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.
White cops are beaten by
White cops are beaten by Black football fans and players whilst the whole scenario is captured on the big screen.
Police shoot and kill
Police shoot and kill proletarian after stopping him for a routine traffic violation.
07/07/16, Minnesota: can't
07/07/16, Minnesota: can't believe it (although sadly I can) but it has happened yet again. White officer shoots and kills an innocent black school employee after pulling him over for a broken taillight. Filmed and live cast by his girlfriend: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/horrified-girlfriend-live-streams-boyfriend-8367290
Steven. wrote: 07/07/16,
Just to clarify, this murder occurred in Minnesota. The girlfirend of the victim is from Indianapolis.
Edit: Five police officers
Edit: Five police officers have been assassinated and eleven by-standers killed by stray return police fire in Dallas, Texas, in an act of retaliation at murders by US police forces. [7/7]
Applications to join the
Applications to join the Dallas Police Department have reportedly increased by 344 percent percent since the killing of five Dallas PD cops by Micah Johnson on July 7, 2016.
Quote: Officials in Austin
Quote: Ackal, who was
Schmoopie wrote: White cops
er, everyone I could see in that video was white.
BTW appreciate some of the other comments but this thread is for a link dump on articles of police brutality, not resistance to it. If someone wants to start a new thread about that please feel free. Future off topic comments will be unpublished.
UK, 15/08/16: police tase and
UK, 15/08/16: police tase and kill an unarmed 48-year-old black former Aston Villa player: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/recap-dalian-atkinson-dead-taser-8634700
24/05/15, Virginia: from last
24/05/15, Virginia: from last year but only just seen this. White police taser, then pepper spray, then threaten to murder, then run over an innocent black man who had just had a stroke and crashed his car: https://www.facebook.com/ajplusenglish/videos/564695847005260/
22/08/16, North Carolina:
22/08/16, North Carolina: police shooting kill an unarmed deaf man who was trying to communicate by sign language: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-n-police-kill-unarmed-deaf-mute-man-sign-language-article-1.2760714
23/08/16, Indianapolis: black man shot by police in his own home for finding them to report a carjacking which was taking place in front of his house:
UK: Simley Culture The United
UK: Simley Culture
The United Families and Friends Campaign hold a demo every year about their family and loved ones who have been killed by the police. https://uffcampaign.org/ They have a long list on their website.
Also, outside Brixton police station is a tree dedicated to Sean Rigg who was killed by the police.
There's also Charles De Menezes, shot by undercovers on the tube.
List of 3180 people who have
List of 3180 people who have died in custody in the UK from 1969-2011.
Quote: While serving as a St.
17/09/16, London: psychopathic police officer pulls over young black driver for no reason, tries to order him out of the car and then start smashing and stabbing his windscreen. All caught on camera, but he is not even suspended
"The ACLU of Connecticut is
"The ACLU of Connecticut is suing state police for fabricating retaliatory criminal charges against a protester after troopers were recorded discussing how to trump up charges against him. In what seems like an unlikely stroke of cosmic karma, the recording came about after a camera belonging to the protester, Michael Picard, was illegally seized by a trooper who didn’t know that it was recording and carried it back to his patrol car, where it then captured the troopers’ plotting.
“Let’s give him something,” one trooper declared. Another suggested, “we can hit him with creating a public disturbance.” “Gotta cover our ass,” remarked a third."
19/09/16, Tulsa: police tase,
19/09/16, Tulsa: police tase, shoot and kill black motorist who was unarmed and stranded in the road
I hope I'm not posting
I hope I'm not posting something redundant, but earlier today (Wednesday, September 21) a protestor was shot and killed in Charlotte, North Carolina during the second day of rioting over the police killing of Keith L. Scott, a 43-year-d black man. He was killed yesterday while sitting in his parked car. The pigs allege he had a gun, while his family claims he had a book.
The man shot at the protest at around 4:00 p.m. today has yet to be identified, but his death has been confirmed. The pigs are saying the death tonight was from a "civilian on civilian confrontation."
