Category Archives: Civil Rights
Man imprisoned 17 years in wrongful conviction gets $817,000 compensation
A judge has awarded $817,000 to a Grand Rapids man who spent 17 years in prison for rape in a wrongful conviction.
Quentin Carter was awarded the funds Wednesday, Sept. 6 during a hearing before Michigan Court of Appeals …
Opinion: This is outrageous! Do the math; that works out to just $48,079 per year! So…the state of Michigan can wrongfully imprison a person indefinitely and then the only penalty it incurs is to pay them the equivalent of $5.50 per hour that they’re locked up! That’s not even minimum wage! UNBELIEVABLE!
GR man receives $817,351 for wrongful imprisonment
GRAND RAPIDS, Michigan
A man who was wrongfully convicted spent 17 years in prison for a rape he didn’t commit.
Now, Quentin Carter is getting a check for $817,351.
“I’m very happy,” said Carter in court following the ruling Wednesday.
Carter is …
$15M verdict in police shooting of unarmed black man heading to mediation
“Defendants were saddled with the impossible burden of defending not only this case, but also the ubiquitous but unsubstantiated narratives that police are allegedly targeting African-Americans for excessive force,” he wrote.
“It is apparent that the …
3 police shootings weren’t caught on body cams. This is why, cops say
Authorities say Derry was the aggressor, and pulled a gun during a foot pursuit.
Derry, who also plans to sue the department, says the police used excessive force and officers never found a gun because he did not have one.
Man Claims Police Used Excessive Force During His Arrest
The fence is still locked in front of the boarded up, three-story house where an electrical fire burned everything back in June.
“All’s I can remember yelling is this is my mom’s house, this is my mom’s house,” said Dryw Westerman.
DOJ Changes Excessive Force Program
Attorney General Jeff Sessions just got his wish to rollback agreements made between the Department of Justice civil rights division and local police departments to combat excessive police force under former President Barack Obama.
The Department of …
— Lisa Polsinelli (@princessexcess) September 17, 2017
Video Of Alleged Excessive Force On Carjacking Suspect Released In Trial Of Baltimore Co. Officer
The scene was caught on camera by a Baltimore City police helicopter, which captured the alleged use of excessive force on video, as it circled over the scene as backup.
The next day, City Police alerted County Police to Spivey’s on-camera kicking. It …
Court Orders Oakland to Report on Fixes Following Police Sexual Exploitation Case
A federal judge has ordered Oakland officials to detail how they plan to fix procedural issues in the Police Department identified last month in a court-ordered report that found OPD’s investigation into a widespread officer sexual exploitation case …
Damning New Report Shows How Oakland Cops Covered Up Their Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
A damning new report explains the extent that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) was involved with the girl, who goes by the pseudonym Celeste Guap, and also details OPD leadership’s myriad attempts to make the scandal disappear.
Throughout the …
Federal judge calls Oakland Police Dept's handling of officer sexual misconduct case "extremely troubling" Says OPD "severely mishandled" it pic.twitter.com/PbTCqoVwnN
— Jodi Hernandez (@JodiHernandezTV) July 10, 2017
Judge: Oakland must show plan for fixing PD
A federal judge has summoned lawyers for Oakland to court Monday July 10, 2017 to explain the city’s mishandling of a police sexual misconduct investigation that led to the chief’s resignation and implicated two dozen officers throughout the San …
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The Latest: Federal judge optimistic for Oakland police
The Latest on a summons of top Oakland, California, officials by a federal judge to discuss a report on a sexual misconduct investigation.
A federal judge who oversees the Oakland Police Department says …
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Attorneys in Oakland Police case ask judge to consider tough sanctions
Burris and Chanin said, “The failure to properly investigate the sexual misconduct from September 2015 to March 2016 without court intervention raises troubling questions about whether the senior leadership of the city of Oakland and the Oakland Police …
Oakland Police Sexual Exploitation Case at Center of Looming Legal Showdown
Lawyers involved in federal court oversight of the Oakland Police Department are calling for a detailed accounting of failures and disciplinary action taken against officers and supervisors tasked with investigating a police sexual exploitation case …
"Judge: Oakland Must Show Plan for Fixing Police Department" by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS via NYT https://t.co/Js17ogpcvn
— Todd S. Stewart (@ToddSStewart) July 13, 2017
Could Oakland be held in contempt for not reforming its police?
