‘Sexy Cop’ Impersonator Arrested In Las Vegas But Now 3 Officers Face Trial






sexycops
Three Las Vegas police officers must stand trial for arresting a woman dressed as a “sexy cop” and seeking tips from tourists, the Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday.

The panel reversed and remanded summary judgment for the three police officers who arrested plaintiff Michele Santopietro, who claims Las Vegas Metropolitan police Officers Clayborn Howell, Kristine Crawford and Francisco Lopez-Rosende violated her right to free speech.

The plainclothes officers arrested Santopietro and Lea Patrick on Las Vegas Strip on May 28, 2011, and charged them with seeking payment for services without a business license.

The two California women were dressed as “sexy cops” and sought tips for tourists to take a photo with them.

Officer Howell had Officer Crawford take a photo of him with the two women.

Santopietro told the plainclothes officers it did not cost anything to take a photo with her and her partner, but they accept tips, Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon wrote for the panel.

When they refused to tip, Patrick told them to delete the photo, and they were arrested.

The case was dismissed, but Santopietro sued the officers in Federal Court.

U.S. District Judge James Mahan granted the officers summary judgment, finding they had probable cause to arrest her and were not liable for civil rights violations. Santopietro appealed.

“The central dispute is whether Santopietro’s actions went beyond protected expression and moved into the realm of business activity,” Berzon wrote for the unanimous three-judge panel.

“Like the sale of an artist’s paintings, the sale of a snapshot of a performer’s protected street performance is likely protected in itself. Although the ‘customer’ is involved in the process of creating the work at issue here, because Crawford took the photo of Howell interacting with the ‘sexy cops,’ there is no dispute that Santopietro and Patrick ‘applie[d their] creative talents.’” (Citations omitted.)

For the the full article please visit : http://www.courthousenews.com/sexy-cop-impersonator-will-get-day-court/

Source Article from http://filmingcops.com/sexy-cop-impersonator-arrested-las-vegas-now-3-officers-face-trial/

Is Shooting Unarmed Black Men Now Considered ‘Law-And-Order’?






2068
The disregard for black Americans could scarcely have been more visible: Betty Shelby, a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is back at work just days after a jury decided that her moment of fear justified the killing of Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed motorist. For those who cried out for justice in this case, it seems that call will go unanswered.

When Donald Trump spent the 2016 campaign saying that he would be a “law-and-order candidate”, is this what he had in mind? When his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, says that the US Department of Justice “undermined the respect for our police and made, oftentimes, their job more difficult” through such things as consent decrees and investigations into the police violence that fills our television screens with its bloody aftermath on a nightly basis, can we credibly expect that those who abuse their power will be brought to task?

What does it mean to be “pro-law enforcement” in 2017?


It means less accountability. When Sessions announced that his Justice Department would be reviewing all consent decrees – the agreements that the federal government negotiates with police departments that have a history of brutality in an effort to reform them – he essentially took the work of policing the police off the table.

In a country where police officers are rarely charged with a crime after shooting an unarmed civilian – and even more rarely convicted of said crime – the possibility of removing any kind of federal oversight over police departments like the one in Ferguson, Missouri, once described as a “violent klepto-state”, should be frightening to us all.

But it should undoubtedly be more frightening to people of color, who have always borne the brunt of state violence in the United States. The history of this country is pockmarked by the overzealous policing of communities at the margins, and the reaction from those communities to brutality going unchallenged by our justice system. These communities can expect to find no relief from the Trump administration.

The first indication of this, of course, was his 2015 speech referring to Mexican immigrants as rapists and drug dealers. All throughout the campaign, Trump made clear that he considered immigrants from Latin America a group only to be punished, not to be welcomed. This sense only deepened when, during his Joint Address to Congress, he announced an initiative called Voice: Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement. This program, now up and running and housed within the Department of Homeland Security, would list all of the crimes committed by undocumented immigrants in the United States.

