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Fault Lines Links: Denver DA Declines Charges For Paul Castaway Death

Sept. 15, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Good morning, people.

  • Denver DA Mitch Morrissey has declined to charge Officer Michael Traudt in the death of Native American man Paul Castaway. Traudt shot the mentally ill and suicidal Castaway outside his home in July. Traudt’s actions were deemed justifiable because “Castaway’s actions and the statements he made suggest he had decided to die and further decided that Officer Traudt would be the instrument of his demise”. The video of the encounter was also released.
  • An awful lot of Bexar County Detention Deputies have been arrested so far this year. Omar Echevarria was just charged with driving while intoxicated, becoming the 12th deputy to be arrested and 7th to be terminated.
  • A South Carolina court order ruled that former North Charleston officer Michael Slager will continue to be held without bond for the first degree murder of Walter Scott, finding that his release “would constitute an unreasonable danger to the community”.
  • Yonkers City Council will reveal on Tuesday the outcome of the vote on a proposed $198,000 settlement for former NYPD police sergeant Kenneth Kissiedu who claims he was beaten by Yonkers officers in 2010. The Yonkers officers were looking for a Hispanic suspect when they approached Kissiedu, a black man. They beat him to the ground before finding his badge and gun.
  • Dana Harge, an African-American highway cop with the NYPD, has filed a discrimination complaint with the EEOC on claims that he was subjected to racist treatment from his superiors and held to quotas for issuing summonses.
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