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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Dec 14 2013 13:06

12/12/13: Texas university police shoot and kill unarmed student during a traffic stop in suspicious circumstances

Dec 17 2013 00:05

December 2013, US: police shoot and kill unarmed mother of three in alleged drugs raid

jef costello
Dec 17 2013 06:59

Radley Balko's 'The Rise of the Warrior Cop' is an interesting book about the miliatarisation of american police forces. Specifically the growth of SWAT teams and their use of military equipment largely to serve low risk drug warrants and the accompanying machismo that extends to their recruitment but is functionally useless as SWAT teams are actually pretty nervous about tackling people with guns rather than serving midnight no-knock warrants.

Chilli Sauce
Dec 18 2013 11:04

Woman who miscarried in private prison 'made to clean up after herself,' court told

A woman who had a miscarriage at a private prison was left to clean up after herself while the foetus remained in her cell, it has been alleged.

Although a nurse was present when remand prisoner Nadine Wright, 37, lost her baby, she says the foetus was left with her afterwards and that she had to clean up the blood.

Her barrister, Philip Gibbs, told Leicester Crown Court: “There was blood everywhere and she was made to clean it up.

“The baby was not removed from the cell. It was quite appalling. It was very traumatic. She only received health care three days later, after the governor intervened.”

The incident allegedly took place the day after Wright was taken into custody at HMP Peterborough on 23 November. It was not revealed in court how many months pregnant she was.

Mr Gibbs told the court that Wright had landed in prison after she stole £13.94 worth of food out of desperate hunger as she did not have the money to pay for it because she had not been given benefit payments she was entitled to...

Jan 1 2014 09:46

Unbelievably lenient sentence for cop who fingered suspects’ anuses

The end of 2013 brought a measure of closure to a long-running Milwaukee police scandal, though some say the officer — and his cohorts — who repeatedly and illegally shoved his fingers up black male suspects’ anal cavities got off with a light sentence considering the flagrant nature of his abuses.

The ringleader was identified as officer Michael Vagnini, a white man who routinely targeted black males as young as fifteen for sadistic — and blatantly illegal — anal searches.

One victim said that another officer put a gun to his head while Vagnini administered a choke hold, touched his scrotum and fingered his anus. Another man was probed so violently that he bled.

Wisconsin law clearly prohibits police officers from administering cavity searches. Only medical professionals may do so, and only when authorized by a warrant.

But lack of a warrant or a medical degree did not stop Vagnini from sticking his fingers inside a 15-year-old boy’s anus and touching his genitals during a traffic stop in December of 2011.

Jan 16 2014 19:24
Jan 28 2014 17:34

Not just a British or an American phenomenon, police murderers in Italy get their jobs back..

Aldrovandi killers to return to uniform

In Ferrara last week, on 22 January, a Department of Security disciplinary commission reinstated the four police officers responsible for the death of Federico Aldrovandi. Aldrovandi was a teenager when he was murdered on 25 September 2005 by being brutally beaten by the three men and a woman.

All four can now resume their old jobs because, thanks to various cover-ups which slowed the case down, they have not been dismissed from the police force.

Jan 29 2014 23:11

20.12.13: the police officers mentioned above who smashed up the car of an IKEA worker with baseball bats lose a libel trial against Channel 4 over their coverage of the attack:

Feb 3 2014 18:20

02/2/14: Michigan police officer forcibly cuts a restrained black woman's hair off. It is caught on film so the officer is fired, however it is clear that other police were involved, tying the woman to the chair and standing there while her hair is hacked off:

Feb 5 2014 11:26

03/02/14: UK police officer at an anti-fracking protest knocks pedestrian observer to the ground then attempts to frame him for drink-driving, caught on film

Feb 6 2014 22:14

Queensland police taser woman in the eye and hold her on the ground for 30 mins

Meanwhile, also in Queensland, two police charged raping a woman while on duty:

Also, reports in the Indonesia press that Australian Navy personnel killed two asylum seekers:

Google translation:

The group of illegal immigrants who were stranded in Pangandaran Beach, West Java, said two of their friends were killed as a result of physical abuse by police of Australia. An immigrant from Bangladesh, Hossein M Musharraf, said that physical abuse occurred when he was with his secured Australian ship. Police catch a boat carrying Australia earlier because they had entered Australian waters. "There are some immigrants from Iran who was beaten and trampled as well. fact, I hear there are two Iranian people died while on the ship. beating reason we do not understand. Culprit Australian police, white and uniform, "said Musharraf, who can speak Indonesian, at a temporary shelter Tasikmalaya district, Thursday (06/02/2014). According to Musharraf, two colleagues who died were aged 55 years and 22 years . "I do not know their names. However, I heard they died," he said. Initially when departing from Indonesia to Australia, he said, immigrants numbered 36 people. However, after Australian police returned, amount to 34 people. Musharraf also pointed to other Iranian fellow whose body suffered abrasions on the hands. His partner is also experiencing the same torture of Australian forces. During his time on board the Australian police, they face starvation. police provide little food in the form of cakes and drinks. "We are hungry. Love eating just a little bit," he said. expressed the same thing Monitoring and Enforcement Section Chief Immigration Office Tasikmalaya, Arief Hanafi. According to him, the information that two immigrants were killed has been learned from the narrative of the immigrants who secured. Previously, a boat containing dozens of illegal immigrants from the Middle East stranded in the coastal areas of Pangandaran Beach, West Java, on Wednesday (05/02/2014) night. They claimed the Australian marine police evicted after briefly crossing into Australian waters from Indonesia.

