Jan 11, 2016
Fault Lines Links – Chicago PD Accused Of Threatening Witnesses Of Laquan McDonald Shooting
Jan. 11, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Welcome to Monday folks, here’s what’s been happening:
- Recently released documents allege that Chicago PD threatened witness and falsified their accounts in connection with the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald by Officer Jason Van Dyke in October 2014.
- The 2013 shooting of Esau Castellanos by Chicago Officers Juan Martinez and Shawn Lawryn is under investigation by the FBI. Castellanos crashed his car after being pursued by the officers. The officers claim that he opened fire leading them to shoot 19 times. His family dispute this story, asserting that a gun was never found at the scene.
- New footage of the police shooting death of James Dudley Barker in January 2015 has prompted Salt Lake County DA to re-open the case. The DA had originally concluded that Officer Matthew Taylor had been justified in shooting Barker after Barker hit him with a shovel. The new video contradicts this account, appearing to show Taylor standing over Barker’s body and shooting him at close range.
- The city of Waterloo, IA, settled the wrongful death suit of the 2012 police shooting of Derrick Ambrose Jr. for $2.5 million. An armed Ambrose was fleeing police outside a nightclub, then later discarded his gun and was shot when he refused to obey police commands to remain on the ground.
- A Baltimore judge ruled that Officer William Porter will not be obliged to testify at Officer Caesar Goodson’s trial in the death of Freddie Gray for now. Jury selection in the trial is set to start on Monday.
- NYPD Sgt. Kizzy Adonis, the supervising officer present at the time of Eric Garner’s chokehold death in 2014, is facing departmental charges of failure to supervise. She will be placed on modified duties. Officer Daniel Pantaleo who administered the fatal chokehold has not yet been charged and remains under investigation.