Alton Sterling – No federal charges against officers in Alton Sterling death.
Location: Baton Rouge, LA
Date: July 5, 2016
Charges: No federal charges filed; state charges pending
Filmed by: Bystander’s cell phone and security cameras
Also known as: CD Man
Result: Under state investigation
Alton Sterling, a 37-year-old black man was shot several times at close range. Cell phone video showed him pinned to the ground by two white Baton Rouge Police Officers, Howie Lake II and Blane Salamoni before he was shot. Police said he was reaching for a gun.
The Justice Department announced that the officer who eventually shot Sterling first put a gun to his head when Sterling didn’t comply with orders to put his hands on the hood of a car. The video shows both officers tackled Sterling and took him to the ground, held him there then Salamoni pull his gun. Lake had tasered Sterling twice before the scuffle.
Two videos showing the incident was released to the public, but there are four other videos: two body camera recordings, a store surveillance camera, and one patrol car dashboard camera. The federal prosecutors concluded there is not enough evidence to support civil rights charges against either officer. They’d have to PROVE, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Officer Salamoni did NOT believe that Mr. Sterling was actually going for a gun, and that he simply decided to shoot him.
After 10 agonizing months hoping the two officers would be charged for his death, Alton Sterling’s relatives didn’t get the news they wanted. And they were told the case file would be given to the Louisiana Attorney General to determine whether state charges are appropriate.
Minister Gill’s comment
The Video clearly shows that this was a senseless shooting, and clearly what I consider murder. What is it going to take for people to see what is in plain sight? They were holding him down, and had him pinned to the ground then pulled the trigger and shot him. That is murder and no one can convince me otherwise no matter how much they try to twist our brains into believing their side of the story.
The Walter Scott Shooting
Walter Scott was shot in the back by police officer Michael Slager 33, in North Charleston, SC on April 4, 2015. Officer Slager was charged with murder April 7th, 2015 and was later indicted by a grand jury. Scott was 50 years old. This happened during a traffic stop for a broken brake light.
Officer Slager lied saying that he shot Scott in defense because he struggled with him for his stun. Scott was actually sprinting away from Slager when he opened fire. A bystander, Feidin Santana stood behind a nearby fence filming the action with a cellphone. Slager fired 5 times striking Scott 3 times in the back. A patrol car dashcam captured Slager laughing when talking to his senior officer after shooting Scott. He said his adrenaline was pumping. Slager was fined only after the witness cell phone video surfaced.
Slager was incarcerated in April 2015 and was bonded from jail at $500,000 while waiting for trial. At the first trial in December 2016 Slager argued self-defense, telling jurors he shot Scott as he ran away because he posed a threat and could have turned around and charged him. However, video showed that Slager chased Scott then shot him in the back. Eleven jurors wanted to convict him but it was declare a mistrial. The lone holdout said he would not vote for a conviction and would not change his mind.
A grand jury indicted Slager in May 2017 on the federal charges that he use excessive force in violation of Scotts civil rights when he shot him, and that he falsely told state investigators under oath that he fired as Scott moved toward him with a taser. Slager was also charged with use of a weapon during a civil rights offense. Indictment said the shooting was without legal justification. A US district judge will decide Slager’s sentence. He faces 30 years to life without parole if convicted. He pled guilty to the federal charge including the civil rights offenses related to the shooting. Also, state murder charges & two other federal charges were dropped as part of a plea.
The city of North Charleston approved a $6.5M out of court civil settlement with Scott’s family.
Minister Gill’s questioning comment:
Why do the cops get away with their lies?
Philando Castile – Verdict – Officer Jeronimo Yanez Acquitted
Minnesota Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez stopped Castile’s vehicle on July 6, 2016, because he believed Castile might have been involved in a convenience store robbery a few days earlier. Further investigation after the stop showed no connection to Castile and the robbery.
Minister Gill’s comment:
This is what I’m talking about when I speak about a foolish nation that will provoke us.
It is Yah who is provoking us through these interactions with society and the police departments. In this particular case the police department instigated the confrontation that ended in a murder which provoked us to react. But we don’t take the time to react the right way. Our righteous reaction would be to recognize who we are. We are a special people that he chose. Then pick up the Scriptures and start obeying His commandments; start calling on His name, and praying to Him to save us from this madness.
Castile handed over insurance information then volunteered that he had a firearm on him. Then he reached for his identification to give to the officer. Yanez feared that Castile was grabbing for the gun after being ordered not to reach for it. Yanez saw visions of his wife and baby girl flashed through his mind and felt his life was in danger.
Officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged November 16 with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge of a firearm.
The trial hinged on one central question: Did the officer have reason to fear that Mr. Castile was reaching for a gun that he had acknowledged having with him when he was pulled over?
Office Yanez: “I thought I was going to die, I had no other choice. I was forced to engage Mr. Castile. He was not complying with my directions.”
The court issued the verdict: Officer Yanez not guilty of all counts in the shooting of Philando.
In addition, it was also reported that Castile was high on marijuana at the time of the stop, which impaired his ability to listen to Officer Yanez when he was instructed not to reach for his gun. Officer Yanez shot Castile after he ignored orders and reached towards his gun.
Minister Gill’s comment:
They are constantly killing us and then make us look like the predator, and the one who does the murder is made to look like the victim.
They’re constantly breaking the ninth commandment which is, thou shall not bare false witness against thy neighbor. These people don’t have any sense of value for what they call in their own words, Christianity. This has been going on for centuries where they abuse us, and murder us, and then lie on us.
Get Racist Cop Out Our Community – DC Officer Vincent Altiere
On June 2, 5, and 13, 2017, Officer Vincent Altiere, Badge #4440, of the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department, was seen in the DC community and at the DC Superior Court wearing an offensive, racist, and threatening shirt. The shirt displays symbols of police harassment, hate, and death, at the same time displaying the symbols and emblems of the MPD.
The Seventh District is a Black community policed by an officer openly displaying white supremacist symbols! The shirt displays a “sun cross,” replacing the letter “O” of “PowerShift” with a notorious white supremacist symbol adopted by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacist hate groups. Immediately below that is the image of the Grim Reaper, a representation of death in the form of a hooded skeleton, holding an assault rifle and a MPD badge. The shirt reads “Let me see that waistband jo,” referring to the routine practice of demanding to see the waistbands of mainly Black and Brown men, often for no legitimate reason.
Ninety-five percent of the residents in MPD’s Seventh District are blacks and many have experienced harassment and abuse at the hands of the police.
Minister Gill’s comment:
The rise of the “white overseerer.” Time to start praying to YAH!!! Let’s get it right y’all!