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 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 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 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.
Darrien Hunt 22, Sept. 10, 2014 Saratoga Springs, UT – Police say they were called about 9:40 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a “suspicious” man walking near businesses along the road while carrying a “Katana”, a souvenir sword with rounded edges, not a blade he’d bought at a concert. A concerned eyewitness snapped a photo of Darrien just seconds before police opened fire. A shot was fired by police during the confrontation and multiple shots were fired after he ran away. Witness Jocelyn Hansen says when she heard the shots she saw Darrien turn and he was running away from the police officers. Officers claim when they made contact with Mr. Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers. However ALL witness accounts say “he never raised the sword or confronted anyone. They can only think of one reason why he was shot. ‘Because he’s black’” Darrien was shot at least four times; once in the leg, the shoulder, the wrist and the lower middle back substantiated by the bullet which didn’t have an exit wound. Murdered by Saratoga Springs PD Read more about Darrien’s murder
Trayvon Martin17, Feb. 26, 2012 Sanford. FL – George Zimmerman self-appointed neighborhood watch profiled, followed, confronted, aimed a gun at, and pulled the trigger shooting a bullet into unarmed Trayvon’s torso creating an entry wound 1 inch to the left of the midline and 1/2 inch below the left nipple with the trajectory of the bullet going straight through from front to back without deviating up or down, left or right. Vigilante George Zimmerman got away with murder. More on Trayvon with multiple links and videos here
Kendrick Johnson 17 January 11th, 2013 Valdosta, Georgia – Found rolled up in a wrestling mat in the Lowndes County High School gymnasium. There were multiple signs to indicate that this wasn’t an accidental death, such as the school security cameras showing Kendrick entering the gym, but not getting into the rolled up mat. There was also a shoe and sweatshirt that were found nearby but not taken as evidence by officers. And finally, there were blood stains on a nearby wall. the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office closed the case. Luietenant Stride Jones works for the LCSO, “The opinion of our crime scene personnel after looking at it closely, the blood appeared as it had been there for an extended period of time. It doesn’t appear to be very fresh.” Unsatisfied with the investigation, the Johnson family had Kendrick’s body exhumed last June and the second autopsy showed that Kendrick died by blunt force trauma, not accidental suffocation as the first autopsy reported. “The family believes that it’s a cover up. They’re not saying who responsible for the cover up, but they know without a shadow of a doubt, in their heart of hearts that Kendrick did not die they way they say he died.”
Ezell Ford 25 (mentally challenged), Aug. 11, 2014 Los Angeles, CA – Veteran Police conducting an “investigative stop”. (nothing is known about why the officers stopped Ford). Per witness’s Ford was unarmed and being compliant with the officers, lying on the ground when three bullets were unloaded into him by the police. Members of Ford’s community and family say that it was well known, even by police officers, that Ford was mentally ill. Police demanded Ezell lie on the ground, complying with the officers’ orders, when he was shot in the back 3 times. Police have maintained an “investigative hold” on the Ford autopsy report. The LAPD’s Force Investigative Division and Robbery Homicide Division investigations into the shooting are ongoing. Murdered by LAPD
UPDATE: 9-14-14 LAPD Newton Division’s “Gang Enforcement Detail” Officers Sharlton K. Wampler 12 years as an Officer and Antonio Villegas 8 years as an Officer are the cops responsible for shooting Ezell Ford to death in South Los Angeles. Both officers are now on paid vacation. The night before Ford’s life was taken. A witness says these same 2 officers were harassing Ezell, despite knowing he, as one neighbor put it, “wasn’t all there”. Needless to say the cops’ story is disputed. In the words of LeRoy Hill, who saw the entire incident go down, “They had him in the corner and were beating him, busted him up, for what reason I don’t know; he didn’t do nothing… The next thing I know I hear a ‘pow!’ while he’s on the ground. They got the knee on him. And I hear another ‘pow!’ No hesitation. And I hear another ‘pow!’ Three times.” “When Ford’s mother Tritobia Ford rushed to the scene to see what happened, the cops raised their batons at her in an attempt to intimidate her. Not once did they ever try to console her”. Another witness is quite clear of the fact he heard the officer who was pinning Ford to the ground yelling out to the other officer, “Shoot him!” After that, “three bullets were planted in Ford’s back while he was lying on the ground.” Rather tellingly the cops did not have a dash-cam mounted on their patrol vehicle at the time Ford was shot.
Jordan Russell Davis 19 Nov. 23, 2012 Jacksonville, FL – Fatally shot by Michael David Dunn. Dunn demanded Davis and his companions to turn down the loud music being played in the vehicle in which Davis was a passenger. Dunn pulled out a gun and began shooting hitting unarmed Davis in the back, killing him. After the jury was unable to return a unanimous verdict on a charge of first-degree murder, the judge declared a mistrial on that count. However, Dunn was convicted on three counts of attempted second-degree murder for firing at three other teenagers who were with Davis and one count of firing into a vehicle. None of the other teenagers were injured.
Kajieme Powell 25, Aug. 19, 2014 St. Louis – St. Louis PD executed Kajiemi Powell within 15 seconds of arrival after being called regarding a man who had reportedly taken two sodas and some donuts from a convenience store. The police fired twelve shots in rapid succession, killing Kajiemi as he began to walk away with hands at his side.
Michael Brown 18, Aug. 9, 2014 Ferguson MO – Jay Walking – Police Officer Darren Wilson pulled his car in from of Michael, blocking him, then open his door, grabbed Michael. Brown was pushing, trying to get away from the officer, officer Wilson was trying to pull him in. Brown got 35’ away when the officer began shooting. Michael turned, put his hands up in submission and Officer Wilson put 6 bullets in Michael Brown. Michael Brown could have survived five of the six gunshots fired at him by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, but the last shot to the top of his head killed him. Murdered by Officer Darren Wilson Ferguson PD
Oscar Grant 22, Jan. 1, 2009 Oakland, CA – Responding to reports of a fight on a crowded Bay Area Rapid Transit train returning from San Francisco, BART Police officers detained Grant and several other passengers on the platform at the Fruitvale Station. Officer Johannes Mehserle and another officer were restraining unarmed Grant, who was lying face down. Mehserle drew his gun and shot Grant once in the back. Murdered by Oakland Transit Police
Ramarley Graham 18 Feb. 2, 2012 New York – Mr. Graham walking on the street near his home when He was approached by plain cloths officers in NYPD marked raid jackets. The officers were investigating suspected drug sales at a bodega. Graham fled on foot towards home and was followed by the officers. After officers kicked down the door they followed him into the building, he entered his Grandmothers bathroom. An officer ordered Graham to “Show me your hands! Show me your hands!” After he failed to comply, the officer shot Graham once in the chest. Residents of the apartment say that police didn’t identify themselves. There were no weapons found on Graham’s person or at the scene.
