Contagious Shooting: AmeriKKKan Law Enforcement “Professionals” Use A “Pile On” Method Of Death.


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Contagious shooting

 

A contagious shooting is a sociological phenomenon observed in military and police personnel in the United States, in which one person firing on a target can induce others to begin shooting. Often the subsequent shooters will not know why they are firing.

 

This is defined as “officers firing because others are doing so,” or according to Professor Eugene J. O’Donnell of John Jay College, “cops shoot because other cops shoot.” While commonly accepted in popular culture and police jargon, there has been yet no scientific evidence “to prove the existence of a contagious shooting dynamic,” which O’Donnell said was a “debatable notion.”

 

Additionally, a former CIA employee and FBI firearms instructor observed it in training. “Consistently, in every class, officers would shoot at their target upon hearing others shoot, even when their particular target board did not contain the called target.” He suggests that one reason it occurs is because of muscle memory: ” The targets turn or the whistle blows, and all the officers shoot together until a cease fire signal is given.”

 

O’Donnell partially reinforces this, saying that in classic cases involving contagious shooting, “a gun was shot before any officers fired,” and thus “the officers involved began shooting because of fear or because of the sound of a colleague firing.”

 

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Examples Of Contagious Shooting:

  • 2013: In California, officers involved in the search for Christopher Dorner mistakenly fired at least 100 rounds at a truck occupied by three people, none of whom had any connection to the suspect. Each of the two women injured received $2.1 million in a settlement with the city of Los Angeles.

 

  • 2012: NYPD officers responded to a report of shots fired with one victim killed in front of the Empire State Building. Officers fired sixteen rounds wounding 9 bystanders and killing the shooter.

 

  • 2011: On Memorial Day in Miami Beach several police officers fired until their magazines were empty on a stopped car after the driver smashed into other cars, killing the driver and injuring seven bystanders.

 

  • 2010: A bystander was injured in Harlem when a man “open[ed] fire on responding officers, who fired 46 times in response.” “In the Harlem episode, unlike the Bell and Diallo cases, a gun was shot before any officers fired, according to the police account. So, Professor O’Donnell said, in the Harlem case, ‘there really is a shot,’ and not just the threat of gunfire.”

 

 

  • 2006: Five officers fired 50 shots at Sean Bell in Queens, New York, including 31 by one detective – who reloaded his weapon during the incident.

 

  • 2006: Three officers fired 26 shots at a pit bull that had bitten a chunk out of an officer’s leg in the Bronx, New York in July.

 

  • 2006: Police in Lakeland, Florida fired 110 rounds at a suspect, Angilo Freeland, who had killed an officer earlier, hitting him 68 times. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd famously told the Orlando Sentinel, “That’s all the bullets we had”.

 

  • 2005: Eight officers fired 43 shots at Brian Allen, an armed man, in Queens, New York killing him.

 

  • 2005: June, six Los Angeles County, California sheriff’s deputies fired more than 50 shots into the car in which drunken driving suspect Carl Williams was driving, after his car rammed a police vehicle following a chase. One deputy had to reload his weapon during the incident.

 

  • 2004: “When 44-year-old drug suspect Winston Hayes’ SUV lurched forward he hit a police car, deputies unloaded their weapons, firing 120 shots. Four bullets ended up hitting Hayes who survived, one hit a deputy sheriff, 11 hit patrol cars and 11 hit five homes in the neighborhood (one of them ended up tearing a hole in a homeowner’s hat).” —ABC News.

 

 

  • 1998: New Jersey State Police fired 11 shots at Daniel Reyes and three other basketball players in their car in April.

 

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From Davey’ D’s article

29 Black People Have Been Killed by Police/Security Since Jan 2012: 16 Since Trayvon

 

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The list below are just noting the deaths at hands of the police, its not highlighting the enormous amounts of brutality and outright disrespect many in the Black community have to endure on a daily basis.. The report below is to say the least disturbing and underscores a low wage war going on in our communities…

 

Twenty-eight Black People (27 Men and 1 Female) Killed by Police Officials, Security
Guards, and Self-Appointed “Keepers of the Peace” between January 1, 2012 and March
31, 2012

 

– 28 cases of state sanctioned or justified murder of Black people in the first 3
months of 2012 alone have been found (due to under reporting and discriminatory
methods of documentation, it is likely that there are more that our research has yet
to uncover)

 

– Of the 28 killed people, 18 were definitely unarmed. 2 probably had firearms, 8
were alleged to have non-lethal weapons.