The notion was raised in a court brief ahead of a hearing Monday at which city attorneys will be called to account for blunders highlighted in a report last month that detailed the mishandling of a sexual misconduct case by senior members of the Police …
Convicted jewel thief, gun peddler Justin Douglas latest to receive police brutality settlement from Springfield
The city and state will pay convicted jewel thief and gun-peddler Justin Douglas $60,000 to settle a police brutality lawsuit filed three years ago in federal court, according to settlement documents.
Douglas was arrested in 2012 at a …
Convicted gun peddler Justin Douglas latest to receive police brutality settlement from Springfield, state: $60K https://t.co/VH0hPJ6OMG
— stephbarry1287 (@stephbarry1287) June 29, 2017
ACLU, Police Brutality Victims, News Outlets
The ACLU of Maryland is backing two Baltimore media outlets in separate lawsuits against Baltimore and Salisbury police.
The ACLU is fighting so-called “gag …
ACLU argues gag orders in police settlements are unconstitutional. https://t.co/pSpnidN3kE
— WBAL NewsRadio 1090 (@wbalradio) June 29, 2017
When cops kill, paying their victims’ families can be a cold, calculating process
Her attorney, Robert Bennett, and other legal experts told Mic that establishing police brutality settlement amounts involves examining callous, but legally-relevant factors, such as the victim’s age, education level and overall lifetime earning …
Philando Castille Settlement Shows White America Willingly Pays for White Supremacy
Cities like Pittsburgh, Denver and of course Chicago have doled out millions of dollars in settlements and penalties for police brutality with nary a chief getting fired or a cop being jailed.
If a county hospital was getting sued every year for …
Michael Brown family receives $1.5 million settlement from Ferguson
On August 9, 2014, police officer Darren Wilson shot Michael Brown, 18, at least six times on West Florissant Avenue in St. Louis suburb, Ferguson, Mo., according to The New York Times.
An autopsy …
What is being done to prevent police brutality? There have …
Conn. ACLU Demands Release Of Documents In Enfield Police Brutality Cases
Eight of the lawsuits were settled out of court, and Worden was originally fired, but town officials changed his termination to a resignation.
Worden admitted no wrongdoing, and town officials have refused to release any information about the …
Springfield police brutality victim Melvin Jones III jailed after 2nd arrest in 2 weeks
A Chicopee man who won a $499,000-plus settlement in a police brutality case is facing new charges after being pulled over for driving with allegedly stolen Connecticut license plates.
Melvin Jones III, 35, pleaded not guilty Friday in …
Want to end police brutality?
Start taking settlement $ out of officer pensions.
Reform would happen IMMEDIATELY. #SandraBland
— Matthew Strange (@matthew_strange) September 15, 2016
KING: Police officers, departments and pension plans should cover the billions paid out for police brutality
The enormous physical and psychological costs of police brutality in America can never be fully measured, but the monetary costs can.
Just hours ago, it was announced that the family of Philando Castile will receive a $3 million settlement.
Lawsuits: Officer Used Excessive Force In Several Cases
In this 2013 file photo, former Enfield Police Department K9 Officer Matthew Worden and his dog Falco negotiate a low crawl obstacle during the annual K9 Olympics in Mansfield, Connecticut.
Eight brutality lawsuits settled over the past 10 months paint …
New York City and James Blake Resolve Excessive Force Claim
James Blake in 2015.
The City of New York will create a legal fellowship in Mr. Blake’s name within the Civilian Complaint Review Board, the agency that …
OPINION: The short dashcam footage that is being distributed widely on most social media platforms has been selectively edited in order to portray the narrative that this cop just walked up and murdered this guy Castile out of the clear blue because he’s black.
The reason the edited version is making the rounds is because the full video clearly shows (with audio) that the cop was actually being very cool and relaxed and was speaking casually with both of the adults in the car just seconds before, and right up until, Castile decided to reach for his gun.
HERE’S THE PROBLEM: He should have known better. Every CCW class everywhere teaches its students to NEVER, EVER draw or reach for your gun (or anything else) in the presence of a cop after he knows you’re armed – under any circumstance. Let me say that again; NEVER, EVER, under any circumstance, reach for your gun (or anything else) in the presence of a cop after he knows you’re armed. EVER.
