Police Brutality: the ‘List’ they don’t want you to see

Police  StormtroopersIt has been 20 years since the LA riots sparked by a not guilty verdict for the police who savagely beat Rodney King.  It has been three years since police shot and killed Oscar Grant, an unarmed 22 year-old laying face down on the concrete.  This week the grand jury convened in the 2011 police beating and death of Kelly Thomas, an unarmed, mentally ill, 31-year old who begged for his life while the police literally beat it out of him (see the Kelly Thomas story here).

Many say we have evolved as a society, but those who are sworn to protect and serve us have a horrific track record of beating and killing unarmed citizens.  In many of these cases it’s 5 or more police officers against 1 civilian and if it were not for the advent of video this police brutality and gang violence would never be seen by ordinary Americans.

Even with irrefutable physical evidence, eyewitness testimony and audio/video documentation many of these police are not convicted of a crime or even brought up on charges.  The media reports on only a handful of these cases, even though thousands exist; painting  a false narrative that police brutality is a very rare occurrence.  Today we shed some light on the reality of police brutality with a list of unarmed civilians killed by the police.

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The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 mandates that the Attorney General collect data on excessive use of force by the police. Two national systems collect the data: National Center for Health Statistics; and the FBI.  Both systems are known to underreport their killings of civilians by as much as 75%.

With that being said, below is a partial list of police killings of unarmed civilians since the Oscar Grant shooting on January 1, 2009.  With this list we acknowledge the victims and bring light to these injustices.

UNARMED Civilians Killed by Police Jan 1 2009 - April 2012

(Dates reflect when crime logged into the National Database) source 

Date Name State (City) Description
3/24/12 McDade, Kendrec California (Pasadena) The 19-year-old college student was killed by officers who opened fire on him in an alley, believing him to be the culprit of a robbery at gunpoint that had been called in that evening. McDade was shot multiple times in the chest and died in a hospital. Officers claimed McDade had motioned at his waistband, but the teenager was unarmed. The 26-year-old 911 caller, who later admitted to lying about the gun, was held by police for six days for suspicion of involuntary manslaughter and now faces deportation. [8]
3/21/12 Boyd, Rekia Illinois (Chicago) An off-duty detective rolled down his car window and asked a group of people gathered near Douglas Park to quiet down. In response, police say, a 39-year-old man pointed a gun at the officer, who drew his own weapon and fired. The bullets hit the alleged gunman in the hand and Rekia Boyd, who was unarmed, in the head as she stood nearby. Witnesses said that no one pulled a gun on the off-duty officer, and that the alleged gunman was actually holding a cell phone instead. Rekia Boyd died in the hospital the following day.[9]
2/9/12 Cook, Patricia Virginia (Culpeper) This unarmed 54-year old was shot in her vehicle while trying to drive away, after an officer was summoned by a call about a suspicious person in the parking lot of a Catholic middle school.[10]
2/8/12 Henninger, Joseph M. Washington (Poulsbo) Shot by officers called to the scene for reports of a handgun being fired inside of a Les Schwab store.[11]
2/2/12 Graham, Ramarley New York (The Bronx) Shot once in upper left chest after being chased into his home by plainclothes officers. The unarmed 18-year-old was running into the bathroom to flush marijuana down the toilet.[13]
2/1/12 Watts, Stephon Illinois (Calumet City) Shot by two officers in his home after his parents called police to help subdue Stephon, their 15-year-old autistic son. Police had visited the home under similar circumstances 10 times in the previous 2 years. Watts struck an officer with a kitchen knife before receiving multiple shots to the upper torso.[14][15]
1/30/12 White, Antwain New York (Brooklyn) Shot once in the chest after hitting an off-duty detective in the face with a wooden cane. The 17-year-old and another individual had approached the detective from behind in an attempt to mug him.[16]
1/23/12 Kenney, Christopher Georgia (Stone Mountain) 23-year old was shot in a stolen pick-up truck after being cornered by 10 officers who blocked him in using their vehicles. Officers broke the truck window and tased Kenny multiple times as he rammed his truck into the squad cars, and then was shot by officers. Kenney had several outstanding warrants and was a primary suspect in several vehicle theft cases. [18]
1/4/12 Gonzalez, Jaime Texas (Brownsville) Shot at least twice by officers in a middle school after refusing to put down his gun, later determined to be a pellet gun. Authorities had been called by the school who reported that the 15-year-old student had a gun and then put the school on lockdown.[19]
