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

“Django Unchained” Actress Daniele Watts Handcuffed by Cops After Kissing White Boyfriend

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Django Unchained Actress Daniele Watts Handcuffed for Kissing White Boyfriend (Photo credit: Facebook)

JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL:  Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts was left in tears after she was handcuffed by cops because they mistook her for a prostitute because she kissed her white boyfriend, Brian James Lucas.

Watts, who played slave CoCo in the Oscar Award-winning film, posted the news of the incident on her Facebook page on Sept. 2. She said her arm was cut when she was handcuffed.

Watts claims she was ‘handcuffed and detained’ by police after being mistaken for a prostitute as she kissed her Lucas. The couple say they were kissing on a Hollywood street when police were called and they were asked to show their identification card but she refused.

Daniele Watts wrote on her Facebook page:  “Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.”

UPDATE: It seems that Daniele Watts and her boyfriend were making out. Witnesses said the two were having sex with the car door wide open. They beg to differ. It seems that we are getting closer to the truth. Here’s the transcript of Watts’ encounter with police:

Watts: (sobbing) I don’t understand how we live in a free country where I’m at a parking lot making out with my boyfriend and I get arrested just because somebody called the cops. I don’t understand how we live in a free country where cops can put you in handcuffs… for nothing.
Sgt. Parker: (speaking to someone in background) Stay here, I’d be careful… A little emotional.
Sgt. Parker (to Watts): What’s your first name? Why do you think you’re in handcuffs? Do you think we put you in handcuffs or you did?
Watts: I put myself in handcuffs?
Sgt. Parker: Who do you think put yourself in handcuffs? Who do you think put you in handcuffs?
Watts: I think that this officer right here put me handcuffs because…
Sgt. Parker No, I think you did the minute you left the scene.
Watts: Yes, because I was being treated as a criminal before I even did anything.
Sgt. Parker: I’m sorry, do you… do you see the gentleman here in handcuffs? Is the gentleman here in handcuffs before you? No, he’s not.
Watts: Do you think that I’m stupid?
Sgt. Parker: I don’t think you’re stupid at all
Watts: What’s your first name Officer Parker?
Sgt. Parker: My name is Sergeant Parker and that’s all you need to know.
Watts: Why do you need to know my first name but I don’t need to know your first name?
Sgt. Parker Because I need to identify you as a source of a radio call
Watts: So I think I’d like to identify you to my publicist, what’s your first name?
Sgt. Parker: Now you see why you’re in handcuffs?
Watts: Why because you’re afraid of the news getting out about you arresting someone who’s innocent, who was making out with her boyfriend?
Sgt. Parker: I’ve been on the news many times.
Watts: Awesome.
Second officer: Ma’am, I explained to you over there why you’re in handcuffs
Watrts: Because you asked me to turn around and face the wall and I did.
Second officer: When you left my supervisor when he told you stay…
Watts: Did he tell me to stay or did I say I am walking away and I was talking to my dad? Did you hear him tell me to stay here?
Sgt. Parker: You can’t walk away ma’am
Second officer: He didn’t say anything to you as you walked away…
Watts: You didn’t say anything to me as I was walking away.

Daniele Watts’ Facebook post:

Biracial Utah Man, Darrien Nathaniel Hunt, Killed by Cops While Carrying Samurai Sword

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Biracial Utah Man, Darrien Nathaniel Hunt, Killed by Cops While Carrying Samurai Sword

Darrien Nathaniel Hunt was gunned down by police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, while he carried a Samurai sword. His mother, Susan Hunt, said he wouldn’t have been shot if he were white. The autopsy shows the 22-year-0ld man was gunned down from behind.

Hunt said, “I’m in Saratoga Springs, cause it’s a safe little community and they killed him.” “They killed my son because he’s black. No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away.”

Police said two officers shot Darrien Nathaniel Hunt on Wednesday while he was carrying a Samurai sword after responding to a report of a suspicious person.

Attorney Randall Edwards issued a statement to KSL News Saturday saying the findings of the autopsy are consistent with witness statements that Hunt was running away from police when he was shot multiple times.

“It would appear difficult, if not impossible, to reconcile these facts with the story that Darrien was lunching toward the officers when he was shot,” Edwards’ statement said. Source: KSL News

The Saratoga Springs Police Department issued a statement after three days of silence on what led the officers to kill Darrien Nathaniel Hunt:

“When the officers made contact with Mr. Hunt, he brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot,” a prepared statement from Utah County Chief Deputy Attorney Tim Taylor said. “There is currently no indication that race played any role in the confrontation between Mr. Hunt and the police officers.”

Where’s the proof Darrien Hunt brandished and lunged towards the officers with the sword? Were they wearing body cameras? Hunt’s mother described the sword as a Katana blade that was purchased at an Asian souvenir shop and said it is unable to cut anything. The officers have been identified as Corporal Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson.

This comes a little over a month after unarmed black teen, Michael Brown, was gunned down by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Mo.

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