As Texas Shooter Killed Unarmed Citizens, FBI Admits Armed Citizens Stopped 4 Recent Mass Shootings

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On Friday, a deranged teenager broke multiple gun laws—that were in place to prevent exactly what happened—and began shooting up Santa Fe High School in Texas. All the gun control measures in place did not stop a criminal juvenile from obtaining two guns and walking onto his school campus to kill people. What actually stopped him, however, was guns, lots of them.

The police officers responding to the shooting were all heavily armed and it was only because of their weapons that they brought in the shooter. Good guys with guns are what stop bad guys with guns.

However, police cannot be everywhere all the time. If citizens were disarmed and were forced to rely entirely on police to protect them, rest assured that the bad guys who don’t follow the law would rain terror down on the defenseless population.

In fact, according to a recent FBI report, good guys with guns—who are not police officers—have stopped multiple mass shootings, just like the one in Santa Fe, Texas.

According to the FBI report, citizens successfully intervened in eight active shooter incidents in 2016 and 2017. These heroic citizens prevented or helped to stop what could’ve been some of the worst shooting incidents in US history.

As the report notes, citizens “safely and successfully” ended the shooting by confronting the shooter—not police.

“Their selfless actions likely saved many lives,” the report stated.

Out of those eight incidents, four of the heroic citizens were carrying legal firearms and stopped the shooters in their tracks. In two of those incidents, the citizens actually exchanged fire with the shooters, illustrating how a properly trained—and armed—citizen can be an effective deterrent in mass shootings.

In the other two incidents, the armed citizens held the shooters at gunpoint until police arrived.

One of the most high profile cases of citizen intervention in a mass shooting happened in the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last year.

According to The New York Post:

The man hailed as a hero for confronting the Texas mass shooter during his rampage is a sharpshooting plumber with no military background — who hit the gunman through a gap in his body armor, according to a report.

 

Stephen Willeford managed to shoot Devin Kelley before jumping in another man’s truck and chasing him down, the Daily Mail reported…

 

Texas Department of Public Safety chief Freeman Martin said Willeford “grabbed his rifle and engaged the suspect” after Kelley left the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, where he opened fire with an assault rifle and killed 26 people.

 

An area resident told the paper that Willeford, an avid biker who attends another church, learned about the shooting when his daughter called to say a man clad in body armor was shooting worshipers.

 

The local said that although Willeford has no military background, he didn’t hesitate when he came face to face with the suspect — and managed to squeeze off a round that struck the gunman, who had dropped his Ruger AR-15 variant.

On that fateful Sunday morning, the two men were strangers but came together to try and stop an act of heinous evil that likely saved countless lives.

In another incident, just nine days after the shooting in Texas, Travis Green began shooting up a Dollar General store in Cheektowaga, New York. A citizen ran down Green with his car, causing him to drop his gun and flee. Countless lives were saved that day.

According to the report, there were actually 50 active shooter incidents. In the other incidents, police officers—with guns—moved in to prevent further carnage and 11 of the shooters were killed by police.

The FBI defined these incidents as “one or more individuals actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area.” Nearly 10 percent of them were stopped by good guys with guns. Nearly twenty percent were stopped by citizens and not the police.

As the gun grabbers begin to use this incident to pass more laws that criminals will not follow and that will disarm law abiding citizens, remember that even the government admits that the thing most likely to stop a bad guy with a gun…is a good guy with a gun.

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Video Shows Horrors of Drug War as Cops Corner Unarmed Man for Having a Plant, Execute Him

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Thomasville, GA — Thomasville police officers have been cleared by a grand jury in the shooting death of 37-year-old Herbert Gilbert Jr. Following the grand jury’s ruling that the officer-involved-shooting was justified, Thomasville Police released body camera footage of the deadly encounter. The graphic footage shows Gilbert’s attempt to flee in his SUV, only to be gunned down by officers who presumably feared for their lives. Gilbert did not have a gun, was not attempting to run-over any officers, and was actually backing up his vehicle when officer Josh Smith shot him 8 times through the windshield. His original crime? He had an illegal plant.