12/31/11 Capano, John New York (Seaford) Capano was shot in the chest by a retired officer while struggling with McGoey, who had just robbed a pharmacy where Capano was a customer. McGoey was then shot and killed by an off-duty officer who came to the scene.[20][21]
  McGoey, James    
12/20/11 unnamed male Georgia (Buford) Shot after refusing commands to drop machete. Police were called to residence when the 15-year-old boy threatened to kill his family with the machete.[23]
12/16/11 Gilyard, Michael Louisiana (Shreveport) Shot during struggle with officer after Gilyard reached for the officers handgun. The officer had stopped Gilyard as he was leaving an area where there had been reports of narcotics activity. Coroner's report indicates that the cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the chest with a trajectory from back to front.[24]
12/14/11 Waiters, Ariston Georgia (Union City) Shot during a physical altercation with police. Officers were responding to report of a fight between teenage girls and young adults. Neighbors report that the man was not involved in the fight and when shot the man was running from police to avoid arrest on outstanding warrants. Autopsy confirmed Waiters was shot in the back.[25][26][27]
12/5/11 Malone, Stephen Texas (Dallas) Shot during enforcement action by Dallas Police onboard Amtrak's Texas Eagle train.[28]
11/17/11 Person, Dwight Georgia (East Point) Shot after making a threatening gesture at police. Officers were conducting a “knock and announce” search warrant looking for drugs.[31]
11/19/11 Chamberlain Sr., Kenneth New York (White Plains) Shot in his home by police responding to an automated medical alert.[32]
11/19/11 Crowley-Smilek, Justin Maine (Farmington) Shot in police parking lot after calling for help and having “went after the officer in a threatening manner.” [33]
11/12/11 Bergstrasser, Sean Washington (Colville) Shot without further details released. A stolen handgun was recovered at scene. Police were responding to a report of a “vehicle prowling”.[35]
11/5/11 Elders, Kollin Hawaii (Waikiki) Shot during confrontation in restaurant which was apparently not work related. A State Department special agent was charged with second-degree murder and released on $250,000 bail.[37]
10/31/11 Bitz, Jason California (Lakewood) Shot by off-duty police officer while apparently trying to steal a van outside the officer's home. He had permission to use the van, but was using a screwdriver to open the door. He ran after being confronted by the officer, who shot him multiple times after Bitz reached for his waistband. No weapon was found at the scene.[38]
10/28/11 Collins, Jason Paul Colorado (Greeley) Shot after touching his own gun during a meeting to exchange child pornography with undercover federal officials [39]
10/25/11 Hilaire, Herson; Hilaire, Hedson Florida (Miami-Dade) Shot after striking a police officer with vehicle while fleeing home during a drug probe.[40]
10/24/11 Ceja, Pedro Salgado Washington (Royal City) Shot while chasing police with shovel in hand. Officer was responding to report of domestic violence and was attempting to arrest Ceja for investigation of second-degree assault and unlawful imprisonment.[41]
10/23/11 Evans, Eric Blaine Washington (Seattle) Shot after physically attacking a police detective. The officer was tracking Evans as a prime suspect in a recent stabbing murder.[42]
10/22/11 Westby, Aaron Washington (Tacoma) Shot after reaching for gun in glove box after resisting arrest. Police had approached Westby regarding the stolen pickup he was inside.[43]
10/22/11 II Nida, Michael California (Downey) Innocent and Unarmed, shot in the back with an MP5 sub-machine gun, after running for fear of his life. The Downey PD admits that they were pursuing Michael Nida because they thought that he was an armed robbery suspect. However, no non-lethal methods were used in apprehending him, and their police error resulted in his death. He was on a date with his wife and had briefly stopped at a gas station when he was shot and killed by an officer wielding an MP-5 sub-machine gun.[44]
10/20/11 Newsome, Kotrell Omar Maryland (Lexington Park) Shot after violently resisting arrest for domestic disturbance. Stun gun was ineffective.[45]
10/18/11 Sepulveda, Mark Anthony Colorado (Denver) Shot while attempting a carjacking. Police were responding to report of armed robbery of store.[46]
10/16/11 Marksbury, Kennen Texas (Cibolo) Shot after threatening police with a weapon. Police were responding to report of a suicidal person.[48]
10/15/11 Parera, Leonardo New Jersey (Mountain Lakes) Shot after firing on police. Police were responding to Parera's call to 911 after Parera killed co-worker and threatened to escalate violence if approached.[50]
10/15/11 Stafford, Joetavius Georgia (Atlanta) Shot during confrontation with transit system police officer.[51]
  Cheyne, Kristopher    
10/12/11 Post, Charles Arthur Pennsylvania (Lower Burrell) Shot after fatally shooting police officer. Post was wanted on felony charges of shooting at his boss.[53]
