Feb 4, 2016
Fault Lines Links – LAPD Cop Unjustified In Fatal Shooting Of Sergio Navas
Feb. 4, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning people, your links today:
- LAPD Officer Brian Van Gorden was not justified in the fatal shooting of Sergio Navas last year according to police chief Charlie Beck. The officer shot Navas following a short pursuit fearing that Navas was armed. His family have urged the prosecutor to file manslaughter charges against VanGorden. The Navas family have also filed a $10 million lawsuit against the department and the city.
- The federal judge who dismissed charges against Officer Eric Parker in the brutal assault of Sureshbhai Patel in February 2015, will unseal transcripts alleging police misconduct in Parker’s first trial.
- The family of Robert ‘Lavoy” Finicum who was killed during the standoff in Oregon have accused the FBI and the police of covering up his death. Authorities contend that Finicum was reaching for a weapon leading them to shoot; Finicum’s family claim officers opened fire before he left his truck.
- Attorneys for Baltimore Officer Edward M. Nero have requested for the charge of second-degree assault to be dismissed. Nero is the next officer to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray in April 2015. His trial is scheduled to start on Feb 22.
- NJ Officer Domenico Lillo has pleaded guilty to using excessive force when he smacked a handcuffed Brandon Walsh with a flashlight knocking out several of his teeth during a 2013 arrest. A police brutality lawsuit has been filed by Walsh against Lillo and two other officers which may be put on hold pending the outcome of the federal criminal investigations.
- The second trial of Louisville, KY, Officer Leslie Wagner began this week. Wagner is charged with perjury and false swearing in connection with the confrontation and arrest of a repo man in October 2013.