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

Uncreative
Feb 21 2013 20:17

This is pretty fucked up.

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/london-police-accussed-mocking-sick-trans-brutal-arrest210213

Quote:
Eyewitnesses claim London police officers threw a trans person to the ground, handcuffed her and caused deliberate pain while saying she is 'not normal'
petey
Mar 6 2013 15:38
Quote:
After two brain surgeries and nearly 40 hours on life-support, a Ramsey father of four reportedly knocked to the ground by a Minneapolis police officer last weekend was showing small signs of recovery.

Meanwhile, the officer -- Sgt. David Clifford, 47, of Andover, who was charged Monday with third-degree assault -- claimed he acted in self-defense.

...

According to the criminal complaint, Clifford said he was with his wife and acquaintances when he heard Brian Vander Lee using offensive language at a nearby table. He said he asked Vander Lee to stop, which he reportedly did for a time, but when he started up again, Clifford approached his table. Fearing Vander Lee was going to strike him, Clifford said,
he punched him.

Clifford fled across the street, where his wife picked him up, the complaint said.

He admitted he avoided officers when they came looking for him at his home Saturday night; Clifford surrendered at the Anoka County Jail the next day.

Witnesses told investigators they did not hear Vander Lee using offensive language, the complaint said.

http://www.twincities.com/localnews/ci_20883082/man-allegedly-assaulted-by-minneapolis-police-officer-at

petey
Mar 7 2013 15:05

a follow-up

Quote:
Justice Department reps chose Friday at 6:30 p.m. to inform Alex Landau that they would not be charging the three Denver police officers who brutally beat him with federal civil rights violations.

...

The attack caused Landau to fall, but the beating continued for several minutes, with one officer yelling, "He's going for the gun." (Landau was unarmed.) Once they finally stopped the assault, one officer reportedly put the following question to him: "Where's that warrant now, you fucking nigger?"

http://blogs.westword.com/latestword/2013/02/alex_landau_denver_police_beating_no_prosecution.php

Steven.
Mar 11 2013 23:46

Police officer in Rochester, New York, tells rape victim "blow me you little whore" and another then mocks her for crying:
http://davyv.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/rochester-ny-police-officer-tells-rape.html?spref=fb

Steven.
Mar 11 2013 23:48

UK student protester nearly killed by police is cleared of violent disorder, after blatantly being fitted up to try to excuse him being nearly killed by a police baton:
http://libcom.org/news/alfie-meadows-zak-king-found-not-guilty-two-years-three-months-three-trials-later-08032013

jonthom
Mar 18 2013 08:24

http://www.vice.com/en_uk/read/the-hangover-news-18-03-13?utm_source=vicefb

Quote:
On the 15th of March every year, a demonstration is held in Montreal for the International Day Against Police Brutality.

However, because the protesters never tell the police where they're planning on marching, there have only been two peaceful demonstrations in the last 16 years – the other 14 have all ended in the police getting angry and inflicting the kind of brutality everyone there is rallying against.

This year was no exception, with police arresting demonstrators before the march had even begun and ending the day with over 250 arrests, some presumably carried out normally and others – like the one above – by launching a bike at someone and slamming them to the floor, which isn't really a normal way to arrest an unarmed citizen.

You'd have thought that the police would be well aware of the irony of their actions and tone it down a little, but who can blame them? We all know how quickly reputation and self-awareness go out of the window as soon as you get the chance to crack some fucking skulls.

Steven.
Mar 18 2013 14:57

In the US, 40% of police families experience domestic violence, 2 to 4 times the level of the general population. And importantly:

Quote:
One of the most disturbing parts is that police departments often handle cases of police family violence informally; without an "official report, investigation, or even check of the victim's safety."

http://jezebel.com/5991019/forty-percent-of-police-officer-families-experience-domestic-violence

Fleur
Mar 18 2013 21:09

Some background on the Montreal March against Police Brutality. It was the 17th one and usually there is actually a march, for a while at least, with people at the head of it holding pictures of friends, family killed by the SPVM. The police do seem to have had a total irony bypass that they always break up the march against police brutality with lashings of police brutality. This year it was declared illegal straight away, there were hundred of cops in place before hand, people were surrounded and some 250 rounded up onto buses and taken away. The SPVM were making announcements all day leading up to it, masks won't be tolerated, this won't be tolerated, that won't be tolerated, there was never any intention of letting people demonstrate. What the Vice article didn't mention was the use of pepper spray, tear gas and stun grenades. They are very, very fond of their stun grenades, which they fire into the crowds. Someone lost an eye to one last year, I'm surprised that there haven't been more even more serious injuries. At least the Vice article noted the 250 arrests, the late local news (in English) had the number at 4. There were 4 arrests under more serious criminal codes, apparently the other 250, including local MSM journalists, didn't count. There were also pre-emptive arrests earlier in the day, which aren't really very legal, but I'm not sure how many of the usual suspects were rounded up...

