(TMU) – Four police officers in Shreveport, Louisiana, are facing a possible decade behind bars after being charged with negligent homicide and malfeasance in the death of a mentally ill man whom they initially claimed died from a heart attack, but was later exposed as having died after being savagely beaten and tased for four and a half minutes before being deprived of medical assistance.
The four officers with the Shreveport Police Department — Brian Ross, Treona McCarter, James LeClare and D’Marea Johnson — were charged on Friday for their role in the April 5 death of Tommie Dale McGlothen Jr., 44, who died in police custody during an arrest attempt.
Caddo Parish coroner Dr. Todd Thoma determined that McGlothen’s death “was preventable” because the officers should have determined that he urgently needed medical treatment after they beat him, according to the district attorney’s office.
When McGlothen’s family members went to see his body, they noticed that his entire right side of the face was swollen and he also had a broken jaw. However, police maintained that he had died of a heart attack.
Police had three encounters with McGlothen on April 5, and in each case he “exhibited signs he was a mental patient in need of medical treatment,” prosecutors said.
Witnesses of the third, fatal encounter say that police had been called after McGlothen fought with a neighbor, whose driveway he had blocked before following the homeowner indoors while mumbling incoherently and showing clear signs of mental distress and paranoia. According to family lawyers, he had been previously diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and depression.
Witnesses claim that McGlothen was pacing up and down the street and appeared to be “thrown off in his head and not acting mentally right,” reports KSLA.
When officers arrived, they began using mace, nightsticks and tasers on McGlothen to subdue him. In cellphone video of the incident, officers can be seen forcing a screaming McGlothen to the ground while punching and kicking him repeatedly. The officers also sat on him, shocked him with a stun gun, and beat his legs with a baton before slamming him against their squad car. The brawl lasted at least four-and-a-half minutes.
The officers then held McGlothen in their car for 48 minutes before realizing that he wasn’t breathing. McGlothen was pronounced dead at the hospital shortly afterwards.
According to the county coroner’s office, McGlothen was “not a candidate for incarceration” due to his medical condition, while the officers’ wanton use of excessive force was a crucial factor McGlothen’s death from so-called “excited delirium.” The coroner also noted that his death was “possibly preventable.”
When family members demanded an investigation of the arrest, the Shreveport Police Department failed to submit an investigative report to Caddo Parish District Attorney James Stewart until May 29.
At that point, the district attorney found that the report they filed was “missing reports, statements, downloads and other vital information essential to conduct a thorough and complete review,” indicating a clear sign to cover the incident up. The officers still remained on duty during the investigation.
However, on June 8, the cellphone video footage of the incident emerged, showing the nearly five-minute struggle that led to McGlothen’s death.
In a June statement, District Attorney Stewart wrote that he believed there was clear evidence the officers had used excessive force, violated the department’s policy on the use of tasers, and failed to call for medical assistance when McGlothen was clearly unconscious.
A Caddo Parish Grand Jury indicted the officers on charges of negligent homicide and malfeasance. On Friday, the officers turned themselves in for arrest before they were each individually released on a $20,000 bond.
The officers now face up to 10 years in prison if they are convicted on both counts.
“I just appreciate the work the D.A. has done in bringing justice for my father,” McGlothen’s son, Tommie McGlothen III, said.
James Carter, a lawyer for McGlothen’s family, said that the case is a tragic reflection of how people with mental disorders are treated by police.
“It’s just a sad situation how the mentally disabled are dealt with and how law enforcement, when they have notification of these matters, act abusively and use excessive force,” Mr. Carter told the New York Times.
The move to indict the officers was “only one step toward justice,” he added.
“The family has worked very hard,” Carter said. “They are obviously exhausted but at the same time have a sense of jubilance. But there’s no mistake about it — there’s still a long way to go on this matter.”
US Cop Shares Tiktok Video Showing How It’s Impossible To Confuse Taser for a Gun
In recent years, policing in the United States has received a much-needed reexamination, with many demanding changes to law enforcement or even its defunding and dismantling in light of high-profile killings committed by police officers.
However, one U.S. police officer has shared a video where he points out that in at least some fatal police encounters, simple common sense can save lives.
In a video shared to TikTok by user @brianb1504, the officer points out the differences between a pistol and a Taser. The video is a seeming response to the recent slaying of 20-year-old Daunte Wright by Minnesota police officer Kim Potter.
