Last week, Baltimore Police Officer Vincent E. Cosom, plead guilty to assault and was sentenced to six months in jail for physically assaulting a man at a North Avenue bus stop. According to The Baltimore Sun, the sentence, which includes another four and half years suspended time, was ordered as part of an agreement with prosecutors. Kollin Truss, 32 was in a verbal altercation with Cosom, who approached him and punched him multiple times. Truss was arrested but officials at Central Booking said he was too injured to be put in jail. Truss filed a lawsuit against the police in September. Two other officers were involved in the incident and police said their actions were also under review.
Footage of a dash camera video showing a Fayetteville police officer shoot and kill Nijza Lamar Hagans, 22 was provided to The Intercept by an anonymous source late last week. The footage showed Officer Aaron Hunt shot at Hagans a split-second after Hagans began to open his car door and while Hagans is still in his vehicle. Hunt shot at Hagans twice more as he left the vehicle. The video then captured Hagans running away from Officer Hunt, who shot at Hagans twice as he fled. After the final shots, Hagans stumbled to the ground where he died. District Attorney Billy West declined to comment on the case. The Fayetteville Police Department provided The Intercept with West’s report, but, citing pending litigation and confidentiality of personnel records, provided little additional comment. Under North Carolina law, withholding video from public disclosure of police dashboard cameras is legal. Fayetteville officials have fought recently for a court order to keep the Hagans video under wraps after “inadvertently” disclosing it — without a court order mandating it stay secret from the public — to lawyers for Hagans’ family, which is suing Hunt and the city. Hunt is still a police officer in Fayetteville.
On Thursday, Lake County State’s Attorney Michael Nerheim announced that he decline to file charges against Zion, Illinois police Officer Eric Hill citing that he was justified in shooting Justus Howell on April 4, reports, the Associated Press. Authorities maintained that Howell met a man to buy a handgun but then tried to steal it, and Howell pointed the gun at the man during an altercation. They say Hill intervened and chased Howell through yards and an alley, then shot him twice in the back when the 17-year-old turned slightly toward him with the gun in his hand. Prosecutors on Thursday also released a poor quality video of the shooting from a business security camera in which Hill ran about 15 feet behind the Howell, when shots are fired and Howell fell. Nerheim conceded Howell turned ever so slightly, but he said it was enough for Hill to see Howell’s eye and the silver semi-automatic pistol.
On May 12, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne announced that Matt Kenny would not face criminal charges for fatally shooting Tony Robinson. Following the announcement, Wisconsin state officials released a dash camera video that captured part of the police shooting of the 19-year-old. According to the Wisconsin State Journal, Robinson family attorney Jon Loevy said Kenny’s account of the shooting is inconsistent with the video. Kenny told the state Division of Criminal Investigation that he fired the first three shots “when we were still fairly close to the top of the stairs,” reports released Tuesday state. Ozanne said Kenny was assaulted while he stood on the stairway’s eighth step. Loevy pointed out that the video shows each of the shots were delivered with Kenny near or at the bottom of the steps. Kenny also told investigators he did not remember how he and Robinson made it from the top of the stairway to the landing below.
Last Wednesday Taye Montgomery and his mother were marching in downtown Minneapolis to protest the decision not to file charges against the officer that shot and killed Robinson, when the 10-year-old was pepper sprayed in his eyes. Reported by CBS Minnesota, protesters say they had to try to protect themselves from cars driving through the crowd. That’s when a Minneapolis police officer used what appears to be a chemical irritant. “He didn’t give us no warning,” Taye said. “He just went right ahead and sprayed.” The incident is currently under investigation by the Office of Police Conduct Review.