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The Gallaria shooting story

The Gallaria shooting story is unravelling. Looks like the cops may have killed an armed citizen. Details are sketchy.

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And we're getting some

And we're getting some details from the Alabama Galleria shooting:

“New evidence now suggests that while Mr. Bradford may have been involved in some aspect of the altercation, he likely did not fire the rounds that injured the 18-year-old victim,” police said in a statement Friday night as they announced that the state would be taking over the investigation.

Uh-oh.

“While moving toward the shooting scene, one of the officers encountered a suspect brandishing a pistol and shot him,” police wrote in their first public statement, immediately after the shooting. In their revised statement the following evening, they said Bradford was shot and killed while “fleeing the shooting scene while brandishing a handgun.”

I give very little credibility to the police claims here, maybe about 5%. "Brandishing" is a specific action, is designed to intentionally threaten or intimidate and is a more purposeful action than merely holding, carrying, displaying or showing. However, it's also a buzzwords police will use to justify a shooting.

“That boy didn’t shoot at nobody. He’s dead!” a man down the corridor says, as officers stand over Bradford and pin someone else to the ground. “They just killed that black boy for no reason. . . . He probably got a gun license and everything.”

Bradford did have a license to carry a concealed gun, according to the civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who was hired by the family

The witness' claims here seem to have more veracity.

“We regret that our initial media release was not totally accurate, but new evidence indicates that it was not,” police wrote.

However, do they regret that they killed the wrong man? The police chief was running for the microphone just after the event, however, now he seems to have clammed up.

I think when all is said and spoken for, we'll see that this would be similar to the Midlothian incident - while there was still panic, the violent event was over - until the police showed up and killed an innocent citizen.

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Police later issued another

Police later issued another statement saying Bradford Jr. had brandished a weapon, only to recant those remarks as well, saying Bradford Jr. "had a gun in his hand" when police shot him.

Dad of man killed by police in Alabama mall gets apology but few answers

See previous post. The police have rescinded the earlier dubious "brandishing" claim.

Surprise!

The family has said that Bradford Jr. was not at the mall with any of the victims or the suspect. He went there with his cousin and two friends, and possessing a permit to carry a weapon, pulled out his gun after the shooting began. He was helping people escape danger when he was killed, the family says.

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When he arrived, the scene in

When he arrived, the scene in the bar parking lot about 45 miles south of Pittsburgh was chaotic, but McLee recognized a man holding a gun. Surveillance video from the bar shows McLee approach the man, take the weapon and quickly toss it in a grassy area between cars.

Man Who Disarmed Gunman Files Lawsuit Against 4 Pa. State Troopers

Guy was a hero. Disarmed a potential shooter, and immediately discarded the gun.

Bravo!

Dangerous situation over - the public is safe, although scared and confused.

Guess who is also scared and confused:

McLee, 29, alleged that four Pennsylvania State Troopers lied in a police report about the incident and falsified charges against him after one of the troopers fired two shots at him and struck a nearby house.

Came all the way out there - have to take a shot at someone. !

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And of course - fatal force

And of course - fatal force for not following police instructions:

It was shortly after 05:00 when three West Milwaukee police officers broke into the home of 22-year-old Adam Trammell to find him naked and bewildered, standing in his bathtub as water from the shower ran down his body.

Adam was not armed and he did not appear to behave in a threatening manner. But he did not leave the shower as the police commanded.

The officers then fired their Tasers at him 15 times, administering long, painful electric shocks as he screamed and writhed in the bathtub.


Then more officers arrived, and after dragging him, still naked, from his apartment, they held him down and he was injected with sedatives - midazolam at first, and then ketamine.


Moments later, Adam stopped breathing. He was taken to hospital and pronounced dead soon after arrival.

Don't shoot, I'm disabled

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A lot fewer of these

A lot fewer of these incidents lately - I'd guess that increased scrutiny of this area has resulted in policies and actions to make these less common.

Here, though, is a recent blue-on-blue incident:

A police department in Indiana released shocking footage of an officer accidentally shooting his partner in the back while searching for a fugitive earlier this week.

The video shows Butler exiting the home with Wright following her. The dog, which police said escaped its cage, can be heard barking loudly before Wright -- with his gun drawn -- suddenly shoots Butler in the left shoulder.

Indiana police release body-cam footage officer accidentally shooting partner

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Houston shootout story

Houston shootout story falling apart:

According to Acevedo, Gerald Goines, a narcotics officer who has been with the police department for more than 30 years, said on the search warrant affidavit that he had seen a confidential informant go to the house and leave with what appeared to be heroin. Police now believe that story was false.

