A thread about police brutality

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  1. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Fatal police shooting of pregnant woman because the Taser wasn't charged

    "One of the Seattle police officers who fatally shot Charleena Lyles is under internal investigation for violating department policy by leaving his uncharged Taser in his locker for more than a week leading up to the shooting, the Police Department’s civilian watchdog said Saturday.

    Officer Jason Anderson, on the force for two years, told investigators after the shooting that he did not carry his Taser during his shift June 18, when the shooting occurred, according to interview transcripts released by Seattle police.

    Seconds before the shooting, Anderson said, when Lyles pulled a knife, the other officer, Steven McNew, called out for him to use his Taser on her. Anderson replied that he didn’t have it, and within seconds, as Lyles began moving toward the two officers, Anderson said, they both shot her.""
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    An Australian family tries to understand why an American police officer killed their daughter

    Australia native Justine Damond, 40, who was set to marry her fiance in August, was fatally shot by a police officer on Saturday, July 16. Few details have been revealed about the incident. Here's what we know.

    By Lindsey Bever, The Washington Post


    Following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed Australian woman in Minnesota, the story of her death led news sites back home, where friends demanded a federal investigation, and relatives were left searching for answers.

    Tears, confusion after 'peaceful' Australian woman killed by US police,” an Australian Broadcasting Corporation read.

    “Sydney woman shot dead in US made tough decision after declaration of love,” read the headline leading the Sydney Morning Herald site.

    Aussie shot ‘multiple times’ after 911 call,” read the headline atop

    Justine Damond (nee Justine Ruszczyk) moved from Sydney to Minneapolis several years ago and was planning to marry her fiance, Don Damond, in the coming weeks. But the 40-year-old bride-to-be, who had already taken her fiance's last name, was fatally shot Saturday night after she reportedly called 911 about a possible assault in the alley behind her home on the city's southwest side.

    After police arrived, an officer opened fire, fatally striking Damond, authorities in Minnesota said.

    “Basically, my mom is dead because a police officer shot her for reasons I don’t know, and I demand answers,” her stepson-to-be, Zach Damond, said in a video posted to Facebook.

    “I’m so done with all this violence,” he said, calling her his “best friend.”

    “It’s so much bullshit. America sucks. These cops need to get trained differently. I need to move out of here.”

    In Australia — where lawmakers have passed some of the world's most restrictive gun-control laws — members of Damond's family said they were trying to make sense of her death.

    “This is a very difficult time for our family,” the Ruszczyks said in a statement distributed by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which is providing consular assistance to the family. “We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened.”

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    Mohamed Noor: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know


    Mohamed Noor, the Minneapolis police officer who is accused of shooting and killing Justine Damond, an Australian yoga teacher and spiritual healer, was the first Somali-American officer in his precinct.

    A year ago, the arrival of Noor on the Minnesota police force was celebrated by the mayor and Somali community he hails from. There is a pending federal complaint against him, though, by a former social worker from Minneapolis who says Noor and other officers violated her constitutional rights in March by ordering her detention at a hospital after she called 911 to report a drug crime and other issues. You can read that complaint below.

    Damond was shot and killed while wearing her pajamas and speaking to another police officer after calling 911 to report a possible assault in an alley behind her home on July 15, reports The Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

    The shooting death has caused outrage in both Australia and Minnesota, where Damond, who also went by the name Justine Ruszczyk, was a beloved teacher of meditation who held betterment workshops and was supposed to be married in August.

    Here’s what you need to know:

    1. Noor Shot a Pajama-Clad Damond Through the Door of a Police Cruiser, Reports Allege

    2. The Mayor Recognized Noor’s Arrival on the Force, Where He Became the First Somali Officer in His Precinct

    3. Damond Was Engaged to Be Married & Gave Meditation Seminars

    4. Noor Has Degrees In Business & Economics but Is the Subject of a Pending Federal Complaint

    5. Noor Is on Administrative Leave While the Shooting Is Investigated

    More at

    Fireworks may have startled Justine Damond's killer, US police officer Mohamed Noor

    Mohamed Noor Shot Justine Damond After ‘Loud Sound’: Cops

    Bureau of Criminal Apprehension agents interviewed Officer Harrity on July 18. “Officer Noor has declined to be interviewed by BCA agents at this time. Officer Noor’s attorney did not provide clarification on when, if ever, an interview would be possible,” BCA said. Noor’s lawyer previously released a brief statement to the news media that said Noor was offering his condolences to Damond’s family; however, that statement did not provide any details of why Noor says he fired his weapon.
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    'Two people called police for help and both ended badly': US cop who shot Australian woman dead is being sued over the 'false imprisonment and assault' of a 'mentally ill' woman
    • Bride-to-be Justine Damond, 40, was fatally shot by officer Mohamed Noor
    • Damond had called 911 to report a sexual assault occurring in a nearby alley
    • Harrity was speaking to Damond when Noor opened fire through the patrol car's driver-side door, fatally wounding her in the abdomen
    • Neither Noor or his partner had their bodycams switched on at the time
    • Noor is also facing a lawsuit for assault, false imprisonment and negligence
    • is claimed he forcibly sent a woman to hospital and injured her in the process

    EXCLUSIVE: Killer cop says he shot Justine Damond because he was 'startled' by her when she ran towards his car in the dark after loud noise - and had no idea she was 911 caller
    • Mohamed Noor has not spoken to state investigators about why he shot Justine Damond in Minneapolis on Saturday - but has given an account to friends
    • They have spoken to and revealed his first detailed version of how he shot the bride-to-be, 40, after she called 911
    • Noor says she approached their police cruiser in the dark after a loud bang and that he could not tell what she was carrying, so he shot her
    • He was 'startled' and the cruiser's lights were off at the time, he has told friends
    • Noor, a Somali-born American has also said he feels isolated for his race and friend said: 'His feeling is 'I am an immigrant, a Muslim and not white.''
  4. The Wrong Guy Member



    'Twin Cities Police easily startled,' signs warn after shooting | CNN


    One week after an unarmed Minneapolis woman was killed in an officer-involved shooting, street signs criticizing "easily startled" police have popped up in the Twin Cities. The orange traffic sign lookalikes depict a police officer jumping in the air, discharging a gun with each hand. "Warning," the signs read, "Twin Cities Police easily startled."

