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23 April 2017

Fault Lines Links: Cops Indicted For Murder Of Gregory Towns

Aug. 19, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — And we’re back. Here’s what you need to know this morning.

  • Former police officers Marcus Eberhart and Howard Weems have been indicted for the murder of Gregory Towns in 2014. The officers deployed their taser 13 times on handcuffed Towns because he refused to walk. They face charges of felony murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault and several charges of violation of an oath by a public officer.
  • The death of handcuffed inmate Samuel Harrell in an NY prison who was reportedly beaten by up to 20 guards has been ruled a homicide. No guards have been charged as yet.
  • Albuquerque officer Dominique Perez and former detective Keith Sandy will stand trial for the shooting of homeless schizophrenic man James Boyd in 2014.
  • The Reporters Committee and 38 news and media outlets have sent a letter to St Louis County protesting the charges against Huffington Post reporter Ryan Reilly and Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery in connection to the 2014 Ferguson protests.
  • Drug charges have been dropped against Charnesia Corley who was submitted to an arguably unconstitutional cavity search in Harris County, TX.
  • South Carolina Enforcement Division denied a public records request to release the police footage relating to Zachary Hammond’s death. The family alleges the officers involved “desecrated” Hammond’s body by high-fiving his limp hand after the fatal shooting.
  • Documents released by the MTA show NYPD has been regularly monitoring Black Lives Matter protesters.
  • Oakland police pursued and killed a fleeing armed robbery suspect. Protests ensued.
  • San Jose police shot dead two men in 24 hours. The men were suspects in an ongoing homicide case. According to police, both men were reaching for guns in their waistbands before officers opened fire. A third suspect is still at large.
  • Armed robbery suspect Michael Henderson dies in police-involved shooting in Indianapolis. Police surrounded Henderson’s vehicle and ordered him to exit. Police discharged their weapons upon hearing gunshots coming from within the car.
  • Detroit prosecutors are set to reveal whether officers will be charged in the killing of Terrance Kellom in April. Kellom was sought by police in connection to an armed robbery when he allegedly lunged at police with a hammer. Witnesses claim Kellom was empty handed and his attorney reports that he was shot in the back.
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