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, 4 or 5 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.
Victor Rogers 27, Lee Correctional Institution Bishopville No. Carolina March 17, 2015 – Rogers was sentenced to seven years after pleading guilty to second-degree burglary in 2012 He had been complaining of chest pains but the guards either didn’t check on him or ignored his calls for help. Rogers was found unresponsive in his cell after receiving information that Rogers may have been dead for 24 hours before his body was removed by two inmates wearing masks. Rogers died in the custody of Lee Correctional Institution http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/news/local/2015/03/18/family-concerned-investigation-greenville-mans-death-prison/24948897/
Salladin Barton 35, (Mentally ill Black Male) Broome County Jail Binghamton New York Jan. 15, 2015 – Barton, was awaiting trial. Jail employees harassed Barton, for being an African American, calling him racial slurs, beating him and denying him food. Barton suffered from a mental illness and had physical ailments which required medical treatment. Jail employees would place food near his cell, but out of reach, and then come by and throw it in the garbage. Other inmates, would share their food to keep him from starving. In addition to preventing Barton from eating corrections officers threatened Barton’s family and took off all his clothes – leaving him naked in his cell. The abuse agitated Barton’s mental illness, causing him to bang his head against cell bars and break out in seizures. Died in the custody of Broome County Jail http://www.wbng.com/news/local/Broome-County-jail-inmate-beaten-by-guards-lawsuit-says-297322091.html
Alvin Rios Jr. 41, (Hispanic Male) Broome County Jail Binghamton New York July 20, 2011 – Rios was arrested on a drug warrant July 19, 2011, by Broome County Sheriffs deputies. Rios sought medical attention for drug withdrawal, specifically from opiates. And although nurses were alerted to his condition, a staff doctor at the jail at the time never was. A corrections officer found Rios just after 4 p.m. face-down and shaking in his jail cell the following afternoon. It was just minutes after Rios was last seen asking for a newspaper. But the response from a former staff nurse contributed to his death. “The RN clearly left his patient in an emergent life threatening status without appropriate medical attention”. The nurse in question has since been fired for failing to follow both state and company policy. Died in the custody of Broome County Jail http://www.wbng.com/news/video/Report-Broome-Jail-Nurse-Failed-to-Alert-Doctors-175717521.html?m=y&smobile=y
David A. Kassick 59, Hummelstown Pennsylvania Feb. 2, 2015- Officer Lisa Joellen Mearkle had attempted to stop Kassick for an expired inspection sticker, but Kassick drove to his sister’s home and fled on foot. Officer Mearkle chased him and used her Taser, striking Kassick with the probes in his back, Kassick fell to the snow-covered ground and was lying face down when Mearkle ordered him to show his hands. Officer Mearkle continued to use the Taser while Kassick was on the ground, then shot him twice in the back. Mearkle told investigators she fired because she thought Kassick was reaching for a gun in his jacket. Police Officer Lisa Mearkle has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of the unarmed Kassick. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2015/03/video_from_taser_shows_unarmed.html
William Slusar San Diego California April 25, 1991 – Slusar’s father called 911on Sept. 11 requesting paramedic assistance for his son, who was under the influence of amphetamines “real bad off on drugs. . . . He just got violent.” Before police arrived Slusar hit his 65-year-old father on the forehead with a stick. Police claim Slusar threatened them with a stick, was shot three times and killed by San Diego officer Charles M. Rice Jr., one of four cops at the scene and shot three rounds from a 9-millimeter automatic pistol, hitting Slusar twice in the upper chest. Slusar died at the scene. At the time, Rice had been a cop fewer than five years and had been involved in a previous on-duty shooting. He had been found to have used unnecessary force three other times. District Attorney Edwin Miller ruled the shooting justifiable but said his decision was not “an endorsement of the actions of the officer involved.” “It seems exceedingly unfortunate that four officers were unable to disarm a man wielding a stick. Officer Charles M. Rice Jr. was cleared . http://articles.latimes.com/1991-04-25/local/me-728_1_district-attorney
