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.
Georgia police officer not
Georgia police officer not punished after kicking a nine month pregnant woman in the stomach (12/5/12):
Unarmed college student in California shot seven times THEN handcuffed, killed by police (12/5/12):
Really good initiative, I've
Really good initiative, I've been thinking along similar lines. How about also adding examples of people successfully fighting back though? Otherwise it will become too depressing.
This is a recent one - Kelly Thomas, homeless man in California, repeatedly tasered and beaten to death by cops:
On July 5, 2011, at about 8:30 PM, officers of the Fullerton Police Department responded to a call of someone vandalizing cars near the Fullerton Transportation Center. While investigating, they encountered the shirtless and disheveled Thomas and attempted to search him. According to statements given by the officers, Thomas was uncooperative and resisted when they attempted to search him, so backup was called. The officers then repeatedly shocked Thomas with Tasers, beat him with the butts of the Tasers and flashlights, and slammed him into the ground. A video of the event surfaced, and Thomas can be heard repeatedly screaming in pain while officers tasered him (up to five times according to a witness statement) in the video, and screaming "Dad! Dad!". Six officers were involved in subduing Thomas, who was unarmed and had a history of mental illness. Thomas was initially taken to St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton but was transferred immediately to the UC Irvine Medical Center with severe injuries to his head, face, and neck.
Orange County district attorney Tony Rackauckas gave a detailed account of the events during a press conference on September 21, 2011. Using digital audio recording devices carried by the officers, surveillance video from a pole camera at the Fullerton Transportation Center, and other evidence, Rackauckas provided evidence that Thomas did comply with orders from Officer Ramos, who had put on latex gloves and asked Thomas "Now see my fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up." Rackauckas went on to describe how Thomas begged for his life, before being beaten to death.
Kelly Thomas, after a fatal beating by officers of the Fullerton, California Police Department:
P.S. shouldn't there be a massive trigger warning on this thread?
Chilli sauce, and anyone else
Chilli sauce, and anyone else thanks for your comments but please don't just post links - no one will click on them unless they have a short explanation of what they are, as well as ideally the date of the article
no1, I appreciate your point about fighting back but I think that would be better in a separate thread
and '"On Saturday 3rd March
'"On Saturday 3rd March 2012 at 7.20pm an incident took place at Jackson Street car park in Culcheth. Where a man was murdered by Greater Manchester Police. After using excessive tactics and force (blocking in the vehicle, shooting out two tyres with a shotgun, a CS gas canister was also deployed by hand into the vehicle), a fatal with a Heckler and Koch MP5 went directly to the heart of an unarmed man
His family and friends are pleading for answers so they can come to terms with why the police can shoot an unarmed man (no weapons at all) sat in the corner of a dark car park. If the police thought he was up to no good then the question is why didn't they pull over the car before reaching Culcheth?"
So do they think Anthony Grainger's death was an execution? They both answer `Yes'.
"The IPCC has already declared it was no accident" says Chrissy, and Gail adds "It was a pre-planned execution, which is the worst about it."'
SALFORD BENEFIT FOR ANTHONY GRAINGER
i actually started a tumblr
i actually started a tumblr just the other day for this exact purpose. here's the ones i posted so far. the blog is at criminaljusticelinks.tumblr.com but as with all projects of mine i'm not sure if i'll manage to maintain it so maybe i'll just post stuff here from time to time.
Insiders warn Rikers Island violence is getting “out of control.”
Officer Wheeler kicked a pregnant woman in the stomach, leaving a large bruise. Five supervisors approved the action. Baby was born healthy two weeks later.
NYCLU reveals that stop-and-frisks conducted by NYPD on black males aged 14-24 exceeded the number of black males of that age category living in NYC.
87 percent of marijuana arrests in NYC are of black and hispanic people.
Video of Kelly Thomas beating released.
NY1 reveals cover-up in Jatiek Reed beating.
David Graeber: Sexual assault as police tactic at Occupy protests?
Amsterdam cops bust up some
Amsterdam cops bust up some squatters 13th May
Student forced to drink own
Student forced to drink own urine after being abandoned in cell.
Women left brain dead after police tasering
i've been keeping a file of
i've been keeping a file of my own.
san antonio: http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/sunday_focus/article/Officer-who-shot-student-had-history-of-not-1388322.php
nyc, the critical mass cop http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/07/14/ex-officer-avoids-jail-time-in-arrest-of-times-square-bicyclist/
a reformist but worthwhile
a reformist but worthwhile website:
they have a 'propaganda' section
Quote: By documenting police
Just a tad naive...
