Wash. Post: Uneven Justice, Police Killings and Mixed Verdicts

“Society is loath to convict cops who kill, so civil court is often the best place for victims’ families to get results. But there, some get millions, and some get nothing.” Read the whole store here: Uneven Justice – Fatal shootings by police lead to a wide range of settlements for families… “The Washington Post tracked civil lawsuits filed by 46 families after fatal shootings in which the officers were criminally charged. Most families received awards, with a median value of $1.2 million. The amounts ranged from $7,500 to $8.5 million.”

The article details several police killings. In all of these cases, civil and/or criminal charges were brought but the results were drastically different depending on the victim. The Washington Post is now maintaining a database, the number of people killed this year by police at 838 as of the publishing of this article. Although thousands are dead, the Washington Post reports, few police officers are prosecuted. Indeed, “[m]ost of the time, prosecutors don’t press charges against police — even if there are strong suspicions that an officer has committed a crime. Prosecutors interviewed for [the aforementioned] report say it takes compelling proof that at the time of the shooting the victim posed no threat either to the officer or to bystanders.” Lay this against the backdrop of police killing of Jeremy Mardis, just six years old….

As per the Washington Post, Officers Norris “Greenhouse Jr., 23, and Derrick Stafford, 32, were arrested on Friday night after state police say they fired 18 shots at the car in which Christopher Few and his 6-year-old son, Jeremy Mardis, were riding, Col. Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police said during a news conference…..There have been at least 838 fatal on-duty police shootings so far this year,according to a Washington Post database. Greenhouse and Stafford will become just the sixth and seventh police officers to be charged with a crime for an on-duty shooting that occurred this year”:



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