Posts Tagged ‘ police violence ’

A shot to the heart

June 7, 2016
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The Intercept The Intercept
by Nick Berardini and Matt Stroud  

"As the video opens we see a gray Pontiac enter the frame, and Bryce's dad, Matt, put his hand on his son's knee. His mom, Stacy, folded her arms, clutching a tissue. Tears began to form in both his parents' eyes, anticipating what everyone else in the room was about to see. Unfazed, Bryce leaned his 6-foot-1-inch frame forward, his eyes focused on the makeshift projector. He knew this piece of evidence absolved him of any wrongdoing. In the video, Runnels pulls Bryce over and approaches the car. He tells Bryce to get out but doesn't give a reason. Bryce repeatedly asks if he is under arrest. Runnels says, 'You're under arrest. Get your ass out of the car,' and attempts to pull him out by force. He then tases Bryce for 23 seconds, handcuffs him, drags the boy's body behind the car, and deliberately drops him face first onto the asphalt road. Runnels may not have known it at the time, but Bryce was going into cardiac arrest." ()6/07/16)

https://theintercept.com/2016/06/07/tased-in-the-chest-for-23-seconds-dead-for-8-minutes-now-facing-a-lifetime-of-recovery/  

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MD: Judge acquits police officer in Freddie Gray killing

May 24, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Baltimore police Officer Edward Nero was found not guilty of all charges Monday in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, Judge Barry Williams ruled Monday after a bench trial. Nero, one of six officers charged and the second to be tried in the Gray case, was accused of second-degree intentional assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment." (05/23/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/23/us/freddie-gray-trial-officer-edward-nero/  

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Cheating cops destroy a man; courts now victimizing him further

May 3, 2016
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Jim Babka Downsize DC
by Jim Babka  

"Two Joliet cops stopped a car for turning without signaling in the early hours of March 18, 2011. The car's owner, Elijah Manuel, was in the passenger seat. One of the cops pulled him out of the car and forced him to the ground, shouting 'You remember me: I got you now you fucking nigger.' Four more cops arrived. They searched the car, ripping up the floor mats and slashing the steering wheel. Manuel was also searched and cuffed. They found a bottle of vitamins and field tested them. They were not drugs. The cops lied about the results, saying the pills tested positive for ecstasy. They arrested Manuel. The vitamins failed another drug test at the station. Instead of releasing Manuel, the police further falsified their report." (05/02/16)

https://downsizedc.org/blog/cheating-cops-destroy-a-man-courts-now-victimizing-him-further  

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OK: Volunteer deputy convicted in killing of unarmed man

April 28, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"A former Oklahoma volunteer sheriff's deputy and wealthy insurance executive faces up to four years in prison for killing an unarmed suspect. Sheriff's deputies wasted no time whisking Robert Bates away in handcuffs. The former Tulsa County reserve deputy was convicted of second degree manslaughter for killing Eric Harris, reports CBS News correspondent Omar Villafranca. ... Bates said he meant to use his Taser to subdue Harris, but accidentally pulled the trigger on his pistol. Bates'[s] lawyer failed to convince jurors that Harris died from a bad heart and a mix of drugs found in his system and not from the gunshot wound. The jury deliberated less than three hours and recommended the maximum sentence for Bates, determining that Bates had acted recklessly." (04/28/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/tulsa-oklahoma-eric-harris-family-declares-victory-robert-bates-convicted/  

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Policing aggression

April 27, 2016
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Mary Ruwart Ruwart.com
by Mary J Ruwart  

"Prosecutors rarely go after law enforcement when they raid the wrong house. Instead, they try, convict and imprison, victims who have defended themselves, believing they were being attacked by a gang instead of police. Defending yourself against police officers is a crime, even when those officers are at the wrong house! Instead of getting an apology and restitution from the local government, these innocent victims are treated like criminals!" (04/26/16)

http://www.ruwart.com/blog/policing-aggression-from-the-cliff-notes-version-of-healing-our-world.html  

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More than a few rogue cops: The disturbing history of police in schools

April 26, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Mary Anne Henderson and Brian Platt  