Instead, you are instructed to present your gun permit with your ID immediately upon the officer’s approach to your vehicle and you immediately inform them that you are armed. You keep your hands in plain sight at all times (steering wheel or dashboard), you NEVER reach for anything and you do EXACTLY as instructed by the cop in order for them to safely disarm you.
Now, with that in mind, watch the full, unedited dashcam video and count all of the violations of the above instructions that Castile made.
This cop clearly ordered Castile THREE TIMES not to reach for or pull out his gun.
First he said “don’t reach for it”, then “don’t pull it out” and then “don’t pull it out!” again. Castile ignored his instructions all 3 times even as the cop was drawing on him and yelling for him not to pull it out and as a result, Castile’s gun can be seen laying in his lap on the girlfriend’s video.
With as much negative attention as has been paid in the last couple years to the injustice of cops shooting unarmed black men, and the fact that the media points out he had a permit – which means he should have attended training to avoid this exact circumstance – this particular armed black man reaching for or drawing his weapon in the presence of a cop after being forcefully warned 3 times not to, and the officer screaming at him and continuing to reach for something or draw his weapon, well, that was just bad judgment on Castile’s part.
On June 25, 100,000 Will Have Dinner In Honor Of Philando Castile
The Dream Defenders are hosting a Day of Dinners in efforts in an act of civilized protest for Philando Castille.
Almost a year after the death of the Minnesota native and a few days after the contentious court ruling, 100,00 people have registered …
— CBS News (@CBSNews) June 20, 2017
Protests continue after cop who fatally shot Philando Castile acquitted
Protesters gather outside the state Capitol in St. Paul, Minn., Friday, June 16, 2017, after St. Anthony police Officer Jeronimo Yanez was cleared in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist whose death captured national attention when …
Attitudes, legal standards help make police convictions rare
Former Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown, center, speaks with his attorney Jonathan Smith in Milwaukee County Court on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, in Milwaukee after being …
Cop acquittal in Philando Castile case stirs protest
That is what the mother of Philando Castile, Valerie Castile, said to the public June 16 when she learned about the verdict on Jeronimo Yanez.
Yanez, the Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Castile during a traffic stop last year, was found not …
Vigilante hacker protests Philando Castile verdict by hacking into Minnesota government database
The Minnesota government’s database has reportedly been hacked by a vigilante hacker in protest against the recent Philando Castile verdict.
On Friday (16 June) a jury found the police officer that shot and killed the black motorist last year during an …
State database hacked in apparent protest of Yanez verdict
And his family won’t get the satisfaction of knowing the one who killed Philando is rightly punished.
An innocent man died.
And a guilty one lives freely.”
The hack comes as people outraged over Yanez’s acquittal on charges of manslaughter and …
Chicagoans march after Minnesota officer acquitted in death of Philando Castile
About 100 people attended a march June 18, 2017, in Chicago to protest the acquittal of the police officer who killed Philando Castile near St. Paul, Minn., the year before.
The protesters marched from Washington Park to the intersection of East 49th …
Protests break out after acquittal in Philando Castile case – Washington Post
Protesters marched in St. Paul and Minneapolis on June 16 after the acquittal of the Minn. officer who fatally shot Philando Castile.
Activists ultimately shut down one of the main interstate highways in Minnesota.
18 protesters arrested after Philando Castile court decision
Police arrested 18 protesters early Saturday as thousands gathered in St. Paul, Minn., after a jury acquitted a police officer who shot and killed Philando Castile. Troopers for the Minnesota State Patrol began arresting people after issuing three …
Two journalists among 18 arrested during overnight freeway standoff
The Minnesota State Patrol arrested 18 people, including two news reporters, in St. Paul early this morning after protesters shut down Interstate 94.
By Staff reports … Abdi Iman, of Eden Prairie dressed as an angel said,”Philando is looking down as …
— gene williams (@HOTHUMMUS) June 22, 2017
18 Arrested as Thousands Protest Verdict of Philando Castile Death
Thousands of protesters gathered Friday night after a jury found a police officer not guilty in last year’s fatal shooting of motorist Philando Castile.
