A thread about police brutality continued

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 29, 2011.

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    Jesse Benn ‏@JesseBenn 15 hours ago
    The same crew happy to drag #TamirRice's family through the mud is furious I wrote about #LorneAhrens apparent white supremacist leanings.

    Jesse Benn ‏@JesseBenn 8 hours ago
    Some images from pages #LorneAhrens "liked" on Facebook. (Content Warning: Racism/transphobia/Islamophobia)


    Jesse Benn ‏@JesseBenn 8 hours ago
    More offensive imagery shared on Facebook pages #LorneAhrens "liked." Pretty clear theme.

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    Protester claims he was beaten by Baton Rouge police during Alton Sterling demonstration

    By Bryn Stole, The Advocate, July 14, 2016


    A 24-year-old man arrested during protests near Baton Rouge Police Headquarters alleged Thursday that BRPD officers stomped and punched him while detaining him.

    Javier Dunn of Baton Rouge said at a brief press conference that officers in riot gear charged across Goodwood Boulevard and grabbed him from where he was leaning on a car on the far side of the road, and dragged him into the street where he was allegedly beaten around 8:30 p.m Saturday.

    James M. Williams, Dunn's attorney, said they have not filed a lawsuit but they're willing to pursue all legal options to make sure officers are held accountable.

    A witness, Tracy Fountain, filmed part of the beating, which she said does not capture the worst of the blows. She said Dunn had not been in the road and did not resist officers before he was grabbed and dragged into the street.

    Williams said Dunn was released from jail late Tuesday.

    Dunn said he was taken to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with a fractured orbital before being booked into Parish Prison, but he did not receive further medical treatment after he was taken to jail.

    Several people who spent time in jail with Dunn after they were arrested at protests Saturday said his injuries — including bulging bruises from around his eye — stood out, even among the weary prisoners.

    Christopher Brown, 22, who was booked into jail with Dunn after being arrested on Airline Highway earlier that night, said all eyes instantly focused on Dunn when he arrived at central booking.

    Dale Batiste, 54, and his 31-year-old son, Carvel Batiste, 31, said they shared a holding cell with Dunn for much of Saturday night.

    "I told one of the guards through the bars that he needs medical attention. One of the guards told me, 'That's what y'all get when you protest," said Dale Batiste, who said blood was dripping from Dunn's wounds.

    "They wouldn't give us any (ice) but one of the guards, he kind of slipped me some," Dale Batiste said. The guard "passed by and put the cup on the bars so we could put in a towel, put it on his eye to try to get the swelling down."


    Bryn Stole ‏@BrynStole 6 minutes ago
    .@BRPD report for Javier Dunn (identical to those for many other protestors) says his arrest was "without incident."

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    Eric Garner's Daughter Calls Obama Town Hall on Race Relations a "Farce"

    Erica Garner, whose father was killed in a police encounter, said ABC News broke its promise to let her speak.

    Activist Erica Garner Says She Was “Railroaded” By ABC News

    The activist, whose father was killed by NYPD officers in 2014, was at a townhall on Thursday with President Obama. She planned to ask the president about the status of the investigation into her father’s death.
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    I said, "My name is Patrick!"

    24-year-old Patrick Mumford was sitting in his own car in February, 2016 when he was confronted by three Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Officers, who were serving a warrant for another man, Michael Clay.

    The lead officer confronts Patrick but does not believe Patrick when he truthfully identifies himself to the officer, twice. Patrick rightfully asks the officers what is the matter and to see the arrest warrant they say they are serving.

    Fearful and confused, Patrick retreats into the passenger seat of his car. Within 38 seconds of his initial introduction to the officers, the lead officer is ordering Patrick to be tased for non-compliance.

    It takes a violent use of force for officers to realize what we already know: they have the wrong guy.

    Rather than apologize, the officers rationalize and justify their actions to horrified neighbors and even Patrick's parents. These rationalizations include the repeated false statement that the officers asked Patrick for his ID.

    Patrick is arrested for obstruction. As a non-violent drug offender serving in a first-offender probation program, a pending probation violation could cost him his job, his college education, and seven years in prison: all for sitting in his own car, minding his own business, and telling the truth.

    Georgia Cops Tase the Wrong Man

    Georgia cops had a warrant for one man — but bodycam footage reveals they repeatedly tased the wrong guy before they realized their error.
  7. They argued with the bystanders. That's a change, used to be they threaten the bystanders or ignore them. Black lives are noticed now? It's not much but it's a change at least they didn't shoot him down like a dog in the street. Sad to think that's progress.
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    Brendan O’Brien: Cop Who Killed Himself Implicates Three Oakland Police Officers In Suicide Note, Says They Had Sexual Relations With Young Girl

    Oakland Cops Lined Up to Abuse Child Prostitute | Newsweek

    Federal Monitor: Police Crisis Could Be Most Trying Time in Oakland Police Department’s History | KQED News
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    Atlanta cop who shot unarmed black man charged with murder | Atlanta Journal-Constitution


    Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced that arrest warrants were issued Friday for the ex-Atlanta police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black motorist on June 22.

