Tag: Black Lives Matter

NYPD Officer Faces May Trial in Eric Garner Chokehold Death


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A New York City police officer accused in the chokehold death of an unarmed black man will face an NYPD disciplinary trial next May — nearly five years after the man’s pleas of “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry against police brutality, an administrative judge said Thursday.

According to reports, The judge rejected demands from Daniel Pantaleo’s lawyer to delay the officer’s department trial in the death of Eric Garner until July, when time runs out for federal prosecutors to file civil rights charges against him.

The NYPD trial will start May 13 and could take about two weeks, the judge said.

Pantaleo, who is white, is charged with reckless use of a chokehold and intentional use of a chokehold in Garner’s July 2014 death in Staten Island.

Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, could be heard on an amateur video shouting “I can’t breathe!” as Pantaleo placed him in an apparent chokehold, which is banned under police department policy, after officers stopped him for selling untaxed cigarettes.

If convicted, the 33-year-old Pantaleo could face punishment ranging from the loss of vacation days to firing from the department. He was stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty after the incident.

Pantaleo’s lawyer, Stuart London, said the officer used a takedown move taught by the police department, not a banned chokehold, and will be vindicated. After a brief hearing, his union issued a statement blaming the 350-pound Garner’s poor health and resisting arrest for his death.


Former Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Indicted for Murder in Botham Jean Shooting

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A Dallas County grand jury has indicted fired Dallas police officer Amber Guyger on a murder charge in the shooting death of Botham Jean, the 26-year-old man killed at his apartment in September, according to online court records.

According to reports, The indictment of Amber Guyger comes more than two months after she was arrested in the shooting death of Botham Shem Jean at the Dallas apartment complex where both lived — a killing that sparked days of protests.Guyger, who was arrested and fired from her job as a Dallas police officer after the September shooting, initially faced a charge of manslaughter. But Dallas County District Attorney Faith Johnson had said a grand jury could issue a stiffer charge. 

A charge of manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.Botham Jean’s family had wanted Guyger to be indicted for murder, their attorney Daryl Washington told CNN.

Sandra Bland’s Family Speaks Out Exclusively on ‘The View’

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Sharon Cooper told “The View.” “We don’t have the answers that we need –- and I think the answers would come from the person who’s no longer here to give them to us … my sister.”

Cooper and Shanté Needham joined “The View” Tuesday to discuss “Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” an HBO documentary about their sister that premieres Dec. 3. Cooper said the family is also trying to fight the “outrage fatigue” many feel about the numerous incidences of violence against black people since Bland’s death.

“If you are living while black in America, we know what it feels like to have your life in jeopardy at any given point … we’re fighting to be seen as human,” Cooper said.

“Say Her Name: The Life and Death of Sandra Bland,” Exploring the Controversial Death of a Young Black Woman in Police Custody, Debuts Dec. 3 on HBO

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On July 10, 2015, Sandra Bland, a politically engaged and vibrant 28-year-old African American from Chicago, was arrested for a traffic violation in a small Texas town. After three days in custody, she was found hanging from a noose in her jail cell. Bland’s death was quickly ruled a suicide, sparking allegations of a racially motivated police murder and cover-up, and turning her case and name into a rallying cry nationwide.

From the Oscar(R)-nominated, Emmy(R)- and Peabody Award-winning team of directors/producers Kate Davis and David Heilbroner (HBO’s “Traffic Stop,” “Southern Comfort,” “The Cheshire Murders” and “Jockey”), SAY HER NAME: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF SANDRA BLAND examines this story in depth, revealing previously unknown details when it debuts MONDAY, DEC. 3 (10:00-11:45 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.

The documentary will also be available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and partners’ streaming platforms.

Check out more HERE

Lucy McBath, Jordan Davis’ Mom Wins Georgia Congressional Race Against Karen Handel

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Lucy McBath, the gun control and racial justice activist whose son was killed in a 2012 shooting, is now headed to Congress, after winning a razor-thin election decided Thursday morning.

According to reports, Handel conceded the race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional District early Thursday morning in a statement posted to Facebook.

“After carefully reviewing all of the election results data, it is clear that I came up a bit short on Tuesday,” Handel said in the statement. “Congratulations to Representative-Elect Lucy McBath and I send her only good thoughts and much prayer for the journey that lies ahead for her.”

McBath is a gun control activist whose son Jordan Davis was shot and killed in 2012 after a dispute over loud music. She told CNN before winning the Democratic primary that the activism of the students who survived the shooting in Parkland, Florida, earlier this year inspired her to run for Congress.

“I’m still a mother. I’m still parenting. That’s why I believed this was the time to stand up,” McBath said.

McBath, a former flight attendant, learned of her son’s death the day after Thanksgiving in 2012 and diligently followed the trial of the shooter, Michael Dunn. She studied gun control, told her story within her community and on TV and lobbied lawmakers on Capitol Hill.
Two trials later, and two years after Jordan’s death, Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder. But McBath wasn’t finished with the movement and stayed involved, with the Parkland massacre motivating her to run for office.

Cop Found Guilty in Laquan McDonald Case

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Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. 

According to reports, Van Dyke, who was also found guilty of 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, sat impassively in a dark suit — his shoulders slumped — as the verdicts were read in the high-profile case. At one point, he sipped water from a bottle. He was found not guilty of official misconduct.
The officer’s wife sat stoically, arms folded, as the long verdict was delivered. His father lowered his head while some members of the McDonald family held hands.

Van Dyke’s bond was revoked and sentencing was scheduled for October 31. He left the courtroom with an officer.

Though he was originally charged with first-degree murder, jurors were instructed Thursday that they also could consider second-degree murder.

The panel of eight women and four men — seven white, one black, three Hispanic and one Asian — began deliberations Thursday afternoon.