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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Oct 31 2015 21:06
Steven. wrote:
It's great he won his lawsuit!

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

he was fired

and yet ...

Nov 1 2015 15:43
Nov 2 2015 14:12

Cheers Petey. In related news:
01/11/15, US: and Associated Press investigation shows that hundreds of American police officers have been sacked recently for sexual offences like rape and possessing child pornography (and of course this is ignoring the many more who will have gone unreported and unpunished)

Nov 4 2015 13:23

beat me to it John!
(surely the same article)

In a yearlong investigation of sexual misconduct by U.S. law enforcement, The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault; sex crimes that included possession of child pornography; or sexual misconduct such as propositioning citizens or having consensual but prohibited on-duty intercourse.

The number is unquestionably an undercount because it represents only those officers whose licenses to work in law enforcement were revoked, and not all states take such action. California and New York — with several of the nation's largest law enforcement agencies — offered no records because they have no statewide system to decertify officers for misconduct. And even among states that provided records, some reported no officers removed for sexual misdeeds even though cases were identified via news stories or court records.

Nov 7 2015 18:13
ALEXANDRIA, La. — Three days after a 6-year-old boy was shot and killed by officers in a barrage of gunfire that also critically wounded the child’s father, authorities late Friday night arrested and charged two of the officers involved with second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder.


Key details of the shooting have remained a mystery even to the investigators, as two of the four officers in the event had refused to speak to authorities, prompting a rare public expression of misgivings toward officers by their law enforcement counterparts.

Nov 23 2015 18:36

Reminiscent of Rodney King in L.A., on November 12, 2015 Alameda County Sheriffs chased Stanislav Petrov across the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge from San Leandro and then beat him to a pulp in an alley in San Francisco's Mission District. So bad, that even after reconstructive surgery -- including inserting metal rods -- he might not regain the use of one arm and will permanently be unable to move his fingers.

Thankfully, the good liberals (and I do say that sincerely) in the San Francisco Public Defenders office released this video:

From the local public news station's website:

KQED wrote:
Victim of Alameda Deputies’ Beating Still Hospitalized

A man beaten and arrested by Alameda County sheriff’s deputies in San Francisco early Thursday remains hospitalized and in custody of that department, a sheriff’s spokesman says, correcting reports that Stanislav Petrov had been released from San Francisco General Hospital and was jailed in the East Bay.

Olga Petrova, who says she is Petrov’s mother, contacted KQED Saturday trying to locate her son.

“I could picture him being in a coma or brain-dead or fully physically disabled for the rest of his life,” she wrote in an email. “After they methodically beat him on his head, I am really terrified to learn about his current state.”

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods said after visiting Petrov at San Francisco General on Sunday that he suffered multiple lacerations to the back of his head but was alert and talking. Woods said both of Petrov’s arms were “crushed” in the beating. ‘I was shocked, outraged and disgusted. … I counted over 30 baton strikes. I’m not sure what facts would justify that sort of brutal beating.’ Brendon Woods, Alameda County Public Defender

“From his elbow through his hands are swollen,” Woods said. “It looks like he has several broken bones in both of his hands or arm areas.”


“I don’t plan on letting this go at all,” he said. “I think it’s just disgusting. The guy is clearly about to give up. … You hear smack, smack, smack. He’s yelling ‘Stop!’ It’s just terrible.”

Reached by phone Saturday, Olga Petrova said the incident had shaken her trust in law enforcement.

“It’s gone,” she said. “Those people, I want them. I want to have a lawsuit. I want them to pay not from American taxpayers. I want them to pay from their pension funds. I want them to pay for how they tried to kill him and what they have done to me.”

Petrova said she emigrated with her son, who she calls “Stas,” from Ukraine to San Francisco 18 years ago. She said her son, now 29, has led a difficult life — diagnosed with multiple mental disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. She said he had suffered several concussions in the past.

