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August 26, 2014

Chicago Police Fatally Shot 2 Teens In Separate Incidents Hours Apart

Two men were fatally shot in two hours by Chicago police officers in separate incidents Sunday evening. Both men, police say, were armed.

DNAinfo Chicago reports that police responded to a call of armed men in the street in the city’s Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side about 7:10 p.m. When officers approached a group of men who matched the description given, one of the men ran away.

After officers gave chase, police say the man pointed a gun toward one of them and the officer opened fire, killing 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh.

In a separate incident less than two hours later in the South Side neighborhood of Auburn Gresham, two police officers on foot patrol responded to the scene of a shooting that had wounded three people, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Police say the officers saw an armed teenager standing above someone lying on the ground, and that they opened fire on him after he pointed a gun at the officers, the Tribune reports. It is believed the man was 17 or 18 years old; he has not been identified as of Monday afternoon.

Both shootings are now under investigation by the Independent Police Review Authority.

Police say a handgun was recovered from the scene of the Lawndale shooting, but community members who assembled at the scene are presenting a very different version of what happened to McIntosh on social media, with some reportedly saying McIntosh was complying with police when he was shot. About 50 people are said to have assembled for a rally near the scene of the shooting amid heavy storms early Monday afternoon.

The killings come at a time when nationwide scrutiny of police-involved shootings is high in the wake of the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month. Brown was laid to rest at a funeral Monday morning.

Statistics on police-involved shootings are difficult to come by — there is no national database of police shootings, as Deadspin pointed out last week while introducing their attempt to build one.

In an analysis of 2011 police shootings published by retired FBI agent and former criminal justice professor Jim Fisher last year, Chicago was home to the highest number of police shootings, though other cities surpassed its per-capita shooting rate.

BREAKING: Alleged Audio Of Moment Michael Brown Was Killed Released [VIDEO]

According to audio released Monday night by CNN, a Ferguson resident is allegedly in possession of audio of the moment that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The results of a preliminary autopsy showed that Brown was shot at least 6 times, including twice in the head.

The Ferguson resident and his attorney, who have both been interviewed by the FBI, claims that he was on a video chat with a friend when the barrage of gunfire erupted outside.

During the 12 second video, there is a succession of 6 shots, a pause, then approximately 5 more shots.

 

According to eyewitnesses to Brown’s murder, after Wilson repeatedly shot at him while he was running, the unarmed teen turned around, put his hands up in surrender and said, “Stop shooting! I don’t have a gun.”

At that point, Wilson allegedly continued to progress and shot Brown until he collapsed on the concrete. His lifeless body was left on the ground for 4 hours.

Brown, who was supposed to begin college on August 11, was buried today in a spirit-filled homegoing celebration. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.

 

According to audio released Monday night by CNN, a Ferguson resident is allegedly in possession of audio of the moment that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

The results of a preliminary autopsy showed that Brown was shot at least 6 times, including twice in the head.

The Ferguson resident and his attorney, who have both been interviewed by the FBI, claims that he was on a video chat with a friend when the barrage of gunfire erupted outside.

During the 12 second video, there is a succession of 6 shots, a pause, then approximately 5 more shots.

 

According to eyewitnesses to Brown’s murder, after Wilson repeatedly shot at him while he was running, the unarmed teen turned around, put his hands up in surrender and said, “Stop shooting! I don’t have a gun.”

At that point, Wilson allegedly continued to progress and shot Brown until he collapsed on the concrete. His lifeless body was left on the ground for 4 hours.

Brown, who was supposed to begin college on August 11, was buried today in a spirit-filled homegoing celebration. Rev. Al Sharpton delivered the eulogy.

Fundraising Effort for Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Gets Ugly

Donors praise the officer for shooting “a common street thug” and removing an “unnecessary thing from the public!”

Comments left on a GoFundMe crowdfunding page in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Compiled by Jon Hendren

Update, 8/22/2014: A representative from the Support Officer Darren Wilson campaign declined to comment. On its Twitter account, GoFundMe announced late Thursday evening that some comments on the campaign page had been removed for violating the company’s terms of use. And on Friday afternoon, the campaign page was shut down and a new one was created. Buzzfeed reports:

The original donation page to support the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Mike Brown has been replaced with a charity, which appears linked with a local police union.

A long message to the Support Officer Wilson GoFundMe page was posted Friday afternoon, noting that donations will now go directly to a 501c3 charity called Shield of Hope, which the post says is designated “the authorized charity for donations on behalf of Darren Wilson.”

The old GoFundMe account had raised more than $234,000 before it was shut down. The new page has already raised more than $9,000.

The comments seen in the image above were written by donors to the online fund set up to support Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown six times in Ferguson, Missouri, last week. Wilson has since been placed on paid administrative leave and is in an undisclosed location. The GoFundMe campaign to assist him was set up earlier this week by an unnamed supporter. “We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives,” the page reads. It has since raised nearly $150,000.

