Police shooting

THE WORD | Social media is Outraged after Rio Vista Officer Body Slams Woman

Social media is outraged and a use of force investigation is underway after cell phones recorded a woman being body slammed to the ground by a Rio Vista police officer.

The Rio Vista Police Department moved quickly after cell phone footage of the body slam went viral, releasing eight body camera videos of the traffic stop just two days after it happened, reports the Sacramento Bee.

It all began as a traffic stop a block away from home for a couple of siblings and a brother-in-law. The family of the young woman explained to FOX40 they were just coming back from a quick Sunday evening errand.

"Went to go to the store to pick up some sour cream and some cheese for our tacos," said Monaisha Thomas.

They say the officer who approached the car appeared irritated from the start.

Responding to the call, Deshaunna Payne and her daughter, Cherish Thomas, pulled up in a second car. Body cam footage from one officer show Payne and Thomas yelling at officers, demanding to know why some of the first car’s occupants had been arrested. They later go back into their cars briefly, emerging with their cell phones out to record the interaction.

"Like he came to do something and he wanted it done, so he's gonna get it done," Thomas told FOX40. "I felt like he was hoping that we weren't complying."

An internal investigation will be conducted into the incident, according to the news release, which the department says is standard procedure in a use-of-force incident.

Officer Charged in Shooting Death Of Philando Castile

The suburban police officer who killed Philando Castile during a traffic stop has been charged with second-degree manslaughter on Wednesday after protestors demanded for his arrest after weeks of marches and protests. 

Jeronimo Yanez, the Officer involved who shot and killed Castile will appear in court on Friday, was also charged with two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.

John J. Choi, the Ramsey County attorney said, "It is my conclusion that the use of deadly force by Officer Yanez was not justified and that sufficient facts exist to prove this to be true."

Castile 32, was a school cafeteria worker who was stopped Falcon Height back on July 6 by Officer Yanez of the St. Anthony police on a busy stretch of road near the state fairgrounds.

According to officials, Officer Yanez fatally shot Mr. Castile after spotting a gun, and a lawyer for Officer Yanez said that Mr. Castile did not comply with orders given by the officer. 

However, Castile's girlfriend streamed the aftermath of the shooting on Facebook Live which painted a different picture claiming that her boyfriend had a license to carry a weapon and that he had been trying to tell Officer Yanez about the gun. According to sources familiar with the case claim that Castile had been pulled over many times before without any issue, and those who knew him personally claim he was nothing but a "calm and peaceful man." 

After the release of the Facebook video the governor of Minnesota, Mark Dayton, stated that Mr. Castile’s race might have played a role in the shooting. Protestors spent days camped outside the Minnesota governor’s residence, and at one point blocked traffic and threw objects at officers on a nearby interstate.

This isn't the first time Minnesota has received backlash in terms of the way race and policing are handled. Last year, a Minneapolis officer fatally shot Jamar Clark, another black man, in an incident that also set off protests. And this year, an officer in suburban Edina was criticized by activists for confronting a black pedestrian, and a St. Paul officer was suspended after a police dog bit a man and a colleague kicked him.

“My brother was mentally ill” says sister after Police shoot unarmed man dead.

Video released by an eyewitness captured a woman weeping as the body of brother lay in his own pool of blood after El Cajon California police fatally shot him. Officers were responding to a call of an African American male who appeared to be in his 30’s, was reportedly acting erratic, wandering around talking to himself and walking in and out of traffic. “I called the Police three times to help him, he was sick,” the woman said.

The video posted to YouTube showed the woman being confrontational with officers as she question them as to why they didn't have a crisis team come out, “why couldn't you taste him? I didn't call you to shoot him.” 

Although his name was not officially released as police continue their investigation, his along sister along with relatives said the mans name was Alfred Olango who was 30 years old. Police chief Jeff Davis said in a statement that he wants the protests to remain and calm and to let police investigate, “ to shed light on this event” to be open and transparent as it pertains to the law, Davis said. 