10/12/11 Bocock, John Oregon (Myrtle Creek) Shot after non-fatally shooting associate and refusing to drop weapon.[54]
10/11/11 Aguilar, Jesus Colorado (Golden) Shot while attempting escape from police custody in a medical facility. Aguilar was serving jail sentence for multiple violent offenses.[55]
10/10/11 unnamed male Florida (Miami-Dade) Shot after stealing a police car and attempting to use it to run over a police officer. Deceased had recently fled scene of accident where he was driving vehicle that struck a taxi killing the driver.[56]
10/3/11 unnamed female New York (New York) Shot after refusing to drop knife and lunging at police officers. Police were responding to report of fight involving the deceased at a homeless shelter.[57]
9/24/11 Fritze, Paul Maine (Farmingdale) Shot after incident that lasted several hours that began when Fritze reported began shooting at occupants of house.[61][62]
9/24/11 Ficker, Ronald Washington (Issaquah) Shot after shooting near school and shooting at police.[63][64]
9/18/11 Martin, Kenneth Dwayne Georgia (Jefferson) Shot after ignoring deputy commands and setting room on fire. Police were responding to report that Martin threatened to set his wife on fire. Martin had doused her and their home with gasoline.[66]
9/15/11 unnamed male Washington (Fircrest) Died after being struck by police cruiser. The 62-year-old man was in the center turn lane on a moped. A deputy was responding to a call for backup from another deputy who was searching for people who had fled a traffic stop. The responding deputy was traveling in the center turn lane.[67]
9/13/11 Vargas, Christen Colorado (Colorado Springs) Shot after driving over a deputies foot and fleeing in vehicle. Deputies had approached vehicle in parking lot while looking for a different person with an outstanding warrant. A deputy shot at the vehicle as it sped away.[68]
9/11/11 Wolford, William Colorado (Pueblo) Died from injuries sustained when struck by police cruiser. Officer was stopped at red light and struck Wolford as he crossed intersection at crosswalk. Officer was initially cited for careless driving causing bodily injury.[69]
9/7/11 Bruce, Jasmen Georgia (south Fulton County) Shot while burglarizing the home of an Atlanta police officer.[70]
9/6/11 Tolbert, Alranhiem Georgia (Columbus) Shot as vehicle backed up towards officer. The officer had observed a masked man run out of a credit union. Tolbert ran to a truck in which Carr was sitting in the passenger side.[71][72]
  Carr, Tony    
9/5/11 Peterson, Walter Georgia (Moultrie) Shot after attempting to stab a police officer. Police had gone to Peterson's home to investigate a report of a broken window at a local store. Police unsuccessfully used a Taser before firing the fatal shot.[73]
9/1/11 Bishop, Tiffany Georgia (Jackson) Shot accidentally by instructor during firearms training class. Bishop was attending the class as a probation officer for the Georgia Diagnostic Prison in Jacson.[74][75]
8/29/11 Doerbecker, Kurt New York (Point Lookout) Shot after refusing to drop knife and approaching police in a threatening manner. Police were responding to reports of a disturbance at a bar.[76]
8/25/11 Shumway, Keith New York (Ithaca) Shot after attacking and grabbing an officer's gun. Another officer told the assailant to drop the gun. The assailant instead pointed the gun at the other officer who then shot him.[77]
8/11/11 Hayse, Arthur Georgia (Conyers) Died from injuries after being struck by police cruiser. Officers were chasing Hayse and another person as prime suspects in a recent bank robbery.[79]
8/10/11 Albrecht, David Washington (Shoreline) Shot after refusing to drop knife and shotgun. Police were responding to report of suicidal person.[80]
8/10/11 Allen, Jimmy Georgia (Atlanta) Shot after turning toward police officer during armed robbery of restaurant. After being wounded, Allen fled outside the restaurant were the officer fired at least seven more times.[81][82]
8/3/11 Elmo, Vivian Colorado (Colorado Springs) Died in auto accident when off-duty sheriff's deputy ran a red light striking Elmo's vehicle. The deputy had two prior reckless driving convictions and was fired on September 23, 2011.[84]
8/1/11 Shafer, Richard Lee Oregon (Elgin) Shot while holding a rifle. Police were responding to a report of domestic violence.[85]
7/24/11 Redick, Larry Tennessee (Memphis) Shot after firing at police who were responding to reports of a domestic disturbance.[87]
7/23/11 Contreras, Juan Colorado (Aurora) Shot after punching plainclothes officer several times and reaching for knife. Officer was investigating an extortion charge where a man had demanded $50 for return of stolen car keys.[88]
7/22/11 Alfred, Leon Georgia (Douglas County) Shot after refusing to drop knife. Police arrived after Alfred had stabbed another man to death.[89]
7/21/11 Waters, Jedidiah J. Washington (Federal Way) Shot while reaching for handgun while being chased by police. Officers were responding to report of man shoplifting in store.[91]
