Scenes from an Execution — India Kager Video Released

After 6 months of pressure and an emotional plea from a grieving mother that became a viral video, the Virginia Beach Police Department has finally released the video of their lethal assault on India Kager. The surveillance footage comes from the 7-Eleven where Kager and her boyfriend, Angelo Perry, were shot and killed. The blurry video was released to the public the same day as the report from the prosecutor’s office declaring no charges would be brought against the SWAT team members involved, officers S. Ferreira, K. Ziemer, J. Thorson, and D. Roys, because the shooting was deemed justified.

Kager’s boyfriend (see update below) Angelo Perry was a homicide suspect who, according to a confidential informant, was going to be in Virginia Beach to carry out a hit on an unidentified person. Despite “watching the location of Perry’s phone as it moved south from Maryland toward Virginia Beach (with what? Stingrays?),” and having “surveillance units deployed at different locations throughout the city in an attempt to spot Perry,” it was up to the confidential informant to tip off the cops that Perry was actually in town. The report also states “it was confirmed that Perry was armed,” but not how they knew this prior to the shooting.

After being followed by cops in unmarked vehicles for some time, Kager pulls into a parking spot at a 7-Eleven. Both police vehicles rear-end her car, and cops in the second vehicle immediately throw flashbangs at the passenger side before jumping out and running right up to the car and firing into it. The Virginia Beach Police Department and Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle contend that Perry did not respond to commands to show his hands, and fired at the officers before they fired into the car.

The out of focus video doesn’t show us who fired first, but it’s still clear that police escalated the situation to violence from the beginning, and didn’t take any action to protect India Kager’s life during the arrest.  Based on the erratic driving Kager was reported to be doing on September 5, and the fact that she parked the car when police believed Perry already knew police were following him, why did they not treat her as a potential hostage who needed to be rescued? Their actions during the incident, and findings in the report state Kager was not suspected of being a threat or involved in criminal activity at any time.

The cops threw flashbang grenades at Kager’s car.

According to WiseGeek:

When a flashbang is detonated, it produces an extremely bright flash of light which temporarily overstimulates the retina. As a result, people cannot see for around five to 10 seconds; since most people prefer to remain stationary when they are visually disoriented, the flash can bring the people involved in a situation to a temporary halt which can allow members of law enforcement to quickly move in and take control. The deafening bang also contributes to feelings of disorientation; depending on one’s proximity to the device, it can cause a lingering ringing feeling in the ears.

So police intentionally blinded and disoriented the occupants of the car, then faulted them for not following commands screamed at them in the resulting confusion, while also not allowing them any time to respond to these commands.

Police knew in advance that Perry was armed and there was a potential third person in the backseat.

Even if there were no criminal wrongdoing in this case, the behavior of the cops in this incident was egregious, reckless and surely not in line with established procedure. Rather than maintaining a safe distance from an armed and dangerous subject, they idiotically rush right up to the door where Perry is sitting (they start to exit the vehicle before it even stops), don’t fall back once he starts shooting at them, and are in fact so intent on killing him, they don’t bother checking for the third person suspected to be in the car, who would have been free to fire upon them at point-blank range. If they did check the backseat, then they were fully aware that they were shooting into a car with an infant inside of it.

The negligent VPBD cops involved in this incident didn’t act to preserve the lives of anyone involved in this incident, not even their own.

The claim that Angelo Perry put India Kager in the line of fire.

The report states, “it was Perry that turned his body with his back up against Ms. Kager and her seat, placing her directly in the officer’s line of fire.”

So according to this precious bit of cop logic™, an individual sitting next to a person cops are shooting at is not actually in the line of fire. Kager was not in the line of fire by virtue of being directly behind (from the cops’ vantage point) the person cops were firing at, but only because Perry had turned in his seat to face the cops.

Even if one bought that specious line of reasoning, there is also the abysmally low accuracy rates cops demonstrate when shooting at people. From PoliceOne [emphasis mine]:

According to the LAC data, when only one officer fired during an encounter, the average hit ratio was 51 percent. When an additional officer got involved in shooting, hits dropped dramatically, to 23 percent. With more than 2 officers shooting, the average hit ratio was only 9 percent – “a whopping 82 percent declination,” Aveni points out…

Aveni also discovered a correlation between multiple-officer shootings and number of rounds fired.

With LAC shootings involving only one officer, an average of 3.59 police rounds were fired. When 2 officers got involved, the average jumped to 4.98 rounds and with 3 officers or more to 6.48. “The number of rounds fired per officer increases in multiple-officer shootings by as much as 45 percent over single-officer shootings,” Aveni says.

According to the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s report, Kager was shot 7-8 times. A news report states Perry was shot 15-20 times out of the 30 rounds that were intentionally fired at him. The autopsy could not determine conclusively whether any of the bullets that killed Kager had first hit Perry and passed through his body. The Commonwealth’s Attorney also stated that he did not think the number of bullets was high because there were 4 cops shooting, even though this represents 7.5 shots fired per officer, more than double the average number fired in single-officer incidents. Of course it’s likely that some officers fired more than 7/8 shots and some fired fewer. Even though they would surely know this from forensics, the official report does not state how many times each officer fired.

