Tag: Police

Thank God for the Nanny-Cam: Illinois Family Sues Police for Raiding Home, Snatching Up Teen

In Carpentersville, Illinois, police were caught on home video brutalizing teenage boy was accosted in his home in search of alleged missing girl. Photo: vmargineanu (IStock) Teenagers are going to do what teenagers do but thank goodness for home surveillance systems. In Carpentersville, a northern suburb in Illinois, police were caught in the act of […]

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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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‘Jawn Wick’ Was a Snitch: Accused Philly Cop Shooter Said to Have Been an Informant for the Feds

Maurice HillPhoto: Philadelphia Police Department (via Associated Press) The man charged with shooting six Philadelphia cops during an eight-hour standoff with police officers as they tried to serve a warrant was a snitch for the feds for years. That’s according to The Appeal, which reports that Maurice Hill has been a federal informant since at […]

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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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Philadelphia Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Allegations

Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images (Getty Images) With the integrity of the Philadelphia police department crippled by allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, commissioner Richard Ross made the abrupt decision to resign on Tuesday. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released an official statement announcing the shocking news. “Today, Commissioner Ross tendered his resignation,” Kenney said in his […]

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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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Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner Resigns as Officers Accuse Colleagues of Harassment

Richard Ross Jr., the Philadelphia police commissioner, abruptly resigned on Tuesday after what the city’s mayor described as a failure to stop harassment and discrimination in the department. “New allegations of sexual harassment as well as gender and racial discrimination among the rank and file have recently been brought to my attention,” Mayor Jim Kenney […]

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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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Police Digitally Alter Mugshot to Implicate Bank Robbery Suspect: ‘They’re Increasing the Risk of Mistaken Identity’

Image: U.S. District Court in Oregon I know they think we all look alike, but with the assortment of distinct tattoos that adorn Tyrone Lamont Allen’s right cheek, forehead and left eye, it’s pretty damn hard to mistake the 50-year-old for anybody else. Yet, when a string of bank heists occurred in April 2017 and […]

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Nine NYPD Officers Have Died by Suicide This Year. The Department Thinks It Has a Plan.

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Just days after the eight and ninth New York City police officers killed themselves this year, the head of the city’s police union had some advice for members of the department struggling with depression and mental illness: “Don’t fucking do it.” “Officers, […]

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Police Promised Witnesses Free Ring Surveillance Cameras If They Testified Against Neighbors

The police department of El Monte, California, paid for 20 Ring home surveillance cameras with taxpayer money and planned to distribute them to residents who reported crime and promised to testify against them in court, according to documents obtained by Motherboard. The documents, which were obtained via public records request, show that the police department […]

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Suspect Surrenders After Shooting 6 Police Officers During 8-Hour Standoff in Philadelphia: ‘It Was Like a War’

Screenshot: ABC News (YouTube) After shooting six police officers during a standoff that lasted almost eight hours, 36-year-old Maurice Hill surrendered to authorities. According to the Washington Post, Hill surrendered on Thursday shortly after midnight and is expected to face a litany of charges from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, including attempted murder and aggravated […]

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#LookingWhileBlack: Police Stop, Question Black Man for ‘Looking Suspiciously’ at a White Woman

Screenshot: Kimiko Adolph (Facebook) In what serves as the latest example of #ExistingWhileBlack, I present 20-year-old Devin Meyers, who was stopped by police for—wait for it—“looking suspiciously” at a white woman. No, really. Have you ever seen a white woman in public? They do a lot of suspicious shit. But regardless, according to the Daily […]

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In U.K. Chicken Boxes, Drumsticks, Thighs and Tough Talk on Knife Crime

LONDON — Fried chicken, a mainstay of takeout food in Britain, normally comes in colorful paper boxes with a company logo or a joking reference to the succulent contents inside. But this week, customers at chicken shops across the country will instead encounter boxes with a government message about knife crime, which has been rising […]

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Six Police Officers Have Been Shot By a Gunman In Philadelphia

This is a developing news story. Please refresh for updates. Police are still attempting to negotiate with a suspected gunman who has so far shot and wounded six police officers terrorizing this neighborhood in north Philadelphia. The shooting began at 4:30 p.m., and as of 9:00 p.m., police officials are still describing the scene as […]

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NYPD Union Chief Is Very Sorry for Sharing a Racist Video That Calls Black People ‘Monsters’

An NYPD union leader is claiming that a racist video he told thousands of his fellow cops to “pay close attention to” on Saturday was actually shared in error. Ed Mullins, president of New York City’s second-largest cop union the Sergeants Benevolent Association, shared a 15-minute video made by right-wing author Colin Flaherty that refers […]

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8th N.Y. Police Officer Dies by Suicide, Further Unsettling the Force

Another New York police officer killed himself Tuesday morning, continuing a rash of suicides that has claimed eight lives this year, rattled the nation’s largest police force and prompted commanders to issue urgent pleas to despondent officers to seek counseling. More police officers commit suicide every year than are killed in the line of duty; […]

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