    Howard said he will be seeking an indictment against Officer James Burns for felony murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and violation of his oath of office for killing Deravis Caine Rogers outside a northeast Atlanta apartment complex.

    Burns, who joined the force in 2013, was fired from the department July 1 after an internal affairs investigation determined that the shooting amounted to excessive force. Howard said he will take the case to a grand jury early next month.

    “By reason of the evidence presented by several eye-witnesses, videos, and the findings of the Atlanta Police Department, we will proceed in this case in the same manner as any other defendant similarly charged — arrest, indictment and resolution,” Howard said in a statement.

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    Drunken off-duty NYPD cop plows SUV onto Brooklyn sidewalk, killing a pedestrian and seriously injuring three others


    Bystanders corralled a drunken off-duty cop after his speeding SUV killed a Brooklyn pedestrian and horribly injured three of his college pals in a gruesome wreck, cops and eyewitnesses said.

    Officer Nicholas Batka’s vehicle was seen swerving in the seconds before impact. His runaway SUV tore the leg off one victim and left another impaled on a fence, witnesses said.

    “The EMTs had to get a saw to remove the man impaled on the railing,” said witness Jaminah Kang, 35. “Another man (looked) like he took a chain saw to the knee.”

    The inebriated second-year cop flashed his badge and slipped into his SUV’s passenger’s seat about 3 a.m. on Saturday as the mangled victims writhed in agony on a bloodstained sidewalk in Williamsburg.

    A cell phone video captured a man in a red shirt wagging a menacing finger at Batka, keeping the SUV door shut tight and the off-duty cop pinned inside.

    “Don’t let him get out!” someone else shouted. “He’s going to run away!”

    The sloshed cop was trapped inside the SUV — on the driver’s side by a utility pole he crashed into and on the passenger side by the enraged onlookers.

    A 21-year-old man died at Bellevue Hospital after Batka lost control and the gray 2012 SUV Dodge Durango careened off Bedford Ave. just after making a right-hand turn from N. Eighth St.

    Police did not immediately identify the dead man.

    Batka was charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, three counts of assault, driving while intoxicated, driving with impaired ability and driving on a sidewalk, police said.


    An employee from the Bedford Gourmet Food store across the street rushed over with ice and towels.

    “I didn't know what to do,” said the store worker, who declined to give his name. “Everyone panicked. (The driver) was trying to back out, too, and kept going into the building. People were holding the driver from leaving.”


    Batka, 28, a former city correction officer, was arrested at the scene and immediately suspended from the force, NYPD Inspector Scott Shanley told reporters at the accident site.

    The officer refused to take a Breathalyzer test, sources told the Daily News.

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    Black Missouri police chief: KKK has influenced law enforcement ‘from when it started’


    At a CNN town hall meeting on Wednesday, a Missouri police chief sternly reminded attendees about the Ku Klux Klan’s historic influence on U.S. law enforcement.

    The town hall meeting was held on Wednesday, July 13 and discussed the topic of police violence and race.
    Col. K.L. Williams — the black chief of police in Kinloch, Missouri — told the panel that he had so many guns pointed at his head over the course of his youth that he is frankly amazed to be alive.

    “I know I could never change the condition from the outside. I had to go for the inside,” Williams said. “If you think that racism and white supremacy is not involved in police departments, you better check yourself. Because the KKK has been involved with law enforcement from when it just about started,” he continued.

    The Southern Poverty Law Center has extensively documented the Klan’s activity in the U.S., which has come in cyclical waves since the hate group’s inception during the Reconstruction Era. Often the Klan functioned as a covert enforcement arm of white governments, acting in secrecy to undermine the rights of blacks, Jews, immigrants and other groups.

    Watch the video, embedded via Twitter, below:

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    Rebekah Allen ‏@rebekahallen 10 minutes ago
    Mayor's office confirms 2 police officers have been killed in Baton Rouge shooting. They say stay home. Stay off the streets.

    WAFB ‏@WAFB 51 seconds ago
    Senior law enforcement officials confirm 2 law enforcement officers have died.

    WAFB ‏@WAFB 12 seconds ago
    LATEST: 4 officers shot, 2 of those are dead. Families of the deceased officers have been notified.

