2 Police Fatally Shot In Mississippi, Suspects Arrested

Two police officers were fatally shot and a police cruiser stolen during a traffic stop in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on Saturday night.

Authorities said they had arrested three suspects and charged two of them with capital murder, according to the New York Times.

NBC states that three suspects, including two brothers, were arrested in different locations after a manhunt that lasted into the early hours of Sunday morning, said spokesman Strain.

The Mississippi Department of Public Safety announced that Marvin Banks, 29, and Joanie Calloway, 22, have each been charged with two counts of capital murder, and Mr. Banks’ brother, Curtis Banks, 26, has been charged with two counts of accessory after the fact of capital murder.

The suspects fled after the incident, according to The New York Times.  Marvin Banks reportedly drove off in a police car that was later found abandoned about a quarter mile from the shooting incident, according to the Wall Street Journal.

A spokesman for the Hattiesburg Police Department, Lt. Jon Traxler, said that both brothers are residents of Hattiesburg. The suspects are being held in a county jail until a court appearance scheduled for Monday.

The officers were taken to Forrest General Hospital, according to The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi.

The county coroner identified the slain men as Benjamin Deen, 34, a canine officer; and Liquori Tate, 25, a recent graduate of the police academy.




Do Baltimore Cops Have A ‘Prior Record’ Of Injustice?

PHOTO: Cell phone video captures officers dragging Freddie Grey, 25, into a police van in Baltimore.

Earlier this month, Baltimore police reportedly broke a man’s spine while arresting him and bringing him to jail in handcuffs.

The man, Freddie Gray, underwent a double surgery on three broken vertebrae and an injured voice box on April 14th, after being beaten by police. He died later after days of being in a coma.

Do the Baltimore police have a “prior record” or injustice?

Last month, a Maryland police officer was suspended after being indicted for allegedly putting his gun to a man’s head and mouth, police said.

According to Reuters, Prince George’s County Police Officer Jenchesky Santiago was indicted by a grand jury last month on first-degree assault and other charges from the 2014 incident, the department said in a statement.

“These actions are not indicative of the high standards we expect of our officers,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Mark Magaw said.

Santiago is alleged to have held a gun to a man’s head and mouth while on duty, the statement said. It said there were no injuries but did not give any details.

Santiago has been with the Prince George’s police for three years and was suspended without pay, the department said. Santiago’s lawyer, Steven Sunday, did not respond to a request for comment.

Preppie Bicycle Cops Put Black Man In Coma In Baltimore, Break Vertabrae

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Bicycle cops arrested a black man in Baltimore after beating him half to death earlier this month. He died later at a hospital.

Freddie Gray had to undergo a double surgery on three broken vertebrae and an injured voice box on April 14th, after being beaten by police. He died later after days of being in a coma.

The 25-year old was arrested last week for an undisclosed violation.

But more may have happened to Gray than was on camera.

Oddly, according to CNN, Gray was able to breathe and to talk when he was placed in the transport wagon. When he was removed from the vehicle, “he could not talk and he could not breathe.”

The Associated Press says that officers did not put a seatbelt on Gray in the transport wagon, which may have had an effect on him.  However, is there more to the story?

The police said that he was restrained on the ground by an officer during the arrest, but “appeared to be fine” when he was taken to the district station. However, a cell phone video shows that the officers used force that some may see as “brutal.”

Protests have erupted in his neighborhood since Gray was sent to the hospital.

Since then, Lt. Brian Rice, 41, Officer Garrett Miller, 26, Sgt. Alicia White, 30, Officer William Porter, 25, Officer Edward Nero, 29, and Officer Caesar Goodson, 45, have all been suspended for the violation, according to the New York Times.



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Tamir Rice’s Death Is His Own Fault, Claims City Of Cleveland

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The mayor of Cleveland has apologized after the city claimed that Tamir Rice died because of his own actions, according to BuzzFeed. Rice was the 12-year-old boy shot dead by a police officer in November while holding a toy gun.

Speaking at a news conference Monday, Mayor Frank Jackson said that a complaint detailing the city’s defense against a lawsuit filed on behalf of the boy’s family used a poor choice of words. He said he was sorry for the “insensitivity of those words.”

Cops Point Loaded Gun At 11-Year-Old Girl

Sources claim that two Florida police officers are accused of forcing an 11-year-old girl to the ground at gunpoint after responding to a burglary call at her home.

The burglary alarm was accidentally activated, reported WFTV-TV, and the child was watching television in bed when the officers let themselves into her family’s Groveland home with their weapons drawn.

The girl said one of the officers pushed her to the ground and held here there with his knee while the other officer pointed his gun at her.

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Court: Middle Finger To Cops OK

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However, more insults to police probably will not help the national situation.

According to a federal appeals court on Thursday, a police officer can’t pull you over and arrest you just because you gave him the finger.

In a 14-page opinion, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit ruled that the “ancient gesture of insult is not the basis for a reasonable suspicion of a traffic violation or impending criminal activity.”

According to the Huffington Post, John Swartz and his wife Judy Mayton-Swartz had sued two police officers who arrested Swartz in May 2006 after he flipped off an officer who was using a radar device at an intersection in St. Johnsville, N.Y.

Swartz was later charged with a violation of New York’s disorderly conduct statute, but the charges were dismissed on speedy trial grounds.

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Who is Jordan Baker?

