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    Beating Trial of LAPD Officer Begun, Then Delayed By “Peace Officer's Bill of Rights”

    by BAR special correspondent Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    In a rare instance of a Los Angeles police officer actually being tried for the brutal beating of a black woman in 2012, the state's so-called “Peace Officer Bill of Rights” is a once again significant barrier to revealing the histories of abuse on the part of the cops involved. Federal legislation guaranteeing cops similar immunities nationwide were introduced repeatedly by Vice President Joe Biden when he was in the US Senate.

    Trial of LAPD Officer for the Death of Alesia Thomas Set To Begin This Month

    Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    It's a fact that #BlackWomenAreMurderedByPoliceToo. This month in Los Angeles will be one of the rare instances a police officer comes before a judge for such a killing back in 2012. The victim was one Alesia Thomas, a mother of two who had earlier left her children at a Los Angeles police station.

    Why Shaneka Thompson's Life Matters

    by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    In their haste to seize a political opportunity with the killing of 2 NYPD officers by Ismaiyil Brinsley, corporate media, cops and politicians have shown once again whose causes and lives really matter. Brinsley's first victim was Shaneka Thompson. Remember her name. Her life matters too.

    Renisha was on Trial All Along

    by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    Ted Wafer’s defense lawyers spent his entire trial trying to convince 12 jurors that Renisha McBride was guilty in her own murder.

    Wafer Takes Stand in His Own Defense in Trial for the Death of Renisha McBride

    Shooter describes incident as 'devastating' and happening 'too fast'

     

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    Theodore Paul Wafer took the stand in his own defense today. Charged with 2nd degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of 19-year old Renisha McBride, the 55-year old airport maintenance worker faces a maximum sentence of life in prison for the first charge and 15 years for the manslaughter charge if convicted.

    Renisha McBride “Just Wanted to Go Home”

    Witnesses Describe the 19-year old as staggering, “out of it” after car crash

     

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    Day two of Ted Wafer’s trial in the death of Renisha McBride began with a picture of a “disoriented” and possibly injured McBride walking away from the scene of a car accident at least three times.

    Witnesses testified that the 19-year old crashed her white Ford Taurus into a parked car in the area of Brammel and Majestic, not far from Warren, around 1 a.m on Nov. 2, 2013.

    “Early Morning Terror” Trial of Ted Wafer Opens with Photos and Fear

    by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    The prosecution began its opening statement in the trial of Ted Wafer this morning by showing two photographs of 19-year old Renisha McBride. 

    “This is Renisha McBride prior to Nov. 1 2013,” said Wayne County Assistant District Attorney Deborah Hageman-Clark. 

    “And this is Renisha McBride the morning of Nov. 2, 2013,” she stated, showing McBride laying prone with her feet at Wafer’s door and her upper body on the grass where it appears she had fallen backwards. McBride’s head wound was also visible. 

    “This trial will tell you how Renisha McBride ended up on Ted Wafer’s porch in this photo,” said the prosecutor.

    Defense Says Crime Scene Botched at Wafer Trial

    Photographs, Evidence Collection Occurred days after Crime

     

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    Afternoon testimony in the trial of Ted Wafer for the death of Renisha McBride on July 24th revealed less than stellar evidence collection techniques, suggesting the Dearborn Heights Police Department may have botched the case.

    Opening Statements Today in the Trial of Renisha McBride's Killer

    by BAR special correspondent Thandisizwe Chimurenga in Detroit

    Wednesday, July 23...  
    Opening statements in the trial of Ted Wafer for the death of Renisha McBride will begin at 9 am EST today (Wednesday) in downtown Detroit.  A jury of 7 men and 7 women was seated Tuesday afternoon in the case which has drawn national attention for its similarity to other high-profile cases such as that of Trayvon Martin in Florida and Jonathan Ferrell in North Carolina.

    No Doubt: The Murders of Oscar Grant

    Oscar Grant was first murdered by a transit cop on a Bay Area subway platform, and several times more in the media & courts to justify the first murder.

    by Thandisizwe Chimurenga

    Oscar Grant was murdered by a transit cop on a Bay Area subway platform before hundreds of witnesses. To enable his killer to go free, he had to be murdered again and again in the media and the courts. This book, coming in January, tells the story of these multiple murders.

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