Currently, there is no national database documenting the murders of un-armed people by police, security guards, self-appointed vigilantes or bounty hunters. Although not all victims found here were weaponless, the fatal murdering of the unarmed: whether they are of ethnic origin, disabled, mentally ill, homeless or their sexual orientation, by Police Departments across the country is unjustified, and the vast majority of officers involved are not being held accountable.
I believe ALL those listed below regardless of whether they were in the process of perpetrating a crime, in a gang, drug possession, incarceration, resisting arrest, alluding, a weapon thrown aside, mentally ill or just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, they are all victims. Victims who loved and were loved. This memorial is dedicated to all the Mothers and Fathers, Sons and Daughters, Husbands and Wife’s, Grandparents, Sisters and Brothers, Nieces and Nephews, Girlfriends, Boyfriends, Lovers, Friends and Neighbors who have lost someone at the hands of law enforcement. For all the heartbreak, shed tears, unanswered questions, lies and grief for a life unfulfilled, to you I give honor, for “there but for the grace of God go I”. May you find peace in knowing their bloodshed will not go unnoticed nor will their life be forgotten.
As we remember victims of violence let us remember the sadness of loss. May that sadness be transformed into compassion for the victim and their loved ones. May the fear struck in us by the power of tragedy give way to reverence at the unending power of unconditional love. May we uncover the energy of our anger and use it to right what is wrong in our own behavior toward one another and to challenge the mindsets and systems which enable and promote violence. May love gently wipe the tears from our eyes and remove the fear from our hearts. Look with favor upon the families and friends who mourn the victims and comfort those who are in grief and despair, that peace, the fruit of justice and charity may reign for each of us gathered here today. For all victims of crime, abuse, harassment and all who commit acts of violence; from those who speak harsh words in anger, to those who hate others who are different from themselves, to those who take the life of another, may we learn to act justly, love tenderly and walk humbly.
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. Even if the person is a felon and has a violent criminal history, yet fits into any of the above categories, that person is still considered unarmed. If someone is in the commission of a crime, yet fits into any of the above categories, that person is still considered 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/bounty hunters 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.
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
Unfortunately due to the ongoing killings by Police and Vigilantes/Bounty Hunters claiming Stand Your Ground (Castle Doctrine) this list will continue to grow. Please keep in mind each victim is double and triple checked for accuracy, therefore it takes approximately 40-60 minutes to complete each bio, including editing, separating into 4 data bases and posting online to the appropriate page(s). This website is an extremely time consuming endeavor, yet a true labor of love, but often mentally overwhelming and occasionally must be set aside as I regroup. If you have a family member, friend or know of someone killed at the hands of Law Enforcement or Bounty Hunters/Vigilante(s) please leave their name, age, state, date of death etc. by replying in the comment box; they will be given top priority on the next post and you will receive links to their location(s). Completed bio’s on this page have ** # and 1, 2, 3 or 4 behind the entry denoting the part/page where the bio can be found. Due to lack of space ((#)) signifies mental disorders, including but not limited to Suicide.
This Is What It’s Like To Be An Unarmed Black Man In America
Santos Rodriquez 12 H/M Dallas TX July 24, 1973 – Yanked by Police Officer Darrell L. Cain and another Officer Santos and David Rodriguez were pulled from their grandfather’s home in the middle of the night. Shoeless and in handcuffs Santos along with his 13-year-old brother, David were driven to a vacant lot behind a Fina gas station where a vending machine had been robbed of $8. The handcuffed boy denied he’d taken the change. As Officer Darrell Cain continued to interrogate Santos he attempted to force a confession Russian roulette-style by placing his .357 Magnum pointed at Santos’ left ear. The second time he placed the gun to Santos’ head he pulled the trigger, it fired and Santos died instantly. Police Officer Darrell L. Cain was sentenced to only five years in prison for murder with malice and was released after serving half the term. SMU scholarship has been named after Santos Rodriguez http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/03/smu-scholarship-named-after-santos-rodriguez-12-year-old-killed-in-73-by-dallas-cop.html/ . It took 40 years, one month and 28 days, before Dallas City Hall Dallas’ top official at last offered an apology. http://www.dallasnews.com/news/community-news/south-dallas/headlines/20150724-mourners-remember-dallas-boy-killed-by-police-42-years-ago.ece
Darrin “Dagwood” Hannah 45 B/M Waukegan IL Nov. 13, 2011 – Hannah was arrested and subdued by police when they were called to his apartment over a domestic dispute. Pictures taken after his arrest show severe injuries to his face. Reportedly, the police also tasered Hannah. He was immediately taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries a week later. After the autopsy the coroner said that Hannah’s sickle cell anemia was aggravated by fists and stun guns used during his arrest so that the official cause of death was changed from undetermined to homicide. http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/01/22/death-of-man-tasered-by-police-ruled-homicide/
Jeremy John Linhart 30 W/M Findlay OH June 9, 2015 – Linhart was the only passenger in a car that was stopped by police at about 3:05 a.m. in the 800 block of West Sandusky Street, for a “regular traffic violation.” During the traffic stop, the driver and the passenger were “removed from” the vehicle, the chief said. The passenger then allegedly tried to get back into the vehicle, at which time the officer interfered and the victim was shot during a struggle, the chief said. Findlay police do not use dashboard or body cameras. https://www.toledoblade.com/Police-Fire/2015/06/09/Findlay-officer-involved-in-shooting.html
William Dick III 28 N/M Confederated Tribes Colville Reservation Tonasket WA April 4, 2015 – Unarmed Dick, who had allegedly robbed a hitchhiker at gunpoint earlier in the day, fled from officers in his van. He eventually crashed into a tree and ran away. After being caught he was tasered and handcuffed, and stopped breathing soon after.
Dominick Ray Wise 30 B/M Culpepper VA March 30, 2015 – Wise was believed to be intoxicated and was walking erratically in the middle of the road. Police attempted to get him on the sidewalk and the interaction eventually escalated to a scuffle. One officer had his nose broken. Police used a Taser on Wise and he became unresponsive shortly after. http://www.fredericksburg.com/news/crime_courts/culpeper-man-dies-after-being-tasered-by-police/article_46debc2a-d727-11e4-a18f-5b06a6f5b1bd.html
Darnell Hutchinson 32 San Leandro CA Oct. 9, 2011 – Hutchinson was reportedly scaring customers and refusing to leave Nation’s Giant Hamburgers, a restaurant in San Leandro. He was acting paranoid, thought someone was following him, and saying he needed to use someone’s phone. When officers tried to take him into custody, the police claim he resisted, and one of the officers used a taser on him. It is unclear how many times the taser was used. Hutchinson was placed in handcuffs, and immediately became unresponsive and his health deteriorated. He was taken by ambulance to an East Bay hospital, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_19097286
Gerald E. Hall 34 B/M Oklahoma City OK Sept. 26, 2011 – Police took him into custody at a convenience store after Hall allegedly attempted to pour charcoal lighter fluid on an apartment building nearby then barricaded himself in the store restroom when police arrived. As officers tried to arrest Hall they claim he became combative and fought with them. Tased repeatedly Hall became unresponsive then taken to Integris Baptist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Six police officers were involved in the incident. http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com/2011/09/oklahoma-man-dies.html
Anastasio Hernandez Rojas 42 H/M San Diego CA May 28, 2010 – Rojas a California resident since age 18 longtime San Diego resident; tortured to death by federal officers at a Border Patrol station as he resisted being deported.
Tortured to death by California Border Patrol. http://soboco.org/border-patrol-brutality-since-2010/
Ross Anthony 25 Dallas TX June 9, 2015 – Anthony was “exhibiting erratic behavior” when he was found inside a parked vehicle. Numerous citizens called 911 reporting the behavior of Mr. Anthony, who police say was “running into the traffic lanes, approaching vehicles and banging on the windows of nearby businesses.” According to the statement, Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics drove past the scene along the 5400 block of North Jim Miller Road, near Samuell Boulevard, and tried to help him. But he wasn’t interested, police say: “He banged his fists on the hood of the ambulance and entered into another citizen’s vehicle as officers arrived on scene.” Police say the officers tried to coax him out of the car, at which point he cracked the door open “slightly” allowing officers to reach in and grab him. After officers ordered him to exit the vehicle, police claim there was a struggle, and extra help was requested. Sgt. Ned Charles, Officer James MacDonald, Sgt. Daniel Cordero and Officer Paul Kessenich was the officer who deployed and used his Taser on Anthony. When Anthony began exhibiting signs of medical distress he was taken to Baylor University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/dallas-county/2015/06/09/man-dies-after-dallas-police-deploy-taser/28726075/
Roberto Pérez Pérez 63 H/M San Diego CA Jan. 13, 2011 – Beaten while in detention for trying to re-enter the U.S. and died due to lack of proper medical care. California Border Patrol http://soboco.org/border-patrol-brutality-since-2010/
Nicholas Thomas 23 B/M Cobb County GA March 24, 2015 – Officers claim Thomas fled from the Goodyear store where he worked in a customer’s vehicle when they attempted to serve him a warrant. Police say Thomas was driving towards them and that they feared for their lives, prompting them to fire on the car. Witnesses dispute Thomas was attempting to flee, and some say the vehicle was not moving at all. Thomas was dealing with legal issues related to an alleged assault of a police officer a year earlier. http://fusion.net/story/109439/atlanta-police-shooting-why-cops-shouldnt-shoot-at-moving-cars/
Joseph Tassinari “Smokn Joe T” 63 W/M Glendale AZ March 24, 2015 – Tassinari, a Vietnam veteran, was wanted for allegedly brandishing a weapon during an incident earlier in the day. According to police, Tassinari refused to comply with orders from an officer who had arrived at his residence. He was tasered and then allegedly reached for his waistband before being shot dead. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/12-news/2015/03/25/12news-officer-involved-shooting-glendale-joe-tassinari/70463988/
Ryan Keith Bolinger 28 Des Moines IA June 10, 2015 – An officer had pulled over a driver for an unrelated traffic stop. A few minutes later, another car pulled up alongside so close that the officer couldn’t open the car door. The driver of the other vehicle (Bolinger ) got out and danced around, before getting back in his car. Police followed. The pursuit was low-speed, about the speed limit, and lasted about two minutes. he driver did a U-turn and stopped abruptly and the police officer swerved to miss the car, stopping in front of the vehicle, as another police vehicle pulled up. the driver of the other car got out and moved toward the police car that had just arrived. The officer in that vehicle opened fire and shot Bolinger in the torso. He was declared dead at a hospital.
Troy Boyd 36 W/M Pike County MS March 15, 2015 – Boyd was accused of riding a quad bike erratically with a machete strapped to the back of his bike. Officials claim one of the deputies who responded to the call opened fire when Boyd allegedly tried to run them over with the bike.
Antonio Perez 32 H/M Los Angeles CA March 12, 2015 – Police said they opened fire on Lopez when he reached for his waistband while fleeing on foot after his vehicle crashed. He was a suspect in a burglary and was driving a stolen car. No weapon was discovered. http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20150313/foot-pursuit-in-unincorporated-walnut-park-ends-in-fatal-deputy-involved-shooting
Thomas Allen Jr. 34 B/M St. Louis MO Feb. 28, 2015 – Allen was in a passenger in a vehicle that had been pulled over for not signaling and for making an illegal left turn. Allen was searched, found to have no weapons and was allowed back in the car. While officers questioned the driver, Allen got into the front seat and tried to drive away. One officer got into the passenger’s seat as Allen tried to get away, and wrestled with him before shooting him. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/suspect-in-wellson-police-shooting-dies-of-wounds/article_7572d365-c0d0-515f-a2d5-bc6ab6a2265d.html
Francisco Manuel Cesena 40 H/M San Ysidro Port of Entry CA Dec. 24, 2014 – While he sat in a holding cell, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents checked his record. It showed Cesena was wanted on a warrant and was considered armed and dangerous. The decedent was sitting on a bench when he suddenly got up, hurdled the gate to the agents’ desk and began physically attacking the agents.” He was forced to the ground. Multiple agents fired Tasers at Cesena and tried to restrain him for nearly 10 minutes, according to the report. He was then handcuffed, and one agent appeared to put something over or around his mouth. Eight minutes later Cesena was found unresponsive and he later was pronounced dead at a local hospital. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/09/border-crossing-death-francisco-cesena/
Amilcar Perez-Lopez 21 H/M San Francisco CA Feb. 26, 2015 – Police said Perez-Lopez wielded a knife while trying to steal a bike. Plainclothes officers shot him when he allegedly ignored their demands to drop the knife, which protesters later said he wouldn’t have understood because he did not speak English. Witnesses reportedly contradicted the police account, saying Perez-Lopez was trying to get his phone back from the owner of the bike. http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/S-F-police-shoot-suspect-in-Mission-District-6104854.php
Danny A. Elrod 39 W/M Omaha NE Feb. 24, 2015 – Officers Lugod, Bradley Bornhoft, Nicole Geyza and Patricia Pope made contact with Danny Elrod, the suspect in the Family Dollar robbery, in the parking lot of Sports Car Garage. The officers allegedly gave Elrod loud verbal commands to show his hands and to get on the ground, which Elrod refused to comply with. Elrod reportedly climbed onto the hood of one of the vehicles parked in the parking lot and continued to be non-compliant. Geyza deployed a taser, but it was ineffective. Unarmed Elrod was being pursued in connection to a robbery at a Family Dollar store. Police claim Elrod told them he had a weapon and reached for his waistband several times. His wife claims to have seen the entire incident and says he raised his arms. Omaha Police Officer Alvin Lugod shot Elrod 6 times. http://www.ketv.com/news/new-details-released-in-mondays-officerinvolved-shooting/31458074
Adam Thomas 27 W/M East Hemet CA Nov. 8, 2014 – Adam Thomas had accepted a job as a solar panel installer and was staying at a friend’s house. Brandon Thomas said a witness told him a neighbor came to the house to complain about teenagers racing cars up and down the street. His brother was indoors trying to sleep but came outside and asked what was going on. His brother was shot five times during a confrontation with the armed suspect. Police arrived to find Adam Thomas, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Officer John Demery, 40, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent and Hemet resident, has been arrested on suspicion of homicide.
