Tag Archives: police violence

OK: Cop convicted of killing daughter's boyfriend after three mistrials

Source: New York Daily News

"An Oklahoma ex-cop has been convicted of killing his daughter’s boyfriend in a verdict that came after three previous attempts to put him in prison. Shannon Kepler was off-duty in August 2014 when he shot and killed 19-year-old Jeremy Lake, the young Tulsa man who had been dating his daughter Lisa. The 57-year-old police officer has said that he was acting in self-defense, saying at trial that he believed Lake had a gun and that 'it was either him or me.' No weapons were found on Lake or at the scene of the shooting. Lake’s aunt said that her loved one was extending his hand for a shake when he was shot." [editor's note: For some reason the headlines always seem to refer to people who were cops at the times of their crimes as "ex-" or "former" cops. Sort of like "former bank robber convicted of bank robbery," since the guy hasn't robbed banks since being arrested – TLK] (10/19/17)


The CDC, like the FBI, dramatically undercounts deaths at the hands of police

Source: Reason
by Scott Shackford

"The media do a better job at keeping track of who the government kills than the government does. Go figure. By 'who the government kills,' I specifically mean who the police kill. A new study released this week shows that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which tracks stats on causes of death in the National Vital Statistics System, seriously undercounts how many people in the United States are killed during encounters with police. The report was put together by researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health, who compared the CDC's numbers for 2015 to The Guardian's database of people killed in police encounters in the United States. Not only did the CDC undercount the deaths, but it did so dramatically, catching only half of them. The researchers counted 1,166 fatalities that year. The Guardian's database caught 1,086 of them. The CDC registered only 643." (10/12/17)


UT: Cop caught on video assaulting nurse is fired

Source: New York Daily News

"A Utah police officer who was caught on video dragging a nurse out of the hospital after she refused to let him draw blood has been fired. Salt Lake City Police Det. Jeff Payne was given the boot after the department found he had violated its policies when arresting nurse Alex Wubbels on July 26, a police spokesman said. … The two initially engaged in a heated argument after Wubbels told Payne he either needed a warrant or the patient’s consent to draw blood. Lt. James Tracy, Payne’s supervisor, was demoted. He was at the scene and told Wubbels that she should’ve let Payne draw blood. The nurse was released and never charged." (10/10/17)


UT: Body cam footage shows cop shooting man in the back

Source: United Press International

"Salt Lake City authorities released body camera footage last week of a police officer fatally shooting a man as he ran away and ruled the shooting to be justified. The incident occurred August 13 when Salt Lake police officers stopped Patrick Harmon, 50, for allegedly riding his bicycle in an erratic manner and not having a red safety light. Harmon had an open warrant for an aggravated assault charge and was placed under arrest. But before officers could place him in handcuffs, Harmon ran." (10/09/17)


GA: Sheriff, deputies indicted after illegal searches of students

Source: Florida Times-Union

"The sound system squawked at 8 a.m., just as the school day was revving up at Worth County High School. The campus was now on lockdown, the announcement said. Neither the teachers nor students at the south Georgia school knew what was going on. For the next four hours, 40 uniformed officers — the entire staff of the Worth County Sheriff’s Office — fanned through the school in Sylvester, ordering students against the walls of classrooms and hallways, demanding the kids hand over their cellphones. All 900 students were searched, part of a drug sweep ordered by Sheriff Jeff Hobby. He did not have a warrant. … By noon, when cells phones were handed back and classes resumed, no drugs had been found. … students came forward charging they had been inappropriately groped and manhandled by deputies. A class-action federal civil suit followed. And now, this week a grand jury indicted Hobby and two deputies for their part in the high school raid. Hobby faces charges of sexual battery, false imprisonment, and violation of oath of office." (10/06/17)


Catalonia gripped by general strike to protest Spanish police violence during independence vote

Source: Washington Post

"Trade unions in Catalonia led a general strike Tuesday that closed down businesses and led to highway blockages in protest against police violence during the region’s chaotic independence vote. Huge crowds poured through the streets of Barcelona in the latest act of defiance against the central government and its rejection of Sunday’s referendum that backed Catalonia’s long-held ambitions for autonomy. Some marches were led by firefighters in orange jackets and yellow helmets, others were guided by leftist theater troupes and involvedfamilies with children in strollers. Protesters — some riding on farm tractors — shut down major highways, including a long tunnel the crosses from northeast Spain into France. Schools, universities, offices, small businesses and bars across the region of 7 million people were closed." (10/03/17)


US DoJ redacts vast majority of documents related to Ferguson

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The U.S. Department of Justice identified 400 pages of documents related to its Community Oriented Policing Services office’s actions in the wake of the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown by then-Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, but a vast majority were either totally or partially redacted before being released under the Freedom of Information Act. Responding to an almost three-year-old FOIA request from the Post-Dispatch, DOJ FOIA Officer Chaun Eason determined that only 55 pages — mostly mundane COPS office communications about travel to St. Louis, talking-points memos, press releases, and other non-revelatory material — were totally releasable to the newspaper. Almost two-thirds of the documents were totally redacted without any other reference to the person or persons who created them, the person or persons to whom they were intended, or the topic of the material withheld." (10/03/17)


NYC: On-duty cops "handcuffed 18-year-old girl, took her to deserted spot and raped her"

Source: Independent [Ireland]

"An 18-year-old girl says two NYPD officers raped her after arresting her, according to reports. Two detectives and their supervisor have been stripped of their badges and guns while the NYPD Internal Affairs’ Bureau’s investigation is ongoing, according to the New York Daily News. … According to her attorney, Michael David, she was handcuffed and driven by the police officers to a secluded spot where they forced her to perform sex acts on them. … The officers in question did not deny the sexual acts occurred, but both claimed they were consensual …" (10/02/17)


Any white cop can kill a black man at any time

Source: CounterPunch
by Don Fitz

"And the cop will not go to jail. This is what has sparked protests by thousands in St. Louis from September 15 through today. In 2011, St. Louis cop Jason Stockley fired 5-7 shots at Anthony Lamar Smith, killing him. Stockley claimed that Smith was selling drugs and chased him at high speed and shot him to defend himself. The story was briefly reported as another drug deal gone bad, and it was just incidental that the cop was white and the victim was black. But the case turned out to be a lot more than that." (09/22/17)


OK: Cop murders deaf man

Source: Chicago Tribune

"Oklahoma City police officers who opened fire on a man who was approaching them holding a metal pipe apparently didn't hear witnesses yelling that the man was deaf, the department said Wednesday. Police Capt. Bo Mathews said 35-year-old Magdiel Sanchez wasn't obeying the officers' commands before one shot him with a gun and the other with a Taser on Tuesday night. He said witnesses were yelling 'he can't hear you' before the officers fired, but the officers didn't hear them. Sanchez died at the scene. The officer who fired the gun, Sgt. Chris Barnes, has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation." (09/20/17)