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

Steven.
Aug 19 2014 09:48

15/08/14: father of three dies after 10 min beating from LAPD officers outside his home
http://laist.com/2014/08/15/video_man_dies_after_bloody.php

13/08/14: "mentally challenged" man, Ezell Ford, shot to death by LAPD. They later claim he went for one of their guns, so I guess we'll see…
http://laist.com/2014/08/13/ezell_ford_shooting.php

19/07/14, LA: mentally ill man hospitalised after being beaten by police officers for not leaving the basketball court quickly enough
http://laist.com/2014/07/19/sheriffs_deputies_under_investigati.php

… And of course Mike Brown, an unarmed black teenager is shot six times and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri. Days of rioting ensue. Discussion and updates here:
http://libcom.org/forums/news/ferguson-events-13082014

Steven.
Aug 21 2014 23:19

22/08/14, St Louis: just a few miles from where police killed Mike Brown, police shot and killed another black man on Tuesday. They initially claimed he was threatening them with a knife and came within 3-4 feet of them. But now video footage of the killing has surfaced, which shows that wasn't true. Basically a guy showing clear signs of psychological distress is pacing around about 10 feet from them saying "shoot me" when they fill him with bullets:
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cell-phone-video-emerges-refutes-st-louis-cops-version-shooting/

jonthom
Aug 24 2014 10:21

Researchers: Police likely provoke protestors — not the other way around

Quote:
New research from the University of California, Berkeley, shows that police are often the provocateurs of violence during demonstrations.

The Deciding Force project, who has been studying clashes between law enforcement and protestors in 192 cities during Occupy demonstrations in 2011, said that attacks by police against protesters in Ferguson, Mo., are part of a disturbing trend of law enforcement playing the role of agitator.

“Everything starts to turn bad when you see a police officer come out of an SUV and he’s carrying an AR-15,” said Nick Adams, a sociologist and fellow at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Data Science who has been heading the research at the Deciding Force Project. “It just upsets the crowd.”

Cooked
Aug 24 2014 10:50

Swedish police horse charges largely calm antifascist protest in Malmö.

They also drive a police van into people just standing around. The fascists from Svenskarnas Parti could including supporters all fit into ONE police van.

Steven.
Aug 26 2014 10:37

Cooked, those pictures with the horses are horrible! It is lucky nobody was killed.

15/08/14: New Orleans police officer turns off her video camera before shooting a man twice:
http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2014/08/15/new-orleans-cop-turns-body-cam-shooting-man/?doing_wp_cron=1408654180.5860400199890136718750

25/08/14: Georgia restores gun rights to ex-police officer who raped a domestic violence victim who had dialled 911, and also tried to sodomise her with his gun (further trigger warning for sexual violence). The same officer had also previously beaten a prisoner so badly his brain bled, and pressured at least 10 other women into sex to avoid arrest: Http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/08/25/3475106/georgia-restores-gun-rights-to-ex-cop-who-tried-to-sexually-assault-a-woman-with-his-gun/

Steven.
Aug 28 2014 12:51

26/08/14, Ohio: police shoot and kill an African-American man in Walmart who was leaning on a toy gun, talking on the phone and facing away from police:
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/26/video-shows-police-shot-ohio-man-on-sight-as-he-leaned-on-toy-gun-in-walmart-attorney-says/

27/08/14, Minnesota: police tase and arrest an African-American man for refusing to state his name (n.b. there is no law requiring people to give their name to police)
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/08/27/sitting-while-black-in-minnesota-cops-tase-man-for-not-stating-his-name/

Steven.
Aug 28 2014 14:38

25/08/14, Kansas: police shoot unarmed, suicidal teenager 16 times while his family begs them not to:
http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ottawa-police-shoot-unarmed-teen-16-times-family-begs/

petey
Sep 3 2014 23:03
Quote:
For decades, Florida has had a history of deadly, racially tinged police confrontations, many of them involving unarmed men, which have led to riots, protests and a steady undercurrent of rancor between minorities and the police. But in the past 20 years, not a single officer in Florida has been charged for using deadly force.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/04/us/challenges-seen-in-prosecuting-police-for-use-of-deadly-force.html

petey
Sep 4 2014 13:26
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From the moment Los Angeles police handcuffed him, Jorge Azucena told officers he needed help.