    There's live coverage on CNN, MSNBC, and Faux News, as well as here:
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    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    I want to raise a few points about narrative construction in the aftermath of police killings and killings of police. (1/?)

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    2) When a cop murders an unarmed black person, we're told that the vast majority of cops are "good" and one person doesn't represent all cops.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    3) At the same time, when a cop is murdered, right wing outlets and commentators don't hesitate to blame all #BlackLivesMatters supporters.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    4) Anyone who advocates for racial justice is blamed for these attacks on police and this often happens before we know relevant details.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    5) Black activists and leaders are blamed before it's even clear if the attack was pre-planned, racially motivated, etc.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    6) Activists like @deray @MsPackyetti @samswey and anyone who advocates for racial justice are expected to immediately denounce these attacks.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    7) When Alton Sterling & Philando Castilo were murdered, reporters weren't going to every police union and asking them to condemn racist police.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    8) This is part and parcel of white supremacy. White people are considered individual actors. Black people are expected [assumed] to represent an entire race,

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    8) Dylan Roof? Of course he doesn't represent all white people. Westboro Baptists Church? Of course they don't represent all Christians.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    9) No white people are expected to condemn Dylan Roof. But many black people have been asked to condemn Micah Johnson. A racist double standard.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 3 hours ago
    10) Regarding #BatonRouge today, this racist double standard is being applied before we even know if the shooter was in any way linked to BLM.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 34 minutes ago
    America was founded on anti-Black violence and built by exploited black labor. Racism has been a part of our national ethos for 400 years.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 31 minutes ago
    2) Slavery. Jim Crow. Segregation. That's the extent to which America's history of racism is taught. That's all many white people have heard of.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 31 minutes ago
    3) Most Americans aren't taught about how frequent public lynchings were. They aren't taught about Tulsa, Rosewood, or the Red Summer.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 29 minutes ago
    4) When these topics are taught in classrooms. They're framed as "race riots." A more accurate term is white terrorism.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 28 minutes ago
    5) Mobs of white people burning down black communities as the police stand idly by: That's not a riot, that's an act of terrorism.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 26 minutes ago
    6) Redlining, police beatings, water cannons, attack dogs. When it comes to these events we learn a white-washed version that basically says...

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 26 minutes ago
    7) ...that all MLK had to do to single-handedly end racism was to ask nicely. That's all it took. That version of history is far from the truth.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 23 minutes ago
    8) The point is that it's exponentially more difficult to address present day racism when we're unwilling to reckon with our racist history.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 22 minutes ago
    9) Acts of mass anti-Black violence are (at best) relegated to footnotes in college level textbooks. Most Americans are willfully ignorant.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 21 minutes ago
    10) Another effect of this is that we don't learn of the racist and anti-Black origins of many modern institutions, including police.

    Greggles ‏@KingGreggles 15 minutes ago
    A peace that isn't rooted in justice, freedom, and dignity for all oppressed people isn't a peace worth fighting for.
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    Chuck Ross ‏@ChuckRossDC 16 minutes ago
    Exclusive: Gavin Eugene Long Was Nation Of Islam Member, Railed Against ‘Crackers’ On YouTube Channel

    Chuck Ross ‏@ChuckRossDC 1 minute ago
    Chuck Ross Retweeted Convos With Cosmo
    Here's the last tweet from the Baton Rouge cop killer:

    Convos With Cosmo ‏@ConvosWithCosmo 18 hours ago
    Just bc you wake up every morning doesn't mean that you're living. And just bc you shed your physical body doesn't mean that you're dead.

    This was posted four days ago:

    Convos With Cosmo ‏@ConvosWithCosmo Jul 13
    Violence is not THE answer (its a answer), but at what point do you stand up so that your people dont become the Native Americans...EXTINCT?

    Here are the Twitter accounts he followed, one of which is Grant Cardone.
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    North Miami Police Meant to Kill Autistic Man Instead of Injuring Caretaker

    It took less than 24 hours for a police union president to spin the story of how a North Miami police officer shot a man with his hands in the air.

    The cop was actually trying to kill the autistic man holding the toy truck in order to prevent him from killing his caretaker with the toy truck.
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    Judge’s order: Elliott Williams’ jail cell became ‘burial crypt’

    A federal judge's order clears the way for a civil rights lawsuit to move forward against the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office.

    By Ziva Branstetter, The Frontier, July 21, 2016


    After more than five days on the concrete floor of Medical Cell #1, Elliott Williams died naked, cold and alone, unable to move.

    Hungry and thirsty, Williams screamed for help but couldn’t convince anyone at the David L. Moss Detention Center to help him.