Glenn D. Norman 46 /M Osage Beach MO Oct. 4, 2011 – Norman reportedly broke into a home and struggled with the owner of the house. The owner called the police and Norman left the residence. Police found Norman in the neighborhood and, after he resisted arrest. Sheriff deputies electrocuted Norman until he stopped breathing. Several minutes later, he began having troubles breathing. Paramedics were called. He was pronounced dead on the scene by an on duty Lake Regional Emergency Room physician. http://www.connectmidmissouri.com/news/story.aspx?id=670662
Ruben Villalpando 31, Grapevine TX Feb. 20, 2015 – Villalpando was pulled over after leading Officer Robert Clark on a chase. Dashcam video shows the officer ordering Villalpando to stay where he is, as he slowly shuffles towards Clark’s police cruiser with his hands on his head. Villalpando is shot dead just after he walks past the camera’s view. http://thescoopblog.dallasnews.com/2015/05/tarrant-county-grand-jury-declined-to-indict-in-grapevine-police-involved-shooting-of-mexican-immigrant.html/
Betty Diane Sexton 43 W/F Gastonia NC Feb.17, 2015 – Sexton was shot when she ignored instructions to drop a gun, according to authorities. She had called the police to help her remove ‘unwanted house guests’. Relatives said Sexton was attempting to lower her weapon yet two witnesses agreed with the police account. http://myfox8.com/2015/02/22/answers-wanted-after-mother-shot-killed-by-officer-at-nc-home/
Jonathan Pierce 37 W/M Port St. Joe FL Feb. 11, 2015 – Port St. Joe Police have released a statement that they arrested a Pierce and transported him to the station. The case is being investigated as an “officer involved in a shooting At 7:39 p.m. EST, the man died while in police custody.
Candace L. Blakley 24 W/F No. Augusta SC June 13, 2015 – pronounced dead at the scene from a fatal gunshot wound, the Aiken County coroner confirmed that the shooting victim was Deputy Matthew Blakley’s wife, 24-year old, Candace L. Blakley. Deputy Blakley was arrested early Sunday morning on charges of Involuntary Manslaughter and he was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center where he awaits a bond hearing.
Kelley Boren 32 W/F Lindon UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all
Haley Marie Boren 5 W/F Lindon UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all
Joshua Boren Jr 7 W/M Lindon UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all
Marie King 55 W/F Lindon 2014 – UT Jan. 16, 2014 – Kelly Boren had been repeatedly drugged, raped and videotaped by husband Police Officer Joshua Boren allegedly called her a bad mother. She responded by threatening to take the children. Lindon police officer Joshua Boren shot and killed his wife, two children and mother-in-law before killing himself. Joshua Boren used his police-issued handgun to shoot and kill his wife, two children, and mother-in-law in January. Joshua Boren then placed the bodies of his wife and children on his bed, lying side-by-side, lay down next to them and took his own life. The body of mother-in law Marie King was found in another room. http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865606440/Officer-who-killed-family-had-dark-side-struggled-since-childhood.html?pg=all
Howard Cooke 30 York PA Sept. 28, 2011 – Cooke allegedly ran from a vehicle which had been pulled over by a police officer. Cooke was not the driver. Police chased him and used a stun gun on him, which was initially ineffective. When he was caught, the officers drive-stunned him again. He was arrested and while in custody, became unresponsive. He was taken to York Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.wgal.com/r/29334069/detail.html)
David Kedra 26 W/M Plymouth Township PA Sept. 30, 2014 – Trooper Kedra was killed during a firearms training exercise at the Montgomery County Public Safety Training Complex. Evidence indicates that the bullet was accidentally discharged by another member of the force. The bullet hit trooper Kedra in the chest. He was rushed to Temple University Hospital and died a short time later. State trooper Richard Schroeter accused of recklessly using a firearm that led to the death of a fellow trooper waived his formal arraignment. Schroeter reportedly testified he did not perform all of the necessary safety checks on the weapon and believed it was unloaded. http://www.lehighvalleylive.com/breaking-news/index.ssf/2014/09/pennsylvania_state_trooper_sho_2.html
Thomas Alfred Smith Jr. (police officer) 42 Oakland CA Jan. 22, 2014 – a group of four members of BART’s detective unit and several members of Dublin Police and Alameda County Sheriff’s departments, converged on the Park Sierra Apartments, at 6450 Dougherty Road. Wearing bulletproof vests, the group were there to search of an apartment belonging a suspect in several robberies on BART property. The suspect, whom officials did not name, was already in custody and was not inside the apartment at the time. The officers began their search by knocking twice on the door. Each knock went unanswered, but the door was unlocked, so several of them stepped inside. Not knowing whether anyone was inside the apartment, the officers followed protocol and entered with their guns drawn. Smith was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow officer during a search Tuesday afternoon at a robbery suspect’s Dublin apartment. http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_24962932/bart-police-sergeant-shot-and-killed-by-fellow
William Alberto Wilkins (Police Officer) 29 B/M Oakland CA Jan. 2001 – Officer William Wilkins was pursing an auto thief near 89th Avenue when Officers Andrew Koponen and Timothy Scarrott arrived as Wilkins drew his weapon on the suspect. Both officers fired several times, killing Wilkins, after they said he ignored orders to drop the weapon. http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Friendly-Fire-Fells-Oakland-Officer-Two-rookies-2965432.php
Luis Phillip Rodriquez 44 H/M Moore OK Jan. 20, 2014 – Officers were investigating a domestic abuse call outside the Warren Theater. The report shows an officer approached Rodriguez and asked for his identification but “he wasn’t giving it to him” then “Luis stepped back, crossed his arms and tried to walk around” the officer. Police reported that Rodriguez was “taking an aggressive stance” that they “interpreted as a fighting stance. Other officers eventually “stepped in to get Luis under control. Security footage shows an officer using knee strikes and other active counter measures to release Rodriguez’s arms so he could be handcuffed.Allegedly Rodriquiz stopped breathing” at the scene but “he was stabilized” at the hospital, where Rodriguez eventually “stopped breathing again and died” after receiving a CT scan. Oklahoma Medical Examiner said back in April that Rodriguez died from a cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and that his body had signs of a struggle that would not have been enough to kill him. Beat to death by 5 Moore PD http://www.news9.com/story/25831448/da-clears-moore-officers-of-wrongdoing-in-in-custody-death
Mark D. McCullaugh Jr 28 ((#)) Inmate Akron OH Aug. 20, 2006 – Deputies used a Taser stun gun, shackles and a full can of pepper spray during the struggle, and a jail nurse injected McCullaugh with drugs in a further effort to calm him . McCullaugh was shackled in a hogtied position, choked to death within ”minutes” of being sprayed with ”a large amount” of pepper spray. McCullaugh’s death was a homicide caused by asphyxia from multiple blunt-force blows and the ”combined effects of chemical, mechanical and electrical restraint,” including an unspecified anal injury. An order requires Kohler to delete the words “homicide” due to “multiple restraint mechanisms with beating and anal penetration,” as well as any reference to death by “asphyxia due to the combined effects of chemical, mechanical and electrical restraint” from McCullaugh’s death certificate and autopsy report. Five deputies face charges for McCullaugh’s death. Deputy Stephen Kendrick is charged with murder. http://www.charlydmiller.com/LIB12/2008McCullaugh2006DeathArticles.pdf
Bradford T. Gibson 36 Isabella County MI Sept. 24, 2011 – Gibson struggled with police and was tasered twice outside a Wayside bar, according to a police report. He had reportedly been grabbing women in the bar. About an hour after he arrived at the Isabella County Jail, he died. (http://www.clarecountyreview.com/2011/09/msp-investigating-isabella-inmate-death/)
Jorge Azucena 26 H/M Los Angeles CA Sept. 7, 2013 – Azucena had briefly led officers on a chase on the night of but was cornered and submitted to arrest. He told officers that he had asthma and was having trouble breathing. Officers on scene, and later in a South Los Angeles jail, ignored his pleas for medical help. By the time paramedics were called, Azucena was slumped in a jail cell.Azucena died about 40 minutes after he was taken into custody by Los Angeles police officers after running a red light in South Los Angeles. A coroner’s autopsy found that an asthma attack had probably been the cause of death and classified it as an accident. Los Angeles ordered to pay $1.35 million to Azucena’s mother. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-asthma-death-settlement-20150331-story.html
Dennis S Hyde age unknown ((#)) /M Akron OH Aug. 20, 2006 – Officer John Ross and Officer Anthony Kelley were dispatched to a burglary in progress. Hiding in the basement Hype began ranting about the devil and began projectile vomiting. Officers repeatedly asked Hyde to keep his hands above his head which he didn’t do, instead picking up a vase as if to throw it. Officer Ross aimed his taser and ordered Hyde to drop the vase and get down on the ground, 2 taser prongs hit hit in the chest. Hyde became completely out of control. Three more taser devises were deployed. Once subdued Officer Ross applied the taser devise directly to Hyde’s skin. Hyde was then handcuffed and shackled. Hyde became unresponsive and died. Judge Schneiderman’s decision of an alternative explanation for cause of death for Dennis S. Hyde as “excited delirium syndrome” or “agitated delirium.” http://cironline.org/sites/default/files/legacy/files/TaserOhioRuling.pdf
Darnell Benson 40 B/M ((#)) San Francisco CA April 3, 2015 – Around a quarter past 10:00 in the morning, the Department of Emergency Management was called by an unidentified resident of an Apartment Complex. Allegedly Darnell was on the balcony of one of the apartments exhibiting non-violent behavior which nevertheless was a cause for concern. Sgt. Feliks Gasanyan and Officers John Norment Robin Odum Christopher Dunne and Cory Foss arrived on the scene. Allegedly Darnell had a conversation with a maintenance man and made a declaration he was “just minding his own business.” Benson transported by Officer Tommie Bartley. It is apparent based upon this behavior that the SFPD had no intention of taking Darnell somewhere where he could receive medical assistance. At the Sheriff’s Department is when things began to unravel. Darnell, for reasons unknown, was taken into County Jail 1, strip searched, and triaged by Jail Psychiatric Services, a non-profit company contracted with the City for in-custody psychiatric care. The triage nurse determined Darnell fit the criteria for a 5150 (involuntary psychiatric hold) and, based upon their protocols, he was refused admittance to the jail and diverted to where he should have originally been taken, San Francisco General Hospital. Here the details become fuzzy. As Darnell was escorted from CJ1 to the sally port of the jail, a conflict arose between Darnell and his captors. We know Officers Tommie Bartley, Cory Foss and Robin Odum were involved in this conflict. Moments later, Sherriff’s Deputies were called for backup, and those officers were joined by Officers Jonathon Lucchetti, Paul Lujano, Sgt. Feliks Gasanyan of the SFPD. EMTs provided by American Medical Response arrived and found Darnell in a four-point restraint forced into a prone position – essentially hog-tied –with four officers holding him. As many as seven people were involved in the altercation. Darnell’s hands and feet were shackled, his face was also covered. EMTs administered the maximum 5mg dose of Versed, a powerful tranquilizer that can cause breathing difficulties and has a common side effect of amnesia. He was bruised and bleeding from his mouth. Darnell was taken to San Francisco General Hospital in this state, but his heart gave out. Paramedics attempted to revive him, but he never came back and was declared dead three days later, April 6, 2015, at SF General Hospital, where he had been on life support.
