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Elijah McClain, 23, was injected with the drug Ketamine during an arrest that led to his death in police custody in Denver last year.

Now medical experts are calling for police departments to end the practice of injecting people with powerful sedatives during police calls.

Some medical and legal experts say ketamine - or any form of sedative - should not be used to subdue someone in police custody in the field.

Tony Timpa, a 32-year-old Dallas man called police for help in August 2016. He said he was depressed and off his schizophrenia medication. During his encounter with police in a parking lot, Timpa cried out for help 30 times.

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Arriving medics gave him an injection of ketamine. Before he died, Timpa shouted repeatedly, "You're gonna kill me!"
 

50-year-old Jamie Britt in Mount Pleasant was reportedly "combative" during a drunk driving arrest last year. Arriving paramedics administered a shot of ketamine.

He was held down by police officers for 3-4 minutes, then became "unresponsive," according to an autopsy report. The medical examiner concluded the ketamine injection was the "proximate cause of death."

McClain's death in Colorado has drawn attention to the dangerous practice of using ketamine in the field to sedate people during police calls.

McClain was detained by three Aurora police officers after a resident called police on Aug. 24, 2019. McClain, a massage therapist, was walking home from a corner store. His family said he was anemic and wore ski masks to stay warm.

The officers determined McClain was "combative" and took him to the ground, while applying a neck restraint. McClain could be heard telling the officers he couldn't breathe on a body cam video.

A medic told officers that "when the ambulance gets here, we're going to go ahead and give him some ketamine," according to NBC News.

One of the officers responded, "Sounds good," and added that McClain appeared to be "on" something and he had "incredible strength."

An Aurora Fire and Rescue medic injected McClain with 500 milligrams of ketamine, according to the district attorney's report.

The coroner found that McClain's death was due to "undermined causes," and that he had marijuana and ketamine at a "therapeutic level" in his system.

"Although there is no evidence to support ketamine overdose," according to the coroner's report, the coroner "could not exclude the possibility that Mr. McClain suffered from an unexpected reaction to the drug."

"Why anyone would be giving ketamine in that circumstance is beyond me," said neuroscientist Carl Hart, chair of Columbia University's psychology department. "The major problem here is we should never be ordering any medication, and no one should be taking or given it against their will."

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A few readers were very upset with my article titled "Candace Owens in 'advanced' talks with Joe Biden to join ticket."

Candace's loyal followers were offended by my description of her as "anti-Black," in my post.

Candace may not be anti-Black, but her words and actions are offensive to Black people. She is especially hateful towards Black men who are murdered by white police officers.

White people can no wrong in Candace's eyes. Every instance of a white officer killing a Black man is justified as far as she's concerned.

She pulls up criminal records to justify a cop killing, because cops playing judge, jury and executioner seems to be fine with her.

I could post Owens' history, and how she flipped from being pro-Black to anti-Black because there is more money to be made by race baiting and pandering to racists, but I won't go there.
 

Sunny Fairweather wrote:

To Liar in Charge:

Candace Owens is not AntiBlack. To say it is a lie. Action speaks louder than words. I went to Blexit in my hometown. I heard her & others speak. I have followed her a long time listening.

She is on a mission to empower & strengthen the black community & unite Americans of all colors. Equality for all is what she seeks. Keep lying hell is not full yet.

When I responded, referring to Sunny as Candace Owens, Sunny replied:

I am not Candace Owens. I am her American Patriot Sister. I read your lie about her & sent you the email. You are blind to your racism & know nothing about Candace.

Her Grandfather still owns the land their Ancestor bought from his former Slave Master in Fayetteville NC. Her family has always known the struggle. I myself know the struggles we had & experienced during Jim Crowe ERA no minority escaped persecution.

We need people to see what is happening & take responsibility for it & change for the better. Being Blind in the eyes makes your other senses sharper to where you can get the full picture without visually seeing it. Racism needs to die. Do not add to it.

