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There’s a lot of news and rather than writing separate posts, here are some summaries.
Hat tip to chuquestaquenumber1 for the following;
Trenton Forster, 18-years old, has been charged with first degree murder for shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder. Officer Snyder was 33-years old, a husband and father of a 2-year old boy. Officer Snyder was shot at point blank range.
Forster is a high-school drop-out with a pending felony marijuana charge. More on this at Heavy.com.
R.I.P. Officer Snyder. Our condolences to your family and friends.
Independent autopsy of Keith Lamont Scott shows 3 gunshot wounds to his left upper back, left lower abdomen, and left wrist. He suffered fractures in his ribs and vertebrae. Scott was fatally shot on Sept. 20 by a Charlotte police officer. The independent autopsy was requested by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, on Sept. 29 and performed the next day.
Charles Monnett, one of the attorneys representing the Scott family, said the Scott family “was forced” to request the independent autopsy because the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office in Charlotte “refused to release even the most basic information.” ABC News has more on this.
We reported on the killing of Keith Lamont Scott on September 24, 2016. If you are unfamiliar with the story, it’s here.
Charlotte police has released more video. It is graphic, after Keith was shot and shows him dying while handcuffed/tied like a hunted animal.
Donald Trump Pulls Out Of Battleground State Virginia
Donald Trump’s campaign is “pulling out of Virginia”. NBC reports that the move to pull out of Virginia shows Trump is “running essentially a four state campaign,” with the focus now shifting to battlegrounds critical to his chances in November: Pennsylvania, Florida, North Carolina, and Ohio, a source with knowledge of the decision told NBC News.”
Meanwhile, 4 women have come forth saying that Trump touched them inappropriately. More at NBC News.
Our Racerrodig is keeping a running list of Trump quotes. Check it out.
Trial for two former New Mexico police officers, Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez, who were charged in the death of homeless man ended in a hung jury. NBC reports that the jury was hopelessly deadlocked. Keith Sandy and Dominique Perez were charged with the killing of James Boyd in 2014. Sandy shot Boyd twice in the arms, and Perez shot him in the back. After Boyd was on the ground fatally wounded, he was shot with bean bags and a K-9 was sent in and chewed on his legs.
The judge took voluntarily manslaughter off the table, leaving the jury to find guilt or acquit on the charge of second-degree murder.
Crenshanda Williams, a 911 Houston Call Center operator, has been arrested and charged for hanging up on what could be thousands of emergency callers. CNN describes two incidents, one that involved a robbery and death where Williams had hung-up on the caller twice.
Stephen Rankin, a former Portsmouth, Virginia cop, was sentenced on Wednesday to 2 years, 6 months in prison after being convicted of voluntary manslaughter for fatally shooting an unarmed teenager William Chapman II. The guilty verdict came in Rankin’s defense team plans on filing an appeal and expects it to take more than a year. The judge denied allowing Rankin to be free on bail while awaiting decision on appeal. He has started his sentence. More at Pilot News.
Actor Tommy Ford is dead at the age of 52. He died from a ruptured aneurysm in his abdomen. More on this at USMagazine.
Maricopa County Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio has been charged with criminal contempt of court by federal prosecutors. The contempt alleges that Arpaio violated a judge’s order to stop immigration patrols that led to the court finding of racial profiling. NPR has more.
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Posted on 10/13/2016, in Cases, open discussion, Potpourri and tagged autopsy, Blake Snyder, Crenshanda Williams, Donald Trump, Houston 911, James Boyd, Joe Arpaio, Keith Lamont Scott, Stephen Rankin, Tommy Ford, Trenton Forster, William Chapman. Bookmark the permalink. 61 Comments.