District Attorney will not charge officers who killed Amilcar Perez Lopez

first_imgEarlier Gascón filed charges against Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies who beat a man in a Mission District alley, but his office has never charged San Francisco Police Department officers involved in shootings of civilians. In the last five years there have been five police shootings in the Mission District. “It feels like they killed him all over again,” said Smith, adding that he is not surprised at the decision. “We have known all along that the DA was biased in favor of the police narrative….He clearly did not want to bring charges.”Smith said that the report focuses on a common police narrative in officer-involved shootings that “vilifies the people they kill.” He pointed to one section of the report in which Tiffe recounts making eye contact with Perez Lopez, who he alleged was drunk, and describing the look on his face as “bloodlust crazed.”“They made efforts to do that with Amilcar, who had no criminal record and was a law abiding hard working citizen,” said Smith. What the report also failed to mention, said Smith, is that both Reboli and Tiffe had previously been accused of  brutality in a civil suit.Smith also claimed that Gascón did not make good on a personal promise to notify him and other activists before announcing his decision and to walk them through the report.“He blew off that promise, which shows a disregard and lack of respect for the community that is hurting and traumatized,” said Smith.The investigation involved a use of force expert’s analysis as well as “analysis of forensic evidence relative to time, distance and motion in order to create an animation which compares the physical evidence with statements provided by the two officers involved in the shooting,” according to a statement released by the District Attorney’s office.According to police statements, Reboli and Tiffe responded to a 911 call about a man armed with a knife chasing another man on a bicycle, identified in the report as Abraham P and in other news media reports as Abraham Perez. The officers encountered Perez Lopez near his home on Folsom Street near 24th street on the evening of February 26, 2015. Perez Lopez was reportedly chasing Abraham Perez with a knife.Accounts by witnesses and police about the confrontation between the victim and Perez that led to the chase varied. The District Attorney’s findings explored the various statements, but offered video from a passing MUNI bus as evidence that Perez may have been blocking the victim’s path as he was trying to enter his home. Over the past two years, witnesses to the incident that include two of Perez Lopez’ roommates have stepped forward to testify that they heard Perez Lopez drop his knife when the officers approached and ordered him to do so. They said he had been running away from the officers moments before he was shot. Activists have often pointed to the fact that Perez Lopez was shot from behind as an indicator that the shooting was unjustified.But  the version of the encounter told by Reboli and Tiffe contradicts these testimonies. The officers said that Perez Lopez refused to drop his knife and was charging at them, prompting the officers to fire at him. The shots hit Perez Lopez in the back because he was turning away, officers said.  Gascón indicated today that the shooting could be defended whether Perez Lopez had been lunging at the officers or had already turned away. “Even if Mr. Perez Lopez was running away from the officers, thereby opening the door to the possibility that they did not have fear of their own safety, the direction he was running in would still give the the officers a reasonable belief that Abraham P. was in danger,” said Gascón referring to the allegation that the victim was running after Perez.Reporters pressed Gascón on whether the officers identified themselves. The report says the officers remember identifying themselves, and that Tiffe also said that if Perez Lopez did not understand them, he also had a police star hanging from a chain around his neck.  Gascón stressed that that recordings and witness accounts analyzed in the investigation show that the officers told Perez Lopez to drop the knife.“For the legal analysis, it really doesn’t matter whether they say “police” or they didn’t. They have their badges hanging – one had the badge clipped to the belt and the other had it hanging from a chain over his jacket,” he said. Activists have long held that Perez Lopez did not speak much Spanish, let alone English, and probably failed to understand what was happening as he was approached by plainclothes police officers speaking English. Gascón told reporters that Perez Lopez’s spoken English skills was not a big factor in his decision. “I don’t know if he understood or not, but I think it was clear there was a gun being pointed at him and they were giving him some direction,” Gascón responded. “Whether there was a language barrier or not I think would be purely speculation on our part.” Tags: Amilcar López-Pérez • police • SFPD Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail The two San Francisco police officers who shot and killed Amilcar Perez Lopez in February 2014 will not be charged with any crimes.On Wednesday, District Attorney George Gascón’s announced his decision, which comes more than two years after two plainclothes police officers, Eric Reboli and Craig Tiffe, shot and killed the 21-year-old Guatemalan immigrant. In a report detailing the investigation, Gascón wrote that the evidence is insufficient to bring charges.“We will never know exactly what happened in those split seconds…and to whom he posed a threat,” said Gascón, addressing reporters during a press conference held Wednesday afternoon. “For the officers to be charged for the shooting death of Mr. Perez Lopez, we would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officers did not act in self-defense or in the defense of others,” the District Attorney said. The exoneration comes amid mounting community pressure to hold officers involved in shootings and incidents of police brutality accountable. For the past year, a group of community members led by Father Richard Smith of St. John’s Episcopal Church have held weekly vigils outside of Mission Police Station calling for charges to be filed in Perez Lopez’ death.last_img read more