Minnesota State Patrol said it arrested 18 protesters following …
18 Arrested in Protests After Police Officer Yanez Found Not Guilty
Thousands of protesters gathered in Minnesota Friday night after a court acquitted the police officer who shot dead Philando Castile during a traffic stop, an incident that was broadcast on Facebook Live by the deceased’s girlfriend.
Some 500 …
A Whistleblower Imprisoned, Not Silenced
My name is Jeffrey Alexander Sterling, and I am an innocent man who has been wrongfully convicted of espionage after dedicating my life to serving the U.S. government.
I have always been a fighter.
I fought to graduate college, and was the first in my …
Imprisoned CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling writes: "I am an innocent man who has been wrongfully convicted of espionage" https://t.co/WuENyZ0MSL
— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) June 21, 2017
Double vision: KU Project for Innocence frees wrongfully imprisoned man after finding doppelganger
Despite maintaining his innocence from the start, Jones had already spent 15 years in prison for aggravated robbery – convicted after the victim and witnesses of a purse snatching identified him in a police lineup.
Without new evidence to counter the …
— Warner Bros. TV (@warnerbrostv) June 21, 2017
A man is free after being wrongfully imprisoned for 17 years after his lookalike raised doubts in the case. https://t.co/00beNHgHe8
— NBC Los Angeles (@NBCLA) June 13, 2017
Death row inmate Tyrone Noling’s life may depend on DNA testing, attorney tells high court; Portage prosecutor say
Elkins was wrongfully imprisoned and spent nearly eight years in prison for the murder of his Barberton mother-in-law.
He was freed after a DNA test of a cigarette butt from another prison inmate was linked to DNA from the crime scene.
Earl Gene Mann …
This True-Crime Podcast Helped Exonerate a Man Imprisoned for 13 Years
A Swedish man convicted of murder and robbery and in prison for 13 years was freed after a retrial that was partly the result of a popular podcast.
Kaj Linna was released after the podcast Spar uncovered evidence that discredited a key witness whose …
Ohio budget bill would expand wrongful conviction payouts
A provision in the state budget bill would make it easier for Ohio’s ex-inmates to receive compensation for being wrongfully imprisoned.
Critics of the proposed change say the tweak would make Ohio’s wrongful imprisonment law the most …
What in the hell is up with Rikers Island? 772 REPORTED sexual assaults by prison staff against inmates just in 2016 and that place is still operating? It’s like rape city over there and officials keep looking the other way! WTF?!
Rikers Island Guard Not Jailed Despite Admitting that he Sexually Assaulted Female Inmate
Former city correction officer, Jose Cosme, 36, will not be serving any jail time despite pleading guilty to assaulting a female inmate when he was working for Rikers Island as a guard.
In a deal which saw the offender serve probation for 10 years and …
Rape Culture: Rikers Guard Admits to Raping Female Inmate, Avoids Jail Timehttps://t.co/OauMasQdqr
— TheWalkerCollective (@AFirm4Creatives) June 12, 2017
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) June 10, 2017
Stunning surge in inmates accusing NYC correction officers of sexual abuse
The number of city inmates alleging sexual abuse and harassment by correction officers has more than quadrupled over the past three years, records released Tuesday show.
Complaints filed by detainees against jail staffers spiked from 163 in 2014 to 772 …
Brooklyn Prison Supervisors Charged With Sexually Assaulting Inmates
As prison officials and reformers have stepped up efforts to reduce rape behind bars, they have looked to the supervisors who keep watch over prisoners — and prison guards — to help curb the scourge of sexual abuse.
The only problem? THOSE are the perpetrators!
On Thursday, federal prosecutors …
$1.2 Million City Settlement With Rikers Inmates Who Accused Guard of Rape
The Rose M. Singer Center, the jail on Rikers Island that houses female inmates.
The city settled a case involving two inmates who claimed they were raped repeatedly by a guard there.
New York City has …
Rikers guard settles sex assault lawsuit with two female inmates
A Rikers Island correction officer accused of sexually assaulting two inmates has settled the victims’ case against him, lawyers for the women said Monday.
Benny Santiago, 55, was accused of repeatedly raping two women in the jail’s Rose M. Singer …
Rikers Corrections Officer Accused of Raping Inmates for Years to Stand Trial
Benny Santiago, a corrections officer at Rikers Island who is accused of repeatedly raping female inmates while on duty, is slated to stand trial on Tuesday, May 9.
