Currently, there is no national database documenting the murders of un-armed people by police, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes. Although not all victims found here were weaponless, the fatal murdering of the unarmed: whether they are of ethnic origin, are disabled, mentally ill, homeless or their sexual orientation, by Police Departments across the country is unjustified, and the vast majority of officers involved are not being held accountable.
Unfortunately due to the ongoing killings by Police and people claiming Stand Your Ground (Castle Doctrine) this list will continue to grow. If you have a family member, friend or know of someone (unarmed) murdered at the hands of Law Enforcement (or others) please let me know and I’ll add their name to this memorandum.
Visual map displaying accounts of extrajudicial killings of people of colour beginning in 2012 https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=215510872499841685660.0004c577c714cfc6b9ef1&msa=0&dg=feature
I believe ALL those listed below regardless of whether they were in the process of perpetrating a crime, in a gang, drug possession, incarceration, resisting arrest, alluding, a weapon thrown aside, mentally ill or just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they are all victims. Victims who loved and were loved. This memorial is dedicated to all the Mothers and Fathers, Sons and Daughters, Husbands and Wife’s, Grandparents, Sisters and Brothers, Nieces and Nephews, Girlfriends, Boyfriends, Lovers, Friends and Neighbors who have lost someone at the hands of law enforcement. For all the heartbreak, shed tears, unanswered questions, lies and grief for a life unfulfilled, to you I give honor, for “there but for the grace of God go I”. May you find peace in knowing their bloodshed will not go unnoticed nor will their life be forgotten.
As we remember victims of violence let us remember the sadness of loss. May that sadness be transformed into compassion for the victim and their loved ones. May the fear struck in us by the power of tragedy give way to reverence at the unending power of unconditional love. May we uncover the energy of our anger and use it to right what is wrong in our own behavior toward one another and to challenge the mindsets and systems which enable and promote violence. May love gently wipe the tears from our eyes and remove the fear from our hearts. Look with favor upon the families and friends who mourn the victims and comfort those who are in grief and despair, that peace, the fruit of justice and charity may reign for each of us gathered here today. For all victims of crime, abuse, harassment and all who commit acts of violence; from those who speak harsh words in anger, to those who hate others who are different from themselves, to those who take the life of another, may we learn to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly.
My definition of Unarmed
Please keep in mind I am only able to research and write bio’s on 5-7 victims per day. Each bio is verified through multiple sources, photos are retrieved, copied, cropped. Each bio is written and condensed close as possible to a single paragraph, many have links to READ MORE. Each name, age, state and ethnicity are entered into 3 data bases and then, after all pertinent information has been gathered I individually post to the website. Therefore each bio takes anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
It is at my discretion as to what I consider as being unarmed. If the person has a weapon but is unable to use it because it’s under a seat, knocked to the side, fallen to the ground, in someone else’s possession etc. I consider that person unarmed. If someone is shot in the back, I consider that person unarmed. If there appears to be questionable circumstances surrounding the death, I consider that person unarmed. If the person is mentally ill and can be contained without using deadly force, I consider that person unarmed. If ANYONE can be contained without using deadly force, I consider that person unarmed.
There is no reason, in my opinion to shoot someone when police manage to apprehend and incarcerate extraordinarily dangerous serial killers/ mass murderers/spree killers and vigilantes yet cannot manage the capture of citizens of ethnic lineage without executing them.
However, if someone is shooting, holding a weapon or hurting someone (including an officer) and there is absolutely no other way to control them, I consider that person armed. Mind you, I credit witness statements far above police reports.
I DO NOT believe Law Enforcement reports. Lies the police tell that are so familiar anyone can recite them: “Reached for waist band”; “Pointed hand at police in a threatening manner.” “Backed the car toward officers” “Lunged at me” “Had a black object in hand” “Tried to grab gun” “Officers of the Un-Peace” or “Un-Peace Officers” Campaigns were formed against the “Blue Code” supposedly making it more visible to the public eye have taken place but all they seem to be doing is allowing the police to police the police and the police. Police are liars, period. So please don’t think I would even consider relying on their statements. The code of Blue Silence is too real to be ignored, and has been proven over and over again to be the real badge of the law.
As for Grand Juries they’ve been bought and paid for in more cases than can be counted. There is something fundamentally unfair about a grand jury system which doesn’t reflect the racial, political and ethnic diversity of the community it serves and the people it indicts.
Darrien Hunt 22, Sept. 10, 2014 Saratoga Springs, UT – Police say they were called about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a “suspicious” man walking near businesses along the road while carrying a “Katana”, a souvenir sword with rounded edges, not a blade he’d bought at a concert. A concerned eyewitness snapped a photo of Darrien just seconds before police opened fire. A shot was fired by police during the confrontation and multiple shots were fired after he ran away. Witness Jocelyn Hansen says when she heard the shots she saw Darrien turn and he was running away from the police officers. Officers claim when they made contact with Mr. Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers. However ALL witness accounts say “he never raised the sword or confronted anyone. They can only think of one reason why he was shot. ‘Because he’s black’” Darrien was shot at least four times; once in the leg, the shoulder, the wrist and the lower middle back substantiated by the bullet which didn’t have an exit wound. Murdered by Saratoga Springs PD
Trayvon Martin 17 – Feb. 26, 2012 Sanford. FL – George Zimmerman self-appointed neighborhood watch profiled, followed, confronted, aimed a gun at, and pulled the trigger shooting a bullet into unarmed Trayvon’s torso creating an entry wound 1 inch to the left of the midline and 1/2 inch below the left nipple with the trajectory of the bullet going straight through from front to back without deviating up or down, left or right. George Zimmerman got away with murder. More on Trayvon here
Kendrick Johnson 17 January 11th, 2013 Valdosta, Georgia – rolled up in a wrestling mat in the Lowndes County High School gymnasium. There were multiple signs to indicate that this wasn’t an accidental death, such as the school security cameras showing Kendrick entering the gym, but not getting into the rolled up mat. There was also a shoe and sweatshirt that were found nearby but not taken as evidence by officers. And finally, there were blood stains on a nearby wall. the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office closed the case. Luietenant Stride Jones works for the LCSO, “The opinion of our crime scene personnel after looking at it closely, the blood appeared as it had been there for an extended period of time. It doesn’t appear to be very fresh.” Unsatisfied with the investigation, the Johnson family had Kendrick’s body exhumed last June and the second autopsy showed that Kendrick died by blunt force trauma, not accidental suffocation as the first autopsy reported. “The family believes that it’s a cover up. They’re not saying who responsible for the cover up, but they know without a shadow of a doubt, in their heart of hearts that Kendrick did not die they way they say he died.”
Ezell Ford 225 (mentally challenged), Aug. 11, 2014 Los Angeles, CA – Veteran Police conducting an “investigative stop”. (nothing is known about why the officers stopped Ford). Per witness’s Ford was unarmed and being compliant with the officers, lying on the ground when three bullets were unloaded into him by the police. Members of Ford’s community and family say that it was well known, even by police officers, that Ford was mentally ill. Police demanded Ezell lie on the ground, complying with the officers’ orders, when he was shot in the back 3 times. Police have maintained an “investigative hold” on the Ford autopsy report. The LAPD’s Force Investigative Division and Robbery Homicide Division investigations into the shooting are ongoing. Murdered by LAPD
UPDATE: 9-14-14 LAPD Newton Division’s “Gang Enforcement Detail” Officers Sharlton K. Wampler 12 years as an Officer and Antonio Villegas 8 years as an Officer are the cops responsible for shooting Ezell Ford to death in South Los Angeles. Both officers are now on paid vacation. The night before Ford’s life was taken. A witness says these same 2 officers were harassing Ezell, despite knowing he, as one neighbor put it, “wasn’t all there”. Needless to say the cops’ story is disputed. In the words of LeRoy Hill, who saw the entire incident go down, “They had him in the corner and were beating him, busted him up, for what reason I don’t know; he didn’t do nothing… The next thing I know I hear a ‘pow!’ while he’s on the ground. They got the knee on him. And I hear another ‘pow!’ No hesitation. And I hear another ‘pow!’ Three times.” When Ford’s mother Tritobia Ford rushed to the scene to see what happened, the cops raised their batons at her in an attempt to intimidate her. Not once did they ever try to console her. Another witness is quite clear of the fact that he heard the officer who was pinning Ford to the ground yelling out to the other officer, “Shoot him!” After that, “three bullets were planted in Ford’s back while he was lying on the ground.” Rather tellingly the cops did not have a dash-cam mounted on their patrol vehicle at the time Ford was shot.
Jordan Davis 19 Nov. 23, 2012 Jacksonville, FL – Fatally shot by Michael David Dunn. Dunn demanded Davis and his companions to turn down the loud music being played in the vehicle in which Davis was a passenger. Dunn pulled out a gun and began shooting hitting unarmed Davis in the back, killing him. After the jury was unable to return a unanimous verdict on a charge of first-degree murder, the judge declared a mistrial on that count. However, Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three other teenagers who were with Davis and one count of firing into a vehicle. None of the other teenagers were injured.
Kajieme Powell 25, Aug. 19, 2014 St. Louis – PD executed Kajiemi Powell within 15 seconds of arrival after being called regarding a man who had reportedly taken two sodas and some donuts from a convenience store. The police fired twelve shots in rapid succession, killing Kajiemi as he began to walk away with hands at his side.
Michael Brown 18, Aug. 9, 2014 Ferguson MO – Jay Walking – Police Officer Darren Wilson pulled his car in from of Michael, blocking him, then open his door, grabbed Michael. Brown was pushing, trying to get away from the officer, officer Wilson was trying to pull him in. Brown got 35’ away when the officer began shooting. Michael turned, put his hands up in submission and Officer Wilson put 6 bullets in Michael Brown. Michael Brown could have survived five of the six gunshots fired at him by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, but the last shot to the top of his head killed him. Murdered by Officer Darren Wilson Ferguson PD
Oscar Grant 22, Jan. 1, 2009 Oakland, CA – Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco, BART Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining unarmed Grant, who was lying face down. Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. Murdered by Oakland Transit Police
Ramarley Graham 18 Feb. 2, 2012 New York – Mr. Graham walking on the street near his home when He was approached by plain cloths officers in NYPD marked raid jackets. The officers were investigating suspected drug sales at a bodega. Graham fled on foot towards home and was followed by the officers. After officers kicked down the door they followed him into the building, he entered his Grandmothers bathroom. An officer ordered Graham to “Show me your hands! Show me your hands!” After he failed to comply, the officer shot Graham once in the chest. Residents of the apartment say that police didn’t identify themselves. There were no weapons found on Graham’s person or at the scene.
