Police: Gunshot Residue, Ballistics Evidence Show Vonderrit Myers Jr. Fired at Cop

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Police: Gunshot Residue, Ballistics Evidence Show Vonderrit Myers Jr. Fired at Cop

The police say gunshot residue and ballistics evidence shows 18-year-old Vonderrit Myers Jr. fired at St. Louis officer during a “physical altercation” before he was fatally shot near Shaw Boulevard. The teen’s family claims he was unarmed and out buying a sandwich when an officer accosted them during a “pedestrian check.”

Here’s more from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Although police officials have already said that Myers fired at least three shots at an off-duty police officer before the officer returned fire, the newly released evidence could further dispel claims by friends and family that Myers was holding a sandwich, not a gun, when he was shot. The officer, who has not been named, was working for a private security company in the Shaw neighborhood.

Myers’ Oct. 8 death sparked protests in Shaw and fueled area-wide protests resulting from the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer.

The Missouri Highway Patrol analysis found gunshot residue on Myers’ hands, on his shirt and inside the waistband and pockets of his jeans. Police said that although gunshot residue can be present on anyone near a shooting, the results show levels consistent with Myers being the shooter, because the police officer was standing too far away.

Ballistics evidence also revealed three bullets that hit the ground where the officer was trying to take cover matched Myers’ gun. A round found inside a car behind the officer was too badly damaged to be able to to match it to his gun, however, it did not match the type of bullets the officer fired, police said.

Fox2Now obtained photographs of Vonderrit Myers Jr. showing off his handguns on social media just before the shooting. That page has since been taken down. Myers had three handguns in his lap, including a 9mm Smith & Wesson semi-automatic.

Some people have drawn parallels between Michael Brown’s shooting by Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and Vonderrit Myers Jr.’s shooting but there are distinct differences. The biggest difference is that Michael Brown was unarmed.

Here’s the press release from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department:

Vonderrit Myers Jr. with guns on social media:

Black Teen, DeShawn Currie, Pepper-Sprayed in Own Home After Mistaken for Burglar

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Black Teen, DeShawn Currie, Pepper-Sprayed in Own Home After Mistaken for Burglar

Ricky and Stacy Tyler, who are white, are livid after their 18-year-old foster son DeShawn Currie, who is black, was peppersprayed inside their home by police after a neighbor mistook him for a burglar.

ABC 11 reports the couple, who had moved to Fuquay-Varina in July with their three young children and DeShawn, say it’s hurtful that someone would assume the teen was a burglar for walking home after school.

Stacy Tyler said DeShawn Currie was coming home early from school so she left the side door of their home unlocked. When a neighbor saw him walk in, they called police to report a burglary.

Three officers reported to the home where they encountered the teen.

DeShawn Currie said, “They was like, put your hands on the door.” “I was like, for what? This is my house. I was like, why are y’all in here?”

The officers pointed to photographs of the couple’s kids on the mantle, suggesting that he didn’t live there. He became angry and was pepper-sprayed by one of the officers.

Stacy Tyler came home to find the EMS treating DeShawn Currie in the driveway of their home.

So, the cops readily assumed he was a robber because he was black. They also assumed that because there were pictures of white kids on the mantle, he didn’t belong there. Wow. Um, then people wonder why black people hate the cops.

 

Grand Jury Hearing Michael Brown Murder Case Investigated for Misconduct

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Grand Jury Hearing Michael Brown Murder Case Being Investigated for Misconduct

The grand jury hearing the case against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed teen Michael Brown is being investigated by the St. Louis County prosecutor’s office for misconduct.

Here’s more from the Washington Post:

Ed Magee, the spokesman for county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said they received the information from a “Twitter user” Wednesday morning.

“We are looking into the matter,” he said.

An account of possible jury misconduct surfaced Wednesday morning on Twitter, when several users sent messages about one juror who may have discussed evidence in the case with a friend.

In one of those messages, a person tweeted that they are friends with a member of the jury who doesn’t believe there is enough evidence to warrant an arrest of the officer, Darren Wilson.

The same person who tweeted about being friends with a member of the jury has also tweeted messages of support for Wilson.

Here’s the screenshot of the tweet that led to the misconduct accusation:

Michael Dunn Found Guilty of 1st Degree Murder for Jordan Davis Death

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Michael Dunn Found Guilty of 1st Degree Murder for Jordan Davis Death

MICHAEL DUNN FOUND GUILTY:  Michael Dunn has been found guilty of first degree murder for the shooting death of unarmed teen Jordan Davis after an altercation erupted over loud music.

It took the jury 4.5 hours of deliberations to reach a guilty verdict. This is a huge victory for the prosecutor’s office after they ended up with a hung jury on the murder charge during the first trial. The guilty verdict comes two years after Michael Dunn fatally shot Jordan Davis.

Michael Dunn’s sentencing for Jordan Davis’ murder is tentatively scheduled for October 17.

Missouri Cops Banned from Wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” Wristbands on Duty

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Missouri Cops Banned from Wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” Wristbands

Missouri cops have been banned from wearing “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands while on duty in support of the Ferguson police officer who gunned down unarmed black teen Michael Brown last month. This about-face comes as the result of pressure from the Justice Department.

The Justice Department also directed Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson to order his officers to follow policy and wear nameplates on their uniforms after federal investigators and residents spotted some with the identifiers removed or covered up.

The ban on “I Am Darren Wilson” wristbands was confirmed Friday in a letter to Jackson from Christy Lopez, deputy chief of special litigation for the Civil Rights Division.

