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Inglewood, CA — After taking the lives of Kisha Michael, 31, and Marquintan Sandlin, 32, who had fallen asleep in their car while on a date, the five officers who fired the 20 rounds into the car have been removed from the department.

The announcement from Mayor James T. Butts on Tuesday marked the end of an internal probe stemming from the killing of the couple on Feb 21, 2016. Despite their removal from the department, the punishment they received, if any, remains entirely secret.

“The officers involved in the incident are no longer members of the Inglewood Police Department,” Butts said in his statement. “The department’s report and any discipline that results from the report are confidential.”

The mayor’s spokeswoman, Jasmyne Cannick, later said that the five officers were “separated from service” after firing their weapons during the encounter with Sandlin and Michael, reports the LA Times.

Despite the city and the department refusing to release the names of the officers who killed a couple for sleeping in their car, a public records request identified the officers involved in the shooting as Michael Jaen, Richard Parcella, Jason Cantrell, Sean Reidy and Andrew Cohen.

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Although police tried to make this an open and shut case after they killed the couple, the Mayor let slip a major detail in the shooting — the couple was unconscious. 

For at least 45 minutes, police attempted “to rouse” them in an effort “to de-escalate the situation,” said Butts.

After admitting that the couple was asleep, Butts quickly defended the officers, noting, “Obviously at some point they were conscious because somebody felt threatened.”

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However, that notion has yet to be proven and is particularly unlikely due to the fact that not a single officer received so much as a scratch, nor did the couple have any reason to be violent, nor has there been any evidence presented at all showing that the couple fired or even pointed a gun.

Michael’s twin sister Trisha stated the obvious after the shooting when she said that it’s possible that Kisha merely passed out on the way home from their night out. After reviewing the autopsy results, this seems like the most plausible scenario. The couple was likely too drunk to drive, so they pulled over and went to sleep. Not wanting to be robbed, Michael had a gun on her lap for protection and police, trained to fear for their lives, escalated the benign situation to a deadly one — simple as that.

Of course, as is standard procedure for all those killed by police, their arrest records were released to shame them. Michael was on probation for a misdemeanor last year, and 7 years ago, Sandlin was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm in Los Angeles.

However, the reality is that Sandlin was a gainfully employed truck driver who’d turned his life around. And, both of the victims were parents; Michael, a single mother of three sons, and Sandlin, a single father of four daughters. Families for both described them as devoted parents who made arrangements for care of their children while they took a night off, according to NBC Los Angeles.

“He was a loving father,” said Sandlin’s sister Leandra Faulkner.  “All he cared about was his girls, getting them right.”

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Although more than a year has passed since that fateful night, the police have refused to release any details. The news of the officers no longer being on the force is the first bit of progress the families of the victims have seen since this nightmare began.

“Finally, finally. Some kind of justice for them,” said Trisha Michael, the twin sister of Kisha Michael. “To hear that these officers are off these streets verifies everything that I’ve been feeling and everything I’ve been standing up for.”

As the Times reports, attorney Milton Grimes, who is representing Michael’s family in a civil lawsuit filed against the city, said the news that the officers no longer work for the department shows that the shooting was “out of policy” and an “unconstitutional, bad shooting.”

“For the city to come out now and say these officers are no longer employed with the Inglewood Police Department is an admission of guilt to me,” Grimes said. Still, he was concerned over the lack of information about what led to the shooting, notes the Times.

“I cannot settle this case until I can tell this mother how and why her daughter was shot 13 times. [We] still have not gotten that information yet,” Grimes said. “But we’re getting closer. I can feel it.”

Melina Abdullah, a Cal State Los Angeles professor and organizer with Black Lives Matter, said the officers’ dismissal provides a “huge victory” in the quest for justice in the shooting death of Michael and Sandlin, according to the Times.

“It gives some satisfaction to the family that something is moving,” Abdullah said. “We will never get justice unless we transform things so nothing like this ever happens again. And that’s a long road but we have to celebrate the small victories along the way.”