Sandra Guadalupe Maldonado Simpson 33 H/F Midland TX Dec. 18, 2014 – it all started with a 911 call with no one on the other end that originated from a home on Crenshaw Drive. That’s where they found 34-year-old Sgt. Chad Simpson from the Midland Police Department dead from a gunshot wound. “Sandra was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital following the shooting where it was announced that she was believed to have died. Shot by husband Officer Chad Simpson http://murder-suicide.blogspot.com/2014_12_01_archive.html
Keara Crowder 29 Memphis TN Nov. 19, 2014 – Memphis Officer Jaselyn Grant returned from her shift and then waited for Crowder and her son to arrive. Crowder’s son told police the two women were verbally arguing for several hours when Grant placed two guns on a TV stand and said, “we’re gonna settle this now.” Grant picked up a gun and pointed it at Crowder’s son, at which time Crowder picked up the other gun and told her son to run. The affidavit states Crowder hit Grant in the head with the gun. The 12-year-old told police as he was running he heard several gunshots and turned to see Grant shoot at him. A verbal argument escalated, and that’s when investigators say Grant shot Crowder three times. Crowder, married Grant in Illionis, was taken to Regional Medical Center in critical condition. She was pronounced dead just after 2 p.m. The 12-year-old boy was not injured. http://wreg.com/2014/11/19/woman-shot-multiple-times-in-southeast-shelby-co/
Kwang Tae Lee 61 A/M and Richard Kim Dublin CA 49 Aug. 1, 2005 – Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the home of Kim, a Korean American. They found Kim’s brother-in-law, Kwang Tae Lee, holding a knife. According to a police statement, Lee did not drop the knife after being asked to do so repeatedly by police. Community members said Lee had been drinking and did not speak English. Police shot Lee several times and one of the shots hit and killed Kim, who was standing behind a door nearby. After the shooting occurred, Kim and Lee’s wives were placed in a hotel room and told not to leave. Police officers told the women the next morning that they had to vacate the room if they didn’t pay for it. The police were never charged. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php
Richard Kim 49 A/M Kwang Tae Lee 61 Dublin CA 49 Aug. 1, 2005 – Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at the home of Kim, a Korean American. They found Kim’s brother-in-law, Kwang Tae Lee, holding a knife. According to a police statement, Lee did not drop the knife after being asked to do so repeatedly by police. Community members said Lee had been drinking and did not speak English. Police shot Lee several times and one of the shots hit and killed Kim, who was standing behind a door nearby. After the shooting occurred, Kim and Lee’s wives were placed in a hotel room and told not to leave. Police officers told the women the next morning that they had to vacate the room if they didn’t pay for it. The police were never charged. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php
Jeremy Lake 19 W/M Tulsa OK Aug. 6, 2014 – Lisa Kepler and Lake were walking back from Guthrie Green and were in the street in front of their home when a black SUV pulled up, and Shannon Kepler stepped out. An argument occurred between Lake and Shannon Officer Kepler who reportedly was with Kepler’s daughter, after he told Kepler that he was her daughter’s boyfriend. Lisa Kepler said her father shouted at her and that as Lake attempted to introduce himself, Shannon Kepler shot Lake. Lake had been shot in the chest and neck from about 3-feet away. Lisa Kepler said she had attempted to stop the shooting but then ran and hid behind a large rose bush in the front yard as her father fired a shot at her that missed and told authorities it was her dad who was the triggerman. Josh Mills, 23, a friend of Lake’s, said he was also at the scene during the shooting. He said Shannon Kepler also fired a shot at Lake’s 13-year-old brother, who was sitting on the front porch. The bullet ricocheted and grazed the boy in the upper arm Shannon Kepler, 54, a 24-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, was booked into the Tulsa Jail on first-degree murder and shooting with intent to kill complaints. His wife, Gina, 48, also a Tulsa police officer, was jailed on an accessory to murder. http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/police-report-tulsa-officer-fatally-shoots-daughter-s-boyfriend/article_c99c71e0-c77a-5c55-8b6a-30ca3a4f0b84.html
Briana Ojeda 11 H/F Brooklyn NY Aug. 27, 2010 – Briana Ojeda was suffering an asthma attack on Aug. 27, 2010, as her panicked mother drove the wrong way down Henry St. in Cobble Hill. She was headed toward Long Island University in a desperate attempt to get help for her daughter. Officer Alfonso Mendez pulled her over just three blocks away and refused her request to call an ambulance, the mom said. The cop, instead, began writing her a summons. As little Briana’s condition worsened, the officer ignored the mother’s begging for help. “Mendez refused, stating that he ‘didn’t do CPR,’ The girl later died at the hospital. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/family-briana-ojeda-died-asthma-attack-coward-suspended-delaying-girl-hospital-article-1.1139036
Bianca Davis 23 B/F St. Martin Parish LA June 14, 2015 – 18 year old twin brothers have been arrested, accused in a shooting Sunday morning in St. Martin Parish that killed former Ragin’ Cajuns basketball player Bianca Davis. A security guard at the party said he witnessed the shooting and it was a police officer, NOT the Sophus brothers, who shot Davis. “He wasn’t aiming to shoot at anybody,” Dequincy Lewis, security guard at the party, said of the officer he claims fired the fatal shots. “(He came) around the corner shooting wildly thinking he was shooting at the people shooting at that truck but he made a mistake and hit that girl.” Lewis said the officer tried to collect the shell casings so there would not be any evidence. The security guard added there are other people who witnessed what happened who have come forward since he spoke out. http://www.katc.com/story/29326120/two-under-arrest-in-bianca-davis-death
Raul Guevara Jr. 30 H/M Los Angeles, CA Jan. 22, 1984 – Guevara Jr. was taken into police custody for possession of stolen property when he allegedly began struggling with Officers who were attempting to recover a telephone receiver he’d snatched off a wall in his cell block. After a taser shock failed to subdue him a jailer used a chokehold across his throat. 4 additional jailer wrestled Guevara to the floor, again placing him in a chokehold while other jailer restrained Guevara with handcuffs and shackles. As he was being loaded onto a gurney Guevara stopped breathing and died. A Los A Los Angeles Police Department review of the incident found that the chokehold was used in violation of department policy. No disciplinary action was taken. The Los Angeles City Council voted to pay $585,000 to settle two lawsuits filed by the family of an inmate at Van Nuys Jail who died after being subjected to a chokehold that was banned from use by police. http://articles.latimes.com/1986-04-03/local/me-2748_1_police-officers
Jermaine Benjamin 42 B/M ((#)) Indian River County FL June 16, 2015 – After frantic 911 calls were made requesting an ambulance and stating a man was “tripping” and “acting crazy.” Deputies arrived on the scene within four minutes to control the scene before paramedics arrived. 42-year-old Jermaine Benjamin was “out of control” when deputies arrived. Family members claim a deputy who was subduing Benjamin put his knee into the back of Benjamin’s neck and kept his face pressed against the ground. “By the time they turned him back over, he was gone,” Benjamin’s cousin, Lateesia Jordan. Deputies performed CPR on Benjamin until paramedics took over and rushed him to the hospital. Benjamin was pronounced dead at the hospital less than an hour later. http://www.wpbf.com/news/tripping-man-dies-after-being-subdued-by-deputies/33612230
Tamra Seidle 51 W/F Neptune NJ June 18, 2015 – Officer Sergent Phillip Seidle chased his ex wife down as she drove with their 7 year old daughter making her crash into another vehicle. A that point, Phillip Seidle drew his service pistol, a 40 caliber glock, and fired several shots into the side of his ex wifes vehicle. From there Seidle then positioned himself in front of the vehicle and fired several more shots in the windshield while their 7-year old was inside of the car. Tamra Seidle was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Officer Phillip Seidle eventually surrendered to law enforcement after attempting to take his own life. The couple has 9 children ranging from ages 7 to 24. Reports are not very clear, as some seem to say that all shots into the car were made before police arrived, while others, and some videos, appear to show that Seidle fired additional shots into the car after having held the gun to his own head after police arrived. http://www.veooz.com/news/2JHCLC7.html
Keaton Farris 25 ((#)) W/M Inmate Coupeville, WA April 7, 2015 – Farris was arrested for failure to make a court appearance in connection with a charge of cashing a $350 forged check in January. He had no prior criminal convictions. Farris died of dehydration and malnutrition after spending 13 days in the jail. Originally from Lopez Island, “He died of dehydration. I’m angry at anybody who could have saved his life. Malnutrition and dehydration aren’t quick. He suffered. And that is something I have a really hard time with,” said his mother, Tiffany Ferrians. “It’s agonizing to me to think of what he went through, to my core.” Jail records make it clear Keaton was experiencing extreme mental health problems behind bars. He refused to communicate with jail staff, and a doctor who evaluated him concluded Farris had become “quite psychotic.” But no one communicated to family members that Keaton was suffering from any physical health problems. And the parents were denied visitations with their son. They said jail staff told them a visit would “aggravate” Keaton. Farris’s parents said their son was not given his medications while behind bars. http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/investigations/2015/06/18/island-county-jail-death-keaton-farris/28899369/
Jaquill Fields 23 B/M Paterson NJ June 17, 2015 – “We was just walking up the street, a car came and hit us both,” said the victim’s brother Ameem Fields. “Smacked me into the wall, smacked him straight up the street.”was struck crossing the street. He was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital where he died of his injuries. Officer Jose Urena is charged with knowingly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident resulting in death. “I couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe it. And to find out it’s a Paterson police officer left the scene instead of trying to help him,” said Uncle Henry Mottley. “He couldn’t try to save one more life? He hit two people, and you couldn’t stop to see what’s going on?” Authorities arrested Officer Urena but he is free on bond after pleading not guilty. http://7online.com/news/paterson-officer-arrested-after-deadly-hit-and-run/790125/
Richard T. Holcomb 18 Akron, OH May 28, 2005 – Taser death. No additional information
55 Osage Male Osage Nation OK May 1, 2015 – Officer Stewart left the scene of the crash after hitting Watashe, later he returned during the early stages of the investigation and told Tulsa police he was not sure whether he had hit something in the road. Officer Stewart was arrested and booked into the Tulsa Jail about and released about an hour later. http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepagelatest/former-osage-nation-police-officer-charged-in-fatal-hit-and/article_2018b0fd-6d37-5c73-b37a-b7cd8e757dd3.html
Maurice Hampton 37 B/M Atlanta GA June 2011 – Maurice Hampton run a stop sign. Hampton then got out of the car and ran, and when Atzert caught him a struggle started. Atzert said Hampton grabbed Atzert’s baton, at which point, Atzert fired. Atzert claims Hampton fled his vehicle on foot and that he gave chase, leading to a physical altercation. Aztert says Hampton grabbed a baton he was beating him with and then continued to run. Atzert then repeatedly shot Hampton in the back as he fled. An eyewitness said Hampton did not have a baton in his hand and was unarmed when Atzert shot him in the back as he fled. However the DA refuses to drop murder charges against cop cleared by grand jury. http://truthvoice.com/2015/06/grand-jury-acquits-atlanta-cop-in-slaying-of-fleeing-black-man/
Salvador Zepeda Alarcon 18 H/M Los Angeles CA Nov. 30, 2008 – Alarcon was coming from a party. Deputies Ramos and Manfree, on duty in a marked patrol car, responded to a call of shots fired in the vicinity of Floral Street in East Los Angeles. When the deputies were on Humphreys Boulevard, they saw decedent running in their direction. The deputies stopped their car and exited. The deputies fired their service weapons, killing decedent. The deputies reported that they observed decedent retrieve what appeared to be a handgun from his waistband. Jenni Bravo stated she lived on Humphreys Boulevard and went outside her house at approximately 2:00 a.m. when she heard gunshots. She saw a body lying on the street in front of her house but did not see a gun. She went back in the house to put on a sweater. When she went back outside she saw a gun lying on her front lawn, close to the body. Multiple neighbors witnessed the police kill him and then plant a gun on him. Murdered by the Sheriffs in East Los Angeles in cold blood a block away from his home. http://copwatchlosangeles.blogspot.com/2009/02/press-release-justice-for-salvador.html
Adam Bosch 29 W/M Norco CA July 7, 2013 – Deputy Steve Lycopolus pulled him over at an am/pm gas station. Lycopolus claimed that he opened fire because Bosch was driving toward him and was going to hit him and another deputy on the scene. However gas station surveillance footage shows Bosch was not driving toward a deputy when he was shot. The two deputies involved were on either side of the car, out of danger, and fired from the side and back of the car as it moved away. Deputies tampered with the surveillance video in an attempt to cover up the shooter’s actions. Riverside County will pay $1.5 million to settle a wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of a man killed by a sheriff’s deputy. http://patch.com/california/lakeelsinore-wildomar/rivco-pay-out-15-million-wrongful-death-suit
Matthew Bolick 30 W/M ((#)) East Grand Rapids MI Nov. 16, 2009 – Bolick was delusional and hearing voices when he smashed through the front window of his family’s home. Authorities arrived at the behest of Bolick’s father, who feared his son may harm himself, but officers claim Bolick reacted violently to their attempts to defuse the situation that led them to repeatedly use of a taser to subdue him. Bolick soon died inside his parents’ house. The family’s attorney William Mills said police violated Matthew Bolick’s constitutional rights by failing to be prepared to deal with someone suffering an obvious psychotic episode. http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2015/03/family_to_settle_taser_death_l.html
Edward Buckner 53 diabetic ((#)) Chattanooga, TN Nov. 17, 2009 – recently lost his job, his house and he was depressed. He was being treated at Erlanger Hospital for dehydration due to diabetes. After treatment the the folks at Erlanger Hospital were releasing him to Moccasin Bend mental health facility. When it was time to leave, his wife, Alice Buckner, says he told her he just wanted to go home. “He simply did not want to go back to Moccasin Bend,” Buckner says.” Police say while they were trying to put Buckner in the van, he got combative with Erlanger Hospital and Hamilton County corrections officers. They wound up shocking him with a Taser. Once they subdued him, officers then loaded the 53-year-old into the van. But when they got to Moccasin Bend, Buckner was unresponsive. Officers drove him back to Erlanger. He was pronounced dead. Shane Webb, the same officer accused of shocking Buckner with a Taser, was fired in 2005 for using a Taser to stun two people while they were handcuffed.
Cau Bich Tran 25 A/F San Jose CA July 13, 2003 – The police had come to her neighborhood because they had received reports of an unsupervised child in the street. According to one report, Tran had also called 911 because one of her children was locked in a room in her home. Within moments of the arrival of the police, Tran was fatally shot in the chest. She had been gesturing with a vegetable peeler, called a “dao bao,” that is commonly used in Asian cooking, toward the locked bedroom door. The officer thought Tran—who was speaking to him in Vietnamese—was holding the dao bao as a weapon, did not identify himself or ask her to put down the dao bao, and fatally shot her. Tran’s partner was in the same room and witnessed the killing, while her children screamed in the next room. She was 4’9″ tall and weighed less than 100 pounds. The officer was acquitted by the grand jury. The family awarded $1 million http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/SAN-JOSE-1-8-million-settlement-in-killing-by-2558796.php
Rodolfo “Rudy” Cardenas 43 H/M San Jose CA July 2004 – A stakeout team Officer Walker was part of mistook an uninvolved passing driver, Cardenas, for a wanted parole violator, who was said to be using drugs and possessing guns and to have been accused of murder. When the team attempted to stop Cardenas’ SUV so they could question him, he sped away. Cardenas ditched the van in downtown San Jose and fled on foot. Occupying several undercover cars, the team followed in what was described as a “wild, Smokey and the Bandit” pursuit through crowded San Jose streets. The chase ended when Cardenas’ vehicle skidded to a stop across the mouth of an alley that flanked a retirement center. The suspect fled down the alleyway on foot and Walker ran after him. He was gunned down in a downtown San Jose alley— shot in the back— by a state narcotics agent. The agent claimed he thought Cardenas had a gun, but the only weapon they found— a pocket knife— was in his pants pocket. One of his rounds entered the lower right of Cardenas’ back and exited front left. The agent was tried in the killing on voluntary manslaughter charges but was acquitted.
Abelino Montoya 18 H/M Las Vegas NM Feb. 14, 1998 – Suspected of a traffic violation, Officers Joseph Mantelli and Steve Marquez claimed that after a car chase fired to protect himself and his partner from being rammed by Montoya’s truck , Officers Joseph Mantelli fired a shot. Marquez also fired a single shot that did not strike Montoya. A judge threw out the murder charge against Marquez. Mantelli was convicted of manslaughter and other charges and was sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison, but a state appeals court threw out the conviction. He later pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to time served – about three years. Marquez is now a deputy sheriff; Mantelli is out of law enforcement. Las Vegas paid $4 million in cash and land to Montoya’s family in a settlement.
Cammerin Boyd 29 B/M San Francisco CA May 5, 2004 – A woman had alleged that Boyd had tried to kidnap her and her child. Police claimed that Boyd, whose legs had been amputated below the knee following a previous car chase by the CHP 11 years earlier, had allegedly pointed a gun at them. But witnesses to the killing said that Boyd had his hands in the air in an attempt to surrender. Officer Timothy Painewas never charged and a federal jury exonerated the city in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Boyd’s mother and children. http://archives.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/jury-deliberating-on-sfpd-wrongful-death-suit/Content?oid=2151103
Edwin Battaglia 19 B/M Morehouse Parish LA June 22, 2015 – Battaglia had been at the jail for more than week after . He surrendering on bond and booked on synthetic drug charges. He started exhibiting bizarre behavior last night and was placed in a holding cell away from general population where he was monitored on camera and by guards, He became unresponsive Monday morning and an ambulance was dispatched. He was pronounced dead at the prison.