Chavis Carter 21, July 29, 2012, Jonesboro, Ark. – A small amount of marijuana was found on him and he was put in the back of a police car, without being handcuffed, when a background check revealed an open warrant for a marijuana charge in Mississippi He was then searched more thoroughly a second time, according to police, handcuffed and put in the back of the police car again. That’s when police say the left-handed Carter retrieved a gun he had somehow managed to conceal through two searches, maneuvered his cuffed hands, and shot himself in the right temple.
Rekia Boyd 22, March 21, 2012 Chicago – Boyd was an innocent bystander in Chicago’s Douglas Park around 1:00 a.m. on March 21, 2012 when Officer Servin, responding to a disturbance call, arrived on the scene. The officer exchanged words with Antonio Cross, who was also in the park. After turning away, Servin, who was in his car, claims he saw Cross pull out a gun. It was actually his cell phone. Servin fired five shots “blindly” over his shoulder, shooting Cross in his thumb and striking Boyd in the head. Rekia died the next day at Mount Sinai Hospital. Cross was charged with aggravated assaulted against Servin. The officer did not appear for the court date, so charged were dropped. Boyd’s family will receive $4.5 million as part of a wrongful death settlement, they say justice has in no way been served until or unless Servin is criminally charged in the shooting death. Murdered by Chicago PD
Eric Garner 43, July 17, 2014, in Staten Island, New York – Previously had been arrested for selling untaxed cigarettes, a police officer Justin Damico who attempted to arrest Garner after he had broken up a fight which brought additional police units to the scene. A New York City Police Department officer, Daniel Pantaleo, put Garner on the ground by the use of force, which included the use of a chokehold. Eric was unarmed and continued to scream “I can’t breathe!” On August 1, 2014, medical examiners concluded chokehold and chest compression as the primary causes of Garner’s death. Murdered by NYPD
Tamon Robinson 27, April 2012, New York City – Tamon was struck and killed by an NYPD police car after Robinson was allegedly caught stealing cobblestones from a public housing complex although he had permission to take the stones.. The official accident report states the police car was stopped on a footpath outside the Bayview Houses last April when Robinson “did run into” the vehicle, causing him to fall backward and strike his head. Multiple witnesses came forward, saying Robinson was deliberately mowed down by the cops. Both police and fire officials initially described Robinson’s injuries as non-life threatening, but on the day of the incident, witnesses told DNA info that police at the scene pulled Robinson from under the car, yelling “Wake up! Wake up!” before bouncing him off the hood of the car. Robinson was in a coma for six days before dying. During that time, he was handcuffed to his hospital bed. Murdered by NYPD
Kimani Gray 16 March 2013 Brooklyn NY- Kimani had been fixing his belt when he was shot. A total of 11 rounds were fired, seven bullets struck the teen, three entered from his back, suggesting he was running away. Kimani was heard begging ‘Please don’t let me die,’ ” One of the officers replied: “Stay down, or we’ll shoot you again.” The only publicly identified eyewitness, Tishana King is standing by her claim that the young man was empty-handed when he was gunned down, one officer stood “right over” Gray, continuing to shoot him while he was on the ground. Neither cop identified himself as law enforcement when the incident began. One of the cops involved has threatened her life. Murdered by NYPD
Kendrec McDade 19, March 24, 2012 Pasadena, CA: – Oscar Carrillo, reported his computer stolen and falsely told police he’d been robbed at gunpoint. Officers Jeffrey Newlen and Mathew Griffin responded. Unarmed Kendrec ran past the police car, carrying a cellphone in his pocket. McDade fled on foot up Sunset Street with his right hand at his waist. As he ran, Officer Griffin sped past him in a patrol cruiser and blocked the street as Officer Newlen chased him on foot. McDade was about to run past the cruiser when he turned and ran directly toward where Griffin was seated. “He left the sidewalk and he’s running at me,” Griffin told investigators. “This — this scares the crap out of me. I don’t know why he is running at me. He’s still clutching his waistband. I think he’s got a gun. I’m stuck in the car. I got no where to go.” Griffin fired four times through the open driver’s side window. McDade was two or three feet away. Griffin then ducked down to his right to avoid being hit by shots he expected from McDade. McDade suffered three fatal wounds and five other non-lethal rounds. Murdered by Pasadena, CA PD
Victor White 22, March 3, 2013 Iberia Parish, LA – According to the Louisiana State Police, deputies with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office were investigating a fight when they stopped White as he was walking down the street. “Deputies supposedly discovered he was in possession of illegal narcotics,” “White was taken into custody, handcuffed behind his back and transported to the Sheriff’s Office for processing.” Upon arrival at the sheriff’s office sometime in the early morning hours White became uncooperative and refused to exit the patrol vehicle. “As the deputy requested assistance from other deputies, White produced a handgun and fired one round, striking himself in the *back*”. The Iberia Parish Coroner Carl M. Ditch released a copy of White’s autopsy stating White was shot in the chest, not in the back, in the area of his right nipple. The bullet exited out his left side. However the records show the manner of death as a suicide. Murdered by Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Dept.
