Andrew Brown Jr., a Black man killed by deputies in North Carolina, was shot five times, including in the back of the head, according to an independent autopsy report released Tuesday by his family’s attorneys. Also Tuesday, the FBI announced a federal civil rights investigation into last week’s shooting of Brown by deputies serving drug-related search and arrest warrants. The developments come amid increasing calls for the release of body camera footage, including formal petitions to make the video public that will be considered by a judge on Wednesday. The autopsy was performed Sunday by a pathologist hired by Brown’s family. The exam noted four wounds to the right arm and one to the head. The state’s autopsy has not been released yet.
Source: North Carolina Deputies Shot Andrew Brown Jr. Five Times, Autopsy Finds | HuffPost
Police shot and killed Rayshard Brooks, 27, after they responded to a call about someone sleeping in a car. Video shows Brooks running away before he was shot.
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Source: The Counted: people killed by police in the United States – interactive | US news | The Guardian
Family calls for independent inquiry after white officer shoots teen who allegedly drew what turned out to be a BB gun.
Source: US police kill 13-year-old Tyre King ‘carrying BB gun’ – News from Al Jazeera
Court hears of comment made by Stephen Rankin, charged with murder in the 18-year-old’s death, in reference to another unarmed man he killed years earlier
Source: Virginia officer said ‘This is my second one’ after killing William Chapman | US news | The Guardian
A man has died after police in Georgia shot him in the neck while responding to a 911 call but going to the wrong location in a fatal case of mistaken identity.
Source: Fatal mistake: Police go to wrong location, shoot and kill homeowner — RT America
Any way you slice it, we have the developed world’s highest firearm murder rate.
Source: America’s Cops Shoot More People Than Criminals Do in These Countries | Mother Jones
Via Bob Somerby, here’s some raw data from the Washington Post’s ongoing analysis of police shootings in America:
According to the Post, about 16 percent of the victims weren’t carrying a deadly weapon at the time they were killed. That breaks down like this:
- 26 blacks out of 132, or about 20 percent.
- 35 whites out of 253, or about 14 percent.
- 17 Hispanics out of 83, or about 20 percent.
These percentages are roughly similar across races, but don’t account for total population. When you account for that, unarmed blacks are killed at about 4x the rate of whites and 2x the rate of Hispanics.