A jury has found former District Heights, Md., police officer Johnnie Riley guilty of first- and second-degree assault for shooting Calvin Kyle in the back. Kyle, whom Riley had taken into custody on suspicion of riding a stolen motorcycle, was barefoot and had his hands cuffed behind his back when he tried to escape. The shooting left Kyle paralyzed from the waist down.
A federal judge has ordered the city of Albuquerque, N.M., to pay $6 million to the family of a man killed in his backyard by police. The judge ruled police were not acting in self-defense when they beat and shot Christopher Torres.
Seniors at Long Island, N.Y.’s, Roosevelt High School probably wondered why the message their principal had printed in their yearbook’s concluded with “Congratulations to the Albany High School Class of 2013!” The answer is that Principal Steven Strachan lifted the entire message, including that last line, from the message the principal of a high school in California left in the yearbooks of his seniors last year. Strachan refused to answer questions from the media about the message. But in a statement he insisted he had the permission of the California principal to reuse his remarks.
Latino groups in Tennessee aren’t happy with Shelby County Commissioner Henri Brooks. Brooks and other commissioners tried to delay a contract to re-roof a county building because they didn’t believe the company employed enough minorities, even though the company’s workforce is two-thirds Latino. This led Hispanic Alliance member Pablo Pereya to say that Latinos are a minority group. Brooks responded that she was concerned that blacks who pay taxes get jobs. She quickly added that she wasn’t saying Pereya doesn’t pay taxes. But then added, “You asked to come here. We did not.”