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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 22, 2019 at 02:30. 6 comments

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Allegations

Philadelphia Police Commissioner Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment, Discrimination Allegations

With the integrity of the Philadelphia police department crippled by allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination, commissioner Richard Ross made the abrupt decision to resign on Tuesday.

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney released an official statement announcing the shocking news.

“Today, Commissioner Ross tendered his resignation,” Kenney said in his statement. “I am disappointed, because...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 21, 2019 at 21:30. 4 comments

Phoenix Police Now Required to Self-Report Every Time They Point a Gun at Someone: 'That's a Traumatic Event'

Phoenix Police Now Required to Self-Report Every Time They Point a Gun at Someone: 'That's a Traumatic Event'

Phoenix, Ariz., is well known for its oppressive heat and obnoxious Republicans. But with police misconduct rapidly working its way up the power rankings, city officials have announced that Phoenix officers will now be required to document every instance in which they point their gun at someone.

CNN reports that a supervisor will review every incident in which this occurs and that each...

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Felice León Felice León Aug 21, 2019 at 03:29. 1 comments

How American Slavery Helped Create Modern-Day Policing

How American Slavery Helped Create Modern-Day Policing

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in what we now know as Virginia. Their voyage was, no doubt, filled with unspeakable horror and death, and their presence would forever change the United States—especially when examining the way this country approaches policing.

When enslaved Africans arrived in America, there was certainly a desire to assert...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 20, 2019 at 03:26. 9 comments

California Governor Signs 'Stephon Clark Law,' One of the Strictest Police Use of Force Laws in the Country

California Governor Signs 'Stephon Clark Law,' One of the Strictest Police Use of Force Laws in the Country

In its efforts to deter police shootings and change the culture of its police departments, California has officially adopted one of the strictest laws in the country regarding police use of deadly force.

The Los Angeles Times reports that on Monday, California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed Assembly Bill 392 into law.

“We are doing something today that stretches the boundary of possibility and sends...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 20, 2019 at 01:26. 7 comments

NYPD Fires Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner

NYPD Fires Officer Responsible for the Death of Eric Garner

Five years after “I can’t breathe” became a rallying cry for police accountability in light of the unnecessary death of 43-year-old Eric Garner, comes the news that the officer responsible, Daniel Pantaleo, has been fired.

According to the Washington Post, NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill made the announcement on Monday, weeks after a departmental disciplinary judge recommended that Pantaleo...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 15, 2019. 7 comments

#LookingWhileBlack: Police Stop, Question Black Man for ‘Looking Suspiciously’ at a White Woman

#LookingWhileBlack: Police Stop, Question Black Man for ‘Looking Suspiciously’ at a White Woman

In what serves as the latest example of #ExistingWhileBlack, I present 20-year-old Devin Meyers, who was stopped by police for—wait for it—“looking suspiciously” at a white woman.

No, really.

Have you ever seen a white woman in public? They do a lot of suspicious shit. But regardless, according to the Daily Dot, police in Royal Oak, Mich., felt Meyers’ decision to do so was just cause to be...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 14, 2019. 10 comments

Police Surveillance Request Rubs Baltimore Urban League Chief the Wrong Way

Police Surveillance Request Rubs Baltimore Urban League Chief the Wrong Way

Where to draw the line when it comes to helping the cops solve crime is causing some controversy in Baltimore, with the head of the city’s Urban League shutting down the idea of letting police use her headquarters as a spy post.

Tiffany Majors, president of the Greater Baltimore Urban League, told the Baltimore Sun she quickly refused to let cops use the activist organization’s hub to do...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 03, 2019. 12 comments

Ed Reed Cements His Status as the Realest, Rocks T-Shirt Calling Out Police Violence to NFL Hall of Fame Game

Ed Reed Cements His Status as the Realest, Rocks T-Shirt Calling Out Police Violence to NFL Hall of Fame Game

Politics and sports aren’t supposed to overlap.

I mean, sure, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was almost robbed of his career because of his refusal to participate in the Vietnam War, and racial disparities in America inspired track and field stars Tommie Smith and John Carlos to bring a pair of raised fists to the 1968 Olympics. And who can forget the Miracle on Ice? Or Hitler hosting the...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Aug 02, 2019. 18 comments

Woman Who Shows Her Entire Ass During a Traffic Stop Lives to Tell the Tale; Guess on Which Side of the Racial Divide She Resides?

Woman Who Shows Her Entire Ass During a Traffic Stop Lives to Tell the Tale; Guess on Which Side of the Racial Divide She Resides?

A woman in Oklahoma repeatedly refused being given a traffic ticket, authorities say, apparently going so far as to kick the cop and get herself shocked with a Taser.

Given the tragic ending of so many police encounters in this nation (read: Sandra Bland , Philando Castile , and Alton Sterling ), you can probably guess how this story turned out.

And you’d be wrong.

According to NBC News, Debra...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Aug 02, 2019. 3 comments

Nashville Police Officer Resigns After Video Surfaces of Him Brutally Slamming Black Woman Against a Car

Nashville Police Officer Resigns After Video Surfaces of Him Brutally Slamming Black Woman Against a Car

A Nashville police officer who is under investigation for using excessive force during a traffic stop has submitted his resignation.

The Tennessean reports that on July 3, officer Barrett Teague was involved in an altercation with a female motorist after he stopped her for driving with expired tags.

