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Jonathan Ferrell

Jonathan Ferrell

Reported by CNN

(CNN) — Police in North Carolina shot and killed a man running toward them Saturday morning — but he may have just been looking for help after a car wreck.

Officers responded to a “breaking and entering” 911 call at a home in Charlotte.

The homeowner told dispatchers that a man had been knocking on her door repeatedly.

Police say that when they got to the scene, a man matching the caller’s description ran toward them.

One of the officers fired his stun gun, but it was “unsuccessful.” Another officer then opened fire, police said.

Jonathan Ferrell died at the scene. He was shot several times.

He was unarmed.

Police now believe Ferrell was seeking assistance after crashing his car.

The crash

Ferrell was 24 and a former football player at Florida A&M University.

Police found a wrecked car nearby, indicating that he may have been trying to get help.

“It was a pretty serious accident,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Rodney Monroe told CNN affiliate WSOC.

The crash was so severe that authorities now believe Ferrell had to climb out of the back window, affiliate WBTV reported.

He ran to the closest house for help.

The woman inside thought it was her husband.

“To her surprise, it was an individual that she did not know or recognize,” Monroe told WBTV. “She immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm, called 911.”

The man stood outside and “continued to attempt to gain the attention of the homeowner,” a police statement said.

The shooting

Police have charged Officer Randall Kerrick with voluntary manslaughter — a felony. He turned himself in Saturday afternoon and was released Sunday on $50,000 bond.

Police used “charged” and “ran” and “advanced” in their description of what Ferrell did.

There were three officers at the scene, but Kerrick was the only one to use a gun.

He fired several times, police said.

“The evidence revealed that Mr. Ferrell did advance on Officer Kerrick and the investigation showed that the subsequent shooting of Mr. Ferrell was excessive,” police said in another statement issued late Saturday night. “Our investigation has shown that Officer Kerrick did not have a lawful right to discharge his weapon during this encounter. ”

All three officers have been placed on paid leave.

A charge of voluntary manslaughter means the person used excessive force in self-defense, or carried out the act without intent to kill.

Police called the incident “unfortunate.”

“It has devastated a family as well as caused a great deal of sadness and anxiety in our organization,” a statement said.

Kerrick’s first court appearance is scheduled for Monday at 1:30 p.m., the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office said.

“In every case, the District Attorney’s Office evaluates the evidence available and works to achieve a fair and just outcome,” the office said in a statement.

The reaction

Friends expressed grief on social media, calling Ferrell a “brother” and demanding “justice.”

He had at least one brother, Willie, who played with him at Florida A&M.

The university said it was “deeply saddened” at the loss. In a statement, Michael Smith, interim athletic director, said Ferrell played safety and was part of the 2010 championship team. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his family during their time of bereavement,” Smith said.

Ferrell was engaged.

“We loved him. Our family loved him,” his fiancee’s mother told WSOC.

He would have turned 25 next month.


Denis Reynoso

Denis Reynoso

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On September 5, 2013, Jessica Spinney drove home from work without any indication that her life was about to be flipped upside down. When she pulled up to her home in Lynn, Massachusetts she encountered many flashing sirens on police cars and yards of yellow caution tape surrounding her home. The only piece of information Jessica knew was that her fiancé, an Iraqi war veteran, and their 5-year-old son were in the house that was surrounded by this chaos.

When Jessica ran frantically towards her home, she prayed that her family was safe and unharmed. However, on September 5, 2013, Jessica’s fiancé Denis Reynoso was pronounced dead and their 5-year-old child was left covered in his own father’s blood.

The first question that would come into anyone’s mind when someone’s life is taken away is “why did this happen?”. Even though a month has passed this question still remains unanswered. No one is giving answers as Jessica is left to raise two children alone as a single mother. Jessica Spinney has been forced into being a single mother without a choice, while what is left of this family has to deal with the trauma of this tragedy.

Denis Reynoso was murdered by a public figure that everybody in Lynn, Massachusetts is supposed to trust. The Lynn Massachusetts Police Department holds Reynoso’s blood on their hands.

On September 5th Lynn police officers entered Reynoso’s home without a warrant after supposedly receiving a noise disturbance complaint call. When they got inside, Reynoso’s 5-year-old son witnessed his father being gunned down by men everybody was taught to trust. After Reynoso was shot 3 times, the policeman tore up his home for drugs and weapons. They found nothing.
The Lynn police have denied accusations of any unlawful events occuring inside Spinney and Reynoso’s home. They claim that they entered the home in response to the noise complaint. But the question on everybody’s mind is how this noise complaint left a war veteran to be murdered in front of his 5-year-old son?