When the body camera footage begins, officers can be heard saying they have a search warrant and announced their presence inside a house. Gilbert wasted no time attempting to flee, but the chase was made exponentially more dangerous when a Thomasville officer attempted to stop Gilbert with the maneuver known as the “pit maneuver.”

That action—which was dangerously conducted in a residential neighborhood—pushed Gilbert’s car into a neighboring yard. He was still in command of his vehicle and attempted to flee yet again. After the officer, who was on foot, caught up with the vehicles, Gilbert can be clearly seen backing up his vehicle. Who knows if he was attempting to put his vehicle in park and simply surrender, but none of that matters now.

Officer Smith opened fire as he was backing up his car. It’s unclear if his vehicle was thrown into drive as he lurched forward as a result of being struck by the bullets or if he deliberately put the vehicle in drive. Unfortunately, Gilbert died from the injuries he sustained.

After searching the dead man’s belongings, police say they found an undisclosed amount of cannabis and $883 dollars, along with a set of scales. Ultimately, Gilbert was shot and killed by police for the crime of possessing a plant, and attempting to flee, neither so-called offenses should carry the death penalty in the minds of many who were outraged by the brazen hit on one of their community members. For weeks, Black Lives Matter protests followed Gilbert’s assassination.

Ironically, cannabis oil has been legalized in the State of Georgia, but the disconnect still remains. Cannabis oil is a derivative of marijuana, leading many advocates to believe Gilbert’s death was unnecessary and unjustified. Equally troubling is the practice by police of executing people who are suspected of possessing the harmless plant when and if they attempt to resist arrest or get away.

In 2016, South Carolina resident Zach Hammond, 19, was killed in similar guerrilla fashion after Seneca police attempted to arrest his passenger, Tori Morton, for a minuscule amount of marijuana. Similarly, police claimed Hammond was driving his vehicle in the direction of the officer thereby posing a deadly threat. But as TFTP’s Matt Agorist wrote:

Hammond’s autopsy revealed that the teen was shot in the back of his left shoulder and his side. According to witness statements, Hammond’s vehicle was not moving when Tiller shot him twice. In a letter from Hammond’s attorney to the FBI, a witness has recently come forward describing officers planting evidence under Hammond’s body and high-fiving his dead hand after the shooting.

Seneca Police Officer Mark Tiller is the peace officer who killed Hammond. Tiller wasn’t fired or disciplined following the shooting but his employment was terminated a year following the shooting for an undisclosed reason. Tiller’s termination may have been related to a lawsuit filed by Morton against the Seneca PD, the City of Seneca, and Seneca Police Chief John Covington.

Morton says police pressured her into saying Hammond was armed, and threatened her with marijuana prosecution charges if she didn’t give in and lie. According to the Independent Mail:

Morton’s lawsuit alleges that a ­­marijuana charge has been hanging over her head for nearly two years as a form of leverage by Seneca officials who don’t want her cooperating with a federal investigation. The lawsuit also says she was taken to several undisclosed locations for unrecorded interviews in the wake of the shooting and was pressured into saying Hammond was armed. He was unarmed.

Such is the sad state of affairs in the failed War on Drugs. Not only are people being gunned down by trigger-happy police officers for victimless crimes of possessing a plant, but they’re apparently more than willing to lie about what actually happened and what they found on their dead suspects following such controversial assassinations. Below is the body camera footage from the deadly shooting death of Herbert Gilbert Jr.

WARNING: It is graphic.

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‘Being Naked Does Not Remove a Threat’: Says Chief as Cops Kill Unarmed Naked Teacher

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Richmond, VA — The family of Marcus-David L. Peters—an honors graduate and high school science teacher—is asking for answers after a Richmond police officer shot and killed him while he was naked and unarmed. Not only did the officer swiftly escalate to unnecessary deadly force against a naked man, but now the department is telling the public that it was justified.

According to reports, the shooting happened along I-95 in Richmond after Peters lost control of his vehicle, sending it crashing into the trees. Police say that Peters then exited the vehicle, entirely naked, and began running into and then rolling around on or near the interstate.

Police say that Peters had previously struck another vehicle prior to crashing and then fled the scene. After a brief chase, he crashed and then ran naked up the northbound lane of I-95. Police claim Peters then charged an officer who had no other choice but to resort to deadly force against the naked and unarmed man who ‘charged the officer.’

