“Prosecution is about locking black people up,” not locking up cops. From [HERE] A Cuyahoga County grand jury has declined to indict Cleveland police Sergeant Dean Graziolli in the January 2018 shooting death of 21-year-old Thomas Yatsko outside of the Corner Alley in University Circle where Graziolli was working off-duty security.
In a statement, Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, a racist suspect republican who served as special prosecutor in the case at the request of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mike O'Malley and who reviewed the investigation conducted by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, said:
"On January 13, 2018, Sergeant Graziolli [racist suspect in photo below] was working at the Corner Alley in Cleveland, Ohio when he encountered Yatsko and another individual who were removed from the establishment for fighting. Yatsko returned to the patio of the Corner Alley later and a confrontation with Graziolli ensued. Yatsko punched Graziolli several times in the face according to witnesses. Graziolli pulled his firearm and warned Yatsko to stop but then fired twice as Yatsko moved toward him again. Yatsko was treated immediately at the scene and then transported to the hospital but he was pronounced deceased later that evening. Prosecutors requested that the relevant instructions on Use of Deadly force by police officers be given by a Judge of the court. All available evidence was considered, including eye witness testimony, video surveillance from the Corner Alley, and the officer's statement."
[A person may use deadly force in self-defense if s/he actually and reasonably believes at the time of the incident that s/he is in imminent danger of death or serious bodily harm from which s/he can save himself/herself only by using deadly force against his/her assailant.]
Does that sound like someone who was motivated to prosecute or zealously obtain justice for the people he “serves?” If the racist suspect prosecutors believed the above facts and the white cop to be credible then why convene a grand jury in the first place? [lex-icon- “law as image - the appearance of justice (the form) over the substance of justice via truth and law over humanity.”] He sounds like an attorney who does not want to prosecute a cop. He sounds more like a defense attorney. It is difficult to obtain details about the process used by O’Brien because the white media has a general lack of curiosity in such matters involving Black lives and do their part to uphold the decision of a white cop to execute a Black man. What is collective white power?
A wrongful death civil lawsuit filed by Yatsko's family in April 2018 remains pending. That suit alleged Graziolli used excessive force and failed to attend to Yatsko after the shooting. Graziolli, who was moonlighting as a security guard, shot Yatsko outside the Corner Alley on Euclid and Ford avenues. Staff threw Yatsko and another employee out of the bar after a confrontation between them occurred. Yatsko was on the sidewalk talking to another patron about how he was going to get home, the lawsuit said.
Graziolli identified himself as a Cleveland officer, approached the 149-pound Yatsko "outside in an aggressive and belligerent manner, swore at him and told him to leave the area," according to the lawsuit.
Yatsko told Graziolli he was looking for a way home and at one point asked the officer for his help, the lawsuit says. Graziolli continued to curse at Yatsko, according to the lawsuit.
Moments later the two men got into a fight. Graziolli later fired two shots into Yatsko’s neck, killing him, according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner. No weapon was found on Yatsko, according to police and the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit Yatsko did not lunge at Graziolli after he pulled out the weapon.
A witness who called 911 from the bar pleaded with the officer to "leave him alone" because he was cooperating, the caller told a dispatcher.
The dispatcher cut off the caller's description of what happened next, but said "he could have wrestled him to the ground." The caller, however, said that police officer got into a fight with a customer and shot him.
She said nurses who were at the bar tried to treat Yatsko to stop the bleeding.
The lawsuit accuses Graziolli of failing to provide or attempt to provide Yatsko with any emergency medical care or attention.
“Rather, Defendant Graziolli yelled at bystanders and patrons to notify 911 that he was a Cleveland police officer," the lawsuit says. "Bystanders repeatedly asked and instructed Defendant Graziolli to put his firearm away. Without rendering any aid to Thomas, Defendant Graziolli went back inside the Corner Alley Uptown bar and restaurant."
After starting the fight with the smaller Black man, Graziolli suffered several injuries, including cuts and bruises on his head, face and body. [MORE]
Graziolli, a sergeant since 2002, most recently in the Fifth District, pleaded guilty in 2014 to eight first-degree misdemeanor counts of falsification. Investigators found that he was at home when he claimed to be working on eight days between Oct. 14 and Nov. 1, 2012.