Another attack on a pregnant
Another attack on a pregnant woman. This time cops in Seattle get off after tasering a seven months pregnant woman multiple times for speeding (15/5/12):
wojtek wrote: OI MATE.
OI MATE. THERES A BLACK MAN IN A ROYAL MAIL VAN THERE. GET 'IM. HE STOLE IT. OFF THE QUEEN.
Here's some more I recall
Here's some more I recall from recently:
February 2012: Police in Nevada beat a man, Adam Greene to the ground and kicked him in the face for going into diabetic shock. With video:
March 2012: recording released of London police strangling and racially abusing an innocent 21-year-old black man:
August 2011: British police kill unarmed man with taser:
March 2012: UK police shoot and kill unarmed man in a Cheshire village:
April 2012: Multiple US
April 2012: Multiple US border agents filmed beating and tasering a migrant worker, Anastasio Hernández-Rojas, a construction worker who lived in the US for 25 years, to death. He was hogtied and handcuffed as they beat him in May 2010, and of course none of the officers were punished:
Quote: Quote: By documenting
In the UK, according to the makers behind the documentary Injustice, between 1969 and 1999 over one thousand people died in police custody in England and not one police officer has ever been convicted for any of these deaths. Similarly, a total of 333 people have died in or following police custody between 1998 and 2010, but again no officer has been successfully prosecuted. That's without mentioning the stop and searches, harassment, etc.
The Facebook group Filming
The Facebook group Filming Cops has a lot of links, mostly videos.
There was a pretty cool one on there of this guy tackling a Baltimore cop while he's hassling someone. Looks like that video has been disappeared, though.
From the ongoing Quebec
From the ongoing Quebec student general strike (now in its 14th week):[youtube]cL1Gd1qjqEg[/youtube]
Warning on Saturday for any tourists courtesy of M'sieur Zen, himself a cameraman subject to tear gas:
A post yesterday from News from the 2012 Quebec student general strike:
Going through this thread has
Going through this thread has made me pretty angry, even though I've heard about most of the U.S. cases before.
Here's another murder perpetrated by capitalism's gestapo.
An elderly black Marine veteran was shot in his apartment after accidentally setting off his medical alert button.
I don't know if this case has
I don't know if this case has been mentioned yet, please delete this post if it has.
John T. Williams, a homeless 50 year old American Indian man, was murdered by a white Seattle cop for no reason. He was shot in the right side, indicating he wasn't even facing the pig when killed. He was shot 4 times only 4 seconds after the pig ordered him to drop his knife (which he had been using to carve wood).
US Marshals shot and
US Marshals shot and critically wounded a fugitive yesterday on the south side of Milwaukee, WI. He was apparently shot 5 times while running without being ordered to stop given any commands whatsoever. A gun was supposedly recovered from him. He is in the hospital in critical condition. He was on the run from the law after violating the terms of his release from a previous weapons violation (not an assault or anything, probably just possession of an unregistered firearm or an illegal modification to a legal weapon).
This article is pretty shit, as it relies almost entirely on the cops' perspective, but the video of the eyewitness is worth watching. Notice the contrast between the jocular reporter attempting to justify the shooting and the clearly disturbed witness.
November 2011: plainclothed
November 2011: plainclothed UK police smash up the car of an IKEA worker with baseball bats and a pickaxe handle:
Might it be useful to index
Might it be useful to index or in some way organise these to make browsing a little easier?
Perhaps by region, deaths, extent of injuries, riots/ demonstrations, discrimination or whatever so people could use it as a reference tool.
A long list of links isn't always that useful imho.
Good idea for a thread anyway.
feds tell baltimore police
feds tell baltimore police it's illegal to attack people for taking a picture
right-wing apostate glenn loury on the rotten legacy of his one-time ally james q. wilson
A collection of incidents,
A collection of incidents, also including some of those you posted already. Must watch!
The real problem is with
The real problem is with this, that there are so many, so-so-so many times when people encounter with police violence, indeed complete police repression that we will never know. Think about India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South America, China, etc. What we can see is the tip of a massive ice berg.
Just looking at the videos, reports on this thread I wonder, how with all these evidence, people stick to the police, try to defend him, try to address as a problems with "bad cops". In some countries, they play the "good cops, bad cop" game with us, we getting smiling CSO's telling us which way we should go, on the other hand... we're just fucking subjects of police operation.
The sad fact is, that we are producing more gadgets, more weapons, more personnel to this gang of bullies and murderers. This is boiling my blood. There has to be a war against them. Civil war against all repression.
