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27 April 2017

Fault Lines Links – Chicago Authorities Approve $6.5M Payouts For Police Shootings

Apr. 12, 2016 (Mimesis Law) — Morning folks, here’s what we’re watching:

  • The Chicago finance committee approved a $6.45 million settlement with the families of Philip Coleman and Justin Cook who died in police custody. Coleman died in-custody in 2012 after he was dragged from a jail cell by his arms by Officers Keith Kirkland and Tommy Walker. Coleman later died in medical care. Cook died when he suffered an asthma attack following is arrest. His family claimed he was not given appropriate medical attention.
  • A Marion County, ID, prosecutor announced that the footage of the April 5th police shooting of unarmed black man Kevin Hicks will not be released until the investigation is complete. Indianapolis Officer Robert Carmichael was responding to a 911 call by Hicks’ wife, and attempted to diffuse the situation between the two of them upon arrival on the scene. After a stun gun did not subdue Hicks, Carmichael shot and killed him after Hicks allegedly tried to reach for the officer’s gun.
  • A Cook County judge dismissed assault and weapons charges against two brothers, Michael and Princeton Williamson, who were shot and wounded by Chicago Officer Wilfredo Ortiz on New Year’s Day 2014. The judge threw out the case because Ortiz changed key details in his testimony about what happened.
  • Laurel, MD, authorities stated that the police-involved shooting of an unidentified teen by an officer on Sunday was unintentional. Officers were responding to a tripped burglary alarm when they encountered the teen who allegedly ignored police commands. One of the officers was startled by the teen and shot him. The teen remains in critical condition.
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