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Tag: Police Abuse


How the Latest Attempt at Police Transparency in California Failed Miserably

As police scandals swirl in Northern California, a legislative effort to make the disciplinary records of officers available to the public comes up short.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE


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A Rundown of the Mind-Boggling Police Scandals in Oakland, California

So many scandals have emerged from the Oakland Police Department that it may be tough to make sense of it all. Thankfully, writer Aura Bogado offers a handy outline to untangle the web of lies, sex trafficking, murders, suicides, cover-ups and just general corruption allegedly going on.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



Officials Outraged After ‘Shocking’ Report on NYPD Kicking People Out of Homes

New York City officials said reforms were needed after a ProPublica investigation showed that the police have been locking out residents who haven’t been charged with a crime.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



VIDEO: Chicago Police Have ‘Disappeared’ 7,000 People Into Homan Square

Since 2004, police have allowed lawyers to see just 0.94 percent of people “disappeared” into Chicago’s “off-the-books interrogation warehouse,” reports Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE


Justice Is Blind









Posted on Aug 1, 2015 ENLARGE


Sandra Bland









Posted on Jul 25, 2015 ENLARGE



President Obama on Baltimore Uprising: ‘No Excuse for ... Violence’

President Obama addressed the ongoing unrest in Baltimore on Tuesday, admonishing demonstrators for changing the tone of the protests Monday, as he saw it, and characterizing the shift as one toward “senseless violence.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2015 READ MORE


Police Have Taken Over $2.5 Billion in Cash From Civilians Who Weren’t Even Charged With a Crime

Sunday, John Oliver dedicated his main story on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” to explaining civil forfeiture, a “shady process” that police departments across the country have been using to seize property with little justification.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



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Domestic Violence Kills More People Than War and It’s Not Just the NFL at Fault; It’s Police Too

If we focus only on the abusive acts of athletes such as Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson, we may miss the fact that in the U.S. the families at highest risk of domestic violence are actually relatives of law enforcement officials.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



Family Alleges Racism Compelled Utah Police to Shoot Darrien Hunt

“They killed my son because he’s black,” Susan Hunt told a local news outlet after the shooting of her son, 22-year-old Darrien Hunt, by police in Utah.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE


Funny or Die’s Satirical ‘Cops: Ferguson’ Episode Shows Just How Far Police Militarization Has Gone

“A lot of cities like to use violence as a last resort,” a Ferguson policeman played by David Koechner says in a recent Funny or Die video clip, “but we’ve found it’s pretty fun to use it as a first resort.”

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Mayberry Militarized









Posted on Aug 30, 2014 ENLARGE


Jon Stewart on Fox Ferguson Coverage: ‘White Cop Shoots Unarmed Black Teen’ Does Sound Terrible

“Do you not understand that life in this country is inherently different for white people and black people?” the “Daily Show” host asks of Fox News’ pundits on the show’s first day back from a summer break. 

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN


Michael Brown’s Funeral









Posted on Aug 27, 2014 ENLARGE


Beef Race









Posted on Aug 27, 2014 ENLARGE


Ferguson Police









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Ferguson









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Big Government









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MLK Meets Ferguson Cops









Posted on Aug 24, 2014 ENLARGE


Irony









Posted on Aug 21, 2014 ENLARGE



The Pastor, the Police Officer and the Political Activist: Three Perspectives on Ferguson

Police brutality against black men has become a shockingly common phenomenon in the U.S. The names of those who have died at the hands of law enforcement or their unofficial vigilante deputies over the past few years are too numerous to count.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE


Race Card









Posted on Aug 21, 2014 ENLARGE



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What Makes Michael Brown’s Killing Different From the Rest?

Mychal Denzel Smith, a contributing writer at The Nation, argues that the impetus behind the Ferguson protests isn’t the slaying of one unarmed black man since the incident is not uncommon in present-day America.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE


Post-Racial America Alert









Posted on Aug 21, 2014 ENLARGE


Let’s Talk About Race









Posted on Aug 20, 2014 ENLARGE


Military Plans









Posted on Aug 20, 2014 ENLARGE



Freedom of the Press Endangered in Ferguson

Several journalists have been arrested during protests held in Ferguson, Mo., over Michael Brown’s shooting; Egypt issues a statement urging the U.S. to employ “restraint” in the Missouri suburb, seemingly mocking similar statements from the American government in the past; meanwhile, the Arctic’s snow depth has fallen significantly in the past half century. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE


Premiering in Ferguson









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The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

A few facts you might have missed about the flow of military equipment and tactics to local law enforcement.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Missouri Policeman Threatens Al-Jazeera Journalist: ‘I’ll Bust Your Head Open’

Some police officers in St. Louis County, Mo., have apparently taken longer than others to notice that the whole world is watching them. 

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE


Equal Justice









Posted on Aug 19, 2014 ENLARGE



Justice for Eric Garner: Street Protests and Prosecutions Will Not End Police Brutality

“I can’t breathe” was one of the last things 44-year-old Eric Garner said after being arrested by New York Police Department officers and placed in what appears, in a bystander’s video, to be a chokehold.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE


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