Ashley MacDonald 18, (Female) Huntington Beach California Sept. 7, 2006 – MacDonald had left her apartment carrying a pocket or cutter-like knife “acting strangely” following a fight with her mother. Police officers claim they repeatedly asked her to drop the knife and allege instead of dropping the knife she continued advancing toward the officers in a threatening manner when Police Officers Read Parker and Shawn Randell shot her 15 times, eight to her back.. A third officer present did not fire his weapon. Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said the 120-pound woman threatened the cops with a knife with a four-inch blade. She was shot after getting within eight to 10 feet of the officers. Huntington Beach to pay parents $125,000 in wrongful death lawsuit. Murdered by Huntington Beach PD http://articles.hbindependent.com/2006-09-07/local/hbi-shooting07_1_police-officers-harry-potter-officers-shot
Errol Chang 34, (bi-polar and schizophrenic) San Jose California March 18, 2014 – His family called for help. “One of the officers Tased Errol, and he started to run towards the house passing an officer and I tackled him. The officers were pointing their guns and yelling at me to get off of him, and pulled me off.” rather than taking advantage of the opportunity to restrain Errol, the six police officers pulled Matt off him, allowing Errol to enter the house. . Once in the house, the situation escalated further. Learning that there was a rifle in the house, albeit taken apart and hidden in three locations, police called in the SWAT team. It is tempting to second-guess the wisdom of parking a tank full of armed SWAT members in full view of a man who just said “Obama was trying to assassinate” him, confirming his worst delusions. t the time Errol had his arms out the front window in the surrender position, seemingly contained, but the police didn’t want to risk Errol finding the rifle after darkness fell. Once the officers got into the home from the back, they discovered that Errol had constructed a barricade of “mattresses and furniture, which blocked the hallway from the front room where Mr. Chang was.” Errol’s father had told the officers that he had hidden the rifle in the bathroom, which was NOT behind the barricade. All they had to do at this point was search the bathroom for the rifle. If they had, they would have found that it was still there and that Errol was unarmed. Once Errol was known to be unarmed. But instead, the police chose to shoot flash-bang grenades into the living room—further agitating Errol—and tore down the barrier Errol had constructed, leaving themselves vulnerable to a frightened, psychotic, schizophrenic man with a knife. The outcome was inevitable. Errol tried to defend himself from this invading force, stabbing an officer in the arm, resulting in seven shots fired at him, killing him instantly. http://www.pacificariptide.com/pacifica_riptide/2014/06/opinion-da-report-on-errol-chang-shooting-tells-only-half-the-story.html
Mychael J. Lynch age Unknown Clark County Washington March 23, 2015 – Lynch was booked in the jail Friday evening on charges of driving under the influence, reckless driving and hit-and-run. Two days later Lynch was sent to the hospital following a medical emergency he suffered while being restrained. Two and a half hours later, “corrections deputies responded to an alarm initiated by Mr. Lynch in the medical unit”. The officers decided Lynch should be moved to another area, but he was uncooperative. They restrained him, and he suffered an undisclosed medical emergency, according to the sheriff’s office. Emergency medical responders transported him by ambulance to a local medical facility, where he was placed in intensive care. He died just before noon. Died in the custody of Clark County Sheriff Dept. http://www.oregonlive.com/clark-county/index.ssf/2015/03/clark_county_jail_inmate_dies_1.html
Denzel Brown 21, Long Island New York March 22, 2015 – Officers responded to a 911 call about a larceny occurring at Best Buy. When the first officer arrived, a witness indicated to the officer where the suspect, identified as Denzel Brown, was hiding outside the store. As the officer approached, the suspect fled through the parking lot and the officer chased him on foot. The officer deployed a Taser, but it was ineffective. As Brown was running away, he attempted to open the doors of both moving and parked vehicles in the parking lot. He then attempted to steal a running car from a couple while two children, ages 4 and 6, were sitting in the back seat. The couple was screaming at Brown to stop as the officer caught up with him and ordered him out of the vehicle. However, Brown began to drive away and the officer fired one shot at him, opened the car door and attempted to remove Brown from the vehicle. During the struggle, the officer deployed the Taser, which again was not effective. The officer fired another gunshot, at which time, assisting officers arrived and took Brown into custody. Brown, of Amityville, was transported via Bay Shore-Brightwaters Ambulance to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he died during surgery. Killed by NYPD https://www.longislandexchange.com/press-releases/suspect-dies-after-officer-involved-shooting-in-bay-shore/
