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POLICE BRUTALITY CASES: WALTER SCOTT MURDER & MORE
Jesus Christ.

Throw 'em all right into general population where they belong. So sick of shit like this.
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(09-11-2018, 01:04 PM)sally Wrote: None of it makes sense.  And how did she not see the bright red door mat,  if her story is true then she must have been completely intoxicated.

Officer Amber Guyger's actions made less sense with each tweaking of the story.

The police leaking negative information on victim Botham Jean at the same time they released video of her crying was transparent and ineffective.  

The worst dirt they could dig up on the devout professional was that he smoked pot sometimes -- not exactly scandalous shit worthy of a death sentence, but they tried.

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Anyway, Guyger, who was on paid administrative leave pending internal investigation and her manslaughter trial, was fired today.  Good.

Dallas Police Chief U. Renee Hall said in a statement the department had dismissed Office Amber Guyger after nearly five years on the job for her actions on the night of the shooting on earlier in September, and for engaging in “adverse conduct” when she was arrested for manslaughter. Police did not elaborate on what it saw as adverse conduct. The 'adverse conduct' wasn't specified.   Full piece:  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-texas...SKCN1M424Y

Botham's family and their attorney are strong; they refused to let officials depict Guyger as some damsel in distress while painting Botham as the bad guy who must have deserved to be shot while reading and eating cereal in his own home.
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(09-18-2018, 12:46 PM)HairOfTheDog Wrote: Van Dyke's trial for murder began yesterday in Chicago.  He faces two first-degree murder counts.

They found him guilty, HotD! Guilty!   Love025
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Thanks Duchess! That’s good news. I tried to reply yesterday, but there’s very poor internet access here.

Officer Van Dyke had no reasonable cause to fear for his life when he shot LaQuan the first time, much less 15 more times.

I read the jury convicted him on 16 counts of second degree murder and he’ll likely be sentenced to at least six years behind bars.
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Jurors told reporters that most of them thought former officer  Van Dyke was guilty when they entered deliberations but were initially split over whether to convict him of first- or second-degree murder.

In the end, after deliberating for about 7½ hours, they settled on second-degree murder, finding that Van Dyke was frightened when he unloaded his gun into Laquan McDonald, but that his fear was unreasonable.

Judge Gaughan ordered Van Dyke’s bail revoked at the request of special prosecutor Joseph McMahon, who noted that the officer faced a minimum of six years in prison.

“He now stands before this court a convicted felon,” said McMahon, the Kane County state’s attorney who was appointed to handle the prosecution because of Cook County prosecutors’ conflicts of interest.

Gaughan could set a sentencing date for Van Dyke when he returns to court Oct. 31.

Van Dyke's attorneys plan to appeal the conviction.

More:  http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local...story.html
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Alabama

A black man shot and wounded two people at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover on Thanksgiving. Police responded and shot dead EJ Bradford Jr.  

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^ EJ , 21,  was a member of the army until he was forced to leave due to leg injury, according to his dad.  He was licensed to carry, and described as a beloved son and an all-around good guy.  Rest in peace.

EJ was the proverbial 'good guy with a gun' who was trying to help after the shots broke out.  

However, a police officer shot him in the face immediately upon arriving at the scene.  That police officer's identity has not been released, nor has the video of the killing.  The family, their attorney (Benjamin Crump), activists and members of the community are demanding more transparency.

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Immediately after EJ was killed, Hoover Police issued a statement saying that EJ was the suspected shooter and was brandishing a gun, despite witness testimony to the contrary.

Police formally retracted that statement a day later and the Chief finally apologized to EJ's family yesterday (not for wrongly killing EJ, but for the false claim after the killing).

EJ was left lying and bleeding in the galleria. Some witnesses took photos and posted them. Police never contacted EJ's family to inform them that they'd killed EJ. EJ's dad, a retired police officer, finally got the confirmation when he reached out to a friend in the Hoover PD. :(

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A special task force including US Marshals was established to hunt down the actual galleria shooter and made an arrest today.

They arrested Erron Brown, 20, of Bessemer, Alabama. He had taken off to Atlanta, where he was apprehended. 

Brown was charged in the shooting of Brian Xavier Wilson, 18, of Birmingham, who was wounded. He wasn't charged with shooting a 12-year-old girl who also was injured.
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Court records show Brown was arrested in June 2017 in Huntsville on a charge of using a gun to rob a man, but the case was dismissed three months later after prosecutors filed notice that they didn't want to pursue the case.

Refs:
https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018...2134165002
https://www.al.com/news/2018/11/hoover-o...ooter.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/arrest-made...l-shooter/
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Follow up to posts #985 - 1022

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Former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger was indicted on a murder charge by a grand jury on Friday.

Story:  https://www.cbsnews.com/news/amber-guyge...tham-jean/
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