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 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.
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
Jaquess Harris 26, Oct 14, 2012 Columbus GA – Harris was crossing the street heading towards Club Ciroc in Columbus, when she was struck and killed by a Columbus police cruiser driven by 26-year-old Officer Kelly MacDonell. MacDonell was traveling at a high rate of speed and did not have his emergency lights on. “It appears and it’s reported to us at this time that he was responding to another unit as a back-up unit. It looked like the skid marks were at least 30 feet long. He couldn’t have been going the speed limit which is 30 to 35. Not only did she get hit, she got carried, and when the car stopped, it threw her.” Killed by Officer Kelly MacDonell Columbus PD
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
Adrian Parra 19, April 18, 2014 Salton City CA – Adrian, an honor roll student from Coachella Valley High School was on his way for a date with a young lady when he was pulled over for a “vehicle code violation” by ICSO deputy, Marco Contreras, Imperial County Sheriff’s Dept. Dashboard camera video captured the shooting however the sheriff’s department has refused to reveal the circumstances for shooting Parra multiple times on the side of the highway. Murdered by Deputy, Marco Contreras, Imperial County Sheriff’s Dept.
Tommy Junior Yancy 32, (Veteran – PTSD) May 11, 2014 Imperial County CA – During a routine traffic stop five California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers in Imperial County, California, beat to death, a veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder,. A video taken by a witness on her cellphone captured the brutality of the CHP and the death of Yancy. According to witnesses, Yancy was pulled from his car, attacked by a K-9 unit, hit by a Taser, and beaten to death by five officers. a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) The video, missing the initial altercation with the officers, begins with Yancy being attacked by a Taser while handcuffed on the ground, as an officer jumps on him with his knees. A women in the background can be heard screaming, “I think that is too much excessive!” While the officers are claiming that Yancy initiated the violence by attacking the K-9 officer, the witnesses in the video said that he was not resisting. The same witnesses in the video can be heard urging other bystanders to call an ambulance, as the officers attempted CPR on Yancy after the beating. “How long before you guys call an ambulance? Call an ambulance!” The video ends with Yancy being carried into the back of an ambulance truck. The circumstances and cause of his death are still under official investigation. Murdered by California Highway Patrol Officers
Jose Calzada 35, (suicidal) Oct. 21, 2014 Roy UT – Calzada phoned a suicide prevention hotline seeking help, threatening to kill himself inside the home he shared with his girlfriend and her children. The other residents in the home left after the call was placed. Dispatchers sent the SWAT Team rather than a crisis team to the residence. More than seven hours passed before Officers got tired of negotiating and took Calzada’s life. Witness account “It seemed like there was one shot, and then a pause, and then four or five shots after that, that were very rapid,” Smith said. “The pause after the first shot was really brief. Murdered by Roy Utah SWAT
Denise Gay 56, Sept. 5, 2011 Brooklyn NY – Tashmaya Gay, 22, was standing on the stoop of a Crown Heights building with the victim, Denise Gay, when cops unloaded a 73-shot fusillade at a perp firing at them and another man. Gay was hit in the head and collapsed in the arms of her surrogate daughter Tashmaya who was dragged from the scene by cops as she tried to comfort the mortally wounded woman after she was fatally shot by a stray bullet during a wild gun battle between cops and an armed man. Police Holding Tashmaya for more than 12 hours tried to get her to say that the fatal shot was fired by Leroy Webster, the shooter responsible for the mayhem just hours after the West Indian Day Parade. The NYPD later confirmed the bullet that killed Gay did not come from Webster’s handgun. But it refused to take responsibility for her death because ballistic tests showed the round came from a 9-mm. gun and was too damaged to link to any one cop’s weapon. Murdered by NYPD
Michael Daryle Rose 49, (paranoia and hypertension) Oct. 3, 2014 Flagstaff AZ – Rose contacted 911 requesting transport to the hospital as he was not feeling well. Rose stated he had a history of paranoia and hypertension. Flagstaff Police assisted helping Rose find a lost bag and attempted to coax Rose into the ambulance, he became agitated and tried to kick fire personnel. Rose was taken to the ground by the officer and secured. The officer repeatedly requested Michael to stop resisting and threatened to use his Taser. When he didn’t stop resisting, the officer Tased him with two intermittent pulses of energy. Rose continued to refuse the ambulance officers were able to secure his ankles and lifted him into the patrol vehicle. He was transported to the Coconino Detention Facility. While being booked in, he was non-compliant with detention officers who were performing a standard search. He was escorted to a holding cell. In the holding cell officers placed him on the floor to conduct the search. Rose became more compliant, but within minutes detention officers realized he was no longer breathing and had no pulse. They began resuscitation efforts and called for an ambulance. Efforts to resuscitate Rose were unsuccessful and ultimately he was pronounced deceased. Killed by Flagstaff PD tazering
