In the last four years, there have been hundreds and hundreds of officer-involved shootings across the United States; however; only a handful make national headlines.
Here's a look at some of the most infamous cases in recent years.
- John Geer - August 29, 2013 - Officers were called to a domestic dispute at the home of John Geer, 46, in Springfield, Virginia. During a 45-minute standoff, prosecutors say Officer Adam Torres fired a shot, striking and killing Geer. Geer's body was found with his weapon holstered. Torres claimed, officials say, that Geer lowered his hands, but other officers on scene disagreed. Torres was charged and pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
- John Crawford - August 5, 2014 - John Crawford, 22, was shot by Beavercreek (Oregon) Police Office Sean Williams after picking up a BB gun, which was out of the packing, from a Walmart store shelf. A grand jury declined to prosecute.
- Michael Brown - August 9, 2014 - Authorities say 18-year-old Michael Brown assaulted a store clerk after stealing items and fleeing on foot with friend Dorian Johnson in Ferguson, Missouri. An officer encountered Brown and Johnson in the street and a struggle over the officer's weapon ensued and a shot was fired. Johnson and Brown fled on foot, and Officer Darren Wilson pursued Brown. That's when, authorities say, Brown made a move towards Wilson and Wilson fired several shots. Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing by the Justice Department.
- Jonathan Ferrell - September 14, 2014 - After crashing his car, 24-year-old Jonathan Ferrell began banging on the door of a Charlotte, NC, home, prompting the resident to call 911. When officers arrived, dashcam video shows Ferrell running towards the officers and ignoring commands to not move. Ferrell was fatally shot by Officer Randall Kerrick, whose voluntary manslaughter trial ended in a mistrial.
- Tamir Rice - November, 22, 2014 - A 911 caller in Cleveland, Ohio, reported a black male sitting in a swing pointing a gun at people in a city park. Responding officers say 12-year-old Tamir Rice reached for a gun in his waistband upon their arrival; one of the two officers fired shots, striking Rice in the torso. He died the next day. A grand jury declined to indict the officers involved.
- James Howard Allen - February 6, 2015 - A 74-year-old Army vet was fatally shot by officers performing a welfare check at James Howard Allen's Gastonia, NC home. When officers entered Allen's home, they found him with a gun; police said Allen pointed his gun in the direction of the officers, and one returned fire. The officers involved were cleared of wrongdoing and were not charged.
- Eric Harris - April 2, 2015 - Eric Harris, 44, was fatally shot by a reserve Tulsa County deputy who confused his weapon and his Taser during a sting in Tulsa, OK, in which police say Harris was selling an undercover officer a gun. Reserve Officer Robert Bates was found guilty of manslaughter.
Aug. 29, 2013 - At a standoff at John Geer's Springfield, VA, home, Ofc. Adam Torres fired a shot. Geer's weapon was holstered, though Torres claimed he lowered his hands; other officers disagreed. Torres plead guilty to involuntary manslaughter.
- Samuel Dubose - July 19, 2015 - Samuel DuBose, 43, was fatally shot by University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing during a traffic stop for a missing license plate. Tensing claimed he was dragged by the vehicle, prompting him to fire, however, bodycam video disputed those claims and Tensing was charged with murder. His trial ended in a mistrial, however, prosecutors intend to retry.
August 5, 2014 - John Crawford, 22, was shot by Beavercreek (Oregon) Police Office Sean Williams after picking up a BB gun, which was out of the packing, from a Walmart store shelf. A grand jury declined to prosecute.
- Zachary Hammond - July 26, 2015 - Zach Hammond, 19, was shot when undercover officers conducted an operation targeting his passenger in Seneca, SC. He was shot while attempting to flee officers. No charges were filed, but Hammond's family settled a civil suit for $2.15M.
Aug. 9, 2014 - Officials say Michael Brown, 18, was shot after charging an officer after fleeing a store where he stole items and assaulted a store clerk in Ferguson, MO. Officer Darren Wilson was cleared of wrongdoing by the Justice Department.
- Jeremy McDole - September 23, 2015 - After responding to reports of a man in a wheelchair with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, officers say they encountered Jeremy McDole, 28, who failed to comply with officers about dropping his weapon and was fired upon by officers. Family members said McDole didn't have a firearm. The officers were not charged.
Jury selection starts today for the Randall Kerrrick trial.
- Corey Jones - October 18, 2015 - Musician Corey Jones was shot standing next to his disabled vehicle on an I-95 ramp in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, by a plain-clothes officer. The State's Attorney's Office said evidence showed the 31-year-old had lowered his legally-carried weapon to the ground was running away when he was shot. Officer Nouman Raja was fired and charged with manslaughter and attempted murder.
Nov. 22, 2014 - A 911 caller in Cleveland reported a male sitting in a swing pointing a gun at people in a city park. Officers say Tamir Rice, 12, reached for a gun in his waistband and officers fired. A grand jury declined to indict.
- Jeremy Mardis - November 3, 2015 - Deputy City Marshals Derric Stafford and Norris Greenhouse, Jr., said Christopher Few threatened their lives by using his vehicle as a weapon during a several-mile pursuit in Marksville, Louisiana. A judge, however, said the car wasn't being used at the time the officer fired upon-- fatally striking Few's 6-year-old son Jeremy Mardis. Both officers were charged with second-degree murder.
Feb. 6, 2015 - A 74-year-old Army vet James Allen was shot by officers performing a welfare check at his Gastonia, NC home. After entering, Allen had a gun; police say he pointed his gun towards the officers and they fired. They weren't charged.
- Alton Sterling - July 5, 2016 - Alton Sterling, 37 - Baton Rouge PD responded to a report that a man selling CDs had threatened someone with a gun. Sterling was shot several times while he was held on the ground by two officers. As of December 5, 2016, charges had not been filed.
April 2, 2015 - Eric Harris, 44, was shot by a reserve Tulsa Co. deputy who confused his weapon & Taser during a sting in Tulsa, OK, in which police say Harris sold an undercover a gun. Reserve Officer Robert Bates was found guilty of manslaughter.
- Philando Castile - July 6, 2016 - Philando Castile, 32, was pulled over in St. Paul, MN, for a broken tail light. Castile, who was armed at the time, told the officer he had a permit to carry and had a weapon on him. Castile died after being shot while allegedly reaching for his wallet to retrieve his carry permit. Famously, the aftermath was Facebook-lived by Castile's girlfriend. Officer Jeronimo Yanez was charged with second-degree manslaughter.
July 19, 2015 - Samuel DuBose, 43, was shot by U of Cincy officer Ray Tensing during a stop for a missing license plate. Tensing says he was dragged by the vehicle; video disputed that & he was charged. After a mistrial, prosecutors intend to re-try.
- Daniel Harris - August 18, 2016 - Daniel Harris, a 29-year-old deaf man, was shot to death by a NCHP trooper in Charlotte, NC, following a 10-mile vehicle pursuit. Harris was shot after exiting his vehicle in front of his home. Activists argued Harris was attempting to use sign language when he was shot. An investigation is ongoing.
Lawyer Eric Bland released this photo of Hammond.
- Keith Scott - September 20, 2016 - Keith Scott, 43, was shot by an African American Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officer in the parking lot of an apartment complex. Police say Scott had a gun and refused to comply with directions to drop his weapon. The DA's office said Officer Brentley Vinson acted lawfully in firing his service weapon in the incident.
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