Virginia police officer, who killed William Chapman will stand trial this week. His defense team is struggling to ‘sanitize the evidence’.
After all officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray were cleared of charges there is a big chance for each killer cop to go scot-free.
James Broccoletti, the head of the defense team for Stephen Rankin, who is facing charges of first-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony for fatally shooting William Chapman, is doing his best to provide the mentioned opportunity to his client.
After shooting dead an unarmed 18-year-old Black man in cold blood, the Virginia officer was cruel enough to say “this is my second one” to an employee of Walmart where the incident took place. This gloomy remark occasionally recorded by Rankin’s taser camera referred to a four-year-old case when he killed one more unarmed man .
In far 2011 Rankin shot a 26-year-old hotel cook from Kazakhstan named Kirill Denyakin. The young man was got 11 bullets, but no charges were ever brought against Rankin because he testified Denyakin was approaching him while reaching into his waistband.
At the moment Rankin denies all charges and claims he was shooting in self-defense. At the same time, his lawyers are desperately trying to remove the taser camera record from the case together with the information that his taser was still present at the scene.
“This statement is not probative of anything,” Broccoletti said about the piece of evidence where his client admits using deadly force unarmed people before. “It is clearly relevant to the defense’s case, in terms of ‘did he have access to the Taser?’” he added.
Luckily, Broccoletti’s requests together and other claims form Rankins lawyers, like delaying and moving the trial or depriving the jury of their electronic gadgets, were declined by judge Johnny E Morrison.
Though it is good that there are still judges, who are not ready to let criminal officers go, Rankin still has a chance to escape justice, as his defenders got access to Chapman’s juvenile criminal records. These have no relation to the case as the Black teen has never met his killer before and Rankin could not make any split-second conclusions concerning his intentions.
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