Nov 20, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Judge Orders Release Of Laquan McDonald Shooting Video
Nov. 20, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Happy Friday people, your links this morning:
- A Chicago judge issued a court order to make public the video footage of the officer-involved shooting of 17 year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. McDonald was shot 16 times by Officer Jason Van Dyke, several times in the back. In April, the city agreed to pay the teen’s family $5 million in damages.
- A Michigan jury convicted former Inkster cop William Melendez of misconduct in office and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder. Patrol dash cam footage showed Melendez repeatedly punching unarmed motorist Floyd Dent during a traffic stop in January. Melendez will be sentenced on December 3.
- Essex District Attorney determined that Officer Stephen Emery who fatally shot Rafael Suazo in Boston in July was justified in using deadly force. The DA found that Emery was first hit by Suazo’s vehicle which prompted him to shoot. The family contends that medical evidence shows that Emery fired his weapon after he was out of danger.
- St Louis police released video footage of the moments leading up to Ferguson officers’ encounter with Amonderez Green and the immediate aftermath. The videos do not show the moment at which Green allegedly turned a weapon on himself.
- A special prosecutor was appointed to review the fatal shooting of Isaac Holmes by St Louis officers in January because of potential conflicts of interests. Police shot Holmes after he allegedly emerged from a stolen car holding a gun.
- Lt Bob Kroll, Head of the Minneapolis Police Union, said on Thursday that Jamar Clark had control of an officer’s gun and was not handcuffed when he was shot.
- Francis Hartnett was shot dead by New Jersey officers on Wednesday after he advanced on them with a knife in hand.