According to a suit filed in 2015, Santiago sexually assaulted two inmates, referred to …
— Citizen Truth (@CitizenTruth_) June 21, 2017
NYC settles lawsuit with two women who accused Rikers Island correction officer of rape
Two women who were inmates at Rikers Island settled their lawsuit with the city.
But the correction officer accused of raping them is still headed to trial.
Rikers correction officer already accused of raping two inmates impregnated another woman behind bars
A Rikers Island correction officer accused of raping two female inmates impregnated another woman behind bars, shocking new court papers allege.
Correction Officer Benny Santiago was slapped with a Manhattan federal lawsuit in May 2015 over …
Physician’s assistant indicted on charges of raping four Rikers Island inmates
A Rikers Island physician’s assistant allegedly raped four inmates for over a year, authorities said Monday.
Sidney Wilson, 60, was indicted on 43 counts of rape, sexual abuse and related crimes, said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.
The case …
Rikers Island correction officer, 43, charged with repeatedly raping child
Cops have busted a veteran Rikers Island correction officer on allegations he repeatedly raped a child, authorities said Wednesday.
Jose Urena, 43, was taken into custody while off-duty in the Bronx around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, police said.
A Rape Accusation at Rikers Island’s Women’s Prison, Among the Worst in the Nation for Sexual Abuse
Any sex between a guard and an incarcerated person—who cannot legally consent—is rape.
The woman the New York Daily News has identified as the victim, Jacqueline Healy, has said that the guard, a nine-year veteran of Rikers named Jose Cosme, …
Ohio budget bill would expand wrongful conviction payouts
Critics of the proposed change say the tweak would make Ohio’s wrongful imprisonment law the most expansive in the country and cost the state millions of dollars a year.
Supporters say the state should pay if law enforcement or the courts committed a …
— CA Innocence Project (@CA_Innocence) June 15, 2017
Ohio Budget Bill Provision Would Make the State One of the Most Progressive in Compensating Wrongfully Convicted
Tucked into the massive proposal now being debated in Columbus is a provision that would expand payouts for Ohioans wrongfully convicted for crimes they didn’t commit.
The move would actually make the Buckeye …
If you’ve spent any time reading up on …
Justice won today. We reformed the wrongful incarceration laws and the bill was signed today by the governor. https://t.co/sHPYowSBaD
— Rob Bradley (@Rob_Bradley) June 17, 2017
Overturned convictions could cost Ohio more under budget proposal
Matt Huffman, R-Lima, is backing a measure included in the state budget bill that could greatly expand the number of people eligible to collect compensation because of wrongful imprisonment.
The measure has encountered opposition because of the …
Shameful!In Texas, the amount is $80,000/yr for every year of wrongful incarceration.Michael Morton spent 25 yrs. 4 murder of wife; innocent
— RussianBlueHackerCat (@zekewatch317) June 16, 2017
Wrongfully imprisoned face battle for compensation
Under the law, wrongfully convicted ex-convicts will be paid $50,000 for each year they served in prison, along with legal fees.
But the payouts won’t be automatic, McHenry’s attorney Wolfgang Mueller said.
“It’s not a credit card application, where …
Chicago man freed from prison, given $25 million and spent his second chance rebuilding his old gang
Just three years earlier, Jimenez had won a staggering $25 million verdict for his wrongful murder conviction.
But instead of building a new, productive life, he used the money to rebuild his old street gang.
It’s a simple rule; if it’s not YOUR body, keep your friggin’ hands off it! Why is that so confusing to these disgusting degenerates?!?
County faces new lawsuit for former social worker: Third victim of convicted felon sues for sexual abuse, negligence
The lawsuit also alleges the county is liable as it employed Sedillo-Messer and operated the San Mateo County Children’s Receiving Home as well as the Canyon Oaks Youth Center, two residential facilities where the victim lived at the time of the abuse.
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— Ross Cavitt | WSB-TV (@RossCavittWSB) June 16, 2017
Court throws out $4.5 million sexual assault judgment against school district
A federal appeals court has thrown out a $4.5 million judgement against the South San School District over the sexual assault of a student.
