Cop watch link dump

Cop watch link dump

Blog post for people to post links to stories about police brutality and violence. Trigger warning for police violence and sexual violence.

For a while I have thought it would be good for someone to have a blog on libcom dedicated to keeping track of police violence.

However, in the absence of anyone volunteering to do that I thought I could put up this blog post and then anyone can post links with short summaries in the comments below as a kind of repository of news of police brutality and abuse of their power.

Even though I have no faith in the police as an institution there to protect us in any way, I have been shocked by the sheer number and sheer outrageousness of police abuses recently that it has prompted me to actually post this up.

So, please post your links and summaries below, and if somebody wants to take on contributing this sort of thing to libcom on a running basis please let me know.

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Steven.
May 14 2012 18:15

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Steven.
Feb 15 2015 14:49

14/02/15, Washington: police caught on video shooting and killing an unarmed Mexican national
http://edition.cnn.com/2015/02/14/us/washington-police-shooting/

commieprincess
Feb 16 2015 07:18
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Police Beating Led To Miscarriage: Lawsuit

Cops beat a Georgia woman so badly that she suffered a miscarriage, according to a new lawsuit.

The suit, filed by Kenya Harris, names the City of Albany, Georgia, police chief John Proctor and officers Ryan Jenkins and Richard Brown, Jr., according to Courthouse News.

The suit claims that in May, 2011, Harris came to the Albany Police department after her son was arrested. She waited five hours to pick him up, but then told Jenkins she needed to leave to tend to her other children at home.

Jenkins said if she made that request again he would take her head and "'put it to the floor."

When Harris asked again, the suit alleges "Defendant Officer Jenkins, without provocation, grabbed plaintiff, who weighs less than one hundred twenty (120) pounds, by her neck and slammed her to the ground. Plaintiff momentarily blacked out and came to with defendant Officer Jenkins sitting on her back, and with his knee on her arm. Plaintiff was pregnant at the time."

Jenkins then arrested Harris for obstruction of justice, according to WFXL.

The next day when she was released from jail, Harris went to Phoebe Convenient Care for medical treatment and was told she had miscarried because of her injuries, the suit said.

Albany city attorneys declined to comment and the police department said neither officer named in the suit currently works for the department, according to WFXL.

The suit says Harris was the victim of excessive force and asks for $50,000 in punitive damages, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/15/police-beating-miscarriage_n_66...

Steven.
Feb 17 2015 09:45

16/02/15, Daytona: cop threatens to arrest journalist for debating him on Facebook
http://www.mintpressnews.com/cop-threatens-to-arrest-journalist-for-argu...

petey
Feb 17 2015 21:06
Quote:
Two police officers have just been indicted on charges of conspiracy and misconduct. But until a dashboard video was released, the man who they victimized was actually the one in trouble.

...

The video shows Jeters with his hands clearly above his head.

“The next thing I know, one of them busts the door and there is glass all over my face,” Jeters told local WABC-TV.

“As soon as they opened the door, one officer reached in and punched me in my face. As he’s trying to take off my seat belt, I’m thinking, ‘Something is going to go wrong.'”

The cops kept telling him to “stop resisting” and claimed that he was “going for” their guns. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

...

Jeters subsequently had all of his charges dropped, and both cops were arraigned on charges of conspiracy, official misconduct, tampering with public records and false swearing, according to Essex County prosecutors. Officer Trinidad also faces an aggravated assault charge on top of everything else.

http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/02/innocent-man-years-in-prison-becau...

Steven.
Feb 17 2015 23:15

I'm going to be like you now Petey and point out I posted that one a while ago!

Steven.
Feb 25 2015 20:45

24/02/15, Cleveland: texts show police who fired 137 shots and killed two people knew they were unarmed
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/texts-show-officers-shot-137-rounds-car...

petey
Feb 25 2015 22:46
Steven. wrote:
I'm going to be like you now Petey and point out I posted that one a while ago!

Steven.
Mar 3 2015 00:31

02/03/15, LA: police taze then shoot and kill unarmed homeless man, caught on camera
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/video/2015/mar/02/police-shooting-los...

Steven.
Mar 9 2015 12:55

08/03/15, Madison, Wisconsin: white police shoot and kill another unarmed black teenager in his home
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/03/media-blackout-of-unarmed-teen-by-...

Steven.
Mar 9 2015 12:58

02/15, London: four police officers being investigated for gross misconduct after the death of an 18-year-old boy on a moped being chased. The family claim police constantly harassed their son, who had no criminal convictions, and are responsible for his death
http://www.islingtongazette.co.uk/news/henry_hicks_death_four_police_off...

petey
Mar 15 2015 17:31
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It is easy to forget that the real-life implications of false arrests go beyond just time served behind bars. An excellent story by Mike Newall, of the Philly Inquirer, really drives home the fact that the aftereffects of these cases are much more far-reaching than most people realize.

...

Rivera was riding his scooter when he spotted a police cruiser. The officers waived him on, but a moment later they began to follow him with their lights on. Panicked, Rivera sped away until the officers caught up with him. They reportedly slammed their cruiser into his scooter. Surveillance footage then captured officers Sean McKnight and Kevin Robinson throwing the young man against a wall, then onto the ground. They then began to beat him brutally with batons.

The officers later claimed that Rivera attacked them, but their claim was proven to be false and the two were fired, and charged with aggravated assault. Justice had seemingly been served, except that the incident might have cost Rivera the job he worked hard to get.

...

