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.
Seven minutes after officers fired 20 deadly shots at Stephon Clark, who was unarmed, they muted their microphones, concealing conversations among themselves. “Any time there is muting on this camera, it builds suspicion,” said Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn.
The public and the media often demand swift punishment for cops identified in deadly use-of-force incidents. But a new research paper suggests that the best way of preventing future incidents is to look for the “root causes” of misbehavior in a police agency’s procedures and culture.
Officer Alan Buford was terminated after Cleveland officials found that he used excessive force in the March 19, 2015, death of Brandon Jones, 18. Buford was acquitted of misdemeanor negligent homicide earlier this year.
An internal review concluded that Washington, D.C., police Officer Brian Trainer had no reason to shoot an unarmed motorcyclist following a pursuit in 2016. Terrence Sterling, 31, was killed in the controversial encounter.
The city of Chicago is on the hook for the jury award following a federal civil trial. Officer Patrick Kelly was declared responsible for the 2010 shooting that left his best friend, Michael LaPorta, severely disabled. The shooting following a night of heavy drinking. Kelly had claimed LaPorta shot himself.
In a 30-page ruling, Judge Timothy Wilson acquitted former cop Jason Stockley of murder in the 2011 shooting of Anthony Smith following a car pursuit. The judge said the chase was prompted by “Smith’s perilous conduct.”
Jason Shockley is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Anthony Lamar Smith, 24, following a police chase. His bench trial before Judge Timothy Wilson ended Aug. 9. Activists are nervously awaiting his ruling.