“These bracelets reinforce the very ‘us versus them’ mentality that many residents of Ferguson believe exists,” she wrote. She noted that the St. Louis County police chief and the superintendent of the Missouri Highway Patrol had also agreed to prohibit their officers from wearing the wristbands while on duty in Ferguson. Source: USA Today

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St. Louis County Cops Apologize for “Meet the 900-Pound Gorilla” Training Flier

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St. Louis County Cops Apologize for “Meet the 900-Pound Gorilla” Training Flier (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

St. Louis county police have issued an apology for the wording of a flier about training on how to interact with the media. The flier, which was on county letterhead, included topics such as “Meet the 900-pound Gorilla” and “Feeding the Animals” to broadcast the October 24 seminar.

The flier comes weeks after unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, was gunned down by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on a Ferguson street.

St. Louis County spokesman Brian Schellman and seminar leader Rick Rosenthal, president of RAR Communications Inc., said “Feeding the Animals” and “Meet the 900-pound Gorilla” were not meant to be racist.

Rosenthal dismissed the gorilla and animals references as a tongue-in-cheek reference of the news media and reporters, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Whatever. Um, it sounds like the PR team brought in to help the county improve its image needs some sensitivity training too.

Here’s a copy of the flier from the St. Louis County Police Academy (it has since been deleted from the website):

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St. Louis County Police Academy Training Flyer

Civil Rights Activists Slam Daniele Watts for ‘Crying Wolf’ by Accusing LAPD of Racial Profiling

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Civil Rights Activists Slam Daniele Watts for ‘Crying Wolf’ by Accusing LAPD of Racial Profiling

Civil rights activists are calling on ‘Django Unchained‘ actress Daniele Watts to apologize for accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of racial profiling.

Watts slammed the LAPD after she claimed she was arrested for kissing her boyfriend, Brian Lucas, in a car parked on a street. The truth is, the officer apprehended Watts because she and her boyfriend were accused of having sex in public.

The police maintain there was no racial component to the incident. The civil rights community has accused Daniele Watts of “crying wolf” to cover herself in what was just poor conduct on her and her boyfriend’s part. It should also be noted she pulled the “do you know who I am” line during the encounter.

Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson and others, released a statement publicly decrying Watts’ actions, saying that she is harming their cause.

Hutchinson told NBC, “There was provable cause for detention. You must have your facts. You can’t rush to judgment. If you do that, you have no credibility.” He added, “It’s like crying wolf – after a while, it has no meaning.”

 

 

Parents of Ezell Ford File Wrongful Death Claim Against LAPD

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Parents of Ezell Ford File Wrongful Death Claim Against LAPD

The parents of Ezell Ford, who was gunned down by two police officers last month in south Los Angeles, have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LAPD, accusing the police of racial profiling and using excessive force. A $75 million dollar claim was also filed against the city of Los Angeles

Ford, who was mentally ill, was fatally shot two days after unarmed black teen Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., as he and a friend were jaywalking.

Edsell and Tritobia Ford claim their son was approached by officers as he walked home on Aug. 11, even though he was not breaking the law. They say he was fatally shot minutes after he complied with the officers’ orders to lie on the ground. The officers involved in the shooting were identified as Sharlton Wampler and Antonio Villegas.

The officers claim Ezell Ford tackled one officer and reached for his gun. prompting them to fatally shoot him. A family friend who witnessed a part of the encounter, said Ford was not struggling with the officers.

Ezell Ford’s parents are seeking punitive damages for mental suffering, severe emotional distress and loss of enjoyment of life.

Grand Jury Has Until January to Decide Whether to Charge Darren Wilson

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Grand Jury Has Until January to Decide Whether to Charge Darren Wilson

The grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting now has until January 7 to decide whether or not to bring charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Wow, really?

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:  “A St. Louis County grand jury usually sits for four months, a period that for the current panel expired last week. State law provides for a term of up to six months, which moves the date to November. On Sept. 10, Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington issued an order adding 60 days more. “She extended it to the full amount allowed by law,” Court Administrator Paul Fox said Monday. But he added that the grand jury will keep meeting until Jan. 7 only if it needs to.”

Leon Ford, Left Paralyzed After Being Shot During Traffic Stop, Acquitted on Assault Charges

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Leon Ford, Left Paralyzed After Being Shot During Traffic Stop, Acquitted on Assault Charges

Leon Ford, who was left paralyzed after officers shot him during a November 2012 traffic stop on Pittsburgh’s East End, was found not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault. The jury deadlocked on all the other charges.

Ford was charged after fleeing from officers during a traffic stop. They opened fire after fearing for their lives.

The trial wrapped up last week after days of testimony that included police officers, use of force experts and Ford himself.

Ford took the stand last Monday.

He told the jury he thought he was going to die once gunfire rang out at the end of the traffic stop. He testified he was terrified when police kept insisting he might have been Lamont Ford.

His wheelchair was lifted onto the witness stand before the jury arrived, and he testified the tone was set when the first officer to approach him snatched his license from him. Things went downhill once it took so long to determine who he was.

“I didn’t know if they were going to beat me, shoot me or tax me,” said Ford.

He claimed that the car started moving before he knew it and he had no idea an officer got into the car until he heard gunshots and smelled smoke.

The prosecution contends Ford was trying to push the police officer out of the car, when he was shot. Source:  Pittsburgh CBS Local