Cops beats some protesting
Cops beats some protesting paramedics in Karachi, Pakistan http://tribune.com.pk/story/363867/protest-for-security-hospital-bloodied-as-police-beat-paramedics/
Crow wrote: Might it be
Seconded. It would be a lot of work for mods, but if we could get something going where we have several "child pages" for different regions/continents and then break the incidents up within that by country and further organize it chronologically like:
2009: Oscar Grant was murdered by BART police
2010: John T. Williams was murdered by Seattle police
2011: Thomas Kelly was beaten to death by Fullerton, CA police
2012: Kendric McDade was murdered by Pasadena police
And so forth. This will create an easily accessible and navigable compilation of police brutality
Hi, I'm afraid like I said we
Hi, I'm afraid like I said we don't even have the capacity to have a dedicated blog to police brutality. That's why I started this thread which will end up being vaguely chronological.
If someone else wants to take on building and keeping up-to-date a comprehensive archive then send me a private message and we can work out details. But someone has to be able to commit to it long-term. Failing that, let's just post the links here with an introduction.
Quote: Now tell me who
May 18, 2012: all-white jury
May 18, 2012: all-white jury clears white policemen innocent despite video showing him and several others beating Chad Holley, black teenager, who was defenceless on the ground:
This might cheer people up a
This might cheer people up a bit:
Bad week PR-wise for the
Bad week PR-wise for the NYPD:
First two OWS-related trials result in two acquittals; in both cases officers were shown to be fabricating their testimony
Federal judge grants class-action status to stop-and-frisk lawsuit ...
... NYPD commish Kelly responds by promising to reform practice ...
... while racist prick Bloomberg freaks out
US Rep introduces anti-NYPD spying amendment; over half of NY's congressional delegation votes for it
I realize my posts are a little region-biased but keeping track of NYPD is just about a full-time job it seems.
Activists in Chicago
Activists in Chicago arrested, charged with "providing material support for terrorism," held at $1.5 million bail a piece. Earlier in the week, they had posted a video on YouTube of Chicago police harassing them.
one more resource, similar in
one more resource, similar in function to this thread
22/05/12 - NYPD cop filmed
22/05/12 - NYPD cop filmed threatening suspect with his gun and sexual assault. Claims he was "doing God's work":
not violence, but the blue
not violence, but the blue wall could be a separate category
Today Quote: Police shoot,
while there's no excuse,
while there's no excuse, there may be more to that story
petey wrote: there may be
May 11, 2012 - two of Tyne &
May 11, 2012 - two of Tyne & Wear police fined for torturing a suspect:
Two police officers have been accused of abducting two teenage girls in Easter Ross and forcing them to stand handcuffed and shoeless in manure.
Quote: NYPD commissioner Ray
8 June 2012 - Chicago police
8 June 2012 - Chicago police taser an eight-month pregnant woman for a parking violation:
June 6 2012: Commission set
June 6 2012: Commission set up to investigate the forced confessions of over 100 people gained by torture by the Chicago police Department is shut down after only investigating a handful of cases:
Quote: Indiana is the first
We could have a series of
We could have a series of links in the OP.
Easy to maintain and not too much work.
Sadly I can't see how to link to indivvidual posts anymore which would be better.
chicago police taser pregnant woman
not violence, but
not violence, but important
The Albuquerque PD is trying
The Albuquerque PD is trying hard to be the shittiest force in the US.
Recent accomplishments include fending off a Department of Justice investigation after 24 police shootings in the last two years, 17 of which were fatal.
In addition, the police union pays officers $500 after they're involved in a shooting so they can leave town and clear their minds.
Lots of straight up brutality, too. I met a guy at the bar who was beat horribly after talking back to a cop who stopped him while changing a flat tire! He sued, and won.
The gang squad has been using a noose on its letterhead. The spokesman said, "The simple way I look at it is that it’s a rope, and it’s the ROP (Repeat Offender Project) team. I don’t read into the hangman’s noose. I don’t know a whole lot about knots”. What a dick.
June 18, 2012 - Minneapolis
June 18, 2012 - Minneapolis cop hospitalises man in a bar fight:
INQUEST RESPONSE TO ACQUITTAL
INQUEST RESPONSE TO ACQUITTAL OF PC SIMON HARWOOD ACCUSED OF MANSLAUGHTER OF IAN TOMLINSON
lol too predictable
Couple of days old now, but
Couple of days old now, but shit got real in Anaheim after 2 shootings earlier this week:
I have just been to Brazil
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.
This is an example of the
This is an example of the militarisation of police in Tasmania, Australia.
Quote: 27th July 2012 19:30pm
jonthom wrote: Quote: 27th
Video. It's BTP #4125.
