White Sacramento DA says White Cop-Artists Feared For Their Lives when Stephon Clark "Advanced" w/a White IPhone. Citing “Ethics," No Charges Filed in the Lawful Execution of Black Man in His Backyard

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From [HERE] Two white US police officers who shot and killed an unarmed black man in his grandmother’s backyard will not face criminal charges, local prosecutors say. 

Stephon Clark, 22, was shot at least seven times by officers Terrence Mercadal and Jared Robinet last year in Sacramento, California. Some shots struck him as he laid on the ground.

The officers had been dispatched to investigate a vandalism complaint. Within 10 minutes of their arrival, after a brief pursuit, Mr Clark was dead.

“Was a crime committed? There’s no question that a human being died,” District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said on Saturday in Sacramento.

“But when we look at the facts and the law, and we follow our ethical responsibilities, the answer to that question is no. And as a result, we will not charge these officers.”

Ms Schubert said the officers had probable cause to stop and detain Mr Clark. She added that police officers are legally justified in using deadly force “if the officer honestly and reasonably believes” he is in danger of death or injury.

“We must recognize that they are often forced to make split-second decisions,” she said. “We must also recognize that they are under tense, uncertain and rapidly evolving circumstances.”

The officers fired their weapons 20 times within seconds of turning a blind corner. “Both officers believed that he was pointing a gun at them,” Ms Schubert said.

She added that she believed police video showed Mr Clark was “advancing” on the officers.

Incumbent Anne Marie Schubert defeated Noah Phillips in the primary for Sacramento County District Attorney on June 5, 2018 with 62% of the vote.

Dr. Bennet Omalu, is a famed pathologist best known for the initial discovery of NFL brain injuries. On Dec. 5, 2017, Omalu resigned from the San Joaquin County coroner's office accusing Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore of interfering with death investigations to protect law enforcement officers. He concluded that White Sacramento Cops Shot Stephon Clark in the back 6X & waited 5 minutes before rendering aid. The county autopsy recently contradicted his findings to support the white cops' tale that Mr. Clark charged at them with a loaded cell phone. [     MORE     ]

Dr. Bennet Omalu, is a famed pathologist best known for the initial discovery of NFL brain injuries. On Dec. 5, 2017, Omalu resigned from the San Joaquin County coroner's office accusing Sheriff-Coroner Steve Moore of interfering with death investigations to protect law enforcement officers. He concluded that White Sacramento Cops Shot Stephon Clark in the back 6X & waited 5 minutes before rendering aid. The county autopsy recently contradicted his findings to support the white cops' tale that Mr. Clark charged at them with a loaded cell phone. [MORE]

According to the complaint filed by Clark’s family:

‘On March 18, 2018, Clark was at his family’s residence located on the 7500 block of 29th Street, in the Meadowview neighborhood of Sacramento. While at his residence Officers TERRENCE MERCADAL and JARED ROBINET discharged their firearms at Clark approximately twenty (20) times, striking him approximately eight (8) times, including multiple shots to his back, causing him serious physical injury and eventually killing him.

Officers TERRENCE MERCADAL and JARED ROBINET fired approximately twenty (20) gunshots at Clark, including shots as he was going to the ground and shots after he had already went down to the ground. At the time of the shooting, Clark was unarmed, with nothing but a cell phone in his hand.

He posed no immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to either Officers TERRENCE MERCADAL or JARED ROBINET, or any other person, especially since he was unarmed and since he was going to the ground or already on the ground when he was shot, including multiple shots to his back.

Both Officers TERRENCE MERCADAL and JARED ROBINET did not give him a verbal warning that deadly force would be used prior to shooting him multiple times, despite it being feasible to do so and they did not issue appropriate commands to him. Further, the involved officers did not announce themselves as police prior to the shooting.

Further, Clark was not suspected of committing any serious crime, the involved officers did not observe him commit any crime, the involved officers had no information that DECEDENT was armed with a weapon, and there was no information that Clark had physically injured anyone.

The involved officers shot Clark even though he was not an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to the officers or anyone else and there were other less than lethal options available. Officers TERRENCE MERCADAL and JARED ROBINET did not show a reverence for human life. The involved officers are responsible for every single shot they fired and this was not an immediate defense of life situation.

After shooting Clark approximately eight (8) times, TERRENCE MERCADAL and JARED ROBINET did not provide or summons timely medical attention for DECEDENT, who was bleeding profusely and had obvious serious injuries, and TERRENCE MERCADAL and JARED ROBINET also did not allow and prevented responding medical personnel on-scene to timely render medical aid/assistance to Clark. [PDF]

In a media release after the shooting, police stated that they had been looking for a suspect hiding in a backyard. They said the suspect was a thin black man, 6 feet 1 inch (185 cm) in height, wearing darkly colored pants and a black hooded sweatshirt. A sheriff's helicopter spotted a man at 9:25 p.m. in a nearby backyard and told officers on the ground that he had shattered a window using a tool bar, run to the front of that house, and then looked in an adjacent car.

Cop-Artists Act Accordingly When the Camera Rolls. Instead of Rendering Aid After Shooting at Black Man 20 Times, Testi-Liar white Sacramento Cops Automatically Created False Narratives for the Cameras, "Can You Hear Us?" & Other White Li[n]es [MORE]

Police body camera footage from both of the officers who shot Clark recorded the incident, though the footage is dark and shaky. In the videos, officers spot Clark in his grandmother's driveway and shout "Hey, show me your hands. Stop. Stop." The video shows that the officers chased Clark into the backyard and an officer yells, "Show me your hands! Gun!" About three seconds elapse and then the officer yells, "Show me your hands! Gun, gun, gun", before shooting Clark.

According to the police, before being shot Clark turned and held an object that he "extended in front of him" while he moved towards the officers.The officers said they believed that Clark was pointing a gun at them. The police stated that the officers feared for their safety and fired 20 rounds, hitting Clark multiple times. According to an independent autopsy, Clark was shot eight times, including six times in the back. The report found that one of the bullets to strike Clark from the front was likely fired while he was already on the ground.

Clark was found to have a white iPhone, and was unarmed. Clark's girlfriend later said the phone belonged to her. [MORE]

The Police Department stated on March 19, one day after the shooting, that Clark had been seen with a "tool bar". On the evening of that day, police revised their statement to say that Clark was carrying a cell phone, and not a tool bar, when he was shot. 

According to    FUNKTIONARY   :     Straw-Boss    -  a Sambo who is appointed a certain oversight role for the white power Overseer. It is the job of the Straw Boss to establish a formal organization to effectively and systematically carry out the wishes of the white supremacist power matrix while serving his own personal needs and ends through patronage power. 2) a ranking SNigger. 3) Toby. 4) "Safe Negro." 5) responsible (to the white supremacist ideology) Negro. 6) the gatekeeper for black professional positions gained through (acquiesced) to various sexual positions. 7) Pork Chop Boy. (See SNigger & McNegro)    [   MORE   ]

According to FUNKTIONARY:

Straw-Boss - a Sambo who is appointed a certain oversight role for the white power Overseer. It is the job of the Straw Boss to establish a formal organization to effectively and systematically carry out the wishes of the white supremacist power matrix while serving his own personal needs and ends through patronage power. 2) a ranking SNigger. 3) Toby. 4) "Safe Negro." 5) responsible (to the white supremacist ideology) Negro. 6) the gatekeeper for black professional positions gained through (acquiesced) to various sexual positions. 7) Pork Chop Boy. (See SNigger & McNegro) [MORE]

Daniel Hahn, the city’s first black police chief, reiterated that the department required training related to race-based discrimination and de-escalation tactics. The black probot [a propagandizing programmed robot. A probot is a proxymoron who conveys programmed disinformation in computerized language and bureaucratese jargon. A probot is one who disseminates lies, distortions and convenient mass truths composed by a superior overruling elite. ] said the DA’s decision “is an important step in the process.” To misdirect away from the present moment, he explained the CA Attorney General still must review this case -thereby furthering hope of the believers in “the process.” Probots worship rules and obedience. Rules are their wiring or inner plumbing - as they possess a "ruled" mind-virus mentality. 