“He was diagnosed in his early childhood,” she said. “He was born a blue baby and he was fighting for his development.”

Petrova said Petrov was prescribed Ritalin as a child, which she believes led him to use methamphetamines as an adult.

“He is my life,” Petrova said. “When we have poor, misfortunate, sick kids, we probably feel more compassion.”

Her recent contact with her son has been intermittent, she said, and the last time she saw him was about two months ago after she’d been searching for a while.

“I kissed him promptly and I asked him, ‘Stas, please be careful, I don’t know what is going on with you. Please be careful, I am exhausted, I can’t stand these sleepless nights,’ ” she said.

Petrova said her son is often “unpredictable,” and he struggles with finishing complicated tasks. She again lost touch with him and was shocked when she saw him being tackled and beaten on television.

“People who know him tell me, ‘He loves you to death,’ ” Petrova said. “It’s a very painful kind of love.”

Nov 24 2015 16:01
Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke walked into the Cook County criminal courthouse Tuesday morning to face what are expected to be first-degree murder charges in the fatal shooting of African-American teen Laquan McDonald more than a year ago.

Dec 2 2015 19:32
The Alabama Justice Project has obtained documents that reveal a Dothan Police Department’s Internal Affairs investigation was covered up by the district attorney. A group of up to a dozen police officers on a specialized narcotics team were found to have planted drugs and weapons on young black men for years. They were supervised at the time by Lt. Steve Parrish, current Dothan Police Chief, and Sgt. Andy Hughes, current Asst. Director of Homeland Security for the State of Alabama. All of the officers reportedly were members of a Neoconfederate organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center labels “racial extremists.” The group has advocated for blacks to return to Africa, published that the civil rights movement is really a Jewish conspiracy, and that blacks have lower IQ’s . Both Parrish and Hughes held leadership positions in the group and are pictured above holding a confederate battle flag at one of the club’s secret meetings.

The documents shared reveal that the internal affairs investigation was covered up to protect the aforementioned officers’ law enforcement careers and keep them from being criminally prosecuted.

Dec 3 2015 07:16

19/06/15, Georgia: police officer attacks innocent African American man, uses handcuffs as a weapon to choke him and tazes him unconscious, then arrests him

Dec 3 2015 09:24

03/12/15, San Francisco: police gun down black man possibly armed with just a knife, killing him (caught on video):

Dec 3 2015 18:55
A police officer who held a gun to a man’s head, apparently to impress his friends, was convicted Wednesday of first-degree assault and misconduct in office.

After Officer Jenchesky Santiago’s conviction, the Prince George’s County police chief condemned the officer’s actions and said he was recommending that the department fire him.

The police department also released a cellphone video of the May 2014 incident, which showed Santiago holding the gun close to the man’s forehead and shouting, “I dare you to [expletive] fight me, son.”

Dec 9 2015 16:08

Video released of Laquan McDonald shooting, very violent so beware, but if you watch it clearly shows this kid was walking away from police officers who killed him anyway and then lied and said he was rushing towards them.

Dec 11 2015 13:39
A grand jury in Louisiana indicted two deputy city marshals on second-degree murder charges Thursday in the fatal shooting of a 6-year-old autistic boy last month while he was strapped into the front seat of his father’s vehicle.

Dec 11 2015 13:42
A jury found former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw guilty Thursday of some of the most serious charges against him, including sexual battery, forcible oral sodomy and rape.

Holtzclaw faced 36 counts. He was found guilty on 18.


Prosecutors said Holtzclaw preyed upon the women in one of the state's poorest neighborhoods and used his badge and uniform during traffic stops to force the victims to submit to an escalating level of crimes, from groping to rape.

Dec 18 2015 14:06

In November 1996, Clarence Moses-El, who is imprisoned at Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington, Colo., expected to be vindicated of the rape for which he had been convicted in Denver. Ever since his conviction in 1987, Moses-El has upheld his innocence. From the beginning, he asked that the biological evidence be tested. It wasn’t.

