Posts Tagged ‘ police violence ’

Breaking away

July 20, 2016
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C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Tommy Raskin  

"The shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have laid bare statism for the entire world to see. At its core, the state is not an instrument of dialogue. It does not retain power through mere persuasion. In disputes, it does not agree to disagree. No, the state is a regional monopoly on violence, sustained by its territory's largest arsenal. Were it not for the threat of violence, government decrees would be simple suggestions. Laws are laws and orders are orders because their promulgators ultimately rest their case on force." (07/19/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45712  

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MD: Law professor files new complaints calling for disbarment of Freddie Gray case prosecutors

July 19, 2016
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Baltimore Sun    

"An activist law professor calling for Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby to be disbarred over her prosecution of six Baltimore police officers in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray has now taken aim at the two deputy state's attorneys who have argued the cases in court. John F. Banzhaf III, a public interest law professor at George Washington University known for filing lawsuits in high-profile court cases, said he planned to file two new complaints with the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission on Tuesday calling for the disbarment of Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow and Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe. ... Banzhaf alleges that Mosby knew the charges against the officers were not supported by probable cause when she filed them, and should have reassessed her prosecution of the officers after each of Williams' rulings in the case." [editor's note: Look up Banzhaf if you want some disturbing reading. He's not just a copsucker; he's managed to be on the wrong side of seemingly every issue of prominence since the Civil War - TLK] (07/19/16)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-new-banzhaf-complaints-20160719-story.html  

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NH: Two state troopers charged with assault

July 19, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Authorities in New Hampshire arrested two state troopers Tuesday and charged them with assault for their actions during a violent arrest captured on video earlier this year. After a long police chase that began in Massachusetts and ended in New Hampshire, at least two officers were seen on the video repeatedly punching the driver who had led the pursuit. After video of the May 11 incident began to spread online, Joseph Foster, the New Hampshire attorney general, launched a criminal investigation into the episode. New Hampshire State Police and Massachusetts State Police each pulled a trooper involved in the incident from duty while the investigation was carried out. Foster said Joseph Flynn, 32, of the Massachusetts State Police, and Andrew Monaco, 31, of the New Hampshire State Police were arrested and charged with simple assault for their use of force during the arrest." (07/19/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/state-troopers-in-new-hampshire-and-massachusetts-charged-with-assault/2016/07/19/9647c8f2-4dea-11e6-a422-83ab49ed5e6a_story.html  

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Should police use bombs to kill criminals?

July 19, 2016
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Ivan Eland Antiwar.com
by Ivan Eland  

"Using a robot normally used for explosive neutralization to offensively deliver a bomb is not just a further incremental militarization of the police, such as military-style uniforms and SWAT teams with military gear and equipment, including armored vehicles. The police use of exploding ordinance is a quantum escalation that has the potential to kill innocent bystanders and also to start fires that are difficult to control. Let’s remember when police in 1985 attempted to roust out the Move group by dropping a bomb from a helicopter on an urban neighborhood in Philadelphia, which started a fire that destroyed more than 60 homes in that city. The city blocks destroyed looked like something from a foreign war zone, but the manmade disaster happened in an American city." (07/19/16)

http://original.antiwar.com/eland/2016/07/18/police-use-bombs-kill-criminals/  

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MD: Fourth killer cop skates in Freddie Gray murder

July 19, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"A judge acquitted a Baltimore police officer of manslaughter and other charges Monday in the death of Freddie Gray, a black man who was critically injured in a police transport van. It was the fourth straight trial prosecutors have failed to win in the case. Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking of six officers charged in the case, faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office." [editor's note: So far each of these cops has been "tried" by a fellow government employee in a black dress, rather than by a jury - TLK] (07/18/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baltimore-police-lieutenant-acquitted-freddie-gray-death-article-1.2715512  

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Black Lives Matter

July 18, 2016
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Randall Holcombe Independent Institute
by Randall Holcombe  