While Lynn Police claim that Reynoso had grabbed an officers gun, resulting in them gunning him down, others question if a trained war veteran would ever grab a police officer’s gun in the first place. If the police officers came in to his home in response to a noise complaint, why would Reynoso be standing close enough to an officer to want to steal his weapon?

Jessica Spinney lives with the torment of having to bury her fiancé on the day they were to be wed. Her children have no father and cannot understand why their dad’s life was taken away when he had spent years serving the United States of America.

This story boils down to corruption in the Lynn Police Department. A war veteran has died with no logical explanation. Children are left without a father and a mother is left without a husband. Questions are unanswered as Lynn Police try to keep the story as quiet as possible.

As Jessica has many supporters who are trying to get answers, the Lynn Police Department is trying to keep this story a secret. Their story is vague and confusing, and they do not give logical answers to Jessica or her family.The world needs to hear about this. Jessica Spinney and her children should not have been left without Denis Reynoso.

He served his duty to America and now it is time to give back to Reynoso. We need justice for Denis and we need answers as to why 3 police officers have gunned down Reynoso in his own home as the result of a noise complaint. Please help us spread this story to America. This war hero needs justice…


Henry C. Taylor

Henry C. Taylor

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LOUISVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The owner of an East Tennessee rental property that had been the scene of thefts and break-ins has been fatally wounded by a sheriff’s deputy conducting a property check.

The Blount County sheriff’s office said 68-year-old Henry C. Taylor was shot Wednesday night when 22-year-old Deputy Ernest Ti Ragland went to the property in Louisville (LOO’-ihs-vill) and found a broken garage window. A news release Thursday said Ragland saw a man inside with a handgun. He said he gave verbal commands and fired multiple shots, striking Taylor and killing him.

The sheriff’s office had responded to the property twice this week, including earlier Wednesday. Ragland took that report and told Taylor’s wife he would check the property throughout the night.

Sheriff James Lee Berrong called the incident “tragic.”

Ragland, who has been employed with the sheriff’s office since December, is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of investigations.


Roza Sakhina

Roza Sakhina

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) –

A 101-year-old St. Paul woman has died after being hit by a St. Paul police squad car on Aug. 16.

Police identified the woman as Roza Sakhina on Thursday.

Friends of Sakhina told FOX 9 News the Russian immigrant took a daily walk and was crossing the street to return to her apartment when a police SUV backed into her.

Sakhina suffered a head injury in the crash that led to her death at Regions Hospital on Wednesday.

The driver’s identity has not been released.

Several times a week, a group of Russian immigrants gathers on the patio of the high-rise where they live to chat about the news of the day. On Thursday, they were sharing stories about a good friend and neighbor who is no longer with them.

Friends say even though Sakhina was 101, she was still active and loved to walk around her neighborhood, using a walker the last few years.

“She wanted to be independent, wanted to do everything herself,” Sava Balaym told FOX 9 News. “She was a very balanced, very quiet person.”

Charlene Jerue lived on the same floor as Sahkina for 15 years.

“You should have seen her little eyes. She would put her head on my shoulder and say, ‘I just love you,’ and I’d say, ‘I just love you too,'” Jerue recalled. ” I felt like it was my grandma.”

Jerue said Sahkina often walked for hours and had just celebrated her 101st birthday in June. She was still living on her own after coming to the U.S. from Russia in the early 90s.

Friends tell FOX 9 News it’s a shame that a woman who survived so much — including the siege on Leningrad in WWII — would lose her life doing something so mundane just a few feet from her home.


Hans Arellano

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Hans Arellano

Reported by KTLA

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KTLA) — The Santa Ana Police Department revealed Wednesday that a man shot and killed by an officer was unarmed at the time of the shooting.

Police responded to a disturbance call in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant near Harbor Boulevard and McFadden Avenue around 3 p.m on Tuesday.

As police approached the man, identified as Hans Arellano, there was a short foot chase and an altercation, according to Corp. Anthony Bertagna.

Hans Arellano was unarmed when a Santa Ana police officer shot him.Arellano, 22, was shot in front of a juice shop at 622 S. Harbor Blvd.  He was declared dead at the scene.

Arellano was homeless and a father of two children, according to Celine Lopez, who said she was romantically involved with Arellano.

The officer who fired the fatal shot was a 13-year veteran of the force, according to Chief Carlos Rojas of the Santa Ana Police Department.


Larry Eugene Jackson, JR

Larry Eugene Jackson, JR

Reported by Austin Chronicle

At a press conference Monday afternoon, Austin Police Assistant Chief Brian Man­ley acknowledged that the fatal shooting Friday of Larry Eugene Jackson Jr. by an APD detective was more complicated than initially described, and that it involved not simply a “foot chase,” but a search in a private car commandeered by the detective.