Jesus Negron 39, (Hispanic Male) New Britton Connecticut July 11, 2006 – The medical examiner is still investigating the death of Jesus Negron, who died in July. He was shot with a Taser outside a South Street community center after fleeing from police and damaging a business and a vehicle. Tased to death by New Britton PD http://palmspringsbum.org/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=314
Miguel Serrano 35, (Hispanic Male) New Britton Connecticut Oct. 25, 2005 – Serrano died in New Britain after being subdued by Tasers. Miguel Serrano, who was high on cocaine and lunged at police, died in October. The state medical examiner’s office attributed Serrano’s death to both the drug and his altercation with police. Tased to death Tased to death by New Britton PD http://palmspringsbum.org/bbs/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=314
Jeffrey L. Jackson 47, (White Male) Whitley County Kentucky March 24, 2015 – 911 received a report of an out of control man in the road trying to flag down traffic. When officers arrived police claim Jackson was behaving strangely and jumped into a car with a young girl. Shortly thereafter, he jumped out on 92 East and was running and jumping onto hoods of cars passing by the scene. Officials say Jackson had injuries to his head and was hallucinating. When KSP and Whitley County deputies attempted to take him into custody, they say Jackson became combative. Once in custody, police say he stopped breathing. Officers attempted CPR until EMS arrived. Died in the custody of Whitley County Sheriff Dept. http://www.lex18.com/story/28601132/whitley-county-man-dies-during-struggle-with-police#.VRGvvx_8PcI.facebook
Christopher Ryan Healy 36, (White Male) East Portland Oregon March 22, 2015 – Two officers were dispatched after a 911 dispatchers got a report from a neighbor who claimed a man was committing a burglary. The 911 caller told dispatchers Healy was holding down the suspect. When police arrived they contacted Healy and as the officers approached Healy allegedly advanced toward them with a double-bladed knife, 10 inches long, in a weaving, figure-8 motion.
One of the officers, Thomas Clark fired two rounds, striking him although Healy remained on his feet. The other officer, Royce Curtiss re-holstered his weapon and deployed a Taser. Witness Tera Harris says her daughter is a close friend of Healy and says “the man left the house after getting out of the shower and was walking towards a vehicle to go sit in and wait for her daughter”. She disputes the neighbor’s claim Healy was committing a burglary and she never heard officers order Healy to put his hands up, but added that she was inside. Harris says she and her family moved into the apartment about two months ago. The man who made the report about a burglary also moved in that time, Harris says “she and the neighbor have had problems ever since. Once Healy was taken into custody, police called for paramedics who took him to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. Detectives learned the incident began as a neighborhood dispute over the weekend between the occupants of two residences. Both officers have been placed on standard paid-leave pending a review by the Multnomah County Grand Jury. Murdered by Portland PD http://koin.com/2015/03/22/ppb-officer-shoots-burglary-suspect-in-southeast-portland/
Walter Brown III 29, Portsmouth Virginia March 24, 2015 – Police were conducting surveillance at Southside Gardens apartments when a vehicle with two people inside caught officers’ attention. Officers tried to interview the car’s occupants at The passenger got out of the vehicle, but the driver refused and drove away, allegedly almost hitting a detective. Police followed the car to where the car pulled onto a lawn and the driver ran up to the front door of his house. An officer used a stun gun on the man, but it had no effect. The man and the officer began struggling as they moved inside. They went through a living room, down a hallway and into a bedroom. Two backup officers arrived. One of them used a stun gun, again with no effect. Allegedly Brown pulled out a handgun. One of the officers spotted it and yelled, “gun,” then tried to grab it and the man’s hand. Another officer fired his service weapon three to five times. It did not appear that the man fired a gun. Medics pronounced the man dead. Brown’s wife, Octavia was inside the house and had been ordered out of the room where police and Brown continued to fight. Then she heard shooting. She said police would not let her see her husband inside their home. He had gone out to pick up lunch before work. Why would they take him from us?” she asked. “Why would they take him from his kids?” She said police treated her husband like an animal. “He didn’t drink, he didn’t smoke, he was a family person,” “He did not have a weapon.” Murdered by Portsmouth PD http://hamptonroads.com/2015/03/portsmouth-police-shoot-and-kill-man-after-chase