I want to point out that I wasn't there, I was nowhere near, there was not a chance in hell this was going to go quietly and peacefully, last year's went on well into the night with a lot of broken windows & torched police cruisers and particularly after the SPVM made it's announcement back in the autumn that they were more "muscular" and better prepared, I was expecting this to be actually much worst than it was.
I was out and about downtown yesterday and there were tons of police doing crowd control for the post parade St Patrick's Day revelries and I have to say it is really, really weird to me to see them in their normal uniforms. For the last year or so, whenever cops have grouped together on the streets of Montreal, they've been in riot gear, armed to the teeth with their IDs covered up with duct tape.

Steven.
Apr 2 2013 11:46

24 March 2013: Omaha cops beat one guy, then when loads of other cops turn up they arrest a guy filming the abuse, knocking over and handcuffing a woman in a wheelchair, then probably delete the film. Luckily, someone else filmed the whole thing:
http://www.photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/03/24/nebraska-police-chase-down-man-video-recording-their-abuse-while-second-man-video-records-it-all/

petey
Apr 22 2013 02:16
Quote:
During the Occupy Wall Street protests and their aftermath, they were the online-video symbols for those who said the New York Police Department was using excessive force:

Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna, in his white commander’s shirt, walking up to a crowd of people and appearing to pepper-spray protesters at random. And Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona, who appears to turn around a protester who is walking away and punch him in the face.

Inspector Bologna was found by the Police Department to have violated internal guidelines and was docked 10 vacation days. Both men are facing civil lawsuits in which the city has declined to defend them.

But there will be no criminal charges against either commander, the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said Friday afternoon.

http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/04/19/no-charges-for-police-commanders-over-actions-during-protests/?ref=nyregion

Steven.
Apr 22 2013 09:33

21 April 2013: Sussex police using bogus terrorism legislation to search journalists at anti-racist demonstration:
https://twitter.com/sussex_police/status/325997811193769984

claimed they were using public order legislation, but gave this to a journalist:
https://twitter.com/jesshurdphoto/status/325898147878555649/photo/1

jonthom
Apr 24 2013 16:30

PC Matthew Fisher "brought disgrace" on police force

Quote:
A POLICE officer who “abused his position of authority for the sake of his own gratification”, has been warned he faces jail.

PC Matthew Daniel Fisher, 37, used a police database to find mobile numbers for women, and engaged in sexual activity while on duty, a seven-day trial at Hull Crown Court heard.

Fisher, who had a 12-year career with North Yorkshire Police and was based in Selby, had sexual activity with one woman in a police van outside Selby Bus Station, bombarded others with telephone calls, and gave drunken women lifts home in a police van.

Charges were levelled against him by five women, and he was acquitted yesterday of the most serious charge of attempted rape, but found guilty of three other sex offences. He was also found guilty of one count of misconduct in public office, and admitted two further charges of the same.

[...]

He said: “He has targeted women he wished to have sexual contact with and in some instances has tracked down their personal details using police information systems.

“He targetted some of these women confident in the belief that they wouldn’t bring themselves to report him - for example, that they had been the victim of an offence that he was there to assist them with or that they had criminal records which made them think that they would never be believed over a police officer or simply that they were drunk. In each instance he was content to take advantage of those vulnerabilities.”

Ramona
Apr 28 2013 17:24

James Herbert died after being left naked on the floor of a police sell in Somerset in June 2010. He had a history of mental health problems and was arrested after running in and out of traffic. He died of a cardiac arrest in the police station after having taken a legal high (no one seems to be saying what he actually took). The police are saying the case highlights the dangers of legal highs. The family are criticising the police for not getting medical help for James, not communicating about his mental health problems and previous incidents, and not monitoring him while in custody.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/26/man-died-police-cell

petey
May 3 2013 02:49
Quote:
The Opa-Locka Police Department in Florida on Wednesday argued before an arbitrator that one of their own officers deserved to be fired — for the sixth time — because he left his department AR-15 assault-style rifle with a friend.

...

According to WFOR, Bosque has been fired eight times by three police departments in Florida, including six firings from his job at Opa-locka. WFOR noted that Bosque was the “most disciplined, fined, fired, arrested police officer in the state.”

Over the years, he has faced allegations of busting the skull of a suspect, beating juveniles, having drugs in a patrol car, stealing from suspects, falsifying reports, conducting an unauthorized car chased where four people were killed and “calling in sick…from Cancun.”

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/05/02/florida-cop-fired-for-eighth-time-after-leaving-police-ar-15-with-friend/

jonthom
May 12 2013 11:41

http://rt.com/usa/begged-for-life-cops-beat-126/

Quote:
A California father of four died Wednesday shortly after a group of police allegedly beat him with batons as he lay defenseless on the sidewalk. Cops, before confiscating witness' cameras, also reportedly unleashed a canine unit on him.