Angelo Perry’s criminal history necessitated initiating violence to arrest him.

I won’t dispute that Angelo Perry sounds like he was bad business. If he had been the only one killed, I wouldn’t be writing this article. But the fact is, India Kager was killed that day and their infant son was also in danger of being killed.

India Kager owned the car she died in. Surely the VBPD officers following it had run the plates to see who it was registered to, and surely checked whether Kager had any criminal record (she didn’t). They were sufficiently convinced that she did not pose a threat to their safety that they didn’t even bother to have any cops cover the driver’s side of the car. Oh, you say that would have put cops in the line of fire from other cops? Well the official report tells us that would have only been the case if Angelo Perry had been sitting with his back pressed against them.

We also already know that it is possible to take dangerous criminals into custody without killing them in every instance. Just recently in Virginia we saw a man who had just murdered his wife, a rookie police officer, and shot two other cops as well, arrested without being killed or even shot. There are also the recent bloodless arrests of mass murderers Robert Dear (a cop killer to boot) and Dylan Roof, as examples of dangerous criminals being arrested without incident. Does this mean armed and dangerous criminals can always be taken into custody without the use of force? No, only that it doesn’t inevitably involve use of force.

The Virginia Beach Police Department alleges that Perry used the two guns found in the car in a series of crimes between June and August, some of which involved an accomplice who has still not been arrested or identified. This brings up several other questions:

  • Who is this confidential informant who turned Perry in and alleged he was in town for a murder for hire?
  • If the informant was not Perry’s accomplice in the other crimes, why doesn’t he know who was?
  • When did Perry first become a suspect in the earlier crimes?
  • The police had Perry’s cell phone and his address. Why didn’t they attempt to arrest him at home instead of waiting for him to come back to town and hoping for the best while attempting to arrest a violent felon in a public and uncontrolled setting?

Lastly, although the official report states, “There is absolutely no evidence that Ms. Kager was a part of any of the illegal activity that Perry was committing,” it doesn’t prevent cop apologists from stating she was responsible for her own death. Some even claim she knew Perry was (allegedly) on a crime mission. “No evidence that Ms. Kager was part of any illegal activity” means that police did not believe she was serving as the getaway driver in a murder plot. It also means that either they don’t really think that Perry was out to murder someone that day, or that Kager was totally unaware of it if he was.  Perry may have killed and assaulted multiple people that summer, but surely deceiving his girlfriend was a line he would never have crossed.

Meanwhile, the authorities refer to Kager’s death as an accident and a tragedy. Saying otherwise doesn’t jibe with the sanctity of life philosophy that police departments now say they are embracing. Also, they know it’s obvious that only a shit-eating jackal would say that India Kager deserved to die simply for being in the presence of Angelo Perry, or that the loss of her life was a cheap price to pay for getting a bad guy off the street.

UPDATE: I have been informed via a comment that India Kager and Angelo Perry were not in a relationship, and therefore would have been even more unlikely to know about his criminal activity.

India and Angelo were not in a relationship. Angelo is married. Angelo and India had a one night stand and the encounter produced a child. Angelo did not have anything to do with India during her entire pregnancy and for months after she gave birth. A few days before being murdered, Angelo came to College Park, MD to meet his son for the first time. On 9/5/2015, he asked India to drive him to Virginia Beach. He wanted his family and friends to me he infant son. The reunion was cut short when VBPD SWAT murdered India and Angelo.

  • JerseyMom

    Correction: India and Angelo were not in a relationship. Angelo is married. Angelo and India had a one night stand and the encounter produced a child. Angelo did not have anything to do with India during her entire pregnancy and for months after she gave birth. A few days before being murdered, Angelo came to College Park, MD to meet his son for the first time. On 9/5/2015, he asked India to drive him to Virginia Beach. He wanted his family and friends to me he infant son. The reunion was cut short when VBPD SWAT murdered India and Angelo.

    So please correct your article in regards to their relationship. For more information, please contact Gina Best at @GinaBest on Twitter. Thank you so much for your support.

    • Northern Virginia Cop Block

      Thank you for that information. I will update this.

  • Kevin Ronin

    This certainly reads as if India and Angelo were in a relationship if it produced a child. I hope mothers and fathers will try to raise their kids with the kinds of values where they don’t end up with criminals as Angelo. Anyway, it’s typical of these relationships where the father doesn’t take responsibility financially or otherwise to raise his child regardless of his current marital status. The fault lies with Angelo who chose to be a criminal and also with the poor decision India made to be with him… at any time. I’m sorry she won’t have the chance to relive those choices. Where’s mom’s responsibility in all of this? -Absent like Angelo’s parental responsibility?