“Peters emerged from his disabled vehicle and ran into the northbound lanes of I-95,” Richmond Police spokesman Gene Lepley said. “He was not wearing any clothes… [we’re trying to figure out] why he didn’t have any clothes on.”

Police claim the officer first deployed the taser which proved to be ineffective, so the officer then shot the teacher, who later died at a local hospital.

“Our officer attempted to use a taser on the person and it failed,” Lepley said.

“The attack continued and the officer drew his service weapon and discharged it striking that man.”

Police have yet to release the name of the officer involved. According to WTVR,

The RPD officer, a male with ten years of service, has been placed on administrative leave which is standard procedure while the Department’s Force Investigation Team (FIT) conducts its investigation. The FIT detectives will interview the officer and any other eyewitnesses that can be located. They will review the officer’s body-worn-camera video and any other video or photographs that can be located. Such images can be submitted to the RPD using the Crime Stoppers P-3 app which has its own category labeled “95 Incident.”

A ‘safety analyst’ for the local news channel claimed that he’s seen naked men strangle multiple officers to death and went on to justify the use of force.

“An unarmed person does not necessarily mean that you cannot be killed by an unarmed person,” NBC 12 safety analyst Mike Jones said. “I’ve seen cases where officers have been strangled with the bare hands of a suspect.”

The Free Thought Project searched for instances in which unarmed suspects have strangled on-duty police officers to death, although we could not find any.

The police chief echoed the claims of the safety analyst, noting that being naked doesn’t mean that a person can’t kill you.

“We are all deeply affected by what happened here – by the loss of life,” Richmond Police Chief Alfred Durham said in a statement released by Richmond Police. “Our officers do not take the use of deadly force lightly. I think it’s important to remember that being naked does not remove a threat. So far, the eyewitness accounts we’ve heard have been consistent: our officer tried using verbal commands, then used non-lethal force first by deploying his Taser before using his service weapon.”

While it is indeed possible for an unarmed naked man to pose a threat to an untrained individual, the idea that a trained police officer couldn’t figure out another way to suppress this threat without killing Peters is disturbing.

Indeed, as TFTP has reported, DeKalb County Police Officer Robert Olsen in Georgia, shot and killed an unarmed naked man under very similar circumstances—and he was charged.

According to Barbara Peters, her son grew up in Middlesex County and graduated cum laude from Middlesex High School in 2011. His school selected him to be the speaker at graduation and he was even featured in a special on the local news.

“Each and every one of you has something special to offer the world,” Peters said during his speech, according to the reports. “You have your own unique gift. We are all assets to society.”

He went on: “The trying times of life will only make us strong individuals. Nothing in this life that has value is going to come easy.”

According to the Richmond-Dispatch, Peters went on to attend VCU, graduating in 2016 with a biology degree and cum laude honors; he also minored in Spanish, psychology and chemistry. While at VCU, he attended the school’s Honors College, served as a resident assistant and volunteered in doctor’s offices, the family said.

“His pursuit for a career as a trauma surgeon would unknowingly take a detour as he discovered his passion for education,” the family said in a statement.

Before being killed by police, Peters was a science teacher at Essex High School.

“The hopes for these additional lessons were to help students develop fundamental skills for overall success,” Peters’ family said. “He would often say, ‘The students just need to know that someone cares about them and need a role model to look up to.’ He tried his very best to do just that.”

Peters was obviously in some sort of mental distress, whether it was drug related or health related was unclear. What is clear, however, is that police were unable to resolve a situation involving a naked unarmed man—without killing him—and society has lost an amazing person because of it.

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WATCH: Cops Kill Unarmed Dad in Parking Lot, Crash Funeral to Use His Dead Finger to Unlock Phone

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Largo, FL — Last month, the Free Thought Project reported on a story out of Florida in which police allegedly went to a funeral home to use a the finger of a man they killed to unlock his phone. Now, police are admitting to the act and claiming they did nothing wrong despite releasing a damning video.

The tragic incident began last month as Linus Phillip, 30, was approached by two Largo Police officers at a gas station, who alleged that the windows on his black Nissan sedan were too dark.