"I can't breathe, I can't breathe," he pleaded. "I have asthma, I have asthma."

In the half-hour or so after his arrest late one night last September, Azucena said over and over that he was struggling for breath. Numerous LAPD officers and sergeants heard his pleas for medical attention but ignored them even as his condition visibly worsened.

"You can breathe just fine," one sergeant told him. "You can talk, so you can breathe."

Azucena could not walk or stand by the time officers brought him to a South Los Angeles police station for booking. So they carried him into a cell, leaving him lying face-down on the floor. He was soon unconscious. When paramedics arrived shortly after, Azucena's heart had stopped.

http://www.latimes.com/local/crime/la-me-lapd-custody-death-20140823-story.html#page=1

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The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against a sheriff’s deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck cyclist Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas in December, officials announced Wednesday.

...

“Wood entered the bicycle lane as a result of inattention caused by typing into his (Mobile Digital Computer),” according to the declination letter prepared by the Justice System Integrity Division of the District Attorney’s Office and released Wednesday. “He was responding to a deputy who was inquiring whether the fire investigation had been completed. Since Wood was acting within the course and scope of his duties when he began to type his response, under Vehicle Code section 23123.5, he acted lawfully.”

http://www.dailynews.com/general-news/20140827/in-calabasas-death-of-cyclist-milton-olin-no-charges-against-typing-deputy

Ed
Sep 6 2014 14:41

There have been clashes on the outskirts of Naples over this and some cop cars have been smashed up.. I think a demo has been called for today as well..

Carabiniere who shot Naples boy probed - update

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Naples, September 5 - A Carabiniere who shot and killed a 17-year-old Naples boy after a chase Friday has been placed under investigation for manslaughter, judicial sources said. The unnamed officer, 22, has already been questioned in the death of Davide Bifolco, they said. Police said earlier the shot that killed Bifolco went off accidentally during a scuffle and one of the two other young man who ran a checkpoint with him with him had broken house arrest. Friends and relatives voice disbelief and outrage, damaging two police cars, one of which was almost completely destroyed.
Steven.
Sep 11 2014 19:10

01/09/14, Oklahoma: police officer charged with raping and sexually assaulting eight black women while on patrol
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/09/01/oklahoma-cop-accused-of-raping-black-women-finds-supporters-on-social-media/

06/09/14, Louisiana: police officer resigns after racist text messages sent from his phone, released
http://www.theroot.com/articles/culture/2014/09/louisiana_cop_quits_after_bigoted_texts_released.html?wpisrc=mostpopular

Ed
Sep 14 2014 13:45

LAPD Confuses Black Actress Kissing White Husband for Prostitute

Quote:
African-American actress Danièle Watts claims she was "handcuffed and detained" by police officers from the Studio City Police Department in Los Angeles on Thursday after allegedly being mistaken for a prostitute.

According to accounts by Watts and her husband Brian James Lucas, two police officers mistook the couple for a prostitute and client when they were seen showing affection in public. When the officers asked Watts to produce a photo ID when questioned, she refused. Watts was subsequently handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser while the officers attempted to figure out who she was. The two officers released Watts shortly afterwards.

petey
Sep 22 2014 19:46
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Several Los Angeles police officers are under investigation after being caught on camera beating and repeatedly body-slamming a woman during what was a routine traffic stop in Tujunga.

Surveillance footage of the incident was first obtained by local NBC LA. It shows the officers pushing her into a squad car, then giving congratulatory fist bumps to each other, celebrating their abuse of the woman.

http://countercurrentnews.com/2012/08/lapd-cops-busted-laughing-as-they-beat-handcuffed-nurse/

warning: picture at link

Steven.
Sep 22 2014 22:10

I think I posted that one couple of years ago!