Wayne Scott Creech 74, (White Male) Spokane Valley Washington Aug. 25, 2010 – Pastor Creach, had gone to check on why a car was in his parking lot of the Creach family’s nursery and greenhouse complex so late at night. Officer Hirzel was in uniform but driving an unmarked patrol car and had pulled into the nursery lot to watch for prowlers in the neighborhood. Officer Hirzel was writing up a collision report about 11:07 p.m. when he saw the shirtless Creach approach with a gun in his right hand and a flashlight in his left. Though no witnesses heard him, Officer Hirzel said he ordered Creach five or six times to drop the gun. He said Creach replied that he didn’t have to and instead put the .45-caliber, semi-automatic pistol in his back waistband. Hirzel said he ordered Creach to the ground, but the older man refused, and the deputy struck Creach in the leg with his baton using a backhand swing. Officer Hirzel said Creach then reached for his gun and Hirzel fired when he saw the butt of the weapon. Officer Hirzel shot Scott once in the chest and died shortly after. Right after the shooting, Hirzel was allowed to take a scheduled vacation to Montana and Las Vegas – a fact which wasn’t revealed to the public for several days, and prompted a public outcry. Nine days passed before detectives interviewed Hirzel about the shooting, and by then the deputy couldn’t recall several details about the fatal encounter, such as how close he was to the pastor when he shot him; how it happened that his patrol car’s spotlight was turned on and pointed in Pastor Creach’s direction; and whether his request for backup was made before or after the baton strike. Murdered by Officer Hirzel Creach PD http://www.spokesman.com/topics/creach-shooting/
Walter C. “Wally” Burks Hennepin Minnesota August 7, 2003 – Walter Burks burst into a convenience store sweating and asking for help. The store clerk told Burks he needed to leave. Burks ran behind the counter, and grabbed the clerk by the shoulder and again stated he needed help. Two customers jumped Burks and wrestled him to the ground while the clerk called the police. Burks started saying that his mother just died and that he was about to die too. When the police arrived, they went to the pinned-down Burks, and cuffed his left hand. The officer was trying to cuff Burks’ other hand. Burks did not cooperate with commands to take his right hand from underneath his torso to allow officers to cuff him. Officers then sprayed mace in his face. Officers finally cuffed him, and struggled with Burks, who was staying limp, out to the squad car. Burks refused to get into the squad car, so the officer tasered him twice. He was left unresponsive in the back of the squad car for a period of time before officers realized he was unresponsive. He died shortly after arriving at hospital. http://www.amnesty.be/doc/IMG/pdf/List_of_deaths_Taser.pdf
Carlos Manuel Perez Jr. 28, (Hispanic Male) Inmate High Desert State Prison Carson City Nevada November 12, 2014 – Perez was serving a sentence of 18-48 months at the High Desert State Prison. Perez and Arevalo were being housed separately in a disciplinary wing where inmates are handcuffed behind their backs when they are outside their cells. Perez was slain with his hands cuffed behind his back when Arevalo, another prisoner and Perez were allegedly fighting and a guard at High Desert State Prison opened fire shooting Perez in the back. Perez from multiple gunshot wounds to the head, neck, chest and arms. Murdered in the custody of Nevada DOC http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/nevada/inmate-death-raises-questions-transparency-accountability
William Taylor 32, (Black Male) Lorain Ohio Oct. 13, 2013 – Police say that Taylor shot and killed his girlfriend several minutes before breaking into the house of another woman, allegedly fleeing the scene. A man who lived in the house subdued Taylor and pinned him to the floor. According to the woman Taylor pleaded with the residents “please help me!” several times. When police arrived at the house they began to cuff Taylor and according to the resident tasered him while he lay prone. Taylor died after police tasered him while he was prone on the ground being handcuffed. Taylor then “passed out” and died at a nearby hospital a few hours later. Tasered to death by Lorain PD http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/10/15/circumstances-of-lorain-deaths-investigated/