This shit eases up, then the fucking pigs go on a rampage again. Sorry to get emotional, but "Fuck the police!"
Here's a New York Times account: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/22/us/keith-scott-charlotte-police-shooting.html?_r=0
EDIT: reports now say the protestor shot today didn't die and is on "life-support." Also, North Carolina's Governor Pat McCrory is sending in the National Guard at the request of the local police.
Quote: This shit eases up,
NC Governor has declared a State of Emergency due to a 2nd night of protests. One protestor was allegedly shot, but not by the police (per the police). Not much else is known about the circumstances of this shooting, atm. As H stated above, the National Guard have been called-in.
The Tulsa shooting is so egregious that even Donald Trump is questioning the cop's judgement.
Quote: A police officer has
Quote: The confrontation
Fresno, California. ‘We run
‘We run the streets’: Video shows angry mob attacking CHP patrol car with officer still inside"
This article helps place the hostility into context.
And if you survive the
And if you survive the violence then you have a greater chance of staying locked up for longer.
The algorithm used to calculate re-offeding risk and to decide how long your sentence is in Wisconsin doesn't ask about race, which they claim means it is unbiased, but as it uses previous arrests etc it will obviously perpetuate existing discrimination. And it's already been shown to give 45% longer sentences to black males.
17/10/16, police officer
17/10/16, police officer manhandles 13-year-old schoolgirl in East London following incident at school: http://www.eastlondonadvertiser.co.uk/news/crime-court/watch_police_restrain_bethnal_green_schoolgirl_13_like_a_piece_of_meat_1_4738512
5/10/16, Texas/Arkansas border: a black father of four was killed after being pepper sprayed by private prison guards in jail while he begs them for help and tells them "I can't breathe". His death was ruled from "natural causes": http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-sabbie-jail-deaths-bi-state-jail-bowie-county_us_57f2ab41e4b024a52d304102
Quote: Prosecutors in
Yet another story which shows how wrong those people were who said that rioting was counter-productive and wouldn't achieve anything after all the killings in the past couple of years
"A former correction officer on Rikers Island was convicted on Wednesday of violating the civil rights of a seriously ill inmate who died after the officer kicked him repeatedly in the head while other officers pinned him facedown on the floor.
The former officer, Brian Coll, 47, was also convicted of obstruction of justice and falsifying records and conspiring with others in a cover-up of the death of the inmate, Ronald Spear, 52."
Woman and her teenage
Woman and her teenage daughter roughed up and arrested after reporting assault on her young son in Texas. Assault suspect goes free. Contains all the racial dynamics you expect.
Quote: LOUISVILLE — A woman
Police kill a chinese man in
Police kill a chinese man in PAris.
Liu Shaoyo, 56, was shot dead by Police on Sunday night.
According to the police they were responding to a 'family dispute' and Mr Shaoyo attacked them with a bladed weapon, injuring an officer.
According to the family there was no dispute. The police began to knock loudly at the door without identifying themselves. The son called out "calm down, leave the door alone". Mr Shaoyo, who was holding scissors he had been using to gut fish, went towards the door, the police smashed it in, firing on Mr Shaoyo as the door opened.
The family were then herded into another room while paramedics tended to Mr Shaoyo. Keeping the family away from Mr Shaoyo would also have allowed the police to more easily fabricate an injury. The raid was carried out by the BAC, who are notoriously violent, aggressive and racist. They also feature fairly regularly in accusations of corruption due to involvement in the drug trade.
There was a demonstration with some 150 people at the police station in the district (19th).
Large numbers of riot police were present. 35 arrests were made, police claim 3 injuries to officers, reports that a car was burned or that four were damaged. The police are probably saying 4 damaged so people will conflate that with burning.
The chinese community in France has been a bit more vocal recently, after Shaolin Zhang was killed during a mugging last year there was a large march by residents.
About 30 seconds it you can see a cop point a firearm point blank in someone's face.
And man is face down on the
And man is face down on the floor, handcuffed and with a cop sat on his back, so another one boots himin the face. Two weeks after being cleared in a shooting of a black man last year.