Faith Pines 68 Wash. DC April 28, 2015 – Officer Chatara Sophia Johnson, a security guard licensed by the D.C. police department had initially called police to say that the car involved in the hit-and-run; she’d been using a 1999 Mercedes owned by her brother-in-law, and someone had stolen it from a parking lot . Ms. Pines, who lived in Fort Washington, was leaving United Medical Center and witnesses told police Ms. Pines was hit by a tan Mercedes Benz driving 50 to 55 miles per hour in a 30 mile-per-hour zone. When police told her that the car had been involved in a very serious crash, she said she knew nothing about it. About two hours later, police found the car, parked and unoccupied more than five miles from the site of the crash. The following afternoon, Johnson’s brother-in-law, who owns the car, contacted police to say Officer Chatara Johnson had been driving the car the night before and had hit a pedestrian. Officer Johnson later admitted she had been the driver, and the car had not been stolen. Johnson subsequently confessed to hitting Pines and then driving to a friend’s house. The friend suggested that Johnson claim her car had been stolen. Officer Johnson claims she tried to brake when she saw Pines crossing the street but couldn’t avoid hitting her, then drove off leaving Ms. Pines lying in the road. Ms. Pines died early the next morning of her injuries. http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/dc-special-police-officer-charged-in-fatal-hit-and-run-accident/2015/05/21/24f80e00-fff3-11e4-8b6c-0dcce21e223d_story.html
Jimmy Payne Jr. 51 Clayton OH June 30, 2015 – June 13th Officer Mark Gau was leaving a Shell gas station and made a left turn onto Ohio 49 despite the fact there was a “no left turn” sign posted at the driveway where he exited. Officer Gau’s cruiser turned west onto 49 near Hoke Road and collided with the Kawasaki headed east on Ohio 49. The Kawasaki caught fire during the collision. Payne was pronounced dead 17 days later at Miami Valley Hospital.
Spencer Lee McCain 41 Baltimore MD June 25, 2015 – McCain an “estranged associate” of Shannon Sulton, who lives in the condominium, Sulton’s mother, Rochelle Byrd, placed the 911 call after one of her grandchildren called her. Byrd told The Baltimore Sun that McCain was the father of Sulton’s three children. She said McCain and her daughter had been a couple off and on for years, but McCain “wasn’t that social” and she didn’t know him well. Keith Lewis, who has lived next door for five years, said he has heard yelling and screaming from the home several times, and was awakened by noise early Thursday. “Something hit the wall, I woke up. I heard yelling. The babies were crying. It sounded like begging and pleading. … “Five to 10 minutes later, I saw cruisers. I saw the officers pull up out front. It quieted down, and I drifted back to sleep. Then I heard her yelling again. I heard the door get booted, and then all hell broke loose. I heard probably 10 shots.” McCain was unarmed http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-co-police-involved-shooting-20150625-story.html
Douglas Buckley 45 W/M Stockton CA July 2, 2015 – Buckley was outside his home at just before 1 a.m., when police arrived. His wife had asked for help from officers, saying her husband was intoxicated and making threats. Buckley’s wife, Barbara Buckley told responding officers. Three times “There are BB guns in the house, but they’re toys, they’re fake. They look real, but they’re fake”. As Buckley stood in a side yard, brandishing the two BB guns, two Brockton police officers shot Buckley in the abdomen. He was pronounced dead just after 2 a.m. at Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital. http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20150702/NEWS/150708999
Ronald Shoup 48 W/M ((#)) Inmate DE Feb. 27, 2014 – Shoup was committed to Sussex Correction Institution Feb. 20 following his fifth DUI arrest and other charges. Shoup was going through alcohol withdrawal symptons while in prison and was agitated and uncooperative. Shoup was moved to SCI’s infirmary Feb. 25, and the next day, staff forcibly administered medication because Shoup was agitated and risked hurting himself or the medical staff. At 5 a.m. Feb. 27, a mental health observer checked on Shoup and saw him stop breathing. Medical staff administered CPR; Shoup was taken to Beebe Healthcare where he died at 9:25 a.m.The Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide caused by multiple blunt force injuries. His certificate of death reads, “Sustained lethal trauma while being restrained multiple times by prison response team.” http://www.talkdelaware.com/showthread.php?22527-Delaware-inmate-dies-of-beating
Allen K. Hernandez 23 H/M Homedale ID June 25, 2015 – Hernandez walked about a quarter-mile to a River Road home after he was involved in a minor car crash just before 3:30 a.m.. The residents of the house say he let himself in. “He may have knocked, but nobody heard him”. Hernandez asked a man inside the home if he could use the phone. When the man agreed, Hernandez dialed 911, telling a dispatcher he wanted to go home, then hanging up. Hernandez next asked for a ride, and to borrow another resident’s cellphone. The residents said no, and told Hernandez he needed to leave. As the three people who lived in the house walked Hernandez to the door, he darted away from them and tried to retrieve one of the resident’s cellphone. When the residents blocked his path, he grabbed a frying pan from the kitchen and tried to hit a man with it. A fight ensued, and a Homedale Police officer, an Owyhee County deputy and a member of the Owyhee County Posse responded to the house to find the men holding Hernandez down on the ground. The officer, deputy and posse member took over restraining Hernandez, who was still combative. He said the deputy had one knee on Hernandez’s shoulder and was trying to stop him from banging his own head against the kitchen floor. “All of a sudden, there was a big gasp and he stopped breathing in the middle of screaming” . http://www.ktvb.com/story/news/crime/2015/06/25/allen–hernandez-owyhee-sheriff/29283099/
Richard T. Holcomb 18 Akron, OH May 28, 2005 – Taser death. No additional information
William Slade Sullivan 44 W/M Florence TX Aug.18, 2014 – Sullivan had been drinking at Rick’s Cabaret, a strip club. Sullivan was a longtime “VIP customer,” and employees had taken Sullivan’s keys from him earlier in the evening with the intention of driving him home, but returned the keys so Sullivan could charge his cellphone and call a friend to take him to a nearby hotel. Sullivan’s long-standing and disabling back condition was well known and visible to anyone who looked at him, the lawsuit stated. His handicap placard was displayed on his rearview mirror. Sullivan was sitting in his car March 21 charging his phone when six Round Rock police officers tried to arrest him. Officers pulled their weapons and began yelling, “Get out of the car, Before Sullivan was able to respond, he was forcefully pulled from his vehicle and slammed on the ground, causing injury to his back and spine, which resulted in quadriplegic paralysis. Sullivan was not able to speak and was breathing with a ventilator when he was first hospitalized. His lungs also were filling with fluid. Sullivan became a quadriplegic after multiple officers used “extremely aggressive use of force” during a driving while intoxication arrest March 21 six officers for the large number of injuries Sullivan received. http://kdhnews.com/news/lawyer-florence-man-dies-from-arrest-related-injuries/article_d13c5c94-27f8-11e4-81c1-001a4bcf6878.html
Dale Stahl 57 W/M ((#)) Inmate Airway Heights Corrections Center Spokane County Jail WA 2014 WA April 7, 2012 – 1st reprted death in the Spokane County Jail – Stahl was a “brittle diabetic,” someone whose Type 1 diabetes frequently caused large swings in his blood sugar level. He died April 7, 2012, after he was restrained for a long period of time after suffering hypoglycemic shock. Rather than call 911, corrections officers treated it like a behavioral issue. Guards restrained him chest down on the floor with guards holding him down. ix corrections officers got him under control they continued to hold him in the prone position. After 14 minutes of struggling, with their knees pressing down on his back, Stahl went limp. At that point corrections officers called 911, but they continued to hold him on the floor and didn’t attempt to treat him. A jury awarded $8 million to the family. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/apr/18/inmates-family-gets-8-million-jury-award/
Unidentified Male Inmate Spokane County Jail WA 2014 – 2nd confirmed death at Spokane County Jail . Several mentions on various newsites but no additional information. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jun/17/inmate-death-is-third-in-six-weeks-at-spokane/
Benites Sichiro 39 Inmate Spokane County Jail WA Jan. 27, 2015 – 1st reported death at Spokane County Jail in 2015 3rd in 2 yrs -Sichiro was booked into jail on January 27th shortly after midnight and at the time had bruising on his face from a pre-arrest assault. On the morning of January 29th , Sichiro began exhibiting signs of alcohol withdrawal and jail medical staff requested he be moved from his second-floor cell to a first-floor cell near the officers’ station where his health could be more closely monitored. Sichiro allegedly refused to exit his cell and fought with corrections officers. He continued to fight and was carried to a new cell. Sichiro again fought with corrections officers, and while they were attempting to restraint him he stopped breathing. Staff claim to have administered CPR until paramedics arrived and the inmate was transported to a local hospital. Sichiro underwent surgery for an internal injury and subsequently died. http://www.khq.com/story/4797501/fbi-investigates-death-of-spokane-county-jail-inmate
John Everitt 46 W/M ((#)) Inmate Spokane County Jail WA May 4, 2015 – 1st death in Spokane County Jail in 2015 4th in 2 yrs. Everitt had a substance abuse problem and had been trying to get jail staff to take him to the hospital so he could receive a narcotic. Jail staff examined him and found no medical issue, and claim Everitt decided to try to make himself pass out so he would have to be taken to the hospital. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/may/13/jail-inmate-dies-shortly-after-arrest/
Lorenzo Hayes 37 B/M Spokane County Jail WA May 4, 2015 – 2nd inmate who died the Spokane County Jail in less than 2 weeks 5th in 2 yrs. Stevens in 5 weeks After receiving a report of a man and woman arguing. Police were told the man had possibly hidden a gun. Officers were able to determine there was a domestic violence no-contact order in place and the suspect was in violation of that order. Officers said that the order also made it illegal for the suspect to possess firearms. While en-route to jail, police said the man began kicking, and police notified jail staff that they should “prepare for an uncooperative male,” the news release said. Jail staff took him into the booking area while he was handcuffed. Police said the man still was uncooperative, so jail staff were preparing to place him in a restraint chair when he had a “medical emergency.” he went into cardiac arrest while guards tried to restrain him. Police said the suspect violated the no contact order, but family members disagree saying this was the suspect’s home and that he was not the one who violated it. “He lives here, this is his home. His children live here, the woman had no reason to be here”. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/may/14/spokane-inmate-dies-at-hospital-shortly-after/
Scott M. Stevens 53 Spokane County Jail WA June 17, 2015 – 3rd inmate who died the Spokane County Jail in less than 5 weeks 6th in 2 yrs. Stevens was arrested on suspicion of stealing a handbag from a Spokane Valley Mall department store. Stevens died alone in a jail cell Friday night. A corrections officer conducting a cell check found Stevens not breathing and immediately began life-saving efforts which were allegedly unsuccessful. http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2015/jun/17/inmate-death-is-third-in-six-weeks-at-spokane/
Caroline Small 35 W/F Glynn County GA June 18, 2010 – Dimed in for reportedly using drugs in a mall parking lot days after her divorce was finalized, Small led police on a chase that never exceeded 35 miles per hour. The police lay strips on the ground that punctured and totally deflated her tires. According to the reporting for the story, the police had her trapped. Police cars were on two sides of her car, a utility pole was directly behind her, and a shallow ditch was at another side. She crept forward. Police fired eight bullets. A recording captured officers talked about how true their aim was, how they saw the woman’s head explode. One of the police vehicles that had Small trapped left out, a case of virtual evidence tampering to match the evidence tampering that had happened on the scene. Nothing happened to the police officers.