Mercedes Demarco 36, (Hispanic Transgender) El Paso, Texas October 13, 2013 – At 4 a.m. police were called because someone was allegedly screaming outside a motel room in the Sunset Heights neighborhood. A witness Demarco, stage performer and transgender woman, was outside the motel office yelling for help. Police arrived and with no explanation or interaction with Demarco decided to arrest her. As many as five police officers attacked Demarco, tasered her, and put her in a squad car. Police say Demarco “became unresponsive” while being transported and she was later pronounced dead at an area hospital. Tased to death by El Paso PD http://lexiecannes.wordpress.com/2013/10/17/texas-drag-performers-tragic-death-poses-a-dilemma-for-this-reporter/
Abayomi “Alan” Afolabi 44, Florissant Missouri Oct. 23, 2013 – Florissant police went to the home after an earlier domestic disturbance call at his ex-wife’s house. St. Louis County police told media at the time that Afolabi brandished a gun at the officers, who opened fire. He was hit in the arm and the side but died of a self-inflicted shot to the head, HOWEVER it turns out Afolabi was seated in the driver’s seat of his vehicle and officers Joshua Smith and Andrew Gerwitz opened fire. Police Detectives Tom Lasater, Joe Percich, Patrick Hokamp and Chris Most searched Afolabi’s home without consent, probable cause or a warrant, and that they seized a gun case and bullets from the home. They obtained a consent to search from Afolabi’s girlfriend after the search, even though she had no ownership interest in the home. Originally Afolabi’s death was ruled a suicide he was actually killed by Florissant police. http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/man-whose-death-was-ruled-a-suicide-was-actually-killed/article_a95cfc4a-9f96-5ab3-9f0c-00c105ad3569.html
Samuel Gonzales 44, (Hispanic Male) Tulare California Jan. 17, 2013 – Officers Vince Medina and Ryan Richmond responding to reports of suspected gang members loitering near La Palma Bakery didn’t find anybody in the area. The officers then went to an abandoned house officers knew suspected gang members frequented. When they announced their presence, the officers spotted Gonzales, who was running out of the home. The bakery’s store’s owner said Gonzales didn’t resemble the men loitering at his store that night. The officers used their flashlights to subdue Gonzales and Officer Richmond began fighting with Gonzales, who was then shot by Officer Medina. Murdered by Tulare PD http://www.visaliatimesdelta.com/story/news/local/tulare/2015/03/26/tulare-police-officers-cleared-federal-civil-suit/70513436/
Reginald Williams Jr. 29, (Black Male) Cleveland, Ohio Oct. 5, 2013 – Eizelle Gardner said “He was at my house. There wasn’t an altercation. It was an issue amongst friends… I heard one of the police say ‘Look at this stupid m/f he’s about to die,” Police attempted to arrest Williams on kidnapping charges. Officers caught Williams after he was tangled up on a barbed-wire fence. During the arrest, Williams told police he was “exhausted and couldn’t stand up”. He was taken by ambulance to Marymount Hospital, where he died according to an eyewitness “they just kept tasing and tasing him until the taser quit”. A resident, Kimberly Hawthorne, said she witnessed police taser Williams multiple times after cornering him. Another Witness “They had him back there for about an hour”. Neither of the officers involved filed a use-of-force report, or made any mention of shocking Williams with their tasers in their reports. They mentioned no altercation or violence of any kind. Williams was taken to a local hospital following the arrest where he died several hours later. Police say they will not investigate further unless there is evidence from the medical examiner that a taser killed Williams. Tased to death by Cleveland PD http://www.19actionnews.com/story/23621638/man-dies-after-arrest-by-cleveland-police
Norman Oosterbroek 43, (White Male) Miami-Dade County Florida Sept. 2, 2013 – Oosterbroek. A former bodyguard for several celebrities, had allegedly entered the home of Christiane Jung where she found Oosterbroek naked. Markus Jung says he got into a verbal argument with Oosterbroek which turned into a physical fight, during which he says Ooserbroek ingested something. Police arrived on the scene, and claim they found the two men fighting. Allegedly “Oosterbroek became aggressive with the officers, who asked him to stop, and tried to take him into custody.” Police say he then “violently struggled” with them and was shocked with their tasers as a result. It is unclear what happened next, but soon after being tasered he was transported to an area hospital and pronounced dead. http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Celebrity-Bodyguard-Dies-After-Being-Shocked-with-Taser-by-Miami-Dade-Police-222242381.html)
