COLORADO POLICE OFFICER RESIGNS BEFORE HIS ADMINISTRATIVE HEARING FOR AN INCIDENT HE HAD WITH A BLACK COLLEGE STUDENT

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

Boulder, Colorado police officer, John Smyly resigned this past Wednesday, before his scheduled administrative hearing.

The hearing was about a confrontation that the police officer had with an African-American Naropa University student, Zayd Atkinson in March.

An internal investigation revealed that the officer Smyly in his treatment of Atkinson, had violated conduct, police authority and public trust.

In the resignation agreement he will reportedly stay on with the department until 2020, and will receive $69,000.

According to the AtlantaBlackStar:

Atkinson’s lawyer, Siddhartha Rathod, was less-than-pleased with the agreement and said the city was using taxpayer dollars to reward Smyly for his misconduct.

Rathod later said: “Boulder is paying this officer nearly $80,000 in taxpayer money, giving him a year’s paid vacation for what he did”.

For additional information use link below:

https://atlantablackstar.com/2019/05/17/colorado-cop-who-detained-black-college-student-picking-up-trash-resigns/

MAN WRONGLY CONVICTED WHEN $13 MILLION DOLLAR SETTLEMENT

By: Leon Kwasi Kuntuo-Asare

An African-American man, who went to prison for six years was awarded $13 million dollars in a settlement , which was agreed upon by the San Francisco board of supervisors .

According to NPR, Jamal Trulove, who is also an actor, was reportedly set up and served prison time for a 2007 murder he did not commit. His 2015 retrial proved his innocence, and he was acquitted for the crime.

In 2007, Trulove sued the SFPD, after he was arrested and sent to prison for the murder of his friend Seu Kuka.

A jury would later determine that San Francisco police officers Maureen D’Amico and Michael Johnson lied and falsified evidence in the case, and even coerced a witness to lie and claim that Trulove was the shooter.

If the case was not overturned, Trulove could of spent the rest of his life behind bar.

For additional information use the link below:

https://thegrio.com/2019/03/20/black-man-framed-by-police-for-killing-his-friend-awarded-13-million-settlement/