scuffle in which Bradley attempted to choke the officer with the cord of his radio mike. The officer fired. Bradley was shot three times in the back. Murdered by Austin PD
Roman Lee Drake 26, April 10, 2012 Fayette NC – Police arrived at his house where Drake had been having a rowdy party, but Drake was not there when police arrived. When he returned home and saw the police, he tried to leave. His car allegedly struck a police car and tried to run over an officer, so they opened fire on him. Witnesses say he never tried to harm an officer. He was drunk and he panicked, so he was just trying to leave. Murdered by Fayette PD
George Booker Wells 29, March 31, 2012 Baltimore MD – Police responded to call about domestic disturbance at a row house. A man ran from the house, and the officer chased him about two blocks. Police claim the man who ran from the house had an “edged weapon,” and he and the officer got into a physical altercation. The officer shot him multiple (6) times. Wells later died from his injuries at Shock Trauma. Murdered by Baltimore PD
Kevin Matthew Kimmons McCann 38, April 13. 2012 Memphis TN –McCann a former employee came into the convenience store and got into a verbal altercation with Ahmed Ibrahim, the 29-year-old store clerk. Ibrahim claimed the disturbance turned physical and ended when he opened fire on the ex-employee. McCann was rushed to the Medical Center, but later died. Police officers charged Ibrahim with second degree murder. Murdered by convenience store Vigilante
Kenyado Newsuan 31, April 22, 2012 Philadelphia PA – Officers received a report of a naked man running down the street screaming at 6am. When the officers tried to stop Newsuan, he allegedly attacked them. A stun gun did not stop him, so they shot him 3-4 times. A witness remarked, “He was high on PCP but that was no reason to shoot him and then they shot him three more times after he was down.” Murdered by Philadelphia PD
Michael M. Randolph aka “O’Head” 23, April 29, 2012 Allentown PA – A white security guard, Andrew Gesslein– who had lied about having once been a police officer shot Randolph outside a club. He claimed Randolph tried to force his way into the club after being denied entrance and then he reached in his waistband for a gun. Gesslein shot him several times. Gesslein was charged with voluntary manslaughter. Murdered by Security Guard Vigilante
John Robert Husband III 21, June 2, 2012 Dallas TX – Police stopped Husband’s car because he turned without signaling. Officers claim to have smelled marijuana in car and commanded him to get out. As they patted him down they alleged he reached for a gun so they shot him. Later they changed their story. Witnesses said he was unarmed and he had only taken a few steps before officers shot him in the back. The police threatened to shoot him again as he lay mortally wounded. Murdered by Dallas PD
Rene Benito-Amaro 28, Aug. 5, 2013 Houston TX – killed when shot by Houston PD officer E. Newman (21-yr vet, Tactical Operations). Police responded to a call about firearms being discharged by a man in a green SUV, and tried to detain Amaro. He instead ran away on foot. K-9 officer Newman then found him hiding behind a nearby strip center and claims Amaro pointed a gun at him, so he shot him. Murdered by Harris County PD
Donald Washington Jr. (age unknown) July 10, 2013 Houston TX – Killed when shot by Texas DPS officer J. Freeman a 12-year vet, who saw Washington trying to open car doors in a Wal-Mart parking lot. He claims Washington refused to answer his questions, and pointed a gun at him. They were so close that when Freeman shot him, Washington’s gun allegedly fell into his patrol car. Murdered by Houston PD