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, 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.
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.
Unfortunately due to the ongoing killings by Police and vigilantes 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.
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 as 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.
I repeat, 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 the other room, in someone else’s possession etc. I consider that person unarmed. If someone is shot in the back, I consider that person unarmed. Being chased by plainclothes officers, I consider that person unarmed. Followed in unmarked police cars, I consider that person unarmed. In handcuffs, I consider that person unarmed. If they are tased, I consider that person unarmed. Police entering a home or business without announcing their presence, I consider that person unarmed. If a 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.
Kathryn Michelle Walters 46, and son Maximilian Walters 5, Jan 21, 2013 Boulder City NY – 52-year-old Metro police lieutenant, Hans Pieter Walters, Katherine’s husband and Maximilian’s father was suicide by a gunshot wound to the head. Walters called 911 and said he had killed his wife and son and was preparing to set the house on fire. When emergency crews arrived at the home, they briefly saw Walters outside the house, but he went back inside and shot himself. Murdered by Boulder City PD
Maximilian Walters 5, and mother Kathryn Michelle Walters 46, Jan 21, 2013 Boulder City NY – 52-year-old Metro police lieutenant, Hans Pieter Walters, Maximilian’s father and Katherine’s husband was suicide by a gunshot wound to the head. Walters called 911 and said he had killed his wife and son and was preparing to set the house on fire. When emergency crews arrived at the home, they briefly saw Walters outside the house, but he went back inside and shot himself. Murdered by Boulder City PD
Mario“Papaya” Romero 23, Sept. 2, 2012 Vallejo CA – In the midst of investigating a reported burglary down the street, Police Officer Dustin B. Joseph and Officer Sean Kenney said they came upon two men sitting in a white Ford Thunderbird matching the description of a car reportedly associated with an earlier shooting. The driver got out and the officers reported seeing the butt of a handgun in his waistband, police claims the man, partially obscured by the open door of his car, reached for the gun and began to turn toward the officers and Officer Dustin B. Joseph feared for his life. 31 bullets were fired at Romero entering the palms of his hands, his face and mouth as he begged for his life. After the shooting Officer Kenney, entered Romero’s car and handled the pellet gun without gloves. Kenney told investigators that he was going to check it for live ammunition, then realized it had blood on it and that he wasn’t wearing gloves. Analysis of bullet holes through the windshield show they were fired from the ground, not from on top of the car’s hood as Officer Kenney claims. Witness state a fake gun was planted in the car. Officer Sean Kenney was later promoted to detective. Murdered by Sean Kenney and Dustin Joseph of the Vallejo Police Department the same Officers who murdered Jeremiah Moore READ MORE
Jeremiah Moore 29, (autism spectrum disorder) Oct. 20, 2012 Vallejo CA – Awakened by loud banging and shouts, Marvin Clouse grabbed a video camera and went outside to investigate. Clouse says he saw his neighbors, Jason Jessie and Jeremiah Moore, smashing the windows of their own cars, parked in front of their house. The men were naked, and Jessie was calling out commands to Moore who had a tendency to follow commands. “I hope this is right, I’m destroying everything. Destroy it, Jeremiah. I want you to destroy it,” Jessie can be heard saying on Clouse’s video. Another neighbor’s unobstructed view “He says the man was waving his arms strangely — a flailing that he couldn’t seem to stop. He says he could clearly see the man’s hands, and there was nothing in them. “What I heard was the officers told him to stop moving, and he can’t stop moving,” Alvarado says. “He starts shaking. That’s when the officer gets, like, scared. He got the gun and shoots him. I know, this guy who was shot, he doesn’t have a rifle in his hands; then police dragged Moore away from the house, “like a piece of garbage.” Murdered by Sean Kenney and Dustin Joseph of the Vallejo Police Department the same Officers who murdered Mario Romero.
