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22yo unarmed black man was shot in the head by a Jacksonville pig as he limped away from a car crash

stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
Suspect shot by officer after crash dies

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The 22-year-old man shot by a police officer Sunday afternoon after a head-on crash with the officer's cruiser has died, according to the man's father.

Vernell Bing Jr. was shot once in the side of the head after leading officers on 3.7-mile high-speed chase that ended when it appeared he intentionally struck the officer's cruiser on a Springfield street, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

JSO Chief Chris Butler said no gun was found on Bing or in his car.

Butler said Bing was in a red Chevrolet Camaro that was wanted in connection with an April shootout that was spotted Sunday afternoon in Northwest Jacksonville. After the collision, the Camaro's metrics showed it was going 53 mph and not braking when it struck Officer Tyler Landreville's oncoming cruiser on 9th Street.

Landreville's cruiser was disabled and Bing's car left the road and struck a building. Butler said Landreville got out of his car and walked toward the Camaro without pulling his weapon and ordering the man, who was out of his car, to surrender. Butler said something caused Landreville to pull his gun and fire five times, one bullet striking Bing.

“For some reason, when the suspect exits from his car, goes to leave, something ... caused police Officer Landreville to unholster his weapon and shoot at the suspect multiple times," Butler said.

The JSO is not allowed to interview Landreville until the State Attorney's Office completes its investigation to see if the shooting was justified.

Butler acknowledged reports circulating in the community that Bing was shot five times or in the back as he was running away, but the facts show Bing was shot once in the side of his head.

We want exactly what the community wants; we want a thorough investigation," Butler said. "With your help, we can make sure any witnesses that might be out there come forward and give us that information."

Landreville is a seven-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office. Butler said this was his first officer-involved shooting.

"We investigate all of our officer-involved shootings," Butler said. "There will be an administrative process that takes place later, with the Response to Resistance Board."

Bing has a previous history with police, having been arrested for car theft, resisting arrest, burglary, trespassing, falsifying his identity and driving without a license.

In the wake of the seventh police-involved shooting of the year, several civil rights leaders have renewed their call for body cameras. Butler said Sheriff Mike Williams is in favor of body cameras but wants to ensure there is adequate funding and administration in place before using them.

Events leading up to the shooting

Police said Landreville spotted the Camaro wanted in an April shooting on Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway. He called for assistance, and the officers tried to stop the vehicle. The vehicle continued into the Moncrief area at a high rate of speed, then drove into Springfield, police said.

The Camaro reached Ionia Street when Landreville was traveling on Liberty Street. The man turned west on 9th Street and the officer turned east onto 9th. The man hit the officer head on, disabling the cruiser, police said.

The man's car went into a building. That's when Landreville got out of the cruiser and approached him.

Bing's injuries were said to be life-threatening.

Landreville was also taken to the hospital for injuries from the accident. He was treated and released.

A man who said he witnessed the shooting told News4Jax the officer the man was limping as he was trying to get away.

"(The officer) was no more than three or four feet away from him," Eric Coleman said. "He could have tackled the man instead of shooting him, but he chose to shoot this man.”

Coleman went on to say that once the suspect was hit and fell to the ground, the officer "shot him three or four more times."

Chief Butler reiterated that Bing was only hit by one bullet.





“Every generation has its own evil. But our evil is a different kind of evil — our systems are evil.” - Rev. Nicholas Richards


  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Suspect in Sunday's police-involved shooting has died; incident sparks concerns from civil rights groups

    Two leading civil rights organizations have issued statements concerning the shooting in the 300 block of East Ninth Street near Liberty Street. The local NAACP said it is concerned about "potential excessive" force in this and other police-involved incidents recently.

    Bing was shot just before 6 p.m. Sunday after he apparently fled following a car chase that ended with a crash with a patrol car on East Ninth Street in Springfield, according to police. The officer also was taken to the hospital as a precaution, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

    Neighbors said gunfire erupted after the fleeing red convertible Camaro hit the patrol car head-on before slamming into the side of a building at East Ninth and Liberty streets. The Camaro driver was shot after he bailed out of the car and limped away, residents said.

    Officer T.L. Landreville fired five shots, according to Sheriff’s Office Chief Chris Butler.

    Eric Coleman, who lives near where the chase ended and the shooting occurred, said the suspect seemed disoriented when he got out of the Camaro after.

    “He was limping. Not really running. Not really walking, just limping. And the police officer hopped out of his car moving pretty fast,” Coleman said.

    Coleman said the officer fired a shot and the suspect, who he said did not appear to have a gun, fell to the ground. It appeared he had been shot in the back, he said.

    “After the suspect fell, he continued to shoot," Coleman said of the officer. "I’d say he shot him about four or five more times.”

    Bing shows up on the jail's website as being absentee-booked Sunday on a charge of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer. He's had three other minor arrests in Jacksonville, jail records show.

    Jacksonville NAACP President Isaiah Rumlin issued a brief statement about the shooting. While saying the Jacksonville NAACP looks forward to continuing its work with the Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Mike Williams, "... we have great concern as it relates to the potential excessive use of force incidents involving multiple" officers over recent weeks. Rumlin said he is looking for a thorough investigation that will "reveal the truth of these incidents."

