Tag: police accountability

Alabama Police Officer Rehired After Mocking Nigel Shelby’s Suicide: ‘We Feel He Will Be a Good Addition to the Department’

Image: iStock In April, we learned of Nigel Shelby—the 15-year-old Huntsville High freshman who allegedly took his own life after relentless homophobic bullying drove him to despair. His tragic fate became headline news as mourners throughout the world struggled to come to grips with this devastating loss. Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade Among Celebrities to Cover […]

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Chicago Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Cop Said to Be Caught on Video Beating Man Undergoing Psych Eval

Photo: iStock Attorneys for a man whose vicious beating, allegedly by a Chicago cop, was captured on surveillance video are calling out Chicago’s Cook County prosecutor’s office for deciding to drop all charges against the cop. “I think anyone could look at that video and make a determination that it’s excessive force,” Andrew M. Stroth, a lawyer […]

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Report Suggests Police Use of Deadly Force Is on the Decline in California

Chloe Compton, center, joins dozens of others in a demonstration outside the Sacramento Police Department to protest the decision to not prosecute the two officers involved in the 2018 fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, Calif., March 2, 2019.Photo: Rich Pedroncelli (AP Photo) According to a new report, police incidents involving the use of […]

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Starbucks Apologizes for Making Cops Leave Because Customer ‘Did Not Feel Safe’

Photo: Chris Hondros (Getty Images) On rare occasions, the cyclical nature of the universe creates a situation where yin meets yang, the sowers of havoc must reap the fruits of their nefarious harvest and the dispensers of bitter pills finally get a taste of their own medicine. Or, as the great educator, philosopher and vegan […]

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Man Gets Taken Off Life Support by Wrong Family After Chicago Cops Misidentify Him, Lawsuit Charges

Photo: iStock One Chicago family was needlessly put through the ordeal of having to make a life-or-death decision about a loved one, while a second family was robbed of the chance to bid farewell to theirs after a Chicago police mixup, a lawsuit filed by both families claims. Elisha Brittman, 69, was found under a […]

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Black Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Being Shot by a Police Officer During Traffic Stop

Screenshot: Video Leak Police Video (YouTube) For black men throughout the country, getting pulled over by the police is one of our biggest fears—if not our greatest source of anxiety. But to be charged with attempting to murder a police officer after what should’ve been a routine stop is something none of us could ever […]

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NYPD: It’s Not Racist When a Cop Calls You the N-Word

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images) If you think that headline is clickbait, it’s not. It actually paraphrases the official New York Police Department’s training manual. An official investigation into complaints of biased policing against the NYPD’s officers reveals, among other things, that the outfit doesn’t consider cops using racial slurs as evidence of bias; that […]

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Florida Cop Accused of Racism, Brutality and Sexual Assault Named Officer of the Year

Photo: iStock A Florida police chief said he will review his department’s process of handing out its annual Officer of the Year award after its most recent recipient was also named in two excessive force lawsuits and a citizen review board called his conduct “unprofessional and racist.” In February, the Orlando Police Department named Jonathan […]

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Philadelphia Yanks 72 Police Officers Off the Street Because They Couldn’t Stop Being Racist on Facebook

Image: iStock Maybe racist rhetoric on social media isn’t really your thing, but 72 Philadelphia police officers just got yanked off the street and reassigned to administrative duty because it’s apparently theirs. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: The Philadelphia Police Department has taken 72 officers off street duty as it continues to investigate scores of racist […]

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Offers Legal Counsel to Phoenix Family Held at Gunpoint By Police, Calls Incident ‘Absolutely Sickening’

Photo: Slaven Vlasic (Getty Images for Sports Illustrated) If Clark Kent had a real life alter ego, it might be Jay-Z. The 49-year-old billionaire has been using his immense fortune and influence to save artists like Lil Wayne from the IRS, to pour $50 million into criminal justice reform and to otherwise balance the scales […]

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Report: Hundreds of Police Officers Belong to Racist Facebook Groups

