Currently, there is no national database documenting the murders of un-armed people by police, security guards or self-appointed vigilantes. 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.
John Winkler 30, April 11, 2014 West Hollywood CA – Deputies responded to a call of a man with a knife. Two men burst out of an apartment building and ran towards the deputies. The first man who exited was bleeding profusely from the neck. Winkler followed close behind. The deputies on scene apparently were confused when they saw Winkler “lunging at the back of the fleeing victim so they shot Winkler four times and the other man once. Winkler died from his injuries at a hospital. The other man survived. Winkler and the man who was bleeding were actually victims of a third man, Alexander McDonald, who lived inside the apartment building. Winkler, who lived in the apartment above McDonald, unwittingly got involved in the violence when he came down to visit two friends at McDonald’s apartment. The suspect crawled onto his own balcony from outside and held the three men hostage with a butcher knife. Witnesses reportedly told police McDonald was acting delusional and crazed. Winkler and the victim who had been stabbed managed to escape, only to be shot when they exited the building. Murdered by LAPD http://articles.latimes.com/2014/apr/10/local/la-me-ln-sheriff-admits-mistakenly-killing-tv-producer-in-west-hollywood-20140410
Erik Scott 38, July 10, 2010 Las Vegas NV – Scott, a West Point graduate, Army veteran, MBA graduate of Duke University, and a medical sales rep for Boston Scientific was shopping with his girlfriend in the camping section of the store taking bottles out of their packaging, attempting to determine how many of the bottles would fit in a cooler he was thinking of purchasing. At some point he bent over and his shirt rode up, exposing the pistol he had concealed at the small of his back. A Costco employee saw the holstered sidearm and told Scott he was not allowed to have the weapon in the store. Scott replied he had a permit and the right to carry his weapon. He then went back to shopping. The employee called over a manager, who informed a 20-something security guard, who made a 911 call to police. The manager claimed Scott was armed with a gun, acting aggressively and erratically, and that he may have been under the influence of drugs. Over a dozen police officers responded, along with a helicopter, ambulance, and competing incident command teams. As the police began to form a massive perimeter outside, Costco managers began evacuating the entire store apparently without explaining why to anyone. As Scott and his girlfriend exited the store he was identified to police officers, who were waiting with guns drawn outside the front door. Erik turned to find three officers facing him, guns drawn, and all three shouting different commands: “Get on the ground!” “Drop your weapon!” “Keep your hands up!” Erik held his hands up, spoke calmly, told them he DID have a concealed firearm and a legal CCW and was an ex-Army officer. His girlfriend was screaming about Erik being a West Point grad, former Army officer, etc. Erik leaned to his left, hands still up, to expose the pistol, and repeated, “I am disarming; I am disarming.” Witnesses say he started to lower his right hand, palm OUT, perhaps intending to remove holster and gun together — but never got the hand below his shoulder, when one of the cops (believed to be William Mosher, who had committed a fatal shooting in 2006) shot Erik in the chest with a .45-caliber semi-automatic weapon. Erik dropped to his knees. The three officers unloaded again, firing a total of seven hollow-point rounds. At least four, possibly five, hit Erik in the back, after he was on the ground and dying. Two experts hired by Scott’s family examined his body. They claim of the seven .45 ACP hollow-point bullets fired into Scott’s body, one was fired through his armpit, suggesting his arm was raised at the time. Four remaining shots were fired into his back. There were no exit wounds, making it all but impossible for police to claim that investigators misread through-and-through wounds. Murdered by Las Vegas PD http://lasvegassun.com/news/2012/mar/13/scott-family-drops-lawsuit-against-metro-police-ov/
Christopher Roupe 17, Feb. 14, 2014 Euharlee GA – Roupe, an ROTC student at Woodland High School in Cartersville had planned to join the Marines. Euharlee officers showed up at the door of his mobile home to serve a probation violation warrant for the boy’s father. A female officer reportedly told the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Roupe pointed a gun at her after he opened the door, however Christopher was holding a Nintendo Wii video game controller, and about to watch a movie. “The eyewitnesses on the scene clearly state Christopher had a Wii controller in his hand. He heard a knock at the door. He asked who it was, there was no response so he opened the door and upon opening the door he was immediately shot in the chest.” Murdered by Euharlee PD http://fox13now.com/2014/02/20/officer-shoots-kills-teenager-in-georgia/
James Whitehead 28, July 26, 2012 Orange TX – Whitehead, a former Marine, allegedly got into a verbal dispute with a storeowner. Whitehead wanted to return a part to an auto store because the part did not work. He got upset because he was told he could not return the part. He started cursing wanting a refund. The store manager called the police stating he didn’t want to press charges he just wanted Whitehead to leave. Customer Officer Robert Arnold, in plain clothes along with his 14 year old daughter, never showed a police ID or a badge attempted to arrest White by going outside to get handcuffs. Meanwhile Whitehead decided to just leave without any further arguing. According to witnesses Officer Arnold approached Whitehead’s truck, placed his hands on Whitehead, pulling him, then picking Whitehead up by the shoulders and standing him up outside the vehicle. Whitehead cursed and yelled racial slurs at Arnold accusing him of not being cop and attempting to return to his truck and leave. According to witnesses Officer Arnold jerked the door open, stuck the gun in the truck and said, “I’m gonna kill you.” Arnold fired once, hitting Whitehead in the chest. Whitehead said “You just shot me.” Arnold replied, “I sure did.” Police Chief Sam Kittrell was surprised Texas Ranger Ken Parks, who did the investigation, said, “this was a good shooting and it won’t take but a couple days to get it taken care of.” However former Orange, TX Police Officer Harold Hass, who worked with Officer Arnold sent a letter to a New Grand Jury requesting charges against Arnold. Additionally Hass is not the only police officer who says Arnold unjustly shot Whitehead. Murdered by Officer Robert Arnold Orange PD… READ MORE:
Danielle Willard 21, Nov. 2, 2012 West Valley City UT – Detective Cowley and his partner Kevin Salmon had been investigating a suspected drug house where drugs, weapons and counterfeit money were believed to be traded by white supremacist gang members claim they saw Danielle Willard go to a home to buy drugs. Police didn’t immediately arrest anyone but followed Willard to the Lexington Park apartments about a block away. After allegedly seeing her buy drugs from a known drug dealer in the parking lot apartment complex the officers claimed she’d stepped on the gas and tried to hit them, so they fired six shots at her. Two bullets stuck Willard in the head and chin, killing her. Police Detective Shaun Cowley claims he drew his weapon on Willard as part of a “lifesaving effort” after he saw her put a black substance into her mouth. Both Officers claim they shot Ms. Willard, in self-defense however Investigators found neither marks on the pavement, nor drugs in her system. But more importantly, forensic evidence revealed that officer Cowley was out of harm’s way when he fired on Willard’s car. Det. Crowley was charged with manslaughter but the charges were ultimately dropped. (Salmon who was also involved in the shooting but not charged). Murdered by Det. Crowley West Valley City PD http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/56703262-78/willard-gill-valley-west.html.csp
Brandon Ellingson 20, May 31, 2014 Columbia MO – Ellingson, a college student was partying and arrested by police patrolling on boat for public intoxication. Officer Anthony Piercy claims he slowed his boat for two big waves from another vessel and within seconds, Ellingson went over the edge. He claims he reached for Ellingson as he went overboard and was able to grab hold of one of his feet until it was pulled from his hands. “Well, I don’t know if it was the wake and his intoxication or if he (expletive) did it on purpose, Police claim Ellingson jumped off the boat, but witness’ Larry Moreau saw Piercy and Ellingson standing on the patrol boat when it whizzed past their boat. It was just moments later when they caught up to patrol boat stopped and a person was floating near it and he could not figure out what was going on. The trooper did not have his lights on and was not calling for help.” Ellingson was in the water “It was complete horror.” “Ellingson with his life vest floating next to him were about 200 feet away from our boat, Trooper Anthony Piercy’s boat was even closer. He did not think Ellingson was drowning because if that was the case he’d have reached for the life vest near him. Since trooper Piercy was not calling for help, the Moreau family left the area. However, hours later when the Moreau’s learned Ellingson was handcuffed. “We were relieved the world was going to get to see what we saw from the cameras. It turned into an absolute nightmare because now we are the only ones that saw it.” In Officer Piercy’s statements he seemed more concerned about himself than Ellingson. No charges were filed against the officer. Allowed to drown by Trooper Anthony Piercy Columbia PD http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article1282167.html
Glenn Michael “Mike” Priddy 20, October 27, 2011 Louisville KY – Deputy Daniel Shipp had gone to a home to serve an Emergency Protective Order, but no one answered the door. The Offers allege they saw Priddy was walking down the street, carrying a gas can and became suspicious. After talking with Priddy, they asked for his identification meanwhile running a check of his license plate. When it was discovered he was wanted on a felony warrant, deputies tried to arrest Priddy, but he put the car in gear and began driving away. “He started the car and tried to leave.” “They began fighting over the steering wheel and the keys to the car. The deputy was kind of half in the car and half out of it, and dragged around the corner where Priddy crashed into a pole. A witness said he heard ‘Stop the car or I’m going to shoot you.’ Priddy died at the scene of a gunshot wound to the head. Murdered by Louisville PD http://www.wdrb.com/story/15876939/lmpd-investigating-a-sheriff-involved-shooting
Omar Rodriguez 35, Christmas Morning Dec. 25, 2014 Coachella CA – The deputy was initially called to the neighborhood to investigate a report of someone entering a house and attacking a homeowner. When the deputy arrived at the house, she claims she saw the suspect standing in the roadway, where he assumed a “fighting stance.” The officer ordered the suspect to stop several times, however, he aggressively continued toward her.” The Deputy claims she shot the man because he attacked her, then tried to wrestle her police baton out of her hands. The wounded man was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died from his injuries. Murdered by Coachella Deputy http://www.desertsun.com/story/news/crime_courts/2014/12/26/omar-rodriguez-fatally-shot-christmas-day-sheriffs-deputy/20934517/
Shulena Weldon 36, Aug. 9, 2012 Harrisburg PA – was walking north on 20th Street toward the intersection when for unknown reasons she ran in front of the police vehicle. Eyewitness accounts suggest Weldon was “preoccupied” in some way and might have been sending a text message, Hetrick said, but he added that he didn’t know for sure. the officer, driving a vehicle marked “Patrol Supervisor,” was not responding to an incident. Witness ““I heard a big boom sound. I stopped initially and looked both ways, and when I looked to my left I saw papers and belongings flying in the air and I saw an officer’s truck coming to a stop with no lights on, no flashing lights. It didn’t seem as though he was in a rush.” the officer who had gotten out. He was outside his vehicle, pacing back and forth and looking “amazed” Weldon must have been dragged by the vehicle for a short distance, judging from where she was struck in the intersection and where the SUV stopped.” Officer Steven Novacek Harrisburg PD
Ericka Collins 26, Oct. 13, 2012 Cincinnati OH – The incident occurred after Officer Matthew Latsy responded to a 911 call made by Collins to her residence over gas money. Witnesses told police Collins was involved in a verbal altercation with her sister, 25-year-old Elizabeth Collins. Elizabeth Collins said her sister had a knife and moved toward the tire of the red SUV she was sitting in. “The officer said, ‘Ma’am, no, don’t slice her tires. Put the knife down. Don’t slice her tires.” Collins said her sister stood up to face the officer’s commands. “As soon as she said ‘no,’ it was ‘boom, boom.’ He shot her twice, once in the upper chest and once in her head. Collins was pronounced dead at the scene. Witness said it did not appear that Collins was threatening the officer. “She took a step, but the knife was never pointed at him. She never lunged at him with the knife.” Murdered by Officer Matthew Latsy Cincinnati PD http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2012/08/woman_in_her_20s_was_killed_in.htm
Aura Rosser 40, (mentally ill) Nov. 11, 2014 Ann Arbor MI – Rosser’s boyfriend Victor Stephens said he initially called police on Rosser because they were fighting and he wanted officers to escort her out of the house. He said Rosser had a fish knife when police got there. “They opened the door and said police. She turned towards them and they fired.” “Did she have a knife? Yes, she had a knife.” Stephens also sai “Lethal force wasn’t warranted in this case. “Why would you kill her?” “It was a woman with a knife. It doesn’t make any sense.” Murdered by Ann Arbor PD http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2014/11/ann_arbor_police_shooting_name.html
