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 about it:
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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 down.
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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 many other problems. The Atlanta Journal Constitution details how this has happened to the board in that city, formed in response to the Kathryn Johnston case in 2006:
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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 he sought someone who could take it over and had many offers. After allowing people on the list to vote on it, he handed it over to the Cato Institute, who have given the project its own website and will continue to support it. I highly recommend bookmarking it.

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 hell out of him with nightsticks and kicks, then appear to have lied on the police report. A nearby surveillance camera caught them at it.
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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 watch and listen to.
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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 for it. This report will turn your stomach:
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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 there to cover the incident.
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