Among the comments left by donors:

“Ofc. Wilson did his duty. Michael Brown was just a common street thug.”

“Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box.”

“Black people can be their own enemy and I am not white…He was shot 6 times cause the giant wouldn’t stop or die. Evil people don’t die quick”

“All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity.”

“I am so sick of the blacks using every excuse in the book to loot and riot.”

“I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public!”

The collection of comments above was compiled by Jon Hendren, a comedy writer in San Jose, California. Hendren told Mother Jones that he took screenshots of the comments on the page that seemed especially offensive and compiled them into one image using Photoshop. “There were maaaany more that were borderline or ambiguous or a small dollar amount that I would’ve also captured, but I got so annoyed that I began to get a headache, so I stopped when I did,” he explains. 

“A couple folks have asked me to wait until we know all the facts before passing judgment, which is kind of absurd,” says Hendren. “People are donating money with racist sentiment and to celebrate a killing—I’m not sure what other facts I should be waiting for. The vast majority expressed disgust and revulsion though.”

I’ve asked the creator of the GoFundMe page to comment. I’ll update this post if I hear back; she told The Daily Beast earlier this week that she is not speaking with the press.

Fundraising Effort for Ferguson Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Gets Ugly

Donors praise the officer for shooting “a common street thug” and removing an “unnecessary thing from the public!”

Comments left on a GoFundMe crowdfunding page in support of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Compiled by Jon Hendren

Update, 8/22/2014: A representative from the Support Officer Darren Wilson campaign declined to comment. On its Twitter account, GoFundMe announced late Thursday evening that some comments on the campaign page had been removed for violating the company’s terms of use. And on Friday afternoon, the campaign page was shut down and a new one was created. Buzzfeed reports:

The original donation page to support the Ferguson, Mo., police officer who shot Mike Brown has been replaced with a charity, which appears linked with a local police union.

A long message to the Support Officer Wilson GoFundMe page was posted Friday afternoon, noting that donations will now go directly to a 501c3 charity called Shield of Hope, which the post says is designated “the authorized charity for donations on behalf of Darren Wilson.”

The old GoFundMe account had raised more than $234,000 before it was shut down. The new page has already raised more than $9,000.

The comments seen in the image above were written by donors to the online fund set up to support Darren Wilson, the cop who shot Michael Brown six times in Ferguson, Missouri, last week. Wilson has since been placed on paid administrative leave and is in an undisclosed location. The GoFundMe campaign to assist him was set up earlier this week by an unnamed supporter. “We stand behind Officer Darren Wilson and his family during this trying time in their lives,” the page reads. It has since raised nearly $150,000.

Among the comments left by donors:

“Ofc. Wilson did his duty. Michael Brown was just a common street thug.”

“Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box.”

“Black people can be their own enemy and I am not white…He was shot 6 times cause the giant wouldn’t stop or die. Evil people don’t die quick”

“All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity.”

“I am so sick of the blacks using every excuse in the book to loot and riot.”

“I support officer Wilson and he did a great job removing an unnecessary thing from the public!”

The collection of comments above was compiled by Jon Hendren, a comedy writer in San Jose, California. Hendren told Mother Jones that he took screenshots of the comments on the page that seemed especially offensive and compiled them into one image using Photoshop. “There were maaaany more that were borderline or ambiguous or a small dollar amount that I would’ve also captured, but I got so annoyed that I began to get a headache, so I stopped when I did,” he explains. 

“A couple folks have asked me to wait until we know all the facts before passing judgment, which is kind of absurd,” says Hendren. “People are donating money with racist sentiment and to celebrate a killing—I’m not sure what other facts I should be waiting for. The vast majority expressed disgust and revulsion though.”

I’ve asked the creator of the GoFundMe page to comment. I’ll update this post if I hear back; she told The Daily Beast earlier this week that she is not speaking with the press.

George Zimmerman Arrested While Visiting Ferguson

Zimmerman,_George_-_Seminole_County_MugFlorida neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman, who was acquitted in July of 2013 of all charges related to the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, was arrested Wednesday morning in Ferguson, Missouri after an altercation outside of a Dunkin’ Donuts, where Zimmerman allegedly aimed a handgun at two black teenagers who confronted him.

Authorities say Zimmerman was exiting the Dunkin’ Donuts at approximately 9:45 am when he encountered the two teenagers, who are identified only as black males ages 16 and 17. In cell phone footage obtained by the police and shown, but not released, to the media, the two teens make every effort to evade Zimmerman, but finally confront him after he followed them for a short distance.

“We just saw George Zimmerman, and he’s in Ferguson,” one of the teens says in the cell phone video. “He’s following us. We’re trying to walk away but he’s following us.” The camera shows Zimmerman, carrying a bag of food and a drink, who yells something illegible at the teens. “We don’t want anything to go down. We’re just minding our own business. We’re minding our business.”