7/20/11 Moon, Eric Dewayne Jr Georgia (Marietta) Shot after posing a threat to officers. Police had attempted to stop the vehicle Moon was driving. Moon fled at high speed, crashed his vehicle and fled on foot into an apartment complex.[92]
7/18/11 Ashley, Alonzo Colorado (Denver) Died of “Physiologic stresses involved in subduing and restraining the decedent”. Police were responding to reports of a domestic violence incident at the Denver Zoo.[93]
7/17/11 Husband, Niko Illinois (Chicago) Shot after struggle with police and reaching for gun in waistband. Police were responding to report of man with gun outside bar.[94]
7/16/11 Hawkins, Lynell Illinois (Chicago) Shot after shooting at police. Police were pursuing suspect after reports of gunshots in the area.[95]
7/16/11 Gaswint, Justin Washington (Lynnwood) Shot after charging deputy and threatening to kill him. The deputy had stopped on an overpass to talk to a pedestrian. As the deputy exited his vehicle Gaswint attacked and the two fought.[96]
7/16/11 Harding, Kenneth California (San Francisco Bay View District) Shot after shooting at police who were attempting to cite Harding for light-rail fare evasion.[97][98]
7/15/11 unnamed male Georgia (Avondale) Shot during struggle with officer when officer thought man was reaching for a gun. The officer was responding to a report of a man acting strangely. The man ran from the officer into the woods were the struggle ensued.[99]
7/11/11 Pearce, John Georgia (Gainsville) Shot after charging at deputies. Officer were responding to a report of a man attacking two women, one of whom died, at the Harbour Point Yacht Club subdivision. When the officers arrived Pearce was walking outside the home naked and covered in blood and described his demeanor as "deranged."[100][101]
7/10/11 Brown, Brandon Ray Washington (Bothell) Shot while advancing on deputy while holding a cane overhead. Deputies were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.[102]
7/10/11 Turner, David Lee California (Bakersfield) Shot after striking deputy in back of head with bag containing two 24-ounce cans of beer. Turner was being questioned regarding purchase of alcohol for minors at a store. After initially complying with officers an altercation ensued when Turner attempted to leave.[103]
7/5/11 Thomas, Kelly California (Fullerton) Died from blunt force injuries after altercation with police. See Death of Kelly Thomas
6/29/11 Newland, Kevin Wayne Washington (Clallam Bay) Shot during attempted prison escape. Drove a forklift through one set of doors then into the prison's perimeter fences.[104]
6/30/11 Hampton, Maurice Georgia (Atlanta) Shot during altercation with police. The officer was conducting a traffic stop when Hampton fled on foot. The altercation and shooting followed. Hampton was not armed.[105]
6/28/11 unnamed male New Hampshire (Winchester) Shot after threatening police with a knife. Police were responding to report of armed suicidal person and attempted to disarm man with Taser.[106]
6/26/11 Haynes, Michael R Tennessee (Memphis) Shot after shooting at officers. Police were responding to reported of armed mentally ill person.[107]
6/25/11 Brennan, Carl Torrance Georgia (Jacksonville Beach) Shot after refusing to drop weapon. Brennan was approached as the prime suspect in the recent robbery of several people in a hotel parking lot.[108]
6/20/11 unnamed male Washington (Napaville) Shot after refusing to take hands out of pockets and while charging at deputy. Police were responding to report of man armed with knife attempting to break into a home.[109]
6/15/11 Papineau, Brooks Washington (Gig Harbor) Shot during a traffic stop. Legal case pending.
6/7/11 Farmer, Flint Illinois (Chicago) Shot after fleeing police responding to report of domestic violence. See List of cases of police brutality in the United States.[110]
6/5/11 Schultz, James Dean Washington (Richland) Shot during confrontation with police who were responding to report of a suspicious person.[111][112]
5/30/11 Herisse, Raymond Florida (Miami Beach) Shot in vehicle after striking multiple officers and other vehicles with vehicle. Police were in the area due to annual Urban Beach Week celebration.[113]
5/27/11 Taylor, Roxanne Georgia (DeKalb) Shot after car chase and firing a shot. Police were pursuing Taylor as the prime suspect in recent armed robberies of stores.[114][115]
5/19/11 Murdock, Matthew R Georgia (Mableton) Shot after scuffling with police officer and when it appeared Murdock was reaching for a weapon. Police had stopped Murdock as a “suspicious person”.[116]
5/18/11 Morris, Timothy Steven Georgia (Newton County) Shot after threatening to kill officer while having his hands in his pockets. A state trooper had attempted to stop Morris for speeding. Morris abandoned his vehicle and fled into a heavily wooded area where the trooper cornered him. Knives were found on Morris.[117]
5/16/11 Reeves, Bert South Carolina (Cottageville) Shot during an aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.[119]
5/13/11 Bueno, Manuel Florida (Miami-Dade) Shot after brandishing a knife.[120]
5/5/11 Guerena, Jose Arizona (Tucson) Shot by SWAT team conducting forced entry search of home involving a drug probe. See Jose Guerena shooting.
