Tag: Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

2 Former Houston Police Officers Charged in Connection With Fatal Raid

Two former Houston police officers were indicted on Friday for their roles in a raid that claimed the lives of a local couple, according to prosecutors, who said the officers fabricated information to obtain a warrant that led to the raid. Prosecutors are now reviewing 14,000 cases handled by the narcotics squad involved in the […]

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Teenager Who Was Punched Repeatedly by Fresno Officer Sues Police Dept.

A teenager who was repeatedly punched by a police officer in Fresno, Calif., during what police reports called a “gang related” operation that was recorded on body cameras has sued the Fresno Police Department, claiming excessive force. The 17-year-old, London Wallace, was inside an apartment building on Jan. 23 at a relative’s birthday party when […]

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After Pantaleo, Wary N.Y.P.D. Officers Say No One Has Their Backs

The video of the final moments in the life of Eric Garner and his cries for help — “I can’t breathe” — ignited swift outrage, launching a campaign against aggressive policing and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement. Five years later, the firing on Monday of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer whose chokehold led to Mr. […]

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Final Punishment in Eric Garner Case: Sergeant Loses Vacation Time

The final police disciplinary case to arise from the death of Eric Garner was brought to a close Wednesday when the sergeant who had arrived on the scene as officers pressed Mr. Garner to the ground made a deal to forfeit 20 vacation days and keep her job. The agreement to let the sergeant, Kizzy […]

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Hong Kong Is Where Peaceniks and Radicals Unite

HONG KONG — How and why have Hong Kongers managed to keep going for months, and in such large numbers, waging wave after wave of protest to oppose encroachment from China, despite the vast differences among them? One major point of contention concerns whether to resort to nonpeaceful action and how close to skirt with […]

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Why the 2020 Criminal Justice Debate Is Completely Different

Marijuana would be decriminalized, mass incarceration would be reversed and the death penalty would be eliminated as part of sweeping changes that leading Democratic presidential candidates have proposed to make to the criminal justice system, which has become a dependable political foil for its inefficiency and excesses but has also proved resistant to change. Both […]

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Hong Kong Police Officers Arrested Over Beating of Man in Hospital

HONG KONG — Two Hong Kong police officers were arrested on Tuesday after a video appeared to show them hitting a 62-year-old man in the genitals, stomach and face while he was strapped to a gurney in a hospital in June. The man was not a participant in the protests this summer that have often […]

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What to Know About California’s New Police Use-of-Force Law

ImageGov. Gavin Newsom held up the police use-of-force measure written by Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, left, that he signed. Stevante Clark, right, raised a photo of his brother, Stephon Clark, who was killed by the police in 2018.CreditRich Pedroncelli/Associated Press Good morning. (If you don’t already get California Today delivered to your inbox, here’s the sign-up.) […]

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‘Life-and-Death Choices’: Why the Commissioner Grappled With the Eric Garner Decision

James P. O’Neill, the New York City police commissioner, could have dispensed with a decision five years in the making with a terse official statement. But in firing the police officer whose chokehold led to the death of Eric Garner, Commissioner O’Neill instead delivered a sprawling examination of the case and spoke about the perils […]

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A Measure of Justice for Eric Garner, and for Daniel Pantaleo

As he announced that he was firing the police officer who had put Eric Garner in the chokehold that led to his death, New York City’s police commissioner, James O’Neill, sent the country’s largest police force a message: You may not think I’m on your side, but I am. As a former beat officer, Mr. […]

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White Officers Who Led Black Man on Rope Won’t Face Criminal Charges

Two white police officers who led a black man by a rope down a street in Galveston, Tex., this month will not face criminal charges, the authorities said on Sunday, resolving one of two outside inquiries into the officers’ conduct. The Galveston Police Department had asked the Texas Ranger Division of the state’s Department of […]

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Daniel Pantaleo, Officer Who Held Eric Garner in Chokehold, Is Fired

The New York City police officer whose chokehold was partly blamed for Eric Garner’s death in police custody in 2014 was fired from the Police Department on Monday, ending a bitter, five-year legal battle that had cast a shadow over the nation’s largest police force and the city it protects. The police commissioner, James P. […]

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Officer in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ Chokehold Was ‘Untruthful,’ Judge Says

When internal affairs investigators asked Officer Daniel Pantaleo in 2014 to define a chokehold, he described a scenario where “you use your forearm, grasped with the other hand, and you pull back with your forearm onto the windpipe preventing him from breathing.” The investigators with the New York Police Department then had him watch video […]

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Hong Kong Protests Stay Peaceful After a Week of Unrest

HONG KONG — A day of demonstrations across Hong Kong on Saturday began with a peaceful teachers’ march and ended with standoffs between the police and young protesters. But after a week in which both sides were criticized for taking violence and mayhem to new levels, there were no clashes. In the densely populated Mong […]

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Several Philadelphia Police Officers Injured in a Standoff Near Temple University

Several Philadelphia police officers were injured in a rapidly escalating standoff on Wednesday afternoon with at least one active shooter at a home in the city’s northern section, the authorities said. One officer was described by local media outlets as being in critical condition. The conditions of the other officers were not immediately known. S.W.A.T. […]

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‘Retake Hong Kong’: A Movement, a Slogan and an Identity Crisis

HONG KONG — He has been locked up for more than a year in a secluded island jail, but the bespectacled 28-year-old inmate, Edward Leung, is the closest thing Hong Kong’s tumultuous and leaderless protest movement has to a guiding light. He coined the protesters’ most widely chanted and, for China, most subversive slogan; he […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Apologize After Chaos at Airport

HONG KONG — Protesters began issuing apologies on Wednesday for causing disruptions at the Hong Kong airport, as fallout from scenes of violence and chaos there, along with a court injunction, threatened to eliminate the transportation hub as one of their most effective venues for demonstrations. Protests led the airport, one of the world’s busiest, […]

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Hong Kong Airport Suspends Check-Ins in 2nd Day of Disruptive Protests

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s airport suspended check-ins for a second straight day on Tuesday as protesters again disrupted its operations, hours after the city’s embattled leader pleaded for order amid escalating chaos. Thousands of antigovernment demonstrators occupied parts of Hong Kong International Airport’s departures and arrivals halls on Tuesday afternoon, with some using luggage […]

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Hong Kong’s Leader Pleads for Order in a City on Edge

HONG KONG — Hong Kong’s embattled leader on Tuesday pleaded for order after days of escalating chaos, mass protests and violent street clashes that have put the Asian financial hub on edge. In a news conference with combative reporters — a day after the city’s international airport was effectively shuttered by mass protests — the […]

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5 Years After Ferguson, We’re Losing the Fight Against Police Violence

On a hot and muggy summer afternoon five years ago, thousands of people flooded the streets of Ferguson, Mo. They were there to protest the killing of Michael Brown, the black 18-year-old who had recently graduated from high school when a white police officer, Darren Wilson, took his life, claiming that he perceived a deadly […]

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