Calvin Washington 41, June 20, 2003 Brooklyn NY – Officers, responding to a reported disturbance, were told a young man had a gun in his waistband, they chased him a half block into the one-family home. Officers kicked in the front door; locked Mrs. Washington in a room; threatened son Matthew, 22, with a gun; slapped daughter, Nashay, 7; killed a cat and ransacked the three-story home and ignored pleas for explanations. Mr. Washington, a carpenter whose heart condition had left him unable to work for years, was taken to The Brooklyn Hospital Center, where tests showed he had had a heart attack. He was later transferred to the Cornell center, where he died yesterday. Police had the audacity to state “No charges were filed against the family” Murdered by NYPD
Christian Alberto Sierra17, (suicidal) May 27, 2014 Purcellville VA – Sierra was watching movies with friends when he became depressed and began cutting himself. His female friend called police for help but the call worried him so he fled by jumping off a balcony with the friend in chase. Sobel, a neighbor several doors away heard her neighbor scream: “Stop! Stop!” She glanced out the window and saw her running down her front steps with a dish towel. Sierra bloody at that point. The friend tried to calm Sierra, but he took off again. Sobel said. The friend followed “They were flying down the street.” Christian Sierra rounded a corner when several witnesses report they heard a police officer yell “Freeze!” or “Stop!” and then heard shots. The police officers allege he lunged at them with a knife when they approached him, prompting them to shoot him 4 times. He was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was late declared dead. Murdered by Purcellville PD
Milton Hall 49, (mentally ill) July 1, 2012 Saginaw MI –Police were responding to reports that a man had stolen a cup of coffee from a convenience store. Police encountered Hall, who was armed with a penknife and had a known history of mental illness. The video, captured by a police car dashboard camera, shows six officers gunning down Hall in broad daylight, during a confrontation in a parking lot. Hall was standing several yards from the nearest officer. Officers fired at him more than 47 times with 11 bullets entering his body. Saginaw County’s prosecutor did not seek state charges against the officers the official report states “After a thorough investigation, federal authorities have determined that this tragic event does not present sufficient evidence of willful misconduct to lead to a federal criminal prosecution of the police officers involved. The officers who discharged their weapons did so because they believed Hall posed an imminent threat to the officers’ safety.” Murdered by Saginaw PD
Alejandro “Alex” Nieto 28, (mentally ill) March 21, 2014 San Francisco CA – Alex, a Buddhist who preached compassion was a law student at City College of San Francisco, was meditating on Bernal Hill, before going on duty as a security guard. A call came into police dispatch describing a man wearing a bright red jacket appearing to have his hand resting on what appeared to be a gun. Officers encountered Nieto on a pedestrian path and from 75 feet away with Nieto’s back to the sun he supposedly he brandished the weapon. Eyewitness accounts state Alex was encountered by armed officers jumping out of a police car downhill from him, with armed officers gathered on the footpath above and behind him. Police claim they demanded Nieto to show his hands but he allegedly pointed a weapon at several officers, prompting them to fire multiple rounds. Shot in the back Nieto fell forward, over his knees, defenseless, while officer(s) approaching from the front continued to shoot at him straight on. Alive, but wounded and on the ground, officers subsequently fired a series of downward shots. The Autopsy Report indicates Nieto suffered as many as 15 gunshot wounds, six indicating he had his hands up (either surrendering or raising hands for cover). Upward shots to the wrists and left arm, upward shot to right leg. Six wounds caused by seven downward trajectory shots. (direction head to toe) that killed Nieto. Murdered by San Francisco PD
Dante Pomar 19, July 29, 2004 Queens NY – Pomar riding a pocket bike (mini-mini bike) without a helmet on Main Street about 3 a.m. The officers flashed their dashboard and grille lights to signal Mr. Pomar to pull over, the police said, but he fled onto a side street and tried to lose them by turning down an alleyway. He hit a pothole in the alley and fell off the bike and died before medical technicians arrived. At the scene dozens of his friends bitterly disputed that account, and accused the police of causing his death by accidentally striking him with their patrol car and then fabricating a story to avoid blame. Witnesses insisted he was intimately familiar with the alleyway and could not have died simply by falling off the small bike. Killed by NYPD
Gregory Chavis 19, Oct. 9, 2004 Bronx NY – Gregory Chavis and a group of friends were at a movie theater in the Bronx. After leaving the theater, they got into a verbal altercation with a group of people on the street. Two members of that group pulled out guns, and chased Chavis and his friends down the street, firing at them; Chavis was hit by one of the bullets and after walking about twenty feet, Chavis collapsed on the sidewalk. Rashaad Conyers, a friend of Chavis, submitted an affidavit in opposition to the dismissal motion describing the events that evening. According to Conyers, upon realizing that Chavis had been shot, he and his brother helped Chavis walk toward Lincoln Hospital. As they were walking, police officers approached them and ordered them to put Chavis down. Conyers contends an ambulance failed to arrive, and Chavis died after remaining on the ground alive for over 30 minutes. Allowed to die by NYPD
