Posts Tagged ‘ police violence ’

LA: New Orleans regime agrees to mug taxpayers for $13.3 million in police killings settlement

December 20, 2016
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Yahoo! News Yahoo! News    

"New Orleans offered apologies and reached settlements totaling $13.3 million in civil rights lawsuits brought against the city for the killings of residents by police in the chaotic aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the mayor said on Monday. Mayor Mitch Landrieu said the city reached deals with 17 plaintiffs to settle all claims in the cases that have prompted local police reforms and federal investigation into suspected misconduct by numerous officers. The settlements included families of those killed on the city's Danziger Bridge in September 2005, where two unarmed people were fatally shot." (12/19/16)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/settlements-reached-post-katrina-killings-orleans-local-tv-204221607.html  

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NY: Cop shoves handcuffed boy through window, nearly killing him — loses only five days vacation

December 19, 2016
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The Free Thought Project    

"Video footage has emerged of NYPD Sgt. Eliezer Pabon suddenly shoving a handcuffed 14-year-old boy against a plate glass window, which shattered and almost killed him. Javier Payne had to undergo 4 hours of surgery to remove shards of glass from his lung and near his heart. After finding Sgt. Pabon guilty of excessive use of force, Assistant Deputy Commissioner for Trials Nancy Ryan docked the Bronx cop a mere five days of vacation. The punishment was far less than the 30 days lost vacation the NYPD suggested when it filed administrative charges against Pabon." (12/19/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/video-cop-throws-handcuffed-boy-glass-window/  

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WI: Former Milwaukee police officer charged with homicide for shooting that set off violent unrest

December 15, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A former police officer in Milwaukee was charged with homicide Thursday for fatally shooting a man in August, an incident that sparked days of violent unrest on the city's streets. Authorities said that while Sylville K. Smith was initially armed during his encounter with police, he had thrown his gun away and fallen to the ground when an officer fired a shot into his chest. Dominique Heaggan-Brown, the officer, is already facing charges of sexual assault and prostitution stemming from accusations made while demonstrations over Smith's shooting continued to roil Milwaukee." (12/15/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/12/15/former-milwaukee-police-officer-charged-with-homicide-in-shooting-that-set-off-violent-unrest/  

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CA: Bakersfield cop murders unarmed 73-year-old dementia victim

December 13, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"An unarmed 73-year-old man whose family said was in the initial stages of dementia was shot and killed early Monday by a Bakersfield police officer, authorities said. Police responded about 12:30 a.m. to a report of a man brandishing a handgun .... When police arrived, a witness pointed to a man in the driveway of a residence. An officer fired several rounds at the man, who was pronounced dead at the scene. The Kern County coroner's office identified the man as Francisco Serna. A retired father of five children, Serna lived on the block where the shooting occurred, his son, Rogelio Serna, told The Times. Police said the call was prompted by a report of a man with a firearm, but investigators canvassed the area after the shooting and did not recover a gun, Carruesco said." (12/12/16)

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bakersfield-police-20161212-story.html  

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SC: Judge declares mistrial in Walter Scott murder trial

December 6, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A judge declared a mistrial Monday afternoon in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man at the hands of a South Carolina former patrolman, after the jury said they could not come to a unanimous verdict. ... The defense in ex-patrolman Michael Slager's the five-week trial claimed that he feared for his life when 50-year-old Walter Scott got control of the officer's stun gun and pointed it at him. But Scott was shot five times in the back while running from Slager during a routine traffic stop." [editor's note: And the shooting, as well as Slager's placement of his stun gun next to the body to support his fake "he got my Taser" story, was caught on video. There was no reasonable doubt here - TLK] (12/05/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/walter-scott-shooting/judge-declares-mistrial-walter-scott-shooting-n692211  

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NM: Cops get off scot free despite shattering handcuffed man’s face, cracking his skull on video

December 1, 2016
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The Free Thought Project    

"Two Las Cruces cops were caught on video, severely beating a handcuffed man, and they will face no consequences for their crimes. The victim, Ross Flynn was in jail for being accused of pulling a gun on his neighbor -- a crime of which later he'd be found not guilty. Flynn was beaten so badly that he suffered several broken facial bones and a cracked skull. When video of this incident surfaced, the officers weren't immediately fired. It took an 'investigation' lasting over 5-months before they were relieved of duty." (12/01/16)

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-get-off-scot-free-despite-video-handcuffed-beating/  

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ND: 167 injured in Dakota Access police riot