    Detention officers at the Tulsa Jail tossed three styrofoam trays of jail food at his feet, but Williams could not retrieve them. Though Williams begged for something to drink, he couldn’t pick up the styrofoam cups of water they placed near him.

    One day turned to two, three and four days. On the fifth day, none of the jail’s staff bothered to enter Williams’ cell.

    The jail’s medical staff began to wonder if Williams might actually be paralyzed from a broken neck, as he claimed. But those in charge did nothing to find out whether his claims were true.

    Instead, they watched him slowly dying on a video camera.

    On the morning of the sixth day, the 37-year-old veteran who faced no formal charge died on the floor of his cell. The jail’s medical staff performed CPR on his lifeless body but it was too late to save Williams.

    In a key ruling Wednesday, a federal judge found that a federal civil rights lawsuit by Williams’ family against the county can go forward.

    “A reasonable jury could find that Mr. Williams’ needs were obvious to any layperson,” states the ruling by U.S. District Judge John Dowdell.

    “They could also find that the medical unit-wide attitude of inhumanity and indifference shown to him, which resulted in the delay and denial of medical care in the face of his symptoms that were obviously indicative of a serious medical condition or medical emergency, amounted to deliberate indifference.”

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    Staggering indifference:(
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    Sandra Bland Jailer Admitted He Lied on the Jail's Log

    An attorney representing Geneva Reed-Veal, Sandra Bland's mother, said that a jail guard admitted under oath that he lied on the jail log about Sandra Bland's welfare, according to The Houston Chronicle.

    A Waller County, Texas jail guard reportedly said in court that he falsified records that said Bland was checked on and alive in the hour before she was found dead. He apparently did not check on her.

    A source familiar with the case told The Houston Chronicle that a Waller County grand jury did not indict anyone associated with the sheriff's office and verified that special prosecutors found out about the falsified records.

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    Atlanta police shooting of unarmed black man leads to rare murder charge | The Guardian

    The little-noticed police shooting of Deravis Caine Rogers as he drove his car elicited a swift murder charge for officer James Burns but it is far from the norm.


    Former Atlanta cop James Burns is currently out on bail.
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    As Protests Sweep Country, New Video Shows Off-Duty NY Cop Fatally Shooting Black Man Delrawn Small

    Wife of Delrawn Small, gunned down by off-duty cop in road rage incident, hits NYC with $25M wrongful death suit


    The wife of a Brooklyn man fatally shot by an off-duty NYPD cop in a road rage incident is socking the city with a $25 million wrongful death suit, the Daily News has learned.

    "No one should die like that," Wenona Hauser Small told The News.

    Her husband, Delrawn Small, was gunned down July 4 by Officer Wayne Isaacs within seconds of approaching the driver's side window of the cop's car in East New York.

    "He committed cold-blooded murder," Small said. "It was disgusting. He just shot him dead with no justification."

    "I felt his pain," she said.

    Small filed a notice with the city comptroller's office Wednesday alleging that Isaacs acted "negligently and recklessly," violating his civil rights.

    State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's office is investigating the shooting.

    A surveillance video that emerged of the incident clearly refutes the account of police, that Isaacs had fired in self-defense after he was repeatedly punched in the face by Small.

    "I feel it was a cover-up," Wenona Small said. "Then they were assassinating (Small's) character. But I'm willing to wait for justice to be done."

    Isaacs, who had been with the 79th Precinct in Bedford-Stuyvesant, has been stripped of his badge and gun as the probe continues.

    “Once again, a video shows us the truth of what really happened," her lawyers Sanford Rubenstein and Scott Rynecki said in a statement.

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    New Jersey Police Department to Settle with Family of Man They Killed on Video


    The family of Jerame Reid, who was shot dead as he held his hands up, reached a tentative settlement with the Bridgeton Police Department in New Jersey.

    The shooting was caught on dash cam video as well as a witness video, which is the only reason the family managed to reach a settlement.

    But the video was not enough to indict the cops.

    The settlement is still tentative and the family’s lawyer is hoping for more.

    “Nothing’s finalized,” Conrad Benedetto, the lawyer representing Reid’s widow, who would receive a mere $200,000 plus legal fees, said Monday, according to

    If a judge signs off and all parties agree, Reid’s infant son would receive about $1.5 million in damages when he turns 18. Reid’s widow would receive $200,000 in damages. And Reid’s mother, Sheila, and the mother of his child would each receive $70,000.

    Bridgeton New Jersey cops Braheme Days and Roger Worley had arrested Reid four months prior on charges of resisting arrest and knew he’d landed prison after being convicted as a teenager for shooting at state troopers.

    Reid was 36 when he rolled the stop sign on December 30, 2015 that prompted Days to pull him over.