Yvette Smith 47, Feb. 16, 2014 Bastrop, TX – Two Bastrop County Sheriff’s deputies went to check out a call at Smith’s boyfriend’s house. The caller said he and his son were fighting over a gun. Investigators say when deputies arrived; Yvette came to the door where deputy Daniel Willis shot her twice, once in the lower abdomen and hip. Yvette died from her injuries. Initially, officials said Smith came to the doorway with a firearm and disregarded Willis’ command. They later retracted that statement saying it’s unclear whether Smith had a gun. Officer Willis was arrested, booked into jail and fired from the sheriff’s office. His bond was set at $100,000. A lieutenant and a sergeant with the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department were demoted and suspended for tampering with records following the shooting. Murdered by Bastrop PD
Timothy Russell 43 (and Malissa Williams) Nov. 29, 2013 Cleveland Ohio – It began with a pop, perhaps a backfire from a car speeding past police headquarters. At least 30 patrol cars chased their vehicle, a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds, killing two people. No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car and the chase route was searched for any trace of bullets. Russell had been shot 23 times and Williams had been shot 24 times. Murdered by 137 bullets by Cleveland PD READ MORE
Malissa Williams 30, (and Timothy Russell) Nov. 29, 2013 Cleveland Ohio – It began with a pop, perhaps a backfire from a car speeding past police headquarters. At least 30 patrol cars chased their vehicle, a chase that ended with 13 officers firing 137 rounds, killing two people. No weapon or shell casings were found in the fleeing car and the chase route was searched for any trace of bullets. Russell had been shot 23 times and Williams had been shot 24 times. Murdered by 137 bullets by Cleveland PD READ MORE
Dante Parker 36, Aug 12, 2014 Victorville, CA – San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department considered him a suspect in the attempted burglary of a house by a thief on a bicycle. A deputy from the Victorville Station stopped the unarmed Parker while he was riding his bicycle around 5 p.m. after the reported breaking-and-entering attempt. The resident who called deputies had told them the suspect fled on a bicycle. Dante died in the custody of sheriff’s deputies after being stunned by a Taser several times. Murdered by San Bernardino County Calif. Sheriff’s Department
Ervin Jefferson 18, May 2012 Dekalb County, GA – Ervin ran outside their home towards a crowd of people who had driven up in two cars threatening his sister. Dekalb County police confirmed two private security guards shot and killed Ervin after responding to a disturbance outside of his home. They were supposed to be securing the premises of The Village at Wesley Chapel, an apartment complex near the family’s home. After being shot, someone drove a car into and on top of him, literally under the car.” Curtis Scott, 25, and Gary Jackson, 26, were charged with impersonating police officers on the night that 18-year-old Ervin Jefferson was killed. Murdered by Atlanta Security Guards
Amadou Diallo 23 February 4, 1999 Bronx New York – Diallo was standing near his building after returning from a meal. Four *plain-clothed NYPD Officers* claimed Diallo matched the description of a *since-captured well-armed serial rapist* involved in the rape or attempted rape of 51 victims. When they approached him. Diallo ran up the outside steps toward his apartment house doorway, ignoring their orders to stop and “show hands”. Diallo reached into his jacket and withdrew his wallet. Plain Clothed Officer Carroll yelled “Gun!” All 4 officers opened. During the shooting, lead officer McMellon tripped backward off the front stairs, causing the other officers to believe he had been shot. 41 shots were fired, more than half of which went astray. Sean Carroll, Richard Murphy, Edward McMellon and Kenneth Boss, fired a combined total of 41 shots, 19 of which struck Diallo. Murdered four New York City Police Department plain-clothed officers
Patrick Dorismond 26, March 16, 2000 New York – Undercover police officers approached Dorismond and his friend as they were standing outside the “Distinguished Wakamba Cocktail Lounge” and asked him where he and his partners could purchase marijuana. Dorismond declared he was not a drug dealer. Dorismond’s friend, Kevin Kaiser, claims neither of the officers identified themselves. The first undercover cop approaching Dorismond was aggressive and “in their face.” Kaiser said one of the cops who initiated the fight, hitting unarmed Dorismond first. Officer Anthony Vasquez, shot Patrick Dorismond in the chest during a scuffle. The single bullet from Vasquez’s 9mm pistol had struck Dorismond’s aorta and his right lung, and he rapidly bled to death. On July 27, 2000 a grand jury declined to indict Officer Vasquez in the death of Dorismond, announcing that they had found the shooting to be accidental. Murdered by NYPD
Ousmane Zongo 16, May 22, 2003 New York City – Police had targeted a Manhattan storage facility while investigating a CD/DVD pirating operation. Zongo repaired art and musical instruments at the same location but was not implicated in the scheme. NYPD officer Bryan Conroy, disguised as a postal worker guarding a bin of CDs when Zongo appeared to turn on a light. A chase ensued that ended when Zongo ran into a dead end. Conroy shot Zongo four times, twice in the back. Conroy did not receive any jail time but was convicted of criminally negligent homicide and was given five years’ probation. Murdered by NYPD
Timothy Stansbury Jr. 19, January 24, 2004 Brooklyn, New York – Stansbury an unarmed 19-year-old was shot and killed by New York Police Department Officer Richard S. Neri Jr. Officer Neri and a partner were patrolling the rooftop of a housing project in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood approximately 1 a.m. Officer Neri, with his gun drawn, approached a rooftop door to check the stairway inside. Neri testified to a grand jury he fired his standard Glock 17 pistol unintentionally when he was startled when Stansbury pushed open the rooftop door. Stansbury died from one shot in the chest. The grand jury found the shooting to be accidental. Murdered by NYPD
Sean Bell 23, November 25, 2006 New York City – The night of his death, Bell was holding his bachelor party at Club Kalua, a strip club being investigated by undercover police over accusations the owners fostered prostitution. Bells friend Joseph Guzman had an argument with a man outside the bar, and supposedly threatened to get a gun. Supposedly thinking a shooting was about to take place, plain-clothes officer Gescard Isnora followed Bell and his friends tp their car. Isnora alerted his backup team, the detectives never identified themselves when they approached with weapons drawn. The three men were shot at a total of fifty times by a team of plain clothes undercover NYPD officers, killing Sean and severely wounding his friends, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman. An autopsy showed Bell was struck four times in the neck and torso. Guzman was shot 19 times Benefield, who was in the back seat, was hit three times. Three of the five detectives involved in the shooting went to trial on charges ranging from manslaughter to reckless endangerment, they were found not guilty. Murdered by NYPD
Kelly Thomas 37, July 10, 2011 Fullerton, CA – Kelly was a homeless man diagnosed with schizophrenia who lived on the streets. On July 5, 2011, about 8:30 PM, officers of the Fullerton Police Department responded to a call from the management of the Slidebar Kitchen that someone was vandalizing cars near the Fullerton Transportation Center. While investigating, they encountered the shirtless and disheveled Thomas and attempted to search him. In the 34.14 minute video, unarmed and compliant Kelly can be heard repeatedly screaming in pain while officers are repeatedly asking him to place his arms behind his back. He audibly responds “Okay, I’m sorry!” and “I’m trying!” while the officer’s stretch his arm back. The police officers claim that, unable to get Thomas to comply with the requests, they used a taser on him (up to five times according to a witness statement, and the video footage). In the video Thomas can be heard screaming “Dad! Dad!”. Six officers were involved in beating Thomas, who was unarmed. He died after being beaten by Jay Cicinelli, Manuel Ramos, and Joseph Wolfe, three members of the Fullerton Police Department, on July 5, 2011. Thomas was taken to St. Jude Medical Center before being transferred to the UC Irvine Medical Center, where he was comatose on arrival and not expected to recover. He never regained consciousness. Medical records show that bones in his face were broken and he choked on his own blood. The coroner concluded that compression of the thorax made it impossible for Thomas to breathe normally and deprived his brain of oxygen.