November 21, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"An estimated 400 Dakota Access pipeline demonstrators clashed early Monday morning with police at a highway barrier manned by dozens of officers. Advancing protesters met a police response of tear gas, rubber bullets and a water cannon that soaked them in below-freezing temperatures. The protesters gathered near Backwater Bridge, trying to go north on highway 1806 while law enforcement officers formed a line north of the bridge to stop them. Protest organizers say 167 people were hurt, with seven hospitalized for head injuries. Police claim they have 'not received any reports that can be verified of protesters that were injured,' and say one officer was hit in the head with a rock.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/dakota-access-protesters-police-standoff-officials/story?id=43681953  

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MN: Cop charged with manslaughter in Castile shooting

November 17, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"When Philando Castile was pulled over in July near St. Paul, Minn., he calmly told the officer he had a gun and was licensed to carry it, according to prosecutors. Moments later, the officer fired on the motorist, and a bleeding Castile uttered his last words: 'I wasn't reaching for it.' On Wednesday, that officer was charged with second-degree manslaughter following an investigation by prosecutors, who concluded that Jeronimo Yanez was wrong to use his weapon in the traffic stop, part of which was seen by millions after Castile's girlfriend streamed his final gruesome moments live on Facebook." (11/16/16)

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-minnesota-officer-charged-philando-castile-20161116-story.html  

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Abolishing the police state can be a point of common interest between Black Lives Matter activists and libertarians

October 27, 2016
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The Libertarian Institute
by Christopher Machold  

"In the wake of the questionable shootings of Keith Lamont Scott in North Carolina and Terence Crutcher in Oklahoma, activists are renewing calls for police reform. Some writers (including a contributor to the Nation) are calling for the complete abolition of police forces in the United States. Calls for abolition may seem extreme to the outside listener. This makes sense, given the word's use to denote the complete and total elimination of the institution in question, and the worry of having a lack of protection. But the call for this radical form of justice makes sense as a way to dismantle an inherently unjust system and replace it with a new set of institutions designed to serve communities fairly and in a way that allows liberty to thrive: decentralized, community-controlled police departments. This is an area where Black Lives Matter activists and libertarians can work together toward a common goal." (10/26/16)

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org/articles/abolishing-the-police-state-can-be-a-point-of-common-interest-between-black-lives-matter-activists-and-libertarians/  

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NYC: Officials want answers after cop fatally shoots bat-wielding naked woman

October 19, 2016
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New York Post New York Post    

"An NYPD sergeant fatally shot a troubled 66-year-old woman who charged at him with a baseball bat in her Bronx apartment Tuesday evening, leading the officer to be placed on modified duty -- and ­local officials calling for a full investigation. ... Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Assocation, however, was furious that the sergeant was placed on modified duty. 'This is a totally legal shooting,' he said. 'Chief [of Patrol Terence] Monahan is politically pandering, sending the wrong message to officers by throwing this sergeant . . . under the bus.' Mullins said the department was second-guessing Barry for not using a Taser and that the woman was a threat." (10/19/16)

http://nypost.com/2016/10/18/cops-shoot-bat-wielding-woman-in-the-bronx/  

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Philippines: Police vehicle rams protesters at anti-US rally

October 19, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-U.S. rally turned violent Wednesday at the American Embassy in Manila. At least three student activists had to be taken to a hospital after they were ran over by the van driven by a police officer, protest leader Renato Reyes said. Associated Press TV footage showed the van repeatedly ramming the protesters as it drove wildly back and forth after activists surrounded and started hitting the vehicle with wooden batons they seized from police." (10/19/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-philippine-protest-20161018-snap-story.html  

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US police chiefs’ group apologizes for “historical mistreatment” of minorities

October 18, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The president of America's largest police organization on Monday issued a formal apology to the nation's minority population 'for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society's historical mistreatment of communities of color.' Terrence M. Cunningham, the chief of police in Wellesley, Mass., delivered his remarks at the convention in San Diego of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, whose membership includes 23,000 police officials in the United States." (10/17/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/true-crime/wp/2016/10/17/head-of-u-s-police-chiefs-apologizes-for-historic-mistreatment-of-minorities/  

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US DoJ to create national police violence database

October 14, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The FBI will launch a pilot project early next year to begin collecting use-of-force statistics nationwide and create the first online national database on both deadly and nonfatal interactions the public has with law enforcement. 'Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations,' said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch in a statement Thursday." (10/13/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/justice-department-takes-steps-to-create-national-use-of-force-database/2016/10/13/6d0ea7ac-9166-11e6-9c52-0b10449e33c4_story.html  

