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19/09/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

Investigation Underway After Black Motorcyclist Allegedly Trapped, Shot Dead by D.C. Police

Investigation Underway After Black Motorcyclist Allegedly Trapped, Shot Dead by D.C. Police

A second Washington DC police officer has been placed on leave and is under investigation in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man.

Police claim Terrence Sterling, 31, was fatally shot after ramming his motorcycle into a police cruiser. Officers say they spotted Stirling’s motorcycle driving erratically at around 4 a.m. on September 11th.

A witness, however, told Fox 5 that Sterling was trapped and trying to get away when he was shot dead by police:

According to witness Kandace Simms–who was sitting in her car waiting for the light to change– Sterling rode his bike down the left lane next to her, and he suddenly collided with a Metropolitan Police Department cruiser. Simms says the cruiser pulled into the intersection in what appeared to be an attempt to block the motorcycle, and the collision in her opinion was unavoidable. She tells FOX 5 Sterling then revved the engine, and appeared to be trying to find a way to drive off when the window on the passenger side of the marked cruiser rolled down, and the officer in the passenger seat fired two shots. Simms says she heard no commands from the officer, and neither the police car’s lights nor the siren were on. Sterling, she says, immediately fell off the bike and she could see blood coming from the area around his helmet.

Several witnesses also told NBC News that Sterling was not trying to ram the police cruiser at the time of the shooting.

Several witnesses said the collision was unavoidable and Sterling did not intentionally strike the cruiser. They also said the officer was not trying to get out of his car, but instead rolled his window down and shot Sterling from inside the car after the crash.

The officer did not turn on his body camera until after the shooting.

Sterling’s employer says the motorcyclist had just left a bachelor party at the time of the shooting.

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16/09/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

Man Allegedly Chases Dog Walking Black Man, Attacks Him, Slaps Dog

Man Allegedly Chases Dog Walking Black Man, Attacks Him, Slaps Dog

A St.Louis man has been charged with a hate crime after allegedly attacking an African-American man.

Ibrahim Secic, 23, allegedly began yelling racial slurs at the man as he walked his dog at 7am on Wednesday.

Secic then began running after the victim and hit him on the back of the head. Police also allege that he hit the victim’s dog in the face.

When police arrived, Secic refused to put his hand behind his back.

Secic is charged with assault motivated by discrimination and resisting arrest. Bail was set at $10,000.

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02/09/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

Juvenile Detention Staffer Reportedly Watched 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen as She Choked and Seized to Death

Juvenile Detention Staffer Reportedly Watched 16-Year-Old Gynnya McMillen as She Choked and Seized to Death

A new timeline published by WDRB’s Jason Riley demonstrates the level of careless shown to a girl who died in custody at Lincoln Village Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Kentucky.

A lawsuit filed on behalf of Gynnya McMillen’s family claims guard Reginald Windham saw McMillen choking and seizing shortly before her death, but did nothing. The suit claims Windham could’ve saved the teenager’s life if he’d taken action.

 

McMillen died in January.

It was revealed in August that “former supervisors Reginald Windham and Victor Holt “knowingly recorded false information” on room observation sheets 15 and 17 times, respectively, on the night of Jan. 10 and the next morning, according to documents filed in their criminal cases on July 28.”

From WDRB:

Windham, according to the suit, said he checked on Gynnya “to make sure she had not thrown up and was choking or something like that.” He looked through her cell door at 11:39 p.m. for 18 seconds, watching “her last gasps and dying breaths and final uncontrollable movements and seizure,” the suit claims.

A takedown technique known as Aikido, which is banned in Kentucky schools, was used to subdue McMillen.

A medical examiner ruled that McMillen died in her sleep of natural causes.

Read Riley’s timeline below for additional details:

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31/08/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

Innocent Black Man Only Awarded $18 After Being Shocked and Punched by Police

Innocent Black Man Only Awarded $18 After Being Shocked and Punched by Police

DeShawn Franklin was asleep when cops stormed into his bedroom and attacked him.

According to family members, officers didn’t have a warrant and didn’t ask permission before barging into the home and shocking, punching, then dragging 18-year-old Franklin out of bed.

Franklin, who was then handcuffed and placed in a police car, told the Washington Post that he was “asleep” and “didn’t even know what was going on.”

According to the Post, officers were looking for Franklin’s older brother:

The incident happened about 2:30 a.m. on July 7, 2012, when Franklin and his parents were sleeping. Officers Eric Mentz, Aaron Knepper and Michael Stuk, of the South Bend Police Department, were looking for Dan Jones, Franklin’s older brother, after receiving a domestic violence call. The officers received information that Jones may have gone to his parents’ house, according to an internal affairs investigation report by the police department.

Officers later apologized and were disciplined with written reprimands.

 

The 2012 incident led to a lawsuit brought by the Indiana family against police.

The jury agreed that the Franklin home was wrongfully entered without a warrant by three white officers, violating the family’s rights. The jury decided, however, that the family’s rights were basically worthless.

Although the jury sided with the Franklin family, the dollar amount awarded to them was a slap in the face. Each of the defendants in the lawsuit was only ordered to pay $1 each, totaling $18.

Rev. Mario Sims told the Post that this sends a clear signal to black people that their rights are only worth $1.

“Essentially even though the jury found their rights were violated, the jury didn’t value those rights,” said Sims. “They didn’t think this poor black family warranted any type of substantial monetary reward.”

Since there were no “medical bills, lost wages, property damage, post-traumatic stress, psychological treatment”, the jury couldn’t find evidence to warrant the more than $1 million dollars in damages requested by the family, the Post reported.

Now four years later, Franklin, who has no criminal record, lives in fear of police, says the family.

 

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29/08/16 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw

Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Robbery and Killing Police Dog “Jethro”

Man Sentenced to 45 Years for Robbery and Killing Police Dog “Jethro”

An Ohio man has been sentenced to decades in 45 years prison for robbery and killing a police dog named Jethro.

Kelontre Barefield was sentenced to 1 count of aggravated robbery with a firearm, 1 count of felonious assault while discharging a firearm at a peace officer, 1 count of felonious assault on a police dog and breaking and entering, Fox 8 reports.

He had faced up to 50 years in prison but the plea deal reduced Barefield’s sentence to 45 years.

Barefield is 23.

Three year old German shepherd Jethro died one day after getting shot.

 

 

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