Protesters in Tulsa Oklahoma are calling for the firing and arrest of police officer Betty Shelby to be fired after she shot and killed Terence Crutcher while his hands were in the air. For more on this, “News With Ed” is joined by America’s Lawyer Mike Papantonio, who says that if President Obama’s Department of Justice wanted to solve this problem – as they have indicated since Eric Holder time as Attorney General – they would bring charges against officers involved in shooting.
“The US Department of Justice, for the first time, will keep a comprehensive database of fatal officer-involved incidents, amid rising skepticism around police accountability.
It seems impossible to ignore that the announcement from the Federal Register came late on Monday, just one day before the two-year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown — the unarmed black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. His death triggered protests, sparked a national conversation about policing, and shone a spotlight on the systemic racism that pervades criminal justice in the US.
Until now, the FBI has maintained a dataset which includes information about fatal police shootings. Local law-enforcement agencies can voluntarily submit homicide statistics, including incidents involving police, to state police departments, which in turn send the data to the FBI. But since Brown’s death, that system has been widely discredited.”
After four days, the North Miami police officer who shot behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey has been identified as Jonathan Aledda, a four-year veteran of the department’s SWAT team. The president of the Miami police union said that Aledda was “attempting to save Kinsey’s life” and was actually was aiming at the therapist’s client, who has autism. RT’s Marina Portnaya reports from Miami, Florida.
There has been yet another police shooting of an unarmed black male, this time in North Miami, Florida. Charles Kinsey, a behavior therapist at a mental health center, was helping a 23-year-old autistic patient who had run away from a local group home when he was approached by i police. Cellphone video appears to show Kinsey complying with officers, with his hands up as he lay on the ground when he was shot. RT correspondent Marina Portnaya has the report.