Hours after a Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for Breonna Taylor’s death and protesters took to the streets, authorities said two officers were shot and wounded Wednesday night during the demonstrations expressing anger over the killings of Black people at the hands of police. The violence comes after prosecutors said two officers who fired their weapons at Taylor, a Black woman, were justified.
The city of Louisville, Kentucky, has agreed to pay $12 million to the family of Breonna Taylor and institute sweeping police reforms in a historic settlement of the family’s wrongful death lawsuit. As part of the settlement, the city agreed to establish a housing credit program as an incentive for officers to live in the areas they serve; and require commanders to review and approve search warrants before seeking judicial approval, among other changes.
Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) Division of Criminal Investigation on Wednesday evening, Aug. 26 released the name of the officer who shot Jacob Blake Sunday, Aug. 23, Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey, a seven-year veteran of the department. DOJ officials said Blake “admitted that he had a knife in his possession” Sunday evening. During the incident, officers attempted to arrest Blake, 29.
A medical examiner in Atlanta, Georgia, has declared the death of an African-American man to be homicide after he was shot in an encounter with police. Rayshard Brooks died while fleeing from two white police officers in a restaurant car park late on Friday. Atlanta’s police chief quit and the police officer suspected of shooting Mr Brooks was fired.
Protestors had taken to the street on Saturday night, part of days-long protests in the wake of the killing of Stephon Clark, 22, an unarmed black man shot by police on March 18 in Sacramento. Clark’s autopsy revealed he was shot 8 times in the back by police, prompting questions about claims that Clark was a threat at the time of his shooting. A woman was injured at the demonstration after being struck by a Sacramento Sheriff’s Department vehicle.
White police officer Ray Oliver was found guilty of murdering a 15-year old black boy after firing five bullets into a car of teenagers in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, a rare outcome in police shootings. Oliver shot the unarmed Jordan Edwards in the head. Oliver faces between 5 and 99 years in prison with sentencing resuming on Wednesday morning.
Louisiana officials announced they will not charge two Baton Rouge police officers in the 2016 fatal shooting of Alton Sterling which prompted national outrage. The decision echoed the Justice Department’s ruling that no federal civil charges would be pressed due to insufficient evidence. The officers face administrative punishment and a lawsuit from the Sterling family.
Protests erupted in Chicago after an officer fatally shot an armed black man Saturday evening, prompting police to release body camera video of the killing hoping to ease two days of violent and peaceful protests that had branded the incident a case of police brutality. The Chicago Police Department said an officer fired at 37-year-old Harith Augustus at about 5:31 p.m. when Augustus reached for his weapon.
Mourners and leaders gathered yesterday for the funeral of Stephon Clark, the 22-year old father of two who was shot 20 times and killed by police when they responded to a vandalism call nearly two weeks ago. The Reverend Al Sharpton delivered a eulogy, saying ‘They’ve been killing young black men all over the country.’
Prosecutors announced on Monday they will not file criminal charges against two Minneapolis police officers in last month’s fatal shooting of Thurman Blevins. The foot-chase and shooting of 31-year-old African-American Blevins was caught on the body-cameras of the white officers and released to the public. Blevins was armed with a loaded handgun.