Manley said police are “confident” that Jackson – shot and killed by APD Detective Charles Kleinert on Friday afternoon – had come to the Benchmark Bank where the detective was investigating an earlier (unrelated) robbery to “commit a fraud,” and not to conduct any legitimate business.

Jackson reportedly misidentified himself when he was questioned by the bank manager that afternoon, outside the bank on West 35th Street. Jackson had previously tried to enter the bank, police said, but the door was locked because of the ongoing robbery investigation. Jackson left briefly, police said, then returned and tried again to enter the bank before he was confronted by the manager; the manager then told Klein­ert, who was inside the bank conducting a follow-up investigation of the morning robbery, about the exchange. Kleinert went outside to talk with Jackson and after a two- or three-minute conversation – captured by surveillance cameras – Jackson fled, police said.

Police said that Kleinert, dressed in plain clothes and displaying his APD credentials on his shirt collar, took off on foot after Jackson – why he decided to pursue him immediately remains unclear. (With video of Jackson and info about his “fictitious” ID, it would seem Jackson could be found later.) Manley said that Kleinert’s reasons for taking immediate action would be explored during the department’s criminal and administrative inquiries into the shooting. The department will “have a better idea [of] what his intentions were” and “what was his mindset” as the investigation proceeds, Manley said. And although it’s not illegal to do so, it’s “really not a good idea to run from police,” he said. Manley also provided a bit more information about that pursuit – including that although Kleinert did initially follow Jackson on foot, he later stopped a “motorist and employ[ed] their aid,” which is legal under state law.

Yet a source told the Chronicle that the motorist in question, sitting in a car in a parking lot near the bank, was unnerved by Kleinert’s commandeering of the car. Indeed, the source said that Kleinert was “out of control” and did not effectively identify himself before directing the motorist to drive him around near the bank. The motorist implored Kleinert to calm down and explain what was happening, but Kleinert declined to do so, the source said, instead telling the motorist to “Go! Go! Go!” When the pair drove up to a bridge that spans Shoal Creek, Kleinert spotted Jackson, who the source said was merely walking along the sidewalk. Kleinert reportedly said, “There he is!” before jumping out of the car. Shaken, the motorist drove away and subsequently called the police.

According to Manley, Kleinert followed Jackson under the bridge near the Shoal Creek Trail and there a scuffle ensued; Jackson was shot once, in the back of the neck. He died just before 4:30pm, police said. Manley said police are still trying to determine what happened during the altercation and whether Kleinert’s gun was fired “intentionally or accidentally.”

More questions will certainly be raised about Kleinert’s one-man pursuit of Jack­son. According to APD policy, mere “flight by a subject who is not suspected of criminal activity shall not serve as the sole justification for engaging in a foot pursuit without the development of reasonable suspicion regarding the individual’s involvement in criminal activity,” reads APD’s policy on foot pursuit. Deciding to “initiate or continue” a foot chase is a “decision that an officer must make quickly and under unpredictable and dynamic circumstances,” the policy continues. Foot chases place the officer and public “at significant risk,” and therefore, no officer “shall be criticized or disciplined” for deciding not to give chase, it reads. “Surveillance” – presumably including the video surveillance available outside the bank (and the same cameras that captured the movements of an alleged witness to the shooting) – and “containment” are the safest ways to track a fleeing suspect, reads the policy. Officers should “consider alternatives to engaging in or continuing a foot pursuit” under a number of specific circumstances, including when “the officer is acting alone” or when the fleeing person enters a “wooded or otherwise isolated area and there are insufficient officers to provide backup and containment.”

Manley declined to release any additional information about why police believe Jackson was there to defraud the bank – or how that would be done, especially with the bank closed – or to discuss any additional details about the confrontation that led to the shooting, saying there were additional “critical” witnesses yet to be interviewed. As of Tuesday, police said Kleinert had yet to give his formal statement about the incident to internal affairs investigators.

Manley said APD extends its condolences to Jackson’s family, though Jackson’s sister, LaKiza Sibley, wrote in an email to the Chronicle that police have not done so personally, and merely provided notification on Saturday evening, at 5:45pm, that Jack­son was dead, the victim of a police shooting. (Manley is serving as acting police chief while Chief Art Acevedo is with his mother, who is in hospice care in California.) Jackson’s is the third fatality out of six officer-involved shootings this year.

Jim Harrington, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project, says he is concerned that Austin police are overreacting and improperly using force when it is unnecessary. “These shootings seem to indicate that the police are not being properly trained and supervised and are overreacting in situations, to the peril of the citizens,” he said in a press release. “We cannot tolerate this constant use of deadly force. People should not have to fear for their lives when they are in a parking lot, stopped for a traffic offense, or go to the bank.” Harrington said TCRP intends to take the matter up with the U.S. Department of Justice.


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