Steven.
Sep 27 2014 10:48

24/09/14: US police officer filmed shooting an unarmed black man in a gas station. At least this time the officer has actually been charged, although with a relatively minor offence, rather than attempted murder:
http://www.wltx.com/story/news/local/2014/09/24/video-released-released-of-trooper-involved-shooting/16187305/

petey
Oct 8 2014 14:50
Quote:
Two cops have been disciplined after a disturbing video surfaced showing a 16-year-old boy pistol-whipped and beaten by cops — and now criminal charges could follow.

http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/brooklyn-suspended-pistol-whipping-teen-article-1.1965977

Quote:
I think I posted that one couple of years ago!

yikes it's from 2012

petey
Oct 9 2014 20:11

there's been a great deal of this sort of thing too

Quote:
Deputies shot and killed a man inside his Georgia home last month following an apparently bogus tip they received from a confessed meth addict and thief.

East Dublin resident David Hooks, 59, was killed because, according to Laurens County Sheriff Bill Harrell, he aggressively brandished a gun at the SWAT team that broke in his back door. But Mitchell Shook, a lawyer for Hooks' widow, contends that the sheriff has misled the public about the shooting and raid, which turned up no drugs.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/07/david-hooks-shooting-swat_n_5949318.html

notoriously,

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A Georgia grand jury has opted not to charge any police who took part in a drug raid that disfigured a toddler.

Bounkham (Bou Bou) Phonesavanh, then a 19-month-old toddler, lost part of his nose and left nipple, and suffered burns to his face, brain injuries and a collapsed lung when a police stun grenade exploded in the playpen he was sleeping in May 28.

The Habersham SWAT team executed a no-knock warrant on the Cornelia, Ga., home where Phonesavanh's family was staying after their Wisconsin home burned down earlier in the year. Police were searching for a relative they believed was a drug dealer who had a cache of weapons inside, but the Habersham County Sheriff later admitted they had no knowledge of children at the home.

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/charges-botched-ga-drug-raid-injured-baby-article-1.1965521

Serge Forward
Oct 9 2014 21:19

Police pepper sprayed this black lad with white foster parents in his own home: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/cops-pepper-spray-black-teen-home-mistaking-burglar-article-1.1967461

petey
Oct 21 2014 13:21
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An elderly woman got the last word after locking a police officer in her basement, and later suing the police.

Venus Green, who was 87 when she was handcuffed, roughed up and injured by police, will receive $95,000 as part of a settlement with Baltimore City. The city chose to settle the case instead of taking a chance in front of a jury.

"We thought we would have a difficult time in front of a city jury, or any jury," Baltimore City solicitor George Nilson said.

Green was so put out by what police officers did, the city said she locked one of them in her basement.

http://www.wbaltv.com/i-team/Woman-90-locked-officer-in-basement-settles-with-police/11028044

Steven.
Nov 3 2014 10:46

02/11/14 Austin, Texas: two police officers recorded making rape jokes
http://i100.independent.co.uk/article/police-joking-about-rape-will-make-you-despair-for-humanity--e17-Z_bzvx

petey
Nov 5 2014 22:32

http://m.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/nyc-cops-charged-beating-teen-sources-article-1.1999240

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Facing a rare police brutality rap, two NYPD cops are expected to be charged Wednesday for beating a Brooklyn teen with their fists and a gun, the Daily News has learned.

David Afanador and Tyrane Isaac are expected to surrender and answer an indictment for assault and official misconduct for the alleged caught-on-tape attack against 16-year-old Kahreem Tribble, according to multiple sources.

"a rare police brutality rap"

petey
Nov 6 2014 15:31

update

Quote:
The surveillance video starts with a 16-year-old running down a sidewalk in Brooklyn, with the police in pursuit.

The teenager, Kaheem Tribble, then slowed and faced an officer, Tyrane Isaac, who took a wild swing at his head. As another officer, David Afanador, approached, Mr. Tribble raised his hands; Officer Afanador swung his gun at the teenager’s mouth, breaking his teeth, prosecutors said.

The episode on Aug. 29 has led to criminal charges against the two officers, who were arraigned on Wednesday.

Officer Afanador, 33, was charged with felony-level assault, along with criminal possession of a weapon and official misconduct. Officer Isaac, 36, was charged with misconduct and misdemeanor assault.

...

