Browsing: Death by Cop

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After four hours of unsuccessful negotiations, a Harris County Sheriff’s Office deputy killed a 54-year-old suicidal woman in Katy after she pointed a gun at deputies through a window they had broken.

Just after 2 p.m., Lucille Espinosa’s mother called 911 telling operators that Espinosa was threatening to kill herself, as well as anyone who tried to come into her house. When deputies arrived for a welfare check, she was holding a pistol.

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A man Tased by Burbank police died after cops said they had to retreat to engage in a 40-minute standoff with another suspect, authorities said. The Tased suspect was unable to receive medical attention during that time, they said.

The man’s demise follows a string of suspect deaths in local police confrontations in recent days. And in the early afternoon yesterday at least one L.A. Sheriff’s Department deputy opened fire on a man who cops said wielded two knives on the platform of the Metro Expo Line stop in downtown Santa Monica, sheriff’s officials said. That suspect was hospitalized in critical condition.

The Burbank case started about 6:20 p.m. when officers investigating a report of criminal threats at a home in the 500 block of North Mariposa Street were “confronted” by a suspect outside the residents, police said in a statement.

The death of an unarmed black man who allegedly fought with six police officers in Pasadena early today has drawn impromptu protests to Southern California’s City of Roses.

Under department protocol, Pasadena police have asked detectives from the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and from the District Attorney’s Office to investigate.

The confrontation began about 2:20 a.m. when cops were dispatched to the 200 block of East Orange Grove Blvd. based on a report of a “domestic disturbance,” city of Pasadena spokesman William H. Boyer said in a statement.

Los Angeles civil rights leaders this week called on Laura E. Duffy, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California, to conduct a “fast track” investigation into Tuesday’s fatal shooting of a black man, Alfred Olango, by police in El Cajon, an eastern suburb of San Diego.

The 38-year-old immigrant from Uganda was captured on video holding what police said was a vaporizer. He assumed a “shooting stance” as he faced officers who were telling him to drop the object, El Cajon police Chief Jeff Davis told reporters. At least one cop opened fire, he said. Another officer “discharged” a Taser at about the same time, he said. The deadly encounter added to a list of shootings of unarmed black men that helped spark the born-in-L.A. Black Lives Matter movement, which was in effect as protesters took to the streets of El Cajon this week.

Four arrests were reported following protests overnight in South Los Angeles, where a teenager was fatally shot by police Saturday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Police Department was temporarily on citywide tactical alert in response to a second night of demonstrations at West 108th Street and South Western Avenue in Westmont, Capt. Ruby Flores said. The status allows LAPD to keep officers on duty past the end of their shifts.