Skip to main content

In January of 2014, a family in North Carolina called police to help to calm down their son who was suffering with schizophrenia and had been acting out...Police responded and  had succeeded in calming the boy down, until another officer, called earlier as a backup, entered their home and by his aggressive attitude, got the boy acting out again, picked up a screw driver and refused to put it down. Police then tazed him, and 2 police held the 90 pound boy to the floor...the new officer then reportedly said, "We don't have time for this..." and shot and killed the boy in his own home in front of his parents, who had been kept away from the boy by police. Here is the initial story...

http://portcitydaily.com/...

Within a month the police involved, backed by the police defense organization, issued their own version of the shooting, here...

http://www.nydailynews.com/...

One officer was indicted, others involved were placed on administrative leave. The police agencies involved all stated the officers had acted to defend themselves , even though they wore vests and the boy's screwdriver was later described as "very small"...

http://www.wect.com/...

The officer charged in the shooting was placed on unpaid leave and later claimed his wife had been threatened by the boy's mother...

http://www.wwaytv3.com/...

It is proven threats were made, but NOT by anyone connected with the boy's family...Officers who did not actually shoot the boy have now been returned to full duty, and the trial of the actual shooter will begin...

http://portcitydaily.com/...

The detective who actually did the shooting of a just 18 year old 90 pound boy, being held by 2 other officers on the floor of his home, "wielding" not a screwdriver, but a hair pick...Byron Vassey...has been indicted and suspended without pay, and has bonded out and evidently is still awaiting trial. I have further information on the outcome of this, despite repeated searches.

BUT - a standard tactic of defense lawyers is delay. I will try to keep an eye on this and I hope that anyone who has further information will post it here..

Originally posted to old mark on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 05:11 AM PDT.

Also republished by Black Kos community.

EMAIL TO A FRIEND X
Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags

?

More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

  •  Cant. Trust. Cops. (12+ / 0-)

    It would be intersting to devise a study to see just what their big thrill with killing people is.

    I think it stems from the intersection of "authority" and gun culture and the personality sub-types that are attracted to situations in which they can lord over other people with some impunity..

    HANDGUNS are made specifically for killing people.

    Which means you need "special circumstances" in order to use them for their intended purpose.

    Oh... and cops are fucking out of control.

    •  Not So Much Thrill as "Doesn't Matter." (12+ / 0-)

      The left and intellectuals are having a real persistent problem understanding this concept that many people and things could simply not matter.

      These words are key:

      We don't have time for this
      My search is not finding what I want but the cop ex 9 tours of Middle East military duty, was suspended or put on leave yesterday for telling oath keepers among many other frightening things that a married couple that were fighting should just kill each other and "not waste the police's time."

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 05:28:59 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  The study is simple. (7+ / 0-)

      Watch 80s and 90s action movies.

      Watch anything on Netflix.

      Everyone knows that shootouts happen. Everyone knows you shoot your hostage in the leg.

      Everyone knows that hundreds of bullets fly in gunfights all the time on the TV.

      And I have to say it's a big part of our society, one that people are not wont to admit.

      Look at the films of the 40s-60s and you have your Tea Party morality - it's like the cliff's notes, or the pure distillate of "Patriotic American".

      I'm afraid that we have a whole generation of Americans who believe that law enforcement shoots guns all the time to kill bad guys, and it's OK. It's normal.

      Take this further in the last few years with the unreal hyper-violent media and combine it with ISIS and other Others, and you've got a really toxic stew of apathy for your fellow human beings.

      Scary times... peace~

      Democracy - 1 person 1 vote. Free Markets - More dollars more power.

      by k9disc on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 06:15:14 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  IMO, the teaparty and especially libertarians (4+ / 0-)

        base their whole world view on bad '50's-'60's cowboy movies...relationships with women, with others, with environment, with violence, with money and power...
        John Wayne in The Cowboys takes pre-pubescent boys out of their school to cowboy a herd to the sale point...when some of them die, are beaten and defend themselves by killing their attackers, that's just how it is - the money at the end of the drive is the thing that counts and them boys had to grow up sometime. The film was seen at the time as a metaphor for the Vietnam war...I think that was reading more into it than was intended...
        FWIW, John Wayne himself managed to avoid ANY service in WWII by pleading with his draft board 4 or 5 times via his agent that his work aided the war effort....This while other actors served in at least some capacity. Reagan stayed in Hollywood to make training films for the Army, and in the Korean War, Clint Eastwood served as a lifeguard in an Officer's Club pool in California...

        British Subject David Niven left his career and Hollywood, returned to Britain and served actively in WWII.

