Posts Tagged ‘ police violence ’

Personal responsibility and the cult of law enforcement

September 6, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Georgia Sand  

"Notably, while conservatives try to restrict people's freedoms under the guise of 'personal responsibility,' there is one group to which conservatives ascribe almost zero personal responsibility whatsoever, which is the police. While liberals and conservatives alike adore police and in practice allow all systems of law enforcement to operate in a morally bankrupt and inherently violent manner, liberals more readily recognize police abuses and pay some lip service to the need for major change. On the other hand, conservatives who like to jerk off to the idea of personal responsibility take this concept and turn it on its head when it comes to law enforcement. ... The excuses and attempts to shift blame are endless, because in the United States, police are treated like gods who are incapable of moral agency and incapable of wrongdoing." (09/04/16)

http://www.copblock.org/165468/personal-responsibility-and-the-cult-of-law-enforcement/  

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IL: Chicago police seek to fire Van Dyke, four other cops in Laquan McDonald shooting

August 30, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has filed administrative charges seeking to fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014. The charges, filed Tuesday with the Chicago Police Board, seek the dismissal of Officer Jason Van Dyke, who shot McDonald 16 times, as well as four officers who gave reports contradicted by video of the shooting, suggesting an attempted cover-up. In addition to Van Dyke, Officers Janet Mondragon, Daphne Sebastian and Ricardo Viramontes as well as Sgt. Stephen Franko face potential firing by the board. Cook County prosecutors have also criminally charged Van Dyke with first-degree murder. He has pleaded not guilty." (08/30/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/laquanmcdonald/ct-laquan-mcdonald-chicago-police-board-met-20160830-story.html  

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NJ: Cops hold 10-year-old at gunpoint for “matching a description” of a 20-year-old armed robber

August 24, 2016
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Photography Is Not A Crime    

"New Jersey cops drew their guns on a 10-year-old boy who became afraid and ran after they approached to interrogate him, mistaking the child for 20-year-old Casey Joseph Robinson, an armed-robbery suspect, because he 'fit the description.' 'The man they were looking for was over six feet with long dreadlocks,' Patisha Preston, the boy's mother, wrote in a Facebook post. 'They yelled 'he fits the description!''... Newark cops drew their guns on the kid until bystanders intervened by forming a 'human shield' around the young boy and lining the cops out about detaining the child at gunpoint. The cops then released Legend [Preston] to his neighbors. Neighbors assisted him to his mother's home where she had been during the ordeal." (08/23/16)

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/08/23/new-jersey-cops-hold-10-year-old-boy-gunpoint-matching-description-20-year-old-armed-robber/  

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UK: Former footballer Dalian Atkinson dies after being Tasered by police

August 16, 2016
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Belfast News Letter [Ireland]    

"A former Aston Villa striker has died after he was Tasered by police. The 48-year-old, named locally as Dalian Atkinson, died around 90 minutes after he was hit by a stun gun in Meadow Close in the Trench area of Telford, Shropshire, at around 1.30am on Monday. ... West Mercia Police said officers were called amid concerns 'for the safety of an individual' and deployed Taser. This follows the death in June of ex-soldier Spencer Beynon, who was Tasered by police in Llanelli, South Wales, after stabbing a dog and then himself." (08/15/16)

http://www.newsletter.co.uk/news/former-footballer-dalian-atkinson-dies-after-being-tasered-by-police-1-7527585  

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Killer instincts: When police become judge, jury and executioner

August 15, 2016
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John W. Whitehead Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead  

"Any police officer who shoots to kill is playing with fire. In that split second of deciding whether to shoot and where to aim, that officer has appointed himself judge, jury and executioner over a fellow citizen. And when an officer fires a killing shot at a fellow citizen not once or twice but three and four and five times, he is no longer a guardian of the people but is acting as a paid assassin. In so doing, he has short-circuited a legal system that was long ago established to protect against such abuses by government agents." (08/12/16)

http://fff.org/explore-freedom/article/killer-instincts-police-become-judge-jury-executioner/  

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So-called police misconduct

August 15, 2016
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Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"'Police misconduct' is a term one hears from time to time. Some people complain about it. Most, however, refer to it as simply a mistaken idea advanced by disgruntled ne'er-do-wells who refuse to accept that only a few 'bad apples' among the police ever do anything wrong -- and when they do it's for altogether understandable and forgivable reasons. The term, however, is an oxymoron. The cops are not misconducting themselves. They are conducting themselves exactly as they intend to do so, exactly as the politicians who pay their salaries expect them to do so and, sad to say, exactly as a large part of the populace wants them to do so." (08/12/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/08/12/so-called-police-misconduct/  