John Lagattuta 35, Jan. 2, 2003 Brooklyn NY – Lagattuta, a suspected car thief was chased for several blocks before he halted the car and seven officers surrounded him. When an officer attempted to smash the windshield during a “confrontation,” his gun may have accidentally discharged when he banged it against the van window. Murdered by NYPD
Denis Reynoso 29, Sept. 5, 2013 Lynn, MA – Police officers entered Reynoso’s home without a warrant after supposedly receiving a noise disturbance complaint call. When they got inside, Reynoso’s 5-year-old son witnessed his father being gunned down by men everybody was taught to trust. After Reynoso was shot 3 times, the policeman tore up his home for drugs and weapons. They found nothing. Police claim Reynoso lunged at two officers from a seated position atop a couch and a struggled ensued. During the struggle Reynoso got a hold of Officer John Bernarder’s service weapon and held it to the officer’s head. Bernarder managed to aim the gun away from his head before Reynoso fired his first shot. Officer Paul Scali then came to Bernarder’s aid and grabbed the gun as Reynoso fired again. After being shot police claim Reynoso continued to laugh and scream and was struggling and attempting to bite paramedics that responded to transport him to a hospital. Questions “If a trained war veteran would ever grab a police officer’s gun in the first place”. Jessica Spinney lives with the torment of having to bury her fiancé Denis on the day they were to be wed. Murdered by Lynn PD
Parrot 2, Sept. 20, 2010 D.C. – A Poodle mix and a Pit Bull-Shar Pei mix named Parrot a “very people-friendly dog, with absolutely no bite history.” got into a scuffle at the Adams Morgan Day festival. Aaron Block, Parrot’s owner, had separated the dogs and was trying to calm Parrot when police officers arrived. In a statement, Block said Officer Scott Fike knocked him off of Parrot. Officer Fike drove his knee into the middle of Parrot’s back while stretching Parrot’s legs behind him, as one would do with an armed criminal. Without waiting to determine whether this technique would calm Parrot, Fike grabbed Parrot, lifted him off the ground, and brought him to the top of the concrete staircase. Officer Fike then threw Parrot over the banister, 10 feet down twelve steps, and onto the concrete floor. Then, Fike stood at the top of the stairs, drew his weapon, and shot Parrot to death. Aaron, the animal’s owner, cannot recall the number of shots fired. Witnesses state that Parrot was not harming anybody and was simply frightened by Fike. Murdered by Officer Scott Fike D.C. PD READ MORE
James Boyd 38, (homeless schizophrenic) March 16, 2014 Albuquerque NM – All of this over “illegally camping”. Officer’s Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez responded to a report of a homeless mentally ill man, James Boyd, camping in foothills. After several hours of negotiations, the police officers launched a flash bang grenade as Boyd, still holding his knives, picked up his backpack, and turned. Two officers opened fire with rifles, shooting Boyd in the back and arm. Blood can be seen on the rocks behind him. Boyd fell to the ground, an officer released a police dog while other officers shot him with bean bag rounds and handcuffed him. As Boyd was on the ground, he said “I can’t move” and “Please don’t hurt me.” The shooting was captured via a helmet-mounted camera by the policemen at scene and released to the public. Albuquerque police said officers were justified in murdering this man because he had made “threatening moves” from 30 feet away. He died the next morning at the University of New Mexico Hospital. Murdered by Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez Albuquerque PD
2 hours before the seemingly premeditated murder of James Boyd, Officer Sandy was caught on a fellow officer’s dash cam announcing his plans to shoot Boyd in the penis with a shotgun.
Officer Sandy: What do they have you guys doing here?
Officer Ware: I don’t know. The guy asked for state police.
Officer Sandy: Who asked?
Officer Ware: I don’t know.
Officer Sandy: For this fucking lunatic? I’m going to shoot him in the penis with a shotgun here in a second.
Henry C. Taylor 68, Aug. 21, 2013 Louisville TN – Taylor, owner of an East Tennessee rental property that had been the scene of thefts and break-ins. The sheriff’s office had responded to the property twice during the week. Deputy Ernest Ragland took the report and told Taylor’s wife he would check the property throughout the night. Ragland went to the property and found a broken garage window. Ragland saw a man inside with a handgun and claimed he gave verbal commands and fired multiple shots, striking Taylor and killing him. Murdered by Deputy Ernest Ragland Louisville Sheriff Dept.
Roza Sakhina 101, Aug. 16, 2013 St. Paul MN. – The Russian immigrant, Mrs Sakhina taking her daily walk and while crossing in the middle of the street in front of her apartment with the aid of a walker when Police Officer Lori Goulet driving a department SUV was in the neighborhood responding to a juvenile disturbance call. The officer backed up and ran over her. Police say he was not responding to another call at the time. Sakhina suffered a head injury in the crash that led to her death at Regions Hospital. The driver’s identity has not been released. Officer Goulet has been in several other car accidents during her 16 years with the force, including an incident in which she backed into another vehicle after clearing a call. Murdered by Officer Lori Goulet St. Paul PD