4/30/11 Campuzano, Jose Carlos Washington (Sunnyside) Shot after pulling out a gun and shooting at officers. Police has pulled over a vehicle containing three people, including Campuzano, as suspects in a recent nearby shooting.[125]
4/18/11 Ourada, Anthony Washington (Kent) Shot after ramming into several cars while attempting to elude deputies. Deputies were pursuing Ourada for several instances of reckless driving and eluding police over the previous week.[126][127]
4/18/11 Williams, Jerome Illinois (Chicago) Shot during armed robbery of store and after shooting at police.[128]
4/18/11 Hebert, David Ohio (Cincinnati) Shot after a report of an armed robbery with a sword. Hebert had a small knife but no sword. Acting against their training, officers got dangerously close and failed to have a plan before approaching Hebert, precipitating the use of deadly force. A wrongful death lawsuit by his estate alleges Hebert was complying with orders when he was shot.[129]
4/7/11 Denton, Albert Maryland (Glenn Dale) Shot after lunging at officers with axe. Police were responding to report of disturbance at child daycare facility.[131]
4/6/11 Fuller, Darryl Georgia (Norcross) Shot after pointing a handgun at officers. Police were patrolling an area known for gang activity and approached a group of three men when Fuller drew a weapon.[132][133]
4/3/11 Woods, Timothy Georgia (Fairburn) Shot went a gun, not in the officers possession, “went off” while the officer and Woods struggled over a gun.[134]
3/27/11 Paulson, Katherine Maine (Kennebunk) Shot after advancing on police with knife in hand and refusing commands to drop weapon. Officers were responding to report of a domestic disturbance in which Paulson's mother reported she was afraid for her own well-being regarding daughter with history of psychiatric illness.[135]
3/20/11 Gidenko, Oleg Colorado (Aurora) Shot while fleeing in vehicle from police who were investigating report of stolen vehicle. City settled with Gidenko's family for $150,000[136][137]
3/19/11 Sampson, Eric G. Washington (Ravenswood) Shot after refusing to lay down a machete Sampson had used to strike an officer's cart. Sampson was pulled over in a routine traffic stop then fled in vehicle. Sampson was found near registration address of vehicle. Use of Tasers was ineffective.[138]
3/16/11 unnamed male Washington (Bonners Ferry-area) Died due to an “unknown medical event” after deputy used a Taser while attempting to subdue the man. Deputy was responding to a report of a naked man and his vehicle blocking a road.[141]
3/12/11 Breitkopf, Geoffrey New York (Massapequa Park) Nassau County Police officer, accidentally shot by MTA Police officer.[142]
3/12/11 DiGeronimo, Anthony New York (Massapequa Park) Shot by two Nassau County Police officers when he lunged at them with knives.[142]
3/9/11 Hammond, Michael Georgia (Buckhead) Shot after producing a weapon. Police had followed Hammond in his vehicle as the prime suspect in a recent bank robbery.[143]
3/8/11 Rowton, William Wayne Washington (Kelso) Shot from a distance of about 200 ft after pointing revolver out a sliding glass door towards police. Police were responding to report of a suicidal person.[144]
2/28/11 Martinez, Alejandro P Washington (Lynden) Shot after striking deputy in head with a hammer. Officers were responding to a report of a man with mental health issues damaging a home.[145]
2/19/11 Amos, Shelley Georgia (Avondale Estates) Died from injuries sustained during motor vehicle accident. Police officer was estimated to be driving at twice the speed limit while not on an emergency call when she collided with another vehicle. The officer was later indicted on two counts of vehicular homicide and reckless driving.[147][148]
  Blount-Burton, Cheryl    
2/14/11 Moran-Hernandez, Carolyn Washington (Lakewood) Shot after raising gun at officers. Police were responding to a report of domestic violence. Moran told the police “shoot me, shoot me” then raised what turned out to be a BB pistol that looked like a handgun.[150]
2/10/11 Arreola, Richard Colorado (Aurora) Shot while walking “with purpose” with handgun and rifle towards undercover police officer. Officer was performing surveillance on Arreola in an undercover police vehicle prior to serving of warrant for drug distribution.[151]
2/10/11 Dawkins, David Anthony Georgia (Augusta) Shot after point a handgun at officer. Police had pulled over Dawkins' vehicle on suspicion of being stolen.[152]
2/9/11 unname male Washington (Lakewood) Shot after moving in vehicle. Police were responding to report of domestic violence. The man fired a single shot in his vehicle in front of the house. It was not clear if the fatal shot was from the man's own gun or from the three shots fired by police after he moved.[153]
2/8/11 Little, Christine Ann Idaho (Kootenai) Shot as passenger in vehicle that was approaching trooper following chase. The driver had rammed a police cruiser during a chase. Their vehicle was stopped for a traffic violation, then fled.[155][156]
2/8/11 Johnson, Daniell Washington (Lakewood) Shot in vehicle by SWAT team after "seeing movement in the car". Police had stopped Johnson in relation to a report of domestic violence when a shot was fired inside the vehicle. Police report the first shot was self-inflicted. The medical examiner later determined that the fatal shot was fired by the SWAT team.[157]