In addition to (wrongly) linking immigration to criminality, it also drew comparisons to Nazi Germany, where crimes committed by Jewish Germans were publicized and dramatized in the pro-Nazi daily Der Sturmer. We need not have gone overseas to find such analogies; one needs to only look at deadly race riots in Elaine, Arkansas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma, to find examples of media and government whipping people into a deadly hysteria.


The fear of such activities returning has only been heightened by the recent killings of Timothy Caughman in New York City and Richard Collins III in College Park, Maryland. In both instances, white supremacists allegedly committed these violent acts against black people without any provocation other than the color of their skin.

When you set up a political and ideological mainstream that sees people of color as populations of potential criminality, it is only a hop, skip and a jump from “Mexicans are rapists” and “knock the crap out of them” to taking the law into one’s own hands.

Everyone wants to be safe, and to walk their neighborhoods without fear. But that is not what Trump and Sessions are really after. That is clear by the fact that their justice agenda is centered around the agents of the state as opposed to the people that they have taken an oath – an oath whose hollowness is increasingly visible – to protect.

For the full article please visit : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/may/25/terrence-crutcher-betty-shelby-law-order

Source Article from http://filmingcops.com/shooting-unarmed-black-men-now-considered-law-order/

Boynton Police Officer Arrested for Domestic Battery then Placed on Paid Leave






boynton

A Boynton Beach police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest on a charge of domestic battery this week.

Vinicius Melo, 34, was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail on Wednesday, records show. He was released Thursday on his own recognizance.

“This is an active administrative investigation and we are precluded from commenting any further,” said police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.


Palm Beach County’s real estate boom is related to baby boomers’ futureADVERTISER CONTENT: NuVista Institute For Healthy Living Palm Beach County’s real estate boom is related to baby boomers’ future
Melo was hired by the department in December 2008, said Andrea Javier of the city’s Human Resources department.

According to a probable-cause affidavit released this week, Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies were called to Melo’s home late Tuesday in response to a 911 hangup. Deputies later spoke with a woman who said she got into a fight with Melo and he already left the scene.

The woman had a cut on her left cheek that ran over the top of her nose, according to the affidavit. She told police Melo appeared to be drunk and had thrown a TV remote control at her.

The affidavit said the device hit the woman in the face and caused her left eye to swell shut. She went to the bathroom to look at her face, but Melo grabbed her in a “bear hug” and wouldn’t let her go. She tried to call 911 but Melo stopped her. She was eventually able to do so.


At Melo’s first-appearance hearing Thursday at the jail, Judge Dina Keever-Agrama ordered that he not possess any weapons, use either alcohol or drugs and have no contact with the victim, court records show. His next hearing is scheduled for June 12.

For the full story please visit : http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/local/just-boynton-police-officer-paid-leave-after-arrest/xdbn9cnYmc9tZVipaXemoL/

Source Article from http://filmingcops.com/boynton-police-officer-arrested-domestic-battery-placed-paid-leave/

‘Pathetic’ Albuquerque Police Sued Yet Again By Kidnapped Victim






albuq

The beleaguered Albuquerque Police Department has been sued again, this time by a kidnap victim who says officers didn’t even bother to knock on the door the second time she called 911 for help.

Jacquelyn Barela sued the city, the police and Officers Timothy Wolffbrandt and Daniel Galvan on May 23 in Bernalillo County Court.

Barela claims that Tito Fajardo and Mary Lou Hern kidnapped her and kept her hogtied and in chains for nearly two weeks, until she got ahold of a phone and called 911, telling the dispatcher their names and where they were holding her.


Fajardo pleaded guilty to aggravated battery, false imprisonment, conspiracy to commit aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and possession of a firearm by a felon. He is serving 3 years of a 7-year sentence, to be followed by 4 years of probation.

Hern pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit false imprisonment and was sentenced to 18 days in jail and 18 months of probation.