The window tint on the car—the alleged reason for the stop—must’ve been legal as the car Phillip was driving was a rental.

As the Tampa Bay Times reported, officer Matthew Steiner wasn’t sure if he had probable cause to stop the car, so he followed the car into the Wawa at 1215 Missouri Ave. N. He approached Phillip and asked for the rental agreement.

Steiner and Officer Prentice Ables claimed that when they were talking to Phillip, they smelled marijuana coming from inside his vehicle and attempted to detain him.

Phillip responded by getting into the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Steiner “found himself trapped halfway in the vehicle as Phillip put it in reverse and accelerated with the driver’s side door open.”

Surveillance footage from the incident, released last week and used to clear the officers of any wrongdoing, does not appear to show the officers in harm’s way although police claim it does.

It is also important to point out that police originally claimed this video did not exist.

As police reported, Steiner pulled out his gun and fired four shots at Phillip in what police are calling “self-defense.” The officer fell back and the car continued to roll backward, hitting another car before it stopped in between two gas pumps. Phillip was later taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“At the time, the officer felt he was in peril for his own life and took action,” Largo Police Lt. Randall Chaney said at a news conference. “It stopped the action of the suspect at the time, and it may very well have saved people’s lives in the parking lot that night.”

However, as TFTP has reported numerous times, police officers shooting into moving cars often causes the driver’s foot to stick to the gas sending it uncontrollably speeding away. The officer’s actions could’ve gotten people killed.

What’s more, Phillip was not armed at the time of the confrontation, and while officers claimed they found cocaine and marijuana in his car, they did not find any weapons or evidence that would indicate that Phillip was planning to harm others—which contradicts Chaney’s statement.

The family also claimed that police took Phillip’s phone after they killed him and then visited the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home and demanded access to Phillip’s dead body so that they could use his finger to unlock the phone. Now, as this recent revelation confirms, police indeed crashed the funeral to use a dead man’s finger to unlock his phone.

“So they are allowed to pull him out of the refrigerator and use a dead man’s finger to get to his phone. It’s disgusting,” said Victoria Armstrong, Phillip’s longtime girlfriend.

Charles Rose, a professor at Stetson University College of Law, tells the Tampa Bay Times that dead people can’t assert their Fourth Amendment protections because you can’t own property when you’re dead. But those rights could apply to whoever inherits the property.

Phillip was the father of two young children. His daughter died last year after a battle with leukemia and his son, Isaac, is 16 months old. Armstrong said she is hurt by the way police are portraying the father of her children.

“My son is no longer going to have a father or to make his dad proud. He’s not here anymore because of this and the police are slandering his name like some awful person,” Armstrong said. “We are fighting to find out what happenedHe never would have done something to jeopardize being out of Isaac’s life.”

Phillip’s mother, Martha Hicks, cried as she told ABC Action News that her son was killed just after his 30th birthday. “They killed him after his 30th birthday. Oh god, he turned 30 on March 11. It’s too much, too much we just want to know what happened,” she said.

The family has since started a GoFundMe to help seek justice for their loved one.

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Shock Video Shows Cops Kill Unarmed Man for Complying with Order to ‘Get Hands Out of Pockets’

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West Valley City, Utah – Disturbing body camera footage has been released that gives insight into the moments before an unarmed man was shot and killed by police officers who opened fire as he appeared to comply with their orders to put his hands in the air.

Elijah James Smith, 20, was shot and killed by police just 10 seconds after two officers confronted him in a garage and started screaming, “Put your hands up now! Let me see your hands!”

The footage shows one officer approaching Smith in the garage with a Taser pointed towards him while the officer wearing the body camera keeps his distance with his handgun raised. Smith immediately raised his left hand, and when he started to raise his right hand, the officer who was wearing the body cam fired three consecutive shots.

According to a report from the Salt Lake City Tribune, after Smith’s body collapsed on the ground, the officers found that he was unarmed and the only object that was found near his body was a screwdriver. At no point during the encounter did Smith appear to be threatening the officers and as the video shows, he was complying with their commands.

The shooting occurred around 3:30 p.m. on April 8, and police said they initially started following Smith because he matched the profile of a suspect who was reported for stealing cell phones from a nearby store. The description they were searching for was “a black male, wearing a gray hoodie and black pants.

