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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Steven.
May 14 2012 18:15

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Steven.
Mar 2 2016 18:52

23/02/16, California: police shoot and kill sleeping black couple in their car
http://www.nbclosangeles.com/news/local/couple-killed-inglewood-police-s...

Steven.
Mar 15 2016 18:18

14/03/16, Chicago: Police officers recorded saying “Typical f---ing n-----s” and “Black lives matter, my a--” over police radio:
http://m.nydailynews.com/news/national/chicago-police-officers-f-ing-n-s...

petey
Apr 21 2016 13:46
Quote:
Five former New Orleans police officers pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that stem from the shooting of six unarmed people — two of whom died — in the days after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

These officers were sentenced to terms of between three and 12 years in prison, far less than they faced after being convicted at an earlier trial that was scuttled after what a federal court later described as “shocking breaches of prosecutorial ethics.”

...

Even before a retrial was ordered, the case offered a relative rarity: It is unusual for police officers to be charged for shootings — and even more rare for them to be convicted. A Washington Post investigation last year found that out of the thousands of police officers who fatally shot people over a decade, only dozens of them wound up facing charges stemming from these shootings.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/04/20/former-new...

petey
Apr 25 2016 18:22

this was the police too

Quote:
Municipal police officers encircled the bus, detonated tear gas, punctured the tires and forced the college students who were on board to get off.

“We’re going to kill all of you,” the officers warned, according to the bus driver. A policeman approached the driver and pointed a pistol at his chest. “You, too,” the officer said.

With a military intelligence official looking on and state and federal police officers in the immediate vicinity, witnesses said, the students were put into police vehicles and taken away. They have not been seen since.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/04/25/world/americas/missing-mexican-student...

petey
Apr 29 2016 21:52
Quote:
A New York City police officer was convicted on Friday of misdemeanor assault for stomping on the head of a suspect as he lay prone on a Brooklyn street while being arrested.

misdemeanor!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/04/30/nyregion/officer-convicted-of-assau...

petey
May 20 2016 22:39

www.nydailynews.com/news/national/georgia-cops-high-five-tasing-psychoti...

Quote:
Minutes after a handcuffed man was shocked to death by Taser guns in front of his family by Georgia police officers, cops high-fived each other and reassured themselves that they wouldn’t lose their jobs, chilling new police video shows.

Jenre
Jun 8 2016 09:21

IPCC criticises Sussex police over hooding of disabled 11-year-old girl
http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/08/ipcc-criticises-sussex-p...

Jenre
Jun 15 2016 12:36
Quote:
“Dyfed-Powys police officers were called out by a member of the public who was concerned about the behaviour and welfare of a man who appeared to be injured.

“Officers attended and during engagement with the man it is understood a Taser was discharged. The man became unresponsive and was subsequently pronounced dead. The IPCC has begun an independent investigation.”

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/jun/15/man-dies-shot-with-taser...

Sounds like another case of cops being called out because of worries about someone's personal welfare only to end up killing them.

Steven.
Jul 6 2016 22:29

06/07/16, Louisiana: it's happened again. White police shooting kill a black man while pinning him to the floor: http://edition.cnn.com/2016/07/06/us/baton-rouge-shooting-alton-sterling...

petey
Jul 24 2016 23:23

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Schmoopie
Jul 7 2016 05:49

White cops are beaten by Black football fans and players whilst the whole scenario is captured on the big screen.

Schmoopie
Jul 7 2016 09:41

Police shoot and kill proletarian after stopping him for a routine traffic violation.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pSOXA9Zc9lw

Steven.
Jul 7 2016 19:36

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-stream...

jesuithitsquad
Jul 8 2016 05:26
Steven. wrote:
07/07/16, Indianapolis: 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-stream...

Just to clarify, this murder occurred in Minnesota. The girlfirend of the victim is from Indianapolis.

Schmoopie
Jul 24 2016 11:09

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]

Sike
Jul 24 2016 17:43

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.

petey
Jul 24 2016 21:49
Quote:
Officials in Austin are investigating the violent arrest of a black elementary school teacher who was body-slammed by a white police officer during a traffic stop.

The investigation comes after the emergence of police video footage showing not only the June 2015 arrest but also a scene afterward, when another white officer told the teacher that cops are wary of blacks because of their “violent tendencies” and “intimidating” appearance.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2016/07/22/video-aust...

petey
Jul 24 2016 23:22
Quote:
Ackal, who was indicted in U.S. federal court for allegedly ordering the beatings of multiple pre-trial inmates, filed an appeal Monday to allow him to carry a gun, and argued that as the parish's chief law enforcement officer and a 50-year veteran, he feels like a "sitting duck" without one.

Ackal and his second-in-command, Lt. Col. Gerald "Bubba" Savoy, in March pleaded not guilty in federal court. After recordings were released of Ackal threatening to shoot a federal prosecutor right between his "Jewish eyes" after the prosecutor vowed to send him to prison, he was prohibited from carrying a weapon.

http://www.wusa9.com/news/nation-now/indicted-sheriff-tells-judge-he-nee...

Steven.
Jul 25 2016 09:57
Schmoopie wrote:
White cops are beaten by Black football fans and players whilst the whole scenario is captured on the big screen.

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.

Steven.
Aug 15 2016 15:02

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-86...

Steven.
Aug 16 2016 09:57

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/

Steven.
Aug 25 2016 22:15

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...

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:
http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-black-man-shot-cops-callin...

ELF
Aug 26 2016 11:31

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.

ELF
Aug 26 2016 11:36

List of 3180 people who have died in custody in the UK from 1969-2011.

http://4wardeveruk.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/Deaths-in-Custody-1969...

petey
Sep 11 2016 15:05
Quote:
While serving as a St. Louis officer, Eddie Boyd III pistol-whipped a 12-year-old girl in the face in 2006, and in 2007 struck a child in the face with his gun or handcuffs before falsifying a police report, according to Missouri Department of Public Safety records.

Though Officer Boyd subsequently resigned, he was soon hired by the police department in nearby St. Ann, Mo., before he found a job with the troubled force in Ferguson, Mo., where Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old African-American, was fatally shot by a white officer in 2014.

Officer Boyd is being sued by a woman in Ferguson who said he arrested her after she asked for his name at the scene of a traffic accident. He declined an interview request.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/11/us/whereabouts-of-cast-out-police-offi...

Steven.
Sep 18 2016 13:09

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
https://www.facebook.com/leon.fontana/posts/10210301859242843

petey
Sep 19 2016 23:52

"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."

https://www.aclu.org/blog/free-future/police-accidentally-record-themsel...

Steven.
Sep 20 2016 17:13

19/09/16, Tulsa: police tase, shoot and kill black motorist who was unarmed and stranded in the road
https://mic.com/articles/154555/video-of-terence-crutcher-s-police-shoot...

Hieronymous
Sep 22 2016 03:37

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-shooti...

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.

jesuithitsquad
Sep 22 2016 05:24
Quote:
This shit eases up, then the fucking pigs go on a rampage again. Sorry to get emotional, but "Fuck the police!"

Amen.

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.