Virginia man shot by off-duty officer at car wash was not armed, police say. Police officer indicted for first-degree murder in death of unarmed teenager. A police officer was in custody on Thursday evening after being indicted with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Virginia earlier this year.
The grand jury in the city of Portsmouth charged officer Stephen Rankin with murder and the illegal use of a firearm for fatally shooting William Chapman, according to court filings. Portsmouth’s police chief later said Rankin had also been fired from his job. “After a methodical deliberation of a thorough investigation by the Virginia state police, the commonwealth’s attorney determined that William Chapman was murdered by a police officer,” said Jon Michael Babineau, an attorney for Chapman’s family.
“Today, the citizens of Portsmouth agreed.” Chapman’s mother, Sallie, described the news as “wonderful” in a brief message to the Guardian. Rankin shot Chapman in the head and chest outside a Walmart superstore on the morning of 22 April. Rankin, 36, is a veteran of the US navy. M.dailykos. 18-year-old William Chapman On April 22, the Portsmouth, Virginia, Police Department claimed that 18-year-old William Chapman was suspected of shoplifting from a local Walmart.
Completely unarmed, he was shot in the face and killed by an officer with a record so heinous that it is criminal he was ever allowed on the force in the first place. In a powerful report written by Jon Swaine of The Guardian, it's made abundantly clear that Chapman's mother has not only been stonewalled for answers, the local Walmart actually called the police on her when she came to the store days later to ask exactly what they are claiming her son stole. They wouldn't give her any answers either.
The officer who killed Chapman is Stephen Rankin, who had been suspended from street patrol for nearly three years after he killed another unarmed man. Below is a devastating video of his mother speaking about her loss and the injustice done to her family. New video shows Virginia officers used stun guns on man before his death. Three police officers repeatedly used stuns guns on a black man they brought to a Virginia hospital for a mental health evaluation, and the man later died in their custody, according to recently released videos in the 2013 case.
The videos, first obtained by MSNBC, show the South Boston officers shocking Linwood R Lambert Jr multiple times after he kicked out police cruiser’s back window and ran to the doors of an emergency room while he was handcuffed. Instead of taking him inside the ER, which was just steps away, officers took Lambert to jail, saying he was arrested for disorderly conduct and property damage. Upon his arrival at the jail, the 46-year-old was unresponsive. An ambulance brought him back to the same ER and he was pronounced dead at the hospital, about an hour after he was initially taken into custody. Video shows (another) death of a shackled man in police custody. Videos recently obtained by MSNBC show 46-year-old Linwood Lambert being tased numerous times by three Virginia police officers back in 2013.
Police said they were escorting Lambert to a local hospital for observation. Problem is, they never took Lambert into the hospital. On the videos, police can be seen tasing a handcuffed Lambert on the ground in front of the entrance to the hospital. He would be dead about an hour later. Two years later, no criminal charges have been filed in the case. Virginia sheriff condemned by peers for using racial slur while interrogating racist killer. Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. 'Duck' Adams Law enforcement officials are condemning a Virginia sheriff who used a racial slur as he tried to obtain a confession from a racist murder suspect.
A video of the interrogation surfaced this week, nearly two years after Dinwiddie County Sheriff D.T. “Duck” Adams used the racial slur multiple times as he questioned Michael Edward Elmore — who was later charged and convicted in a black man’s murder, reported the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In the September 2013 video, Elmore at first claims he saw a group of black men attack Carter Bascon Northington, a 70-year-old man locally known for collecting aluminum cans. The sheriff urges him to say more, but Elmore shouts that he’s afraid that doing so would get him “in a bunch of more sh*t with these n*****s.” “No, it’s not,” Adams assures the suspect. “Anything that you say during an interrogation becomes inculpatory evidence introduced during prosecution. Autopsy confirms Virginia officer shot teenager William Chapman in the head from a distance. 18 year old William Chapman On April 22, 2015, we were clear that a Portsmouth, Virginia, police officer, Stephen Rankin, shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old William Chapman in a Walmart parking lot.
New autopsy results obtained by The Guardian not only confirm that he was shot in the face, but that it wasn't from a close distance as has been described. Autopsy indicates officer shot unarmed teen William Chapman from distance. Young black man jailed since April for alleged $5 theft found dead in cell. A young black man arrested by police in Portsmouth, Virginia, on the same day that one of the city’s officers fatally shot an unarmed black 18-year-old, has been found dead in jail after spending almost four months behind bars without bail for stealing groceries worth $5.
Jamycheal Mitchell , who had mental health problems, was discovered lying on the floor of his cell by guards early last Wednesday, according to authorities. While his body is still awaiting an autopsy, senior prison officials said his death was not being treated as suspicious. “As of right now it is deemed ‘natural causes’,” Natasha Perry, the master jail officer at the Hampton Roads regional jail in Portsmouth, said of his death in an interview. Perry said there were no obvious outward signs of injury to the 24-year-old’s body. Mitchell’s family said they believed he starved to death after refusing meals and medication at the jail, where he was being held on misdemeanour charges of petty larceny and trespassing. Former Fairfax police officer charged with murder of unarmed Springfield man. ‘Come Back When You’re Dangerous’: How Police Are Failing The Mentally Ill - Shadowproof. Natasha McKenna (Courtesy of Natasha McKenna’s family) This post was originally published at MintPressNews.com.
Natasha McKenna was killed in February by a Special Emergency Response Team officer at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Virginia. She had been shot four times with a taser while her hands were cuffed behind her back, her legs shackled, and a mask secured to her face to prevent her from spitting. The Washington Post reported that her last words were, “You promised you wouldn’t hurt me!” The Fairfax County Police Department released the findings of an investigation into the death of the 37-year-old woman on Monday. The official cause of death, as reported in April by the FCPD, is: “Excited delirium associated with physical restraint including use of conductive energy device.” The official “manner” of death, however, is ruled an “accident” in the autopsy report.