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The LAVA Spurt, episode 8

August 10, 2016
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The LAVA Flow Podcast The LAVA Flow Podcast
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"This is the eighth episode of The LAVA Spurt, The Another Victim of the State Edition, where we talk about the death of another woman at the hands of police, and Facebook's complicity." [various formats] (08/09/16)

http://thelavaflow.com/the-another-victim-of-the-state-edition/  

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MD: Baltimore police officers fired as scathing federal report alleges excessive force

August 10, 2016
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Fox News    

"The Justice Department and Baltimore Police agreed to negotiate reforms that can be enforced by the courts after a scathing federal report released Wednesday criticized officers for using excessive force and routinely discriminating against blacks. ... Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said officers who committed egregious violations have been fired. He and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake promised the report would serve as a blueprint for sweeping changes. The court-enforceable consent decree will force the police agency to commit to improving its procedures to avoid a lawsuit." (08/10/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/08/10/justice-department-to-release-scathing-report-on-baltimore-police-force.html  

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US DoJ wants to track all “arrest-related” deaths in US

August 10, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"After a spate of high-profile shootings by police in recent years, the Department of Justice has an initiative it wants to make permanent: collect data on all 'arrest-related' deaths. Under the program, which was proposed last week, some 19,450 state and local law enforcement agencies and about 685 medical examiners' offices would help catalog such incidents annually this year, and then quarterly starting next year." [editor's note: Presumably this "help" would be a mandate, and would come with funding, so forgive me if this sounds more like a way for DoJ to pad its budget than like an attempt to actually do anything about those shootings - TLK] (08/09/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/justice-department-wants-track-all-arrest-related-deaths-u-s-n626751  

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What are the solutions for police misconduct?

August 8, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Dylan Donnelly  

"1. Get rid of police unions. Police unions (fraternities) protect the guilty, and are responsible for the massive whitewashing of questionable police behavior that is presently being committed. 2. Eliminate both 'absolute' and 'qualified' immunity for all public officials. This includes, prosecutors and judges, police and firefighters, code enforcement and child protective services officials, and others who deal with the citizenry. The threat of being sued personally would encourage them to behave themselves. Require police officers to be 'bonded' by an insurance company, with their own funds. No bond = no job. 3. Any public funds disbursed to citizens as a result of police misconduct should come out of police pension funds -- NOT from the taxpayers." [Flash audio or MP3] (08/07/16)

http://www.copblock.org/164262/real-solutions-for-police-misconduct/  

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Mundane lives don’t matter, so don’t try to exercise your rights

August 7, 2016
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"In every encounter between a police officer and a citizen, only one life matters to the former -- and it isn't the latter. 'Follow the commands of a police officer or risk dying,' snarled Major Travis Yates of the Tulsa Police Department in a recent essay for Law Officer. Requiring police officers to respect the rights of the citizens they detain, or to practice de-escalation when citizens assert their rights, would be tantamount to asking that 'police stop being police' -- that is, commissioned ministers of violence acting on behalf of the divine State. Whenever a police officer inflicts himself on a citizen, every consideration is made for officer safety, despite the fact that the citizen is the one facing an immediate, known risk of lethal violence." (08/05/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/08/mundane-lives-dont-matter-so-dont-try.html  

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Police violence: Peace isn’t the priority

August 7, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Baltimore County police chief James Johnson characterizes his department's desire for 'peace' as the overriding priority justifying the concealment operation [to hide the police killing of Korryn Gaines from public view]. Social media contacts needed to be stopped from urging her 'not to comply with negotiators' request that she surrender peacefully,' he says. 'For hours, we pleaded with her to end this peacefully.' Let's dispense with the risible claim that 'peace' was the priority here. Had that been the case, Johnson could have just called it a night and directed his officers to get in their cars and drive away. Problem solved. Easy, peace-y. If the priority was not 'peace,' then what was it?" (08/05/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/7046  

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Why doesn’t “if you’ve got nothing to hide you’ve got nothing to fear” apply to cops?