Cop attacking a jaywalker (stupidest crime ever, I don't even understand why it exists)
Quote: The Sacramento Police
Armed police in Birmingham
Armed police in Birmingham lead Muslim children out of their house at gunpoint, forcing them to lie in the road before handcuffing them.
No arrests were made and nothing incriminating was found.
Ed wrote: Armed police in
Unless I missed it, that article doesn't say anything about the children's religion.
This article from The Mail
This article from The Mail about the same event has a comment from the mum where she says "I'm a practicing Muslim"
"Hours after a Georgia police
"Hours after a Georgia police officer was fired over a recording that caught him kicking a handcuffed man in the face, a second video emerged and prompted the dismissal of another officer."
Off-duty french police
Off-duty french police officer pulls over a car driving too close to him and then draws his gun (during the state of emergency officers are allowed to carry arms when they are off-duty, a state of affairsd that the police unions are demanding be made permanent).
The driver and passenger then attempted to disarm the cop and druing the struggle the passenger and the cop were hit by a car, the passenger died immediately and the cope is gravely injured.
petey wrote: Quote: The
further on this in a good article
petey wrote: "Hours after a
further on this too
Quote: CHARLESTON, S.C. — The
Quote: As family and friends
petey wrote: Quote: As
17/01/17, London: three
17/01/17, London: three police officers launch violent unprovoked attack on man going home
26/5/17: cops attack a group
26/5/17: cops attack a group of kids hanging out in a park in England, filmed on Facebook
"At least three different
"At least three different unarmed 15-year-old black boys have been shot and killed by law enforcement in this past month alone. As far back as I can research, we've never had a single month in this country's history where three different unarmed black boys this young have been shot and killed by police in three different incidents in the same month.
And, in each incident, what we have seen is the police make drastic changes to their initial narratives of why they were forced to shoot and kill these young boys."
Quote: A group of New Jersey
Minnesota Officer Acquitted
Minnesota Officer Acquitted in Killing of Philando Castile
petey wrote: Minnesota
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.
29/09/16: California police
29/09/16: California police Taser and shoot unarmed man: https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/videos/10154102715396939/
03/11/15: Marksville police
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/
31/08/16, Oklahoma: 84-year-old black woman pepper sprayed in her own home by police
22/08/16, Charlotte: police shoot and kill deaf black man for signing after he was pulled over for speeding
07/14, UK: police arrest deaf man for using sign language
10/07/17, Oklahoma: retired
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
Steven. wrote: 10/07/17,
i hadn't heard of that at all.
we'll see about that.
Steven. wrote: 10/07/17,
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.
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?
this one is on every
this one is on every newscast.
the cops have been stone silent.
petey wrote: the cops have
copper is refusing to talk to investigators, per NBC.
e2a he "thought he was being ambushed."
e4a lot of politics going on here
01/04/16, New York: black
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
"The Georgia police officer
"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."
Quote: A New York City agency
Man killed by police who
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.
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.
He was a sk8ter cop but he's
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
Quote: A Brooklyn grand jury
a career civil rights lawyer
a career civil rights lawyer has been elected DA in Philadelphia and the police don't like it at all.
Former South Carolina police
Former South Carolina police officer Michael Slager was sentenced to 19 to 24 years in prison on Thursday in the shooting death of Walter Scott, who was struck in the back while running from a traffic stop.
A federal judge ruled that Slager committed second-degree murder and obstruction of justice.
California police worked with
California police worked with neo-Nazis to pursue 'anti-racist' activists, documents show
Steven wrote: 17/09/16,
The aptly named PC Joshua Savage was last week found not guilty by a jury on all charges on the grounds he was taking "pre-emptive" action to protect himself and the public. It was also established that it's legal for cops to carry their own personal knives and use them as he did. The Metropolitan Police also had to be forced by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) to hold a forthcoming misconduct hearing on Savage's behaviour. https://www.policeprofessional.com/news/officer-cleared-of-all-charges-after-being-filmed-sawing-through-motorists-windscreen/