"My old thinking: Racial discrimination is a reality, but race is just one of many personal characteristics on which people discriminate. ... My new thinking: When those who hold racial biases also hold government-issued firearms and are given a mandate to go after the bad guys, this is life-threatening to those who the people with the guns and the mandate are biased against. Everyone who is reading this is well aware of the number of video recordings of white cops killing black victims who posed no immediate threat to anyone. On the rare occasions when I'm stopped by the police, I'm a bit nervous about it. If I were black, I would have good reason to be terrified." (07/18/16)

http://blog.independent.org/2016/07/18/black-lives-matter/  

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FL: Cops say Black Lives Matter note found after police cruiser is torched

July 18, 2016
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South Florida Sun Sentinel    

"A Daytona Beach police patrol vehicle was found completely engulfed in flames early Sunday with a note reading 'Black Lives Matter,' authorities said. Officers responded about 2:30 a.m. to the 300 block of Keech Street and found the marked cruiser on fire in front of the Islamic Center of Daytona Beach, where it was parked and being used as a 'ghost car' to deter crime, officials said. Fire crews responded and put the fire out. No one was reported injured in the incident. A note was found that read 'Black Lives Matter. A. Sterling P. Castile. [Expletive] the police,' authorities said in a news release. It's unclear exactly where the message was found." (07/18/16)

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/os-daytona-police-fire-black-lives-matter-20160717-story.html  

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“Rule of law,” “bad apples” and other myths

July 18, 2016
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Kevin Carson Center for a Stateless Society
by Kevin Carson  

"If police lawlessness were some aberration that the system could fix and return to 'normal,' why has there been no self-correction in the two years since Ferguson and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement? Instead we have seen repeated police murders of unarmed black people, followed by mass demonstrations -- and followed in turn by rioting cops with tear gas and fire hoses. Far from correcting itself, the system is only capable of doubling down on its existing model of behavior. And if cases like Ferguson or Baton Rouge were about 'bad apples,' we would expect to see the offending officers investigated, punished and removed by the system. Instead, we have seen the system come together in defense of them." (07/16/16)

https://c4ss.org/content/45680  

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GA: Former Atlanta cop charged with murder for killing unarmed driver

July 17, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"An Atlanta cop who killed an unarmed black driver when he blindly fired into a passing car has been charged with murder. Arrest warrants for Officer James Burns -- who was fired from the force after the June killing of 22-year-old Deravis Caine Rogers -- were issued Friday, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard said. The three-year force veteran faces charges of felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported." (07/16/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/atlanta-charged-murder-killing-unarmed-driver-article-1.2714036  

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The Minneapolis Police Department is a bit red in the face

July 15, 2016
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A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"The Minneapolis Police Department is well known for its high speed, low drag attitude. Instead of deescalation and conflict avoidance the MPD prefers throwing down with anybody it can create an excuse to throw down with. In fact the department is so cocksure that it didn't even try to hide its love of violence in its recent recruiting video. However, many people weren't amused by the video so the MPD was a bit red in the fact and decided to abuse the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) in an attempt to erase the video from the Internet ..." (07/14/16)

https://blog.christopherburg.com/2016/07/14/the-minneapolis-police-department-is-a-bit-red-in-the-face/  

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By the numbers: How often do cops kill?

July 14, 2016
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Daniel Bier The Skeptical Libertarian
by Daniel Bier  

"How many people are killed by police? It's a simple and important question, but, until this year, the shocking answer was 'we have no idea.' There is no central authority systematically keeping track of killings by police, and police in most states are not required to report the use of lethal force to anyone." (07/14/16)

http://blog.skepticallibertarian.com/2016/07/13/by-the-numbers-how-often-do-cops-kill/  

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“Follow the directions of law enforcement”

July 13, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Robert Fantina  

"As political leaders of all stripes call for calm, which is standard procedure after any white officers assassinate a usually-unarmed black man, occasionally one of them states what is really at the core of the issue. This week, it was Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, who uttered one sentence that seems to sum up government policy: 'It is critically important that you follow the directions of law enforcement.' One wonders if this was a statement, or a thinly-veiled threat. It appears that, in the view of Mr. Edwards, the 'directions of law enforcement' must be followed to the letter, with the violation of that being capital punishment, administered instantly by the white police." (07/13/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/13/follow-the-directions-of-law-enforcement/  

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Criticism does not kill cops

