Tag Archives: police violence

CA: Cops claim teen they killed was holding a BB gun

Source: NBC 4 New York

“Officers shot and killed a teenager in the parking lot of his high school in San Diego Saturday morning after the teen called police to check on him and then allegedly pulled out a BB gun and pointed it at the officers. According to San Diego Police Department (SDPD) Acting Homicide Capt. Mike Holden, the 15-year-old boy called police asking officers to conduct a welfare check on a minor — himself — near Torrey Pines High School (TPHS) in Carmel Valley just before 3:30 a.m. …. Holden said that as the officers got out of their patrol car, the teenager pulled a gun out of his waistband ‘and pointed it directly at one of the officers.” (05/07/17)


TX: Police department fires cop who murdered teenager

Source: Buzzfeed News

“A suburban Dallas police department fired the officer who shot and killed a black teenager as he was leaving a house party on Saturday night, officials announced Tuesday. Jordan Edwards, a 15-year-old freshman at Mesquite High School, died after Balch Springs Police Officer Roy Oliver fired multiple rounds with his rifle into the car he was riding in. The car was filled with five teenagers, including Jordan’s two brothers, who were trying to leave an end-of-the-year party that had become unruly after cops arrived.” (05/03/17)


SC: Killer cop to plead guilty of federal civil rights violation in murder of Walter Scott

Source: ABC News

“A white police officer whose killing of a black motorist running from a traffic stop was recorded on a cellphone video agreed to plead guilty Tuesday to violating his civil rights, a conviction that could send him to prison for decades. As part of the plea deal, South Carolina prosecutors would drop the state’s murder case against Michael Slager, who was fired from the North Charleston police force when the bystander’s video became public. … Slager still faces the possibility of life in prison as well as $250,000 in fines, but prosecutors are proposing a sentence based on federal guidelines for a second-degree murder conviction, which recommend more than 20 years.” (05/02/17)


TX: Police change story in shooting death of black teen

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

“The police on Monday changed their story about the shooting death of 15-year-old Jordan Edwards by a Balch Springs, Texas, officer. The car in which Jordan was riding was not backing toward officers ‘in an aggressive manner,’ as police initially described, Police Chief Jonathan Haber said. Rather, police video shows that the car was actually driving away when an officer fired his rifle into the vehicle, striking Jordan in the head, Haber said. Jordan was killed Saturday night as he and four other teenagers left the scene of a house party at the home of another teen. A neighbor had called police, saying he thought teenagers were drinking at the house.” (05/02/17)


What does it take to convict a cop?

Source: Mother Jones
by Michael Sokolove

“Of all the police shootings that had been captured by citizens, this one was the most shocking. To many observers, it was unambiguous: An unarmed black man runs. A white cop coldly takes aim, shoots him multiple times in the back, and then appears to plant evidence — the Taser, which [Michael] Slager had retrieved from where they had scuffled — beside the body. … It is customary for police to close ranks around a colleague who is involved in a questionable shooting, but the emergence of Santana’s video three days after the incident made Slager a pariah. … It seemed as though the whole episode might finally answer the question: What does it take to convict a cop of murder? In early December, however, a jury of 12 citizens said it was unable to reach a consensus about Slager’s guilt or innocence — even on a lesser charge of manslaughter.” (04/17)


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)