Police: Houston Officer Lied to Get Search Warrant for Raid that Led to Two Deaths

Starting to look like a no-knock raid at the wrong house. I'm guessing most, if not all, of the police injuries were friendly fire - cop shoots at dog, BANG, and then everyone empties their magazines. No sign of the handgun the police say the citizen had.

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Guy calls police about

Guy calls police about suspicious characters near his home. He's suffering from mental illness, and states that fact. They get there, search HIM, which he resists, so of course they arrest him, and he dies in custody.

Man who called 911 dies in LVMPD custody after 'brief struggle' with officers

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LVMPD seem to have a problem

LVMPD seem to have a problem with abuse in one form or another. One the years there seems to be a lot of stories about them.

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Citizen is pulled over for

Citizen is pulled over for supposedly failing to use turn signal, cop escalates situation and arrests citizen. Citizen found hanged in jail, ruled suicide.

Cop claimed he was in fear for his life, didn't know what citizen had in her hand (it was a cellphone,) and so arrested citizen.

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However, it turns out citizen had recorded confrontation. As we can see, the cop looks at cell phone, and tells her to stop talking on it - she replies that she was filming the event.

So much for not knowing what was in her hand, and fearing for his life.

By the way, there is a strong suspicion the officer was pulling over good-looking women that day, or "bird dogging."

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But Tom, blue lives matter!

But Tom, blue lives matter! Why do you hate America? YOU’RE the racist!

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Your asshole #3

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Haven't heard from Jasper

Haven't heard from Jasper lately, I wonder if all the praying for him worked.

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The Eleventh Circuit’s

The Eleventh Circuit’s decision in Corbitt v. Vickers, handed down last week, constitutes one of the most grotesque and indefensible applications of the qualified immunity I’ve ever seen. The case involves a claim of excessive force against Michael Vickers, a deputy sheriff in Coffee County, Georgia, who shot a ten-year-old child lying on the ground, while repeatedly attempting to shoot a pet dog that wasn’t posing any threat.

Eleventh Circuit grants immunity to officer who shot a child lying on the ground, while trying to shoot a harmless dog

Family is having a backyard gathering, and the police are chasing a suspect believed to be nearby. Police tell the family to get on the ground, they comply, and the family dog wanders onto the scene. Cop shoots at the dog, and the dog hides under the house. After a little bit, the dog comes out and meekly approaches its family, showing no aggression.

Cop opens fire AGAIN, misses dog and hits child.

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A Texas police officer trying

A Texas police officer trying to shoot at a barking dog killed the woman he was there to help during a welfare check, authorities say.

A Texas officer kills a woman while shooting at an unrestrained dog, police say

"I'm from the government, I'm here to help you."

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The police officers from

The police officers from Gardner, Kansas, roused her awake and ordered her to show the gun her boyfriend told them she had fired. When she did that after throwing on a hoodie, police opened fire anyway

Cops Woke Up Naked Woman, Ordered Her to Show Them a Gun, Then Killed Her

"Show me your gun!"

"What? Oh, here it is."

"Gun! Gun! Drop the Gun!!"

"Huh?"

BLAM BLAM BLAM.

The gunshots still echoing off the walls, Weddington says one of the officers allegedly orders everybody to “shut off your cameras.”

The prosecutors and some of the investigators arranged a meeting with Choate’s family and admitted her death was “a horrible misunderstanding.” Weddington remembered the prosecutors saying that “She didn’t threaten them and they tried to prevent us from seeing the video.

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Authorities said a SWAT team

Authorities said a SWAT team forced entry into Coy’s home Wednesday at 5:30 a.m. Investigators said Coy pointed his gun at a SWAT team member and that member opened fire killing him.

“From what we have learned it appears he was not the target of the search warrant,” said Glenn Smith, Waller County’s sheriff on Thursday.

Another friend of Coy’s told local reporters that his girlfriend told a different story.

“All they heard was loud banging, banging, banging and then they flew through the door,” said Lisa Lennox, a longtime friend and employee of Coy. “And (Coy) was walking out of the bedroom with his, you know he had a gun in his hand, and he said, ‘Call the police, call the police.’ And then he was shot.”

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The fact that he asked his girlfriend to "call the cops" tells you that (1) He did not know who burst into his house and (2) was not trying to hide or avoid the police.

This was a citizen acting in a legal and reasonable fashion, killed by police incompetence.

