Monday, January 20, 2014

Police Misconduct Condoned, Justice Denied

Post-Katrina Police Prosecutions in New Orleans Face Setbacks - "Legal experts say that successful prosecutions of police officers are always difficult. But the drumbeat of failures and setbacks has left even some of the most vocal proponents of police reform disillusioned." (read more at link above)

Police tase, shoot and kill 90-pound schizophrenic teen | MSNBC" . . . According to Wilsey, as the first two officers were restraining Vidal, the third officer walked into the family’s house and said “I don’t have time for this. Tase him. Let’s get him out of here,” Wilsey said. At that point, one of the officers used a stun gun on Vidal. The young man hit the ground and “this guy shot him,” Wilsey said. Vidal was taken to a local hospital where he was declared dead. When Wilsey asked why the officer had shot the teen, he said the officer replied, “Well, I’m protecting my officers.” “He reached right up, shot this kid point-blank, with all intent to kill,” Wilsey said. “Keith was not threatening anybody, Keith did not want any part of it. He was having a bad day,” Wilsey said. “He was flat out murdered, there was no need for deadly force. No reason.” The North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation is looking into the killing, standard practice in police-involved shootings, and prosecutors have vowed to seek the truth of the matter “wherever the truth leads.”. . . ." (read more at link above)


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