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Jul 22 15 11:44 PM

Ex-Georgia deputy sheriff indicted in flash-bang raid that maimed toddler

A former Habersham County, Georgia, deputy sheriff's false statements to a judge last year set in motion a chain of events that led to the critical injury of a toddler, according to a federal indictment filed Wednesday in district court.In May 2014, Nikki Autry and a team of special agents and informants from the local Narcotics Criminal Investigation and Suppression Team were "attempting undercover narcotics buys." Autry presented an affidavit to a magistrate judge falsely swearing that a "true and reliable informant" had bought a small amount of methamphetamine at a residence.

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Jul 23 15 7:23 AM

LAPD Fire Beanbags And Taser At Homeless Man In Wheelchair


The LAPD is facing criticism for using a Taser and bean bag rounds on a homeless man in a wheelchair who police claim was swinging a pole at them.

A video released Monday shows LAPD officers firing bean bags and a Taser at a homeless man who the police claim tried to hit them with a pole. The footage of the encounter—which took place on Friday in downtown L.A. near Broadway and 3rd St.—is drawing criticism from Los Angeles Community Action Network (LA CAN), a skid row advocacy group, who argues that officers escalated force against someone who didn't pose a significant threat, according to the L.A. Times. Pete White of LA CAN explains, "It didn't appear that they were seriously worried about their safety. It was easy enough to approach and have a conversation with a man in a wheelchair."

The video of the incident shows ten officers clustered around the man in the wheelchair, identified as 43-year-old Christopher Adam Zareck. The officers are standing roughly five to ten feet from Zareck and shouting between them can be heard. Then, a series of three shots are fired by the officers, while Zareck, still seated in the wheelchair, kicks his legs in the air and screams. The officers then move in and appear to subdue the man further using a Taser. The pole that LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said Zarack swung at the officers cannot be seen in the video. Following the encounter, Zarack was treated at a nearby hospital and arrested for assault with a deadly weapon.

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Jul 24 15 9:25 PM

Matt Taibbi: Sandra Bland Was Murdered

You add all this up, and we're talking about millions upon millions of stops, searches and misdemeanor arrests and summonses that clearly target black people at a far higher rate than the rest of the population.

And if you're continually handcuffing people, sitting on them, putting knees in their backs and dragging them to jail in cases when you could have just handed over a summons, a certain percentage of these encounters are going to end in fights, struggles, medical accidents and other disasters. Like the Bland case.

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Jul 24 15 9:42 PM

Cornel West, victims' family members to speak at march against police brutality

A New Jersey-based advocacy group will hold a march through the streets of downtown Newark Saturday to protest police brutality and demand legislative changes they say would improve racial and economic justice in the U.S.The Million People's March for Justice event will feature speeches by Dr. Cornel West and the family members of Abdul Kamal, Kashad Ashford and Jerame Reid, black men who were fatally shot by N.J. police, said People's Organization for Progress Chairman Lawrence Hamm.

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Jul 25 15 5:14 PM

Hundreds Attend Sandra Bland Funeral In Illinois

Family and friends of an Illinois woman found dead in a Texas jail remembered her Saturday as a "courageous voice" for social justice and promised to keep fighting for clarity on the circumstances surrounding her death.

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Jul 26 15 12:27 PM

Sandra Bland, Citizen

Sandra Bland's "mistake" was to act like a first-class citizen of a democratic country. When she was pulled over in Prairie View, Texas, she didn't make nice, act surprised and apologetic, or flirt. She didn't pretend she was happy for the chance to visit with an officer who, to judge by his exchange with another young woman driver at the beginning of the arrest video, liked to get chatty. She looked straight ahead and, when asked, said she was irritated to have her day interrupted by a (disputable and very minor) traffic infraction. She asked the officer to get on with writing her ticket.

She spoke back to him, crisply and rationally. She acted as if she had rights. She acted as if there were limits to the cop's authority. He punished her by knocking away the limits, turning his role into a Kafka-esque game. "You're under arrest." "For what?" "For resisting arrest." Suddenly, it seemed, he could do whatever occurred to him, and call it law enforcement.

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Jul 29 15 9:18 PM

American Indian mother of two dies in police custody after her repeated pleas for help ignored

Witnesses stated that before being transferred to a holding cell, Circle Bear pleaded to jailers that she was in excruciating pain. Jail staff responded by dismissing her cries for help, telling her to “knock it off,” and “quit faking.” Inmates cried out for the jail staff to help Circle Bear, to which they eventually responded by picking her up off of the floor, dragging her out of the cell, and transferring her to a holding cell. Circle Bear was later found unresponsive in the holding cell.

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Jul 30 15 9:25 AM

Cincinnati motorist's son: 'He didn't do anything'

Shouting the by-now familiar slogans “Black Lives Matter” and “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot,” a throng of peaceful protesters took to the steps of the Hamilton County (Ohio) Courthouse and then the streets of Cincinnati to urge a conviction in the killing of a black motorist during a traffic stop as well as more investigations into what really happened 11 days ago in Mount Auburn.Those who spoke at the rally before the march included several members of Samuel DuBose’s family, most notably his 9-year-old son Samuel, who took several moments to compose himself before showing his grief and anger as a heavy thunderstorm dumped rain on protesters and media alike.

“He just shot him. My daddy. He didn’t do anything and they shot him,” Samuel DuBose said. “He gave him a closed liquor bottle ... and they shot him in the head. He didn’t think he would get locked up for murder but there was the video.”

