Jan 15, 2016
Fault Lines Links – Chicago Releases Video Of Cedrick Chatman Death
Jan. 15, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, here’s what you need to know:
- Surveillance footage of the shooting of 17-year old Cedrick Chatman by Chicago officers in 2013 was made public after the city of Chicago reversed its opposition to its release. Officer Kevin Fry stopped Chatman on suspicion of carjacking and claimed that the boy pointed an object in his direction leading him to shoot. The video contradicts the account, showing Chatman exiting the vehicle and running away with his back to the officers before he is shot. The item in Chatman’s hand was later discovered to be an iPhone box.
- Las Vegas PD claim a miscommunication led to the fatal shooting of unarmed Keith Childress on New Year’s Eve. Officers shot Childress after they were informed he was wanted for attempted murder and mistook a cell phone he was holding for a gun.
- Cook County State Attorney Anita Alvarez has dropped drug charges against Ben Baker who has already served a decade in prison. The charges were overturned after Chicago Sergeant Ronald Watts, who had testified at Baker’s trial, was convicted of extorting protection payoffs from drug dealers.
- Spokane, WA, police released body cam footage of the shooting of Tyler Randant in November. Randant was shot and wounded by officers after allegedly attempting to carjack several drivers with a knife and ignoring police orders.