Jury Deliberations Begin in Trial of Officer Charged With the Shooting Death of Philando Castile

Jeronimo Yanez

St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez (Ramsey County, Minn., Sheriff’s Office)

Closing arguments for both sides concluded Monday in the trial of St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez, who is charged in the shooting death of Philando Castile last year. Now a jury must decide if Yanez panicked and shot Castile, or if Castile caused his own death by ignoring Yanez’s commands.

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Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

Ray Tensing’s trial for the murder of Sam Dubose starts today. The family reached a $5 million settlement with the university. Ray Tensing still needs to go to jail. The defense is asking for a change of venue, but that hasn’t happened in Hamilton County since 1899.

University of Cincinnati police officer Ray Tensing’s body camera was on when he pulled over Sam DuBose last year for a missing front license plate. From the footage, it is clear that Tensing is asking DuBose for his driver’s license, and DuBose says he doesn’t have it.

Tensing, who is white, then asks DuBose, who was African-American, to get out of the car. The officer starts to open the car door, but DuBose pulls the door closed and moves his hand toward the car’s ignition. Tensing then reaches inside the car as it starts to move. Seconds later, the officer pulls out his gun with his other hand and shoots DuBose in the head.

Source: Campus Cop On Trial For Shooting Death During Routine Traffic Stop : NPR

New York police sergeant fatally shoots ‘emotionally disturbed’ woman in the Bronx

At what point are we going to acknowledge that police need better training for dealing with mentally or emotionally unstable people in the community? Why is firing a weapon the first option for officers?

A New York police sergeant responding to a call about an “emotionally disturbed person” fatally shot a 66-year-old woman wielding a baseball bat, authorities said.

Police said they were investigating the shooting, including why the officer who responded in the Bronx on Tuesday night fired his gun rather than a Taser.

“The sergeant was armed with a Taser, it was not deployed, and the reason it was not deployed will be part of the investigation and review,” said Assistant Police Chief Larry W. Nikunen.

The woman had a baseball bat. The officer had a Taser and his service firearm which means he had options. The first option should not have been firing a gun at someone who was obviously unstable and possibly unable to even comprehend what they were doing, let alone that the encounter with police could potentially turn deadly.

People who call the police for help with their loved ones are counting on a scary officer with a gun showing up to kill the person they love.

We have got to have better police on the streets.

Source: New York police sergeant fatally shoots ‘emotionally disturbed’ woman in the Bronx – The Washington Post

LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting

The 45-second clip, which LAPD posted to its YouTube channel, shows a suspect reported to be Carnell Snell Jr in a shopping center. The young man paces back and forth in front of shops before crouching down behind an SUV. An object believed to be a handgun is removed from his waistband. The young man hesitates, then puts the item back in his waistband and runs along the walkway in front of the shops in the center before turning down a path out of view of the cameras. A few seconds later, an officer can be seen following him on foot.

Source: LAPD Releases Video Surveillance Video in Carnell Snell Shooting

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North Miami police shoot unarmed man lying on the ground with his hands up

Kinsey’s lawyer said his client did everything police asked of him, yet they still fired at him.”He threw his hands in the air as high as he possibly could and he told them, ‘There is no need for that. Nobody has a gun. I am a behavioral therapist and I am trying to help this guy,'” Napoleon said.Police said the autistic man had something in his hand, but Kinsey’s lawyer said it was a toy fire truck and could not be mistaken for a gun.

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