Vernicia Woodard 26, Aug. 22, 2014 Hapeville GA – A Hapeville city employee found the body of a woman on fire at the end of Elm Street. City of Atlanta Police Officer Tahreem Zeus Rana and Woodard met on Craigslist for a “romantic exchange” and the night she was killed was the first time they had met in person. “First Rana took her to a secluded area to do the crime and then after killing her, he used some kind of fuel to light the body on fire in order to cover up any type of evidence that may be there.” Rana, 23, was caught after he tried to board a flight to Monterey, Mexico, possibly en route to India. The murder suspect was on the no-fly list, and has since been fired. Rana faces charges of murder, arson, kidnapping and tampering with evidence. CXourt appearances and conviction still pending. Murdered by City of Atlanta Police Officer Tahreem Zeus Rana http://www.cbs46.com/story/26391514/atlanta-police-officer-suspected-in-womans-death
Anna Brown 29, Sept. 21, 2011 Richmond Heights MO – Anna Brown had visited several hospitals complaining of pain in her legs. When she was ignored at St. Mary’s Hospital, she refused to leaved, screaming and yelling that she was in pain. The hospital had her arrested for trespassing. The Police Pfficer dragged her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up. At the Richmond Heights Police Department, she cried that she couldn’t stand up or get out of the car, so the officers dragged her out of the car by the arms and into the police station. The Officer left her there lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch. Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system and Ms. Brown died from a pulmonary embolism and determined Anna Brown’s death in a jail cell was caused by blood clots which had formed in her legs and migrated to her lungs. In the video of the Ms. Brown’s final moments officers are seen carrying Brown into a jail cell. The cell door closes and Brown is heard moaning and crying. Allowed to die by St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights PD http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/woman-unhappy-with-care-at-st-mary-s-hospital-is/article_ed640f3d-64a0-516c-88ff-fb770b5e9677.html
Latanya Haggerty 26, June 4, 1999 Chicago IL – Raymond Smith picked up Ms. Haggerty, a computer analyst and on their way home, Smith stopped his gray Cutlass in traffic to talk briefly with a friend who had left a jacket in Smith’s car. A police cruiser carrying Daniels and her partner, Michael Williams, pulled up alongside Smith. Daniels, who was riding on the passenger side, asked Smith if he had a driver’s license and insurance. He said he did. Williams, according to Smith’s account, leaned forward and told him to get his “punk ass” off the street. Smith drove another block and pulled over when he noticed flashing emergency lights in his rear-view mirror. It was Williams and Daniels again. The officers claim Smith escalated the situation by not cooperating, by trying to run them over with his car and fleeing. According to eyewitnesses, Smith was pulled out of the car, beaten, handcuffed, and taken away. The murdering female officer was at the rear driver’s side window. Further, they added, Haggerty ignored repeated commands to raise her hands and get out of the car when officers finally stopped it. . Witnesses say Ms. Haggerty was reaching for her cell phone when the female officer fired through the window.” “After Ms. Haggerty had been shot another Officer pulled her from the car onto the ground and simulated a struggle for onlookers.” The Cook County medical examiner’s office says she died 45 minutes later “of one wound to the shoulder.” Officer Daniels testified she shot Haggerty when Haggerty raised a tiny object in her right hand. Daniels claims she mistook the object, a silver padlock, for a gun and fired once, the bullet piercing Haggerty’s heart. In a unanimous decision, the nine-member Police Board fired Serena Daniels as well as Officer Michael Williams, Daniels’ partner, who fired a single shot into the car, and Officer Stafford Wilson, who also fired at the car. The board spared Officer Carl Carter, the only officer involved in the incident who did not fire his weapon. Carter was temporarily suspended from the police force. READ MORE http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1999-09-12/news/9909120226_1_officers-lawyer-chicago-police-supt-joseph-roddy
Brenda Williams 52, (paranoid schizophrenic) May 28, 2009 Scranton PA – Air Force Veteran suffering from schizophrenia. The call came from Ms. Williams’ mother’s home, just down the street from where Ms. Williams lived, and police obtained information from people before going to check on Ms. Williams. According to Chief Elliott “the officers were told Ms. Williams was ‘acting disorderly in her own home’ before they went to her apartment.” The police were going to cite her for disorderly conduct and were in the process of citing the naked, mentally ill woman who did not invite the police to her home and whose paranoia was probably off the charts as she stood naked surrounded by police. Ms. Williams was allowed to go into the kitchen and when she emerged from her kitchen holding a knife with a wooden handle. Within seconds, as the 52-year-old woman ignored commands to drop the weapon as she moved toward one of the officers, three of them fired, fatally wounding Williams who had been shot five times, including two lethal wounds to her abdomen and another potentially fatal wound that severed the femoral artery in her right leg. She had a sixth wound from falling on the knife. Cpl. Robert Stanek, who was the supervisor at the scene, Officer James Smith, who had had previous contact with Williams, Officers Jason Knoch and Eric Jordan. Murdered by Scranton PD http://thetimes-tribune.com/news/judge-rules-for-officers-in-brenda-williams-shooting-1.1466533
Robert Anthony Russ 22, June 7, 1999 Chicago IL – Russ, a Northwestern University honor student and star football player, was shot inside of his car following a high-speed chase after what the police claim was a struggle with the officer who shot him. After claiming to have seen Russ drive erratically the officers engaged in driving pursuit. The pursuit labeled “high-speed” never rose above seventy miles per hour, yet even at this speed, Fyfe contends the adrenaline rush of the chase coupled with the officers reliance in their numbers led to their ignoring any impulses to maintain rational thinking in a potentially non-deadly situation and to speed up a process that both allowed and required taking things more slowly and methodically. Russ’s car spun out on the Dan Ryan Expressway at which point several officers quickly approached his vehicle. The false safety of numbers gave the three officers “the bravado to rush the car.” “The lawyers for the police claim this was a fast-breaking situation. But it was only fast-breaking because the cops let it become one. He was stopped. He wasn’t going anywhere but the Officer claimed Russ went for his gun. The Officers have changed their story claiming it was “accidental.” First the bullet went in through Russ’ shoulder before piercing his heart, now they say he was shot and in the chest. No weapons, drugs, or alcohol were found in Russ’ car or on him. Russ’ family was awarded $9.6 million dollars. Murdered by Chicago PD https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/misc.activism.progressive/78uGJY4jn4Q
