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 7 2015 17:29

06/05/15, Baltimore: police officer arrested for groping female and biting man's testicles

May 9 2015 12:26

08/05/15, Baltimore: Most senior Freddie Gray officer ordered love rival to be arrested, also had restraining order taken out against him for harassment

May 11 2015 09:16

07/05/15, New York: white police officers hold four black parole officers at gunpoint

May 20 2015 19:49

19/05/15, Portugal: police attack and beat football fan in front of his small son whom they restrain

May 20 2015 21:49

20/05/15, London: police officer convicted of assault for attacking a student during the 2010 student demonstrations, who by a fluke was recorded trying to frame him. Despite this, he and two other police were cleared of perverting the course of justice, although they will face disciplinary charges

May 28 2015 18:08

28/05/15, Chicago: photo released showing two police officers posing as hunters in a photograph over a black man they had dressed like an animal:

23/05/15, Cleveland: police officer acquitted for shooting two unarmed black people 49 times. Acquitted on the basis that other police fired an additional 88 shots at the pair, and they couldn't tell which killed them:

May 28 2015 20:30

this is a follow-up

At 2 am on May 28, 2014, Bou Bou and his three older siblings were asleep when a team of militarized Habersham SWAT officers -- conducting a "no-knock" raid of the family home -- broke down the door and blindly threw a stun grenade into the room. The grenade landed in Bou Bou's playpen and exploded just inches from the toddler's face. Bou Bou immediately started screaming from the injuries of the devastating explosion: the grenade detached Bou Bou's nose, permanently disfiguring him, and create a gash in his chest that collapsed his left lung and prevented the infant from breathing on his own.
As for Bou Bou Phonesavanh? In February of this year, the Phonesavanh family filed a lawsuit on behalf of their son Bou Bou, against the Sheriff's office accusing police of wrongdoing when they obtained and executed their May 28, 2014 search warrant leading to Bou Bou's injuries. At the end of March, the Sheriff's office filed their reply to the complaint.

In it, they blame Bou Bou Phonesavanh's injuries on his own "criminal conduct".
In it, they also blame Bou Bou Phonesavanh's injuries on "failure to exercise ordinary care".
Finally, they blame Bou Bou for "failure to avoid consequences" in the attack.

docs in link

May 29 2015 13:40
Way’s live-in girlfriend, Kaitlyn Christine Lyons, said she’d caught Justin drinking a bottle of vodka, which she took away from him to pour out. She said he was drunk, lying in their bed with a large knife, saying he would hurt himself with it. She called a non-emergency number in an attempt to get her boyfriend to a local St. Augustine, Florida, hospital for help—and told them she did not feel threatened.
Minutes later, two St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies, 26-year-old Jonas Carballosa and 32-year-old Kyle Braig, arrived at the home, armed with assault rifles, and told Kaitlyn to wait outside.

“I thought they were going into war,” she remembered thinking when she first saw the large guns. Within moments, Justin was shot dead.
Denise Way, Justin’s mom, said the detective relayed to her that “they told Justin to drop the knife and he didn’t—so they shot him because ‘That’s what we do.’”

May 30 2015 16:58

24/05/15, Virginia: police officer tasers, point blank pepper sprays, then arrests and lets a car roll over the foot of a black man who was having a stroke. One cop resigned but the others are still on duty, and the only person facing charges is the stroke victim

May 31 2015 22:16
Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

Jun 1 2015 15:14

it never ends

After Florida police shot Jermaine McBean to death as he walked home with an unloaded air rifle, they said there was no reason to believe he did not hear their orders to drop the weapon and that he pointed it at them.

But a newly emerged photo that shows headphones in McBean's ears immediately after the 2013 shooting raises questions about the police version of events, including why the white earbuds were later found stuffed in the dead computer expert's pocket.

And another aspect of the police account is also being contradicted — by a man who called 911 in alarm when he saw McBean walking around with the air rifle but who also says McBean never pointed it at police or anyone else.

Jun 2 2015 10:32

29/5/15, US: Police officer wrestles 8 months pregnant black woman to the ground for not disclosing her surname (which she doesn't need to disclose), on video:

Jun 5 2015 19:06

01/06/15, California: police shoot and kill unarmed student

Jun 8 2015 16:34

07/06/15, Texas: After someone called police because one of the neighbours had a pool party with "too many black people", one white police officer draws his gun on and attacks several African-American children. Thankfully someone filmed it on their smart phone and he has now been suspended, albeit on full pay

Jun 9 2015 06:02

5 June 2015, Salinas, California: this video was posted to YouTube that shows a group of five officers with the Salinas Police Department violently hitting a man they have pinned to the ground during an arrest on North Main Street. Even though the man is on the ground and not moving, officers can still be seen hitting him with clubs. A YouTube user by the name of Richard Boxing uploaded the video with the title, "Salinas Police Wrong."

In a press release dated June 6, the Salinas Police Department released the name of the man who was arrested as being Jose Velasco, age 28. The press release also states that Velasco was tased by the officers.

Police say they were dispatched to North Main Street for a male who was, "screaming, running into traffic and jumping on cars," and that he was "reported" to be, "trying to throw a woman (who turned out to be his mother) into traffic in front of cars," according to the press release. The police give conflicting information in the press release, and also say that, "the victim had also called in about her son running in traffic."

The press release can be viewed at:
In the comments section of the YouTube video, Antoinette Ramirez, who says she is Velasco's sister writes:

"The cop who came in running just to hit him in the head. Had to do that. He was already on the floor. And yes he is sick. And why was he in the streets my mom had him their. So don't talk before you know the story you might have seen it. But you don't know the hole story. You don't known mom or my brother.
In danger to the cops come on they have guns. They know how to use them sticks. As you can see.
I didn't see my brother reaching for any of them cops. But okay.
Good job salinas PD
Ya okay."