Manuel Chamelta 18, Oct. 18, 2004 Queens NY – Chamelta a grocery store clerk was killed when a retired Officer John Malik NYPD detective’s licensed pistol fell from his waistband and fired. Chamelta collapsed behind a deli counter after the bullet exploded into his chest. Malik, told investigators the shooting was a freak accident as he was reaching for his pager, which had just gone off, when his gun fell off his hip and discharged. Juan Garcia-Perez, a clerk who was working at the time of the shooting, said Malik immediately called 911 after his gun fired. “The guy comes in every day,” said Garcia-Perez, 41. “He used to joke to Manuel about shooting him. He used to point at him with his hand and finger. But he never took out his gun. Accidental murder by retired Officer John Malik NYPD
Anthony Rosario 18, and Hilton Vega 21, Jan. 11, 1995 Bronx NY – Rosario and Vega went to a friend’s apt. to collect money owed in connection to a marriage of convenience for a relative who had migrated to New York, they were given $50 and told to come back the following day. The next day when they returned 2 plain clothes detectives James Crowe and Patrick Brosnan confronted them with drawn guns and told to lay face down on the floor. Rosario and Vega were executed; Rosario was shot 14 times, 6 bullets in the back. Vega had 8 bullet wounds: 1 to the back of his head and 5 to his back. Freddy Bonilla, who was at the house was shot in the leg and pretended he was dead. Murdered by NYPD
Hilton Vega 21, and Anthony Rosario 18, Jan. 11, 1995 Bronx NY – Vega and Rosario went to a friend’s apt. to collect money owed in connection to a marriage of convenience for a relative who had migrated to New York, they were given $50 and told to come back the following day. The next day when they returned 2 plain clothes detectives James Crowe and Patrick Brosnan confronted them with drawn guns and told to lay face down on the floor. Rosario and Vega were executed; Vega had 8 bullet wounds: 1 to the back of his head and 5 to his back. Rosario was shot 14 times, 6 bullets in the back. Freddy Bonilla, who was at the house was shot in the leg and pretended he was dead. Murdered by NYPD
Jose Santos Jr. (age unknown) June 9, 1997 Rikers Island NY – Santos mysteriously died while being held at Rikers Island Prison after waiting weeks to go to court on a parole violation charge because the courts were too crowded. Supposedly Santos moved a chair into position and then committed suicide by hanging himself with a sheet. A Corrections Department spokesman called Santos’ death “terribly unfortunate” but stressed that the medical examiner had ruled it a suicide. Murdered by NYPD
Jose Feliciano 44, (mentally ill & epileptic seizures) Nov. 22, 2004 Brooklyn NY – Feliciano, a homeless man who stored his medicine in a friend’s van. Feliciano swung at a 34-year-old woman with what appeared to be the long metal casing that covers the top of a fluorescent lighting fixture as she stepped out of her building( she was not injured). Just then, two officers were passing by on an interdepartmental mail run to the 75th Precinct station house nearby. The officers saw the incident and drove onto the sidewalk blocking Feliciano. The front of their car struck the closed gate of a community center as the officers ordered Feliciano to stop, and when he swung at them twice with the fixture, one officer shot him once in the chest. He was pronounced dead a short time later at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Murdered by NYPD
Jose A. Mateo Jr. 22, June 4, 2003 Washington Heights NY – Cassandra Hodge, Mateo’s girlfriend called 911 for an ambulance because he had acquired ”some type of drug” and was having a ”bad reaction.” ”He’s hallucinating,” ”He’s getting violent.” but 4 police officers arrived first. The police claim when they arrived the son was smashing furniture and assaulting his father. The victim’s father, Jose Mateo said his son was merely complaining, in conversational tones, about an upset stomach when the police burst in and sprayed him “There was no scuffle or violence before the cops sprayed his son in the eyes”. Mateo went into cardiac arrest and died. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly defended the officers’ action, saying they had to subdue a “violent, apparently high man and they did not use excessive force”. The city’s medical examiner listed the cause of death as accidental, occurring ”during excited delirium following ingestion of unidentified substance.” However a medical investigation later proved that Mateo was drug-free. The autopsy also cited bruising around the chest and blood in the brain, the results of a police beating. Murdered by NYPD
Carleton Lockhart 32 Dec. 10, 2004 Bronx NY – A friend of Lockhart’s, who would not give his name, said he and Lockhart went to retrieve Lockhart’s telephone, which had been either lost or stolen on the block. The friend said “from the sidewalk, the men called the cellphone’s number. When we called, we saw this guy take out the phone,” “He had Carleton’s phone.” Lockhart demanded the cellphone, showing the man a receipt. The man demanded $50 for the phone, and they argued and shoved one another. Lockhart was unarmed.” Three plainclothes officers heard shots and saw Lockhart running toward them then chased him. Lockhart turned and ran the other way. Witness Oscar Ortiz said “”A blue and white car pulled up, and they came out shooting. Lockhart fell face down.” Officers turned him over then they all shot him at close range in the chest, once in the left shoulder and once in the abdomen.” Lockhart died at St. Barnabas Hospital. Murdered by NYPD