        "The tides go out, the tides come in...Nobody knows why." Glenn Beck, 2014.

        by old mark on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:58:35 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Back in the Olden Days (2+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Most Awesome Nana, k9disc

        I told people to go to the video store and count the # of movies with guns on the cover.

    •  I agree with you 100%. I have seen it first hand (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Most Awesome Nana

      from another "perspective".

      “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

      by LamontCranston on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 09:17:45 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  They are total psychopaths. (0+ / 0-)

      They love the thrill-kill feeling they get. It's as simple as that. If someone is black or another minority they think they can get away with it more easily because of public support from bigots [including those in office and sitting on the bench.]  Police departments find effective psychological screening too expensive, and the police unions and police defense organizations vehemently oppose them.

  •  Their time to do just what, I wonder? (5+ / 0-)

    Stand around shooting the shit with the 7-11 store employees who provide free coffee?  Go find their favorite "hole" and hunker down hoping no calls go out they need to answer?  Drive the beat looking for two or three blah kids standing on the corner that they can menace?

    From what I know most cops spend their time trying to avoid anything that would require them having to explain themselves, i.e. filling out that god-damned paperwork - the bane of any cops existence.

    Gah.... I hate being so cynical but sometimes it just can't be helped.

    Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

    by figbash on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 05:46:24 AM PDT

    •  If they murder black men it's a ok, and another (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      figbash, Most Awesome Nana

      extermination is completed.

      I voted Tuesday, May 6, 2014 because it is my right, my responsibility and because my parents moved from Alabama to Ohio to vote. Unfortunately, the republicons want to turn Ohio into Alabama.

      by a2nite on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:27:56 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  I understand where you are coming from (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Most Awesome Nana

        and I couldn't be more disgusted at the callous disregard for black and brown people too many police seem to have.

        I lived for 20 years with a Chicago cop and had and have several cherished friendships with some who have worn the badge.  They describe the mindset of the ordinary cop as being one of "keep your head down and make no waves" but this was the Chicago of 15 years ago.  Their major concern was to get home at the end of shift.  They knew damn well that if they came into a situation with guns blazing when that wasn't necessary then the bureaucracy would come down on their heads like a ton of horse manure and they might have something that would haunt them forever. Much better to use their wits.

        Times have changed, that is clear.  Oh, and my cop friends were blahh themselves. Might have something to do with it.

        Inspiration is hard to come by. You have to take it where you find it. --- Bob Dylan.

        by figbash on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:22:40 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

    •  A special at the donut shop? (1+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Most Awesome Nana

      "The tides go out, the tides come in...Nobody knows why." Glenn Beck, 2014.

      by old mark on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 07:59:09 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Families of people with schizophrenia (8+ / 0-)

    have an impossible choice to make. In a situation where the person is acting out, who can they call for help? How can they know if the people who show up will help or kill their loved one?

    My best friend's son has schizophrenia, and my friend went through some harrowing situations with him before he finally got on the right meds. No matter how he was behaving, even in one situation where he had a knife in his hand, she would never, ever, call the cops because she was afraid that he'd wind up dead.

    •  I should add (3+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      Bob Love, blue91, Most Awesome Nana

      that the odds are not good:

      Better training can help avoid these situations. Some communities implement crisis intervention programs, which involve giving officers 40 hours of specialized training in recognizing and responding to people with symptoms of schizophrenia, depression, and personality disorders. The consistent message is to give people space and time, and talk with them—just as the mental health professionals recommend. But to date, only 2,700 of the nation’s 25,000 police departments have a crisis intervention team in place.
    •  I worked in a state mental hospital. MANY (2+ / 0-)
      Recommended by:
      gramofsam1, Most Awesome Nana

      former patients - now called 'Consumers' -  were sent out to county run group homes or to live on their own with a periodic attendance at a day program. Many of them are now in local jails or county prisons, and while I was still keeping track, several had been killed.

      "The tides go out, the tides come in...Nobody knows why." Glenn Beck, 2014.

      by old mark on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 08:02:23 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Law enforcement is not your friend. (2+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    NancyWH, OldDragon

    This sounds awful, but had it been necessary to control him, I would have knocked out my own son before calling the police.

    And at one time I was married to a cop.

    "May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house." - George Carlin

    by Most Awesome Nana on Sat Aug 23, 2014 at 10:15:37 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for keeping us up on this one. (0+ / 0-)

    With these sanctioned homicides being a daily occurrence, it is nearly impossible to learn the eventual outcomes.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities." - Voltaire

    by Greyhound on Sun Aug 24, 2014 at 12:07:53 AM PDT

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site