Chavis Carter July 29, 2012, Jonesboro, Ark. – A small amount of marijuana was found on him and he was put in the back of a police car, without being handcuffed, when a background check revealed an open warrant for a marijuana charge in Mississippi He was then searched more thoroughly a second time, according to police, handcuffed and put in the back of the police car again. That’s when police say the left-handed Carter retrieved a gun he had somehow managed to conceal through two searches, maneuvered his cuffed hands, and shot himself in the right temple.
Rekia Boyd 22, March 21, 2012 Chicago – Boyd was an innocent bystander in Chicago’s Douglas Park around 1:00 a.m. on March 21, 2012 when Officer Servin, responding to a disturbance call, arrived on the scene. The officer exchanged words with Antonio Cross, who was also in the park. After turning away, Servin, who was in his car, claims he saw Cross pull out a gun. It was actually his cell phone. Servin fired five shots “blindly” over his shoulder, shooting Cross in his thumb and striking Boyd in the head. Rekia died the next day at Mount Sinai Hospital. Cross was charged with aggravated assaulted against Servin. The officer did not appear for the court date, so charged were dropped. Boyd’s family will receive $4.5 million as part of a wrongful death settlement, they say justice has in no way been served until or unless Servin is criminally charged in the shooting death. Murdered by Chicago PD
Eric Garner 43, July 17, 2014, in Staten Island, New York – Previously had been arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes, a police officer Justin Damico who attempted to arrest Garner after he had broken up a fight which brought additional police units to the scene. A New York City Police Department officer, Daniel Pantaleo, put Garner on the ground by the use of force, which included the use of a chokehold. Eric was unarmed and continued to scream “I can’t breathe!” On August 1, 2014, medical examiners concluded chokehold and chest compression as the primary causes of Garner’s death. Murdered by NYPD
Tamon Robinson 27, April 2012, New York City – Tamon was struck and killed by an NYPD police car after Robinson was allegedly caught stealing cobblestones from a public housing complex although he had permission to take the stones.. The official accident report states the police car was stopped on a footpath outside the Bayview Houses last April when Robinson “did run into” the vehicle, causing him to fall backward and strike his head. Multiple witnesses came forward, saying Robinson was deliberately mowed down by the cops. Both police and fire officials initially described Robinson’s injuries as non-life threatening, but on the day of the incident, witnesses told DNA info that police at the scene pulled Robinson from under the car, yelling “Wake up! Wake up!” before bouncing him off the hood of the car. Robinson was in a coma for six days before dying. During that time, he was handcuffed to his hospital bed. Murdered by NYPD
Kimani Gray 16 March 2013 Brooklyn NY- Kimani had been fixing his belt when he was shot. A total of 11 rounds were fired, seven bullets struck the teen, three entered from his back, suggesting he was running away. Kimani was heard begging ‘Please don’t let me die,’ ” One of the officers replied: “Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again.” The only publicly identified eyewitness, Tishana King is standing by her claim that the young man was empty-handed when he was gunned down, one officer stood “right over” Gray, continuing to shoot him while he was on the ground. Neither cop identified himself as law enforcement when the incident began. One of the cops involved has threatened her life. Murdered by NYPD
Kendrec McDade 19, March 24, 2012 Pasadena, CA: – Oscar Carrillo, reported his computer stolen and falsely told police he’d been robbed at gunpoint. Officers Jeffrey Newlen and Mathew Griffin responded. Unarmed Kendrec ran past the police car, carrying a cellphone in his pocket. McDade fled on foot up Sunset Street with his right hand at his waist. As he ran, Officer Griffin sped past him in a patrol cruiser and blocked the street as Officer Newlen chased him on foot. McDade was about to run past the cruiser when he turned and ran directly toward where Griffin was seated. “He left the sidewalk and he’s running at me,” Griffin told investigators. “This — this scares the crap out of me. I don’t know why he is running at me. He’s still clutching his waistband. I think he’s got a gun. I’m stuck in the car. I got no where to go.” Griffin fired four times through the open driver’s side window. McDade was two or three feet away. Griffin then ducked down to his right to avoid being hit by shots he expected from McDade. McDade suffered three fatal wounds and five other non-lethal rounds. Murdered by Pasadena, CA PD
Victor White 22, March 3, 2013 Iberia Parish, LA – According to the Louisiana State Police, deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office were investigating a fight when they stopped White as he was walking down the street. “Deputies supposedly discovered he was in possession of illegal narcotics,” “White was taken into custody, handcuffed behind his back and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.” Upon arrival at the sheriff’s office sometime in the early morning hours White became uncooperative and refused to exit the patrol vehicle. “As the deputy requested assistance from other deputies, White produced a handgun and fired one round, striking himself in the *back*”. The Iberia Parish Coroner Carl M. Ditch released a copy of White’s autopsy stating White was shot in the chest, not in the back, in the area of his right nipple. The bullet exited out his left side. However the records show the manner of death as a suicide. Murdered by Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Dept.
Yvette Smith 47, Feb. 16, 2014 Bastrop, TX – Two Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputies went to check out a call at Smith’s boyfriend’s house. The caller said he and his son were fighting over a gun. Investigators say when deputies arrived; Yvette came to the door where deputy Daniel Willis shot her twice, once in the lower abdomen and hip. Yvette died from her injuries. Initially, officials said Smith came to the doorway with a firearm and disregarded Willis’ command. They later retracted that statement saying it’s unclear whether Smith had a gun. Officer Willis was arrested, booked into jail and fired from the sheriff’s office. His bond was set at $100,000. A lieutenant and a sergeant with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department were demoted and suspended for tampering with records following the shooting. Murdered by Bastrop PD
Timothy Russell 43 (and Malissa Williams) Nov. 29, 2013 Cleveland Ohio – It began with a pop, perhaps a backfire from a car speeding past police headquarters. At least 30 patrol cars chased their vehicle, a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds, killing two people. No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car and the chase route was searched for any trace of bullets. Russell had been shot 23 times and Williams had been shot 24 times. Murdered by 137 bullets by Cleveland PD
Malissa Williams 30, (and Timothy Russell) Nov. 29, 2013 Cleveland Ohio – It began with a pop, perhaps a backfire from a car speeding past police headquarters. At least 30 patrol cars chased their vehicle, a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds, killing two people. No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car and the chase route was searched for any trace of bullets. Russell had been shot 23 times and Williams had been shot 24 times. Murdered by 137 bullets by Cleveland PD
Dante Parker 36, Aug 12, 2014 Victorville, CA San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department considered him a suspect in the attempted burglary of a house by a thief on a bicycle. A deputy from the Victorville Station stopped the unarmed Parker while he was riding his bicycle around 5 p.m. after the reported breaking-and-entering attempt. The resident who called deputies had told them the suspect fled on a bicycle. Dante died in the custody of sheriff’s deputies after being stunned by a Taser several times. Murdered by San Bernardino County Calif. Sheriff’s Department
Ervin Jefferson 18, May 2012 Dekalb County, GA – Ervin ran outside their home towards a crowd of people who dhad driven up in two cars threatening his sister. Dekalb County police confirmed two private security guards shot and killed Ervin after responding to a disturbance outside of his home. They were supposed to be securing the premises of The Village at Wesley Chapel, an apartment complex near the family’s home. After being shot, someone drove a car into and on top of him, literally under the car.” Curtis Scott, 25, and Gary Jackson, 26, were charged with impersonating police officers on the night that 18-year-old Ervin Jefferson was killed. Murdered by Atlanta Security Guards
Amadou Diallo 23 February 4, 1999 Bronx New York – Diallo was standing near his building after returning from a meal. Four *plain-clothed NYPD Officers* claimed Diallo matched the description of a *since-captured well-armed serial rapist* involved in the rape or attempted rape of 51 victims. When they approached him. Diallo ran up the outside steps toward his apartment house doorway, ignoring their orders to stop and “show hands”. Diallo reached into his jacket and withdrew his wallet. Plain Clothed Officer Carroll yelled “Gun!” All 4 officers opened. During the shooting, lead officer McMellon tripped backward off the front stairs, causing the other officers to believe he had been shot. 41 shots were fired, more than half of which went astray. Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, fired a combined total of 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo. Murdered four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers
Patrick Dorismond 26, March 16, 2000 New York – Undercover police officers approached Dorismond and his friend as they were standing outside the “Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge” and asked him where he and his partners could purchase marijuana. Dorismond declared he was not a drug dealer. Dorismond’s friend, Kevin Kaiser, claims neither of the officers identified themselves. The first undercover cop approaching Dorismond was aggressive and “in their face.” Kaiser said one of the cops who initiated the fight, hitting unarmed Dorismond first. Officer Anthony Vasquez, shot Patrick Dorismond in the chest during a scuffle. The single bullet from Vasquez’s 9mm pistol had struck Dorismond’s aorta and his right lung, and he rapidly bled to death. On July 27, 2000 a grand jury declined to indict Officer Vasquez in the death of Dorismond, announcing that they had found the shooting to be accidental. Murdered by NYPD
Ousmane Zongo 16, May 22, 2003 New York City – Police had targeted a Manhattan storage facility while investigating a CD/DVD pirating operation. Zongo repaired art and musical instruments at the same location but was not implicated in the scheme. NYPD officer Bryan Conroy, disguised as a postal worker guarding a bin of CDs when Zongo appeared to turn on a light. A chase ensued that ended when Zongo ran into a dead end. Conroy shot Zongo four times, twice in the back. Conroy did not receive any jail time but was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and was given five years’ probation. Murdered by NYPD
Timothy Stansbury Jr. 19, January 24, 2004 Brooklyn, New York – Stansbury an unarmed 19-year-old was shot and killed by New York Police Department Officer Richard S. Neri Jr. Officer Neri and a partner were patrolling the rooftop of a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood approximately 1 a.m. Officer Neri, with his gun drawn, approached a rooftop door to check the stairway inside. Neri testified to a grand jury he fired his standard Glock 17 pistol unintentionally when he was startled when Stansbury pushed open the rooftop door. Stansbury died from one shot in the chest. The grand jury found the shooting to be accidental. Murdered by NYPD
Sean Bell 23, November 25, 2006 New York City – The night of his death, Bell was holding his bachelor party at Club Kalua, a strip club being investigated by undercover police over accusations the owners fostered prostitution. Bells friend Joseph Guzman had an argument with a man outside the bar, and supposedly threatened to get a gun. Supposedly thinking a shooting was about to take place, plain-clothes officer Gescard Isnora followed Bell and his friends tp their car. Isnora alerted his backup team, the detectives never identified themselves when they approached with weapons drawn. The three men were shot at a total of fifty times by a team of plain clothes undercover NYPD officers, killing Sean and severely wounding his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman. An autopsy showed Bell was struck four times in the neck and torso. Guzman was shot 19 times Benefield, who was in the back seat, was hit three times. Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial on charges ranging from manslaughter to reckless endangerment, they were found not guilty. Murdered by NYPD
Kelly Thomas 37, July 10, 2011 Fullerton, CA – Kelly was a homeless man diagnosed with schizophrenia who lived on the streets. On July 5, 2011, about 8:30 PM, officers of the Fullerton Police Department responded to a call from the management of the Slidebar Kitchen that someone was vandalizing cars near the Fullerton Transportation Center. While investigating, they encountered the shirtless and disheveled Thomas and attempted to search him. In the 34.14 minute video, unarmed and compliant Kelly can be heard repeatedly screaming in pain while officers are repeatedly asking him to place his arms behind his back. He audibly responds “Okay, I’m sorry!” and “I’m trying!” while the officer’s stretch his arm back. The police officers claim that, unable to get Thomas to comply with the requests, they used a taser on him (up to five times according to a witness statement, and the video footage). In the video Thomas can be heard screaming “Dad! Dad!”. Six officers were involved in beating Thomas, who was unarmed. He died after being beaten by Jay Cicinelli, Manuel Ramos, and Joseph Wolfe, three members of the Fullerton Police Department, on July 5, 2011. Thomas was taken to St. Jude Medical Center before being transferred to the UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was comatose on arrival and not expected to recover. He never regained consciousness. Medical records show that bones in his face were broken and he choked on his own blood. The coroner concluded that compression of the thorax made it impossible for Thomas to breathe normally and deprived his brain of oxygen.
