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

soc
Jul 27 2012 21:04

I have just been to Brazil and one of the guy I met was a teacher at a University in Salvador. He said that they had been on strike for 96 days at the time. Just the day before we met his friend and fellow teacher was killed according to him. By the police, a bullet in the head.
Now, I couldn't find any English article for confirmation so this is so far fairly shakey. However just googling around dropped me thishttp://latindispatch.com/2012/02/15/brazil-police-allegedly-killed-30-people-during-strike/. This is tough stuff. A territory like Brazil walks the path of intensive capitalist development. This means that the discipline of work and the property boundaries are enforced by full police terror, the petit bourgeois is busy to hide to well defended residential blocks from the poor and the flourishing crime, which contributes a significant portion of the primitive accumulation: organized crime in forms of large scale corruption, robbing and mugging, drug trade.
It is quite likely that we will see decades of full scale police terror on any organization attempt of labour. Don't forget we are talking about a country where the police engaged the extermination of large number of street kids only two decades. Life is war where capital is the rule.

JohnnyZahnarch
Jul 28 2012 03:43

This is an example of the militarisation of police in Tasmania, Australia.

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/07/27/349645_tasmania-news.html

jonthom
Jul 28 2012 08:28
Quote:
27th July 2012 19:30pm In the early stages of the Monthly Critical mass Bike ride a British Transport Police Officer PepperSprayed a Disabled Man in a shoprider who had been apparently hit by a car along with several others. During the melee as the officer is pulling out the pepper spray , A fellow Female police medic attempts to stop the action, but is struck back and the officer sprays the Disabled man and most of us in the crowd, not satisfied, he then whips out his telescopic truncheon and trys to apply a wrist lock / neck Lock on the Disabled man using the truncheon. Eventually a real Police officer arrives with 3 vans and about 50 Backups. The disabled man is arrested and the British Transport Cop is led away by some other officers. 27th July 2012.
Caiman del Barrio
Jul 28 2012 15:09
jonthom wrote:
Quote:
27th July 2012 19:30pm In the early stages of the Monthly Critical mass Bike ride a British Transport Police Officer PepperSprayed a Disabled Man in a shoprider who had been apparently hit by a car along with several others. During the melee as the officer is pulling out the pepper spray , A fellow Female police medic attempts to stop the action, but is struck back and the officer sprays the Disabled man and most of us in the crowd, not satisfied, he then whips out his telescopic truncheon and trys to apply a wrist lock / neck Lock on the Disabled man using the truncheon. Eventually a real Police officer arrives with 3 vans and about 50 Backups. The disabled man is arrested and the British Transport Cop is led away by some other officers. 27th July 2012.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfftgb4KOlE&feature=youtu.be

Video. It's BTP #4125.

wojtek
Jul 6 2013 16:43

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jonthom
Jul 29 2012 14:48

http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/2012/07/anaheim_police_riots_plant.php

Quote:
ORIGINAL POST, JULY 27, 10:26 A.M.: Facebook is currently abuzz with members of Kelly's Army who were at the Anaheim protest on Tuesday alleging that they caught a police plant.

According to onlookers, a blonde woman was shouting pro-police slogans in front of City Hall, at one point flashing her wrist and showing off a tattoo that seemed to be a badge number. But an hour later, they claim the same woman was seen yelling anti-police slogans and throwing water bottles at the police.

Taken from my Facebook page...alleged undercover is at right, flashing ugly tattoo

Witnesses tell the Weekly she was parading in front of the police line outside of City Hall, saying "These are good cops. You don't know the hard work they do. They're getting rid of gangsters."

Afterward, though, onlookers claim she began throwing bottles later that night. Multiple people saw her, and there's apparently video of the same woman playing the part of anarchist.

No one at the scene knew who this woman was.

Videos - of both her pro- and anti-police positions - in the article.

Edit:

Bloody hell. sad

Ed
Jul 30 2012 16:45
petey
Jul 31 2012 14:46
Steven.
Aug 1 2012 13:00

July 2012 - Argentinian activist squatter dies in police custody under suspicious circumstances after being beaten by police in Spain:
http://libcom.org/news/death-argentinian-squatter-barcelona-01082012

petey
Aug 1 2012 15:22
Quote:
Three people who said they were pepper-sprayed by police officers during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in September filed lawsuits on Tuesday against the City of New York, the Police Department and several officers.

link

baboon
Aug 1 2012 18:12
snipfool
Aug 2 2012 11:38

http://edition.cnn.com/video/?hpt=hp_t2#/video/crime/2012/08/01/dnt-ar-man-shot-in-patrol-car.wreg

Jonesboro, Arkansas. Man, handcuffed behind the back and body searched, shot "himself" in the head in the back of a police car...

