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INCREDIBLE: Watch This Wild Video of a Las Vegas Officer Shooting at Suspect(s) Through His Windshield

Yesterday, Las Vegas police released bodycam video of a car chase and shootout between police and two suspects in a fatal shooting at a carwash. The four-minute video depicts a high-speed car chase, through traffic.

The suspects fired multiple rounds at the police during the chase. The bodycam is worn by Officer William Umana.

As noted in the video’s description:

When another police car joins the chase, Umana warned the officer to stay back. The second officer’s car was hit by bullets at least twice and could not finish the chase. As the chase neared its end, Umana can be seen in the video pulling his car closer to the SUV and firing 11 shots through his windshield and seven shots through his open window. One civilian’s car was struck by gunfire, Kelly said. Nunez exited the car as it was still moving near Hollingsworth Elementary School, 1776 E. Ogden Ave., and ran up steps outside of the school and attempted to enter, but the door was locked, Kelly said Miranda moved to the driver’s seat of the car and attempted to reverse toward Umana, Kelly said. Umana left his car and continued to fire while plain-clothes officer Paul Soloman, 46, approached the passenger-side door. Soloman fired his shotgun once and hit Miranda. The vehicle came to a stop at the north wall of the school, and Miranda was handcuffed while medical was called, Kelly said.

Thankfully, aside from the suspects, no one else appears to have been hurt.  Nice work, Officer Umana!

h/t David Stephens for sharing the video.  

 

 


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About that Chicago police shooting of an “unarmed black man”

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The Windy City was lighting up with protests this weekend after Chicago police fatally shot 37-year-old Harith Augustus. The encounter was initially described in some outlets as “another police shooting of an unarmed black man” with the linked AP report indicating that the police “believed” the suspect was armed. The protests quickly broke out with additional violence as angry citizens confronted police officers.

Moving perhaps a bit slower than they could have, the cops have now released the body cam footage of one of the officers involved in the encounter. If you watch the video below you’ll see the camera freeze on the moment where Augustus backs up against a parked car while attempting to evade the officers and his shirt comes up toward his chest. Underneath, the camera picks up what the cops “believed” they saw in the first place and what you’ll see the suspect reaching for out in the street when the fatal shots are fired. (New York Post)

Cops have released video showing a deadly police-involved shooting in Chicago that sparked protests on Saturday — and it appears to show the victim reaching for a holstered gun just moments before he’s killed.

Harith Augustus, 37, can be seen running away from CPD officers and out into the street following a brief confrontation with them on the sidewalk.

Bodycam footage shows him carrying a handgun in his waistband and some extra ammunition.

“It was some semiautomatic weapon,” explained Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Fred Waller at a press conference. “He also had magazines on him.”

As you saw in the freeze-frame, Augustus had a handgun of some sort in a holster on the right side of his body and some extra magazines on his left hip.

Reports from neighbors who are familiar with Augustus indicate that he was a “good family man” and that he had a concealed carry permit. Assuming all of that is true, this is a particularly disheartening story because it feeds into the narratives of people being shot for “carrying while black.” That simply discourages further firearms education and legal gun ownership for the law-abiding.

But if you watch the entire video, that’s simply not the entire story. I’m not sure what motivated the cops to initially approach Augustus beyond the fact that they saw a “bulge” under his waistband, but his reaction was immediate. He does appear to be producing his ID for them, but instead of responding like your typical, law-abiding citizen and answering the officers’ questions, Augustus immediately becomes combative and seeks to escape the officers, crashing into a parked car an heading into the street.

That’s where things take a distinct turn. As officers give pursuit, Augustus turns back toward them. Next comes a sequence of events which unfolds in little more than the blink of an eye. I’ve taken four screen captures of the moves that Augustus makes. Look at these four images in order, keeping in mind that the police just saw a weapon on his right hip. (Click on image for full size)

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Now, having looked at the sequence of events and knowing what the police knew about the weapon at his hip, consider that those four images I compiled all were recorded in barely three seconds. That’s how long the cops had to decide what to do and respond.

This was a tragic situation and a death which clearly didn’t have to take place. But placing the blame entirely on the shoulders of the Chicago PD seems like a response which won’t hold up in court once this footage is reviewed. Were the cops justified in initially approaching Augustus to question him? We don’t know that yet. But once the handgun was in play and the action started rolling, this was unfortunately pretty much the only way it was going to end.