During a news conference on Saturday, Mr Clark’s mother, Sequette Clark, expressed outrage at the decision not to prosecute.

She blasted Mr Schubert for delving into details she said were irrelevant to the officers’ conduct, including personal text messages and a toxicology report showing that Mr Clark had alcohol, codeine, marijuana, cocaine and Xanax in his system.

Gang of White Ramsey County Cops Caught on Video Brutally Torturing a Black Man Chained to a Wheelchair as He Begs For His Life after Misdemeanor Arrest [Public Rulers will Never Serve Subjects]

From [HERE] Authorities released video that shows a Minnesota jail officer punching and kneeing a handcuffed black man who can be heard pleading for his life as other officers restrain him.

Ramsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher on Monday released video of the 2016 incident, which happened before his term. In a statement, Fletcher called the video "extremely disturbing," and said he is making changes, including appointing a new detention superintendent to oversee the jail.

"The conduct captured on the video will not be tolerated under my watch," the sheriff said.

Travis VanDeWiele, who is white, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct last month and has resigned. VanDeWiele had been a Ramsey County sheriff's correctional officer since 2014. He has been on paid administrative leave for the last two years.

The suspect who is being punched and kneed is Terrell James Johnson, then 24, who was brought in on a theft case.

The April 13, 2016, video was filmed by an "acting or temporary" correctional sergeant on duty. VanDeWiele is one of about five officers seen removing Johnson from a St. Paul police squad car at the Ramsey County jail.

According to the charges against VanDeWiele, Johnson had been sprayed with a chemical agent. He is handcuffed with his pants around his ankles. Johnson is lifted into a wheelchair-like "transport chair" after he falls to the ground limp.

VanDeWiele repeatedly orders Johnson to sit back as the suspect's hips remain raised. The video then shows VanDeWiele kneeing Johnson twice in the stomach, causing Johnson to protest and call all five officers "pigs."

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When Johnson accuses the officers of using excessive force, VanDeWiele responds: "You ain't seen excessive force yet" before punching Johnson four times in the torso.

"Please don't kill me. Please don't kill me, I'm sorry," Johnson pleads in the video.

He eventually is secured in the chair and wheeled into jail. Johnson pleaded guilty to one count of theft in August 2016.

This week's video release came after a lengthy legal case for VanDeWiele. A sheriff's office employee raised concerns about the incident, and authorities from nearby Washington County were asked to investigate. Prosecutors from that county did not file felony charges. The case was then sent to Minneapolis prosecutors for review and VanDeWiele was charged with misdemeanors in February 2017.

The case's end was followed by an internal affairs investigation. VanDeWiele agreed to resign last week, and Fletcher — elected sheriff in November — moved to release the video.

The St. Paul branch of the NAACP and other organizations condemned "the horrific, racist and discriminatory treatment." County commissioners on Tuesday spent time discussing the incident and its effects on the community.

Ramsey County Board Chairman Jim McDonough said "the racial dynamics" are alarming of "a white officer acting upon a black male with a group of predominantly white officers present."

St. Paul Mayor Melvin Carter called the actions shown in the video "torture."

"We can't separate the individual actions from the law enforcement culture that allowed him to feel like it was OK to do that and that allowed several deputies to stand around and watch it take place," Carter said.

In a court filing, VanDeWiele's attorney wrote that prosecutors did not produce any evidence that the officer "used unreasonable force to gain the compliance of an uncooperative inmate."

County commissioners said Tuesday they'll do whatever it takes to prevent a recurrence.

"We do take this seriously — very seriously — and need to do everything that we can to correct this to make sure something like this does not happen again," Commissioner Victoria Reinhardt said.

Commissioner Toni Carter added: "There is a strand of Jim Crow-like culture that continues to exist even into this very day." [as if they are not apart of the same corporate police state and authority that caused it].

Although No Probable Cause Existed & No Crime Had Been Committed, Video Shows White Fort Meyers Cops Stop, Harass, Tase, Search & Falsely Arrest Black Man in a 7-11. Suit filed

4th Amendment is Some Bullshit. From [HERE] A Lehigh Acres man says two Fort Myers police officers used excessive force when they tased and arrested him at a 7-Eleven last April.

Holley Delton Jones, 42, filed a Civil Rights lawsuit in federal court and is seeking relief for a violation of his rights.

Jones was inside a Fort Myers 7-Eleven at 11501 State Road 82 in Lehigh Acres on April 15, when he was approached by officers, James Barlow, and Christopher Robles, who told Jones that they wanted to speak with him outside, according to the lawsuit.

In police body camera footage of the incident, Jones is seen extending his hand to shake the officer’s hand in an attempt to learn his name, but Robles repeatedly said “don’t touch me”.

Officer Robles repeated his request for Jones to step outside and told him not to touch him, despite not being touched by Jones previously, the report claims.

The officers asked a store clerk if she wanted Jones to leave.  She said no, and that he had done nothing wrong.

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The officers led Jones out of the store to talk with him in front of the patrol car, but shortly after walking outside, Jones went back inside out of fear the officers wanted to do more than talk, according to his lawyer.

Officer Barlow followed Jones back into the store where he used a taser on him, forcing him to the ground, knocking over a flower display in the process, the video shows.

As Jones was on the on the ground screaming in pain, the officer told him to quit moving or he would continue to use the stun gun.

The two officers put Jones in handcuffs and took him into the police car.

According to the filing, nobody in the store reported Holley to the police at any point and found no probable cause or reasonable suspicion existed to arrest, detain, tase, and search Holley.

The lawsuit says a court has already determined the arrest was unlawful and a violation against his Fourth Amendment right.

The Fourth Amendment requires police officers to have articulate reasonable suspicion before detaining a criminal suspect.

All of the charges were eventually dropped.

Lawsuit says LA Jail Officials Intentionally Increased Black Man’s Meds by 300% & Ignored Him for 10 Hours Causing His Death While Being Held Pre-Trial on a Trespass Charge

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From [HERE] The family of a Los Angeles man who died in the custody of the sheriff's department is filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the county. 

Leon Nyarecha held back tears as he remembered his brother who died at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown L.A. 

"I loved Lewis dearly, and the day he died was the worst day of my life," Leon Nyarecha said. 

The family and their attorneys say Lewis Nyarecha was supposed to receive a prescribed medication for schizophrenia. They claim someone at the jail increased the dosage by 300 percent, and the amount in his body was enough to kill him on June 6, 2018. 

"We do know that several hours went by without having any contact with him, and when they finally had contact with him again, he had a lethal dose of prescription medication in his body," said attorney Jovan Blacknell. 

Nyarecha had been arrested for trespassing and had spent three months in jail. The family said he couldn't get bail. The attorneys say that on the day he died, the proper protocols weren't followed. They say no one checked on Nyarecha for hours, even after he missed several meals. They claim there are supposed to be checks every 30 minutes. 

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"We're talking 10 hours, that means 20 checks that went by, so missing dinner, missing breakfast. That's a lot of checks that they missed out on," said attorney Jaaye Person-Lynn. 

"The height of insensitivity when the deputies went to check on him and take him off the top bunk, they just dropped him on his head," said attorney Anthony Willoughby. 

The case report confirms he hit his head on a table and that he died of that prescription drug. 

The family says there were mistakes made and those mistakes cost Lewis Nyarecha his life. 

The legal claim says the family is willing to settle for $15 million for wrongful death and emotional distress.

Feds Accuse Authorities at Boyd County Detention Center (KY) of Routinely Abusing Prisoners by Using Restraint Chairs, Chemical Agents & Electronic Control Devices

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From [HERE] A U.S. Justice Department investigation found probable cause to believe the Boyd County Detention Center routinely subjects prisoners to “excessive force” through the use of restraint chairs, chemical agents and electronic control devices.

According to a letter from the Justice Department to the Detention Center, the U.S. Attorney General could file a lawsuit if jail conditions do not improve in 49 days.

The letter says the jail probably violated prisoners’ Fourth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights through its use of excessive force, and by routinely violating “prisoners’ right to bodily privacy” through its use of a restraint chair.

The letter does not elaborate on the use of these measures or how often detention center officials have used excessive force.

Detention Center officials did not respond to a request for comment.

