For the past couple years I’ve been on a mailing list for the National Police Misconduct Reporting Project, which was a one-man operation run by David Packman. This is how I’ve found many of the stories of police brutality that I regularly report on. The project just got to be too much for Packman, so …
Category Archive: Police Brutality
May 27 2012
May 26 2012
Here’s video of an NYPD officer delivering a profane, threatening tirade at someone while appearing to be okay with them breaking the law — as long as they show him the respect he thinks he deserves when he comes around. The New York Post reports:
May 16 2012
Police officer tases a young man (a young black man, of course), then kicks his pregnant sister in the stomach when she screams as she watches her brother slump to the floor. She has to have an emergency c-section to deliver the baby. And the officer gets no punishment whatsoever. Welcome to America.
May 11 2012
Stop me if you’ve heard this story before, or a few hundred times before. The NYPD did a stop and frisk on a young black man, as they do hundreds of thousands of times every year (almost always black, even though whites use and sell drugs at about the same rate as blacks), beat the …
May 10 2012
Carlos Miller, who was a guest on my radio show recently, has an incredibly disturbing video of police officers brutally beating a mentally ill homeless man to death in Fullerton, California. The video comes from a city surveillance camera, with the audio from a recorder worn by one of the officers. It’s very difficult to …
Apr 24 2012
If you want an example of just how sick our criminal justice system has become, look no further than Regina Tasca. She intervened to pull two other cops beating the hell out of an emotionally disturbed young man they were supposed to be taking to the hospital — and now she could lose her job …
Apr 24 2012
Carlos Miller, the incredibly important Florida journalist who chronicles police abuse and illegal actions in response to those who tape that abuse, has a report on another appalling incident with the Miami-Dade police. A cop there allegedly brutalized a man standing in front of his own house, then illegally harassed a camera crew that came …
Apr 19 2012
A former TV reporter from New Mexico is suing the city of Albuquerque and a police officer who illegally seized a videotape the reporter made of the officer allegedly throwing someone to the ground, took the tape home and apparently erased the damning portion of the video.
Apr 18 2012
Scott Lively and Brian Camenker, two of the most unhinged and deranged anti-gay bigots you will ever see, spoke this past weekend at a tax day event hosted by the Massachusetts Tea Party Coalition and the Tea Party Patriots. A lot of protesters were there and the police got pretty rough with some of them. …
Apr 09 2012
Here’s a bit of good news. In a police department that is rife with misconduct and corruption — NYPD — the civilian review board that oversees complaints against officers will now have the ability to prosecute them for violating the law.
Apr 02 2012
Here’s yet another example of why the police should be recorded whenever they interact with the public on the job — because they so often lie on reports and claim that the person whose rights they abused had done something to deserve it. This one is from Florida, where they stopped to help a woman …
Mar 30 2012
I’ve written for years about police officers getting away with just about everything under the sun — drunk driving, faking police reports, beating people up in bars, even killing unarmed suspects — without losing their jobs. So what does it take to get fired? Mowing your lawn in boxer shorts.
Mar 27 2012
The Illinois legislature has been considering a bill that would allow citizens to record the police doing their jobs (with audio — it’s already legal to record video, but you can’t record the audio too). And Republicans in the state House have killed the bill.
Mar 27 2012
Robert Stacy McCain, already well known as both a racist and a misogynist, reveals his obvious fascist tendencies by advocating that the NYPD open fire on Occupy protesters at Zucotti park. There doesn’t seem to be any police actions bloodthirsty enough for him:
Mar 08 2012
In a huge, if not exactly decisive, victory for civil liberties, a state judge in Illinois has declared that state’s eavesdropping law, which has been used to prosecute people for recording the police engaged in brutality and misconduct, unconstitutional.