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Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Agorist is also the Editor at Large at the Free Thought Project. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter, Steemit, and now on Facebook.
  • David Daisy May Boldock

    Cops have to be wary of those somnambulists. They may wake up.

    • Damiana

      You mean sovbebes, I’m sure! (For the record, “covfefe” is actually spelled kerfuffle.)

      • David Daisy May Boldock

        I never make a mountain out of a molehill lol
        Sovbebes brought up some new porn. Thanks for that haha

        • Damiana

          Well, now I’ve gotta look! *runs straight to Google*

  • Damiana

    As always, this is NOT ENOUGH! None of us could unload a gun into a sleeping couple, kill them both, and suffer no greater consequence than having to look for another job. I, for one, think that cops should be held to a HIGHER legal standard than others, but I’d certainly settle for them being held to the SAME standard of obeying the goddamn law!

    What happened here is that one of the cops saw black people with a gun and thought it’d be the PERFECT chance to score a consequence-free kill. However, since they have the mentality of a fucking dog pack, as soon as that one rogue murderer started firing, the rest just joined in without a thought. They should ALL be on trial for murder!

    • David Rivers

      or hunted down by citizens that are sick of this crap

      • Damiana

        Nah, that would just give them that much more excuse to “crack down” on anyone who so much as frowns in a cop’s direction.

      • G’ma G

        Hunted down and dragged before a grand jury–of course. (cherry pick that you spying pricks)

    • junktex

      Laws are for the little people

  • Basically, they were killed for being responsible adults. They knew that they were too drunk to drive, so, they pulled over. Their poor children!!! Their other family members lost loved ones, too. SOOOO sad, in EVERY aspect!

  • Broos

    B0FF teh Inglewood pigs; murdering the parents of 7 kids for being Brady while black? Eternally Damned ASS S0ULS !

  • pappadaddyo

    I’ve said it before and I repeat, if you fire the first shot it probably isn’t self defense. Even if you’re a cop.

  • palvadore

    Same thing could have happened to Tiger W. When he realized he was a hazard, he did the ADULT thing and pulled over to sleep it off! Then the cop displays no judgment and arrest the man – for doing the right thing!

  • Vox Populi

    Unfucking believable. Being a psychopath must be a requirement to being a cop. One minute your sleeping and then your bleeding out dying. How can any civil organization justify this?

  • Ibcamn

    all cops are the new american homegrown terrorists…..they are the ones americans should,and are going to fear the most,this is nothing,just wait,it’s gonna get worse,cops now don’t even need schooling to be cops…oh and the supreme court made a ruling that will chill you to the bone as to what a cop can do to you legally……all cops are just plain criminals.

  • Guy

    If some want to just be satisfied as this being some sort of *Victory For Justice* fine well and good. Personally ? I don’t and never will. Especially when police departments across America, while being represented by their Chiefs as the prime spokesmen for them, are saying, “We Want To Be Transparent, Community Minded Bridge Builders !” Then just to go silent !? With no further comments or keeping it confidential !? About the actual outcome of officers like these rats ? Who apparently has suffered no more than being maybe off the force, which has come from the results of killing a sleeping couple, who for some reason, they (the pd) were in fear of, after they (the couple), being woken up from 45 minutes of cops tapping on their car windows ? Then ! Just to put a bullet in their brains, for their troubles and inconvenience of resulting in some sort of provocation !? FOLKS YOU HAVE BEEN HAD !!!……. And soon you will be with the knowlage, that every cop in the Country, will be flocking to Engleside Ca. Where it will be open season soon, on anybody and everybody ! That even bats a eye at a cop, or even thinks about it ! That one, you can take to the Bank !

  • Charlie Picco

    These no good cock suckers need to be hunted down like the venomous cur that they are & put straight into the ground , that is , after they have dug their own holes !