EXTREMELY GRAPHIC VIDEO of the BEATING of KELLY THOMAS
Criminal trial: On January 13, 2014, former Fullerton police Officer Manuel Ramos was acquitted of second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the 2011 death of Thomas. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli was acquitted of involuntary manslaughter and excessive use of force.
Anonymous response: In August 2011, the Internet activist group Anonymous demanded that the officers involved be prosecuted, the Fullerton Police Chief resign, and that Thomas’s family be awarded US$5 million in compensation; they threatened to shut down the Fullerton municipal website if their demands were not met. In January 2014, after the police officers involved were acquitted, Anonymous released their personal addresses, as well as the identities of the jurors. On January 18 and 19, Anonymous took down several websites belonging to or run by Fullerton police and municipality.
Orlando Barlow 28, Jan. 29, 2010 Las Vegas NV – a suspect in a domestic disturbance at the southwest Las Vegas home of his girlfriend. Orlando surrendered and was on his knees when Officer Hartman shot him from 50 feet away. Hartman testified he thought Barlow was reaching for a gun and the shooting was ruled justifiable. Later, a federal investigation discovered two other uses of excessive force by Hartman and the officer was finally fired ONLY after he and two other co-workers printed t-shirts with “BDRT” on the front…”Baby’s Daddy Removal Team.”
Aaron Campbell 25 Feb. 16, 2010 Portland OR – Jones’ aunt who had first called 9-1-1 that afternoon, saying she couldn’t reach her niece, whose boyfriend had a gun and was suicidal over the death that day of his younger brother. Officer Quackenbush called and asked him to come out in a conversation marred by a bad connection and interference. Unarmed Campbell emerged, walking backward with his hands locked behind his head. Five officers standing ready behind a parked patrol car and a garbage bin in the parking lot said they were surprised. They unleashed a dog when they saw Campbell start running after getting struck by the beanbags, he fell down and the dog was on top of him. The first shot hit Campbell in the buttocks, and he seemed to lean over, about to run. From behind a police car Officer Ronald Frashour fired five from his AR-15 rifle at Campbell’s lower back and buttocks killing him. Murdered by Portland, OR PD
Victor Steen 17 October 1, 2009 Pensacola, FL – Was struck and killed by the cruiser of Police Officer Jerald Ard while riding his bicycle. Officer Ard claims to have spotted Steen at an empty construction site around 1:50 AM and attempted to stop him for questioning. According to Ard, Steen fled the area. Ard pursued Steen in his police cruiser and attempted to fire a Taser weapon from the window of the moving cruiser. When the boy refused to stop, the officer aimed his Taser out the driver’s window and fired. The boy fell off the bike and the cruiser ran over him dragging his lifeless body until the cruiser came to a stop at a median in an empty parking lot. A judge ruled the officer committed no crime.
Renisha McBride 19, November 2, 2013, Dearborn Heights, Michigan – McBride crashed her car on the west side of Detroit. Police report a 911 caller (approximately 1:00 am) said a woman had been speeding down the street, struck a parked car, got out of the vehicle, and then left on foot. Police initially considered the incident a low priority, so no officers were immediately dispatched. Forty minutes later, another call was placed indicating that the driver had returned. EMS arrived on the scene, but McBride had again walked away and was not treated. It is unclear what McBride was doing during the three hours between the crash and the fatal shooting. It is believed she was looking for help after her phone died, and becoming disoriented by the crash, in which she may have sustained a head injury. The Caucasian homeowner, 54-year-old Theodore Wafer who lives alone, claimed he believed someone was breaking and entering the night he discovered McBride on his doorstep. “On that night he was woken up. … Everything was dark in the house, and he was awakened by sounds of a person knocking on his door. Instead of calling the police Wafer opened the front door and shot McBride in the face, firing through a screen door.
Version #1: Wafer first suggested to police that it was an accident but later admitted to intentionally pulling the trigger.
Version #2: Wafer claimed he discharged his gun accidentally
Version #3: Wafer claimed he feared for his life
Coroner’s Report: Entrance shotgun wound to the face, with no evidence of close-range discharge of a firearm noted on the skin surrounding this wound. The wound track passed through the soft tissue and bones of the face and entered the brain. The wound track was from front to back, and right to left. Multiple lead pellets and fragments of wad were recovered from the brain and retained. The manner of death was homicide.
Theodore Wafer convicted of second-degree murder. Maximum sentence is 32 years in prison, eligible for parole after serving a minimum of 17 years. Murdered by Homeowner Theodore Wafer
Alonzo Ashley 29, July 19, 2011 Denver, CO –Suffering from a heat stroke Alonzo got so overheated that he vomited. He was trying to cool down by splashing water on his head from a fountain near the elephant enclosure when a zoo staffer asked if he needed help. He allegedly responded by saying he wanted to be left alone, leading to calls to zoo security and Denver Police who describe him as so wild the press the taser device directly against him to immobilize him completely. Only after he was belatedly brought under control did he begin convulsing, then stopped breathing. He died at a nearby hospital. Murdered by Denver PD
Wendell Allen 20, March 7, 2012 New Orleans LA – Officer Joshua Colclough was executing a search warrant related to a marijuana investigation fired a single bullet into the chest of Allen who was shirtless and wearing only jeans and sneakers in the home’s stairwell – had no weapons on him. Former cop Joshua Colclough admitted he shot her unarmed son dead, during a botched drug raid. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and accepted a four-year prison sentence.