Police claimed they watched Smith jump over a fence and into a backyard where a homeowner told him to leave and he left two cell phones behind. They apparently could not confirm whether those phones were stolen, but the situation escalated when they knocked on the door of a neighboring home and a 13-year-old boy answered and told the officers, “There’s some, some guy here.”

The boy appeared confused as to why Smith had entered the home, but the report claimed he told police that he did not threaten them and instead said he needed to come inside for a drink and went straight to the garage. If Smith was on the run from police and he was responsible for the robbery, then it is not surprising that he would try to seek refuge in a random house.

However, the question is over whether he really posed a deadly threat to the officers who approached him at the time that they decided to take his life. West Valley Police Chief Colleen Jacobs told KSL News that she believes the officers gave Smith more than enough time to comply with their orders.

“From the time the officers opened the garage door until the shots were fired was approximately 24 seconds. They told him 15 times in those 24 seconds to show them his hands and to come out from hiding. And he had his hands out at one point. He chose to conceal both his hands and his person as he moved behind the car,” Jacobs said.

While it may be true that 24 seconds elapsed from the time the officers opened the garage door until the time they shot and killed Smith, the body camera footage shows that they waited until the last 10 seconds to enter the garage, screaming a flurry of commands before opening fire when Smith attempted to comply with their orders.

“As Mr. Smith continued to fail to comply with orders and he made that draw-stroke, both officers perceived that threat at the same time and they both fired,” Jacobs said, noting that one officer fired his gun three times and another officer deployed his Taster.

Dave Newlin, a member of Utahns Against Police Brutality, told the Tribune that he sees the shooting as a case where “it’s clear that police will see whatever they want to see in order to justify violence against people of color.”

The West Valley City Police Department sees what it wants to see: they see black men as inherently threatening. I see this as a clearly unjustified killing. This was murder,” Newlin said. “I see a terrified young man with his hand in the air, desperately and clearly trying to put up his other hand exactly as police have demanded. I see someone who is trapped after running for his life, who knows that at any moment, the violent racism of Utah’s police could take his life, as indeed it does.”

This case rings eerily similar to a recent shooting in Sacramento, California, where police targeted a 23-year-old man they believed was a robbery suspect. They followed Stephon Clark into his own backyard and waited less than 10 seconds between the time they saw him on a porch and the time they opened fire and shot 20 rounds in his direction. Clark was killed by the barrage of bullets, and when officers searched his body, the only object they found was his cellphone, which had been in his hand.

A GoFundMe account for Elijah Smith’s family has raised more than $6,200 for funeral expenses in the last week. The West Valley City Police Department confirmed that the officer who shot and killed him has been placed on a taxpayer-funded vacation, or administrative leave, until an internal investigation into his conduct is complete.

Smith’s childhood friend, Selena Montoya, told the Tribune that he dreamed of going to college at the University of Utah, and in the last text message she received from him, he asked how to apply. “I was excited to guide him and be his mentor to follow his dreams. But that was cut short by [the] West Valley Police Department. They cut his dreams. I don’t get to see Elijah graduate from college. I don’t get to see Elijah create that family that he always wanted,” she said.

Watch the body camera footage of the shooting:

DASH cryptocurrency and The Free Thought Project have formed a partnership that will continue to spread the ideas of peace and freedom while simultaneously teaching people how to operate outside of the establishment systems of control like using cryptocurrency instead of dollars. Winning this battle is as simple as choosing to abstain from the violent corrupt old system and participating in the new and peaceful system that hands the power back to the people. DASH is this system.

DASH digital cash takes the control the banking elite has over money and gives it back to the people. It is the ultimate weapon in the battle against the money changers and information controllers.

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Unarmed Black Man Killed In 'Mind-Boggling,' Unjustified Barrage Of Police Gunfire: Lawyer

A lawyer representing relatives of an unarmed black man killed in a hail of police bullets in a California Walmart parking lot accuses officers of profiling, stalking and unjustifiably shooting him.

Diante “Butchie” Yarber, 26, who had been driving his cousin and friends to a Walmart in Barstow, died when police fired what witnesses told The Guardian sounded like more than 30 bullets. A passenger was seriously wounded.

