A review of thousands of documents has revealed that officers with “troubled pasts” are hired and rarely face jail time for these deaths.
A investigation by US broadcaster National Public Radio, published Monday, revealed that 135 unarmed blacks had been killed by police since 2015, often by police with red flags on their records.
NPR has looked at “thousands of pages” of police records in its death reviews and found that 75% of police officers are white. Nineteen officers involved in the shootings had little time on the force. One had been an active police officer for four hours before the shooting.
The report also found officers who had “troubled histories” of domestic violence and drug abuse, repeated citizen complaints and incidents of use of force, officers convicted of crimes and others who had violates ministry policies.
One officer, Zechariah Presley, who is Caucasian, performed poorly in interviews with the St Marys Police Department in 2016, who did not offer him a job.
Presley drove about 13 kilometers (eight miles) to a nearby town and applied for a job with the Kingsland Police Department.
The hiring authorities were found to give him 10 red flags, the report notes, including admitting that he was involved in domestic violence, assault and buying or selling drugs. Presley was still hired.
In 2018, Presley saw Anthony Green, a 33-year-old black man, drive and knew he did not have a valid license. Presley fired eight shots at Green after he fled on foot following a car chase, NPR sad.
Green was hit at least five times and died.
BREAKING: Details on Kingsland’s arrest #Georgia Police Officer Zechariah Presley in the murderous shooting of local father Anthony Green following a traffic stop: https://t.co/WIk3NqPHGF pic.twitter.com/pN2aROW6ta
– Tenikka Smith Hughes (@TenikkaANjax) June 27, 2018
Murders by police often cost a lot of force. The family of George Floyd, the man whose death in police custody has sparked nationwide protests and ongoing national discussion, chased the city of Minneapolis in July for an undisclosed amount. This trial is continuing.
The City of Louisville agreed to pay the family of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who died after police fired on her home in a March 2020 raid, $ 12 million in September, after the parties reached a settlement.
Presley was fired and charged with manslaughter and fired. A jury found him not guilty of manslaughter but guilty of violating the oath of office.
A judge sentenced Presley to one year in prison, four years’ probation and a fine of $ 1,000.
NPR found that of the 135 deaths, 30 judgments and settlements awarded more than $ 142 million. Many more are on hold.
Charges are rare. In more than 80 cases, no charges were laid against officers. However, 33 of the killings saw police resign or be fired, according to the report.
Only 13 officers involved in the deaths have been charged with murder in the past five years. Two have been convicted and seven cases are pending. There were seven accused of manslaughter and two were found guilty.