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.
Breakfast 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.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: During a January 2017 interview, attorney Erik Heipt described the agonizing, eighteen-day jail death of John Patrick Walter as an “atrocity,” and the $4.25 million settlement just reached in the case reflects the scope of this entirely unnecessary tragedy. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: Of the 58 murders that took place in one American city during 2017, more than twenty remain unsolved. And while firearms were used in the vast majority of cases, six people were killed by what are described as “personal weapons,” including hands, fists, feet, arms and teeth. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: At 41 years old, Jeff Johnson is discovering all sorts of new wonders he’s never experienced before, like Rip Van Winkle waking from a long slumber. Sentenced to life in prison without parole for a crime that occurred when he was seventeen, then re-sentenced three weeks ago and released, he’s trying to negotiate a world that didn’t exist back in 1994 — a world of smartphones and smart cars, Google and Facebook, YouTube and #MeToo. Westword has the story.
Breakfast reading from the Voice Media empire: After the University of Colorado Boulder Buffaloes football team was crushed 30-7 by the Utah Utes for its sixth straight defeat (after five wins to begin the season), head coach Mike MacIntyre was fired just over a year after he signed a pricey five-year contract extension.
Pamela Fine, who says MacIntyre dropped the ball after she told him about being abused by former Buffs assistant coach Joe Tumpkin, took no delight in this development. But while she expressed sympathy for MacIntyre’s family in a series of tweets that followed his November 18 sacking, she also wrote that he should have been dismissed for his actions ( or lack thereof) regarding her long before a losing record sealed his fate. Westword has the story.