 

– Of the 28 killed people,

 

. 11 were innocent of any illegal behavior or behavior that involved a
threat to anyone (although the shooters claimed they looked “suspicious”);

 

. 7 were emotionally disturbed and/or displaying strange behavior.

 

. The remaining 10 were either engaged in illegal or potentially illegal
activity, or there was too little info to determine circumstances of their
killing. It appears that in all but two of these cases, illegal and/or harmful
behavior could have been stopped without the use of lethal force.

 

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This list of 28 names was collected between 3/28/2012 and 3/30/2012 by reviewing Google search results to the question, “who have police killed in 2012”. Only the first 65 pages out of 712,000,000 were reviewed. As you can see this compiling of data is incomplete because…..wait for it….police agencies do not, nor are they required, to document whom they kill.

 

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From Pro Publica:

 

A ProPublica analysis of killings by police shows outsize risk for young black males.

 

Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater i, according to a ProPublica analysis of federally collected data on fatal police shootings.

 

The 1,217 deadly police shootings from 2010 to 2012 captured in the federal data show that blacks, age 15 to 19, were killed at a rate of 31.17 per million, while just 1.47 per million white males in that age range died at the hands of police.

 

One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.

 

ProPublica’s risk analysis on young males killed by police certainly seems to support what has been an article of faith in the African American community for decades: Blacks are being killed at disturbing rates when set against the rest of the American population.

 

Our examination involved detailed accounts of more than 12,000 police homicides stretching from 1980 to 2012 contained in the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report. The data, annually self-reported by hundreds of police departments across the country, confirms some assumptions, runs counter to others, and adds nuance to a wide range of questions about the use of deadly police force.

 

Colin Loftin, University at Albany professor and co-director of the Violence Research Group, said the FBI data is a minimum count of homicides by police, and that it is impossible to precisely measure what puts people at risk of homicide by police without more and better records. Still, what the data shows about the race of victims and officers, and the circumstances of killings, are “certainly relevant,” Loftin said.

 

“No question, there are all kinds of racial disparities across our criminal justice system,” he said. “This is one example.”

 

The FBI’s data has appeared in news accounts over the years, and surfaced again with the August killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. To a great degree, observers and experts lamented the limited nature of the FBI’s reports. Their shortcomings are inarguable.

 

The data, for instance, is terribly incomplete. Vast numbers of the country’s 17,000 police departments don’t file fatal police shooting reports at all, and many have filed reports for some years but not others. Florida departments haven’t filed reports since 1997 and New York City last reported in 2007. Information contained in the individual reports can also be flawed. Still, lots of the reporting police departments are in larger cities, and at least 1000 police departments filed a report or reports over the 33 years.

 

There is, then, value in what the data can show while accepting, and accounting for, its limitations. Indeed, while the absolute numbers are problematic, a comparison between white and black victims shows important trends. Our analysis included dividing the number of people of each race killed by police by the number of people of that race living in the country at the time, to produce two different rates: the risk of getting killed by police if you are white and if you are black.

 

David Klinger, a University of Missouri-St. Louis professor and expert on police use of deadly force, said racial disparities in the data could result from “measurement error,” meaning that the unreported killings could alter ProPublica’s findings.

 

However, he said the disparity between black and white teenage boys is so wide, “I doubt the measurement error would account for that.”

 

ProPublica spent weeks digging into the many rich categories of information the reports hold: the race of the officers involved; the circumstances cited for the use of deadly force; the age of those killed.

 

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Who Gets Killed?

The finding that young black men are 21 times as likely as their white peers to be killed by police is drawn from reports filed for the years 2010 to 2012, the three most recent years for which FBI numbers are available.

