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New Orleans Police Officer Turns Off Body Camera Minutes Before Shooting Suspect In Forehead

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In New Orleans, Armand Bennet, 26, was shot in the forehead during a traffic stop by New Orleans police officer Lisa Lewis. However, the police department did not reveal until much later that Lewis turned off her body camera just before shooting Bennett. Bennett survived and has now been charged under prior warrants for his arrest. It also reviewed that Lewis had had a prior run in with Bennet who escaped about a week earlier.

New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas called the late disclosures on the shooting simply a “snafu.”

Lewis’ lawyer says that she turned off her camera because she was heading back to the station at the end of her shift and that the shot was fired during a scuffle after the stop. Bennett’s attorney says that there was no scuffle and that Lewis fired a second shot as Bennett ran away.

The two had been in a scuffle a week before and Bennett had gotten away. The NOPD then issued four warrant for Bennet and those warrants were the basis for the stop.

NOPD_badgePutting aside the merits of the officers claims, I am still unclear why these body cameras can even be turned off by officers. The point of a body camera should be that it runs from check in to check out. It should not be under the control of the officer to guarantee a record that cannot be challenged by either side. That would avoid the troubling appearance of an officer with a prior run in with a suspect who turns off her camera minutes before shooting the suspect in the head.

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.

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.
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Justice For Michael Brown – Artist Speak out

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Lawyer: Police Haven’t Talked To Michael Brown Shooting Witness

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Ferguson police haven’t yet interviewed Dorian Johnson, the friend who was with Michael Brown on the night he was shot by police, Johnson’s lawyer tells MSNBC’s Trymaine Lee.

Freeman Bosley, Johnson’s attorney, told msnbc that the police have yet to interview Johnson. Bosley said that he offered the police an opportunity to speak with Johnson, but they declined.

“They didn’t even want to talk to him,” said Bosley, a former mayor of St. Louis. “They don’t want the facts. What they want is to justify what happened … what they are trying to do now is justify what happened instead of trying to point out the wrong. Something is wrong here and that’s what it is.”

 
 

Johnson, 22, was walking with Brown in the street on Saturday when the two encountered police. Police have claimed that Brown assaulted one of the officers and reached for his gun. Johnson’s story differs greatly from the police’s version of events — he says that the police told them to “get the fuck onto the sidewalk,” grabbed Brown and began choking him when they didn’t immediately obey, and shot Brown when the 18-year-old tried to flee.

“We wasn’t causing no harm to nobody,” Johnson told CBS News on Sunday. “We had no weapons on us at all. He shot again and once my friend felt that shot he turned around and put his hands in the air and started to get down, and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

Other witnesses also said that Brown had his hands up in the air when he was shot.

In a new, lengthy interview with MSNBC, Johnson provides more detail about what happened that night.

 

Today 7:28 PM EDT

Officer Was A 6-Year Veteran

From the AP:

Missouri police are releasing a few more details about the officer who fatally shot an unarmed teenager but are still not identifying him.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the officer had been with the force for about six years and was on a routine patrol when he encountered Michael Brown Jr. and a friend walking in the street.

Authorities have said previously that a scuffle ensued after the officer asked the teens to move to the side. Witnesses have said Brown’s hands were raised when he was shot multiple times.

Witnesses also have said the officer was white. The youths were black.

Jackson says the Ferguson police force has 53 officers, of which just three are black. He said the city has had trouble recruiting and retaining black officers.

 
 

The Riverfront Times reports:

The heavily armed police officer in riot gear was not amused.

“You guys are in the middle of a war zone,” he told Daily RFT. We — along with two other journalists and two Ferguson residents — had just emerged from a wall of shrubbery 50 feet away from the officer, who stood watch with several other heavily-armed cops in a grassy lot overlooking the beleaguered suburb. We had crept into the restricted area through a hole in a fence and down a muddy path. He ordered us to leave.

 
 
Today 6:33 PM EDT

No Words

Today 5:03 PM EDT

‘Heartbreaking’

Obama released a statement on Tuesday, urging people to “talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds”

The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed.
I know the events of the past few days have prompted strong passions, but as details unfold, I urge everyone in Ferguson, Missouri, and across the country, to remember this young man through reflection and understanding. We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds. Along with our prayers, that’s what Michael and his family, and our broader American community, deserve.

 
 

Read more here.

Federal law enforcement officials said they may activate a wide review of police tactics, including the use of deadly force, USA Today reports. The review would be led by the Department of Justice and would seek to address police conduct with the mentally ill, the use of technology in law enforcement, and anti-terrorism measures. Officials are to decide on creating the review commission byearly 2015, the officials told USA Today. The report of the potential review comes at a time of growing concern over police’s use of deadly force, such as was seen in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York.

Today 4:34 PM EDT

Obama Releases Statement

The St. Louis County Police said the preliminary cause of death for Michael Brown was an unspecified number of gunshot wounds.

A full toxicology report is expected in the next four weeks, a producer with KSDK reported.

The Federal Aviation Administration banned flight travel under 3,000 feet in the airspace over Ferguson, Missouri to “provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities.” The effective date of the ban is from Aug. 12 to Aug. 18.

 

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