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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jan 24, 2020 at 21:54.

Here’s How Many People Police Killed in 2019...We Think

Here’s How Many People Police Killed in 2019...We Think

On Oct. 14, 2019, 12-year-old Akeelah Jackson was returning to her St. Louis home from a Family Dollar store. As she crossed the street, an unidentified St. Louis County police officer was pursuing a traffic violation at 59 mph on a street zoned for 30 mph, according to the St. Louis American.

When the car smashed into the seventh-grade student, the collision broke every bone in her body...

Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 17, 2020. 14 comments

20 LAPD Officers Are Now Under Investigation For Falsifying Gang Labels

20 LAPD Officers Are Now Under Investigation For Falsifying Gang Labels

Tonight in news that’s shocking to no one, cops lie. Wild, I know.   

CNN reports that 20 officers are currently facing investigation as a result of falsely labeling people as gang members. The Root wrote about this  earlier this month, reporting that the investigation initially began when last year a citizen in San Fernando Valley reported that her son had been misidentified as a gang member....

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 15, 2020. 18 comments

St. Louis Chief Prosecutor Uses Ku Klux Klan Act to Sue the City for Racism

St. Louis Chief Prosecutor Uses Ku Klux Klan Act to Sue the City for Racism

Institutionalized racism is an unfortunate reality of life in America. Luckily, there are those like Kim Gardner who are willing to fight back against it.

CBS News reports that St. Louis chief prosecutor, Kim Gardner, has filled a suit against the city and it’s primary police union saying they violated a little known law called the Ku Klux Klan act. She alleges that the city engaged in...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jan 07, 2020. 16 comments

LAPD Accused of Falsifying Records, Wrongfully Identifying Residents as Gang Members: ‘An Officer’s Integrity Must Be Absolute’

LAPD Accused of Falsifying Records, Wrongfully Identifying Residents as Gang Members: ‘An Officer’s Integrity Must Be Absolute’

Black people have enough problems without police unnecessarily complicating our lives, and it makes it extra disturbing that more than a dozen police officers in Los Angeles just got caught doing exactly that.

The Los Angeles Times reports that officers within LA’s elite Metro Division are under investigation for falsifying information that was collected during traffic stops in order to...

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Jan 04, 2020. 2 comments

We Ain’t Surprised: New Study Says Black People in California Are Stopped by Police More Than Other Groups

We Ain’t Surprised: New Study Says Black People in California Are Stopped by Police More Than Other Groups

It’s weird to write news that doesn’t feel like news, but here it goes: A new study confirms what we have always known—black people in California are stopped by law enforcement officers more often than any other racial group.

The study, conducted by California’s Open Justice Initiative using “the largest-ever dataset compiled about US police stops,” reveals that black drivers and pedestrians...

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Jan 03, 2020. 12 comments

Racist Cop Who Kicked in Black Woman’s Door Resigns

Racist Cop Who Kicked in Black Woman’s Door Resigns

I can hear the bass strumming along with the words: Another one bites the dust. Another one bites the dust. Michael J. Reynolds, the white New York Police Department officer who broke into a black woman’s home in Tennessee during and apparent drunken rage and threatened her and her sons, has resigned from the police force.

As The Root reported , Reynolds forced himself into the Nashville,...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Jan 01, 2020. 18 comments

Alabama Police Poses With 'Quilt' Made from Signs of the Homeless

Alabama Police Poses With 'Quilt' Made from Signs of the Homeless

Another day, another example of police officers just being straight trash. I really don’t have any other way to put it.

CBS News reports that the 4th Precinct in Mobile, Alabama is under fire after two of it’s officers posted a picture on Facebook posing with a “quilt” made from the signs of the homeless with the quote “Hope you enjoy our homeless quilt!” What a fantastic demonstration of the...

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Joe Jurado Joe Jurado Dec 31, 2019. 21 comments

Why You Always Lying? Cop Caught Fibbing About Coffee Cup Insult

Why You Always Lying? Cop Caught Fibbing About Coffee Cup Insult

I don’t know what it is about the holiday season that would make someone go “Let me roast myself on a coffee cup to get them sweet sweet retweets,” but here we are.

Over the weekend a cop in Junction City, Kansas, reported that a worker at a local McDonald’s had written “F-king Pig” on his coffee cup. Police chief Brian Hornaday decided to post the cup on Facebook to rack up them outrage...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 31, 2019. 6 comments

70-Year-Old Woman Tased Three Times, Arrested by Florida Deputy Attempting to Enter Her Home: 'I Was Scared'

70-Year-Old Woman Tased Three Times, Arrested by Florida Deputy Attempting to Enter Her Home: 'I Was Scared'

Barbara Pinkney of Bradenton, Fla., has been left distraught and traumatized after a horrific encounter with Manatee County sheriff’s deputies.

CBS News and WFLA report that on Dec. 26, deputies came to the 70-year-old’s home to serve an arrest warrant to her grandson, Tevin Turner, on a probation violation for carrying a concealed weapon.

“We heard a knock at the door. Actually, there wasn’t a...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 23, 2019. 12 comments

Man Dies After Sonoma County Deputy Slams His Head Against His Own Car, Falsely Accuses Him of Theft

Man Dies After Sonoma County Deputy Slams His Head Against His Own Car, Falsely Accuses Him of Theft

On Friday, California police released a disturbing video of Sonoma County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Blount wrongly accusing a man of stealing his own vehicle before slamming the man’s head into his own car and placing him in a sleeper hold.

If this all sounds a bit excessive that’s because it is.

