Tag: Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

My Grandfather Was a Good Cop. Or Was He?

By 1949, he’s back in Stickney, appointed as a patrolman on the police force. This is also the year he marries my grandmother. The township still has 522 acres of tillable farmland, 27 apple trees bearing fruit. He makes “a career of being among the ‘front-runners’” in his endeavors, I read, and is named chief […]

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Parents Sue Louisiana Sheriff and Deputies Over Autistic Son’s Death

The parents of an autistic teenager who died last year after an encounter with sheriff’s deputies in Jefferson Parish, La., filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, claiming that deputies who were trying to restrain him had sat on him for a total of more than nine minutes, leading to his death. The suit, filed in […]

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N.Y. Attorney General Sues N.Y.P.D. Over Protest Policing

The New York State attorney general sued the New York City Police Department on Thursday over what she said were widespread abuses in how officers handled the protests that erupted last summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The attorney general, Letitia James, wants a federal monitor to oversee the department’s policing tactics […]

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N.Y. Attorney General Sues N.Y.P.D. Over Protests and Demands Monitor

The New York State attorney general sued the New York City Police Department on Thursday over what she said were widespread abuses in how officers handled the protests that erupted last summer after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. The attorney general, Letitia James, wants a federal monitor to oversee the department’s policing tactics […]

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The Capitol Police Had One Mission. Now the Force Is in Crisis.

The responsibilities of the Capitol Police are vastly different from those of ordinary police departments. The force protects the Capitol grounds, members of Congress and staff, and it screens millions of visitors a year. Officers are expected to recognize the 535 lawmakers and to avoid offending them. The delicacy of that task was on full […]

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No Charges for Second Officer Involved in Shooting of Oscar Grant, D.A. Says

Charges will not be filed against Anthony Pirone, a former transit officer involved in the fatal shooting of Oscar Grant III at a Bay Area train station, months after an investigation into the 2009 killing was reopened, an official said Monday. The Alameda County district attorney, Nancy O’Malley, said in a newly released report that […]

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Memphis Police Officer Is Charged With Kidnapping and Murder

A Memphis police officer was fired and accused of kidnapping and killing a man while on duty, the authorities said on Sunday. The killing took place last week, and the officer, Patric Ferguson, was charged with first-degree murder, first-degree murder in perpetration of aggravated kidnapping, abuse of a corpse, and fabricating and tampering with evidence, […]

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Meena Harris, Building That Brand

Meena Harris, a lawyer and former tech executive, used to make statement T-shirts as a side job. Her most famous read, simply, “Phenomenal Woman.” (Perhaps you saw it on Instagram, worn by celebrities including Serena Williams, Lizzo, Ciara, Viola Davis, Laverne Cox and Eva Longoria.) She also made hats for the “Phenomenal Mother” and sweatshirts […]

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Officers Who Handcuffed Black Family Won’t Be Charged, Prosecutors Say

Prosecutors in Colorado said this week that they would not charge two police officers who drew their guns and handcuffed a Black family, including two girls, after suspecting them of riding in a stolen car. The encounter with the Aurora police last August was recorded on a widely shared video that showed four children lying […]

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‘What a Joke.’ Black Lives Matter Activists Note Contrast in Police Response at Capitol

While protesting the police killing of a Black teenager in Ferguson, Mo., several years ago, Johnetta Elzie said she was manhandled by officers. She said they pointed rifles at Black women who were pushing toddlers in strollers and cursed at them to turn around. Similar scenes unfolded all summer, as police officers clashed with scores […]

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Who Was Ashli Babbitt? Woman Killed in Capitol Embraced Trump, QAnon

Ashli Babbitt had been preparing for this day, the day when world events would turn her way. When a discouraged friend on Twitter asked last week, “When do we start winning?” Ms. Babbitt had an answer: “Jan 6, 2021.” Ashli Babbitt Her name will now be connected to that date, and to shaky footage showing […]

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Body Camera Video Shows Fatal Shooting of Unarmed California Man by Police

A California man who was shot and killed by a police officer last week was unarmed, officials said on Tuesday in a video that includes body camera footage of the fatal encounter. The man, Trevor Seever, 29, was shot on Dec. 29 outside Modesto Church of the Brethren in Modesto, Calif. Brandon Gillespie, the interim […]

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Police Chief Who Resigned After Fatal Shooting Will Lead Louisville Department

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Atlanta police chief who resigned last year after a high-profile police shooting has been hired to run the department in Louisville, Ky., a city still reeling from its own prominent shooting that helped fuel the outcry for police reform that became a defining factor of 2020. The incoming chief, Erika Shields, […]

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No Charges Against Kenosha Officer in Jacob Blake Shooting

KENOSHA, Wis. — A prosecutor in Kenosha, Wis., has declined to bring charges against Rusten Sheskey, the police officer who shot Jacob Blake outside an apartment building in August, an episode that sparked protests and rioting and made the city an instant flash point in a summer of unrest that began with the killing of […]

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What We Know About the Shooting of Jacob Blake

[Read more on Rusten Sheskey not being charged in Jacob Blake shooting.] Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was left partly paralyzed after a white police officer shot him seven times in the back outside an apartment complex in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 23. The shooting, which happened in front of three of Mr. Blake’s […]

