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'He Was Dancing in the Street': 15 Outrageous Things Cops Have Said After They Killed

Killer Cops Say the Darnedest Things
Mentally ill Lavall Hall was shot by cops because "he had a broom."
  1. He was Dancing in the Street and Walking with a Purpose.
  2. Thought It Was My Taser.
  3. Naked Man Refused to Stop.
  4. Not Going to Say.
  5. Five Police Felt Threatened by One Unarmed Homeless Man.
  6. My Taser Didn’t Work.
  7. Armed with a Broom.
  8. Throwing Rocks.
  9. Taser Worked but He Didn’t Stop Moving.
  10. Car going 11 Miles an Hour was going to Kill Me.
  11. Armed with a Spoon.
  12. Armed with Prescription Bottle.
  13. It Was an Accident.
  14. Don’t Mention It.
  15. Armed with Toy Gun.

By Bill Quigley
Police kill a lot of unarmed people. So far in 2015, as many as 100 unarmed people have been killed by police. Here are fifteen of the most outrageous reasons given by police to justify killing unarmed people in the last twelve months.

25-year-old Lavall Hall was shot dead because "he had a broom."
Police haven't released the name of the cop who shot Hall. He's on
paid leave while incident is "investigated."



First, a bit of background. So far in 2015, there have been around 400 fatal police shootings already; one in six of those killings, 16 percent, were of unarmed people, 49 had no weapon at all and 13 had toys, according to the Washington Post. Of the police killings this year less than 1 percent have resulted in the officer being charged with a crime. The Guardian did a study which included killings by Tasers and found 102 people killed by police so far in 2015 were unarmed and that unarmed Black people are twice as likely to be killed by police as whites.

One. He was Dancing in the Street and Walking with a Purpose. On June 9, 2015 an unarmed man, Ryan Bollinger, was shot by police in Des Moines after “walking with a purpose” towards the police car after he exited his vehicle after a low speed chase started when he was observed dancing in the street and behaving erratically. The deceased was shot by the police through the rolled up cruiser window. The murder is under investigation.

Two. Thought It Was My Taser. An unarmed man, Eric Harris, ran from the police in Tulsa Oklahoma on April 2, 2015. After he was shot in the back by a Taser by one officer and was on the ground, another 73 year old volunteer reserve officer shot and killed him, all captured by video. While dying he was yelling that he was losing his breath, to which one of the officers responded “F*ck your breath.” The police said the officer thought he was shooting his Taser and “inadvertently discharged his service weapon.” The officer has been charged with second degree manslaughter. Running away from the police so often provokes police overreaction that the aggressive police response has several names including the “foot tax” and the “running tax.”

Three. Naked Man Refused to Stop. A naked unarmed mentally ill Air Force Afghanistan veteran, Anthony Hill, was shot and killed March 9, 2015 by DeKalb County Georgia police after police said he refused an order to stop. The killing is under investigation.

Four. Not Going to Say. On March 6, 2015 Aurora Colorado police shot and killed unarmed Naeschylus Vinzant while taking him into custody. For the last three months, while the investigation into the killing continues, the police have refused to say what compelled the officer to shoot Vinzant.

Five. Five Police Felt Threatened by One Unarmed Homeless Man. March 1, 2015 Los Angeles police shot and killed an unarmed homeless man Charly Leundeu Keunang after five officers went to his tent and struggled with him. One unarmed homeless man threatened five armed LAPD officers? Los Angeles police have killed about one person a week since 2000. An investigation is ongoing.

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