Jamalis Hall 39, (Black Male) Ft. Pierce Florida March 27, 2015 – An Indian River County Deputy attempting to serve a search warrant on Hall who was wanted for attempted murder… Hall was lying on the floor and armed with a knife which he refused to drop when ordered to do so, the deputy shot him. He was transported to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, according to the sheriff. http://www.wptv.com/news/region-st-lucie-county/fort-pierce/officer-involved-shooting-in-fort-pierce
Gary Roell 59, (mentally ill White Male) Sycamore Ohio Aug. 13, 2013 – A woman called them saying her neighbor, Roell, was trying to break into her home. Police arrived and found Roell, shirtless, and said he “resisted” when deputies tried to arrest him and then allegedly punched one of them. Deputies say the three of them fought Roell for several minutes, tasering him at least once, before handcuffing him. A spokesman admitted that “within minutes” they discovered Roell was not breathing and attempted CPR to no avail. Roell’s son, Gary Roell Jr., said his father had suffered from mental illness for 30 years and had recently stopped taking his medication. He was taken to a hospital and pronounced dead on arrival. Tased to death by Hamilton County sheriff’s deputies http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/region_east_cincinnati/sycamore_township/Police-Man-dies-after-Deputy-uses-taser-to-shock-him)
Naeschylus Vinzant 37, (Black Male) Aurora Colorado March 11, 2015 – Vinzant was wanted for removing his ankle bracelet while on parole. Vinzant was shot once in the chest and killed on an Aurora street. He was not armed. Police in Aurora, Colorado have now confirmed that they shot an unarmed man in the chest while handcuffing him. Witness dispute officers statements. http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_27690025/aurora-group-protest-wednesday-over-fatal-police-shooting
Jeffrey B. Lilly Jr. 22, (Black Male) Indianapolis, Indiana Aug. 8, 2013 – Undercover drug officers were called to Station Street where Lilly was the target of a drug investigation, Lilly took off running from officers when they tried to arrest him. Lilly fell to the ground after a short pursuit. Police claim Lilly “resisted” when officers tried to arrest him so they shocked him with tasers an indeterminate number of times. He “grew unresponsive” immediately after he was tasered and was pronounced dead shortly thereafter. http://www.indystar.com/article/20130809/NEWS02/308090021/Suspect-who-died-Thursday-during-drug-investigation-had-background-arrests
Michael Angel Ruiz 44, (Mentally ill Hispanic Male) Phoenix Arizona Aug. 2, 2013 – Police allegedly responded to a call about a man on a roof and found Ruiz on the roof of his house. He may have had mental health issues, according to family and friends. They forced him down with their tasers, in direct contravention of their own department’s policy for not using tasers on people in danger of falling; he then jumped or fell from the roof to his outside stairway. Police were waiting, and once surrounded they placed Ruiz in a chokehold for several minutes while tasering him again. Multiple officers then dragged Ruiz down a long flight of concrete steps, and in video of the incident his head can be seen striking each step as they dragged him down. Ruiz died, was resuscitated at the scene, but was then declared brain dead at the hospital. His family took him off life support August 2, five days he died. Tased to death by Phoenix PD http://www.usaprepares.com/uncategorized/phoenix-az-cops-tase-choke-and-drag-man-to-death-phoenix-police-department-information-line-602-262-7626)
Anthony Damone Clark Reed (Black Male) 24, Detroit Michigan April 31, 2015 – Reed was pulled over by Detroit PD for illegally tinted windows on his Dodge Charger. He was placed in handcuffs and made to stand outside. Anthony suffered from asthma and his father tells us he believes his son would still be alive, if police had acted more quickly during his son’s asthma attack. Reed asked for an inhaler from his car, which they gave him, but he still couldn’t breathe. When he couldn’t breathe, police say they gave him CPR and called an ambulance, but he couldn’t be revived. His father questions that story and the immediacy with which officers acted. On top of all that, he says, “No one was at the hospital to tell us what happened and we didn’t hear back from police until the next morning.” Allowed to die in the custody of Detroit PD http://www.wxyz.com/news/region/detroit/family-demands-answers-after-24-year-old-dies-during-detroit-police-traffic-stop
Jeremy Anderson 36, Tampa Florida Mar 31, 2015 – Family members at the scene said Anderson a “high risk” warrant on a man for sex-related crimes when officers came knocking on their door looking for Anderson. They said he was hiding out at their house because he knew officers would be stopping by the home he shared with his girlfriend and 3-year-old son that evening. The owner of the home on Grass Lake Drive said he, his wife, his five kids and Anderson were getting ready to grill in the back yard when the officers arrived. He said his 12-year-old answered and was told to open up, or police would start shooting. He said his child listened, then police burst inside and within seconds of entering the backyard, at least a dozen shots were fired. The next thing he knew, he said Anderson was lying on the ground. Murdered by Tampa PD http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/story/28681687/fdle-suspect-shot-killed-during-arrest-in-tampa
