Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: One state’s attorney general has agreed to the appointment of a “special master” to independently oversee the state’s plan to address the routine warehousing of mentally ill individuals in jails for months at a time without evaluating their condition, much less ordering any treatment that might help them.
Essentially, the move is an admission that what the state has done to address the issue over the span of a ten-year court battle simply hasn’t worked. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A photo of police officer Michael Traudt shows a tattoo on one hand that duplicates the logo of the 3 Percenters, defined by the Anti-Defamation League as an anti-government militia group.
Traudt, the target of a wrongful death lawsuit in the shooting of Paul Castaway, a suicidal man who was wielding a knife when the officer fatally shot him, says he is neither a member of the 3 Percenters nor anti-government, and insists that he’s been planning to cover the tattoo to avoid anyone wrongly assuming that he’s affiliated with the group. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: A jury has cleared two detectives sued by the family of Tyler Sanchez, a mentally disabled man who was nineteen when he falsely confessed to a sex crime against an eight-year-year old girl after approximately eighteen hours of interrogation over a 36-hour period. But the lawyer who represented Sanchez in the criminal case feels the decision lets the cops off the hook for some truly egregious behavior. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The official autopsy report attributes Poer’s death to a combination of three factors. He suffered from dilated cardiomyopathy, an enlarged heart. He had a near-fatal level of amphetamines in his system, a mystery that confounds his friends and family members; Holt says he told her that day that he’d rummaged around in her medicine cabinet and had taken two tablets of Adderall, but he would have had to take a much higher dosage to achieve that level of stimulant in his blood.
The third factor was the police use of a Taser to subdue Poer. According to the autopsy report, the medical examiner reviewed police body-camera footage from the scene: “Taser deployment can be heard, followed immediately by a groaning sound by the subject and immediate unresponsiveness, from which he never regains consciousness.” The manner of death was ruled a homicide — which, in coroner circles, means the death was caused, at least in part, by human action. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Once inside the bathroom, the man later told police, Hunter and Diaz checked the stalls to make sure they were empty. Then Hunter put on a pair of black gloves with silver dots on the knuckles and took a swing; his fist collided with the left side of the man’s face. The man said he didn’t remember anything else that happened before he woke up in his home two days later, unsure of how he even got there. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Attention, taxpayers: Officials in one town have just agreed to pay $175,000 to Joshua Condiotti-Wade, who was tased during an attempted arrest that should have never happened and actually didn’t, partly because of an overreacting cop in question accidentally tripping himself. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The emotion is palpable in Bobby Espinoza’s voice when he talks about what was done to the body of his late father, Jerry Espinoza, after it was delivered to Sunset Mesa funeral home.
“They cut his legs off, they cut his arms off, they cut his head off,” Espinoza says. “Then they sent them to different places. And we didn’t want that done.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: According to a statement from the district attorney, Butler allegedly offered to drive a stranded female in his patrol car to a more secure location near her home. “Butler drove the victim to a vacant parking lot near 25th and Sheridan where the alleged sexual assault occurred. Butler then left the victim and drove away in his patrol car.” Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: The police officer who killed Richard Gary Black on July 30 moments after he’d saved his grandson from an attack by a crazed home invader has been cleared of wrongdoing by the district attorney who analyzed the case. This determination is shocking to Siddhartha Rathod, the attorney who represents the Black family.
Rathod says it’s too soon to determine if a wrongful-death lawsuit might be filed in the case, since “the family is still grieving, still mourning, still trying to process this information.” But in his view, the shooting should never have taken place. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: “Anecdotally, we’re hearing from Muslim, immigrant and refugee communities about incidents that have happened where people aren’t going to law enforcement,” reveals an official with the Anti-Defamation League. “Either they don’t think law enforcement can do anything about it, or some folks are just throwing up their hands and saying, ‘This is the new normal. We have to suck it up and deal with it.’ And that’s very troubling for us.” Westword has the story.