 

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The black boys killed can be disturbingly young. There were 41 teens 14 years or younger reported killed by police from 1980 to 2012. 27 of them were black; were white; 4 were Hispanic and 1 was Asian.

 

That’s not to say officers weren’t killing white people. Indeed, some 44 percent of all those killed by police across the 33 years were white.

 

White or black, though, those slain by police tended to be roughly the same age. The average age of blacks killed by police was 30. The average age of whites was 35.

 

 

Who is killing all those black men and boys?

Mostly white officers. But in hundreds of instances, black officers, too. Black officers account for a little more than 10percent of all fatal police shootings. Of those they kill, though,78 percent were black.

 

White officers, given their great numbers in so many of the country’s police departments, are well represented in all categories of police killings. White officers killed 91 percent of the whites who died at the hands of police. And they were responsible for 68 percent of the people of color killed. Those people of color represented 46 percent of all those killed by white officers.

 

 

What were the circumstances surrounding all these fatal encounters?

There were 151 instances in which police noted that teens they had shot dead had been fleeing or resisting arrest at the time of the encounter. 67 percent of those killed in such circumstances were black. That disparity was even starker in the last couple of years: of the 15 teens shot fleeing arrest from 2010 to 2012, 14 were black.

 

Did police always list the circumstances of the killings? No, actually, there were many deadly shooting where the circumstances were listed as “undetermined.” 77 percent of those killed in such instances were black.

 

 

Certainly, there were instances where police truly feared for their lives.

Of course, although the data show that police reported that as the cause of their actions in far greater numbers after the 1985 Supreme Court decision that said police could only justify using deadly force if the suspects posed a threat to the officer or others. From 1980 to 1984, “officer under attack” was listed as the cause for 33 percent of the deadly shootings. Twenty years later, looking at data from 2005 to 2009, “officer under attack” was cited in 62 percent  of police killings.

 

 

Does the data include cases where police killed people with something other than a standard service handgun?

Yes, and the Los Angeles Police Department stood out in its use of shotguns. Most police killings involve officers firing handgunsxl. But from 1980 to 2012, 714 involved the use of a shotgun. The Los Angeles Police Department has a special claim on that category. It accounted for 47 cases  in which an officer used a shotgun. The next highest total came from the Dallas Police Department: 14.

 

Thank you Pro Publica.

 

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If you have reached the same sad conclusion after reading this compiled information that I reached….logic and common sense will lead you to surmise that AmeriKKKan Law Enforcement is not accountable to any higher authority when it comes to murder, slaughter or shooting to kill American citizens. AmeriKKKan Law Enforcement agencies nation wide do not have to keep track, report or explain to the general public, those they are suppose to “Serve & Protect”, why, how or even when they take a life.

 

Thats a mighty big power trip to hand over to racist biased unbalanced humans.

 

Wonder how YOU’D feel if/when a cop kills your loved one, friend, spouse…and has to answer to his comrades, co-workers,  friends and a justice system that hides & protects him/her from the American public? Oh Yeah….and gives him/her a paid vacation while him/her awaits to NOT get indicted?

 

Welcome To The United States Of AmeriKKKa.

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NYPD: Body Parts Found In East River Match Missing Teen Avonte Oquendo. Media TOO Busy With Chris Christie Bull Shit To Report DNA Results.


 

By Jueseppi B.

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There is no earthly reason for this child to be dead. God exist…if he does, he is responsible for allowing this to happen.

 

From NBC New York.com:

 

Body Parts Found in East River Matched to Missing Teen Avonte Oquendo: NYPD

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 Updated 1:23 PM EST

 

Body parts found along the shore of the East River in Queens have been matched by DNA to Avonte Oquendo, the teen who went missing more than three months ago, the NYPD confirmed Tuesday.

 

The body parts were found Thursday night in College Point, just southwest of the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge, about 9 miles by waterway from where Avonte was last seen on Oct. 4.

 

The disappearance of the autistic and mute teen launched a search that spanned the city and extended even into the suburbs for weeks. He walked out of his school in Long Island City, near the East River, and was never seen again.

 

Authorities said a human arm was found by a resident Thursday night, and then more body parts by officers who responded.

