Saturday, March 28, 2015
Sunday, March 8, 2015
Autumn Steele "Just doing his Job" Jesse Hill shot and Killed Autumn Steele Jan.6th 2015,still no Evidence!
They said he was just doing his job.
I called and spoke to Hawk Eye manager Dale Allison.
Predictably, he could not answer any of my questions .
He advised me to write a letter.
They didn't publish it- so here is it:
The Hawk Eye management revealed its true colors in the tragic editorial-- "Reassuring Words."
We now know the Hawk Eye management is a PR firm for the Burlington police department- and not an investigative news organization.
Autumn Steele was accidently shot dead by a cop who allegedly feared a dog- and you say he was just doing his job?
On what grounds do you base that opinion?
The Animal Review Board cleared the dog Sammy as not vicious and ACO Orth (a retired cop [!]) failed miserably to present any case at all.
Sammy was cleared.
Would that not indicate that Jesse Hill fired at a dog that was not aggressive?
Is this not evidence he overreacted?
There is no evidence to the contrary, except the testimony of the cop who killed Autumn Steele.
Do you really think he would incriminate himself?
Was this threat real-- or imagined?
The Hawk Eye has not published one word from BPD as to any corrective action taken since the Autumn Steele homicide occurred. That is reprehensible--an insult to the good people of Burlington.
There is a growing movement for police officers to receive additional training in dog encounters to prevent the atrocity that occurred in Burlington.
Texas, Idaho, Colorado, California and agencies across the country have initiated training.
It is a matter of officer safety and public safety.
In Colorado it is state law- Yes, mandatory training for all police officers- The Colorado Dog Protection Act.
But then we have Iowa and Burlington.
You have no laws or innovative training like this- and the terrible results are self-evident.
The Hawk Eye has not even considered the following questions—yet you tell us to just move along?
Had Hill previously signed off or passed any additional animal encounter training?
What non-lethal means did he attempt first?
Did he follow the department Use of Force Continuum to the letter?
Did he discharge a firearm safely so that no residents were in danger?
Yes, there were other issues on this call- we all know that.
An entirely different subject: Police ability to handle mental health issues and domestic problems.
But to fire a lethal weapon in that tense and crowded situation was reckless- and caused death.
If a citizen took that action- there would be charges.
There must be accountability for police officers.
There must be justice for Autumn Steele.
Just doing his job?
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Monday, March 2, 2015
Thank You Everyone! Sammy Saved! Alive & Well at his New Home in Columbus Ga.- Burlington Iowa Animal hearing board 5 person panel voted Sammy NOT VICIOUS. Less Then 48 hours Later ,County Attorney Amy Beavers gave her decision to not charge Cop Jesse Hill for killing my daughter Autumn Steele. Autumn was unarmed when Jesse Hill alledged her dog was attacking him,A bullet struck Autumn in her Arm,a,bullet struck Autumn in her chest. From the time Burlington Iowa Cop Jesse Hill arrived on the scene to the time Autumn was shot was within 59 seconds! In Report from County Attorney Amy Beavers,she ignored the description of Involuntary Manslaughter! Adam Klein ,my grandsons Attorney sent a press release out showing County Attorneys Ignorance of that in her Report ! The Family of Autumn Mae Waters Steele,will not rest!
Labels: all lives matter, Amy Beavers, animal hearing board, autumn steele, Burlington Iowa, columbus ga, county attorney, jesse hill, police, police killing, police shooting, Sammy, Save Sammy, saved, shooting dogs
Monday, February 16, 2015
Petition For Sammy~ Save Sammy
15 February 2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dog of Police Shooting Victim Faces Death for a Second Time
On 6 January 2015 Autumn Steele of Burlington, Iowa was tragically shot and killed by Burlington Police Officer Jesse Hill. From initial accounts the family dog apparently startled Officer Hill, who fired his weapon twice, grazing the dog and hitting Autumn in the chest, resulting in her death. The investigation of this incident is complete and is currently sitting on the desk of Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers. Ms. Beavers is expected to make a final determination on the investigation's findings within three weeks.
On 15 January 2015 a complaint was filed with the Burlington Police Department alleging that the family dog, Sammy, is a concern to the safety of Burlington residents. This complaint centers on the perceived dog's actions during the time of the fatal shooting. An investigation of the complaint was conducted and referred to the Burlington, Iowa Animal Hearing Board for final adjudication. This public hearing is scheduled for 25 February 2015 at 6:30 PM, Burlington Iowa City Hall, 400 Washington St, Burlington, Iowa.