Barela says in the lawsuit that Officers Wolffbrandt and Galvan went to the address, but when no one answered their knocks at the door and they saw nothing by looking into windows, they left.

Barela says she called 911 again and told the dispatcher her captors had turned off the lights and were refusing to answer the door, and pleaded again to be rescued.

Wolffbrandt and Galvan returned to the neighborhood, but Barela says that rather than search the house, they chatted with neighbors, saying they were investigating a claim of a woman being held captive, then wandered to a nearby address to investigate a pair of stolen cars and perform an arrest.

Barela says that on their second visit, the officers didn’t even knock on the door.


According to the complaint, the officers told a group of neighbors — which included Mary Lou Hern — that they had received calls from a woman claiming to be held prisoner and seeking rescue. As a result of Hern’s learning that, Barela says, she was severely beaten, raped, and had her head shaved for being a “rat.”

Barela says she escaped the next day, without police assistance, and Fajardo and Hern were arrested.

To read the rest of the article please visit : http://www.courthousenews.com/kidnap-victim-calls-albuquerque-police-pathetic/

Source Article from http://filmingcops.com/pathetic-albuquerque-police-sued-yet-kidnapped-victim/

Georgia State Happily Employ Fired Police Officers To Work In Schools






georgia

School police departments in Georgia hire police officers who were fired from previous jobs or who “resigned under the cloud of an investigation” at twice the rate of other local police departments, an investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News found.

According to the report:
“Roughly 12 percent of the 656 officers working in the state’s 31 school police departments have been forced out of a previous job, versus about 6 percent of the officers who work in local police agencies, according to data obtained from the Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council (POST), the state agency charged with certifying police.

The officers were terminated or investigated for a wide range of reasons, including chronically poor performance, lying to superiors, sexual misconduct and inappropriate use of force, according to POST documents.”


Atlanta’s new school police department hired officers who were fired or forced to resign at an even higher rate, about 14.1 percent of the sworn personnel in the 71-officer department, the paper reports.

“For the most part our officers have been very productive,” Atlanta schools police chief Ron Applin told the Journal-Constitution. “While they may have made mistakes in the past, they’ve fared very well with us.”

As we reported in our Policing America’s Schools series, Atlanta started its own school police force for the 2016-17 school year in hopes of having greater control of the training and screening of its officers. The district wants to train its officers in restorative practices and working with students as part of a comprehensive social-emotional learning plan. The school system is working with researchers and using a federal grant to test the effectiveness of its efforts.

When I visited in November, Applin told me the plan was a work in progress, but that he’d seen promising interactions between officers and students.


The newspaper’s investigation touches on some concerns of civil rights groups, many of which advocate for removing law enforcement from schools altogether. Those organizations argue that the role of law enforcement conflicts with a supportive school environment and that the presence of school police too often leads to punitive discipline, especially in for students of color. An Education Week analysis of the most recent federal data, from 2013-14, found that in 43 states and the District of Columbia, black students are arrested at school at disproportionately high levels.

That may be in part because black students are more likely to attend schools with on-site officers.

Education Week’s data analysis found that 74 percent of black high school students attend a school with at least one on-site law enforcement officer, compared with 71 percent of both Hispanic and multiracial high school students, and 65 percent of both Asian and white high school students.

The disparity is more pronounced at the middle school level, where 59 percent of black students attend schools with law enforcement, compared with 49 percent of both Hispanic and multiracial students, 47 percent of white students, and 40 percent of Asian students.


These statistics mean issues with how school police are screened, trained, and disciplined are automatically equity issues, civil rights groups argue.

The Journal-Constitution notes a new Georgia law that creates special training and certification requirements for school resource officers, which are relatively rare.

