Posts Tagged ‘ police violence ’

OR: Three more arrested as Bundy allegedly urges refuge occupiers to leave

January 28, 2016
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Fox News    

"Three members of an armed group occupying an Oregon wildlife refuge surrendered to authorities, officials said, hours after their jailed leader [allegedly] urged remaining militants to abandon the site and 'go home.' The three arrests Wednesday at a checkpoint law officers have setup near the refuge, followed the arrests a day earlier of leader Ammon Bundy and seven others. ... Meanwhile, details began to emerge about the confrontation Tuesday on a remote highway that resulted in the arrest of Bundy and other leading figures in the group of occupiers, and in the [killing by government agents] of militant Robert ["LaVoy"] Finicum." (01/27/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/01/28/3-more-arrested-as-bundy-urges-refuge-occupiers-to-leave.html  

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CO: $262k settlement for owner of dog killed by police

January 27, 2016
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution    

"The owner of a mixed-breed therapy dog that died after police stunned and shot it five times was awarded $262,000 for the 2012 incident. The payment is part of a settlement with Commerce City, Colorado that avoids the case going to a federal civil court trial ... [her owners] left Chloe, a mixed breed chocolate lab, with a relative in November 2012, according to the Denver Post. She got out when a garage door was accidentally left open. Police got a call that she was running loose in the neighborhood. After being snared with a catch pole and stunned, Officer Robert Price shot Chloe five times, according to KDVR. The incident was caught on camera by a neighbor across the street." (01/26/16)

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/national/262k-settlement-owner-dog-killed-police/nqChN/  

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OH: Six Cleveland cops fired over 2012 killings

January 26, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Six Cleveland police officers have been fired in connection with a November 2012 car chase that ended with officers firing 137 bullets at a car, killing Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams, said Detective Steve Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association. Loomis identified the officers as Wilfredo Diaz, Brian Sabolik, Erin O'Donnell, Michael Farley, Chris Ereg and Michael Brelo. Brelo, the only officer indicted in the incident, allegedly fired 49 of the shots, including 15 from the hood of the car carrying Russell and Williams. He was acquitted of manslaughter and felonious assault last year." (01/26/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/26/us/cleveland-police-officers-fired-chase/  

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GA: Grand jury indicts police officer who shot unarmed naked man

January 22, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"An Atlanta area grand jury has indicted a police officer who fatally shot an unarmed naked man. The indictment came Thursday after prosecutors presented their case against Officer Robert Olsen of the DeKalb County Police Department. The charges include felony murder. Olsen shot Anthony Hill on March 9 while responding to a call of a man behaving erratically outside a suburban Atlanta apartment complex. CBS affiliate WGCL reported that Hill's family said he was having some sort of mental episode which caused him to strip naked. Police were called and when Olsen arrived on scene, he claimed Hill lunged at him, prompting the fatal shooting." (01/21/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/grand-jury-indicts-georgia-police-officer-who-shot-unarmed-naked-man/  

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MD: Judge won’t force officer to testify in Freddie Gray trials

January 21, 2016
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CBS News CBS News    

"A Baltimore judge on Wednesday rejected prosecutors' request to force an officer whose trial ended in a hung jury to testify against three of his fellow officers facing charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams refused the state's motion to force William Porter to testify against Edward Nero, Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice, who were the officers who initially arrested and detained Gray last April." (01/20/16)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/freddie-gray-case-judge-wont-force-officer-william-porter-to-testify-against-other-officers/  

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OH: University of Cincinnati to pay $4.8 million to family of man killed by campus cop

January 18, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"The University of Cincinnati has agreed to pay $4.8 million to the family, including 12 children, of a man shot to death by a campus police officer last summer, both sides announced Monday. The settlement was reached while the murder case against the officer, Ray Tensing, remains unresolved. Tensing, who was fired after the July 19 shooting of 43-year-old Samuel DuBose, has pleaded not guilty and is awaiting a trial date. In addition to the cash payment, the University of Cincinnati will pay for tuition and fees for all 12 of DuBose's children, who range in age from 4 to 23." (01/18/16)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/university-cincinnati-agrees-pay-samuel-dubose-s-family-4-8m-n498936  

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MD: Officer must testify against van driver in Freddie Gray case

January 7, 2016
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Laurel Leader Call    