The Hearing Board will decide on two matters: Whether Sammy was provoked by the situation to defend his owners, and whether Sammy is determined to be a safety concern and should, therefore, be euthanized. If the board determines that Sammy is of a safety concern, and determines that Sammy should be euthanized, there is an alternative that needs to be considered.
Ms. Gina Waters-Colbert of Columbus, Georgia, and Autumn's mother, has agreed to accept ownership of Sammy. Ms. Waters-Colbert has five acres of open and penned property in Columbus, a number of animals, and a very animal friendly environment. She is a very successful businesswoman who has received recognition and awards for her community service and business acumen. Placing Sammy in Gina's ownership will commence the healing process for a family devastated by their loss and for a community ready to move forward. This alternative is a win-win solution for all parties concerned.
The below link to the petition site addresses Ms. Gina Waters-Colbert taking ownership of Sammy and moving Sammy to Columbus, Georgia if the Board determines that Sammy will be euthanized. Signatures collected on this petition will be sent to the Animal Hearing Board for their consideration.
Additional details about the shooting to include video of local news eyewitness report can be found at the following websites below. Within these reports are links to other videos and news articles.
Labels: animal hearing, autumn steele, Burlington Iowa, county attorney, endangerment, excessive force, Ginas Junk, investigation, jesse hill, killing, negligence, police shooting, press release, Save Sammy
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Autumn Steele,her dog Sammy ~ Petition to Save Sammy from Death Sentence
Autumns husband Gabe and I have discussed Sammy over the last few weeks.
Gabe would Love to keep Sammy...if the powers that be permit this.
We have discussed maybe letting one of Gabes relatives keep Sammy ,who lives in Iowa.
We have discussed offering to completely remove Sammy from the State of Iowa and bring him here to Georgia.
All these things we want on the table along with this Petition for Sammy at the Feb.26th,2015 Hearing.
The issue at hand for now,is Save Sammy from being Put to Death.
Enough has Been taken!
Its what is RIGHT!
We are ever Grateful to all of you ,for All your support ,for all the Love and for the kindness.
Autumns Family,woof woof
Monday, February 9, 2015
Autumn Steele ~ Puppycide Database Project Blog -Feb.9,2015
County Attorney Amy Beavers Blocks Attorney General Investigation of Autumn Mae Steel Shooting
09 FEBRUARY 2015 on Autumn Mae Steele, Jesse Hill, Burlington Police Department, Burlington Iowa, Amy Beavers, Adam Klein
The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation has completed their investigation of Burlington police officer Jesse Hill's killing of Autumn Mae Steele and shooting of the Steele family dog, Sammy. The investigation includes physical evidence such as body and dash camera footage from Jesse Hill, crime scene evidence and interviews with Hill, the Steele family and neighbors who witnessed the killing. Based on Iowa's legal procedure for these types of investigations, the local county prosecutor has the ability to either proceed with handling the case herself, or passing the case along to the Iowa Attorney General's Office.
County Attorney Amy Beavers
In this case, the county prosecutor is Amy Beavers. On Friday, Beavers announced to local Burlington media that she has decided to handle the investigation herself. Beavers also added a few additional details to her announcement. Here is how local radio news station KBUR described those details:
"Des Moines County Attorney Amy Beavers said this(Fri) morning that she has spoken to a lawyer for the family of Autumn Steele and Atty. Adam Klein did not express any concerns about Beavers’ office further investigating the January 6th fatal shooting of the 34-year old Burlington woman by city patrolman Jesse Hill."
Local newspaper The Hawk Eye offers the following:
"Beavers said before making her decision to resolve the issue herself, she spoke with Klein, who she described as an attorney for Steele’s family. Beavers said Klein indicated he had no concerns about her making the decision on whether Hill’s actions were within the law without input from the attorney general’s of!ce. 'I talked to him about noon (Friday) and asked him if he had any concerns about me handling the decision myself,' she said. 'He said he didn’t. The only concerns he had was about the dog’s situation and when the documents (DCIreport) would be released.'”
These details are important; the day before this press release, Amy Beavers had told reporters from The Hawk Eye that she would:
"[...] talk to the victim’s husband, Gabriel Steele, before making a decision herself as to whether the shooting was justified or not [...] or asking the state Attorney General’s office to review the case first."
So if Beavers had spoken to Klein, and Klein was in fact an attorney for "the Steele family", then Beavers would have lived up to her promise to discuss the matter with the Steele family before deciding how to proceed.
The problem is that Adam J Klein does not represent "the Steele family", and took immediate and public umbrage to being described as such.