1/30/11 Curler, John A Washington (Spokane) Died from injuries after being struck by police cruiser. Curler was cross an intersection on foot as the officer was responding to a “trouble unknown” report with lights and siren off.[158][159]
1/24/11 Lacy Jr., Hydra Florida (St. Petersburg Shot after fatally shooting two police officers who were serving an arrest warrant for aggravated battery and two other felony charges.[162]
1/24/11 unnamed male Georgia (Warner Robins) Shot while attempting to pull a weapon out of a coat pocket. The man was approached as a possible suspect in a recent burglary. When the man was ordered to remove his hands from his pockets a scuffle ensued.[163]
1/22/11 Sloan, Latricka Georgia (Decatur County) Died from injuries following police use of a PIT maneuver on Sloan's vehicle. Sloan had made a U-turn after approaching a police safety check point. Witness report Sloan was not driving fast. Police later determined that Sloan was not licensed to drive in Georgia.[165]
1/16/11 Dennis, Kenneth Washington (Spokane) Shot during investigation of report of domestic violence. Police report Dennis was armed with a knife.[166]
1/15/11 Landry, Andrew Maine (Lyman) Shot after brandishing two knives. Officers were responding to a call for assistance and first attempted to disarm Landry with a Taser.[167]
1/14/11 Doucet, Reggie California (Los Angeles) Shot after repeatedgly striking police officers and attempting to take their guns. Police were responding to a disturbing the peace call after Doucet had removed his clothes and was running around naked.[168]
1/7/11 Pinex, Darius L. Illinois (Chicago) Shot in vehicle after dragging police officer with vehicle. Police had stopped Pinex because he was driving a vehicle similar to one implicated in earlier gunfire.[110]
1/6/11 Fox, Andrew Washington (Bellevue) Shot as approaching officer with knife raised in overhand grip. Police were responding to report of a hostage taking at a gas station.[169]
1/1/11 Weatherspoon. Lynn Florida (Miami) Shot after fleeing SWAT team and reportedly pointing gun at them. The SWAT team was inside a black SUV and noted that Weatherspoon was armed with a handgun. Witnesses report that men jumped out of the SUV and opened fire as Weatherspoon ran away.[170]
12/30/10 McCully, John Timothy Florida (Pembroke Pines) Shot after threatening officers with "large kitchen knife" and refusing to drop it even after being shot with stun guns.[171]
12/20/10 Knight, Christopher Georgia (Brunswick) Died after being shocked with a Taser. Knight was being arrested for having rammed his car into another vehicle. Police used a Taser on Knight for resisting arrest, after which he rolled over and stopped breathing.[173]
12/17/10 Foster, Brandon Florida (Miami) Shot by police after failing to drop gun. Witnesses say that it was possible that Foster was attempting to pull up his pants. His family says that he was on his way to sell his rifle.[174]
12/12/10 Zerby, Doug California (Long Beach) List of cases of police brutality in the United States[175]
12/12/10 unnamed male Georgia (Mableton) Shot after confronting police with knife. Officers were responding to a report of a man armed with a knife.[176]
12/10/10 Hoapili, Kyle L. K. Washington (Bremerton) Shot while fleeing police in vehicle and then on foot. Hoapili was wanted on a warrant accusing him of escape.[177]
12/8/10 unnamed male Colorado (Fort Collins) Shot after escaping from community corrections and making a threatening movement toward officers. The man was wanted for “burglary and menacing, theft and eluding”.[178]
12/4/10 Groom, Jeremy Washington (Spokane) Shot after refusing command to drop weapon. Groom was in a shooter's stance and pointing a handgun at another man's head.[179]
10/29/10 Cunningham, Samuel Thomas III Georgia (Athens) Shot while holding knife to another man's throat. Police officer on foot patrol heard an argument and entered apartment.[185][186]
10/26/10 Ostling, Douglas Washington (Bainbridge Island) Bled to death after being shot in leg through door. Officers were responding to a 911 call from Ostling in a reported state of “excited delirium.” Ostling opened the door to officers while holding an ax, then retreated and closed door. Ostling was left unattended for 75 minutes after being shot.[188]
10/24/10 Dodd, Quentin Washington (Spokane) Shot after charging at deputies with obsidian knife in hand and after yelling “Shoot me.” at officers. Officers were responding to report that Dodd was threatening roommate with knife.[189]
10/24/10 unnamed male Georgia (DeKalb County) Shot after engaging in a criminal act. Two off-duty police officers work security at an apartment complex “approached the suspect and at some point were forced to shoot.” [191]
10/17/10 Henry Jr., Danroy Thomas New York (Thornwood) Innocent and Unarmed. Henry was shot three times and killed by police in the midst of a brawl outside Finnegan's Grill in the shopping center.[193]
9/11/10 Bayliffe, Brent Washington (Olalla) Shot after attacking an off-duty state trooper at the trooper's home.[195]
9/3/10 unnamed male Washington (Tacoma) Shot after refusing commands to put down knife and then raising knife in an overhand threatening manner. Police were responding to a report of a man waving a knife around in front of a bus stop.[199]
8/31/10 Young, David Charles Washington (Federal Way) Shot while advancing a pickup truck towards officer “in an aggressive manner” after vehicle crashed following a chase. Police had pursued Young on suspicion of driving a stolen vehicle.[200][201]
