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Fault Lines Links: Disciplinary Group Recommends Firing Dante Servin

Sept. 17, 2015 (Mimesis Law) — Good morning. Hot links coming through…

  • A disciplinary agency has recommended that Chicago Detective Dante Servin, who was cleared of criminal charges in the 2012 shooting of Rekia Boyd, should be fired. While off-duty, Servin became embroiled in an argument and claimed a gun was pulled prompting him to shoot over his shoulder. It turned out the “gun” was a cell phone, but one of Servin’s shots hit Rekia Boyd in the back of the head. The city had previously settled a civil lawsuit for $4.5 million with Boyd’s family.
  • Radazz Hearns, the Trenton teen who was shot multiple times by police in August, will not be tried as an adult on gun and assault charges. NJ police had recovered a .22 calibre gun in the vicinity of the shooting, however Hearns’ attorneys maintain that the 14-year old was unarmed at the time of the incident.
  • Albuquerque Officer Dominique Perez is facing an internal hearing to determine whether he will remain in the police force. Perez faces second degree murder charges in the deadly shooting of a homeless man James Boyd in March 2014. Perez has remained on administrative leave for the last 18 months and his trial is expected to commence in August 2016.
  • Baltimore Officer Konstantinos Passamichalis was charged with second degree assault and misconduct relating to the assault of a fugitive in custody last year. Passamichalis is accused of putting his hands around the throat of a handcuffed suspect who did not show any intent to flee. In addition, a key police witness for Passamichalis’ side was accused of falsifying police reports and put on a “do not call” list for witnesses as he was deemed “irrevocably compromised”.
  • A lawsuit has been filed in the fatal police-involved shooting of James Bradley Phillips by Sergeant James Carr in a restaurant in Tennessee in September 2014. Police claim Phillips and his girlfriend were suspects in the murder of his boss, and, when approached by officers, Phillips made “movements towards his midsection”. The lawsuit claims Carr was wrong to use deadly force as there were officers within arm’s reach of the couple and had no reason to believe they were armed and dangerous.
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  • KingOfWhiteTrash
    17 September 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    That James Bradley Phillips case’s backstory is some spectacularly grisly stuff. Hapless tweekers run amok…

  • Wrongway
    18 September 2015 at 1:05 am - Reply

    RE: Hearns -> “Hearns” .. “juvenile arrest record was released by a Mercer County police department earlier this month” … dumb question but this stuff is supposed to be sealed until he’s 18 right?? this is just more blame the victim tactics.. Oh, & kudos to the cops for doing such a thorough search of the area after the fact, that 12hrs. later a dude on a stroll notices a gun in the street.. How Lucky is THAT!!??