(South Bend, IN-AP) -A white Indiana police officer who fatally shot a black man is resigning. Yesterday, officials said Sergeant Ryan O’Neil has resigned after having to deal with job-related stress, a lawsuit and the negative media attention.
On June 16th, O’Neill fatally shot 53-year-old Eric Logan after he allegedly approached the officer with a knife. The death sparked a huge controversy because O’Neill’s body camera wasn’t on so the shooting wasn’t recorded.
Many locals became angry with Democratic presidential nominee and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, because he launched the body camera initiative.
Buttigieg also already faced heat for demoting the city’s first black police chief.
(Memphis, TN-AP) –– A fatal shooting involving law enforcement has left Memphis Police on high alert. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says 20-year-old Brandon Webber was shot and killed by authorities in Memphis Wednesday when U.S. Marshals tried to arrest him for a shooting in Mississippi.
After his death, protesters threw bricks at police and vandalized patrol cars. About 24 officers were injured during the protests. Last night, Memphis Police said the department was on heightened alert as a precaution.
The department said the alert status was raised to Level 3, meaning all officers will be working with no days off, every squad car will have two officers, and more officers will be seen in the community.
(Sacramento, CA-AP) – Police in Sacramento, California are under investigation after they arrested a 12-year-old African American boy one year after an officer shot and killed an unarmed black man in the city. Police are reviewing what officers did when they arrested the boy late last month.
The local Black Lives Matter chapter says video posted on Facebook shows several police officers and a private security guard forcing the handcuffed boy to the ground. The security guard told police the boy trespassed and asked people in a nearby Walgreens to buy things for him.
The arrest happened about a month after activists marked the shooting of 22-year-old Stephon Clark. They demonstrated because the officer who killed Clark won’t be charged.
(Sacramento, CA-AP) – Community leaders are demanding justice after a pair of Sacramento police officers were not charged in the shooting death of an unarmed black man.
Various faith leaders and the NAACP spoke out against the DA’s decision to not hold the officers accountable for 22-year-old Stephon Clark’s death last March on Saturday. The leaders said Saturday’s decision is a testament to a justice system that doesn’t protect the black community, but rather persecutes it.
Sacramento NAACP President Betty Williams slammed the DA for defaming Stephon Clark post-mortem in an effort to justify the actions of the two police officers who shot Clark eight times in his grandmother’s backyard. The DA suggested Saturday that Clark being under the influence of drugs and alcohol and also the fact that he had relationship issues were factors that had to be considered in her decision to not charge the officers.
The leaders stressed that the fight for justice isn’t over and they plan to lobby city officials until the two officers who killed Clark are removed from the police force.
(Chicago, IL-AP) — The wife of convicted former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke is demanding answers after he was beaten in a prison cell. At a news conference yesterday, Tiffany Van Dyke demanded answers surrounding his attack and his transfer out of Illinois.
She said she was informed Wednesday that her husband was beaten in his cell by more than one person on February 7th. He suffered facial and head injuries but is expected to survive. She said she was never informed he was transferred from the Rock Island County Jail in northwestern Illinois to a low security correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut until Wednesday.
Tiffany says she hasn’t been allowed to speak with him. She’s calling on state and correctional officials to know to know why he was put in general population, and why he was transfered to a federal prison when he wasn’t convicted on federal charges.
Jason Van Dyke was sentenced last month to nearly seven years in prison after being convicted in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in Chicago. Tiffany said she believes her husband was targeted because he was a white officer who killed a black man.
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(Hoover, AL-AP) — Officials in Alabama have decided the fatal shooting of E.J. Bradford on Thanksgiving at a shopping mall is justified and not criminal. Bradford was killed by a uniformed Hoover Police officer at the Galleria Mall when he was mistaken for being responsible for a report of shots fired at the mall.
The suspect in the shooting, Erron Brown, was later found and taken into custody in Fulton County, Georgia. Alabama’s Attorney General says the officer who shot Bradford reasonably exercised his duties. The officer hasn’t been identified.
(Tempe, AZ) — Arizona authorities say a burglary suspect shot and killed by Tempe police was a 14-year-old boy with an airsoft gun. Police say an officer saw the suspect burglarizing a car Tuesday afternoon, and watched him leave the vehicle with a gun and some other items.
The officer pursued the suspect and gave verbal commands, and shot the teen when he perceived a threat. The suspect died later at a hospital. Police say the teen’s gun was not real, but a replica airsoft gun. An investigation is ongoing.
(New York, NY-AP) –– A New York City woman is back home with her child after spending several days at Rikers Island.
Jazmine Headley is moved by all of the support saying, “All the great support that I’ve been getting in New York and all of the great support that I’ve been getting. I haven’t gotten a chance to read all of the articles and all of the great things and all of the love and I’m accepting it. I’m just so grateful.”
Headley was arrested after a confrontation with officers at a Brooklyn social services office. Video showed the mother having her one-year-old baby ripped from her arms by cops during the altercation. Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez announced Tuesday that charges filed against Headley had been dropped. She’s still required to appear before a judge in Mercer County, New Jersey, stemming from charges of credit card fraud.
(Birmingham, AL-AP) — An independent autopsy is revealing that an Alabama man who was mistakenly killed by police on Thanksgiving night was shot three times from behind. Lawyer Benjamin Crump says Emantic “E.J.” Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. was shot in the head, neck and back at the Riverchase Galleria.
The case has gained national attention as police thought 21-year-old Bradford was the gunman in the shooting when they fatally shot him. Police later retracted their statement and identified 20-year-old Erron Brown as the gunman.
Crump said forensic evidence suggests that Bradford was moving away from police, noting that you’re not a threat when you’re running away.
(Chicago, IL-AP) — Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke will be back in court today for the first time since he was convicted of second-degree murder in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. Van Dyke shot the 17-year-old African-American sixteen times in 2014.
He had said that McDonald was walking towards him with a knife, but dash cam footage from his police car showed the teen walking away when Van Dyke fired. The officer is expected to be sentenced this week. A trial is also approaching for three other Chicago officers who are charged with trying to cover up details of the shooting.