Tag: police accountability

Florida Police Captain Removed From Command After Ordering Deputy to Act Like a White Supremacist During Traffic Stop

Capt. Penny Phelps, left, received a Distinguished Service Award for her work training county employees in customer relations.Photo: Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Police are often accused of practicing racial bias. The head of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has been relieved of duty after ordering one of her officers to take that bias […]

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Attorney General Issues Veiled Threat to Communities That Protest Police Brutality. You Know Which ‘Communities’ He’s Talking About

A roomful of potential rogue cops and prosecutors breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the chief law enforcement officer in America issued a thinly veiled threat to black communities, hinting that law enforcement officers might stop protecting people who don’t want to get shot in the face. Speaking at a ceremony for the Attorney […]

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LAPD Uncovers Bodycam Footage of Officer Allegedly Fondling Dead Woman’s Breasts

An investigation is underway after a body camera caught a Los Angeles police officer allegedly fondling a dead woman’s breasts. According to the Los Angeles Times, here’s how it went down: The incident occurred when the officer and his partner responded to a call about a possible dead woman in a residential unit, sources said. […]

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Report: Black Commuters 6 Times More Likely to Be Cited by BART Police for Consuming Food, Drinks

Earlier this month, Steve Foster of Concord, Calif., made headlines when he was detained by BART police for—wait for it—“illegally eating.” Advertisement And while many believe it was merely an isolated incident instead of the latest example of overzealous police selectively enforcing the law, a new report makes it explicitly clear that this type of […]

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#GrievingWhileBlack: Family Demands Apology After West Memphis, Ark., Police Handcuff Grieving Mother

Far too often, police force black people to audition for their humanity. This is one of those times. According to writer and digital strategist Richard Brookshire, his family is owed an apology after a traumatic confrontation with the West Memphis Police Department that resulted in his sister being handcuffed. Advertisement On Saturday, Brookshire’s four-year-old niece […]

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Video: A Cop Tased a Woman for Complying. He Was Fired…Two Years Later

A Kentucky police officer tased a black woman for doing exactly what he told her to do. His police-issued body camera captured the entire incident on video. Over the course of a two-year “investigation,” the cop remained on patrol and used excessive force on at least two more people before he was eventually fired. He […]

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Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg Apologizes for Stop-and-Frisk, But Nobody’s Trying to Hear It: ‘This Is a Deathbed Conversion’

For years, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been an ardent proponent of stop-and-frisk, the blatantly racist policy that allowed the NYPD to disproportionately target and terrorize black and brown citizens. But now that he’s laying the groundwork for a 2020 presidential run that’s destined to implode, the 77-year-old billionaire is apologizing for […]

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Investigation Launched After Video of Arizona Deputy Viciously Attacking, Threatening 15-Year-Old Amputee Surfaces

A shocking video has surfaced of a 15-year-old amputee being violently attacked by an unidentified Pima County, Ariz., deputy. KOLD reports that the incident occurred in September in a group home after the teen—who was abandoned by his family and has no arms or legs—knocked over a garbage can and threatened a member of the […]

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Julián Castro Explains Why Ending Police Brutality Is Central to His Campaign

A WordWe’d like to have A Word with you. In The Root’s op-ed video series, thought leaders across various disciplines give their perspectives on the important issues you should know about. “To black and brown communities out there that deal with the impact of excessive force by police: I would say that we see you, […]

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#EatingASandwichWhileBlack: Commuters Hold Protest After Cop Detains Black Man for ‘Illegally Eating’ at BART Station

Over the weekend, I heard rumblings of a black man being harassed by police over a sandwich and thought, “If he ate at Subway, it might be warranted.” But after doing a bit of research, it’s clearly the latest example of overzealous police doing entirely too damn much. As the story goes, Steve Foster of […]

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NYPD Says It Was ‘Stabbed in the Back’ Because Voters Won’t Let Them Lie and Kill With Impunity

New York Police Department officials are upset over the passage of a ballot measure that gives a civilian oversight watchdog more authority to investigate police officers who lie during investigations into police brutality, corruption and misconduct. “Today the NYPD was stabbed in the back by the very same people we swore to protect,” Sergeant Benevolent […]

