Tag: Police

Army Sergeant Exonerated of Assault Charges After Surveillance Video Proves She Acted in Self-Defense

Screenshot: Kai Waters (Facebook) After evaluating testimonies and assessing surveillance video of a February road rage incident that erupted into violence, felony assault charges against Sgt. 1st Class Kai Waters, 33, have been dismissed. Per the Washington Post: Waters, a 15-year veteran with combat tours of Afghanistan and Iraq and a clean military record, told […]

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10-Year-Old Raniya Wright Died of Natural Causes, Prosecutor Says

Image: Raniya Wright (Photo: GoFundMe) Raniya Wright, the South Carolina fifth grader who died after a fight at her elementary school last month, died of natural causes, according to Colleton County coroner Richard Harvey and prosecutor Duffie Stone, who spoke at a news conference Friday. Wright, a student at Forest Hills Elementary in Walterboro, died […]

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The Long Run: Pete Buttigieg Fired South Bend’s Black Police Chief. It Still Stings.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Pete Buttigieg had been mayor just 13 weeks when he faced a leadership crisis. It was March 2012, and 300 residents of South Bend, Ind., solemnly marched to the Martin Luther King Center to protest the killing in Florida of a black teenager, Trayvon Martin. A prominent figure at the demonstration […]

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2 Virginia Police Officers Are Fired Amid Allegations of Links to White Nationalists

Two Virginia police officers who worked for different agencies were fired this week after an anti-fascist group linked them to white nationalist organizations. The first case involved Sgt. Robert A. Stamm of the Virginia Division of Capitol Police, who had been assigned to protests calling on Gov. Ralph Northam to resign over a racist yearbook […]

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Trial Over Black Man Shot by Alabama Police Officer, Now on Its 9th Judge, Set for Trial

Image: Greg Gunn, killed by police near his Montgomery, Ala., home Feb. 25, 2016 (Twitter) Three years ago, a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black man in Alabama. The trial, now on its ninth judge, is now making its way to trial, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Advertisement Aaron Smith, who was […]

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‘You Told Me To’: North Carolina Police Officer Shoots Black Man As He Was Lowering His Weapon

Photo: iStock Newly released body-cam footage shows Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Wende Kerl shouting for Danquirs Franklin, 27, to lower his weapon. The video obtained by the Charlotte Observer then shows Kerl firing on Franklin, killing him. Footage also shows Franklin attempting to lower his gun, adhering to police commands. Franklin reached his right hand toward […]

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I Spent a Night with Protesters Willing to Be Arrested to Fight Climate Change

This article originally appeared on VICE UK. Planet Earth is hurtling toward irrecoverable destruction at an alarming rate. The Arctic is melting, the seas are rising, temperatures are increasing, and the world is burning. We’re collectively entering the 9th Circle of hell in Dante’s Inferno. We owe this unavoidable truth almost solely to the exploits […]

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One Month, 500,000 Face Scans: How China Is Using A.I. to Profile a Minority

The Chinese government has drawn wide international condemnation for its harsh crackdown on ethnic Muslims in its western region, including holding as many as a million of them in detention camps. Now, documents and interviews show that the authorities are also using a vast, secret system of advanced facial recognition technology to track and control […]

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Details Emerge on Suspect in Attempted Homicide of 5-Year-Old in Mall of America

Image: Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda ((Bloomington Police Department)) Emmanuel Deshawn Aranda, 24, is being held at the Hennepin County Jail on an attempted homicide charge. Accused of throwing a five-year-old child from the third floor of Minnesota’s Mall of America, a fall of more than 40 feet. Police do not suspect any prior relationship between Aranda […]

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Breastfeeding Mother Hit with $115 Ticket for Breastfeeding in Midtown NYC Traffic

Image: Getty Images Guillermina Rodriguez, a mother of four, found space to pull over after it took her about an hour to get from 42nd to 30th street in midtown Manhattan. She had a crying three-week-old baby crying in the back seat. “Even though I saw it was a commercial area I’m like, ‘I’m not […]

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A Cop Allegedly Came to Work Drunk and Volunteered to Test the Breathalyzer

Last Thursday, a bunch of cops got together for a routine Michigan State Police training. When an instructor asked someone to help them test out a breathalyzer, one officer happily volunteered—and then allegedly blew a goddamn 0.08, ABC affiliate WXYZ reports. Apparently, the whole thing happened during a class on blood alcohol concentration levels and […]

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Louisiana Town Swears in Police Chief Who Really Likes Racism

Screenshot: CNN While telling the story of the Louisiana police officer who openly admits to sharing racist memes—including one suggesting white people should drown their daughters if they likes black boys—we should not call him “a racist.” To avoid looking one-sided and to portray ourselves as objective truth-tellers, journalists should refrain from calling anyone a […]

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Taking Uber? Here Are Tips for Staying Safe

“What’s my name?” That’s what students and administrators at the University of South Carolina are urging people to ask before they get into a car, to be sure it’s the one they called via a ride-sharing app. The public safety campaign follows the death of Samantha Josephson, a 21-year-old student who was killed last weekend […]

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Nipsey Hussle Murder Investigation Leads to an Arrest

LOS ANGELES — The suspect in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper, was arrested on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Detectives confirmed the suspect, Eric Holder, 29, was in custody. Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot on Sunday outside a store he co-owned in South Los Angeles. His death was met with […]

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Suspect Arrested in Killing of Nipsey Hussle, Los Angeles Police Say

LOS ANGELES — The suspect in the shooting of Nipsey Hussle, the Grammy-nominated rapper, was arrested on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Police Department said. Detectives confirmed the suspect, Eric Holder, 29, was in custody. Nipsey Hussle was fatally shot on Sunday outside a store he co-owned in South Los Angeles. His death was met with […]

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With Guns Drawn, Officers Raided Home to Get Unvaccinated, Feverish Child

With guns drawn, the police officers broke down the door of the suburban Phoenix home in the early hours of a February morning. “Come out with your hands up!” an officer yelled, with the dark front porch and foyer inside suddenly flooded with light from the officers’ flashlights. The target of the raid: an unvaccinated […]

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Lawyering While Black: Cop Detains Attorney in Courtroom, Accuses Him of Impersonating a Lawyer 

Screenshot: WBAL TV It’s a shame there isn’t a tag for stories on The Root called “dumbassery on your tax dollars,” because I promise you, there would be at least one cop story filed there every day. This latest example comes to us from Harford County, Md., where the local sheriff’s office now finds itself […]

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Lawyering While Black: Cop Detains Attorney in Courthouse, Accuses Him of Impersonating a Lawyer 

Screenshot: WBAL TV It’s a shame there isn’t a tag for stories on The Root called “dumbassery on your tax dollars,” because I promise you, there would be at least one cop story filed there every day. This latest example comes to us from Harford County, Md., where the local sheriff’s office now finds itself […]

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The Long Run: ‘Newark’s Original Sin’ and the Criminal Justice Education of Cory Booker

NEWARK — After football practice one summer evening in 2008, a Pop Warner league coach and two of his players were driving through the Clinton Hill section of Newark when a car swerved and blocked their path. Suddenly six police officers emerged from unmarked vehicles and forced them out of their car at gunpoint. “I […]

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