WITH one year exactly to go to the Rugby League Wo

first_imgWITH one year exactly to go to the Rugby League World Cup Final 2013, tournament organisers have announced that less than 10,000 of the ‘Early Bird’ tickets remain on sale.The Early Bird offer is a perfect Christmas Present. Fans buying a ticket for The Rugby League World Cup Final receive a £5 discount on every ticket and a RLWC2013 beanie which will be delivered in time for Christmas.The Rugby League World Cup Final takes place at Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United on November 30 2013. Senior United players and Rugby League fans Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney took time out from training this week to show their support by being photographed with the Rugby League World Cup trophy.RLWC2013 General Manager, Sally Bolton said: “Old Trafford is a fantastic venue and one of the reasons that the final is selling so well, even with one year to go.“So well in fact, that if sales continue as they have been, the remaining 10,000 ‘Early Bird’ tickets will go before the December 17 deadline, so fans wanting be at the final really should buy now.”RLWC2013 Ticketing Manager, Kevan Williams added: “We have been really busy selling tickets every day since they went on sale. We’ve sold tickets across the country and worldwide. Only 31% of sales have been in Super League towns and cities and we’ve had fans as far away as Australia, Russia, the USA and even Japan buying tickets.”You can buy your tickets at www.rlwc2013.comlast_img read more

Speakers discuss to drill or not to drill

first_imgWILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — To drill or not to drill? That was the question at the center of a discussion Tuesday night at the Wilson Center in downtown Wilmington.Two speakers, former Shell Oil President John Hofmeister and explorer and environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau, gave their perspectives on the topic at the sold out event which was followed by a question and answer session.- Advertisement – Here is a little bit of what each speaker had to say about offshore drilling at the event:“There are so many opportunities to stop the oil industry and focus on all the other industries that can be created without the emission of CO2,” Cousteau said.“Oil and gas, we know what to do,” Hofmeister said. “We know how to do it. We know how to do it safely. We know how to take the risk out of oil and gas and it creates huge, great jobs — huge numbers of great jobs.”Related Article: CFPUA releases statement surrounding energy plant dam breachBefore Tuesday night’s discussion officially began, the Wilmington-based citizen’s action group Save Our Sea hosted a rally outside the Wilson Center to oppose offshore drilling.An organizer said the group wanted to make their voices heard in a respectful, civil way.“A lot of the speculation is that it’s a jobs versus anti-jobs when it’s not,” Save Our Sea Co-Founder Bruce Holsten said. “What it is is preserving the integrity of our beaches and our ocean and the livelihoods of the majority of the people who work in this coastal community.”Holsten added that Save Our Sea plans to have many events in the future.For more information about other events coming to the Wilson Center, click here.For more information about Save Our Sea, click here.last_img read more

ONLY ON WWAY Professor talks JFK assassination documents conspiracies

first_img “To me there are so many possibilities about what happened with JFK and the assassination” UNCW Professor David Bollinger said.Possibilities that may or may not be uncovered with the release of the secret documents. But where do these theories come from?“Their explanations are incomplete, they leave holes in their explanations. They won’t continue to answer further questions, and out of that conspiracy theories pop up. And JFK is classic,” Bollinger said.Related Article: Stocks rise along with optimism over US-China trade talksUNCW Professor Bollinger finds conspiracy theories so interesting he teaches a class on them.“It’s such a big part of our popular culture. I mean it’s just huge and it has to be studied, it has to be looked at,” Bollinger said.One student taking the class is writing a paper on the JFK murder.He said he signed up to take the rhetoric of conspiracy because it was something unique.“I didn’t really expect to see something like that because normally it’s like other types of course like art and music or random things like that, but yeah conspiracy theories were interesting,” student Matthew Floyd said.Professor Bollinger said he is curious to see what the files might reveal.“I think it will be helpful. There will defiantly be some cool things in there, but again I just don’t see it flipping the world upside down,” Bollinger said.He also said people enjoy the mystery behind conspiracies.“This notion of realizing that sometimes things are not as they seem,” Bollinger said.The President hasn’t made clear whether he’ll allow the full release or block certain files from being published. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Classified documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy are expected to be released tomorrow.But could they hold the missing pieces?- Advertisement – last_img read more

