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Justice Department Investigates Police Shooting of Unarmed Black Man in Oklahoma

Unarmed Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by Tulsa Police.

Unarmed Terence Crutcher was fatally shot by Tulsa Police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is investigating the police shooting of a black Oklahoma man who was unarmed and had his hands in the air after his SUV broke down.

The shooting occurred on the night of Sept. 16, when Tulsa police tased and then fatally shot 40-year-old Terence Crutcher, CNN reports. 

The Tulsa Police Department released dash cam and police helicopter video of the incident. Police Chief Chuck Jordan said the footage was “very disturbing and difficult to watch.”

Police were dispatched after a woman called 911 to report an abandoned vehicle blocking the road.

One police officer in the helicopter described Crutcher as a “bad dude,” although there was no evidence to suggest that was the case.

Moments later, an police officer shot Crutcher.

“I’m going to tell you right here now: There was no gun on the suspect or in the suspect’s vehicle,” Jordan said.

Federal Investigators Take Over Investigation of Shooting Death of Baton Rouge Man

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

Screenshot of video of man killed by police.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are taking over the probe of the shooting death of a Baton Rouge man.

City and state officials said they support the decision because it will provide more transparency, People.com reports. 

Sterling was shot by police as he appeared to be pinned down by officers.

The FBI and Justice Department are investigating.

“An altercation between Sterling and the officers ensued,” according to an earlier statement from Baton Rouge police. “Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene.”

A 48-second video taken by a witness has circulated online, igniting anger over another black man killed by police.

Prosecutor Delivers 15-Minute Speech After Grand Jury Decision in Tamir Rice Case

Tamir Rice

Tamir Rice

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A grand jury on Monday decided not to indict two police officers who fatally shot Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy who was playing with a pellet gun.

Here is the transcript of Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty’s speech after the grand jury decision:

One promise I made was to fundamentally change how cases are handled when a police officer kills a civilian, to end the traditional system where the prosecutor privately reviewed police reports, then decided whether an officer should be charged. That secrecy, which appeared arbitrary, without a public investigative report, undermined community confidence. It was clear we needed a more rigorous, independent investigation of police use-of-deadly-force cases.

Although not required by Ohio law, I now have all evidence reviewed not just by the prosecutor in these cases or this office but by the citizens of the grand jury sitting as an investigative panel to hear all the evidence and make the final call. Our office also shares with the public completed, independent investigative reports so that there will be no mystery about what occurred or rumors in a citizen’s death. This transparency gives our community an opportunity to correct errors — in policy, training, tactics, hiring, equipment — far more quickly, instead of waiting sometimes years until the opportunity and enthusiasm for reform are lost, the lessons are forgotten. Here, we want the lessons learned and applied.

Today the grand jury completed its thorough investigation of the fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice on (Nov.) 22, 2014, at the Cuddell Recreation Center. Based on the evidence they heard and the law as it applies to police use of deadly force, the grand jury declined to bring criminal charges against Cleveland police officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback. That was also my recommendation and that of our office after reviewing the investigation and the law.

A short time ago, we informed Tamir’s mother of the grand jury’s decision. It was a tough conversation. We again expressed the condolences of our office, the sheriff’s detectives and everyone else who has worked so diligently on this case and our sincere wish that these events on that traumatic day at the Cuddell rec center had unfolded differently. She was broken up, and it’s very hard. We explained to her that this was a difficult decision also but that to charge police, even in a situation that was as undeniably tragic as the death of her son, the state must be able to show that the officers acted outside the constitutional boundaries set forward by the Supreme Court of these United States.

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Chicago Mayor Bluntly Denounces State AG’s Call for Civil Rights Investigation into PD

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back Wednesday at Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s request for the Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation into the police department.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that the mayor called the request “misguided,” even as protesters demanded justice for several unarmed people killed or shot by Chicago police officers.

Emanuel noted there are numerous investigations by city and federal authorities into the death of Laquan McDonald, who was fatally shot by police in October 2014, resulting in murder charges against Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

“Like everybody else, I await their conclusions. They are looking into this situation and all the aspects around it. An additional layer prior to the completion of this, in my view, would be misguided,” Emanuel said in a live, online interview conducted by Politico before an audience at the Willis Tower.

“They are doing a thorough job. Hitting the re-start button on a whole new investigation does not get you to the conclusion in an expedited fashion.”

Illinois Attorney General Asks DOJ to Investigate Civil Rights Abuses in Chicago PD

chicago_police_patchBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is urging the Justice Department to launch a civil rights investigation into the Chicago Police Department over a number of cases in which cops killed or injured unarmed citizens, the Washington Post reports. 

Protesters are still outraged by a police shooting that killed a 17-year-old last year.

In a letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, Madigan listed several cases in which Chicago police officers shot unarmed citizens over the past few years.

Included in the list is the October 2014 fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald, who was 17. The officer who pulled the trigger, Jason Van Dyke, was charged with murder last week, the same day a disturbing dash-cam video of the incident was released.

“The McDonald shooting is shocking, and it highlights serious questions about the historic, systemic use of unlawful and excessive force by Chicago police officers and the lack of accountability for such abuse by CPD,” Madigan wrote.

Source: FBI Found No Evidence of Video Tampering in Police Shooting of Laquan McDonald

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com


A Burger King surveillance video that is missing footage on the night a Chicago police officer gunned down Laquan McDonald was not tampered with, according to a forensic analysis by the FBI.

Citing an anonymous source close to the investigation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that the forensic analysis “found no evidence of tampering” with video from the fateful night last year.

The tape has an 86-minute gap, and police spent two hours at the restaurant trig to recover the video.

“The district manager told us it was deleted,” said Jeffrey Neslund, an attorney for the McDonald family. “It is curious that there were 86 minutes missing. We don’t know for a matter of certainty what happened to the Burger King video, but we know what the employees told us.”

But the source said there was no evince of tampering.

“They looked at it and found absolutely no evidence of any tampering or any removal of any portion of the tape,” the source said.

“That system that Burger King has is a mess and it would break down in the weeks and months before this incident. There were major gaps everywhere,” the source added.

Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is white, killed McDonald, who is black.

FBI Investigates Deadly Police Shooting in Minneapolis After It’s Ruled a Homicide

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A deadly Minneapolis police shooting over the weekend that set off angry protests will be investigated by the FBI, the Los Angeles Times reports.

A scuffle between police and Jamar Clark, 24, ended with an officer shot him in the head.

The county medical examiner has ruled the shooting a homicide.

Protesters claim that Clark was shot while in handcuffs, but police dispute that.

The incident happened after Clark was suspected of assaulting an unidentified woman. He’s accused of interfering with paramedics who were treating the alleged victim.

Delaware Justice Department Investigates Fatal Police-Involved Shooting of Man in Wheelchair

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Delaware’s Justice Department is investigating the fatal police-involved shooting of a man in a wheelchair, the Washington Post reports. 

During a call about a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wilmington police encountered a disabled man, who is black, armed with a handgun, police said.

A video shows officers approaching the man with guns drawing, demanding that he drop the weapon.

An officer fired a single gunshot after yelling, “Show me your hands!”

The man was shot several more times after appearing to get up from the chair.

He died at the scene.

“The office will take these steps as quickly as possible in order to provide an account of the incident to the public,” the department said in a statement. “Making a determination about whether a person — including a police officer — should be criminally prosecuted under Delaware law is the responsibility of the Delaware Department of Justice and the department will make that determination following investigation in this case.”