It’s hard to face these numbers, because police officers are supposed to be a source of trust and aid. As stories of egregious police brutality continue to surface in the media, we’ve been forced to readjust our image of the police and the pedestal upon which we may have put them. Read the rest »
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The 27-year-old officer reportedly burst into a woman’s home and slapped a man in the face after refusing to leave the residence. A day later, he harassed a woman at a restaurant and then followed her home. The officer was charged with fourth-degree trespassing and misdemeanor counts of harassment and simple assault. Read the rest »
Although officers on the scene claimed that Tommy had a knife and lunged at them, evidence proves that he had a pen, not a knife, and that he was moving away from the officers at the time he was shot. Stories like Le’s are becoming all too familiar in the American media, and make many people rightfully question police officers’ use of excessive, unnecessary force. Read the rest »
Due to a complete lack of responsibility, an inmate in the state of Washington is now dead due to negligence. 22-year-old Michael Saffioti has had extreme dairy allergies his entire life according to his mother Rose. He had been incarcerated in the Snohomish County Jail once before, and the guards knew him and his dietary needs prior to his recent stay. During breakfast, footage shows that he asked the guard about the contents of his oatmeal, and guards told him it contained no dairy. A few minutes later he is shown to be asking a guard for a rescue inhaler, but the guard declined, refusing his request for medical help. Saffioti was then sent to his cell instead. In his cell, he used the call button to ask for help, but was once again ignored by the guards. Soon after, he was found lying unconscious in his cell. Surveillance footage shows emergency medical staff frantically performing CPR on Saffioti, he was then rushed to an area hospital. He was pronounced dead upon arrival. Saffioti was incarcerated after turning himself in for a marijuana misdemeanor charge.
His mother Rose is now suing the county for $10 million, claiming blatant negligence to her son’s needs. Her attorney, Cheryl Snow, says that he made his needs apparent and the guards ignored his request, leading to a wrongful, unnecessary death.
If you know someone who has suffered due to the negligence or improper care of another, compensation may be deserved. Wrongful death affects family and loved ones along with the victims themselves. If you are affected by the wrongful death of a loved one, please contact the professionals at W.T. Johnson for legal help.
After weeks of searching, authorities have detained two escaped convicts, they’re believed to have forged court documents that permitted their release. 34 year-old Joseph Jenkins has been serving a 50 year sentence since 1998 for the home invasion, armed robbery, and murder of Roscoe Pugh Jr. Jenkins was also charged with car theft in 1997, adding 5 years to his sentence. He was wrongfully released on September 27th. Charles Walker, also 34 years-old, was serving a 15 year sentence for a 1999 murder. Walker was released on October 8th under the same circumstances. Both men were released from Franklin Correctional Institution in Florida’s panhandle.
It is still unclear how the documents were created, and by whom. The documents stated that their sentences have been reduced and court orders had granted their early release. The official documents were forged, and even contained key signatures. One such signature was that of Judge Belvin Perry. The same Judge Perry affiliated with the high profile Casey Anthony murder case. Due to the widespread media attention of the case, Perry’s signature can easily be found through the internet.
Both men were captured Saturday evening at 6:40pm in Panama City, Florida in the Coconut Grove Motor Inn. Earlier that day, the two convict’s families held a televised press conference to plea to the men to turn themselves in and avoid more trouble. Jenkins was on the lam for three weeks and a day, and Walker was for one week and four days. Both families claimed to have no knowledge of the planned escapes. The Walker family actually found out about the escape when a Franklin Correctional officer called them to let them know they can come pick up Charles Walker. The proper authorities were then contacted by a member of Walker’s family, beginning the manhunt.
Thankfully no one was harmed due to this slip-up. The system does have loopholes and can be manipulated by patient men. If you or someone you know is a victim of someone else’s mistake, please contact W.T. Johnson for legal counsel.
Recently, a north Texas police officer chose to resign after she was involved in a pedestrian accident. Corporal Jennifer Chavez was driving out of the parking lot in front of police headquarters in Colleyville when she hit two pedestrians.
She had stopped at the stop sign, but then pushed the gas and hit the couple who were crossing the street. Iryna and Oleh Krutko were on an evening walk when the accident occurred. A dashcam from another officer’s car shows Chavez trying to help Iryna who was on the ground.
The couple’s attorney stated that the officer was not going to an emergency call, but she was most likely distracted from looking at her cruiser’s computer screen. In a written statement Chavez said she was going 10 to 15 m.p.h. when she was making her left turn. She tried to hit the brakes, but couldn’t stop in time.
The pedestrians who were hit are still recovering from their injuries and are seeking compensation for their medical bills. They want the police department to reanalyze their policies concerning distraction caused by police cruiser computers.
The Fort Worth Police Department is one city that has changed its policy, which now states, “Officers shall not type on the MDC (mobile data computer) when the vehicle is in motion unless an exigent circumstance exists requiring immediate action.”
Pedestrian accidents are common, but shouldn’t be. If you were the victim of a Texas pedestrian accident, you should contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today. We will help you get the justice you deserve.
A Dallas police officer who should have been preventing crime has been accused of causing it. Officer Erica Montanez, 25, is now on administrative leave after she was accused of DWI, hitting a car and attempting an escape.
She was in the left turn only lane of the service road of Central expressway at Mockingbird Lane, but instead of turning she went straight. Then her vehicle hit a black Mercedes and Montanez kept going, and weaving in and out of traffic to try to get away.
Yet the traffic prevented her from going too far, and the man she hit followed her as she took the Knox/Henderson exit to a gas station. He called the police who arrested her.
Officer Erica Montanez is a two-year-veteran assigned to the Southeast Patrol Division. Traffic reports state that she admitted to the officers that arrested her that she had had three cosmopolitans at a NorthPark Center restaurant before the accident later that evening. She was arrested for leaving the scene and DWI.
If you have been the victim of an accident caused by a hit-and-run or DWI, you have the right to contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today. We will get you the justice you deserve and peace of mind.
Last summer, 58-year-old Larry McCollum, a Dallas-area prison inmate, died of a heat stroke after living in a prison cell with no air-conditioning. The Texas Civil Rights Project recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit on his behalf.
They hope the lawsuit will help change the conditions of confinement so those who are vulnerable to heat will not suffer, like the elderly and those with medical conditions.
Jim Harrington, the Texas Civil Rights Project executive director, said nine inmates died of heat stroke or heat-related causes last summer. Of 111 Texas Department of Criminal Justice prison units, only 21 are fully air-conditioned. The others are partially-air-conditioned in the medical or education areas, but not in the living areas.
When McCollum arrived at the prison, officers greeted him by saying, “Welcome to hell.” McCollum had been convicted of forgery and had only been in the state prison for three days before he collapsed. The autopsy stated his death resulted from living in a hot environment.
The temperature inside the facility would rise to about 96 degrees. McCollum’s body temperature was above 109 degrees when he arrived to the hospital. They had distributed water to the inmates, but allegedly, since McCollum had not received his ID card, he could not buy a cup to drink water, or a fan.
When your loved one dies, it is a heart-wrenching, overwhelming time. But if they have died because of the negligence of another, this makes the death even more painful. If your loved one suffered a wrongful death, you should contact the Law Office of W.T. Johnson today to get the justice you deserve before it’s too late.
If you would like to discuss your claim with a member of our team, don’t hesitate to call us at (214) 231-0544. We’re ready to help you, and won’t rest until you receive the settlement you deserve.