Caiman del Barrio
Caiman del Barrio
Videos - of both her pro- and anti-police positions - in the article.
Bloody hell. :(
Fuck me, America is
Fuck me, America is mental..
19-year-old shot 5 times for suspected underage drinking in Texas
Quote: Anaheim police with
July 2012 - Argentinian
July 2012 - Argentinian activist squatter dies in police custody under suspicious circumstances after being beaten by police in Spain:
Quote: Three people who said
Jonesboro, Arkansas. Man, handcuffed behind the back and body searched, shot "himself" in the head in the back of a police car...
Baboon and Fleurnoire, can
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..
Fair enough. My post refers
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.
Very sorry, was just posting
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.
Tacoma police taser and
Tacoma police taser and detain deaf victim of crime without an interpreter:
From Private Eye:
From Private Eye:
The vast majority of posts
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.
Kingsley Burrell Still Not
Kingsley Burrell Still Not Buried 18 Months After He Died
30 August - Los Angeles: two
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:
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:
So that it's linked to from
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!
1 September - London: police break the shoulder of a wheelchair user in peaceful protest of disabled activists at the DWP
Cop knocks over dog in the
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.
Also, found a couple of sites
Also, found a couple of sites dedicated to this sort of thing already.
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.
More details to come out on
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.
Quote: The shaky and frenetic
the video is at the link
12 September 2012 - Texas
12 September 2012 - Texas police shoot unarmed man 41 times, confiscate the camera of a witness who took photos and delete his pictures:
Quote: Mr Hughes insisted it
Comedian Steve Hughes apologises for 'tasteless comment' about police officers killed in Hattersley
Police officer shoots and
Police officer shoots and kills one armed, one legged man in wheelchair in a group home, because he waved a pen at him.
Protestors associated with
Protestors associated with Occupy Oakland shut down a council meeting in support of the Justice for Alan Blueford Campaign:
More on Blueford from this (horribly cold) page:
The cop who killed Ian
The cop who killed Ian Tomlinson is now being sued for carrying out a racist attack on a 12-year-old black girl:
August 20, 2012 - Four LAPD cops hold down a skateboarder for skating on the wrong side of the street and punch him in the face, breaking his nose and cheek bone:
August 23, 2012 - Michigan police shoot mentally ill homeless man 46 times as he walks away from them:
Quote: Tunisian civil
video link in the
video link in the link
Number of deaths in police
Number of deaths in police custody 1969-2011
Quote: A New York police
Quote: The 27-year-old coffee
i find this one hard to believe, will try to follow it.
e2a: update (already):
October 3: in Baltimore, a
October 3: in Baltimore, a man's death in police custody is determined as homicide, after police initially claimed he choked on drugs
Quote: The video, posted
Police taser a blind man in
Police taser a blind man in Chorley after mistaking his walking stick for a samurai sword
Quote: An NYPD officer was
video at the link
Two women stripped search by
Two women stripped search by a cop wearing the same gloves because they were 'acting weird'.
California cop shoots unarmed
California cop shoots unarmed man eleven times
Video of the shooting
January 2013, USA: woman wins
January 2013, USA: woman wins $1.5 million in damages after being raped at work by a robber and not believed by police, who instead accused her of robbing her employer. Trigger warning for sexual violence:
recent write up of action
recent write up of action rally thing in Liberal Madison, WI I attended...
Starving asylum seeker choked
Starving asylum seeker choked for shoplifing a sandwich.
Police brutality combined with private security brutality (and even some brutality thrown in by a regular Sainsbury's employee and a passerby).
CCTV footage here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/25/teenage-asylum-seeker-restrained-sainsburys?INTCMP=SRCH
CCTV reveals store's treatment of teenage shoplifter
A teenage asylum seeker has said he feared he was going to die after he was pinned to the ground, grabbed around the neck and restrained by five people in a Sainsbury's supermarket after he stole a sandwich.
Amine Ahnini, from Algeria, who was 18 at the time of the incident in May last year, was challenged by a security guard as he left the Canterbury store with a sandwich and a few other food items. He admitted he had not paid for them, saying he was starving and had no money.
While there are no official figures, Data is not routinely collected but there is anecdotal evidence from charities and police forces that there has been a rise in thefts linked to hunger.
Ahnini agreed to go back into the store with the guard and return the items. CCTV footage shows that after he had put the food down the guard grabbed him and pushed him to the ground. Other employees and a member of the public helped the guard restrain him. The guard said he acted because he feared the 18-year-old was going to assault him.