 

Searchers also located a pair of size 5 1/2 Air Jordan sneakers and a pair of jeans matching what Avonte was wearing the day he disappeared. A pair of underwear that was found did not match the size or brand he was wearing, sources said.

 

The flow of the East River, which is actually a tidal strait and not a river, changes direction with the tide, so it could have flowed from nearby Avonte’s school to the place where the parts were found.

 

Family lawyer Daniel Perecman said the child was last seen on surveillance video in a park right along the water. But, he said, the teen is afraid of water and “doesn’t like it.” The family doesn’t believe he would have voluntarily crossed a shoreline barrier.

 

Perecman has a press conference scheduled for later today.

 

Clothing on remains found in Queens match those of Avonte Oquendo: police

 

Published on Jan 18, 2014

Evidence gathered along the East River — body parts, clothing and a pair of sneakers — almost certainly brought to a tragic end the desperate three-month search for autistic teen Avonte Oquendo.

 

All that remained to confirm the parents’ worst fears was a comparison of DNA taken from the remains with the sample that Avonte’s mother, Vanessa Fontaine, rushed to investigators. “Unfortunately, there is good reason to think it’s him,” the family’s lawyer, David Perecman, warned. “It’s more than just speculation.”

 

 

 

Avonte Oquendo Found : Clothing on remains found in Queens match those of Avonte Oquendo

 

Avonte walked past a security guard and out of the Riverview School in Long Island City, Queens, on Oct. 4. Avonte was obsessed with the subway system and Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials made announcements on trains for weeks asking for help finding him. The MTA sent subway workers into the tunnels in Brooklyn and Queens to check out tips that the teen had been spotted wandering the tracks.

 

The NYPD went so far as to enlist the help of psychics in the search for the boy, sources told the Daily News. Police, relatives and volunteers posted flyers and combed waterways. The search generated dozens of false tips and a reward grew to nearly $90,000.
The case gripped the city with curiosity, hope and, finally, the beginnings of despair when a photographer spotted remains along the rocky shoreline in College Point on Thursday afternoon.

 

Police believe Avonte walked from the school and into a nearby hilly area along the mouth of the Newtown Creek that was covered with shrubbery. He may have lost his way among the brush and tumbled down a steep drop into the water.

 

Just after 7 p.m. Thursday, police found a left arm that police sources said appeared to have separated via decomposition — rather than a violent act. Police divers returned to the cold and murky water on Friday, feeling around the underwater rocks while wearing heavy gloves. Other cops searched the shoreline using cadaver dogs. They shut down the search by nightfall and were expected to resume at 7 a.m. Saturday.

 

In all, they found legs in boys’ size 16 Old Navy jeans, a size 51/2 Air Jordan sneaker and a striped shirt — all consistent with the outfit Avonte was wearing when he went missing.

 

Cops found the legs about 15 to 20 feet from the arm on a set of rocks. On Friday, cops found what appeared to be a human jawbone, a source told The News. They have also located possible rib bones and a partial pelvis.

 

Fruit of the Loom underwear — size large — were found on the body, offering a glimmer of hope for the family. Fontaine said she dressed her son in Hanes underwear.

 

The first of the remains were spotted by a 19-year-old photography student who lives in College Point, police sources said. Natasha Shapiro, who takes photography classes at the Fashion Institute of Technology, was too rattled to talk with reporters.

 

In their official account of the disappearance, Riverview School staffers said Avonte disappeared from a group of students that was walking from a cafeteria to a computer lab, Perecman has said.

 

As it became increasingly more likely that the story of Avonte’s disappearance would not have a happy ending, schools spokesman Devon Puglia said crisis teams were “standing by for whatever the school needs.”

 

Perecman filed a $25 million notice of claim against the city on behalf of Avonte’s family five days after the boy vanished.

 
His disappearance prompted Sen. Chuck Schumer to float a proposal to place tracking devices on autistic kids who could be overwhelmed by “the sights and sounds of New York City and other busy places.”

