Dec 17, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Chicago PD Resist Release of Alfontish Cockerham Shooting Video
Dec. 17, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, the links this morning:
- The journalists behind the release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video are pushing for the release of the footage showing the fatal police shooting of Alfontish Cockerham by Chicago officers in August. Chicago PD claims Cockerham was running away from officers when he turned and pointed a gun at officers leading them to shoot. However, the autopsy report shows that Cockerham was shot at least once from behind.
- The trial of Baltimore Officer William Porter over the death of Freddie Gray was declared as mistrial as the jurors failed to reach consensus.
- A San Diego judge ruled for the release of the video footage of the police shooting of Fridoon Rawshan Nehad in April. Officer Neal Browder shot and killed Nehad after he brandished what appeared to be a knife, but later turned out to be a pen.
- Authorities released dashcam footage of the fatal shooting of Ryan McMillan by University of North Texas Officer Stephen Bean. McMillan appears to advance on Bean with his axe down while telling the officer to shoot him.
- An investigation into the death of Darrius Stewart released on Tuesday, revealed that eyewitnesses to the police shooting of Darrius Stewart claim he was moving away from Memphis Officer Connor Schilling when subsequent shots were fired.
- Xavier Hempstead filed a lawsuit against Cleveland police for unlawful use of force in 2013. The lawsuit claims Officer Robert Miles shot through his SUV rear window while Hempstead was using his cellphone, wounding him. Hempstead says he drove away out of fear but surrendered almost immediately. The officers involved stated at the time that they saw Hampstead pointing a gun, however no weapon was found at the scene.
- The family of Feras Morad filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Long Beach, CA. A bleeding Morad was suffering a bad reaction to magic mushrooms when he was shot and killed by Officer Matthew Hernandez after he disobeyed police commands and allegedly threatened the officer in May.
- NY Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a settlement intended to reduce the use of solitary confinement in NY correctional facilities.
- Essex County, MA, district attorney cleared Officer April Clarizia of criminal responsibility in the fatal shooting of Christopher Whitmarsh in October. Clarizia fired at Whitmarsh after he disobeyed orders and repeatedly rammed his car into police cruisers.