"The security guard had his hands around my neck, I couldn't breathe and thought I was dying," said Ahnini. "My arms and legs were pinned down so I couldn't move. All I could think about was getting the guard's hands off my neck so I could breathe again so I bit his hand."
Police were called and arrested Ahnini. He was convicted of theft and assault by Canterbury magistrates last November and in December was ordered to do community service, pay £100 compensation to the guard and £250 towards court costs. He is appealing against the convictions.
The prosecution's case was that Ahnini became aggressive when challenged by the guard, threatened him and pushed him. Ahnini denies this.
When police viewed the CCTV footage their log states: "The IP [injured party] is shown to use force to pick up and throw the suspect to the floor and appears to show the IP is holding the suspect around the neck as he alleges." A later police log entry states: "It is felt that a further statement would be required from the IP as the original one is of insufficient detail in terms of the justification for the level of force used etc." Police took photographs of the injuries to Ahnini's neck at the police station. He said he collapsed at the police station and was checked over by a custody nurse who said he was all right.
He added: "I suffered a lot of trauma in Algeria and have a very big scar on my neck from an accident I had while trying to escape from there. I've been given medication to help me with this trauma but I get very nervous when people touch me. When the security guard put his hands round my neck I was scared the scar would open up again. My parents were arrested and taken away in Algeria and I had a lot of nightmares about it. The nightmares had faded but since this incident they have come back and I'm getting flashbacks about what happened to me when I was restrained.
"I stole the food because I was starving and had no idea all these bad things would happen. I don't even have enough money to eat so don't know how I'm going to pay the money the court has asked for. If I'd known all this was going to happen I never would have done this. It would have been better to starve."
Vaughan Jones, chief executive of Praxis, a charity working with vulnerable migrants, expressed concern about the incident and said that an increasing number of their clients were experiencing hunger and using food banks.
"No one would condone anyone committing crime but we have to understand the circumstances of people who find themselves in this situation. The state should be able to deal sensitively with these cases but increasingly the state is bypassing its duty and its responsibility."
A Sainsbury's spokeswoman said: "Where there are reasonable grounds to suspect that someone has taken goods without paying in-store security officers and store colleagues have a statutory right to stop that person. In some circumstances – and always when violence has been used – the police may also be called. The police will then decide whether, given the evidence, it is in the public interest to prosecute. In this case, the offender was prosecuted, and was found guilty of assault and theft. "
Sainsbury's employs security guards trained and licensed by the Security Industry Authority. However, they do not receive training in physical intervention. (Door supervisors for businesses such as pubs and clubs licensed by the authority do have this training.)
An SIA spokesman said "only training packages which avoid the neck are approved by us".
He added: "Any forceful restraint can lead to medical complications, sudden death or permanent disability especially where situational and individual risk factors are present. Although some of the above is lawful, under certain circumstances, such interventions will require high levels of justification and training."
Asked about Ahnini's treatment in custody, a Kent police spokesman said: "Generally speaking, all our custody staff are fully trained professionals and work to a set of high standards. Kent police follows strict custody guidelines and is subject to regular internal and external inspections. We deal with all injury and illness cases according to risk to ensure those in need of urgent medical attention receive the most appropriate response.
With regard to the police's request for a further statement from Sainsbury's to justify the level of force used on Ahnini, the police spokesman said: "It is not necessarily common practice to ask witnesses to complete additional statements, but is perfectly reasonable to expect a supervisor to seek to get the best evidence for every allegation of a criminal offence. Sometimes this means additional statements are taken."
Quote: A 23-year-old man who
pic at the link
An off duty cop kills a woman
An off duty cop kills a woman for shoplifting in Texas.
Quote: A Queens grand jury
Quote: The car barreled down
Cops asphyxiate a cinema-goer
Cops asphyxiate a cinema-goer with Downs over the price of a cinema ticket:
Man brutally beaten by
Man brutally beaten by Philadelphia police found not guilty:
Quote: A 10-year-old boy
This is pretty fucked
This is pretty fucked up.
Quote: After two brain
a follow-up Quote: Justice
16 year old Kimani Gray shot
16 year old Kimani Gray shot and killed by NYPD officers in Brooklyn last night
Police officer in Rochester,
Police officer in Rochester, New York, tells rape victim "blow me you little whore" and another then mocks her for crying:
UK student protester nearly
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:
In the US, 40% of police
In the US, 40% of police families experience domestic violence, 2 to 4 times the level of the general population. And importantly:
Some background on the
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.
