Unarmed Man Shot In Baltimore Suburb

Baltimore County police officers shot and killed an unarmed man in Baltimore suburb of Owings Mills early Thursday, writes the Baltimore Sun. The Herald-Standard claimed that the man was going to commit suicide.

The police were responding to a report of domestic violence at a home they had visited more than a dozen times over the past three years.

Spencer Lee McCain, 41, died about 8 a.m. at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, police said.

The Herald-Standard:

“An unarmed black man killed by Baltimore County police told his girlfriend’s mother that he was going to commit suicide as officers were on their way to his home after reports of domestic violence, the mother said Thursday.”

Baltimore County Police Chief Jim Johnson said officers believed McCain was armed. However, they did not find a weapon on him, writes the Baltimore Sun.

Police received a 911 call about a possible domestic disturbance at the condominium in the 3000 block of Hunting Ridge Drive in Owings Mills shortly after 1 a.m., Johnson said. He said a 10-year-old child who lived at the home called a grandmother, who dialed 911.

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He said the first officer to arrive knew of a history of domestic violence calls at the home. Since 2012, police said, officers responded to 911 calls for the address 17 times, including several reports of fighting.

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http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/crime/blog/bs-md-co-police-involved-shooting-20150625-story.html

http://www.heraldstandard.com/united_states_ap/baltimore-co-police-kill-unarmed-man-after-suicide-threat/article_fe7d9e21-b096-5250-b94f-2cd1211da33d.html

Strange? Georgia Cop Shoots Unarmed Naked Man

Where could the man possibly have hidden a gun?

A naked man, Anthony Hill, who was a veteran, was shot and killed by a police officer on Monday at an apartment complex in Chamblee, GA, northeast of Atlanta, states the New York Times.

He was black, unarmed, and was acting mentally ill, sources claim.

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Interrogation Of John Crawford’s Girlfriend

John Crawford III was a 22-year-old black man who was shot and killed by police at an Ohio Wal-Mart while holding a toy gun. The events happened on August 5th, 2014 in Beavercreek, Ohio. A 911 caller at the Wal-Mart allegedly said that Crawford was waving the gun around and pointing it at people. The gun was a BB gun.

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Tuesday, the family of Crawford filed a civil lawsuit against the police officers involved and Wal-Mart. The family is seeking $75,000 in damages, according to the suit. Crawford’s father, John Crawford Jr., appeared Tuesday with family attorneys Michael Wright, Richard Schulte and Shean Williams at a press conference in Dayton, Ohio. “The criminal justice system has refused to hold the officers accountable, so the civil justice system must,” Wright said.

Dontre Hamilton

Dontre Hamilton and Christopher Manney

Who is Dontre Hamilton?

According to fox6now.com, Dontre Hamilton is the 31-year-old unarmed African American man shot and killed by a Milwaukee police officer inside a park in Milwaukee, Wisconsin last April.

The attorney for Hamilton’s family released an autopsy report, toxicology report, and cause of death from the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday, December 1st

Dontre Hamilton’s family received a copy of his autopsy report in July, and it was released to the media on December 1st.

Seven months after Dontre Hamilton was shot and killed by Christopher Manney, a former Milwaukee police officer terminated for his handling of Hamilton that day, the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office continues to investigate. That office will ultimately decide whether Manney should face criminal charges.

On April 30th, 2014, Dontre Hamilton was sleeping in Red Arrow Park. Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney was performing a welfare check, and police say Hamilton grabbed Manney’s baton and struck him with it. That’s when Christopher Manney opened fire, shooting Hamilton 14 times.

Demonstrators have marched through Milwaukee’s streets for months, demanding charges against Officer Christopher Manney in the death of Hamilton. The have protested in areas such as City Hall and even in front of Milwaukee County Prosecutor John Chisholm’s home in Bayview, Wisconsin. Members of the community are also asking for changes in the way police interact with the minority community.

“The family has wanted to get (the autopsy report) out for some time. We’ve held off on doing that, hoping again that there would be a decision by the District Attorney. It’s now been seven months,” said Hamilton family attorney Jonathan Safran.

“The family continues to hear mischaracterizations of the facts. (Dontre Hamilton)’s a person that is my size. He’s 5’6″ or 5’7″ weighing 169 pounds. Not a large person. It does not jive with how Manney described Dontre,” said the attorney.

