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Seattle mom killed by police adored her kids

By ABCNews

Charleena Lyles loved to sing and dance. She adored her four children. She always smiled, even when facing obstacles.
Friends and family members say the 30-year-old pregnant woman shot and killed by police this week was so much more than authorities' account of an unstable person who confronted two officers with kitchen knives and had previous run-ins with the law.

The Seattle woman was kind and caring, and "if you met her, you would be drawn in," said her older sister, Monika Williams.
"I don't care what she was going through or what anybody was trying to bring on her, she would hit it with a smile," Williams said.

Authorities noted the shooting happened less than two weeks after Lyles threatened officers with long metal shears, and family members expressed concerns about her mental health after that incident. Lyles also was arrested in 2014 for assault.
Williams described her sister as a strong, independent woman.

Lyles, whom relatives called "Leena," grew up in Seattle and was largely raising two boys and two girls on her own — including a 4-year girl with Down syndrome — but she had a supportive network of siblings, cousins, aunts and others, Williams said.

"Her whole life was her kids," said her father, Charles Lyles, who owns an income-tax preparation business and lives in Lancaster, California.

The youngest three children — ages 11, 4 and 1 — were home when Lyles called police Sunday morning to report a burglary.

Before arriving at Lyles' apartment, the responding officers discussed Lyles' June 5 encounter with police and noted an "officer safety caution" at the address. Two officers, rather than one, went to the apartment because of her prior history with police.

According to audio recordings released by police, Lyles and the officers can be heard calmly talking about someone taking her video game console.

But a confrontation erupted. There are sounds of rapid movement, the woman yelling "Get ready, (expletive)!" and the police repeatedly warning her to get back before five shots are fired.

The killing has prompted outrage among many, including Lyles' family, who questioned why the officers couldn't use nonlethal methods to subdue the petite woman, and suggested race played a role. Lyles was black; the officers were white.
"They're trying to portray her as someone who wanted police to kill her — which is a bold-face lie," her father said. "She called them for help. They ended up coming in and killing her."

Police and the mayor say the shooting will be investigated and under the watch of a federal court monitoring team.
"This is a horrible tragedy on every front," Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole told KING-TV in Seattle. "We will get to the truth. We will leave no stone unturned. We're committed to that. We'll conduct this investigation thoroughly."

On June 5, Lyles was arrested and charged with obstruction and harassment after police say she refused officers' orders to drop metal shears. Lyles had called police to report a domestic disturbance at her apartment. She was released from jail on conditions, and her case was referred to mental-health court.

Over the past year, Lyles had struggled with depression but was seeking help, according to family members and King County District Court records. She met with a mental health counselor last fall, and this year saw a family therapist with her children several times, court records show.

Lyles was "going through some things in her life," said her cousin Kenny Isabell, a pastor.

"Her life wasn't perfect, like none of us are," he said. But she was attending his church regularly, and was making an effort to improve her life, Isabell said.

Lyles' father, Charles, said Lyles was devastated when her mother died in 2005. She lived with various relatives over the years and with him in California, where the kids had friends up and down the street where he lived.

She didn't have a home of her own until she recently moved into the apartment complex in northeast Seattle run by the nonprofit group Solid Ground. The family lived in permanent housing set aside for those who previously were homeless.
"She was so happy to get her own home," he said.

Charles Lyles said his daughter liked to take her children to carnivals and do fun things with them. But she also worried they would be taken from her because an abusive ex-boyfriend, the father of the youngest children, was causing problems for her.

Lyles' sister Tiffany Rogers told hundreds of mourners who gathered Tuesday night outside the apartment complex where Lyles was shot that she used to call Lyles every day. She said she will miss having that support.

Lyles' father said he wants justice for his daughter, who liked to dress up and enjoyed playing little jokes on him.
"She's a little bitty woman. And they shoot her to death in front of her kids?" he said. "They could have used other (less lethal) force."

No Justice No Peace

By Christopher R Rice

Officer Who Killed Philando Castile Found Not Guilty

There will be no justice for Philando Castile. Ana Kasparian, Ben Mankiewicz, and Alonzo Bodden, hosts of The Young Turks, discuss. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.

