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Henrico Police shot and seriously wounded an upset and allegedly bipolar man Thursday afternoon (April 26) off of Three Chopt Road.

Multiple neighbors who witnessed this event have already come forward to speak out against this instance of police brutality. They describe the situation where Allen Skeens posed no threat to the officers, and where the cops shot him in the chest as a first attempt at detaining him.

This picture was taken by Heather Powell, thanks!

Our hearts go out to the friends and family of Allen Skeens. We hope he has a swift and full recovery

This instance is a great example of why Copwatching is so important. If it were not for the multiple neighbors who were brave enough to stay and observe and take photos of this situation, it might not be so clear that Allen Skeens was brutally attacked by the police today. Too often the only side of the story heard in these circumstances is that of the police.

Please observe and record the police whenever you can, and get other people to stay with you. If you would like a training on how to do this in a more safe way and how to protect your rights, please get in touch with us at sbhcopwatch [at] gmail.com or 804 303 5449.

Video footage of interviews with some witnesses as well as 3 pictures taken by one of them are available here: http://wtvr.com/2012/04/26/graphic-warning-pics-of-police-involved-shooting/

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In another case of police brutality and murder by the police, the Norfolk police have shot and killed an 18 year old, Jemarr Hassle. They shot him during a chase. Hassle had no day in court, he had no innocent until proven guilty, and he had no opportunity to live as an adult. Running from the cops is not punishable by the death penalty. Nor were any of the things he was accused of doing. It is unacceptable for the police forces to kill people over chases for non-capital offense crimes. This is yet another example of the police being out of line and abusing their power.

This murder is not an anomaly, it is the predictable result of the police state we live in. Racism, Classism, Sexism, Ableism, Homophobia, Transphobia, and Ageism are all reflected in the behavior of the police, who are the strong arm of the state.  The Anarchist Black Cross is for the aboilition of prisons. We also support prisoners as we can. Prisons are unjust institutions. They perpetuate the problems of our society. And the murder of people by cops is a part of this injustice. We condemn the Norfolk Police and the as yet unnamed officers responsible for this murder.

There has been more information released on this killing. What reports are saying is that Jemarr had fired a shot at  someone he attempted to carjack, or something along those lines. Until anything is confirmed though, the police should still be scrutinized. And regardless, his crime would still not have been a capital offense. Police have many less lethal options that they can use- lord knows they use them on protesters all the time.

Our condolences to the family of Jemarr Hassle.

From the Richmond Times Dispatch:

Suspect Shot, Killed By Norfolk Police

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A Norfolk police spokesman has identified a man shot and killed after a chase.

A Norfolk police spokesman says officers have shot and killed a man involved in a chase.

Chris Amos says 18-year-old Jemarr Hassle was shot about 2:20 a.m. Sunday. No other injuries were reported. (more…)