Missouri Detective Is Convicted in Fatal Shooting of Black Man Outside His Home
A Missouri police detective was found guilty on Friday in the death of a Black man who was fatally shot in 2019 as he sat in a pickup truck outside his home, a remarkable decision given the rarity of convictions in on-duty killings by police officers.Judge J. Dale Youngs ruled that the detective, Eric J. DeValkenaere of the Kansas City Police Department, had no reason to go on the property of Cameron Lamb, 26, who was shot twice as he was backing into his garage on Dec. 3, 2019. Detective DeValkenaere, 43, and another detective had driven to Mr. Lamb’s house after receiving a report about a traffic incident involving the truck that Mr. Lamb was driving.
But they had no warrant and did not have reason to believe a crime had been committed when they rushed into Mr. Lamb’s backyard and confronted him, argued Jackson County prosecutors, who also suggested during the trial that the police had planted evidence at the scene to make it look as if Mr. Lamb had a gun.
Judge Youngs rejected Detective DeValkenaere’s claim that he believed Mr. Lamb was going to shoot his partner and convicted the officer of second-degree involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action, a charge that carries a minimum sentence of three years in prison. As he ruled, Judge Youngs said that Detective DeValkenaere had put himself in a position in which he could harm someone.
More @ https://www.nytimes.com/2021/11/20/us/cameron-lamb-eric-devalkenaere.html
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