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A police officer will face trial for manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller Ian Tomlinson at the G20 protests.
The 43-year-old Metropolitan police officer Simon Harwood will face a criminal prosecution for striking Tomlinson with a baton and pushing him to the ground in April 2009.
Tomlinson, 47, had been trying to make his way home from work through demonstrations near the Bank of England when he was pushed from behind. He collapsed and died three minutes later.
Three weeks ago an inquest jury decided Tomlinson was "unlawfully killed".
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2011/may/24/tomlinson-police-officer-manslaughter-trialA police officer will face trial for manslaughter over the death of newspaper seller... more
BOSTON — Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj — 4-foot-3 and 66 pounds — stepped up to the firing range to shoot an Uzi as his father and 11-year-old brother watched from a few feet away.
As Christopher fired the 9mm micro submachine gun at a pumpkin, the weapon flipped backward and shot him in the head. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Prosecutors brought manslaughter charges against the gun club where the machine gun shoot took place, two men who supplied the weapons and a small-town police chief who owns a company that sponsored the gun fair.
On Monday, the first trial begins in what is expected to be a heart-wrenching recounting of Christopher's death on Oct. 26, 2008.
Edward Fleury, the former police chief in the tiny western Massachusetts town of Pelham, has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter as well as four counts of furnishing a machine gun to a minor.
Full Story: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40517427/40518258BOSTON — Eight-year-old Christopher Bizilj — 4-foot-3 and 66 pounds... more
PHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) Patrick Johnson's grandmother apparently had her hands full with the 19-year-old who family members say had the mental capacity of a 5-year-old; at least a dozen times this year she called 911 when he "acted up" and she couldn't calm him down on her own, just as she did Thursday afternoon.
But Thursday's call would end with Johnson dead, and questions about excessive police force.
According to police, at around 12:30 Thursday afternoon, two 911 calls, one by Johnson himself, were made to report a "person with a weapon." When police arrived they found an agitated Johnson pacing back and forth from the house into the front yard. Police say he was breaking things and grabbing sticks or tree branches, which he tried to set on fire by using the kitchen stove, according to CBS affiliate KYW.
Michelle Rynkiewicz, Johnson's cousin, told KYW that Johnson was "severely retarded" and may not have understood the gravity of the situation.
"He apparently had a stick in his hand or something and he wouldn't put it down but you have to remember he has the mind of a 5 year old." Rynkiewicz said.
Police said when officers arrived, Johnson confronted them with a stick and at one point tried to set it on fire. They say that officers trained in crisis-intervention were called to the scene but that Johnson failed to respond to repeated verbal requests to calm down, and that a Taser gun had to be used to subdue him.
"It had no effect," said Philadelphia police spokesman Frank Vanore.
A second Taser shot was apparently fired and Johnson dropped to the ground. He died at Nazareth Hospital at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, KYW reported.
Police are waiting on autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death and whether the police stun guns contributed to or caused the death.
But for Rynkiewicz the only thing she can think about is her cousin, "I'm upset. I mean he was a young boy and now he's dead."
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-504083_162-20019082-504083.htmlPHILADELPHIA (CBS/AP) Patrick Johnson's grandmother apparently had her hands full... more
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OREGON CITY, Oregon (AP) - An Oregon judge has rejected defense claims of selective and vindictive prosecution in the manslaughter trial of a couple whose 15-month-old daughter died of pneumonia while they prayed for her recovery.
Clackamas County Judge Steven Maurer told lawyers for Carl and Raylene Worthington that the couple had a duty to seek medical care for their daughter, Ava, despite their religious beliefs. A state medical examiner has said the toddler, who died in March 2008, could have been treated with antibiotics.
The Worthingtons are members of the Followers of Christ -- a small Oregon City church that advocates spiritual healing instead of medical care.
If convicted, the couple faces up to 10 years in prison.KIIITV News Story Created: Jun 16, 2009 at 10:57 AM CDT Story Updated: Jun 16,... more
A few months ago, a white police officer in a transit station in Oakland, CA killed a young African American named Oscar Grant. Many claim the involuntary manslaughter verdict was too lenient, but was it racist?A few months ago, a white police officer in a transit station in Oakland, CA killed a... more
Since most of us are already pretty "Media Savvy" - Perhaps now we should applying our collective smarts to becoming more "PR Savvy" as well...Since that's the "Medium" where the most subtle and pervasive messages now exist!
Here's a great example of how powerful well constructed PR can be...and the risks that this now represents to all of us....
READ MORE: http://thumbshift.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/rage-cycle/Since most of us are already pretty "Media Savvy" - Perhaps now we should... more
A US federal judge has dismissed all charges against five guards from US security firm Blackwater over the killing of 17 Iraqis in 2007.
The five, contracted to defend US diplomatic personnel, were accused of opening fire on a crowd in Baghdad.
District Judge Ricardo Urbina said the US justice department had used evidence prosecutors were not supposed to have.
The five had all pleaded not guilty to manslaughter. A sixth guard admitted killing at least one Iraqi.
The killings, which took place in Nisoor Square, Baghdad, strained Iraq's relationship with the US and raised questions about US contractors operating in war zones.
Lawyers for the five guards say they were acting in self-defence, but witnesses and family members of those killed maintain that the shooting on 16 September 2007 was unprovoked.
The disputed evidence concerned statements the guards gave to state department investigators, which they were told would not be used to bring a criminal case.
This limited immunity deal meant that prosecutors should have built their case against the men without using the statements.
But Judge Urbina said prosecutors had failed to do so, and that the US government's explanation for this was "contradictory, unbelievable and lacking in credibility".A US federal judge has dismissed all charges against five guards from US security firm... more
COLUSA COUNTY, Calif. -- A man who crashed a bus in Colusa County, killing 11 people, has been found guilty of manslaughter.