8/30/10 Williams, John T. Washington (Seattle) List of cases of police brutality in the United States.[202][203][204]
8/25/10 Creach, Wayne Scott Washington (Spokane Valley) Shot with handgun in back waistband after approaching unmarked police car in parking lot of Creach's business around 11 pm. The family reported the Creach thought he had heard a burglar and had gone outside to investigate.[206]
8/10/10 Geske, Troy Colorado (Pueblo) Died from “positional asphyxia” while being restrained face down in police custody in the forensic unit of the state mental hospital.[210][211]
8/6/10 Wells, Eric Indiana (Indianapolis) Killed when the motorcycle he was riding was struck by a patrol car driven by on-duty officer David Bisard, whose blood-alcohol level at the time of the accident was 0.19.[212]
7/16/10 Gaymon, DeFarra New Jersey (Newark) Shot after reportedly lunging at police officer and threatening to kill him.[213]
7/10/10 Scott, Erik B. Nevada (Las Vegas) Army Veteran and Concealed Carry Licensee killed by police after Costco employees called and reported a man with a gun.[214]
7/9/10 Booker, Marvin Colorado (Denver) List of cases of police brutality in the United States.[215]
7/5/10 Moore, DeCarlos Florida [217]
6/10/10 Grant, Oscar California BART Police shooting of Oscar Grant
6/8/10 Ballou, Michael W. Washington (Sedro-Woolley) Shot after failing to follow commands to surrender.[218]
5/17/10 Williams, Melvin Georgia (East Dublin) Shot after fighting with police officer. Williams' vehicle was pulled over for unspecified reasons.[219][220]
5/16/10 Jones, Aiyana Mo'Nay Stanley Michigan Death of Aiyana Jones
5/14/10 Multanen, Monty Edward Washington (Tacoma) Shot by off-duty deputy Allen Myron who then killed himself.[221]
  Multanen, Sue    
5/3/10 Medina, Jason Texas [224]
4/19/10 Bagley, Gene Mason Georgia (Lawrenceville) Shot after lunging at police with knife in hand. Police were responding to report of man damaging a vehicle with a knife. When police arrived Bagley refused to drop knife.[225]
3/24/10 Stewart, Barbara Maine (Biddeford) Shot after pointing what appeared to be a handgun at police. The gun was later found to be a pellet gun. Police were responding to Stewart's call to police threatening suicide or murder and stating that she was armed.[229]
3/11/10 Shaw, Malcolm Tennessee [231]
3/7/10 unnamed male Georgia (Redan) Shot after confronting officers with a knife. The man had broken into his own home using a brick at which point the babysitter called police. Officers twice attempted to subdue man with Taser.[233]
2/28/10 Ingram, Brent Colorado (Grand Junction) Shot after charging at police with knife raised. Police were responding to report of domestic disturbance.[234]
2/23/10 Greenwood, Sean New York (Ithaca) Shot while trying to escape from officers issuing a warrant. Officers, acting on a tip that Greenwood would be involved in a illegal drug transaction, tried to execute a search warrant. Greenwood attempted to flee with his vehicle and struck an officer. After refusing to stop and he continued to drive on towards the downed officer, lethal force was used.[236]
1/15/10 Kimbro, Louis Tennessee [239]
1/15/10 McKinnon, Derek Georgia (Valdosta) Shot after refusing to drop weapon while holding a hostage. Police were monitoring a home for a murder suspect for whom warrants had been issued. The person fled the house to another and took a woman hostage.[240][241]
12/31/09 unnamed male Washington (Bothell‑area) Shot after refusing to drop a screwdriver that was recently used to stab another man in the face. Police were responding to report of domestic violence.[243]
12/7/09 Reuter, Brandon Michael California (Redding) Shot after threatening police with gun, that turned out to be a BB gun that looked like a 9mm handgun. When shot a police dog had a hold on Reuter. He was being pursued for having stolen $3000 from a bank at gunpoint.[245]
12/1/09 Clemmons, Maurice Washington (Lakewood) Shot after refusing commands to stop and after reaching into waist area. Clemmons was the prime suspect in a recent killing of four police officers.[246]
11/17/09 Nestor, Michael C Georgia (Augusta) Shot while backing vehicle towards officers. Nestor was wanted a on drugs possession warrant. Police approached Nestor at his home while loading possessions into his vehicle in an apparent attempt to flee.[247]
11/14/09 Gastin, Bradley Georgia (Macon) Shot after attempting to run over police in stolen vehicle. Officers were pursuing the vehicle after a report of a recent carjacking.[248]
11/12/09 Ramsey, Terry Georgia (Richmond County) Shot after refusing to put down the knife Ramsey was holding to the throat of his estranged wife. Police were responding to a report of a domestic disturbance.[249]
11/6/09 Pierce, Chad Georgia (Arlington) Shot while reaching towards glove box. Pierce had led officers on a high speed, 20 mile chase that ended with Pierce crashing his vehicle into a ditch. No weapon was found in vehicle.[250]
11/1/09 LaBossiere, John Washington (Lake Stevens) Shot during confrontation with police. Officer was responding to report of armed man forcing entry into home where LaBossiere's estranged wife was staying.[251]
10/28/09 Luqman Ameen Abdullah aka Christopher Thomas Michigan (Dearborn) Shot 21 times during FBI raid on Dearborn warehouse.[252]