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Jul 30 15 1:07 PM

‘I’ll put a bullet hole right through your f*cking head': Off-duty Mass. cop suspended for threatening driver

Massachusetts police detective was placed on administrative leave Monday after a motorist posted video online of the officer repeatedly threatening to shoot him during a traffic stop.The driver, whose name was not released, posted video from the encounter early Sunday in Medford, where the off-duty officer angrily confronted him after the man drove through a rotary without stopping, reported WCVB-TV.

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Aug 1 15 11:19 AM

SC cop killed teen with two shots to the back during weed bust — and didn’t even report it: attorney

Police shot and killed a South Carolina man during an undercover marijuana sting — and his family’s attorney said evidence shows the 19-year-old was shot twice in the back from near-point blank range.

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Aug 2 15 11:32 AM

Fatal police shooting in Wal-Mart under review 1 year later

Federal officials' review of the fatal shooting of a 22-year-old black man by a white police officer has he carried an air rifle in an Ohio Wal-Mart remains unfinished as his relatives plan a rally and vigil to mark one year since his death.John Crawford III was shot Aug. 5 in the Dayton suburb of Beavercreek after a 911 caller reported seeing someone waving a gun.

Police say Crawford was shot when he didn't respond to orders to drop the weapon. A local grand jury concluded the shooting was justified.

Crawford's family contends he was shot without a chance to respond. The family has sued Beavercreek police and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., alleging negligence and violation of Crawford's civil rights. The city and Wal-Mart denied the allegations.

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Aug 2 15 12:25 PM

Ferguson spurs 40 new state measures; activists want more

When a white Ferguson policeman fatally shot a black 18-year-old nearly a year ago, the St. Louis suburb erupted in violent protests and the nation took notice. Since then, legislators in almost every state have proposed changes to the way police interact with the public.The result: Twenty-four states have passed at least 40 new measures addressing such things as officer-worn cameras, training about racial bias, independent investigations when police use force and new limits on the flow of surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, according to an analysis by The Associated Press.

Despite all that action, far more proposals have stalled or failed, the AP review found. And few states have done anything to change their laws on when police are justified to use deadly force.

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Aug 12 15 5:20 PM

Family of Biracial Man Killed by Madison Officer Files Suit

The family of a biracial man who was shot and killed by a Wisconsin police officer filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Wednesday, alleging the officer's actions were unconstitutional.

The lawsuit contends that Madison Police Officer Matt Kenny's decision to shoot 19-year-old Tony Robinson Jr. in March violated Robinson's equal protection rights and right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures. It also argues that the city enables such misconduct by failing to adequately train, supervise and control its officers, amounting to indifference to the use of deadly force.

"Despite the cries of a grieving community, the authorities, including the City of Madison, have endorsed Defendant Kenny's actions," the lawsuit said. "Those actions have left a family and community irreparably harmed, and without other recourse."

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Aug 13 15 8:04 AM

Video shows Ralkina Jones’ chilling words before dying in police custody: ‘I don’t want to die in your cell’

A black Cleveland woman who died in police custody pleaded with jail officials to properly administer her prescription medications in the hours before her death.“I don’t want to die in your cell,” she told officers in video released Tuesday.

The New York Daily News said that 37-year-old Ralkina Jones made her medical needs very clear to her captors, but they disregarded her needs — which appears to have resulted in her death.

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Aug 14 15 7:14 AM

Unarmed black 14-year-old shot 7 times by police officer in New Jersey

A teenager was shot seven times by a police officer on Friday night while attempting to run away from cops.

Radazz Hearns, 14, survived the shooting and is recovering at a Trenton, New Jersey hospital, NJ.com reported.

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Aug 15 15 6:27 PM

Officer Allegedly High-Fived Body Of Teen After Deadly Shooting

After he was shot and killed by police, a Seneca, South Carolina, police officer took Zachary Hammond’s lifeless hand and high-fived it, according to a witness to the deadly shooting.

The allegations of police apparently celebrating the fatal incident by disturbing the 19-year-old’s dead body were included in a letter sent by attorney Eric Bland to Attorney General Loretta Lynch and FBI director James Comey earlier this week, Bland confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

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Aug 18 15 8:40 AM

Janelle Monae

"Tightrope" singer Janelle Monáe, who was in Chicago for a "secret" show Monday, led a downtown protest against police brutality with the mother of Sandra Bland, the Naperville woman found hanging in a Texas jail cell last month.

Monáe was scheduled to be in Pioneer Court Monday morning as part of a free multi-city tour. In the afternoon, she posted pictures on Instagram of a Millennium Park audience, including Bland's mother Geneva Reed-Veal, chanting "Hell You Talmbout," the name of her song that honors black Americans killed by police.

Monáe spoke about police brutality Friday on the "Today" show.

"God bless all who have lost lives to police brutality. We want white America to know that we stand tall today. We want black America to know that we stand tall today. We will not be silenced!" Monáe said after the "Today Show" performance.

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Aug 23 15 9:53 AM

4 Women Were Beaten by Cops and No One Believed them, Until this Video Surfaced

In July of 2009, four women were handcuffed and attacked by Denver cops. They were savagely thrown to the ground, beaten, and pepper sprayed, and they had done nothing to deserve it.

Naturally, the women filed a formal complaint with the department alleging excessive force, and naturally the public and the department believed the cops’ story over the women’s story.

However, two years later, video evidence would surface that proved the officers to be liars and thugs.

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