Dominic Middleton 12, and Kristina Middleton, 1 Nov. 24, 2004 Manhattan NY – Tishana Middleton was preparing to take her son Dominic outside to catch the bus school bus but when she opened her door, she encountered former corrections officer Everett George, the children’s father who walked into the apartment and fired, shooting Dominic in the chest and Kristina in the head who was sitting in her highchair the living room with the children’s grandmother and great-grandmother. Ms. Middleton managed to escape when George’s gun jammed. He left the apartment, and leaving the gun behind and went to his girlfriend’s house in the Bronx, from there, he checked into Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He was transferred to Bellevue later that day. George, 34, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and weapons possession. Murdered by former Rikers Island Corrections Officer
Kristina Middleton 1, and Dominic Middleton 12, Nov. 24, 2004 Manhattan NY – Tishana Middleton was preparing to take her son Dominic outside to catch the bus school bus but when she opened her door, she encountered former corrections officer Everett George, the children’s father who walked into the apartment and fired, shooting Dominic in the chest and Kristina in the head who was sitting in her highchair the living room with the children’s grandmother and great-grandmother. Ms. Middleton managed to escape when George’s gun jammed. He left the apartment, and leaving the gun behind and went to his girlfriend’s house in the Bronx, from there, he checked into Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center. He was transferred to Bellevue later that day. George, 34, is charged with first- and second-degree murder and weapons possession. Murdered by former Rikers Island Corrections Officer
Kimberlee Randale-King 21, Sept. 22, 2014 Pagedale MO – Randale-King was arrested for traffic warrants and being held on outstanding warrants from Pagedale police after a disturbance involving another woman. . Hours later St. Louis County police officers told King’s mother that she had hung herself in her cell. Relatives say King was not a depressed person. Pagedale police have video of the cell area. But relatives say they don`t know what it shows. But say the cell was small with little room for someone to hang themselves with a shirt. King had no known history of mental illness. Randle-King was pronounced dead at a hospital. Details surrounding her apparent suicide remain sketchy. Pagedale police had no comment. Died in the custody of St. Louis County PD
Marie Fares 60, Dec. 14, 2004 Queens NY – A queens Police Officer chasing a stolen vehicle slammed into a car carrying an upper East Side doctor’s family, killing his wife. Marie Fares was sitting next to her 18-year-old son, Roger Fares Jr., who was driving when the marked Impala rammed the 1987 Nissan Stanza’s passenger side. Police claim the Impala’s lights and sirens were on, but were still investigating whether the police car slowed down at a stop sign at the intersection. Marie Fares died on impact. Killed by Queens PD
Laquan McDonald 17, Oct. 20, 2014 Chicago IL – Officers received a call about a person breaking into cars. Officers claim to have found McDonald “with a strange gaze about him” carrying a knife which he refused to drop when police ordered him to do so, and allege he used the knife to puncture the front passenger-side tire of a squad car and damage its front windshield before leading officers on a foot chase. Other officers used a squad car to try and box the boy in against a fence. There were at least 24 Officers on site, one officer shot McDonald in the chest when he supposedly “refused to comply with orders to drop the knife and continued to approach the officers. McDonald was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office McDonald died from Multiple gunshot wounds. Murdered by Chicago PD
Gary E. Lee 54, Oct. 20, 2014 Colonial Heights VA – Hopewell PD officers received a call regarding an accident. Police found Lee driving east down the railroad tracks. The affidavit claims police saw the man with what was described as “a black long gun.” and he was shouting he wanted to kill himself and he’s killed his wife Carol E. Lee 53 in a Colonial Heights motel. After more than an hour of negotiations with Lee, police called Virginia State Police in order to send additional negotiators. However, before reinforcements could arrive, police began to approach Lee’s vehicle. Lee pointed what police believed to be a long, black gun in their direction. Police then opened fire on Lee while he was in his vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Murdered by Hopewell PD
Tolsie Nohar 17, Feb. 14, 2005 Queens NY – Nohar and a friend were traveling in a 2002 Nissan Altima when police claim it ran a stop sign after exiting off the Expressway Queens South Task Force pulled the Nissan over and attempted to question the driver when he supposedly fled the scene and sped away. Police ultimately lose sight of the vehicle. A short time later the Nissan was observed by witnesses striking a wall before crashing through roll down gates and into a loading dock at a factory. The car then burst into flames, killing Nohar and seriously injuring the other male in the vehicle. It was unclear who was driving the car at the time because it was so mangled and burned. Nohar was pronounced dead at the scene. The car’s other occupant was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where he died. The second passenger did not have any identification with him. Apparently the car had been stolen on Feb. 7, but it was not known if the two killed in the accident stole the car or who was driving it after it had been stolen by another party. The crash as well as the car theft were still under investigation.
