Tag: Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

Jonathan Irons, Helped by W.N.B.A. Star Maya Moore, Freed From Prison

Jonathan Irons, whose bid for freedom from a 50-year prison sentence was embraced and pushed by the W.N.B.A. star Maya Moore, walked out of a Missouri penitentiary on Wednesday, nearly four months after a judge overturned his conviction on charges of burglary and assault. Irons, 40, an African-American man convicted at age 18, was met […]

Read More

He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

When Gabriel Acevero, a Maryland state legislator employed by a union local, introduced a bill last year to roll back protections for police accused of misconduct, he was stepping on a potential fault line. His union, Local 1994 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, represents thousands of Black and Latino workers in food services […]

Read More

He Says a Union Fired Him Over His Push for Police Reform

When Gabriel Acevero, a Maryland state legislator employed by a union local, introduced a bill last year to roll back protections for police accused of misconduct, he was stepping on a potential fault line. His union, Local 1994 of the United Food and Commercial Workers, represents thousands of Black and Latino workers in food services […]

Read More

Can the N.Y.P.D. Handle a $1 Billion Budget Cut? Yes

In a city staring down $9 billion in lost revenue, it is hardly revolutionary to ask the Police Department to share the pain. But this is New York, home to the largest and probably most powerful Police Department in the country. For the city’s police officials, an agreement to cut nearly $1 billion from the […]

Read More

Trump Wants a Backlash. Can He Whip One Into Shape?

The public response to the demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd is now beginning to take shape more clearly along familiar ideological lines — in ways that are likely to propel politics this year and beyond, dividing left and right as Democrats and Republicans take opposing stands on the efficacy and even the legitimacy […]

Read More

Eight Police Officers in Louisiana Face Charges of Excessive Force

When Chico Bell eventually stopped the Chevrolet truck he was driving as police officers pursued him in January, he and another man in the vehicle raised their hands in what a district attorney in Louisiana said in a statement was “an apparent attempt to surrender without resistance.” What happened next, according to law enforcement officials, […]

Read More

The Scars of Being Policed While Black

Op-Docs From unjustified stops of Black teenagers to a device to torment people in custody, racist police brutality runs deep. Video transcript Back 0:00/12:51 transcript The Torture Letters From unjustified stops of Black teenagers to a device to torment people in custody, racist police brutality runs deep. An open letter to the boy and girl […]

Read More

Joel Thompson Talks About His “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed”

When Joel Thompson composed “The Seven Last Words of the Unarmed,” he didn’t intend for anyone to hear the piece. It was 2014. That summer, Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., and Eric Garner died in a chokehold during a botched arrest on Staten Island. For weeks, […]

Read More

Colorado Police Investigate Officers Over Photos Taken Near Elijah McClain Site

The police in Aurora, Colo., opened an investigation into multiple officers after photos of them surfaced from near the site where Elijah McClain died after being restrained by the police in a chokehold last year, the chief said late Monday. Vanessa Wilson, the interim police chief in Aurora, said in a statement on Monday night […]

Read More

In Court, Derek Chauvin’s Lawyers Say Officials Have Biased the Case

MINNEAPOLIS — The judge overseeing the case against four former Minneapolis police officers in the death of George Floyd told lawyers and local officials on Monday to be careful about what they say, warning that too much publicity could make it difficult to choose an impartial jury. While stopping short of issuing a formal gag […]

Read More

Trump Shares Video of Armed White Couple Confronting Protesters

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday morning retweeted a video of a white man and woman brandishing a semiautomatic rifle and a handgun at peaceful black protesters in St. Louis over the weekend, amplifying a surreal scene that embodied the racial divisions roiling the country. Mr. Trump’s promotion of the St. Louis confrontation was the […]

Read More

After More Than a Month of Protests in New York, What’s Next?

Tens of thousands of New Yorkers have poured onto city streets for the last month. They have marched hundreds of miles, closed bridges, shut down highways and, most recently, taken up residence outside City Hall, calling for the police budget to be slashed. In the chaotic first days of the city’s protests demanding police reform, […]

Read More

BET Awards Put Black Lives at Center of Socially Distant Show

Political performances by Public Enemy, DaBaby, Alicia Keys and John Legend, civic-minded speeches by Michelle Obama and Beyoncé, and persistent tributes to George Floyd and Breonna Taylor led a virtual, mostly socially distanced and social justice-themed version of the BET Awards on Sunday, the first major awards show of the pandemic era. The host, Amanda […]

Read More

A Conversation With a Police Union Leader

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device:Via Apple Podcasts | Via Spotify | Via Stitcher In the weeks since George Floyd was killed by the Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, Americans have been confronting hard questions about bias and racism within law enforcement — and what the role of the police should […]

Read More

4 San Jose Officers Put on Leave Amid Probe Into Racist Facebook Posts

Four police officers in San Jose, Calif., have been placed on administrative leave after an anonymous blog post accused retired and current officers of posting racist and anti-Muslim comments in a private Facebook group. “While I have no control over what former employees post online, I can voice my outrage after hearing about these comments […]