Police Officer Omar J. Edwards 25, May 28, 2009 E. Harlem NY – Officer Edwards, a member of the Housing Bureau Impact Response Team, left duty about 10:30 p.m., approached his car and saw that a man had broken the driver’s side window and was rummaging through the vehicle. The two scuffled, and the man escaped Officer Edwards’s grip by slipping out of his sweater. Three other plainclothes officers in a car came upon Officer Edwards chasing a man. The team’s members, assigned to the anticrime unit in the 25th Precinct, got out of their vehicle and confronted Officer Edwards. Officer Dunton got out of the car while it was still moving and crouched behind the front passenger door, yelling, “Police, don’t move, drop the gun, drop the gun.” In response to Officer Dunton’s commands,” his account continued, Officer Edwards “turned his body toward the anticrime officers, making eye contact with Officer Dunton and pointing his gun at him.” Officer Dunton fired six shots “in very rapid succession.” Neither Officer Dunton nor the others realized that Officer Edwards was a colleague until they cut his shirt open as he lay handcuffed and bloodied on the pavement and saw a Police Academy T-shirt and found his police shield in a pocket. Officer Edwards was Black. Officer Dunton is White. Murdered by one of their own – NYPD http://www.odmp.org/officer/19964-police-officer-omar-j-edwards
Sheneque Proctor 18, Nov. 1, 2014 Birmingham AL – Ms. Proctor was at a Bessemer hotel with friends when she was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Ms. Proctor was an asthmatic and complained of harsh treatment from the police. Witnesses said “as many as six Bessemer officers were involved with Sheneque’s arrest” three officers were handling her really rough”. Early the next morning, she was found dead in her cell. http://weldbham.com/blog/2014/12/02/what-happened-to-sheneque-proctor-bessemer-jail/
Unidentified Male 50’s, Dec. 28, 2014 San Diego CA– A man was found sitting in his car and suspected of DUI. Officers claim to have smelled alcohol on the man’s breath and saw open containers in the car. Police also claim they saw other symptoms of intoxication due to alcohol or drugs. As the man was being questioned, he began to vomit and had trouble breathing. There was no struggle, nor did the officers use force to detain the man. Officers provided first aid and the man was taken to Scripps La Jolla Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Died in San Diego Police Custody
Unidentified Male 40, Christmas Eve Dec. 24, 2014 San Diego CA – A male American citizen, was trying to enter the US from Mexico at a pedestrian crossing at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The man was detained by Border Protection Agents when a records check showed an arrest warrant had been issued for him, and he should be considered armed and dangerous. He also was supposedly carrying an undisclosed amount of heroin. Authorities said the man jumped over a counter and attacked two CBP agents. “After numerous attempts to restrain the assailant, who continued to resist, an officer used his service issued electronic control device, and gained physical control. The man became unresponsive and stopped breathing. Agents say they began CPR and called paramedics. Paramedics also performed CPR and took him to Sharp Chula Vista Hospital. Homicide detectives with the San Diego Police Department are investigating and the cause of death will be determined by the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s investigation. The man died after he was hit with an electronic control device (taser) while in the custody of Border Protection Agents
NYPD Officer Christopher A. Ridley 23, Jan. 25, 2008 White Plains NY – Ridley was off-duty, picking up a cousin, when he saw Anthony Jacobs beating up a man. Ridley ran into an office building to summon help and then pursued Jacobs down the street, catching up with him outside the Westchester County Department of Social Services building. As Ridley tried to restrain the homeless man whom he had seen assault another person they tussled and Ridley’s gun went off and dropped to the ground before the officer retrieved it. Four Officers, Detectives Frank Oliveri, Robin Martin, Jose Calero and Officer Christian Gutierrez were already converging on the plaza. Martin and Calero said they got within a few feet of the pair before backing up when they realized there was a gun. Detective Oliveri, put his duty weapon to Officer Ridley’s head, and at point blank range shot him once above the left eye intentionally killing him instantly. Detective Frank Oliveri claimed “At which point, seeing the gun pointing at me, I’m fearing for my life. I see the gun pointed at me and I fired my weapon. He has his gun in his hands and the gun’s pointing at me.” Of the more than three dozen witnesses to the fatal shooting of Officer Ridley, only four suggested the armed off-duty cop had turned toward county police officers in his final moment. Detective Oliveri hid Ridley’s badge in Ridley’s car so it couldn’t be “discovered” until later, then claimed Ridley failed to “identify himself as a policeman. Detective Oliveri committed a brutal execution in front of three other police officers and dozens of civilian witnesses. All four Westchester County police officers were cleared of any wrong doing. Murdered by Westchester County PD http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/black-and-white-cover-up-shooting-mt-vernon-officer-christopher-ridley-bombshell-suit-article-1.365088
NYPD Officer Eric Hernandez 24, Feb, 6, 2006 Bronx NY – Officer Hernandez, fresh from his night shift in the Bronx and an off-duty swing through at least one local bar, was assaulted by a group of men inside a White Castle restaurant. At least one witness told the police the confrontation started when someone in the group ridiculed the officer, who was in street clothes, saying he should buy them sodas. Hernandez got into an argument with several young men, and apparently identified himself as an NYPD officer, and was jumped and beaten badly by the men. They left the store and left him lying on the floor. Hernandez took his gun out and ran after them. In the parking lot outside, he pulled his gun on a man he believed to be one of his attackers, and one of the officers responding to a 911 call, Officer Alfredo Toro, shot Hernandez three times after he supposedly failed to drop his weapon. A question raised by the videotape was how the blows and kicks he suffered may have damaged Officer Hernandez physically, but the fact that he had been drinking that night raised other questions. In the days that followed the shooting, the commissioner and other police officials went over a security videotape of the attack on Officer Hernandez in the moments before the shooting and said they had been revolted by the ferocity of the assault. Hernandez died on Jan. 28, 2007 after 11 days ICU. Killed by Officer Alfredo Toro NYPD http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/29/nyregion/29cop.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