On the last day of his probation, his boss handed him a termination letter that offered no explanation whatsoever. Rivera was shocked — his supervisors had been praising his work and his boss even complimented him right before terminating him. He later found out from an HR rep that he’d been let go because of the three days he took off. A union rep said that there had been no other incidents besides the beating on his record. “The only thing was the police beating,” the rep said.

http://www.opposingviews.com/i/society/crime/father-loses-job-after-miss...

pix and vid in link

Steven.
Mar 17 2015 10:25

16/03/15, San Francisco: Three current and one former police officer caught trading horrific racist text messages, including saying it's okay to kill black people because you're allowed to put down animals. And they get to keep their jobs:
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/03/cop-says-killing-black-people-is-o...

Steven.
Mar 30 2015 22:56

24/03/15, New York: African American businesswoman is arrested, sedated, detained in a psychiatric hospital and forcibly medicated as police and medical professionals refused to believe she had a high-powered career. Eventually released after eight days, then charged $13,000 for medical bills! http://www.addictinginfo.org/2015/03/24/black-woman-locked-in-psych-ward...

jahbread
Mar 31 2015 15:09

The regularity of your posts on this thread is macabre.

In the interests of balance perhaps there could be a thread publicising acts of proletarian counter-terror published in the media.

petey
Apr 8 2015 19:52
Quote:
A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-w...

Steven.
Apr 8 2015 22:17
petey wrote:
Quote:
A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.

The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/08/us/south-carolina-officer-is-charged-w...

yeah, this is outrageous. Thankfully somebody filmed it. The cop just shot the guy multiple times in the back as he was running away.

Although if it hadn't been for Mike Brown and the riots, I'm sure that cop would have got off scot-free as well (of course, he may still get acquitted, but at least he will have to stand trial)

Steven.
Apr 8 2015 22:35

… more on this story, have a look at what these pieces of shit said about that killing before they found out someone filmed it:
http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/04/07/3644189/everything-police-sa...
(TLDR version: basically they said the guy went for the cops taser, and the cop shot him in the struggle in self-defence)

Steven.
Apr 11 2015 12:17

07/04/15, San Francisco: more text messages between SF cops leaked, including one saying "All N*ggers must fucking hang", as well as offensive comments about gay men, Filipinos and Hispanics. They are still working for the police force… http://aattp.org/sf-police-departments-disturbing-texts-leaked-all-ngger...

Steven.
Apr 11 2015 12:36

10/04/15, New York: NYPD officers break the leg of an NBA player, after two of his friends were stabbed in a nightclub. Media originally recount the police's statement of events as fact: http://www.thenation.com/blog/203937/so-nypd-just-broke-nba-players-leg?...

Steven.
Apr 11 2015 15:54

07/04/15, Blackburn, UK: police officer pepper sprays an armed man, already restrained on the ground: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=926652860720696

Steven.
Apr 12 2015 20:15

12/04/15, Tulsa: wealthy 73-year-old reserve deputy shoots and kills unarmed black man, Eric Harris, caught on film. Then claims it was an accident.
http://revolution-news.com/73yr-old-armed-reserve-deputy-fatally-shoots-...

Steven.
Apr 12 2015 20:19

06/04/15, Idaho: police shoot and kill mentally ill pregnant Native American woman holding a knife who was taken hospital because she was threatening to harm herself. They only wait 15 seconds before killing her
http://revolution-news.com/idaho-police-shoot-pregnant-woman-within-15-s...

petey
Apr 13 2015 16:18
Steven. wrote:
Thankfully somebody filmed it.

http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2015/03/21/backlash-grows-against-texas-r...

Quote:
AUSTIN, Texas — State Representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) is pushing back against critics of a bill he filed that would make it a crime for bloggers and independent journalists to film or photograph police officers.

Steven.
Apr 18 2015 12:52

17/04/15: NYPD says it's "embarrassed" by police website where NYPD officers post racist comments
http://sputniknews.com/art_living/20150417/1021043337.html#ixzz3XaySYJDa

Steven.
Apr 20 2015 11:10

18/04/15, St Louis: police shoot and kill black man who had locked himself in his mum's house with a knife
http://countercurrentnews.com/2015/04/st-louis-police-just-shot-man-who-...

Steven.
Apr 20 2015 13:11

13/04/15, Fairfax County, USA: confirmed that an African-American woman who was tazed four times and killed was already in handcuffs, leg shackles and mask restraint
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/13/1377417/-Report-confirms-that-p...

20/04/15, Missouri: over 80% of the police force of a small town (5 out of 6) quit upon election of a black mayor:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/04/20/1378889/-Most-of-police-force-q...

petey
Apr 20 2015 13:51
Quote:
Baltimore’s mayor has vowed to hold “the right people accountable” after a 25-year-old man died early Sunday while in the custody of Baltimore police, of injuries that partially severed his spine.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/man-spinal-injuries-dies-baltimore...

Steven.
Apr 28 2015 16:36

Didn't notice this at the time but:
02/15, Pasco, Washington: police filmed shooting man down in the street
https://scontent-lhr.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpf1/v/l/t1.0-9/11026785_10155...

petey
May 1 2015 15:19
Quote:
The state’s attorney of Baltimore, in a unexpected announcement, said Friday that she had probable cause to file homicide, manslaughter and misconduct charges against the police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who died after sustaining a spinal cord injury while in police custody.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/05/02/us/freddie-gray-autopsy-report-given-t...

Steven.
May 4 2015 22:09

03/05/15, Baltimore: police pepper spray, assault and pepper spray peaceful just for walking:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKrDkmgyChk&list=PLeIzHhBSrVIaUdDiXLnNfL...