Christian Siqueiros 25 Montclair CA July 3, 2015 – Officers were summoned about someone behaving strangely.Police claim Siqueiros started to fight with officers, forcing them to take him into custody. Soon after, the 25 year old Siqueiros coincidently suffered a heart attack. He was taken to Montclair Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.dailybulletin.com/general-news/20150703/man-dies-while-in-montclair-police-custody
Rashod McNulty 36 B/M Westchester NY Jan. 29, 2013 – McNulty, who was arrested in a federal drug sweep of dozens of suspected Yonkers gang members, was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a single drug sale. McNulty complains of chest and stomach pains. They chalked his discomfort up to indigestion — he told them he’d eaten raw sausage. And even when he collapsed and was unresponsive on his return to the cellblock, the nurse in charge thought he might be faking. “That’s the oldest trick in corrections,” nurse Paulette Smith was quoted as saying after McNulty stood up when she said he would be going back to the clinic. She sent him into his cell.Cellblock guard Kevin Grant arranges for other correction officers to escort him to booking nurse Josh Boggi who calls Dr. Raul Ulloa to describe symptoms. Ulloa prescribes Zantac and Mylanta. McNulty taken to old jail clinic to receive medication. Tells nurse Paulette Smith while squealing in pain he doesn’t want to die. Returned to booking for monitoring. McNulty indicates he is feeling better. Boggi checks with Smith and she approves his return to cell. McNulty collapses upon returning to cellblock and is unresponsive. Smith and Boggi respond. McNulty gets up when Smith indicates he will go back to clinic. She sends him back to cell instead. Grant does periodic checks of McNulty; the inmate responds each time but indicates he is in pain. An ambulance wasn’t called until more than 40 minutes later, after McNulty was found unconscious on his bed. McNulty does not respond to Grant. Smith returns to cellblock. Begins CPR, requests automated external defibrillato but waits several more minutes before she told anyone to call 911 and asked for an automated external defibrillator.. But even that wasn’t going to save him — the ambulance had to come from Yonkers, so it was more than 25 minutes before a paramedic got to McNulty. Empress dispatches ambulance from Yonkers. The ambulance arrives at the jail. Another paramedic gets to cell. Ambulance leaves jail with McNulty. Ambulance arrives at Westchester Medical Center. McNulty pronounced dead at the hospital. Smith claimed in a report a day after McNulty died that she was never told he had complained of chest pain. But another nurse, Diane Jordan, wrote that she heard McNulty in the clinic complain of “burning in his chest” and talking to the officer and Smith, “at times crying and complaining about his discomfort.” Boggi detailed his account in an email to Alexis Gendell, Correct Care’s health services administrator at the jail. He wrote of feeling uncomfortable with Smith’s decision to return McNulty to the cell after he had collapsed. He wrote that Smith called him at home four hours after McNulty died and reminded him they were all nurses and needed to stick together. When she tried calling him again several times that evening, he didn’t answer. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/local/2015/07/06/rashod-mcnulty-correct-care-solutions-westchester-county-jail-inmate-death-new-york-state-commission-correction/29781597/
William Dale McIntire 60 W/M Tampa FL June 28, 2015 – McIntire had just left a nearby bar when he was hit. He said bar patrons who were there told him his father was walking upright and appeared fine. A Tampa police officer was behind the wheel of an unmarked car what authorities have called a hit-and-run accident. Witnesses reported seeing a dark sport utility vehicle hit the man. DNA taken from blood on the bottom of a police car matched that of McIntire. http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/accidents/tampa-man-says-police-officer-was-driving-car-that-ran-over-his-father/2236686
Larry Donnell Gardner 32 B/M Burke County GA Aug. 17, 1984 – A Deputy saw Gardner walking down the street and knew there were active warrants on him. When the deputy approached Gardner ran. When the deputy caught up with Gardner a struggle ensued. During the scuffle the deputy deployed a taser to Gardner. At the County Jail Gardner complained of being hot and short of breath, an ambulance was called but Gardner collapsed and died. Allegedly the taser was found to be inoperable and the coroner claimed Gardner died of sickle cell anemia and hyperthermia. http://truthnottasers.blogspot.com/
Jermaine McBean 33 B/M Broward County FL July 31, 2013 – The shooting officer said the 33-year-old computer engineer had nothing in his ears that would have stopped him from hearing the police commands, and the detective in charge of the investigation said police at the scene confirmed McBean was not wearing headphones and and said they were found in his pocket. in May, a photo taken by a witness and only recently disclosed shows McBean was in fact wearing earbuds when he was shot. In addition, another witness — a driver who called 911 in alarm when he saw McBean walking down the street — told NBC News that he never pointed the air rifle at police. Michael Russell McCarthy, 58, said McBean had the Winchester Model 1000 Air Rifle he had just bought at a local pawn shop balanced on his shoulders behind his neck, with his hand over both ends. He was turning around to face police when one officer began shooting, McCarthy said. “McBean couldn’t have fired that gun from the position he was in. There was no possible way of firing it and at the same time hitting something,” McCarthy said. “I kind of blame myself, because if I hadn’t called it might not have happened.” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-reviewing-police-shooting-florida-man-jermaine-mcbean-n388571
Dean Bucheit 64 W/M Marina Del Rey CA Feb. 9, 2015 – Bucheit was struck by an off-duty Los Angeles Police Officer driving a bomb squad vehicle on a foggy, unlit stretch of highway. The incident was described by police as an accident and a tragedy. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-lapd-bomb-squad-vehicle-kills-pedestrian-20150209-story.html
Jonathan Sanders 39 B/M Stonewall MS July 8, 2015 – Sanders was exercising his horses in Stonewall when Officer Kevin Herrington pulled him off and choked Sanders with a flashlight. Sanders’ girlfriend, Charita Kennedy, says Sanders had his horse buggy equipped with the proper lights and wasn’t violating any laws. She says Sanders told the officer he could not breathe after he began choking him, and he died there on the scene. She says then Sanders was taken to the hospital where his family was not allowed to see him. http://www.wtok.com/home/headlines/New-Details-in-Stonewall-Death-Investigation-313047501.html
Michael Donald 20 B/M Mobile AL 1981 – In 1981 – Josephus Anderson, an African American charged with the murder of a white policeman in Birmingham, was tried in Mobile, where the case had been moved. There were indications that the jury was struggling to reach a verdict. At a meeting on Wednesday, within Unit 900 of the United Klans of America, members complained that having African-American members on the jury was the reason it had not convicted Anderson. Bennie Jack Hays, the second-highest-ranking official in the United Klans in Alabama, said: “If a black man can get away with killing a white man, we ought to be able to get away with killing a black man.” On Friday, a mistrial was declared. That same night Klan members burned a three-foot cross on the Mobile Countycourthouse lawn. After a meeting, Bennie Hays’ son, Henry Hays (age 26), and James Llewellyn “Tiger” Knowles (age 17), armed with a gun and rope, drove around Mobile looking for a black to attack. At random, they spotted Michael Donald walking home after buying his sister a pack of cigarettes. They kidnapped him, drove out to another county and a secluded area in the woods, attacked him and beat him with a tree limb. They wrapped a rope around his neck, and pulled on it to strangle him, before slitting his throat and hanging him from a tree in a mixed neighborhood. Sometimes referred to as the last recorded lynching in the United States because his two attackers hanged his body from a tree. His two attackers were convicted of murder; one was sentenced to death and executed in 1997, and the younger man sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty and testifying against his partner. Murdered by vigilantes. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Donald
Roman Duckworth Jr. 28 B/M Taylorsville MS April 6, 1962 – On April 9, 1962, Roman – serving at the time in Maryland – received word his wife was struggling with the birth of Cordero’s younger sister. The Army granted Roman emergency leave. He climbed on a bus, taking one of the front seats. When the bus arrived in Taylorsville, the driver told police a sleeping black man had dared to sit in the front of the bus – a simple measure of convenience and equality that at the time was off-limits for blacks. “The next thing he knows, the police are slapping him in the face to wake him up and dragging him off the bus. They started beating him with billy clubs, and he struggled to protect himself, and he goes down trying to get up to get them off him.” Not far from the bus, Roman Ducksworth was shot to death by Officer Kelly. Ducksworth’s killing was ruled a justifiable homicide and no charges were brought against Officer Kelly. Officer Kelly claimed that he was defending himself from Ducksworth.http://www.syracuse.com/kirst/index.ssf/2013/02/post_429.html
Yi Tzu Chen 43 A/F San Jose CA 2001 – Chen was killed by an off-duty San Jose police office when he rammed his cruiser into her stalled car on the freeway in Fremont. The California Highway Patrol reported that the officer was going 86 miles per hour in a 65 mph zone and was primarily at fault. The officer was initially charged with vehicular manslaughter, but police attorneys convinced prosecutors to dismiss charges. Chen’s husband filed a wrongful death lawsuit after the CHP report, but no settlement was made public. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php
Larry Trent 54 W/M Inmate Kentucky River Regional Jail Hazard in July 9, 2013 – Trent was in jail on a DUI charge. Video surveillance shows Trent at one point lying in the hallway with a live taser underneath him. Trent sustained “blunt impact” to his head and body. Trent was beaten very bad in the groin, in his head, and he had boot prints across his chest. Deputy Jailers Damon Hickman and William Howell are accused of beating Trent to death. Kentucky River Regional Jail Administrator Tim Kilburn “We do a lot for our community that people don’t realize,” he said. “We don’t want one negative incident to define everybody here at the jail.” “I believe the boys made a mistake. And even them personally, I don’t think you can define those two individuals based on what happened spur of the moment.” http://www.wkyt.com/wymt/home/headlines/Two-years-later-Family-remembers-Eastern-Kentucky-inmate-who-died-in-jail-313041271.html
Frank Jerome Smart 39 Inmate Allegany PA Jan. 5, 2015 – Smart had been jailed on theft and related offenses
Smart took anti-seizure medication twice daily and called her from the jail to ask for help getting health care workers there to give him the medication.had been lying on the floor, with saliva and blood dripping from his mouth, shortly before he was restrained. “Numerous” times he “resisted [medical workers’] assistance to him” and his behavior became more “aggressive,” according to those records. Ms. Harris has said he was having a seizure at the time.
Timothy Leininger 27 W/M ((#)) Inmate Allegheny County Jail PA May 15, 2015 – David Yankura, a psychiatrist at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, asked Pitt police Officer Mallory Skrbin “what would happen if an individual was charged with terroristic threats,” she wrote in a criminal complaint. Dr. Yankura and a colleague told the officer that Mr. Leininger was brought to Western Psych that day for an evaluation and became “agitated”. The worker reported that Mr. Leininger told him he wouldn’t go to a shelter. “I’m gonna stab Becky, and I’m gonna smash you,” Mr. Leininger said, and “jumped up from the couch, clenched his fists and arms, stepped towards” the worker.” Court records show that Mr. Leininger was evaluated by a psychiatrist a month after the arrest. She cleared him with recommendations, including that he comply with a treatment plan and live with his mother. Efforts to get him out of jail and home pending trial culminated in a hearing. Leininger had been rushed to the hospital, unresponsive and in cardiac arrest after a “medical emergency” at the jail. Died in the same jail as Frank Jerome Smart
Monty Crawford Jr. 23 ((#)) Inmate Allegheny County Jail PA May 15, 2015 – Died of suspicious circumstances on the same day and jail as Timothy Leininger. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2015/05/22/Allegheny-County-inmate-s-death-is-third-so-far-this-year/stories/201505220234
Timothy Haskell 49 West View PA April 9, 2015 – Haskell had been charged with prohibited acts He died of acute peritonitis due to colon perforation, and the death was ruled natural. Died in the same jail as Monty Crawford, Timothy Leininger and Frank Jerome Smart. http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2015/07/10/Physical-restraint-cited-in-inmate-s-death/stories/201507090188
Avery Cody Jr. 16 B/M Los Angeles CA July 5, 2009 – The teen was walking back from lunch at a fast-food restaurant with three friends in July 2009 when two deputies stopped the group. Cody and another boy bolted. Sheriff’s officials say Cody turned mid-sprint and pointed his gun at Reyes before the deputy shot. Though a revolver was recovered at the scene, attorneys for Cody’s family said in court that the gun didn’t belong to Cody, hinting that it was planted. Witnesses in the civil case have testified that they didn’t see Cody holding a gun but say he may have been holding a cellphone. The video, according to the attorney, showed Deputy Sergio Reyes touching Cody’s body after he shot the youth in the back, even though Reyes said in sworn statements that he never touched the body. The surprise evidence was the second instance in which the deputy’s account of the 2009 shooting and its aftermath appeared to be contradicted by video evidence. It is believed the reason gunpowder residue was detected on the teen’s hands was because Reyes rubbed them to make it appear that Cody had been armed. http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jul/04/local/la-me-lasd-shooting-settlement-20110704
Anthony Rodriguez 24 H/M Inmate Alameda County CA May 4, 2015 – Nearly 15 hours after a riot at a Northern California prison, guards found a missing inmate sawed nearly in two, with his abdominal organs and most chest organs removed, his body folded and stuffed into a garbage can in a shower stall a few doors from his cell. after inmates were ordered locked in their cells following a brawl between 58 inmates in his housing unit. Three prisoners and one correctional officer were injured in the fight, and Thornton said an inmate-made weapon was recovered. She declined to describe it. Despite the riot and resulting investigation, Rodriguez was not discovered missing until a head count at 4:30 p.m. Thornton said officials initially assumed he had escaped. Investigators are looking into whether the riot was created to conceal the slaying or allow someone to move the body. Died while in the custody of Police http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/10/inmate-was-cut-nearly-in-two-nicholas-rodriguez_n_7773774.html
José de Jesús Deniz-Sahagún 31 H/M Eloy Detention Center Phoenix AZ June 15, 2015 – Deniz-Sahagú a Mexican national had been transferred to ICE custody after he tried to enter into the United States on May 15. Mexican national who died in custody at Eloy, prompted the protest. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials issued a statement at the time saying that Deniz-Sahagún was found dead in his cell and did not show signs of injury, but detainees who joined the strike Saturday said guards beat him and locked him up in solitary confinement before he died. Detainees also claim a 4 men died in custody at Eloy since Sept. 30, 2014, but ICE has refused to acknowledge the deaths. “They’re outraged because they’re the ones who heard him scream for mercy” Among those refusing food in protest is Sandra Ojeda’s husband, a migrant from Mexico who was detained at Eloy May 6. Ojeda said her husband could hear Deniz-Sahagún yelling before he died. Several detainees wrote letters in Spanish saying that two men had died rather than one and that Deniz-Sahagún was “brutally beaten” and placed for days in solitary confinement before his death. One letter speculates that Deniz-Sahagún committed suicide after being placed in solitary confinement. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/13/eloy-hunger-strike_n_7577154.html
Anthony Dewayne Ware 35 B/M Tuscaloosa AL July 10, 2015 – A man someone reported a man wanted for attempting to elude police was spotted then ran away from Tuscaloosa Police officers. When police caught up with the suspect in the woods and he resisted arrest. Officers sprayed the suspect with oleoresin capsicum (OC) spray and were able to handcuff him. He collapsed as officers walked him out of the woods. He was given CPR by officers on the scene and medical personnel were called to respond. The man was taken to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa, where he was pronounced dead. http://www.al.com/news/tuscaloosa/index.ssf/2015/07/suspect_dies_after_tuscaloosa.html
Richard Kokenos 27 Warren, MI Sept. 16, 2011 – Kokenos was reportedly trying to contact his mother via telephone, going from house to house in a neighborhood. When police responded, they say he was slamming his body in a house. Officers handcuffed and placed him in a patrol car. When he attempted to break out of the squad car, one of the officers attempted to stop him by shocking him with a taser gun, according to a television report. http://www.macombdaily.com/articles/2011/09/18/news/doc4e7617e828c67564447672.txt?viewmode=fullstory)
Nicholas Koscielniak 27 ((#)) W/M Lancaster NY Aug. 30, 2011 – Koscielniak was allegedly involved a violent – disturbance. Police say they arrived and found Koscielniak out of control and assaulting another adult male. An “electronic control device” was used to control his violence, but was unsuccessful. He became unresponsive after being put on an ambulance gurney. He had been put on the gurney for ambulance transport to the hospital for a mental health evaluation. He was pronounced dead in Sisters Hospital St. Joseph Campus, Cheektowaga. He allegedly died from “excited delirium.” http://online.wsj.com/article/AP4df51ca0e8584bc7b2eef77fcee6f701.html
Hugh Locklear Jr. 21 Gaston County Jail Inmate NC Aug. 28, 2004 – Prison Health Services, a company contracted by the jail, failed to provide Hugh Locklear Jr., 21, his epileptic-seizure medication and didn’t monitor his condition. Locklear Jr., repeatedly asked for medication to control his epilepsy and never received any. Hugh collapsed in his cell Aug. 28, turned blue and made gurgling sounds. A seizure disorder caused the death of a Gaston County jail inmate according to the state Medical Examiner’s Office., Locklear died later that day at Gaston Memorial Hospital. He was the second Gaston inmate to die at the jail in August raising some questions about the Tennessee-based company that oversees the jail’s medical care. The medical examiner’s report found that “the history of an untreated seizure disorder provides a sufficient cause of death” but that “there is nothing in the history to suggest foul play.” http://www.privateci.org/north_carolina.htm
Nyal “Bud” Brown 77 W/M Prairie Township OH July 13, 2015 – Deputy sheriff Brian G. Fritz was in an SUV was allegedly driving with lights and siren shortly after 9 a.m. on his way to help another deputy who was chasing a suspected drunken driver when a van driven by Brown pulled in front of the deputy. The impact spun the van and Brown was thrown from his vehicle killing him. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2015/07/13/fatal-crash-on-hilltop.html
Malik Williams 19 B/M Bergen County NJ Dec. 10, 2011 – Williams turned himself into police about 1:20 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, he may have thought he’d be processed at the police department and released. Williams had learned he was wanted on a warrant for aggravated assault involving his girlfriend. But as police likely told him, he’d be fingerprinted, photographed and sent to the Bergen County jail. As officers continued the booking process, Williams ran out a back door. Officers trailed him to a residential garage. When officers opened the garage door, they found that Williams had armed himself with “tools.” Authorities have not said what type or types of tools Williams had armed himself with. Two officers opened fire, striking and killing the teenager. Here’s what Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli released in a statement: The police officers attempted to enter a side door to the garage but found the door to be barricaded shut. The police officers then opened up the bay door and encountered Williams who is alleged to have armed himself with tools, presumed to have been gathered from the garage. Upon encountering Williams with the tools in his hands, the police officers fired at Williams, striking him numerous times. After the killing, Williams’ family announced through their attorney that they planned to file a wrongful death lawsuit. They reached out to the Rev. Al Sharpton for support.