“They saw a car full of black people sitting in front of a Walmart, and they decided that was suspicious,” Lee Merritt, an attorney representing Yarber’s family, told the paper. “They just began pouring bullets … It’s irresponsible. It’s dangerous. It’s mind-boggling, the use of force.” He said Yarber was hit “an estimated two dozen times.”

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said Barstow officers opened fire after the driver of a black Mustang, wanted for questioning in a recent crime involving a stolen vehicle, suddenly reversed in a getaway attempt, crashed into two patrol cars and “accelerated toward the officers.” Police had been sent to the Walmart lot to investigate “a call of a suspicious vehicle,” the sheriff said in a statement.

Officers involved in the April 5 shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave, police said.

Dale Galipo, an attorney representing Marian Tafoya, 23, a back seat passenger seriously wounded in the shooting, said officers weren’t in the path of the Mustang, so they had no justification to open fire.  

Video footage of the car after the shooting shows what appear to be many bullet holes. There’s also minor damage to the front bumper and driver’s side fender, but it’s unclear whether that happened prior to the incident:

Yarber’s aunt, Aleta Yarber, said the car belonged to her son, who was a passenger in the vehicle, and hadn’t been reported stolen. She said her son “has not been able to say much of anything” since the shooting, because “it was very traumatizing.”

Yarber was a “loving, caring and a friendly person,” said Samantha Robledo, who has a 7-year-old daughter named Naliyah with Yarber. “Our relationship was like no other,” she told HuffPost. Yarber also has daughters ages 9 and 1.

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Samantha Robledo, Diante Yarber, and their daughter, Naliyah. (Samantha Robledo)Samantha Robledo, Diante Yarber, and their daughter, Naliyah. (Samantha Robledo)

Yarber’s sister, Ruby Hawkins, told The Guardian that police frequently targeted her brother.

“They are the biggest criminals. They are bullies with badges … I don’t know how you can fear for your life with a person that is moving away from you,” she said. 

Merritt, the family’s lawyer, wrote on Facebook that the shooting was ” the worse case of excessive and unnecessary force I have seen in my career.”

“The Yarber family deserves answers in the form of transparency by the Barstow Police Department,” he said. “Body, dash and surveillance video must be turned over to my office immediately. The San Bernardino County district attorney must throughly investigate and zealously prosecute the gunman involved.”

Yarber’s killing comes amid continuing protests against the Sacramento police shooting of Stephon Clark, also an unarmed black man, who was gunned down in his backyard in March. 

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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WATCH: During Raid on Wrong Home Cops Kill Innocent Unarmed Dad—No Charges

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Wichita, KS – In December, police responded to a prank call, also known as a “swatting,” at the home of Andrew Finch. When the entirely innocent and unarmed Finch answered the door during the raid, an unnamed officer was recorded on video killing him in cold blood. Now, as the coverage has died down in the press, and as TFTP accurately predicted in
January, the Wichita District Attorney announced that there will be no charges.

According to Kansascity.com, on Thursday, District Attorney Marc Bennett said he had to make a determination based on Kansas law and law handed down by the Supreme Court, which says that when determining if an officer acted reasonably, evidence has to be reviewed based on what the officer knew at the time of the shooting, not 20/20 hindsight, he said.

The DA’s office also stated that they will keep the officer’s name a secret because he will not be charged. During a press conference on Thursday, the Wichita police department released multiple other body cameras showing the summary execution of Finch. Those videos are below.

As TFTP reported at the time, Finch, 28, was shot and killed for the crime of opening his front door when a slew of SWAT team members arrived at his home and claimed that he “reached towards his waistband,” possibly preparing to retrieve a weapon. However, the father of two was unarmed, and the reason officers were at this house had nothing to do with him.

Finch was shot 10 seconds after he opened the door.

“Shots fired. One Down. Confirming. It’s the suspect?” dispatch asks.

“Don’t know,” a WPD sergeant responds, according to a report released by Bennett.

