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FBI Asked to Investigative Fatal Police Shooting of Black Man from Behind

Body cam footage of the shooting death of Patrick Harmon.

Body cam footage of the shooting death of Patrick Harmon.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Utah prosecutor is urging the FBI to investigate a white police officer who shot and killed a black man who was stopped on his bicycle for crossing traffic without the required rear light.

Dramatic body cam footage of the Aug. 13 shooting shows Salt Lake Police Officer Clinton Fox yelling, “I’ll (expletive) shoot you” before firing his gun at 50-year-old Patrick Harmon from behind.

Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill ruled the shooting was justified, saying Harmon initially turned toward officers after threatening he had a knife, which was not discernible in the video. A knife was later found at the scene, according to police.

But Harmon’s family and civil rights activists applauded the decision to involve the FBI, saying the district attorney should resign for defending the officer.

Attorney General Eric Holder Expresses Sympathy for Black Americans Who Distrust Law Enforcement

Attorney General/DOJ file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder understands why many black Americans distrust police , he said in Ferguson where protesters have been rallying since an officer shot an unarmed black teen, Fox News reports.

Holder met with about 50 community members to talk about law enforcement issues.

Holder said his trip was meant to reinforce that the federal government is concerned about civil rights issues.

“I understand that mistrust,” Holder said. “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”

Holder relayed a story of being stopped twice and having his car searched.

“I remember how humiliating that was and how angry I was and the impact it had on me,” Holder said.

 

FBI to Analyze Cell Phones After Video Evidence of Deadly Police Beating Disappeared

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Witnesses said they saw police ruthlessly beat a California man to death with a baton.

Problem is, one the videos confiscated from witnesses has been erased, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood is asking the FBI to investigate whether authorities tampered with the video to hide evidence of a brutal beating.

“Our credibility is at stake here,” Youngblood told the L.A. Times.

The phones were taken to the FBI’s Sacramento office for an examination.

The FBI also is investigating the beating death, the Times reported.

FBI Probes Shooting Death of Handcuffed Man in Arkansas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

On the surface, it looks pretty suspicious.

It’s “definitely bizarre and defies logic at first glance,” Jonesboro, Ark.  Police Chief Michale Yates said, reports Huffington Post.

Chavis Carter, 21, was shot in the head while handcuffed in the rear of a police car in Arkansas.

Police said Carter committed suicide with a gun police failed to find when they searched him.

Carter’s family members, however, believe police killed Carter and are trying to cover it up, according to the Huffington Post.

The FBI is investigating.

Hackers Obtain, Publish Personal Info of Police Officers

istock photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating hackers affiliated with the group Anonymous that obtained the personal information of some West Virginia police officers and posted the information online, in what the hackers called a warning against police brutality, reports ABC.

The group of hackers, referred to as the CabinCr3w by the West Virginia Chiefs of Police Association’s President William Roper, obtained the personal information of more than 150 police officers, according to ABC. The police association has a new website, but the hackers were able to access databases kept on an old association site which still had the information stored.

In an online message, the CabinCr3w wrote:

“We are here to remind you that we the taxpayers pay your exorbitant salaries, and those salaries of your officers. Your job is to protect and serve, not brutalize the very people that pay your wages. Muzzle your dogs of war, or we will expose more of your sensative (sic) information.”

To read more click here.

 

 

Fed Jury Convicts Cop in Fatal Beating of Man Whose Last Words Were “All I wanted was a Snickers”

 By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Call it one of the low points in policing in Spokane, Wash.

A federal jury on Wednesday  convicted a Spokane, Wash., police officer  on civil rights and obstruction charges in the beating death of an unarmed man, the Justice Department announced.

Officer Karl F. Thompson Jr., 64, was convicted on charges stemming from a March 18, 2006 beating of an unarmed citizen and subsequent cover-up. Officer Thompson had claimed he felt threatened by a plastic bottle of soda the victim was holding, which justified the fatal beating.

But video evidence presented at trial established that on that day, while Zehm went to purchase soda and snacks at a Zip Trip convenience store, Thompson ran into the store, drew his baton and charged at a completely unaware Zehm, according to the Justice Department.

As the victim turned into a candy aisle he saw the officer charging at him, and within 2.5 seconds Thompson had delivered two overhand baton blows to the victim’s head, dropping him to the ground. With Zehm lying in the fetal position, Thomas then delivered taser blasts to Zehm’s chest. Zehm never stood up again.

Thompson remained standing above Zehm, delivering baton blows, “including a final flurry of seven baton strikes in eight seconds.” The incident was caught on the store’s security cameras.

The Justice Department said Thompson had responded to a vague and uncertain report earlier that night. Two teenagers said a man matching Zehm’s description had lingered around them at an ATM machine, making them feel uncomfortable. Driving away, the kids were uncertain if they had canceled their transaction and reported seeing the man walk up to the ATM and walk away with what looked like money in his hand.

“Prior to Thompson’s first strike, dispatchers made clear that the complainants were not sure whether the man at the ATM had taken any of their money,” said the FBI. “One of the women at the ATM who called 911 that night testified at trial that she was horrified by Thompson’s rapid series of overhand baton blows to the victim.”

Witnesses testified to hearing Zehm’s last words: “All I wanted was a Snickers,” he said from the floor of the Zip Trip convenience store. The man’s paycheck was found in his pocket.

Thompson later denied hitting Zehm over the head in his report of the incidence. He faces a maximum of 30 years in prison.