Officer Aaron Dean, Fort Worth, TX Police Department faces life in prison. He responded to a call for a door sitting wide-open at a home in the middle of the night. Tragically, when confronted with a gun pointed right at him, he was forced to shoot. Now, in response to public pressure, he is being prosecuted for murder.
Mountain View, Missouri police officer Israel Guidry was charged with
Officer Stephanie Mohr was a young K-9 handler in September 1995 when she, her training officer and her K-9 responded to a call for backup after officers from a neighboring jurisdiction encountered a suspected business burglary in progress. Officer Mohr, working for the Prince George’s County . . .
Deputy Mike Holmes was just attempting a traffic stop on a reckless, speeding vehicle. Little did he know that what was about to happen would change his life forever. After a brief pursuit, he wound up looking down the barrel of the suspect’s gun – then nearly run over by the suspect’s car. He would survive and escape physical injury, but now he is facing a manslaughter charge and the possibility of 15 years behind bars.
Imagine the surprise of a veteran law enforcement officer simply waiting for a traffic light to change, when he finds himself under assault by a hooded man just outside a thin car window. Just seconds to decide on what’s happening, what’s the right response…
Devon Kraemer — Brown Deer Police Department, WI (Mistrial Feb. 28, 2018, Case Dismissed April 9, 2018)
Events just outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in March 2016, show just how perilous policing in America has become in our post-Ferguson world. They give voice to the “Ferguson Effect” where police are avoiding encounters that could deter crime but also result in criminal charges against them.
On October 18, 2016, New York police and Emergency Medical Service (EMS) personnel responded to calls for assistance at a Bronx apartment complex where an emotionally disturbed person (EDP) had become disruptive and aggressive with others in the building. The woman, a 66 year-old African . . .
On July 8, 2015, multiple Ashe County, NC sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call about an intoxicated and agitated resident who had been the subject of dozens of prior police contacts. When the deputies found the 62 year old man, Dallas Shatley, parked in his pickup truck at the end of a shared driveway, . . .