Hey readers, this case about a young man, Fong Lee, is worth looking at.
“Jason Andersen was first in the media’s eye with his shooting death of Fong Lee but he has remained a contentious member of the Minneapolis police force. In September 2009 Police Chief Tim Dolan fired Andersen for violating the department’s ethics policy because of a dropped domestic assault charge. A state arbitrator returned Andersen to the force after the police union grieved the firing. Andersen is currently being indicted on federal charges for allegedly abusing a black teenager while part of the notorious and now-defunct Metro Gang Strike Force. On September 22, 2010 he was fired for a second time for violating the department’s code on “truthfulness” about this incident in which he allegedly kicked the teen in the head.”
Asian American youth shot eight times, five times after he was already on the ground.
The gun that police say was pointed at them (later retracted in a statement from last year), and was Fong Lee’s – its history is suspect at best – and at worst was already in police custody for two years before the shooting and planted next to Lee. And just in case you were wondering, the gun also had “no fingerprints, smudge marks, or any other evidence linking it to Fong Lee“.
It wasn’t a jury that had at least some Asian Americans or other POC on it who decided that excessive force wasn’t used. It was an all-white jury.
The police officer in question has a history of abuse on the job.
RememberFong Lee? Lee was a 19-year-old Minnesota man who was shot eight times by a Minnesota police officer. The police claimed he had a gun. A gun was recovered by the body but mysteriously it had no fingerprints or DNA evidence linking it to Lee. In addition, the gun had been in police possession just before the shooting. The police officer received a medal for his actions.
Here is an update from Slant Eye for the Round Eye:
While some of you may know about this case, some of you probably don’t – but if you care about how law enforcement looks at members of the API community – I’ll just ask that you listen, and that if you can, help spread the word about the case as well as the upcoming press conference and rally being held this Saturday, October 2nd at 2:00 PM.
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