Steven Vitale 55, April 10, 2006 Staten Island NY – As Vitale, a retired Police Officer left his SUV to walk to a Chinese take-out restaurant after returning home from Atlantic City, where he and his wife had celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary. Karen Vitale, the victim’s wife, said the gunman had followed their vehicle for a long distance on the way to the restaurant, suggesting road rage as a possible motive. Officer Allen Lau may have been enraged at being cut off by another motorist on the Staten Island Expressway, or because he believed Vitale was driving too slowly. Lau began firing at Vital, shooting him in the torso. Then firing shots at Vitale’s wife. The bullets narrowly missed Vitale’s wife, Karen, and wounded the couple’s black Labrador retriever, Philly. During a subsequent standoff in which Lau holed up in his home for almost eight hours, he told a hostage negotiator he was an alcoholic and had downed a bottle of vodka, according to court records. Lau received 21 years in prison and five years post release supervision after pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter. Murdered by Officer Allen Lau NYPD READ MORE
Misty Holt-Singh 41, July 16, 2014 Stockton CA – A quick transaction at a branch of Bank of the West. She had no idea what was about to happen. Three suspects entered the bank with guns drawn. They tied up a security guard and took an undisclosed amount of cash from the vault. Then, they grabbed two bank employees and Misty, fleeing in a Ford Expedition. A shoot-out that occurred, one hostage was wounded. The wounded hostage and another were tossed out of the vehicle. Chief Jones provided no details about the exact location of Misty’s wounds but did confirm that Misty was killed by bullets shot by officers. Thirty-three officers fired their weapons. At least 20 of them have been placed on administrative leave. Over 600 bullets are reported to have been fired in to the vehicle… 600 bullets, knowing a hostage was in the vehicle. Murdered by Stockton PD
Lucia Rodriguez 63, Jan. 4, 2003 Brooklyn NY – Ana had been walking to church and was crossing the street at an intersection when she was struck by an unmarked NYPD police vehicle driven by police officer Anthony Russo. She was rushed to the hospital and was diagnosed with multiple fractures to her skull, ribs, leg and ankle…..and suffered massive internal bleeding. She died within minutes. he jury found overwhelming evidence that the police had operated their vehicle “recklessly” and were liable for Ana’s death and awarded $4 Million Dollars to her estate. Murdered by Officer Anthony Russo NYPD
Idriss Stelley 23, (mental breakdown) June 13, 2001 San Francisco CA – Stelley’s girlfriend, Summer Galbreath, suggested a movie. They wound up standing in line at the Sony Metreon. In the theater, according to Galbreath, Stelley downed two or three shots of tequila. On-screen Travolta lit up a smoke. So did Stelley. Soon the ushers were giving him grief, and Stelley was getting agitated. Stepping out of the theater, Galbreath used her cell phone to call Stelley’s mother, La Mesha Irizarry who told her to call the cops and tell them he’s in the midst of a mental breakdown. The police, she figured, would be able to help. A horde of San Francisco police officers arrived while Galbreath was on the line with the 911 operator. Clearing moviegoers out of the theater, the police swarmed in. Minutes later the cops unleashed a barrage of gunfire, slaying Stelley and leaving bullet holes in his head, chest, abdomen, buttocks, right leg, right foot, left arm, right shoulder, and right arm. Murdered by San Francisco PD READ MORE
Jamil Wheatfall 36, April 14, 2001 Oakland CA – Authorities said Wheatfall robbed a Wells Fargo Bank. A description of the suspect in the robbery and a getaway car was broadcast to officers. Officers spotted the car and pulled up behind him. Jamil did not exit his car, neither did the officer. After about 15 seconds, Jamil drove back into the streets. As Jamil continued north, the officer activated his dome lights. After traveling 5 or 6 blocks, Jamil ran into a dead end and his car stalled. According to witnesses, Jamil got out of his car and struggled with the Police Officer for a moment. He then raised both hands with his palms forward and said three times, “I submit. I submit. I submit.” Six officers surrounded him and beat him with metal and wooden batons about the head and upper body. Jamil fell to the ground. Still the officers continued to beat and kick him. Jamil struggled up on his knees and a carotid chokehold was applied by one officer while another hyper-extended Jamil’s right arm up. This action forced Jamil’s body to the ground while his neck was being pulled back. After Jamil was on the ground, the carotid hold was not released and the officers continued to beat and kick him until his body stopped moving. After he was cuffed and subdued the police left Jamil lying on the ground. A witness has stated that he could see that something was definitely wrong because he observed that Jamil’s stomach was not moving. Murdered by Officers Midyett, Perez and Clement Oakland PD
Isaac “Pops” Singletary 80, Jan. 27, 2007 Jacksonville, Fl – Singletary moved into his high-crime Jacksonville, Fla., neighborhood in 1987 to care for and protect his sister and mother, both of whom were sick at the time. The retired repairman was known to sit in front of his house in a lawn chair to shoo trespassers and drug dealers away from his property. Two undercover narcotics cops, posed as drug dealers, set up shop on Singletary’s lawn. Singletary first came out of his house and yelled at them to leave. They didn’t. He went back inside. Minutes later, he came out again and told them to leave, this time while waving a handgun. One of the cops then opened fire. Wounded, Singletary tried to escape into his backyard. The cops chased him down and shot him again, this time in the back. Singletary died at the scene. They never told Singletary they were police officers. The police initially claimed Singletary tried to rob them, then they claimed Singletary fired first. Five witnesses said that wasn’t true. Murdered by DEA READ MORE