In December, five deputy jailers at the Boyd County Detention Center were charged with first degree manslaughter following the death of an inmate.

Michael L. Moore died at the jail in late November. After being called to the scene, Kentucky State Police found his body in a restraint chair.

Video Shows San Mateo Cops Stalk Chinedu Okobi & Then Tase, Beat & Smother Black Man to Death to En-force Jaywalking Law: White Prosecutor Declines to File Charges

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From [HERE] A San Mateo County sheriff’s sergeant and four deputies will not face criminal prosecution for killing an unarmed African-American man in Millbrae on Oct. 3.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe [racist suspect in photo] announced the findings of an investigation Friday into the death of 36-year-old Chinedu Okobi, nearly five months after the fatal encounter.

"It is a sad, tragic event," Wagstaffe said at a press conference.

Okobi’s family received the report on Thursday.

"This is an example of a person who is dead, who should not be, based upon the seemingly over-aggressiveness on the part of police officers," said the family's attorney, John Burris.

"Police initiated this conversation, the contact, used force, used their billy clubs, pepper spray and they used a Taser a number of times — all of which contributed to his death."

Police claimed Okobi, a resident of Redwood City, was “running in and out of traffic” on a busy street around 1 p.m., according to an Oct. 3 press release from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office, when a deputy tried to make contact with him. The press release stated that Okobi “immediately assaulted the deputy,” who then called for backup. More law enforcement officers arrived as the struggle with Okobi continued. After Okobi was arrested, he was taken to the hospital where he was later declared dead.

The district attorney’s investigation determined that during the struggle, Deputy Joshua Wang fired his taser seven times and struck Okobi three times.

Contrary to police reports and media accounts the video speaks for itself and clearly contradicts the police accounts. The district attorney's office posted the footage of Chinedu Okobi’s arrest on the county website. Wagstaffe said that footage is the same as what Okobi’s family saw in November, but arranged in chronological order. The black man was not running in and out of traffic and did not immediately assault any cops. On the video a car passes him and he safely crosses the street. There appears to be no traffic on the 4 lane street. He then stops on the median and waits for vehicles going the other direction to pass before he crosses the street.

EVEN THE POLICE VIDEO CONTAINS NARRATIVE BASED ON LIES. HERE THE CAPTION SAYS HE NARROWLY MISSES ONCOMING TRAFFIC. YET HE IS NOT EVEN VISIBLE IN THE SHOT [see above]. He crosses after the car has passed him - he is one lane away. see pic below.

EVEN THE POLICE VIDEO CONTAINS NARRATIVE BASED ON LIES. HERE THE CAPTION SAYS HE NARROWLY MISSES ONCOMING TRAFFIC. YET HE IS NOT EVEN VISIBLE IN THE SHOT [see above]. He crosses after the car has passed him - he is one lane away. see pic below.

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On the video he is seen calmly walking on the sidewalk when he is approached by an officer in a police cruiser. On the entire video he is never seen “running in and out of traffic.” When the cop initially approaches him he says something inaudible and calmly walks away from the cop and crosses the street.

While he is walking down the sidewalk cops approach him from both directions. Cops rushed out of their vehicles and began lunging at him. A white cop attempts to grab him [under arrest for what? jaywalking] and then another white cop pushes him into a sign while he has his hands up. Cops start yelling “stop resisting” as he moves away from them to get away. Cops yell “get on the ground” and then tase him. The 330-pound man then dropped to the ground screaming.

Other sheriff’s deputies arrived and a chaotic scene ensued, with deputies shouting at Okobi to turn over on his stomach, while Okobi cried, "What did I do? Someone please help me!"

After writhing on the ground Okobi then attempts to flee as cops give a slow trot chase. After the Black man punches an Asian cop in the face the cops then believe they have justification to use deadly force and begin to do so - as all 5 punch, pounce and smother him in the street.

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"All of the original coverage was that my brother was running wildly through the street, he was darting in and out of traffic," Okobi’s sister, Ebele, said in a recent interview. "But what we saw is my brother walking on the sidewalk."

Ebele says the footage also refutes the description of her brother’s behavior during the arrest.

"When he was stopped, there was no assault at all, and when they tase him there's no assault," she said.

"The whole thing seems strange to me. Why you would tase someone who didn't represent a physical threat and wasn't doing anything?"

"They were so afraid of an unarmed bystander that they had to use the kind of force that turned out to be lethal. But they expect the person who's being attacked to be completely calm and understand," Ebele said.

Civil rights attorney John Burris said he intends to file a civil lawsuit on behalf of the Okobi family in federal court in the near future.

"The most significant thing to me is that Okobi was a very healthy man at the time, he was not under any influence of any drugs, legal or otherwise," Burris said. "And there's some real questions about the basis for the initial stop, related to why they were using force when they were."

Okobi’s family also takes issue with the sheriff’s office's accounting of when he died. The press release reported that the suspect was taken into custody, sent to the hospital and later declared dead.

The county coroner recorded the time of death as 2:17 p.m. based on hospital records. But Ebele believes the video footage actually captured the moment of her brother’s death.

"They’re on top of him and he's on the ground and they're saying 'Stay on him! Stay on him! Stay on him! Stay on him!'" Ebele said. "Then all of a sudden, 'It's a crime scene.' And then you can hear them say, 'OK, we need crime scene tape.'"

Ebele said they propped up her brother with his head hanging forward.

"Nobody tried to revive him. There was no CPR, nothing," she said. "They treated him like a dog."

Okobi’s family initially thought he may have been in psychological distress at the time of his arrest, but after viewing the video footage compilation, Ebele said there’s not evidence of that.

"His mental illness had actually absolutely nothing to do with why he was stopped," Ebele said. "All you saw was a man walking down the street. The only difference is that he happened to be black."

Okobi graduated with a degree in business administration from Atlanta's Morehouse College. His family said he began to experience mental illness in 2009, but held a series of jobs, including working as a truck driver for Home Depot until January 2018. [an assumption here from statist, racist suspect media is that running from cops who are trying to kill you is crazy.]

The other officers involved in Okobi’s arrest are John DeMartini, Alyssa Lorenzatti, Bryan Watt and Sgt. David Weidner. They are all back at work, according to Public Information Officer Rosemerry Blankswade.

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San Mateo County sheriff's officers do not wear body cameras, but their vehicles are equipped with dashboard cameras. The district attorney's office collected that footage, along with cell phone video taken by witnesses and security camera footage from businesses. As part of the investigation, staff also interviewed the five officers who were involved in Okobi’s arrest and all of the civilian witnesses.

District Attorney Wagstaffe also consulted a use of force expert, John Martin, a former San Jose police sergeant and taser trainer. Martin concluded that Wang's attempt to detain Okobi and the firing of his taser "was consistent with that of a trained and reasonable officer facing similar circumstances."

"Okobi continued to struggle, including thrust kicking his leg at Deputy DeMartini, attempting to remove the probes, continuing to ignore commands and warnings, and returning to his feet. Mr. Okobi had clearly defeated and/or overpowered the deputies’ collective and individual efforts to use low- and intermediate-level force options," the [silly] report stated.

Because Different Legal & Moral Standards Apply to Race Soldiers White Prosecutor Says Feds Won’t Charge White Tulsa Cop who Fatally Shot Terence Crutcher in the Back while His Hands Were Up

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Reaching High For an Imaginary Gun in the Sky? From {CHN] Federal prosecutors said Friday they will not pursue charges against former Tulsa cop Betty Shelby for killing an unarmed black motorist, after his car stalled on the road, ending a years-long civil rights investigation.

Shelby shot and killed Terence Crutcher in September 2016 during a traffic stop where he refused to follow her commands and walked towards his disabled SUV in the middle of a street.

Police dashboard and helicopter video show Crutcher walking away from Shelby with both arms up in the air before he was shot. Shelby insisted she fired out of fear he was reaching through the window for a weapon inside the car. No weapon was found on Crutcher or in the car. As video clearly depicts he was not close to the car. She never saw a gun. He never said he had a gun. A federal investigation was launched shortly thereafter.