"Some will say that, for all their faults, SROs are needed to protect students from violence on campus -- the image of Columbine is always invoked around discussions of police in school. But Columbine employed an SRO at the time of the shooting. In fact, while the shooting was going on at Columbine, 800 police officers and eight SWAT teams surrounded the school. Yet, all refused to confront the shooters, preferring to 'contain the perimeter.' The truth is having police on campus does not curb violence. The origin of school resource officers lies not in school shootings, but in the opposition to the Civil Rights Movement." (04/26/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/04/26/more-than-a-few-rogue-cops-the-disturbing-history-of-police-in-schools/  

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TN: Police chief apologizes for handcuff, arrest of children

April 25, 2016
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Lexington Herald Leader    

"A Tennessee police chief has apologized after his officers arrested 10 elementary school students, some of whom were handcuffed, in a bullying and assault case. Murfreesboro Police Chief Karl Durr's apology came after angry parents demanded action during a community meeting following the arrests at Hobgood Elementary School and other locations on April 15. It wasn't clear exactly how many students were handcuffed." (04/25/16)

http://www.kentucky.com/news/nation-world/national/article73721272.html  

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MD: Baltimore police claim father, son they shot were “duo with intent to kill”

April 2, 2016
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CBS News CBS Baltimore    

"Fifty-six shots fired. Police kill a father and son, saying the duo planned targeted murders. The action was taken just in time, they say; police say they foiled a potential mass shooting, taking down two men armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun in east Baltimore. ... Three officers on patrol because of recent violence in the area near North and Greenmount encountered them. Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said the duo planned to target enemies." (04/01/16)

http://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2016/04/01/father-son-identified-as-armed-suspects-killed-in-police-shooting/  

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MN: No charges for Minneapolis cops in killing of unarmed man

March 31, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Minneapolis police Officers Mark Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze will not face charges in the November shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Wednesday. Schwarze shot Clark only after Ringgenberg scuffled with the young man, the prosecutor said, during which Clark took control of the officer's gun and Ringgenberg told Schwarze to open fire. Investigators concluded the officers acted in self-defense, he said." (03/30/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/30/us/minneapolis-jamar-clark-police-shooting-no-charges/index.html  

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IL: Three Chicago cops hurt, civilian killed in gunfight

March 15, 2016
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Bradenton Herald    

"A shootout between Chicago police and a suspect in drug activity on the city's West Side late Monday left one man dead and three police officers wounded. The officers were rushed to Stroger Hospital for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening, according to police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The shooting occurred as several police officers were investigating reported drug activity in a residential area of the Homan Square neighborhood, Guglielmi said. The officers observed a man and a woman acting suspiciously and decided to investigate further, announcing their presence, he said. The pair fled, with police giving chase. The man ran into a gangway between two buildings and opened fire in the direction of the officers, hitting three of them multiple times, Guglielmi said. He said one of the officers returned fire, fatally injuring the suspect." [editor's note: So the story is that the police were in a place they had no business being, doing something they had no business doing, and ended up messing with someone they shouldn't have been messing with. That's all the reporter needed to say - TLK] (03/15/16)

http://www.bradenton.com/latest-news/article66093077.html  

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NY: Family of student killed by police in 2010 accepts $6 million settlement

March 14, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The parents of Danroy 'D.J.' Henry Jr., an African-American football player at Pace University who was shot and killed nearly six years ago by a white New York police officer, have accepted a partial settlement of $6 million. ... A grand jury decided not to indict anyone involved with Henry's death. The investigation was closed last April. His family watched protests erupt around the country following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in New York." (03/14/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/14/us/d-j-henry-police-shooting-settlement-new-york/  

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TX: Trooper indicted over Sandra Bland arrest formally fired

March 3, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

A Texas trooper indicted over his arrest of a black woman who was later found dead in jail has been formally fired, three months after his bosses first announced they would do so, state officials said Wednesday. Former Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Brian Encinia can still appeal the decision to fire him, which came after a grand jury indicted him on a perjury charge in December. He's accused of lying about his July 2015 arrest of Sandra Bland and their confrontational traffic stop that was caught on dashcam video." (03/02/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-sandra-bland-officer-encinia-fired-20160302-story.html  

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MD: Baltimore school police chief and officers suspended after video emerges of cop slapping, kicking young man

March 2, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"The head of the Baltimore school police force and two of its officers were put on administrative leave Tuesday for a video showing an officer slapping, kicking and cursing out a young man. The five-second cell phone clip, which was covertly filmed by a Lake Clifton Eastern High School student, shows an officer loudly slapping a man three times in the face at the school. 'Go the f--- home!' the officer yells, with a fellow officer standing next to him. As the man stumbles away, the officer kicks him in the back and says, 'Get the f--- out of here!' It's unclear when the video was filmed or what led to the officer's attack. School officials did not immediately return requests for comment." (03/02/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baltimore-school-officers-suspended-attack-video-article-1.2549939  