Ricardo Diaz-Zeferino 35 H/M Gardena CA June 2, 2013 – Police responded to a call about a bicycle stolen from outside a CVS drugstore. A police dispatcher mistakenly told officers the crime was a robbery, which typically involves weapons or force. A sergeant responding to the call saw two men riding bicycles near the store. The men were friends of the man whose bike had been stolen and were helping him search for his bike. Mistaking them for the thieves, the sergeant stopped the men. Diaz Zeferino, whose brother owned the stolen bicycle, ran up to join the other two men as police detained them. Diaz Zeferino was struck eight times. The second man shot, Eutiquio Acevedo Mendez, was hit once in the back. The grainy videos, captured by cameras mounted in two patrol cars, show three men mistakenly suspected of stealing a bicycle standing in a street under the glare of police lights. With their weapons trained on them, officers scream at the men to keep their hands up. While two of the men remain motionless, Ricardo Diaz Zeferino appears confused by the officers’ instructions. He drops and raises his arms repeatedly, showing the officers his hands and stepping backward and then forward a few paces. A laser dot from an officers’ pistol can be seen on his shirt. After Diaz Zeferino removes a baseball cap from his head, officers standing to the side of the men unleash a volley of gunfire. The videos show Diaz Zeferino collapsing to the ground, along with one of his friends, who was wounded. Gardena’s attempts to prevent the public from viewing the shooting met with defeat Tuesday, when a federal judge ordered the release of the recordings. The city settled a lawsuit over the shooting for $4.7 million. GRAPHIC VIDEO http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-federal-judge-orders-release-of-videos-20150714-story.html#page=1
Damion Nigel Smith unknown age B/M DeKalb GA Aug. 24, 2006 When Officer Jeff Hittle, who had ONLY graduated from the academy 1o days before stopped Smith in Ellenwood, Smith said he had no driver’s license.”The officer attempted to place the subject into handcuffs, and he pushed the officer and fled on foot,” Grangent said. A backup officer arrived and both officers chased Smith, who turned and confronted them, Grangent said. When Smith refused to obey their orders, the officers subdued him with pepper spray and batons, Grangent said. He said Smith lost consciousness while fire-rescue personnel were evaluating him after he was subdued. Smith was taken to a local hospital, where he later died in the hospital after being hit with a baton and sprayed with pepper spray in August 2006. An officer had chased him on foot after stopping his car. Dies in police custodyhttp://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/police0328/gxRr/
Deon Studiemyer 19 B/M DeKalb GA Aug. 2006 – Studiemyer was shot by an off-duty officer who said the young man was breaking into his home was shot to death by an off-duty DeKalb County police officer. http://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/police0328/gxRr/
Youwus Vilpre unknown age B/M DeKalb GA Oct. 2006 – Officials from law enforcement agencies gatherrd outside the Lithonia apartment where federal agents trying to serve an arrest warrant shot and killed Youwus Vilpre was wanted in connection with robberies and homicides in Florida. Youwus Vilpre was killed near Lithonia after pointing an object at agents. The item turned out to be a shoe. http://m.ajc.com/gallery/news/local/police0328/gxRr/
Larry Bernard Pitts II 22 B/M DeKalb GA Aug. 15, 2006 – Shot 19 times. DeKalb County Police crime scene investigator Greg Waters was fired from the DeKalb County Police on April 17 for stealing $200 in cash that was found at the scene and mishandling of money found at a crime scene but he will not face criminal charges. http://larrypittsfoundation2006.org/home0.aspx
Judy McDaniel Woodle 41 Inmate Guilford County Jail NC April 30, 2007 – Woodle died inside her cell from what was determined to be a strangulated left femoral hernia. She had spent six days in jail awaiting trial on petty theft charges and was taking anti-diarrheal and pain medication for what was thought to be an ovarian cyst. Steve Bowden, an attorney for Woodle’s family, said the matter was resolved this week. “I’m not allowed to reveal the terms. I’m just happy the family was able to get this resolved”. The family reached a settlement with the national company that provides health care to inmates. Neither the attorney representing the family of Judy McDaniel Woodle nor a spokeswoman with Prison Health Services would discuss details of the settlement. http://www.privateci.org/north_carolina.htm
Makiah Jackson 3 and brother Michaelangelo Jackson 6 Decatur GA June 24, 2015 – Officers Richard Billingslea, Steven Fultz, and Hakeem Patterson were right on the rear of Lorennzo Harris vehicle when the police car bumped their tail a little bit, and the car flew up in the air,” a direct eyewitness standing with Makiah at the time told VOD during a community vigil June 26. “There was no need for the police to be that close. I yelled ‘WATCH OUT’ but it was too late. When the car hit them, both of them just looked at me. They screamed. It just keeps re-playing in my head.” Coincidently the dashboard camera in the police car was mysteriously not operable, even though the cops were “Special Ops,” and that police were not able to find a gun they claimed they saw in the car being chased. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-07-17-400436623_x.htm
Michaelangelo Jackson 6 and sister Makiah Jackson 3 Decatur GA June 24, 2015 – – Officers Richard Billingslea, Steven Fultz, and Hakeem Patterson were right on the rear of Lorennzo Harris vehicle when the police car bumped their tail a little bit, and the car flew up in the air,” a direct eyewitness standing with Makiah at the time told VOD during a community vigil June 26. “There was no need for the police to be that close. I yelled ‘WATCH OUT’ but it was too late. When the car hit them, both of them just looked at me. They screamed. It just keeps re-playing in my head.” Coincidently the dashboard camera in the police car was mysteriously not operable, even though the cops were “Special Ops,” and that police were not able to find a gun they claimed they saw in the car being chased. http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/nation/2008-07-17-400436623_x.htm
Yolanda Patterson 28 Inmate Gastonia NC Oct. 2004 – Yolanda Patterson died of a cocaine overdose, an autopsy determined. She went into cardiac arrest at the jail. The State Bureau of Investigation is still looking into the two deaths. The jail’s medical care is provided by Prison Health Services of Brentwood, Tenn., which has come under fire in other states. The company has been criticized in two reports by New York state in recent years, and last week, Florida’s Palm Beach County terminated a contract with PHS. Gaston officials renewed the county jail’s contract in late August. They said they weren’t aware of PHS’s troubles in other states but have been satisfied with the level of care it has provided. http://www.privateci.org/north_carolina.htm
Deng Manyoun 35 B/M Louisville KY June 13, 2015 – Officer Nathan Blanford pulled over and spoke briefly with Manyoun who started to walk off, then supposedly grabbed a metal flagpole, lunged toward the officer and started swinging. The officer stepped backward and ordered the man to drop the pole. But he continued to swing. The officer fired two shots in self-defense. The man was taken by ambulance to the University of Louisville Hospital, where he later died. Kenneth Williams, who was questioned by police and said he was an eyewitness to the altercation, and Manyoun did not swing the pole at the officer. Others at the scene, who refused to give their names, repeated the same story. Williams said the officer had his hand on his gun while questioning the suspect and he thinks the officer made the man feel threatened shortly before the man picked up the pole. “I’d feel scared too if he was trying to talk to me with his hand on his gun”. Multiple witness corroborated Williams statement. http://gazette.com/officer-fatally-shoots-man-swinging-flag-pole-in-louisville/article/feed/243327
Abraham Sanchez 33 H/M Lynwood CA Oct. 18, 2008 – Police claimed Sanchez “reached for his waistband,” then said “a jagged, 8-inch piece of concrete was recovered at the scene.” Detectives investigating the officer-involved shooting reported that two deputies assigned to the Century station had been flagged down by an informant who told them someone was breaking into a nearby business. Once at the location, investigators said the deputies told them that they found the front window broken. At that point, the deputies said they called for backup. During this time a male Hispanic suspect exited the front of the business through the broken window”. When the deputy ordered the suspect to stop, they claim Sanchez quickly reached into his waistband and began removing what appeared to be a weapon. Sanchez, who had been shot in the torso, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead early the next morning.http://www.youth4justice.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/LA-County-Law-Enforcement-Use-of-Force-2007-2014-Final.pdf
Joe Charboneau 31 Sioux Male Spirit Lake Nation Fort Totten ND June 18, 2015 – Charboneau’s mother, Alverda Charboneau, said she was told police were responding to a report of drugs. But she said she still doesn’t know why police pulled the trigger. Turned over to the FB http://www.wdaz.com/news/crime/3768448-update-officer-involved-shooting-spirit-lake-nation
Fritz Severe 46 B/M Miami FL June 11, 2015 – Information given to the officer on the phone was that the homeless man was armed with a metal object. Witness Natalia Zea “there was a confrontation with two officers and a homeless man, and that one officer shot the man five times when the homeless man wouldn’t drop a metal stick he was holding. The man shot by the officer, witnesses said, did not lunge at the officers but would not drop the stick when he was asked. The shooting happened in front of 50 kids and that many started “hollering, screaming and running.” The man was transported from the scene to Jackson Memorial Hospital. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the lead agency in the investigation have approximately 40-60 witnesses. http://miami.cbslocal.com/2015/06/11/witnesses-police-officer-shoots-homeless-man-five-times-in-miami/
Sandra Bland 28 BF Waller County Texas July 13, 2015 – Bland was pulled over Friday for improper signaling a lane change, according to Waller County Sheriff’s Department officials. They say she was charged with “Assault on a Public Servant” and taken into custody by a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper. “After he pulled her out of the car, forced her and tossed her to the ground, knee to the neck, and arrested her,” says her friend Malcom Jackson. Bland’s friends say she had been with her family in suburban Chicago over the July 4th holiday, and drove to Texas for a job interview at her alma mater, Texas Prairie View A & M. Family members say she got the position and was to begin working in student outreach today. In the video of the arrest, an officer is heard telling the bystander taking the video to leave. In the video he shot, Bland is heard saying, “You just slammed my head into the ground. Do you not even care about that? I can’t even hear!” Then, as she is taken into custody, she repeats, “You slammed me into the ground and everything.”Bland was found dead in a Waller County, Texas, jail cell on Monday at 9 a.m. after being arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer during a routine traffic stop, the I-Team has learned. Authorities say her death appears to be suicide. Her friends and relatives say they do not believe the official version of what happened and say this is a case of foul play in a county with a history racial intolerance. Video of Bland’s arrest. The video shows police on top of Bland, who is on the ground with several officers restraining her as she questions why they are being so rough. The video was shot by a bystander Friday morning, three days before she died in police custody. Police claim Bland died by “self-inflicted asphyxiation” and found her hanging in the jail cell. http://abc7chicago.com/news/road-trip-for-suburban-woman-ends-in-jailhouse-death/853139/
Adam Colliers 25 W/M Snohomish County WA Sept. 4, 2010 – Officer Whipple got there first and saw Colliers standing in the doorway of a house, wearing shorts and a tank top. Colliers yelled something and ran toward him. Whipple didn’t understand and told him to stop, but Colliers was still running, flailing his arms, and making “some statement about the devil.” Whipple ordered Colliers to sit, which he did, in the middle of the street, where he continued to speak incoherently and move from side to side. Whipple called Officer McGee and told him he thought Colliers was having a bad reaction to drugs. He then ordered Colliers to lie on his stomach and put his hands out to the sides. Colliers lay on his stomach but didn’t put his hands out. McGee arrived and reported seeing Colliers had glazed eyes and foam at the edges of his mouth, and he was unintelligible. The two tried to cuff the young man, but he resisted, pulling his arms away. So McGee deployed a taser into Colliers’ chest. Colliers screamed and still struggled, lying on the ground and putting one arm out instead of both, and fighting the attempt to cuff him, so McGee deployed the taser again. That didn’t work either, and the officer threatened to use the taser a third time if he didn’t take his hands out from under his body and place them behind his back. McGee said Colliers was acting as if the officers “were not even there.” When McGee thought it looked like Colliers was going to try to stand up, he put his knee on Collier’s back and applied the taser directly to his body. This time it seemed to work. McGee got the arm out from under Colliers’ body, punched him with a closed fist three times in the ribs, and the two officers called to report the use of the taser. Then they noticed that Colliers wasn’t breathing. They rolled him over and administered CPR, but Colliers was pronounced dead at Valley General Hospital. An autopsy concluded that he’d died of heart attack. http://www.monroemonitor.com/2013/09/03/mother-of-man-killed-in-2010-taser-incident-sues-county/
Adam Perez 31 H/M Harlem NY Nov. 18, 2005 – An NYPD cruiser struck and killed Perez a pedestrian early morning in Harlem, while the police car was rushing to a report of an officer in trouble. The marked police car hit Perez with such force he dented the hood and smashed the windshield. Perez was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital less than a half-hour after the collision. Adam Perez lived a block away from the accident. http://www.keepandbeararms.com/news/nl/display_day_archive.asp?d=11%2F19%2F2005
Merle “China” Africa 40 B/F Political Inmate Cambridge Springs DOC Pittsburgh PA March 13, 1998 – Merle and the other MOVE 9 prisoners–Debbie, Janine, Janet, Delbert, Phil, Mike, Chuck and Edward Africa–were imprisoned almost 20 years ago for a crime they did not commit. On August 8, 1978, hundreds of heavily armed police attacked a MOVE house located in the Powelton Village section of Philadelphia. They pumped thousands of gallons of water and tear gas into the house and opened fire on the MOVE members inside, trying to force them out. During the hail of police gunfire, cop James Ramp was killed with a single bullet in his back. Nine members of MOVE–who became known as the MOVE 9–were framed for the murder of this cop. And each was sentenced to 30 to 100 years in prison. Merle Africa and the other MOVE 9 are on the list of political prisoners for the Jericho ’98 Amnesty Campaign. Prison administrators first claimed she died of “tumors.” They later revised the reason for her death to “natural causes.” http://revcom.us/a/v19/940-49/949/merle.htm
