In May 2020, officers of the Jefferson Parish Police Department, Louisiana, shot 35-year-old Modesto Reyes twice in the back. Officers began chasing the man’s car after he allegedly refused to stop at their request.
A few minutes later, the chase ended, after which Reyes got out of his car and ran away from the police. After running several meters, the man stumbled and fell. Two assistant officers approached him to put handcuffs on him, however, according to the police department, at that moment the man turned over on his back and pointed a gun at the officers, which forced them to open fire on him. The man died on the spot.
An independent autopsy showed that Reyes was shot twice in the back, which contradicts the police version that the man turned over and pulled out a weapon. Witnesses say that on that day, Reyes had a phone in his hands, mistakenly identified by officers as a weapon. In May 2021, the man’s family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city and the police department, claiming that they could have used less lethal methods of conflict resolution.
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 […]