Feb 16, 2016
Fault Lines Links – DeKalb Sergeant On Trial For Beatings Of Handcuffed Teens
Feb. 16, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning people, your links today:
- DeKalb County Sergeant Anthony Robinson will stand trial on Tuesday for ordering the beating of handcuffed teenage robbery suspects. Robinson was indicted on aggravated assault and rackateering charges in 2012.
- North Carolina Officer Bryon Vassey was granted a bench trial in a case where he is charged with voluntary manslaughter for shooting dead schizophrenic teen Keith Vidal at his home in January 2015. Vassey was responding to calls for help from Vidal’s parents after the teen suffered an episode, and shortly after his arrival, Vassey fired shots to allegedly protect himself and other officers. A bench trial means that a judge will hear the case instead of a 12-person jury.
- Cincinnati Officer Andre Smith clarified that he fired a shot at unarmed Ali Gervacio during a foot chase on Sunday because he believed Gervacio was reaching into his coat for a weapon.
- Jeremy King is suing the Austin police department accusing them of racial discrimination and excessive force. The suit stems from an incident in November where Austin officers arrested and beat up non-white jaywalkers.
- The city of Allentown, PA, settled a federal civil rights lawsuit brought by Victoria Geist for $100,000 over Officer Jason Ammary’s use of force on her daughter. Ammary, a school resource officer, fired his stun gun into 14-year old Keshana Wilson’s groin after a short struggle in 2011.
- Nevada Assemblyman John Moore has accused the FBI and Oregon police of murdering Robert ‘Lavoy’ Finicum. Finicum’s family have also accused the FBI of covering up his death. Finicum was killed during the standoff in Oregon last month. Authorities contend that Finicum was reaching for a weapon leading them to shoot; Finicum’s family claim officers opened fire before he left his truck.