July 31st, 2016 Last Updated on: December 27th, 2016
Loreal Tsingi was shot and killed in Arizona. Deputies were responding to a shop lifting call. According to Officer Shipley attempts were made to detain Tsingi. The officer noticed a pair of scissors in her hand. According to his statement, he gave several commands for her to drop her weapon. The Officer, again according to his statement, felt threatened and claimed she swung the scissors. He responded with fatal shots.
A local investigation followed. According to Navajo Times:
Winslow police officer Austin Shipley, who was involved in the Easter Sunday shooting death of Loreal Tsinigine, will not be charged in her death, according to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.
“After careful review the facts surrounding this case, including available video evidence and witness statements from all involved my office has found no evidence of criminal conduct on the part of officer Shipley,” Montgomery said. – Navajo Times
The Guardian has uncovered that Officer Shipley was not recommended as an officer after his training.
A day before Shipley’s training ended, nearly three years ago, a police corporal recommended that the Winslow police department not retain him.
“They were warned he was likely to hurt someone back in 2013 or so, by another commanding officer,” Floranda said. “It’s unbelievable as to why he was still allowed to wear a badge.” – The Guardian
Now the federal Justice Department is investigating.
The Justice Department will investigate the police shooting of a Native American woman in Arizona, a spokesman said on Friday, a day after footage released by the Winslow police department raised concerns about racial bias in the fatal shooting. – The Guardian
According to research conducted by The Guardian, Native Americans are disproportionately involved in fatal police shootings.
Nationwide, Native Americans are disproportionately killed by police. Based on data from the Counted, the Guardian’s database of police killings in the US, fatal police shootings of black, white, Hispanic and Asian Americans have all gone down slightly or remained roughly the same from 2015 into 2016, but twice as many Native Americans have been killed over the same period.
Because the number of Native Americans, relative to other racial and ethnic categories, is quite small, just a handful of incidents can dramatically change the per capita rate. Still, 13 Native American people have been killed just over halfway through 2016, more than the 10 that were killed in all of 2015. – The Guardian
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