Last January, Jordan Baker, an unarmed black man, was in northwest Houston when he was shot and killed by police.

On Tuesday, Dec. 23, a Harris County grand jury cleared the HPD officer in the shooting death of Baker.

The Houston Police Department said Baker, 26, was looking in windows when police officer Juventino Castro approached him.

Baker, a Houston Community College student, struggled, ran away, and then allegedly put his hands in his waistband and charged toward Castro. That’s when the officer shot and killed him.

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Reactions Of Political Leaders To Shooting of Police In New York

There have been reactions to the fatal shooting of two New York City police officers on Saturday by a gunman who, according to authorities, announced online that he was planning to shoot two “pigs” in retaliation for the police chokehold death of Eric Garner.

The shooting was roundly condemned by mayor Bill de Blasio, President Obama, Al Sharpton, Eric Holder, and others.

Police said Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, walked up to a police car in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn at 2:47 p.m. and shot officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos through the passenger side window, fatally striking both in the head. Brinsley then ran to a nearby subway station where he turned the gun on himself, police said.

Police said Brinsley — who has an extensive criminal record — is suspected of shooting and wounding an ex-girlfriend in a Baltimore suburb earlier Saturday before he traveled to New York and ambushed the officers.

While Baltimore County Police sent a fax warning that Brinsley was a suspect in that shooting and might be in New York, that message came in just as Brinsley was carrying out the attack, according to Bratton.

US President Barack Obama has strongly condemned the killings of two New York City police officers shot by a man who then killed himself on Saturday.

Mr Obama said the officers would not be going home to their loved ones “and for that, there is no justification”.

Here are some reactions from different leaders:

“We depend on our police to protect us against forces of criminality and evil. They are a foundation of our society, and when they are attacked, it is an attack on the very concept of decency.”

 – Mayor Bill de Blasio

“I unconditionally condemn today’s murder of two police officers in New York City.”

Also:  “The officers who serve and protect our communities risk their own safety for ours every single day — and they deserve our respect and gratitude every single day. Tonight, I ask people to reject violence and words that harm, and turn to words that heal — prayer, patient dialogue, and sympathy for the friends and family of the fallen.”

– President Barack Obama

“They were, quite simply, assassinated — targeted for their uniform and for the responsibility they embraced to keep the people of this city safe.”

 – New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton

“This was an unspeakable act of barbarism, and I was deeply saddened to hear of the loss of these two brave officers in the line of duty,” Mr. Holder said in a statement.

“There is blood on many hands, from those that incited violence under the guise of protest to try to tear down what police officers do every day. That blood on the hands starts at the steps of City Hall, in the office of the mayor.”

– Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch

“As we continue to investigate these senseless acts of violence against two of our city’s heroes, we pray for peace, support the men and women who bravely patrol our streets every day, and mourn for the loss of these two police officers who gave their lives to keep us safe.”

– Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson

“These brave officers, along with the over 34,000 other uniformed men and women of the New York Police Department, put their lives on the line every day to keep our communities safe. They run toward danger when all of our instincts tell us to run away.

– New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“We have stressed at every rally and march that anyone engaged in any violence is an enemy to the pursuit of justice for Eric Garner and Michael Brown.’

– Rev. Al Sharpton

“Gun violence continues to plague our city and we remain committed to working with both members of the community and law enforcement to address it in a nonviolent, peaceful, and productive way.”

 – Brooklyn NAACP

, expressed her condolences to the families of officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu.

“I know what they’re going through–to lose a loved one right before the holidays,” she said, asking that protestors rally in non-violent ways.” “My husband was not a violent person…”

– Eric Garner’s widow, Esaw Garner.

“I’m standing here in sorrow,”

“These two police officers lost their lives senselessly,”

– Eric Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr

Mesa, Arizona Cop Punches 15-year-old girl: ‘If She Wanted To, She Could Have Shot Her Dead.’

A video posted to the Internet on Friday shows a female police officer using physical force to subdue a screaming teenager.  The Mesa, Arizona police officer can be seen punching and brutalizing a teen girl as her mother yells at the officer to stop.

Mesa police said the girl’s mother contacted them for help, and they stepped in after the girl refused to cooperate and then assaulted one of their officers.

According to the Free Thought Project, the 15-year-old girl was a runaway who the police officer was attempting to apprehend.

According to LiveLeak, the officer put the girl in a chokehold — even after the teen’s mother begged her and a second officer to stop, saying that the girl is asthmatic and has emotional issues.

As her legs kicked and flailed, the girl told the officers she couldn’t breathe, screaming, “Stop!” over and over.

The second officer said that everything his partner did was according to police procedure and that if she’d wanted to, the officer “could have shot her dead.”

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Police Confirm Hit-And-Run At Protest In Riverside, CA

Police confirmed that there was a hit-and-run accident outside the Mission Inn’s annual Festival of Lights in Riverside, California.  Witnesses said 3-4 people were hit by what appeared to be a BMW, but none were seriously injured. No one was taken to a hospital, it was reported.

Witnesses said the people who were struck were taking part in a protest against police brutality.

Social media exploded with reports from the scene mentioning “chaos.”

Jose Negrete tweeted, “Just saw some protesters get run over in Mission Inn avenue Downtown Riverside is crazy right now.”

Protesters said they were doing nothing but being peaceful when the car came rushing through.