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Drug warriors will pay $2.6 million for maiming a toddler

February 29, 2016
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"The parents of a toddler who was maimed by a botched Georgia drug raid in May 2014 have reached settlements with the last two plaintiffs facing claims as a result of the shocking home invasion. On Friday a federal judge approved payments totaling $1.65 million by Rabun and Stephens counties, which participated in the anti-drug task force responsible for the late-night, no-knock raid that nearly killed 19-month-old Bounkham 'Bou Bou' Phonesavanh when a flashbang grenade exploded in the portable playpen where he was sleeping. The boy's parents, Bounkham and Alecia Phonesavanh, had earlier reached settlements totaling almost $2 million with Habersham County and the city of Cornelia, which also particpated in the operation." [editor's note: I'm glad to see Bou Bou's family compensated for his injuries, but it's not the "drug warriors" paying, it's the taxpayers; the thugs who actually committed this atrocity got off scot free both legally and financially, as usual - TLK] (02/28/16)

http://reason.com/blog/2016/02/28/drug-warriors-will-pay-36-million-for-ma  

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UT: Salt Lake City police shooting sparks protests

February 28, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Angry protests erupted in Salt Lake City overnight following a police-involved shooting, according to authorities. Salt Lake City Police said the shooting occurred after officers responded to reports of an assault in progress and tried to intervene in the altercation. ... Angry people congregated on the street shouting 'they shot an innocent kid' and objects were hurled at police officers, witnesses told NBC station KSL." (02/28/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/salt-lake-city-police-shooting-sparks-protests-n527441?cid=sm_fb  

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Cops’ killed by police meme “doesn’t have all the facts”

February 22, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Lorelei McFly  

"Law Enforcement Today, a police propaganda website, posted the following wholly inaccurate, intentionally misleading meme to its Facebook page this past Thursday. The meme claims that all of the 1,140 to 1,205 people killed by law enforcement officers in 2015 were only killed as a result of refusing to obey lawful orders from those officers. This meme is a lie so obvious, so grandiose that only those who believe every death at the hands of a police officer is justified, no matter the circumstances or evidence, could possibly swallow it." (02/21/16)

http://www.copblock.org/154605/cop-meme-doesnt-have-facts/  

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MD: Court halts trials in Freddie Gray killing

February 19, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The trials of five Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray have been put on hold as Maryland's highest court considers whether another officer can be compelled to testify against them. The decision immediately halts Monday's scheduled jury selection in the trial of Officer Edward Nero, who faces charges of second-degree intentional assault, misconduct in officer and reckless endangerment. The Maryland Court of Appeals order was announced by court officials on Thursday." (02/18/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/18/us/baltimore-freddie-gray-appeals-court/  

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OH: Cleveland government bills family of police murder victim for ambulance ride

February 11, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"The city of Cleveland has filed a claim against the estate of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy killed by a police officer in 2014, for his final ambulance ride. 'The Rice family is disturbed by the city's behavior. The callousness, insensitivity and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill ... is breathtaking,' family attorney Subodh Chandra said. 'This adds insult to homicide. Ms. Rice considers this harassment.' The $500 claim and invoice, obtained by CNN, was filed on Wednesday and lists November 22, 2014, as the date of call. It was the day Tamir Rice was shot by Cleveland Police Officer Timothy Loehmann outside a recreation center." (02/11/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/11/us/tamir-rice-shooting/  

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IL: Cop who killed college student and 55-year-old mother sues teen’s estate for HIS trauma

February 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Chicago police officer who fatally shot a college student and his 55-year-old neighbor has filed a lawsuit against the teenager's estate that blames the mentally ill 19-year-old for causing the officer 'extreme emotional trauma.'" [editor's note: Well, that's something completely different anyway - TLK] (02/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/02/07/after-killing-college-student-and-55-year-old-mother-cop-sues-for-extreme-emotional-trauma/  

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Where the hell are we?

