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.

Comments

petey
Jun 26 2013 17:55
Steven. wrote:
New article on cops' T-shirts and what it says about their culture:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/21/what-cop-tshirts-tell-us-_n_3479017.html

these things are popular also amongst military, i've seen shirts reading "takin out the trash" with "bad guys" (i.e. people in turbans) being the "trash"

Steven.
Jul 9 2013 17:09

June 08 2012, US: police officer charged with murder of a Sunday school teacher had previously been disciplined and had issues before being hired:
http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-06-08/local/35459006_1_culpeper-police-filings-police-officer

flaneur
Jul 11 2013 09:43

Police in Manchester kill man using a taser: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-23265905

Joseph Kay
Jul 13 2013 17:31
Joseph Kay
Jul 13 2013 17:48

Drunk banker yells racial abuse at couple, gets punched, the black guy is arrested.

http://gawker.com/racist-goldman-sachs-employee-gets-punched-in-face-bla-769148234

Steven.
Jul 14 2013 17:00

July 14, 2013 - Police, security guards and vigilantes kill one black man every 28 hours in the US:
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/1-black-man-killed-every-28-hours-police-or-vigilantes-america-perpetually-war-its?paging=off

July 14, 2013 - Open season effectively declared on black boys following acquittal of the killer of Trayvon Martin:
http://libcom.org/library/open-season-black-boys-gary-younge

Steven.
Jul 21 2013 11:37

Thames Valley police carry out sustained campaign of harassment against the ex-girlfriend of one of its officers, including blocking several jobs:
http://www.private-eye.co.uk/sections.php?section_link=in_the_back&issue=1344

Steven.
Jul 22 2013 10:55

22 July 2013, UK: anti-fascist protester has leg broken by police, then they interrogate her in accident and emergency:
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/antifascistprotester-claims-police-brokeher-leg-at-rally-8725068.html

Steven.
Jul 22 2013 16:50

9 July 2013, US: NYPD cop reveals what a waste of time their policing strategy is, ticketing people for non-offences to get numbers:
http://reason.com/blog/2013/07/09/disgruntled-nypd-officer-reveals-world-o

Spikymike
Jul 25 2013 17:33

Cynthia Jarrett died in 1985 during a police raid and PC Blakelock died in the ensuing riot.

The police campaign of revenge for this involved fitting up various local people off the estate - long since exposed, but the police have long memories and now 28 years later have decided to pin it all on one person just 17 years old back then.

There is an article about this by Stafford Scott formerly of the Broadwater Farm Defense Campaign in todays UK Guardian newspaper with some background to this.

Steven.
Jul 26 2013 17:30

July 2013, US: NYPD cop forwards naked photos and videos to himself from a woman who was arrested-
http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/woman-sues-nypd-cop-over-stealing-nude-photos

Steven.
Jul 29 2013 09:15

July 27, 2013, US: 60-year-old black man shot by police in his own front garden getting a cigarette from his mother's car in the driveway after putting his hands up
http://www.pnj.com/article/20130728/NEWS11/307280027/Deputies-shoot-at-man-in-his-yard

Steven.
Jul 29 2013 19:57

29 July 2013, US: East Baton Rouge police entrap gay men and arrest them for agreeing to private consensual sex, using an anti-sodomy law that was ruled unconstitutional a decade ago:
http://thinkprogress.org/lgbt/2013/07/29/2370841/louisiana-sheriffs-office-ignorance-masturbation/

Fleur
Jul 30 2013 00:25

18 year old Sammy Yatim shot dead by Toronto police in a streetcar. There were at least a dozen police and nine bullets were discharged, after which they boarded the streetcar and tazered him. The video is pretty clear what happened.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2013/07/29/toronto-streetcar-shooting-video-questions.html

commieprincess
Jul 30 2013 07:34

Police in Brazil line up dozens of naked prisoners to shoot and gas them.

http://badcopsoncamera.com/police-in-brazil-line-up-dozens-of-naked-prisoners-to-shoot-and-gas-them/

Steven.
Jul 30 2013 09:44
commieprincess wrote:
Police in Brazil line up dozens of naked prisoners to shoot and gas them.

http://badcopsoncamera.com/police-in-brazil-line-up-dozens-of-naked-prisoners-to-shoot-and-gas-them/

yeah, I've seen this doing the rounds this morning, but not from any major news outlets. Some websites for claiming these were public transport price protesters, however some comments on them were saying that this footage is from a while ago (maybe January this year) and is unconnected to the protests. If anyone can find out when it is from that would be great

Cooked
Jul 30 2013 10:23

Swedish police beat harmless drunk. Made the news big time. I hesitated to post it as it has a few to many ingredients that fits the media narrative and makes it newsworthy.

