The Walter Scott mistrial shows it’s apparently OK to kill black people on camera

Who killed Walter Scott? Apparently, we’re not really sure. That’s according to a jury in Charleston, South Carolina, which was unable to reach a reach a verdict Monday in the murder trial of Michael Slager.

Of course, the jury has its reasons — apparently one juror, identified only as a 50-year-old male in press reports, said he “cannot in good conscience consider a guilty verdict.” Slager may still wind up being put on trial again.

But the takeaway for black people whose daily encounters with police end in harassment, violence or death, is simple: Our lives don’t matter, even when they’re being taken in front of millions of viewers. Read more

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California police shoot and kill 16-year-old pregnant teen in stolen car

  • When California police opened fire on a suspect in a stolen car, they also killed pregnant 16-year-old Elena Mondragon, who was in the vehicle, KTVU reports.
  • Police shot into the car, which was connected to multiple robberies in the Bay Area, after the vehicle’s male driver drove into police cars and injured two detectives, authorities said. 
  • Mondragon was in her first trimester of pregnancy when she was killed, according to the coroner. Read more. (3/18/17, 1:50 PM)

Police shooting near France Orly Airport causes partial evacuation

  • A man was fatally shot after trying to steal a soldier’s gun early Saturday morning at France’s Orly Airport outside Paris.
  • Before his attempt to snatch the assault rifle, he shot a traffic cop in a Paris suburb, the Washington Post reports.
  • After shooting the traffic cop, the man hijacked a woman’s car in a different Paris suburb and then went to Orly, where he was eventually shot and killed after trying to grab a female soldier’s firearm. 
  • The Paris prosecutor’s office is investigating the incident as a possible terrorist act. Read more. (3/18/17, 11:24 AM)

Lawyers for officer who shot Philando Castile have black judge removed from the case

  • The black judge set to oversee the trial of the police officer who killed Philando Castile has been removed from the case 
  • His removal came at the request of the accused officer’s attorneys.
  • Officer Jeronimo Yanez’s defense team gave no reason for requesting Wilson’s removal,
  • Minnesota law doesn’t require them to provide a reason, so long as they make the request within seven days of the judge’s appointment. 
  • If they are unhappy with the next judge, attorneys can only have him or her removed for cause. Read more

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Michelle Shirley, black woman killed by police in California, was open about bipolarism

Before Michelle Shirley’s life ended in a hail of police gunfire in California this week, she was open about her struggles with bipolar disorder.

Police encountered the 39-year-old Shirley on Monday after she was seen driving erratically on the wrong side of a road in Torrance, California, south of Los Angeles, KABC-TV reported. A short chase ended with Shirley’s car boxed in by police cruisers; she then accelerated and rammed into a cruiser, as officers fired multiple shots into her car.

Shirley died in a local hospital. In life, she was outspoken about her struggles with manic bipolar disorder. As a mother of one, studying in San Diego to become a lawyer, Shirley once disclosed in a video that her illness made achieving her dreams difficult.