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Day 1231: Police Shootings – What’s Going On Here?

1. NOLA.com | Ministers demand justice in killing of Adolph Grimes III

Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard has said Grimes was hit 14 times, with twelve of the bullets striking him from behind.

2. Reason | Murder In Oakland

Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old butcher’s apprentice shot by Bay Area Rapid Transit Police (BART) on New Year’s day, was murdered. Face down on the ground, handcuffed, and unarmed, BART officer Johannes Mehserle unholsters his service weapon and fires a single shot into Grant’s back.

3. CNN.com | Questions surround shooting of baseballer’s son

As they walked up the driveway to their [Bellaire, TX] home, Anthony Cooper said an unidentified man emerged from the darkness with a flashlight and a gun pointed at them … Relatives say Tolan started to lean up from the ground to ask the officer what he was doing to his mother. That’s when the family says Tolan was shot in the chest, the bullet piercing his lung and then lodging in his liver.

Is this a new trend of “shoot first, ask questions later” on the part of police officers nationwide?  In all three cases mentioned above, the victim was black.  If you are aware of more incidents like this, please leave a comment.

Related: LAPD tried to reverse a coroner’s verdict in girl’s death, while, here in New Orleans, “[Police Chief Warren] Riley has challenged the claim that most of the shots [that hit Grimes] came from behind, although he has been vague in describing where Grimes was shot.”  To serve and to protect, indeed.

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