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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.
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