But in 1996, after having raised the $1,000 requested by Barry Scheck of the Innocence Project, money that he was able to pull together from donations given to him by fellow prisoners, Moses-El felt that he was finally going to prove his innocence.

He won a court order to get evidence tested, including a sexual assault kit, bed sheets and clothes of the victim. Four weeks passed. Instead of being tested, the evidence — in a box marked, “DO NOT DESTROY” — was tossed into a dumpster by the Denver Police Department. And with it, it appeared that Moses-El’s chance to prove his innocence was discarded.

Moses-El would later appeal his conviction, but the request for a new trial was turned down by a judge based on the 1988 Arizona v. Youngblood decision, which determined that destroying evidence or negligence, in and of itself, does not constitute “bad faith.” The court’s opinion stated, “Unless a criminal defendant can show bad faith on the part of the police, failure to preserve potentially useful evidence does not constitute a denial of due process of law.” (, Dec. 2, 2013)

The destruction of the evidence was against procedures of the DPD, according to a series of articles on destruction of evidence published by the Denver Post in July 2007. The newspaper found at least 141 cases of persons in prison who had evidence thrown out that would have exonerated them of the crimes of which they had been convicted.

In 2007, attorneys associated with the Innocence Project requested that the case be reopened, especially after the Denver Post articles, but the district attorney, Mitch Morrissey, refused to investigate the case, stating, “The defendant has had his day in court.”

Investigator: ‘I have always had doubts’

Morrissey still upholds that Moses-El does not deserve a new day in court, despite a confession by the person originally identified as being the attacker.

LC Jackson, who was one of three people with the victim when they were drinking that night and identified as one of the persons possibly responsible for the attack, recently gave a confession after having written a letter to Moses-El, which began with: “I really don’t know what to say to you. But let’s start by bringing what was done in the dark into the light. I have a lot on my heart.” (Colorado Independent, Dec. 2, 2013)

Jackson is currently in prison for the 1992 rape and assault of a 9-year-old and her mother.

The victim did not bring up Moses-El’s name until almost two days after the assault, when she said a vision came to her in a dream. She claimed she had visions or premonitions before that had turned out to be true. Her first statement referring to who could be responsible for the brutal rape and assault, which led to her losing vision in one eye, was “LC, Earl, Darnell,” the three men she had been drinking with together earlier in the evening and before she went home alone.

Moses-El was arrested, while Jackson and the others were never arrested or questioned regarding the assault, although they were listed in the victim’s statement and police records.

As to why the victim would accuse Moses-El, the original investigator cites an ongoing argument between the victim and Moses-El’s spouse, the last of which ended with the victim telling his spouse that she would get even with her.

James Huff, a detective who investigated the case and is since deceased, stated in 2005 in a sworn statement: “Due to the fighting and the bickering, the jealousy, the pettiness, all of that, I always have had doubts about this. I could never prove it either way,” and “This is one of those cases where I really wish there was DNA.” (Denver Post, July 22, 2007)

There is now a resurgence to win a new investigation in the case and exonerate Clarence Moses-El. It is important that he be set free as well as paid reparations for the 27 years that he has been locked in prison for a crime he did not commit. This could have been proven years ago except for destroyed evidence and failure to test the evidence in the original trial.

Red Marriott
Dec 23 2015 22:51

Bob Lambert, former police spy, has resigned from his counter-terrorism lecturer posts at University of St Andrews and London Metropolitan University.

Jan 4 2016 14:41
Police Detective David Edward Abbott, a member of the Northern Virginia-Washington D.C. Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, committed suicide Tuesday before law enforcement could arrest him on suspicion of sexually abusing minors.

Abbott, you will recall, was the detective in the noteworthy teen sexting case from July 2014, in which the authorities sought a warrant to take the 17-year-old male suspect to the hospital, inject him with a drug that would give him an erection, photograph his genitals, and compare the photo with existing pictures of his genitals the police had confiscated from his 15-year-old girlfriend’s phone.

