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FBI Closes 1964 Civil Rights Case with No Charges Against Former Sheriff’s Deputy

fbi-logBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

For more than 50 years, Frank Andrews’s family never got justice.

He was shot and killed by an Alabama sheriff’s deputy in 1964 outside of a house known for selling illegal alcohol.

Now the FBI has closed the case and decided against charging the former deputy, Quinnie Donald, The Associated Press reports. 

The FBI determined no charges were warranted.

“I’m proud that they closed it, but I don’t like bringing it up,” Donald said quietly during an interview at his home earlier this month. “I regret that it happened.”

Donald said he was using an unfamiliar pistol and that it fired at the slightest touch when he said he saw Andrews reach for his pocket as if he were trying to pull a knife, the AP wrote.

The Justice Department reopened the case in 2008 but federal agents were never able to gather enough evidence.

Man Who Hopped White Fence Killed by Sheriff’s Deputy in Pennsylvania Courthouse

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 34-year-old man who hopped a White House fence because he wanted to pass a message to President Obama was killed Tuesday by deputy sheriff after allegedly swinging a knife at a courthouse in Pennsylvania.

Philly.com reports that Curtis Smith was accused of trying to slash a deputy sheriff with a knife when another deputy sheriff shot Smith at the Criminal Justice Center in Chester County near Philadelphia.

Smith, who was charged with unlawful entry in the White House fence jumping incident, was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

County District Attorney Tom Hogan said he attack was “random, not personal, and a cousin described the incident as “death by cop.”

“He definitely was distraught. Curtis had been crying out for help, but everyone had been ignoring him,” Walton told the Daily News. “The jumping the White House fence was an attempted suicide.”

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FBI Opens Investigation into Fatal Shooting of Man Carrying Air Rifle

broward countyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jermaine McBean was listening to music through earbuds and carrying an air rifle when a sheriff’s deputy fatally shot him in 2013.

The FBI has opened the an investigation into the shooting to determine whether McBean’s civil rights were violated when he was shot by Broward Sheriff’s Deputy Peter Peraza, the Associated Press reports. Authorities said he may not have heard the commands to drop the gun because of the music.

Deputy Peraza was responding to a 911 call about a man openly carrying what appeared to be a rifle down the street.

The FBI investigation will focus on whether the deputy used excessive force in a “willful” or “unreasonable” manner.

A separate state investigation is ongoing.

FBI Clears Deputy Who Shot ,Killed Teen Who Had Replica AK-47

Andy Lopez

Andy Lopez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Sonomo County Sheriff’s Deputy Erick Gelhaus had a split second to decide whether to pull the trigger when a teenager pointed what appeared to be an automatic weapon at him.

The 24-year veteran of the department squeezed the trigger eight times, killing the 13-year-old boy who turned out to be holding a replica AK-47, the San Francisco Gate reports.

On Wednesday, the FBI and U.S. attorney’s office alerted Sheriff Steve Freitas that they’ve concluded that the deputy did not commit any federal civil rights violations in the shooting death of Andy Lopez.

The federal investigation follows a decision by Sonoma County prosecutors to clear Gelhaus of any criminal wrongdoing.

The shooting happened after deputies in a patrol car spotted Andy from behind and thought he had a real automatic weapon.

Deputies said Andy responded to them by raising his hand with the plastic weapon, prompting the shooting.

New Orleans Fed Jury Sentences Bank Robber to Death for Killing Sheriff’s Deputy

When a law enforcement person is killed a jury’s indignation always seems to be greater. In this case the indignation translated into a death penalty.

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By Paul Rioux
New Orleans Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — A jury sentenced John Wayne Johnson to death Wednesday for killing an Orleans Parish sheriff’s deputy during a botched Algiers bank robbery in 2004, just the second death penalty imposed in New Orleans federal court since capital punishment was restored for federal crimes in 1988.

The jury deliberated three hours before reaching its unanimous decision. That same jury had found Johnson guilty on May 19 of killing Lt. Sidney Zaffuto in a Jan. 8, 2004 gun battle inside the former Iberia Bank on Gen. DeGaulle Drive, where Zaffuto was working an off-duty detail.

In making their case for the death penalty, prosecutors had presented testimony from one of Johnson’s accomplices in the bank robbery that Johnson, 56, had committed a murder in 1974 in Jefferson Parish, which had gone unsolved. That accomplice, Herbert Smith, 63, said in a videotaped deposition, that Johnson had admitted to him that he killed Joe Gennaro, the owner of Ruiz’s Restaurant during a robbery on May 3, 1974.

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