Jury Hangs In Trial For Man Who Killed John Hernandez With Choke Hold
On July 24, 2017, I blogged about the strangling death of John Hernandez. Two persons were charged; Terry Thompson and his wife, Harris County Deputy Sheriff Chauna Thompson.
John Hernandez was at a Denny’s restaurant on May 28, 2017 in a town not far from Houston. Wait staff said he was celebrating his soccer team winning and was drunk, but he was not behaving belligerently. Terry Thompson engaged John outside of the restaurant, who Thompson accused of urinating in public. Thompson’s daughter called her mom, Chauna Thompson, who was off-duty.
Terry beat John who landed on the ground and then Terry proceeded to place John in a choke hold and got on John’s back. Chauna arrived and pinned down one of John’s arms. His other armed was underneath him. On her knees, Chauna yelled at Hernandez to “stay the f— down.” Her husband said to Hernandez: “Do you want me to hit you again?”
After paramedics arrived, John Hernandez was rushed to the hospital. Some witnesses say that it took paramedics 40 minutes to arrive. John was brain dead, went into a coma and died three days later.
A by-stander filmed the incident. Read the rest of this entry
A Long Road Seeking Justice For Ethan Saylor Finally Ends
It’s been a long time. I first blogged about this case in August 2013, and have been following it. Now, four years later, Ethan Saylor’s family has received some closure.
On January 12, 2013 in Frederick, Maryland, 26-year-old Robert Ethan Saylor went to see the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” in a theater inside a mall. He went by his middle name “Ethan.” Ethan was accompanied by a caretaker who, after the movie, went to get the car while Ethan waited at the door. Ethan however, wanted to see the movie again and walked back inside. He was approached by staff and told that he needed to by another ticket.
Ethan had Down syndrome, a genetic condition that impairs physical growth and intelligence. Ethan didn’t carry cash. Ethan’s IQ was 40. He had an IPhone. Because his mom later saw four, 411 calls on his IPhone, she believes that he was using it to try to get information on how to purchase another movie ticket.
The manager called security. Working security that evening were three off-duty deputies. They would not allow Ethan’s caretaker to come back inside the theater. She called Ethan’s mother.
In spite of the caretaker’s pleas that they wait because his mom was coming, the three off-duty deputies decided to physically remove Ethan from the theater. As he cried out “Help” and “I need help, Mommy,” the deputies placed him in handcuffs and a choke hold.
Ethan’s mom was 5 minutes away from the theater when she received a call diverting her to the hospital. An autopsy showed that Ethan’s larynx had been crushed and he died by suffocation. The medical examiner ruled Ethan’s death a homicide. Read the rest of this entry
Las Vegas Police Officer Charged With Manslaughter For Choking Man To Death
On May 14, 2017 at about 1 a.m., 40-year old Tashii Brown (also known by the last name Farmer) approached police offficer Kenneth Lopera of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Lopera and another officer were in a coffee shop in the Venetian which is located in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.
According to police, Tashii asked them if they knew where a drinking fountain was located and said that people were chasing him. He then abruptly ran through an employee-only area. Lopera gave chase. When he caught up with Tashii, he was trying to unlatch the tailgate of an occupied pickup truck. Lopera believed that Tashii was trying to carjack the truck, and he tased Tashii. The driver later told investigators that he did not think he was being carjacked.
Lopera shocked Tashii 7 times. Body cam video from the incident shows Tashii writhing on his back in pain with his hands in the air as Lopera commanded him to roll onto his stomach. Lopera hit Tashii with a closed fist several times in the head and face. He then put Tashii in a chokehold and held him in that chokehold until other officers arrived. Body cam video shows that another officer told Lopera to release his chokehold on Tashii, but Lopera continued the hold for another 46 seconds. Read the rest of this entry
Wife of Man Who Recorded Eric Garner’s Murder by NYC Police Arrested for Assault
The outspoken wife of the man who took the amateur video of Eric Garner’s fatal confrontation with police was arrested Tuesday night in connection with an assault on a woman in Staten Island, according to police.
Ronald Jackson’s blog is on blogspot which does not have an option for reblogging to Word Press blogs. His article is good and you might want to visit to read the full article he has posted. It includes a video that reports on the arrests of Ramsey Orta and now his wife, Chrissy.
Ramsey Orta is the man who videoed the police putting Eric Gardner in a choke hold. The medical examiner has ruled that Gardner’s death was a homicide.
Is there anyway that the public cannot see this as retaliation by the Staten Island police?