Last week, Charleston County Sheriff’s Office released a report alleging how South Carolina Deputy Keith Tyner and a colleague responded to a home break-in. According to WKYT, deputies saw a gunshot hole in a front window and a damaged back door. The confrontation with the homeowner occurred around back when authorities said the homeowner, Bryan Heyward exited his home with a gun and the officer told him to drop it. A deputy fired at Heyward and wounded him. He was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina. One break-in suspect was later arrested.
A 29-year-old unarmed homeless man was killed by a LAPD officer last Tuesday in the Venice Beach area. According to the LA Times, Brendon Glenn had been involved in an altercation with a bouncer at a nearby bar and police were called with claims that Glenn had started a fight with a patron. Allegedly, there was a struggle when responding officers attempted to detain him. An officer shot Glenn, after which paramedics arrived and attempted life-saving measures. He was taken to a hospital where he died, according to LAPD Chief Charlie Beck, who said that he had reviewed video of the shooting and did not see evidence that indicated extreme circumstances that could prompt an officer to open fire.
Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill shot Gwenevere McCord, 43, in the model home of a new subdivision near Lawrenceville, Georgia on May 3. The AP reports that Hill told a 911 dispatcher he was conducting police training exercises when he mistakenly shot the woman. Authorities have said that Hill and McCord, who are friends, were alone in the home when the incident happened. McCord was shot in the abdomen and is in critical condition. Last Wednesday, Hill was arrested on a reckless conduct charge and released on bond later that same day. Georgia Peace Officer Standards and Training Council Executive Director Ken Vance said Hill’s misdemeanor charge is unlikely to have any immediate impact on his ability to serve as sheriff, but the organization is opening an investigation into whether Hill will be able to retain his certification to be a law enforcement officer. If the charge is upgraded to a felony, Hill’s certification will be immediately suspended, Vance said.
That same day, the Delaware Attorney General’s Office indicted a Dover police officer on assault charges after he was caught on camera kicking a suspect in the face. According to Eyewitness ABC 6, a dash camera from another police cruiser captured Officer Thomas Webster approaching Latif Dickerson following a fight back in August 2013. Webster ordered Dickerson to the ground and then Webster kicked him once in the head, knocking him out and breaking his jaw. Webster was placed on leave pending an investigation. A first grand jury convened in 2014, and they returned a non-indictment.
Dorian Johnson, who was with Mike Brown on August 9 when Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson approached them, has filed a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Wilson and former police Chief Thomas Jackson, according to NBC News. The suit claims that Wilson assaulted Johnson, violated his constitutional rights, and intentionally and negligently inflicted emotional pain during the encounter, in which Wilson shot Brown to death. The lawsuit seeks damages of a minimum $25,000. It also seeks an injunction to prevent the city of Ferguson from participating in discriminatory policing practices.