Nov 6, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Jury Acquits Pa. Officer Lisa Mearkle In Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Man
Nov. 6, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Happy Friday everybody, your final links update of the week:
- Pennsylvania Officer Lisa Mearkle was acquitted by a jury on all charges in connection to the fatal shooting of unarmed David Kassick in February. Mearkle had claimed she believed that Kassick was reaching for a weapon when she shot him twice in the back after fleeing a traffic stop.
- The trial of former Michigan Officer William Melendez, accused of assault and misconduct, began on Wednesday. Melendez was caught on video repeatedly punching motorist Floyd Dent during a traffic stop. Dent, who had charges of drug possession and resisting arrest dropped against him, claims that Melendez planted drugs in his vehicle.
- The parents of 18 year old Timothy Hill, shot dead by West Virginia Officer B. D. Gillespie last year, have filed a lawsuit against Gillespie and the police department. Hill’s parents claim the officer had a personal vendetta against their son. Gillespie allegedly shot unarmed Hill twice at close range in his own driveway over a prank. A grand jury previously cleared Gillespie on criminal charges in October 2014.
- The family of Kobvey Igbuhay is seeking a federal probe into the unarmed teen’s death at the hands of Tampa Officer Jimmy Houston last week. Igbuhay was shot in a swamp by Houston after being pursued on suspicion of car theft.
- Arthur Velazquez announced that he intends to press charges against Arizona officers for violently assaulting him this week. The officers claim Velazquez matched the description of a suspect they were pursuing. Velazquez suffered a concussion and required five stitches following the encounter. The dashcam video of the incident is gruesome.
- Pennsylvania Trooper Michael Trotta, who was accused of excessive force, was fired last week. Trotta hit and tased Chris Siennick after he made an obscene gesture at the officer. Siennick was arrested and spent three weeks in jail before charges were dropped.