Tag: police shootings

Study Shows Link Between Police Shootings of Unarmed Black People and Health of Black Babies

Photo: Shutterstock Fatal police encounters are devastating for the communities in which they occur: families are irreparably ripped apart; trauma spreads through neighborhood institutions like schools and churches; and trust between the community and law enforcement (and, oftentimes, other branches of local government) is broken. Any one of these problems present tremendous challenges to the […]

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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 […]

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The Fort Worth Cop Who Shot a Black Woman in Her Own Home Was Just Charged With Murder

A former police officer was arrested and charged with murder on Monday evening after he shot and killed a 28-year-old black woman who was playing video games with her nephew in her Fort Worth home. In the early hours of Saturday morning, Aaron Dean, 34, from Arlington, shot Atatiana Jefferson, 28, through a window without […]

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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 […]

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Officer Who Shot and Killed #AtatianaJefferson Resigns ‘Before He Could Be Fired’ Police Chief Says

The Fort Worth, Texas police officer who shot and killed 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson in her mother’s home early Saturday morning resigned Monday. Interim Chief Ed Kraus told reporters at a press conference Monday that former officer Aaron Dean tendered his resignation before he could be fired. Advertisement Kraus said Dean was served a written administrative […]

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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 […]

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A Police Chief Was ‘Concerned’ About How His Department Handled Police Shootings, So He Kept It a Secret

Photo: iStock A Kansas police chief said that he was so concerned that his department was “contaminating” police shooting probes that he took several steps to address the issue, including continuing to employ allegedly corrupt officers, keeping broken policies in place and—most importantly—keeping all of this a secret. According to the Associated Press, newly filed […]

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Report Suggests Police Use of Deadly Force Is on the Decline in California

Chloe Compton, center, joins dozens of others in a demonstration outside the Sacramento Police Department to protest the decision to not prosecute the two officers involved in the 2018 fatal shooting of Stephon Clark, in Sacramento, Calif., March 2, 2019.Photo: Rich Pedroncelli (AP Photo) According to a new report, police incidents involving the use of […]

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Miami Officer Acquitted of Attempted Manslaughter: ‘He Should Have Never Been Charged to Begin With’

Screenshot: CBC News Video (YouTube) Charles Kinsey thought he was good. Despite police on the scene, as he laid on the North Miami sidewalk with his arms extended in the air, he believed he posed no threat. And he thought the same of his group home patient, 23-year-old Arnaldo Rios Soto, who sat beside him […]

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‘Expert’ Says It Was ‘Reasonable’ for Cops to Fire 55 Bullets at a Man Sleeping in His Car

Screenshot: YouTube (Willie World) An extensive report by a former police apologist officer has surprisingly absolved California police officers of any wrongdoing in a police shooting, concluding that it was reasonable for multiple officers to open fire on a man who fell asleep in his car. On Feb. 9, a Vallejo, Calif., Taco Bell employee […]

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