Ashley Villarreal 14, Feb. 11, 2003 San Antonio TX – Was shot in the head by a DEA agent while driving just blocks away from her San Antonio home. Agents who had been staking out the Villarreal household mistakenly believed the person in the car with the teen was her father, whom they suspected of dealing cocaine. Two days later, Villareal died. A few days after the shooting, Villareal’s father was arrested on drug conspiracy charges. DEA agents never faced charges in the teen’s death, even though testimony from witnesses and subsequent reports conflicted with official accounts of the incident. Murdered by DEA READ MORE
Johnathan Ayers 28, Sept. 1, 2009 Lavonia, GA – Ayers, a Baptist minister had seen Johanna Barrett walking near a gas station on her way back to an extended-stay motel where she lived with her boyfriend. Ayers had known Barrett for a number of years, and offered her a ride back to the motel. He also gave her the money in his pocket, $23, to help pay her rent. The police were trailing Barrett at the time. But instead of apprehending her at the motel, they instead followed Ayers, who they saw hand Ayers cash. They followed Ayers to a nearby gas station where he withdrew some money from an ATM. Shortly after he got back into his car, a black Escalade pulled up behind him. Three officers, all undercover, rushed Ayers’ vehicle and pointed their guns at him. The pastor panicked and attempted to escape. As he backed out, Ayers’ car grazed one police officer. Officer Billy Shane Harrison then opened fire, shooting Ayers in the stomach. Ayers drove for another thousand yards before crashing his car. He died at the hospital. His last words to his family and medical staff were that he thought he was being robbed. The police found no illicit drugs in his car. A grand jury later declined to indict Officer Harrison for any crime. Murdered by Lavonia PD
Donald P. Scott 61, Oct. 2, 1992 Malibu CA – Early on the morning 31 officers from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Drug Enforcement Administration, Border Patrol, National Guard and Park Service entered the Scott’s 200-acre (0.81 km2) ranch. They planned to arrest Scott for allegedly running a 4,000-plant marijuana plantation. When deputies broke down the door to Scott’s house, Scott’s wife would later tell reporters, she screamed, “Don’t shoot me. Don’t kill me.” That brought Scott staggering out of the bedroom, blurry-eyed from a cataract operation—holding a .38 caliber Colt snub-nosed revolver over his head. When he emerged at the top of the stairs, holding his gun over his head, the officers told him to lower the gun. As he did, they shot him to death. According to the official report, the gun was pointed at the officers when they shot him. Later, the lead agent in the case, sheriff’s deputy Gary Spencer and his partner John Cater posed for photographs smiling arm-in-arm outside Scott’s cabin. Despite a subsequent search of Scott’s ranch using helicopters, dogs, searchers on foot, and a high-tech Jet Propulsion Laboratory device for detecting trace amounts of sinsemilla, no marijuana—or any other illegal drug—was found. Murdered by LA Sheriff and Friends
Esequiel Hernandez 18, May 20, 1997 Redford, Texas – Hernandez was herding goats near his home when a team of U.S. Marines dressed in camouflage, on drug patrol heavily camouflaged in ghillie suits came upon Hernández. The camouflaged Marines observed the 18 year old high school student from concealment at a distance of approximately 200 yards maintaining radio contact with their unit. Hernández, who was carrying a .22 caliber rifle family members said he used to fend off predators, shot in the direction of the Marines. Continuing to call for Border Patrol assistance, the Marines proceeded to track Hernández for twenty minutes, until the Marine fire-team leader shot and killed Hernandez. The bullet entered Hernandez’ armpit on his right side. Murdered by US Marines
Peter Alexander McWilliams 50, June 14, 2000 Los Angeles CA – Shortly after California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, the Clinton administration began drug raids on dispensaries and cultivators, even though they were complying with federal law. One of those raids was on the Los Angeles marijuana grow operation of Todd McCormick and Peter McWilliams. McCormick used pot to treat the pain associated with a cancer treatment that had fused two of his vertebrae. McWilliams had been diagnosed with AIDS, then with non-Hodgkins lymphoma brought on by AIDS. Smoking marijuana eased his nausea, which helped him keep take his medication both to manage his AIDS the chemotherapy for his lymphoma. McWilliams was a self-help author, and had become an outspoken civil liberties activist. With respect to pot, he also made no attempt to hide the fact that while it was medicinal, it also made him feel good. The high took his mind off the fact that he was battling two diseases. McWilliams and McCormick were raided in 1997, by DEA agents. As McWilliams later described it, “guns drawn, commando-style.” Because they were tried on federal charges, the jury wasn’t allowed to hear that the two men had broken no California laws. McWilliams’ doctors were also prohibited from testifying about his marijuana use. Because of those restrictions, McWilliams pleaded guilty and hoped for leniency. But after his arrest, McWilliams’ mother put up her house as collateral to post his bail. One condition of McWilliams’ bail was he refrain from smoking marijuana. Prosecutors told McWilliams and his mother that if he failed a drug test or was caught with pot she’d lose her house. So McWilliams abstained from using the drug. Consequently, he got sicker. McWilliams was found dead in his apartment. Overcome with nausea, he had thrown up, then choked and aspirated on his own vomit. The conservative icon and legalization advocate William F. Buckley eulogized McWilliams in his syndicated column. Murdered by DEA