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DIFFERENT STANDARDS OF MORALITY & LAW APPLY TO RACE SOLDIERS. U.S. Attorney Trent Shores [in photo] in the Northern District of Oklahoma concluded “federal investigators determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove beyond a reasonable doubt a violation” of civil rights laws.

“The evidence, when viewed as whole, is insufficient to establish beyond a reasonable doubt that Officer Shelby’s use of force was ‘objectively unreasonable’ under the Supreme Court’s definition, nor is the evidence sufficient to rebut her assertion that she fired in self-defense with the mistaken belief that Mr. Crutcher reached into his vehicle in order to retrieve a weapon,” Shores said in a statement. “The evidence is also insufficient to establish that Officer Shelby acted with the specific intent to break the law.”

Federal prosecutors informed Crutcher’s family of the decision Friday before the announcement was made.

Shores said federal prosecutors and FBI agents examined all evidence “including witness statements, audio and video recordings, dispatch records, crime scene evidence, ballistics evidence, and medical reports” established by local and state authorities.

Police stated that Crutcher kept reaching into his pocket, refused to show his hands, walked towards his vehicle despite being told to stop, and then angled towards and reached into his vehicle. Critics have disputed this saying that the driver's side window was up when Crutcher was shot. Another white cop Turnbough tased Crutcher, and Shelby shot him.

Shortly before the shooting, officers in the helicopter conversed with each other: "This guy's still walking and isn't following commands." "It's time for a taser, I think." "I've got a feeling that's about to happen." "That looks like a bad dude, too, could be on something." Approximately two minutes after the shot, an officer checked Crutcher's pockets, and approximately 45 seconds later, someone crouched to offer aid. Police said Crutcher died in the hospital later that day. [MORE]

Police claimed that he was high on PCP. [MORE] [And the best method of dealing with anyone high is to shoot them in the back with their hands up.] In her courtroom testimony, Officer Shelby recounted smelling an odor of PCP on Mr. Crutcher, causing her further alarm about the threat he might pose. But Officer Shelby neglected to mention this detail in her initial interview with Sgt. Dave Walker shortly after the incident. Instead, she suggested to Sgt. Walker that she thought Mr. Crutcher might be experiencing a mental health issue or was high on PCP. It was only later, after the widely-publicized discovery of a vial of PCP in Mr. Crutcher’s vehicle, that she claimed to remember the scent. The timing raises the question of why she would have originally suggested that Mr. Crutcher was mentally ill if she had in fact smelled PCP.

Officer Shelby also gave inconsistent explanations of why she failed to turn on her dashboard camera. At one point, she said that there wasn’t an enforcement issue, just an abandoned vehicle to attend to; later she indicated that the scene was far more complicated than simply an abandoned vehicle. In another instance, she suggested that she attempted to turn the camera on but it did not work. [MORE]

In spite of the lack of a weapon, a Tulsa County jury acquitted Shelby of first-degree manslaughter in May 2017. She faced up to life in state prison. A mostly white jury [9 whites] decided that it could not convict Shelby of manslaughter in the case despite the video evidence. Defense attorneys persuaded jurors that Crutcher had made a move toward the open driver’s-side window of his stationary vehicle, and that Shelby’s decision in that moment to kill him was justified by what she perceived to be a reach for a gun that did not exist.

During the weeks-long trial, Shelby’s attorneys elicited groans from the [white’s in the] gallery when asking an investigator if a screwdriver found [out of view and never seen when shot] on Crutcher’s center console could be considered a weapon.

In a highly unusual move, the jury entered a letter into the court record stating that Shelby was nonetheless “not blameless” for Crutcher’s death and asked whether she had “other options available to subdue” him before he reached into his car.  

The jury foreperson wrote that Crutcher’s life would have been spared if he was shot with a stun gun, but he could not determine beyond a reasonable doubt she did “anything outside of her duties and training” in that situation.

Crutcher’s family sued Shelby and the city for federal civil rights violations one month after her acquittal. They claim he was subjected to excessive force and his equal protection rights were denied.

Shelby resigned from the force two months after her acquittal in what was deemed a “satisfactory separation.” She had been restricted to desk duty after the shooting but was later reinstated.

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Shelby later was hired as a sheriff’s deputy in nearby Rogers County. She again made headlines in August 2018 when she taught a four-hour class to other deputies entitled “Surviving the Aftermath of a Critical Incident.”  

Shelby said at the time that the class would talk “about the challenges that I face[d] after my critical incident, the challenges that my husband and I were not prepared for,” alluding to the legal and financial stresses she experienced in the racially charged aftermath of the shooting.

“When I was told that I would possibly never be in law enforcement again, I needed to find a purpose,” she said at the time. “So I made a commitment to help my [white] brothers and sisters [murder non-white people subjected to white supremacy]”

Detroit 911: New Report says Thousands in Crisis Left Waiting for Police to Respond [it is Liberal Fantasy & whitenology that Cops Exist to Protect Us & Are Primarily engaged in “Police Work"]

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SHOULD ONLY COPS HAVE GUNS? Alex Vitale explains “It is largely a liberal fantasy that the police exist to protect us from the bad guys.” He explains that racist suspect liberals project 

“a fantasy of color blindness that says the police response is merely a professional technocratic response to where the crime is, but ignore the ways in which our society has been structured along racialized lines and the ways in which poverty in the United States is growing and becoming more entrenched. This includes a lot of white rural communities that are suffering from opioids and other kinds of crime problems.

Our political leaders have chosen to define those communities as criminal rather than as communities that are in deep distress because of entrenched joblessness, discrimination, geographic isolation, etc. If they were to admit that the problems in those communities were the result of market failures, rather than individual moral failures, then they would have to intervene in markets in ways that those who put them in office don’t want them to. To address the problems of inequality in any way other than policing is politically unacceptable in our current political environment.” [MORE] 

Dr. Blynd plainly states, “People who are awake see cops as mercenary security guards that remind us daily, through acts of force, that we are simultaneously both enemies and slaves of the Corporate state - colonized, surveilled and patrolled by the desensitized and lobotomized drones of the colonizers.”

Liberal police- reform strategies misunderstand racism/white supremacy because they are apart of it. Such reforms may better conceal the system of RSW but our status as “enemies and slaves” will remain so long as we are subjected to governmental authority in a white over Black system. Accountability for cops purposefully remains incidental, random, accidental or symbolic by design in a system of injustice. 

There is obvious inherent tension between the ad-hoc liberal positions of being against police brutality and pro gun-control in Black communities. Liberals desire to disarm law abiding Black citizens so that only cops & criminals have guns? What’s next, removing the dead bolt from your front door?

Dr. Blynd explains “a gun ban is a precursor to servitude.” "Those who use guns to "break" (violate) the law [criminals] will have no problem breaking the law to get guns (to commit violent crimes against you). The same people who fear firearms in the hands of the people also fear information in the minds of people. He asks “If guns supposedly cause (or encourage) crime, why are we arming police officers?"

Dependent Black people exclusively relying upon police and prosecutors to protect them dial 911 and get dealt with like Jermayne Smith or Alonzo Grant.

As with racist republican drivel, liberalism in general cannot explain or address the phenomenon of this racist system of control [everywhere Blacks and whites live in proximity the whites are in control]. Ad hoc liberal positions are a patchwork of disjointed stances intended to increase the numbers of the Democratic party - not empower Black people, disempower white supremacy or provide any meaningful explanation of the clearly visible phenomenon of racism. Blacks borrowing liberal ideology are like a traveler picking up the wrong luggage at the airport. Yet upon noticing the wrong baggage he still keeps it and tries to force himself into someone else’s clothing found in the bag.

Dr. Frances Cress Welsing explained that Black people must understand what the system of racism white supremacy is and how it functions in order to disempower and unplug themselves from it.

Memphis Cops Demanded ID [worship] from a Black Man Jumpstarting a Car but He Didn’t Obey Fast Enough So Cops Handcuffed Him, Grabbed Him by the Neck & Hit Him in the Face

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BLACK ON BLACK CRIME IN SERVICE OF WHITE DOMINATION. From [HERE] During the Civilian Law Enforcement Review Board's first meeting of the year, Memphis resident Trent Collier described a confrontation with three Memphis police officers.