    • the fault of the murder of india kager lies solely with police

      • Kevin Ronin

        She wasn’t murdered. She chose to be with a piece of shit who opened fire on police and got caught in the crossfire. Pick up a couple of newspapers. The Internet is dumbing you down.

        How old are you? Fifteen?

        • she was murdered . she wasn’t wanted for any crime, and police knew she was in the vehicle, yet chose to fire multiple shots, instead of apprehending their ‘suspect’ either before or after … they knew how to find him

          but that police state cheerleading skirt looks cute on you

          • Kevin Ronin

            She made a lethally wrong choice to be in a vehicle driven by a criminal who opened fire on police.

            Maybe in her next life… oh, wait.

          • ‘lethally wrong choice’ eh? wow . you police state cheerleaders really go out of your way to defend killer cops

          • Kevin Ronin

            Yeah, if you choose to sit next to someone who has no problem initiating and flinging “lethal bullets” at police, don’t expect the police to take ’em for an idiot who makes lethally bad choices.

            For her that old adage about “You’re known by the company you keep” has been modified to “…the company you kept.”

            She will be forever known as either an idiot, someone who made lethally bad choices, or both. -Fine with me.

            I sleep well.

          • according to your theory, sitting next to an armed cop makes one a legitimate target

          • Kevin Ronin

            Your guy wasn’t just sitting there. He was attempting to murder one or more police officers. The officer’s job is to protect your ass, not kiss it. That scumbag was completely responsible for initiating a shoot-out that got this woman killed… Well, maybe the woman’s poor life choices put her into a lethally bad situation.

            But, hey, it’s unaware idiots like you who got Trump into office. Thank you. I understand you haven’t been able to post for several days now because you’ve been so distraught.

            You may want to walk into a donut shop near any police station and express your discontent in a loud and threatening manner. Reach into your inner coat pocket as fast as you can to pull out the election results.

            I’d pay good money to see what happens next.

          • wow . you clearly know nothing about what occurred . unknown thugs tossed explosives into the car, then immediately began firing live rounds into that car, which they knew was occupied by kager and a child . the only people saying their ‘suspect’ fired at them (he would’ve been blinded and deafened by the flash bang grenade) were the thug cops who committed this murder

          • Kevin Ronin

            “…Virginia Beach police conceded that Gina Best’s daughter, India Kager, was fatally shot by mistake after her boyfriend opened fire on a SWAT team from a car with Kager and their infant son inside Sept. 5…”

            “…Police have said the gun that Perry fired at them outside a 7-Eleven — as well as another hidden in his car — had been used to shoot five people, two fatally, over a 26-day period leading up to the shooting…”

            The above is excerpted from a left-of-center newspaper.

            That murdering scumbag Perry – going around shooting people and responsible for at least two others – opened fire on SWAT. They fired back in defense of their lives and the lives of others.

            Because you continue to weep for and defend adult scumbags, incidents as this will continue. Innocents as this child will continue to be caught in the crossfire. If Perry hadn’t been such a piece of shit, the child would be alive today.

            You got Trump elected. And not just by “whites”.

            The black gran’ma in this video lives in the real world. You should go there. (Also from the left-of-center CNN.)

            http://www.cnn.com/videos/us/2015/08/25/black-lives-matter-peggy-hubbard-lemon-intv-ctn.cnn

          • by mistake? police knew india kager and her baby were in the vehicle . doesn’t matter at all what any publication says . all corporate ‘news’ stations and publications report the lies police tell ’em . no matter how many people were killed by their ‘suspect’ … it’s the task of police to keep innocent bystanders safe . kager was an innocent bystander

            you are posting bs over and over again . people like you are the ones defending adult scumbags aka killer cops

            i didn’t get trump elected, einstein . i had nothing to do with it

  • noBS

    They died together they have a child together,so that means they had a relationship, so get out your feelings. It shows what they were….a family.

    • wow . so, that means any woman who has been raped and has the baby is ‘family’ with her rapist? no

      • Kevin Ronin

        Idiot.

        • aaaaaahahahahaha! you mad, bro? can’t stand it when you’re called out for making no sense?!

          • Kevin Ronin

            You’re just a teenager who doesn’t get it. I pointed that out.

          • wrong again

          • Kevin Ronin

            -You’re saying you have a child-like mind in an adult body?

            No, you’re a teenager playin’ at “social justice” who understands neither human nature nor causes and their possible effects.

            You, too, may become eligible for a Darwin Award. I’d pay good money to see that.

  • cj1404

    can’t really make out anything

    • you can make out that an unmarked car full of armed thugs rammed the car as it parked, then immediately exploded a flash grenade, which would’ve blinded the occupants of the car for the rest of the clip … even blinded, a person has the right to self-defense (so were justified in shooting, if police are telling the truth that he shot at them) … but unlikely that anyone shot at police, because they were taken off guard and being fired upon immediately, while the flash bang was still smoking … ie they were still blinded and likely deafened by the concussion of the explosion

      this was murder, straight up

  • Tried, Convicted, and Executed by Police.