The 911 call was placed by Tyler Barriss, 25, a man who had never met Finch and who lived nearly 1,400 miles away in Los Angeles, California. Barriss has a history of “swatting,” or calling 911 to file a false report about a fake emergency that includes murder or hostages, prompting the deployment of a SWAT Team. While the FBI claims that around 400 swatting incidents occur each year, reports claim that Barriss has made a significant contribution and has spent time in jail for making fake bomb threats.

In fact, Barriss even went by the username “SWAuTistic” online. He made a call to police on Dec. 28 claiming that he had just murdered his father, and was holding his mother and brother at gunpoint, after covering the house in gasoline with the intent to set it on fire. Barriss used Finch’s residence, which had been given out during an argument on a Call of Duty game online that neither Barriss, nor Finch, were involved with directly.

Despite the fact that police should have been able to see that Barriss was not located in the state of Kansas when he made the call, they took his claims seriously and deployed a SWAT team to the residence.

Barriss was arrested on a felony warrant shortly after police killed Finch. He has since been charged with involuntary manslaughter for Finch’s death, giving false alarm, and interfering with law enforcement.

What about the officer who pulled the trigger? All of the attention surrounding the fact that this shooting resulted from a “swatting” prank has covered up the fact that the shooting itself was carried out by a police officer who shot and killed an innocent, unarmed father.

The family’s attorney, Andrew M. Stroth, who has since file a civil rights lawsuit against the police department said it was a difficult call to make to tell the family of Finch that the officer who took their father and son’s life won’t be charged.

“When we received the information from the district attorney, I called Lisa (Finch’s mother) and told her the decision,” said Stroth.

“The family’s devastated and the family is disappointed by the decision of the district attorney today,” he said.

 

The murder of Andrew Finch was tragic, and while Tyler Barriss should be held accountable for his actions, that should not take away from the fact that a police officer shot and killed a man who never once put threatened their lives or tried to hurt them. Not to mention the fact that he opened fire on a house when he believed there were family members inside.

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Protesters Demand Justice For Saheed Vassell, Unarmed Black Man Shot By Cops In NYC

Hundreds of people rallied in New York City on Thursday evening to call for justice for Saheed Vassell, an unarmed black man who was shot by police the day before.

Activists gathered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, where New York City police shot at the 34-year-old father 10 times and killed him on Wednesday.

Police were responding to reports of a man wielding a gun, but later determined that the object Vassell had allegedly pointed at them was “a pipe with some sort of knob on the end of it.”

Standing on the corner where her son, who had bipolar disorder, had been killed the day before, Vassell’s mother, Lorna, gave an emotional address to the crowd.

“He did not deserve [for] a piece of iron in his hand for a cop to kill him,” she said, adding that her son came from a good family and was well loved by all who knew him. “It’s unjustified, and I want justice. They murdered my son, and I want justice for him.”

She also questioned why police didn’t simply shoot her son in his leg ― echoing the grandmother of Stephon Clark, another unarmed black man shot by police last month in Sacramento, California. Protests over Clark’s death have not stopped.

At the rally for Vassell, Women’s March leader and activist Linda Sarsour, who is from Brooklyn, called for the officers who shot Vassell to go to jail.

Another unidentified speaker at the rally demanded an investigation into the killing.

“They’re shooting us like birds, and it needs to stop,” he said. “People have to be held responsible for this. We need to check these police officers and lock them up.”

On Thursday, the office of New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said it was opening an investigation into Vassell’s death.

Mourners at the rally in Brooklyn chanted the now-familiar slogans against the repeated police killings of black people.

“No justice, no peace,” activists cried out. “Say his name!”

“Saheed!” the crowd yelled back.  

A growing crowd of protesters then took to the streets of Brooklyn, marching to the 71st Police Precinct blocks away.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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WATCH: Body Cam Shows Cop Try to Stop Unarmed Man from Fleeing By Shooting Him

State Constable Christopher Bachochin and Florence police officer Edward Seiben stopped the suspect, later identified as Brandon Fludd, at 11:10pm on Saturday night, March 24. After asking for his information, the officers asked Fludd to step out of the car, as they could smell marijuana.

Fludd refused, took a drag of a cigarette, and reversed his car into a parked police cruiser, before driving away. As Fludd tried to make his escape, Bachochin can be seen stepping back from the car and firing up to eight shots at the vehicle.

