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Fault Lines Links – Jury Deliberates in Police Brutality Trial of William Melendez

Nov. 19, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Morning everybody, here are the links:

  • A Michigan jury is deliberating in the trial of former Inkster Officer William Melendez, who was caught on video repeatedly punching motorist Floyd Dent repeatedly during a traffic stop. Melendez faces felony charges of misconduct in office, assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder and assault by strangulation.
  • The officers involved in the shooting death of handcuffed Jamar Clark last weekend have been identified as Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze.
  • The Illinois Attorney-General has requested that Chicago PD release the dashboard camera footage of the killing of Laquan McDonald earlier this year. A judge is set to rule today on a public records request filed by a freelance journalist seeking the video. According to sources who have seen the footage, Officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times after he had retreated.
  • Miami police shot dead a man on Wednesday night after two tasers failed to subdue him. The man who was armed with an unknown non-lethal weapon had jumped on the officers’ patrol vehicle and allegedly then became violent towards the officers.
  • The death of Ralkina Jones in her Cleveland jail cell was ruled accidental according to a medical report released last week.
  • A jury cleared Elk Grove Officer Paul Beckham in the 2011 shooting of unarmed John Hesselbein in California. Beckham shot Hesselbein while on his back and handcuffed in the police car claiming he believed the suspect was reaching for a weapon in his waistband. Two searches failed to turn up a weapon. Hesselbein’s injury was not life threatening.
  • Osceola Prosecutor ruled that a Michigan state trooper was justified in using deadly force against Eugene Kailing who charged at him with a metal pipe. The trooper had first used his taser which had no effect on the man.
  • A Texas grand jury cleared Officers Rebecca Diaz and Fernando Flores in the fatal shooting of Randall Lance Hughes in August. The officers approached Hughes who had been accused of stealing $80 of brisket when he brandished a 3-inch blade. After tasers failed to subdue him, Flores discharged his weapon.
  • Former Niagara Falls Officer James Conte pleaded guilty to third-degree assault in a road rage assault. Conte struck a man with his motorcycle helmet and knocked him unconscious while off-duty in a restaurant parking lot.

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