Tag Archives: police violence

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

France: Dozens arrested in clashes over alleged police baton rape

Source: Yahoo! News

"Thirty-seven people were arrested in the Paris suburbs when clashes erupted after a protest over the assault of a young black man allegedly sodomised with a police truncheon, a police source said Sunday. Around 2,000 people demonstrated Saturday outside a courthouse to demand justice for Theo, a 22-year-old youth worker who required surgery after his arrest last week in the gritty suburb of Aulnay-sous-Bois. The protest in the northern suburb of Bobigny near Aulnay-sous-Bois was peaceful at the start but groups of demonstrators later clashed with police and went on the rampage, attacking cars, shops and public property." (02/12/17)

https://www.yahoo.com/news/clashes-french-protest-over-alleged-police-rape-033331058.html

CA: LAPD police union whines over settlement for family of man its members killed

Source: Los Angeles Times

"The union representing Los Angeles police officers says it's 'unfortunate' the city council approved a $1.5 million settlement with the family of a mentally ill black man who was fatally shot by police during a[n alleged] struggle over an officer's gun. Los Angeles Police Protective League President Craig Lally says Wednesday the settlement with Ezell Ford's family sends the wrong message. … A police oversight board had found the officers had no reason to stop Ford, violating department policy." [editor's note: I agree it's the wrong message for the taxpayers to foot the settlement bill. If the killers were required to cover the check — perhaps with help from their union — it would encourage more responsible behavior – TLK] (02/08/17)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/the-latest-union-decries-settlement-in-la-police-shooting/2017/02/08/235a5606-ee4f-11e6-a100-fdaaf400369a_story.html

Cleveland police: A culture of "did nothing wrong"

Source: Cop Block
by Deo Odolecki

"The Cleveland police have been ordered to pay 2.25 million dollars to the family of Tanisha Anderson: A Cleveland woman who was having a mental breakdown when Cleveland police slammed her to the ground killing her. This settlement comes on the back of the Dan Ficker settlement, the Tamir Rice settlement, the Timothy and Mallisa settlement, the … Is anyone else noticing a trend here? … While police supporters in Ohio kiss the rings of the local police departments, and while the union rep Steve Loomis continues to deny any wrong doing in any of these cases, the settlements keep rolling in. That is over 16 million dollars that the taxpayers of Cuyahoga County will have to shell out for police misconduct with not one of them spending a single day in jail!! The city officials, the police chief, the police union, and countless copsuckers in Ohio continue to say, 'We did nothing wrong.'" (02/06/17)

http://www.copblock.org/171204/cleveland-police-a-culture-of-did-nothing-wrong/

Don't trigger Sheriff Snowflake — or he may have you killed

Source: Pro Libertate
by William Norman Grigg

"Sheriff David Clarke of Wisconsin's Milwaukee County is the most fragile of precious snowflakes, and one of the most self-enraptured petty tyrants in recent American history. While settling in for a January 15 flight from Dallas to Milwaukee, Clarke — attired in Dallas Cowboys fan regalia – was asked by fellow passenger Dan Black if he was, indeed, the sheriff. When Clarke grunted in the affirmative, Black shook his head in well-earned disgust and proceeded to his seat. From behind, Black heard the truculent tax-feeder ask if he had a 'problem,' to which the puzzled man shook his head in reply. When Black disembarked at Milwaukee's Mitchell International Airport, he was surrounded by a thugscrum of Clarke's deputies, who detained and questioned him regarding his views of their boss. Black remained in custody until he was escorted from the airport. After Black filed a complaint with the county commission, Clarke published the document on his department's Facebook page — supplementing it with a threat to assault any other Mundane who gives him a dirty look." (01/28/17)

http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2017/01/dont-trigger-sheriff-snowflake-or-he.html