The autopsy report lists 21 gunshot wounds — and that includes entry and exit wounds.

“The fact there is no stippling or gun residue on Dontre Hamilton’s body would reflect that there was some distance. I’m not a forensic expert — probably at least three feet or so at the minimum. The wounds show that at least half of them were in a downward direction, even though they were both supposedly standing. There’s one that reflects it was shot into Dontre Hamilton’s back,” Safran said.

The autopsy report released by Dontre Hamilton’s family through Safran says Hamilton died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide by the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office. That ruling means Hamilton died at the hands of another.

“We think there is sufficient evidence there should be state criminal charges,” Safran said.

The Hamilton family says they want the public to know Dontre Hamilton wasn’t homeless. He had the following items on his person when he died: a wallet, a cell phone, a backpack, a blanket, candy and cash totaling $160.

His family says Hamilton was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia a couple years before he was shot and killed, but he didn’t have a long history of mental health issues and no criminal record.

A toxicology report released with the autopsy report shows there were no drugs in Dontre Hamilton’s system when he died.

Hamilton’s family continues to wait for the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether Hamilton’s death merits criminal charges. The District Attorney’s Office says they are aware of the autopsy report, and they have no comment at this time.

The Other Side Of The Coin? Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn

Video by Ashley Luthern.

Perhaps this video shows the “other side” of the coin and how hard it is to be a police officer.

In November, Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn spoke to reporters after a Fire and Police Commission meeting concerning the shooting of Dontre Hamilton.

Hamilton was an unarmed black mentally ill man who was shot by a Milwaukee policeman last April.

The video has over 6 million hits since the November meeting.

Oops…Phoenix Police Officer Shoots Dead Unarmed Black Man

According to Reuters, a Phoenix police officer recently shot to death an unarmed black man during a struggle.  Authorities said the officer supposedly believed the individual had a gun.

The Phoenix Police Department said Rumain Brisbon, 34, was sitting in a black Cadillac SUV outside a convenience store on Tuesday evening, and two witnesses told the officer the occupants of the vehicle were selling drugs.

Phoenix police said in a statement that its officer called for backup, and then saw Brisbon appear to remove something from the car’s back seat.

It said the officer, a seven-year veteran of the department, gave him commands to show his hands, and then Brisbon “placed one or both hands in his waistband area” and fled.  The officer chased and caught up with him, it said, and during a struggle the policeman thought he felt a gun in Brisbon’s pocket.

“The officer gave the suspect several commands to get on the ground but he refused to comply, yelling profanities at the officer,” said the police statement issued on Wednesday.

A resident then opened an apartment door and both men stumbled into her home, it said, adding that the officer was unable to keep a grip on the suspect’s hand.

“…the officer fired two rounds striking Brisbon in the torso,” said the statement.

Backup officers began CPR until the Phoenix Fire Department arrived and treated Brison at the scene. He later was pronounced dead.

Police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump said the item being held in Brisbon’s pocket was a pill vial containing a number of oxycodone tablets.

“All I know is I ain’t never seen him do a transaction,” said Brandon Dickerson, who claimed he was with Brisbon that night. “Only thing I know is he got some food, he went to take his food to the kids, and I ain’t seen him no more.”

Police said Brisbon’s girlfriend lives at the apartment with children.

Police found a semiautomatic handgun and a jar containing what is believed to be marijuana inside the vehicle.

“I don’t care what they found in his car,” said the Rev. Jarett Maupin, a local civil rights activist. “He wasn’t armed and didn’t have marijuana on his body … when this incident happened.”

Crump said Brisbon has a criminal record.  However, it is not clear why selling drugs would warrant such drastic action.

http://www.azfamily.com/news/Phoenix-police-on-the-scene-of-officer-involved-shooting-284550301.html#ixzz3KyvSNFtk

Slap In The Face? No Indictment For Officer In NYC Chokehold Death

Eric Garner

According to the AP, a grand jury cleared a white New York City police officer Wednesday in the videotaped chokehold death of an unarmed black man who had been stopped on suspicion of selling loose, untaxed cigarettes, a lawyer for the victim’s family said.

The decision in Staten Island not to indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo threatened to add to the tensions that have simmered in the city since the July 17 death of Eric Garner – a case that sparked outrage and drew comparisons to the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.