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Recent Developments in Killed by Police Cases: Good, Bad, and Suspect

First, a bit of justice (h/t Alice X):

‘In Historic Police Brutality Case, Family of Homeless Denver Pastor Killed in Custody Awarded $4.6M’, DemocracyNow!

Meet Marvin Booker speaking on July 4, 2007.  He was murdered by five Denver sheriff’s deputies in 2010; keep a hankie handy. The deputies were never charged or disciplined.

From Atlantblackstar.com:

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Recent Developments in Killed by Police Cases: Good, Bad, and Suspect

(Damn, I hadn’t wanted to write up more of this stuff so soon; when will it ever slow down, much less…stop?  Become unnecessary and rare?)

First, a bit of justice (h/t Alice X):

‘In Historic Police Brutality Case, Family of Homeless Denver Pastor Killed in Custody Awarded $4.6M’, DemocracyNow!

Meet Marvin Booker speaking on July 4, 2007.  He was murdered by five Denver sheriff’s deputies in 2010; keep a hankie handy. The deputies were never charged or disciplined.

From Atlantablackstar.com:

Booker’s death came as a result of the deputies’ mind-blowingly inhumane treatment of the frail 56-year-old: they used a Taser on him while he was handcuffed, then put him in a sleeper hold and laid on top of him.

Denver’s medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, saying it was caused by cardiorespiratory arrest during restraint. Other factors in his death were emphysema, an enlarged heart and recent cocaine use, according to the medical examiner. [snip]

Booker’s struggle with the deputies was initiated, according to other inmates, when Booker was ordered to sit down in the jail’s booking area but instead moved to collect his shoes, which he had taken off earlier to be more comfortable. He was in jail because he had been arrested on an outstanding warrant for drug possession.

But the deputies said Booker was cursing and refusing to follow orders, which apparently required them to use a Taser and sleeper hold on the frail man. Thomas Rice, a lawyer representing the city of Denver, told jurors the actions taken by the deputies were in line with the sheriff department’s policies for handling a combative inmate.’

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