EXTREMELY GRAPHIC VIDEO of the BEATING of KELLY THOMAS
Criminal trial: On January 13, 2014, former Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of Thomas. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.
Anonymous response: In August 2011, the Internet activist group Anonymous demanded that the officers involved be prosecuted, the Fullerton Police Chief resign, and that Thomas’s family be awarded US$5 million in compensation; they threatened to shut down the Fullerton municipal website if their demands were not met. In January 2014, after the police officers involved were acquitted, Anonymous released their personal addresses, as well as the identities of the jurors. On January 18 and 19, Anonymous took down several websites belonging to or run by Fullerton police and municipality.
Orlando Barlow 28, Ja, 29, 2010 Las Vegas NV – a suspect in a domestic disturbance at the southwest Las Vegas home of his girlfriend. Orlando surrendered and was on his knees when Officer Hartman shot him from 50 feet away. Hartman testified he thought Barlow was reaching for a gun and the shooting was ruled justifiable. Later, a federal investigation discovered two other uses of excessive force by Hartman and the officer was finally fired ONLY after he and two other co-workers printed t-shirts with “BDRT” on the front…”Baby’s Daddy Removal Team.”
Aaron Campbell 25 Feb. 16, 2010 Portland OR – Jones’ aunt who had first called 9-1-1 that afternoon, saying she couldn’t reach her niece, whose boyfriend had a gun and was suicidal over the death that day of his younger brother. Officer Quackenbush called and asked him to come out in a conversation marred by a bad connection and interference. Unarmed Campbell emerged, walking backward with his hands locked behind his head. Five officers standing ready behind a parked patrol car and a garbage bin in the parking lot said they were surprised. They unleashed a dog when they saw Campbell start running after getting struck by the beanbags, he fell down and the dog was on top of him. The first shot hit Campbell in the buttocks, and he seemed to lean over, about to run. From behind a police car Officer Ronald Frashour fired five from his AR-15 rifle at Campbell’s lower back and buttocks killing him. Murdered by Portland, OR PD
Victor Steen 17 October 1, 2009 Pensacola, FL – Was struck and killed by the cruiser of Police Officer Jerald Ard while riding his bicycle. Officer Ard claims to have spotted Steen at an empty construction site around 1:50 AM and attempted to stop him for questioning. According to Ard, Steen fled the area. Ard pursued Steen in his police cruiser and attempted to fire a Taser weapon from the window of the moving cruiser. When the boy refused to stop, the officer aimed his Taser out the driver’s window and fired. The boy fell off the bike and the cruiser ran over him dragging his lifeless body until the cruiser came to a stop at a median in an empty parking lot. A judge ruled the officer committed no crime.
Renisha McBride 19, November 2, 2013, Dearborn Heights, Michigan – McBride crashed her car on the west side of Detroit. Police report a 911 caller (approximately 1:00 am) said a woman had been speeding down the street, struck a parked car, got out of the vehicle, and then left on foot. Police initially considered the incident a low priority, so no officers were immediately dispatched. Forty minutes later, another call was placed indicating that the driver had returned. EMS arrived on the scene, but McBride had again walked away and was not treated. It is unclear what McBride was doing during the three hours between the crash and the fatal shooting. It is believed she was looking for help after her phone died, and becoming disoriented by the crash, in which she may have sustained a head injury. The Caucasian homeowner, 54-year-old Theodore Wafer who lives alone, claimed he believed someone was breaking and entering the night he discovered McBride on his doorstep. “On that night he was woken up. … Everything was dark in the house, and he was awakened by sounds of a person knocking on his door. Instead of calling the police Wafer opened the front door and shot McBride in the face, firing through a screen door.
Version #1: Wafer first suggested to police that it was an accident but later admitted to intentionally pulling the trigger.
Version #2: Wafer claimed he discharged his gun accidentally
Version #3: Wafer claimed he feared for his life
Coroner’s Report: Entrance shotgun wound to the face, with no evidence of close-range discharge of a firearm noted on the skin surrounding this wound. The wound track passed through the soft tissue and bones of the face and entered the brain. The wound track was from front to back, and right to left. Multiple lead pellets and fragments of wad were recovered from the brain and retained. The manner of death was homicide.
Theodore Wafer convicted of second-degree murder. Maximum sentence is 32 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 17 years. Murdered by Homeowner Theodore Wafer
Alonzo Ashley 29, July 19, 2011 Denver, CO –Suffering from a heat stroke Alonzo got so overheated that he vomited. He was trying to cool down by splashing water on his head from a fountain near the elephant enclosure when a zoo staffer asked if he needed help. He allegedly responded by saying he wanted to be left alone, leading to calls to zoo security and Denver Police who describe him as so wild the press the taser device directly against him to immobilize him completely. Only after he was belatedly brought under control did he begin convulsing, then stopped breathing. He died at a nearby hospital. Murdered by Denver PD
Wendell Allen 20, March 7, 2012 New Orleans PD – Officer Joshua Colclough was executing a search warrant related to a marijuana investigation fired a single bullet into the chest of Allen who was shirtless and wearing only jeans and sneakers in the home’s stairwell – had no weapons on him. Former cop Joshua Colclough admitted he shot her unarmed son dead, during a botched drug raid. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and accepted a four-year prison sentence.
Ronald Madison (mentally disabled) 40 September 4, 2005 New Orleans, LA – “The Danziger Bridge Shootings” New Orleans police fabricated a cover-up story for their crime, falsely reporting that seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down, and that at least four people were firing weapons at the officers upon their arrival. New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on the unarmed Bartholomew family who had been walking to a grocery store with family friend James Brissette who were sheltering behind a concrete barrier. Two brothers, Ronald and Lance Madison, fled the scene, but were pursued down the bridge by Gisevius and Faulcon in an unmarked state police vehicle. Faulcon fired his shotgun from the back of the car at Ronald. Bowen was later convicted of stomping Ronald on the back before he died. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur “Archie” Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to “provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting” and plant a firearm near the scene. Guilty verdicts were handed down for Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon, Villavaso and Kaufman on August 5, 2011. Murdered by New Orleans PD
John Crawford 22, August 5, 2014 Beavercreek, Ohio – Two police officers responded to a 911 call about a man waving a gun at customers inside a Walmart store. Crawford was shot in the torso and died. He was carrying an air rifle/pellet gun he’d picked off a shelf from inside the store. Video contradicts statements by police and witnesses that Crawford ignored commands to drop the gun and “looked like he was going to go violently.” One of the officers in Crawford’s death was involved in a 2010 shooting that was ruled self-defense. Murdered by Beavercreek PD
James Brissette 17, September 4, 2005 New Orleans, LA – “The Danziger Bridge Shootings” New Orleans police fabricated a cover-up story for their crime, falsely reporting that seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down, and that at least four people were firing weapons at the officers upon their arrival. New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on the unarmed Bartholomew family who had been walking to a grocery store with family friend James Brissette who were sheltering behind a concrete barrier. Two brothers, Ronald and Lance Madison, fled the scene, but were pursued down the bridge by Gisevius and Faulcon in an unmarked state police vehicle. Faulcon fired his shotgun from the back of the car at Ronald. Bowen was later convicted of stomping Ronald on the back before he died. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur “Archie” Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to “provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting” and plant a firearm near the scene. Guilty verdicts were handed down for Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon, Villavaso and Kaufman on August 5, 2011. Murdered by New Orleans PD
Steven Washington 27, (Autistic) March 20, 2010 Los Angeles – Died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Although no weapon was found, officers said they feared for their lives because Washington did not respond to their commands as and appeared to be reaching for his waistband. Steven had been walking home after visiting a friend Murdered by LAPD
Travares Mcgill 16, July 18, 2005 Sanford, FL – Two people in McGill’s car survived unhurt. They told authorities they were parked at an apartment complex when someone, they weren’t sure who shined a bright light into their car. Security guards William Patrick Swofford and Bryan Ansley were on one of their regular patrols, witnesses testified McGill tried to back out and get away. But as he did, he scraped two vehicles, including the guards’ and broke the leg of James Dean, 54, who had stepped out of McGill’s back seat moments earlier pinning him between McGill’s Dodge and a van parked next to it. As McGill continued backing up, Ansley drew his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. The teenager then shifted into drive and slammed down on the gas, according to a state accident-reconstruction expert the car’s tires began to spin and smoke. The car skittered sideways, leaving skid marks, then lurched forward. That’s when the guards opened fire. A review of more than 600 pages of evidence shows the bullet killing McGill hit him in the middle of the back and that Swofford kept firing after the car was no longer headed toward him. When it was over, investigators collected seven shell casings and seven bullets, two from McGill’s body. They hauled McGill’s borrowed Dodge to a garage, it had been hit by six bullets. FDLE lab analyst N. Scott Henderson calculated their trajectories. At least one of Swofford’s bullets, the agency concluded, hit the passenger-side door at a nearly 90-degree angle, meaning McGill was no longer moving toward when Swofford pulled the trigger. The fatal bullet hit teenager in back. Murdered by Sandford FL PF
Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. 13, Sept. 29, 1994 New York – Nicholas described as an honors student by his teachers was playing with a toy guy with other kids from the housing projects in Brooklyn where they lived when he and Officer Brian George met in the staircase. Officer George mistook the 18-inch toy rifle for a real one. The kids playing with the young boy insisted he dropped the gun before the shots were fired. Officer George never served a day in jail for the boy’s death. Murdered by NYPD
Jamiel Johnson 16, Sept, 29, 1994 Brooklyn, NY- Shot once in the stomach by Officer Robert Rodriguez, a plainclothes New York City police officer who said the youth had pulled a toy replica of a 9-millimeter gun from his waistband. Officer Rodriquez claims “He was observed by three plainclothes anti-crime officers adjusting his waistband several times and supposedly “ordered to stop,” Mr. Johnson fled, going over a fence, with Officer Rodriguez in pursuit and the other officers seeking to cut him off by going around a corner. The officers are telling him, ‘Stop, police,’ with their shields out.” When the youth was on the other side of the fence Johnson turned and pointed the gun at Officer Rodriguez, who fired one time. However neighbors whose apartments overlook the driveway said they heard the police shoot Jamiel Johnson immediately after shouting for him to halt. Mr. Johnson was in critical but stable condition at Kings County Hospital. Shot by NYPD
Malcolm Ferguson 23, March 1, 2000 Bronx NY – Five members of the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit of the housing police had been on their way to 1057 Boynton Avenue, a public housing building where there were complaints of drug activity. The officers moved toward a group of three men in the hallway. The unarmed Ferguson, bolted up the stairs, one of the officers, Louis Rivera, ran after him. At some point, on the second-floor landing, there was a struggle supposedly the officer’s firearm discharged. A witness to the events leading up to the shooting: ”I saw two guys with hoods go into the building, they didn’t look like cops.” Ferguson’s Mom was awarded $10.5 million in damages by a jury of five blacks and one Hispanic it two days to decide the city and NYPD were 100% responsible for Ferguson’s death, however Officer Rivera, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Murdered by NYPD
Duane Brown 26, Jan. 13, 2012 Brooklyn NY – Duane Browne and his girlfriend were upstairs watching a movie when they heard a strange noise coming from his brother’s basement apartment house they shared. Dressed in pajamas, Brown saw his brother being beaten in the basement by two masked men. He raced upstairs and fetched a loaded .38-caliber revolver (which cops later claim was unregistered). Browne ran outside holding the gun just as the cops were arriving. But the cops fired without identifying themselves or saying a word. With a single shot to the chest, Browne staggered back upstairs, apparently not knowing it was a police officer who fired the bullet “I just got shot. Call the cops,” were Brown’s final words to his girlfriend. Instead of rushing to get Browne medical help, police kept paramedics from treating him for critical minutes while they rummaged through the house searching for incriminating evidence. Murdered by NYPD
Angelo Clark 31, Jan. 16, 2012 – Littlerock AR – SWAT officers entered Clark’s home approximately 6:30am and were met by Angelo holding an AK-47 rifle at the top of a short set of stairs. LRPD claims a search and seizure warrant was the result of a weeks’ long investigation by undercover narcotics officers and included a controlled buy of crack cocaine from Clark at his residence. Clark was accused of pointing an AK-47 at the police but he had no way of knowing that the people who broke into his home were police until after he was shot. No cocaine was located, however police say they found a small grow operation of marijuana, marijuana plants and some scales along with another handgun and some ammunition. Murdered by a SWAT team searching for drugs.