"An attorney for a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray is asking an appeals court to block a judge's ruling that the officer must testify at his colleague's upcoming trial. Lawyers for the officer, William Porter, asked the Maryland Court of Special Appeals to overrule a Baltimore City Circuit Court judge's Wednesday order that he testify in the murder trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., which is due to begin on Monday. Porter was the first of the six officers to be tried for his role in Gray's death and the proceeding ended last month in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict." (01/07/16)

http://leadercall.com/2016/01/officer-must-testify-against-van-driver-in-freddie-gray-case/  

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GA: Prosecutors will seek murder charges against cop who shot unarmed, naked black man

January 7, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Prosecutors in DeKalb County, Ga., will seek a criminal indictment of the police officer who in March 2015 fatally shot Anthony Hill, an Afghanistan war veteran who was naked and unarmed when he was killed. DeKalb District Attorney Robert James said Thursday that he will recommend a criminal grand jury indict Officer Robert Olsen on two counts of felony murder, two counts of violation of an officer’s oath, aggravated assault and making a false statement. ... Hill, 27, was allegedly behaving erratically when Officer Robert Olsen shot and killed him -- one of several deadly shootings of unarmed black men nationally that gained attention last year and sparked widespread protests." (01/07/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/01/07/prosecutors-will-seek-murder-charges-against-georgia-officer-who-shot-an-unarmed-naked-black-man/  

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IL: Chicago city lawyer resigns over cover-up of police killing

January 5, 2016
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"The city of Chicago's law department says one of its lawyers accused by a federal judge of concealing evidence in a civil case regarding a fatal police shooting has resigned. A statement from the department says Jordan Marsh submitted his resignation Monday. Judge Edmond Chang earlier Monday criticized Marsh in his ruling. He said Marsh 'intentionally concealed' important evidence in a civil trial that ended last year with jurors finding two officers were justified in killing Darius Pinex during a 2011 traffic stop." (01/04/16)

http://www.chron.com/news/crime/article/The-Latest-Judge-orders-new-trial-in-police-6735914.php  

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Cops: Too crazy to be trusted with guns

January 4, 2016
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ted Rall  

"We're not supposed to question juries. They're our peers. They put in long hours, working hard essentially for free. Most of all, they see all the evidence. We don't. We have to assume that they know what they're doing. Sometimes, however, a jury verdict relies on so many false assumptions, baseless assignments of privilege and twisted logic that you have to call it out. The decision of a Cleveland grand jury not to indict the cop who shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice to death is one such time." (01/04/16)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/04/cops-too-crazy-to-be-trusted-with-guns/  

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Grand juries: How the Tamir Rice case lifts the veil on this inherently biased process

January 3, 2016
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Vincent Rivera  

"'A grand jury will indict a ham sandwich,' the saying goes. This is because, in grand juries, prosecutors enjoy zero oversight, leaving them free to present (or not present) whatever evidence they choose without any challenges, and in effect avoiding any political backlash. For those not familiar with Grand Juries: they do not make a guilty/innocent decision. Their job is decide whether or not probable cause exists to file criminal charges. ... Politically speaking, in high profile cases, prosecutors can 'stack the deck' to avoid an indictment. Thus, when the Grand Jury fails to indict, it was the Grand Jury's decision and not the prosecutor's fault. This allows the prosecutors (who're often elected) to avoid any responsibility for failing to prosecute." (01/01/16)

http://www.copblock.org/150762/grand-juries-how-tamir-rice-case-lifts-veil-on-inherently-biased-process-2/  

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The paranoid style of American policing

December 30, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Ta-Nehisi Coates  

"It will not do to note that 99 percent of the time the police mediate conflicts without killing people, anymore than it will do for a restaurant to note that 99 percent of the time rats don't run through the dining room. Nor will it do to point out that most black citizens are killed by other black citizens, not police officers, anymore than it will do to point out that most American citizens are killed by other American citizens, not terrorists. If officers cannot be expected to act any better than ordinary citizens, why call them in the first place? Why invest them with any more power?" (12/30/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/illegitimacy-and-american-policing/422094/  

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Orc Nation: The state of the American police state

December 30, 2015
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Zero Gov Zero Gov
by Bill Buppert  

"Death by cop is at a high tide this year. It even takes a British newspaper instead of the American central government to track the numbers. The goons at the FBI have reluctantly taken the reigns on the Feds tracking the police predations. We all know the Federal government simply couldn't afford to track such numbers with their police satraps. Remember the meme several years ago where the claim was made that more Americans die at the hands of badged thugs than terrorists to the tune of about 400 per annum? All the savvy observers knew these numbers were wrong." (12/28/15)

http://zerogov.com/?p=4611  

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Tamir Rice: No indictment

December 29, 2015
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Rod Dreher The American Conservative
by Rod Dreher  

