Tag Archives: police violence

Death at your door: Knock-and-talk police tactics rip a hole in the Constitution

Source: OpEdNews
by John Whitehead

"It was late on a Saturday night — so late that it was technically Sunday morning — and 26-year-old Scott was at home with his girlfriend playing video games when police, in pursuit of a speeding motorcyclist, arrived at Scott's apartment complex, assumed tactical positions with guns drawn and ready to shoot, and began pounding on his apartment door (because it had a light on and there was a motorcycle parked nearby). Understandably alarmed by the aggressive pounding on his door at such a late hour, Scott retrieved his handgun before opening the door. Upon opening the door, Scott saw a shadowy figure holding a gun outside his door. Police failed to identify themselves. Unnerved by the sight of the gunman, Scott retreated into his apartment only to have police immediately open fire on him. Of the six shots fired, three hit and killed Scott, who had no connection to the motorcycle or any illegal activity." (03/28/17)

https://www.opednews.com/articles/Death-at-Your-Door-Knock-by-John-Whitehead-Police_Police-Abuse-Of-Power_Police-Shooting_Police-State-170327-108.html

France: Clashes in Paris over police killing of Chinese man

Source: USA Today

"Violent clashes in Paris between police and protesters angry at the police killing of a Chinese man in his home have left three police officers injured and 35 protesters arrested, authorities said Tuesday. Demonstrators, who were from the Asian community, had gathered in the multicultural 19th district on the French capital's northeastern edge, police official Agnes Thibault Lecuivre said. They were paying homage to a Chinese man killed Sunday by a police officer, outraged by reports that he was shot in his home in front of his children while he was cutting up fish. Police say the officer fired in self-defense during a raid because the victim, whom Chinese media say is Chinese, wounded an officer with a bladed weapon." (03/28/17)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/03/28/clashes-paris-over-police-killing-chinese-man/99719382/

IL: ICE thugs shoot man while trying to abduct his son

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

"A man was shot by a federal immigration agent on Monday morning in the front doorway of his Belmont Central neighborhood home on the Northwest Side. Authorities said the 53-year-old pointed a weapon at U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as they tried to arrest his son. But an attorney for the man's family says he was unarmed, and that the agents had no grounds to detain his 23-year-old son, a U.S.-born citizen. 'I really don't know what [ICE agents] were doing there, and I don't think they do either,' attorney Thomas Hallock said. 'It's bizarre.'" (03/28/17)

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/officer-involved-shooting-reported-on-nw-side/

NYPD cop who killed unarmed teen quits before he's fired

Source: CNN

"A New York police officer who fatally shot unarmed teen Ramarley Graham during a 2012 chase, resigned Sunday after an internal disciplinary trial on Friday. According to an NYPD statement, police officer Richard Haste quit after the NYPD trial commissioner 'found him guilty on all counts and recommended his employment be terminated.' … Federal prosecutors closed their investigation in March 2016, saying there was insufficient evidence for a criminal civil rights case against Haste for the shooting. In 2013, Haste pleaded not guilty to charges of first- and second-degree manslaughter for the February 2, 2012 shooting of 18-year-old Graham. A Bronx Supreme Court Judge later dismissed the manslaughter indictment against Haste." (03/27/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/03/27/us/new-york-shooting-ramarley-graham-cop-resigns/

Public record

Source: Common Sense
by Paul Jacob

"Police departments nationwide have begun to outfit their on-duty officers with body cameras. These small recording devices make great sense, so we can better judge police encounters. And it turns out that not only do police behave better when wearing body cameras, so do the citizens with whom they interact. Yet, cameras aren't magic. They do not work when turned off. And video recorded by police offers little value when tampered with or deleted." (03/23/17)

http://thisiscommonsense.com/2017/03/23/publicrecord/

Stranger Fruit meets rotten fruit: Robert McCulloch and the Michael Brown shooting