commieprincess
Jul 30 2013 10:32
Steven. wrote:
commieprincess wrote:
Police in Brazil line up dozens of naked prisoners to shoot and gas them.

http://badcopsoncamera.com/police-in-brazil-line-up-dozens-of-naked-prisoners-to-shoot-and-gas-them/

yeah, I've seen this doing the rounds this morning, but not from any major news outlets. Some websites for claiming these were public transport price protesters, however some comments on them were saying that this footage is from a while ago (maybe January this year) and is unconnected to the protests. If anyone can find out when it is from that would be great

Yeah as far as I could tell, it looked like it was filmed in January. Still tho, maybe gives a bit of context to the protests if that's the sort of shit that happens to prisoners sad

Steven.
Jul 30 2013 11:12
commieprincess wrote:
Yeah as far as I could tell, it looked like it was filmed in January. Still tho, maybe gives a bit of context to the protests if that's the sort of shit that happens to prisoners :(

yeah definitely, and it wasn't even long ago that this happened:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carandiru_massacre

Steven.
Jul 30 2013 16:15

29 July 2013, US: uniformed police officers in Detroit pistol whipping and robbing civilians at gunpoint:
http://www.informationliberation.com/?id=44556

Steven.
Jul 30 2013 18:14

July 27, 2013, US: a police informant is caught on tape planting crack on a black shop owner who police then charged with possession and dealing:
http://www.africanglobe.net/headlines/surveillance-video-catches-police-informant-planting-crack-black-business-owner/

Steven.
Jul 31 2013 10:22

July 27, 2013, US: Nevada court police officer sexually assaults woman in family court then arrests her for complaining about it in front of the judge, who ignores the complainant completely
http://thecalreport.com/2013/07/26/court-marshall-sexually-assaults-women-in-front-of-judgethen-arrests-her/

Chilli Sauce
Aug 1 2013 07:47

Don't know if this has already made the list, but a university student was arrested at a 420 celebration and then locked in a jail cell for 4 days without food and water. The police claim they forgot about and no officer has been charged in the incident:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incarceration_of_Daniel_Chong

Joseph Kay
Aug 2 2013 16:24
Fleur
Aug 2 2013 18:18
Quote:
Police fine man $147 for sitting under tree

Possibly not the most severe example of police abuse of power but it is causing a fair amount of ambient fury here. I had no idea it was illegal to sit on the grass here and the rationale that the police routinely fine homeless people for sitting on the grass, so they only think it's fair to fine non-homeless people now confused
Also today, a woman was fined $219 for not having exact change for the bus. Having spent the day in the ER with her toddler, didn't have the right change, got busted by the transport police and told she was really lucky and the fine could have been a lot higher. They seem to be going out of their way to fine people, bypassing giving people a warning first.
Mass arrests seem to be in vogue with the SPVM these days. As soon as a group gathers together, they're kettled and arrested. In response to the Student Strike, various by-laws were passed and they seem to be enforcing them with great gusto.
eg: Mass arrests at critical mass demo
http://rabble.ca/news/2013/07/critical-mass-arrest-eyewitness-account-montreal-police-repression-monthly-bike-ride

Honestly, they've been given an extension of their power and they're damned determined to make sure they exercise it.

EDIT: I'm going to find a nice spot of public grass and I'm going to bloody well sit on it later today.

Steven.
Aug 3 2013 01:03

2 August, 2013, US: apparently for the second time in recent weeks, three Minneapolis police are under internal investigation for racially abusing black men at a bar and getting involved in a brawl:
http://kstp.com/news/stories/s3118405.shtml

flaneur
Aug 3 2013 02:27

Warwickshire cop taking upskirt photos and found with indecent images of a child receives a community order sentence: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-coventry-warwickshire-23553467

Steven.
Aug 9 2013 08:43

07/08/13, US: Miami police taser and kill an 18-year-old spraying graffiti on an empty building already covered with graffiti, then high-five as he dies
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/07/israel-hernandez-taser_n_3722420.html?utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false

Steven.
Aug 17 2013 11:42

August 15, 2013, Indiana: police threatened to taser black firefighter and pastor in the face for waving at them:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/08/15/indiana-police-threaten-to-taser-black-firefighter-in-the-face-for-waving-at-them/

August 13, 2013, Texas: cop goes nuts at three black kids for filming outside a Walmart, threatening to taser them:
http://progressivepopulist.org/2013/08/13/texas-cop-goes-nuts-on-young-black-men-filming-at-walmart-did-they-break-any-laws-video/

Steven.
Aug 30 2013 16:40

29/08/13 US: video released of Georgia prison officers beating prisoners taking part in the state's 2010 strike against prison slave labour with hammer. No officers were charged or disciplined in any way:
http://libcom.org/news/georgia-inmates-beaten-hammers-during-2010-prisoners-strike-new-video-released-30082013