 

Renee Sanders writes:

To whom it may concern:

After reading one of your articles it is obvious to me that you yourself are racist.  How dare you refer to Ms. Owens as anti-black!! The problem with the world today is that when someone feels differently about things than they do they are so quick to refer to them as a racist.  I have listened to some of her debates and she seems very concerned for the black community.

Also after going to you website and looking at the stories that you have written they are all about black people, except for the ones that mention negative things such as "white police officers shooting black people".  Why not use your influence to unite us?  There are so many good things going on in our country as well, why focus on the bad?

Renee Sanders

 

Chris Langford writes:

bias much.... did you see the video. your style is sickening. shot a black man in the back.... does that make you a journalist.... reporting some facts.... scared to write all the facts.... how about a drunk man resisting arrest fighting with the officers and shooting at the officer after he...brooks stole the weapon from the officer..... period.

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Family, friends, dignitaries, elected officials and community leaders gathered Tuesday to remember the life of Rayshard Brooks at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta.

The 27-year-old Black man was shot and killed by an Atlanta police officer on the night of June 12th. His death sparked national and international outrage.

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Tomika Miller, the wife of Rayshard Brooks, weeps while holding their 1-year-old daughter Dream during his funeral in Ebenezer Baptist Church.

According to a press release, Brooks' family selected Ebenezer Baptist Church for the private funeral service because of its global historic presence.

"We're here to provide ministry as they walk through the valley of the shadow of death," said Rev. Raphael G. Warnock, Senior Pastor of Ebenezer. "It's Ebenezer's mission to show up in a time like this, especially given the way he lost his life."

Pastor Warnock added: "Rayshard was not a member of our church but his loved ones are a part of our family. We are a sanctuary for the suffering. We are a house of prayer for all people."

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Notable guests included Atlanta Mayor Keisha Bottoms, former Mayor Kasim Reed, Rev. Bernice King, former Georgia Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams, rapper/actor/activist T.I. (pictured hugging Tomika Miller) and his wife Tameka "Tiny" Harris.

Due to Covid-19, only 200 guests were allowed inside the sanctuary, which was marked for social distancing.

Singers Kelly Price, Yolanda Adams, Pastor Smokie Norful, actress/singer Tamela Mann, Kurt Carr all provided songs of comfort.

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Rev. Bernice King, daughter of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., addressed the crowd saying, "Having a father killed when I was only 5 years of age, my heart deeply grieves for [his daughters] Dream, Memory, Blessing and [stepson] Mekai. I know the pain of growing up without a father and the ongoing attention around his tragic loss. I am and will continue to pray for each of you."

During the eulogy, Rev. Warnock reflected on the time he’s spent with Brooks' family in the past few days. "I met 8- year-old Blessing, such a sweet and precious child," he told the congregation.

"On the same day her father was killed, they had been celebrating her 8th birthday. What do you do with that when you're 8-years-old?  These precious children of God will need the village to surround them and support them and embrace them and love on them and reassure them that they are not alone."

Today's service can be viewed on the church's website, www.EbenezerATL.org.

Source: Press release

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Demonstrations and clashes with police continued for a third day in California after an 18-year-old man was gunned down by LA County sheriff's deputies while working as a security guard at an auto body shop.

"He ran because he was scared," one of the protesters' signs read as the crowd chanted, "Why'd you kill that kid?" during a protest on Sunday.

As protesters blocked traffic, a sheriff's helicopter circled overhead. "We don't want to see your children hurt," a voice announced from the helicopter.

He urged the protesters to leave the area so the women and children weren't exposed to pepper spray or tear gas.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department confirmed a sheriff's deputy fired six shots at Andres Guardado during a foot pursuit at the rear of a car business at 420 West Redondo Beach Blvd on Thursday, June 18.

The incident happened shortly before 6 p.m., when two Compton Station deputies who were on patrol spotted Guardado talking to someone in a car that was blocking the driveway to the body shop.

Guardado reportedly looked at them, produced a handgun and fled southbound between two businesses.

The police stopped him at the rear of the car business and one of them fired six rounds at him, killing him.

