Officers Involved: Juan Curry (32) and Samuel Nassan (30)
Killed: Michael Ellerbe (12)
Location: Fayette County, Pennsylvania
(12.24.2002) An owner of a stolen vehicle saw his vehicle and called police, Michael Ellerbe was chased by police until he crashed and took off on foot. As he ran between two houses officers shot him in the back.
Jonny E. Gammage - Three suburban police officers were charged with involuntary manslaughter in the choking death of Gammage, 31, of Syracuse, N.Y., at a traffic stop on Route 51 on Oct. 12, 1995. Officer John Vojtas of Brentwood was acquitted in a jury trial in November 1996. Charges were dismissed last July against Brentwood Lt. Milton Mulholland and Baldwin Borough Officer Michael Albert after two mistrials.
Anthony Starks - Deputy Coroner Arthur G. Gilkes Jr. ruled in July 1995 that Starks' death while in police custody was accidental. Starks, 30, of Rockville, Md., died April 28, 1995, after being restrained by city police in an East Liberty apartment building where he had been smoking cocaine and drinking with friends. Police admitted striking Starks on the face and hands, while other witnesses testified that police kicked him in the head and abdomen and beat him with nightsticks. Gilkes concurred with a forensic pathologist who said blunt force trauma played no part in Starks' death, and that the probable cause was cocaine abuse and heart disease.
Maneia Bey - After hearing from 33 witnesses over two days, a coroner's jury voted 4-2 to recommend no charges be filed against six officers who fired at Bey during a two-block foot chase and shootout Nov. 20, 1993, in East Liberty. Bey, 23, of Beltzhoover, was felled by bullets fired by two of the officers. He was shot 16 times, including 13 times in the back, after running from police.
Anthony Walton Jr. - A coroner's jury recommended involuntary manslaughter charges against McKeesport Officer Javan Wilson III, who was off duty Aug. 12, 1993, when he pursued and shot Walton, 33, of Versailles. A Common Pleas Court jury acquitted Wilson in August 1994.
Anthony Agurs - Pittsburgh police Officer Bernard Hont was acquitted of homicide by vehicle in 1984 in the death of Anthony Agurs, 15, in the parking lot of the Stanton Heights Shopping Center. The city, however, paid $110,000 to Agurs' family to settle a civil suit over the incident.
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