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Category: Police Shootings

How Long Should An Officer Have Before Making a Statement After a Fatal Shooting?

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Police officers in Portland, Ore., who were involved in a shooting that resulted in death or serious physical injury were previously given 48 hours during which they could consult with an attorney before having to make a statement about the shooting. It was a rule that was objected to by advocates for police accountability.

Read “Is 48 Hours Too Long To Wait For a Police Officer To Give a Statement After a Fatal Shooting? 

Prosecutor in Lequan McDonald Cover-Up Case Seeks to Remove Pro-Police Judge

Laquan McDonald Shooting

A chalk body outline re-creates the crime scene where 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was shot 16 times by then-Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. (Max Herman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Special prosecutor Patricia Brown Holmes, who indicted three Chicago police officers on charges that they covered up the circumstances of the Laquan McDonald shooting, moved to remove the judge in the case on the grounds that she is “prejudiced” against the prosecution.

Read “Special Prosecutor in Case of Officers Charged With Cover-Up in Laquan McDonald Shooting Seeks to Remove ‘Pro-Police’ Judge

California Bill Proposes Making Release of Police Body Camera Footage Mandatory

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A California lawmaker has proposed a bill that would create greater transparency by requiring law enforcement agencies to release body camera video and recordings of police shootings and other significant incidents, something that has been at the center of a longstanding national debate.

Read “California Bill Seeks to Make Releasing Body Camera Mandatory For Police Shootings

Philando Castile’s Killer Reaches Separation Agreement with City

Philando Castile

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Just three weeks after he was acquitted of all charges connected to the shooting death of Philando Castile, St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez signed a separation agreement with the city Monday to leave the department in exchange for $48,500.

Read “#PhilandoCastile: Killer Cop Receives $48,500 Buyout To Leave St. Anthony Police Department

Black Lives Matter LA Issues Demand to NRA

Black Lives Matter LA

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Last week the NRA reposted a controversial propaganda video disguised as a recruitment ad that takes aim at the Black Lives Matter movement and uses lies in order to whip its supporters into a frenzy and encourage them to take up arms to protect themselves from a supposed enemy. Friday, a Black Lives Matter chapter in Los Angeles shot back with a video of its own.

Read “Black Lives Matter Demands NRA Remove ‘Dangerous Propaganda’ Videos

Sacramento Police Department Moves to Fire Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting

Joseph Mann Shooting

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On July 11, 2016, two police officers fired 18 shots at a mentally ill black man, who was armed with a knife with a 3.5-inch blade and “acting erratically,” within one minute of encountering him in a residential Sacramento, Calif., neighborhood.

Read “Report: Sacramento, Calif., Police Department Moves to Fire Officer Involved in Shooting Death of Mentally Ill Black Man

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