Collier, 27, told the board he had just got off work on Sept. 2, 2017, and was approached outside his sister's house. He was jump-starting a car for a friend when an officer asked for his identification. 

"They approached me while I'm under the hood like 'Hey, we need your license' and I said 'sure what's the problem?' And they just said, 'we need your license,'" Collier told the board. 

Collier said he was quickly placed in handcuffs and by the end of the encounter, he was picked up by his neck, choked, slammed against a police car and struck in the face.

Officers told Collier he fit the description of a robbery suspect in the area.  

Collier ended up being transported to a hospital, suffering a swollen jaw. 

Within a few days, Collier filed a complaint with the police department. Collier was told investigators reviewed his allegations and determined Officer Enis Jackson did not use excessive force.

Two years later, Collier took his grievance to the board. 

The police department did not sustain Collier's claim that Jackson used excessive force but the law enforcement review board sustained all claims against the officer on Jan. 10 after hearing Collier's story and going through police documents.

No body-worn camera footage is available of the incident because Jackson did not activate his body-worn camera when Collier was handcuffed, according to MPD disciplinary records. Reports from The Commercial Appeal show Jackson violated MPD body-camera policies on the day of the confrontation with Collier.

Collier was charged with assaulting a police officer after Jackson said he "chest bumped" the officer during the arrest, according to Collier. The officer never showed up to court and charges were dropped, he said.

No records show Collier being charged with robbery, according to Shelby County Court records. 

Another officer, Charles McGowan also did not turn on his body-worn camera during the incident. Both Jackson and McGowan were issued written reprimands by the department and remain on the force, according to MPD records.

Board offers recommendations to MPD

The board told Collier voting to sustain the claims he made meant that they "agreed" with him. Though, Collier has not yet received a call or a letter indicating that the board is making recommendations to the police department based on his case. 

Since giving his account to the board, Collier has been questioning if the meeting will get him the justice he feels he deserved. For now, he isn't sure. 

“I felt like I had made a step forward and I thought it was going to be different. But there is no different outcome," said Collier in an interview with The Commercial Appeal. 

Casey Bryant, chair of the board, said the group's suggestions to the department are often recommendations for more training for officers in a broad sense. 

"The responses we have received from MPD are in most part that they don't agree with our decisions or opinions, which translates to they don't implement our suggestions," Bryant told The Commercial Appeal.

"Perhaps our recommendations don't fit in with the reality with an officer's situation. It doesn't make our job harder, but it does make us go back and be reflective of the situation," she added.

Memphis police spokesman Louis Brownlee said the department supports the civilian law enforcement review board process, but Police Director Mike Rallings "may not agree" with the board's findings and recommendations.

"An officer should uphold his promise he made to the community to keep it safe.”

The board's next meeting is set for March 14. 

Vallejo Police Insist They Had to Shoot Aspiring Black Rapper 25 Times to Protect Themselves but Are Keeping Bodycam Video Secret [to protect themselves] for Now -Lawsuit Filed

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From [HERE] The family of a Black aspiring California rapper who lawyers say was shot more than two dozen times by police intends to sue the city of Vallejo, alleging the police response was "bungled from start to finish."

Willie McCoy, 20, was fatally shot February 9 after apparently falling asleep in the front seat of a car at the drive-through of a Taco Bell in the San Francisco Bay area. That is, he was lawfully parked in a parking space in their lot. Police said six officers later opened fire after McCoy appeared to reach for a gun in his lap.

"You all executed my brother Willie," McCoy's sister, Simone Richard, told reporters this week at a news conference where lawyers said the shooting was part of a disturbing series of questionable shootings, excessive force and racial profiling involving the Vallejo Police Department. "You all didn't give him a chance to put his hands up."

The family's wrongful death claim against the city -- filed Thursday as a precursor to a lawsuit -- said some responding officers were not wearing uniforms and that a "six person firing squad" shot McCoy about 25 times in the "head, ear, neck, chest, arms, shoulders, hands, and back."

The claim said that when McCoy began to regain consciousness, the officers "failed to permit him to orient himself." Instead, they screamed at him to raise his hands and failed to give McCoy "time to comply with their commands."

The wrongful death claim is under review, Joanna Altman, assistant to the Vallejo city manager, said in a statement, declining further comment.

The police department and the Solano County District Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Before the court claim, the police department said officers were called by Taco Bell employees about a man who was "slumped over in the driver's seat." Officers said the man "was unresponsive and had a handgun on his lap."

After additional officers arrived, police said they discovered the driver's door was locked and the car's transmission was in drive.

When the "driver began to suddenly move and looked at the uniformed patrol officers," police ordered him "to put his hands up," according to a department statement.

"The driver did not comply and instead he quickly moved his hands downward for the firearm. Fearing for their safety, six officers fired their duty weapons at the driver," the statement said.

The officers fired multiple times in the span of about four seconds, police said.

The McCoy family claim said a sheet of plastic took the place of a missing window in the car's passenger side door.

"Nothing but the thin piece of plastic prevented the Officers from opening and/or unlocking the car door to remove the unconscious man and/or gun," according to the claim.

Burris demanded that police immediately release footage from the officers' body cameras. Police said the footage will be shared with McCoy's family "in the coming weeks" and eventually with the public.

Police identified the officers as Ryan McMahon, Collin Eaton, Bryan Glick, Jordon Patzer, Anthony Romero-Cano and Mark Thompson. Their time on the job ranged from seven months to 12 years.

The officers were initially placed on administrative leave and returned to duty after meeting with a psychologist, police said.

The loaded handgun in McCoy's lap -- a .40-caliber semi-automatic with an extended magazine -- had been reported stolen in Oregon, police said.

"From our point of view we think ... that something is rotten within the Vallejo Police Department," said attorney John Burris, who claimed his office has been involved in at least 14 cases against the police department in the last seven years.

"There is a sense that within this department itself there is a lack of appreciation, a lack of concern, a lack of caring for life."

On Thursday, Simone Richard spoke to reporters as she held a sign with her brother's first name and the words, "No Justice. No Peace."

"I feel like something needs to be done out here because it is kids that they're killing," she said.

"They say the kids are the future but you all aren't letting us grow. They say the kids are the future but you all targeting us... This ain't the first incident. This ain't the first time. It's not going to be the last time."

Recorded Phone Calls of [mostly non-white] Pretrial Detainees May Be Used by [mostly white] Prosecutors without a Warrant [in a Lawless Society] NY High Court Rules

From [HERE] Siding with a prison that provided prosecutors with incriminating inmate recordings, New York’s highest court ruled 5-2 Thursday that there is no right to privacy when it comes to nonprivileged phone calls.

The decision from the New York Court of Appeals arose from the prosecution of Emmanuel Diaz on robbery and burglary charges stemming from a home invasion.

After his July 2012 arrest, Diaz spent eight months in the Rikers Island Correctional Facility before his family was able to post bail. By the time he went to trial, however, Diaz learned that prosecutors had gathered some new evidence: a series of incriminating statements Diaz made during four phone calls to his father from Rikers.

for each of the the 1,100 phone calls Diaz made from prison, the mere act of picking up the phone triggered a recording, in Spanish and in English, informing him that his call may be monitored and recorded.

Such warnings are repeated on signs in the telephone area, as well as in an inmate handbook.

Joined by Judge Jenny Rivera, Judge Rowan Wilson hinged his dissent on the lack of notice to inmates that their calls, in addition to being recorded and monitored, would be handed to prosecutors.

“Nothing in this case justifies the governmental intrusion of Mr. Diaz’s privacy inherent in the district attorney’s essentially unfettered access to the recordings of nonpriviledged telephone calls made by pretrial detainees,” Wilson wrote.

The majority disagreed, ruling that the posted warnings by the state do not restrict how it can use the recordings it makes.

Noting that prison officials often toss inmate cells without warning, or conduct warrantless searches of inmates to keep prisons safe, Feinman also underscored the point that “surveillance is ubiquitous in the prison context.”

“Even if [Diaz] subjectively believed that his calls were private — a notion that is largely belied by the record — that expectation was not objectively reasonable,” Feinman wrote. [MORE]

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FUNKTIONARY defines "injustice" as the by-product of authority & its enforcement through legal fictions; the Corporate Police State & their tribunals

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From "FUNKTIONARY, THE KEY HOLDERS ENPSYCHLOPEDIA"

Copyright 2016 Chocolate City Press.