The officers, both dressed in dark suits, did not speak at the hearing on Wednesday. They were released without bail.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/11/06/nyregion/2-new-york-city-officers-charged-with-assaulting-teenager.html

Steven.
Nov 7 2014 19:50

07/11/14: racist cops (and media) whine claiming Minneapolis mayor made gang signs with a known criminal, because she posed for a photograph with a black charity volunteer
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/11/07/1342840/--pointergate-may-be-the-most-racist-news-story-of-2014

Fleur
Nov 7 2014 20:06

Florida cop breaks 14 year old girl's arm, while attempting to carry out an illegal search of her cell phone.
http://www.alternet.org/florida-cop-breaks-14-year-old-girls-arm-during-warrantless-cell-phone-search

Steven.
Nov 8 2014 23:37

08/11/14: Evidence has been uncovered showing how the Metropolitan police colluded with companies running an illegal blacklist of building worker union activists
http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/nov/08/police-colluded-blacklist-construction-workers-consulting-association-union-activists

Steven.
Nov 23 2014 21:53

18/11/14: police officer in Denver indicted for murdering his wife for possibly smoking cannabis. He then tried to claim she committed suicide and was helped by a colleague to cover up evidence of the killing
http://filmingcops.com/woman-shot-in-the-head-executed-by-cop-because-she-might-be-smoking-marijuana/

19/11/14: police in Ventura, raid the house of an innocent family and throw a grenade into the bedroom of a two-year-old child, despite being warned he was there, burning him and causing him to be injured by broken glass
http://filmingcops.com/my-2-yr-old-son-is-in-there-cops-ignore-mother-and-throw-grenade-into-her-childs-room-child-hospitalized/

Fleur
Nov 23 2014 22:53

Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy in Cleveland, has died of his injuries. He was shot twice in the stomach by police. He was carrying a Airsoft replica gun. (For those who are not familiar, they fire little, usually plastic, pellets.)

http://www.wfsb.com/story/27458055/update-12-year-old-shot-in-officer-involved-shooting-at-cleveland-rec-center

Steven.
Dec 2 2014 10:19

29/11/14: Police in Florida fire on an unarmed black man carrying his daughter as he was trying to save her from a severe asthma attack
http://www.addictinginfo.org/2014/11/29/unarmed-black-man-and-daughter-shot-at-by-police-while-dad-tries-to-save-girl-from-asthma-attack-video/

petey
Dec 3 2014 23:19

no indictment in garner death

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/nyregion/grand-jury-said-to-bring-no-charges-in-staten-island-chokehold-death-of-eric-garner.html?ref=nyregion

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A Staten Island grand jury voted on Wednesday not to bring criminal charges in the death of Eric Garner, a black man who died after being placed in a chokehold by a white police officer.

The decision was reached after months of testimony, including from the officer who used the chokehold, Daniel Pantaleo. The grand jury reached its decision less than two weeks after a grand jury in Ferguson, Mo., declined to bring charges against a white officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown.

An autopsy by the city’s medical examiner found that Mr. Garner’s death was a homicide resulting from the chokehold and the compression of his chest by police officers.

petey
Dec 4 2014 14:33
Fleur wrote:
Tamir Rice, a 12 year old boy in Cleveland, has died of his injuries. He was shot twice in the stomach by police. He was carrying a Airsoft replica gun. (For those who are not familiar, they fire little, usually plastic, pellets.)

http://www.wfsb.com/story/27458055/update-12-year-old-shot-in-officer-involved-shooting-at-cleveland-rec-center

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-cleveland-tamir-rice-timothy-loehmann-20141203-story.html

Quote:
The rookie Cleveland police officer who fatally shot 12-year-old Tamir Rice last month had been deemed unfit for duty at a previous police department and was in the process of being fired when he resigned from his post, according to records released Wednesday.

Cleveland police have said Officer Timothy Loehmann, 26, shot Tamir as the boy held a toy gun at a recreation center on Nov. 22. Video released last week of the incident shows Loehmann and his partner, Frank Garmback, driving up within feet of Rice, then Loehmann shooting him at close-range seconds later.

...

According to Loehmann’s personnel records, released by the city of Independence, police officials were in the process of firing him when he resigned in December 2012. Supervisors described an emotionally unstable recruit with a “lack of maturity” and “inability to perform basic functions as instructed” during a weapons training exercise.