A .40 caliber semiautomatic pistol with no markings or serial number was recovered near his body. The gun had been altered with an illegal, extended 15-round magazine with 13 live rounds in it, police say.

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Guardado's sister, Jennifer Guardado, 22, (pictured above), said her brother ran when he saw armed police because he was scared.

"He was going to have a great career and a family," she said Friday, according to The LA Times. "He'll never get to experience that. They took that away from him. I never got to say goodbye."

She said her brother was a hard-working teenager who held down two jobs and loved going to the gym. He was working at the auto body shop to get back into school.

But police say Guardado was not wearing a security uniform, nor was he wearing a gun belt or holster. He did not have handcuffs or a security badge.

The age requirement to work as a security guard in California is 21.

Guardado's family want an independent investigation into Guardado's murder.

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An arrest warrant has been issued for Rayshard Brooks' girlfriend, Natalie White, a suspect in the torching of the Wendy's restaurant where Brooks was gunned down by a police officer.

White, 29, was captured on cellphone video allegedly pouring an accelerant into the restaurant before it burned to the ground following peaceful protests on the night of June 13.

White faces charges of arson in the first degree, the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department said on Saturday.

Police responded to a call about a man asleep behind the wheel of a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane.

In police body cam footage, Brooks said White was his girlfriend.

"Natalie White, she's my girlfriend," he told the officers. He explained that she dropped him off at the restaurant and then walked to her home a few blocks away.

He said when police arrived, he backed the car into a parking space but he did not drive the car to the restaurant.

Brooks was shot multiple times as he fled from the police officers who attempted to arrest him for a suspected DUI.

Surveillance video shows Brooks turn and fire the taser at the pursuing officer who shot him twice in the back.

Officer Garrett Rolfe was fired from the police force and charged with 11 criminal counts including felony murder and aggravated assault.

Brooks' wife, Tomika Miller, was gifted with a new car to help her get around with her four children, 13-year-old step-son Mekai, and daughters Blessing, 8, Memory, 2, and Dream, 1.
 

 

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One of the police officers involved in Breonna Taylor's shooting death was fired for "blindly" firing 10 rounds into her apartment.

On Friday, the Louisville Metro Police Department announced the termination of Officer Brett Hankison for displaying "an extreme indifference to the value of human life" when he "wantonly and blindly" opened fire inside Taylor's apartment on March 13, while executing a no-knock warrant in search of a drug dealer who was already in custody.

"You used deadly force by blindly firing ten rounds into Breonna Taylor's apartment without supporting facts that your deadly force was directed at a person (who) posed an immediate threat of danger or serious injury to yourself or others," police chief Robert Schroeder said in a letter advising Hankison of his termination.

“In fact, the ten rounds you fired were into a patio door and window which were covered with material that completely prevented you from verifying any person as an immediate threat or more importantly any innocent persons present," the chief wrote.

"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience. I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion,” the chief added.

The LMPD shared the letter on Twitter.com on Friday.

Taylor, 26, and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, 27 were asleep in bed when three officers broke down their front door.

Walker grabbed his firearm and shot at the officers, believing they were home invaders. Taylor was shot eight times in the ensuing chaos.

"Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend," a distraught Walker said in a 911 call.

Walker was not injured in the shootout but he was arrested and charged with attempted murder. All charges against him were later dropped and he was released.

Two other officers who discharged their weapons -- Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove -- are still on the police force.

No arrests were announced.

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Criminal charges have been filed against Kansas City detective Eric De Valkenaere, six months after the shooting death of Cameron Lamb.

The 26-year-old father-of-three boys was shot to death as he sat in his pickup truck at his home in the 4100 block of College Avenue on Dec. 3, 2019.

The Jackson County prosecutor's office announced the charges against De Valkenaere on Thursday, June 18, KCTV5 News reports.

According to prosecutor Jean Peters Baker, De Valkenaere was charged with first-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

According to an affidavit, Des. Troy Schwalm and Det. De Valkenaere responded to a radio call about a traffic incident in the area of College Avenue and 41st on Dec. 3.

A police helicopter observed a red pickup truck being driven to a house at 4154 College Avenue, according to KCTV5 News.