    After Days creeps behind the car Reid was riding passenger in, he asked to see drivers licenses.

    Suddenly, both cops frantically draw their guns, apparently upon noticing a gun in the glovebox.

    “He’s reaching for something,” a cop yells.

    “Don’t you fucking move!” Days screams and “Show me your hands!”

    Officer Worley then reaches into the car and removes the handgun without any resistance from Reid.

    With the handgun removed, a panicked officer Days screams at Reid, “Hey, Jerame, you reach for something you’re gonna be dead. Just keep your hands right there.”

    “He’s reaching! He’s reaching!” Days blurted.

    “I ain’t doing nothing. I’m not reaching for nothing, bro. I ain’t got no reason to reach for nothing.”

    Reid, in fear for his life from having guns aimed at his head on him by a couple of cops who had presumed a military posture, exited the vehicle.

    The video clearly shows Reid’s hands up, posing no threat to either officer, when Days unloaded seven rounds, one which killed him; Worley fired a single shot that missed.

    Police, as usual, said they feared for their lives.

    A Cumberland grand jury declined to indict Days, but he and Worley have since departed from the Bridgeton Police Department.

    The civil rights settlement is contingent upon a federal judge’s approval.

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    New Jersey Man Receives $175,000 Settlement for Police Siccing Dog on Him and Deleting His Footage After Recording Cops Attacking Woman


    A New Jersey man is $175,000 richer after settling with the capitol city of Trenton after its police force kicked, punched him while siccing a service dog on him for recording their vicious assault of a woman while calling her a “bitch” and “cunt”.

    Police also confiscated his camera and deleted his footage, but were unable to delete footage from another man recording as well as footage from a surveillance camera. Both those videos are below.

    “I got beat up because I videotaped them doing wrong,” Lael Queen told The Trentonian. “If cops were doing their job the right way, they shouldn’t have been concerned about me videotaping it. It’s just ridiculous what they do to us out here.”

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    “Say Our Children’s Names” – Victims of Police Violence Honored on Stage and Off at Democratic Convention


    One of the most poignant moments of the Democratic National Convention came on Tuesday night, as Geneva Reed-Veal took the stage. “One year ago yesterday, I lived the worst nightmare anyone could imagine,” she said. “I watched as my daughter, Sandra Bland, was lowered into the ground in a coffin.”

    Bland was found “hanging in a jail cell after an unlawful traffic stop and an unlawful arrest,” she continued. Six other women died in custody that same month, she then added, before reciting their rarely heard names one by one. “I’m here with Hillary Clinton because she is a leader and a mother who will say our children’s names.”

    “Saying the names” of those killed by police, in custody, or in acts of racist violence, has become a ritual since the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown, whose mothers were also on stage at the DNC, together with Reed-Veal and six other women — the “mothers of the movement,” as they have been called.

    Just hours before they took their call for justice and an end to violence to the national stage, a similar ritual took place across the city in North Philadelphia, where dozens of protesters had gathered for a “Black DNC Resistance March.” They too, paid tribute to victims of police violence, as a woman standing on the back of a pick-up track read dozens of names, some well-known, most not, into a loudspeaker, handing out sign after sign carrying each name and turning the crowd into a sea of names of the dead. She read names for at least 20 minutes, without pause.

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    Absent from Mothers of the Movement appearance on DNC stage: Tamir Rice's mother

    No candidate is “speaking my language about police reform," Samaria Rice recently told Fusion, saying she wants “a lot on the table, not a little bit of talk, a lot of talk about police brutality, police accountability, making new policies, taking some away, and just reforming the whole system."
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    Police officer 'had no choice' but to kill William Chapman, court hears


    Rankin shot Chapman twice with his pistol, striking him fatally in the face.

    After an arriving officer accidentally kicked the Taser, according to Rankin’s attorneys, the device turned itself back on and recorded Rankin telling Chapman “don’t die on me, don’t die on me” while he carried out chest compressions.

    Chapman’s mother, Sallie, left the court in tears during early arguments. Denyakin’s mother, Yelena, has traveled from Kazakhstan to observe Rankin’s trial. She also walked out of the courtroom in tears as a graphic photograph of William Chapman’s body was displayed as evidence.

    The case is being considered by 15 jurors and alternates. Nine are women and six are men. Nine are black and six are white. The trial is expected to last about seven days.

    Virginia police officer standing trial for killing unarmed black teen said 'this is my second one' after shooting

    A Virginia police officer said "this is my second one" after fatally shooting an unarmed black teen last year.

    The first-degree murder trial of former Officer Stephen Rankin in the death of 18-year-old William Chapman began this week with pre-trial motions, including whether to allow the comment made by the officer to a Walmart employee after the shooting, according to the Guardian.

