Cops can kill innocent people, even on camera, and not be charged. They can murder children while filming a reality TV show, and keep their jobs.
A few years ago, officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cincinelli were caught on surveillance footage beating an unarmed, non-violent, mentally ill man — to death on camera. None of the officers involved were convicted of a crime.
But this paradigm of injustice is coming to an end.
The two Albuquerque cops who murdered James Boyd on camera would be charged with murder. The same day, “two former East Point police officers were indicted on charges that they murdered a 24-year-old father by repeatedly using their Tasers on him while he was handcuffed and sitting in a creek.”
A former Fairfax County police officer was charged with second-degree murder of an unarmed man who stood with his hands raised in the doorway of his home.
Jason Van Dyke, who killed Laquan McDonald by shooting him 16 times as he walked away, would be charged with murder.
But video is not always effective in bringing about charges.
On July 26, Seneca Police Lt. Mark Tiller ran towards 19-year-old Zachary Hammond’s car as Hammond’s date allegedly sold marijuana. Released video showed Tiller needlessly killing Hammond. But the department announced that Tiller would not be facing charges.
Officer Lisa Mearkle of the Hummelstown Borough Police Department was found not guilty of criminal homicide for the shooting death of an unarmed, compliant 59-year-old David Kassick as he lay face down in the snow.
How about the killing of David Dehmann, John David Livingston, Lavall Hall, Anthony Hill, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Rumain Brisbon, Jeraime Reid, Paul Castaway, or the countless other lives taken by police who faced no consequences for their acti