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Justice for Antwon? Police officer charged in death of unarmed PA teenager

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The police shooting of an unarmed teenager in the back has enraged Pittsburgh’s citizens, who have flocked to the streets to demand justice for Antwon Rose. They may get it, although the case could have some complications. Prosecutors filed charges against police officer Michael Rosfeld for homicide in Rose’s death, which came after police stopped a car with Rose and another young man in connection to a drive-by shooting:

The Pittsburgh-area police officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager last week has been charged in his death.

The officer, identified by authorities as Michael Rosfeld of the Allegheny County Police Department, was arrested and charged with one count of criminal homicide Wednesday, according to court documents obtained by ABC News.

Rosfeld fatally shot 17-year-old Antwon Rose on the night of June 19, after the teen and two others were pulled over in a car believed to have been connected to an earlier shooting that same night.

Rose was struck in the upper body as he and another passenger of the car fled on foot from police during the traffic stop in the borough of East Pittsburgh, about 11 miles southeast of downtown Pittsburgh.

The local CBS affiliate reports that Rosfeld’s work record may come under question, too:

According to sources, Rosfeld had only been on duty in East Pittsburgh for three weeks, and he was formally sworn in about 90 minutes before the fatal shooting. Rosfeld had been working as a police officer in the region since 2011.

He had previously worked in Harmarville and Oakmont. He also worked for the University of Pittsburgh Police Department and was reportedly dismissed for cause from the university. Pitt turned his personnel file over to county investigators as part of the investigation.

However, the second person in the car has also been charged for the crime officers were investigating in the shooting. That might complicate matters for the prosecution of Rosfeld:

Police say they have a teenage boy in custody who will be charged in last week’s drive-by shooting in North Braddock — an incident that happened minutes before Antwon Rose was fatally shot by police.

Zaijuan Hester, 17, was arrested in the Hill District around 11:30 p.m. Monday for cutting off his ankle bracelet in a prior case.

Charges against Hester for the June 19 drive-by shooting were field [sic] Wednesday morning. He is charged with aggravated assault, criminal homicide, receiving stolen property and firearm charges.

The question for the jury in the Rosfeld trial will be whether the officer exercised a reasonable use of force in light of the potential danger to himself and the community. That’ll be a tough sale when it comes to shooting someone in the back, but the defense will point out that (a) the officers were responding to a report of a drive-by shooting, (b) the car matched the description, (c) both young men ran away from the scene rather than cooperate, and (d) Rose had an empty magazine in his pocket, which might have looked like the outline of a gun to officers in the heat of the moment. If you add (e) Hester is being charged with the drive-by shooting that created the incident, then it might add up to at least some reasonable doubt. Juries tend to give a large amount of benefit of doubt to police officers, and that set of circumstances could fit within it.

Still, shooting a suspect in the back is going to be a tough hurdle to overcome. Police have more leeway to deploy lethal force than regular citizens, but they still have to show an acute danger to their own lives and the lives of others in the vicinity. Running from a scene isn’t a reason to deploy lethal force, unless Rose had a gun in his hand — and that clearly wasn’t the case. If Rosfeld’s dismissal at Pitt has anything to do with unreasonable force, the benefit of the doubt that juries tend to give police officers could dissipate quickly, especially given Rosfeld’s lack of experience and tenure in this particular position.

The big question will be whether Rosfeld can find a fair jury in the heat of this public debate. Or, for that matter, whether Antwon Rose can.

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Pittsburgh protesters block streets to demand indictment in death of Antwon Rose Jr.

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Last week Pittsburgh police shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. when he tried to flee the scene of a traffic stop that followed an apparent drive-by shooting. Protesters in Pittsburgh have been taking to the streets for several days, demanding the officer responsible be charged. Today about 100 protesters once again blocked traffic and marched to the District Attorney’s office. From the Associated Press:

Chanting, “Who did this? The police did this!” and “Three shots to the back, how do you justify that?” marchers began walking several blocks shortly after 7:30 a.m., shutting down busy intersections for more than two hours…

Wearing a black T-shirt with the word “ENDANGERED” printed in red, white and blue, protest leader Nicki Jo Dawson told the crowd: “This isn’t something to do for fun.”

“This isn’t a hobby,” Dawson said. “We do this to get justice we’ve never seen. In this courthouse there’s a man who refuses to indict an (officer) for killing one of our children. Not today.”

Here’s a bit of what that looked like:

Police have released some information about what led up to the shooting. Here’s how PBS describes what authorities are saying at this point:

Allegheny County police received multiple 911 calls of a shooting around 8:20 p.m. ET Tuesday, the department said in its initial statement on Facebook. Responding officers found a wounded 22-year-old male who was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Witnesses who reported the incident provided a description of a car that was seen fleeing the scene of the shooting: a silver Chevrolet Cruze that also had “ballistics damage to the rear window.” About 13 minutes later, an East Pittsburgh officer flagged a vehicle that matched the description of the car and stopped it.