    Rankin's lawyer argued that the comment, recorded by the officer's Taser, "is not probative of anything." However, the judge denied the motion.

    "The defendant made the comment not just in the presence and earshot of a witness, but to the witness," prosecutor Stephanie Morales said, according to the Guardian.

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    Former St. Louis detective gets prison term for a beating prosecutors helped cover up


    Thomas A. Carroll, a former city police detective who admitted beating a handcuffed suspect, was sentenced Wednesday to 52 months in federal prison after a two-day hearing that detailed efforts by rookie assistant prosecutors to cover it up.

    Carroll had been enraged because Michael Waller, 41, was caught with a credit card stolen from the officer’s daughter’s car a few days before her wedding. Waller denied breaking into the car.

    Waller’s allegations, along with testimony from others, described at least two rogue police officers and prosecutors who repeatedly broke rules and lied about it.

    In deciding the sentence, U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey explicitly rejected Carroll’s insistence that he never put his gun in Michael Waller’s mouth nor seriously hurt him. Both elements drove up the officer’s liability under federal sentencing guidelines. Carroll, 52, pleaded guilty in April to violating Waller’s civil rights.

    Waller complained of chipped teeth, a bloodied lip, badly bruised ribs and possibly a concussion in the beating July 22, 2014, in an interview room at the Central Patrol station.

    He said that when he complained after Carroll left, a police lieutenant gave him a black eye. The accused supervisor has not been charged or disciplined because Waller could not pick his picture from a lineup.

    Officers refused to allow Waller to go to the hospital or get a lawyer, he said, and threatened to plant a gun and drugs on him, or kill him, if he told anyone what happened.

    No police employee has admitted seeing or hearing the attack, including two who demanded and were granted immunity from prosecution.

    Carroll and at least one other officer had given some assistant circuit attorneys unauthorized ride-alongs, according to court documents and testimony.

    During one, Carroll allowed a close friend, Bliss Barber Worrell, to use his Taser to chase a suspect. Worrell seized drugs from another suspect, yet her involvement was not documented in police reports, Assistant U.S. Attorney Fara Gold said Wednesday.

    Ambry Schuessler testified under immunity Wednesday about misconduct by a “clique” of young prosecutors. She and Worrell have resigned.

    In court, Schuessler said she and Worrell heard Carroll describe the attack on Waller, including use of a gun, in a phone conversation. Schuessler admitted lying to supervisors and internal affairs investigators about what she knew, and to the FBI about a racially derogatory joke related to the case that she told but blamed on Carroll.

    Schuessler also said that Worrell came to work drunk, and that several colleagues knew but did not report it.

    She also acknowledged that she and colleagues made disparaging comments about judges in a series of lengthy text messages.

    Schuessler said another young prosecutor, Katie Dierdorf, lied to supervisors and told her to do the same.

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    Why Police Cannot Be Trusted to Police Themselves in Baltimore or St. Louis

    Two cases of alleged police brutality, two ways the system protected violent officers.
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    Court rejects Ohio law that bans police from sex with minors

    The Associated Press, July 28, 2016


    A divided Ohio Supreme Court on Thursday declared unconstitutional a law that made it illegal for police officers to have sex with minors simply on the basis of their profession.

    The court ruled 4-3 that the law arbitrarily added police to a ban on professionals having sex with minors that includes people with authority over children such as teachers or coaches.

    The government can't punish a class of professionals like police without making a connection between their job and the crime, Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said, writing for the majority.

    The law overturned by the court prohibited police officers from having sex with minors if the offenders were more than two years older than the victim.

    At issue was the 2012 conviction of former suburban Cleveland police officer Matthew Mole, who was accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy he met on a hookup app, according to Supreme Court documents.

    Mole, then 35, was arrested and charged after the boy's mother found them together, Thursday's ruling said. The boy did not know Mole was a police officer at the time of the encounter, and the boy had told Mole he was 18, the ruling said.

    It's illegal in Ohio for people 18 and older to have sex with people under 16, but a jury deadlocked on that charge against Mole. However, he was convicted under the law banning police officers from having sex with minors.
    O'Connor said there was no evidence Mole used his status as an officer "to gain access to or bend the will" of the child or facilitate the sexual conduct.

    Dissenting Justice Sharon Kennedy, a former police officer, said prohibiting police officers from having sex with minors serves a legitimate state purpose.

    "If a peace officer discovered after the fact that the person with whom he engaged in sexual conduct was a minor, he would have a strong incentive to do whatever is necessary to ensure that his employer never found out, even to the point of compromising his integrity," Kennedy wrote.

