Browsing: True Crime Report

officer.michael.traudt.one.photoBreakfast 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.

tyler.sanchez.kdvrBreakfast 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.

bobby.espinoza.two.with.fatherBreakfast 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.

richard.gary.black.body.cam.one.screen.captureBreakfast 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.

temple.beit.torah.vandalismBreakfast 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.

yevaeh.patrick.moon.facebookBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Lynthia Washington, 58, has pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of Yevaeh Patrick-Moon, a wonderful nine-year-old who drowned in a pool at the Hotel Elegante late last year. But she received no jail time. Instead, she was sentenced to two years at a halfway house. Yevaeh’s family and friends reacted to this decision with shock. During the hearing, a loved one reportedly cried out, “You let her die!” Westword has the story.

theodell.mcgowan.one.family.photoBreakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: On November 26, when we last spoke to attorney Jason Flores-Williams about the pre-Thanksgiving arrest of Theodell McGowan on a technicality related to an Indiana arrest nearly three-and-a-half decades ago, he was hopeful officials there would realize that extraditing an elderly, law-abiding man halfway across the country was a cruel and unnecessary waste of money, and would drop the whole matter. No such luck. Westword has the story.

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