The teen was eventually sentenced to one year of probation. Here’s the kicker: Abbott sued the teen’s lawyer for defamation. The lawyer, Jessica Foster, remarked to the media that the warrant to take pornographic pictures of her client—to be used as evidence that he was guilty of creating child pornography—was “crazy.”


Authorities now believe Abbott was a pedophile. He had inappropriate contact with two young boys, ages 11 and 13, according to Police attempted to arrest him at his home earlier today, but he refused to surrender and eventually shot himself.

Jan 19 2016 11:22

12/01/16, Pennsylvania: police shoot 12-year-old girl to death while evicting her family from their home:

the button
Jan 19 2016 12:09

Another Metropolitan Police infiltrator exposed:

A woman who accepted a marriage proposal from a married undercover police officer has begun legal action against the Metropolitan police, alleging that she suffered “abusive, cold-hearted, psychological torture” from his deception.

The woman, known only as Andrea, had a two-year relationship with the officer, during which time the spy told her that he wanted a baby with her but did not tell her that he already had a wife and child and was an undercover cop.

Jan 19 2016 17:00

^ That was on Newsnight last night, as the main piece. You can watch it on Iplayer.

Jan 22 2016 12:31
DECATUR, Ga. — A white police officer was indicted here Thursday on six counts, including felony murder, in the fatal shooting last year of an unarmed black man who was naked and described as acting in an erratic manner.

The indictment of Officer Robert Olsen of the DeKalb County Police Department came about two weeks after the district attorney said he would ask a grand jury to pursue criminal charges in the death of Anthony Hill, a 27-year-old Air Force veteran.

The indictment, which District Attorney Robert D. James Jr. of DeKalb County announced at a Thursday night news conference, with Mr. Hill’s family members seated in the first row, was an emotional and surprising development. It played out in this city just east of Atlanta where, it seemed, few people had expected that Officer Olsen would be charged with murder. Mr. James said a judge had issued an arrest warrant and that Officer Olsen would soon be arrested.

“This is a day in history,” said a lawyer for Mr. Hill’s family, Christopher M. Chestnut, who also said, “Hopefully, this will set a precedent for discouraging paramilitary policing.”

Jan 22 2016 12:34
A former Oklahoma City cop convicted of raping and sexually assaulting black women he preyed on while on patrol was sentenced Thursday to 263 years in prison during an emotional hearing.

Daniel Holtzclaw received the maximum sentence on 18 counts of raping and sexually abusing at least eight African-American women in 2013 and 2014.


Holtzclaw, 29, looked on with visible anger and attempted to make eye contact with the women, according to a KOCO reporter.

Holtzclaw’s attorney, Scott Adams, petitioned for a new trial before the sentencing based on claims that DNA evidence had been omitted from the investigation.

But the judge denied the motion on grounds that there was not enough evidence.

Jan 22 2016 20:35
Feb 5 2016 14:24

black police officer awarded $15 million after being savagely beaten and arrested by fellow officers at his daughter's birthday party

Feb 5 2016 20:40

Woman with Asperger's syndrome who shared viral dog video shot dead by police in Arizona

Feb 6 2016 12:03
Soapy wrote:
Woman with Asperger's syndrome who shared viral dog video shot dead by police in Arizona

absolute scum

Feb 7 2016 23:11

I ... I just ... What the ...

A Chicago cop who fatally shot a mentally ill college student in December — as well as the teen’s unsuspecting neighbor — is now suing the dead teen’s family for $10 million, claiming the killings gave him “extreme emotional trauma.”

Feb 16 2016 22:08

11/02/16, Chicago: a police officer who killed an unarmed black student and a 55-year-old bystander is suing the dead boy's family for $10 million

Feb 17 2016 05:51


Feb 28 2016 15:01

28/2/16, Salt Lake City: police shoot teenage boy holding a broomstick