India Beaty, 25, and India Kager, 28, were killed in separate incidents last year by Virginia police officers, who will not face prosecution.
Cook County Judge Donald Panarese, Jr. ordered the release of Chicago officer Lowell Houser after the cop was charged with murder in an off-duty fatal shooting. The move comes at the same time that prosecutors alleged that the officer brandished a gun and threatened the victim weeks before the deadly incident.
A new Indiana University research study answers the perennial question of whether adding more African-American cops to police forces in major U.S. cities will lead to less cop-involved homicides.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday closed a probe prompted by the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray. It concluded Baltimore police officers regularly violate the constitutional rights of Black residents through the use of excessive force, unlawful searches and arrests, and racial discrimination.
Authorities say they were forced to fire at Gaines after she pointed her gun at them, threatening to kill. Officers, whose names have not been released, fired one shot, missing Gaines. She then fired back twice in retaliation, and was fatally struck by three bullets.
The world expresses grave concern about race-based violence involving America's police force. There's plenty of blame for ineffective lawmakers and embedded racism in the American psyche.
The move comes after the fatal shooting of Jamar Clark, the Black man who was killed by two Minneapolis cops last fall. His death sparked months of protests to release the video of his shooting and prosecute the officers involved.
Ken Johnson, 35, opened fire while pursuing the fleeing teenagers, identified as Jose Cruz and Edgar Rodriguez, in his vehicle. The boys were allegedly attempting to break into an SUV, which was parked in his apartment building's parking lot.
Veteran San Antonio police officer John Lee is expected to be terminated for shooting and killing an unarmed Black man last month.
The video, which shows the unidentified officer slapping the teenager twice -- loud enough to hear the impact -- before kicking he or she as they walk down the stairs, has prompted the suspension of both officers involved in the incident.
The child's estate owes $500 for "emergency medical services rendered as the decedent’s last dying expense."
Shaun Mouzon seeks more than $1.2 million in damages. Around the same time he announced the federal lawsuit, the gun charges were dropped.