Dec 15, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Chicago Judge Negates $3.5M Verdict In Police Shooting Of Niko Husband
Dec. 15, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, the links today:
- A Chicago judge negated a $3.5 million verdict in the fatal shooting of unarmed Niko Husband by former Officer Marco Proano in July 2011 after a bizarre miscommunication with the jury. Attorneys for Husband’s family have asked an associate judge to reinstate the earlier verdict. Husband was shot three times under questionable circumstances, once at close range, according to the autopsy report. Proano has since been put on desk duty after unloading a gun on unarmed teenagers and is under criminal investigation by the US attorney’s office and the FBI.
- Chicago Police Commander Glenn Evans was found not guilty on charges of official misconduct and aggravated battery of Rickey J. Williams in 2013. Evans, suspecting that Williams was armed, allegedly jammed a gun down Williams’ mouth and held a Taser to his groin.
- The Department of Justice announced that it will investigate the fatal shooting of unarmed Darrius Stewart by Memphis Officer Connor Schilling in July. Stewart was shot and killed after allegedly attacking a police officer during a traffic stop. A Memphis grand jury had previously decided not to indict Schilling over the killing.
- The US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by the city of Los Angeles concerning the award of $5.7 million to police brutality victim Robert Contreras. Contreras was left paralyzed from the waist down when officers shot him in the back as he exited his vehicle unarmed.
- Alleged victims of police brutality at the hands of Suffolk County Officer James Burke and Nassau Officer Vincent LoGiudice have come forward. LoGiudice was acquitted on Friday of felony and misdemeanor assault charges stemming from his encounter with Kyle Howell during a traffic stop in April 2014. Burke was indicted last week for allegedly assaulting Christopher Loeb in 2012 and conspiracy to obstruct a federal investigation into the attack.
- A California DA decided not to bring charges against Officer Patrick Feaster who shot and wounded unarmed DUI suspect Andrew Thomas last month. The DA stated that the officer’s actions were “not justified but not criminal”.
- A pretrial hearing for former Cincinnati Officer Ray Tensing in the fatal shooting of Samuel Dubose in July has been set for Tuesday.
- Matthew Chaseman was shot and wounded by NJ police on Monday. A BB gun with the red tip painted over was recovered from the scene. More details of the incident are still to be released.
- Baltimore police responding to an attempted to suicide, killed a man after he allegedly advanced on officers with knives in hand. The officers tried to subdue the man with tasers which had no effect.
- Video footage appears to confirm that a man, fatally shot by New Orleans Officer Frederick Carter during a traffic stop on Monday, fired the first bullet. The identity of the man has not yet been released.