"My Poor Brother. He is mentally ill and the cops had no right to keep hitting him he was already on the floor. The cops have done this to many times. I se the cops in the ER walking around like they got hurt. Bull shit. He didn't hurt any of them cops. And to do that in front of my mom is so harsh. Praying for everyone in salinas. The cops are out of control. And they can be who's going to stop them :("

"He didn't try to kill my mom. You guys don't know shit. You dum ass fuck heads. She walked away just fine. You all talk but don't know nothing. The day it's someone close to you. I'm sure you'll be crying to. But till then good job cops right. It's always good job to the cops. Even when they kill this young men. Stupid ass ppl you don't know shit."

"No he did not try to hurt or kill my mom. Everyone can say what they want but only God knows the truth."

Jun 10 2015 10:14
Steven. wrote:
07/06/15, Texas: After someone called police because one of the neighbours had a pool party with "too many black people", one white police officer draws his gun on and attacks several African-American children. Thankfully someone filmed it on their smart phone and he has now been suspended, albeit on full pay

Update: the cop has resigned

admin note: off topic post by Curious Wednesday unpublished. This is a warning.

Jun 14 2015 21:38

10/06/15, Santa Ana: police violently raid legal cannabis dispensary, pointing guns at and mocking ill and disabled patients. They then proceed to attempt to destroy CCTV cameras and recording equipment (but not all of it), then steal and eat cannabis products

Jun 19 2015 01:21

28/05/15, Sydney: Police severely beat young plumber of Lebanese origin following a car chase which the young man denies being involved in.

Jul 24 2015 09:57

"At least 309 police officers and police community support officers in the UK have been convicted of offences in the last three years, figures show."

"However, only 25 of the 45 forces gave figures to the Press Association after a Freedom of Information request."

"The Metropolitan Police, the UK's biggest force, said 178 police officers were convicted between 2012 and 31 March 2015"

(ETA: These aren't necessarily convictions for violence, but nonetheless worth bringing up when people bang on about what a good job the cops are doing, a few bad apples, etc.)

Jul 27 2015 16:02

02/09/14, Minnesota: One I missed from last year. An African-American man is assaulted, tazed, arrested and charged merely sitting while waiting to pick his kids up from daycare

22/07/15, Texas: African American woman, Sandra Bland, dies in police custody under suspicious circumstances, as police claim it was suicide. Police arrest video footage has a jump in it making it look like it was edited, however police claim that was a technical error. She had been arrested following being threatened then violently assaulted by police officer during a traffic stop for a minor infraction, who then was recorded lying about the incident over the phone

23/07/15, New York: police filmed violently beating African-American man, who wasn't resisting arrest for allegedly stealing a slice of pizza. Also subsequently charged with resisting arrest

26/07/15, Philadelphia: Native American community activist found dead in his cell following arrest for minor traffic violation. The family have organised an independent autopsy to get answers:

Jul 28 2015 19:55

28/07/15, Cincinnati: African-American male Sam DuBose is pulled over by police in a routine traffic stop, but ends up dead with his face blown off. The officer who killed him was wearing a body camera but the city is refusing to release the footage, fearing riots

Aug 1 2015 11:39

2014: cop who killed Sam Dubose filmed harassing two other black men in a traffic stop

In further Dubose news, the two police officers who corroborated the killer's initial false account (that he was dragged along by the car before shooting) won't face any charges:

Aug 5 2015 22:46

04/08/15, South Carolina: police shoot and kill a teenage boy when trying to buy marijuana in a sting operation

Aug 6 2015 14:10


An undercover New York police detective who joined a gang of motorcyclists as they attacked a driver and his family in Upper Manhattan was sentenced to two years in jail on Wednesday.


The attack was captured on video by other bikers, who posted the footage online. The graphic images were widely viewed, outraging many New Yorkers and giving the police enough information to track down the assailants.

Mr. Braszczok was convicted in June of assault, riot and other charges in connection with the attack during a three-week bench trial before Justice Wiley. He testified that he had never intended to hurt Mr. Lien, but fled after he saw other motorcyclists drag the driver from the S.U.V. and pummel him.

Aug 18 2015 14:53

2009, Denver: new animation of an account of a brutal beating of an innocent black teenager by racist police:

Aug 23 2015 11:15

21/08/15, St Louis: autopsy shows 18-year-old black male killed by police was shot in the back, lending credence to eyewitnesses who said he was unarmed and fleeing when police shot him, as opposed to the police account which was that he turned towards them and had a gun

Sep 12 2015 10:16

01/09/15, Georgia, US: This one really is something. Police enter a house by mistake, shoot the dog, shoot the homeowner and shoot another cop

Oct 24 2015 10:36

23/10/2015, Scotland: police may face charges over killing of a black father by police

Oct 31 2015 16:35
A federal jury Friday awarded a blind man $400,000 in a civil suit filed after his head was slammed into a counter by a Denver police officer.

Philip White of Eagle sued Denver police Officer Kyllion Chafin and another officer over a May 22, 2012, incident at the downtown Greyhound Bus Terminal.


White asked Chafin whether he could "touch" his badge, a blind man's way of verifying that Chafin was indeed a police officer.

Chafin declined.

Instead, he wrenched White's arms behind his back and pushed him forward, slamming White's head into a ticket counter, according to court documents.

Bleeding from the head, White was handcuffed and taken to the Denver jail. He was released about eight hours later, near midnight. No criminal charge was filed against White.

ps, he was 77 when this was done to him.

Oct 31 2015 18:59

It's great he won his lawsuit!

In other news: 10/15, South Carolina, police officer filmed attacking a black schoolgirl in class