Browsing: True Crime Report

darsean-kelley-one_aclu-videoBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Kelley was facing away from the cops with his hands up — a pose that clearly made him no danger to anyone in the vicinity. But an instant later, he was shot in the back by a Taser and fell heavily to the ground. The officer in question seems to have felt he had proof his response was justified, telling Kelley, “It’s all on video, sweetheart” — a reference to his body camera, which was recording throughout the incident. Westword has the story.

tomas-beaufordBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Although Beauford was 24 at the time of his death, he suffered from intellectual and developmental disabilities that caused him to function on the level of a six-year-old — a fact that makes the tragedy that befell him even more heartbreaking. Beauford died from a seizure while in custody, and according to a lawsuit filed on behalf of his family (see it below), this episode was easily preventable. Westword has the story.

oscar-lopez-rivera.peopleslawofficeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: President Barack Obama’s decision to commute the seventy-year sentence of Puerto Rican radical activist Oscar Lopez Rivera has been greeted with celebration in some quarters and outrage in others. But if nothing else, the move solves a problem the American justice system has been unable to crack for the past 35 years: What do you do with a self-proclaimed “prisoner of war” in a country that claims to have no political prisoners? Westword has the story.

red_light_camera_largeBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Data shows that adjusting the time on yellow lights to reflect the speed of traffic leads to fewer red-light runners than the presence of cameras does. But one officials attempts to get his colleagues to agree, and potentially give up a lot of the revenue from tickets, crashed and burned. Westword has the story.

jennifer-lobato-facebookBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Lobato, a 37-year-old mother of seven, died in custody from opioid withdrawal. The lawsuit filed afterward details the incidents of alleged neglect that led up to her death, with one jailer quoted as rejecting a plea for help from a fellow inmate with an order to “shut the fuck up.” Westword has the story.

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