    The Southern Christian Leadership Conference issued a more detailed statement as well, saying that it feels that the circumstances surrounding Sunday’s shooting are “clearly questionable.”

    “The questionable means by which black men are shot down in the streets will not be tolerated,” the letter quotes Southern Christian Leadership Conference board chairman Juan P. Gray. “The citizens of our city need some means of accountability of the JSO.”

    Gray said that the board refuses to rush to judgment but added that the main issues are “police accountability and the blatant distrust that exist between the police and the people they are sworn to serve and protect.”

    He also pointed out that some eyewitness accounts differ from what police have announced so far. Those include police “still trying to explain why a police veteran shot an unarmed man” and that witnesses say police could have handled this incident without deadly force since they said that the injured suspect was limping away from the crash site when he was shot.

    In light of this shooting, the group’s letter stated that a “broad range of community activists” are pushing for greater police accountability, while the Southern Christian Leadership Conference supports an immediate establishment of a citizens advisory panel to review “all questionable police shootings,” the letter said.

    “This panel is needed because all previous internal police reviews have been biased,” Gray’s letter said. “Those reviews have always substantiated police shootings as justifiable and we simply do not believe that to be true.”

    The group also is calling for the deployment of body cams on some police officers, adding that Sunday’s police shooting was a “classic case where police body cams could have provided much needed and valuable footage.”

    Of Jacksonville's seven officer-involved shootings this year, five of the suspects have been black. The only fatal police shooting was May 14’s Cody Nathanael Marsh, a white 19-year-old suicidal man who was waving knives and charging at officers near a downtown McDonald’s.


    Octavia Dixon said she saw the police car hit the Camaro, then the Camaro hit the building.

    "The man got out and tried to run but he was limping like his leg was hurting," said Dixon. "When police shot him, he fell on the ground. He preceded to shoot the man while he was on the ground. The other police car that was behind him got out and proceeded to shoot the man as well."





    “Every generation has its own evil. But our evil is a different kind of evil — our systems are evil.” - Rev. Nicholas Richards
  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    FBI will review Jacksonville police shooting that killed suspect Vernell Bing Jr. in May

    The announcement by Sheriff Mike Williams and Jacksonville FBI Special Agent in Charge Michelle Klimt came almost three weeks after the 22-year-old died from one gunshot wound to the head.

    Williams said the Sheriff’s Office’s standard review of any police-involved shooting will continue as usual. But after weeks of demands by community groups for an independent investigation into white officer Tyler Landreville’s actions against Vernell Bing Jr., the sheriff said he asked the FBI to step.

    “The best course of action for our community is that the FBI will review this incident and provide results to the Department of Justice,” Williams said in a Friday news conference with Klimt. “This will be done to ensure that all processes required by law are followed.”

    Klimt said the FBI will be joined by the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division in the review of any possible violations. If any federal civil rights violations are found, the FBI will investigate and submit results to federal prosecutors, she said.

    “Under the provisions we have to prove the official was acting under the color of law or in their official capacity as a law enforcement officer and willfully deprived the victims of their civil liberties — the officer knew what they were doing was wrong and did it anyway and acted intentionally and unreasonably,” Klimt said.

    Community leaders stood outside the Sheriff’s Office awaiting information on Friday’s news conference. They included Bing’s mother, Shirley McDaniel, whose friends announced that her dead son’s baby boy was born only a week ago.

    “I am speechless to the fact that my son was murdered,” McDaniel said, getting emotional. “... I am glad they are moving forward, but that’s not going to bring my son back.”

    Southern Christian Leadership Conference spokesman Ben Frazier, whose organization’s June 4 statement called Bing’s death “an execution” and an unjustified police shooting, said this kind of independent assessment is imperative “to ensure accountability and trust.”

    “It is a move in the right direction,” Frazier said. “We don’t want to get too excited except to say that we have never been satisfied with the internal investigations.”

    He said there’s also not a great deal of confidence in the office of State Attorney Angela Corey, which routinely rules police shootings justifiable.

    “So yes, we are looking at this with great celebration, cautiously optimistic that there will in fact be an honest and thorough investigation,” Frazier said.

    According to police, Landreville saw Bing driving a stolen Chevrolet Camaro convertible May 22 and chased it with his lights and sirens activated. At one point, the Camaro went down the wrong side of Main and Eighth streets and had a near miss with a woman and her child as well as a parked police car. Then the Camaro headed directly at the officer’s car and they collided at East Ninth and Liberty streets.

    Witnesses said Landreville got out of his smashed cruiser and walked toward Bing, who was still in the Camaro. Landreville was giving Bing commands as his gun remained in its holster, police said.

    “For some reason when the suspect exits from his car, something caused Landreville to unholster his weapon and shoot at the suspect multiple times,” Sheriff’s Office Chief Chris Butler said during a May 23 news conference on the incident.

    Hit once in the side of his head, Bing died the next day.