Oliver Jarrod Gregoire 26, (Black Male) Sept. 9, 2004 Baytown TX – Dispatchers received multiple 911 calls involving Gregoire before Chambers County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hasley was dispatched. Callers reported a black male “who was very excited” trying to stop vehicles on FM 3180. “The caller stated the man was trying to open the driver’s door to the vehicle and get in the car.” A second 911 call reported that the man had kicked in the back door of a residence in Baytown and used a pole he found in the residence to attack an unidentified woman living there. Records show this address is listed on his driver’s license. Gregoire left the residence for a while, but then returned to “tear up the inside”. When Officer Hasley arrived, he spotted Gregoire exiting the woman’s house and “deployed his Taser, hitting the suspect who went to the ground”. Unarmed Gregoire was pronounced dead at the San Jacinto Methodist Hospital. Tasered to death by Baytown PD http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Unarmed-Baytown-man-dies-after-being-Tased-twice-5787109.php
Brian Abbs 32, Aug. 4, 2014 Rochester NY – Abbs was arrested on a felony warrant for a sex offender registration violation and found unresponsive in his cell the following afternoon. Staff performed CPR on Abbs, before he was taken to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, where he died on Sunday. Allowed to die in Police Custody at Rochester Jail http://kimt.com/2014/08/04/inmate-found-unresponsive-later-dies/
Joseph Anthony Pacini 52, (mentally ill) Dec. 30, 2014 Philadelphia PA – A man who had posted an ONLINE VIDEO threatening to kill police and FBI agents tried to use his car to run down officers seeking to arrest him for terroristic threats. Police said they began following the man after he left a home, when officers stopped him at an intersection and ordered him out of the car, he reversed and slammed into a police vehicle and then prepared to run over other officers. Officers opened fire, killing him. Pacini can be heard on one of several video messages police say he posted on YouTube saying, “Clearly these guys want me dead or in prison and there’s no way in hell I’m going back to prison.” At least five officers fired their weapons at the suspect claiming they “feared for their lives” Pacini died at the scene. Investigators say Pacini has a history of mental illness. Killed by Philadelphia PD http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Man-Shot-by-Police-After-Allegedly-Threatening-Officers-287149551.html
Brenda Gaines 48, Aug. 9, 2010 Suffolk NY – A homeless Brenda Gaines had been charged with petit larceny and being held overnight on arraignment in the Suffolk County Jail. A detention attendant was making a routine check at the stationhouse Ms. Gaines was found unresponsive on the floor of the cell at 5:30 a.m. The attendant notified officers who administered CPR. The victim was taken to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown where she was pronounced dead less than an hour later. Her body was taken to the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner for an autopsy. “Preliminary investigation indicates that the death appears to be medically related. Died in the Custody of Suffolk County PD http://archive.longislandpress.com/2010/08/09/homeless-woman-found-dead-in-suffolk-police-cell/
Kenny Lazo 26, June 28, 2008 Suffolk NY – Lazo was allegedly caught selling. Detectives asked for a uniformed officer to locate Lazo’s vehicle and they pulled him over. When Lazo got out, he allegedly elbowed a detective who had approached him, and then ran away. The officers tackled Lazo to the ground, but he managed to get up. Supposedly a violent struggle followed in which Lazo allegedly reached for one officer’s gun. Police said they struck Lazo with flashlights to control him. Lazo was arrested and brought to the Third Precinct, where he collapsed. An ambulance was called to the precinct, it arrived three minutes later and left the precinct. Lazo was pronounced dead on arrival to Southside. Autopsy Report “sudden cardiac death following exertion associated with prolonged physical altercation with multiple blunt impacts.” Murdered by Suffolk PD http://lawenforcementcorruption.blogspot.com/2008/08/feds-making-inquiries-into-kenny-lazo.html
Martina Brown (Black Female schizophrenic) July 21, 2009 Jersey City New Jersey – Wesley Brown said his wife was schizophrenic and stopped taking her medicine for several days. “She got crazier and crazier”. She was blasting music and when he tried to get her to turn it down she grabbed a knife. He called 911 to get an ambulance but hearing Martina had a knife, 911 sent police as well. Police tried to subdue Martina using batons, but she “held tight to the knife.” She slashed on officer in the arm, then she lunged over one cop and “stabbed” another in the forehead. It was then that police shot her. Authorities claim “They did try to reason with her. They tried to disarm her. They didn’t fire first, they were assaulted first.” Killed by Jersey City PD http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/2011/09/jersey_city_set_to_hire_125hou.html
Chuniece Patterson 21, Nov. 12, 2009 Syracuse NY – Patterson was arrested on a bench warrant Nov. 10 after she’d skipped her court date on charges related to one of her five arrests over five months. It was noted was noted in her medical record at the jail she was 2 months pregnant. The records also show A jail nurse visited Patterson in her cell three times between 6:30 p.m. Nov. 11 and 1:45 a.m. Nov. 12, the medical records show. No one examined her abdomen or ordered an ultrasound or pelvic exam. Deputy Diane Stech wrote in a report that when she started her shift, another deputy told her Patterson had been moaning overnight and complaining that she was having trouble breathing. The records of Patterson’s two-day stay at the Justice Center in November describe a night of torment, with Patterson screaming and rolling on the cement floor of her cell for most of those 14 hours. Patterson leaned against her cell toilet, scooping water out with a cup and splashing it onto her face, a deputy reported. The jail’s records of Patterson’s medical care give no indication that anyone examined her abdomen. No pelvic exam. No ultrasound. Any of them would’ve shown she had an ectopic pregnancy in her fallopian tube and would’ve probably indicated that it had ruptured, according to a doctor. Surgery could’ve saved her life. Allowed to die by Syracuse PD READ MORE
Patricia Thompson 54, (mentally ill) March 3, 2006 Rochester NY – police received a call about a domestic issue at 199 Weldon St. around midnight. When they arrived police say they were met at the door by Nathaniel Thompson, who had called police about a problem with his wife. Thompson invited officers Kevin Sizer and Jeff Lafave into the house but didn’t say what was wrong. Upon entering, Hickey says Patricia Thompson, 54, tried to hit Officer Lafave, but he blocked the punch. Mrs. Thompson then talked about drinking blood, said she would get the officers out of the house, and made other incoherent statements before going into the kitchen. Sizer and Lafave say they heard her going through a drawer. When she came back out of the kitchen she was holding what Police Chief Tim Hickey described as a large kitchen knife over her head. Hickey said she rushed at Lafave; he stepped back then fired his gun, hitting her in the chest. Thompson was rushed to the hospital where she was pronounced dead. Killed by Rochester PD http://www.copblock.org/29470/rochester-ny-police-sgt-jeff-lafave-davy-v-a-true-rochester-pioneer-against-police-corruption-blahahahahaah/
