LAS VEGAS, NV – Police officials recently released the video of a man accused of murdering a two-year-old boy trying to grab an officer’s firearm while inside of a police interview room at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters building.
Luckily, no one was hurt during the May 12th incident.
VIDEO: Man accused of killing 2-year-old Amari Nicholson grabs police officer’s gun. https://t.co/aPJ5xyZZTa
— KTNV 13 Action News (@KTNV) June 16, 2021
On May 12th, LVMPD officers were interrogating 27-year-old Terrell Rhodes in connection with the killing of two-year-old Amari Nicholson that occurred May 5th.
Reportedly, Amari had been reported missing on May 5th, with Rhodes having initially told investigators that the child was taken by an unknown family member.
Days after the child was reported missing, Rhodes had allegedly confessed to killing the two-year-old child after Amiri had urinated on himself.
Amiri was reportedly left in Rhodes’ care when the child’s mother had left the state to go take care of her own mother. Police say that Rhodes had rendered a crudely drawn map to lead authorities to where he’s reportedly hid the child’s body after the murder.
Utilizing the hand-drawn map, police located Amiri’s body within the 400 block of East Twain Avenue.
When Rhodes was being brought into a police interview room on May 12th, the suspect is visibly upset and is crying while squirming as officers are trying to have him take a seat.
Rhodes had allegedly told police in the interview room “let me out of here,” and that he “can’t go back.”
Suddenly, Rhodes can be seen reaching over to one of the officer’s holstered weapon, actually taking control of the firearm.
The two officers inside of the interview immediately try to get the firearm out of the suspect’s hands, with then two other officers coming in to assist.
According to the police report on the incident inside of LVMPD headquarters, Rhodes allegedly said “I’m going to kill a mother fucker,” while the struggle for the gun took place.
Luckily, officers were able to subdue Rhodes and no injuries were reported from the incident.
After the suspect was under control, Rhodes reportedly told police “I wanna die,” and “kill me.”
Following the death of the young child, in concurrence with the incident at police headquarters, Rhodes was charged with murder, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, assault on a protected person with the use of a deadly weapon and resisting a public officer with the use of a firearm.
Rhodes was said to have pled not guilty to the charges and is due back in court on June 25th.
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In other incidents regarding recently released footage by police officials, the footage pertaining to the fatal officer-involved shooting of a man who allegedly pointed a gun at an officer in California back in May was recently released.
Yet, despite the fairly clear evidence shown in the video, protesters and activists are proclaiming that the armed suspect was unjustly shot by the officer.
Here’s that previous report.
SAN JOSE, CA – Officials recently released footage from the May 31st fatal officer-involved shooting of 31-year-old Demetrius Stanley.
Video from the incident shows Stanley confronting the undercover officers -who were performing surveillance at the time – and pulling a gun on them before being shot.
Black man who pointed gun at undercover San Jose cops fatally shot https://t.co/Nob9KhkNAg
— Bennett Salvador (@bcsalvador) June 4, 2021
According to San Jose Police Chief Anthony Mata, two undercover officers were conducting surveillance on May 31st on Stanley along Tofts Drive.
Chief Mata specified that the officers, who were in plain clothes and utilizing an unmarked vehicle, were only in the area to conduct surveillance and not enact any arrests:
“Officers did not want, or anticipate, a confrontation that night, and did everything possible to avoid having one. Unfortunately, the officers have no control over the actions of others.”
Stanley had reportedly been arrested previously for an alleged armed robbery committed on March 12th, and had bailed out of jail following his arrest.
— Chewy (@ChewyWishy) June 4, 2021
Chief Mata proclaimed that detectives were pursuing other allegations pertaining to the robbery and were trying to determine where exactly Stanley was residing during the evening of the fatal shooting.
During the incident, one of the undercovers were on foot on Tofts Drive when Stanley emerged from a residence while holding a firearm.
Authorities say Stanley started walking toward the plainclothes officer while armed, which the officer began to run once he heard the firearm being racked and loaded by Stanley.
Video then shows Stanley tuck the firearm into his waistband area and start walking back to his house – but then focuses on the unmarked vehicle where the second undercover was still inside.
Stanley can be seen walking to the driver’s side door of the unmarked vehicle, pulling out his firearm and then opening the door of the vehicle while his weapon is pointed at the detective inside.
Authorities say that is the moment when the undercover fatally shot Stanley.
Investigators were said to have later recovered the firearm allegedly in Stanley’s possession during the night of the incident, noting that it was a “ghost gun” that carried an illegal, high-capacity magazine.
While the case facts seem to fall in line with an instance of justifiable deadly force – whether used by a law enforcement officer or a civilian – the fatal shooting of Stanley still has resulted in “Say His Name” hashtags, protests, and proclamations of police “murdering” the suspect.
last night SJPD shot and murdered Demetrius Stanley. the officer was wearing civilian clothing and did not announce himself. @SanJosePD is saying it’s justified. KILLING PEOPLE IS NEVER JUST!! #DemetriusStanley #BlackLivesMatter #DefundPolice https://t.co/HrhOU1ZsqE
— BLACK LIVES MATTER (@swagyuemily) June 2, 2021
Some Twitter accounts even went so far as to spread propaganda regarding the critical incident, telling their followers that not only Stanley was unjustly shot, but that he was also “unarmed” when he was fired upon by the undercover.
One example of said misinformation is from @mickeydevotee, who said:
“San Jose PD shot and killed a unarmed black man last night. His name was Demetrius Stanley. Say his name. There’s a protest at SJ city hall at 7pm tonight. Wish I could go but my spine is fucked right now. Ugh. Black Lives Matter.”
San Jose PD shot and killed a unarmed black man last night. His name was Demetrius Stanley. Say his name.
There’s a protest at SJ city hall at 7pm tonight. Wish I could go but my spine is fucked right now. Ugh.
Black Lives Matter.
— Hann Solo (@mickeydevotee) June 1, 2021
Dangerous lies about critical incidents, such as the aforementioned, have the propensity to add fuel to protests that can cause them to break out into violent riots.
Groups such as HERO Tent, which helped fund protests and riots in Portland back in July of 2020, also contributed to painting the undercover officers involved in the incident as somehow being at fault simply because they “were in plain clothes”:
“Demetrius Stanley say his name. The officers who shot and killed him were in plain clothes according to the family. Demetrius’s gf and uncle were handcuffed and out in the police cars as SJPD officers rampaged through the family house displacing the family until this morning.”
Demetrius Stanley say his name.
The officers who shot and killed him were in plain clothes according to the family. Demetrius’s gf and uncle were handcuffed and out in the police cars as SJPD officers rampaged through the family house displacing the family until this morning.
— HERO Tent (@hero_tent) June 1, 2021
HERO Tent is also among the crowd attempting to spread propaganda about the fatal shooting of Stanley, proclaiming that authorities spread “misleading or false information” to news outlets regarding the shooting:
“Police departments across the country and specifically in the state of California show a pattern of spreading misleading or false information to the established news media to defend use of force. They do this when black men are killed. They did this to Demetrius Stanley.”
Police departments across the country and specifically in the state of California show a pattern of spreading misleading or false information to the established news media to defend use of force. They do this when black men are killed. They did this to Demetrius Stanley.
— HERO Tent (@hero_tent) June 3, 2021
While the matter is still under investigation, the evidence provided in the video is particularly hard to refute.
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