Jan 4, 2016
Fault Lines Links – Anita Alvarez Asks FBI To Investigate Chicago Police Double Shooting
Jan. 4, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Welcome back folks, here’s what you missed:
- Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez has requested that the FBI join the investigation into the fatal shooting of Bettie Jones and Quintonio LeGrier by Chicago police last week. Police responding to a domestic disturbance opened fire on LeGrier who was wielding a baseball bat and had become ‘combative’. Jones, a neighbor of LeGrier, was shot by accident. LeGrier’s father filed a wrongful death suit against the city on Thursday.
- The New Years Eve shooting death of Keith Childress Jr. by Las Vegas police was ruled a homicide. Officers shot Childress after they mistook a cell phone he was holding for a gun.
- A Cleveland grand jury declined to charge Officer Timothy Loehmann for the killing of 12 year old Tamir Rice in November 2014. Loehmann shot Rice after mistaking a toy gun he was playing with for a real firearm.
- A Colorado grand jury decided not to charge Aurora Officer Paul Jerothe who shot and killed unarmed fugitive Naeschylus Carter Vinzant in March 2015. Jerothe claims that during his pursuit of Vinzant, the man assumed an aggressive stance leading him to shoot.
- A hearing on a speedy trial request from former South Carolina Officer Michael Slager accused of shooting dead unarmed Walter Scott in April 2015 is scheduled for Monday.
- Body cam footage was released of the shooting of Jose Rodriguez by Albuquerque officers last week. The footage appears to corroborate Officer Andrew Quillman’s claim that Rodriguez was armed and aimed his weapon at officers.