Jennifer Chauvin 33, Oct. 29, 2014 Au Sable NY – New York State Police State Trooper Joshua Lenkins was on routine patrol when he failed to yield the right-of-way ehile making a left hand turn striking a vehicle driven by Jennifer Chauvin. Jennifer was pronounced dead at the scene. Her two sons, ages three and six, were in the car when the accident occurred, and they are being treated at CVPH for non-life threatening injuries. New York State Police and the Clinton Country District Attorney’s Office are investigating the accident. Killed by New York State Police State Trooper Joshua Lenkins
Tim Rook 38, Oct. 18, 2014 Southhaven MS – A woman called police saying Rook, the father of her child, kicked in the door to her home. When police arrived, Rook and another woman jumped into a white car and tried to get away. When police surrounded the car they took the woman, who was driving, into custody. That’s when officials allege Rook jumped in the driver’s seat. Police claim to have seen a gun and fired. Rook was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Killed by Memphis PD
O’Shaine K. Evans 26, Oct 7, 2014 San Francisco CA – Anticipating large crowds and increased crime due to the Giants game police beefed up patrols around the ballpark,. While on patrol, some officers claim they saw a suspicious vehicle casing other cars in the area. Shortly after, they saw occupants get out of a vehicle and break into a nearby SUV stealing a laptop. Police claim Evans was driving the suspected vehicle and when police attempted to stop the car on Evans allegedly pulled a gun and pointed it toward the cops. Officer David Goff, wear a t-shirt fired seven shot at Evans, killing him at the scene. A second person in the car was also shot and injured. A few days later, police held a town hall meeting to defend their actions. However, Evans family claim they were never invited, and they had some questions for the chief. “Why weren’t we informed of this meeting?” family member Massina Moore demanded to know. They had attended the meeting after hearing about it on a local radio station. Chief Greg Suhr publicly apologized to the family, but claims Goff identified himself to Evans when he approached the car. Evans’ mother, Angela Naggie, still had not been able to see her son’s body even after a week and told they’d have to wait until the autopsy is complete and the body is released to the funeral home. Murdered by San Francisco PD
Frank Alvarado 40, (mentally ill) July 10, 2014 Salinas CA – Alvarado broke into his grandfather’s house and lit the curtains on fire with a butane torch, the small fire spread to a sofa. Family members called 911, and when Salinas police officers responded they found Alvarado hiding behind a car. The family claims the police never identified themselves. An Officer claimed Alvarado failed to respond to a police command to surrender and put his hands on his head. Alvarado then uttered “an expletive, a challenge” and rushed the officers “in a shooting posture, a shooting position, both hands together, and he appeared to have some kind of object in his hands. That object turns out to have been a cell phone. Two officers fired, and Alvarado was transported to Natividad Medical Center, where he died. Killed by Officer Brian Johnson and Officer Scott Sutton of the Salinas PD
Adam Madison 28, Oct. 17, 2014 Warrior AL – Madison was in the car with his girlfriend Arealle Funches who was driving and their one-year-old baby. Officers stopped them all during a driver’s license checkpoint. she was driving the car and officers cleared her after checking all of their information. Ms. Funches said “”My boyfriend did not have his ID on him, so they told him to get out of the car”. Funches recalls Madison getting out of the car, an officer putting him inside a patrol car and another officer moving her away. She remembers her boyfriend getting out of the patrol car. “They were both scuffling. My boyfriend started to run and he tazed him. The officer chased her unarmed boyfriend into a wooded area. She soon heard two gunshots. The Alabama Bureau of Investigation is investigating. Murdered by Alabama State Police
Danny Floyd 63, Oct. 12. 2014 Bartlett TN – Danny Floyd, a logger with a big, close-knit family was driving a grey car when a Bartlett officer driving a police cruiser, was racing to catch up with another officer who was attempting to pull over a car, but was not answering a call. Witnesses said the officer did not have his siren or lights on and ran a red light, crash into Floyd’s car which aas turning south onto Bartlett Boulevard from Stage Road. He and Michelle D. Sloyan, 49, the passenger, both died from injuries sustained in the crash. An Applebee’s on the corner has cameras pointing towards the intersection. The manager said she is not sure if they captured the crash, but police never asked to check the video. Killed by Memphis PD
Michelle D. Sloyan 49, Oct. 12. 2014 Bartlett TN – Ms. Sloyan, cashier at Kroger for over two decades and a mentor to new employees was passenger in the Danny Floyd was driving when a Bartlett officer driving a police cruiser, was racing to catch up with another officer who was attempting to pull over a car, but was not answering a call. Witnesses said the officer did not have his siren or lights on and ran a red light, crash into Floyd’s car which aas turning south onto Bartlett Boulevard from Stage Road. He and Michelle D. Sloyan was passenger, both died from injuries sustained in the crash. An Applebee’s on the corner has cameras pointing towards the intersection. The manager said she is not sure if they captured the crash, but police never asked to check the video. Ms. Sloyan leaves behind her little dog Lola. Killed by Memphis PD
