Jan 5, 2016
Fault Lines Links – Judge Orders Retrial In Chicago PD Shooting of Darius Pinex
Jan. 5, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, here’s what you need to know:
- A federal judge has ordered a retrial in the 2011 Chicago police shooting of Darius Pinex after finding that the city’s attorney intentionally concealed evidence in the case. Officers Gildardo Sierra and Raoul Mosqueda shot dead Darius Pinex and injured Matthew Colyer at a traffic stop, claiming they mistook the victim’s car for a vehicle description transmitted over police radio. According to court records, the city’s attorney, Jordan Marsh, deliberately concealed his knowledge that the officers couldn’t have heard the dispatch as it was emitted over a different frequency. Marsh has since resigned.
- An excessive force lawsuit was filed by the family of Bettie Jones, who was accidentally shot by Chicago PD last week. Police claim they mistakenly shot Jones while responding to a domestic disturbance which resulted in the shooting death of Quintonio LeGrier who was wielding a baseball bat and had become ‘combative’.
- The Independent Police Review Authority, the body which investigates Chicago police misconduct, announced new reforms on Monday. The announcement comes after a spate of cover up allegations of shootings of several young black men by Chicago PD.
- The family of William M. Jackson Jr. has filed a federal lawsuit against Harrisburg, PA, Officers Chad McGowan and Jeremy Christ who shot Jackson dead in 2013. The officers’ use of deadly force was previously ruled to be justified. The officers claim they were forced to shoot Jackson after he attempted to run them over during a traffic stop. The family’s attorney contends the officers fired 18 shots into the vehicle after they were out of danger.
- Former SC Officer Michael Slager was granted his request for a speedy trial, with a date to be set for October 31. Slager was released on a $500,000 bond on Monday until his trial date. He is accused of murder in the shooting death of unarmed Walter Scott in April 2015.