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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petey
Sep 26 2016 23:17
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A police officer has resigned after surveillance video captured him beating a Houston man with a baton during an arrest

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/officer-resigns-surveillance-vi...

petey
Oct 4 2016 15:24
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The confrontation between Yourse, who is black, and the white officer, Travis Cole — captured in body cameras — started out as a cordial conversation, but it escalated after only a few minutes. The June incident resulted in an internal affairs investigation by the Greensboro Police Department, which found that Cole used excessive force on Yourse and violated other agency rules when he punched and violently arrested the 36-year-old man, who had not committed a crime.

Last August, two months after the incident, Cole resigned. The other officer involved in the incident, Officer C.N. Jackson, left her post last week, according to media reports.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/10/04/brutal-vid...

Sike
Oct 4 2016 22:11
jef costello
Oct 17 2016 05:30

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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-37658374

Steven.
Oct 18 2016 16:25

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_rest...

Steven.
Oct 24 2016 11:39

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-...

petey
Nov 16 2016 17:27
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Prosecutors in Minnesota said Wednesday that they had charged the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. with second-degree manslaughter for the shooting.

The shooting’s aftermath was broadcast on Facebook Live by Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, footage that quickly spread across social media and cable news.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/11/16/prosecutor...

Steven.
Nov 17 2016 00:05
petey wrote:
Quote:
Prosecutors in Minnesota said Wednesday that they had charged the police officer who fatally shot Philando Castile during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minn. with second-degree manslaughter for the shooting.

The shooting’s aftermath was broadcast on Facebook Live by Diamond Reynolds, Castile’s girlfriend, footage that quickly spread across social media and cable news.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2016/11/16/prosecutor...

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

petey
Dec 15 2016 19:45

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/12/15/nyregion/ex-rikers-island-guard-is-...

"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."

Chilli Sauce
Dec 23 2016 15:06

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.

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/22/texas-mother-daughter-ar...

petey
Mar 28 2017 15:08
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LOUISVILLE — A woman who was exonerated for a homicide after spending more than six years behind bars can sue the Kentucky State Police detective she says framed her.

The U.S Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals Monday reinstated a lawsuit alleging malicious prosecution filed by Susan Jean King against Lt. Todd Harwood.

King alleges that Harwood, then a sergeant, lied before a grand jury that indicted her on a murder charge in the death of Kyle Breeden by falsely testifying that it was impossible to determine if the bullets found in King’s floor and the ones found in Breeden’s skull were a match. In fact, Judge Danny Boggs of Louisville wrote for a three-judge appellate panel, a state police forensic examiner had told Harwood the bullets didn’t match.

Boggs also noted that Harwood omitted from his testimony that King had only one leg, which would have undercut his claim that she dragged Breeden from her home and threw him off a bridge.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/03/28/one-legged-woma...

jef costello
Mar 28 2017 17:29

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.
http://www.lemonde.fr/police-justice/video/2017/03/28/paris-une-manifest...

jef costello
Apr 11 2017 19:20

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.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4401932/White-cop-CURB-STOMPS-de...

Cop attacking a jaywalker (stupidest crime ever, I don't even understand why it exists)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4402606/White-Sacramento-cop-cho...

Hieronymous
Apr 12 2017 14:07

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petey
Apr 12 2017 22:00
Quote:
The Sacramento Police Department on Tuesday announced a formal investigation into the actions of one of their officers who was seen slamming a black man to the ground and beating him — all sparked by an alleged case of jaywalking.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amp/jaywalking-while-black-video-sho...

Ed
Apr 12 2017 22:24

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.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dramatic-footage-shows-moment-armed...

Serge Forward
Apr 12 2017 22:47
Ed wrote:
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.
http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/dramatic-footage-shows-moment-armed...

Unless I missed it, that article doesn't say anything about the children's religion.

Ed
Apr 12 2017 23:33

This article from The Mail about the same event has a comment from the mum where she says "I'm a practicing Muslim"

petey
Apr 14 2017 14:05

"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."

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/officer-fired-new-video-disturb...

jef costello
Apr 14 2017 17:57

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.

https://paris-luttes.info/fresnes-sur-marne-un-policier-hors-7918

petey
Apr 14 2017 20:44
petey wrote:
Quote:
The Sacramento Police Department on Tuesday announced a formal investigation into the actions of one of their officers who was seen slamming a black man to the ground and beating him — all sparked by an alleged case of jaywalking.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/amp/jaywalking-while-black-video-sho...

further on this in a good article

Quote:
Sacramento PD’s statement maintained that Cain was jaywalking, but it turns out that his only offense was walking while black. Systemic Failure breaks down the dashcam footage that preceded the stop:

http://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/04/13/the-jaywalker-brutalized-by-sacram...

petey
Apr 16 2017 20:10
petey wrote:
"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."