Macario Garcia 54, Oct. 13, 2014 Pleasanton TX – The family says the deputy used his taser twice on Garcia during the confrontation. “I witnessed a sheriff’s deputy tase my brother once. He was flopping like a fish and he thought my brother was being combative, which he wasn’t,” Then used the taser a second time before he tried to explain to the deputy that his brother had congestive heart failure” said Felipe Cisneros Garcia. Deputy D. Kaufman who he claims made contact with the driver who refused to comply with the officer’s commands. The subject placed his hand in his pocket and swung at the deputy who deployed the taser.” Kaufman handcuffed Garcia and placed him in the back of a patrol car for evading arrest and resisting arrest. Garcia collapsed a few moments later. Garcia was transported to a South Texas Regional Medical Center in Jourdanton and pronounced dead. Tased to death by Deputy D. Kaufman Texas Ranger
Christopher M. Anderson 27, Nov. 3, 2014 Chicago IL – Police responded to a crash on Route 94 near Lake Cook Road and arrested the driver for driving under the influence. Two passengers in the vehicle, Christopher Anderson and his 9-year-old daughter, were admitted to the emergency room following a car accident. Police claim around 1 in the morning, Anderson became “aggressive” prompting the staff to call police. When police arrived, they suspiciously claim Anderson refused to calm down and instead drew his firearm. Attempts to revive him after the shooting were unsuccessful. Killed by Chicago PD
Alan Gillotti Sr. 52, Oct. 12, 2014 Ludlow MA – Sgt. Joshua Haines and other troopers had gone to Gillotti’s home as part of an investigation into an armed home invasion that had taken place in the town of Bridgewater earlier in the day. A woman called 911 to report “a male subject had barged into her residence with a gun.” The man reportedly armed with a handgun, had kicked in the door to her mobile home earlier that day, threatened to shoot her and demanded to know the location of one of her relatives. The woman said she told police her relative was not in the home, grabbed a hammer and demanded Slaton leave. The woman also told police when Slaton was in her home, Alan Gillotti Sr. was standing just outside her front door but did not come inside. Troopers Timothy Saucier and Sgt. Joshua Haines arrived a little after 3 p.m. at Slaton’s home in Smyrna. Soon after their arrival, Slaton came outside and spoke to the officers. When asked how long he had been home, Slaton told police he had just arrived home a short time ago, according to the affidavit. He then told the trooper his van had been stolen and used overnight to steal marijuana from Gillotti. Slaton told the trooper he did not know who had taken his van. Slaton admitted to driving to the home of the alleged Bridgewater victim Sunday afternoon to look for her relative, but he said Gillotti was not with him and he denied having a gun at the time, Turcotte wrote. Slaton added he left when asked to do so by the woman. Haines claims he saw a black semi-automatic handgun “just inches from Gillotti’s right hand.” However Trooper Haines shot Gillotti *outside* a home after what police describe as an armed confrontation. Killed by Sgt. Joshua Haines Aroostook County Sheriff’s Dept.
Miguel Reyes 20, Oct. 8, 2014 Paramus NJ – Reyes allegedly struck a Paramus Police officer with a 2015 Kia K900 while fleeing an attempted burglary. The officer fired multiple times, hitting Reyes as he drove onto Route 4 west. Reyes couldn’t make the turn, and crashed into the highway divider. Reyes got out of the car and ran across Route 4 eastbound before being captured by River Edge Police. The prosecutor initially said there was “no fatality” in the incident, but Reyes was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center and pronounced dead at 5:30 a.m. Reyes was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Killed by Paramus NY PD
Ymauo Erwin 41, Oct. 8, 2014 Kansas City MO – Police said he was brandishing a sword-like item when an officer shot him When police arrived, they found him behind the residence. Police said he was very confrontational and threatened police with what looked to be a sword like item. So an officer shot and killed him. Murdered by Kansas City PD
Johnny Martinez 29, (schizophrenic) Oct. 4, 2014 Los Angeles CA – Officials claim Martinez was assaulting another man. After using a Taser and pepper spray on Martinez, 4 deputies attempted to handcuff him. Allegedly he pulled a knife on the officers and was shot. The Sheriffs shot him with a stun gun, sprayed him with OC (pepper spray), and then shot and killed him. Johnny’s father witnessed the incident, and begged the deputies not to shoot because his son was schizophrenic. As with other shootings of people with mental conditions, deputies did not wait for a mental health team to arrive before shooting. Murdered by LA County Sheriff Deputies
Lashano Gilbert 31, Oct. 3. 2014 New London CT – “Police say Gilbert, a medical school graduate was in an altered state of mind and acting aggressive, forcing them to deploy a Taser.” Police say that while in his holding cell, Gilbert removed his pants and began twisting them, as if to make a rope. Police say they opened the door to take the pants away, fearing he might hurt himself. Gilbert then rushed the door and escaped into the common booking area, where he threw objects, including an intoximeter, at officers, and a struggle ensued, according to police. An officer ended that struggle by using a Taser on him again. Gilbert became unresponsive while he was in an ambulance en route to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Died in the custody of New London PD
Jeremy Martin 29, Oct. 28, 2014 Las Cruses NM – Two Santa Fe County deputies had stopped to spend the night after transporting a prisoner to Safford, Arizona. Investigators say Tai Chan, 27, and Deputy Jeremy Martin, 29, went to three restaurants Monday night, including Dublin’s Street Pub where they drank and got into a heated argument. The fight escalated once they were back at the hotel. As Martin tried to flee into an elevator, he was shot in the back and arms. Police arrived at the hotel and found Martin staggering off the elevator with multiple wounds. Martin was taken to a Las Cruces hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chan was found in a stairwell near the hotel’s roof. He was taken into custody without incident and a Glock semi-automatic handgun, believed to be his duty weapon, was found nearby. Murdered by fellow Deputy Tai Chan