Buzzfeed News reports that the “suspect,” 52-year-old David Glen Ward, of Petaluma, Calif., would...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Dec 21, 2019. 7 comments

Kansas Man Claims He Woke Up to a Cop Assaulting Him in His Own Bed—For No Reason at All

Kansas Man Claims He Woke Up to a Cop Assaulting Him in His Own Bed—For No Reason at All

Joseph Harter says he was beaten so badly by a police officer last year that, for a moment, he was blinded by his own blood in his eyes. But as brutal as that detail is, it isn’t what makes Harter’s case unique.

It’s that Harter was allegedly assaulted in the dead of night in his bedroom—and he still doesn’t know why. In fact, the confrontation ended with Harter being charged with assault and...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 17, 2019. 9 comments

School Resource Officer Fired After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Body Slammed: ‘This Should Never Have Happened’

School Resource Officer Fired After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Body Slammed: ‘This Should Never Have Happened’

On Monday, I had the misfortune of reporting about a Vance County, N.C., school resource officer who was put on paid leave after picking up and slamming an 11-year-old student into the ground—twice.

School Resource Officer Placed on Leave After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Dragged, Body...

School resource officers are hired to help provide a safe learning environment in schools…

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 16, 2019. 16 comments

School Resource Officer Placed on Leave After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Dragged, Body Slammed

School Resource Officer Placed on Leave After Video Surfaces of 11-Year-Old Being Dragged, Body Slammed

School resource officers are hired to help provide a safe learning environment in schools throughout the country, not drag and body slam 11-year-old students like this:

As a result, CNN reports that authorities are investigating the assault captured by surveillance video at Vance County Middle School in Vance County, N.C. The officer’s name has not been released and he’s been placed...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 13, 2019. 17 comments

22 Cops in St. Louis Were Exposed for Racist Facebook Posts. 2 Were Fired

22 Cops in St. Louis Were Exposed for Racist Facebook Posts. 2 Were Fired

A “proud” Missouri “cracker” and a KKKop whose pseudonym on social media was apparently inspired by a leadership position in the Ku Klux Klan have been terminated after a watchdog group discovered Facebook posts by nearly two dozen St. Louis police officers displaying bigotry, hatred and a predilection for violence.

The Metropolitan Police Department of St. Louis confirmed to the St. Louis...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 11, 2019. 12 comments

Florida Police Captain Removed From Command After Ordering Deputy to Act Like a White Supremacist During Traffic Stop

Florida Police Captain Removed From Command After Ordering Deputy to Act Like a White Supremacist During Traffic Stop

Police are often accused of practicing racial bias. The head of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office in Florida has been relieved of duty after ordering one of her officers to take that bias to another level.

The Washington Post reports that during a staged traffic stop involving a murder suspect that the police wanted a photo and thumbprint from, but didn’t want to tip the suspect off, Capt....

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Dec 05, 2019. 22 comments

Attorney General Issues Veiled Threat to Communities That Protest Police Brutality. You Know Which 'Communities' He's Talking About

Attorney General Issues Veiled Threat to Communities That Protest Police Brutality. You Know Which 'Communities' He's Talking About

A roomful of potential rogue cops and prosecutors breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday after the chief law enforcement officer in America issued a thinly veiled threat to black communities, hinting that law enforcement officers might stop protecting people who don’t want to get shot in the face.

Speaking at a ceremony for the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in policing,

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Dec 04, 2019. 15 comments

LAPD Uncovers Bodycam Footage of Officer Allegedly Fondling Dead Woman’s Breasts

LAPD Uncovers Bodycam Footage of Officer Allegedly Fondling Dead Woman’s Breasts

An investigation is underway after a body camera caught a Los Angeles police officer allegedly fondling a dead woman’s breasts.

According to the Los Angeles Times, here’s how it went down:

The incident occurred when the officer and his partner responded to a call about a possible dead woman in a residential unit, sources said. Once the two officers determined the woman was dead, one officer...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 28, 2019. 11 comments

Report: Black Commuters 6 Times More Likely to Be Cited by BART Police for Consuming Food, Drinks

Report: Black Commuters 6 Times More Likely to Be Cited by BART Police for Consuming Food, Drinks

Earlier this month, Steve Foster of Concord, Calif., made headlines when he was detained by BART police for—wait for it—“illegally eating.”

#EatingASandwichWhileBlack: Commuters Hold Protest After Cop Detains Black Man for 'Illegally Eating&...

Over the weekend, I heard rumblings of a black man being harassed by police over a sandwich and…

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And while many believe it was merely an...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Nov 20, 2019. 19 comments

#GrievingWhileBlack: Family Demands Apology After West Memphis, Ark., Police Handcuff Grieving Mother

#GrievingWhileBlack: Family Demands Apology After West Memphis, Ark., Police Handcuff Grieving Mother

Far too often, police force black people to audition for their humanity. This is one of those times.

According to writer and digital strategist Richard Brookshire, his family is owed an apology after a traumatic confrontation with the West Memphis Police Department that resulted in his sister being handcuffed.

On Saturday, Brookshire’s four-year-old niece was killed in a tragic car accident....

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Nov 19, 2019. 13 comments

Video: A Cop Tased a Woman for Complying. He Was Fired...Two Years Later

Video: A Cop Tased a Woman for Complying. He Was Fired...Two Years Later

A Kentucky police officer tased a black woman for doing exactly what he told her to do. His police-issued body camera captured the entire incident on video. Over the course of a two-year “investigation,” the cop remained on patrol and used excessive force on at least two more people before he was eventually fired.

He was not arrested and his official police certification was not affected.

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