Oct 30, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Texas Officer Wins Immunity Over Fatal Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man
Oct. 30, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Happy Friday people, a lot happening this morning:
- A federal court dropped a manslaughter charge against Texas Officer Charles Kleinert in the fatal shooting of unarmed Larry Jackson Jr in 2013. Kleinert claimed he shot Jackson by accident after a struggle, stating that he meant to hit the man with his gun instead of firing it. The judge agreed that Kleinert enjoyed immunity from state charges under the US Constitution, as he was working for a federal task force at the time of the incident.
- On Thursday, a grand jury in DeKalb County, GA recommended no indictment for Officer Joseph Pitt in the fatal shooting of Kevin Davis in his home earlier this year. The grand jury also recommended that prosecutors further investigate the case of Officer Robert Olsen shooting dead unarmed veteran Anthony Hill.
- A grand jury decided not to indict four Albany officers involved in the tasing death of unarmed Dontay Ivy earlier this year. The officers approached and tasered Ivy because he had been acting ‘strangely’. The medical report later determined that the tasing was not a significant contributing factor to his death.
- The trial of former Michigan Officer William Melendez, who was caught on video repeatedly punching a motorist during a traffic stop, will begin on Monday. Melendez faces felony charges of misconduct in office, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assault by strangulation.
- An inquest has been ordered into the fatal shooting of Samuel T. Smith by Seattle officers in July this year. The incident, which was captured on police dashcam, involved Smith lunging at officers with a large knife before being shot.
- Oklahoma Officer Thomas Jeha faces misdemeanor assault charges after being caught on video aggressively assaulting a student in a school hallway.
- Amonderez Green died of the gunshot wound he suffered to his face following an altercation with St Louis police on Monday. The surrounding circumstances of the incident remain unclear.
- Georgia Officer Kevin Williams shot a knife wielding teen who was suffering a mental episode on Wednesday afternoon. The teen remains in critical condition.