For more information visit : http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/rulesforengagement/2017/05/georgia_schools_hire_police_with_troubled_pasts_newspaper_finds.html

Source Article from http://filmingcops.com/georgia-employing-fired-police-officers-work-schools/

‘I Can’t Breathe’: Video Shows Cops Beat Father, Ignore Cries for Help Until He Dies

jailjail

Only 48 hours after he made a Facebook post thanking God for his kids, a 35-year-old father of four, Michael Sabbie, would die in a concrete cage. His last moments alive were caught on a jail’s surveillance cameras as he uttered the all-too-familiar phrase ‘I can’t breathe’ — 19 times.

As none of the officers involved in his death have been held accountable, his family has filed a lawsuit this week to seek some semblance of justice.

“He is a medically-vulnerable person. So he reported at intake that he had hypertension, diabetes, heart disease and asthma,” said Erik Heipt, who is representing Sabbie’s family in the lawsuit against the jail filed earlier this week, according to CBS.

The lawsuit claims what the video shows — officers ignored his pleas for help, his clear signs of distress, his labored breathing, and used excessive force — leading to the death of this father.

In 2015, Sabbie was violently subdued and repeatedly pepper sprayed by guards at the Bi State Prison on the borders of Arkansas, Texas, and Louisiana. He’d been arrested after a verbal dispute with his wife.

As the assault on this father began, five officers swarmed Sabbie and piled on top of him as he shouted, “I can’t breathe.” Then, a sixth guard, equipped with a body camera, joined the group and began spraying Sabbie in the face while accusing him of resisting.

“Get your hands behind your back or you’ll get it again!” the guard yelled.

“I can’t breathe, sir,” Sabbie said, as officers propped him up against the wall outside of the nurse’s office. “Please, please. I got pneumonia.”

The nurse examined him and then released him, noting that his symptoms were normal for someone who’d just been pepper sprayed. However, Sabbie had those symptoms before he was sprayed.

“Please, please,” Sabbie begged for water, but was denied. He was then brought to the shower to wash off the spray and thrown in his cell.

The guards then said Sabbie had attacked one of them after refusing to go back to his cell. Yet his family’s attorney, Erik Heipt, told Huffington Post that Sabbie had complained “I can’t breathe” 19 different times in the nine total minutes of video obtained by the family. And, the video shows no such attack.

“If you just looked at the cause of death, you would think that Michael died of some sort of hypertensive heart condition, and that may be true,” Heipt said. “But if we didn’t have a video, we’d never know that he had been begging for help due to his shortness of breath and inability to breathe.”

According to jail protocol, somebody was supposed to check on Sabbie every 30 minutes overnight, according to CBS. The suit claims that a guard said she did and then later admitted to lying.

Hours after he was left to die in his cell while begging for help, Sabbie was found dead.

Medical examiners ruled Sabbie’s cause of death as “hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease.” They claim the pepper spray in the face and the violent beating “played a minimal role in the decedent’s death, and may not have contributed at all to his death.”

Heipt told Huffington Post the family believes Sabbie died from a treatable and recognizable medical emergency called a pulmonary edema, which is excess fluid in the lungs due to his heart condition. Sabbie had said he was spitting blood and needed to go to a hospital in court, where a judge set his bail at $2,500 for the misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

Police said Sabbie threatened his wife during a fight over monetary issues, but he pleaded not guilty and his wife even said that this was  “a tragedy that should never have happened.”

“I can’t put into words how devastated my children and I are after the loss of Michael,” she said. “He was my backbone and best friend. My children lost a wonderful father who wanted the best for his family. A piece of our heart is gone, and I pray to God for justice.”

Sabbie’s death is not an isolated incident. And, according to a report released by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, an overwhelming amount of inmates who die in police custody haven’t been convicted of a crime.

In fact, an alarming 75% of the people who die behind bars actually have not been convicted of a crime.

As we have seen with the cases of Sandra Bland, Rexdale Henry, Sarah Circle Bear, and others, many of the deaths that occur in prison happen under extremely suspicious circumstances and are labeled as “suicides” without proper investigation.