Fludd was wounded and taken to a nearby hospital, and was released on Monday, according to AP. No weapon was found in his car after the incident.

While it can typically take months or years for police shooting videos to be released, Florence Mayor Stephen Wukela pushed for the early release of the footage in an effort to be as transparent as possible. Wukela told local news that “The whole incident is troubling,” adding: “We have confidence that State Law Enforcement Division will investigate this matter and treat it fully and fairly.”</p

As a constable, Bachochin is a volunteer officer, and receives only a fraction of the training of a full-time police officer. State constables lack the power of arrest unless accompanied by an officer from a law enforcement agency.

At the time of the shooting, Bachochin was patrolling with Seiben to keep his certification up to date. No other officer at the scene fired their weapon.

Florence County Solicitor Ed Clements said it was likely that the wounded driver would face charges of failing to stop for police. The state attorney general’s office will decide whether to prosecute Bachochin once an internal investigation is finished.

When asked whether he thought the shooting was justified or not, Clements told AP: “The best thing for me to do now is to keep my feelings to myself.”

Bachochin has been suspended from duty since the shooting, and the Florence Police Department is reviewing its ride-along policy.

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Cops Kill Unarmed Dad Over Window Tint, Use His Dead Finger To Unlock His Phone

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Largo, Florida – A heartbroken family is speaking out and accusing police of visiting a funeral home and using a dead man’s finger to unlock his phone after officers shot and killed him during a traffic stop for illegal window tint.

Linus Phillip, 30, was approached by two Largo Police officers at a gas station, who alleged that the windows on his black Nissan sedan were too dark. Officers Matthew Steiner and Prentice Ables claimed that when they were talking to Philip, they smelled marijuana coming from inside his vehicle and attempted to detain him.

Philip responded by getting into the driver’s seat of the vehicle. The Tampa Bay Times reported that Steiner “found himself trapped halfway in the vehicle as Phillip put it in reverse and accelerated with the driver’s side door open.”

Steiner pulled out his gun and fired at Phillip in what police are calling “self-defense.” The officer fell back and the car continued to roll backward, hitting another car before it stopped in between two gas pumps. Phillip was later taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

“At the time, the officer felt he was in peril for his own life and took action,” Largo Police Lt. Randall Chaney said at a news conference. “It stopped the action of the suspect at the time, and it may very well have saved people’s lives in the parking lot that night.”

Phillip was not armed at the time of the confrontation, and while officers claimed they found cocaine and marijuana in his car, they did not find any weapons or evidence that would indicate that Phillip was planning to harm others—which contradicts Chaney’s statement.

Police have not said how many rounds Steiner fired, how long Phillip’s body was left before the officers claimed they started applying medical treatment and called paramedics, or whether the officers’ body cameras recorded the incident.

The shooting happened at a Wawa gas station and police are claiming that the station’s surveillance cameras did not capture the scene. However, Phillip’s family told ABC Action News that they do not believe the Largo Police Department is being honest about the details of the shooting or the availability of surveillance footage.

The family also claimed that police took Phillip’s phone after they killed him and then visited the Sylvan Abbey Funeral Home and demanded access to Phillip’s dead body so that they could use his finger to unlock the phone.

“So they are allowed to pull him out of the refrigerator and use a dead man’s finger to get to his phone. It’s disgusting,” said Victoria Armstrong, Phillip’s longtime girlfriend.

Phillip was the father of two young children. His daughter died last year after a battle with leukemia and his son, Isaac, is 16 months old. Armstrong said she is hurt by the way police are portraying the father of her children.

“My son is no longer going to have a father or to make his dad proud. He’s not here anymore because of this and the police are slandering his name like some awful person,” Armstrong said. We are fighting to find out what happened.”

Phillip’s mother, Martha Hicks, cried as she told ABC Action News that her son was killed just after his 30th birthday. “They killed him after his 30th birthday. Oh god, he turned 30 on March 11. It’s too much, too much we just want to know what happened,” she said.

The Largo Police Department is refusing to respond to specific questions about the shooting and whether the officers’ took Phillip’s fingerprints days after he died. It remains to be seen whether video footage from the shooting will be released.

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