In October 2016, officers from the Échirolles, France, police department killed 51-year-old Jean-Pierre Ferrara in the garden of his own house. Officers arrived at his home after a call from his neighbor, with whom he recently had a conflict.
On October 28, 2016, 51-year-old Jean-Pierre Ferrara was shot dead by police in the garden of his house. That day, his neighbor called the police and reported that Ferrara had threatened him with a gun. When police arrived at the man’s house, they found the man roasting a barbecue in his garden. Police said that Ferrara was holding a machete, but dropped it immediately after the police ordered him so. According to the officers, he took out a signal pistol, which forced police to open fire on him. Police shot Ferrara about three times; one of the bullets punctured his lung and an artery, causing him to die on the spot. The police department later released a report stating that the officers acted in self-defense and could not be held accountable.
However, the man’s family does not agree with the department’s decision. They claim that he had hearing problems and did not understand what was going on. A lawyer for the victim’s family said police may have used tasers or other less lethal methods to resolve the conflict. In April 2021, the family of the deceased told the media that they intended to fight for justice for him.
Tyre Nichols, a 29-year-old black man, was pulled over by law enforcement officers in Memphis, Tennessee, allegedly for reckless driving. The father of a four-year-old child, who was into photography, died in hospital three days after the beating, and after the officers published the body-camera footage, the largest protests since the murder of George Floyd […]
Darryl Tyree Williams, 32, died Jan. 17, 2023, after North Carolina law enforcement officers used excessive force. Minutes before his arrest, the man had repeatedly warned law enforcement officers that he was experiencing heart problems and any interaction could be fatal to him. Police officers noticed boxes of alcohol in Williams’ vehicle, after which they […]
In late January 2023, police in Los Angeles, California, shot a Anthony Lowe, black man with two amputated limbs more than 10 times. According to police, they were responding to a report of a man in a wheelchair who had allegedly hit or attempted to hit someone earlier in the day. Minutes after officers arrived, Anthony […]
In late September 2022, 15-year-old Savannah Graziano was shot and killed by law enforcement officers in San Bernardino, California. The girl had been abducted by her father, who was in the process of divorcing his wife. After obtaining a description of the kidnapper’s vehicle and finding it on an expressway, police officers began a pursuit. […]
In January 1988, officers of the Detroit, Michigan Police Department framed 52-year-old Richard Wershe, forcing him to help the police. The FBI recruited a man after he helped identify members of a drug trafficking gang. Wershe worked as an informant for two and a half years, and when the police detained a suspected gang, the […]
In July 2021, officers of the Keego Harbor, Michigan Police Department used excessive force in the illegal arrest of 48-year-old black Brian Chaney. According to the man, that day he went to training after taking his two sons to the gym. He claims that a police officer drove up to him in a patrol car […]