Illustration: iStock Investigative journalists have discovered hundreds of law enforcement officers around the country who are active in members-only Facebook groups that are based on racism, hate and … well, it would be nice to add a third thing here, but that’s about it. Reveal, a news website site run by the nonprofit Center for […]

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Family Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against City of Phoenix After Police Allegedly Assault, Threaten to Shoot Family

Image: iStock A family is suing the City of Phoenix for $10 million after police officers were caught on video using what the family believes is excessive force. Per AZ Central: Dravon Ames, 22, and his pregnant fiancée, 24-year-old Aisha Harper were pulled over by Phoenix police near 36th and Roosevelt streets on May 29. […]

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‘Expert’ Says It Was ‘Reasonable’ for Cops to Fire 55 Bullets at a Man Sleeping in His Car

Screenshot: YouTube (Willie World) An extensive report by a former police apologist officer has surprisingly absolved California police officers of any wrongdoing in a police shooting, concluding that it was reasonable for multiple officers to open fire on a man who fell asleep in his car. On Feb. 9, a Vallejo, Calif., Taco Bell employee […]

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California Police Swarm an Unarmed Black Man With Guns Drawn in Viral Video

Screenshot: CloutChAseR 2 Video (YouTube) On Saturday, Instagram user @blueasdasky released a nearly five-minute long video she recorded of Hawthorne, Calif., police drawing their weapons on an unarmed black man. In the viral clip, she can be heard pleading for police not to shoot a man who identifies himself as William and asserts he’s actually […]

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Louisiana Deputy Fired, Arrested for Forcing Mother to Perform Oral Sex on Infant Son

Photo: Shaderick Jones Ibervielle Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Shaderick Jones, 42, forced 26-year-old mother Iyeseha Todd to perform oral sex on her infant son while he recorded it, claiming the depraved act was his “fantasy.” Jones has worked in uniform patrol since 2015. Now fired, he has been charged with principle to first-degree rape and possession […]

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Louisiana Deputy Fired, Arrested, for Reportedly Forcing Mother to Perform Oral Sex on Infant Son

Image: iStock A 42-year-old Louisiana sheriff’s deputy, Shaderick Jones, allegedly forced a 26-year-old mother Iyeseha Todd to perform oral sex on her infant son while he recorded it, claiming the depraved act was his “fantasy.” Photo: Shaderick Jones Advertisement Jones has worked in uniform patrol in Iberville Parish since 2015. Now fired, he has been […]

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Army Veteran Everett Palmer Died in Police Custody in 2018. His Family Can’t Find His Heart

Photo: Photo provided by family 41-year-old U.S. Army veteran Everett Palmer called his brother to tell him he was heading to New York to visit their sick mother. Before he left, he needed to make sure an outstanding DUI warrant in Pennsylvania was settled to be sure his license was valid. Two days later, on […]

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Cop Detains Innocent Black Man, Answers ‘Fuck You Is My Name’ When Asked to Identify Himself

Image: The Free Thought Project Video (YouTube) Police officers are well aware of the tremendous power and authority they wield, yet historically they’ve abused it at the cost of black lives. Time after time, instance after instance, we’ve borne witness to innocent black men who are harassed, demeaned or slaughtered simply for existing, while those […]

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California Assembly Passes Bill Policing When Cops Can Use Deadly Force

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) urges lawmakers to approve her police use-of-force measure May 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved her legislation, Assembly Bill 392, which would bar police from using lethal force unless it is necessary to prevent imminent harm to themselves or others.Photo: Rich Pedroncelli (Associated Press) The California Assembly overwhelmingly […]

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‘If I Would Have Complied, I Would Have Got Killed’: Man Narrowly Avoids Being Shot By Cop on Facebook Live

Screenshot: Facebook (Edrick Truitt) How does one “comply?” When confronted by a man armed with a badge, a gun, the full authority of the state and the immunity bestowed upon the thousands of law enforcement officers who have pumped police-issued bullets into black bodies with impunity, should one obey the words of a pistol-wielding police […]

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