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/officer-fired-new-video-disturb...

further on this too

Quote:
Days after two officers in suburban Atlanta were fired when videos surfaced showing them kicking and punching a motorist, authorities have reportedly dismissed nearly 90 cases involving the pair.

The Gwinnett County Solicitor said she is dropping all cases in which Robert McDonald or Michael Bongiovanni were either the principal officer or a necessary witness.

http://abcnews.go.com/amp/US/georgia-officials-dismiss-89-cases-linked-f...

petey
May 2 2017 15:17
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CHARLESTON, S.C. — The former South Carolina police officer who was recorded on video when he opened fire on a fleeing black motorist, killing him, in 2015 will plead guilty on Tuesday, people familiar with the case said.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/02/us/michael-slager-walter-scott-north-...

petey
May 2 2017 15:19
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As family and friends mourned the death of a 15-year-old boy shot in the head by a police officer in a Dallas suburb over the weekend, the police chief said Monday that new evidence showed the killing did not unfold the way the authorities had originally claimed.

The Police Department in Balch Springs, Tex., said Sunday that the officer, whose name has not been released, fired on a car carrying the teenager, Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School in nearby Mesquite, Tex., because the car was reversing down a street toward the officer in an “aggressive manner.”

But Jonathan Haber, the police chief, told reporters at a news conference on Monday afternoon that video showed the opposite. He said the officer fired when the car was “moving forward as the officers approached,” according to The Associated Press. The Dallas County medical examiner’s report ruled the death a homicide caused by a “rifle wound” to the head.

Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Edwards family, praised the police chief for his willingness to admit the department’s mistake and called the new account “a big deal.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/us/dallas-police-teen-shooting.html

petey
May 6 2017 14:44
petey wrote:
Quote:
As family and friends mourned the death of a 15-year-old boy shot in the head by a police officer in a Dallas suburb over the weekend, the police chief said Monday that new evidence showed the killing did not unfold the way the authorities had originally claimed.

The Police Department in Balch Springs, Tex., said Sunday that the officer, whose name has not been released, fired on a car carrying the teenager, Jordan Edwards, a freshman at Mesquite High School in nearby Mesquite, Tex., because the car was reversing down a street toward the officer in an “aggressive manner.”

But Jonathan Haber, the police chief, told reporters at a news conference on Monday afternoon that video showed the opposite. He said the officer fired when the car was “moving forward as the officers approached,” according to The Associated Press. The Dallas County medical examiner’s report ruled the death a homicide caused by a “rifle wound” to the head.

Lee Merritt, a lawyer for the Edwards family, praised the police chief for his willingness to admit the department’s mistake and called the new account “a big deal.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/01/us/dallas-police-teen-shooting.html

update

Quote:
A police officer in a Dallas suburb was charged with murder on Friday, six days after he fired his rifle into a car full of teenagers leaving a party, killing a black 15-year-old in the front passenger seat.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/05/us/roy-oliver-charged-murder-dallas-p...

Steven.
May 27 2017 10:05

17/01/17, London: three police officers launch violent unprovoked attack on man going home
http://www.standard.co.uk/news/london/three-met-police-officers-launched...

Steven.
May 27 2017 14:58

26/5/17: cops attack a group of kids hanging out in a park in England, filmed on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/max.vierling.7/posts/1128123010626780

petey
May 31 2017 21:55

"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."

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/king-cops-kill-3-unarmed-teens-...

petey
Jun 8 2017 17:50
Quote:
A group of New Jersey cops was caught on cell phone video kicking and beating an innocent bystander who had been burnt by a car that crashed while trying to flee police.

...

The victim, who has not been identified, suffered severe burns and is fighting for his life at the hospital, a friend of the victim told NJ.com.

...

The bystander, who has not been identified, was driving along Tonnelle Ave. at that time and was badly injured by the flames, NBCNewYork reported. Cops were seen on the video kicking the man, who was on fire, after he rolled out of his car.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/video-shows-n-cops-kicking-burn...

petey
Jun 17 2017 03:15

Minnesota Officer Acquitted in Killing of Philando Castile

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/16/us/police-shooting-trial-philando-...