Justice Department: Routine Use of Deadly Force by Albuquerque Police Result of ‘Culture of Aggression’

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 5:50 pm

A Department of Justice civil investigation has found that a majority of shootings by Albuquerque police officers between 2009 to 2012 were unconstitutional. Officers “too often use deadly force” when using their firearms. “Albuquerque police officers often use deadly force in circumstances where there is no imminent threat of death or serious bodily harm to [...]

Podcast: Michael Dunn Trial, Colorblind Prosecutions & a System That Permits Racist Violence

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 9:52 am

With “stand your ground” laws, “it’s very hard for people to acknowledge that there might be a racial bias and that’s why it’s such an issue,” according to Raven Rakia, an independent journalist. Rakia believes that, in cases like the Michael Dunn case, where Dunn was put on trial for shooting and killing Jordan Davis, [...]

With Verdict in Kelly Thomas Case, Authority of Police to Beat People to Bloody Pulp Preserved

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 7:05 pm

A verdict in the case of a 37-year-old homeless schizophrenic man, who was beaten to death, found two former police officers in Fullerton, California, who were involved in brutalizing him, not guilty. Former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos had been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli had been charged with [...]

What It Means: LA Sheriff’s Deputies Rough Up Foreign Diplomat

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 5:25 pm

selfie’s at Mandela’s funeral. But you’d be wrong. LA Sheriff’s Deputies roughed up two foreign consuls in the course of official diplomatic business. Here’s why that matters. Consular Visitation of Citizen Prisoners One of the primary jobs for any embassy or consulate abroad is the welfare of its citizens. Indeed, many of the first diplomatic [...]

Keystone XL Pipeline Protesters Pepper Sprayed by Cherokee County Sheriffs

By: Monday November 19, 2012 8:04 pm

This morning four people Nacogdoches, Texas, “locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, according to the Tar Sands Blockade group. The action interrupted and halted ongoing pipeline construction until police pepper sprayed the blockaders and were able to arrest and remove them in flexicuffs. The action was planned [...]

Officers Offered to “Buy” Cell Phone Footage of Anaheim Police Brutality

By: Sunday July 22, 2012 1:40 pm

(update below) A local CBS News affiliate broadcast footage last night of a violent scene after a police shooting in Anaheim, California. As described by the anchors, “officers fired what appeared to be bean bags and unleashed a canine into a crowd of women and children.” They described video as being “disturbing.” In the segment [...]

The Climate of Repression During the NATO Summit

By: Thursday May 24, 2012 3:17 pm

The consensus being formed by news media is that the Chicago Police Department (CPD) deserves high praise for how it handled the North-Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit, especially the protests. The word is that CPD Chief Garry McCarthy and the thousands of police officers he oversaw exercised great restraint including during the biggest protest against [...]

Post-NATO Summit Roundup: Police Brutality, Repression & More

By: Tuesday May 22, 2012 9:24 pm

The worldwide leaders that came to the city of Chicago for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit have left Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s moment of prestige and glory is over. Emanuel managed to pull off a summit with diplomats, heads of state, military generals and NATO officials. And the city made it through the [...]

NYPD Violence Reinvigorates Occupy Wall Street (Again)

By: Monday March 19, 2012 11:16 am

(update below) For two nights, it appears a dozen or so people have occupied Union Square in New York City. This morning there are people still in the park who slept there overnight. What is happening here carries the potential to renew the movement that has now been around for six months. It also affirms [...]

Film Review: ‘Rampart’ Deftly Explores the Character of a Corrupt Cop

By: Saturday February 25, 2012 12:26 pm

Undercover LAPD officer Frank Lyga, a white cop, has already shot and killed Kevin Gaines, an off-duty black LAPD officer, in a road rage shootout. LAPD officer David Mack has already been arrested for his involvement in the robbery of  a Bank of America branch. LAPD officer Brian Hewitt, who was part of the Community [...]

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