The lawsuit stemmed from the principal, Michael Alcoser, being convicted in 2011 of molesting a …
Sexual abuse victim gets $1 million settlement from NVUSD
Ortiz was arrested in 2014 and eventually convicted of 45 counts of felony child sexual abuse as well as three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and three counts of child molestation.
He was sentenced to 30 years, eight months in prison plus an …
Man Who Accused Seattle Mayor of Sexual Abuse Drops Lawsuit
The man who sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray accusing him of paying him for sex when he was a teenager has dropped the lawsuit, his attorney said on Wednesday.
Murray said he felt vindicated and would consider options for getting back …
— John Galt (@dhrxsol1234) June 17, 2017
USA Gymnastics sexual abuse lawsuit turns contentious as attorneys spar over jurisdiction for case
The suit alleges that as a teenage U.S. national team member from 2006-11, the gymnast suffered “childhood sexual abuse” at the hands of Nassar for several years while competing for Team USA.
The suit also alleges that former USA Gymnastics CEO Steve …
Federal Lawsuit Filed in Conestoga High School Student Sexual Assault
The alleged abuse occurred during this school year just as another Conestoga staff member, 26-year-old teacher’s aide Christine Marie Towers, was being sentenced in connection with criminal charges in a separate sexual assault case at the high school.
Syracuse diocese, former priest facing lawsuit over sexual abuse claims
In addition, the lawsuit alleges that Colosimo also performed oral sex on Strzepek.
The abuse is said to have lasted for three years.
The lawsuit also claims that “John Doe” was sexually abused by Colosimo.
It states that Colosimo would often abuse …
Lawsuit: Employee sexually abused 4-year-old at Bright Horizons Children’s Center
The sexual assault happened at Bright Horizons, according to the complaint.
The male employee was hired at Bright Horizons in September 2016.
According to the lawsuit, the suspected employee follows at least 100 toddler-aged Instagram models and his …
Lawsuit says Boy Scout council, Athens churches knew about sexual abuse and did nothing
A lawsuit has been filed by two former Boy Scouts against the Northeast Georgia Boy Scout Council, alleging childhood sexual abuse and other injuries.
The suit also names two Athens churches, Green Acres Baptist Church and Beech Haven Baptist Church, …
— Maria Sestito (@RiaSestito) June 16, 2017
Lawsuit says woman sexually assaulted twice at special education school
A father claims in a lawsuit filed Tuesday that his daughter was allegedly twice sexually assaulted last year at a special education school she attended in Chicago Heights.
During the second alleged assault, a teacher walked into the bathroom, he said.
New accuser sues Dennis Hastert, alleging sexual abuse
Less than three months before Dennis Hastert’s scheduled release from prison, a new accuser has come forward with allegations saying he was sodomized by Hastert decades ago, according to a lawsuit filed in Kendall County on Friday.
The lawsuit comes …
It’s been said that Philando Castile had a permit to legally carry a gun, but unless he either reached for it, drew it or was hiding it under his shirt, there is no reason under the sun why his gun should have been laying un-holstered in his lap moments after he was shot, while the officer’s weapon is still pointed at him. But look at the video and it is clearly visible on his lap.
Philando Castile had a permit to legally carry a gun. Philando Castile had a permit to legally carry a gun. Philando Castile had a permi-
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 16, 2017
OPINION: While my heart goes out to the Castile family for their grievous loss, by the girlfriend’s own admission in the Facebook Live video that she filmed during the event, it is fairly obvious to any licensed gun-toting individual that this shooting was both 100% preventable AND 100% instigated by Castile’s own actions.
The fact that the officer stated in court that he was “scared to death” is clear evidence that Castile’s actions were the cause of the shooting after the situation quickly spiraled out of the officer’s control. Add to that the fact the the video clearly shows a gun sitting on Castile’s lap and all of a sudden it’s a justified shooting.
Girlfriend said Castile had a permit and he informed the officer he had a firearm; just like he was supposed to do. What he SHOULD NOT have done was have the gun sitting concealed on his lap.
THE GUN SHOULD NEVER HAVE LEFT IT’S HOLSTER, and yet the freeze-frame photo below taken from the video clearly shows the gun sitting right on his lap.
Clearly this is something that all the people calling this a murder are choosing to ignore.