“He was treated as if his life did not matter,” Sabbie’s family said. “Most of all they want justice and accountability and to make sure that this doesn’t happen again.”

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/father-killed-jail-ignore-cries-for-help/

White House Petition to Investigate Seth Rich Murder Goes Viral as Reward Tops $345K

richrich

With the former Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich asking questions about the bizarre killing of a Democratic National Committee (DNC) staffer in 2016, the murder mystery surrounding Seth Rich has taken an interesting turn. A White House Petition has been started demanding President Trump appoint a special prosecutor to find his killer.

It is important to note that those of us asking for an investigation into the death of Seth Rich, are not some tinfoil nutjobs as the mainstream media attempts to claim. Since when is wanting justice for a murder ‘conspiracy theory’? No one at the Free Thought Project has ever attempted to claim to know who killed Seth Rich, we simply want an investigation. And, since this petition has gone viral — it appears that a lot of other Americans want the same thing.

When Rich was killed in 2016, Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange called for an investigation into the homicide. Why would a wanted man, holed up in an Ecuadorian embassy in London care at all who killed the Washington, DC-based staffer? That question remains unanswered but some believe he was the source of the DNC database of emails which, arguably, cost Hillary Clinton the 2016 presidential election.

Now, a petition has been created to force the president’s hand to open an official investigation, called, “WE THE PEOPLE ASK THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO CALL ON CONGRESS TO ACT ON AN ISSUE.” The petition is asking the president to, “Appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate the murder of Seth Rich, the alleged Wikileaks email leaker.” The petition was created by someone only known as “J.F.” on May 19, 2017. Already, over 25,000 signatures have been obtained of the needed 100,000, requesting the White House to open an official investigation into his killing. The petition reads;

On July 10, 2016, Seth Rich was shot twice in the early morning as he walked back to his house in Washington D.C. Immediately after the crime, the death was called an armed robbery… but none of Seth Rich’s belongings were taken from hiM.

Rod Wheeler, a private investigator hired by the family, said that there was evidence Seth Rich had contacted WikiLeaks and that law enforcement were covering this up. MSM is not covering this murder, instead pushing it to the side, so it is now up to us.

The facts do not add up, law enforcement stopped covering the crime, and now it is time for us to fight for justice. Seth Rich deserves this.

While the mainstream media appears to consider the matter of Seth Rich a murder driven by motives of armed robbery, the alternative media is camping out on the issue, refusing to let his name, and his possible contribution to transparency disappear. If the rumors were true Rich was the DNC mole, who leaked the database of emails to Wikileaks, he would likely have been targeted for discreditation, but, instead, he was found with gunshot wounds to his back, clinging to life, and later died from his injuries.

According to One America News, which is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of his killer, members of Congress are now beginning to question whether or not Rich’s death may have been an inside job. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California) told OAN, “Whoever it could be, we need to look into it and verify. The fact that the young man’s death has not been followed by an investigation that would even be in place for an ordinary murder is very suspicious to me.”

Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) told OAN, “I think it should definitely be a part of the investigation. It’s an alternative theory and any good investigation looks at alternative theories…We need to investigate all the options. A lot of the allegations about Russia and some of the allegations about President Trump now are all coming from un-named sources. Sources suggesting it was an inside job are probably just as valid as somebody not willing to give their name.”

With OAN offering a $100,000 reward, Wikileaks donating $20,000, the DC Metropolitan Police offering $25,000, Republican donor Jack Burkman kicking in another $100,000, and even Martin Shkreli upping the ante with $100,000, the total reward for solving Seth Rich’s murder stands at $345,000.

i’ll put up $100,000 for information leading to the arrest of Seth Rich’s killer

Posted by Martin Shkreli on Friday, May 26, 2017

OAN’s Pearson Sharp concluded, “Solving this case could reveal important clues into the 2016 election and how high up corruption at the DNC really went. DNC officials have long pushed the views that Russia was behind their email leak, but this latest information casts doubt on those claims.”