Rev. Accleyne Williams 75, March 25, 1994 Boston MA – Williams a retired minister, died of a heart attack on, after struggling with 13 members of a masked, heavily armed Boston SWAT team that stormed his apartment. The police later revealed that an informant had given them incorrect information. “a warrant authorizing the raid was approved by Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Mary Lou Moran, even though the application supporting the warrant did not specify which apartment on the building’s second floor was to be targeted. It also failed to provide corroboration of the confidential informant’s tip that a Jamaican drug posse operated out of the building.” Murdered by Suffolk County Assistant District Attorney Mary Lou Moran
Ismael Mena 45, Sept. 29, 1999 Denver CO – Denver SWAT, acting on a tip from an informant, and claimed they knocked and announced themselves. Mena’s family said they never heard a knock or announcement. Once the police had broken into Mena’s home, they ascended a staircase and kicked open Mena’s bedroom door, where they found him standing with a rifle. The police claimed Mena fired at them first, and they responded by shooting him eight times. They found no drugs or contraband in the home. The SWAT team raided the wrong house. The Denver Police Department’s Internal Affairs division was the first to clear the SWAT cops of any wrongdoing, although it did find that the officer who prepared the search warrant had falsified information on an affidavit. A special prosecutor then cleared them as well. But several weeks later, new details started to filter out, raising new questions about the investigation, the raid, and the aftermath. First, an assistant to the special prosecutor came out and said that Mena’s body had been moved. A crime lab report then determined that the gunshot residue taken from Mena’s hands didn’t match Mena’s gun. Instead, it was consistent with the sort of residue from submachine guns like those used by the Denver SWAT team. Neither Mena’s gun, nor the bullets inside it had fingerprints on them. The mounting evidence suggested someone had tampered with Mena and his gun after the SWAT team killed him. In March 2000, the city of Denver settled with Mena’s family for $400,000. Murdered by Denver SWAT READ MORE
Veronica “Roni” Bowers 35, and infant daughter Charity Bowers April 20, 2001 – The Peruvian air force, acting on information from a United States CIA-operated surveillance plane, believed the missionaries were actually drug runners Force shot down a plane flying over the Amazon after receiving information from the CIA that the plane was trafficking narcotics. It was actually filled with Christian missionaries. The attack resulted in the death of 35-year-old Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity. Their deaths were the product of a joint operation between the CIA and the government of Peru to shoot down suspected drug planes. “Within hours, CIA officers began to characterize the shootdown as a one-time mistake in an otherwise well-run program. In fact, this was not the case … The routine disregard of the required intercept procedures in the ABDP led to the rapid shooting down of target aircraft without adequate safeguards to protect against the loss of innocent life”. Murdered by DEA and CIA READ MORE:
Charity Bowers 7 months and and her mother Veronica Bowers April 20, 2001 – The Peruvian air force, acting on information from a United States CIA-operated surveillance plane, believed the missionaries were actually drug runners Force shot down a plane flying over the Amazon after receiving information from the CIA that the plane was trafficking narcotics. It was actually filled with Christian missionaries. The attack resulted in the death of 35-year-old Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity. Their deaths were the product of a joint operation between the CIA and the government of Peru to shoot down suspected drug planes. “Within hours, CIA officers began to characterize the shootdown as a one-time mistake in an otherwise well-run program. In fact, this was not the case … The routine disregard of the required intercept procedures in the ABDP led to the rapid shooting down of target aircraft without adequate safeguards to protect against the loss of innocent life”. Murdered by DEA and CIA READ MORE:
Rachel Hoffman 23, May 7, 2008 Tallahassee FL – was murdered by drug traffickers in 2008 after agreeing to work as a police informant. In February 2007, Hoffman was arrested after a traffic stop search turned up 25 grams of marijuana. A year later, police searched her home and found another 5 ounces of pot, plus four Ecstasy pills. In exchange for dropping the charges, Hoffman agreed to become a confidential informant for the Tallahassee Police Department. Hoffman, a recent college graduate, was set up to buy $13,000 worth of cocaine, guns and MDMA from two men she had never met. During the transaction, the police lost track of Hoffman as the dealers took her to a different location than the one initially agreed upon. They murdered her with one of the guns she had intended to buy. Outrage over Hoffman’s death spurred the Florida legislature to pass “Rachel’s Law” in 2009, which requires extra training for police officers who work with informants, and removes the possibility of lighter sentences in exchange for informant work. Murdered by Tallahassee PD READ MORE
