James Dean

James Dean, 50, died after he was arrested by Kenova police in April 2019. Police answered a domestic disturbance call and arrested Dean. Just a few hours later, he was taken to Cabell-Huntington Hospital where he soon underwent emergency brain surgery. He slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness. He died 17 days later when his family removed him from life support.

Kenova Police Chief Bob Sullivan said there was an incident when officers were trying to get Dean into the police department for processing. Sullivan said there was some resistance from Dean and at that point the officer shoved him and they both went to the ground and both hit their head.

The medical examiner’s report showed Dean suffered multiple blunt force injuries to his head and his estate alleges the injuries were from the officer hitting Dean multiple times while he was handcuffed.

In April 2021 Dean’s mother has filed a federal lawsuit and has accused the city of Kenova and the officer of violating her son’s Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable searches and seizures as well as reckless or malicious conduct and deliberate indifference.


Charles Hicks II

Charles Hicks II, 26, claims Acron police officer put a knee on his neck and pushed snow down his throat while he was being arrested in February.

Hicks was arrested Feb. 7 after Akron police responded to a domestic fight call at his home. In that call, a woman who identifies herself as Hicks’ girlfriend tells a dispatcher there was a small gathering at the home when Hicks started to become violent with people.

Hicks was outside on the porch when officers arrived. He said he didn’t know why police had arrived. He said officers approached him and handcuffed him, and that he didn’t resist. Hicks said he was thrown to the ground off his porch and slammed onto his face. He said the officer put a knee on his neck, that he felt a hand push his face down, and that he felt snow being pushed down his nose and throat.

The use of force during that arrest triggered an investigation, and the officer has since resigned. Hicks’ attorney said the officer should have been charged with either attempted murder or felonious assault.

At the end of June 2021, thanks to the information support of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, Akron City Council has approved a law that will now require the city to release video footage of use-of-force incidents by the police department within 7 days of the incident.


Adam Stanmore

In June 2019, the body of Adam Stanmore, a 37-year-old resident of Oxford, UK, was found in the woods. A few days earlier, the man asked authorities for help, but they sent him to the hospital, where he was discharged the next day.

In April 2019, Stanmore, who was experiencing mental health problems, sought help as his condition began to deteriorate. The man’s mother claims that her son was suicidal, but charities did not provide him with proper assistance and sent him home. A few days later, Stanmore knocked on his neighbor’s door and asked for a knife. The neighbor called the police, but the officers who arrived at the scene hit him with a stun gun, arrested and took to the police station. The police decided to take the man to the hospital, where he was discharged the next day. After that, Stanmore disappeared. A few months later, in June 2019, his body was found in the woods.

Stanmore’s family sued the Oxford Police Department, accusing the officers of negligence that led to Adam’s death. They expect that the investigation will establish the circumstances of his arrest, whether he was provided with psychological assistance to the necessary extent, whether excessive force was used against him during the arrest, the conditions of his detention in the police station, and also establish whether the police and doctors took into account his tendency to suicide.


David Tovar

David Tovar Jr., 27, who police say was a person of interest in a homicide and other crimes, was gunned down by officers without warning and mortally wounded by a police dog at apartment complex in San Jose (California) on Jan. 21, according to the federal lawsuit filed by victim’s family. The suit demands the immediate arrest and prosecution of the officers involved in the deadly shooting.

Tovar was running away from police on a second-floor landing of the complex and was shot by police on the ground floor after an officer saw Tovar reach into his waistband, pulling out what the officer «believed to be the butt of a handgun», acting Police Chief David Tindall said after the shooting. It was later confirmed to be either a silver and black cellphone or screwdriver.

The attorneys said there is video of the shooting that shows Tovar «did not present a deadly threat to anyone when he was mercilessly gunned down».

San Jose police deferred comment on the lawsuit to the City Attorney’s Office, citing the pending litigation. The City Attorney’s Office declined comment on the same grounds.

As of July 2021, the lawsuit of David Tovar’s relatives against the city and the police department is still pending, but at the end of last month, the San Jose City Council voted for police reform that can work toward actionable solutions before the city sees another repeat of controversial cases such as the shooting death of David Tovar Jr. at the hands of San Jose police.


Anthony McClain

Anthony McClain, 32, was fatally shot in Pasadena, California, on Aug. 15, 2020. He had been a passenger in a vehicle that was pulled over because its front license plate was missing. Pasadena Police Officer asked McClain to get out of the car. After doing so, McClain kicks off his shoes and runs away from the officer.

Police say McClain grabbed a gun from his waistband and turned toward the officer. The police videos do not show the weapon. McClain’s family said he was actually reaching toward his belt buckle. They strongly dispute a gun later recovered across the street was McClain’s.

The officer fired two shots at McClain while he was running away. One bullet grazed his shoulder and the other hit him in the back, fatally wounding him hours later. In March 2020 McClane’s family lawyer released a video that shows an officer putting his knee on McClain’s back.

McClain’s family has filed a federal lawsuit against the city of Pasadena, the police department, its police chief and the officer. The civil suit is pending as the shooting remains under investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

In May 2021, the family of Anthony McClain, a Black man who was shot in the back by police in Pasadena, California, last August, held a rally to demand accountability in the case. The lawsuit is still pending with the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office. In June 2021, councilman during council meeting has made the request, along with a demand that the city manager fire the officer who shot McClain.

