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Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley was spared a felony conviction on Tuesday over the killing of a 7-year-old girl after a jury deadlocked and a mistrial was declared, according to Detroit Free Press.
Weekley shot and killed Aiyana Stanley-Jones on the night of May 16, 2010, as officers executed a search warrant on the duplex her family lived in. The officers entered Stanley-Jones’s home searching for a murder suspect who was later found in the adjacent unit, throwing a flashbang grenade into the room where the girl was sleeping with her grandmother, then shooting her in the head seconds later.
The series of events was partially caught on tape by a camera crew following the officers that night. A&E producer Allison Howard, one of two people who filmed the raid for the show “The First 48,” eventually released that footage of her own accord and now faces charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. Footage shot from outside the house shows officers lobbing a flashbang grenade into the living room. Seconds later a gunshot rings out.
Lawyers for the prosecution cited the footage to claim that Weekley shot the girl from outside, before even walking in to the building. Weekley’s defense insisted it was just a tragic accident and that the girl’s grandmother had attempted to hit the officer’s gun.
Weekley was subsequently charged with felony involuntary manslaughter and careless discharge of a firearm resulting in death, carrying with them the potential for 15+ years in prison. However, both charges failed to stick on Tuesday afternoon, after three straight days of jury deliberations failed to produce a conviction.
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I HATE COPS SO MUCH!!!!! are you depressed? do you tend to assert your rights and expect police to comply with the Fourth and Fifth Amendments? then you might be eligible for summary execution at the hands of the police.
May 29, 2013 | A California sheriff’s deputy needlessly Tasered and then shot a man to death after his father called 911 seeking help for his son’s depression, the family claims in court.
Parents and two brothers of the late George I. Ramirez sued Stanislaus County, its sheriff’s department, Sheriff Adam Christianson, and Deputy Art Parra Jr. in Federal Court.
George Ramirez, the father, says he called 911 on April 16, 2012, seeking help for his son. Ramirez says in the complaint that he told the 911 operator that his son was depressed, but never said that the family was in danger or that a crime was in progress.
Deputy Parra responded, finding the father changing a headlight and the mother indoors doing housework. The family says Parra asked about the son’s whereabouts, but did not ask for details regarding his condition or why the family called 911.
Parra found Ramirez on the couch watching television, unaware that his family had called 911. Parra confirmed his identity and placed him under arrest by ordering him to stand up and turn around, according to the complaint.
“In the process of standing up and complying with orders, Ramirez asked Parra why he was under arrest and if he could see his credentials,” the complaint states.
“Parra refused to respond and again ordered Ramirez to turn around, demanding Ramirez put his hands behind his back.
“Ramirez complied with the orders of Parra.
“Parra then demanded Ramirez to put his hands closer together behind his back.
“Ramirez turned around and asked Parra in a calm, non-threatening manner to identify himself.
“At this time, and without providing any warning, Parra withdrew his Taser gun from his holster and deployed two darts into Ramirez’s chest and activated the Taser. Ramirez fell to the floor.
Ramirez stood up after being Tasered, dazed and confused, but still non-violent, the family says in the complaint. Parra warned Ramirez that he could shoot him, the complaint states.
“Ramirez raised his arms and said ‘Shoot me.’
“At this time, Parra withdrew his firearm from his holster and shot four bullets at Ramirez.
“Parra was approximately eight feet away at the time he fired four shots at Ramirez, and three bullets struck Ramirez.