 

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Two things make me wanna turn into an angry vigilante…

 

One…whomever did this horrific murder of an autistic child is him/herself in need of dying in the same exact manner as Avonte Oquendo. No long death row battle or appeals, no sitting on death row for 20 years, just turn him/her over to someone like me.

 

Two…main stream media is much more concerned in a dumbass winter storm named Janus followed by coverage of lying bullying Chris Christie and his swearing in ceremony. Proper reporting of these DNA test results are on the back page in being reported, to those who were holding out hope for Avonte’s return. Like Me.

 

If Avonte Oquendo had been a caucasian autistic child allowed to wander off from his special needs school……what would have been done differently?

 

Everything.

 

I just don’t have the words.

 

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Another Missing Woman: Dr. Teleka Patrick Missing In Michigan Since December 6th, 2013


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Surveillance video shows missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick just minutes before she disappeared

Published on Dec 19, 2013

 

Surveillance video shows missing Kalamazoo doctor Teleka Patrick just minutes before she disappeared.

 

 

 

Kissimmee, Florida - A mother from Kissimmee, Florida is pleading for help in finding her adult daughter who has been missing from Kalamazoo, Michigan since early December.

 

Dr. Teleka Patrick’s car was found abandoned in Indiana on December 5th.

 

Her mother, Irene Patrick, has been to Michigan and Indiana to post fliers to try and find her daughter.

 

Each search has left the family with more questions than answers.

 

“We are desperate to hear something. We want to get out far and wide, high and deep, around the globe as much as possible,” Irene Patrick said.

 

 

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(CNN) — Three weeks ago, Teleka Patrick disappeared.

 

The 30-year-old doctor in residency failed to show up for work on December 6 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The night before, police 100 miles south in Indiana found her car abandoned but not crashed in a ditch off busy I-94.

 

Investigators searched but came up empty.

 

“We looked everywhere,” Sgt. Rick Strong of the Indiana State Police told CNN.

 

Michigan doctor mysteriously disappears

Now investigators have more potential evidence, about 20 minutes worth.

 

Videos provide clues

 

 

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Surveillance and home videos uploaded to YouTube provide clues about Patrick’s movement in the weeks, days and hours before she vanished.

 

In a different context, the YouTube videos might be considered sweet or romantic. They feature Patrick talking, cooing and singing to someone unnamed and apparently unknown.

 

Patrick’s mother told CNN she wasn’t aware of any romantic relationship her daughter may have had. But the videos have an intimate feel to them.

 

“Hi, baby,” Patrick says in one. “I am just coming to you to say ‘hi’ and tell you about my day.”

 

In another video, Patrick shows a table set for two with omelets and pancakes.

 

“If you were here, this is what would be your plate,” she coos.

 

The two videos were posted in early November. It’s not completely clear why they only drew attention now.

 

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A third video to surface comes from a local hotel in Kalamazoo. That’s where Patrick went on the night of December 5, just hours before police found her car in that ditch.

 

At a little past 7:30 p.m., Patrick, dressed all in black, showed up at a Radisson hotel not far from the hospital where she worked.

 

She spent around 10 minutes talking with employees at the reception desk but ultimately left.

 

There’s no audio on the video, and it’s not clear why Patrick failed to book a room.

 

But at 7:48 p.m., she strode across the hotel’s tiled floors, out the door and onto a hotel shuttle bus.

 

Those images provide the last known picture of Patrick.

 

Friends, family shocked

Patrick’s disappearance has, from the beginning, drawn shock from many corners.

 

Her family says Patrick, who had just moved to Michigan, bought a plane ticket to come visit them for the holidays in Florida.

 

Her colleagues called her “part of our family of medical professionals.”

 

And CNN’s audience posted by the droves on iReport asking for coverage in the hopes that more information and coverage would propel the case forward.

 

The young doctor was described in comments as “wonderful,” “beautiful” and “talented.”

 

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The newly discovered videos add to the swirl of questions surrounding this case.

 

Investigators have said they have no evidence of foul play, but they also don’t have conclusive evidence that Patrick’s movements on December 5 were voluntary.

 

Police brought out dogs to track Patrick’s scent. They led investigators the 30 or so feet out of the ditch where Patrick’s car rested to the highway. There, the trace went cold.