"After five days of deliberations, a jury has found a Minnesota police officer not guilty of all counts in his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn.

"The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all," Valerie Castile, Philando's mother, told reporters after the verdict. "My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away. ... I'm mad as hell right now."

Castile's sister Allysza, weeping, said, "He didn't deserve to die the way he did, and I will never have faith in this system." Castile family lawyer Glenda Hatchett vowed to continue fighting.”*

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No Charges in Shooting of 13-Year-Old Andy Lopez By Sonoma County Sheriff's Deputy

By Mark Matthews, NBC Bay Area Staff and Wire Services

A sheriff's deputy won't be charged for fatally shooting 13-year-old Andy Lopez as he walked with a BB pellet rifle that resembled an AK-47 in Santa Rosa last October, in a shooting that triggered a spate of protests and calls for criminal charges.

Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravitch announced the decision not to file criminal charges on Monday afternoon.

Sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus shot Lopez seven times on Moorland Avenue just outside of Santa Rosa on Oct. 22, 2013. The teen died at the scene.

Ravitch called the shooting of Lopez "absolutely tragic," but said the actions of Sonoma County sheriff's Deputy Erick Gelhaus were lawful and that he would not be charged.

"Here the implementation of lethal force was a reasonable response under the circumstances according to all of the evidence we have reviewed," she said.

Gelhaus told investigators he ordered Lopez to drop the rifle, but the barrel of the gun rose as the teen turned toward the deputies' patrol car. Gelhaus, who said he feared for his life, fired eight shots at Lopez, who was struck by seven bullets and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The district attorney's office released a 52-page report on what Ravitch called an "exhaustive" investigation into the details of the shooting. The FBI is still conducting its own independent investigation.

“He was shot because he was a kid carrying a toy gun where kids play,” Melrod said. "The militarization of the police is evolving into 'us versus them.’"

Community organizer Nicole Guerra, whose son was Lopez's friend, said it is ridiculous that "police can use the excuse they were in fear of their lives."

"Kids are in fear because they know cops can get away with it," Guerra said. "He should have known that was a toy.”

Daniel Lopez brought his 12-year-old son to the rally. He said the DA's decision deepens his fear of law enforcement.

"The same thing can happen to him or to any of us," Daniel Lopez said.

With criminal charges off the table in the Lopez case, mothers like Christina Garcia said they wonder how she and other families can be sure their kids are safe.

"I have kids, and I have teenager boys," Garcia said. "Something needs to stop this."   

Should We Trust Police Officers?
Are police officers allowed to lie to you? Yes the Supreme Court has ruled that police officers can lie to the American people. Police officers are trained at lying, twisting words and being manipulative. Police officers and other law enforcement agents are very skilled at getting information from people. So don’t try to “out smart” a police officer and don’t try being a “smooth talker” because you will lose! If you can keep your mouth shut, you just might come out ahead more than you expected. Related article: 
46,000+ American citizens are currently serving time for crimes that they did not commit 

Police Destroy Evidence, Frame Inmate in Beating of Peter Tosh's Son

By Christopher R Rice

Four New Jersey jail guards upset over recent police killings saw an opportunity to get their revenge, not on the people who committed these senseless murders, they were all killed a long time ago. But on someone they blamed all the same. The original songwriter for "I Shot the Sheriff" Bob Marley was dead, the man that replaced Bob Marley, Peter Tosh was also dead but Tosh's son, Jawara, was languishing in a Jersey jail for marijuana possession.

These four officers worked themselves into a frenzy one night and went to Jawara's cell. When they were done, Jawara was left with brain damage and in a coma, unable to talk or move.

Since the victim couldn't testify against them being in a coma, they destroyed the evidence, the audio and video recordings of them entering his cell.

Next the four prison guards framed another inmate, Kyrie Baum. Baum, 40, of Fort Lee, New Jersey, was being held at the jail on robbery and gun possession charges at the time.

The DA and his public defender told Baum that if he says he is innocent and had nothing to do with all this that no one will believe him because four officers will testify against him. And who will the jury believe a con or four cops? Then the DA told Baum if he loses he's looking at 25 to life or he can plead guilty to a reduced charge, manslaughter and be looking at 3 to 5. Which would you choose? Well?  