AND THEN, WITHOUT BEING INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE OFFICER, girlfriend said Castile moved and allegedly “reached for his wallet” at which point the officer saw the gun, told Castile not to reach for it, he reached for it and the officer then fired 4 shots into Castile IN SELF DEFENSE.
EVERY permit-carrying gun owner must go through classes to obtain their permit, and in EVERY CLASS they are taught the right way and the wrong way to inform a police officer that you are armed and how to proceed after that.
Here’s how it should go down if you are armed and get stopped by the police:
You should already have your driver’s license or ID and your gun permit in hand as the officer approaches your vehicle and preferably have it presented out the window as the officer approaches, gun permit on top facing up so the officer will see it immediately.
If you have not already taken out your ID and gun permit by the time the officer approaches your vehicle, place both hands high on the steering wheel or dashboard if you’re in the passenger seat AND DO NOT MOVE THEM.
Immediately after the officer finishes his greeting and states the reason for the stop, you are required by law to inform the officer that you are armed and have a permit. If you took it out before the officer approached your vehicle but did not present it out the window, with hands still on the wheel, inform the officer that you have your ID and permit in-hand and he will instruct you how to hand them to him. Follow his instructions exactly.
If you did not take them out beforehand, inform the officer that you have a permit or CCW license – while your hands are still on the wheel – that your ID is in your right rear pocket (or wherever), that your gun is on your right hip (or wherever) and then WITHOUT MOVING YOUR HANDS, ask him how HE would like to proceed.
And then do exactly, precisely what he tells you to do. Nothing more and nothing less.
The officer will then probably call for backup and will provide instructions for you to exit the vehicle and you will be temporarily disarmed for both your and the officer’s safety. The officer will unload the weapon and take temporary custody of it. Once he has verified your identity and permit status and confirmed that you are legally permitted to carry a firearm, it will be returned to you and everybody lives.
NEVER, EVER take your hands off the wheel, yell at the officer, call names, do anything to make the officer more nervous or feel threatened, make any sudden moves or reach for ANYTHING without the officer first instructing you to do so. And ending each sentence with “sir” is a professional touch that rarely goes unnoticed.
Minn. officer acquitted in shooting of Philando Castile during traffic stop, dismissed from police force
The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop was acquitted on all charges by a jury Friday, a decision that came nearly a year after the encounter was partially streamed online to a rapt nation in the midst of a …
— NPR (@NPR) June 16, 2017
Another day without a verdict in Philando Castile case
ST. PAUL, Minnesota
Jurors in the manslaughter trial of the Minnesota officer charged in Philando Castile’s death were dismissed after their fourth day of deliberations on Thursday.
The jury will reconvene Friday in the case against St. Anthony …
No verdict Wednesday in Philando Castile case
If convicted, Yanez faces up to 20 years in prison on charges from the July 6, 2016, shooting, which led to nationwide protests and renewed debate over excessive force after Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, broadcast the incident on Facebook Live.
Philando Castile's mother: "I'm mad as hell right now." pic.twitter.com/pLNHsq1H85
— Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 16, 2017
Philando Castile’s uncle urges calm and patience before verdict
Philando Castile’s uncle urges calm and patience before verdict.
Clarence Castile said he wants jurors to take their time after Judge William Leary III ordered them back to deliberations Wednesday in the trial of St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez.
Cop who shot and killed Philando Castile says he was “scared to death”
Officer Jeronimo Yanez, facing a manslaughter charge in the death of Philando Castile, said he could clearly see the gun that Castile had just told the officer he was carrying.
“I was scared to death. I thought I was going to die.”
My family’s faces …
Philando Castile’s “C-grip” was for his gun, not seat belt, expert testifies
St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez had no option but to shoot Philando Castile when Castile ignored the officer’s commands and reached for his handgun during a traffic stop last summer, an expert witness testified Thursday for the defense.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez takes stand in Philando Castile shooting trial
Yanez is on trial for manslaughter for the July 6, 2016 shooting of Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights.
The shooting garnered national attention when Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, streamed the aftermath of the fatal …
Philando Castile Case: Who Are the Key Figures in Trial of Officer Jeronimo Yanez?
Castile, 32, was a longtime elementary school cafeteria worker who family members described as loving and laid-back.
Quick with a high-five for students and always eager to sneak kids extra graham crackers and other treats, Castile was known simply as …