Travis O’Neill Allen W/M Bellaire TX July 15, 1995 – In the early morning of July 15, the Bellaire Police Department received a 911 call about a possible intruder at 4407 Acacia, Bellaire, Texas. When three police officers they claim to have discovered Travis within the residence lying on the ground, bleeding profusely. At that time, one of the officers, Daniel Shelor, departed, leaving only Leal and Upshaw. Travis subsequently was shot in the back by Leal and died from this injury. http://www.leagle.com/decision/199897227FSupp2d945_1876
Charles David Marshall 49 ((#)) Houston TX June 21, 2015 – Marshall was allegedly threatening to kill himself when police arrived as his residence. Police say when they made contact with Marshall he was holding a power drill and threatening to commit suicide. Marshall is alleged to have refused to drop the power drill, instead walking towards officers. Police shot Marshall multiple times and he died at the scene. http://theantimedia.org/every-person-killed-by-american-police-in-the-month-of-june/
Bruce Seward 42 ((#)) Hayward CA May 28, 2001 – Seward, a car salesman, was naked on a bench and had appeared unconscious at first, but he woke up and grabbed the officer’s nightstick. According to police, the officer pepper-sprayed Seward twice, but to no effect, then shot him once in the chest when the man continued to brandish the nightstick. Seward was taken to Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley with a gunshot wound in the chest. He was pronounced deadThe officer, an eight-year BART veteran who formerly worked as an Alameda County sheriff’s deputy and an East Bay Regional Park police officer, was cleared of wrongdoing by the department. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php
Lucilla “Chila” Amaya 35 San Francisco CA March 7, 1998 – The call to the Police was a non-emergency call for aid. The father and niece were safely locked in a bedroom and her brother was outside trying to assist with a peaceful end when the shots were fired. Chila was shot through a locked wrought iron security screen door 5 times because Cpl. Richard Tod Woodward believed she was going to kill everyone in the house. He had been on duty almost 13 hours and on the scene less than ten minutes. The Police had declined several suggestions made by Chila’s brother. She was in her own home and the family feared she may intentionally harm herself. She cried and screamed as she was overwhelmed with emotion. Not recognizing this as a human emotion or a human right, Cpl. Woodward shot and killed
William Dale Jeffries 57 W/M Weston WV July 17, 2015 – Weston police officer Eric Riddle responded to a complaint from a woman saying a man was urinating around her place of business. Riddle arrived to find 57-year-old William Jeffries intoxicated. Riddle reportedly asked Jeffries to submit to a breath test, but Jeffries refused and leaned against the police cruiser. According to Weston Police department Chief Randall Posey, Riddle decided he needed to get Jeffries under control. But when he tried to do so, Jeffries jerked away and a scuffle ensued that ended with Jeffries hitting his head on the police cruiser. His neck was fractured. EMS transported him to Stonewall Jackson Memorial Hospital and then to Ruby where he died 16 days later. http://www.wdtv.com/wdtv.cfm?func=view§ion=5-News&item=EXCLUSIVE-Weston-Man-Dead-Police-Officer-on-Administrative-Leave-24479
Howard “Robert” Robbins 69 W/M Lincoln County KY Jan. 16, 2015 – Robbins died after a police cruiser hit him as he walked along a Lincoln County highway as he was going to a friend’s house across the road. Stanford officer Travis Richardson was on his way in to start his night shift, the veteran cop’s cruiser collided with Robbins.
Kindra Darnell Chapman 18 B/F Inmate Homewood City Jail AL July 14, 2015– Police claim Chapman stole a cell phone from another individual on the street. Chapman was last seen alive at 6:30 p.m on Tuesday, when staff conducted an initial welfare check. At 7:50 p.m., just over an hour after she was booked into the facility. Jailers returned to find Chapman unresponsive and authorities claim she hanged herself. She was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Sept. 3, 2015 Officer Stephen Rankin was indicted on a first-degree murder charge The 18-year-old was the second unarmed man shot dead by Rankin in Portsmouth. An autopsy indicated Chapman was not shot at close range. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/kindra-chapman-death_55a9063fe4b04740a3dfa844?
Gregory Hooper 37 B/M San Francisco CA Feb. 2, 2002 – An off-duty officer got into a fistfight with Hooper, a street vendor who had turned his life around after a stint in state prison. Eyewitnesses reported that after the fight ended, the officer shot the unarmed Hooper four times in the chest at point-blank range. At least three witnesses told the San Francisco Chronicle that the officer—who had a record of off-duty misconduct, having been cited previously by the Office of Citizen. No charges were brought. http://newamericamedia.org/2010/11/cop-involved-killings-cases-show-just-how-rare-mehserle-sentence-is.php
Johnny Ray Anderson 43 B/M Los Angeles July 6, 2015 – Anderson’s wife, Kathleen Anderson, said she and her husband had been squatting in the abandoned home behind the yard where the fatal shooting happened, and that he jumped the fence into the yard because he didn’t want deputies to see him. Residents at the home reported a man was knocking on their door trying to get inside. Kathleen Anderson said he had been fixing a bicycle shortly before the shooting and that he did not have a weapon on him at the time of the incident. http://ktla.com/2015/07/06/alleged-prowler-who-was-possibly-unarmed-is-fatally-shot-by-sheriffs-deputies-in-hawaiian-gardens/
Dario ‘Chi Chi’ Tena 45 H/M Yonkers NY March 21, 2014 – Eight Yonkers cops crowded onto the narrow landing outside Apt. 3 on the top floor of 141 School St. It was just before 8 pm, and they were about to execute a search warrant targeting a suspected drug dealer. It was a seemingly routine raid that turned anything but ordinary. Moments after police busted down the door, the tenant lay dying four stories below. Within weeks, the lies two of the officers had told to get the warrant were uncovered by Internal Affairs. And a year later, those cops’ law enforcement careers ended after they pleaded guilty to perjury. The only officer who saw Tena’s fatal exit out the bedroom window was Neil Vera, the admitted perjurer whose rogue investigation led to the ill-fated raid. “As I reached the rear bedroom doorway I observed the same Hispanic male that was running in the hallway extend his arms straight out and leap out the bedroom window,” Vera wrote in his report six days after the incident. “I yelled. ‘He jumped out the back window’.” Tena suffered skull and rib fractures and a severe cut to the back of his head when he landed in the rear yard 32 feet below. He was pronounced dead more than an hour later at St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Yonkers. Authorities admit the police did not have Tena’s name before they raided the apartment; that the target of the raid had been a Richie Polanco. Medical examiners seemed to rely on that account when initially ruling the death a suicide. The autopsy report reveals the word “suicide” crossed out, replaced by “unknown circumstances”. Next to that were the initials KA, for Chief Medical Examiner Kunjlata Ashar, and the date 10-14-14 – a week after the officers were indicted. http://www.lohud.com/story/news/investigations/2015/07/17/dario-tena-fatal-fall-mystery/30236581/
Woodrow Player III 22 B/M Los Angeles CA July 13, 2009 – Player III was shot several times by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department deputies and died on July 10 in the 11200 block of Berendo Avenue in Westmont.
Civil rights leaders called for a federal investigation. Player was shot as he ran from deputies in the 11200 block of Berendo Avenue about 8:45 p.m. Friday, authorities said. Investigators said they recovered a gun from Player’s car, but witnesses said he was unarmed when deputies shot him in the back. http://homicide.latimes.com/post/woodrow-player-iii/
Walter William DeLeon 48 H/M Los Angeles CA June 19, 2015 – The victim was allegedly trying to flag down officers with the LAPD’s Security Services Department on Los Feliz Boulevard. Officers said the man had a towel wrapped around his arm as if he needed help. When they pulled over to investigate, the unidentified man extended his arm toward the officers. The officer exited the vehicle and quickly said, ‘drop the gun, drop the gun’ and an officer involved shooting occurred. A passing motorist recorded police arresting the man, who appears to be bleeding from the head, and posted the video online. The officers are seen turning over his body, revealing a massive amount of blood on the back of his head and clothing. Instead of providing medical assistance, they are seen handcuffing him. Police are attempting to claim DeLeon was doing a suicide by cop but the family says otherwise. Walter DeLeon SURVIVED SHOT IN HEAD BY LAPD OFFICER IN LOS FELIZ SPEAKS OUT
DeLeon is alive after being in a two-week coma and undergoing nine surgeries. Now he has a permanent disability. The 49-year-old handyman was out for a walk along Los Feliz Boulevard. Officers said he looked like he was hiding a gun. “Our initial statement was that Mr. DeLeon approached the police car in an aggressive manner with his hands, or hand, wrapped in a piece of cloth,” LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. “How threatening can I be toward them with a bottle of water and a towel?” supporting witnesses” He was nowhere near these cops. He was not doing anything provocative,” “And then during that time, I needed help and I was going to ask the police something and I had the towel to dry my forehead,” he said. The former handyman lost one eye and his hearing in one ear is gone. “He can’t go to the restroom by himself. He can’t feed himself. He can’t dress himself,”
John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/
David Wayne Summers 14 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/
Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/
Antonio Miller 13 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/
Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/
Erica Stevenson 15 B/F Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/
Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Troutman NC Dec. 29, 2003 – John Lindsey Myers 15 B/M – David Wayne Summers 14 B/M – Quentin Maurice Reed 18 B/M – Antonio Miller 13 B/M – Domnick Hurtt 17 B/M – Erica Stevenson 15 B/F – Antoinette Griffin 13 B/F Officer Keith Bills began chasing a 2001 Dodge Intrepid after he saw it weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 21. The chase ended just after midnight when the car, which had allegedly been stolen hit an embankment, flipped and landed in a creek. The pursuit was captured on a video camera installed in Officer Bills’ patrol car. All seven teens died. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cops-7-teens-killed-in-stolen-car/
Jarmaine “DJ” Darden 34 Fort Worth TX May 16, 2013 – SWAT men in helmets and black uniforms sprinted through the yard with shotguns and pistols already drawn. A cop with a large steel battering ram instantly went to the front door and smashed it in without hesitation. From a first-person perspective, the video shows cops running into the home, aggressively screaming and aiming guns. In a video obtained by WFAA, an officer holding a shotgun literally sweeps his barrel past everyone he sees in the living room. First a large man sleeping on the couch, then a tiny female child dressed in blue, a woman in purple, and three men seated at a round table. Darden had been startled awake by the intrusion, received particular attention from police. Darden, a large man who weighed over 300 pounds, was having physical difficulties after being forced to the ground with several officers on top of him. He was physically unable to breathe in that position due to his asthma condition, heart disease, and the weight of the police officers. “They physically pulled him off the couch because, he was asleep,” explained his mother, Donna Randle. “They pulled him off the couch and they tried to put him on his stomach. He can’t breathe on his stomach. He don’t even lie on the bed on his stomach.” Officers characterized his futile struggle to breathe as being “met with resistance.” At least five officers piled on top of him, exacerbating his breathing problem. Video also shows Mr. Darden being tasered at least twice, not because officers feared for their safety, but as a compliance tool. His body was painted with red laser dots, before a pop was heard as the sharp prongs of the device were thrust into his flesh. Sixteen seconds later, police jolted him again. Each jolt lasted for 5 seconds. Witnesses said he was not resisting at all, only trying to breathe. “He had his hands behind his back the whole time. But me and about five other people were hollering the whole time, ‘He cannot breathe like that. Please handcuff him on his side. But they ignored us and Tased him.” They sat in the ambulance about 10 minutes before it moved. And then it rolled away, no lights, no sirens.” Darden was pronounced dead at the hospital. It took months for the medical examiner to declare an official cause of death. It was announced Darden died of “natural causes.” No culpability was placed on the officers’ use of force or the multiple electrical shocks. Officially, it was just a coincidence that he died during the raid. http://www.policestateusa.com/2014/jermaine-darden-swat-raid/
Robert Kenkel 38 ((#)) O’Fallon MO June 22, 2015 – Police were called to a home because a man was standing in the street yelling for the police to be called. When officers arrived the man’s mother said she was concerned for both of their safety because he was acting very paranoid, having hallucinations, exhibiting signs of manic behavior and speaking incoherently at times, Kenkel told police he would go to the hospital for an evaluation. When medics arrived to transport the man, he voluntarily got into the ambulance but fled as the ambulance was traveling down the road. Officers began looking for the man and heard him screaming “help me” but he ran from police. Kenkel was found in rear yard of a home. According to police, the man was acting paranoid and as though he would assault the officers. Officers ordered the man to the ground and he complied. While officers were attempting to handcuff him, police claim, he began trashing and violently kicking at the officers. The officers attempted to calm him down. According to police, the man, who had not yet been identified, suddenly became quiet and ceased resistance. Officers put him on his side but he was not responding. Kenkel did not have a pulse and CPR was started by police. Medics responded to the scene and transported him to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. According to medics, when they originally arrived on the scene they noticed the man had an increased heart rate while in a resting position.