August 5, 2016
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Thomas L Knapp -- photo by Avens O'Brien KN@PPSTER
by Thomas L Knapp  

"Is it possible that Korryn Gaines was a bad, violent person who was shot by police while threatening them with death or grievous bodily harm? Sure, I suppose it's possible. But when someone goes out of his way to make damn sure you can't know what he's up to, then someone else ends up dead at his hands inside the time and space bubble of secrecy he just intentionally created, the default reasonable presumption is that malice aforethought was involved on his part. If a mere mundane pulled the kind of stunt the police pulled in this instance, with the same outcome, it's unlikely that any jury or judge in the country would buy his story or show any inclination whatsoever toward mercy." (08/04/16)

http://knappster.blogspot.com/2016/08/why-doesnt-if-youve-got-nothing-to-hide.html  

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MD: Police had Facebook, Instagram shut off woman’s account so they wouldn’t be seen killing her

August 4, 2016
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National Public Radio [US state media]    

"Baltimore County police shot and killed Korryn Gaines, a 23-year-old black woman, after an hours-long standoff on Monday -- during which Facebook and Instagram, at police request, temporarily shut down Gaines's accounts. Gaines, who police say was armed with a shotgun, is the ninth black woman shot and killed by police so far this year, The Washington Post reports. ... Police Chief Jim Johnson says Gaines was posting video of the standoff to social media as it was unfolding, which prompted police to request the deactivation of her accounts. ... On Instagram, one video apparently recorded during the standoff remains. It appears to show Gaines' 5-year-old son responding to her questions. 'What's happening right now? Who's outside?' 'The police.' 'And what are they trying to do? ... What are they trying to do?' 'They're trying to kill us.' A second video, now deleted, showed a police officer with a gun drawn at Gaines'[s] door. Facebook and Instagram have not responded to NPR's requests for comment." (08/03/16)

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/08/03/488500830/during-fatal-standoff-police-asked-facebook-to-deactivate-womans-account  

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There is no war on cops

August 3, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Tim Lynch  

"'We have entered an era of intense antipolice activism, led by the federal government in conjunction with agitators like Al Sharpton,' Heather Mac Donald claims in her book The War on Cops. Just how many times have we entered this era? Twelve years before Black Lives Matter came on the scene, Mac Donald delivered a lecture at the American Enterprise Institute titled 'The War on Police.' Her 2003 book Are Cops Racist? was subtitled How the War Against the Police Harms Black Americans. Here we go again." (08/03/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/there-no-war-cops  

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Color-conscious drug warriors breed mistrust

August 1, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"Even conservatives who are generally skeptical of 'big government' and rarely reluctant to criticize its representatives tend to make an exception for public employees who wear uniforms and carry guns. That soft spot for armed agents of the state is not just philosophically inconsistent; it is empirically unjustified, as two recent studies of police behavior show. While one of the studies casts doubt on the claim that cops are quicker to shoot blacks than whites, they both confirm that encounters with police are racially skewed in ways that are hard to justify -- a troubling pattern that is closely correlated with the war on drugs." (08/01/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/08/01/color-conscious-drug-warriors-breed-ange  

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Beware, Adams County: A “sociopath” will soon return to duty

August 1, 2016
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"'I'm a man of faith, and I believe nothing happens without a reason,' insisted Adams County Sheriff Ryan Zollman after Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden placed the state's imprimatur on the murder of Council rancher Jack Yantis. To the family and friends of the man who had been gunned down without cause by two of his deputies, Zollman recommended that they accept this betrayal with pious stoicism: 'Leave this to a higher power watching over us.' Adams County residents in the habit of praying would be well-advised to petition Providence for protection, and unbelievers who reside there would be wise to take up that habit. Sheriff Zollman is about to unleash a bloody-handed sociopath on the public." (08/01/16)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2016/08/beware-adams-county-sociopath-will-soon.html  

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A real Houdini done it — how a dead magician killed Freddie Gray

July 28, 2016
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Cop Block CopBlock
by Joshua Scott Hotchkin  

"The coroner who examined the body of Freddie Gray declared his death was the result of a homicide. Today the last three police involved in the arrest during which he died were cleared of all charges. Strange things are afoot, my friends. Mysteries upon mysteries. But don't worry, ya'all, because as impossible as a homicide that nobody committed is, there may be an explanation after all. Now this might sound crazy, although not as crazy as a single party homicide, but the famous but long dead Harry Houdini is likely the person responsible for Gray's death. Where did I get this information? Directly from Houdini himself. A few hours ago I gathered with a Secret CopBlock Coven to perform a seance." (07/27/16)

http://www.copblock.org/163660/magician-killed-freddie-gray/  

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MD: Prosecutors drop all remaining charges against killer cops in Freddie Gray case

July 28, 2016
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Baltimore Sun    

"Prosecutors dropped all remaining charges against three Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray in a downtown courtroom on Wednesday morning, concluding one of the most high-profile criminal cases in Baltimore history. The startling move was an apparent acknowledgement of the unlikelihood of a conviction following the acquittals of three other officers on similar and more serious charges by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, who was expected to preside over the remaining trials as well." (07/27/16)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-miller-pretrial-motions-20160727-story.html  

