Five years ago, a pregnant teen was fatally shot by undercover officers in Northern California. Now, officers and a suspect will have to pay the woman’s family $21 million.
In March 2017, Elena Mondragon was riding in a BMW. It had pulled out from an apartment complex. Fremont officers attempted to cut it off in their unmarked van. The driver had been named as Rico Tiger, 19.
Fremont police officers stated that Tiger had been wanted by authorities for multiple robberies. They added that Tiger had slammed his vehicle into the van.
Mondragon, 16, was fatally shot after being hit by four bullets when police opened fire. She was a passenger in the vehicle and was in the first trimester of her pregnancy. Her family discovered that at that time.
Tiger crashed the car and ran from the location. He was later found and apprehended.
Officers Sgt. Jeremy Miskella, Detective Joel Hernandez, and Officer Ghailan Chahouati were previously ruled to be justified in the shooting.
The family says that the incident stemmed from “a botched covert arrest operation” in their civil rights and wrongful death claim.
The family’s lawyer has called Friday’s judgement “a tremendous verdict for the family.”
A Missouri man was indicted Tuesday for allegedly leaving a voicemail containing a threat on the personal cell phone of an election official in the Maricopa County Recorder’s Office in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Walter Lee Hoornstra, 50, of Tecumseh, is charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and one count of making a threatening telephone call.
“These unlawful threats of violence endanger election officials, undermine our electoral process, and threaten our democracy,” said Assistant Attorney General Kenneth A. Polite, Jr. of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. “The department’s Election Threats Task Force, working with our partners across the country, remains committed to investigating and prosecuting such illegal threats to ensure that these public servants are able to do their jobs free from intimidation.”
According to the indictment, on or about May 19, 2021, Hoornstra allegedly left the following voicemail message on the personal cell phone of the election official: “So I see you’re for fair and competent elections, that’s what it says here on your homepage for your recorder position you’re trying to fly here. But you call things unhinged and insane lies when there’s a forensic audit going on. You need to check yourself. You need to do your [expletive] job right because other people from other states are watching your ass. You [expletive] renege on this deal or give them any more troubles, your ass will never make it to your next little board meeting.”
“The FBI is committed to vigorously investigating and holding accountable anyone who threatens election workers,” said Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division. “These public servants protect our fundamental right to vote by administering fair and free elections. Any attempts to interfere with our elections by intimidating election officials, their staffs, and volunteers with threats of violence will not be tolerated.”
If convicted, Hoornstra faces up to five years in prison for making a threatening interstate communication and up to two years in prison for making a threatening telephone call. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after considering the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — Surveillance video caught the moment a Prescott Valley Wendy’s employee came up to a customer and sucker-punched him after an argument a couple of weeks ago. On July 26, 35-year-old Antoine Kendrick was at the register taking the 67-year-old man’s order. However, police say the man then complained about his order, and that’s when things turned violent.