A handcuffed 17-year-old North Carolina boy died of gunshot wounds in a Durham Police Department patrol car Tuesday morning, according to a 911 recording made public Wednesday.
Jesus Huerta was being transported to police headquarters on a trespassing charge by officer Samuel A.M. Duncan when, in the department’s parking lot, Duncan heard the shot from the backseat and jumped out of the car, leaving it to roll into a van with Huerta still inside, Durham police said.
In the recording of the 911 call, a police officer radioed emergency dispatchers just before 3 am EST Tuesday morning to report “shots fired” in the parking lot of the station. The dispatcher asked the calling officer if he was hurt, according to the recording. “I don’t believe so,” the officer said in response.
The officer is heard asking for medical assistance for a "gunshot wound. Approximately 18-year-old male, not breathing."
The man, going by "Angel-B," claims he was pushed into a picnic table as the officer continued to take his cellphone away. He said another officer stepped in and stopped the alleged aggressor.
Some Oxnard residents, who chose to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation from police, say they arenít surprised by the video. A man who says heís had run-ins with the department claims there is a widespread feeling of distrust with the department.
"This is far from an isolated incident but it is rare for a police department to publicly respond to the criticism, assuring they will investigate, so credit must be given to the department," Carlos Miller, who runs the blog, said in a statement to NBC4. "We look forward to hearing the results of that investigation."
Whitney assured the public that they should not fear the department.
"Our officers get disciplined when they make mistakes, people make mistakes. There's no need to fear for retaliation," Whitney said.
Oxnard police say they would like to speak with the man who shot the video. In an e-mail sent to NBC4, the man says he is willing to meet with police, and he plans on recording it.
“Without any warning, the second Torrance police car accelerated to 25-30 mils per hour, suddenly turned and crashed broadside into David’s black Honda Ridgeline, spinning him around and tearing off the rear axle. The airbags and side curtain airbags in David’s vehicle deployed. David’s upper body was thrown over the console, toward the passenger seat,” the lawsuit states.
One or both of the unnamed officers then opened fire on Perdue, riddling the truck with bullets that pierced the windshield and the airbags, narrowly missing the innocent driver. Perdue was then ripped from the driver’s seat and a gun was placed to his head, and he was forced to lay face down on the street.
In a separate incident 25 minutes earlier on February 7th, Torrance police officers opened fire on two female Latino newspaper deliverers driving on a residential street. Police had again mistaken the two women for one large muscular black male suspect. The uniformed hit squad shot over 102 rounds into the women’s blue pickup truck, not counting rounds that missed. Similarly, the attackers were protected and their identities concealed, but the city was ordered to pay $4.2 million to their victims.
SAN ANTONIO - Friday morning. On duty. Full Uniform. Marked Squad Car. Officer Jackie Neal, 40, made a traffic stop and then allegedly sexually assaulted a 19-year-old woman, according to the San Antonio Police Department.
A Jasper woman who filed a civil rights lawsuit after she says she was beaten by Jasper police officers has won a $75,000 settlement according to her attorney. Defendants in the case include Jasper Mayor Mike Lout, Captain Gerald Hall, former dispatcher Lindsey Davenport, former officer Ricky Grissom, former officer Ryan Cunningham and the City of Jasper.
Keyarika Diggles was arrested May 5 for an allegedly unpaid ticket. Her attorney said she was brutalized by former Jasper Police Officers while dispatcher Davenport watched without intervening.
"Ms. Diggles was dragged like an animal into a darkened "detox" cell, even though she was not intoxicated, and left battered and bruised on the floor for hours without medical attention. To add further insult to injury, she was then stripped naked and illegally searched," says a statement issued by the Bernsen Law Firm.
The incident was captured on surveillance video which was used as evidence in the case.
According to 12News file stories, the incident resulted in the termination officers Grissom and Cunningham. Dispatcher Lindsey Davenport was terminated from her position because following her arrest on a non-related family violence case.
ST. LOUIS • Cortez Cooper, whose name was mistakenly put on charges in a drug case against his brother, went to police headquarters Monday to check on whether the faulty criminal record was fixed.
It was. But the onus of the earlier mistake lived on. Officers handcuffed Cooper on the spot to see whether he might be the brother Cecil, who is now wanted on a warrant in St. Louis County, even though he already is jailed in the city.
The names, it appears, remain linked in law enforcement records, possibly forever. So Cortez Cooper — who has no record of arrests or convictions, according to paperwork he obtained Monday — fears that in any future contact with police, he may have to prove yet again that he’s not Cecil.
He carries with him a copy of a court order in which a judge released him from the drug charges and declared that he is not his brother. He showed it Monday to officers, who then set him free. It was not clear what would have happened had he not carried the paper.
For the first time in more than 15 years, a Chicago police officer was criminally charged Monday in a fatal, off-duty shooting because Cook County prosecutors said he acted recklessly, opening fire over his left shoulder from inside his car into an alley occupied by at least four people.
Chicago police Detective Dante Servin, 45, stood with his hands clasped behind his back as his attorney entered a plea of not guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. Servin turned himself in to state's attorney's office investigators earlier in the day and later was ordered released on $75,000 bail.
Any Dallas officer involved in a police shooting — whether the officer fired a weapon or witnessed the gunfire — will now have the right to remain silent for 72 hours under a new department policy.
And even before they give a statement about the shooting, the officers can watch any available video before they give a statement.
Previously an officer who witnessed a shooting typically would have been required to give a statement to police investigators within hours of the event. And the officer who fired, while not required to speak right away, typically did so. The new policy now requires the firing officer to wait at least three days before giving a complete statement to investigators.
Chief David Brown quietly made major policy change less than a month after surveillance video went public in October that showed an officer shooting a mentally ill man for no apparent reason — contrary to a witnessing officer’s account that led to a felony charge against the victim.