Tag: police misconduct

3 Federal Agencies Confirm an Ongoing Investigation Into Elijah McClain’s Death for Potential Civil Rights Violations

Photo: Michael Ciaglo (Getty Images) The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Denver Division of the FBI released a joint statement Tuesday confirming that they have been reviewing the facts in the case of Elijah McClain, the 23-year-old Black man who died last […]

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Aurora, Colo., Officers Under Investigation for Allegedly Appearing in Photos Mocking Elijah McClain’s Death at His Memorial

Photo: Michael Ciaglo (Getty Images) Several Aurora, Colo., police officers have been put on administrative leave and are being investigated after showing up in disturbing photos at a memorial for Elijah McClain, who died after an altercation with police in 2019. The memorial was held near the site of McClain’s detainment by police officers, which […]

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One Cop Involved In the Shooting of Breonna Taylor Was Just Fired

Three months and six days after Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police, Louisville mayor Greg Fisher announced that the Louisville Police Department is firing one of the three officers involved in the fatal shooting. In a damning termination letter shared with reporters, LMPD interim police chief Robert Schroder explains that Officer Brett Hankison […]

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Officer Involved in Breonna Taylor Shooting Accused of Sexual Assault by 2 Women and Planting Drugs on a Suspect

Photo: David Ryder (Getty Images) It’s been nearly three months since Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by three police officers during a botched no-knock search-warrant attempt on March 13. Now, sexual assault allegations by two women against one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death have surfaced. Advertisement People reports that on June 4, two […]

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Music Industry Heavyweights Sign Open Letter to Repeal New York State Statute That Keeps Police Misconduct Records Private

Photo: Scott Heins (Getty Images) Rihanna, Nas, and Megan Thee Stallion are a few of the hundreds of musicians who signed an open letter addressed to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie regarding the repeal of state statute 50-A. 50-A is a decades-old law […]

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I Told Riot Cops I’m a Journalist. They Forced Me to the Ground and Pepper-Sprayed Me in the Face.

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. MINNEAPOLIS — The cop had his gun trained on me the moment he saw me. At this point, I already had my hands up, press ID in hand, and was yelling “PRESS” over and over and over. It didn’t matter. Not to […]

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Police Prove Point of Protests by Instigating Violence Across the Country

Police in MinneapolisPhoto: Getty Images The blaze of protests that continue to spread across the country this weekend in response to the police killing of George Floyd and countless others throughout American history is being responded to by policing so brutal even Alanis Morissette could clock the irony. Advertisement Videos posted on social media by […]

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New Texts in Ahmaud Arbery Case Raise More Questions About Glynn County Police

Photo: Getty Images New texts reveal that the Glynn County Police recommended that the owner of the property at the center of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting contact Greg McMichael whenever he “got action on his camera.” Advertisement 64-year-old Greg McMicheal and his son 34-year-old Travis McMichael were charged with felony murder and aggravated assault recently […]

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Off-Duty Cop Among Mob in North Carolina That Forced Into Black Woman’s Home

Photo: Shutterstock A group of white people armed with weapons demanded entry into the home of a black woman and her son in Pender County, North Carolina, late last Sunday night and refused to leave. Advertisement Reportedly leading the group was a member of the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jordan Kita, who was armed […]

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Off-Duty Cop Among Mob in North Carolina That Forced Its Way Into Black Woman’s Home

Photo: Shutterstock A group of white people armed with weapons demanded entry into the home of a black woman and her son in Pender County, N.C., late last Sunday night and refused to leave. Advertisement Reportedly leading the group was a member of the New Hanover Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Jordan Kita, who was armed and […]

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It Took 7 Months for a St. Louis County Officer to Be Charged in the Death of the 12-Year-Old Black Girl He Hit With His Car

Screenshot: KMOV4 On Oct. 14, 2019, 12-year-old Akeelah Jackson was hit by a police car as she stepped into the street on her way home in St. Louis County, Mo. Jackson died of her injuries one month later on Nov. 12. Now, the officer involved is charged in her death. Advertisement KMOV4 reports that Officer […]

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Baltimore Ordered to Pay Settlements for Two Victims of the City’s Police Misconduct Scandal

Photo: Mandel Ngan (AFP/Getty Images) Maryland’s highest court ruled unanimously Friday that the city of Baltimore must pay for two settlements relating to the Gun Trace Task Force police corruption scandal in which several Baltimore officers were convicted of crimes ranging from racketeering to planting evidence. Advertisement The New York Times reports that city officials […]

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Video Appears to Show Police Using Excessive Force While Detaining an 8-Year-Old on a Subway Platform

Screenshot: YouTube In a video posted to social media Saturday, police officers at the 145th Street subway station in Harlem appear to be aggressively dragging a visibly distraught child away from a woman later identified as his mother as people witnessing the spectacle expressed anger and concern for the child’s wellbeing. The boy’s crime? Selling […]

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Ex-Viking Tom Johnson Wins $475,000 Settlement in Police Brutality Lawsuit

Photo: Christian Petersen (Getty Images) Former NFL player Tom Johnson just scored a point for police accountability enthusiasts everywhere by reaching a $475,000 settlement with the city of Minneapolis putting to rest a 2016 lawsuit alleging police brutality and violation of Johnson’s civil rights. Advertisement According to StarTribune, the lawsuit said that officers Patrick McCarver […]

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Baltimore Officer Appears to Intentionally Cough on Black Public Housing Residents

Screenshot: WJZ 13 (YouTube) As the coronavirus pandemic continues to threaten the health and very lives of the general public, one police officer has apparently committed what could arguably be called a new form of police brutality. Advertisement The Washington Post reports that a white Baltimore police officer was caught on camera intentionally coughing on […]

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NYPD Officer Caught for Second Time Appearing to Plant Marijuana in Black People’s Car

Screenshot: The Intercept Black people have a turbulent and often volatile relationship with law enforcement. Our white counterparts often view this conflict between cops and black folk through a lens of privilege, causing them to offer suggestions nobody asked them for, including their go-to proverb: “If you’ve done nothing wrong, you have nothing to worry […]

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NAACP Demands Resignation of Miami Beach Police Chief After Violent Spring Break Arrests Go Viral

Screenshot: WPLG The Miami-Dade County chapter of the NAACP is calling for the resignations of City Manager Jimmy Morales and Police Chief Richard Clements after viral videos surfaced in which Miami police officers exhibit violent behavior toward black spring breakers. According to the Miami New Times and the Miami Herald, police were filmed beating a […]

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Alabama Prepares to Execute Man Found Responsible for Murdering 3 Police Officers—Without Pulling a Single Trigger

Photo: Getty Images If all goes to plan, Alabama will execute Nathaniel Woods next week, a black man convicted in 2004 of murdering three officers at a dope house in Birmingham, making him the first prisoner executed in the state this year. The thing is, Woods didn’t pull the trigger, a fact not disputed by […]

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You Can’t Make This Up: Black Man Reports Racial Discrimination at Work to His Boss, Somehow Gets Arrested for His Trouble

Screenshot: KGW News (YouTube) Much like many of you reading this, Michael Fesser is black. Being black, our experiences in the workplace tend to differ from our unseasoned counterparts. Do Garrett and Zoey have to put up with being called racial slurs by their coworkers? Probably not, but Fesser told his boss that he did. […]

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