The officer handcuffed the driver, while two passengers who were also in the vehicle ran away, police said. That’s when an officer shot and killed the teen who was later identified as Rose. He was declared dead at a local hospital. On Friday, Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala confirmed that police found an empty gun clip on Rose…

In a news conference the following day, Allegheny County Police Superintendent Coleman McDonough confirmed that Rose was unarmed when he “bolted” from the scene. Two firearms were recovered from the floor of the car, McDonough said.

Police say they are confident that the car which was stopped is the one involved in the shooting of the 22-year-old. The two guns in the back of the car strongly suggest the two men who ran, one of whom was Rose, were involved in the previous shooting. In fact, the other suspect who has been at large was finally arrested last night:

Zaijuan Hester, 17, was arrested around 11:30 p.m. Monday on another charge in the Hill District.

Police say that Hester will be charged Tuesday in connection with the drive-by shooting that occurred earlier in North Braddock.

While police did confirm to KDKA’s Andy Sheehan that Hester will be charged in connection with the drive-by shooting in North Braddock, they will not confirm if he will be charged with doing the actual shooting.

Police are allowed to shoot fleeing suspects in some cases as a last resort, i.e. when a felony has been committed and police believe the suspects are a danger to the police or to others. It’s not clear that’s what happened here but given the connection to the previous drive-by shooting, at least some of those elements appear to be present.

Pittsburgh police have previously denied false reports that a video existed which showed Rose firing a gun during a drive-by shooting and that he had gunshot residue on his hands. Police said last week that no such video existed and that lab reports had not been returned yet. So at this moment, we still don’t know for certain that Rose ever fired a gun.

This ABC News report contains video of the traffic stop when Rose and Hester ran and police fired on them.

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Police seek answers on what precipitated fatal shooting

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police in suburban Maryland are investigating what precipitated a fatal confrontation between a police officer and a man who reportedly attacked him.

Montgomery County Police issued an update Monday evening on their investigation of the June 11 shooting, in which an officer shot and killed Robert Lawrence White, a 41-year-old black man from Silver Spring.

Police say body-worn camera footage shows White twice assaulting the officer, 32-year-old Anand Badgujar. The officer responded to the first attack with pepper spray. When White charged him a second time, Badgujar fired his gun.

Police say they are still investigating what initially drew the officer’s attention to White. They say Badgujar has declined to be interviewed.

Police say officers receive regular training on dealing with people experiencing mental-health issues and how to de-escalate confrontations.

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Prosecutor: No charges in Haymarket police shooting

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By: The Associated Press September 20, 2017

McLEAN (AP) A Virginia police officer was justified in fatally shooting a 15-year-old boy who was advancing at him with a crowbar, a prosecutor ruled Tuesday.

Police on Tuesday identified the teen who was shot and killed Friday as Ruben Urbina of Haymarket.

At a press conference Tuesday, Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert said the boy had mental problems and attempted suicide the night before.

On the day of the shooting, the boy called 911 and claimed to have a bomb strapped to his chest, Ebert said. During the call, Ebert said the boy indicated he was holding his mother hostage and was willing to be shot by police.

Family members were unaware the boy had called 911, according to police.

When county police arrived, Ebert said officers saw the boy strike his brother’s girlfriend with a crowbar.

Ebert said the boy, wearing a heavy jacket, then advanced at one of the officers with the 3-foot crowbar, getting to within 10 feet of him before the officer fired two shots.

The boy died at the scene. He did not have a bomb, but Ebert said officers found out after the shooting that he was also carrying a knife.

The boy’s father, Oscar Urbina, told local news outlets Tuesday that he does not believe the shooting was justified and that his slightly built son could have been subdued with a stun gun.

None of the four officers at the scene were injured. Police on Tuesday identified the officer who fired the shots as Robert Choyce, 35, a 7-year veteran. While Ebert has closed the criminal investigation of the shooting, Police Chief Barry Barnard said an internal investigation is ongoing, but that “at this stage in our administrative investigation, the officer acted appropriately in response to dynamic circumstances.”

A police spokesman said Choyce is white. The spokesman declined to characterize Urbina’s race.

The girl who was struck with the crowbar was treated at a hospital and released.

Ebert said that despite concerns about the young man, “there comes a point in time where police have to do what they have to do.”

 

 

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