Fatal Shootings By Police in North Dakota Since Ferguson
On August 9, 2014, officers in Ferguson, Missouri shot and killed Michael Brown, sparking more conversations about the use of force by police.
Since that time, roughly 2,200 people in the U.S. have been shot and killed by police officers. Obviously, not all 2,200 cases are controversial. Police have every right to fire their weapons if there is an imminent threat to themselves or others in the area.
Tension around the country has once again been renewed following the recent shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed African American male in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Since the Ferguson incident, there have been three individuals fatally shot by police in North Dakota.
In all three cases, it appears as though the officers had a right to fire their weapon. Let's look at the three cases courtesy of Vox:
The Spirit Lake Tribal Police Department was the agency involved in the shooting of Joseph Charboneau in June 2015 in Fort Totten.
Charboneau apparently pointed a loaded weapon at officers and did not comply with orders from officers to drop the weapon during a stand-off.
Officer Terry Morgan was the shooter. Following an investigation from the federal government, charges were not brought against Morgan.
Morgan was wearing a body camera during the incident but unfortunately it was not functioning properly so there was no video from the night of the shooting.
Police in Fargo responded to a domestic incident and reports of gunfire. Schumacher fatally shot Fargo officer Jason Moszer.
Heavy gunfire between Schumacher and law enforcement occurred during the incident and when officers eventually entered the home, Schumacher was found dead.
It wasn't immediately clear if Schumacher died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound or from police fire but it was later determined that Schumacher was shot twice in the arm by officers.
Officers responded to Thayer Avenue with reports that a man was there intoxicated and armed with a shotgun.
The caller who phoned police said that Scott wanted to kill him. As officers were en route, they learned that the caller was with a neighbor and one of them was armed with a handgun.
Officers arrived and saw Scott in a hallway with a long gun. Scott ran out a back door.
The officer gave commands to Scott and he did not comply.
Scott was shot when officers believed he was armed and was an immediate threat.