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Back in Amir’s room, the

Back in Amir’s room, the officer pulled up the shirtless boy and told him to sit on his brother’s bed, according to the lawsuit. As that officer searched the room, another one came in with his weapon trained on Amir, the lawsuit said. The second officer, described in the complaint as Caucasian, ordered Amir to put on his shoes. But when the boy tried to obey, the officer snatched one shoe away and examined it with his flashlight, all while keeping his gun aimed at Amir, the suit claimed.

The gun was allegedly not on the “safety lock position” even though “the room had already been cleared … and it was obvious that Amir was a child who was no threat to officers,” the lawsuit said. Then, as the officer was giving Amir the shoe back, he “quickly moved his right hand back to the handle and trigger of his rifle, grabbing it and firing it,” the suit alleged.

A sharp crack rang out.

“Mom, they shot me,” Amir screamed, according to the complaint.

‘Mom, they shot me’: Unarmed 12-year-old maimed in bed during SWAT raid

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The men, 19-year-old Shyquan

The men, 19-year-old Shyquan Rush and 21-year-old Davonte Moore, were shot in their legs multiple times Monday night on Randolph Avenue when police confronted them for setting off fireworks in the street, witnesses said.

The response by the three cops resulted in a barrage of bullets that struck not just the two men, but nearby homes and cars.

Lawyers for victims launch investigation into the Jersey City police-involved shooting

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In the days leading up to the

In the days leading up to the April 2014 raid, police—acting on a tip that gas and electrical service had been shut off—inspected the outside of Zorich's home, marking it as a "problem property." Zorich later called the county police to try and settle the "problem property" designation.

According to her lawsuit, Zorich had a testy exchange with one Robert Rinck, an officer assigned to the county's Problem Properties unit, during which she agreed to have code inspectors come look at the inside of her home. However, Zorich said she needed to speak with her husband first so that she could arrange a time when he could be there for the inspection as well.

"It's hard to imagine when anyone would run and get a search warrant and send in a SWAT team without first at least calling the homeowner and saying 'did you talk to your husband, let's arrange a time,'" says Dobson.

Yet that's exactly what happened. The next day Rinck requested and received a search warrant for her home. Within a few hours, police were kicking down Zorich's door.

Zorich's lawsuit claims that the SWAT raid on her home was completely unnecessary given that officers had felt safe inspecting the outside of her home just a few days ago, and that she had voluntarily agreed to open her door to county inspectors—negating the need for anyone to kick it down.

Police Agree To Pay Woman $750,000 After Raiding Her House and Killing Her Dog Over an Unpaid Gas Bill

She brought it on herself. If she had only paid her gas bill, this never would have happened.

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Heroic Bronx police officer

Heroic Bronx police officer Brian Mulkeen was killed by friendly fire from his fellow cops — but maintained grasp on his service weapon to the bitter end of his struggle with an ex-con, the NYPD announced Monday.

Tragic Bronx cop Brian Mulkeen killed by friendly fire: NYPD

This is a tragic story all around, but the public descriptions of the situation include so much "cop speak" that the credibility of the narrative wanes.

The story has shifted from (a) the suspect shot the officer with the suspects gun to (b) the suspect shot the officer with the officers gun, and now we see that (1) the suspect didn't shoot his gun at all, and (2) the officer was shot by other officers.

The suspect ran away after being halted by police, was chased and tackled, and then a struggle ensued. The officer shouted "He's reaching for it!" (the "reaching for the waistband excuse") and blasted away, hitting the suspect several times. The other police arriving at the scene wanted to get into the action, so they started to blast away too, not only into the dying body of the suspect, but fatally into their partner as well.

The police blame the incident on the claim that the suspect had a gun, a .32 it's been described as, and also as a .32 revolver. .32 isn't the most common caliber, and .32 revolvers aren't that common. It's perfectly possible that the gun was a drop.

Very sad story.

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In body camera video released

In body camera video released by police, two officers are seen searching the house from the outside with flashlights before one shouts, "Put your hands up, show me your hands."

One shot - which was fired through a window of the home - struck 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson, who was pronounced dead at the scene
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The officer does not identify himself as police in the video.

Officer opens fire, kills woman inside her Texas home as she played video games with her nephew

Innocent civilian going about her business, killed by a cop before she could react.

Well, the officer went home safe that night.

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Colorado police officer is on

Colorado police officer is on administrative leave after shooting an armed man in the buttocks though the window of the man's house, according to the Aurora Police Department...

"Huff saw someone sneaking through his yard, so he locked the door, retrieved his shotgun, and as he was looking out the window, he saw somebody move in front of the window," Baumgartner said. "He turned to grab his phone to call police and was shot in the back."

Police: Officer shoots armed man through window of his home

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