Phillip White 32, (Black Male) Vineland New Jersey March 31, 2015 – The unarmed White was arrested at a home Witnesses say officers were extremely physical, and saw police beating him in the middle of the street while handcuffed, he was beaten by cops and bitten in the face by a police dog after White had already been restrained and lying unconscious on the street. http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/Vineland-Man-Dies-After-Being-Taken-Into-Custody-298188581.html
Benjamin Quezada 21, (Mentally ill Hispanic Male) Baytown Texas March 31, 2015 – Police received a call shortly after midnight saying an armed man was wearing a camouflage jacket, standing in the intersection. The officer claimed the man was carrying a rifle in a low-ready position while walking in the street. Lt. Eric Freed said the officer ordered Quezada to drop the gun, which he claims appeared to be an AR-15. At that point the man turned, looked over his shoulder, and looking in officer’s direction, kept walking. Allegedly the officer ordered Quezada to drop the rifle twice more, Quezada turned and pointed it at the officer. “He was swinging around with a rifle, and the officer claimed he was in fear of his life and ordered Quezada to drop the gun because he feared the guy was going to engage him in a gun battle.” Quezada was killed by a shotgun blast Baytown PD and pronounced dead at the scene. http://www.click2houston.com/news/pd-man-with-pellet-gun-shot-dead-by-baytown-police-officer/32108156
Gregory Thomas Joseph Smith 39, Hobart Indiana March 30, 2015 – Smith was arrested on a domestic battery. Police claim while he was being moved from one portion of the jail to another because of alleged violent behavior, correctional officers began restraining him after he displayed more violent behavior. The officers used a dry stun on Smith as the officers tried to restrain him. Two nurses from the jail were called after the officers realized Smith needed medical attention. The nurses tried to treat Smith until he was taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville where he later died. Tased to death by Crown Point Police Department. http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/hobart-man-dies-while-in-police-custody/article_8c40ecd0-25ee-537c-a247-168e9f79d438.html
Wayne Brunette 49, (White Male) Burlington Vermont Nov. 7, 2013 – Officer Cpl. Ethan Thibault and Officer Cpl. Brent Navari were responding to a call from Ruthine “Dolly” Brunette, who said her son was acting irrationally and destroying property at their home. The Officers claim “They were confronted by a man wielding a shovel, and the man was not listening to the demands and requests of the officers,” Officer Ethan Thibault fired at the man multiple times. He died a short time later at Fletcher Allen Health Care. Brunette was otherwise unarmed and it wasn’t clear if anyone was in immediate danger when officers opened fire. http://digital.vpr.net/post/burlington-police-fatally-shoot-suspect
Eric Courtney Harris 44, (Black Male) Tulsa Oklahoma April 2, 2015 – The Violent Crimes Task Force was in the parking lot making an undercover gun deal which was going according to plan until the suspect realized he was being arrested. When deputies tried to arrest Harris a fight broke out and they said Harris ran down the street. When deputies caught up with him in the southbound lanes the fight continued, and a reserve deputy shot him. http://www.newson6.com/story/28706756/tulsa-county-investigates-deputy-involved-shooting
Donald “Dontay” Ivy Jr. 39, (paranoid schizophrenic & coronary problem Black Male) Albany New York April 2, 2015 – On a quick trip to the store Officers on patrol came across Ivy. They say the man became “highly aggressive,” at which point a physical altercation took place with the officers. That’s when police say the Taser was deployed, but it seemed to have little or no effect on him, who eventually led police on a brief chase. When officers were able to apprehend Ivy, they placed him into custody. That’s when Ivy suffered a medical emergency and lost consciousness. Police officers administered CPR and called emergency medical services to the scene. The man was taken to Albany Med, where he was later pronounced dead. No weapons were found on Ivy. Tased to death by NYPD http://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Man-dies-in-Albany-police-custody-6174540.php