Prosecutors say Shannon Miles walked up to Harris County Deputy Darren Goforth as he gassed up his cruiser, put a pistol to the back of the deputy’s head, and pulled the trigger. When Goforth hit the ground, police say Miles emptied his semi-automatic pistol into the deputy’s back. While officials first blamed the Black Lives Matter movement and its “rhetoric” for encouraging the public assassination of a cop, here’s what we’ve learned since: Miles has a long history of serious mental illness, the murdered deputy was at the scene with his mistress, two other deputies have been fired for sexual relations with that witness, and a third has since been terminated for trying to spark an “inappropriate relationship” with the woman. How the high-profile murder of a sheriff’s deputy morphed into a telenovela.
Browsing: Police Bungling
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A 15-year-old stole a police car while officers were breaking up the party he was attending in Mesa, cops say. The youngster’s name wasn’t released, but cops say he was seen running from the home when police arrived, but returned to hop into the front seat of a police car. Phoenix New Times has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: A black cop with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department received a hate-filled, profanity-laced letter in his office mailbox that used the n-word and included an all-caps threat saying, “KILL YOURSELF…OR WE WILL.” Officials say it must be internal. Riverfront Times has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Witnesses claim a black church groundskeeper in South Phoenix was roughed up by Phoenix police officers, who just left him there. The man, Frank Morrison, suffered a stroke during his run-in with police, and has been hospitalized ever since. Phoenix New Times has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: The town of Buckeye will pay $30,000 to police-brutality victim and California resident Jerald Newman in a much-publicized 2011 case of Black Friday mayhem at a Walmart. The payoff is less than the $500,000 sought originally by Newman. Phoenix New Times has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Matangi Tai, the man who was the subject of a recent viral video showing purported “brutality” by Mesa cops, died Monday at the Fourth Avenue Jail. Tai, 37, collapsed during his daily hour of recreation time, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. Phoenix New Times has the story.