Boycott Fullerton: Justice for Kelly Thomas

By Christopher R Rice

A jury has acquitted former police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli of the death of Kelly Thomas, a homeless, schizophrenic man who died after a violent altercation with law enforcement in Fullerton, Calif. in 2011. The Orange County jury delivered its verdicts on Monday.
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1) The Kangaroo Court Prosecution of Officers Jay Cicinelli and Manny Ramos, involved in the gruesome beating, torture, and murder of Kelly Thomas was no more than a sham.
2) DA Tony Rackauckas and Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg should resign immediately.
3) Dan Hughes, Chief of Police in Fullerton, California should resign immediately.
4) Mayor Doug Chaffee, and the Fullerton City Council should step down. Under our Constitution, the condition of being homeless or mentally-ill does not justify a kangaroo court or a fatal savage beating.

“[W]here police take matters in their own hands, seize victims, beat and pound them until they confess, there cannot be the slightest doubt that the police have deprived the victim of a right under the Constitution.” Justice William O. Douglas wrote in (Williams v. United States, 341 U.S. 97, 71 S. Ct. 576, 95 L. Ed. 774 [1951]).

Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg runs a court of law in which the violations of procedure, precedents, and due process are so gross that fundamental justice is denied. It means that the judge is incompetent or obviously biased.

We now officially launch “Operation Fullerton”, you can expect two things.


Can Michael Brown get a Fair Trial?
By Christopher R Rice

Have you heard the question that I've been hearing? "Can Officer Darren Wilson receive a fair trial?"
That really got me to thinking, if these white people don't believe that a white police officer can receive a fair trial in America, then there really must be something wrong with our so-called 'justice system'. Which is something that I have said for decades, we have a lot of laws, a lot of cops but no justice. 

It also got me to wonder, can Michael Brown receive a fair trial?
Michael Browns prosecutor, jury, judge and executioner was Officer Darren Wilson. And his sentence was carried out without appeal. I wasn't there. I can't say if it was a 'justified homicide' or not. None of us really know what happened that day for sure, except Michael Brown (and he ain't talking), Officer Darren Wilson and Mike's friend.

Actually, Mike does have something to say and dead men don't lie. What Mike can tell us is how many times he was shot. Or to be more specific, the autopsy tells us how many times Mr. Brown was shot and where.

We've also heard some conflicting reports as to the incident. And while they don't help us, they are embedded into our brains for better or for worse.

We were told that a scuffle took place. That Brown and the officer fought over the officers firearm and that Officer Wilson  accidentally discharged his service revolver inside his patrol car and was punched in his eye and suffered broken bones (broken eye-socket), he was also bum rushed and fearing for his life and that is when he shot and killed Michael Brown. That is the official story, right?

We are also told that Mr. Brown is a very bad person who robbed a liquor store of cigars and refused orders to get out of the middle of the road when first confronted by Officer Wilson. We have also been told that this justifies murder. That as an officer, Mr. Wilson did everything in his power to not have to shoot Mr. Brown but was forced to by the victim, over and over again. In this topsy-turvy world of make believe there's no reason to protest, except in support of the killer, Officer Wilson. And wonder if he can receive a fair trial in America.

None of what we've been told is true. Not even close. Here's what we do know...

1.) NO INJURIES immediately after the shooting, officer Darren Wilson is seen walking calmly around the body with no signs of discomfort or injury (for hours).

2.) NO HOSPITAL RECORDS for Officer Darren Wilson. Wilson did go to the hospital, hours after the shooting, but a simple records check at the hospital, that only Underground America bothered to do, clearly shows that Officer Wilson did not require, nor was he treated for any injuries.

3.) A police report on the death of Michael Brown is missing key information and violates Missouri open records laws. The two-page document, which the Ferguson Police Department released only after pressure from journalists and civil liberties advocates, is largely redacted or left blank.