    Cuyahoga County, which prosecuted the case, was reviewing the decision and considering its options, said prosecutor's office spokesman Joe Frolik. A message was left for Mole's attorney.

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    NYPD Top Cop Bill Bratton Resigns, Critics Say Good Riddance | NBC News


    After a long and storied career in law enforcement, New York City police Commissioner Bill Bratton on Tuesday announced his resignation. Bratton, a 45-year-veteran of police work who has served as the top cop in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, said he'd be stepping down next month to pursue a job in the private sector.

    His departure signals an end of an era, one that saw an almost unfathomable drop in crime but also the rise of mass incarceration and erosion of trust between the police and the communities they serve. In recent years, as high-profile police killings, including the choke-hold death of Eric Garner by police on Staten Island, have sparked nationwide protest and unrest, Bratton has tried to forge new partnerships between officers and people of color.

    But for many, the end of Bratton's tenure and his role as one of the most significant forces shaping American policing couldn't have come soon enough.

    "Commissioner Bratton was no reformer to communities impacted by abusive and discriminatory policing," said Anthonine Pierre, a spokesman for Communities United for Police Reform, "no matter how much he and his supporters attempt to promote that fallacy."

    When New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped veteran top-cop Bratton to serves as commissioner of the NYPD, it was a curious choice given the uber-liberal mayor's talk of bridge building. Bratton, who first served as the city's police commissioner under Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the early 1990s, was viewed by many as the hard-nosed architect of one of the most controversial police policies in the country: "broken windows," a predecessor of "stop and frisk" policing.


    Just about seven months after returning to New York, Bratton and the department faced protests and anger over the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police.

    Garner, a black man who was unarmed, died after being placed in a choke hold by an officer who had approached him about selling loose, untaxed cigarettes. His death ushered in a new wave of protest in the city. Despite the medical examiner's ruling that Garner's death was a homicide, and the determination that choke holds like the one used on Garner are barred by NYPD policy, a grand jury decided not to charge the officers involved in Garner's death. Activists not only attacked what they saw as the lethal result of over-policing in black and brown communities, but also Bratton's role in maintaining it.

    More here:

    Bratton leaves city hall to jeers from protesters

    Protesters Continue Occupation Of City Hall Park To Demand Abolition Of NYPD


    Protesters calling for the immediate resignation of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton, as well as the defunding of the police department on the whole, began their second day in City Hall Park this morning, after a night spent evading arrest through the strategic use of a nearby privately-owned public space.

    In a callback to the tactics of Occupy Wall Street, the various organizations behind #shutdowncityhall made a coordinated retreat from City Hall Park a little after 11 p.m. yesterday, after the NYPD announced the park would be closing at midnight. The approximately 100 protesters immediately relocated nearby to the 24-hour privately-owned public space adjacent to 8 Spruce Street, where they spent the early hours of the morning, before returning to City Hall Park when it opened at 6 a.m.

    Throughout Monday, the coalition of groups, led by Millions March NYC, a group that formed following the death of Eric Garner at the hands of NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo, held teach-ins, distributed flyers, and rallied against the NYPD and its commissioner Bill Bratton, vowing to keep a presence in City Hall Park until the commissioner resigns. (Bratton announced last week that he would step down in 2017.)

    “With this action, we wanted to draw the line between reformists and abolitionists,” Joel, an organizer with Millions March NYC who declined to give his last name, told Gothamist. “They’ve been promising reform for generations. They throw us these bones while they talk amongst themselves to maintain the social relations that exist. But nothing has changed. The police in this country have been killing black people for 397 years. We go to sleep knowing someone has been killed by police, and wake up just to see another.”

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    Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson sues Baton Rouge over arrest | The Associated Press


    Black Lives Matter activist DeRay Mckesson sued the city of Baton Rouge on Thursday over his arrest last month at a protest of a black man fatally shot during a struggle with two white police officers.

    Mckesson was among nearly 200 protesters arrested in Baton Rouge following the July 5 shooting death of 37-year-old Alton Sterling.

    A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court on behalf of Mckesson and two other arrested protesters accuses the city and police officials of violating their civil rights and using excessive force. The suit said police responded in a "militarized and aggressive manner," advancing against protesters while wearing military gear and gas masks and brandishing assault weapons alongside armored vehicles. Officers threatened peaceful protesters by pointing their weapons directly at them, it said.

    "Defendants used excessive force in attacking, battering, beating, and assaulting plaintiffs and class members without provocation or the need for defense," according to the suit.


    In addition to the city and East Baton Rouge Parish, the suit names the mayor, the head of the state police, the local police chief and the sheriff as defendants.

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana and other groups also filed a lawsuit last month over the treatment of protesters by police.