Resonated & Orchestrated by Dr. Blynd, Ph.F.

injustice” - the by product of authority and its enforcement through legal fictions: the Corporate Police State and their tribunals. 2) forced obligations. injustice is the systematic means by which the greedy keep in check the needy. Injustice pervades; justice is incidental, accidental and random. “The paradox of injustice emerging out of justice has only occurred because the different standards of what is just have both been called justice.” JD Unwin. (See Holodeck Court, Greed, Control, Vices, Involuntary Servitude, Positive Law, Volunteered Slavery, War on Drugs, Master’s Rent, Lawful , Legal & Judicial Victimization).

If You’re Too Broke to Pay a Ticket Alabama Authorities will Allow You to Drive, but You Can’t Leave the State [there is also no privilege to drive using a "cell phone" in the Free-Range-Prison]

BLACKWATER MERCENARY COPS roaming the streets WITH NO IDENTIFICATION DEPUTIZED BY DOGGY TO CARRY MACHINE GUNS IN PUERTO RICO AFTER THE HURRICANE    EVENT   .  DOC Blynd explains that cell phones are communication devices that inmates use to talk to one another and to those out in the bigger prison.

BLACKWATER MERCENARY COPS roaming the streets WITH NO IDENTIFICATION DEPUTIZED BY DOGGY TO CARRY MACHINE GUNS IN PUERTO RICO AFTER THE HURRICANE EVENT. DOC Blynd explains that cell phones are communication devices that inmates use to talk to one another and to those out in the bigger prison.

From [Massprivatel] If you are too poor to pay a traffic ticket or a fine in Alabama the police will not let you leave the state.

You read that right, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will issue poor people "hardship drivers  licenses" but you cannot leave. 

The mass media is falling all over themselves praising the new law, saying "this rule could help tens of thousands of people, over 20,000 alone had their licenses suspended just an for inability to pay for fines and fees that were assets to them," said Dev Wakeley.  

“They will be able to drive to work to school to medical appointments, to civic appointments or civic organization events as well as you know to go out and vote or if they need to do household chores or things of that nature,” says Captain Jon Archer of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Captain Archer confirms that poor people will not be allowed to leave Alabama.

“If you do get a hardship drivers license you can only operate in Alabama. You won’t be able to drive out of state,” says Archer.

Hardship drivers licenses exist in every state and are mostly used for minors and DUI offenders, they are not used to punish the poor.

An article in Alabama Today claims police have begun accepting applications to restore limited driving privileges to thousands of motorists who simply are too poor to pay their ticket.

According to Senate Bill 55 the police will only give poor people a hardship drivers license if they do not pose a risk to public safety.

"The Alabama State Law Enforcement Agency shall develop and implement a Class D hardship driver license program with specified and limited driving privileges for a person with a suspended or revoked license who can demonstrate to the reasonable satisfaction of the agency that he or she does not pose a risk to public safety."

Welcome to American policing where one's inability to pay a ticket or a fine is now a risk to "public safety."

Police want to know what church you attend

Before Alabamians are allowed to drive again, Big Brother wants to know things like where you work and go to church. They also want to know the EXACT routes you will take to get there.

Below is a list of what Alabama residents must provide to law enforcement before they are allowed to drive again.

This is what happens when the right to travel freely is seen by our courts and law enforcement as a privilege.

How can America still be considered the "land of the free" when police surveil a person's every movement and restrict their right to travel?

The Supreme Court's Ruling that the 8th Amendment’s Ban on Excessive Fines Applies to the States is a Blow to Mini-Gangster Governments Looking to Convert People's Possessions

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From [ScotusBlog] The Supreme Court today ruled that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states. The decision is a victory for an Indiana man whose luxury SUV was seized after he pleaded guilty to selling heroin. It is also a blow to state and local governments, for whom fines and forfeitures have become an important source of funds.

The case began back in 2015, when Tyson Timbs sold heroin to an undercover police officer. He pleaded guilty to drug charges and was sentenced to one year of home detention, living with his aunt, followed by five years on probation. The state court also ordered Timbs to forfeit his 2012 Land Rover, which he had purchased for approximately $42,000 with the proceeds of his father’s life insurance policy, on the theory that he had used the car to transport drugs.

Timbs challenged the forfeiture of his Land Rover as a violation of the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines, and a state trial court agreed. It reasoned that because the SUV was worth four times more than the maximum fine that the state could impose, requiring Timbs to forfeit it would be “grossly disproportional to the gravity” of Timbs’ crime.

An intermediate appeals court upheld that decision, but the Indiana Supreme Court reversed. It ruled that the U.S. Supreme Court has never specifically said that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines – part of the Bill of Rights, which was originally interpreted as applying only to the federal government – applies to the states.

Timbs asked the Supreme Court to weigh in, and today the justices held that the Eighth Amendment’s ban on excessive fines does indeed apply to the states. In an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the court seemed to regard the basic question before it as an easy one. The justices explained that the “historical and logical case for concluding that” the ban on excessive fines applies to the states through the 14th Amendment – which bars states from depriving anyone “of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law” – is “overwhelming.”

Even Indiana, the court noted, did not seriously challenge whether the ban on excessive fines applies to the states. Instead, it argued that the ban applies only to payments imposed as punishment and does not apply to this case, which involves the forfeiture of property used to violate the law, a procedure that was not traditionally regarded as a fine. But because the state did not make that argument in the Indiana Supreme Court, the U.S. Supreme Court emphasized today, the court would not consider it. And it doesn’t matter whether the ban on excessive forfeitures of property was traditionally regarded as fundamental, the court explained; what matters is that the broader right to be protected from excessive fines has been regarded that way.

Justice Clarence Thomas agreed that the ban on excessive fines applies to the states, but he would have reached that result in a different way. Instead of relying on the due process clause of the 14th Amendment, Thomas would hold that the ban on excessive fines is “one of the ‘privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States’ protected by the Fourteenth Amendment.” Justice Neil Gorsuch echoed that thought in a separate opinion, but (unlike Thomas) he joined the court’s opinion, stressing that “nothing in the case turns on that question, and, regardless of the precise vehicle, there can be no serious doubt that the Fourteenth Amendment requires the States to respect the freedom from excessive fines enshrined in the Eighth Amendment.”

Public Details Remain Secret in Death of Mario Clark: After Calling 911 for Mental Health Help, Family Says JPD Cops Chained His Feet to His Hands & Beat & Suffocated Black Man, Killing Him

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba asks that people wait on the results before jumping to conclusion. "Those officers have been placed on suspension while internal affairs does its investigation. We expect the info to be fair and swift. " Kristal Bennett, "The mayor said he would help us but we haven't seen anything done yet.."

Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba asks that people wait on the results before jumping to conclusion. "Those officers have been placed on suspension while internal affairs does its investigation. We expect the info to be fair and swift. " Kristal Bennett, "The mayor said he would help us but we haven't seen anything done yet.."

From [HERE] and [HERE] An encounter with Jackson Police officers on Valentine's Day left Mario Clark, 31, on life support for days before he died, his family told WAPT.

Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham-Stewart said Clark's autopsy was completed Thursday and his death has been ruled a homicide. The state medical examiner found internal injuries consistent with strangulation and suffocation, Grisham-Stewart said.

The Jackson Police Department is conducting an internal investigation into the incident, City of Jackson spokeswoman Candice Cole said Thursday. The FBI is also investigating, she said.

Officers involved with the arrest have been placed on administrative leave, per department policy, Cole said. The authorities have released few details from public documents such as police reports. It is not clear whether cops were wearing body cameras but it is doubtful because only 60 JPD officers have been issued the equipment. The names of the public servants involved have not been released.

Clark's mother, Shelia Ragland, said her son was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia when he was a teen.

On Feb. 14, Ragland called 911 because her son was having a psychotic episode, WAPT reported. Ragland wants him transported to St. Dominic's Psych Ward.

