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Sun Dec 28, 2014, 11:48 AM

 

Mall Security Guards Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Won't Be Charged

Posted: 09/19/2014

A prosecutor announced Thursday that no criminal charges will be brought in the case of an unarmed black man killed while being restrained by mall security guards.

McKenzie Cochran, 25, died at the Northland Mall in the Detroit suburb of Southfield in January. A day after he had been asked to leave the building over suspicious behavior, Cochran returned and reportedly told a worker at a mall jewelry store that he wanted to kill someone. The worker called security, and when Cochran wouldn't leave, guards pepper-sprayed and restrained him. He struggled on the ground as three officers held him for several minutes, one with a knee in his back.

Cell phone video shows Cochran crying out and saying, "I can't breathe," as shown in footage above from local outlet WJBK. He also asked for bystanders to call 911 and said he was dying.

"Stop resisting," a guard repeated several times during the incident, captured in a longer cell phone video from a bystander:



The Oakland County Medical Examiner's Office ruled Cochran's death an accident in March, naming the cause of death as position compression asphyxia.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/19/mckenzie-cochran-northland-mall-died_n_5849348.html

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Reply Mall Security Guards Who Killed Unarmed Black Man Won't Be Charged (Original post)
951-Riverside Dec 2014 OP
stage left Dec 2014 #1
daleanime Dec 2014 #2
safeinOhio Dec 2014 #3
otohara Dec 2014 #4
Erich Bloodaxe BSN Dec 2014 #5
uppityperson Dec 2014 #11
NutmegYankee Dec 2014 #13
Rex Dec 2014 #18
Thinkingabout Dec 2014 #6
bluestateguy Dec 2014 #7
_Blue_ Dec 2014 #8
NutmegYankee Dec 2014 #12
jeff47 Dec 2014 #14
_Blue_ Dec 2014 #15
jeff47 Dec 2014 #16
Rex Dec 2014 #19
MrMickeysMom Dec 2014 #9
benld74 Dec 2014 #10
Rex Dec 2014 #17

Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 12:25 PM

1. Of course they won't.

And if you protest you're advocating the murder of police.

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 12:28 PM

2. Why am I unsurprised?

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 12:30 PM

3. Good thing for civil courts

may be the only road to justice.
2 words

Geoffrey Fieger

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 12:38 PM

5. Seems to me that kneeling on someone and compressing their chest

needs to be outlawed. It's no 'accident' when you put someone in a position in which they can't breather, then keep them there until they die.

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:56 PM

11. ++++++++++ eom

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:58 PM

13. Thank You! Why doesn't the justice system get that?

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Response to Erich Bloodaxe BSN (Reply #5)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 02:30 PM

18. It's murder, but it was an authority figure so all is good.

 

The PTB have taken their model for war in the ME and applied it to American citizens...why I have no idea. What did we do all the sudden to warrant death by cop?

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:01 PM

6. Why did this guy return to the mall after he has been ask to leave and then threaten to kill

someone? What is wrong with this nation, why doesn't the killing stop? It goes on and on, domestic violence kills the "loved ones", kids having guns goes into schools and kills, people in shopping malls are killed, people in theatres are getting killed, cops kills civilians, civilians kills cops, what are we as a nation becoming. The killings needs to stop.

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:15 PM

7. Even fake cops get special rights

nt

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Response to bluestateguy (Reply #7)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:32 PM

8. He died from being restrained after showing up to a place he was banned and threatening murder

 

Incredibly tragic but completely preventable.

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Response to _Blue_ (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:57 PM

12. For all we know he was mentally ill. Death seems a steep price. nt

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Response to _Blue_ (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 02:11 PM

14. Yes, for example the security guards could have not suffocated him.

But hey, summary execution is the appropriate response to trespassing.

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #14)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 02:14 PM

15. I imagine the goal was restraining the person

 

Struggling to restrain someone threatening murder is going to inherently involve risks.

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Response to _Blue_ (Reply #15)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 02:21 PM

16. I imagine a lot of things. What matters is what happened

The security guards chose to asphyxiate Cochran. They did it long enough to kill him.

And no, he was not threatening murder. At least, not in the legal sense. "I'm going to kill someone" is not sufficiently specific to be legally considered a threat.

But hey, it's not like police manage to not kill someone who is, say, driving around shooting out the window of her car while wearing body armor. An unarmed teen at a mall is clearly far more of a threat and must be killed.

Death is the only possible way to keep people under control, and security guards should be granted the right to execute anyone.

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Response to _Blue_ (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 02:33 PM

19. Yes his murder was completely preventable, thank you for saying so!

 

Sad that the mall cops got away with murdering someone.

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:45 PM

9. So, cause of death as position compression asphyxia, is it?

IOW, they murdered him by asphyxia. The only other naturally occurring asphyxia is when coming into this world through the birth canal.

This type of asphyxia is when they choke you for a long time on your way out.

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 01:51 PM

10. Useless is the word for mall security cops

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Response to 951-Riverside (Original post)

Sun Dec 28, 2014, 02:28 PM

17. It's okay to murder someone in broad daylight in America, IF you are an authority figure.

 

That message was received by millions of us, LOUD AND CLEAR. Wear a badge, get away with murder.

America is sick and dying on the vine. "Stop resisting" means "I can kill you without reprisal because I have a badge and a gun."


Just keep grinning you fucking fools, you think its funny when an officer murders a POC. Keep smiling.

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