 

“We have scoured, searched and looked at everything we could possibly look at — all the exits, all the businesses, all the hotels,” Strong said. “We posted fliers; we talked to neighbors (who live near the highway). We did a full-blown, on-the-ground search in the wooded area north of where the car was.”

 

Carl Clatterback, a private investigator hired by Patrick’s family, told CNN that investigators are looking into the videos. A central question: Who is Patrick talking to in the videos and does that person know anything about what happened to her?

 

CNN’s Tiffany Campbell contributed to this report.

 

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New YouTube Video of Missing Michigan Doctor Teleka Patrick

 

Published on Dec 27, 2013

 

Teleka Patrick has been missing for nearly three weeks after getting off a hotel shuttle bus.

 

 

 

 

Also Still Missing…… #FindAvonte

 

#FindAvonte: Autistic 14-Year-Old Avonte Oquendo STILL Missing After 86 Days

 

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Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

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#FindAvonte: Autistic 14-Year-Old Avonte Oquendo STILL Missing After 86 Days


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Please Don’t Stop Searching For Missing Autistic 14-Year-Old Avonte Oquendo

 

Avonte Oquendo. Don’t Forget Him. He’s Missing Over 4 Weeks. Help Find Him Please.

 

Avonte Oquendo Is Still Missing. 14 Years Old AND Autistic. No Communication Ability. Find Him.

 

 

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

Envelopes, fliers, posters and banners to help find Avonte Oquendo, an autistic 14-year-old who is unable to speak. Avonte ran out of his Long Island City school building two months ago and has not been seen since.

 

A $95,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to Avonte’s safe return.

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

Anyone with information was asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

Avonte Oquendo headquarters opens

 

Weeks after autistic teen goes missing, mother and volunteers continue search.

 

The press has slowed and the city’s search parties have been scaled back, but the hunt for Avonte Oquendo continues.

 

Vanessa Fontaine, Avonte’s mother, has gone from her home in Rego Park to a tent in Long Island City to an official Help Find Avonte headquarters in the two months since her son bolted from his school and into the street.

 

“He’s still out there and we just needed a place where the volunteers can come in and do the fliers, pass them out and where I can get everything set up for when they come in,” she said.

 

The office is modest, no larger than a small apartment, with cream-colored walls covered with pictures of Avonte’s face. Though the pictures show the skinny 14-year-old smiling and happy, each poster acts as a haunting reminder of the mute autistic child who disappeared into the crisp autumn afternoon.

 

The pain parents must feel when their child is missing cannot be easily seen on Fontaine’s face. She maintains her composure and, like an athlete preparing for a big game, she keeps her eyes on the prize.

 

“I never struggle to stay positive,” she said, sipping from aStyrofoam cup filled with coffee from the Keurig machine she set up for the volunteers. “I can never think anything negative when it comes to my son. I just keep thinking that he’s still around, that someone has him and that he will be found.”

 

Whether Avonte is alive is not a question Fontaine entertains. She said she is absolutely confident that he is alive.

 

“My gut feeling is that someone took him,” she said. “On the street, there are no cameras around and he’s just walking alone.”

 

Fontaine is not alone in her search. Countless volunteers still show up every week to hang fliers and go on searches across the city, but it is her sons who appear to be her most loyal seekers.

 

Anthony and Andrew, two of her four sons, work with their mother throughout the day, hauling boxes, fixing the office up and folding fliers.

 

Her stepson, Jason, has been active on social media and Instagram, posting frequently about Avonte.

 

There is a sense of determination in the air as boxes and boxes of envelopes and fliers are laid on top of one another to be mailed out around the city.

 

With Christmas coming up, Fontaine says her one wish is to have Avonte home for the holidays.

 

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“If I could have one gift, that would be it,” she said. “We’re going to keep Christmas normal and hopefully he’ll be home by then and we’ll do what we do as one big happy family.”

 

On Dec. 9, just after the headquarters opened, a Facebook page and PayPal account was started under the Official Help Find Avonte name.

 

“The Facebook page is to keep people in the loop and send out information in a quick way, and the PayPal is to help pay for some of the expenses we accumulate here,” Fontaine said.