From the Tennessean:

Adreneyonia Ensley, 21, posted on Facebook that Teague parked...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 30, 2019. 11 comments

9 Hampton University Police Officers Fired for Participating in 'Racist, Misogynistic' Meme War

9 Hampton University Police Officers Fired for Participating in 'Racist, Misogynistic' Meme War

Nine officers from Hampton University’s police department have been fired after racist and misogynistic comments they made were discovered by the university.

From the Washington Post:

The officers committed “egregious violations of the university’s code of conduct” when they shared misogynistic, racist and other offensive remarks, according to a statement issued by the historically black...

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Angela Helm Angela Helm Jul 20, 2019.

Eric Garner’s Daughter Meets With NYC Mayor, Says Not Firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo Is ‘Unacceptable’

Eric Garner’s Daughter Meets With NYC Mayor, Says Not Firing Officer Daniel Pantaleo Is ‘Unacceptable’

Though at this point it should be expected, it’s always a gut punch when a police officer takes a life—on video—and said death is ruled a homicide by an independent professional and yet, not only does the officer responsible remain unjailed but gainfully employed and defiant about their actions

And so we took another one on Tuesday when the U.S. Department of Justice declined to bring charges...

Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 13, 2019. 12 comments

Alabama Police Officer Rehired After Mocking Nigel Shelby’s Suicide: ‘We Feel He Will Be a Good Addition to the Department’

Alabama Police Officer Rehired After Mocking Nigel Shelby’s Suicide: ‘We Feel He Will Be a Good Addition to the Department’

In April, we learned of Nigel Shelby—the 15-year-old Huntsville High freshman who allegedly took his own life after relentless homophobic bullying drove him to despair. His tragic fate became headline news as mourners throughout the world struggled to come to grips with this devastating loss.

Gabrielle Union, Dwayne Wade Among Celebrities to Cover Funeral Costs for Nigel Shelby

A number of...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 11, 2019. 6 comments

Chicago Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Cop Said to Be Caught on Video Beating Man Undergoing Psych Eval

Chicago Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Cop Said to Be Caught on Video Beating Man Undergoing Psych Eval

Attorneys for a man whose vicious beating, allegedly by a Chicago cop, was captured on surveillance video are calling out Chicago’s Cook County prosecutor’s office for deciding to drop all charges against the cop.

“I think anyone could look at that video and make a determination that it’s excessive force,” Andrew M. Stroth, a lawyer for Rayshon Gartley, told the Chicago Tribune. “To just drop...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 09, 2019. 4 comments

Report Suggests Police Use of Deadly Force Is on the Decline in California

Report Suggests Police Use of Deadly Force Is on the Decline in California

According to a new report, police incidents involving the use of deadly force are on the decline in California.

The Associated Press reports that in 2018, 146 civilians died during encounters with law enforcement. This tally includes unarmed shooting victim Stephon Clark and denotes a significant decline in comparison to 172 civilians in 2017 and 157 in 2016. Additionally, three police...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 08, 2019. 21 comments

Starbucks Apologizes for Making Cops Leave Because Customer ‘Did Not Feel Safe’

Starbucks Apologizes for Making Cops Leave Because Customer ‘Did Not Feel Safe’

On rare occasions, the cyclical nature of the universe creates a situation where yin meets yang, the sowers of havoc must reap the fruits of their nefarious harvest and the dispensers of bitter pills finally get a taste of their own medicine. Or, as the great educator, philosopher, and vegan animal rights activist Bugs Bunny once opined to wabbit-hunting enthusiast Elmer James Fudd:

“It ain’t...

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Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 06, 2019. 12 comments

Man Gets Taken Off Life Support by Wrong Family After Chicago Cops Misidentify Him, Lawsuit Charges

Man Gets Taken Off Life Support by Wrong Family After Chicago Cops Misidentify Him, Lawsuit Charges

One Chicago family was needlessly put through the ordeal of having to make a life-or-death decision about a loved one, while a second family was robbed of the chance to bid farewell to theirs after a Chicago police mixup, a lawsuit filed by both families claims.

Elisha Brittman, 69, was found under a car on a Chicago street back in April. He was naked, appeared to have been badly beaten, and...

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Jay Connor Jay Connor Jul 02, 2019. 15 comments

Black Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Being Shot by a Police Officer During Traffic Stop

Black Man Charged With Attempted Murder After Being Shot by a Police Officer During Traffic Stop

For black men throughout the country, getting pulled over by the police is one of our biggest fears—if not our greatest source of anxiety. But to be charged with attempting to murder a police officer after what should’ve been a routine stop is something none of us could ever foresee coming.

WESH-2 reports that at approximately 9:30 a.m. on June 29, Rocky Rudolph Jr. was pulled over by Seminole...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jun 27, 2019. 18 comments

NYPD: It’s Not Racist When a Cop Calls You the N-Word

NYPD: It’s Not Racist When a Cop Calls You the N-Word

If you think that headline is clickbait, it’s not. It actually paraphrases the official New York Police Department’s training manual.

An official investigation into complaints of biased policing against the NYPD’s officers reveals, among other things, that the outfit doesn’t consider cops using racial slurs as evidence of bias; that the vast majority of people who accuse NYPD officers of...

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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jun 26, 2019. 12 comments

Florida Cop Accused of Racism, Brutality and Sexual Assault Named Officer of the Year

Florida Cop Accused of Racism, Brutality and Sexual Assault Named Officer of the Year

A Florida police chief said he will review his department’s process of handing out its annual Officer of the Year award after its most recent recipient was also named in two excessive force lawsuits and a citizen review board called his conduct “unprofessional and racist.”

In February, the Orlando Police Department named Jonathan Mills its 2019 Officer of the Year for being a leader, a...

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