In an rare move, prosecutors in the retrial of former University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing criticized a lead investigator, saying she asked Tensing “easy question after easy question” and never intended for him to face charges. the investigator had testified that the officer’s shooting of a motorist, for which he is on trial, may have been justified.
The family of Michael Brown, the city of Ferguson, former Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson and former police officer Darren Wilson are nearing settlement of a lawsuit over Brown’s 2014 fatal shooting by Wilson, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. The settlement will not exceed the $3 million limit on the city’s insurance.
About 1,500 demonstrators shut down Interstate 94 in St. Paul for three hours after a jury acquitted St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez for shooting Philando Castile after a traffic stop last summer.
Jurors in the manslaughter trial of St. Anthony, Mn., police officer Jeronimo Yanez are struggling to reach an agreement about whether Yanez acted recklessly when he fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop last summer. The judge told them to keep deliberating.
District Attorney John Chisholm told the jury that police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was not justified in killing Sylville Smith last summer, in a case that prompted violent unrest in the city. Heaggan-Brown is claiming self-defense.
Chief Carl Dabadie says it would be premature to fire officer Blane Salamoni while a criminal investigation is pending. Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said the officer violated police policy by holding a gun to Alton Sterling’s head while using expletives and threatening to kill him.
After a mistrial last year, former University of Cincinnati officer Ray Tensing faces a second trial for killing unarmed black motorist Sam DuBose in 2015. The first jury leaned toward a manslaughter conviction.
A juror tells The Frontier that the jury wrote to Police Chief Chuck Jordan that Officer Betty Shelby should be removed from patrol duty. She was cleared of manslaughter for killing Terence Crutcher in what the juror called a “shoddy” prosecution.