 

Expenses including staples, paper clips, envelopes, paper and rent add up quickly and the family has relied on the help of friends and strangers alike to help them out.

 

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“They’re small things but they add up quickly,” Fontaine said.

 

She added that the account has done well and as of Wednesday, just over a week after it started, the Facebook page has accumulated more than 3,000 likes.

 

“It’s nice to know that so many people have identified with us and have helped us out,” Fontaine said.

 

If you would like to donate to the Help Find Avonte headquarters, you can do so by visiting the Facebook page at facebook.com/official-help-find-Avonte. The headquarters, at 21-81A 24 St. in Astoria, is also accepting donations of office supplies, coffee and hot chocolate for volunteers and other essentials.

 

“If I could say one thing to him I’d say that I love him, I will never stop looking for him and that he is coming home soon,” Fontaine said.

 

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Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

Avonte Oquendo, a 14-year-old autistic boy, has been missing for more than a week. His family says that he has a fascination with the subway, which prompted a series of underground searches last week.

 

School’s Response to Avonte Oquendo’s Disappearance Was Delayed, Disorganized, Attorney Says

 

By Pei-Sze Cheng

Details of an internal Department of Education report on autistic 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo’s disappearance from his school in October were released by the family lawyer. The report suggests several oversights and the boy’s family is now demanding answers. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

 

School security and administrators’ immediate response to the disappearance of Avonte Oquendo from his Queens school on Oct. 4 appeared to be disorganized and confused, the boy’s family’s lawyer says, citing documents from an internal investigation by the Department of Education.

 

Avonte Oquendo’s family attorney David Perecman said he obtained an occurrence report from the DOE detailing the timeline of Oquendo’s disappearance from Center Boulevard School, compiled during the internal investigation.

 

According to the documents, 14-year-old Oquendo, who is non-verbal and autistic, had three adults watching his class on Oct. 4. The class was on its way to the computer lab when Oquendo slipped away.

 

Security cameras showed Avonte walking to the first floor at 12:37 p.m., the documents say. The boy walked by the main security desk twice before leaving the building through the Center Boulevard exit door, which had been left ajar.

 

At 12:41 p.m., a school safety agent went to the same exit and closed the door shut.

 

Oquendo’s teachers noticed he was missing at 12:40 p.m., and at 12:56 p.m., they notified the assistant principal, according to the documents. When the assistant principal asked the safety agent to sweep the outside perimeter of the school, the safety agent told her that she did not see Oquendo walk out back, and that she saw him “run up the stairs.”

 

The safety agent’s statement would be contradicted by security video that captured Oquendo leaving the school.

 

RELATED: Investigation Finds Alarming Holes in School Security

 

Oquendo’s mother Vanessa Fontaine, who has been leading search efforts to find her son for nearly four months, was devastated by the new information.

 

If the school safety agent “would have just got up and went outside and ran after him instead of closing the door and acting like nothing happened, my son would be here with me, not lost out in the street somewhere,” she said.

 

Attorney Perecman said the documents showed other issues that hampered the search for the boy: administrators did not have passwords to security cameras, so they could not review the footage and ascertain the fact that Oquendo had left the building until two hours after he first went missing.

 

And although the assistant principal requested that the school be put on a “soft lockdown” right after she learned about Oquendo’s disappearance, her request was denied so as not to “upset the other students,” the documents state.

 

A full lockdown was not ordered until 2 p.m., a full hour and a half after Avonte slipped out of the school.

 

The Department of Education said in a statement that “the case is currently under investigation by the Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation. All School Security Agents are employed and trained by the New York City Police Department.

 

“Separate from the investigation, the Chancellor has expressed a determination that the Department learn every lesson possible from this terrible situation, and do everything in its power to prevent incidents like this from ever occurring again.”

 

The NYPD declined to comment, as they have not been able to review the Department of Education’s occurrence report.

 

Oquendo’s family filed a notice of claim in October, but they have not given up hope that they might find him alive. They have moved their base of operations from Long Island City to Astoria, where they are coordinating search efforts.

