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Fault Lines Links – First Baltimore Officer Goes On Trial In Death Of Freddy Gray

Nov. 30, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Welcome back folks, here’s what we’re watching:

  • The trial of Baltimore Officer William Porter in the death of Freddie Gray will start today. Porter is the first of six officers to be tried in connection with Gray’s death in police custody in April.
  • Delaware Officer Thomas Webster is set to go on trial on Monday for allegedly kicking Lateef Dickerson unconscious in 2013. Webster was responding to a call that a fight was in progress at a gas station and confronted Dickerson who matched the description of the suspect. Video of the encounter had previously been released.
  • The trial of former Fairfax County Officer Adam Torres charged with the murder of unarmed John Geer in 2013 has been postponed until April 18, 2016. Torres, responding to a domestic dispute report, shot Geer on his doorstep.
  • Seattle settled a police brutality claim for $100,000 with Daniel Pontecorvo who was injured during his arrest by officers in 2012. Pontecorvo was filming police when they arrived at the scene in response to a noise complaint. He suffered broken bones in his face after police beat him with fists, batons and flashlights. Pontecorvo was never charged with a crime according to the lawsuit.
  • The Missouri Supreme Court dismissed death row inmate Reggie Clemons’ murder convictions on the grounds that he was denied a fair trial through prosecutorial misconduct. The court held that Clemons’ constitutional rights were violated because prosecutors withheld evidence that he had been beaten into giving a confession. The state now had 60 days to decide whether to retry Clemons as an accessory to the murder of two sisters in 1991.
  • A New Mexico court has ordered a new trial amidst concerns that Hispanics were unlawfully excluded from the jury in the wrongful death case of Mexican national Juventino Hernandez. The case concerns the use of excessive force by Clover Police when they hog tied and restrained Hernandez with a dog leash ultimately leading to his death in 2006.
  • Enhanced surveillance images of the shooting of Tamir Rice were released on Saturday. The images are being used to establish the timeline of events in the case.
  • Protests continued across the country over the police shooting of Jamar Clark in Minneapolis earlier this month; and following the release of the video footage showing the shooting of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Officer Jason Van Dyke in Chicago last year. Burger King manager Jay Darshane has come forward this weekend accusing Chicago police of erasing surveillance footage of the incident.
  • Cellphone footage of the shooting of Armando Montalvo by Orange County, FL, police in August was released last week. Mentally ill and WWE-obsessed Montalvo was shot by Officer Stephen Wahl outside a WWE facility after he charged at Wahl whilst allegedly armed with a knife. Montalvo survived the shooting and is expected to go on trial for aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer next year.
  • Minnesota Officers Michael Johnston and Shawn Murphy shot dead Michael Gerald Ray Kirvelay in Columbia Heights last week. The officers, who had been called to the scene by concerned family members, shot Kirvelay after he allegedly produced a weapon and refused to heed to police commands. Family members claim the weapon was in fact a BB gun.
  • Freddy Baez was shot dead by New Jersey police last week after allegedly exchanging gunfire. The officers had been called to the scene after receiving reports of a domestic dispute. Baez’s family is seeking an independent investigation into incident.
  • A Springfield, MO, officer shot and killed Magnum Phillips while responding to a domestic dispute last week. Phillips was allegedly armed with a knife and reached for the officer’s gun, prompting him to shoot.
  • DeKalb County police fatally shot a Missouri man on Sunday night after he pointed a gun at the officers. No other details have been released.
  • Kanawha County Officer BD Humphreys shot and injured Mickey Davis in West Virginia last week. Humphreys, who was attempting to stop the man for a traffic offense, shot Davis after he allegedly tried to run Humphreys over with his vehicle. Davis remains in intensive care.
  • NY police shot and wounded a man in Brooklyn whilst executing a warrant last week. The suspect reportedly refused to follow police orders leading the officers to shoot him.
  • Long Beach officers shot and injured Hung Doan Nguyen, armed with a meat cleaver, on Friday. Nguyen repeatedly refused to obey police commands leading the officers to shoot. Nguyen is to be charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

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