When officers arrived, they picked Clark up and threw him on the couch, Ragland said in an interview with WLBT. At some point, Clark ended up on the floor, his hands and feet handcuffed, she said. Ragland alleged officers beat Clark on his legs and kicked and hit her son in the head while she pleaded with them to stop.

Kristale Bennett, Clark's girlfriend, told the Clarion Ledger he had asked her to come pick him up on Valentine's day. By the time she arrived at the house, Clark's feet were "chained" to his hands and "four or five" officers were on top of him, beating him, she said.

"He said, 'They're trying to kill me,'" Bennett recalls. She said officers forced her to leave the home.

"They really didn’t have to do him like that," Bennett said. "He was a teddy bear. He didn’t pose no threat at all."

Later, EMTs arrived at the house, the mother told WLBT. Clark was transported to an area hospital and was placed on life support.

Family members say Mario Clark was brain dead after the incident, he died last Wednesday.

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Ragland told the Clarion Ledger her son died shortly after midnight on Wednesday morning.

“My baby been through some stuff and everybody has,” Ragland said. “He didn’t deserve this. He did not deserve this right here.”

Ragland is being represented by attorney Dennis Sweet, she said.

Kristal Bennett says, "They were called out to help to get transported to a hospital that was it. they weren't suppose to use any kind of deadly force because he wasn't a deadly threat."

Ragland said her son loved working out, reading and his family. He was employed at a power washing business and leaves behind a 3-year-old daughter.

"I got other kids but he was my best friend," Ragland said. "He was with me every day."

Ragland said she got a call from the Nissan plant this week. The person on the phone told her they had a job offer for her son. The mother had to tell them her son was dead.

Clark had worked hard to become qualified him for the job, she said. A couple of weeks prior, he successfully completed a course at Hinds Community College to get certified to drive forklifts.

Donations can be submitted online to a GoFundMe campaign.

Last month, JPD launched an internal investigation into a different case of alleged police brutality.

On Jan. 13, 62-year-old George Robinson was arrested, then released, by JPD officers. Robinson was rushed to the hospital that night for a head injury and died two days later.

Robinson's family alleges police are responsible for Robinson's death. They have also hired Sweet to represent them. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

Another Case Closed without a Trial as Supreme Court Won’t Revive Antwun Shumpert Suit: Black Man Had a Mutilated Groin, Boot Marks on his Head & was Shot to Death in Arrest by White Cop & K9

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NO TRIAL NECESSARY. From [HERE] and [MORE] The U.S. Supreme Court will not revive a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a black man shot to death by a white police officer in Mississippi.

Antwun "Ronnie" Shumpert was killed in June 2016 in Tupelo.

In late 2017, U.S. Northern District of Mississippi Chief Judge Sharion Aycock granted summary judgment in the case.

The decision to award summary judgment resolved the case without a trial. Aycock wrote that no meaningful facts were in dispute and that the law was clear that the officer and the city could not be found liable for damages in the death of Shumpert. [that is b/c different standards of morality and law apply to cops in a police state]

Carlos Moore, an attorney representing the Shumpert family, then appealed Aycock’s decision to the Fifth Circuit.

In September, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Aycock's ruling. On Tuesday, the Supreme Court let the appeals court ruling stand - thereby killing the case.

Federal and state prosecutors ruled out criminal charges against officer Tyler Cook, despite claims by Shumpert's relatives that the shooting was unjustified. [QUESTION: In a credibility contest between a sworn white cop and a Black woman [the lone witness] would white prosecutors, judges, jurors, journalists and fellow officers believe the white cop’s self-serving testimony in a system of white supremacy?]

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An attorney representing the white cop lauded the court's decision and emphasized the number of agencies that have investigated the original incident.

"After over two years of investigations and adjudications by the MBI, the District Attorney’s Office of the First Circuit Court District, a Lee County Grand Jury, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Mississippi, the Department of Justice - Civil Rights Division, the FBI, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals of the United States of America, and a denial to further hear the case by the Supreme Court of the United States, we have a final and complete vindication for Officer Tyler Cook regarding the shooting of Antwun Ronnie Shumpert," said Jason Herring in a written statement. "Officer Tyler Cook thanks his friends, family and community for the outpouring of support during the last two and a half years, and for standing strong with him."

Officer Tyler Cook fatally shot Shumpert during a confrontation, and the civil suit followed a Lee County grand jury deciding there was nothing criminal in Cook's actions.

The lawsuit was filed by Peggy Shumpert and by Charles Foster, who was with Antwun Shumpert the night of the shooting, against the city, Mayor Jason Shelton, Police Chief Bart Aguirre and Officer Tyler Cook.

“No one deserves to die the way he did,” Tamicka Smith, his older sister, told ThinkProgress.

Shumpert’s lawsuit cites the “pre-death pain” he suffered “prior to expiring from the dog bites, body blows, and gunshot wounds.”

The dog attacked him, gashing a hole through his testicles and scratching him across his body. When the officer approached Shumpert, he shot him four times.

Shumpert died handcuffed in a hospital roughly five hours later. When his siblings saw him — Shumpert was the youngest of five children — he had a mutilated groin, boot marks on his head, a cut-open eye, and scratches across his entire body.

Smith, who lives in San Antonio, Texas, told ThinkProgress that she heard about her brother’s death from her older sister. His siblings, children, wife, and mother were first told they wouldn’t be able to see his mangled body. Eventually, they were allowed to identify him through a glass window.

It wasn’t until the next morning that they started piecing together information about the incident by speaking with his friend, who was in the passenger seat of the vehicle at the time.

Antwun "Ronnie" Shumpert and Charles Foster were driving to the store on the evening of June 18 to get Foster a T-shirt for a party they planned to attend that night. 

During the drive, the two men saw the blue lights flashing behind them.

"He looked at me and said, 'I'm about to run,'" Foster said. "I'm like, 'Why?'"

Foster said Shumpert, who was driving, hadn't done anything wrong. Although the police suggest the vehicle had no tag light, Foster said all his lights were working properly. The tan Ford Focus is his, not Shumpert's, after all. ["suggest" ? is that what the 4th Amendment calls for?  - white cops, prosecutors and media doing their thing here]

When Shumpert came to a stop, he exited the vehicle and ran up a grassy hill into blackness. The officer who pulled them over ran after Shumpert, hand on his firearm, Foster said. Officer Tyler Cook [racist suspect in photo], who was called for backup, intercepted the chase. His K9 led him to the back of a house on Harrison Street, where Shumpert was hiding inside a crawl space under the house, police say. This is where two stories diverge. Attorney Carlos Moore, hired by Shumpert's family, questions the details of the officer's account all the way down to the hiding place.

Smith said he may have run from the traffic stop because he knew the potential for police interactions to escalate.

“I think he ran out of fear,” she said. “I think he ran truly out of fear. That’s one thing he didn’t want to deal with is the police, because of the police brutality that goes on nowadays. He just wanted to stay clear of the police. His thing was, ‘I just want to get a job, work and take care of my family.’ That’s all he wanted to do.”

Cook told authorities that he found Shumpert hiding under the crawl space of a home, sent the dog under the house when Shumpert would not surrender, was subsequently attacked by Shumpert and subsequently shot Shumpert in self-defense. The department’s story involves Shumpert attacking the officer and leaving him with a bruised and bloody face.

"Officer Cook noticed a hand trying to hold the door shut" over the entrance to the crawl space, according to the city's timeline. Moore said it would be difficult for the 6-foot tall Shumpert to have crawled into such a space.

"Tupelo PD. Come out from under the house, and show me your hands. I have a dog, and he will bite," Cook says he said to Shumpert.

Shumpert did not "comply," the timeline claims.

Cook gave orders to the K9 to pursue Shumpert. Moore said he has a witness who will testify that the dog attacked Shumpert viciously, biting him in the groin. The city's account, based solely on Cook's statement, says that the K9 grabbed Shumpert by the arm. Shumpert then punched the dog in the head, causing it to release the arm.

Once free, Cook said Shumpert attacked him. Shumpert, described by Foster as his football team's lead tackler, knocked Cook down and began punching him in the face until the officer feared he would lose consciousness, Cook said in the report. This is when Cook said he shot Shumpert in  self-defense.