Alberto Sepulveda 11, Sept. 13, 2000 Modesto CA – DEA, the FBI, and a Stanislaus County, California narcotics task force conducted a series of raids on 14 homes in the area of Modesto, Calif. asked that the local SWAT teams enter each home unannounced in order to secure the area ahead of federal agents, who then came in to search for evidence. Federal agents warned the SWAT teams that the targets of the warrants, one of whom was Moises Sepulveda should be considered armed and dangerous. When local police asked if there were any children in the Sepulveda home, federal agents answered, “Not aware of any.” But Sepulveda had three children, a daughter and two sons. After the police broke into the Sepulveda home, Moises, his wife and children were ordered to lie face down on the floor as officers pointed guns at their heads. Moments later, Officer David Hawn fired his gun, killing 11-year-old Alberto Sepulveda from point-blank range. There were no drugs or guns in the Sepulveda home. A subsequent internal investigation by the Modesto Police Department found that the DEA’s evidence against Moises Sepulveda, who had no previous criminal record. The city of Modesto and the federal government settled a lawsuit brought by the Sepulveda’s for $3 million. Murdered by SWAT
Anton Goldenburg 55, and Rifka Goldenburg 54, Mar. 4, 2003 Brooklyn NY – The off-duty Brooklyn cop who broadsided a car, killing himself and a couple driving to work, had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, police said yesterday. Results from toxicology tests revealed that Officer Michael McGibbonhad a blood-alcohol level of .26 at the time of the crash. Goldenburg and his wife, Rifka, Ukrainian immigrants heading to their jobs at a bakery, died instantly when the cop’s Nissan sedan slammed into the couple’s car. There were no witnesses to the crash at an intersection with a light – and no skid marks. Sources said McGibbon, a 6-foot-6 300-pounder, had been drinking with his girlfriend and a friend at Wheeler’s Restaurant. Murdered by Officer Michael McGibbon Brooklyn PD
Rifka Goldenburg 54, and Anton Goldenburg 55, Mar. 4, 2003 Brooklyn NY – The off-duty Brooklyn cop who broadsided a car, killing himself and a couple driving to work, had more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood, police said yesterday. Results from toxicology tests revealed that Officer Michael McGibbonhad a blood-alcohol level of .26 at the time of the crash. Goldenburg and her husband Anton, Ukrainian immigrants heading to their jobs at a bakery, died instantly when the cop’s Nissan sedan slammed into the couple’s car. There were no witnesses to the crash at an intersection with a light – and no skid marks. Sources said McGibbon, a 6-foot-6 300-pounder, had been drinking with his girlfriend and a friend at Wheeler’s Restaurant. Murdered by Officer Michael McGibbon Brooklyn PD
Dylan Samuel Peters 1, Apr. 15, 2013 Brooklyn NY – NYPD officer Rosette Samuel, upset that her live-in boyfriend was moving back to Guyana fatally shot their 1 year old son Dylan and then killed both her boyfriend Dason Peters and herself in their Brooklyn apartment as her 19 year old son frantically fled out a back window. Rosette Samuel NYPD
Dason Peters 33, Apr. 15, 2013 Brooklyn NY – NYPD officer Rosette Samuel, upset that her live-in boyfriend was moving back to Guyana fatally shot Peters and then killed both their one-year-old son Dylan and herself in their Brooklyn apartment as her 19 year old son frantically fled out a back window. Murdered by Officer Rosette Samuel NYPD
Mary Hickey 48, Dec. 1, 2009 (Inmate Orleans Parish Prison) New Orleans LA – After awakening in pain in an open women’s dorm at the South White Street jail and languishing for 30 minutes while three inmates had been screaming out for a guard, who was not at her post and took a half-hour to arrive, and another hour before being taken to the hospital. Cause of death: Natural causes Ms. Hickey died because of medical neglect by Orleans Parish Prison Guards
Yvonne McNeal 57, (mentally ill) Oct. 2, 2011 Manhattan NY – Police say they were called to a shelter where they encountered the armed woman arguing with another woman in front of New Providence Residence, a shelter that houses women suffering from mental illness or addictions. Officers say they ordered the armed woman to drop the two knives, and when she did not, they shot her multiple rounds into McNeal, killing the mentally ill black homeless woman in front of the shelter where she lived. She was pronounced dead in Bellevue Hospital. Murdered by NYPD
Sonia Garcia 28, Sept. 29, 2007 Bay Shore, Long Island NY – NYPD Officer Alexis Chapparo admitted sleeping with the gun under his pillow and he admitted firing it. But he claimed he was shooting at “a shadow,” suggesting he believed he was shooting an intruder. He was forced to admit, however, he knew his fiancée Officer Sonia Garcia was expected to arrive home at about that time… After what had been an on-going domestic dispute, prosecutors said that the grand jury’s indictment made that allegation impossible to prosecute. Garcia’s sister, Evelyn Hernandez, said she believed Garcia was killed for discovering NYPD Officer Alexis Chaparro in the midst of a homosexual love affair. Murdered by Alexis Chaparro NYPD
Desean Cathcart 26, Nov. 15, 2003 Brooklyn NY – Cathcart had just snatched a chain and medallion from a man in the barbershop. A confrontation occurred, and one cop fired a single round that struck Cathcart in the chest, A black mask was recovered at the scene but no weapon was found. Murdered by NYPD