Adult kickball in Wilmington still kicking after ten years

first_img Through three different nine week seasons, folks of all different ages and athletic abilities kick it in this social league.While it is fondly remembered as a game from their youth, these players learn quickly they aren’t kids anymore“The biggest thing is you don’t realize how sore you get,” Castillo said. “After the first game, everyone comes in thinking it’s going to be like when you were in elementary school just kicking it around in the playground. But the next day you feel it. Your legs are definitely sore and stuff.”“The first thing I do is say, ‘Hey, stretch.’ It’s always fun,” League Community Coordinator Robert McIntosh said. “Everyone knows the rules. We have little particular stuff just to keep it safe and fun and everyone has a blast.”These players still fight through the pain while blowing off some steam and having a great time doing it. If you’re interested in joining, don’t just take our word for it, the sights and sounds speak for themselves!“You can come out as a team or as an individual and just sign up,” McIntosh said. “So if you’re new to town and don’t have anyone to go to, sign up and come out. You’re going to get put on a team, you’re going to meet 16-26 people at least on your team. Then you can meet quite a bit more on everyone else’s team when we go to the bars after and be social like that.”For more information on the league, click here. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — When driving down South Front Street in Wilmington for the past ten years, one can’t help but see grown adults playing a childhood game with the same enthusiasm as someone in elementary school. This is kickball.“It’s a lot of fun but it’s still competitive at the same time,” DC Castillo said. “There’s a lot of people changing teams so it becomes a big community in a way. It’s been a really fun thing to be a part of.”- Advertisement – last_img read more

Wilmington Wrightsville Beach PinPoint Restaurant nominated for Southern Living contest

first_imgCover of Southern Living WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach and PinPoint restaurant need your help!  They are all nominated for “Southern Living” magazine ‘South’s Best 2019’ contest.Wilmington is nominated in the category of ‘South’s Best City,’ PinPoint is nominated as one of the South’s best restaurants, and Wrightsville Beach is nominated as ‘South’s Best Beach.’- Advertisement – To vote your favorite go to www.southernliving.com/southsbestvote.last_img

Meet Boomhauer a 4yearold pup with lots of energy

first_img Boomhauer responds well to commands and is already crate trained and potty trained. He is up to date on all of his shots and ready to find a home!If you’d like to meet him, head to New Hanover County Animal Services. County residents can adopt for $70. Adoption hours are Monday-Friday 11 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to Noon.As a reminder,  New Hanover County Animal Services now allows pet owners to pay for their pet registration online.Related Article: Pet Pals: 2-year-old Chihuahua mix searching for a fur-ever home!To see more animals available for adoption, click here. NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — If you love to be active and you’re looking to add a four-legged friend to your family, this week’s Pet Pal may be the perfect fit.Meet Boomhauer. He is named after a character on “King of the Hill” and has lots of energy. He’s a Lab mix with a black and tan coat.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Vet receives a free roof after losing one to Florence

first_img00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a Navy career lasting 20 years, a Wilmington veteran is receiving a major salute for his service, and it couldn’t come at a better time.Hank Weaver lost his roof to Hurricane Florence, and a loved one had received a life-changing diagnosis.- Advertisement – Friday morning, Step Up for Soldiers and Monarch Roofing surprised Weaver, announcing they will construct a new roof at his home in Wilmington.Weaver’s girlfriend has been battling breast cancer, making it hard for him to balance priorities.Weaver said he’ll be forever grateful, and that this act of service lifts a huge weight off of his shoulders.Related Article: Couple helping with Florence recovery loses home in CA wildfire“I’m so thankful,” Weaver said. “There’s not enough words. I can’t put into words what this really means to me. It’s not… the feeling… it would take forever to explain the feelings that I’m feeling.”Weaver couldn’t fully describe the feeling, but he said it’s something like being on cloud nine.Monarch Roofing expects to have the roof installed by Veterans Day.last_img read more

Photos The Auxiliary Bishop during a Pastoral Visit in Ta Xbiex

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritratti Ritratti: Kurja – knisja.mt/ritrattiThe Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Galea-Curmi has recently concluded his Pastoral Visit in the Parish of Saint John of the Cross, in Ta’ Xbiex.During a statement, the Archdiocese of Malta said that the Bishop has met with residents who attended Sunday’s Mass, which was also accompanied by many children.Long the three days he spent in Ta’ Xbiex, the Bishop met with parents and families, catechists, and pastoral attendants. He also met with the community of the Theresian Carmelites, which manages the parish.WhatsApplast_img read more

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