CLEVELAND, OH — A pre-teen boy was killed by police as he played alone in a park with a toy gun. Video of the shooting draws questions about the prudence of the aggressive police response.
HEBRON, KY — Police charged into a darkened field trying to arrest teenagers for consuming alcohol without government permission, killing a young woman in the process.
DETROIT, MI — A Special Response Team shattered a family’s window in the middle of the night, hurled a flashbang onto a couch next to a sleeping girl, then charged in and shot her in the head.
EAST DUBLIN, GA — A SWAT team gunned down a grandfather in his home during a late-night raid based on the word of a confessed meth addict and thief.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, UT — A young man was shot several times in the back after he was taking a walk in his neighborhood and someone reported him as being “suspicious.”
BEAVERCREEK, OH — A man was killed by police while browsing the aisles of a Walmart shopping center, talking on a cell phone, and carrying a product sold in the store: a plastic air rifle. His final gasps for breath were heard via a phone conversation he was having with another person at the time of the shooting.
IBERIA PARISH, LA — Authorities claim that a man committed suicide via gunshot while handcuffed and unattended in the back of a police cruiser. However, an autopsy report states that the man — who had his handcuffed behind his back, and was already searched for weapons — was shot in the chest.
SAN JOSE, CA — A 19-year-old woman was shot in the street during an erratic episode involving a cordless drill.
NOGALES, AZ — While walking on a sidewalk on the southern side of the border, a Mexican teen was shot to death by a U.S. Border Patrol agent from atop a border fence. After two years, the agency has still not released the identity of the shooter, nor any details of its secret investigation.
TAMPA, FL — A man was shot to death in his bedroom by a SWAT team that had stormed in uninvited looking for contraband plants. The violence — which netted only trace amounts of illegal vegetation — adds another casualty to the death toll in America’s bloody Drug War.
STATEN ISLAND, NY — A man died following a brutal arrest in which NYPD choked him and slammed his head against the sidewalk. Police suspected him of selling cigarettes without government permission.
FRANKLIN COUNTY, FL — An inmate was locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly sprayed with mustard-colored gas until he died, an investigation has uncovered. Officials then allegedly covered up the death and claimed it was due to natural causes.
CLAY COUNTY, FL — Jailers taunted a young man as he begged for his life, strapped to a restraint chair and suffocating on pepper spray. The death of the teen was officially ruled a homicide, although the state later concluded that no one should be punished.
PURCELLVILLE, VA — A community is devastated after a suicidal teenager was shot to death by police following a family’s call for help.
WEARE, NH — A “poorly planned” sting operation left an unarmed New Hampshire man dead; shot behind the wheel in the bloody and unnecessary War on Drugs. Despite evidence that contradicted officers’ claims about having their lives endangered, the shooters were not fired and faced no legal consequences.
TOCCOA, GA — A Georgia pastor was gunned down by police in his vehicle at a gas station during a botched sting over $50 worth of drugs. The pastor had nothing to do with drugs; he was giving a ride and money to an impoverished woman in his community.
HOMER, LA — Two police officers crashed a family cookout to harass a man who was not wanted or suspected of any crimes, then shot the man’s elderly father and allegedly planted a gun on him, according to numerous witnesses.
Gun-wielding, black-suited law enforcers busted down a door with a battering ram, terrifying everyone inside and leaving one man dead. Newly released helmet-cam video of the raid shows in graphic detail how this fatal no-knock raid produced yet another casualty in the vicious War on Drugs.
HALF MOON BAY, CA — A family was crushed and a community is outraged after a call for help turned into a hasty death sentence for a disgruntled teenage girl with special needs.
LOMA LINDA, CA — When a 65-year-old Vietnam veteran tried to discharge himself from a VA hospital, he received a fatal beating from police.