Feb 25, 2016
Fault Lines Links – Judge Greenlights Suit Against NJ Cops In Killing Of Derreck Mack
Feb. 25, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Good morning, people. Here’s what you need to know.
- A federal judge ruled that a civil suit brought by Derreck Mack’s mother against Atlantic City, NJ, may proceed. NJ officers shot and killed unarmed 18-year old Mack in December 2012, shooting him in the back as he surrendered. The complaint alleges that officers were reckless and negligent in their actions and delayed the arrival of medical assistance by several minutes.
- Madison Officer Eric Parker’s third criminal trial and first state trial has been postponed until April. Parker aggressively took out 57 year old Patel, who was going for his morning walk at the time, partly paralyzing him. The two previous federal trials ended with deadlocked juries.
- Cuyahoga Country prosecutor Tim McGinty recommended the overturning of Kenneth Blackshaw’s drug trafficking conviction and his release from prison due to police misconduct on the part of Blackshaw’s arresting officers. Three East Cleveland officers linked to his case were previously charged with making false statements, conspiracy and theft.
- The trial date of former NM police chief Mario Contreras has been set for May 19. Contreras is accused of sexually harassing women while on duty and was arrested on charges of stalking and battery.
- Authorities say that 16-year old Robert Keil shot dead by St Louis police on Wednesday was suicidal. Officers were responding to a burglary call when the encountered the teen armed with a weapon. Keil allegedly lunged at officers leading them to shoot. It is reported that a suicide note was found at his home.
Main image via Ben Fogletto/Press of Atlantic City