Ronald Madison (mentally disabled) 40 September 4, 2005 New Orleans, LA – “The Danziger Bridge Shootings” New Orleans police fabricated a cover-up story for their crime, falsely reporting that seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down, and that at least four people were firing weapons at the officers upon their arrival. New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on the unarmed Bartholomew family who had been walking to a grocery store with family friend James Brissette who were sheltering behind a concrete barrier. Two brothers, Ronald and Lance Madison, fled the scene, but were pursued down the bridge by Gisevius and Faulcon in an unmarked state police vehicle. Faulcon fired his shotgun from the back of the car at Ronald. Bowen was later convicted of stomping Ronald on the back before he died. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur “Archie” Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to “provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting” and plant a firearm near the scene. Guilty verdicts were handed down for Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon, Villavaso and Kaufman on August 5, 2011. Murdered by New Orleans PD
John Crawford 22, August 5, 2014 Beavercreek, Ohio – Two police officers responded to a 911 call about a man waving a gun at customers inside a Walmart store. Crawford was shot in the torso and died. He was carrying an air rifle/pellet gun he’d picked off a shelf from inside the store. Video contradicts statements by police and witnesses that Crawford ignored commands to drop the gun and “looked like he was going to go violently.” One of the officers in Crawford’s death was involved in a 2010 shooting that was ruled self-defense. Murdered by Beavercreek PD
James Brissette 17, September 4, 2005 New Orleans, LA – “The Danziger Bridge Shootings” New Orleans police fabricated a cover-up story for their crime, falsely reporting that seven police officers responded to a police dispatch reporting an officer down, and that at least four people were firing weapons at the officers upon their arrival. New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on the unarmed Bartholomew family who had been walking to a grocery store with family friend James Brissette who were sheltering behind a concrete barrier. Two brothers, Ronald and Lance Madison, fled the scene, but were pursued down the bridge by Gisevius and Faulcon in an unmarked state police vehicle. Faulcon fired his shotgun from the back of the car at Ronald. Bowen was later convicted of stomping Ronald on the back before he died. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur “Archie” Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to “provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting” and plant a firearm near the scene. Guilty verdicts were handed down for Bowen, Gisevius, Faulcon, Villavaso and Kaufman on August 5, 2011. Murdered by New Orleans PD
Steven Eugene Washington 27, (Autistic) March 20, 2010 Los Angeles CA- Died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Although no weapon was found, officers said they feared for their lives because Washington did not respond to their commands as and appeared to be reaching for his waistband. Steven had been walking home after visiting a friend Murdered by LAPD
Travares Mcgill 16, July 18, 2005 Sanford, FL – Two people in McGill’s car survived unhurt. They told authorities they were parked at an apartment complex when someone, they weren’t sure who shined a bright light into their car. Security guards William Patrick Swofford and Bryan Ansley were on one of their regular patrols, witnesses testified McGill tried to back out and get away. But as he did, he scraped two vehicles, including the guards’ and broke the leg of James Dean, 54, who had stepped out of McGill’s back seat moments earlier pinning him between McGill’s Dodge and a van parked next to it. As McGill continued backing up, Ansley drew his 9 mm semiautomatic handgun. The teenager then shifted into drive and slammed down on the gas, according to a state accident-reconstruction expert the car’s tires began to spin and smoke. The car skittered sideways, leaving skid marks, then lurched forward. That’s when the guards opened fire. A review of more than 600 pages of evidence shows the bullet killing McGill hit him in the middle of the back and that Swofford kept firing after the car was no longer headed toward him. When it was over, investigators collected seven shell casings and seven bullets, two from McGill’s body. They hauled McGill’s borrowed Dodge to a garage, it had been hit by six bullets. FDLE lab analyst N. Scott Henderson calculated their trajectories. At least one of Swofford’s bullets, the agency concluded, hit the passenger-side door at a nearly 90-degree angle, meaning McGill was no longer moving toward when Swofford pulled the trigger. The fatal bullet hit teenager in back. Murdered by Sandford FL PF
Nicholas Naquan Heyward Jr. 13, Sept. 29, 1994 New York – Nicholas described as an honors student by his teachers was playing with a toy guy with other kids from the housing projects in Brooklyn where they lived when he and Officer Brian George met in the staircase. Officer George mistook the 18-inch toy rifle for a real one. The kids playing with the young boy insisted he dropped the gun before the shots were fired. Officer George never served a day in jail for the boy’s death. Murdered by NYPD READ MORE
Jamiel Johnson 16, Sept, 29, 1994 Brooklyn, NY- Shot once in the stomach by Officer Robert Rodriguez, a plainclothes New York City police officer who said the youth had pulled a toy replica of a 9-millimeter gun from his waistband. Officer Rodriquez claims “He was observed by three plainclothes anti-crime officers adjusting his waistband several times and supposedly “ordered to stop,” Mr. Johnson fled, going over a fence, with Officer Rodriguez in pursuit and the other officers seeking to cut him off by going around a corner. The officers are telling him, ‘Stop, police,’ with their shields out.” When the youth was on the other side of the fence Johnson turned and pointed the gun at Officer Rodriguez, who fired one time. However neighbors whose apartments overlook the driveway said they heard the police shoot Jamiel Johnson immediately after shouting for him to halt. Mr. Johnson was in critical but stable condition at Kings County Hospital. Shot by NYPD
Malcolm Ferguson 23, March 1, 2000 Bronx NY – Five members of the Street Narcotics Enforcement Unit of the housing police had been on their way to 1057 Boynton Avenue, a public housing building where there were complaints of drug activity. The officers moved toward a group of three men in the hallway. The unarmed Ferguson, bolted up the stairs, one of the officers, Louis Rivera, ran after him. At some point, on the second-floor landing, there was a struggle supposedly the officer’s firearm discharged. A witness to the events leading up to the shooting: ”I saw two guys with hoods go into the building, they didn’t look like cops.” Ferguson’s Mom was awarded $10.5 million in damages by a jury of five blacks and one Hispanic it two days to decide the city and NYPD were 100% responsible for Ferguson’s death, however Officer Rivera, was cleared of any criminal wrongdoing. Murdered by NYPD
Duane Brown 26, Jan. 13, 2012 Brooklyn NY – Duane Browne and his girlfriend were upstairs watching a movie when they heard a strange noise coming from his brother’s basement apartment house they shared. Dressed in pajamas, Brown saw his brother being beaten in the basement by two masked men. He raced upstairs and fetched a loaded .38-caliber revolver (which cops later claim was unregistered). Browne ran outside holding the gun just as the cops were arriving. But the cops fired without identifying themselves or saying a word. With a single shot to the chest, Browne staggered back upstairs, apparently not knowing it was a police officer who fired the bullet “I just got shot. Call the cops,” were Brown’s final words to his girlfriend. Instead of rushing to get Browne medical help, police kept paramedics from treating him for critical minutes while they rummaged through the house searching for incriminating evidence. Murdered by NYPD
Angelo Clark 31, Jan. 16, 2012 – Littlerock AR – SWAT officers entered Clark’s home approximately 6:30am and were met by Angelo holding an AK-47 rifle at the top of a short set of stairs. LRPD claims a search and seizure warrant was the result of a weeks’ long investigation by undercover narcotics officers and included a controlled buy of crack cocaine from Clark at his residence. Clark was accused of pointing an AK-47 at the police but he had no way of knowing that the people who broke into his home were police until after he was shot. No cocaine was located, however police say they found a small grow operation of marijuana, marijuana plants and some scales along with another handgun and some ammunition. Murdered by a SWAT team searching for drugs.