In the video, Officer Brian can be seen loading his belt with the firearm and less-lethal weapon, noting that his pistol is “dominant” while the bright yellow plastic taser is “not so dominant.”
“Huge weight difference, guys – I don’t understand how we can mistake a taser for a gun or a gun for a taser,” Brian continues.
“If you’re in the heat of the moment and you do something like that, you shouldn’t be doing this job,” he adds.
Continuing, Brian notes that he is sick and tired of the lousy state of police-community relations resulting from the actions of killer cops.
“I’m not going to put my life on the line to try and fix your stupidity and deal with restoring the peace with my public that I serve just because of your stupid actions,” Brian said.
“It makes no sense. 99 percent of our job is communication. You don’t have to be quick to pull out a gun or a taser on somebody and think everybody’s a threat,” he said. “Not everybody’s a threat. Try talking to them, get to know these people.”
While the account seems to have disappeared, it received upwards of 6 million views along with over 1.5 million likes and thousands of comments across the platform.
The video comes as the United States braces itself for more protests following the police killing of Daunte Wright by Kim Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department. Police Chief Tim Gannon claims that Potter was trying to tase Wright but he died as a result of an “accidental discharge.”
Potter has since been charged with second-degree manslaughter. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years behind bars and/or a $20,000 fine.
Cop Who ‘Accidentally’ Killed Daunte Wright Arrested on 2nd-Degree Manslaughter Charges
The former Minnesota cop who shot and killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, during a traffic stop will now face charges of second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor announced on Wednesday.
The brutal killing of Wright, which comes amid the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for last May’s killing of George Floyd, threatens to spark a new round of nationwide protests against police brutality and discriminatory policing.
On Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput confirmed that Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, would be charged.
On Wednesday morning, agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Potter, the bureau announced in a statement.
Potter was taken into custody in St. Paul and will be booked at Hennepin County jail.
On Tuesday, Potter resigned as demands for justice for Wright reverberated nationwide. Her resignation coincided with that of the city’s former police chief, who claims that Potter accidentally grabbed her Glock when she thought she was reaching for her Taser during the Sunday traffic stop.
Wright’s family and attorneys have rejected the claim that Wright’s death was merely the result of an “accident” and are demanding accountability and sweeping reforms of policing in Minnesota.
Potter could face up to 10 years in prison along with a $20,000 fine, per Minnesota law.
“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” said Wright family attorney Ben Crump in a statement.
“This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force,” the statement added.
Trump “Pretty Likely” to Land in Jail For Many Alleged Crimes, Legal Analyst Says
Legal experts continue to say that it remains likely that former President Donald Trump could land in jail if convicted on one of the many legal challenges he faces.
Throughout his life, Trump has been involved in a number of lawsuits – both as the subject and instigator of them – but he is currently facing no less than 29 lawsuits and is also the subject of several criminal lawsuits, including one which saw his tax returns opened up to lawyers.
Trump is being investigated for potential bank, tax and insurance fraud by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for what Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office calls “possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization,” reports the New York Times.
The former head of state denies any malfeasance and has said that he is “proud” of his tax returns.
However, legal analyst Jay Michaelson told Daily Beast’s The New Abnormal that Trump is “pretty likely” to face jail time if found guilty.
“Trump’s lawyers will always come up with something, but there should be no reason why the grand jury won’t get these financial records tomorrow,” Michaelson said.
“Will he go to jail for, like, the rest of his life? Probably no,” he continued. “Is it possible that this would lead to criminal charges that would carry jail time? I would say that’s pretty likely, and we could have a grand jury indictment fairly soon.”
Last month, the Supreme Court rejected the Trump legal team’s appeal to keep his tax returns closed from prosecutors. The move opens the door to the returns being shown to a grand jury in New York.
Following the ruling, Trump denounced the move as a result of him being a victim of “’the greatest political witch hunt in the history of our country.”
“In the meantime, murders and violent crime are up in New York City by record numbers, and nothing is done about it,” he added. “Our elected officials don’t care. All they focus on is the persecution of President Donald J. Trump.”
“I will fight on, just as I have, for the last five years (even before I was successfully elected), despite all of the election crimes that were committed against me. We will win!”
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