July 13, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"After Jared Loughner killed six people and wounded 14 at a Tucson shopping center in 2011, talk radio titan Rush Limbaugh ridiculed attempts to blame the mass shooting on inflammatory right-wing rhetoric. But after Micah Johnson killed five police officers and wounded nine in downtown Dallas last week, Limbaugh did not hesitate to blame the violence on the Black Lives Matter movement. Limbaugh was right then, and he's wrong now. Tarring one's political adversaries as accomplices to murder while calling for greater civility in public debate is a neat trick if you can pull it off, but it's still a trick." (07/13/16)

http://reason.com/archives/2016/07/13/criticism-does-not-kill-cops  

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Stand tall and stand strong

July 12, 2016
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The Libertarian Enterprise
by Nic Leobold  

"When violence strikes even staunch Gun Rights advocates seem to suddenly forget who the police really are: Our slavemasters. Police are the thugs who maintain the status quo, lock us up when we violate victimless laws, and ensure in countless ways that we remain under the thumbs of the parasite politicians. So please forgive me if I don't feel much grief for these dead officers. It's not a tragedy. It's The Facts of Life. What goes around comes around. Even if these officers had children and families who are now fatherless, it was their decision to become police oppressors and support evil." (07/10/16)

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2016/tle880-20160710-06.html  

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2016: The new 1969

July 11, 2016
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Darryl W Perry Free Press Publications
by Darryl W Perry  

"There are many similarities between 1969 and today, with racial tension and a seemingly endless military conflict. Though unlike 1969, protests are primarily in opposition to what appears to be systemic racism within the so-called criminal justice system. Since May 1, 2013 police have killed over 3700 people with some of those deaths gaining more notoriety than others, most notably: Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Sandra Bland, Freddie Gray, Alton Sterling & Philando Castile." [text, Flash audio or MP3] (07/10/16)

http://fpp.cc/2016-the-new-1969/  

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MN: Police officers injured at St. Paul protest

July 11, 2016
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Fox 13 News    

"Multiple officers with the Saint Paul Police Department have been reported as injured at a protest in St. Paul, Minnesota. Demonstrators in St. Paul began protesting Saturday in response to recent deaths associated with police encounters and police brutality. ... The Star Tribune reported that as the demonstration continued protesters took to Interstate 94 and officers began to redirect traffic from there around 7 p.m. Participants in the protest included Black Lives Matter, an organization that works to raise awareness of and stop police brutality." (07/10/16)

http://www.fox13memphis.com/news/trending-now/police-officers-injured-at-st-paul-minnesota-protest/394733484  

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And so it begins … ?

July 11, 2016
posted by

The Price of Liberty
by Nathan Barton  

"How many people today remember the year 1968, and the violence which wracked the Fifty States (then, still, the United States, even if in a downward spiral of a century's duration)? The protests and riots, the 'barbeque' in DC, the shootings and killings and assassinations? Probably time to brush up on history and remember it ... and learn from it. Thursday, 07 July 2016, is the next step onto the path that was followed in 1968, when society was 'stronger' and there was a lot more trust." (07/08/16)

http://www.thepriceofliberty.org/?p=9293  

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Libertarian Party calls for an end to all violence

July 10, 2016
posted by

Libertarian Party    

"Libertarian National Committee Chair Nicholas Sarwark issued this statement today in relation to the recent shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and Texas: 'The killing needs to stop. All of it. None of these shootings were justified -- not the shootings by the police, not the shootings of the police. The Libertarian Party denounces all killing. No American should feel they've invited violence upon themselves because of their skin color, the uniform they wear in service to their communities, or their decision to exercise their Second Amendment rights. None of these factors should make you a target for murder in this country.'" (07/08/16)

http://www.lp.org/news/press-releases/libertarian-party-calls-for-an-end-to-all-violence  

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Johnson: Drug war “root cause” of police shootings

July 10, 2016
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Politico    

"Gary Johnson believes the tensions between police and minorities that led to two high-profile police shootings and the deaths of five Dallas police officers has a root cause: The long-running war on drugs. The Libertarian [sic] nominee for president did not directly tie the drug war to the shooting deaths in Minnesota and Louisiana by police or the sniper killings of five officers in Texas this week. But poor relations between police and African-Americans stems from the criminalization of drug use, he said." (07/08/16)

