Crime Families seek new investigations into old police killings
A shadowy figure, an 'ambush': Officers give jumbled accounts of night Breonna Taylor died
Grand jury recordings released Friday showed what jurors were told about Breonna Taylor's case. But what did cops tell investigators?Transcripts of the interviews were obtained on Friday by The Louisville Courier Journal of the USA TODAY Network and were part of the presentation to the Jefferson County grand jury in the Taylor case.
Richmond, Va. (AP) — One man died after a police officer in New York state told him to move his illegally parked car. Another, in the midst of a mental health crisis, was fatally shot by an officer on a Virginia highway, .
A third man died in Oklahoma after a struggle with police. His last words echoed the ones used by Black men in similar circumstances and the chants at civil rights protests: “I can’t breathe.”
Pennsylvania judge will likely reevaluate 'unconstitutional' $1 million bail set for Ricardo Munoz protesters
Several people arrested during demonstrations over the police shooting of Ricardo Munoz are being held on $1 million bail in Lancaster, PennsylvaniaLancaster police arrested 12 adults and one juvenile after about 100 people gathered outside the city's police station Sunday following the police killing of Ricardo Munoz, 27, who authorities say chased an officer with a knife.
The officers involved in the deaths of Danroy “DJ” Henry Jr., 20, Marcus-David Peters, 24, and Derrick Elliot Scott, 41, all were cleared of wrongdoing. But the protests since George Floyd was killed during a Minnesota police encounter have encouraged the men’s families to try to get the investigations reopened.
Europe coronavirus: Fight shifts from hospitals to the streets
At first, the front line of Europe's fight against the Covid-19 pandemic was fought in hospitals by overstretched health care workers. Now as European countries seek to avoid the long-dreaded second wave, that line has shifted to the streets and is being manned by police forces. © Martin Meissner/AP Police enforce the wearing of mandatory face masks at the train station in Essen, Germany on Monday, August 24. In the last week, several European countries have seen record infection rates. Not since the spring have countries like France, Germany, Italy and Spain seen such a surge in the number of new cases.
Racial injustice activists elsewhere, dismayed by a Kentucky grand jury’s decision not to charge any officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, 26, are pressing authorities to give other cases a second look.
These are three of the cases prosecutors have been asked to reexamine:
Marcus-David Peters was a popular high school biology teacher when he appeared to emotionally unravel on May 14, 2018, in Richmond, Virginia. An officer’s body camera captured it on video.
“Male seems to be mentally unstable as we speak,” Officer Michael Nyantakyi said over his police radio after Peters side-swiped several vehicles and crashed his car next to a highway ramp.
Peters, 24, climbed out of his car - naked - and ran into heavy rush hour traffic. He was hit by a vehicle, got up and then laid back down on Interstate 95, flailing his limbs.
The police shooting of Jacob Blake, explained
Blake’s shooting has inspired intense protests, a professional sports strike, and fiery rhetoric from President Trump.Blake survived the shooting, and said in a video taken at the hospital where he is receiving treatment that he has been in “nothing but pain.
Nyantakyi pointed a stun gun at him. The teacher ran toward toward the officer, shouting and threatening to kill him. The officer, who is also Black, deployed the stun gun, which appeared to have no effect, then shot Peters with his service weapon.
Peters died later at a hospital. A prosecutor cleared Nyantakyi three months later.
The Peters family and local activists have called on Richmond’s top prosecutor to reopen the investigation.
'An encyclopedia of police incompetence': Breonna Taylor case exposes array of errors
An analysis of the Breonna Taylor case reveals poor planning, execution and judgment from the raid on her home to their failure to control the scene.The litany of errors shows that the March 13 police shooting of Taylor in her home was more than the result of a few bad apples, according to Samuel Walker, who reviewed The Louisville Courier Journal’s summary of investigative documents made public over the past two weeks.
“Marcus needed help, not death,” Peters' sister, Princess Blanding, said.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Colette McEachin agreed to review the case file, but said that does not guarantee a relaunched investigation.
DJ Henry had barely started his adult life on the day it ended, Oct. 17, 2010, after a police officer in a hamlet north of New York City asked the college student to move his car out of a fire lane.
Henry was a 20-year-old football player at Pace University. He and some friends went to a local restaurant after the homecoming game, but left when a fight broke out among other patrons.
Police from two departments responded to the fight. After an officer asked Henry to move his Nissan Altima, he drove across a parking lot and onto an access road.
That’s where Pleasantville Officer Aaron Hess stepped in front of the car and ended up on the hood. Hess fired four gunshots through the windshield, killing Henry and wounding one of his friends.
The officer said he believed Henry was trying to run him over . A grand jury cleared Hess of wrongdoing in 2011.
Henry’s case, like others, has received renewed scrutiny in recent months. Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kerry Washington and other celebrities asked the U.S. Department of Justice in July to investigate. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment.
Fact check: Viral post misstates amount of Justine Damond family settlement
Viral posts on Facebook falsely claim Minneapolis police shooting victim Justine Damond's family received a $55 million settlement.In the weeks following that decision, outrage and frustration has erupted across social media platforms. Viral posts compare Taylor's case to Justine Damond, an unarmed white woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer in 2017.
Pleasantville police initially claimed that Henry drove aggressively toward both Hess and Mt. Pleasant Officer Ronald Beckley. But during a deposition for the Henry family’s subsequent wrongful death lawsuit, Beckley gave a different account.
Beckley said he fired his own gun at Hess because when he saw the unfamiliar fellow cop on Henry's car, he took him for “the aggressor.” He said he told his superiors that the night Henry was killed.
Henry’s family reached a $6 million civil settlement in 2016. His father wants the criminal case reopened because he questions if the grand jury heard all the relevant evidence.
“I’m not hopeful, but I have hope,” Danroy Henry Sr. said. “We have to keep working in the space that hope creates for these things to be possible."
DERRICK ELLIOT SCOTT
Vickey Scott said she screamed and fell to the floor the first time she watched a video of her son moaning and telling police “I can’t breathe” over and over while pinned to the ground.
“Every single day of my life, I am hoping and praying that those officers are charged with my son’s death,” the mother said.
Her son, Derrick Elliot Scott, 41, died on May 20, 2019, almost one year before George Floyd, 46, used those same words with a police officer’s knee pressed on his neck.
Police encountered Scott while responding to a 911 call about a man brandishing a gun in a parking lot.
When the officers approached him, Scott ran. The officers tackled him to the ground. As they tried to put handcuffs on Scott, he repeatedly told them, “I can’t breathe.”
The video shows an officer pulling a handgun out of Scott’s pocket. Police said it was loaded.
Scott died later at a hospital.
An autopsy listed the probable cause of death as a collapsed lung and said several conditions likely contributed, including physical restraint, recent methamphetamine use, asthma, emphysema and heart disease.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater cleared the officers of misconduct and any criminal wrongdoing. Prater said this week that he is not inclined to reopen the investigation at this point.
AP writer Sean Murphy contributed to this report from Oklahoma City.
She went out for a walk. Then Drogo the police dog charged. .
Growing up, few Black families in Ayanna Brooks’s neighborhood had dogs. A vicious attack reminded her why.Late one night in December 2018, Ayanna Brooks and her Siberian husky, Neptune, took a stroll with her boyfriend after his bartending shift. On a patch of grass near a CVS, they let Neptune roam off-leash. Then the sound of sirens filled the air. Police were chasing several men who had bolted from a stolen car.