10/23/09 Riggins, Sara Georgia (Albany) Shot as officers responded to a domestic disturbance.[253]
10/19/09 unnamed male Georgia (Austell) Shot while attempting to run over deputies with vehicle. Police were responding to report of a suspicious person climbing a fence. When the deputies approached the man in his car and ordered him to get out, he drove towards one of the deputies.[254]
10/11/09 Bentley, Dartanya Jr Georgia (Rincon) Died from injuries in motor vehicle accident after fleeing vehicle ran over spike strips placed in road by deputy. Bentley was originally stopped for speeding, but fled in vehicle when asked for his driver's license. As high speed chase ensued. After running over the spikes Bentley and his passenger died in the accident that also injured a person in a different vehicle.[255]
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10/11/09 Davis, Erik Von Georgia (Stockbridge) Shot after striking officer in the neck with a hammer. Police were responding to the sounds of shouting. Davis was in the doorway of a home “yelling all sorts of crazy things.” [256]
9/15/09 Villareal, Christopher Washington (Richland) Shot after attempting to ram a police officer on a motorcycle with his car. Police were pursuing Villareal for erratic driving.[257]
9/10/09 unnamed male Georgia (St Simons Island) Shot after threatening to kill police with high powered rifle. SWAT team had responded to report that the man had barricaded himself in his house with a gun after code enforcement officers informed him he had too many signs in front of his house.[259]
9/4/09 unnamed male Washington (Federal Wal) Shot after threatening to kill officers during confrontation with police. Officers contacted the man while searching for a suspect in a bank robbery earlier in the day.[260]
9/2/09 Ayers, Jonathan Georgia (Toccoa) Shot after reversing vehicle into an officer. Undercover police had approached Ayers as part of an investigation into drugs and prostitution.[261]
8/15/09 Burkett, Joseph Leonard Washington (Olympia) Shot after pulling out gun and not allowing police to take it from him. Burkett was in the emergency room of a hospital being treated for a head injury. Police were called in when Burkett became agitated. The officers confiscated two guns from Burkett and remained while he was treated.[262]
8/10/09 Naranjo, Brian Christopher Colorado (Longmont) Shot after pointing handgun at officers. Police had stopped Naranjo on a routine traffic stop when it was discovered Naranjo had an outstanding arrest warrant and fled in his vehicle. A high speed chase ended with a police car ramming Naranjo's vehicle.[263]
8/6/09 Larson, Shawn Washington (Lake Stevens) Shot after fighting with deputy at truck scales. Larson had been pulled over for driving erratically.[243][264]
7/21/09 Schwartz, Penny Georgia (Duluth) Shot after Schwartz confronted officer with a handgun. A single officer responded to a Baker's report of a suicidal person. Baker was shot by accident.[265]
  Baker, Barbara    
7/10/09 Poss, Jason Washington (Spokane) Shot after refusing orders to drop knife and threatening officers with the knife. Police approached Poss as the primary suspect in two recent reports of assault and home breakins.[266]
7/10/09 Player, Jr., Woodrow California [267]
7/7/09 Pebles, John Washington (Bellevue) Shot after attacking officer with a knife. Police were responding to a report of domestic disturbance.[268]
7/4/09 Slater, James L., Jr Washington (Woodinville) Shot while holding knife. Deputies were investigating report of domestic disturbance.[269]
7/2/09 Monnie, Dwight Washington (Arlington) Shot by deputy responding to a domestic violence call.[243]
6/18/09 McCoy Jr., Lawrence Florida [271]
6/14/09 Shehada, Husien Florida [271]
6/10/09 Meservey, Niles Washington [272]
5/29/09 Wasilchen, Daniel Washington (Grante Falls) Shot by deputies after getting into an argument with a state noxious-weed expert inspecting Wasilchen's property.[243]
5/24/09 Kepler, Howard Blair Colorado (Broomfield) Shot after killing wife and during shootout with police. Police were responding to report of domestic disturbance.[276]
4/27/09 unnamed male Georgia (Decatur) Shot after attempting to assault officer with a knife. Police were responding to screams inside an apartment.[277]
4/20/09 Weinstein, Sheldon Maine (Warren) Died of blunt force injuries after an incident that involved three employees of the Maine State Prison.[278]
4/17/09 Bastos, Jairo Georgia (Roswell) Shot after attempting to run over a police officer. Police were responding to a report of abduction of two children who were in the vehicle.[279]
2/7/09 Munoz, Philip Colorado (Florence) Died of apparent heart failure. Munoz had fled from police in a stolen garbage truck. Once stopped a Taser was used on him multiple times. Coroner reported “massive” amounts of cocaine in Munoz's system.[281]
1/14/09 unnamed male Washington (Seattle) Shot after spraying officers with a chemical irritant and threatening officers with a knife. Police were responding to a 911 call for help at a motel.[283][284]
1/1/09 Murphy, Miles Washington (Seattle) Shot after pointing rifle with bayonet at police and refusing commands to drop weapon. Murphy was dressed in WWII German-period uniform and was holding a WWII-era German rifle. Police were responding to reports of gunfire on New Year's Eve which turned out to be blank rounds fired from the rifle.[285]

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