Hans Arellano 22, July 30, 2013 Santa Ana CA – Conducted a homeless sweep, Officer Steven Chavez called over police radio he had a possible ‘disturbing the peace’ or mental health ‘5150’ situation on his hand. Officer Jessica Guidry heard it and made her way over. When she arrived to the shopping center, Guidry couldn’t find her colleague but did see Arellano running through the parking lot. Thinking Arellano under the influence and potentially violent based her view of his behavior, Guidry called for back up as she chased him into the juice bar. She also didn’t know why he fled in the first place or if Chavez searched him for weapons. Standing outside the doorway of Jugos, officer Guidry pointed her gun at Arellano ordering him to stay still and show his hands. Officer Jessica Guidry claims Arellano said “Fuck you!” he responded. “Shoot me.” And advanced towards her, she fired once fearing he would try to take her gun away. Arellano was declared dead at the scene. Murdered by Officer Jessica Guidry Santa Ana PD
John Wrana 95, July 26, 2013 Park Forest, IL – Wrana needed a walker to get around. When he resisted medical treatment at his retirement home staff called an ambulance and they brought police with them. Police entered the room carrying riot shields. First they tased him, then they shot him in the stomach with a 12-gauge shotgun loaded with beanbag ammunition. Police claim Wrana threatened staff with a metal shoehorn, a metal cane, and a 12-inch kitchen knife. But assisted living home’s staff said there was no such knife in Wrana’s room, he was sitting in his chair and posed no imminent threat to staff. Wrana bled to death internally, according to the Cook County medical examiner, who ruled his death a homicide. Murdered by Chicago PD
Ricardo Colon 24, April 21, 2002 Staten Island NY – Colon was shot three times and killed by a retired police officer NYPD Officer Luke Blake in Staten Island. The ex-cop claimed the unarmed Colon was trying to rob him. Blake claims he was about to get into his car. when he spotted two men walking toward him, supposedly one of them carrying a large kitchen knife. Blake told cops he stepped away from his car and started backing away from the pair, noticing a group of four men nearby as he did so. He pulled out a licensed 9mm handgun and claims he told Carlon several times to drop the weapon. Carlon yelled in Spanish and kept walking toward him. Blake claims he didn’t understand. As Blake backed away, he started to trip and fall backward, then fired three times, hitting Carlon at least twice. Carlon died at St. Vincents Hospital on Staten Island. Witnesses say Carlon was not a mugger. Murdered by vigilante retired NYPD
Tyrone West 44, July 18, 2013 Baltimore MD – Officers Nicholas Chapman and Jorge Bernardez-Ruiz spotted West’s car backing into an intersection with a female passenger ducking down in the car. The officers thought the pair might be trying to hide a weapon or some contraband and stopped West and while he initially complied with their orders, he soon began to resist. A woman in the car with West shouted at him to calm down. Supposedly when Officer Ruiz tried to inspect West’s shoe, the police claim West began to resist and soon turned into a running fight as West supposedly charged at Officer Chapman and poked him in the eye. Eight additional officers arrived and attempted to subdue West by kicking, hitting him with batons and pepper spraying him. It was determined Baltimore police were legally justified in using their fists, batons and pepper spray to subdue West. Murdered by Baltimore PD
Eugene Mallory 80, June 27, 2013 Antelope Valley CA – Mallory, a law-abiding, high security clearance gentleman, electrical engineer’ home was entered by Los Angeles County sheriff’s narcotic detectives suspected methamphetamine was being cooked on the property, and, armed with a search warrant, busted into the retired Lockheed engineer’s home unannounced and shot him dead in his bed. Sheriff’s officials claim while detectives did not find meth on the 80-year-old man’s property, they did find other drugs and two weapons. They claim “The gentleman pointed a semiautomatic weapon at our deputies, and deputies fearing for their safety as well as others, instigated deadly force.” Mallory’s wife says her 22-year-old son from another relationship lives in a trailer on the couple’s property and uses medical marijuana for a health issue. Only a small amount of medical marijuana was found on the property, no meth was found. Murdered by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department
Andrea Rebello 21, May 17, 2013 Westchester NY – An a masked intruder invaded, and was holding a gun to the head Rebello who shared a home with her twin sister and two others during the predawn hours. The intruder told the officer he was going to kill Rebello, and then turned the handgun toward the officer. The officer, fearing for his life, drew his gun and fired eight shots killing both the intruder and Ms. Rebello. Murdered by Westchester PD
Ivan Romero 23, May 10, 2013 Minneapolis MN – Minneapolis police squad car in route to an incident about 10 blocks west in which two officers were shot and a suspect killed . According to witnesses, the female passenger, was injured when the police SUV hit the back of the bike, throwing both riders off. Sources said the motorcycle hit the back passenger side of the SUV, which was going through the intersection on a red light with lights and sirens at 50 mph. Killed by Minneapolis PD