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Family of Man Killed by Minneapolis Police Say Raid Left Them Shaken

MINNEAPOLIS — Bayle Gelle said he awoke in the middle of the night to the sound of his wife screaming. He plunged down the stairs and found her in the living room, being confronted by sheriff’s deputies. The officers turned their guns toward him, he said, and they were barking orders that he struggled to […]

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Minneapolis Police Release Body Camera Video of First Killing Since George Floyd

The Minneapolis Police Department released body camera footage on Thursday that shed new light on a fatal police shooting the night before, the first killing by a city police officer since George Floyd’s death in the spring. The 28-second video shows a chaotic scene in which several police cars are blocking a driver from leaving […]

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Minneapolis Police Fatally Shoot Man During Traffic Stop

A Minneapolis police officer shot and killed a man during a traffic stop on Wednesday evening, the first killing by a member of the department since George Floyd’s death in May, a police spokesman said. At least one officer shot the man during an exchange of gunfire after the police pulled the man over about […]

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After Breonna Taylor Case, Louisville Police Face Precarious Next Chapter

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The news conference on a Friday afternoon in March was brief and opaque. The Louisville police chief said officers serving a drug warrant at an apartment had been met with gunfire. An officer had been shot and a woman had been killed, the chief said, and a man inside had been charged with […]

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‘Who Replaces Me?’: An Update

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2 Cleveland Police Officers Avoid Federal Charges in Killing of Tamir Rice

Two Cleveland police officers will avoid federal criminal charges for their role in the killing of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy who had been carrying a pellet gun when he was shot in 2014, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday, citing a lack of evidence in the high-profile case. The announcement drew to a […]

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At Least One More Louisville Officer Tied to Breonna Taylor Raid Will Be Fired

“Do not walk by yourself. This is our city. This is our town.” For months in Kentucky, residents outraged by the killing of Breonna Taylor campaigned for the police officers who shot her to face charges. [bell tolls] “Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Brett Hankison.” In September, a grand jury investigation indicted one officer for shooting […]

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Violence Surged in N.Y.C. in 2020 Amid Pandemic and Protests

Despite the violent summer, crime numbers in the city remained well below the dark days of the 1980s and 1990s, when New York saw more than 2,000 murders a year. Homicides and shootings have plummeted in recent years, even in some of the city’s most notoriously dangerous corners. Had 2020 not been such an anomaly, […]

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Weeks-Old Statue of Breonna Taylor Is Smashed to Pieces in Oakland, Calif.

The clay took several months for a Bay Area sculptor to shape with his hands into a likeness of Breonna Taylor, which he finished with a dark brown satin glaze. But less than two weeks after the statue memorializing Ms. Taylor was installed in a busy downtown plaza in Oakland, Calif., its creator, Leo Carson, […]

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How Officers Killed Breonna Taylor: New Details Reveal Fatal Mistakes

“Do not walk by yourself. This is our city. This is our town.” For months in Kentucky, residents outraged by the killing of Breonna Taylor campaigned for the police officers who shot her to face charges. [bell tolls] “Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Brett Hankison.” In September, a grand jury investigation indicted one officer for shooting […]

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Man Sues Police After Being Pepper-Sprayed While Filming Son’s Arrest

Marco and Dillon Puente, a father and son, say that living in the city of Keller, Texas, often means looking over their shoulder. As Hispanic men in Keller, which is about 30 miles northwest of Dallas and whose population is 87 percent white, Marco Puente said that for him and his son, there’s a sense […]

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Columbus Officials Move to Fire Officer in Fatal Shooting of Black Man

Two days after a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, fatally shot a Black man within seconds of encountering him, the mayor and police chief moved to fire that officer. Mayor Andrew J. Ginther and Chief Thomas Quinlan said in statements on Thursday that Officer Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran, should be terminated for not immediately […]

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Police Took Their Son Away. Then the Merchants of Hope Showed Up.

AWKA, Nigeria — In the small family portrait gallery hanging above the television in the cozy home of the Iloanya family, only two framed photographs remain that include the youngest son, Chijioke. He disappeared eight years ago. His parents, Hope and Emmanuel, last saw him in handcuffs in a police station run by the feared […]

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Columbus Police Kill Black Man Weeks After Protests Against Brutality

A police officer fatally shot a Black man early Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio, three weeks after a county sheriff’s deputy killed a Black man in the state capital, which ignited a round of protests against police brutality. “Our community is exhausted,” Mayor Andrew J. Ginther said during a news conference. Mr. Ginther said the fact […]

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Kashmir Votes, and India Hails It as Normalcy in a Dominated Region

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — Votes were counted on Tuesday in the first local elections in Kashmir since the Indian government waged a harsh political and security crackdown in the restive region last year. Officials hailed a solid turnout as a sign that democracy has been restored, but little in Kashmir feels normal. “The voting shows democracy […]

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How Police Gained the Upper Hand Over Cities

The 83-page contract between Columbus and its police union shows how arbitration works there, similar to many other cities. The arbitrator, usually a lawyer, is picked from a short list of names submitted by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a government agency that tries to prevent labor disputes. The city and the union each […]

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