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U.S. Police Works On Transparency Of Fatal Shootings Of Civilians

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U.S. Police Works On Transparency Of Fatal Shootings Of Civilians

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A very direct and tangible result of the protests in the US is a very in-depth look into police activity, and especially in such that has resulted in deaths of civilians.

One such example is a video released by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office of an incident that took place on May 5th.

The incident involves a 56-year-old woman who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy after she allegedly shot a shotgun at another deputy.

The 12-minute “critical incident video” posted to the Sheriff’s Office website includes body-worn camera footage from two deputies who were on scene during the shooting.

Sandra Lee Harmon, 56, died from injuries suffered in the shooting.

In a recording of a 911 call included in the video, the caller says:

“There’s a woman walking down the street with a gun and a bottle of wine, warning me that a race war was going to happen.”

The video includes captions which describe what’s happening leading up to the shooting.

It claimed deputy, identified as David Dominguez, approached a motor home parked behind a restaurant at 845 Main Street to contact potential witnesses and encountered Harmon.

It states Harmon “exited the motor home and leveled her shotgun” toward Dominguez, who “retreated to the cover of his patrol vehicle.” As Dominguez “took cover,” Harmon “fired the shotgun in his direction” and Dominguez returned fire.

“In the fast moving situation with incoming fire, Deputy Dominguez did not activate his body-worn camera,” the text states.

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos also addresses the shooting on camera as part of the video.

“When one of our deputies responded, Ms. Harmon aimed and fired her shotgun at the deputy, who in turn discharged his service weapon,” Bolanos says. “As other deputies arrived, Ms. Harmon had dropped or placed the shotgun on the ground but then attempted to pick it up again. That’s when another deputy discharged his service weapon.”

Violence against police officers appears to be ramping up amid the US protests, not just against monuments and statues. And it is important that the police forces across America present visible and transparent evidence that all incidents of civilians being killed by authorities aren’t entirely a result of police brutality and some are, at least partially, justified. As far as killing a civilian, instead of somehow neutralizing him with a non-lethal shot is ever justified.


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Lone Ranger

Next will be nazis investigating warcrimes they comitted during WWII…

Bobby Twoshoes

What’s the point of a cam if the cop can choose to turn it on and off at will? You can store a full day of video on a cheap usb stick or even upload on-the-fly if you really care about transparency.


Indeed and not only in USA, in some EU countries also, they use it only when favors them.


Goodjob, anyone pointing a gun at police officers needs to be shot. Take a look at our police for example, a Palestinian man stabbed Israelis, look what happened to him in the video:

Charles Homer

Here is an article that looks at the federal government’s 1033 program which has been used to arm local police forces over the past two decades:


The use of deadly force is just part of the business plan that is being used when dealing with the public, a business plan that has led to the deaths of thousands of innocent Americans at the hands of those that are hired to protect us.

rightiswrong rightiswrong

Typical police propaganda.
They show a case of a drunken armed woman who has discharged a weapon at police, when the real police crimes are for shooting some guy who was trying to evade arrest for a minor charge, while unarmed and fleeing. Or kneeling on a guys neck for 9 minutes despite pleas from onlookers to let the guy take a breath ffs.
No one objects to police returning fire while they themselves are being fired at ffs, it’s the amount of people US cops shoot who are unarmed that is the issue. US policing have ingrained among them violent people who should never have been considered fit to walk among the public, never mind serve the public.


There are many videos of unjustified police shootings. The problem is prosecutorial, judicial, including juries, legislative, and administrative misconduct and obstruction of justice. The prosecutors don’t prosecute, the judges use institutional bias, the juries acquit the guilty, the legislators don’t exercise judicial oversight or roll back judicial overstep implementing institutional bias providing police immunity from prosecution for those guilty of killing citizens when the police aren’t in imminent danger of serious injury or death.


This is a video of police killing an unarmed man. The jury let the policeman off based on it looked like the dead man may have been reaching for a concealed handgun. The same jury would have convicted a civilian using the same defense. This is the institutional bias ingrained in American jurisprudence.


– Lisa Mearkle, Cop Who Fatally Shot Man in Back, Cleared of Murder and Other Charges –



Kelly Thomas (April 5, 1974 – July 10, 2011) was a homeless man diagnosed with schizophrenia who lived on the streets of Fullerton, California. He died after succumbing to injuries he suffered while being attacked by six members of the Fullerton Police Department, on July 5, 2011,[2] in what was later described as “one of the worst police beatings in [US] history”[3].

Medical records show that bones in his face were broken and he choked on his own blood.[4] The coroner concluded that compression of the thorax made it impossible for Thomas to breathe normally and deprived his brain of oxygen.[5] Officer Manuel Ramos was charged with one count of second-degree murder and one count of involuntary manslaughter; Corporal Jay Cicinelli and Officer Joseph Wolfe were each charged with one count of felony involuntary manslaughter and one count of excessive force.[5][6][7] All three pleaded not guilty.

A judge declined to dismiss the charges against the officers in January 2013, finding that “a reasonable person could infer that the use of force was excessive and unreasonable.”[8] An appeals court judge also denied a request to overturn the lower court’s decision.[9] On January 13, 2014, Ramos and Cicinelli were found not guilty of all charges,[10] while the trial for Wolfe was pending.[11] Following the verdict for the two officers, the district attorney’s office announced it would not pursue the case against Wolfe.[12] On January 17, 2014, charges against Wolfe were dropped.

– Death of Kelly Thomas –



In all of these cases that I’ve listed where police have been charged and found not guilty. A civilian involved shooting or beating would have resulted in guilty verdicts. One of the factors is institutional bias written into the law by court decisions providing police with immunity that is denied citizens.

King Cliff

I dont care if she is racist idiot,once she been shot there’s not reason to place handcuff on her first. The first thing that should have been done it to attain to her wounds and to make sure she’s a live and ro give the first aid she need it to prevent to much loss of blood or worse.


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– Trump Can’t Immediately End DACA, Supreme Court Rules –



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“Jews were the commandants of 11 out of the 12 main Stalinist-era Gulags, or concentration camps, including the camp system directors Matvei Berman and Hershel Jehuda.”

– Jewish-Run Concentration Camps in the Soviet Union –


“We cannot know with certainty the number of deaths Cheka was responsible for in its various manifestations, but the number is surely at least 20 million, including victims of the forced collectivization, the hunger, large purges, expulsions, banishments, executions, and mass death at Gulags. …

“Genrikh Yagoda,” the greatest Jewish murderer of the 20th Century, the GPU’s deputy commander and the founder and commander of the NKVD. Yagoda diligently implemented Stalin’s collectivization orders and is responsible for the deaths of at least 10 million people. His Jewish deputies established and managed the Gulag system. …

38.5 percent of those holding the most senior posts in the Soviet security apparatuses were of Jewish origin.”

– Stalin’s Jews –


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