Jurors in the US state of Wisconsin were unable to reach a verdict Wednesday in the trial of a female police officer who shot an unarmed man in the back after a brief scuffle.
Officer Devon Kraemer was charged with shooting a 28-year-old man without warning in a Milwaukee suburb, after he had been escorted off a bus for complaining about the bus fare and struggled with police as he was put to the ground to be handcuffed.
The case had the same racial undertones as several recent high-profile police shootings — the officer is white and the person who was shot is African American.
Two days of arson and civil unrest took place in Milwaukee in August 2016 after police shot and killed another African American suspect, who in that case was armed with a pistol.
He was one of 963 shot and killed by lawmen in the United States that year, according to a data base maintained by The Washington Post.
In the latest Wisconsin case, Manuel Burnley survived the shooting and testified that Kraemer’s fellow officer had used a racial epithet before he was shot, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper.
After a two-week trial and testimony from experts about the March 2016 shooting in a Milwaukee suburb, a hung jury resulted when the panel could not reach agreement on the officer’s guilt, according to US media reports.
Kraemer testified that after Burnley was taken off a city bus for belligerent behavior, he fought with officers and Kraemer feared he was reaching for one of the officers’ guns, according to the Journal Sentinel.
Burnley contradicted that testimony, saying he was not resisting, while policing experts were divided over whether the officer’s actions were appropriate, according to the newspaper.
US prosecutors have had difficulty securing convictions against officers accused of wrongful shootings, with trials resulting most often in hung juries or acquittals, which at times have caused civil unrest in American cities.
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White woman pulls gun on Black woman after allegedly almost hitting her with her car
On Wednesday, a viral video showed a white woman in Auburn Hills, Michigan, pulling a handgun on a Black woman in an altercation in a parking lot.
According to the woman taking the video, the white woman nearly hit the Black woman while backing up her van, and the argument escalated quickly.
"Get the license plate!" the Black woman can be heard shouting.
"Don't you f**king jump behind my car," replied the woman with the gun. "Get the f**k back! Get the f**k back! Back the f**k up!"
According to the poster, the woman who brandished the gun has been arrested.
July 4 re-opening still on after employee at private sports club owned by billionaire governor tests positive for coronavirus
After at least three complaints alleging lax reopening practices at West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s luxury resort hotel, a kitchen employee has tested positive for the coronavirus at a residential and sports club affiliated with The Greenbrier.
Local Health Department officials directed a 14-day quarantine for potentially exposed employees at The Lodge, a restaurant at the Greenbrier Sporting Club, and the venue will remain closed until July 10. Festivities planned at the club for July 4 will go on, but with food from other facilities.
"While the events of the past few days certainly have thrown us a curve ball, we have reached out to our friends and colleagues in the area to pull together a festival that will have something for everyone," the director of operations at the sporting club, Allen Wills, told its 400 members in a Tuesday night email, obtained by ProPublica.