Clinton Roebexar Allen 25, March 10, 2013 Dallas, TX – Officer Clark Staller fatally shot Clinton Allen during a confrontation. Dallas police have said “Allen exhibited signs that he was high on PCP” he claims Clinton charged him, grabbed his collar and choked him prior to the shooting. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office autopsy reports: One of the seven bullet wounds was to Allen’s back. The other six were to his chest, abdomen and left upper arm. Officer Staller has credibility problems because of a disciplinary history for being untruthful to a supervisor and entering inaccurate information on a police report, among other things. Murdered by Dallas PD
Stephon Watts 15, (mentally challenged) Feb. 1, 2012 Calumet City, Il – Stephen Watts, Stephon’s father, had reportedly called police after arguing with his son, who didn’t want to go to school, having been instructed by social workers that Watts should be handled by authorities when agitated. Police claim they found Watts armed with a knife in the basement of his parents’ home. When one officer sustained a defensive wound to his left forearm, two other officers on the scene fired their weapons. Steven Watts says his son was shot once in the leg, and then again in the head. Murdered by Chicago PD
Manuel Loggins Jr. 31, February 7, 2012, Orange County, CA. – Loggins was at the wheel of his GMC Yukon with two of his daughters inside when he crashed through a gate parking lot of San Clemente High School. Loggins left his daughters, aged 14 and 9, in the SUV and walked to the athletic field carrying a Bible. When Loggins returned to the SUV, Sandberg ordered him to stop and show his hands, but he ignored the deputy and displayed a “mean” expression. “Give me my kids back”. After Loggins climbed back into the SUV, Sandberg believing the children’s lives were in danger, shot him three times through the window of the vehicle, killing Manuel in front of his 9 and 14-year old daughters. After witnessing the murder of their father, his two daughters, 9 and 14, were detained in isolation for 13 hours… Orange County authorities said they will pay $4.4 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the family of an unarmed U.S. Marine sergeant fatally shot by a deputy. Murdered by Orange County PD
Jason Moore 31, (mental disorder) Sept. 17, 2011 Ferguson, MO – Officers encountered a dazed-looking man, naked and unarmed walking from behind a building in a residential area. A witness said Moore had been yelling “glory to God” and “I’m Jesus” He “was suffering from a psychological disorder and demonstrated clear signs of mental illness”. Officer Brian Kaminski ordered Moore to put his hands up and walk toward him. Kaminski fired his Taser prongs into Moore’s chest and legs, one prong struck Moore in the left side of the chest near his heart and another prong hit him in the right thigh. A second officer, Michael White, arrived and physically held Moore while Kaminski repeatedly tasered Moore with electric currents until he became suffered a heart attack, became unresponsive and died on the scene. Murdered Ferguson MO PD
Joseph Jennings 18, Aug. 27, 2014 Ottawa, Kansas – Joseph had a history of mental issues and had just been released from Ransom Memorial after he attempted suicide by swallowing some 60 pills the day before. Ottowa police were called to the parking lot of Orscheln Farm and Home for a report of a man with a gun and found Jennings in a ‘suicidal state,’ The Officers confronting Jennings were the same two officers who’d rushed him to the hospital where they pumped his stomach the day before. He was suicidal. He had only been out of the (psychiatric) hospital for three hours. Brandy Smith, Joseph Jennings Aunt said her husband tried to intervene but he was threatened by the police. “My husband was going to tackle him. He was within arms reach. The police said to get back or they were going to shoot him too” Smith thought they were going to “bag” him, which is when they shoot with bean bags instead of bullets, six officers, and one cop yelled, ‘Bag him!’ they bagged him two more times. Police pulled their guns and 16 shots rang out. Unarmed Joseph fell to the ground. He was rushed to an Ottowa hospital where he died of his injuries.
Johnnie Kamahi Warren 43, Feb. 15, 2012 Dothan, Alabama – Dothan Police Department received a call from Houligan’s Bar when Warren apparently became disorderly inside the business, which led three employees to take him outside as he continued behaving in a combative manner. When a sheriff’s deputy arrived he saw the three men struggling with what appeared to be an intoxicated patron on the ground outside the business. The deputy deployed a Taser in an attempt to get him under control. Shortly thereafter three or four Dothan police officers managed to handcuff Warren when he started going in and out consciousness. Warren was UNARMED when he was electrocuted to death for the crime of public intoxication by the unidentified police officer. Murdered by Dothan, AL PD
Raymond Luther Allen Jr. 34, Feb. 27, 2012 Galveston TX – Allen Jr. rented a room at the Beachcomber Motel. He was seen jumping from a second story balcony. A worker at the motel said she saw Allen Jr. jump twice and that’s when the police showed up. Instead of helping the unarmed man … the police pumped him with 50,000 volts of electricity with a taser two to three times then hog tied him. The crime listed on the incident report is resisting arrest. Investigators said Allen Jr. stopped breathing at the scene, was revived, then rushed to the hospital. He died two days later. Murdered by Galveston PD
Dante Price 25, March 1, 2012 Dayton OH – Two Ranger Security Guards Justin Wissinger, 24, and Christopher Tarbert, 32 were patrolling the parking lot at the apartment complex when they saw Price, as he attempted to keep an appointment to babysit his own kids.. They pulled their guns and ordered him to stop. Instead, Price fled in his car, and the guards shot at him at 22 times. The Guards exceeded their legal authority in trying to detain Price and by using deadly force to try to make him comply because police officers; they did not have any arrest powers. Private citizens do not have the legal authority to detain someone for a misdemeanor. The Guards said they had no choice but to shoot Dante Price because he tried to run them down with his car. Murdered by Apt. Security Guards
Bo Morrison 20, March 3, 2012 West Bend, WI – When police broke up a party where alcohol was being served to underage people, Morrison ran away and hid on a neighbor’s back porch. Homeowner Adam Kind shot him in the chest. Kind was not charged under the “Castle Doctrine” claiming he had a right to defend his home against a perceived threat. Murder by homeowner Adam Kind
Darryl Berry 45, March 6, 2012 Bush Creek Township, PA – In the aftermath of a car accident on a rural stretch of the PA Turnpike involving an unarmed Berry who had no illegal drugs or alcohol in his system. State Trooper Marshall Kephart arrived and alleged Berry released his two Rottweiler’s on Trooper Kephart and then proceeded to attack the officer with a metal flashlight. Dr. Joyce Hamilton Berr, Daryl’s Mother said “My son didn’t have a criminal record” and she couldn’t remember him ever being in a fight. She also said her son didn’t train his dogs to be aggressive and described one of them as being like Marmaduke, the genial Great Dane from the comic strip. “Daryl was very unassuming, He thought all people were basically good, not malicious.” Coincidently there is no video recordings of the incident available, as the trooper’s dash cam didn’t record the shooting. Murdered by a PA State Trooper
Melvin Lawhorn 26, March 1, 2012 Kershaw County, SC – Shot by County Sheriff when he tried to avoid a drug traffic stop. After receiving a tip that Lawhorn would be picking up a large amount of drugs Narcotics Officers pulled over a pick-up truck driven by Daryl Herbert, while the vehicle was stopped, Lawhorn stepped on the gas pedal. A deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the truck ran over his foot. The deputy was holding on to the car as it sped off and claims while being dragged he shot through the window fatally wounding Lawhorn. A patrol car then rammed the pick-up, bringing it to a halt. The sheriff claims the deputy was dragged about 120 feet and had tire tracks up his boot and leg. He was treated at a nearby hospital for torn ligaments and abrasions, and released. It is unclear exactly how the deputy managed to shoot Lawhorn while being dragged beneath the vehicle. Murdered by Kershaw County, SC PD
Ronald Singleton 45, July, 13, 2014 Manhattan NY – Singleton was taken into police custody after a yellow cab driver waved down a police officer near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. The cab driver claimed the passenger was “acting overly irate and irrational, cursing, screaming and causing alarm” Singleton then exited the taxi and “became combative with the officer, struggling while being taken into custody. The officer radioed for assistance and other officers responded along with members of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit. Singleton was placed in a “protective body wrap by the ESU officers. In the ambulance on the way to the hospital Singleton went into cardiac arrest and pronounced dead on arrival. The medical examiner released a statement ruling his death a homicide, stating cause of death by the “physical restraint by police during excited delirium due to acute phencyclidine (PCP) intoxication. Murdered by NYPD and NYPD Emergency Service
Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley Jones 7, May 16, 2010 Detroit, MI – Just after midnight on the morning of May 16 seven-year-old, Aiyana slept on the couch as her grandmother watched television. A half-dozen masked officers of the Special Response Team —Detroit’s version of SWAT—were at the door, guns drawn. In tow was an A&E crew filming an episode of The First 48. Thirty-four hours earlier, Je’Rean Blake Nobles, 17, had been shot outside a liquor store on nearby ID’d a man named Chauncey Owens as the shooter and provided this address. The SWAT team tried the steel door to the building. It was unlocked. They threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of the lower unit and kicked open its wooden door, which was also unlocked. The grenade landed so close to Aiyana that it burned her blanket. Officer Joseph Weekley, the lead commando—who’d been featured before on another A&E show, —burst into the house. His weapon fired a single shot, the bullet striking Aiyana in the head and exiting her neck. Police first floated the story that Aiyana’s grandmother had grabbed Weekley’s gun. Then, realizing that sounded implausible, they said she’d brushed the gun as she ran past the door. But the grandmother says she was lying on the far side of the couch, away from the door. Compounding the tragedy is the fact that the police threw the grenade into the wrong apartment. The suspect fingered for Blake’s murder, Chauncey Owens, lived in the upstairs flat. Murdered by the Detroit Special Response Team
Nehemiah Dillard 29, March 5, 2012 Gainesville FL – Dillard, who lived in Spring Hill in Hernando County and was reportedly going through a divorce, was detained Sunday under the *** “Baker Act” after displaying strange behavior in a stranger’s yard on Southwest Sixth Terrace near Micanopy, Kelly said. He was apparently in the area to visit his mother. Deputies claim they tried to talk Mr. Dillard down, when that didn’t work they blasted him with 50,000 volts of electricity from their taser although he continued to fight back. A second shot was fired from the taser. This second electrocution effort brought Dillard down. He was transported to a local hospital … Dillard went into cardiac arrest and died either en route to a hospital or shortly after arriving where he was promptly pronounced dead. murdered by Gainesville FLPD
*** “BAKER ACT”; Florida Statute 394.451-394.47891 (2009 rev.)), allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual and allows for involuntary examination (emergency or involuntary commitment) which can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/mentalhealth/docs/Baker%20Act%20Overview%202013.pdf
• possibly has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act)
• is a harm to self, harm to others, or self-neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act).
