– Mother of 17yo Denver girl slain by police demands independent autopsy (RT, Jan 29, 2015):
The mother of Jessica Hernandez, an unarmed teenager who was fatally shot Monday by Denver police, has called for an independent autopsy to be carried out on her daughter’s body to counter any potential bias that may come from the official investigation.
Laura Sonya Rosales Hernandez’s daughter Jessie, 17, was fired upon by two Denver officers who believed she was driving a stolen vehicle through an alley in the city’s Park Hill neighborhood.
“I want another autopsy on my daughter so we can know how much damage they did,” Hernandez said, the Associated Press reported.
Denver police and an independent police monitor have announced separate investigations into the events of Monday evening.
The officers – identified by police as Daniel Greene, a 16-year veteran, and Gabriel Jordan, a nine-year veteran – only shot at Jessie once the car struck one of them, police have said. Both officers have been put on administrative leave.
The car “pretty much had him between a car and a brick wall and a fence,” Denver Police Chief Robert White told the Denver Post.
Yet one of the four unarmed passengers in the car with Jessie – all of whom left the incident uninjured and were not later charged with any crime related to a stolen car – has said, according to reports, that an officer fired into the vehicle first. Then, with the driver incapacitated, the out-of-control vehicle hit Jordan, breaking his leg.