24 March 2013: Omaha cops
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:
well they've finally admitted
well they've finally admitted it:
great article on racist police
Quote: During the Occupy Wall
21 April 2013: Sussex police
21 April 2013: Sussex police using bogus terrorism legislation to search journalists at anti-racist demonstration:
claimed they were using public order legislation, but gave this to a journalist:
Engineering student passes
Engineering student passes away while in custody at Durham prison
Stephen Lawrence 20 years on: A reflection of racism in Britain
20 years on we remember Stephen Lawrence and I’ll never forget Rolan Adams
PC Matthew Fisher "brought
PC Matthew Fisher "brought disgrace" on police force
James Herbert died after
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.
Quote: The Opa-Locka Police
12 May: New report reveals
12 May: New report reveals widespread racist attitudes in the Met police, 20 years on from the murder of Steven Lawrence
May 10, 2013, Baltimore:
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!"
19 May 2013 - Philadelphia:
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)
17 May 2013 - UK: gay black police officer hounded from the force for challenging racism and homophobia
Quote: Cell phone footage
Quote: The Edison police
A hearing impaired woman with
A hearing impaired woman with learning disabilities in WA beaten by police. It seems the offence was using a cell phone while driving.
Cop sexually assaults a woman
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..
June 12, 2013: cop in Ohio
June 12, 2013: cop in Ohio shoots and kills a litter of kittens in front of screaming children. Bosses say he did nothing wrong:
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:
New article on cops' T-shirts
New article on cops' T-shirts and what it says about their culture:
June 23, 2013 UK: undercover
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:
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:
June, Turkey: police violence against demonstration against turning a park in Istanbul into a shopping mall sparked nationwide anti-government uprising:
Steven. wrote: New article on
these things are popular also amongst military, i've seen shirts reading "takin out the trash" with "bad guys" (i.e. people in turbans) being the "trash"
June 08 2012, US: police
June 08 2012, US: police officer charged with murder of a Sunday school teacher had previously been disciplined and had issues before being hired:
Police in Manchester kill man
Police in Manchester kill man using a taser: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23265905
A List of 19 Children
A List of 19 Children Recently Arrested For Trivial Things
Drunk banker yells racial
Drunk banker yells racial abuse at couple, gets punched, the black guy is arrested.
July 14, 2013 - Police,
July 14, 2013 - Police, security guards and vigilantes kill one black man every 28 hours in the US:
July 14, 2013 - Open season effectively declared on black boys following acquittal of the killer of Trayvon Martin:
Thames Valley police carry
Thames Valley police carry out sustained campaign of harassment against the ex-girlfriend of one of its officers, including blocking several jobs:
22 July 2013, UK:
22 July 2013, UK: anti-fascist protester has leg broken by police, then they interrogate her in accident and emergency:
9 July 2013, US: NYPD cop
9 July 2013, US: NYPD cop reveals what a waste of time their policing strategy is, ticketing people for non-offences to get numbers:
Cynthia Jarrett died in 1985
Cynthia Jarrett died in 1985 during a police raid and PC Blakelock died in the ensuing riot.
The police campaign of revenge for this involved fitting up various local people off the estate - long since exposed, but the police have long memories and now 28 years later have decided to pin it all on one person just 17 years old back then.
There is an article about this by Stafford Scott formerly of the Broadwater Farm Defense Campaign in todays UK Guardian newspaper with some background to this.
July 2013, US: NYPD cop
July 2013, US: NYPD cop forwards naked photos and videos to himself from a woman who was arrested-
July 27, 2013, US:
July 27, 2013, US: 60-year-old black man shot by police in his own front garden getting a cigarette from his mother's car in the driveway after putting his hands up
29 July 2013, US: East Baton
29 July 2013, US: East Baton Rouge police entrap gay men and arrest them for agreeing to private consensual sex, using an anti-sodomy law that was ruled unconstitutional a decade ago:
18 year old Sammy Yatim shot
18 year old Sammy Yatim shot dead by Toronto police in a streetcar. There were at least a dozen police and nine bullets were discharged, after which they boarded the streetcar and tazered him. The video is pretty clear what happened.
Police in Brazil line up
Police in Brazil line up dozens of naked prisoners to shoot and gas them.
commieprincess wrote: Police
yeah, I've seen this doing the rounds this morning, but not from any major news outlets. Some websites for claiming these were public transport price protesters, however some comments on them were saying that this footage is from a while ago (maybe January this year) and is unconnected to the protests. If anyone can find out when it is from that would be great
Swedish police beat harmless
Swedish police beat harmless drunk. Made the news big time. I hesitated to post it as it has a few to many ingredients that fits the media narrative and makes it newsworthy.
