John Creuzot, Dallas’s incoming district attorney, says that former police officer Amber Guyger should be charged with murder, not manslaughter, in the shooting of Botham Jean at his apartment. Guyger, 30, said she mistook Jean’s apartment for her own and believed he was an intruder.
Days after a speedy Illinois State Police exoneration of a local police officer who shot and killed a security guard in a bar melee, an eyewitness who worked with the victim has contradicted key elements of the official version of events.
A federal lawsuit was filed Monday in the shooting death of a bar security guard by a suburban Chicago police officer over the weekend. The mother of guard Jemel Roberson says the death was unprovoked, unjustified and unreasonable.
The death of Bernard Whitehurst Jr. at the hands of a white Montgomery policeman 43 years ago raised unsettling questions of police bias and official coverup, foreshadowing the #Black LivesMatter movement. A new book re-examines the case, prodded by a son’s quest for restitution and justice.
On Sept. 26, a St. Louis officer shot a 15-year-old boy they say was armed, leaving him critically wounded. Police won’t discuss details, angering activists who said they were promised more transparency after the police shooting of Michael Brown four years ago.
A tearful Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke recounted for a rapt jury what was going through his mind as he fired 16 shots at 17-year-old Laquan McDonald four years ago, It remains to be seen whether his testimony helped his cause. The defense plans to rest its case on Wednesday.
Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke’s lawyers told jurors that Laquan McDonald was on a “wild rampage” through the city the night he died. But twice, Van Dyke watched on Monday as fellow officers said the threat McDonald posed on Oct. 20, 2014, did not prompt them to use deadly force.