Los Angeles County police fatally shot Vanessa Marquez, a former actress from the show “ER,”after she grabbed a BB gun while they were responding to a welfare check at her apartment. A sheriff’s department spokesman said she was having medical problems.
The Los Angeles City Council approved a $1.95 million settlement for the family of a homeless man who was fatally shot by police in a botched arrest on Skid Row. In 2015, three Los Angeles Police Department officers shot Charly Leundeu Keunang five times. He was unarmed and mentally ill. It was the first case in which the LAPD officer’s body cameras captured the fatal shooting of a suspect.
A Dallas Morning News investigation found that families of the five Dallas cops slain in July, 2016 received only 22 percent of the $3.2 million donated to two charities set up to help them. The rest went to telemarketing firms.
Roy Oliver is charged with the fatal shooting of Jordan Edwards, an unarmed black teen leaving a party with his brothers and friends in Balch Springs, Tx. Of 656 police shootings in Texas between 2010 and 2015, none resulted in a murder charge.
Involvement in traumatic events like shootings can lead to years of anxiety and worse for police officers. Austin Police Chief Brian Manley, acting on an increase in alcohol-related incidents among officers this year, says he has made their mental health a priority.
The Aurora, Co., police officer who shot and killed an armed homeowner Monday was involved in another deadly shooting in late June. The officer was returned to regular duty while the investigation of whether he was legally justified in using deadly force in the June incident was ongoing.
The parents of Antwon Rose II, the 17-year-old killed by an East Pittsburgh police officer on June 19, prompting weeks of protests, filed a federal wrongful death suit against the officer, the borough, its chief of police and its mayor.
Chief Hennepin County, Mn., prosecutor Mike Freeman is not charging two officers who killed Thurman Blevins, 31, last month. Blevins fled from the officers with a loaded handgun and turned toward them, Freeman said.
Interim Police Chief Carmen Best said the two officers had violated policy when they recklessly fired at the stolen car. She told the officers, “Your actions and decisions…created a deadly force situation that unnecessarily threatened public safety.”