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.

Comments

Sike
Jun 17 2017 08:35
petey wrote:
Minnesota Officer Acquitted in Killing of Philando Castile

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/police-shooting-trial-philando-castile.html

Unfortunately, with the amount of latitude the law in the united states gives police to use deadly force against the public the outcome of this trial is none too surprising.

Steven.
Jul 9 2017 19:14

29/09/16: California police Taser and shoot unarmed man: https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10154102715396939/

Steven.
Jul 10 2017 10:53

03/11/15: Marksville police kill autistic boy: http://thefreethoughtproject.com/judge-releases-video-cops-killing-autistic-boy/

28/09/16, Baltimore: black man calls police for help. When they arrive they beat him to death: http://metro.co.uk/2016/09/28/black-man-calls-911-for-help-police-arrive-and-beat-him-to-death-6157677/

Steven.
Jul 10 2017 12:33

31/08/16, Oklahoma: 84-year-old black woman pepper sprayed in her own home by police
https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10154019101186939/

22/08/16, Charlotte: police shoot and kill deaf black man for signing after he was pulled over for speeding
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3753378/North-Carolina-state-trooper-shoots-dead-deaf-mute-man.html

07/14, UK: police arrest deaf man for using sign language
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-131518/Police-arresting-deaf-man-signing.html

Steven.
Jul 17 2017 10:04

10/07/17, Oklahoma: retired white police officer shoots and kills daughter's black boyfriend as he tries to shake his hand. Just had his third mistrial… http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/07/10/white-cop-who-shot-and-killed-daughter-s-black-boyfriend-has-thi.html

petey
Jul 17 2017 13:39
Steven. wrote:
10/07/17, Oklahoma: retired white police officer shoots and kills daughter's black boyfriend as he tries to shake his hand. Just had his third mistrial… http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/07/10/white-cop-who-shot-and-killed-daughter-s-black-boyfriend-has-thi.html

i hadn't heard of that at all.

petey
Jul 18 2017 14:53

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/17/us/ex-officer-is-indicted-on-murder-charge-in-killing-of-black-teenager.html

Quote:
A white former police officer in a Dallas suburb was indicted by a grand jury on a murder charge for fatally shooting an unarmed black high school freshman in April with a high-powered rifle as the teenager and four others drove away from a house party, prosecutors said Monday.

The former officer, Roy D. Oliver II, an Iraq war veteran who was on the police force in the working-class city of Balch Springs, was also indicted on four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon by a public servant.

The charges were announced by the Dallas County district attorney, Faith Johnson. If convicted of murder, Mr. Oliver, 37, could face a prison term of five to 99 years or life, the same range as the aggravated assault charges.

“These types of multiple charges against a police officer are historic in Dallas County,” said Daryl Washington, a lawyer for Jordan’s family in a lawsuit against Balch Springs and Mr. Oliver. “It sends a message to bad cops that you can no longer kill an unarmed person and get no billed.”

we'll see about that.

Sike
Jul 18 2017 15:24
Steven. wrote:
10/07/17, Oklahoma: retired white police officer shoots and kills daughter's black boyfriend as he tries to shake his hand. Just had his third mistrial… http://www.bet.com/news/national/2017/07/10/white-cop-who-shot-and-killed-daughter-s-black-boyfriend-has-thi.html

Third mistrial, unbelievable, except that it's america and the victim was black and unarmed and the killer is white cop and though off duty and out of uniform was obviously just exercising his 2nd amendment rights, so it isn't entirely that unbelievable. It would be interesting to know the racial identity of the jurors in each case and whether they opted for conviction or acquittal.

Quote:
Kepler was a 24-year-police veteran who retired after he was charged with murder. According to Kepler, he was trying to protect his daughter, who was living in a homeless shelter.

Kinda begs the question, that if the father was so concerned about "protecting" his teenage daughter then why did she feel compelled t seek accommodation in a homeless shelter? Did her father not have a home that she could have stayed in?

petey
Jul 18 2017 22:59

this one is on every newscast.

Quote:
An Australian woman who called 911 to report what she believed to be an active sexual assault was shot and killed by a Minneapolis police officer in a case that has left many relatives and neighbors searching for answers.

...