It is not clear as to why the mans sister called the police, but when police arrived on scene he was behind a restaurant pacing back and forth as he ignored police demands to speak with them. He allegedly reached into his pocket and drew his “hands” in a shooting position that resembled a stance toward one of the officers. Davis said the man places his hands in the officers face at which the first officer responded by tasing the man while the second officer fired the fatal shot that killed the man. 

While police say the man apparently had an “object” that had been recovered, however, few details were released as to what was recovered. The Cell phone that captured the shooting was voluntarily turned into police as the District Attorney’s office investigate the details of the incident one thing is clear that the video coincides with police statements. The department said both officers who both are veterans with 21 years on the force, we're not wearing body cameras as the department had completed a pilot program and ironically the equipment had not been “ delivered.” 

The incident comes on the heels of hundreds of Police Shootings targeting African American men and women who are unarmed such as the case of Terrence Crutcher whose death sparked a wave of protest. 

While the details remain under investigation, several people including a man who was leaving the shopping center saw the man without a shirt wandering around and acting strange. He claimed that he heard about five shots by police officers. A official released on Twitter disputed some accounts of what happened, but the man was given standard CPR and was taken to a local hospital were he was pronounced dead. 

Riots in Milwaukee after officer fatally shoots man

Violence and protests erupted in Milwaukee overnight after a man was fatally shot by police during a foot chase.

Police said the victim, 23, was armed with a handgun and shot dead by an officer after fleeing a traffic stop on Milwaukee's north side Saturday afternoon.

Milwaukee Police Assistant Chief Bill Jessup told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel newspaper it wasn't clear if the gun was pointed at the officer.

"Those additional facts will come out in the coming days," Jessup said.

Police said the man shot had a "lengthy arrest record" and was carrying a semiautomatic handgun reported stolen in a burglary in Waukesha in March.

At a press conference late Saturday night, mayor Tom Barrett elaborated on the foot chase, saying that the officer involved in the shooting was chasing the suspect when he was ordered to drop his weapon. When the suspect did not comply with orders, the officer fired several times hitting the suspect with 2 bullets in the chest and in the arm.

Mayor Barrett said the officer was wearing a body camera which was operating at the time of the shooting.

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Angry crowds to the street and set four businesses and several police cars on fire, hurled bricks through police car windows, threw rocks at police and vandalized bus shelters and street lights. Some social media users posted videos of what was said to be an undercover cop car being trashed by angry protestors.


An officer was hospitalized after being struck in the head by a brick that came crashing through his squad car's window.

"If you love your son, if you love your daughter text them, call them, pull them by the ears and get them home. Get them home right now before more damage is done," the mayor said.

BP gas station that was burned down in the riot

BP gas station that was burned down in the riot

The mayor said police presence will be strong as part of an "all-out-effort" to restore order. At least three people have been arrested, he said.

Mayor Barrett says he plans to spend Saturday meeting with church and community leaders, adding that the police presence will continue to be very strong.



At Least 3 Officers Dead, 3 Injured In Baton Rouge Shooting

Authorities in Louisiana say three law enforcement officers were fatally shot Sunday morning, and three injured in Baton Rouge. One suspect is dead and a manhunt is now underway for two other possible suspects.

 A witness told WBRZ News that they saw a man, dressed in black and with his face covered, shooting near a car wash around 9 a.m.

Attempts to reach police for comment were not immediately successful.

Photo from CNN

Photo from CNN

The shooting follows a similar tragedy in Dallas less than two weeks ago. On July 7, lone gunman Micah Xavier Johnson, a 25-year-old Army veteran, shot and killed five police officers and injured seven others as a Black Lives Matter protest was winding down. He had no association with the group.

Screen shot from WAFB channel 9

Screen shot from WAFB channel 9

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards condemned Sunday’s shooting in a statement. “This is an unspeakable and unjustified attack on all of us at a time when we need unity and healing,” he said. “Rest assured, every resource available to the State of Louisiana will be used to ensure the perpetrators are swiftly brought to justice.”

Authorities in Baton Rouge last week thwarted a planned attack on police officers days after the shooting of Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man who was killed by police in an encounter that was largely captured on video and raised widespread concerns about the officers’ actions

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