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OK: Medical Examiner tries to save killer cop from manslaughter charge: Claims unarmed, hands-up victim was on PCP

October 11, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"A 40-year-old Tulsa unarmed man fatally shot by police last month had the hallucinogenic drug PCP in his system at the time of his death, according to results of a toxicology report released Tuesday. Terence Crutcher died in a Sept. 16 roadside encounter with police, who were called to the scene on reports of a broken down SUV. Several officers approached Crutcher, and one of them, Betty Shelby, fired at him while his hands were up beside the car, according to police. A second officer shot him with a Taser." (10/11/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/terrence-crutcher-had-pcp-system-when-tulsa-police-shot-him-n664656  

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All the ways you can comply and still die in an encounter with the police

October 4, 2016
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John W. Whitehead Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead  

"How do you protect yourself from flying fists, choking hands, disabling electrified darts and killing bullets? How do you defend yourself against individuals who have been indoctrinated into believing that they are superior to you, that their word is law, and that they have the power to take your life? Most of all, how can you maintain the illusion of freedom when daily, Americans are being shot, stripped, searched, choked, beaten and tasered by police for little more than daring to frown, smile, question, challenge an order or just exist? The short answer: you can't. Now for the long answer, which is far more complicated but still leaves us feeling hopeless, helpless and vulnerable to the fears, moods and misguided training of every cop on the beat." (10/04/16)

http://www.fff.org/explore-freedom/article/ways-can-comply-still-die-encounter-police/  

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CA: Police took over one hour to respond, about one minute to shoot unarmed man

September 29, 2016
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CBS News CBS Sacramento    

"It took more than an hour for police to arrive at the shopping center in a San Diego suburb where a distressed black man had been wandering into traffic. It took about a minute for him to be shot and killed. Alfred Olango pulled a large electronic cigarette, known as a vape pen, from his pocket and pointed at the police officer who fired, while a second officer stood nearby trying to subdue him with a stun gun, El Cajon police said. The details emerged Wednesday in the shooting of Olango, who was having an emotional breakdown over the recent death of his best friend, an attorney said. The investigation centered on a video of Tuesday’s shooting taken by a bystander. Police have produced a single frame from the cellphone video to support their account, saying it shows Olango in a 'shooting stance.'" (09/29/16)

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2016/09/29/police-took-over-1-hour-to-respond-about-1-minute-to-shoot-man-in-el-cajon/  

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Police killings won’t stop

September 27, 2016
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Chris Hedges (photo by Chris Hedges) OpEdNews
by Chris Hedges  

"The corporate state, no matter how many protests take place in American cities over the murder of unarmed citizens, will put no restraints on the police or the organs of security and surveillance. It will not protect the victims of state violence. It will continue to grant broader powers and greater resources to militarized police departments and internal security forces such as Homeland Security. Force, along with the systems of indoctrination and propaganda, is the last prop that keeps the corporate elites in power. These elites will do nothing to diminish the mechanisms necessary for their control." (09/26/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Police-Killings-Won-t-Stop-by-Chris-Hedges-Corporate_Democracy_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Police-State-160926-309.html  

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OK: Tulsa cop who fatally shot Terence Crutcher charged with first-degree manslaughter

September 23, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The white Tulsa, Okla., police officer captured on video fatally shooting an unarmed black man on a city street will face first-degree manslaughter charges, Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler announced at a news conference. The prosecutor filed the charges against officer Betty Shelby on Thursday, a full six days after multiple cameras showed her shooting 40-year-old Terence Crutcher as he stood beside his stalled sport-utility vehicle. Moments earlier, cameras had captured Crutcher walking away from Shelby with his hands in the air." (09/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/09/22/tulsa-officer-who-fatally-shot-terrence-crutcher-charged-with-first-degree-manslaughter/  

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NC: Charlotte police chief starts waffling on claims police shooting victim was armed

September 22, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"Video of Tuesday's fatal police shooting doesn't definitively show the victim pointing a gun, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police Chief Kerr Putney said Thursday after viewing it. Police say they saw Keith Lamont Scott armed with a handgun when he exited his vehicle at a University City apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. But Putney said the video does not provide 'absolute, definitive visual evidence that would confirm that a person is pointing a gun. I didn't see that in the videos I reviewed.' ... Scott's family will be invited to watch the video of the shooting, Putney said, but police have no plans to release the footage to the public." [editor's note: I predict it will eventually come out that the "he had a gun" claim was 100% pure Grade A bullshit, that the city's taxpayers will have to write a big check to the victim's family, and that the perps almost certainly won't face real justice - TLK] (09/22/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article103380852.html  