Yeah as far as I could tell, it looked like it was filmed in January. Still tho, maybe gives a bit of context to the protests if that's the sort of shit that happens to prisoners :(
commieprincess wrote: Yeah as
yeah definitely, and it wasn't even long ago that this happened:
29 July 2013, US: uniformed
29 July 2013, US: uniformed police officers in Detroit pistol whipping and robbing civilians at gunpoint:
July 27, 2013, US: a police
July 27, 2013, US: a police informant is caught on tape planting crack on a black shop owner who police then charged with possession and dealing:
July 27, 2013, US: Nevada
July 27, 2013, US: Nevada court police officer sexually assaults woman in family court then arrests her for complaining about it in front of the judge, who ignores the complainant completely
Don't know if this has
Don't know if this has already made the list, but a university student was arrested at a 420 celebration and then locked in a jail cell for 4 days without food and water. The police claim they forgot about and no officer has been charged in the incident:
Police fine man $147 for
Police fine man $147 for sitting under tree
Quote: Police fine man $147
Possibly not the most severe example of police abuse of power but it is causing a fair amount of ambient fury here. I had no idea it was illegal to sit on the grass here and the rationale that the police routinely fine homeless people for sitting on the grass, so they only think it's fair to fine non-homeless people now :confused:
Also today, a woman was fined $219 for not having exact change for the bus. Having spent the day in the ER with her toddler, didn't have the right change, got busted by the transport police and told she was really lucky and the fine could have been a lot higher. They seem to be going out of their way to fine people, bypassing giving people a warning first.
Mass arrests seem to be in vogue with the SPVM these days. As soon as a group gathers together, they're kettled and arrested. In response to the Student Strike, various by-laws were passed and they seem to be enforcing them with great gusto.
eg: Mass arrests at critical mass demo
Honestly, they've been given an extension of their power and they're damned determined to make sure they exercise it.
EDIT: I'm going to find a nice spot of public grass and I'm going to bloody well sit on it later today.
2 August, 2013, US:
2 August, 2013, US: apparently for the second time in recent weeks, three Minneapolis police are under internal investigation for racially abusing black men at a bar and getting involved in a brawl:
Warwickshire cop taking
Warwickshire cop taking upskirt photos and found with indecent images of a child receives a community order sentence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-23553467
07/08/13, US: Miami police
07/08/13, US: Miami police taser and kill an 18-year-old spraying graffiti on an empty building already covered with graffiti, then high-five as he dies
August 15, 2013, Indiana:
August 15, 2013, Indiana: police threatened to taser black firefighter and pastor in the face for waving at them:
August 13, 2013, Texas: cop goes nuts at three black kids for filming outside a Walmart, threatening to taser them:
29/08/13 US: video released
29/08/13 US: video released of Georgia prison officers beating prisoners taking part in the state's 2010 strike against prison slave labour with hammer. No officers were charged or disciplined in any way:
30/08/13, US: Rochester, NY
30/08/13, US: Rochester, NY police officer filmed punching pregnant woman in the head and throwing her to the ground:
29/08/13 NYPD beat 12 year
29/08/13 NYPD beat 12 year old and 14 year old girls, and rip off their hijabs. Two young men assaulted and arrested for filming the incident and trying to intervene.
23/08/13 Colombia: police
23/08/13 Colombia: police murder a young man during a nationwide general strike, then flee on a motorbike, caught on graphic video:
01/06/13 Hasani and Asanti
01/06/13 Hasani and Asanti Williams, two black men were violently attacked by armed officers in Woolwich while driving home. At no time did the officers identify themselves. Instead they smashed the windows of their car, shot out its tires, and proceeded to beat both men with their guns, causing serious injuries to both brothers. Once out of the car, both Hasani and Asanti were subject to racist abuse and continued and prolonged assault, as well as tasering. At no point had either brother shown any sign resistance or attempt to fight back.
The police are now attempting to prosecute Hasani for a minor charge of possession, taking him to Crown Court for an offence that would usually result in a caution.
FB event for demonstration outside Woolwich Crown Court on Weds 4th Sept
Not content with causing the
Not content with causing the Hillsborough disaster, the cops also robbed the dead and paid the money into the force's bank account: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/hillsborough-police-paid-money-found-among-the-dead-into-forces-coffers-8793702.html
"The Met said it had
"The Met said it had voluntarily referred the actions of officers who went to the scene to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) for assessment" after a 17 year old boy died from his injuries in a fight. The article says he didn't want treatment but on BBC London's 6 o'clock news, they reported he was told there was no ambulances available and if he wanted to be seen, he should get the bus: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-23925064
Parliamentary researcher Alex
Parliamentary researcher Alex Bryce on winning his civil case against Met officers who brutalised him and his partner before prosecuting them both for "assaulting a police officer."