4.) The
Washington Post is reporting that Officer Darren Wilson, worked for another police department before going to work in Ferguson three years ago. From the Washington Post:

The small city of Jennings, Mo., had a police department so troubled, and with so much tension between white officers and black residents, that the city council finally decided to disband it. Everyone in the Jennings police department was fired. New officers were brought in to create a credible department from scratch.

Guess what? Darren Wilson was one of those officers. Some of the officers reapplied for their old jobs, but Wilson himself took a position in Ferguson.

5.) Jim Hoft wrote that his source for the claim about the fractured eye socket was the St. Louis County Prosecutor’s office. The St. Louis County Prosecutor's office never made such a claim.

6.) Michael brown was a very bad person and he did steal cigars, there's video. Most kids steal something and never get shot for it. But an autopsy toxicology report would later show that Mike had weed in his system, which proves he was a very bad person indeed. The only problem here is that cops are exempt from having to take drug test, even after discharging their weapon, so we will never know what drugs Officer Wilson was on.

7.) Autopsy report shows Mike was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury. Mr. Brown was also shot four times in the right arm. One of the bullets shattered Mr. Brown’s right eye, traveled through his face, exited his jaw and re-entered his collarbone. The last two shots in the head would have stopped him in his tracks and were likely the last fired.

8.) An eye witness Tiffany Mitchell said in an interview with MSNBC , “Mr. Brown turned, raised his hands", and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!”

Officer Wilson continued to fire and Mr. Brown crumpled to the ground, Ms. Mitchell said.

Other witnesses also said teen's arms were raised.

Next time you hear some George Orwell 'Animal Farm' propaganda, remember to check the source. Personally, I really hope that Officer Darren Wilson's trial is fair and impartial, oops, I mean, I hope that charges are brought against Officer Darren Wilson. Yes, no drug test, no charges and on a paid vacation. Only in this twisted sick world are people out raising money for the officer instead of for the grieving family. God Bless America!
UPDATE: The Grand jury and the DOJ (Dept. of Justice) both failed to bring any charges which lead to the execution of two NYPD officers as retaliation. No justice, no peace,

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Tamir Rice shooting: No charges for officers

By Ashley Fantz, Steve Almasy and Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN

Prosecutors say the police officer who killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice outside a Cleveland recreation center last year won't face criminal charges. Neither will the other officer who was with him.

An Ohio grand jury decided not to indict Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback, prosecutor Tim McGinty said Monday.

"Given this perfect storm of human error, mistakes and communications by all involved that day, the evidence did not indicate criminal conduct by police," McGinty said.

Loehmann, an officer-in-training, shot 12-year-old Tamir on November 22, 2014. Garmback was training him.
"It is likely that Tamir, whose size made him look much older and who had been warned his pellet gun might get him into trouble that day, either intended to hand it over to the officers or show them it wasn't a real gun," McGinty said. "But there was no way for the officers to know that, because they saw the events rapidly unfolding in front of them from a very different perspective."

It was "reasonable" to believe the officer who killed the boy believed Tamir was a threat, the prosecutor said, adding that the toy gun looked real.

A recent FBI video analysis, the prosecutor said, showed Tamir "was drawing his gun from his waist as the police slid toward him and Officer Loehmann exited the car." After the shooting, officers discovered it was a toy gun.

The shooting swiftly sparked controversy given Tamir's age and the fact that he had a pellet gun, not a handgun.

In a statement released Monday evening, Tamir's family accused the prosecutor's office of mishandling the case.

"Prosecutor McGinty deliberately sabotaged the case, never advocating for my son, and acting instead like the police officers' defense attorney," the statement said. "In a time in which a nonindictment for two police officers who have killed an unarmed black child is business as usual, we mourn for Tamir, and for all of the black people who have been killed by the police without justice. In our view, this process demonstrates that race is still an extremely troubling and serious problem in our country and the criminal-justice system."

In an earlier statement, the family said it was grateful for community support, calling for those upset with how the case was handled to respond "peacefully and democratically."

"We renew our request that the Department of Justice step in to conduct a real investigation into this tragic shooting of a 12-year-old child," the family said.

The prosecutor hasn't responded to the family's accusations. On Monday, he repeatedly told reporters that no crime was committed by police and said he'd recommended the officers shouldn't be indicted.    

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