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Killing with robots increases militarization of police

July 25, 2016
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OpEdNews
by Marjorie Cohn  

"The killing of Johnson is evidently the first time domestic law enforcement has utilized an armed robot to kill a suspect. It will not be the last. Police departments are becoming increasingly militarized, using assault weapons, armored personnel carriers, grenade launchers, and ear-splitting sirens known as LRADs. Much of this equipment is purchased from the Pentagon at a significant discount. But the answer to our national epidemic of racist police killings is not to further militarize law enforcement." (07/25/16)

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Killing-with-robots-increa-by-Marjorie-Cohn-Killing_Militarization_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Robots-160725-499.html  

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Unaccountable police unions endanger minorities and everyone else

July 22, 2016
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Shikha Dalmia Reason
by Shikha Dalmia  

"Over the last two weeks, the nation has weathered two horrific retaliatory slayings of police officers, first in Dallas and then in Baton Rouge. In his funeral oration for the slain Dallas officers, President Obama lamented many reasons for the rising 'cycle of violence' between law enforcement and minority communities: Poverty, unemployment, underinvestment in schools, lack of rehab programs, easy availability of guns, and more. Meanwhile, after the Baton Rouge ambush, Donald Trump yet again blamed the breakdown of 'law and order' in inner cities. Surely there is at least some truth to all of this. But there's another critical reform to America's criminal justice system that is little talked about, but very important: Hidebound police unions that block elementary transparency and public accountability at every level." (07/21/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/21/unaccountable-police-unions-endanger-min  

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Big government, racial violence and the police

July 21, 2016
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by Jonathan Bean  

"In August 1965, the streets of Los Angeles erupted in fire, as black rioters burned hundreds of stores and ill-equipped police withdrew from the violent scene. Initiated by a minor altercation with a police officer, Watts was followed by worse riots, often sparked by encounters with police, turning cities like Detroit into burnt-over districts. The 'liberal' solution (more welfare spending) and the 'conservative' response (militarization of the police) both went into effect. Yet, here we are in 2016 with violence between police and blacks, as if policymakers have done nothing. In fact, the solutions pursued compounded the problems they meant to solve: government has grown too big to be trusted and it is trusted least of all when young black men encounter police. And, yet, unlimited, untrustworthy government is a problem we all face." (07/21/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/21/big-government-racial-violence-and-the-police/  

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TSA thugs brutalize mentally disabled terrified teen

July 21, 2016
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Timothy J. Taylor Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor  

"Take a good long look at this picture. See for yourself what TSA airport security goons -- United States government thugs -- did recently to this innocent mentally disabled terrified teenager at Memphis International Airport. They put their menacing hands on her. She panicked and reflexively resisted. So they beat her bloody. That's what they do. They use violence first and ask questions later. ... The thugs weren't finished with their victim just yet. She was arrested and booked into jail. When they finally realized the gravity of their mistake, too late as it were, all charges were dropped and she was eventually released. A lawsuit is pending against the goons. Naturally, their representatives aren't talking. That's because what they did to that girl was indefensible." (07/20/16)

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2016/07/tsa-thugs-brutalize-mentally-disabled.html  

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FL: Video shows moments before North Miami Police shot unarmed man

July 20, 2016
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WSVN 7 News    

"A therapist who works with people with disabilities is telling his story after he said police shot him while he was trying to help his patient with autism. Cellphone video was released Wednesday afternoon showing Charles Kinsey lying on the ground with his hands in the air, telling officers that weapons are not necessary. ... In his hospital bed and wearing bandages, Kinsey said, he was attempting to calm an autistic patient who ran away from a group home. Kinsey could be heard in the video saying, 'All he has is a toy truck. A toy truck. I am a behavior therapist at a group home.' He is also heard asking his patient to calm down. " (07/20/16)

http://wsvn.com/news/local/video-shows-moments-before-north-miami-police-shot-unarmed-man/  

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The war on drugs has made policing more violent

July 20, 2016
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by Jonathan Blanks  

"American policing today has become increasingly aggressive and, at times, even predatory. Policies and tactics have evolved to make police contact more confrontational. In so doing, they have increased the chances of violence and fatal uses of force. This has been particularly true of efforts aimed at fighting the Drug War. Police are incentivized to initiate unnecessary contact with pedestrians and motorists, and they do so most often against ethnic and racial minorities. Such over-policing engenders resentment among minority communities and jeopardizes public safety." (07/19/16)

http://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/war-drugs-has-made-policing-more-violent  

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