Nov 25, 2015
Fault Lines Links – Fullerton, CA, Reaches $4.9M Settlement With Father Of Kelly Thomas
Nov. 25, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Hi folks, your links this morning:
- The city of Fullerton, CA, reached a $4.9 million settlement with the father of Kelly Thomas, just moments before his wrongful death suit was set to begin. Thomas, a schizophrenic homeless man, died in 2011 after he was repeatedly struck with the butt of an officers’ stun gun. Officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli were acquitted of voluntary manslaughter last year and the city also paid $1 million settlement to Thomas’ mother in 2012.
- The gruesome footage of the police shooting of Laquan McDonald was released yesterday. A few hours earlier, Officer Jason Van Dyke was charged with the first degree murder of McDonald and held without bail.
- Two Texan correctional officers were indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide over the in custody death of Jonathan Paul in March. Paul died three days after he was arrested by police and an autopsy found that he was physically restrained and pepper-sprayed before his death. Paul’s family have also filed a wrongful death suit.
- Officer Roy Olsen shot at Jamaal Bishop several times on Monday in Belleair, FL. Olsen claims he feared for his life after Bishop pointed a weapon at him, which turned out to be a BB gun. Bishop was discharged from hospital uninjured a few hours after the shooting occurred.
- South Berwick Officer John Lizanecz will not face criminal charges for the fatal shooting of Karin Moller last December in Maine. Moller was in possession of a handgun and had allegedly told a colleague she hoped police would kill her on arrival at her house. Lizanecz shot Moller after he encountered her in her car armed with the handgun.
- US District Court of Wyoming ruled that Cheyenne police did not act negligently when Mathew Carabajal was shot by an officer after he attempted to evade arrest in 2011. Wyoming City had filed a motion asking the U.S. District Court of Wyoming to rule in their favor without a trial. Carabajal claims he was stopped without probable cause.
- Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel released a statement agreeing with a recommendation that Officer Dante Servin be fired. Servin shot dead unarmed Rekia Boyd in April and was found not guilty of involuntary manslaughter in September.