Foster said he heard the gunshots, two at first, then a pause and two more, within a couple of minutes after his friend started running.

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But Shumpert’s family, friends, and attorney have rejected that claim, maintaining both in the lawsuit and in interviews that the incident was brutal and horrific and that Shumpert did not instigate any violence.

Moore said Cook's injuries are not consistent with his story. "His face would have depicted that," Moore said, emphasizing Shumpert's size and strength. "His eyes should have been closed shut and black and blue."

In a series of interlocked arguments, Moore at times takes much of Cook’s account as fact. He argues that Cook’s decision to release the police dog Alec into the crawl space to bite Shumpert violated the city’s policies over use of K9s and barricade situations.

Specifically, Moore asserts that under TPD policies Cook should have waited for backup to establish a perimeter around the home before deploying the dog and that Cook should have notified a supervisor regarding use of Alec.

According to Moore, Shumpert was mauled by the officer's K9 and his face beaten to the point that his teeth came loose.

Photos of Shumpert's body after the autopsy show a large gaping wound in the groin and three large scratches across his back, injuries Moore claim are from a K9 attack. The photos also show Shumpert's bottom teeth dramatically bent back toward his throat, the result of a stomping to the face, Moore says.

Attorneys for the city respond that Moore has misrepresented the K9 policy and that the barricade policy was not applicable and, at any rate, is not relevant to whether Cook is liable for civil damages.

In his arguments against summary judgment, Moore also highlights that Cook was transferred to K9 operations with less than the years of patrol experience mandated by the department’s own policies. Moore thus charges the city with insufficient and negligent training of its officers.

The city by contrast argues that Police Chief Bart Aguirre waived some requirements for Cook in light of the officer’s relevant military experience and training.

As for evidence contesting Cook’s claims of a defensive shooting, Moore has proffered two exhibits, both of which attorneys for the city and Cook claim are inadmissible at trial.

A forensic pathologist retained by Moore asserted that, based upon the angle of the wound, Cook “most likely” fired one of four shots while on top of Shumpert rather than underneath him as the officer has testified.

Moore likewise has sought to introduce testimony by Shumpert’s brother-in-law, Titus Smith. Smith, who resides in Texas, reports that the day after the shooting he received an anonymous phone call asserting that Shumpert was shot while trying to surrender and then mutilated by the police dog.

Within recent filings, this report of an anonymous phone call is the most substantive evidence put forward by Moore to bolster his high-profile claims made last year. [MORE

Mayor Jason Shelton said the photos were taken well after rigor mortis had set in are not indicative of the condition of Shumpert's body when he died. He also explains that other marks on his body could have occurred during surgery performed after the shooting.

The medical reports from North Mississippi Medical Center say physicians noted no marks on Shumpert's  back, but Moore said those notes were made while physicians hectically tried to save Shumpert's life, and they were likely not thorough.

Moore said his forensic pathologist, Washington D.C.'s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Roger Mitchell, finds that the photos indicate an altercation with another person and a K9, but that he would need the full autopsy report to be certain. [MORE]

Muslim Advocacy Group Asks Congress why the US Govt Disclosed the Names & Information of Innocent People on the Terrorist Watch List w/Private Entities Causing Lost Jobs & Family Separations

From [HERE] The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) called on Congress on Wednesday to investigate why the US government disclosed the names and information of people on the terrorist watch list with private entities.

Until now, the US had denied that the list, developed and maintained by the Terrorist Screening Center (TSC), was shared with other organizations like universities or hospitals. In a statement filed with the S District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, the deputy director of the TSC, Timothy Groh, said the government had shared the list with some 1,400 other institutions with security personnel.

CAIR said the dissemination of the watch list had real consequences on innocent Muslims.

For years, CAIR has represented innocent Muslims—people who have not been charged, arrested, or convicted of a violent offense—who have been targeted by the watchlisting system. Some have lost jobs, been separated from their families, and all have been stigmatized by being treated as a “terrorist” by their own government.

Groh’s statement was filed as part of an ongoing lawsuit, styled as El Hady v. Kable, questioning the constitutionality of the terrorist watch list.

“What are You Looking At?" Video Shows an Angry, Off-Duty White Vallejo Cop Pointing a Gun at a Latino Man in a Parking Lot & Then Beating Him While He is Restrained by Other Cops

From [HERE] A Concord father who was attending his son’s birthday party when he was held at gunpoint by an off-duty Vallejo police officer is taking legal action against the city. 

Santiago Hutchins filed a claim against Vallejo on Feb. 8 alleging false arrest, excessive force, battery and assault by Officer David McLaughlin. 

The struggle left Hutchins with a concussion, he said. Photos show his face covered in blood and stitches over his right eye.

“I still get anxiety over it,” Hutchins told 2 Investigates after filing the claim with his attorney Sanjay Schmidt. “It’s hard to sleep sometimes.” 

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On the day in question, Aug. 11, Hutchins had just arrived at Rocco’s Ristorante Pizzeria for his son’s 14th birthday party when he noticed a man in a white T-shirt and shorts looking at him near the entrance.  At the time, Hutchins did not know that man was McLaughlin, an off-duty Vallejo police officer. He said the two eyed each other. Hutchins recalled McLaughlin asking, “What are you looking at?” Things quickly escalated and wound up the parking lot of the popular suburban shopping complex. McLaughlin ended up pulling his gun out. He pointed his weapon at Hutchens for several minutes, exclusive video obtained by 2 Investigates shows. Hutchins is also seen shouting at McLaughlin with his hands up, “Shoot me. Shoot me. You know you want to do it.” In a matter of minutes, more officers arrived and video shows that’s when McLaughlin took down Hutchins delivering punches and elbows. 

“I hope there are ramifications. Some kind of changes in the system,” Hutchins said. 

Vallejo Police Chief Andrew Bidou told 2 Investigates, preliminarily, he believed Hutchins was the aggressor. The chief has not commented on the case since last August. A police official said they do not comment on pending litigation. 

McLaughlin is the same officer under fire for detaining a young Vallejo man for recording a traffic stop from his front porch on Jan. 22. Adrian Burrell, who happens to be a Marine veteran, posted the cellphone video of his experience and the clip went viral. 

Internal Affairs investigations were launched into both incidents. McLaughlin was placed on administrative leave in early February and remains on leave. Vallejo police has not provided 2 Investigates with any other information regarding the IA investigations. 

Hutchins said he is looking forward to those changes. The hardest part of his experience with Vallejo police is trying to explain the situation to his family, especially his five sons. 

“My kids look just like me. I felt I was profiled, and it could happen to them,” he said. “They’re afraid of police.”

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This is the latest in a string of claims and lawsuits against the city of Vallejo involving its police department. City public documents obtained by 2 Investigates show since 2011, Vallejo police have cost the city more than $7 million in legal settlements, including the most high-profile case: $2.5 million paid to Denise Huskins after police called her 2015 case a hoax when in fact she had been raped, drugged and kidnapped. 

Last July, the East Bay Express found that of nine major police departments in the Bay Area “only Vallejo police, a department with roughly 100 officers, paid more per officer in civil rights cases than Alameda County.”

Some of the other significant settlements involving negligence and excessive force by police officers include:

--    A $2,100,000 settlement after a 2014 crash involving a Vallejo police vehicle.

--   A $17,500 payout after, coincidentally, McLaughlin’s identical twin brother Ryan McLaughlin (who is also a Vallejo police officer) and his partner, Officer Matthew Komoda, were accused of racially profiling and pulling a man’s dreads out in 2016.

--  A $2,000,000 settlement in the 2012 Mario Romero case where Vallejo police open fire on Romero who was holding a pellet gun. Romero was killed and the survivor was the plaintiff in the legal case against the city. 

Vallejo’s legal costs have been so great, it impacted its relationship with its longtime risk management agency, which acted much like an insurance company for the city. For more than three decades, Vallejo was a member of the California Joint Powers Risk Management Authority before separating last February. Its losses were significantly larger than those by other cities covered by the agency. 

Despite its 31-year relationship with CJPRMA, city officials told 2 Investigates its removal from the insurance pool was a good thing and the change gave the city more autonomy. Vallejo is now part of a different risk management organization.