Tuesday, a Chicago judge acquitted three police officers accused of covering up the murder of then 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014.
The judge’s ruling comes despite major discrepancies between the three officers’ reports as well as dash cam footage that contradicts police claims that McDonald was approaching them aggressively at the time he was shot.
White police officer Jason Van Dyke shot McDonald, who was black, 16 times and was convicted of second-degree murder in October last year.
Preliminary data from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund indicates a 12% increase in law enforcement deaths in 2018.
And the major culprit is gunfire.
As of the report’s release, 144 federal, state, and local law enforcement officers have been killed in the line of duty, an increase from 129 officers who died in 2017.
The white police officer who shot and killed Botham Jean in his own apartment in Texas has recently been indicted for murder.
Originally, Guyger was charged with manslaughter, but a grand jury has decided to pursue the murder charge against her following court testimony.
Guyger had entered the apartment of 26-year-old Botham Jean, who is African-American, on the evening of September 6 and shot and killed Jean, claiming she thought that she was in her own apartment and that he was an intruder.
Jemel Roberson was subduing an active shooter at a bar in a neighborhood outside Chicago when he was shot by the police officers who are blaming him for his death.
It’s a painfully familiar story: a black man in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to do the right thing.
Roberson was a security guard for Manny’s Blue Room bar in Robbins, Illinois, who was subduing an active shooter in the bar when police entered the building and shot him dead.
Just hours before his dismissal Wednesday, Jeff Sessions signed into law a last-minute order restricting the use of consent decrees.
A consent decree is an agreement between two parties that settles a dispute without assigning guilt or liability to either party.
Sessions’ order will limit the ability of law enforcement officers to take advantage of these types of agreements between the Justice Department and local police departments to force through change in instances where the police department has been accused of civil rights violations.
Officer Jason Van Dyke has been found guilty of second-degree murder after fatally shooting African-American teen Laquan McDonald in 2014.
The jury read a verdict of aggravated assault for each of the 16 bullets he fired at McDonald in addition to the charge of murder in the second degree.
Van Dyke is the first officer in Chicago to stand trial for a murder while on duty in 50 years.
The Dallas Police Department has fired Officer Amber Guyger, 30, after she shot and killed Botham Jean, 26, in his own apartment.
The incident sparked national outrage with protesters demonstrating for more than a week after his death.
There were multiple accounts of how the shooting took place and there were frequent discrepancies in Guyger’s recollection of events, prompting confusion and suspicion from many.
A Baltimore, Maryland police officer resigned after footage of him brutally beating a man was released.
The yet as unidentified officer is seen in the video repeatedly punching 26-year-old DaShawn McGrier, who had attempted to avoid the officer due to a “history” between them.
The officer punched McGrier to the ground and continued beating him, pinning him to the ground with an arm at his throat. McGrier never fought back.
And Eric Garner’s family is still seeking accountability for his death at the hands of New York City police officers in 2014.
This past Tuesday marked the four-year anniversary of Eric Garner’s murder, after which his dying words, “I can’t breathe,” went viral and became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter and anti-police terror movements.
Garner was killed by a white New York City police officer who put him in a fatal chokehold and refused to release him even though he can be heard repeatedly telling the officer he could not breathe in cell phone video footage of the incident.
A jury in Florida “awarded” the family of Gregory Vaughn Hill Jr. an insulting $4 after he was shot through his garage door and killed by Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Newman who was responding to a complaint about loud music.
The incident occurred in 2014. Newman was accompanied by Deputy Edward Lopez, and the two knocked on both the garage and front door upon arriving at the property.
The garage door opened, revealing Hill, who Lopez claimed had a gun. The garage door then closed, and despite the door being shut, Newman proceeded to fire his handgun through the door, hitting Hill three times — twice in the abdomen and once in the head.
Authorities did not realize Hill had been killed until after a SWAT team arrived and released chemicals into the home.
His body was found with an unloaded handgun in his back pocket.