Marlon Brown 38, May 8, 2013 DeLand FL- was being chased by DeLand police because they allegedly saw that he was not wearing a seatbelt. At a dead-end road, Brown stopped his car and started running. The dashcam video shows Harris’ police car following two other police cars as they drive down a residential street into a grass lot. The two other vehicles stop but the one with the camera continues to chase after Brown. As the police car approaches, Brown stumbles and falls. While on the ground, Brown turns and faces the chasing vehicle and within seconds, his face disappears under the hood of Harris’ police car. A thud is heard and the car stops. “I think he’s underneath the (expletive) car,” a voice off camera can be heard saying. The city of DeLand has paid the family $550,000 in a settlement but the city refuses to admit any wrongdoing. Killed by Officer Harris Deland PD
Cleman R. Sweptson Jr. 34, April 9, 2013 Washington D.C. – Sweptson was sitting on the stoop of his mother’s apartment building when police came and told him to move along. Witnesses said Sweptson got on his bike to leave, and the next thing they heard were gunshots. His mother says police may have mistaken a small radio she gave him for a gun. Officers in the area claim they noticed a man acting erratically, possibly high on drugs, in the street. They instructed him to get out of the street and move to the sidewalk. Once the man got to the sidewalk, police say he pulled out what appeared to be a gun, causing an officer to fire two shots that struck Sweptson in the upper body. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Sweptson was unarmed. Murdered by DC PD
José Colon 20, April 19, 2002 Long Island NY – Colon was taking his pregnant girlfriend out to dinner, and stopped at a house to repay a $20 debt while she waited in the car. Suddenly the house was surrounded by heavily-armed andarmored members of the Suffolk County Police Department’s SWAT team, advancing with guns drawn as a police helicopter appeared and thundered overhead. That’s when Colon and his companion, Aaron Hatcher, walked out the front door. Colon was neither armed nor in possession of any drugs, was standing on the porch when a bullet from the 9-mm submachine gun of officer Tony Gonzalez struck him in the head, killing him instantly. Police claim the shooting was accidental an officer carrying a battering ram tripped over a tree root, bumping Gonzales and causing his weapon to discharge at least three bullets. Murdered by Officer Tony Gonzales Suffolk County PD
Arthur Dixon Jr. 43, (suicidal) Mar 11, 2013 St. Petersburg FL – The mother of 43-year-old Arthur Dixon Jr. called St. Petersburg police because he doused himself with gasoline and threatened to take his own life. Neighbor Ray Wuest said he went into Dixon’s home and found the man soaked with gas and smoking a cigarette. Wuest mopped up the gas and took the cigarette, but police told him to leave. Police claim Dixon had been “belligerent and threatening” when officers tried to negotiate with him. and allegedly ran at Officers Devin Jones and Curtis Wright with scissors while they were stationed at the back of the house. Both officers opened fire, hitting Dixon in the torso multiple times. He was transported to Bayfront Medical Center and pronounced dead at around 10 p.m. Dixon’s mother, Lydia Andrews said “The police assured me that they weren’t going to hurt him, they were concerned for his safety”. “He has no weapons, he’s never hurt anyone ever. So, they forced him out the back of the house and they shot him three times.” Murdered by Officers Devin Jones and Curtis Wright St. Petersburg PD
Shawn Joseph Jetmore Stoddard-Nunez 19, Mar 3, 2013 Hayward CA – was in a passenger in a Honda Civic who died when he was shot by police over the weekend. An officer had been trying to shoot the driver, Arthur Pakman for aiming his car at a patrol cruiser. The officer, who was accompanied by a civilian riding along in the patrol car, fired to prevent Pakman from hitting them,. The bullet ended up hitting Stoddard-Nunez instead. The Honda hit the passenger door of the police car, knocking the door into the civilian, who suffered a minor injury. Murdered by Hayward PD
Thomas “Tommy: McClain 22, Sept. 17, 2014 Eureka CA – Nicole Mottern and McClain were outside chatting in the front of the house after midnight when she ran upstairs to check on her husband. From there she looked out the window and noticed a police officer behind her home “looking around.” “All of a sudden he took off towards the front of the house,” She ran downstairs and outside to see what was going on. When she got onto the front porch, bright lights were shining in her eyes. “The cops were out there screaming, ‘Put your hands up! Put your hands up.’ I put my hands up” Tommy started to put his hands up. He walked out into the grass… . [The officers] were telling him to come.” Mottern’s mother, said she was on the porch by the front door. She described law enforcement as being “in a semi-circle, at least five or maybe six officers. They were telling him to get down,” “I don’t think he understood… . I don’t know.” “His hands were near so you could see. He had them raised. He stepped forward. I didn’t see anything in them.” “A cop yelled, ‘He’s got a gun.’ They all fired. I saw him getting shot from all different angles. First shot fired and then they all fired. It wasn’t one cop. It was them all. He crumpled down into the ground.” Murdered by Hayward PD READ MORE
Moises de la Torre 26, Feb. 24, 2013 No. Hollywood CA – A female 9-1-1 caller reported she had been approached by a man who threatened to kill her and then reached into a bag he was carrying. She said she believed it was to retrieve a gun. Police claim when they arrived, officers found De La Torre standing in lanes of traffic. Police claim they instructed him to drop the bag, but De La Torre failed to do so, and officers said he allegedly moved forward, threatening to kill them. He reached into the bag, and officers opened fire. No handgun was recovered at the scene. Murdered by LAPD
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