Questions arise in the alleged suicide of Louisiana man while in police custody
The suicide of Victor White III, a 22-year-old Louisiana man, has come under speculation as a newly released coroner’s report contradicts police accounts according to an NBC News report. In a March 3 press release Iberia Parish police stated that White, who had been placed under arrest after an alleged street fight, shot himself in the back while handcuffed from behind. The coroner’s report, which took six months to be filed, states that White was in fact shot in the chest. Despite this discrepancy, the Iberia coroner maintains that White’s death was in fact a homicide.
Michael Brown laid to rest as thousands attend service to pay respects
After nearly two weeks of protests and conflicts, Michael Brown was laid to rest today. The services were attended by thousands of mourners, many of whom were a part of the protests seeking answers into the circumstances of Brown’s shooting by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Among those speaking at the service was Brown’s stepmother, Cal Brown, who stated: “He just wanted so much. He wanted to go to college, he wanted to have a family, he wanted to be a good father.”
World’s worst human rights violators take shots at U.S. for handling of Ferguson protests
In a classic case of turnabout being fair play, countries with some of the poorest human rights records have lined up to comment on America’s use of force against Ferguson protesters. According to USA Today Russia, China, and Iran are among those who have publicly condemned the use of force by police in Ferguson against those protesting the death of Michael Brown. The Russian foreign ministry in a statement commented “I would like to advise the American leaders to pay more attention to restoring order in their country before imposing its dubious experience on other states.”
Two brothers cleared of attempted murder sue Chicago PD. Judge calls detective work “pathetic”
Vernell and Antwyone Green, 23 and 22 respectively, were cleared of attempted murder charges following a 2013 arrest in connection with the shooting of 17-year-old Jryce Starling which left him paralyzed. The arrest and trial kept the brothers incarcerated for 17 months. Judge Joseph Claps blasted case detectives James Scannell and Lorenzo Sandoval for their work for which the judge stated that “the investigation in this case, pretty much, can only be described as pathetic.” The brothers’ arrest was based solely on the “faulty” identification of the victim which did not include a police lineup. Investigative failings also include taking a full seven days to interview the victim.