Clinton Roebexar Allen 25, March 10, 2013 Dallas, TX – Officer Clark Staller fatally shot Clinton Allen during a confrontation. Dallas police have said “Allen exhibited signs that he was high on PCP” he claims Clinton charged him, grabbed his collar and choked him prior to the shooting. The Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office autopsy reports: One of the seven bullet wounds was to Allen’s back. The other six were to his chest, abdomen and left upper arm. Officer Staller has credibility problems because of a disciplinary history for being untruthful to a supervisor and entering inaccurate information on a police report, among other things. Murdered by Dallas PD
Stephon Watts 15, (mentally challenged) Feb. 1, 2012 Calumet City, Il – Stephen Watts, Stephon’s father, had reportedly called police after arguing with his son, who didn’t want to go to school, having been instructed by social workers that Watts should be handled by authorities when agitated. Police claim they found Watts armed with a knife in the basement of his parents’ home. When one officer sustained a defensive wound to his left forearm, two other officers on the scene fired their weapons. Steven Watts says his son was shot once in the leg, and then again in the head. Murdered by Chicago PD
Manuel Loggins Jr. 31, February 7, 2012, Orange County, CA. – Loggins was at the wheel of his GMC Yukon with two of his daughters inside when he crashed through a gate parking lot of San Clemente High School. Loggins left his daughters, aged 14 and 9, in the SUV and walked to the athletic field carrying a Bible. When Loggins returned to the SUV, Sandberg ordered him to stop and show his hands, but he ignored the deputy and displayed a “mean” expression. “Give me my kids back”. After Loggins climbed back into the SUV, Sandberg believing the children’s lives were in danger, shot him three times through the window of the vehicle, killing Manuel in front of his 9 and 14-year old daughters. After witnessing the murder of their father, his two daughters, 9 and 14, were detained in isolation for 13 hours… Orange County authorities said they will pay $4.4 million to settle a federal lawsuit brought by the family of an unarmed U.S. Marine sergeant fatally shot by a deputy. Murdered by Orange County PD
Jason Moore 31, (mental disorder) Sept. 17, 2011 Ferguson, MO – Officers encountered a dazed-looking man, naked and unarmed walking from behind a building in a residential area. A witness said Moore had been yelling “glory to God” and “I’m Jesus” He “was suffering from a psychological disorder and demonstrated clear signs of mental illness”. Officer Brian Kaminski ordered Moore to put his hands up and walk toward him. Kaminski fired his Taser prongs into Moore’s chest and legs, one prong struck Moore in the left side of the chest near his heart and another prong hit him in the right thigh. A second officer, Michael White, arrived and physically held Moore while Kaminski repeatedly tasered Moore with electric currents until he became suffered a heart attack, became unresponsive and died on the scene. Murdered Ferguson MO PD
Joseph Jennings 18, Aug. 27, 2014 Ottawa, Kansas – Joseph had a history of mental issues and had just been released from Ransom Memorial after he attempted suicide by swallowing some 60 pills the day before. Ottowa police were called to the parking lot of Orscheln Farm and Home for a report of a man with a gun and found Jennings in a ‘suicidal state,’ The Officers confronting Jennings were the same two officers who’d rushed him to the hospital where they pumped his stomach the day before. He was suicidal. He had only been out of the (psychiatric) hospital for three hours. Brandy Smith, Joseph Jennings Aunt said her husband tried to intervene but he was threatened by the police. “My husband was going to tackle him. He was within arms reach. The police said to get back or they were going to shoot him too” Smith thought they were going to “bag” him, which is when they shoot with bean bags instead of bullets, six officers, and one cop yelled, ‘Bag him!’ they bagged him two more times. Police pulled their guns and 16 shots rang out. Unarmed Joseph fell to the ground. He was rushed to an Ottowa hospital where he died of his injuries.