Willie Sams 21 B/M Miami-Dade FL Feb. 5, 2014 – Just before 1 a.m. Police responding to a domestic dispute call jolted Sams with a Taser. An hour later, doctors at Northshore Medical Center pronounced Sams dead. An encounter occurred between the officers and Mr. Sams. The officers deployed an electronic control device, striking Mr. Sams. [Miami-Dade Fire Rescue] was called to the scene and Mr. Sams was taken to North Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. The medical examiner’s office said it continues to wait on blood work and toxicology findings before determining a cause of death. http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article1960861.html
Desmond Rudolph 18 B/M Louisville KY May 1999 – Rudolph by white male LMPD officers Chris Horn and Paul Kincade for no apparent got the KKK out to celebrate the success of Louisville’s finest. Desmond Rudolph was shot at 22 times, hit 10 times, from the back, with 6 bullets exploding in his head, with all bullets being fired by both Chris Horn and Paul Kincade’s guns. Rudolph was shot up while he was driving his own Chevrolet Blazer, driving away in an alley. The Chevrolet Blazer eventually stops running in a ditch against a telephone pole in that alley. Rudolph died 4 days later. http://thekentuckyrevolution.blogspot.com/2013/10/a-louisville-kentucky-timeline-1833-2012.html
Shelley Amos 56 b/f DeKalb County GA Feb. 19, 2011 – Office Kristina Hambie was driving 74mph in a 35mph zone and crashed her patrol car into a Nissan Altima. Both passengers in the Nissan, Shelley Amos and Cheryl Burton, died in the crash. Police Officer Kristina Hambie sentenced to 10 Years For Fatal Crash
Cheryl Blount-Burton 51 DeKalb County GA Feb. 19, 2011 – Office Kristina Hambie was driving 74mph in a 35mph zone and crashed her patrol car into a Nissan Altima. Both passengers in the Nissan, Shelley Amos and Cheryl Burton, died in the crash. Police Officer Kristina Hambie sentenced to 10 Years For Fatal Crash
Ronald Boone 20 B/M Los Angeles CA Jan. 29, 2008 – Wrongful Death List
PHOTO Troy Goode 30 W/M Southaven MI July 19, 2015 – Goode and his wife were leaving the Widespread Panic concert at Snowden Grove Amphitheater as it began. “He was under the influence and so the wife began to drive them home”. At some point on Goodman Road Edwards said Goode got out of the car and began running around. Southaven Police said they were called to a shopping complex on Goodman around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday. Police say they “attempted to detain the subject who began to resist and run from them again. He was eventually restrained by Officers and transferred to an awaiting ambulance to be transported to the hospital.” “They showed up in force and subdued him,” Edwards said. “They hogtied and put his face down on the stretcher.” Edwards claimed a witness heard Goode scream that he could not breathe. “The police took him off and next thing that we know he was a Baptist Hospital”
Michael Saffioti 22 W/M Inmate Snohomish County WA July 2, 2012 – Saffioti failed to make a court date on a misdemeanor charge for pot possession. In July of last year, he surrendered himself to Snohomish County, Washington authorities, who promptly jailed him. (The streets of Snohomish County were a little safer that day.) When it came time for breakfast the following morning, Saffioti is seen on video having a conversation with a guard while holding his tray. Presumably, he was inquiring about any dairy products in the meal. Saffioti had a severe allergy. He’s then seen taking a few bites of some oatmeal. Within a few minutes, Saffioti was back at the guard desk, using his inhaler. He asked to see a nurse. Instead, he was sent to his cell. Over the next half hour, the video shows other inmates looking in Saffioti’s cell as he jumped up and down. The legal claim says he pressed his call button and was ignored, the guards told him he was “faking.”About 35 minutes after he ate, a guard found Saffioti unconscious in his cell. The guard called for help and Saffioti was dragged out. Nurses arrived and performed CPR. Everett firefighters took over and rushed Saffioti to the hospital where he was pronounced dead a half hour later. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/06/todays-drug-war-outrage-m_n_4225995.html
Jesse Sperry 23 W/M Madison County Indiana April 6, 2014 – A 1996 blue Buick Century driven by 22-year-old Rebecca Marie Sperry of Pendleton was struck from behind by a 2004 GMC Yukon SUV driven by 41-year-old Police Officer James D. Foutch of Anderson. According to witnesses, the impact of the hit forced the Buick off the road and into a nearby utility pole. The force from the vehicle snapped the utility pole in half and brought power lines down onto the vehicle. Jesse Sperry, 23, Rebecca’s husband, was pronounced dead. Off-duty Police Officer Foutch was arrested and booked into the Madison County Jail in a warrantless arrest. He was held on $20,000 bond. According to Bell, Foutch faces a charge of driving while intoxicated causing death, a Class B felony. Investigators believe Foutch also had prescription pills in his system. http://www.heraldbulletin.com/news/local_news/edgewood-officer-faces-felony-charges-after-fatal-accident/article_7e7e0f87-c31f-5a6f-9c53-a8750b31140b.html
Jason Nathaniel Cunningham 26 B/M Inmate Smyrna DE April 16, 2014 – Cunningham failed to post bail on charges including attempted motor vehicle theft and resisting arrest. Cunningham was in good health when he eneted Vaughn Correctional Center where he was placed in a “four-point restraint” and left unmonitored in a cell. He was found dead there later that day. http://delawarepublic.org/post/aclu-sues-details-delaware-inmates-2014-death
Eurie Stamps 68 B/M Framingham MA Jan. 5, 2011 – Police were looking for 2o-year-old Joseph Bushfan and Dwayne Barrett. Police allege an undercover officer had purchased drugs from the two men earlier that evening. Bushfan was arrested minutes before the raid when he came out of the apartment. Barrett didn’t reside at the residence. But the police went ahead with the raid, anyway. They took a battering ram to the door, set off a flash grenade, and forced their way inside. As the SWAT team moved through the house, screaming at everyone to get on the floor, Officer Paul Duncan approached 68-year-old Eurie Stamp. was watching a basketball game in his pajamas when the police came in. By the time Duncan got to him in a hallway, he was lying face-down on the floor with his arms over his head, as per police instructions. Duncan would later tell investigators that for his own safety, he decided to restrain Stamps, even though he was following instructions, and wasn’t the suspect. As Duncan moved to pull Stamps’ arms behind him, he says he fell backwards, somehow causing his gun to discharge, shooting Stamps. The grandfather of 12 was shot dead in his own home, while fully complying with police orders during a raid over crimes in which he had no involvement. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/05/14/raid-of-the-day-eurie-sta_n_3273127.html
Sherman Byrd 24 B/M Philadelphia PA June 4, 2015 – Police say they got a call that a person had been robbed of their cell phone and cash by a man with a gun. “Members of the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office were in the area doing a warrant sweep. They heard the radio dispatch and they encountered the 24-year-old suspect. the man took off on his bike and led police down narrow alleyways. They say near the intersection of 13th and Keystone the suspect fell off his bike and was run over by a city police vehicle. Authorities say a gun was found at the scene. The man died at the hospital. http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2015/06/04/police-cruiser-hits-kills-man-fleeing-officers-in-chester/
Alan Edward Dunnagan 68 Winston-Salem NC May 23, 2015 – The crash happened May 13 about 10 p.m. at the intersection of Reynolda and Polo roads. According to a misdemeanor criminal summons, Officer John William Leone Jr. is accused of failing to stop at an intersection and yield the right-of-way while facing a traffic signal “emitting a steady or strobe red circular light for traffic in the defendant’s direction of travel.” Leone’s police cruise collided with Dunnagan’s pickup truck, the N.C. Highway Patrol said. Leone suffered minor injuries. Dunnagan died May 23 from injuries suffered in the crash. http://www.journalnow.com/news/crime/winston-salem-police-officer-charged-in-may-crash-that-killed/article_39fae0f2-20e1-11e5-80f5-834092178189.html
Dakota Bright 15 B/M Chicago IL Nov. 11, 2012 – Dakota was returning to his grandmother’s place when Grand Crossing District officers approached him. Officials said they ordered Dakota to drop the gun in his hand, but he started to run. Dakota then turned and pointed the weapon at them, authorities said, prompting officers to fire in his direction. Dakota was shot in the back of his head and then he was handcuffed and left lying in a backyard for 4- to 5-hours. CPD officials released the reason for Dakota staying on the scene for so long was to “find” the very gun that Dakota allegedly pointed at an officer. The ambulance was flagged off so he was denied medical attention that may have saved his life. There was no gun on him at all. The officer’s name was never released. http://www.copblock.org/74184/looking-for-justice-my-son-was-killed-by-chicago-police/
Samuel Dubose 43 B/M Cincinnati OH July 19, 2015 – White Police Officer Ray Tensing pulled over Dubose for a missing front license plate. Allegedly Tensing repeatedly asked Dubose for his driver’s license, but Dubose allegedly refused and instead handed the officer a bottle of alcohol. Then Tensing asked Dubose to get out of his car, which he also refused. There was an alleged struggle at the door with Mr. Dubose in the vehicle and the officer outside the vehicle, the vehicle supposedly sped away. Tensing fired one shot at the fleeing car, killing Dubose. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cop-shoots-kills-unarmed-black-man_55af9a7de4b0a9b948530a26?
Unidentified Female 51 inmate West County Detention Richmond CA April 25, 2015 – Antioch woman was among several female inmates receiving medical treatment at the medium-security facility at around noon Saturday when she became unresponsive. She was pronounced dead at the scene after receiving CPR from prison staff.
Dontae L. Martin 34 Harrison Township OH July 23, 2015 – Deputies responded to 318 Springbrook Dr. after a 911 call at 12:43 a.m. Thursday in which the caller said a maroon Grand Prix smashed into a green car. “There’s a car that smashed into my neighbor’s car and I don’t know if there’s somebody in there,” the 911 caller said. “The windows are tinted. I don’t know if they’re passed out or drunk or what, but somebody needs to come here ASAP.” When asked by a dispatcher if anyone was injured, the caller responded: “Don’t know. We can’t tell. We don’t want to go up to their cars without police. We don’t know what’s going on inside that vehicle. Montgomery County Sheriff”s Office deputies after they said the man appeared to have a handgun in his hand as he exited a crashed vehicle. The black male, taken by ambulance to Grandview Hospital where he was pronounced dead. http://www.whio.com/news/news/crime-law/harrison-twp-shooting-believed-to-involve-deputies/nm5KW/
Darius Stewart 19 B/M Memphis TN July 7, 2015 – Police said unarmed Stewart was a passenger in a car stopped by Officer Connor Schilling for a headlight violation. Stewart was placed in the back of a squad car without handcuffs as the officer checked on two active warrants for Stewart from Iowa and Illinois. The officer returned to the squad car to handcuff Stewart after a warrant was verified. Stewart allegedly kicked the door, attacked the officer and began hitting the officer with the handcuffs. the officer then shot Stewart with his duty weapon. Office Schilling was suspended a year ago for a DUI arrest. Criminal charges were dismissed, but he received 18 suspension days without pay. Police said Schilling also has one closed excessive/unnecessary force case. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/07/22/memphis-cop-shoots-darius_n_7852516.html?cps=gravity_5055_-4857061514953833337
Erick Emmanuel Salas Sanchez 22 H/M El Paso TX April 30, 2015 – Police responded to a burglary call at 9:11 p.m. in the 300 block of Jesuit Drive, and when officers arrived at the home, authorities said they came in contact with a man they believed was the suspect. Sanchez’s mom, Celia Sanchez, said in Spanish her son was not burglarizing their home at all. She said she and her son were at home when police officers suddenly arrived and asked her to come out. She said that is when her son began to shout at police. The officers, she said, used a Taser on her son and then shot him soon after. Her son was then handcuffed. http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_28023272/el-paso-police-officer-shot-and-killed-burglary
Robert Peterkin 51 W/M Inmate Charlotte Correctional Punta Gordo FL June 4, 2015 – Cecelia Martin, Peterkin’s sister, received a call from the prison chaplain. “He told me to get to Lee Memorial Hospital as soon as possible because my brother had injured himself and it was an ‘un-survivable’ injury”. Martin said she was told all other questions would be answered by the prison warden, who told her Peterkin had been working on a plumbing detail with two other inmates when a corrections officer spotted a cell phone on the utility cart. What reportedly happened next is strange, she said. Rather than call for assistance, Martin said she was told the guard left her brother and the other inmates alone for 13 minutes. When the officer returned, Peterkin was found hanging. At the hospital, Martin said she was told the incident occurred about 11 a.m., so she wants to know why she was not notified until 5 1/2 hours later. “When I got to the hospital, my brother was on a breathing machine and handcuffed to the bed”. She started to talk to him but was told by a nurse to leave him alone because she was causing him to have seizures. “He was squeezing my hand”. Peterkin told his eoldest sister that if anything should ever happen to him, that they should go after prison. “He said nothing will be like it appears to be”. That conversation happened only a month before his death. Peterkin is at least the seventh inmate to have died of unexplained causes since 2013 while in custody in Charlotte Correctional Institute. http://www.bradenton.com/2015/07/24/5909510_death-at-florida-prison-under.html?rh=1
Hugo “Yogi Bear” Pinell 71 H/M Folsom Prison CA August 12, 2015 – The San Quentin Six Political Prisoner 42 years in prison – 34 of them in solitary confinement. Hugo was a student and comrade of the legendary Black Panther Field Marshal, the late George Jackson, with whom he worked to organize other Black prisoners against the racist violence and prison conditions of the ‘60s and ‘70s. In 1965, Pinell was convicted of rape in San Francisco, sentenced to life imprisonment, and placed in San Quentin State Prison. He turned himself in when he had been falsely accused of rape, pleaded guilty (as a young man not knowing how to handle the false accusations and the system) because everyone (his family, etc.) was telling him it would be the best way to handle this, instead of continuing to fight. To serve a short sentence then be released. The day after Pinell was released from 34 years of solidarity confinement, Officials allege two inmates stabbed Pinell and he quickly succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced dead. Prison officials knew Pinell would be targeted for murder due to his history. “He has been a target from just about every group in prison