In April 2019, police strangled 33-year-old mentally ill African-American man Jean Samuel Celestin to death. Police responded to a call about a domestic dispute after his mother and sister had a little confrontation with him. A few minutes later, the man died without any medical assistance from the officers who choked him.

On April 11, 2019, the Ocoee Police Department received a report of a domestic dispute. Police arrived at the scene and began questioning the man’s relatives about what had happened. Bodycam video shows police talking to Celestina’s mother, who claims that the man punched her in the face. Woman warned a police officer that her son is suffering from mental health problems.

However, Celestin was too disoriented to follow the officers commands, and eventually panicked and ran away. The police caught up with him and tased him, then knocked him to the ground and used a chokehold. A few minutes later, Celestin died of positional asphyxia. The officers did not give the man emergency treatment, despite the fact that they are required to do so after applying a chokehold.

In April 2021, Celesten’s family filed a lawsuit against the city and the police department. The lawsuit seeks compensation and damages, as well as a jury trial against the officers involved in the man’s death.


Daniel Rivera

Daniel Rivera, 37, was pronounced dead after police responded to a call that a man was seen trying to break into homes in an Arleta neighborhood, according to the suit filed in April 2021 on behalf of his family in Los Angeles federal court.

According to the federal suit, police officers tased Daniel Rivera four times and kneeled on his back after he had surrendered and was on his stomach in a paved wash in the Arleta neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley in August 2020.

The lawsuit alleges that Rivera had surrendered, posed no threat and had shown signs of struggling to breathe yet even after he lay motionless, officers didn’t perform first aid and delayed calling for medical help.

The coroner’s report found no evidence that he suffered asphyxiation but it concluded the death was homicide and cited “law enforcement restraint maneuvers and methamphetamine use” as contributing factors. The report also noted that Rivera had an enlarged heart but said that was not related to the immediate cause of death. The LAPD says it cannot comment on pending litigation.

In June 2021, the family of Daniel Rivera, who died of cardiac arrest after being tased, hogtied, and left in a prone position by police last summer, rallied outside LAPD headquarters in a peaceful protest. They also demands Gascon fulfill his duties as district attorney and follow through on promises to hold killer cops accountable.


Dalian Atkinson

In August 2016, police officers from Telford, UK, tased black soccer player Dalian Atkinson three times, causing the man’s heart to stop.

On August 15, 2016, the Telford police Department, United Kingdom, received a report that a man was threatening to kill his own father. According to his brother, Atkinson lost control, grabbed his father by the throat and said that he would kill him, then tore the dialysis tube from his shoulder. The police officers who arrived at the scene tried to calm the man down, but after he refused to obey the orders of the police, they decided to use a stun gun against him. The police tased him twice, but it seemed to them that this was not enough for him, and they used the stun gun a third time. This decision cost Atkinson his life. His heart stopped beating. The man was taken to the hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.

As of May 2021, the Atkinson family is still seeking justice. The family’s lawyer claims that the officer pulled the trigger of the taser for 33 seconds, exceeding protocol by five seconds, and then hit him on the head.


Babacar Gueye

On the night of 2 to 3 December 2015, 27-year-old Senegalese Babacar Gueye was killed by a police officer in Rennes (France). Gueye reportedly suffered from hallucinations. His friends said that he became delirious and stabbed himself, so they called the police.

Police officers said Gueye was aggressive and threatened them with a knife. They used a stun gun and batons against him, but it did not work. After that, Gueye left the apartment. The police officers shot him 5 times and later said they had to do it as he threatened them. One of the shots was fatal. According to witnesses, Gueye did not threaten the police. The Gueye family lawyer said the police continued to shoot at him after he was unarmed. Gueye died on December 3 at 4:00 am. Before that, the police managed to handcuff him. After his death, the police charged him with attempt of murder.

The court ruled that the police officers were acting in self-defense and did not open a case. In 2017, the Gueye family filed a lawsuit, after which an investigation was opened. The family of Gueye never believed that he had threatened the police. In September 2020, the facts were reconstructed. On February 12, 2021, the prosecutor’s office sent a request to the court, which must decide whether to bring charges against the police or not.


Alexander Gonzales

On January 5, 2021, Alexander Gonzales, a 27-year-old Hispanic man, was returning home. At this time, an employee of the Austin, Texas police department stopped Gonzales’ car, as it seemed to him that the man had deliberately cut a police car and threatened the officer with a pistol. A police officer called for reinforcements and fired a warning shot into the air, and after reinforcements arrived a few minutes later, Gonzales – probably disoriented from the shot – did not listen to their commands and instead walked to the rear passenger door of his car. The police officer on duty opened fire on him, firing several bullets at Gonzales, killing him on the spot. As it turned out later, the man’s two-month-old baby was in the back passenger seat. Gonzales wanted to see if the officer had hit the baby.

The police admitted that Gonzalez was not in possession of a weapon. They claim to have found in the man’s car “what they think is his pistol.” In April 2021, the Gonzales family hired a lawyer and plans to seek justice in court.