Read More

The Black Officer Who Detained George Floyd Had Pledged to Fix the Police

MINNEAPOLIS — There were two black men at the scene of the police killing in Minneapolis last month that roiled the nation. One, George Floyd, was sprawled on the asphalt, with a white officer’s knee on his neck. The other black man, Alex Kueng, was a rookie police officer who held his back as Mr. […]

Read More

‘Let Freedom Ring’ From Georgia

ATLANTA — This, an old saying goes, is “the city too busy to hate,” one of the few places in America where enlightened leaders, black and white, chose prosperity over prejudice and a large black middle class emerged decades ago. Birthplace of Martin Luther King Jr., cradle of the civil rights movement, Atlanta, with its […]

Read More

We Talked to More Than 50 Democratic Officials. Almost All Want to Divert Police Funding.

WASHINGTON — A month after the killing of George Floyd by the police in Minneapolis ignited a wave of nationwide protests, Democratic Party officials are expressing broad support for significantly reallocating funds away from police departments, with positions that go well beyond that of the party’s presumptive presidential nominee, Joseph R. Biden Jr. Interviews with […]

Read More

House Passes Sweeping Policing Bill Targeting Racial Bias and Use of Force

WASHINGTON — The House on Thursday passed an expansive policing overhaul bill aimed at combating racial discrimination and excessive use of force in law enforcement, as Democrats sought to respond to a nationwide outcry for racial justice and pushed through legislation that is doomed in the Republican-controlled Senate. The bipartisan vote was 236-181 to approve […]

Read More

Carlos Ingram Lopez Death in Tucson: Another Video and Police on the Defensive

It was another gruesome video of policing in America — a naked Latino man, his face covered by a mesh spit guard, his hands cuffed behind him as he lay dying face down on the ground at his grandmother’s house. He pleaded for water more than a dozen times, saying he could not breathe as […]

Read More

Another Nightmare Video and the Police on the Defensive in Tucson

It was another gruesome video of policing in America — a naked Latino man, his face covered by a mesh spit guard, his hands cuffed behind him as he lay dying face down on the ground at his grandmother’s house. He pleaded for water more than a dozen times, saying he could not breathe as […]

Read More

Police Groups Wield Strong Influence in Congress, Resisting the Strictest Reforms

WASHINGTON — As Americans were clamoring in the streets last week to defund the police and as Democrats in Congress were drafting legislation to make it easier to track and prosecute officer misconduct, Larry Cosme, a leader of the police lobby, was at the White House making a direct appeal to some of President Trump’s […]

Read More

‘Black Lives Matter’ Will Be Painted on Street Outside Trump Tower

Mayor Bill de Blasio has ignited a new feud with President Trump by ordering the words “Black Lives Matter” to be painted in large yellow letters on the street outside of Trump Tower. The words are expected to be painted in the coming week on Fifth Avenue, between 56th and 57th Streets, according to the […]

Read More

‘I Humbly Apologize’: Philadelphia Officials Announce Changes After Protest Response

Officials in Philadelphia on Thursday announced a moratorium on the use of tear gas in the city and apologized for their response to a June 1 protest against police brutality. The announcement, by the mayor and the police commissioner, came hours after The New York Times published a visual investigation into the use of force […]

Read More

Labour’s New Leader Sacks Official Over Charges of Anti-Semitism

LONDON — In a decisive break with the hard-left wing of Britain’s opposition Labour Party, its new leader dismissed a senior lawmaker on his leadership team Thursday for having shared an article online that the party said contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory. The dismissal by the new Labour leader, Keir Starmer, represented a pronounced shift […]

Read More

Three N.C. Officers Fired After Police Find Racist Comments on Video

Three police officers in Wilmington, N.C., were fired after a supervisor found recorded conversations that included racist remarks, slurs and one officer saying he “can’t wait” to start “slaughtering” black people, the department announced Wednesday. Chief Donny Williams of the Wilmington Police Department said in a news conference that the officers were fired for misconduct […]

Read More

N.Y.P.D. Officer Filmed Using Illegal Chokehold Is Arrested and Charged

A New York City police officer was arrested on Thursday morning and charged with illegally using a chokehold to subdue a man on the boardwalk at a Queens beach, officials said. The officer, David Afanador, was suspended on Sunday hours after cellphone video was posted on social media that showed him holding his arm around […]

Read More

How the Philadelphia Police Tear-Gassed a Group of Trapped Protesters

Using evidence that’s hidden in plain sight, our investigative journalists present a definitive account of the news — from the Las Vegas massacre to a chemical attack in Syria. Using evidence that’s hidden in plain sight, our investigative journalists present a definitive account of the news — from the Las Vegas massacre to a chemical […]

Read More

Bail Funds, Flush With Cash, Learn to ‘Grind Through This Horrible Process’

One afternoon in June, Elisabeth Epps hopped into her silver 2001 Ford Escort with broken air-conditioning and drove from Denver to Boulder, carrying cashier’s checks worth nearly $16,000. She wasn’t going on vacation or buying a new car. She made the 30-mile trip to sit in the reception area at the Boulder jail — or […]

Read More