Tag: police accountability

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

#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 […]

Read More

#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 […]

Read More

Amber Guyger Is Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Murdering Botham Jean

Amber GuygerPhoto: Associated Press Amber Guyger, the ex-Dallas cop convicted of murdering her upstairs neighbor Botham Jean after she entered his home uninvited and shot him dead, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in prison. The same Dallas County jury that found her guilty Tuesday of murdering the 26-year-old accountant last year as he sat […]

Read More

Trump-Loving D.C. Police Group Books Party at Trump Hotel and Black Cops Are Mad AF

Demonstrators gather in front of the newly opened Trump International Hotel to protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and what they say are his racist, sexist and anti-immigration positions Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) After publicly supporting Donald Trump’s run for Commander in Chief and endorsing a Hillary Clinton-hating […]

Read More

Sacramento, Calif., Cops Who Shot and Killed an Unarmed #StephonClark Are Headed Back to the Streets

Black Lives Matter protester holds an illustration of Stephon Clark during a march and demonstration through the streets of Sacramento, Calif., on April 4, 2018.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty) The two Sacramento, Calif., cops who shot and killed an unarmed Stephon Clark as he stood in his grandparents’ backyard last year not only will face no […]

Read More

No Charges Filed Against Police Officer Who Killed 11-Year-Old Riding a Bike: ‘Justice Was Not Served’

Image: iStock In what has become an all too familiar outcome, another officer of the law will go unpunished for his role in taking a young black life. WWMT reports that after reviewing the death of 11-year-old Norman Hood of Battle Creek, Mich., the special prosecutor assigned to the case declined to file criminal charges […]

Read More

Use of Force Investigation Underway After Black Man Tased, Choked by Police: ‘It Was Police Brutality’

Screenshot: Chicago 5 In 2014, the world watched in horror as 43-year-old Eric Garner lost his life to an illegal chokehold used by NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, and five years later, 25-year-old Elonte McDowell came dangerously close to experiencing a similar fate. NYPD Fires Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner Five years after […]

Read More

U.S. Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Accusing Baltimore County Police Department of Racial Discrimination in Its Hiring Practices

Image: iStock Something is amiss in the Baltimore County Police Department and the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit on Tuesday to get to the bottom of it. From the Baltimore Sun: The U.S. Department of Justice sued the Baltimore County government Tuesday, alleging that a written test for police officer recruits was unfairly […]

Read More

#AtHomeWhileBlack: Police Drag Black North Carolina Homeowner From His Own House After False Alarm

Photo: iStock A North Carolina man says he was humiliated and thought he was going to be killed when police dragged him out of his house wearing only his boxers after his home security alarm was tripped accidentally. “This was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life,” Kazeem Oyeneyin of Raleigh, N.C., told […]

Read More

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Allegations

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images (Getty Images) With the integrity of the Philadelphia police department crippled by allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, commissioner Richard Ross made the abrupt decision to resign on Tuesday. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released an official statement announcing the shocking news. “Today, Commissioner Ross tendered his resignation,” Kenney said in his […]

Read More

Phoenix Police Now Required to Self-Report Every Time They Point a Gun at Someone: ‘That’s a Traumatic Event’

Image: iStock Phoenix is well known for its oppressive heat and obnoxious Republicans. But with police misconduct rapidly working its way up the power rankings, city officials have announced that Phoenix officers will now be required to document every instance in which they point their gun at someone. CNN reports that a supervisor will review […]

Read More

How American Slavery Helped Create Modern-Day Policing

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in what we now know as Virginia. Their voyage was, no doubt, filled with unspeakable horror and death, and their presence would forever change the United States—especially when examining the way this country approaches policing. When enslaved Africans arrived in America, […]

Read More

California Governor Signs ‘Stephon Clark Law,’ One of the Strictest Police Use of Force Laws in the Country

Black Lives Matter protesters hold candles during a vigil and demonstration on March 23, 2018 in Sacramento, California.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) In its efforts to deter police shootings and change the culture of its police departments, California has officially adopted one of the strictest laws in the country regarding police use of deadly force. […]

Read More

NYPD Fires Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner

People participate in a protest to mark the five year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner during a confrontation with a police officer in the borough of Staten Island on July 17, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) Five years after “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for police […]

Read More

#LookingWhileBlack: Police Stop, Question Black Man for ‘Looking Suspiciously’ at a White Woman

Screenshot: Kimiko Adolph (Facebook) In what serves as the latest example of #ExistingWhileBlack, I present 20-year-old Devin Meyers, who was stopped by police for—wait for it—“looking suspiciously” at a white woman. No, really. Have you ever seen a white woman in public? They do a lot of suspicious shit. But regardless, according to the Daily […]

Read More

Police Surveillance Request Rubs Baltimore Urban League Chief the Wrong Way

Photo: iStock Where to draw the line when it comes to helping the cops solve crime is causing some controversy in Baltimore, with the head of the city’s Urban League shutting down the idea of letting police use her headquarters as a spy post. Tiffany Majors, president of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, told the […]

Read More

Ed Reed Cements His Status as the Realest, Rocks T-Shirt Calling Out Police Violence to NFL Hall of Fame Game

Screenshot: US News Trends (YouTube) Politics and sports aren’t supposed to overlap. I mean, sure, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was almost robbed of his career because of his refusal to participate in the Vietnam War, and racial disparities in America inspired track and field stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos to bring a pair of […]

Read More