The Star Tribune, citing three people with knowledge of the shooting, said the officers pulled into the alley in a single squad car, and Damond talked to the driver. The newspaper's sources, which it did not name, said the officer in the passenger seat shot Damond through the driver's-side door. A BCA spokeswoman did not return messages seeking to confirm that account.

the cops have been stone silent.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-minneapolis-police-shooting-justine-damond-20170718-story.html

petey
Jul 22 2017 04:13
petey wrote:
the cops have been stone silent.

copper is refusing to talk to investigators, per NBC.

e2a he "thought he was being ambushed."

e3a http://www.startribune.com/after-justine-damond-shooting-chief-harteau-returns-to-city/435651393/

e4a lot of politics going on here
http://m.startribune.com/minneapolis-police-chief-janee-harteau-resigns/435864713/

Steven.
Jul 23 2017 12:11

01/04/16, New York: black Bronx teenager dies in police custody http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx-teen-arrested-drug-charges-dies-seizure-article-1.2585614

petey
Aug 11 2017 21:15

http://m.startribune.com/jury-acquits-man-after-video-shows-police-punching-him-at-vikings-game/439669183/

Quote:
A jury on Wednesday acquitted a Texas man charged with felony disarming a peace officer after video showed two Minneapolis police officers tasering and kicking the man.

...

As officers Russell Cragin and Anthony Rodin took Lopez through a corridor in the stadium, they said he began to fight with them, grabbed onto one of their duty belts and attempted to grab a Taser, the charges alleged. Lopez was charged with a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Security video shown to the jury shows that as the officers walked Lopez through the corridor, they took him to the ground, then tasered, kicked and punched him. The jury deliberated for about a day before acquitting Lopez.

The officers' body cameras were not turned on until after the incident.

petey
Sep 1 2017 15:02

"The Georgia police officer who was captured on camera telling a woman during a traffic stop that law enforcement personnel “only kill black people” says he’ll retire amid the backlash.

...

It is unclear whether officials would accept Abbott’s resignation or follow through with their plan to terminate him."

http://www.philly.com/philly/news/nation_world/we-only-kill-black-people-a-cop-told-a-woman-on-camera-now-hell-lose-his-job-20170901.html?mobi=true

petey
Sep 9 2017 16:50
Quote:
A New York City agency that investigates police misconduct has found that the officer who put his arm around the neck of Eric Garner before his death did use a chokehold and restricted Mr. Garner’s breathing, a person familiar with the case said on Friday.

The findings, reported earlier Friday by Rolling Stone, represent an oversight body’s first formal attempt to seek discipline for the officer, Daniel Pantaleo, in the three years since Mr. Garner died as a result of the violent arrest on a Staten Island sidewalk. But the disciplinary process will now enter another standstill because the Police Department says it will not hold an administrative trial on the allegations until the United States Department of Justice decides whether the officers involved in the case violated Mr. Garner’s civil rights.

The city agency, the Civilian Complaint Review Board, recommended the stiffest punishment against Officer Pantaleo: departmental charges that could lead to suspension or dismissal. Officer Pantaleo was notified of the recommendation last week. The person familiar with the case requested anonymity to speak about confidential disciplinary matters.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/nyregion/eric-garner-chokehold-review-board.html

jef costello
Sep 12 2017 20:34

Man killed by police who fired 15 shots at him after he drove away, claiming 'legitimate self-defence'.
The man had been receiving treatment for paranoid schizophrenia.
In the two videos you can see the police shooting tear gas and repeatedly striking and failing to break his windscreen. It looks as if they are hitting the side window too, but they might be hitting him.
At this point there are a large number of people around, most them laughing at the police.
As the man drives off the police fire into the back of the vehicle causing fatal injuries.

https://paris-luttes.info/legitime-defense-des-policiers-8577

Police seem to have been forced to be a little more honest by the videos, but it doesn't look as if anyone will face any consequences for killing him.

jef costello
Sep 14 2017 18:39

He was a sk8ter cop
but he's still in the co-op
reformism's good enough for them

Now he's a class traitor
slammin' on the workers
but he'll be first against the wall

petey
Oct 29 2017 16:04
Quote:
A Brooklyn grand jury has handed up an indictment in the case of an 18-year-old woman who said she was raped by two New York City police officers after they took her into custody and searched her for drugs, a person familiar with the case said on Friday.

At least one of the detectives has been charged by the grand jury, which has been hearing evidence since the alleged assault on Sept. 15, said the person familiar with the case, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the charges have not been formally announced.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/27/nyregion/indictment-in-brooklyn-rape-investigation.html

petey
Nov 11 2017 21:16

a career civil rights lawyer has been elected DA in Philadelphia and the police don't like it at all.

https://www.rawstory.com/2017/11/philly-cops-threaten-to-btch-slap-newly-elected-da-larry-krasner-who-was-backed-by-black-lives-matter/