Byron Hearst 28 May 8, 2005 Brooklyn NY – After Lieutenant Shamik Walton arrived to collect rent from Mr. Hearst, the two men began fighting in front of Mr. Hearst’s apartment to collect back rent causing a during a rent dispute. Walton claimed Hearst lunged at him, punched him, and shoved him to the ground. Walton claims he told Hearst he was a cop and warned him to stop. But the crazed tenant struggled to grab Walton’s gun and was shot.Witnesses have reported hearing three shots, with a pause between the first and second. Mr. Hearst was struck in the right arm, abdomen and chest by bullets from the lieutenant’s 38-caliber revolver ripping into Byron Hearst’s chest. After the shooting, Lieutenant Walton left the apartment and called 911 from his cellphone, telling an operator the victim had run away, but asking several times for an ambulance. Hearst was taken to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center for trauma and later died at St. Mary’s Hospital. One witness who said Hearst told him he was “expecting trouble with the landlord,” Lieutenant Walton was charged with the killing of an unarmed man but was acquitted by a Brooklyn Supreme Court. Murdered by Lieutenant Shamik Walton NYPD http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/kills-renter-gun-fired-tenant-hit-article-1.606862
Garrett Gagne 22, Jan. 1, 2015 Chatham MA – Gagne of Longmeadow had drunk “hour after hour of alcohol” while going to bars and house parties and early New Year’s Day was “seriously impaired by drugs and alcohol. Officer Christopher Vardakis was responding to an emergency call just after 4:00 a.m. when the cruiser “ran over an unknown object lying in the unlit roadway in Chatham.” The officer claims he immediately pulled over to see what he hit and found a human body. He called for assistance and they began medical aid. According to police, Grange, a senior at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., had been separated from his friends before he was hit. “The friends were too impaired to be looking for him” Killed by Officer Christopher Vardakis Chatham PDhttp://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2015/01/02/chatham-police-officer-involved-crash-that-killed-garrett-gagne-longmeadow-identified/gxey4ybxEoYAUD1oxCtHMM/story.html
Alan Bates 31, and wife Terra 30, Feb. 15, 2002 Birmingham AL – Jessica and Alan began dating, and Jessica became pregnant, the couple was married in a rushed ceremony. Working to support his family and still trying to earn his college degree, Alan grew tired of Jessica’s very increasing demands and unreasonable expectations and overinflated sense of self-worth. The only thing holding the couple together was their two daughters. Alan loved his girls more than he hated his marriage, so he tried to tough it out. Jessica, alternatively, continued her foot stomping, princess act but added a helping of extramarital affairs to the mix. Alan finally divorced Jessica and eventually met, fell in love and married Terra Klugh. Jessica met and married Officer Jeff McCord. Jessica Bates –McCord Jessica Bates hated Terra and was unhappy with the idea of her children having a stepmother. Alan would pay for finding love again. Jessica hated Terra and was unhappy with the idea of her children having a stepmother. Alan would pay for finding love again. On February 15, 2002, Alan and Terra flew from Maryland to Birmingham International Airport and rented a car. The couple was anxious to reach the McCords because, once they picked up the girls, the family was going to visit Alan’s parents in Atlanta, Georgia. When they reached Jessica and Jeff’s home, the found a note on the front door that read, “Come to the back. We’re having trouble with the front door.” At the rear door, Jessica greeted them, invited them into the family room, and offered them a seat on the leather couch. Under the guise of getting the girls, Jessica exited the room. As they waited, exchanging small talk among themselves when suddenly Jeff entered the room and fired four shots into each of their bodies then loaded Alan and Terra’s bodies into the trunk of the rental car. Next, they drove to a remote area just outside of Atlanta. Leaving the car in a field, they set it on fire believing it would destroy any evidence. Murdered by Officer Jeff McCord and wife Jessica McCord READ MORE http://truecrimezine.com/jessica-mccord/ http://theovereducatedhousewife.blogspot.com/2012/02/jessica-mccord.html
Kaileb Cole Williams 20, Missoula MT Dec. 31, 2014 – New Year’s Eve. Kaileb Williams and his fiancée got into an argument. The fiancee called Kaileb’s mom to come pick her up. The mom did, and when she went into the apartment, she said that Kaileb assaulted her and then took her car with his fiancée in the passenger seat. Kaileb’s mom called the police. In response to a domestic disturbance, Kaileb was shot in the head by Missoula police officer, Cpl. Paul Kelly. Officer Kelly said that Kaileb was holding his fiancée hostage. The fiancée says that he was not and that she had plenty of opportunity to get out of the car if she wanted to. Officer Kelly said that it was dark and he could not see if Kaileb had a weapon, yet he claimed to have seen Kaileb choking his fiancee, which she says never happened. Photos taken of her afterwards show no bruises or other signs of injury. Murdered by Missoula PD http://missoulian.com/news/local/fiancee-of-slain-missoula-man-fun-loving-carefree-and-affectionate/article_31964fa6-985a-5c14-bceb-1aa58b2a596f.html
Matthew Adeolu Ajibade 22, Jan. 2, 2015 Chatham Georgia – Ajibade had been arrested by the Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department, accused of a domestic violence act, battery, and obstruction by resisting arrest. Authorities claim Ajibade became combative while being booked and was subsequently restrained. While being restrained, Ajibade supposedly injured three deputies. A female sergeant suffered a concussion and broken nose while two male deputies suffered injuries consistent with an altercation. Ajibade was placed in an isolation cell due to his dangerous behavior. Upon the inmates second welfare check Ajibade appeared non-responsive. The medical unit staff started CPR and administered defibrillator while preparing the subject for transport to Memorial Medical Center. Efforts to resuscitate the Matthew were unsuccessful. Died in the custody of Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police Department http://savannahnow.com/crime/2015-01-02/man-custody-dies-deputies-injured-chatham-county-jail
Tim Elliott 53, Jan. 3, 2015 Shelton Mason County WA – Mason County Sheriff’s deputies received a 911 call from a family member of Shelton that he’d just shot himself, but was still alive. When two deputies arrived at the home police claim there was some sort of confrontation, and the deputy ended up shooting and killing Elliott. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The deputies were placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. According to the deputy” this man made me fear for my life because he looked half dead. So I shot him.” Murdered by Mason County Sheriff Deputy http://www.komonews.com/news/local/Wounded-suicidal-man-shot-dead-by-Mason-County-deputy-287411481.html