Zimmerman is heard yelling something again, and finally the teens stop. One of the teens rather articulately asks Zimmerman to leave him, his friend, and his town, alone. “Sir, sir, we don’t… we don’t have an issue with you, sir. Please leave us alone,” the younger teenager says in the video, while Zimmerman continues to rant about something in the background. “Mr. Zimmerman, I don’t know why you’re here in Ferguson, but It’s pretty damn insensitive, you showing up here. This town’s been through enough already, we don’t need you here intensifying things, okay? And my friend and I didn’t say anything to you.”

“I have a right to be here. It’s a free country, we’re on a public street,” Zimmerman angrily says to the teens. “Why were you following me? Why were you harassing me?”

“We did no such thing, Mr. Zimmerman. You were leaving the store and we saw you and crossed the street,” the younger teen replies. “You followed us for a whole block. We said nothing to you and we were not following you.”

“Why are you here, George?” the older teen asks. “Ferguson has enough going on without you trying to get in the news again.”

At this point, Zimmerman drops his beverage and reaches into his jacket. The teen holding the cell phone raises it, and then the video abruptly ends. Authorities say a State Police cruiser, which just happened to be driving by at that moment, pulled over, and the officers found Zimmerman aiming a 9mm pistol at the two teens, who had their hands raised above their heads. After drawing their own weapons and ordering Zimmerman to drop his, Zimmerman was taken into custody.

Police found two handguns, a shotgun, and several knives inside Zimmerman’s car at the time of his arrest. It is unclear why Zimmerman was visiting Ferguson, when he arrived, or where in town he was staying. Police say the teens will be allowed to release the full video to the public after their investigation is complete.

– See more at: http://nationalreport.net/george-zimmerman-arrested-visiting-ferguson/#sthash.M785NOba.dpuf

Investigator: Video Shows Suge Knight Was Targeted By Shooter

Music producer Suge Knight attends the Belvedere Ultra Lounge Day 4 At Club OPM  on February 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (credit: Chad Buchanan/Getty Images for Moet USA)

 

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A sheriff’s investigator says Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight was the apparent target of a gunman who shot him and two others at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party at a Sunset Strip nightclub.
Knight, 49, was shot shortly after arriving early Sunday morning at the party, hosted by singer Chris Brown, which was at the 1OAK nightclub, 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.
“Video shows the suspect with a handgun firing at Knight at striking the two other victims who were in his vicinity,” Corina said, after reviewing video shot by surveillance cameras. “After the shooting, people who were in the club started running for the exits, along with the suspect.”
The gunman, who is being sought, is believed to have targeted Knight, but it is not known whether the other victims were targets or innocent bystanders, Corina said.
During the shooting, which was reported to 911 at 1:36 a.m. Sunday, Knight was struck several times in the stomach, authorities said. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and is expected to recover.
A 33-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were also wounded. One victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but both were expected to recover, Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Robert Diaz said.
Knight was previously shot in 2005 at a pre-awards party hosted by Kanye West in Miami. Knight was also the driver of the BMW 750 in which Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996. Knight was struck by bullet fragments in that incident.
“It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes,” Brown tweeted Sunday.
(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

Investigator: Video Shows Suge Knight Was Targeted By Shooter

Music producer Suge Knight attends the Belvedere Ultra Lounge Day 4 At Club OPM  on February 17, 2007 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (credit: Chad Buchanan/Getty Images for Moet USA)

 

WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A sheriff’s investigator says Death Row Records founder Marion “Suge” Knight was the apparent target of a gunman who shot him and two others at a pre-MTV Video Music Awards party at a Sunset Strip nightclub.
Knight, 49, was shot shortly after arriving early Sunday morning at the party, hosted by singer Chris Brown, which was at the 1OAK nightclub, 9039 W. Sunset Blvd., according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.
“Video shows the suspect with a handgun firing at Knight at striking the two other victims who were in his vicinity,” Corina said, after reviewing video shot by surveillance cameras. “After the shooting, people who were in the club started running for the exits, along with the suspect.”
The gunman, who is being sought, is believed to have targeted Knight, but it is not known whether the other victims were targets or innocent bystanders, Corina said.
During the shooting, which was reported to 911 at 1:36 a.m. Sunday, Knight was struck several times in the stomach, authorities said. He was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he underwent surgery and is expected to recover.
A 33-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman were also wounded. One victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition, but both were expected to recover, Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Supervisor Robert Diaz said.
Knight was previously shot in 2005 at a pre-awards party hosted by Kanye West in Miami. Knight was also the driver of the BMW 750 in which Tupac Shakur was shot and killed in Las Vegas in 1996. Knight was struck by bullet fragments in that incident.
“It’s disappointing that we as a society can’t have fun or enjoy ourselves without any altercations sometimes,” Brown tweeted Sunday.
(©2014 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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