Cleveland Police Who Commit Brutality Benefit from Investigators Who Cast Conduct in ‘Most Positive Light Possible’

By: Friday December 5, 2014 5:58 pm

The civil rights division of the Justice Department released its findings from an investigation into the Cleveland Police Department’s pattern of use of deadly and “less lethal force” by officers. It uncovered incidents of officers striking suspects in the head with “impact weapons,” using tasers, chemical spray and fists in acts of retaliation, “excessive force” [...]

Officer Who Killed Eric Garner with Chokehold Told Grand Jury Being Filmed Didn’t Bother Him

By: Thursday December 4, 2014 2:02 pm

New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, according to his attorney, told a Staten Island grand jury that he was aware while he was taking Eric Garner down with a chokehold that he was being recorded. However, he was certain he was not committing any misconduct so it did not bother him that someone was filming [...]

Organizers Who Met With Obama See Meeting as Affirmation That Movement Against Police Violence is Working

By: Tuesday December 2, 2014 5:14 pm

President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder met with seven black and Latino organizers yesterday to discuss police violence in not just Ferguson, Missouri, but throughout the country. Following the meeting, Obama announced some steps his administration would be taking to address some of the issues raised. Organizers who participated [...]

UN Anti-Torture Watchdog Dismayed at US Failure to Provide Redress for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By: Monday December 1, 2014 5:18 pm

The United States was criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in its recently released report for failing to provide redress for Chicago Police Department torture survivors. The Committee expressed concern that CPD Commander Jon Burge and other officer had engaged in torture between 1972 and 1991, however, no officer had been convicted for [...]

UN Committee Against Torture Calls Out Chicago Police for Brutality, ‘Excessive Use of Force’

By: Friday November 28, 2014 4:14 pm

Media Alert: Chicagoans Hold Historic Protest Inside UN During Review of US Torture | #WCGtoUN http://t.co/wb5qUzB1Ld pic.twitter.com/ELRWEysDVy— We Charge Genocide (@ChiCopWatch) November 14, 2014 Earlier this month, a US delegation appeared before the committee as all countries that are signatories to the treaty banning torture are supposed to do every four years. Committee members were [...]

Police Fired Tear Gas at Coffee Shop in St. Louis That Was Supposed ‘Safe Space’—Twice

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 4:28 pm

Safe space raided; @Amnesty Int'l observer team tear gassed. Three delegates hit with rubber bullets #Fergsuon pic.twitter.com/TWuq9iuiov — Rachel O'Leary (@racheloleary) November 25, 2014 Police deployed in riot gear fired tear gas directly at a coffee shop in St. Louis early in the morning on Tuesday. The scene unfolded just hours after an announcement by [...]

Questions from Ferguson

By: Tuesday November 25, 2014 11:18 am

I woke up this morning with the worst kind of hangover: anger, confusion, wondering what happened last night. Without a drop of alcohol to explain how I felt. So here are some of the questions I have about Michael Brown, Darren Wilson and Ferguson. Why Was the Announcement Made As It Was? The grand jury [...]

Grand Jury Does Not Indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for Killing Unarmed Mike Brown

By: Monday November 24, 2014 9:30 pm

After much anticipation, a grand jury in Clayton, Missouri, did not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August 9. St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced the grand jury determined “no probable cause” existed to file a charge against Wilson. “Many witnesses to the shooting of Michael [...]

For CNN, Michael Smerconish Helps Police Create Propaganda Against Ferguson Protesters

By: Monday November 24, 2014 11:54 am

Attorney and radio and television host Michael Smerconish spent a full hour on November 22 on the forthcoming grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri, that was expected. He committed his show to not only holding protesters accountable but also to giving a Ferguson police officer air time to spread fear by claiming that all police [...]

FBI Sting Operation in St. Louis: Preemptive Policing Ahead of Announcement of Grand Jury Decision

By: Saturday November 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Days before a grand jury announcement is expected on whether Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will be indicted for killing an unarmed black teenager, Mike Brown, the FBI has reportedly targeted and caught two men with alleged connections to the New Black Panthers who allegedly planned to purchase guns to hurt police officers. Multiple news [...]

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