Ed
Aug 2 2012 08:53

Baboon and Fleurnoire, can you write little intros to your links as well just so people might have an idea of what they're clicking onto.. people are more likely to click a link if it has some relevance to them (country, city, what happened) than if they don't know anything about it..

baboon
Aug 2 2012 10:24

Fair enough. My post refers to yet another man killed in custody by the police. I think it's well over a thousand now over the past ten years and no cop has ever been charged. The senior man interveiwed on the news last night was asked if anyone would face any disciplinary over this death. He said he couldn't comment because investigations are ongoing. This four years after the lad's death and the jury saying that the police officers lied on oath.
Bastards!`

Fleur
Aug 2 2012 15:22

Very sorry, was just posting and running ( and being lazy.)
Mine was about a 12 year old girl being tased by police, who were apprehending her mother for parking offences, in a shopping mall.

wojtek
Aug 8 2012 09:48

From Private Eye:

baboon
Aug 11 2012 11:08

The vast majority of posts have quite rightly concentrated on the repressive, "above the law" aspects of the police. They are not just bastards though, but incompetent, stupid bastards when it comes to what we are told they do - solve crime.

Their antics around the recent disappearance in Surrey of the 12-year-old schoolgirl Tia Sharp is strongly reminiscent of the murders a few years ago of two poor young schoolgirls in Soham. Here, Ian Huntley, a sexual predator with form and the last person to see the girls alive, run rings around the police in front of the TV cameras night after night. Because of the national interest there were many reporters present that Huntley the half-wit also conned. With all the resources available to them the police were shown as incompetent, useless bastards. The police Family Liaison Officer appointed to the distraught families turned out to be a paedophile whose nefarious activities were covered up by another serving female officer.

Similar things are happening over poor Tia. Three searches of the house where she was last seen over a week and nothing. Now a body has been found there. Either it was there all the time or someone has brought a body in right under the nose of the police. The last person to speak to Tia, a boyfriend of her Grandmother with a string of various criminal convictions, was allowed to go by police and disappeared. What useless cunts.

Early reports on the BBC yesterday said that a growing crowd of locals were getting increasingly angry with the police and converged on the scene protesting. The police brought in reinforcements. These reports disappeared on later bulletins.

wojtek
Aug 20 2012 18:24
jonthom
Aug 21 2012 10:11
Steven.
Sep 2 2012 08:39

30 August - Los Angeles: two police officers arrest female nurse in routine traffic stop, slam her face first into the pavement, handcuff her then slam her face first into the pavement again, then exchange fist bump:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/lapd-body-slam-video-chief-charlie-beck.html

30 August - Los Angeles again: five police officers under investigation following death of overweight woman handcuffed, stomped on in the genitals and put in back of police car:
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/08/lapd-investigates-officers-for-brutality-in-womans-death.html

Steven.
Sep 2 2012 08:48

So that it's linked to from here: August 2012 - South Africa: police murder 34 miners and seriously injure 78 others. Then rub salt in the wound by charging 270 arrested miners (many of whom were assaulted in custody) with the murder of their colleagues!
http://libcom.org/news/marikana-massacre-details-deliberate-police-murder-begin-emerge-30082012

1 September - London: police break the shoulder of a wheelchair user in peaceful protest of disabled activists at the DWP
http://atosvictimsgroup.co.uk/2012/09/01/police-break-wheelchair-users-shoulder-in-peaceful-protest/

flaneur
Sep 7 2012 16:42

Cop knocks over dog in the street, and euthanizes it by hitting it with a baton and then stomping on its skull. Police don't bother to let the owners know. http://azdailysun.com/news/local/crime-and-courts/section/eyewitness-officer-used-baton-boot-on-injured-dog/article_607b82ee-f160-11e1-9215-001a4bcf887a.html

A 50 year old woman is detained by police over a missing subway ticket, has her nose broken and is arrested. http://www.pasadenaweekly.com/cms/story/detail/?id=11453

It's mind boggling how the police manage to scour the earth so well for the scummiest of people.

flaneur
Sep 7 2012 16:46

Also, found a couple of sites dedicated to this sort of thing already.

http://policethugs.com/
http://beatyourselfup.com/

Fleur
Sep 7 2012 17:01

http://www.nydailynews.com/store-employee-shot-bronx-article-1.1154084

Young man shot dead by NYPD, early this morning fleeing armed robbers at his uncle's convenience store, where he worked, presumably for the crime of being young and Latino.

baboon
Sep 10 2012 08:56

More details to come out on Wednesday about the cop's complicity in this massacre. David Cameron will express his "regret", apparantly, about the 96 deaths at Hillsborough.
http://en.internationalism.org/wr/2009/323/hillsborough

petey
Sep 10 2012 20:15
Quote:
The shaky and frenetic video, lasting less than a minute, appears to show two New York police officers holding a man on the floor, with one officer repeatedly slamming his right fist into the man’s face.

The man, Luis Solivan, 19, was later charged with assaulting an officer, but his case was dismissed after a grand jury watched the video, which an acquaintance shot through an apartment window in the Bronx, his lawyers say. Now, that same footage may emerge as crucial evidence in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Mr. Solivan’s lawyers on Monday in Federal District Court in Manhattan.

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/11/nyregion/video-of-police-altercation-may-take-key-role-in-civil-rights-suit.html?_r=1&hp

the video is at the link

Steven.
Sep 13 2012 22:19

12 September 2012 - Texas police shoot unarmed man 41 times, confiscate the camera of a witness who took photos and delete his pictures:
http://www.pixiq.com/article/texas-police-kill-unarmed-man-before-confiscating-witness-camera