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In Tulsa, OK, an unarmed African-American named Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by a white police officer. There is little to be known about why Crutcher was targeted, many reports suggest it was for traffic tickets stemming from decades ago. The officer who shot Crutcher was not the only officer to have her weapon drawn. When questioned the officer suggested that she believed that Crutcher was armed. Officers reported that Crutcher refused to show them his hands and that he also refused to follow orders he was given. While this was reported, Crutcher appeared to have his hands up when he was shot. It was stated that a Taser was deployed and later a shot was fired. Questions amongst other officers have brought up how one officer used a stun gun while another used a handgun on an unarmed person. When officers pulled Crutcher over, they reportedly stated that he was a "bad dude" and probably "on something". Once Crutcher was shot, around two minutes passed before Crutcher was checked on while he sat in a pool of his own blood. Title: What We Know About the Terence Crutcher Police Shooting in Tulsa, Oklahoma Author: Michael Edison Hayden Date: September 20, 2016 http://abcnews.go.com/US/terence-crutcher-police-shooting-tulsa-oklahoma/story?id=42217812
In Ferguson, MO, protests erupted after the police shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown. Many stories have come to light, some say the teen surrendered with his hands in the air, others claim that Brown attacked and officer and reached for his gun. Some protestors protested by having their hands up chanting "Hands up, don't shoot!" others were heard chanting "No justice, no peace!" There was also reported fires, lootings, vandalisms, and attacks on police officers. Brown had been living with his grandmother who described Brown as "a good kid". Brown had recently graduated from Normandy High school and was planning on attending classes the following Monday at Vatterott College. When Brown and his friend were stopped the officer told the pair to stop and sit on the curb, as they did this the officer nearly hit Brown and his friend. According to Brown's friend, the officer aggressively opened his patrol car door and it bounced off of Brown, the officer then grabbed Brown by his neck, he states this is when Brown tried to escape the officer's grasp. The officer then shouted he would shoot as he pulled his gun from the holster. Johnson states that almost instantly the officer opened fire and hit Brown. After Brown had been hit once, he turned around and surrendered putting his hands up to do so. Brown proceeded to tell the officer he was unarmed and could stop shooting, rather than arresting Brown the officer fired several more times at Brown. Witnesses said that they heard about ten shots ring out. Title: What we know about Michael Brown's Shooting Author: Elliott C. McLaughlin Date: August 15, 2014
In Cleveland, Ohio a 12 year old boy named Tamir Rice was shot and killed by Officer Loehmann; who shot Rice after seeing him playing with a pellet gun and mistaking it for an actual weapon. After footage of the shooting surfaced, outrage rose. The only consequence that Loehmann faced was being fired, and the department announced it would work towards having better practices when trying to higher people. Before officers arrived on the scene, they were given a call by a man who told him that there was a young man likely "a juvenile" playing with what seemed to be a fake gun. The problem was dispatchers didn't tell the officers that the gun was likely fake and the person behind it was likely a juvenile. In the video, Loehmann fired two shots close range after he claimed he had shouted warnings to Rice. Once the officer shot Rice, he did not intend to give him first aid, nor did his partner.
Title: Tamir Rice shooting: A breakdown of the events that led to the 12-year-old's death Author: Eric, Heisig Date: January 18, 2017 http://www.cleveland.com/court-justice/index.ssf/2017/01/tamir_rice_shooting_a_breakdow.html
On September 16th, protests erupted in St. Louis after officer Jason Stockley was acquitted for murdering Anthony Lamar Smith for what he and his partner believed was a possible drug transaction. Stockley and his partner chased Smith down, eventually ramming into his vehicle. Stockley is then recorded via dashcam, getting out of his vehicle and firing 5 shots into Smith's car, killing him. In the video from 2011, Stockley's bodycam shows the "officer" planting a gun in Smith's vehicle. Stockley's DNA was also found on the gun rather than Smith's. Smith's family filed a lawsuit on behalf of his daughter. But on September 16, Stockley was acquitted of all charges including first-degree murder and a wrongful death. The protests have been described as peaceful, while others are considered "chaos". Many of the protests have been peaceful but resort to violence once it gets dark out.
Title: How a St. Luis police officer went from West Point to murder suspect Author: M.L. Nestel Date: September 19, 2017 http://abcnews.go.com/US/timeline-st-louis-police-officers-trial-murder/story?id=49932050