Det. Schwalm arrived at the location first. With gun drawn, he entered the backyard without the resident's permission.

Det. De Valkenaere then arrived, and observed the red pickup, being driven by victim lamb, backing into the garage.

De Valkenaere later stated he could see Lamb's hands on the steering wheel and he saw Lamb's left hand slide down his body toward his waistband, pull a gun and point it toward Det. Schwalm who was standing on the driver's side of the truck.

De Valkenaere then fired his weapon four times through the windshield. Two bullets hit Lamb, mortally wounding him.

When investigators arrived, they saw Lamb's left arm outside the open driver's window. A gun was on the ground under the driver's side window.

But medical records show that Lamb was right-handed and did not have full use of his left hand as a result of an injury he sustained in 2015.

Lamb made a phone call around the time he was shot. His phone recorded audio of the incident. The phone was found by his right side when crime technicians processed the scene.

Prosecutors requested a bond of $30,000 for De Valkenaere, according to KCTV5 News.

Attorney S. Lee Merritt is representing the family.

"We're hoping law enforcement will learn there is accountability if they use deadly for without the proper justification," Merritt said.

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Jennifer Lawrence is using her considerable star power to call for justice for Breonna Taylor, the Kentucky woman who was fatally shot in her bed by police officers in Louisville, KY.

Lawrence created a new Twitter account to call for the police officers who killed Taylor to be brought to justice.

Breonna, 26, was fatally shot multiple times in her own home in March after officers entered her house with a no-knock warrant, searching for a suspect who was already in custody.

The three cops allegedly involved have not been charged or suspended.

In only her second post on a new Twitter profile created this month, Jennifer wrote, "#SayHerName #BreonnaTaylor," above a powerful statement demanding Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron hold them accountable.

"For three months since her murder Breonna Taylor's family, the people of Louisville, Americans across the country, and many around the world have called out for justice," she said in a statement. "And yet, those calls have gone unanswered. No arrests have been made, the officers responsible for her death remain employed by the LMPD (Louisville Metro Police Department), and disturbingly, the LMPD's own investigation report was woefully inaccurate."

The 'Hunger Games' actress also condemned the "erasure" of black women, stating that it could not "continue in America."

She was likely referring to the fact that Black women are raped or killed with barely any attention given to their stories.

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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced arrest warrants will be issued for two police officers involved in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

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Brooks was gunned down as he fled on foot after struggling with two Atlanta police officers and pointing a police taser at one of them on June 12.

Brooks, 27, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

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The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe (pictured left), faces 11 charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Rolfe was fired on Saturday, June 13, after his superiors determined his use of deadly force was not justified.

Rolfe's partner, Devin Bronsan, was placed on desk duty.

Howard said there was plenty of evidence of wrongdoing. His office interviewed 10 eyewitnesses and collected 8 videos from police body cams, dash cam, Wendy's restaurant surveillance video and three cellphone videos. Physical evidence includes spent shell casings, ballistics, police tasers and 911 call logs.

"For 2 minutes and 12 seconds" there was no medical attention for Rayshard Brooks," Howard said during a press conference at the Fulton County courthouse on Wednesday.

Video shows former officer Rolfe calling out to Brooks, telling him to hold on as he administered CPR to the mortally wounded man.

Director Tyler Perry offered to pay Brooks' funeral expenses as well as provide college scholarships for his four children.
 

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Video of a police shooting outside a South Carolina Walmart was released on Monday -- seven months after Ariane Lamont McCree, 28, was shot dead by a police officer.

Two officers responded to a call about a shoplifter at a Chester Walmart in November 2019. When police arrived, McCree, who was handcuffed by a store security guard, had escaped and was making his way through the parking lot trying to find his car.

McCree's hands were still cuffed behind his back when he was shot dead by a police officer.

The shooting sparked public protests and calls for the officers to be fired.

The Post and Courier newspaper obtained the video footage through an Open Records request.

The video, which has no audio, shows McCree coming out from behind a car when the officer fired three times from at least 8 car lengths away.