“If it wasn't for the CCTV footage our whole lives could have been ruined by the lies of these two officers. The irony is that while I was immediately suspended from Parliament after working there for six years and having done nothing wrong, these officers have kept their jobs ‘guarding’ the House of Commons; this is despite the fact that they physically attacked us and repeatedly lied, including on oath in court, in a determined attempt to secure a false prosecution against us. I can't think of another profession that would tolerate such spectacular levels of misconduct. It is shocking that the Metropolitan Police Service’s standards are so low that these two men are still considered as fit to serve as police officers.”
Which just goes to show that even if you're at the heart of the beast and training to help it eat the working classes you ain't safe from the thugs your masters hired to protect themselves.
NYPD Shoots Two Bystanders
NYPD Shoots Two Bystanders While Firing on Unarmed Man: http://gawker.com/nypd-shoots-two-bystanders-while-firing-on-unarmed-man-1318596713
And in North Carolina, they shot an unarmed man who'd been in a car crash, apparently he ran towards them for help: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/15/us-usa-police-accident-idUSBRE98E0AT20130915
Joseph Kay wrote: NYPD Shoots
They tried to lie at first and say they tazed him and that he kept running at him but now the story has changed to the tazer gun didn't fire. The cop has been arrested for involuntary manslaughter but me thinks they will let this case sit until, they hope, media attention does down and the cop will probably, at worst, lose his job.
Sad moral of the story? If you're a black male don't go to the police for help. They'll kill you.
In that case Joseph mentions
In that case Joseph mentions in North Carolina it has been ruled that the use of firearm was "unlawful" but the cop is only facing charges of killing in "self defence":
Cops, judiciary and the
Cops, judiciary and the 'I'PCC still fucking the Duggan family off, two years after the shooting of Mark Duggan, which triggered the August riots: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/sep/16/why-brother-mark-duggan-shot-dead
Mark Duggan's brother
Turkish cops have gone
Turkish cops have gone totally fucking insane over the last week or so, with two more protestors dying since last Sunday, leading to a renewed bout of protests in major cities across the country.
Yesterday there was a big solidarity concert in the liberal, student neighbourhood of Kadikoey in Istanbul, which the cops suddenly attacked, leading to barricades and roaming blocs running all over the neighbourhood. The cops responded with volleys of tear gas and plastic bullets fired at close range. One leading journalist was arrested and a middle aged teacher hospitalised with a horrific bullet injury.
This is the kinda distance at which they're firing plastic bullets:
There's also the forced
There's also the forced eviction of the CNTE teachers' union's camp in the Zócalo of Mexico City to make way for the President's Independence Day parade last Friday. The assault was led by federal police with black hawk helicopters (provided by Bush specifically for the drugs war) & the army (yes, THE ARMY) on standby. One of a million videos here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TQ_MBYAzt4&feature=youtu.be 32 arrests happened, with rumours of a large number of undercovers in amongst the teachers & some targeted detentions of CNTE leaders.
The operation happened more or less at the same time as similar evictions in Xalapa, Veracruz & Cd Campeche, Campeche. In Chiapas, the teachers left voluntarily, fearful of what might happen.
The CNTE movt has effectively brought Mexico City to a standstill at points over the last month, even forcing Parliament to change venue after blockading the Asamblea Nacional (fortunately, Banamex were on hand to rent them their conference centre ;) ). I've been covering it @latinlibnews, but I honestly don't have time to go into detail.
Back to Turkey (sorry),
Back to Turkey (sorry), here's a useful diagram on how to mitigate against TOMAs:
15/09/13, US: police in New
15/09/13, US: police in New York shoot two female bystanders while trying to stop an erratic driver who made gun fingers with his hand:
11/09: 'Black teen who was at
11/09: 'Black teen who was at police station during street robbery held for 15 hours as a suspect: Shakeil Jackson was inside Thornhill Road police station reporting his motorbike stolen at the time of the crime he was later arrested over'
This was a couple of months
This was a couple of months ago, finally found the links.
Cop Caught on Camera
Cop Caught on Camera Terrorizing Family in Bizarre Video, in Toledo, Ohio..
Seat Belt Violation Results
Seat Belt Violation Results in Florida Police Running African American Man Over:
UK cops admit involvement in
UK cops admit involvement in illegal construction blacklisting: http://www.organizedrage.com/2013/09/uk-police-admit-involvement-in.html