Tag Archives: police violence

CT: Bill would allow cops to use killer drones

Source: NBC News

"The way some lawmakers in Connecticut see it, weaponized drones represent a future for policing — and could be a necessary option in moments when lives are at stake. That's why a bill making its way through the state legislature would be the first in the nation to explicitly allow police to add lethal weapons to drones. The bill, H.B. 7260, moved overwhelmingly out of the Judiciary Committee last month and must pass the state's House and Senate before the session ends in early June. It's unclear whether this incarnation will go as far as the governor's desk, lawmakers say, after previous legislation on the topic failed to gain traction in recent years. Civil liberties groups are urging caution on the measure, citing concerns over privacy and when force would be used." [editor's note: Bad idea, but I guess it's OK — as long as the bill also respects the rights of mere civilians to deploy such weaponry. Oh, it doesn't? No deal, then – TLK] (04/27/17)


WI: Inmate died after guards kept water from him for a week

Source: Washington Post

"Just a few hours into Terrill Thomas’s eighth day in solitary confinement at the Milwaukee County Jail last year, correction officers found the 38-year-old man on the ground and not moving. He was dead. Thomas had spent his final days begging for water, inmates later told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, because jail staff had shut off the flow to the pipes in his cell as punishment for bad behavior. The cause of death was ultimately ruled 'profound dehydration' and the medical examiner classified it a homicide — meaning death at the hands of others — an announcement that drew a torrent of rage from Sheriff David Clarke, a tough-talking and loyal President Trump surrogate. Still, nearly a year later, no criminal charges have been filed in Thomas’s death. But an inquest this week by prosecutors could shed more light on the circumstances of the case, whether someone should be held responsible and, if so, who and for what." [hat tip — David Klaus] [editor's note: Clarke is the idiotic two-bit tyrant who had a guy detained for noticing that he was wearing a non-Wisconsin football team's jersey on game day and asking why – TLK) (04/25/17)


The problem with how Jeff Sessions talks about crime

Source: The Nation
by Collier Meyerson

"Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said that consent decrees — formal agreements between municipalities and the Department of Justice (DoJ) to improve local policing, often put in place in response to discriminatory practices — can 'reduce the morale of police departments.' He wasn’t just paying lip service to police officers; earlier in the month, Sessions ordered a review of all consent decrees across the United States. … 'Every place these decrees, and as you’ve mentioned some of these investigations have gone forward, we’ve seen too often big crime increases,' Sessions continued …. The Nation asked the Justice Department what evidence Sessions has connecting spikes in crime to cities under consent decree. A spokesperson for the agency declined to comment. This isn’t the first time Sessions has connected scrutinizing law enforcement to an increase in crime. During his confirmation hearings in February, Sessions falsely connected criticisms of police forces to high rates of crime in urban centers." (04/20/17)


Run for your life

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by John W Whitehead

"Daily, all across America, individuals who dare to resist — or even question — a police order are being subjected to all sorts of government-sanctioned abuse ranging from forced catheterization, forced blood draws, roadside strip searches and cavity searches, and other foul and debasing acts that degrade their bodily integrity and leave them bloodied and bruised. Americans as young as 4 years old are being leg shackled, handcuffed, tasered and held at gun point for not being quiet, not being orderly and just being childlike — i.e., not being compliant enough. Government social workers actually subjected a 3-year-old boy to a forced catheterization after he was unable to provide them with a urine sample on demand (the boy still wasn’t potty trained). The boy was held down, screaming in pain, while nurses forcibly inserted a tube into his penis to drain his bladder — all of this done because the boy’s mother’s boyfriend had failed a urine analysis for drugs." (04/19/17)


CA: Cop caught on video taking down, beating alleged jaywalker

Source: CBS News

"A Sacramento police officer has been placed on administrative leave after throwing a pedestrian to the ground and striking him in the face multiple times in an incident captured on video, CBS San Francisco reports. … According to police, the officer attempted to stop the man '“who was observed crossing the street unlawfully. … The officer then got out of his patrol car and tried to detain him, but the subject walked away.' Police say 'the pedestrian began removing his jacket, challenging the officer to fight. The officer charged at the pedestrian to take him into custody. For an unknown reason, the officer threw the pedestrian to the ground and began striking him in the face with his hand multiple times. Within a few moments, additional officers arrived to assist in handcuffing the suspect.' According to police, the beating victim was held in the Sacramento Main Jail and released Tuesday morning due to 'insufficient grounds to file a complaint.'" (04/12/17)


Recording police misconduct is just the beginning

Source: Reason
by JD Tuccille

"In a world in which police don't just bristle at recordings of their activities, but also threaten curious bystanders and delete inconvenient evidence, a new generation of mobile apps is making it easier for people to work together to monitor the cops — and maybe even replace them. … 'Cell 411 is ideal for use by activists, neighborhood watches, students, friends and other groups of people willing to organize themselves independently in order to manage and respond to emergencies.' Among those emergencies, creator Virgil Vaduva makes clear, are immigration raids and other encounters with law enforcement. He developed the app after being arrested during a protest and realizing he had no quick and easy way of summoning help. Users of the app can organize into networks to share messages, calls for assistance, video, and GPS coordinates. Cell 411 is available at both the App Store and Google Play. Police have already made it clear they don't like the app, with a PoliceOne reviewer claiming it 'could prove deadly for civilians and law enforcement.'" (04/11/17)


Sessions to Baltimore cops: Go back to murdering people while I review your plans to cut that out

Source: Time

"Baltimore's mayor and police chief worked closely with Justice Department investigators to scrutinize the city's police force and embraced a plan they crafted to overhaul the troubled department. So they were surprised by the Justice Department's sudden request Monday for more time to see how the proposed changes might conflict with the aggressive crime-fighting approach new Attorney General Jeff Sessions favors. Democratic Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis believed the proposed agreement would repair public trust in the police while also quelling violence. They swiftly voiced their opposition to the requested delay, and pledged to press ahead with the business of transforming the police department, with or without a court-enforceable consent decree." (04/04/17)


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)


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)


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)