Kaldrick Donald 24, (mentally ill) Oct. 28, 2014 Gretna, FL – Kaldrick’s mother, Juanita Donald called the police to assist her and get her son to take his medication, as she had done in the past. Sgt. Charles Brown came out to the house and rather than help he ended up tasing Kaldrick repeatedly, then took him into an isolated bathroom in the family’s home and shot him multiple times, killing him. Brown murdered Donald in the presence his pregnant sister and mother, and no one can even say why. He was completely unarmed, and somehow not completely sane. His mother said “I heard my baby say, I want my mama after he shot him, and then I didn’t hear anything else.” His mother said she was “expecting them to take him to the Apalachee Center like before”, but instead a single officer came and escalated the situation, murdering him in front of his family. Juanita continued to say “It wasn’t but one officer. Instead of him calling for backup, he took things in his own hands and he goes in the house and he rush him and shoot him.” She continued to say he “didn’t want to be bothered”, and that he simply walked away from the officer. She says Sergeant Charles Brown “Just grabbed him and he tased him. Then when he grabbed him and tased him, he rushed my son off in the bathroom and I heard three shots. I was like, you shot my son and he was like, I had to. I said, no, you didn’t have to.” Brown is now on ‘administrative leave’, or paid vacation. Murdered by Sgt. Charles Brown Gretna PD
Vionique Valnold 32, Sep. 27, 2009 Bronx NY – Ms. Valnord was attempting to flag down a taxi after leaving a wedding reception. Officer Andrew Kelly was off-duty and driving home with police officer buddy Michael Downs after a night of heavy drinking was driving a Jeep Cherokee west on Avenue N in Mill Basin. About 100 feet east of the intersection Officer Kelly’s vehicle struck and ran over Ms. Valnordas. Ms. Valnord was taken to Kings County Hospital Center in critical condition and was later pronounced dead. The sergeant at the scene reported that Officer Kelly had red, watery eyes and slurred speech, and there was an odor of alcohol, he also reported seeing alcoholic beverages in the vehicle. Reeking of booze, Kelly refused a Breathalyzer test. Seven hours passed before a blood-alcohol test was done, and by then he was alcohol- free. Suspecting a cover-up, NYPD suspended Kelly, Downs and Officer Robert McGinn, who gave Kelly chewing gum and two bottles of water at the crash site. Murdered by Officer Andrew Kelly NYPD
Samantha Ramsey 19, April 26, 2014 Boone County KY – After walking toward Ms. Ramsey’s car as she was pulling away to stop her from driving away from a party Deputy Tyler Brockman claims he was faced with a life and death situation and shot Ms. Ramsey four times through her windshield after he ended up on top of her hood. However just moments before he had been beside the car, but somehow just seconds later was both struck by the car AND had the ability to draw his weapon from a retention holster and fire four rounds through the windshield, killing her. Conveniently, Brockman’s microphone wasn’t working, and the shots were fired just out of view of his dashboard camera. He claimd she ran over his foot, then later after falling off the hood her claimed Ms. Ramsey ran over his foot. According to Brockman the shots were fired not only to save his life, but also the pedestrians walking on the road and the officers currently just down the road initiating other arrests.” The grand jury announced there would be no charges filed. Murdered by Deputy Tyler Brockman of the Boone County Sheriff’s Department Kentucky
Ernest Foster Jr. 37, July 4, 2013 Indio CA – Officers received a call from an unknown source stating they saw a man with a gun. When the first officer arrived, he chased Foster on foot, During the chase, the officer shot Foster. Murdered by Indio PD
Alejandro Rendon 23, Feb 15, 2013 Indio CA – Rendon was visiting friends and family in Indio to bring them Valentine’s Day greetings and gifts when Officer Alex Franco spotted him riding a bicycle near a mental health facility and pharmacy, and confronted him believing his actions were suspicious because he didn’t have a working headlight on his bicycle. Rendon reportedly sped off from Officer Franco he feared “wrongful detention and possible use of force.” The officer located Rendon a short time later. Forensic evidence presented at trial showed that Rendon was shot once while on top of the chain link fence and once while hanging from the opposite of where Franco was positioned. Rendon died in the ambulance on the way to Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. Rendon didn’t threaten the officer and “did not pose a threat of death or serious physical injury.” Rendon was not armed. A $1.9 million in a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Indio, its chief of police and a veteran police officer. Murdered by Officer Alex Franco Indio PD
Angel Frescas 22, Oct. 28, 2014 Phoenix AZ – Sheriff’s Detention Officers were taking Frescas and two other inmates to Maricopa Medical Center when Frescas supposedly managed to slip out of two restraints and run. One of the detention officers secured the other two inmates, and the second detention officer hopped back in the van and took off after Frescas. Another deputy was called for backup, and the hospital was placed on a brief lockdown. The officer caught up with Frescas about 500 yards away from the hospital, exited the van and allegedly a struggle ensued over the officer’s weapon. Investigators claim Frescas held the gun at one point, but it was unclear whether he was able to fire the weapon. As the detention officer and Frescas struggled over the weapon in the middle of the Street, the fight took them into the front cab of the transport van, by then, a detention officer had run to the scene from the hospital and she fired through the windshield into the van’s cab, striking Frescas at least once. This was the second time in three weeks an allegedly inmate fled sheriff’s custody outside of Maricopa Medical Center which makes this a highly suspicious shooting. Murdered by Phoenix Sheriff’s Dept.