David Sal Silva, 33, allegedly resisted when police approached him to ask if he was who neighbors called about to complain of an intoxicated man in the area. The officers called for backup and, witnesses told the Bakersfield Californian, Silva was soon being beaten in the face and upper body by as many as nine policemen and their batons. At least one of the cops reportedly held a German Shepherd on a leash nearby.

Witnesses who had recorded the events on their cell phone cameras had the devices confiscated by officers, who claimed the footage was part of a police investigation that could yield evidence. The Sherriff’s Department has released the names of seven officers who were on the scene, but the identities of the California Highway Patrol police who were also there have not yet been made public.

“When I got outside I saw two officers beating a man with batons, and they were hitting his head so every time they would swing, I could hear the blows to his head,” said witness Ruben Ceballos, who told the Californian the noise was so loud it woke him up.

Steven.
May 12 2013 22:18

12 May: New report reveals widespread racist attitudes in the Met police, 20 years on from the murder of Steven Lawrence
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/399027/White-backlash-revealed-at-Scotland-Yard

Steven.
May 14 2013 09:17

May 10, 2013, Baltimore: police beat up a woman and smash a camera for filming them beating up a man, telling her "You want to film something bitch? Film this!"
http://www.alternet.org/civil-liberties/cops-beat-woman-filming-another-beating?akid=10423.151923.X72QO8&rd=1&src=newsletter838447&t=4

Steven.
May 20 2013 08:51

19 May 2013 - Philadelphia: "hero cop" charged with raping two women at gunpoint and assaulting another, also has a history of violence (trigger warning for serious sexual violence)
http://jezebel.com/hero-cop-charged-with-raping-two-women-at-gunpoint-508699772

17 May 2013 - UK: gay black police officer hounded from the force for challenging racism and homophobia
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/may/17/kevin-maxwell-gay-black-police-officer-hounded-out

petey
May 26 2013 20:04
Quote:
Cell phone footage that was confiscated after the police beating death of a Bakersfield man was released this week, not showing much as far as the beating goes, but capturing David Silva’s horrific screams during the last moments of his life.

However, footage from the second phone that was confiscated that was more incriminating, showing the actual swinging of the batons, was apparently deleted.

http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2013/05/23/confiscated-cell-phone-footage-of-beating-death-released-second-footage-apparently-deleted/

petey
May 30 2013 14:05
Quote:
Fourteen-year-old Tremaine McMillian didn't threaten police. He didn't attack them. He wasn't armed. All the black teenager did was appear threatening by shooting Miami-Dade police officers a few "dehumanizing stares," and that was apparently enough for the officers to decide to slam him against the ground and put him in a chokehold.

http://reason.com/blog/2013/05/29/miami-cops-beat-up-teen-for-staring-at-t

petey
Jun 3 2013 14:45
Quote:
The Edison police officer charged this month with torching his captain’s home was recently ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation and transferred to a new shift after receiving his 11th excessive force complaint in a decade, three law enforcement officials with knowledge of the situation said.

...

Anderko’s Monroe Township home was set ablaze with an accelerant before sunrise May 20 as he, his wife, his two young children and his 92-year-old mother slept inside. All escaped unharmed, though the house was heavily damaged.

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2013/06/possible_motive_emerges_in_edi.html

Fleur
Jun 3 2013 20:50

A hearing impaired woman with learning disabilities in WA beaten by police. It seems the offence was using a cell phone while driving.

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/disabled-washington-woman-alleges-police-brutality

Ed
Jun 12 2013 09:19

Cop sexually assaults a woman at a divorce court, then arrests her for making a complaint.. news report below..

Edit: the embedding isn't working so here's the link..
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=U-QUelpLsRo

Steven.
Jun 18 2013 10:29

June 12, 2013: cop in Ohio shoots and kills a litter of kittens in front of screaming children. Bosses say he did nothing wrong:
http://www.alternet.org/cop-shot-litter-kittens-front-screaming-children

June 11, 2013: cops in Georgia police guilty to planting drugs on a female assault victim who had complained about a judge offering to exchange legal favours for sex. The same judge is now also subject to separate lawsuits from three female court employees:
http://www.alternet.org/drugs/cops-plead-guilty-helping-plant-drugs-woman-sexually-harassed-judge

Steven.
Jun 23 2013 11:08

New article on cops' T-shirts and what it says about their culture:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/what-cop-tshirts-tell-us-_n_3479017.html

Steven.
Jun 24 2013 08:35

June 23, 2013 UK: undercover police in the anti-activist Special Demonstration Squad tried to discredit the family and friends of murdered black teenager Steven Lawrence, as well as campaign groups for justice:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/jun/23/stephen-lawrence-undercover-police-smears

also, for reference:
June, Brazil: police violence against demonstrations against public transport fare increases leads to mass demonstrations and riots in dozens of cities across the country for weeks:
http://libcom.org/news/brazil-demonstrations-against-transport-price-increases-police-repression-provokes-anger-yo

June, Turkey: police violence against demonstration against turning a park in Istanbul into a shopping mall sparked nationwide anti-government uprising:
www.libcom.org/tags/occupy-gezi