Attorney Adam J. Klein
Klein represents Steele's seven-year-old son Kai Schoff, one of Steele's sons. There are two other attornies representing various interests: one for Autumn Steele's mother, and a third lawyer for husband Gabriel Steele. Here is how Klein describes it:
"I am not 'a lawyer for the family of Autumn Steele,' nor did I ever claim to be. I represent her son Kai. Autumn’s husband and their son and Autumn’s mother are represented by other lawyers. She knew that, and she knew who they were and how to reach them. Her statement to the press that she spoke to a 'lawyer for the family' is a naked attempt to hide the fact that she broke her promise to discuss the matter with Autumn’s family members before coming to a decision."
Perhaps Beaver's oversight here could be forgiven. However, Klein feels there is more at work here than simply a misrepresentation of whose lawyer is whose.
"I in no way intended to convey to Ms. Beavers that I, or Autumn’s family, approved of her blocking the Attorney General’s investigation and handling this matter herself. When I hung up the phone this morning, I hadn’t decided yet. I don’t know Ms. Beavers, and I felt that she deserved the chance to review the evidence, make up her own mind, and tell me what she thought before I came to any conclusions about her judgment or her competence and whether the Attorney General would do a better job of investigating this case than she would."
Klein goes on to detail how Beavers told him that she had yet to review the evidence in the case during their conversation; yet, an little over an hour after they spoke, Beavers was giving a press conference describing how she had decided to handle the case herself, and that Klein and the Steele family had OK'd her decision. Here is how Klein voices his concerns:
"It never once occurred to me that Ms. Beavers would make this decision without even pretending to look at the evidence or reach out to the family. [...] The unopened boxes on Amy Beavers’ desk are the result of an extensive investigation by the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation. DCI interviewed Ofc. Hill, spoke to witnesses, and visited the scene. They conducted forensics, pored over dispatch logs, and reviewed the autopsy findings. They watched footage from dash cams and body cams and probably a lot of other things. I don’t know exactly what they found, because right now, the only person who gets to look at that report, and evaluate the actual evidence, is Amy Beavers. Hers is the first set of hands into which DCI put that report because she is supposed to use it to make a well-informed decision about who can best move this case forward.
Apparently, she just can’t be bothered.
We deserve better than justice in about an hour. My client is seven-year-old boy who doesn’t have a mother anymore. Gabe Steele and his four-yearold son Gunner watched their wife and mother bleed to death before their eyes. This is not an easy case. Autumn Steele, her family, and the people of Iowa deserve a fair and thorough investigation into Ofc. Hill’s actions. By making this decision without reviewing any evidence, without consulting the family, in the time it takes to get a pair of discount eyeglasses, Ms. Beavers has made it clear that she will not provide one."
Adam Klein's entire press release is available for download on our website.
If Amy Beavers is so busy that she cannot spare the time to communicate with the family of the victim of her highest profile case, it seems strange that she would not ask the Attorney General's office for a bit of assistance. Beavers' reply?
"“This is what I was elected to do. It’s is my statutory duty to make decisions like this. I do not think I need the attorney general’s assistance.”
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Labels: Adam J. Klein, Amy Beavers, Attorney, autumn steele, Burlington Iowa, excessive force, jesse hill, negligent, Petition, police shooting, puppycide database project, puppycidedb, Save Sammy, wrongful death
Sunday, February 8, 2015
Autumn Steele ~Petition to "Save Sammy" ~ Based on witness reports, the current understanding is that the Steele family dog Sammy was approaching Jesse Hill, and that Hill was attempting to kill Sammy when he missed and hit Autumn, instead. There is no explanation as to why Hill felt the imminent need to use a firearm as the first and only means of controlling Sammy, particularly given the fact that a 4-year-old child was right next to Autumn during the shooting. It is by providence alone that the two bullets Hill fired struck Autumn and Sammy and not the infant child in the line of fire. Following the shooting, police took Sammy into custody and has refused to return the dog to the Steele family, compounding the tragedy for those who survive Autumn. This month, on February 25th at 6:30 p.m., a hearing is scheduled before the Burlington, IA Animal Hearing Board to determine Sammy's fate. The hearing will be held at: " Burlington Iowa City Hall 400 Washington St Burlington, IA 52601 I am hoping by getting enough signatures and by bringing awareness to this tragedy we can save a life! Lets work together and get the attention of the Burlington Iowa Animal Hearing Board and let them know we want them to release "Sammy" the dog and let him go home to his family in Georgia. The family has suffered enough tragedy please help us save Sammy!
Please,copy and paste link to go to Petition for "Sammy". #ReleaseTheBodyCam #ReleaseSammy #Save Sammy