John Paul Quintero 23, Jan 3, 2015 Wichita KS – 911 operators received a call of a disturbance with a knife. Two officers were sent to the call, and arrived in the area then walked on foot towards the residence. While en route to the location, dispatch received at least three more phone calls, stating a suspect was under the influence of alcohol and armed with a knife. Dispatch was told by a calling party, the suspect was at the front door of the residence trying to get back in. As officers approached the residence, they made contact with two individuals in an SUV parked in the driveway. They two officers confronted two men inside an SUV. The driver was a 44-year-old man, the passenger was Quintero. Supposedly the officers asked the two men to get out of the SUV, the driver complied, but Quintero exchanged words with the two officers. During that exchange one officer used a taser, another fired a service weapon shooting Quintero twice. He was taken to Wesley Medical Center where he later died. Murdered by Wichita PD http://www.kwch.com/news/local-news/family-of-man-killed-in-officer-involved-shooting-speaks-out/30525882
D’Andre Berghardt Jr. 20 killed by bureau of Land Management Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area NV Feb. 14, 2014 – Bicyclists and joggers told reporters Berghardt had been seen walking on the paved shoulder of the highway with a rolling suitcase, a backpack and a bedroll. The cellphone video http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/18/dandre-berghardt-jr-killed_n_4811692.html . Rather than handcuff Berghardt the cops keep letting him get up and get away then Berghardt tries to open the door of an NHP vehicle before he is shot and killed. Murdered by Nevada Highway Patrol
Albert James Six Feathers Jr. 32, Dec. 10, 1999 Rapid City So. Dakota Six Feathers was observed driving erratically Officer Robert Fazendin, a police officer. Because Fazendin suspected Six Feathers was intoxicated, he attempted to stop him by turning on his overhead lights. In response, Six Feathers sped up and fled. Fazendin pursued Six Feathers for forty-five miles at speeds reaching one hundred miles per hour. When it became apparent Six Feathers was heading to South Dakota, Fazendin told his dispatcher to contact South Dakota law enforcement officials of the pursuit, and to request a set of road spikes be deployed. Six Feathers eluded road blocks and finally was surrounded in a pasture where he alledgedly rammed aFall River County Sheriff Jeffrey Terrell’s car. Jarman, who was riding with Terrell, jumped from the vehicle and fired four shots from a shotgun, four of which hit Six Feathers. Jarman told the coroner’s inquest he was certain Terrell’s life was at risk because he’s set a predetermined line which he would not allow Six Feathers to cross. When he did, Jarman fired two rounds above the steering column. The three shots that hit the vehicle were at windshield level, which indicated no attempt was made to shoot out tires to stop the vehicle. Six Feathers was unarmed and never given the benefit of tire spikes or a tire shot. Officer Jarman transferred personal property into his wife’s name after the incident. The attorney for Six Feathers Family said it is a crime to transfer property to avoid payment for damages as the result of legal action. Killed by Officer Robert Fazendin New Castle PD READ MORE http://openjurist.org/340/f3d/617/no-02-3519 http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2001/10/02/civil-suit-filed-six-feathers-estate-86482
Lucas Grey Ghost Bear 21, (suicidal) March 9, 2003 Pine Ridge Indian Reservation/ Rapid City So. Dakota – According to police they were called to an apartment complex for a report of an intoxicated man causing problems. Ghost Bear was allegedly brandishing a knife and was suicidal. Police claim “When Officer Black was ordering Ghost Bear to drop the knife, Ghost Bear responded several times by saying, `Just shoot me, I don’t have anything to live for” They claim Officer Mark Black fired only after he was lunged at by Ghost Bear. Ghost Bear was hit by three bullets. Although it was alleged that Officer Mark Black did not follow police protocol, he was cleared in an investigation. Murdered by Officer Mark Black http://rapidcityjournal.com/news/local/report-shooting-victim-suicidal/article_25091f21-0d44-5772-ae68-bc437e50a200.html
Leslie Sapp III 47, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania Jan. 6, 2015 – Sapp was on the U.S. Marshal’s Most Wanted List, being sought on charges involving the sexual assault of a young girl that allegedly went on over a period of four years. A warrant for Sapp’s arrest was issued in July after a fifth grade, city elementary school student told police back in May that she was allegedly raped and otherwise sexually molested by family friend Sapp. The warrant charged him with statutory sexual assault, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, aggravated indecent assault and rape. Pittsburgh Police Chief Cameron McLay said “This individual confronted our officers with this weapon, adopted… presented it in a manner consistent with what one would use when trained to use a handgun against officers claiming The officers fired to defend themselves claiming Sapp pointed a gun at law enforcement personnel when they showed up at his home. Only later did authorities learn the gun Sapp had in his hands was an airsoft gun, and not a real firearm. McLay claims “the officers fired to defend themselves.” Sapp was shot at least four times, and at least 15 rounds were fired by Task Force members when they showed up at the Knoxville home where Sapp was living. Killed by Knoxville PD http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2015/01/06/police-suspect-killed-in-u-s-marshall-involved-shooting/
Michael Kocher Jr. 19, January 3, 2015 Kauai Hawaii – Kocher was walking on the roadway at around 9:35 p.m., just east of the Kaumakani Post Office, when he was struck by an eastbound Toyota Corolla. A police officer responding to the scene, also heading east, then struck Kocher a second time and killed him. Kocher had no vital signs and was presumed dead at the scene. He was transported to Wilcox Memorial Hospital where a doctor formally pronounced him deceased. Killed by Hawaii 50 http://khon2.com/2015/01/04/deadly-pedestrian-crash-involving-kauai-police-vehicle-under-investigation/
Brock Nichols 35, Assaria KS January 7, 2015 – A woman called officers saying she was concerned for her young child’s welfare after just having spoken with the boy’s father, Brock Nichols. A deputy was dispatched to the man’s home and determined the welfare of the toddler was fine, and there appeared to be nothing wrong.However, there was evidence Nichols, had been drinking. The mother, who was with a sheriff’s supervisor back at the station, said drinking was a violation of a court order in the custody proceedings. The deputy remained on scene at the home while the supervisor at the station tried to obtain the court documents. Sheriff Kochanowski claims Nichols started to get agitated, and a second deputy was called to the residence. Shortly before 10:30 p.m., Nichols asked if he could use the restroom. The deputies said that would be fine, and as they were escorting Nichols to a darkened bedroom one of deputies followed and quickly flipped on the light switch. When the light came on, the sheriff claims Nichols spun around with a handgun and pointed it at the deputies. Both deputies opened fire. Nichols was rushed to a Salina hospital where he was pronounced dead. Killed by Assaria PD http://www.kake.com/home/headlines/Shooting-along-K-4-in-Saline-County-287773411.html