    A police officer usually gets represented by an attorney from his police union, in this case the Fraternal Order of Police. Union spokesman Shannon Hartley said it’s to ensure that the officer’s rights are protected when the administrative review is done and that any outcome reached is done so “in accordance with the negotiated collective bargaining agreements and state law.”

    That also means that anything the officer tells the attorney “is protected as an attorney-client privilege and not subject to disclosure,” Hartley said.

    Landreville’s attorney has delivered an official statement on the shooting to the Sheriff’s Office, but it will not be released as the department investigation continues to gather evidence and interview witnesses, Williams said Friday.

    “We want to protect that statement. We want to protect all witness testimony at this point,” Williams said. “That is what gives validity to that testimony. ... We don’t need people creating the truth based on what someone else has said.”

    The Sheriff’s Office normally does a criminal investigation on all police-involved shootings, while its cold-case detectives investigate and interview witnesses before it is all independently reviewed by the State Attorney’s Office. Then all evidence is submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement crime lab for processing, creating what the sheriff has called “an impartial forensic component” to the investigation.

    The State Attorney’s Office does its own separate justifiable use of deadly force review dealing specifically with “whether or not there are any potential criminal charges,” Corey said.

    No administrative investigation can begin, according to Florida statute, until the criminal investigation is done by the State Attorney’s Office and its findings sent to the Sheriff’s Office’s Response to Resistance Board. That administrative investigation is held to determine if policy violations occurred. Those hearings are closed to the public and not announced ahead of time, police said.

    The board is chaired by police Director Tom Hackney with two assistant chiefs, two lieutenants, four alternates and a non-voting general counsel, cold-case squad sergeant and a Sheriff’s Office firearms expert. Once they complete their findings, they are posted on the sheriff’s website.

    The Sheriff’s Office has had seven police-involved shootings this year as of late May but said none has reached resistance board review. There are 10 completed summations on the website now for incidents in 2015, the last sent to Williams on March 1.

    The sheriff did not have any statistics on how many police-involved shootings are reviewed by the FBI. National FBI statistics for 2014 indicate that its investigations of “color of law” cases involving law enforcement led to 72 indictments for violations of excessive force, sexual assaults, false arrest and fabrication of evidence, deprivation of property and failure to keep from harm.




    “Every generation has its own evil. But our evil is a different kind of evil — our systems are evil.” - Rev. Nicholas Richards
  • stringer bellstringer bell Posts: 26,212 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 530

    On May 22, 2016, Vernell Bing attacked an officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office using the deadly force of a stolen vehicle traveling at a speed of 53MPH against the officer's marked patrol vehicle traveling at 14MPH for a combined force of 67MPH. The suspect conducted this assault after leading officers on a 3.7 mile pursuit endangering the lives of the community at large. Any officer participating in such a pursuit does so at great personal risk relying on training, experience, and instinct to ensure there own survival and the safety of the community and all persons involved.

    There is zero evidence, or historical empirical data, available to indicate that had Mr. Bing allowed himself to be taken into custody initiating his constitutional right to due process, that any harm would have come to himself or anyone else. Officers in Jacksonville, and around the country, make far greater than 99% of all arrests of suspects without using deadly force, much less excessive force. The percentage is even higher among compliant suspects than those who resist. Mr. Bing chose a course of action which led Officer Tyler Landreville to respond to deadly force with deadly force resulting in Mr. Bing's death.

    There has been no indication by anyone, other than those who are uninformed or refuse to acknowledge facts, that Ofc. Landreville made any judgement or policy errors. This is a voice that will not be placated by any mountain of evidence or review by any governing body. I have complete confidence in the extraordinary work done by the JSO and State Attorney's Office investigators that do flawless work in these types of cases. Furthermore, I am confident in their ability to follow the procedures outlined by negotiated contracts and state laws that result in open and thorough investigations. We are confident that any review by anyone, including the FBI, will result in the conclusion that Ofc. Landreville acted appropriately, by state law, and by agency policy.

    Lastly, we extend sincere empathy for the sadness that Mr. Bing's actions have caused his family. We are equally sympathetic for the trauma experienced by our officer and the potential lifelong impact it will have on him and his family. We will continue to be here to support both the officer and his family during this difficult time. However, we are thankful that there are men and women willing to put it on the line for love of their community in the face of declining wages and benefits.

    Steve Zona, President Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge 5-30


    Typical Pig Union response.. "It was the evil dangerous black man fault are innocent follow white good cop did nothing wrong.. Also race had nothing to do with this at all"…




    “Every generation has its own evil. But our evil is a different kind of evil — our systems are evil.” - Rev. Nicholas Richards
  • fuc_i_look_likefuc_i_look_like Posts: 9,190 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Wow this is one of the worst unarmed shooting stories ive heard this year. Straight up evil
  • Dazzling Dazzling Posts: 410 ✭✭✭
    Ridiculous... :'(
  • LUClENLUClEN Absence makes the heart grow fonder of someone else Posts: 20,559 ✭✭✭✭✭
    My guess is this will be an attempted murder charge. If the first shot killed him then they technically can't charge for murder because you can't kill a corpse. All the other shots that followed would presumably be unjustified
    The rapper from linkin park would body the dudes in the xxxtentacion cypher
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