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

"As the 2014 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson was litigated in the court of public opinion, Ferguson's police department released video which appeared to show Brown robbing a local store a few minutes before his fatal encounter with Wilson. A new documentary, Stranger Fruit, includes additional, mostly previously unnoticed, footage which seems to call that interpretation (and the attendant perception of Brown's character) into question. Filmmaker Jason Pollock believes it shows that what happened was not a robbery, but an exchange of marijuana for cigarillos. … the last person entitled to have his opinion on the matter taken seriously is St. Louis County, Missouri prosecutor Robert McCulloch. McCulloch calls Pollock's theory 'just stupid' and 'just nonsense.' But it was McCulloch whose epic, and apparently intentional, mishandling of the formal investigation made speculative inquiries like Pollock's inevitable. Stranger Fruit exists because Robert McCulloch wanted neither to do his job nor to be seen as not doing it." (03/15/17)

http://thegarrisoncenter.org/archives/9762

In Chicago, bad policing doesn't stop crime

Source: Reason
by Steve Chapman

"It's not only the Justice Department that has found that Chicago police engage in needless brutality. Crain's Chicago Business reported last year that misconduct cases have cost the city $662 million in judgments, settlements and outside legal fees since 2004. If ferocious methods were the solution to crime, Chicago would be suffering a shortage of criminals. Even before last year's jump, though, its homicide rate far surpassed those of New York and Los Angeles. But when cops misuse their authority, residents of high-crime areas regard them as an occupying force they should fear, not an ally they should assist." (03/13/17)

http://reason.com/archives/2017/03/13/in-chicago-bad-policing-doesnt-stop-crim

NY: Former NYPD cop kills himself as FBI closes in

Source: New York Post

"A hulking former NYPD cop blew himself away Wednesday in front of FBI agents who were about to arrest him as part of a quadruple homicide and cocaine conspiracy, police sources told The Post on Wednesday. Gerard Benderoth, 48 — nicknamed 'White Rhino' from his days as a strongman competitor — killed himself on a quiet suburban road in Rockland County around 8:20 a.m. after feds pulled him over. … US Attorney Preet Bharara had already busted Benderoth's retired Westchester cop pal Nicholas Tartaglione in December — and slapped him with four murder charges along with drug conspiracy." [editor's note: That's odd. Usually Bharara IS the corrupt cop, not BUSTING the corrupt cop – TLK] (03/08/17)

http://nypost.com/2017/03/08/hulking-ex-nypd-officer-kills-himself-during-fbi-stop/

MN: Yanez to be tried in Castile murder

Source: CBS News

"A Minnesota judge on Wednesday declined to dismiss charges against a police officer who shot and killed a black man during a July traffic stop, saying it's fair and reasonable for the case to go to trial. Ramsey County District Court Judge William Leary III said St. Anthony Police Officer Jeronimo Yanez will enter a plea at a Feb. 27 hearing. His attorneys have indicated he will plead not guilty to manslaughter and other counts in the shooting death of Philando Castile. Castile was killed July 6 after he was pulled over in the St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights. The shooting's gruesome aftermath was streamed live on Facebook by his girlfriend, who was in the car along with her young daughter. Prosecutors said the 32-year-old elementary school cafeteria worker told Yanez he was armed and then was shot seven times. Authorities later discovered Castile had a permit to carry a weapon." (02/15/17)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/philando-castile-case-cop-to-be-tried-in-minn-traffic-stop-shooting/

Meet the new "specially protected class"

Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

"Adams Lin literally fainted as he read a court order authorizing federal marshals to confiscate his property. The officers seized his car, his designer clothes, a flat-screen television, golf clubs, computer, and even his treasured Samurai sword. Unlike countless other Americans who have been pillaged by federal law enforcement officials, Lin was not a victim of the officially sanctioned plunder called civil asset forfeiture. His property was confiscated after Lin's boss failed to make a $200,000 payment toward the $22.4 million civil damage award granted to a man who was left paralyzed through Lin's occupational misconduct. Lin's boss is Palm Beach County, Florida Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, and he has adamantly refused to make payments to Dontrell Stephens, who was shot by Lin after the panicking deputy mistook the 19-year-old's cell phone for a gun. … Owing to his service as an asset of the state's punitive apparatus, Lin was able to get his confiscated property back. His victim, of course, remains paralyzed." (02/13/17)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2017/02/meet-new-specially-protected-class.html