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NC: McRory declares state of emergency, deploys troops in Charlotte

September 22, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"After a second night of violent demonstrations here that left one man clinging to life and several businesses damaged, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory declared a state of emergency just before midnight Wednesday and sent the National Guard and state troopers to assist local police. ... In the aftermath of the death Tuesday afternoon of Keith Lamont Scott, anger in the streets turned to looting, arson and other property damage in the swanky downtown .... At a news conference Wednesday, Charlotte police insisted that Scott had a gun and was posing an 'imminent deadly threat' when officers shot him outside an apartment complex near the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Scott's family, however, said he was unarmed when he was killed and was instead reading a book in his car while waiting to pick up his child from school ..." (09/22/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/2016/09/21/cba5221c-800b-11e6-8d0c-fb6c00c90481_story.html  

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NC: Protests erupt after fatal shooting by police; 12 officers injured

September 21, 2016
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Charlotte Observer    

"A dozen police officers were injured Tuesday night in clashes with several hundred people protesting an officer-involved fatal shooting in the University City area. ... In Charlotte, a crowd of several hundred shouting protesters continued to block streets well after midnight, despite the use of tear gas by police in riot gear. Clouds of tear gas drifted over the crowd on Old Concord Road, and people coughed, hacked and fell back before walking towards police lines again multiple times. ... The protests began on Old Concord Road at Bonnie Lane, where a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer fatally shot a man in the parking lot of a University City apartment complex Tuesday afternoon. The man who died was identified late Tuesday as Keith Lamont Scott, 43, and the officer who fired the fatal shot was CMPD Officer Brentley Vinson, a police statement said." [editor's note: How many NON-officers were injured? - TLK] (09/20/16)

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/crime/article103009432.html  

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MD: No charges to be filed in police killing of Korryn Gaines

September 21, 2016
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Patch    

"The officer who shot and killed a Randallstown woman and injured her 5-year-old son in their apartment last month will not face charges, attorneys told WBAL. Korryn Gaines, 23, of the unit block of Sulky Court, was fatally shot during a barricade situation in her apartment, where police arrived Aug. 1 to serve a warrant for failing to appear about traffic charges." [editor's note: This is the incident where police asked Facebook to freeze Gaines's Facebook account so that they wouldn't be seen killing her; there should at LEAST be some evidence tampering charges here - TLK] (09/20/16)

http://patch.com/maryland/owingsmills/no-charges-be-filed-against-officer-who-killed-korryn-gaines-report  

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OK: Video released in police killing of unarmed man in Tulsa

September 21, 2016
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KTLA 5 News    

"On August 16, Oklahoma twins Terence and Tiffany Crutcher celebrated their 40th birthday. Terence, a God-loving father who sang at church every week, had enrolled at a community college in Tulsa where he hoped to earn a degree. 'I'm going to show you,' Terence recently texted his sister. 'I'm going to make you all proud.' He never was able to follow through on that promise. On the night of September 16, exactly one month later, Crutcher's SUV broke down, according to his family. After police responded to a 911 call about the vehicle, the 40-year-old black man found himself raising his hands high above his head. Moments later, Officer Betty Shelby fatally shot Crutcher. He was later found to be unarmed, according to authorities." (09/20/16)

http://ktla.com/2016/09/20/video-released-in-fatal-shooting-of-unarmed-man-in-tulsa/  

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Puerto Rico: Four police officers face civil rights charges

September 8, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Four Puerto Rico police officers have been charged with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice in the latest hit against a department undergoing a federally mandated overhaul. The U.S. Justice Department said Wednesday that three male officers and one former female officer are accused of using excessive force during a November 2014 police operation. Officials say the officers choked, slapped and hit a suspect in the head with a gun and then shot him as he was fleeing." (09/07/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/puerto-rico-police-officers-face-civil-rights-charges-41934416  

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NYC: Video shows teen who was shot by police surrendering

September 6, 2016
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ABC News ABC News    

"Surveillance video from 2013 seems [sic] to contradict the ruling that a police-involved shooting of a New York City teen holding a BB gun was justified, according to the teen's attorney. ... After an internal NYPD review, the shooting was found to be justified, Chief of the NYC Special Federal Litigation Division Patricia Miller told ABC News. A final determination from the NYPD that the shooting was justified was signed off by Police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Jan. 12, 2015." (09/06/16)

http://abcnews.go.com/US/video-shows-teen-shot-police-2013-appearing-surrender/story?id=41674021  

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