    St. Paul Police Department spokesman Steve Linders confirmed there was at least one sign in St. Paul and another in Minneapolis. Linders didn't comment on any reaction from officers to the signs. "We are aware of the signs and Minneapolis Public Works is removing them," Minneapolis Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Catherine Michal said. "We have no further comment at this time."

    The sign appeared about a week after Minneapolis police shot and killed Justine Ruszczyk, who had called 911 to report a possible assault. Minneapolis Police Chief Janeé Harteau stepped down six days later.

    Ruszczyk's death was the latest of several fatal officer-involved shootings in Minnesota. Philando Castile was shot and killed by a St. Anthony officer during a traffic stop in July 2016, sparking nationwide protests. Less than a year earlier, a Minneapolis officer fatally shot Jamar Clark after a scuffle with officers in front of an apartment building.

    Addy Free spotted the St. Paul sign at a busy intersection Sunday morning on his way home from work. He snapped a photo, which has since been shared over 18,000 times on Facebook.

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    Criminologist Phil Stinson: Police Kill Three People Every Single Day in the United States | Democracy Now!

    As outrage grows in Minneapolis over the killing of an unarmed white Australian woman, we look at the staggering number of fatal police shootings in the United States. For more, we speak with Philip Stinson, criminologist and associate professor at the Criminal Justice Program at Bowling Green State University.

  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Minneapolis police will have to turn on body-cams for all calls | Minneapolis Star Tribune


    Minneapolis police officers must turn on their body cameras when responding to any call, traffic stop or self-initiated activity, Acting Police Chief Medaria Arradondo announced Wednesday, in a key change to city policy in the wake of Justine Damond’s shooting death.

    “What good is a camera if it is not being used when it may be needed the most?” Arradondo said at a Wednesday news conference, where he and Mayor Betsy Hodges acknowledged some officers have not been using their cameras enough.

    In the eight months the equipment has been in use, officers have been allowed broad discretion on when to turn on the cameras.

    The new policy, effective Saturday, will require officers to turn on the cameras in any encounter with the public, heeding an until-now disregarded 2015 recommendation from the Police Conduct Oversight Commission that police officer discretion on use of the cameras be all but eliminated.

    Within about two months, police officials said, the cameras will activate automatically whenever an officer activates his or her squad car’s lights. Installation of that technology is underway, taking about two hours per squad car. The Minneapolis Police Department has about 200 squad cars.

    “We are not casting judgment on a single officer, nor are we looking at a single event; we are responding to our communities and to recent ongoing assessment,” Arradondo said. “This policy enhancement has been in process for a few months now and many officers are using their cameras a lot and as they’re intended to be used. But there are some officers who are not using them nearly enough.”

    The July 15 shooting of Damond by Officer Mohamed Noor was not captured on video because neither Noor or his partner, officer Matthew Harrity, had turned on his body camera, and the squad car’s dashboard camera was also not running. The incident has drawn international attention and sharp criticism of Minneapolis Police, and led to the resignation of police Chief Janeé Harteau on Friday.

    There have also been persistent questions about why the officers’ body cameras weren’t turned on. Last week, Mayor Betsy Hodges said in an online statement that she expects officers to turn on their cameras as soon as they begin responding to a call. She also called for an independent audit.

    Minneapolis City Council members will be briefed on an upcoming audit of the program at a 1:30 p.m. meeting Wednesday.

    State law requires law enforcement agencies that use body cameras to arrange for an independent audit every two years, starting in 2018.

    Teresa Nelson, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, said the less discretion officers have about turning on the cameras, the better.

    “What we have asked for is a policy that requires activation before any citizen encounter,” she said. “And the reason for that is, if we have policies when the officers are only capturing footage when they want to have the cameras on, then it becomes solely a tool for police surveillance. But when you have more mandatory policies and more footage, it becomes more useful for transparency and accountability for the officers.

    In Burnsville, the first Minnesota city to equip its police officers with body cameras, the police department has done internal audits to measure body camera use, said police Chief Eric Gieseke.

    The department’s policy is similar to others around the state, and generally requires officers to turn on their body cameras when an interaction, such as a traffic stop, field interview or enforcement action begins.

    In the seven years since the department started using body cameras, there have been a few occasions where officers didn’t record an incident, Gieseke said. In the beginning, he said, the cameras were a tough sell for some officers — but over time, usage has improved and officers often turn on the cameras even when they’re not required to.

    “It’s so beneficial in resolving complaints — even complaints of a small nature,” Gieseke said. “It really sold itself over the years.”

    In Minneapolis, officers must upload the video at the end of their shift. The policy requires that body camera video be retained for at least seven years if an officer uses force or someone is arrested or receives a misdemeanor citation. Officers who fail to follow the department’s policy are subject to “the full range of discipline,” Arradondo said, including firing.

    “We need to build and regain our community’s trust. That is my charge and I’ve expressed that to all of our officers; that body worn cameras are a tool. It’s not everything but it’s a tool,” Arradondo said. “As I’ve told officers, we give them equipment to do their jobs. The one thing we cannot equip them with is the benefit of the doubt.”

    The police chiefs organization, Long Island and LAPD have all made statements against Trumps encouraging police violence.
    Imho this is all don't-look-at-Russia

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