The 14-year-old who was shot by police as he ran from them has been released from the hospital, reports The Star-Ledger. The lawyer for his family said “He’s in a great deal of pain [and] faces extensive rehabilitation,” Samuel A. Anyan Jr. the lawyer for his family said Monday.
Radazz Hearns, who was shot seven times in the back of the legs and pelvis when he tried to run from police August 7. Hearns was released from Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton on Friday, Anyan said.
The two officers and another State Police trooper approached Hearns and two other males walking on a street while the officers were responding to a report of shots fired at 10:20 p.m. in Trenton’s West Ward. Hearns fled, and witnesses told authorities they saw him reach for his waistband before the officers shot him, according to the Attorney General’s office. Anyan has said Hearns was unarmed when he was shot. Hearns has not been charged with any crime since the incident. The Office of the Attorney General is investigating the shooting because it involved a State Police trooper and Mercer County sheriff’s officer.
More than 1,000 people attended the funeral on Saturday, August 15 for Christian Taylor, who was shot and killed by a North Texas police officer responded to burglary call at a car dealership, according to ESPN.
Taylor’s family members, friends and teammates attended the service for at Koinonia Christian Church in Arlington. Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams and Police Chief William Johnson also were at the service.
Taylor attended Angelo State University, where he was to start his sophomore year on the team. The 19-year-old was unarmed when shot Aug. 7 by an Arlington police officer responding to an after-hours burglary call. Security footage of the dealership lot shows Taylor busting out a car windshield, then driving his vehicle into the showroom. He was shot while inside the business. The officer was fired Tuesday.
A Brooklyn jury awarded $4.15 million to a man who accused cops of deliberately causing him to fall from the ledge of a four-story building, according to the New York Daily News. Brian Martin, 31, fell more than 30 feet to the ground to the pavement below and hit an air conditioner protruding from the window of the building on the way down. He fractured his heel and broke his back, but survived the August 2009 incident. Martin said he was chased into a building on Hoyt Street in Gowanus by plainclothes cops who later claimed they thought he carried a weapon in his pants. The court papers indicate that while Martin was hanging from a brick wall, one of the two officers struck Martin’s fingers, which caused him to lose his grip, fall to the pavement and knock down an air conditioner while falling.
On August 12, WMTV reports that Tony Robinson’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the City of Madison and Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny, who fatally shot her son earlier this year. The lawsuit claims Kenny’s use of deadly force was unjustified. The lawsuit alleges Kenny was aware that Robinson was unarmed and had been experiencing mental health issues, and violating Robinson’s constitutional rights. It also claims investigators did not conduct a proper investigation, and allowed Kenny to create a series of events that would justify shooting him. Officer Matt Kenny shot Robinson on March 6. Kenny was responding to calls that the 19-year-old had been running in traffic and had assaulted two people. Kenny said Robinson attacked him, forcing him to open fire. Investigators concluded Kenny didn’t violate protocol and prosecutors declined to charge him with any criminal wrongdoing.
Newsweek reports the state of California has passed two laws that address the use of deadly force by law enforcement. The first law bans secretive grand juries in the state from probing cases involving excessive and deadly force. The bill aims to make judicial proceedings in police shooting cases more transparent by taking grand juries out of the process.
The second law approved by Governor Jerry Brown protects the lawful recording, video taping and photographing of police officers. This law enforces the legality for citizens to record the actions of police officers in public places.