To sign the petition calling on the White House to open an official investigation into Rich’s death, click here. For more on Pearson Sharp’s report click here. And to see The Free Thought Project’s extensive coverage of the mystery of Seth Rich’s death, click here. Please share this article so that through the spreading information we may be able to achieve justice for Seth Rich.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/white-house-petition-reward-seth-rich-killer/

Farmer Charged, Fined $2.8 Million, for Plowing His Own Property in the ‘Land of the Free’

Federal authorities are charging John Duarte of Modesto for not obtaining permits to discharge dredged or fill material into seasonal wetlands that are considered waters of the United States, the Redding Record Searchlight reported this week.

“The case is the first time that we’re aware of that says you need to get a [US Army Corps of Engineers] permit to plow to grow crops,” said Anthony Francois, a lawyer for the Pacific Legal Foundation, a libertarian nonprofit working on Duarte’s behalf. “We’re not going to produce much food under those kinds of regulations.”

 

Duarte, whose nursery business in Modesto bills itself as the “largest permanent crops nursery in the United States,” bought 450 acres of land in Tehama County in 2012. He hired consultants to map out areas that drained into Coyote and Oat creeks, which were subject to federal regulations, the Record Searchlight reported. He plowed around those and planted a wheat crop.

In February 2013, however, the Army Corps and California’s Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board accused him of not obtaining a permit to deposit drainage into the waters. When Duarte sued the Army Corps and the state for not granting him a hearing, they counter-sued him for violating the Clean Water Act. In June last year, US District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller sided with the government.

Duarte literally became a poster case for repealing the rules, when Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) used a photograph of his furrows as a backdrop during the confirmation hearings for Scott Pruitt, President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

A week after Pruitt was confirmed, Trump signed an executive order directing the EPA to start repealing the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

“It was a massive power grab,” Trump said at the signing, adding that the EPA applied it to “nearly every puddle or every ditch on a farmer’s land.”

Duarte called Trump’s actions “absolutely timely and very important,” according to the Los Angeles Times. “I hope they’re very broad because what’s happening to my family and myself is just an example of the kind of escalation we’re seeing nationwide,” he added.

According to court documents filed by the US Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, Duarte used a tractor equipped with a “ripper” that has seven 36-inch (91 cm) shanks and dug an average of 10 inches (25 cm) into the soil, damaging wetland areas.

Francois, however, says the federal law explicitly allows farmers to plow their fields.

“A plain reading of the rules says you don’t need a permit to do what he did,” Francois told the Record Searchlight. “How do you impose a multimillion [dollar] penalty on someone for thinking the law says what it says?”

“Even under the farming exemption, a discharge of dredged or fill material incidental to the farming activities that impairs the flow of the waters of the United States still requires a permit because it changes the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the waters,” the government said in the complaint.

In addition to the fine, the government is asking the judge to order Duarte to smooth out the disturbed soil, replant native plants, and maybe even purchase other wetlands to compensate for the damages.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/farmer-california-fined-2-8-million/

Man Prevents a Murder by Disarming Attacker, Police Show Up and Kill Him

policepolice

Appleton, WI — Police shot and killed a man last Sunday at Jack’s Apple Pub. Jimmie Sanders, of Milwaukee, was fatally wounded when police arrived after someone at the pub called 911.

Sanders and Henry Nellum got into a fight. Nellum pulled out the gun witnesses said he brought with him to the bar. Nellum told police he was attempting to hand his gun to a friend when the fight broke out. But witnesses told police that wasn’t true.

Nellum allegedly put the gun to Sanders’ neck just before Sanders wrestled the firearm away from him. During the scuffle, the gun went off. That’s when police were called to the scene.

