Dec 16, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Another Chicago PD Cover Up Alleged In Death Of Emmanuel Lopez
Dec. 16, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, here’s what we’re watching:
- Allegations of another cover up by Chicago PD have surfaced in the police shooting death of Emmanuel Lopez in 2005. Officers fired over 40 shots at Lopez after he allegedly ran over two officers and pinned one under his car as he was fleeing a traffic accident. Officer Jason Van Dyke, recently charged with the murder in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in 2014, was assigned to write a case report on the incident but admitted he never interviewed any of the officers involved and that another detective at the scene wrote it.
- A federal judge ruled that Chicago Officers Keith Kirkland and Tommy Walker were liable for excessive force when they dragged Philip Coleman from a jail cell by his arms in 2012. Coleman later died in medical care. The investigation into Coleman’s death re-opened following the release of new surveillance footage. The Independent Police Review Authority had previously cleared the officers involved on any charges.
- The Department of Justice announced an investigation into the death of unarmed Dontre Hamilton by former Milwaukee Officer Christopher Manney in April 2014. The investigation was requested by Milwaukee police chief after federal officials had previously decided not to file federal criminal civil rights charges against Manney. Manney shot schizophrenic Hamilton 14 times following a confrontation in a park in 2014.
- Federal officials are investigating the shooting death of Fridoon Rawshawn Nehad by San Diego Officer Neal Browder in April. Browder shot and killed Nehad after he brandished what appeared to be a knife but later turned out to be a pen. San Diego DA had previously announced that no charges would be brought against Browder.
- Orange County DA cleared Fountain Valley, CA, Officer Shaun McKay in the fatal shooting of Dean Kristian Genova in April. A hallucinating Genova tussled with officers trying to handcuff him and allegedly managed to get a grip on an officer’s gun leading McKay to shoot.
- The family of Calvin McKinnis shot dead by New Orleans Officer Frederick Carter during a traffic stop on Monday dispute the police account that McKinnis fired the first shot. The family say they don’t believe McKinnis even owned a gun. Dashcam footage of the incident has not been released.
- The jury in the trial of Baltimore Officer William Porter in the death of Freddie Gray is deadlocked. The judge has ordered them to resume deliberations on Wednesday and try to reach a consensus.
- No trial date has been set for former University of Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing charged with the murder of Samuel Dubose. The next hearing date has been scheduled for February 11, 2016.
- Officers shot dead a man in Gaston County, TX, on Tuesday after he struck a police car with his vehicle in an attempt to escape.