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    William Chapman shooting: Virginia officer found guilty of manslaughter | The Guardian

    A police officer in southern Virginia was convicted of manslaughter and jurors recommended a sentence of two and a half years in prison on Thursday for his fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old during a confrontation over a suspected shoplifting.


    Rankin had been charged with first-degree murder and using a firearm to commit a felony but the judge had told jurors they could convict him on lesser charges.

    The jury of seven women and five men deliberated for 13 hours after hearing four days of detailed testimony from witnesses to the shooting, a series of experts and Rankin himself. Rankin, 36, was terminated from his job at the police department after being indicted for murder.

    Prosecutors argued that Rankin intentionally killed Chapman with premeditation after Chapman resisted arrest and defied his orders. The officer tried to stop Chapman in the parking lot of a Walmart superstore on the morning of 22 April 2015 to investigate a suspected theft from the store.

    “The law does not say that because you do not comply you have to die,” commonwealth’s attorney Stephanie Morales said during her closing argument on Tuesday. Morales told jurors that Chapman should have “lived to face prosecution” for resisting arrest or assaulting an officer.

    “The defendant brought a gun to what at worst was a fistfight,” she said.

    Here's the full article, with a video report:
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    Family of William Chapman to sue former Virginia officer after conviction | The Guardian

    The family of an unarmed black 18-year-old who was shot dead by police officer Stephen Rankin is preparing to sue him and local authorities for millions of dollars in damages, after Rankin was convicted of manslaughter.

    An attorney for William Chapman’s mother, Sallie, said he was readying a civil lawsuit that will argue the city of Portsmouth, Virginia, and its former police chief Ed Hargis should never have allowed Rankin to work as a police officer.

    “It will be filed within a couple of weeks,” said the attorney, Jon Babineau.

    In an article that first confirmed Rankin as the officer who killed Chapman, the Guardian disclosed in June last year that alarms were raised within the Portsmouth police department about Rankin’s conduct even before his first deadly shooting of an unarmed man, in 2011.

    Sallie Chapman said she was not satisfied with Rankin’s conviction for voluntary manslaughter and the jury’s recommended sentence of two and a half years in prison. “It’s not enough,” she said. Rankin will be formally sentenced by Judge Johnny Morrison on 12 October.

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    Incoming Commissioner James O'Neill says NYPD will follow Bill Bratton's lead in deal to avoid police reforms


    Incoming Police Commissioner James O’Neill said he’ll stick to a controversial deal with the City Council on identification and search rules — prompting a clash with some police reform advocates before he’s even started the job.

    O’Neill, the current Chief of Department who will take over for Bill Bratton, said he’d stick to the deal his predecessor made to avoid a vote on two bills called the Right to Know Act.

    Instead of legislation, the NYPD will instruct cops to ask for consent before they search people and identify themselves with business cards in some circumstances.

    “It was a long hard road to get to where we are so I am totally committed to the deal that was made,” O’Neill told reporters Thursday.

    Bratton had fiercely opposed the bills, along with other legislation to regulate cops, and some Council members and advocates hoped they might have an easier path after he steps down.

    Advocacy group Communities United for Police Reform quickly blasted O’Neill’s stance.

    “It’s disappointing that before Chief O’Neill even becomes police commissioner he is making commitments to a backroom political deal between Commissioner Bratton and Speaker (Melissa) Mark-Viverito that attempts to gut the Right to Know Act police reforms,” said spokesman Mark Winston Griffith, also executive director of Brooklyn Movement Center.

    “If that represents the type of community engagement of the new commissioner that is being so aggressively promoted, then he’s revealed it’s really just politics as usual without substance,” he said. “This growing coalition will continue to move forward to pass the Right to Know Act into law despite the political obstruction.”

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    Paul O'Neal Chicago police shooting: cops kill unarmed black man | Vox

    "Bitch-ass motherfucker, fucking shoot at us," a Chicago police officer told the bloodied, dying body of Paul O'Neal, an 18-year-old black man who was, to be clear, unarmed when officers shot and killed him on July 28.

    Chicago police shoot at black man in car chase before killing him, video shows | The Guardian

    Paul O’Neal, 18, shown unarmed in body camera footage from 28 July despite accusations that he was opening fire at officers, who fatally shot him in the back

    Police videos show officers firing at fleeing car, shot suspect being cuffed | Chicago Tribune

    Video from cop shooting shows Chicago police firing at fleeing car in neighborhood | Los Angeles Times

    Top Cop Eddie Johnson Berated By Protesters After Paul O'Neal Video Release | DNAinfo Chicago

    Independent Police Review Authority Chicago | Vimeo

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