• Examinations may last up to 72 hours after a person is deemed medically stable and occur in over 100 Florida Department of Children and Families-designated receiving facilities statewide.
Michael Lembhard 22, March 7, 2012 Newberg, NJ – Police reportedly spotted Lemhard on Liberty Street and tried to stop him for an outstanding warrant for missing a court date, but Lemberd took off when they approached him. Following him into an apartment building four police officers’ broke down the door without a warrant. Lembhard only had a small pocketknife when the police opened fire and at least nine shots were fired killing him. Lembhard was a father of two; officers pointed a gun at the head of one of the children. Murdered by Newberg, NJPD
Brian Claunch 45, Sept. 23, 2009 Houston, TX – After two police officers arrived in the middle of the night at a group home for the mentally ill responding to a report that Claunch, a recognized paranoid schizophrenic and double amputee who had lost an arm and a leg in a train accident, was acting aggressively. His caretaker had refused to give him a cigarette and a soda. Claunch was clutching an object as he advanced on one of the police officers. Claunch trapped one officer with his wheelchair in the corner of a room where he couldn’t get out. As he advanced toward the officers, Claunch refused to show his hands. The object turned out to be a pen, which Claunch attempted to use to stab the cornered officer. The 2nd officer, Matt Marin, was “in fear of the safety of his partner and the safety of himself,” Marin then fired his duty weapon into Claunch’s head killing him. The grand jury declined to indict the Houston police officer for shooting Claunch for refusing to drop the pen. Murdered by Houston PD
Jersey Green 37, March 12, 2012 Aurora, IL – Officers responding to several 911 calls regarding a man acting wildly and jumping on parked vehicles. Upon arrival, Aurora Police Officer Matthew Huber observed Green on top of a parked SUV. When Green saw the officer, he jumped off the vehicle and began running. Green proceeded to run toward Officer Spayth’s fully-marked squad car and jumped on the hood. As Spayth exited the car, supposedly Green moved toward him in a threatening manner. Officer Huber believe Green was going to attack Spayth so he deployed his Taser striking him in the upper thigh and side. The two officers then struggled with Green who was eventually taken into custody with the assistance of a third officer, Enrique Gutierrez. That was enough provocation for a police officer to pump another 50,000 volts of electricity into Green, the jolt was enough to knock Green to the ground where the three police officers handcuffed and put him into custody. The unarmed Green was in physical distress so an ambulance was summoned. Suffering from a seizure in the back of the ambulance while being treated by paramedics Green stopped breathing. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. Murdered by Aurora, IL PD
Sheron Carter Jackson 21, March 27, 2012 Baltimore MD – Police claim a person inside the home called 911 operators reporting a man inside was armed with a weapon and they feared he may do something ‘crazy’. Apparently Sheron was the one who called the police to the house. Ordered to answer the door by his mother, he was shot multiple times and killed by a licensed and trained officer who claims the young man wielded a “knife-like object”. Murdered by Baltimore PD
Dale Graham 29, Oct. 28, 2008 Baltimore MD – Graham a political activist, was shot and killed by Baltimore City police when officers responded to the house of his children’s mother due to a call of a domestic disturbance. Graham was shot several times by multiple officers who were caught lying about how many times he was shot – not releasing the autopsy report to his mother until months later. Six (6) different versions given to the family, who was responsible for the shots fired that ended this young man’s life, NEW police policy that does not reveal that information (even to the deceased family members), to the “on-going investigation” of the officer(s) involved, which has yet to determine whether the shooting was justified homicide or plain murder. Murdered by Baltimore PD
Tendai Nhekairo 18, March 27, 2012 Cobb County PD Atlanta, GA – Police responding to a 911 call reporting a “suspicious person” say they “encountered a nude man armed with two knives.” According to police, Tendai “tried to feloniously assault” one of the “officers.” This prompted the cop to shoot the young man who scheduled to graduate high school in a few weeks, killing him instantly.
Police Version 1: Police originally said they had to shoot Nhekairo when he threatened them with 2 knives.
Police Version 2: Tendai lunged at them with a knife during the standoff.
Police Version 3: Naked and armed with a gun.
Police Version 4: Naked and armed with several weapons. Murdered by Cobb County PD Atlanta, GA
Marvin Booker 56, Denver, CO – Homeless street preacher who often recited Martin Luther King Jr. speeches, jailed on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Video footage shows Booker at jail intake processing unit, dressed in a dark suit and waving his arms, approaches the desk, but doesn’t sit. Officer Gomez tries to grab Booker and he jerks away then walks heading toward his shoes. The video shows the deputies holding Booker down with Grimes at his head grabbing him around the neck in a carotid hold. After a few moments during which Booker was told to stop resisting or he would be tased, another deputy jumps a rail that fronts the booking desk and retrieves a taser from a lock box. Booker was tased one time for eight seconds. He stopped resisting and Officer Grimes releases his hold. Deputies are then seen carrying him to a cell and taking him inside. There is no video camera footage of the inside of the cell. The deputies claim to have removed the handcuffs. Booker placed his hands at his side and grunted. After deputies back out of the cell, a nurse is called in to evaluate Booker. Officer Grimes looks through the cell window and doesn’t see Bookers back moving so he shouted to get the attention of the nurses who tried to resuscitate him. When first responders arrived they too tried to bring him around to no avail. Coroner’s Report: Cause of death “cardiorespiratory arrest during physical restraint” homicide. Deputies were cleared by a criminal investigation which found they had not broken any laws. Murdered Street by Denver PD Deputies
Cary Ball Jr. 25, April 24, 2014 St. Louis, Missouri – 3 time Honor Student Ball was accused by Police of refusing to pull over for a traffic stop and eventually crashed into a parked car then started running. Several witnesses say Ball threw his gun to the ground and was walking toward police with his hands up to surrender when he was shot “the police looked at the gun on the ground and fired. He never fired. They never fired, that is until the gun was nowhere near him.” Despite Ball placing his gun on the ground, police shot him 25 times, 7 of the 25 shots hit him in the back. It has also been reported by witness that Ball had already been handcuffed and was lying face down on the ground which would account for the 7 bullets in his back. Murdered by St. Louis PD
Corinna Mullen 20, 1987 Central City KY – Corinna, a file clerk with the Central City Police Dept. confided to her supervisor Detective Billy Fields that her roommate was involved with drug dealer Jeffrey L. Boyd. The night before she was to move back home to her parents’ home; asleep in her room she was attacked and brutally raped and repeatedly stabbed. The body of Corrina was found in the trunk of her car, parked in the Central City Municipal Garage by a maintenance worker who noticed blood dripping from the trunk of a car. Authorities found Mullen’s beaten and mutilated body stuffed inside the trunk. An extensive search headed by Corinna’s supervisor Detective Billy Fields went nowhere. The Mullen family looked for justice for almost 22 years and during this time a new detective took Billy Fields place and sifted through every piece of evidence to no avail. Out of nowhere a woman came in and told the detective when she was 16, as she walked home from a friend’s house a police car pulled up, a man jumped out (Jeffrey L. Boyd) and dragged her into the car where she spotted Detective Billy Fields as the driver. They drove her to Corrina’s apt. and made her watch as Corrina was raped and murdered, then they and a 3rd man raped her. The 16 yr. old managed to get away. Lieutenant Detective Billy Fields was sentenced to life in prison, after he was found guilty of murder, rape, kidnapping, sodomy and tampering with physical evidence. Jeff Boyd was also sentenced to life in prison for Mullen’s murder, kidnapping and rape. The third defendant, Jimmie Cramer, was sentenced to 60 years in prison for manslaughter, rape and kidnapping. Murdered by Central City Police Detective
Israel Hernandez 18, Aug. 7. 2013 Miami Florida – According to Hernandez’ friends, Felix Fernandez and Thiago Souza they were acting as lookouts as Hernandez, well known for his art, spray-painted an empty building. But before Hernandez finished the graffiti, Miami Beach Police spotted him, and he took off running. Hernandez jumped a fence, hid in a building. When one officer was in close reach he fired his Taser at Hernandez. According to Hernandez’ friends, the officers shoved Hernandez against a wall and who was then motionless on the ground. Fernandez and Souza said the officers “were high-fiving and congratulating each other as their friend was in need of medical help, they were all just laughing”. Hernandez was transported to the hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Murdered by Cops Miami PD
Jonathan Farrell 24, Sept, 16, 2013 Charlotte, N.C. – Ferrell’s car ran off the entrance road to a sprawling suburban neighborhood crashing his car into trees. Ferrell kicked out the back window and headed up a hill to the first set of closely-clustered houses he could see. He began “banging on the door” of a home to attract attention. The woman inside answered, thinking it was her husband coming home late from work. When she saw Ferrell, she shut the door and called police. The unarmed Ferrell made no threats. Officers responding to the breaking and entering call found Ferrell walking away from the house, barefoot on a road that only leads to the neighborhood’s pool (Ferrell likely lost his shoes in the car wreck, kicking his way out the Camry’s back window). Ferrell ran toward the officers and as two red laser dots from stun guns flashed on his chest, Jonathan Ferrell hitched up his pants and held out his arms to show officers he was unarmed. Officer Randall Kerrick who didn’t identify himself as a police officer fired his gun 12 times, hitting Ferrell 10 times. Ferrell died at the scene. Murdered by Charlotte PD
Ferrell was at least the sixth person to be shot by Charlotte-Mecklenburg officers since the start of 2012. Four of them have died.
