The group Charlotte Uprising is upset about District Attorney Andrew Murray’s decision not to file charges against black officer Brentley Vinson for shooting Keith Lamont Scott, who also is black, to death in September. Murray said Scott ignored at least 10 commands from five officers to drop his gun.
Former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing will be retried on charges that he fatally shot Sam DuBose without justification. Prosecutor Joe Deters will seek to move the case to Cleveland or Columbus after a Cincinnati jury couldn’t agree on a verdict.
Officer Jeromino Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter and two other felonies in the controversial July 7 shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in a Twin Cities suburb. Before this case, no officer had been charged in more than 150 police-involved deaths in Minnesota since 2000.
It is “very misleading” for the news media to assert that police slayings of civilians in the U.S. are up since the Michael Brown case in 2014 in Ferguson, Bradley Campbell tells the American Society of Criminology. The average number of police killings nationwide has been steady at about 19 per week before and after Brown’s death.
Jeronimo Yanez, a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer, was charged Wednesday with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile during a July 6 traffic stop. Before Yanez, no officer had been charged in more than 150 police-involved deaths in Minnesota since 2000.
Ray Tensing, a local university police officer, shot and killed Sam DuBose, who was unarmed, during a traffic stop in July 2015. Jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict but voted 8-4 in favor of a voluntary manslaughter conviction. DuBose’s sister said Tensing should face a new trial for murder.
A New York Times review praises Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery’s look at the “yearbook of black death” at the hands of police starting with Michael Brown in Ferguson in 2014. Reporters covering the story have formed a “morbid fraternal order,” Lowery says.