Category Archive: Police Brutality

Jul 03 2012

NYPD Targets ‘Agitators’

Carlos Miller reports that the NYPD is warning its officers of two “professional agitators” who record the police making arrests, which is perfectly legal, by putting up mugshot posters of them in their local precinct. The two “agitators” saw the poster while attending a community board meeting at the department. Here’s what the “agitators” say …

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Jun 28 2012

Another Police Lie and Arrest for Photography

The indispensable Carlos Miller reports on yet another case where the police arrested someone for photographing them manhandling a suspect during an arrest, then apparently lied on the police report to make it sound as though the victim was the aggressor.

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Jun 27 2012

Seattle ‘Loses’ 100,000 Dashboard Videos

This is the least shocking news I’ve heard all week. Faced with a FOIA request for dashboard cam videos of police misconduct, one of the worst cities in the country for police brutality has conveniently misplaced more than 100,000 of those videos.

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Jun 12 2012

City Council Members Recalled Over Police Killing

Remember the recent case in Fullerton, CA where two police officers beat a homeless man to death for no reason at all? On Tuesday, several members of the city council there were recalled over that scandal. It’s good that people there are paying attention to it and are demanding a real response.

Jun 12 2012

Illinois Axes Funding for Police Torture Commission

A few years ago, a Chicago police commander and many officers were accused of torturing suspects to elicit confessions and the state set up a commission to investigate the allegations and refer the findings to a judge. Now that the commission is ready to turn over its first reports, the state legislature is closing it …

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Jun 10 2012

Seattle Cop Arrested for Domestic Assault

A high-ranking Seattle police officer has been charged with domestic violence after allegedly hitting his wife during an argument. But there are many aspects to the story that are worth noting. First, praise should be given for the department reacting swiftly and correctly in this case:

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Jun 04 2012

Cops Paralyze Man, Get New Jobs

Here’s yet another appalling case of police brutality and illegal conduct. The police department in Vallejo, California will pay more than $4 million to the victim of an illegal home invasion by two officers that led to the man being paralyzed for the rest of his life.

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May 31 2012

How Citizen Review Boards Get Undermined

Many big city police departments have civilian review boards to look at accusations of police brutality and misconduct, with varying degrees of authority and effectiveness. They are often established in response to high-profile cases as a means of assuaging public concerns. But once they’re created, they are often undermined by a lack of authority and …

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May 27 2012

Police Misconduct Project Gets New Home

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 …

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May 26 2012

NYPD Officer Just Wants His Respect

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:

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May 16 2012

Another Day, Another Outrage

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

NYPD Beats Down Black Man, Officers Lie on Reports

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 …

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May 10 2012

Brutal Police Attack on Video

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 …

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Apr 24 2012

Cop Crosses Thin Blue Line, Could Lose Job

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 …

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Apr 24 2012

More Police Brutality in Miami

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 …

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