Tag: police use of force

Until Freedom Announces Day of Outrage in Honor of #AtatianaJefferson

On Oct. 12, police killed Atatiana Jefferson in her own Fort Worth, Texas, home. Advertisement Refusing to allow her death to go unpunished, Until Freedom—a collection of activists, organizers, and survivors of racial injustice—will lead a national day of action on Monday to honor the life and legacy of Jefferson. According to a press release […]

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Former Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner Files Lawsuit to Get His Job Back

Faith leaders from communities throughout New York City lead a demonstration and prayer vigil on the steps of City Hall in protest to the Staten Island, New York grand jury’s recent decision not to indict a police officer involved in the chokehold death of Eric Garner in July on Dec. 12, 2014, in New York […]

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Watch: School Resource Officer Resigns After Brutal Attack on 11-Year-Old Girl

A New Mexico school resource officer has resigned after his body camera recorded him slamming a sixth-grade girl to the ground, wrestling her down and threatening her with trumped-up felonies, all because she committed the egregious crimes of disrupting class, taking an extra milk and standing up on a school bus. Authorities in Farmington, N.M., […]

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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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Colorado Cop Who Killed Unarmed De’Von Bailey Has Past of Brutality, Still Honored

This Aug. 3, 2019 photo from police body camera video from the Colorado Springs, Colo., Police Department shows De’Von Bailey, 19, falling as he is hit by gunfire. A police official said Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, that two Colorado Springs Police Department officers Sgt. Alan Van’t Land and Officer Blake Evenson who were put on […]

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#AtHomeWhileBlack: Police Drag Black North Carolina Homeowner From His Own House After False Alarm

Photo: iStock A North Carolina man says he was humiliated and thought he was going to be killed when police dragged him out of his house wearing only his boxers after his home security alarm was tripped accidentally. “This was one of the most humiliating experiences of my life,” Kazeem Oyeneyin of Raleigh, N.C., told […]

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California Teen Seeks Justice in Court After Being Beaten by Police While at a Family Birthday Party

Photo: iStock A California teen who ended up being pummeled by a police officer when cops raided a relative’s birthday party earlier this year is now suing, charging excessive force. The beating of 17-year-old London Wallace, of Fresno, Calif., was captured on police bodycam, and may be difficult for many to watch. The unarmed teen […]

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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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California Governor Signs ‘Stephon Clark Law,’ One of the Strictest Police Use of Force Laws in the Country

Black Lives Matter protesters hold candles during a vigil and demonstration on March 23, 2018 in Sacramento, California.Photo: Justin Sullivan (Getty Images) In its efforts to deter police shootings and change the culture of its police departments, California has officially adopted one of the strictest laws in the country regarding police use of deadly force. […]

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NYPD Fires Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner

People participate in a protest to mark the five year anniversary of the death of Eric Garner during a confrontation with a police officer in the borough of Staten Island on July 17, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Spencer Platt (Getty Images) Five years after “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for police […]

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Nashville Police Officer Resigns After Video Surfaces of Him Brutally Slamming Black Woman Against a Car

Screenshot: News Now DC A Nashville police officer who is under investigation for using excessive force during a traffic stop has submitted his resignation. The Tennessean reports that on July 3, officer Barrett Teague was involved in an altercation with a female motorist after he stopped her for driving with expired tags. From the Tennessean: […]

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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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Florida Cop Accused of Racism, Brutality and Sexual Assault Named Officer of the Year

Photo: iStock A Florida police chief said he will review his department’s process of handing out its annual Officer of the Year award after its most recent recipient was also named in two excessive force lawsuits and a citizen review board called his conduct “unprofessional and racist.” In February, the Orlando Police Department named Jonathan […]

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Video: DC Metro Officers Tase Man Because He Looked Like He Wanted to Fight Cops

Screenshot: Chemere Jones (Facebook) A video of a Washington, D.C., Metro police officer tasing a man who was simply asking questions about the detention of two juveniles has sparked outrage and anger among residents and activists. But no one was “shocked” by the incident…unless you count the man who was subjected to D.C. Metro cops’ […]

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Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Offers Legal Counsel to Phoenix Family Held at Gunpoint By Police, Calls Incident ‘Absolutely Sickening’

Photo: Slaven Vlasic (Getty Images for Sports Illustrated) If Clark Kent had a real life alter ego, it might be Jay-Z. The 49-year-old billionaire has been using his immense fortune and influence to save artists like Lil Wayne from the IRS, to pour $50 million into criminal justice reform and to otherwise balance the scales […]

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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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California Assembly Passes Bill Policing When Cops Can Use Deadly Force

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber (D-San Diego) urges lawmakers to approve her police use-of-force measure May 29, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. The Assembly approved her legislation, Assembly Bill 392, which would bar police from using lethal force unless it is necessary to prevent imminent harm to themselves or others.Photo: Rich Pedroncelli (Associated Press) The California Assembly overwhelmingly […]

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#StephonClark: Bill Policing When Cops Can Use Lethal Force Advances in California

Photo: Getty A little more than a year after Sacramento, Calif., police gunned down an unarmed Stephon Clark as the 22-year-old father of two stood in his grandparents’ backyard, California may be on the cusp of passing the nation’s strictest law governing when police can use deadly force. #StephonClark: One Year Later, There Is Still […]

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