Johnnie Kamahi Warren 43, Feb. 15, 2012 Dothan, Alabama – Dothan Police Department received a call from Houligan’s Bar when Warren apparently became disorderly inside the business, which led three employees to take him outside as he continued behaving in a combative manner. When a sheriff’s deputy arrived he saw the three men struggling with what appeared to be an intoxicated patron on the ground outside the business. The deputy deployed a Taser in an attempt to get him under control. Shortly thereafter three or four Dothan police officers managed to handcuff Warren when he started going in and out consciousness. Warren was UNARMED when he was electrocuted to death for the crime of public intoxication by the unidentified police officer. Murdered by Dothan, AL PD
Raymond Luther Allen Jr. 34, Feb. 27, 2012 Galveston TX – Allen Jr. rented a room at the Beachcomber Motel. He was seen jumping from a second story balcony. A worker at the motel said she saw Allen Jr. jump twice and that’s when the police showed up. Instead of helping the unarmed man … the police pumped him with 50,000 volts of electricity with a taser two to three times then hog tied him. The crime listed on the incident report is resisting arrest. Investigators said Allen Jr. stopped breathing at the scene, was revived, then rushed to the hospital. He died two days later. Murdered by Galveston PD
Dante Price 25, March 1, 2012 Dayton OH – Two Ranger Security Guards Justin Wissinger, 24, and Christopher Tarbert, 32 were patrolling the parking lot at the apartment complex when they saw Price, as he attempted to keep an appointment to babysit his own kids.. They pulled their guns and ordered him to stop. Instead, Price fled in his car, and the guards shot at him at 22 times. The Guards exceeded their legal authority in trying to detain Price and by using deadly force to try to make him comply because police officers; they did not have any arrest powers. Private citizens do not have the legal authority to detain someone for a misdemeanor. The Guards said they had no choice but to shoot Dante Price because he tried to run them down with his car. Murdered by Apt. Security Guards
Bo Morrison 20, March 3, 2012 West Bend, WI – When police broke up a party where alcohol was being served to underage people, Morrison ran away and hid on a neighbor’s back porch. Homeowner Adam Kind shot him in the chest. Kind was not charged under the “Castle Doctrine” claiming he had a right to defend his home against a perceived threat. Murder by homeowner Adam Kind
Darryl Berry 45, March 6, 2012 Bush Creek Township, PA – In the aftermath of a car accident on a rural stretch of the PA Turnpike involving an unarmed Berry who had no illegal drugs or alcohol in his system. State Trooper Marshall Kephart arrived and alleged Berry released his two Rottweiler’s on Trooper Kephart and then proceeded to attack the officer with a metal flashlight. Dr. Joyce Hamilton Berr, Daryl’s Mother said “My son didn’t have a criminal record” and she couldn’t remember him ever being in a fight. She also said her son didn’t train his dogs to be aggressive and described one of them as being like Marmaduke, the genial Great Dane from the comic strip. “Daryl was very unassuming, He thought all people were basically good, not malicious.” Coincidently there is no video recordings of the incident available, as the trooper’s dash cam didn’t record the shooting. Murdered by a PA State Trooper
Melvin Lawhorn 26, March 1, 2012 Kershaw County, SC – Shot by County Sheriff when he tried to avoid a drug traffic stop. After receiving a tip that Lawhorn would be picking up a large amount of drugs Narcotics Officers pulled over a pick-up truck driven by Daryl Herbert, while the vehicle was stopped, Lawhorn stepped on the gas pedal. A deputy tried to stop the vehicle, but the truck ran over his foot. The deputy was holding on to the car as it sped off and claims while being dragged he shot through the window fatally wounding Lawhorn. A patrol car then rammed the pick-up, bringing it to a halt. The sheriff claims the deputy was dragged about 120 feet and had tire tracks up his boot and leg. He was treated at a nearby hospital for torn ligaments and abrasions, and released. It is unclear exactly how the deputy managed to shoot Lawhorn while being dragged beneath the vehicle. Murdered by Kershaw County, SC PD
Ronald Singleton 45, July, 13, 2014 Manhattan NY – Singleton was taken into police custody after a yellow cab driver waved down a police officer near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan. The cab driver claimed the passenger was “acting overly irate and irrational, cursing, screaming and causing alarm” Singleton then exited the taxi and “became combative with the officer, struggling while being taken into custody. The officer radioed for assistance and other officers responded along with members of the NYPD Emergency Service Unit. Singleton was placed in a “protective body wrap by the ESU officers. In the ambulance on the way to the hospital Singleton went into cardiac arrest and pronounced dead on arrival. The medical examiner released a statement ruling his death a homicide, stating cause of death by the “physical restraint by police during excited delirium due to acute phencyclidine (PCP) intoxication. Murdered by NYPD and NYPD Emergency Service
Aiyana Mo’Nay Stanley Jones 7, May 16, 2010 Detroit, MI – Just after midnight on the morning of May 16 seven-year-old, Aiyana slept on the couch as her grandmother watched television. A half-dozen masked officers of the Special Response Team —Detroit’s version of SWAT—were at the door, guns drawn. In tow was an A&E crew filming an episode of The First 48. Thirty-four hours earlier, Je’Rean Blake Nobles, 17, had been shot outside a liquor store on nearby ID’d a man named Chauncey Owens as the shooter and provided this address. The SWAT team tried the steel door to the building. It was unlocked. They threw a flash-bang grenade through the window of the lower unit and kicked open its wooden door, which was also unlocked. The grenade landed so close to Aiyana that it burned her blanket. Officer Joseph Weekley, the lead commando—who’d been featured before on another A&E show, —burst into the house. His weapon fired a single shot, the bullet striking Aiyana in the head and exiting her neck. Police first floated the story that Aiyana’s grandmother had grabbed Weekley’s gun. Then, realizing that sounded implausible, they said she’d brushed the gun as she ran past the door. But the grandmother says she was lying on the far side of the couch, away from the door. Compounding the tragedy is the fact that the police threw the grenade into the wrong apartment. The suspect fingered for Blake’s murder, Chauncey Owens, lived in the upstairs flat. Murdered by the Detroit Special Response Team… Video of Aiyana Stanley-Jones First 48 Hours Evidence 1 READ UPDATE 10-3-14
Nehemiah Dillard 29, March 5, 2012 Gainesville FL – Dillard, who lived in Spring Hill in Hernando County and was reportedly going through a divorce, was detained Sunday under the *** “Baker Act” after displaying strange behavior in a stranger’s yard on Southwest Sixth Terrace near Micanopy, Kelly said. He was apparently in the area to visit his mother. Deputies claim they tried to talk Mr. Dillard down, when that didn’t work they blasted him with 50,000 volts of electricity from their taser although he continued to fight back. A second shot was fired from the taser. This second electrocution effort brought Dillard down. He was transported to a local hospital … Dillard went into cardiac arrest and died either en route to a hospital or shortly after arriving where he was promptly pronounced dead. murdered by Gainesville FLPD
*** “BAKER ACT”; Florida Statute 394.451-394.47891 (2009 rev.)), allows the involuntary institutionalization and examination of an individual and allows for involuntary examination (emergency or involuntary commitment) which can be initiated by judges, law enforcement officials, physicians, or mental health professionals. There must be evidence that the person: http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/samh/mentalhealth/docs/Baker%20Act%20Overview%202013.pdf
• possibly has a mental illness (as defined in the Baker Act)
• is a harm to self, harm to others, or self-neglectful (as defined in the Baker Act).