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Until Freedom Announces Day of Outrage in Honor of #AtatianaJefferson

On Oct. 12, police killed Atatiana Jefferson in her own Fort Worth, Texas, home. Advertisement Refusing to allow her death to go unpunished, Until Freedom—a collection of activists, organizers, and survivors of racial injustice—will lead a national day of action on Monday to honor the life and legacy of Jefferson. According to a press release […]

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Former Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner Files Lawsuit to Get His Job Back

Faith leaders from communities throughout New York City lead a demonstration and prayer vigil on the steps of City Hall in protest to the Staten Island, New York grand jury’s recent decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July on Dec. 12, 2014, in New York […]

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Connecticut Cop Charged With Assault 6 Months After Shooting Unarmed Black Couple Near Yale University

A Hamden, Conn., police officer was arrested and charged with assault and reckless endangerment on Monday for shooting an unarmed black couple. The arrest comes six months after Officer Devin Eaton fired 13 shots at Stephanie Washington and her boyfriend, Paul Witherspoon, as they drove their SUV near Yale University’s campus. From NBC News: State’s […]

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Phoenix Police Fire Officer Who Pulled Gun on Family Over a Stolen Doll

A Phoenix police officer who drew his gun on a black family and yelled profanities at them over a Family Dollar doll will be let go from the department, Police Chief Jeri Williams announced on Tuesday. The decision comes four months after cell phone video of the family’s violent arrest went viral and sparked a […]

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Ex Dallas Cop Amber Guyger Is Set to Appeal Her Murder Conviction in the Shooting Death of Botham Jean

Well, that didn’t take long. The former Dallas cop convicted of murder this month for fatally shooting her upstairs neighbor has filed notice that she plans to appeal the verdict. Amber Guyger was sentenced to 10 years in prison after she was convicted Oct. 1 of murder for gunning down Botham Jean, claiming she mistook […]

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You Can Now Use Google Maps to Find Out Where Cops Are Hiding and Police Don’t Like It One Bit

Law enforcement is “concerned” that citizens may try to abide by the law after the team at Google Maps announced the rollout of a new feature that will allow customers to avoid tickets, arrests, or being shot in the face by tracking the real-time location of police officers. For years, Waze—a GPS-based traffic and navigation […]

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Black Woman Wins $205,000 Settlement After Charging Texas Cop Yanked Out Her Tampon in the Middle of the Street

A woman has agreed to accept a payout of $205,000 from the city of San Antonio to settle her suit charging that her constitutional rights were violated when a cop not only performed a vaginal cavity search in the middle of the street, but yanked out her tampon in the midst of it. Natalie Simms’ […]

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Former Fort Worth Officer Who Fatally Shot #AtatianaJefferson Released on Bond

A former police officer who’s been charged with murder after fatally shooting a black woman in her own home as she played video games was released on bail Monday. From the Hill: Aaron Dean, 34, posted bond Monday night after his arrest, the Associated Press reported, citing jail records. He had been held on a […]

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If You Love Me, Do Not Call the Police

I do not want to die. Because I am far from infallible, I am willing to concede the slight possibility that there exists a scenario in which I may benefit from the presence of the police. Even though I’ve tried to imagine such a situation, I admit that I may have overlooked some hypothetical plight […]

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#AtatianaJefferson: A List of Questions That Need Answers From Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Krause

The Fort Worth Police Department and its police chief, Ed Krause, have a lot of explaining to do as it pertains to the senseless killing of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her mother’s home early Saturday morning. A neighbor, James Smith, said he called a police non-emergency number when he noticed that the front door was […]

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#AtatianaJefferson: A List of Questions That Need Answers From Fort Worth Police Chief Ed Kraus

The Fort Worth Police Department and its police chief, Ed Kraus, have a lot of explaining to do as it pertains to the senseless killing of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her mother’s home early Saturday morning. A neighbor, James Smith, said he called a police non-emergency number when he noticed that the front door was […]

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