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13/11/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Police Killings Highest in Over 20 Years, Says FBI

Police Killings Highest in Over 20 Years, Says FBI

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Michael Brown’s slaying in Ferguson, MO. is one of a long list of police killings. And it’s not that the media covers police killings more than they used to. The issue is that the number has actually increased over time, says the FBI.

From USA Today:

The number of felony suspects fatally shot by police last year — 461— was the most in two decades, according to a new FBI report. … This year, a USA TODAY analysis of the FBI’s justifiable homicide database during a seven-year period ending in 2012 found an average of 96 incidents each year in which a white officer killed a black person.

 

The new 2013 total of justifiable killings represents the third consecutive increase in the annual toll. Criminal justice analysts said the inherent limitations of the database — the killings are self-reported by law enforcement, and not all police agencies participate in the annual counts — continue to frustrate efforts to identify the universe of lethal force incidents involving police.

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04/11/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , featured , ybw #

Day Before Midterms, Utah Announced No Charges for Cops Who Shot Cosplaying Man in the Back

Day Before Midterms, Utah Announced No Charges for Cops Who Shot Cosplaying Man in the Back

Whenever authorities want to dump bad news, they release it during news cycles that are being dominated by Darrien_Huntother stories. So authorities in Utah released a bombshell decision, that the officers who gunned down a cosplaying black man will not be charged, on the day before Midterm elections.

In explaining why officers were justified in gunning down 22 year old Darrien Hunt, who was holding a samurai sword, Utah County Attorney Jeff Buhman said Monday that the officers were reacting to a threat since Hunt lunged at them.

“I find that Saratoga Springs Cpl. Matthew Schauerhamer and Officer Nicholas Judson were justified in their use of deadly force against Mr. Hunt,” said Buhman. “Their belief that deadly force was necessary to prevent death or serious bodily injury was reasonable.”

As The Guardian previously confirmed with Tim Taylor, the chief deputy attorney for Utah county, “Hunt was in fact alleged to have lunged at the officers outside a bank several dozen yards away from where he ultimately died.”

Also, the family’s autopsy reveals Hunt was shot in the back:

Edwards said over the weekend that the family’s private autopsy had found Hunt was shot six times from behind. He was hit once in a shoulder, once in the back, once in an elbow, twice in a leg and once in a hand, according to the attorney.

 

“The shot that killed Darrien, which was straight in the back, did not have an exit wound,” Edwards told the Guardian. “It raises the question as to how you can lunge at someone and be shot in the back at the same time.” Edwards declined to identify the pathologist who had carried out the autopsy, citing a desire to protect him from media attention.

According to the officers, they asked Hunt to put down the sword but he said “I can’t do it” and “it’s my sword”, reports Fox 13 Salt Lake City.

“As Mr. Hunt was speaking with the officers, abruptly and without any apparent provocation, withdrew the sword from its sheath, and immediately swung or stabbed it toward at least one of the officers,” said Buhman.

That’s when, according to Buhman, Officer Schauerhamer began shooting, and Hunt began running. Only one shot out of seven came from Officer Judson’s gun. Buhman also insists that the officers gunned down Hunt because they were worried that he would harm others.

“He did not stop after being given a verbal command to stop,” Buhman said. “The time it would have taken for Mr. Hunt with the sword still in his hand after having stabbed or sliced at officers, it would have been a matter of seconds before he reached someone else.”

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01/11/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , featured , ybw #

Police Change Report to Secure Conviction of Mother Accused of Driving Kids Into Ocean

Police Change Report to Secure Conviction of Mother Accused of Driving Kids Into Ocean

Ebony Wilkerson is facing attempted murder charges for driving her three children into the Florida ocean. But whileWilkerson speaking to a reporter through tears, her public defender alleged a coverup by prosecutors and pointed to evidence which contradicts the notion that Wilkerson was trying to harm her children when she drove into the water.

According to the Daytona Beach News Journal, Public Defender Craig Dyer filed a motion claiming that “the defense was not given information about Wilkerson’s blood-sugar level, which he said was critically low the day she is accused of driving into the ocean.”

The motion also points to a police report that was changed in order to support prosecutor’s narrative that Wilkerson intentionally tried to kill her children:

Dyer’s motion also states that an initial report by Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue Capt. Scott Wise was changed to say Wilkerson blocked his entry into the van. That change formed the basis of the attempted murder charges against Wilkerson, the motion states.