Feb 6 2014 23:03

5/2/14: UK police officer caught on video smashing up the car of a 70-year-old pensioner is awarded £440,000 compensation after being teased by colleagues

Feb 9 2014 22:15
Feb 19 2014 14:00

19/02/14 UK: two police accidentally leave voicemail for a 19-year-old victim of domestic violence calling her a "fucking slag" and "fucking bitch", because they turned up late to meet her to take a statement. Not suspended, but placed on "restricted duties".

Noah Fence
Feb 19 2014 18:48
Steven. wrote:
19/02/14 UK: two police accidentally leave voicemail for a 19-year-old victim of domestic violence calling her a "fucking slag" and "fucking bitch", because they turned up late to meet her to take a statement. Not suspended, but placed on "restricted duties".

Holy shit.

Mar 12 2014 18:48

NOW that's what I call police brutality!

Mar 12 2014 20:24

Cop drags to the floor and repeatedly punches woman he suspects of shoplifting with no provocation:

Mar 31 2014 16:05

Police shoot and kill an homeless man for camping, Alberquerque, USA.

TW: Video contains footage of police shooting.

FBI Investigating Albuquerque Police Shooting Of Camper

Edit: not sure if others can see the video above or not but here's a link to it if not:

Jun 18 2014 18:09

Not strictly law enforcement but South African mine owners are purchasing paintball equipped drones for crowd control in strike situations.

I know paintball markers are not new in police arsenals, Israel, Turkey, parts of the US use them but as far as I know this is the first time they've been used in conjunction with drone technology, and generally they're not seen as a serious weapon, after all people use them to play with. However, the ones used by the police (and in this case private security) are not to be confused with the sporting equipment, they're calibrated at a much higher velocity which is permitted for playing and what they shoot are not paintballs, they have chemical irritants, sometimes they're weighted with bismuth, they use plastic pellets which can break glass. A few years back a woman died in Boston when she took a hit with a pepperball from the police in the eye.

There seems to me to be a proliferation of "non-lethal" police weaponry, which largely seems to go uncommented upon in the mainstream, of which this is just one example.

Jun 18 2014 20:08

Pittsburgh, 16/06/2014: police officer attacks teenage girl at gay pride event

Jul 7 2014 18:08

California cop repeatedly punches pinned down woman in the head and face on the side of the road:

Jul 18 2014 22:58
The New York Police Department has launched an internal investigation into the death of a 43-year-old man whose final moments were captured in a video in which he can be heard gasping “I can’t breathe” over and over again after an officer is seen placing him in a chokehold, officials said.

The man, Eric Garner, died on Thursday afternoon as plainclothes officers tried to take him into custody on a street on Staten Island on charges of selling cigarettes, according to an account the police have released. A video, posted on the website of The New York Daily News, shows an argument of mounting intensity as Mr. Garner quarrels with a plainclothes officer about whether he would be arrested or not.

A 400-pound asthmatic Staten Island dad died Thursday after a cop put him in a chokehold and other officers appeared to slam his head against the sidewalk, video of the incident shows.

“I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!” Eric Garner, 43, repeatedly screamed after at least five NYPD officers took him down in front of a Tompkinsville beauty supply store when he balked at being handcuffed.

Within moments Garner, a married father of six children with two grandchildren, stopped struggling and appeared to be unconscious as police called paramedics to the scene..

Jul 19 2014 10:51

Petey, just saw the video of that on Facebook, so sad sad

Aug 1 2014 20:37
Aug 4 2014 08:22

UK police taser, pepper spray and restrain a man having an epileptic seizure, who then dies:

Aug 10 2014 22:52
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar said one shot was fired by the officer's gun inside the car during the struggle, hitting no one, and that the officer then fired multiple times at Michael Brown, 18, as he ran away.

Aug 11 2014 08:58

07/08/14, London: police officer is convicted of assaulting a mentally ill Somalian man and a taxi driver

jef costello
Aug 13 2014 20:30

Cop walks up behind another and punches him in the jaw. And how the hell do cops make 125 grand a year?

Aug 18 2014 19:33
On Monday night while, 1,800 miles away, Ferguson was rioting over the shooting of Michael Brown, Ezell Ford was walking down a street in Los Angeles.

It wasn’t the nicest street. Florence, where Ford was walking, has one of the highest rates of violence in Los Angeles County.

It’s not clear what Ford was doing. Ford had a history of mental illness and had been convicted of marijuana possession and illegal possession of a loaded firearm. In January, he was put on probation for trespassing in Long Beach. But there’s not yet information about what he was doing wrong, if anything. And it’s not yet clear why he was stopped by police.

What is clear: After he was stopped, Ford was killed, shot by two members of the Los Angeles Police Department.

jef costello wrote:
And how the hell do cops make 125 grand a year?

overtime maybe, though cops enjoy a good pay scale all over this area

Noah Fence
Aug 18 2014 19:55
Cop walks up behind another and punches him in the jaw.

I'm not a fan of any cop but if we're have to have them they should all follow this guys excellent example.