"Look, I did not sit on that grand jury, and I didn't review all the evidence, and hear testimony. I have no way of knowing if its decision in this case was justified, and I doubt you do either. Seems to me that the way people respond to this decision depends heavily -- and perhaps even wholly -- on whether they are inclined to trust the police as a general matter. I have long been predisposed to give police the benefit of the doubt, but the outrageous conduct of Chicago police and city officials in the Laquan McDonald case makes it hard to know whom to trust." (12/28/15)

http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/tamir-rice-no-indictment/  

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OH: Grand jury declines to indict Tamir Rice’s killers

December 29, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"The fatal shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice by two Cleveland cops was a 'perfect storm of human error' but not a crime, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor declared Monday. ... the grand jury's decision not to indict the officers was a huge disappointment to Tamir's family, and it immediately drew ire from outraged African-Americans who had been demanding justice for the boy. 'Tamir's family is saddened and disappointed by this outcome but not surprised,' said one of the family's lawyers, Sasha Ginzberg. 'It has been clear for months now that Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty was abusing and manipulating the grand jury process to orchestrate a vote against indictment,' Ginzberg said." (12/28/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/grand-jury-declines-indict-officers-tamir-rice-case-n486876  

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IL: Chicago cops kill college student, 55-year-old mom; Emanuel suggests better training

December 28, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Beleaguered Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has called for reform after a police officer arriving at the scene of a domestic disturbance fatally shot two people on Saturday, including a 55-year-old mother of five who authorities said was 'accidentally struck and tragically killed.' In a statement offering scant detail, Chicago police said they 'were confronted by a combative subject' that resulted in 'the discharging of the officer's weapon.' ... 'It is clear changes are needed to how officers respond to mental health crises,' the mayor said in his statement."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/12/27/chicago-police-kill-mentally-ill-college-student-55-year-old-woman/  

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Why police need to start second-guessing their decisions

December 23, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Seth Stoughton, Geoffrey Alpert and Jeff Noble  

"The trial of Officer William Porter, the first of six officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, ended in a mistrial last week after the jury heard sharply conflicting accounts about the inner workings of the Baltimore Police Department. The prosecution emphasized the department's comprehensive and clearly written policies and procedures, while the defense asserted that, in practice, officers ignore the formal rules as a matter of course. The two accounts revealed the limitations of a legal approach to police reform, and the necessity for departments and officers to self-critique their practices." (12/23/15)

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/12/officer-porter-mistrial-police-culture/421656/  

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No indictments in jail death of police abductee Sandra Bland

December 22, 2015
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NBC News NBC News    

"A grand jury concluded Monday that it would issue no indictments in the death of Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell earlier this year and whose handling by police sparked criticism of excessive force. A grand jury was convened in the case last month, and more than eight hours of evidence was heard during proceedings on Monday, NBC Houston affiliate KPRC reported. Authorities in Texas described her July 13 death in Waller County jail as suicide, although her family has remained dubious of the official account." (12/21/15)

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/grand-jury-issues-no-indictments-jail-death-sandra-bland-n484241  

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KCMO thugs violently assault man and threaten his family

December 20, 2015
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Cop Block Cop Block
by Brian Sumner  

"The video shows Palacio did everything the cops say you're supposed to if you want to survive a police interaction. He didn't call them pigs or cuss them out. He followed all of their orders. He never reached for his waistband or made aggressive movements. He did not resist them in any way, shape or form. He remained calm regardless of their assault.
Regardless of his compliance, the officers beat and abused Palacio. The lawsuit claims Palacio suffered head and back injuries, as well as emotional distress, as a result of the attack." (12/19/15)

http://www.copblock.org/149702/kcmo-police-officers-sued-in-excessive-force/  

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LA: Judge to review deputy’s $1 million bond in boy’s fatal shooting

December 17, 2015
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Seattle Post-Intelligencer Seattle Post-Intelligencer    