In the first report, Wise wrote that Wilkerson’s van was caught in the surf and “… the driver of the vehicle was attempting to get back in the vehicle,” and  “I pulled her side (sic) and entered the vehicle through the driver side door…”

But the changed report made no mention of Wilkerson trying to get back into the vehicle. In fact, the rewritten report accused the mother of trying to block the officer from making his way to the van. “The driver of the vehicle, O1 was standing at the driver’s door blocking access to the vehicle,” read the rewritten report.

If the report hadn’t been changed to show that Wilkerson blocked the door, she never could’ve been charged with attempted murder.

It was also revealed during the hearing that Wilkerson’s children were led to believe she was dead.

“Our position is that there has to be some form of contact between the mother and the children inasmuch as the children technically are being punished,” Dyer said. “What has happened is … the son actually thought his mother had died. He was not, till later, informed she is alive. But there’s been absolutely no contact.”

No one can say for certain what Wilkerson’s intentions were on that fateful day, but this story draws attention to the need for the public to resist condemning a suspect until all the facts are in.

Wilkerson is currently out of jail on bail.

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30/10/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , Race & Racism , ybw #

8 White Cops Fired 46 Bullets at 1 Black Homeless Man [Video]

8 White Cops Fired 46 Bullets at 1 Black Homeless Man [Video]

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A video obtained by the ACLU shows a black homeless man being shot to death by eight cops while holding a small folding knife.

Milton Hall, 49, was described as a “mentally ill African-American man” who worked as a  “community worker, and he was always there speaking out for those whom he considered the weak, for those who did not have the strength to speak for themselves.”

In July of 2012 in Saginaw, Michigan, Hall was filmed holding a pocket knife after arguing with police about a fight he’d had with a store clerk.

During the video, eight officers approached Hall and demanded that he drop the small knife, but he refused. After a span of about 10 seconds, the officers opened fire on Hall.

In total, they fired 46 bullets at the mentally disturbed homeless man. He was hit 14 times.

Officers can also be seen attempting to handcuff a clearly dead Hall.

“For him to be shot at 46 times and hit 14 times by all white policemen, it really raised questions in my mind. How they circled him and assassinated him,” said Jewel Hall during an ACLU interview. “One policeman, after he was on the ground, turned him over, handcuffed him, and put his foot on his back.”

She added: “And he wasn’t a threat, I mean, he had a little penknife. He had no idea that those policemen would do that to him.”

Eric Holder’s Justice Department investigated the case and said it failed to find“sufficient evidence of willful misconduct.”

Watch the video below:

 

 

 

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29/10/14 Black Crime & Incarceration , Black News , ybw #

Black People in Minneapolis 11 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Everything

Black People in Minneapolis 11 Times More Likely to Be Arrested for Everything

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As Charles Barkley and Don Lemon point the finger at “brainwashed” blacks for being the main impediment to black success, actual data continues to undermine their black respectability mantra.

New data released yesterday by the ACLU showed that between 2004 and 2012, a black person in Minneapolis was 11.5 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana, and had a higher rate of arrest for a variety of other offenses:

The data released covers white and African American arrest rates for four low-level non-violent offenses: marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, vagrancy, and juvenile curfew violations/loitering. In conjunction with the data release, the ACLU-MN sent a letter to Mayor Hodges and Police Chief Harteau calling their attention to this alarming data and urging them to investigate the causes of these racial disparities and the solutions that could transform the Minneapolis Police Department into an institution that treats all parts of the City’s community fairly and reflects the City’s progressive values. The ACLU released the data and sent the letter to provide additional context for the Mayor and the Police Chief’s ongoing discussions with the community about policing in Minneapolis.

By the numbers, here’s the data, as reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting:

  • 11.5 times more likely to be arrested than a white individual for marijuana possession;
  • 8.86 times more likely to be arrested than a white individual for disorderly conduct;
  • 7.54 times more likely to be arrested than a white individual for vagrancy; and
  • 16.39 times more likely to be arrested than a white juvenile for curfew/loitering

Averaged together, that’s about 11 times more likely to be arrested for all four crimes listed.

 

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