The officer approached McCree and appears to remove a gun from the front of McCree's waistband.

The attorney general determined the officers -- Nicholas Harris and Justin Baker -- had acted in self-defense -- despite the fact that McCree's hands were cuffed behind his back and the gun was found in his front waistband.

The police have not yet explained how McCree could have reached the gun with his hands cuffed behind his back.

"Do they think people are stupid enough to believe a story that ridiculous?" writes Nicole Marie on YouTube.com.

"So he was going to his car HANDCUFFED to get a gun he already had then come back in the store walking backwards with the gun pointed to shoot someone???" writes YouTube user Kenneth Stone.
 

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Candace Owens angered many when she defended the actions of an Atlanta police officer who shot a Black man in the back, killing him.

The anti-black, pro-Trump conservative activist trolled her followers by stating she is raising funds to support the white officer who gunned down Rayshard Brooks in a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta on Friday night.

Brooks, 27, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office. His death was ruled a homicide.

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The cop who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe (pictured left), was fired on Saturday after his superiors determined his use of deadly force was not justified.

His partner, Devin Bronsan, was placed on desk duty until the investigation into the officer-involved shooting is completed.

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Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields stepped down and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.

In a series of tweets, Owens, 31, said Brooks is a "criminal" and called for the resignation of Mayor Bottoms and the reinstatement of former police capt. Shields.

"Any person demanding justice for #RayshardBrooks is representative of the absolute vermin of American society. There should be protests DEMANDING that the police chief be reinstated and that mayor @KeishaBottoms
RESIGN for placating CRIMINALS.

I'VE HAD ENOUGH.

#BackTheBlue."

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Rayshard Brooks, the 27-year-old Black man who was shot by an Atlanta police officer, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Brooks was gunned down in a Wendy's parking lot while fleeing from police late Friday night.

The incident began when police responded to a report that a man was asleep in a car in the Wendy's drive-thru lane. His car was blocking other cars in the drive-thru lane.

Police body cam video shows Brooks having a polite conversation with one of the officers. After failing a field sobriety test, he asked if he could park his car and walk to his sister's house a short distance away, but his request was denied.

Police attempted to cuff Brooks but he resisted and a struggle ensued between the three men.

Brooks was able to wrest a taser away from one of the cops and flee on foot. Surveillance video shows Brooks turning and pointing the taser at a pursuing officer who then fired three shots, killing Brooks.

The officer who fired his weapon was fired on Saturday after officials viewed the boy cam footage and determined the use of deadly force was not justifiable.

His partner was assigned to desk duty while the investigation into the officer-involved shooting continues.

Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields resigned and her resignation was accepted by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Saturday.

Protesters demonstrated peacefully outside the Wendy's restaurant on Saturday. But paid agitators in the crowd burned the restaurant to the ground overnight Sunday.

The Atlanta Police Dept. is offering a $10,000 reward for the capture of a Caucasian woman who allegedly set the blaze that torched the restaurant.

Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard released a statement on Sunday:

"Today, members of my staff had the unfortunate duty of witnessing the autopsy of Mr. Brooks as part of our continued investigation.

Because this is a homicide investigation, there are several technical requirements that must be met before we are able to reach a decision. That includes the confirmation of the ballistics involved and obtaining a preliminary report from the Medical Examiner,” according to the DA’s statement."

So far, no arrests have been made in the murder of Mr. Brooks.
 

 

 

 

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The man who claimed George Floyd and former police officer Derek Chauvin "bumped heads" at a nightclub now says he mixed up Floyd with someone else.

David Pinney, who claimed he worked "closely" with Floyd and Derek Chauvin -- and previously told CBS News the two men "bumped heads" -- changed his story Wednesday.

Pinney told CBS News he worked at the same nightclub in south Minneapolis with Floyd for 5 months in late 2015 and early 2016.

He described tension between the two men -- and he said he often stepped in to break up fights between them.

He initially described a close bond with Floyd. "It's a difference when you work side by side with somebody. Like, I see him like a brother...."

