Columbus, Ohio, officials released additional body camera video on Wednesday of a police officer fatally shooting a Black teen who charged two females with a knife. Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther said state investigators will determine “if the officer involved was wrong, and if he was we will hold him accountable.” The fatal shooting comes at a time when police use of force around the nation — and in Columbus specifically — is under new scrutiny.
Chicago police bodycam video that captured the deadly police shooting of 13-year-old Adam Toledo was released to the public on Thursday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, 16 days after the incident. COPA will review witness accounts, reports by Stillman and others, and question officers who were present to determine whether the use of force in this case was justified.
Kim Potter, the white Minnesota police officer who fatally shot the Black resident Daunte Wright during a traffic stop, and her chief of police, Tim Gannon, resigned on Tuesday. In a press conference on Monday, Gannon had told reporters that Potter, a veteran officer with 26 years’ service, mistakenly deployed her service issue handgun instead of her Taser as she attempted to stop him driving away.
Trouble broke out again during a second night of protests outside police headquarters in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center, a day after one of the city’s officers shot and killed 20-year-old Black man Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. Sunday’s shooting happened in the midst of the Derek Chauvin trial for the killing of George Floyd.
Hundreds protested Sunday night after a Black man in Minnesota was shot by a police officer and died following a traffic stop. The incident happened earlier that afternoon in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center. Protesters gathered Sunday evening and marched toward the police department, leading to what the city’s mayor described as “growing civil unrest.”
A white police officer has been cleared in the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. District attorney Michael Graveley decided not to charge officer Rusten Sheskey over the incident, which left Mr Blake paralyzed after he was shot in the back. Mr Graveley said the officer had the right to self defense, after officials said there was a knife in the car Mr Blake was trying to get into.
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.