• Examinations may last up to 72 hours after a person is deemed medically stable and occur in over 100 Florida Department of Children and Families-designated receiving facilities statewide.
Michael Lembhard 22, March 7, 2012 Newberg, NJ – Police reportedly spotted Lemhard on Liberty Street and tried to stop him for an outstanding warrant for missing a court date, but Lemberd took off when they approached him. Following him into an apartment building four police officers’ broke down the door without a warrant. Lembhard only had a small pocketknife when the police opened fire and at least nine shots were fired killing him. Lembhard was a father of two; officers pointed a gun at the head of one of the children. Murdered by Newberg, NJPD
Brian Claunch 45, Sept. 23, 2009 Houston, TX – After two police officers arrived in the middle of the night at a group home for the mentally ill responding to a report that Claunch, a recognized paranoid schizophrenic and double amputee who had lost an arm and a leg in a train accident, was acting aggressively. His caretaker had refused to give him a cigarette and a soda. Claunch was clutching an object as he advanced on one of the police officers. Claunch trapped one officer with his wheelchair in the corner of a room where he couldn’t get out. As he advanced toward the officers, Claunch refused to show his hands. The object turned out to be a pen, which Claunch attempted to use to stab the cornered officer. The 2nd officer, Matt Marin, was “in fear of the safety of his partner and the safety of himself,” Marin then fired his duty weapon into Claunch’s head killing him. The grand jury declined to indict the Houston police officer for shooting Claunch for refusing to drop the pen. Murdered by Houston PD
Jersey Green 37, March 12, 2012 Aurora, IL – Officers responding to several 911 calls regarding a man acting wildly and jumping on parked vehicles. Upon arrival, Aurora Police Officer Matthew Huber observed Green on top of a parked SUV. When Green saw the officer, he jumped off the vehicle and began running. Green proceeded to run toward Officer Spayth’s fully-marked squad car and jumped on the hood. As Spayth exited the car, supposedly Green moved toward him in a threatening manner. Officer Huber believe Green was going to attack Spayth so he deployed his Taser striking him in the upper thigh and side. The two officers then struggled with Green who was eventually taken into custody with the assistance of a third officer, Enrique Gutierrez. That was enough provocation for a police officer to pump another 50,000 volts of electricity into Green, the jolt was enough to knock Green to the ground where the three police officers handcuffed and put him into custody. The unarmed Green was in physical distress so an ambulance was summoned. Suffering from a seizure in the back of the ambulance while being treated by paramedics Green stopped breathing. He was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead. Murdered by Aurora, IL PD
Sheron Carter Jackson 21, March 27, 2012 Baltimore MD – Police claim a person inside the home called 911 operators reporting a man inside was armed with a weapon and they feared he may do something ‘crazy’. Apparently Sheron was the one who called the police to the house. Ordered to answer the door by his mother, he was shot multiple times and killed by a licensed and trained officer who claims the young man wielded a “knife-like object”. Murdered by Baltimore PD
Dale Graham 29, Oct. 28, 2008 Baltimore MD – Graham a political activist, was shot and killed by Baltimore City police when officers responded to the house of his children’s mother due to a call of a domestic disturbance. Graham was shot several times by multiple officers who were caught lying about how many times he was shot – not releasing the autopsy report to his mother until months later. Six (6) different versions given to the family, who was responsible for the shots fired that ended this young man’s life, NEW police policy that does not reveal that information (even to the deceased family members), to the “on-going investigation” of the officer(s) involved, which has yet to determine whether the shooting was justified homicide or plain murder. Murdered by Baltimore PD
Tendai Nhekairo 18, March 27, 2012 Cobb County PD Atlanta, GA – Police responding to a 911 call reporting a “suspicious person” say they “encountered a nude man armed with two knives.” According to police, Tendai “tried to feloniously assault” one of the “officers.” This prompted the cop to shoot the young man who scheduled to graduate high school in a few weeks, killing him instantly.
Police Version 1: Police originally said they had to shoot Nhekairo when he threatened them with 2 knives.
Police Version 2: Tendai lunged at them with a knife during the standoff.
Police Version 3: Naked and armed with a gun.
Police Version 4: Naked and armed with several weapons. Murdered by Cobb County PD Atlanta, GA
Marvin Booker 56, Oct. 9, 2010 Denver, CO – Homeless street preacher who often recited Martin Luther King Jr. speeches, jailed on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia. Video footage shows Booker at jail intake processing unit, dressed in a dark suit and waving his arms, approaches the desk, but doesn’t sit. Officer Gomez tries to grab Booker and he jerks away then walks heading toward his shoes. The video shows the deputies holding Booker down with Grimes at his head grabbing him around the neck in a carotid hold. After a few moments during which Booker was told to stop resisting or he would be tased, another deputy jumps a rail that fronts the booking desk and retrieves a taser from a lock box. Booker was tased one time for eight seconds. He stopped resisting and Officer Grimes releases his hold. Deputies are then seen carrying him to a cell and taking him inside. There is no video camera footage of the inside of the cell. The deputies claim to have removed the handcuffs. Booker placed his hands at his side and grunted. After deputies back out of the cell, a nurse is called in to evaluate Booker. Officer Grimes looks through the cell window and doesn’t see Bookers back moving so he shouted to get the attention of the nurses who tried to resuscitate him. When first responders arrived they too tried to bring him around to no avail. Coroner’s Report: Cause of death “cardiorespiratory arrest during physical restraint” homicide. Deputies were cleared by a criminal investigation which found they had not broken any laws. Murdered Street by Denver PD Deputies