Feb 1, 2016
Fault Lines Links – Execution Set For Kevn Cooper Following CA Moratorium
Feb. 1, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning people. Here are your links:
- Kevin Cooper is set to be the first person to be executed since California’s moratorium on executions ended in November. Cooper was convicted of the brutal murder of the Ryens family in 1983. Many federal judges have disputed Cooper’s murder conviction, which was based mostly on circumstantial evidence, and several disparities have since come to light including the withholding of evidence by the prosecution and a potentially exculpatory blood sample.
- Florida deputy Jesse Terrell was indicted for beating Derrick Price in 2014. The assault, which was carried out by several officers, was caught on video. Terrell, who has since been dismissed from the police department, is facing 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
- The Department of Justice announced an investigation into the San Francisco Police Department. The focus of the investigation has not been revealed but the probe is believed to have been initiated as a result of the fatal shooting of Mario Woods last year.
- The Better Government Association reported that the city of Chicago has paid up $642 million in police misconduct claims since 2004.
- Chicago Officer Robert Rialto, who shot dead Quintinio LeGrier and Bettie Jones on New Year’s Eve, announced his intention to sue LeGrier’s family claiming the teenager assaulted him and caused him emotional distress.
- After receiving numerous death threats, Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke has requested for a change of venue for his forthcoming trial. Van Dyke is charged in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. It has also emerged that the video of the McDonald shooting may have been intentionally sabotaged by Chicago PD which is the reason why no audio is available on the video.
- Albuquerque Officers Dominique Perez and Keith Sandy involved in the shooting death of James Boyd, had their change-of-venue motion denied. The officers are accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of schizophrenic homeless Boyd in March 2014. Video evidence of the encounter appears to show Boyd surrendering before he is shot.