Aaron Williams June 4, 1995 San Francisco CA – Willaims was suspected of a $50 pet-store burglary. According to witnesses and police sources, a team of police led by Officer Marc Andaya repeatedly kicked Williams in the neck and head as others held him down and emptied three canisters of pepper spray into Williams face. Despite the fact that Williams was having difficulty breathing, the police finally hog-tied, gagged and left him face down, unattended in the back of a police van, where he died. The police commission ruled that no “excessive force” was used. There was virtually no mention of Officer Andaya’s record, which included 37 prior complaints of police brutality, five lawsuits alleging racism and abuse, and one other death of an unarmed man of color. An independent pathologist listed eighteen injuries contributing to Williams death including but not limited to positional asphyxia. Murdered by Officer Marc Andaya Oakland PD
Michael Acosta 21, Nov. 2, 1991San Francisco CA – Officer Yawczak, who was off-duty and in plainclothes, was standing in front of his car when he heard a woman scream and saw two young men, Ernesto Pecson and Edwin Silva, running with what he believed to be a purse snatching. Officer Yawczak drew his gun, a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, and chased the two suspected purse-snatchers to an idling, where he twice shot Acosta, who was sitting in the driver’s seat; all three men were unarmed. Yawczak claimed he shot Acosta while standing in front of the car, ignoring police training by placing himself in harm’s way; he initially claimed he jumped on the hood of the car and then shot at Acosta, but later reportedly recanted that part of his account. Yawczak also originally stated he was bumped by the car and shot the second time while seated on the ground; when a medical examiner disputed that part of Yawczak’s account, and a witness reported seeing Yawczak run alongside the car and shoot Acosta, Yawczak stated that it was possible he had not shot from a seated position Murdered by Officer Yawczak San Francisco PD
Brian Sullivan 22, July 15, 1993 San Francisco CA – Sullivan had an unloaded shotgun on his bike when Wohler responded to an emergency call about him. He was riding on a bicycle, away from Officer Wohler in his car, and rode into his parent’s garage and closed the garage door. Officer Wohler reportedly opened fire through the closed garage door. He then followed Sullivan to a side yard, and as Sullivan started up a ladder to the roof, unarmed, Wohler reportedly fired twice; one bullet entered Sullivan’s buttocks and traveled to his heart, killing him. Although Wohler later stated he had never entered the side yard, his bullet casing was found near where a neighbor said she saw him stand and shoot up at Sullivan. The investigation by homicide detectives was seriously botched, and Officer Wohler was allowed to remain at the crime scene as investigators collected evidence. A key statement by an eyewitness disputing Wohler’s account was disregarded, as were ballistics tests that undermined the officer’s version of what took place. Investigators were not persuaded even when Wohler was forced to change his story after a bullet casing was later found (not by investigators) that confirmed the key eyewitness’s account. Wohler claimed Sullivan was shot while he was in the garage. When Wohler was confronted with his own conflicting testimony, he told a homicide investigator, “You know, I’m not stupid. I’ve been around long enough to know the way it works. And I mean, if I’m gonna leave a casing behind, I will cover myself, you know. I’m gonna say, `Hey the guy made a furtive move’ or `Yeah, my gun accidentally discharged.’ I mean, you know..” Sullivan was shot in the back and killed by Officer William Wohler, at Sullivan’s parents’ home in the Excelsior District. The city of San Francisco paid $295,000 in an out-of-court settlement. Murdered by Officer Wohler San Francisco PD
Emmett Louis Till 14, August 28, 1955 Money MS – Emmett was an African-American teenager who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. Till was from Chicago, Illinois, visiting his relatives in Money, Mississippi, in the Mississippi Delta region, when he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, the married proprietor of a small grocery store there. Several nights later, Bryant’s husband Roy and his half-brother J. W. Milam went to Till’s great-uncle’s house. They took Till away to a barn, where they beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his body in the Tallahatchie River, weighting it with a 70-pound cotton gin fan tied around his neck with barbed wire. Three days later, Till’s body was discovered and retrieved from the river. Murdered by Vigilantes READ MORE