Henry Glover 31, September 2, 2005, New Orleans, LA – Officer David Warren shot Glover in the chest with a .223 rifle as Glover tried to pick up stolen goods taken near an Algiers strip mall shortly after the Hurricane Katrina struck. Glover’s brother, Edward King, and sister, Patrice Glover, came to Glover’s aid. Glover’s neighbor William Tanner drove Glover and his brother to seek medical attention at a nearby elementary school, which had been commandeered by a SWAT team of officers. SWAT officers at the school immediately placed Tanner and King into handcuffs, and beat them. Glover sought help from a group of NOPD officers, but the cops refused to treat him or call for an ambulance, allowing him to bleed to death in the back seat of a car. The police seized both the auto and Glover’s body. Officer Greg McRae set Glover’s body ablaze. The car was eventually discovered in an isolated spot along the Mississippi River Levee down the street from a NOPD office with Glovers charred body in the destroyed Chevrolet Malibu. Istvan Balogh, a former law enforcement officer who had come in from out of state, discovered Glover’s corpse on September 9.
Five current and former officers of the New Orleans Police Department (NOPD) were charged with Glover’s death. David Warren, a rookie at the time, was convicted and sentenced to 25 years and 9 months in prison for shooting and killing Glover. Former NOPD police officer Greg McRae was convicted of obstructing justice and other charges in the burning of Glover’s body and was sentenced to 17 years and 3 months in prison. Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann is charged with assaulting civilians who came to Glover’s aid, as well as obstructing a federal investigation through the burning of Glover’s body in a 2000 Chevy Malibu. He faces a maximum of 60 years in prison. Former NOPD Lt. Robert Italiano and NOPD Lt. Travis McCabe are charged with obstructing justice and lying to the FBI. McCabe is also charged with lying to a federal grand jury. Italiano faces up to 25 years in prison, while McCabe faces up to 30 years in prison.
A federal appellate court has overturned the convictions of two former New Orleans police officers imprisoned in connection with the killing.
Billey Joe Johnson 17, Dec. 2009 George County, MS – Billey was a star football player with a bright future in December 2009 when he was stopped for a traffic violation by George County (MS) deputy sheriff Joe Sullivan. Sullivan’s patrol car did not have a camera and the young victim in this story is dead. The George County Sheriff’s Department claims that on that fateful morning, Billey Joe attempted to break into the home of an on-again, off-again girlfriend in the nearby city of Lucedale. According to the sheriff’s department, he left the scene and ran a red light at 5:34 a.m. After a 1½-mile pursuit, Billey Joe got out of his truck, met sheriff’s deputy Joe Sullivan and handed over his license. Billey Joe returned to his truck, supposedly put a 12-gauge shotgun he used to target deer to his head and committed suicide. None of his friends or family is convinced someone forced Billey Joe on his knees, shoved the shotgun barrel in his mouth and pulled the trigger. Probable cause of death, George County (MS) deputy sheriff Joe Sullivan.
Montalito McKissick 37, Aug. 21,2011 Oklahoma City, OK – Unarmed Montalito McKissick fled from Oklahoma City police officers Sgt. Daniel Godsil and Officer Justin Walters who had been called to break up a fight at the El Dorado Club. Godsil and Walters gave chase shooting him with at least 50,000 volts of electricity from their tasers. Officers shot McKissick with a Taser where McKissick collapsed in a yard near the club. After they handcuffed him, officers noticed McKissick wasn’t breathing. They removed the handcuffs and began CPR an EMSA paramedic claims he discovered a baggie lodged in the victim’s throat. Police didn’t say if the baggie contained drugs. Moments later McKissick was declared dead. Murdered by Oklahoma City PD
Rufino Lara 54, July 10, 2012 Houston TX – Florida Ruvio, a family friend, bumped into Lara on his way back from a liquor store in southwest Houston. Lara told her that some men were chasing him with a knife and asked her to call police. When two officers arrived to investigate, they approached Lara, asking him to stop and put his hands up. “They were speaking to him in English only. (Police claim the spoke in both Spanish and English). Lara, who doesn’t speak English, did not stop the first time, Ruvio said. Eventually, he put both hands up against the wall of a vacant store, facing his back to the officers. “He didn’t have his hands in his pocket or his shirt,” said Ruvio, who remained with Lara throughout the event. A second witness, 14-year-old Rigoberto Rubio, who was buying water from a machine nearby, said he also saw Lara with both hands against the wall. Suddenly, Lara turned around to face the officers and was shot fatally by McGowan, his hands still suspended in the air a beer can in one hand. Stunned at the scene, Ruvio yelled to McGowan that she had killed an innocent person, and McGowan responded that “he had drawn out a gun.” McGowan then proceeded to tear Lara’s shirt open and take off his shoes. No weapon was found. Ruvio brought out her phone to take a video of the scene, she said, but an officer seized it from her, telling her she was not to record anything. Murdered by Houston PD
Eugene Ellison 67, December 9, 2010 Littlerock AR – Eugene Ellison, an African American war veteran, was killed by Police Office Donna Lesher while working off duty with Officer McCrillis as a security guards in the apartment complex where Ellison lived, Lesher entered Ellison’s home uninvited with anot McCrillis after spotting his door open and refusing to leave when asked. Following an alleged physical altercation in which Eugene’s glasses come off, and he was pepper-sprayed directly in the eyes. However, by the time the back-up officers arrived, any physical contact between Lesher, McCrillis and Ellison was over and they were outside of Eugene’s apt. Instead of walking away Lesher took out her gun, pointed it at Ellison through his door and shot him twice. Another officer present at the shooting, said Ellison had not presented a deadly threat and that Lesher and the other officers were all outside when she opened fire into the house, killing Eugene. Officer Lesher had failed to issue any warning. Murdered by Off-duty Littlerock PD
Lesher and her partner, Tabitha McCrillis, were cleared of any wrongdoing by an internal inquiry. But it has since emerged that Lesher’s husband was a supervisor in the LRPD homicide department, which carried out the investigation. US prosecutors launch investigation into fatal Little Rock shooting
Deandre Brunston 24, August 24, 2003 Compton, CA – Sherriff’s deputies of Los Angeles County received report on Deandre Brunston for domestic violence. He was un-armed and shot 22 times on the front stoop of a tiny apartment holding a flip-flop as a weapon. The suspect in the video (See EXTREMELY GRAPHIC video here) appears to fear the police dogs and was begging the police to take them away. There’s lots of barking and screaming in the video, but you can clearly hear the plea that he was drop the weapon and surrender but he was scared of the dogs and wanted them gone and also wanted someone to call his estranged girlfriend. The first shot is fired, Deandre disarms instantly by tossing the flip-flop toward a police dog, once disarmed, 81 shots were fired. Frenzied K9 comes running towards the suspect and is caught in the crossfire. One of LA County Sheriffs scooped the dog and rushed him to the hospital, while a still-livin Deandre bled to death. The dog went to the hospital and Deandre stayed as cops walked around him. In the name of justice. Murdered by LAPD
Tyrone Brown 32, June 5, 2010 Baltimore MD – Off-duty Baltimore Police Officer Gahiji Tshamba and three female friends were at the rear door of the Red Maple when Mr. Brown allegedly got touchy with some women standing outside, moving to hug one, and grabbing the butt of another. When she smacked him, he shoved her back. Gahiji Tshamba fires 13 rounds hitting ex-Marine Tyrone Brown six times. “Life is too short.” Those were some of the last words spoken by former Marine Tyrone Brown moments before he died in a hail of bullets, according to a patron who was in the bar the evening the deadly shooting occurred. Police have searched for Tshamba, a 15-year- veteran of the force for the a week, Detectives believe Tshamba was attempting to avoid capture and may have possibly left Baltimore. He faces first-degree murder charges. Originally Prosecutors ruled the shooting justified but disciplined him for being intoxicated on the job. Eventually convicted of manslaughter, Tshamba was sentenced to 17years in prison, with two years suspended. Officer Gahiji Tshamba was had a history of getting into trouble while drinking, had been allowed to continue on the force. Murdered by Off-duty Baltimore Police Officer Gahiji Tshamba
Christopher Middleton 26, Aug. 12, 2012 Chicago, IL -An off-duty officer was riding his motorcycle when he saw 4 year old Taniyah Middleton dart directly in his path. He ditched his bike to avoid hitting her but it skidded, hitting the girl and her 18-year-old cousin. The child’s father, Christopher Middleton inside a nearby restaurant, approached the officer yelling and screaming. Apparently the officer told Middleton to calm down. Middleton said he “didn’t give a (expletive)” and punched the officer in the face. Another person hit the officer in the back of the head. The girl’s 18-year-old cousin, who ran into the street after the girl and was holding her hand when she was hit, also kicked the officer while he was on the ground. The officer removed his weapon and fired once, hitting the un-armed Middleton in the groin, The officer claimed he felt he was near losing consciousness and fired at Middleton in defense of his life. Tanya Jones, who identified herself as Middleton’s fiancée and the mother of the 4-year-old girl, said she and Middleton had been visiting his family in Maywood when he decided to dine at a restaurant nearby. She said she came outside after the fight had begun and saw both men trying to get up off the ground when the officer shot Middleton. “Chris asked him, ‘Why did you shoot me, why did you shoot me,’ Middleton died at Loyola University Medical Center. Murdered by Chicago PD
Alan DeWayne Blueford 18, May 6, 2012 Oakland Police Department – During a phone call to his father, Alan told him he and 2 friends were standing on the corner waiting for “some girls in a white Chevy”. After the phone call, Oakland police officers approached with guns drawn. The police officers had been called to respond to another incident, but decided to stop Alan and his friends because they “believed the young men had a concealed weapon.” Alan ran away from the police officers. Approximately two blocks down the street the officer chasing Alan shot him multiple times. The officer also shot himself. Although Alan had his brown wallet with his ID, Oakland Police Department never called to tell his parents, Alan’s body was left lying in the streets for approximately 4 hours. Alan’s two friends were detained for over 6 hours. After their release, one of the young men had the traumatic task of calling Alan’s parents and telling them their son had been shot and killed. Murdered by Oakland Police Officer
Police Verson # 1: “a suspect” (Alan) and a police officer exchanged gun fire and the officer was shot in the stomach by the suspect, the suspect was shot by the officer. Both were said to have been rushed to Highland Hospital where Alan died and the police officer was expected to recover. OPD reported that they retrieved Alan’s firearm at the scene.