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/07/gary-johnson-dallas-shooting-225294  

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TX: Police officers shot during Dallas protest

July 8, 2016
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CBS News CBS New York    

"At least four police officers were shot, and one was killed Thursday night when shots were fired in Dallas during protests against police brutality. In a statement, Dallas police Chief David Brown reported that two snipers shot 10 police officers from elevated positions during the protest. Three officers were killed in the shooting, two more were in surgery, and three more were in critical condition, Dallas police said. Dallas Area Rapid Transit police confirmed that four of its officers were shot, and one was killed, in a the protest. Police said an intensive search for the suspects was under way late Thursday, and no suspects were in custody." (07/07/16)

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2016/07/07/shots-fired-during-protest-against-police-violence-in-dallas/  

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LA: Video appears to show police shooting a man in Baton Rouge

July 6, 2016
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New York Times    

"Protesters gathered in Baton Rouge, La., on Tuesday night after a black man was fatally shot in an encounter with police officers earlier in the day, an incident that was captured in a graphic cellphone video that began circulating widely on social media. Alton Sterling, 37, was killed in a shooting shortly after midnight Tuesday, the Baton Rouge police said in a statement. The police had received a call from someone who reported having been threatened by an armed man selling CDs outside a store in the eastern part of the city, the statement said." (07/06/16)

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/06/us/alton-sterling-baton-rouge-shooting.html  

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An alternative to the madness of proving police injustice

June 29, 2016
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Vann R Newkirk II  

"When Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr., was acquitted Thursday of all charges related to the death of Freddie Gray, the one emotion absent from the courtroom, social media, and the crowds of protesters in the city was surprise. The cases of all six officers alleged to be involved in Gray's April 2015 death have been tossed about in a sea of strange legal wrangling and reshuffling, but without much real suspense. The trial of Officer Edward Nero ended in a judge's acquittal, and that of Officer William Porter in a hung jury. All six officers charged in the case remain on administrative, drawing full salaries, pending the outcome of an internal investigation. But it's likely that these officers will share the fate of most officers accused of killing black people in the line of duty: a return to police work." (06/29/16)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/06/restorative-justice-police-violence/489221/  

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MD: Van driver acquitted in Freddie Gray killing

June 23, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Caesar Goodson, one of the Baltimore police officers tried in the death of Freddie Gray, was found not guilty on all charges by Judge Barry Williams on Thursday. Goodson's indictment was the pinnacle of the state's case with prosecutors convinced that, as the van driver, he was the most culpable. Goodson was charged with second degree 'depraved heart' murder, three different counts of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office." (06/23/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/caesar-goodson-baltimore-van-driver-charged-freddie-gray-death-acquitted-n595361  

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IL: Chicago PD probes apparent head stomping by officer after video emerges

June 14, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson asked Monday for an investigation into the actions of two officers after a video showed one officer struggling with a man and the other telling bystanders to back off, then appearing to stomp the struggling man in the head. The video, showing an arrest that took place in the 3900 block of West Grenshaw Street, was posted on Facebook Monday afternoon, apparently soon after the incident. By about 10 p.m., the video posted by someone using the name Terrance Hustlehard had been viewed more than 300,000 times and had been shared about 14,000 times." (06/14/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-lawndale-stomping-video-investigation-20160613-story.html  

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Australia: Police shoot escaped mental patient, hit three bystanders too

June 9, 2016
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Video shows the moment a barefoot man lunged at police with a carving knife when two officers gunned him down after he escaped from a psychiatric hospital. Footage exclusively obtained by Nine News shows the dramatic moments outside Westfield shopping centre at Hornsby, north-west Sydney, on Thursday shortly before noon. Police had asked the man to drop the knife and get down before the man appeared to run at them. Two police officers fired several shots and inadvertently injured three elderly women until the 23-year-old man was shot down." (06/09/16)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3632538/Policewoman-shot-man-knife-Sydney-s-Westfield-Hornsby-comforted-colleagues.html  

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