Saturday, October 15, 2016

Prosecutors in 3 states find deadly shootings by security officers justified

Washington DC Oct 15 2016
Police in three states decided not to file any charges against four security officers involved in the deaths of three men in separate incidents.
Prosecutors in Los Angeles, Washington DC, and Detroit Michigan all found that the use of force was reasonable and justified under the circumstances.
Two special police officers who detained a man at an apartment complex in Southeast D.C. this winter will face not face charges after the 27-year-old died, prosecutors said Thursday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia determined there is insufficient evidence to pursue local charges or federal criminal civil rights charges against the two guards who held down Alonzo Smith.
Similarly district attorneys in Los Angeles also stated that there was not enough evidence at this time to proceed with criminal charges against a security officer in the death of a man during a confrontation earlier this year.
"After this review, the U.S. Attorney’s Office concluded that the evidence is insufficient to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the Special Police Officers violated any civil rights by using excessive force or that they possessed the requisite criminal intent at the time of the events," a statement from prosecutors issued Thursday said.
Also on Thursday, the Detroit prosecutor’s office said that they have ruled the shooting death of a man who was shot and killed by a female security officer Wednesday afternoon to be self-defense.
A Detroit security guard who shot and killed a 52-year-old Detroit man Tuesday afternoon will not be charged in his death.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy ruled Dominique Davis, 30, acted in lawful self-defense in the shooting death of Melvin Johnson, 53. Davis was charged with carrying a concealed weapon because she did not have a permit to lawfully carry a weapon.
Under the law of self-defense, a person must have an honest and reasonable belief that the use of deadly force was necessary to prevent imminent death or imminent great bodily harm. In this case, it was ruled that Davis acted in lawful self-defense.

Davis was arrested and arraigned on a concealed weapon charge Friday.

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