Quintin Watts was shuttling a group of mostly elderly Hmong and Mien immigrants from the Sacramento area to the Colusa Casino Resort when it veered off a rural road and flipped.
Authorities said Watts apparently dozed off at the wheel, leading to the crash.
more at the link....
http://www.kcra.com/cnn-news/21244837/detail.htmlCOLUSA COUNTY, Calif. -- A man who crashed a bus in Colusa County, killing 11 people,... more
Life goes on as normal in Manurewa's Mahia Rd, with one exception - the noticeable lack of graffiti.
---So according the the NZ Hearald, all you have to do is stab to death a graffiti artist or two in your neighborhood to cut down on tagging. Worst headline ever?
More on 15-year-old Pihema Cameron's MURDER below.
Mother: Tagging wrong but my son didn't deserve to die :
Judge tells family to change T-shirts:
Man accused of killing tagger gets death threats:
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10492700&ref=rssLife goes on as normal in Manurewa's Mahia Rd, with one exception - the... more
MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The Skagit County prosecutor has filed a first-degree manslaughter charge against the 14-year-old bear hunter accused of fatally shooting a hiker.
The charge against the Concrete, Wash., boy was filed Friday in Skagit County Juvenile Court. If convicted, he could be jailed until the age of 21.
On Aug. 2, 54-year-old Pamela Almli was shot and killed on a popular hiking trail north of Seattle. She was the first nonhunter killed by a hunter in the state in more than 25 years.
Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich said the teen failed to follow guidelines in the state's hunting safety manual, including being sure of a target and what lies beyond it.
While hunting on Sauk Mountain, the accused teen and his 16-year-old brother saw what they thought was a bear from more than 100 yards away, according to charging papers. Visibility was limited by heavy fog.
The boy told sheriff's Deputy Theresa Luvera that he watched the target through his rifle scope for a few minutes, the charging papers said.
He told his brother, "It's a bear, it's a bear," and "I've got my cross hairs on it." He shot one time with a Tikka .270 rifle at "the bear" and saw it disappear.
The charging papers note that the Washington state hunters guide states a hunter should never use a telescopic site to identify a target. Hunters are supposed to use binoculars first, then the rifle scope.
After the boy fired, the teens went to find the bear, but they found instead a person lying on the ground, court documents said. They ran to the parking area to get help from a relative who was sitting in his vehicle. He drove partway down the mountain to get a cell signal and called his wife and asked her to report the shooting.
The accused boy's lawyer, Roy Howson of Mount Vernon, told the Skagit Valley Herald he had not seen the official charging documents Friday afternoon and that the boy's family did not want to comment. When The Associated Press called his office, the woman who answered the phone said Howson had left for a two-week vacation.
"They're having a very, very hard time, and they feel for what the Almlis are going through and are going through their own pain," Howson told the Herald. "From everybody's viewpoint, it's really a tragedy, and the young man's family is really broken up."
The boy's next court appearance is set for Sept. 3.
What do you think? Accident or manslaughter?MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The Skagit County prosecutor has filed a first-degree... more
Australian Jean M. Meiers, 58, pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the 2004 death of her partner, 47-year-old Geoffrey Braunack.
Braunack died of asphyxiation after Meiers left him bound and gagged during a bondage session while she took a shower. Meiers is accused of taping Braunack's mouth shut and using rope, tape and a dog chain to tether him to a concrete post on their patio near Brisbane.
The paramedics, who were called after Meiers returned and found Braunack not moving, were unable to revive the man.
Police official Joanne Moore testified that Meiers told her Braunack had pestered her to tie him up, but that she resisted at first because she was uncomfortable with bondage. Defense attorney Peter Goodwin told the court it was simply a case of "bondage gone wrong. There was nothing to suggest he was forced into a position and bound."Australian Jean M. Meiers, 58, pleaded not guilty to a charge of manslaughter in the... more
A teenager who killed his two young sisters when he set fire to his family home was today jailed for life with a minimum term of six years.
Shane Spence, 18, was found guilty of the manslaughter of Tatum Leah, 14 and Demi Jade, 12.
He poured petrol on to the living room sofa then set it alight as the family slept at their three-bedroom house in April last year.
In February the jury found Spence guilty of manslaughter and arson, but not guilty of the attempted murder of his parents Anita and John, both 37.
The father-of-one, who was not living at the family home at the time, crept in at around 12.45am on April 4, after telling a friend he had gone to pick up a CD.
The teenager, who was 17 at the time, then doused the living room sofa in petrol and set it alight before returning to the friend's house to continue watching the film 28 Days Later.
The fire tore through the house in South Shields, South Tyneside in minutes.
Spence's father John Spence, 37, sustained 42 per cent burns trying to rescue his children, but Demi Jade and Tatum Leah both died in their bedrooms of smoke inhalation and burns.
The court was told that Spence, father to one-year-old daughter Leeanda, had set the family's garden shed alight when he was 12-years-old.
A teenager who killed his two young sisters when he set fire to his family home was... more
A Kansas teen was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the death of a 16-year-old schoolmate who collapsed after a fight that was captured on a bystander's cell phone.A Kansas teen was charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in the death of a... more
Weeks after a bunch of Yankee heroes were outed by Mitchell and Radomski, one of the last remaining upstanding Yankees heroes from the '90s, Jim Leyritz gets charged with a DUI manslaughter...
This is horrible news for the family of the victim, and Yankees fans who once thought highly of Jim Leyritz.Weeks after a bunch of Yankee heroes were outed by Mitchell and Radomski, one of the... more
They were arrested once for this, then let go, and now were arrested again in suspicion of actually being involved in the death of American teen Natalie Holloway's death. They were arrested once for this, then let go, and now were arrested again in... more