 

“I can’t sit home and not do anything, that’s my child,” she said. “I know he expects his mother and his family to look for him, that’s what we’re going to do.”

 

Police Searching For Avonte Oquendo Missing Autistic Queen Teenager in Island City!

 

 

 

Police searching for missing teen last seen leaving LIC school

 

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

Anyone with information was asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

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Avonte Oquendo. Don’t Forget Him. He’s Missing Over 4 Weeks. Help Find Him Please.


 

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Anyone with information was asked to contact NYPDCrime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

We can VOLUNTEER too! Search 4 Avonte. Come to 24/7 command tent 51st Ave/Center Blvd. LIC Queens Help #FindAvonte

 

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Avonte Oquendo’s mom: “My son is alive”

 

NEW YORK (WABC) – ”My son is alive,” Avonte Oquendo’s mother told reporters on Friday, reacting toNYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly‘s comments that hope is fading that autistic teen will be found alive.

 

 

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Avonte Oquendo Is Still Missing. 14 Years Old AND Autistic. No Communication Ability. Find Him.

 

 

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DAYS ALREADY.

 

 

14 Year Old Autistic “Child” Avonte Oquendo, Missing Since October 4th, 2013, Is STILL MISSING.

 

 

Please Be On The Lookout For 14 Year Old Autistic Avonte Oquendo Missing Since October 4th, 2013

 

 

Anyone with information was asked to contact NYPDCrime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

We can VOLUNTEER too! Search 4 Avonte. Come to 24/7 command tent 51st Ave/Center Blvd. LIC Queens Help #FindAvonte

 

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Police Searching For Avonte Oquendo Missing Autistic Queen Teenager in Island City!

 

 

 

Police searching for missing teen last seen leaving LIC school

 

 

 

Avonte is 5-foot-3 and weighs 125 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray striped shirt, black jeans and black shoes.

 

“If you see him, please, please, call 911 or take him to a police station,” Fontaine said.

 

Anyone with information was asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit the Crime Stoppers website or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and enter TIP577.

 

Cops are looking for a missing Rego Park teen who cannot verbally communicate.

 

Avonte Oquendo, 14, was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard School at 1-50 51st Avenue in Long Island City around 12:38 p.m. Friday, said police.

 

He was wearing a grey striped shirt, black jeans and black sneakers. Oquendo is 5’3″ tall and weighs 125 pounds.

 

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). 

 

Avonte Oquendo search extends into 4th week

 

It’s been 23 days, but cops say they haven’t given up the search for Avonte Oquendo, a missing 14-year-old autistic boy whose image has become ingrained in the city’s psyche.

 

“A lot of people from the Police Department are emotionally involved,” NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks 3rd said Sunday at the Long Island City school where the teen was last seen Oct. 4.

 

Images provided by the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children shows an undated photo of Avonte Oquendo who was last seen on a school surveillance video leaving the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City, Queens, around 12:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 4, 2013. The family of a 14-year-old autistic boy who cannot speak says he has been missing since Friday.

 

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  Eyewitness News

NEW YORK (WABC) — It’s now been more than four weeks since the disappearance of 14-year-old Avonte Oquendo, who was last seen running out of his school in Long Island City, Queens, on October 4.

 

Still, his family is standing by its vow to find him.

 

Crews were out searching again Friday night.

 

Since the search began, police say they’ve received nearly 600 tips from the public and reviewed 460 videos for any clues.

 

Earlier this week, a picture snapped by a 13-year-old boy on the subway injected some much-needed energy into the effort to find Avonte, who is autistic and non-verbal.

 

The photo showed a boy who resembles Oquendo wearing a beige jacket and green khaki pants, sitting and looking straight ahead. The teen who took the photo approached the other boy and asked if he was Avonte, but the boy didn’t answer.

 

The NYPD confirmed the boy in the photo’s identity Thursday, and it was not Avonte. Still, his family remains hopeful he will be found alive.

 

“It’s tough, it’s just a tough situation right now,” dad Daniel Oquendo said. “But we’re hoping for the best.”

 

The reward for information leading to his safe return is up to $95,000.

 

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