February 7, 2016
posted by

Cop Block Cop Block
by Scott Gregory  

"There is a culture of impunity among law enforcement. When an officer is accused of a crime, typically only an internal investigation is conducted while the officers in question go on what amounts to a paid vacation. Even with damning evidence, the officers involved are typically cleared by the internal investigation, return to work, often receiving a promotion. It appears they rarely suffer any serious consequences. It seems if there were good cops, they would arrest the bad ones. The problem is that the evidence strongly suggests that the bad cops end up aggressing against the good cops for trying. Are we are starting to see the outrage?" (02/05/16)

http://www.copblock.org/153391/where-the-hell-are-we/  

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MI: Detroit-area officer gets 13 months in prison for assault

February 3, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"A Detroit-area police officer whose bloody beating of a motorist was captured on dashcam video was sentenced to at least 13 months in prison Tuesday, with the judge rebuking him for 'Dirty Harry tactics' but still handing down a punishment significantly below the guidelines. William Melendez was an Inkster police officer a year ago when he stopped Floyd Dent, whose car had rolled past a stop sign. Dent, 58, was pulled from his car and then punched in the head 16 times by Melendez. He suffered broken ribs, blood on his brain and other injuries." (02/02/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/detroit-area-officer-gets-13-months-in-prison-for-assault/2016/02/02/2059f780-ca16-11e5-b9ab-26591104bb19_story.html  

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Dog bites man: LAPD gang leaders absolve street-level members in murder of unarmed homeless man

February 3, 2016
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New York Daily News    

"The Los Angeles Police Commission decided Tuesday that officers did not violate department policy when they shot and killed an unarmed homeless black man on Skid Row last year. The decision came after a closed-door meeting and was met with immediate criticism by those who believe the shooting of Charly Keunang was not justified. ... LAPD Police Chief Charlie Beck has said Keunang grabbed for a rookie officer's gun after ignoring commands and becoming combative. ... Viral video of the incident shot by a bystander has been viewed millions of times online. Piovia-Scott said the video uploaded to Facebook does not support the police contention Keunang was reaching for the weapon. He again called on the LAPD to release footage from body cameras worn by two of the officers." (02/02/16)

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/lapd-cops-violated-no-rules-shooting-homeless-man-article-1.2518270  

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FBI releases video of Finicum killing

January 29, 2016
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USA Today USA Today    

"In an unexpected move, the FBI released video Thursday of state police officers fatally shooting one of the armed Oregon protesters who took over a remote wildlife refuge as a sign of protest against government land-grabbing and over-reaching. Robert 'LaVoy' Finicum, 56, died Tuesday during the arrest of occupation ringleader Ammon Bundy and four others during a traffic stop near the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. His death was captured on video taken from an FBI plane that shot footage as Finicum, driving a white truck, was pursued and ultimately confronted and killed by Oregon State Police officers." [editor's note: It's hard to tell for sure, but Finicum appears to me to have been shot in the back while his hands were in the air - TLK] (01/28/16)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2016/01/28/fbi-releases-video-shooting-death-oregon-protester/79490322/  

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Hands up don’t shoot, Oregon edition

January 29, 2016
posted by

Thomas L. Knapp William Lloyd Garrison Center for Libertarian Advocacy Journalism
by Thomas L Knapp  

"I don't know exactly what happened on Canfield Drive in Ferguson on August 9, 2014, or along US 395 in rural Oregon on January 26, 2016. Neither, in all likelihood, do you. We weren't there. All we can do is choose which glass to see those events through. Darkly. I take that back. There's another thing we can do. We can reaffirm the basic American principle that law enforcement personnel and other government employees aren't special. When a cop shoots someone under circumstances brought into question by credible evidence and/or testimony, that cop should be charged and tried just like you or I would be." (01/28/16)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/4387  

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CA: No charges against trigger-happy cops who shot 103 rounds at innocent women

January 28, 2016
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Orange County Register    

"Prosecutors are declining to criminally charge against eight Los Angeles police officers who injured two innocent women after mistakenly riddling their pickup truck with more than 100 bullets during a manhunt for cop-turned-killer Christopher Dorner, according to a report released Wednesday. ... The two women, a mother and daughter, were delivering newspapers in a Torrance neighborhood where police were protecting a Dorner target’s home. When one of the women threw a newspaper onto the pavement in the early-morning hours, an officer believing the sound was a gunshot opened fire. Officers unable to see clearly into the truck sprayed it with 103 rounds, and hit seven nearby homes and nine other vehicles with gunshots and shotgun pellets." (01/27/16)

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/officers-701604-women-police.html  

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