Tag: policing

‘Like a Prisoner in My Own Home’: Black NJ Family Says They Were Arrested for ‘Loitering’ in Their Own Front Yard

The definition of loitering, as it relates to criminal offense, generally runs along the lines of this: to hang around a public place with no expressed—particularly, legal—purpose. It follows then, that one place you can’t loiter in, by definition, is your home; a very not public place where the expectation is you do whatever (hopefully […]

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‘Like a Prisoner in My Own Home’: Black Family Says They Were Arrested for ‘Loitering’ in Their Own Front Yard [Corrected]

The definition of loitering, as it relates to criminal offense, generally runs along the lines of this: to hang around a public place with no expressed—particularly, legal—purpose. It follows then, that one place you can’t loiter in, by definition, is your home; a very not public place where the expectation is you do whatever (hopefully […]

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Baltimore’s Top Prosecutor Marilyn Mosby Moves to Throw Out Nearly 800 Cases Involving Tainted Cops

Photo: Jerod Harris (Getty Images for BET) In the wake of a massive police scandal, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby is asking the courts to toss out nearly 800 criminal cases linked to Baltimore cops her office believes cannot be trusted. Prosecutors are hoping to wipe out 790 convictions linked to 25 police officers, including […]

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Former Georgia Cop Acquitted of Manslaughter in Shooting Death of Unarmed Black Motorist

Photo: AP Photo A Georgia jury acquitted former police officer Zechariah Presley of manslaughter in the fatal shooting death of 33-year-old Tony Green, an unarmed black man who was fleeing Presley after a traffic stop in 2018. White Georgia Cop Faces Voluntary Manslaughter Charge in Death of Black Motorist For at least the second time […]

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Black Police Officer Says He Was Forced to Resign, Told He Was a ‘Disgrace’ to Uniform After Wearing an Afro Wig

Photo: iStock A Georgia police officer is calling out Dekalb County Sheriff Jeffrey Mann after being forced to resign just three days before his retirement. The offense? Wearing an Afro-wig while he was posted outside a courthouse, directing traffic. Antonio Perryman told WSB-TV says he was “robbed” of completing 20 years of service with the […]

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Rep. Tlaib v Detroit PD, round two, was a missed opportunity to bridge facial recognition debate gap

Weeks ago, when a brief Twitter spat between between Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and the Detroit Police Department over the latter’s use of facial recognition software ended with an invitation for Tlaib to come and visit the Real Time Crime Center headquarters, I mentioned in an article that if the Congresswoman took them up on […]

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Trump-Loving D.C. Police Group Books Party at Trump Hotel and Black Cops Are Mad AF

Demonstrators gather in front of the newly opened Trump International Hotel to protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and what they say are his racist, sexist and anti-immigration positions Sept. 12, 2016 in Washington, D.C.Photo: Chip Somodevilla (Getty Images) After publicly supporting Donald Trump’s run for Commander in Chief and endorsing a Hillary Clinton-hating […]

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The LAPD’s Job Ad Ending Up on Breitbart Is Hardly a Mystery

Over the weekend, the Los Angeles Police Department was forced to open an investigation into how in the world a recruiting advertisement could possibly have ended up on the right-wing propaganda website Breitbart News. Perhaps, Chief Michel Moore suggested on Twitter, someone was attempting to “spoof” the department in an attempt to “discredit” it. Screenshots […]

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Mississippi Police Shot a Bullet Into the Back of His Head. A City Attorney Is Arguing It Doesn’t Matter Since He’s Not a Citizen

Photo: iStock Mississippi police should have never been at Ismael Lopez’s door. But in executing a warrant for a man wanted for domestic assault in July 2017, police went to the wrong address, arriving at Lopez’s home instead of the suspect’s. Lopez would not survive the encounter with police, who never announced themselves at the […]

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‘I Hate Myself Every Day’: Amber Guyger Testifies About the Night She Killed Botham Jean

Photo: Tom Fox (The Dallas Morning News via AP, Pool) Amber Guyger took the stand in her own defense Friday morning, occasionally breaking down in tears as she recalled what happened the night she walked into her neighbor Botham Jean’s apartment and shot him dead in his living room. Her testimony marks the first public […]

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Florida Cop Who Arrested 2 Elementary Kids Fired; Was Previously Charged With Child Abuse

Screenshot: WKMG TV Orlando Police have fired Officer Dennis Turner for violating department policy when he arrested two six-year-old children last week. But while Turner’s termination came swiftly (and amid widespread backlash), new light is being cast on the officer’s record of misconduct, including a previous charge of child abuse. Orlando Police Chief Orlando Rolón […]

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‘Black Nonsense’: Pennsylvania State Police Says Its Officers Did Not Racially Profile Black Driver

Photo: iStock Pennsylvania State Police, investigating one of their own for allegations of racial bias, have (surprise!) cleared themselves of any wrongdoing. The incident in question took place on July 8, when two white state troopers pulled over Rodney Gillespie’s car after he briefly crossed over the center lines of a narrow, winding two-lane road. […]

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Florida Officer Under Investigation for Arresting and Charging 6-Year-Old Girl for Throwing a Tantrum

Screenshot: WKMG TV A school resource officer has been suspended after arresting and charging a 6-year-old Orlando girl for throwing a tantrum in school. Kaia Rolle, a student at the Lucious & Emma Nixon Academy charter school in Orange County, threw a tantrum in class last Thursday because her sleep apnea prevented her from sleeping […]

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Michigan Cop Found With KKK Application in His Home Fired

Photo: iStock Nearly a month after a framed KKK application was found in his home, the Muskegon Police Department has fired veteran police officer Charles Anderson. The cop had been placed on administrative leave after a black homebuyer came across the KKK memorabilia and other racist insignia in Anderson’s home, which was up for sale. […]

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Eye in the Sky: LAPD Makes Drone Usage Permanent

Photo: iStock Anyone who’s lived in L.A. knows that helicopters—particularly, ones manned by the LAPD—are a staple of the city’s skies. Now, a small fleet of drones will be permanently added to the department’s surveillance arsenal, raising concerns from civil liberties advocates. The permanent addition of drones was approved unanimously by a five-member civilian police […]

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AI Weekly: Detroit’s facial recognition battle is about the ends justifying the means

This week, after U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) criticized on Twitter the Detroit Police Department’s use of facial recognition software, they invited her to visit its Real Time Crime Center so she could see the technology in action. Rep. Tlaib readily agreed to a visit (how could she not), and so presumably we’ll get to […]

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How American Slavery Helped Create Modern-Day Policing

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in what we now know as Virginia. Their voyage was, no doubt, filled with unspeakable horror and death, and their presence would forever change the United States—especially when examining the way this country approaches policing. When enslaved Africans arrived in America, […]

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Bernie Sanders Is the First Candidate to Call for Ban on Facial Recognition

Democratic senator Bernie Sanders just became the first presidential candidate to call for a ban on the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement. A spokesperson for the Sanders campaign said in an email that Sanders plans on introducing a national ban on facial recognition that can be enforced on a state and local […]

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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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Baltimore H.S. Principal Trying to Teach His Son a Lesson About Police Interactions Gets Verbally Abused by Cop

iStock A Baltimore high school principal is speaking out about an incident with a white county cop in which the officer degraded and demeaned him in front of his son. Vance Benton, who heads up Patterson High School in East Baltimore, wrote a letter to county officials about a July incident not far from his […]

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