LAPD officers fatally shot an unarmed, mentally challenged black man, Ezell Ford, 25, in his back just days after Michael Brown was murdered by police in Missouri. Witnesses conveyed what happened:
Aug. 11, 2014 -- "They laid him out, and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing, mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that—that this child has mental problems," the man said. "The excessive force … there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her … they pull the billy clubs out."
June 15, 2014 - Two Dallas police officers on leave after mentally ill man shot, killed ~ DALLAS — A 38-year-old man was shot and killed in the doorway of his mother's Oak Cliff home Saturday morning by the very people called to help him. Investigators are reviewing video from body cameras the officers were wearing at the time of the incident. Sources say it's the first Dallas police shooting captured by body cameras.
"My neighbor said when she got here he was face down in a pool of blood HANDCUFFED," said Harrison, Jason Harrison's brother.
“I just really wish that he could have got the help that we've really been trying to get for him so that maybe it could have had a different outcome,” Harrison said. “We'll never know.”
Jason Harrison had only one prior arrest when charged with harassment of a public servant in January 2014.
FAMILY CALLED 911 FOR HELP WITH THEIR SPECIAL NEEDS DAUGHTER; COPS SHOWED UP AND SHOT HER DEAD ~ June 5, 2014 - Neighbors claim 18-year-old Yanira Serrano was shot in her back. The victim's brother, Tiny Serrano, told reporters that the family called 911 requesting paramedics because his sister had not taken her medication. “Instead they decided to send a deputy to the house,” he said.
Another one is gone already ! "Homeless Man Falls To His Death From Skid Row Rooftop After Police Taser Him" ~ Carlos Ocana, 54, a transient whose friends said he had mental health problems, was killed by LAPD officers and a SWAT team. The homeless man died after falling from a rooftop after he was Tasered by police officers. His death in May hadn't received much attention, but downtown residents and supporters showed up to a community meeting on July 2, 2014, demanding officers to change the way they treat the mentally ill on Skid Row. This comes on the heels of an LAPD officer describing Skid Row as being in a "mental health state of emergency" and an "outdoor asylum without walls."
Prison Reform Movement published an article focused on inmate deaths in Florida.
FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS
3 more Florida inmate deaths prompt 3 more investigations
Inmate’s gassing death detailed in Florida DOC whistle-blower complaint
Prisoner: I cleaned up skin of inmate scalded in shower; human-rights groups call for federal intervention
Under fire, Florida prisons changing policy on death investigations
2 years later, Florida keeps lid on prison death details
After latest death, Florida prison system faces more scrutiny
Staff at a Miami-Dade prison tormented, abused mentally ill inmates, former worker says
Behind bars, a brutal and unexplained death