"I knew George on a work basis," he said. "We were pretty close. When it came to our security positions, he was in charge and I worked directly below him as a security adviser."

He said Chauvin was "extremely aggressive within the club."

"…..he always showed aggression to, you know, George. So George, to keep it professional, George had me intervene and – interface with him instead of himself, just to be – just to get away from the conflict and keep it professional."

Pinney told CBS News he and Floyd were "very close" and he viewed him as a brother.

On Wednesday, Pinney told CBS News in an email he had confused Floyd with someone else: "There has been a mix up between George and another fellow co-worker," he wrote.

"I apologize for not doing my due diligence and placing you in a very uncomfortable situation," Pinney told CBS4's Jeff Pegues.

A lawyer representing the Floyd family called for Chauvin to be charged with first-degree murder because he believes Chauvin knew who Floyd was and what happened on May 25 was personal.
 

Tamla Horsford

New developments in the Tamla Horsford cold case prompted the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office to ask the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to reopen the case.

New evidence suggests Horsford fought for her life before she was thrown off a balcony following an "adult slumber party" in Forsyth County, GA.

Tamla Horsford

Horsford, a 40-year-old mother-of-5, was found dead in the backyard of a home in North Forsyth County on Nov. 4, 2018.

Her neck was broken and her heart was lacerated, causing her to bleed out in the backyard.

The medical examiner and Georgia Bureau of Investigation ruled the cause of death was multiple blunt force trauma from "an accidental fall" from a 2nd floor residential deck, and the case was closed in 2019.

In a letter to Horsford's widow, Leander, attorney Ralph E. Fernandez said he recently "finished the exhaustive review of the records related to the investigation."

"The review reflects that a homicide is a strong possibility." He went on to say "Witness statements are in conflict" and "A potential subject handled the body as well as the evidence prior to the law enforcement arrival."

He added: "A remarkable fact is that there were no photographs taken during the autopsy of Tamla's body This had been done at someone's directive because such a practice is unheard of."

In a letter to GBI Director Vic Reynolds, Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman asked the GBI to "assume and open" an investigation into the "tragic death of Tamla Horsford."

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The autopsy report and other documents pertaining to Horsford's death were released to the public by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office in 2019 after the case was closed.

The detailed autopsy report, published by Forsythnews.com, describe a fractured cervical vertebra in her neck, bleeding on the brain, and multiple lacerations and abrasions to her face, head, neck, torso and extremities. Her right wrist was dislocated and a 1-inch laceration was observed on her wrist.

The report also described a "3/4 inch linear laceration to the right ventricle" of her heart, meaning a tear in the wall of her heart. That injury alone would have been fatal.

The GBI toxicology report shows Horsford had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit and she had THC (marijuana) and Xanax in her system. But her family said she did not smoke marijuana nor was she prescribed Xanax by a doctor.

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Minneapolis City Council president Lisa Bender defended the City Council's decision to dismantle the police department in the aftermath of the murder of a 46-year-old Black man in police custody.

On Sunday, nine City Council members vowed to dismantle the police force "and try something new."

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On Monday Bender spoke via Skype with CNN's Alisyn Camerota, saying the "revolutionary" movement to remove the police department is a "wake up call" that the police "is not keeping every member of our community safe."

"What if in the middle of the night, my home is broken into?" Camerota asked Bender.

"That comes from a place of privilege," Bender replied.

"Because for those of us for whom the system is working, I think we need to step back and imagine what it would feel like to already live in that reality where calling the police may mean more harm is done," she said.

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Bender said the City Council is looking to shift the response away from armed police officers to community policing by trained residents.

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The City Council will face opposition from Mayor Jacob Frey, who has said he will not allow the police force to be dismantled.

"We are not starting from scratch we have invested in community-based safety strategies," Bender said. "We've done an analysis of all the reasons people call 911 and have looked at ways we can shift the response away from police officers into a more appropriate response for mental health calls. So the groundwork is laid already in Minneapolis for us to work from that," she said.

"Now the hard work begins for us to rebuild systems that really work to keep everyone in our community safe," Bender said.