Nearly three years after it happened, the Albuquerque killing of Mary Hawkes by a police officer has become a cautionary tale about the potential of new technology to obscure rather than illuminate, especially in situations when police control what is recorded and shown to the public, the Washington Post reports.
Operator failed to tell officer who shot Rice, 12, to death, that he probably was a juvenile and that his gun was “probably fake.” Attorney for Rice’s mother called “pathetic” the penalty for “gross negligence.”
When a mentally ill individual dies in a police shooting, commentators focus on the officer who pulled the trigger. It also makes sense to ask why no one detected the individual’s problems in the first place.
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.
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.
Looters and vandals in the city’s entertainment district caused extensive damage to restaurants, hotels, the NASCAR Hall of Fame and other businesses and buildings. Authorities say they are reviewing video footage of the police shooting that touched off the unrest, but they declined to release it publicly. The U.S. Justice Department is sending advisors.
Failure by officers to give immediate medical attention after a shooting has been a central grievance in protests over police shootings of black people over the past two years. A prominent police research group says officers should give aid as soon as they can. Experts say some police departments lack clear policies.
Officer Jason Stockley is charged with murder in the December 2011 shooting of drug suspect Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, following a high-speed chase. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says new video evidence suggests that a silver handgun found in Smith’s vehicle may have been planted by Stockley, whose DNA was found on the weapon.
Rocks and bottles rained down on I-85, stopping traffic for hours, after police shot and killed a man who they said was armed with a gun. Semi-trucks on the highway and a Walmart were looted. The mayor appealed for calm.