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.

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May 14 2012 18:15


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May 18 2012 13:10
May 18 2012 15:29
Crow wrote:
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.

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:

North America

-United States

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

May 18 2012 15:46

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.

May 19 2012 02:47
Now tell me who protects me from you?
I got people that buy tek's and weed from you
And all ah nigga see in the news
Is cop corruption niggas gettin popped for nothing
And niggas get stopped for nothing
And cops pull out the glock and bust em
Ya'll need to get shot for nothing!
Cause we don't hold back
May 19 2012 12:42

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:

May 19 2012 13:38

This might cheer people up a bit:


May 19 2012 18:40

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.

May 19 2012 19:54

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.

May 20 2012 18:20

one more resource, similar in function to this thread

May 22 2012 13:11

22/05/12 - NYPD cop filmed threatening suspect with his gun and sexual assault. Claims he was "doing God's work":

May 23 2012 20:29

not violence, but the blue wall could be a separate category

Newly obtained police reports show former state trooper Charles Noyes smelled of alcohol, could not maintain his balance, and had no memory of slamming his Cadillac Escalade into a utility pole in West Newbury March 30 before driving into Haverhill with his air bags deployed.

But Haverhill police did not arrest the 62-year-old highly decorated trooper or charge him with drunken driving after his mangled luxury SUV was found in the travel lane on Amesbury Line Road within minutes of the West Newbury accident — and Haverhill officials are still refusing to say why.

May 26 2012 22:45



Police shoot, kill naked man near MacArthur Causeway in Miami

One man was shot to death, and another man wounded, by Miami police on the MacArthur Causeway off ramp, after the men were reportedly running across the bridge naked.

The bloodshed began about 2 p.m. when a series of gunshots were heard on the ramp, which is along NE 13th Street, just south of The Miami Herald building. Witnesses said a woman saw the two naked men and called police. Miami police were on the scene, as one of the victims’ body lay face down naked on the pedestrian walkway.

The second shooting victim was taken away in an ambulance. His condition is unknown.

May 28 2012 16:31

while there's no excuse, there may be more to that story

May 28 2012 22:43

fair point

May 29 2012 16:56

May 11, 2012 - two of Tyne & Wear police fined for torturing a suspect:

May 29 2012 20:08

Two police officers have been accused of abducting two teenage girls in Easter Ross and forcing them to stand handcuffed and shoeless in manure.

May 29 2012 20:16

#ACAB tongue

Jun 9 2012 04:42
NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly and spokesman Paul Browne told the Queens Chronicle that only one "actual reporter" was arrested on the November 15 raid on Zuccotti Park.


In fact, eleven journalists were arrested by NYPD during the November 15 raid on Zuccotti Park that day. Here are the details of each.


Jun 9 2012 13:21

8 June 2012 - Chicago police taser an eight-month pregnant woman for a parking violation:

Jun 11 2012 22:19

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:

Jun 12 2012 11:45
Indiana is the first U.S. state to specifically allow force against officers, according to the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in Washington, which represents and supports prosecutors. The National Rifle Association pushed for the law, saying an unfavorable court decision made the need clear and that it would allow homeowners to defend themselves during a violent, unjustified attack

A police officer will be prosecuted on manslaughter charges in the shooting death of Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old who was killed by a single police bullet in his bathroom after a team of narcotics officers broke into his Bronx home, three people briefed on the charges said Monday.

jef costello
Jun 19 2012 17:40

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.

bronx shooting
chicago police taser pregnant woman






Jun 22 2012 16:32

not violence, but important

Everyone knows the cops have tools to get inside your phone. But what do they do? They suck your iPhone's entire soul in 15 minutes. With one single click. This is what it looks like.

Lantern 2 is an incredibly powerful piece of software. Plug your iPhone in. Click "Acquire." Wait for a progress bar to complete. After about fifteen minutes, I had the entire contents of my phone in an extremely user-friendly interface—even with a lock screen activated. Anything you would want to know—or didn't even know you'd want to know—about my phone is easy to tap. An entire minute by minute chronology of my text exchanges. Every picture I'd ever taken. My bookmarks. My cookies. Every Skype call I've ever placed. My entire Facebook friend list. Every cell tower my phone has touched, with longitude and latitude coordinates. All there.

Jun 28 2012 17:00

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.

Now this:

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.

Jun 29 2012 16:43

In the past four years, there were 56 cases involving police officers and a handful of community support officers who either were found to have abused their position to rape, sexually assault or harass women and young people or were investigated over such allegations.
Jul 12 2012 23:03
Jul 19 2012 15:37


There have been nearly 1500 deaths in police custody or following police contact since 1990, according to INQUEST casework and monitoring. No police officer has ever been convicted of manslaughter in modern history. There have been attempts to prosecute police in 6 cases since 1990, none of which have been successful.

For full data see our section of our website on unlawful killing verdicts and prosecutions

Since 1990 unlawful killing verdicts have been returned in nine deaths in police custody/following police contact cases. The verdict of unlawful killing can only be returned on the criminal standard of proof where a jury is sure beyond reasonable doubt that the death was the result of gross negligence manslaughter or murder.

There is a lack of proper data concerning police prosecutions (in particular for lesser offences). According to the IPCC’s Deaths in Custody study published in 2010, in the 10 years leading up to 2010 just 1 civilian member of police staff was found guilty of misconduct and given a six month sentence. There were no other successful prosecutions during this period.

lol too predictable

Jul 19 2012 16:03

Officers with the San Francisco Police Department in Northern California shot a man believed to have a knife this morning, but preliminary reports suggest that the victim was in handcuffs while the authorities opened fire.

Police officers with the SFPD allegedly opened fire on a man armed with a knife at around 10:30 a.m. local time on Wednesday after responding to reports that someone had been stabbed near the city’s Pier 17.

The Bay City News Service reported minutes later that there was an “officer-involved” shooting but did provide any other details. The San Francisco Chronicle reported at 11:30 a.m. local time that the man was shot by police after he refused to drop a knife that they believe was used in a stabbing earlier that morning. Fire Department Capt. Jeanne Seyler confirms to the paper that the victim was being transported for life threatening wounds, but did not provide any more details.

A video uploaded to YouTube less than 30 minutes after that report includes a testimony from an eyewitness who alleges that the police shot the suspect after placing him in handcuffs.

“So what happened here?” the cameraman asks an unidentified witness.

“The police shot somebody. In the chest, twice,” he responds. “They said that the man had a gun or something but he didn’t. He was just a civilian.”

“What was he doing?” the videographer asks.

“Nothing. They had him in cuffs. And they shot him. Twice.”

“They shot him in cuffs?” he asks in bewilderment.

Jul 23 2012 00:04
Jul 26 2012 18:00

The NYPD practices documented in the report include:

• Aggressive, unnecessary and excessive police force against peaceful protesters, bystanders, legal observers, and journalists. This included the use of batons, pepper spray, metal barricades, scooters, and horses.

• Obstruction of press freedoms and independent legal monitoring, including arrests of at least 10 journalists, and multiple cases of preventing journalists from reporting on protests or barring and evicting them from specific sites.

• Pervasive surveillance of peaceful political activity.

• Violent late-night raids on peaceful encampments.

• Unjustified closure of public spaces, dispersal of peaceful assemblies, and trapping of protesters.

• Arbitrary and selective rule enforcement and baseless arrests.

• Failures to ensure transparency about government policies.

• Failures to ensure accountability for those allegedly responsible for abuses.