Autumn Mae Steele 34 Burlington IA January 6, 2015 – Steele was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of domestic abuse. She was released from jail and told she could not return to the home without a police officer escort in order to gather her belongings. Steele then returned to the home with her police officer escort, the same person who would later kill her. As her husband, Gabriel Steele, was loading up their 4-year-old son, Steele came out of the house and got into an altercation with him. She was followed by the dog. When the escort officer saw the disturbance he went to break it up. Witnesses say the dog was being playful, but apparently still threatened the officer which caused him to draw his pistol and begin shooting. One of the shots fired struck Steele in the chest. Seconds after the shooting another Burlington officer arrived on the scene and both officers tried to calm Gabriel Steele, who wanted to help his wife. “I’m a combat veteran,” he screamed. “What are you guys (police) doing? Let me help.” Steele was eventually taken by ambulance to the Great River Medical Center where she later died of the gunshot wound to the chest. There is no indication that Steele or her husband were armed or that they posed a threat to the officer involved. Murdered by Burlington PD
Ron Sneed 32, Jan. 7, 2015 Freeport TX – Officer were called to the Garden Villas apartment for a reported disturbance. The caller reported a possible burglary with a door kicked in. Neighbors say there may have been children inside who witnessed the shooting. “I don’t like it. It’s senseless,” said Clarissa Murray, a neighbor. And there were kids inside” Sneed was was shot four times. Killed by Freeport PD http://abc13.com/news/suspect-killed-in-officer-involved-shooting-in-freeport/465806/
Hashim Hanif Ibn Abdul-Rasheed 41, (mentally ill) Port Columbus Airport Columbus Ohio Jan. 7, 2015 – According to Columbus Police Department, Abdul-Rasheed unsuccessfully tried to purchase an airline ticket with a fake ID. Authorities were alerted to the incident and followed the suspect out of the terminal. The confrontation outside came after the officer called a tow truck for the man’s vehicle, which he left illegally parked in the departures area. An officer approached the suspect and was conversing with him when suddenly the man lunged at the officer with a knife, prompting police to open fire. The wounded Abdul-Rasheed allegedly dropped to the ground, but got back up and continued advancing towards the officer. A backup officer responded at which point Abdul-Rasheed supposedly moved towards him with the knife, forcing the officer to retreat backwards towards the terminal entrance where a third officer was positioned. The third officer shot multiple times, striking the suspect, ending the alleged attack. Killed by Port Columbus Airport PD http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/man-armed-knives-killed-police-ohio-airport-cops-article-1.2070141
Roberto Ornelas 18, Key Largo Jan. 6, 2015 – Ornelas went out with friends New Year’s Eve but returned home early complaining he was feeling ill, instead of going to bed, he put on loud music and began pacing back and forth in his room. His father Guadalupe says: “I told him: ‘Son, I need to go to bed.’ He told me: ‘OK, Dad.’ But then he started getting more and more active, out of control and aggressive. So I got up again and said, ‘Son, what happened? By then, however, it was too late. Roberto had become someone else. He didn’t recognize me. He screamed, ‘Who the hell are you? “That’s not my kid,” My kids have never talked to me that way. I only teach love in my family. That was not him.” So Ornelas’ father called 911. When Monroe County Sheriff’s Deputy Bryan Cross arrived he found the door to Roberto’s room locked. Cross and another deputy could hear Roberto screaming, talking to himself, and breaking things inside his room but were unable to get the teenager’s attention. The two deputies were able to push open the door enough to see Roberto punching the inside of his closet and his blood on the floor and walls. Per police “Roberto was sweating profusely, his eyes were wide open with a blank state as if staring through you, and was foaming around his mouth and nose area.” Deputies tried to restrain Roberto, but he broke loose and spat and lunged at the officers. So Cross shot the teenager in the chest with his Taser. Roberto fell back onto a pile of clothes and began spitting at officers and got up again, Cross tasered him a second time. The deputies then put a spit mask and handcuffs on the young man. Upon standing Roberto up to carry him out to the ambulance, Roberto continued to yell and scream and kick. Roberto was hobbled and taken to Mariners Hospital where he was forcibly sedated. By the time Guadalupe Ornelas arrived at the hospital, his son was unconscious. Ornelas was already late for work so he left his number with hospital staff and asked to be called if anything happened to his son. But when he returned at 3:30 p.m., hospital staff said they didn’t have any patient under Roberto’s name. “I just brought him here this morning!” Ornelas said. After checking their records, hospital administrators told him that Roberto’s health had worsened just a few hours after his father had left him. Roberto had been sent to Homestead Hospital. “When I got there, he was brain-dead, I’m really disappointed because they didn’t call me like they promised.” Roberto’s condition continued to worsen, and he was taken off breathing machines. Taser to death by Key Largo PD… READ MORE http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2015/01/key_largo_teenager_dies_after_new_years_day_tasering.php
Andre Larone Murphy Sr. 42, Norfolk Nebraska January 7, 2015 – An officer responding to several 911 calls regarding a disturbance at the Super 8 Motel in Norfolk evolved into a struggle between the officer and Murphy. The police officer’s preliminary analysis is that he did deploy or attempt to deploy a taser. It’s not clear how effective it was. Murphy was taken into custody and transported to Faith Regional Health Services Emergency Room. “There were no weapons involved, such as firearms, knives, anything. Tased to death by Norfolk PD http://journalstar.com/news/local/911/authorities-id-man-who-died-in-custody/article_70161401-978c-577e-bf4f-8890aed3913c.html
Brian Pickett 26, Willowbrook CA Jan. 7, 2015 – Pickett’s mother called deputies to report her son was under the influence and he’d threatened her life. Deputies went to the home and approached Pickett. Pickett’s mother told deputies he was refusing to leave. Authorities said Pickett become “agitated and hostile” when he saw deputies and charged at them. A deputy used his Taser to subdue Pickett, who was then handcuffed. Paramedics arrived at the scene to remove the Taser darts from Pickett and he stopped breathing so they transported him to a hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Police made no mention of how many times Pickett was tased or if an investigation into the incident has been launched. Requests made by Police State Daily to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for comment were not returned. Tased to death by Willowbrook PD http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-taser-death-20150107-story.html