Police Verson # 2: OPD changed their story to state that the officer was shot in the leg and an investigation was in process to determine whether the officer was wounded by “friendly fire.”
Police Version # 3: OPD changed their story yet again, admitting and confirming that THE OFFICER SHOT HIMSELF.
Niles Meservey 51, June 10, 2009 Everett, WA – Several people called 911 from a restaurant to report Niles Meservey was drunk and trying to drive away. Officers arrived and boxed in his Corvette along a fence. But Meservey refused to get out of his car. An officer used a stun gun even though the car was running and the Corvette drove forward, crashing into a fence: the Taser jolt probably caused the crash. The moment the Corvette hit the fence, it buckled and hit a bystander. Officer Troy Meade fired seven shots with his handgun into Meservey’s back, killing him An autopsy confirmed Niles Meservey died from multiple gunshot wounds. Meade was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, but eventually acquitted. He was later found to be civilly responsible, and the city of Everett was forced to settle a claim with Meservey’s family for $500,000 on top of the $640,000 spent on Meade’s defense. Meade was suspended with pay for 24 months and received $183,984.87 in tax-funded salary. Murdered by Seattle PD
Robin Taneisha Williams 21, June 25, 2012 Philadelphia PA – Barry Searfoss a highly intoxicated off-duty state trooper returning from a fundraiser raising money for youth scholarships in honor of a girl who was killed by a drunk driver traveling approximately 76 miles per hour when his truck slammed into the car of Robin Taneisha Williams. A few moments earlier, Williams’ vehicle had reportedly suffered a mechanical failure and was in the process of slowing to a stop. Searfoss’s truck slammed into the rear of the Williams car, which then burst into flames. Williams was found in the driver’s seat, which was in a partially reclined position. A witness and motorist on the road with Williams described what she saw in her rearview mirror to police as a “fireball” that erupted from Williams’ vehicle. Searfoss failed two field sobriety tests, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was transported to Abington Memorial Hospital for a blood test, which showed a 0.188 percent BAC, more than twice the legal limit. Searfoss was suspended without pay and He charged with homicide by vehicle, two counts of driving under the influence, careless driving and reckless driving.. Cause of death was attributed to multiple blunt force injuries, thermal burns and smoke inhalation, according to the criminal complaint. Murdered by Off-duty PA State Trooper
Kiwane Carrington 15, Oct. 9, 2009 Champaign, Illinois – It started with a neighbor calling police about two people he thought might have been trying to break-in, then, another person called 911 to say they thought three people were breaking in. Carrington and his friend were trying to get into the place where Kiwane stayed but the door was locked. The Chief of police, R.T. Finney showed up. When Officer Norbits arrived, the Chief already had his gun drawn so Norbits drew his. Norbits, with gun in hand allegedly got into a tussle when Kiwane and his friend supposedly disobeyed police orders. Officer Norbits’ gun ‘accidentally’ (their words) went off fatally striking Kiwane”. The officer only received a 30 day suspension without pay which he has yet to serve as the FOP is currently appealing the decision. Murdered by the Champaign, Illinois PD
Kendra James21, May 5, 2003 Portland, OR – James was a passenger stopped by Portland police officers Rick Bean, Kenneth Reynolds, and Scott McCollister. The driver, Terry Jackson, was arrested and placed in a squad car after he was discovered to have an outstanding warrant. After he and another passenger in the car were removed peaceably by the officers, James jumped from the back seat into the driver’s seat. McCollister claims to have made several unsuccessful attempts to remove James while partially within the vehicle through an open door. He claimed to have tried to pull James out by her hair, and also attempted to use a Taser. He said that he had also attempted to use pepper spray to subdue James, but was unable to operate the canister; an investigation by the Portland Police Bureau found McCollister’s pepper spray canister was operational, but no traces of spray were found. McCollister drew his firearm and held it to James’ head, demanding she exit the vehicle. McCollister said he then felt the car move and, concerned that he could have fallen out and been run over, fired a single shot. Several witnesses alleged that McCollister did not fire while within the car; powder residue testing indicated that McCollister’s handgun was at least 30 to 48 inches away from James when discharged, completely inconsistent with McCollister’s version of events. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk declined to hold a public inquest into James’ death; McCollister was cleared by a federal grand jury. Murdered by Portland PD
Jose Santos Victor Mejia Poot 29, April 2, 2001 Portland OR – Experiencing an epileptic seizure after boarding a city bus on the morning of March 30, 2001. Tri-Met driver Terry Johnson waved Officer Ferner over because Spanish speaking Jose was short on his fare and was apparently having problems communicating. A struggle broke out after Officer Ferner tried to get Jose to leave. Ferner then pulled Jose off the bus, and the two men separated briefly. According to witnesses on the bus and at the Plaid Pantry store, three other male officers showed up almost immediately and wrestled Jose to the ground, repeatedly striking him in the ribs and legs, kicking, punching and pepper spraying him when a female officer jumped out of her patrol car, hitting Jose in the head with a flashlight, punching him repeatedly in the face and dropped her knee into his neck and back three or four times. The officers continued beating Jose after he was handcuffed, his feet were bound and he was hogtied then placed in a patrol car and driven to psychiatric ward of Gateway Hospital. 2½ days later Jose broke out of his room and apparently knocked a staff member down. 25 police officers responded to a call from the hospital. Sources at the hospital said there were no witnesses to the shooting and no security camera in the hallway where the shooting took place. Police allege Jose was wielding a metal bar he’d ripped off a door and was advancing toward officers. The officers claim to have used used verbal commands, pepper spray and fired several nonlethal beanbag rounds before Jeffrey Bell fired two fatal shots, killing Jose. A Multnomah County grand jury in the arrest and subsequent fatal shooting of Jose ruled Portland police officer Jeffrey Bell did not act criminally. Murdered by Portland PD
Shereese Francis 30 (schizophrenic) March 15, 2012 Jamaica, Queens, NY – Shauna Francis called 311 looking for some information. She wanted to call an ambulance for her 30-year-old sister, Shereese, but wasn’t impressed by the quality of care at Queens General, the nearest hospital. Shauna wanted to know if she could ask the ambulance to take Shereese to a Long Island hospital. The 311 operator told Shauna she would have to take that question up with the EMTs. Shauna drove to her mother’s home where Shereese was living and as she pulled into the driveway, she saw a police cruiser had already arrived, and four officers were approaching the front door. Assuming an ambulance was on its way, Shauna led the officers into the house, where her mother, Eleen, explained Shereese was in her bedroom in the basement. Eleen saw the officers wrestle Shereese onto a bed, all four of them piling onto her as they pressed her facedown into the mattress and handcuffed her. Within 20 minutes of the police arriving, Shereese Francis had stopped breathing. When Shereese was finally taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center she was pronounced dead. Hospital staff told the family she likely had been dead for at least 90 minutes before she arrived. The death certificate signed by the medical examiner listed Shereese’s death as a homicide and cited the immediate cause of death as “compression of trunk during agitated violent behavior (schizophrenia) while prone on bed and attempted restraint by police officers.” Murdered by NYPD
Keith Vidal 18, January 5, 2014 Boiling Spring Lakes, No. Carolina – Vidal’s father, Mark Wilsey, had called the police for help when the boy suffered what was described as a psychotic episode armed with a screwdriver and wanting to fight his mother. Three law enforcement officers from three different agencies answered the 911 call. After repeatedly tasering the troubled young man and while pinned down beneath two other officers the officers simply shot him as a time-saving measure saying “We don’t have time for this!” Murdered by Boiling Spring Lakes PD
Tarika Wilson 26, Jan. 4, 2008 Lima OH – Officers had been looking for Wilson’s boyfriend, Anthony Terry, a suspected drug dealer and were there to arrest him. A stun grenade was detonated outside to create a loud noise prior to entering the residence because Officers were obviously aware children were inside as there were toys in the yard and front porch. Police broke down the door and started shooting, Takika’s oldest daughter, 8, told relatives her mother ran upstairs after police detonated the charges. Chavalia recklessly fired three shots into a bedroom where un-armed Wilson and her six children were gathered, even though he could not clearly see her or whether she had a weapon. Officer Chavalia shot blindly into the bedroom killing Tarika and wounding her year-old son in the shoulder. One of the child’s fingers had to be amputated. Chavalia, an officer of 32-years, testified that he thought his life was in danger. He said he saw a shadow coming from behind a partially open bedroom door and heard gunshots he thought were aimed at him. The gunfire he heard was coming from downstairs, where officers shot two pit bulls. A Lima, Ohio jury has acquitted police officer Joseph Chavalia of involuntary manslaughter. Murdered by Lima, Ohio PD
Damon Lowery 29, December 1999 Lynnwood, WA – Lowery’s friend called police to his home when Lowery, who was visiting, began acting irrationally after taking drugs. Nine (9) police responded to the scene and got a woman and her boyfriend out of the home. Lowery crashed through a window in the back of the house and fell approximately 15 feet where with his back to the fence an Officer Ladd shot him 10 times with lead-pellet-beanbags from less than 10 feet away. (This is significant because Officer Ladd admitted aiming at Damon’s abdomen with those first shots: the manufacturer recommends aiming the “bean bag” rounds at “lower extremities” from less than 30 feet or risk significant injury or death). He climbed over a fence and into an adjoining property where officers emptied six full cans of pepper spray including some sprayed directly into his open neck wound while beating him. Sgt. Adams, who arrived on the scene after most of the confrontation occurred, clocked in her time of arrival and testified she saw 180-pound-plus Officer Shane Nicholson standing on handcuffed and unarmed Lowery’s neck and back. An EMT who arrived over two minutes later testified Nicholson was still on Lowery when he arrived. Lowery was taken by ambulance to OHSU Hospital and pronounced dead. The Deputy State Medical Examiner: “He died from sharp-force injuries to his neck” The Medical Examiner later testified her office did not have the information about Nicholson standing on Lowery at the time she signed the autopsy report. Murdered by Lynnwood PD
