Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait has called on state and federal agencies to assist the city with the review of two officer-involved shootings that left two Latino men dead and the incidents that transpired after where officers openly fired rubber bullets in to a crowd that included children.
A Colorlines.com investigation last fall found at least 20 OPD officers involved in repeat shootings. A federal judge has grown impatient with the department’s willingness to meaningfully probe that kind of violence.
The shooting death of a black teen started out with a 911 call from Oscar Carrillo, who told the dispatcher his laptop was stolen at gunpoint by two armed men. But the men who allegedly robbed him never had a gun and now police want to charge him with manslaughter.
On Wednesday the Justice Department announced five former New Orleans police officers were sentenced to prison terms ranging from six to 65 years for the shootings of unarmed civilians in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
A Board of Supervisors study finds an alarming rise in so-called “waistband shootings,” in which cops fired at suspects holding items such as sunglasses and cell phones. Nine out of 10 victims were black or Latino.