"A judge in central Louisiana is set to hear a defense attorney's request to reduce the $1 million bond for one of two deputy city marshals charged with murder for the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old boy. State District Judge William Bennett was expected to hear witness testimony Thursday during Derrick Stafford's bond reduction hearing. ... Last Thursday, an Avoyelles Parish grand jury indicted Stafford and Norris Greenhouse Jr. on charges of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Police say the two Marksville deputy marshals opened fire on a car driven by Chris Few, killing his son, Jeremy Mardis, and critically wounding Few on the night of Nov. 3." (12/17/15)

http://www.seattlepi.com/news/crime/article/Judge-to-review-deputy-s-1M-bond-in-boy-s-fatal-6704433.php  

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MD: Judge declares mistrial in Freddie Gray case

December 17, 2015
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Miami Herald    

"Jurors deliberated more than 16 hours over three days but still could not reach a verdict in the trial of the first officer to face prosecution in Freddie Gray's death, forcing an already-weary Baltimore to continue waiting for any resolution in a case that has strained this city for months. On Wednesday afternoon, Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial. ... The jury -- made up of what appears to be seven black and five white members -- failed to reach unanimity after hearing two weeks of passionate legal arguments and contradictory witness testimony, leaving prosecutors to decide whether to try Officer William G. Porter a second time." (12/16/15)

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article50084260.html  

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When “rescuers” become a death squad: The killing of Michael Funk

December 15, 2015
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William Norman Grigg Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg  

"The only casualty of an hours-long SWAT raid and hostage situation in Neenah, Wisconsin on December 5 was Michael Funk, a disabled Vietnam veteran who was a party to a $50 million civil rights suit against the same department that kille[d] him. Funk and three other plaintiffs filed that suit seeking compensation for harm they suffered in a SWAT raid at the same location three years earlier. Funk and Steve Erato were co-owners of Eagle Nation Cycles in Neenah, the scene of a hostage situation that developed out of a drunken rampage by local resident Michael Flatoff. After SWAT teams converged on the scene, someone inside the building fired a single gunshot that hit one of the officers in the helmet. Funk, who had a concealed carry permit, fled from the building holding a handgun. The official story is that Funk was fatally shot for not complying with police orders to drop the weapon. Former Neenah Police Officer Dan Dringoli believes that Funk's violent death at the hands his supposed protectors may be the product of something other than simple misfortune or miscommunication." (12/14/15)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2015/12/when-rescuers-become-death-squad.html  

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IL: Chicago cop won’t be charged in killing

December 7, 2015
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Chicago Sun-Times    

"The Chicago Police officer who shot and killed Ronald Johnson in 2014 will not face criminal charges because Johnson had a gun, had resisted arrest and was running toward other cops and into a park, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said Monday. ... Johnson's shooting in October 2014 has recently captured the public’s attention after attorneys for his family filed a lawsuit and argued that his shooting was unjustified and that he never had a gun. Alvarez's decision comes after the Department of Justice on Monday announced it was launching a wide-ranging review of the Chicago Police Department and its use of force. It also comes after Alvarez filed first-degree murder charges against Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke in another 2014 shooting." (12/07/15)

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/1160067/alvarez-reveal-results-ronald-johnson-shooting-investigation  

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MN: Police in riot gear tear down protest camp in Minneapolis

December 3, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Officers in riot gear broke down an encampment early Thursday outside a Minneapolis police precinct where protesters have been demonstrating for nearly two weeks over the fatal shooting of a black man by police. Officers told about 50 demonstrators outside the police precinct to disperse about 4 a.m. and began tearing down tents about 15 minutes later. City dump trucks carried away tents and supplies. Demonstrators headed by the local Black Lives Matter group have gathered at the site since the Nov. 16 death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark following a confrontation with police a day earlier." (12/03/15)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/police-in-riot-gear-tear-down-protest-camp-in-minneapolis/  

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Shots in the park

December 3, 2015
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Jacob Sullum Reason
by Jacob Sullum  

"After Officer Timothy Loehmann fatally shot a 12-year-old boy named Tamir Rice at a Cleveland park in November 2014, police sources fed two exculpating details to the press: Tamir had disregarded Loehmann's command to raise his hands and had instead brandished an Airsoft pellet gun that looked just like a real pistol. Two days later, surveillance camera footage showed neither of those claims was true. Two reports released on Saturday by attorneys for Tamir's family say the video also shows the shooting was, in the words of one expert, 'unreasonable, unjustified and entirely preventable.' That judgment contradicts expert reports commissioned by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty -- a disagreement that demonstrates how difficult it can be to hold cops accountable for excessive force in a legal system that gives them a bigger benefit of the doubt than any ordinary citizen could realistically expect." (12/02/15)

https://reason.com/archives/2015/12/02/shots-in-the-park  

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