October 24, 1998 |
State prison officials, responding to large numbers of inmates who were shot to death or wounded by guards, are revising their policy to sharply restrict the use of deadly force. Cal Terhune, director of the Department of Corrections, said the new policy will forbid state guards to fire assault rifles to stop inmates engaged in nonlethal fistfights and melees.
October 18, 1998 |
Despite efforts to cut down on prison shootings, guards in California continue to kill and wound inmates engaged in fistfights and melees, a practice unheard of in every other state. Since late 1994, when the Department of Corrections shooting policy came under criticism for its role in widespread inmate deaths, 12 prisoners have been shot dead and 32 wounded by guards firing assault rifles to stop fights.
October 29, 1986 |
A grand jury refused Tuesday to indict Prentice Rasheed, a Liberty City merchant who set a booby trap that electrocuted a man who broke into his store. The Dade County Grand Jury returned a "no true bill" in Rasheed's case, but issued a statement saying citizens should not interpret the ruling as a signal that it is acceptable to use deadly force to protect their property. Odell Hicks, 20, was electrocuted on Sept. 30 in Rasheed's store.
April 9, 2012 |
HOUSTON -- A spate of shootings in Tulsa, Okla., appears connected to the two-year anniversary of the slaying of a suspect's father, police said. And on Monday, prosecutors released new information about the handling of that case. Jacob "Jake" England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, have been jailed in connection with the recent shootings and are being held on about $9-million bail each. The men face charges of murder, shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.
March 24, 1991
In response to "Where's the Outrage for Dead Police?" by George Aliano, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League (Commentary, March 18):. Aliano tragically misses the point of the public's outrage. We are not ungrateful for those who put their lives on the line by calling for an investigation of criminal actions by bad cops. We seek justice. It seems that Aliano has forgotten what it means to be a plain, average, law-abiding citizen, because he doesn't seem to see the difference between police who have been killed in the line of duty and citizens who have been brutalized and killed by the police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1990
I read with great interest your editorial "When Should a Cop Shoot?" (Feb. 18). The editorial noted that there was a major difference between New York and Los Angeles police officers in that Los Angeles police officers were twice as likely to use deadly force as New York police officers. As a person who was a practicing attorney in both New York City and Los Angeles County, the reason for such disparity is easy to understand. In New York City, the minority groups have political clout; here in Los Angeles they do not. And most of the deadly force used by police in Los Angeles is in the minority communities.
February 14, 1990 |
China announced a major shake-up in the leadership of its paramilitary police, replacing the commander, a senior general linked to rebellious army elements during last year's crackdown on the democracy movement and three other top officials. The move follows reports that hundreds of military personnel were disciplined for initially refusing to use deadly force to quell pro-democracy protests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2004 |
The family of a man fatally shot on live TV by Los Angeles police officers at the end of a pursuit sued the city for at least $10 million Thursday, claiming the death was the result of an unreasonable use of deadly force. Nicholas Hans Killinger, 23, was shot several times at the conclusion of a 90-minute high-speed pursuit that ended outside Santa Monica High School in the early hours of Feb. 23.