Victor Duffy Jr. 25, June 2012 Tukwilla, WA – Mrs. Mills, Victors mother called 911 during a fight with his younger sister despite his “deathly” fear of police. Victor had been diagnosed as being bipolar and having post-traumatic stress disorder after a confrontation with police in which he was tased six years prior. Mills said she told the officers who came to her house that her son was mentally ill and had not been taking his medications. “I begged them not to use a Taser on him,” “I told them he was afraid and I asked them to take care of him.” She said she and other family members were herded outside leaving her son alone in the house with police. “As soon as we were out, I heard ‘zzzt,’ ‘zzzt,’ and him screaming. As officers tried to take him into custody for an involuntary mental-health commitment, Duffy attempted to escape and broke his ankle by jumping out of a second-story window. While her Victor was on the ground and unable to move, officers attacked him, used the Taser on him again and handcuffed him. Medics were summoned to treat the ankle injury and transport Duffy to the hospital. A short while later he was dead. Murdered by Tukwilla PD
Stephen Dons (race and age unknown) Jan. 27, 1998 Portland, OR – A house occupied by Steven Douglas Dons was visited by 3 Police Bureau’s Marijuana Task Force and surmised there was a marijuana growing operation there. While those officers went to obtain a search warrant, two other officers from the MTF called for backup. After the backup officers arrived, Sgt. Jim Hudson, officers Steven Morrow, Kim Keist and Colleen Waibel knocked on the door, yelling “Portland Police.” The officers did not know if anyone was in the home. After receiving no answer, Hudson used a paving stone to break down the front door, 23 minutes before the warrant was signed. The officers were met with gunfire. Keist and Hudson were injured; Waibel was killed. Officers returned fire and Dons was shot once in the chest. At 4:45 AM on February 25, Dons was found dead in his medical cell at the Justice Center jail, where he was in custody of the County Sheriff. Although Dons was suspected of killing a police officer and wounding two others, he was not under guard. Authorities say they were checking on Dons through a window twice an hour. Police claim they found a sheet tied around Dons’ neck at one end, and around the bed frame at the other and he was taping the “up” button on his hospital bed. The official story is that Dons, weighing over 250 pounds and paralyzed from the waist down, tied the sheet around his neck and bed frame, then rigged the control for his hospital bed using electrical tape and a wad of paper to raise it until he was strangled. No one other than jail staff ever saw Dons with this alleged contraption in place. There was a surveillance camera in Dons’ cell, but it was conveniently out of order and had toothpaste smeared over the lens. Interesting how Dons’ ability to kill himself while not only paralyzed, but heavily medicated. Murdered by Portland PD
Corey McGinnis 35, July 1, 2012 Cincinnati OH – Police responding to calls about a fight and shots fired at a basketball game. Police shot McGinnis with a taser while he was trying to protect his four sons after a brawl broke out. McGinnis was shot in the upper torso with a Taser police had not regularly tested (later testing showed the taser was emitting higher voltage than manufacturer specifications) McGinnis collapsed from cardiac arrest at the Crutchfield Park and died five days later in the hospital. A settlement for $650,000 will help support McGinnis’ eight children. Murdered by Cincinnati PD
Damon Abraham 34, May 11, 2012 Baldwin, LA – Abraham showed up at the police tation to investigate a restraining order that was filed against him. After police told him he had warrants our for his arrest, Abraham fled on foot. A Baldwin Police Officer repeatedly used a taser on Abraham and hit him over the head with a baton after he ran from police. Abraham was held at police headquarters after being tased but then began showing signs of physical distress. He was transported to Franklin Foundation Hospital and was then being moved to a Lafayette hospital when he died en route. Murdered by Baldwin PD
Bobby Louis Merrill Jr. 32, April 11, 2012 Saginaw, MI – Merrill was headed to his mother’s house when he was met by police. The Saginaw Police Department said they received a complaint of someone disrupting traffic and jumping on to vehicles and they found Merrill just a few blocks from his destination. After an altercation with police in the street, police said, Merrill was subdued with a Taser, arrested and placed in the back of a police car. Police said he was being combative and was tasered 5 times, but they initially did not appear to have an effect on him. One of the taser blasts connected with Merrill and he was subdued then handcuffed before placing him in the back of the police car. Merrill went into cardiac arrest and according to witnesses police were high-fiving each when they finally allowed the medical responders to treat Merrill. The medical personnel had been onsite before the tasing but weren’t allowed to help. Merrill was pronounced dead at Saint Mary’s of Michigan hospital a short time later.
Clinton Hightower 27, May 15, 2012 Dekalb GA – Hightower was walking to his sister’s home to babysit. Officer Jason Cooper driving 80 mph with no lights or siren on his way to a fatal shooting in another part of the county when he struck Hightower killing him instantly. Killed by Dekalb PD
Reynaldo Cuevas 20, Sept. 7, 2012 New York – Cuevas was working closing up the bodega where he worked when armed robbers held him and his uncle hostage. He and his uncle both managed to escape as police were arriving. As they sprinted from the store, Cuevas was shot in the torso by a cop. According to Jesse Rodriquez a neighborhood resident “The first guy ran out with his hands on his head. The second guy ran out and tripped by the fire hydrant,” referring to Cuevas. And the cops shot him.” Cuevas, who was not armed, was shot once in the torso “People were screaming, ‘He works there! He’s an employee!” “He’s innocent.” Cuevas was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Murdered by NYPD
Police Version # 1: Adaisha was standing when she hugged an off-duty police officer Parish while dancing at a party causing the officer’s service weapon to fire.
Police Version # 2: Adaisha was performing some kind of ‘exotic dance’ that placed her in the line of fire for Officer Parrish’s holstered gun to discharge.
The bullet punctured Adaisha’s lung and hit her heart, she died at the hospital. Officer Parish was cleared of charges.
Walwyn “Smiley” Jackson 26, (emotionally disturbed) September 7, 2012 Queens, NY – His family had called 911 when they found him holding a kitchen knife to his own throat. Jackson was distraught at being unemployed and unable to provide for his 2-week-old son. His Grandmother, Gloria Cameron, said “We called 911 because we wanted an ambulance to come to take him to the hospital. He was no threat or harm to anyone but himself. When the police came to the door, I didn’t want to let them in. They told us to get out of the way and stay downstairs. One of them went for their gun as they went upstairs. I tried to tell them he’s sick. I started to cry and then I heard the shot. He never even made a sound. Rather than apologize to the family, the NYPD continues to victimize them, including at the wake. The police parked a van down the street, harassed and searched people or their way inside, and even ticketed her 21-year-old son when he picked up a beer can someone had left on the ground outside. Murdered by NYPD
Darrius Kennedy 51, (mentally ill) Aug. 18, 2012 New York – Kennedy was skipping along 7th Avenue with a kitchen knife when he was confronted by the police. Kennedy had a history of mental problems, and was previously taken to Bellevue Hospital for evaluation. After becoming agitated by the encounter, he began to walk backwards down Seventh Avenue, refusing to drop the weapon. Continuing to walk backwards, away from police, for 5 blocks and at least three minutes, there is still no Emergency Service Unit in sight. The police have no batons or tasers. Police say they pepper-sprayed Kennedy six times, but it failed to stop him. After Kennedy allegedly lunged at the cops, they shot him 12 times however Kennedy from 15 to 20 feet away while standing at their squad cars. Michael Massett, 41, 18 years on the job, shoots three or four times. Peter Rogers, 33, a police officer for the last seven years, pulls the trigger of his Glock nine or 10 times. Thirteen bullets strike Kennedy: six in the chest and abdomen, three in the back, two in the left upper arm and one in each thigh. He is pronounced dead at Bellevue Hospital, at 3:42 p.m. Murdered by NYPD
Steven Rodriguez 22, Jan. 23, 2013 Monterey Park CA – Rodriquez had no alcohol or drugs in his system at the time he broke several windows with a lead pipe bender at a Carl’s Jr. restaurant. Police were called and according to the YouTube video, Rodriguez raised the pipe bender, but he did not retract it as though he was going to swing. Monterey Park Police Officers Peter Palomino and Everado Romo tazed him, but when that didn’t work, each fired five shots killing him instantly claiming they were in fear for their lives. Officers and emergency responders did not did not give Rodriguez adequate medical attention after he was shot, he was left alone, handcuffed, bleeding and dying on the ground of the parking lot for approximately 10 minutes before anyone gave him medical assistance. Monterey Park paid the family $875,000 for wrongful death. Murdered by Monterey Park PD
Davinian Darnell Williams 36, May 9, 2012 Jacksonville FL – Officer Jeff Edwards began following Williams for “driving suspiciously in an area known for drug activity. According to Officer Edwards Williams tried to evade him by making sudden turns and running stop signs. When Williams finally stopped, police claim Williams refused commands to show his hands and was moving around inside the vehicle. Officer Edwards moved from one side of the car to the other to get a better view of what Williams was doing. “The suspect made a sudden motion, reaching down”. Edwards opened fire, shooting seven times through a side window hitting Williams with six of the shots. Williams died at the scene. Williams had drugs in his socks but no weapons were found. Murdered by Jacksonville PD
James Harper 31, July 24, 2012 Dallas TX – Dallas police officers responded to a 911 kidnapping call at a known drug house. The 911 call that turned out to be phony. Officers claim when they entered the house, they saw a gun and four suspects running in four separate directions. According to the 3 other witness/suspects “ they heard what sounded like someone trying to break in and made a decision to leave out the back of the home to escape what they perceived to be a dangerous situation.” The officers gave chase, with Rowden tasked with running down Harper. Rowden claims to have caught up to Harper several times, and they fought each time, Harper allegedly kicked the officer in the chest. Rowden was losing the fight and was exhausted when he claims Harper said, “You’re going to have to kill me.” Rowden shot when he thought it appeared Harper was reaching for a weapon in his pocket. Rowder shot unarmed Harper in the back 3 times claiming he feared for his life. Murdered by Dallas PD
Jeterius Moore 18, May 10, 2012 Selma, AL – Police say they got a call about a “disturbance” in the area. When they arrived, police say one of their cops became “engaged” with an individual and “shots were fired. It can be safety assumed Jeterius was unarmed…or at least did not have a firearm. Police in all jurisdictions immediately will tell the public of guns possessed by individuals they shoot and kill, which justifies these summary executions in most Americans’ eyes. The fact Selma police are not releasing any details at all and will not answers any questions when a young man was killed by their department makes this appear to be yet another senseless murder. Murdered by Selma PD