When police arrived, Sanders had just gotten the gun away from Nellum and, according to witnesses, this resolved the situation. However, seeing the gun in his hand, police opened fire on Sanders, killing him. Now, police have charged Nellum with attempted homicide but it wasn’t Nellum who killed Sanders. It was the Appleton police.

The whole ordeal has left the Sanders family with more questions than answers, especially after the criminal complaint filed against Nellum made no mention of their loved one’s death by cop.

A person purported to be Sanders’ cousin described the incident in a Facebook message submitted by The Free Thought Project.

This past Sunday my cousin was shot by the police in Appleton Wisconsin. Jimmy was in the bar with a friend. A fight broke out. During the fight the unknown male pulled out a gun. During the scuffle my cousin was trying to get the gun out the man hands. The gun went off in the mist of trying to take it from the guy. The police were called. When the officers entered the bar they seen a black man with a weapon and fired.

This is video of the scuffle between the patrons.

Posted by Tory Lowe on Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The family believes the police wasted no time in killing their loved one and said they can prove it. They claim to have witnesses who say absolutely no attempt was made to deescalate the situation. They also claim, as the criminal complaint alleges, it was Nellum’s gun and did not belong to Sanders. The message continues;

Witness said the officer didnt even give my cousin a chance to surrender or drop the weapon. when the police came into the bar they seen a black man holding a gun and shot him. The man he was fighting was the one who pulled the gun out.

The message even claims the family can prove Nellum pulled the gun on Sanders who, understandably, disarmed his attacker. The cousin believes, according to the testimony the family received from witnesses, that no attempt was made to get Sanders to drop the gun.

There was even a video that the man pulled the gun out and Jimmy took it from him. Please share my cousins story I believe that the police saw a black man with a gun a opened fire not giving him a chance to surrender. He was not even given a command to comply.

The District Attorney handling Nellum’s case, Carrie Schneider, described to reporters the charges against Nellum, who’s also a convicted felon. Nellum was charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide, Felony in Possession of a Firearm, Wrecklessly Endangering Safety and several misdemeanor charges. Even though it wasn’t Nellum who killed Sanders, he’s been charged with his death by being ultimately responsible for the presence of a gun inside the pub.

According to Sanders’ family advocate, Torrey Lowe, the wrong man was killed. “It was an unfortunate incident which took place and it looks like the man who was shot was not the one who brandished the gun,” Lowe told reporters.

Schneider said “additional charges” could be filed in Sanders’ shooting death, but did not indicate whether or not she was referencing the unnamed Appleton police officer who killed Sanders. Currently, Green Bay police are investigating the officer-involved shooting which took Sanders’ life.

As The Free Thought Project has advocated on numerous occasions, police officers need to be trained and in some cases retrained in deescalation methods. The Salt Lake City Utah Police Department has retrained all of its officers to deescalate conflicts such as the one which took Sanders’ life. Since the 2015 implementation, the department has not had one officer-involved shooting which took the life of a citizen.

As of this Sunday, Jimmy Sanders’ was the 482nd person killed by police so far in 2017. What’s more, his death will more likely than not be ‘officially’ counted by police as they are charging another person for it.

Source Article from http://thefreethoughtproject.com/milwaukee-man-killed-police-disarmed-attacker/

Senate Widens Scope of Trump-Russia Probe

Congressman Jim Himes discusses another night of blockbuster news on the Trump-Russia investigation and the scope of the investigation into the Donald Trump campaign.

Watch TV shows, movies and more on Yahoo View, available now on iOS and Android.

About The Rachel Maddow Show

Launched in 2008, “The Rachel Maddow Show” follows the machinations of policy making in America, from local political activism to international diplomacy. Rachel Maddow looks past the distractions of political theater and stunts and focuses on the legislative proposals and policies that shape American life – as well as the people making and influencing those policies and their ultimate outcome, intended or otherwise. See More

Check out more stuff on Yahoo View

Source Article from https://www.yahoo.com/news/senate-widens-scope-trump-russia-182519268.html