Lawyer: Police at wrong address fired through closed door in fatal shooting

No regard for life:

Attorneys for the family of a Mississippi man shot dead by police after they apparently responded to the wrong home say the bullets were fired through a closed door, in contrast to local officials’ version of events, reports CBS affiliate WREG-TV.

Off-Duty Officer ‘Treated As Ordinary Black Guy,’ Shot By Another Cop

This case proves that it doesn’t matter what the profession of black man is. He is automatically treated as a threat to be shot at for the slightest reason:

A black off-duty officer was shot by a colleague in his St. Louis neighborhood Wednesday night, the Missouri city’s police department confirms.

The city’s Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement that officers were responding to a possible car theft after a recognition software flagged a license plate. Suspects shot at the police officers after the car was stopped with spike strips and the off-duty officer, an 11-year department veteran who lives nearby, came out with his firearm to offer assistance, according to the statement.

The on-duty officers had asked the 38-year-old to get on the ground and he complied, but then they recognized him and told him to stand up and walk toward him.

“At this time, a responding officer (36-year old white male with over 8 years of service) just arriving in the area observed this and fearing for his safety and apparently not recognizing the off-duty officer, discharged a shot, striking the off-duty officer in the arm,” the statement says.

The victim was treated in hospital but has since been released, police confirmed. His lawyer, Rufus J. Tate Jr., told local news outlets that he considers the incident more severe than an accident. The police department has given no description of a threat, he said.

“This is the first time that we are aware, that a black professional, in law enforcement, himself being shot and treated as an ordinary black guy on the street,” Tate told Fox News. “This is a real problem.”

Terence Crutcher verdict: Tulsa officer Betty Shelby not guilty

But we knew that would be the result all along:

Betty Shelby, the Tulsa police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man last year, was found not guilty of first-degree manslaughter by a jury late Wednesday.
A jury deliberated for nine hours before announcing its verdict.
Shelby, who is white, was charged last September with felony manslaughter in the shooting of Terence Crutcher, 40.

Police said Crutcher failed to obey commands, and Shelby testified she thought Crutcher was reaching for something in his SUV.
The fatal shooting, captured from several angles on video, was one of a number of police shootings of unarmed black men across the United States in recent years that have heightened concerns about possible police misconduct.

Family wants justice, not protests for teen killed by Balch Springs PD

This is an admission of guilt. The officer involved must be prosecuted.

The Balch Springs police officer who shot and killed a 15-year-old boy leaving a party over the weekend has been fired.

During a Tuesday afternoon news conference, the police chief announced Officer Roy Oliver was fired after he “violated several department policies” when he shot 15-year-old Jordan Edwards.

The Mesquite High School freshman was in a car with friends when he was shot Saturday night. Police first said the vehicle he was in was aggressively backing towards officers. But the medical examiner determined Jordan Edwards was shot in the head from the side and video from an officer’s body camera showed the car was going away from the officer who fired shots.

15-year-old unarmed honor student leaving house party shot and killed by rifle-wielding cop

If you’re a white, 15-year-old honor student, chances are you won’t get shot and killed by police officers with rifles. This is worth noting because someone, somewhere will eventually try to defend this act and derail this conversation. But Jordan Edwards is dead. He was leaving a house party in Balch Springs, Texas, on Saturday night. He was unarmed. He was in a car with his friends, who were also unarmed. And while we do not know all the facts surrounding his death, we also know that these things do not generally earn white kids a death sentence.

Source: 15-year-old unarmed honor student leaving house party shot and killed by rifle-wielding cop

VIDEO: Brutal Police Takedown Draws Cries Of Excessive Force

The suspect was only guilty of behaving in an erratic fashion. Then when a police officer chases him down that’s when the beating began. At one point Vallejo cop used a flashlight to beat the individual. And he continued beat the “suspect” after backup showed up. Then the cop in question pulled his gun on the concerned crowd that had gathered. If that were not enough the police officer used expletives at the crowd. His superiors have defended that outrageous actions as appropriate. This is not how you do policing. And it shows nothing has changed despite all the criticism of law enforcement in America. This story will be forgotten by the media and the politicians. But you and I will not:

Bristol cops use Taser on their race relations adviser

Once again we two police officers who behave more like gangsters than cops. This is another example of poor training and poor attitudes. And it will be forgotten like the rest. Because no one is government is willing–or wants–to stop it:

A pair of Bristol police officers were caught on video firing a Taser at a man tasked with easing relations between the black community and law enforcement after they mistook him for a wanted criminal.

Video shows police tackling and beating a black man suspected of stealing his own car


A total travesty. It’s a perfect example of how policing in America is broken. Especially as it relates to how African-Americans are treated:

Pinned to the ground by officers who kneed and struck him, Lawrence Crosby screamed whatever he could think of to convince them that he was a law-abiding PhD student, not a violent car thief.

“This is my vehicle, sir,” he said, his voice captured by the dashboard-camera video. “I have evidence. . . . I purchased this vehicle Jan. 23, 2015, from Libertyville Chevrolet.”

It wasn’t enough. The officers placed him in handcuffs in the driveway of a church, two blocks from the police station in Evanston, Ill.

Police released the dash-cam video earlier this week, detailing the half-hour encounter that sparked a civil lawsuit from Crosby and a discussion about race and policing in this city of 75,000, just north of Chicago.

Mechanic alleges police brutality, contemplates suing force

ALOR SETAR, Dec 4 —A mechanic is contemplating legal action against the police after alleging he was severely beaten up by a group of policemen early last month. Muhammad Zul Farhan Zulkifli, 23, said the incident occurred on Nov 6 about

Source: Mechanic alleges police brutality, contemplates suing force | Malaysia | Malay Mail Online

Baton Rouge Approves Settlement with Arrested Alton Sterling Protesters

Authorities in Baton Rouge, Louisiana have approved a $100,000 settlement with 92 people arrested in July during the protests over police killing of a black man. The protests ended after a shooting that left 3 officers dead and another 3 injured.

Alton Sterling, 37, was shot and killed on July 5 in the parking lot of a convenience store, as two police officers wrestled him onto the ground and a handgun fell out of his pants. For two weeks, protesters demanded accountability for Sterling’s death, with dozens arrested for blocking a highway. Some of them later filed a class-action suit against the city for wrongful arrest.

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Another Massive Protest Planned For Black Friday On Magnificent Mile

Holiday shoppers and social-justice mobilizers alike, take note. One year after a massive protest blocked foot traffic in and out of stores along the Magnificent Mile on Black Friday, activists are set to return this year the day after Thanksgiving to once again demonstrate against police brutality.

The action last year was part of a larger wave of protests that filled Chicago streets immediately following the release of disturbing dashcam footage that captured the fatal police shooting of Laquan McDonald. The shooting also prompted a still-ongoing investigation into the Chicago Police Department by the Department of Justice. Police officer Jason Van Dyke faces a criminal charge of first-degree murder in the killing.

Source: Another Massive Protest Planned For Black Friday On Magnificent Mile: Chicagoist

Mistrial: Cincinnati Jury Deadlocks Over Police Officer’s Killing Of Black Motorist

Another day, another miscarriage of justice. If you think things are bad now, just watch when Trump becomes president:

The jury in the case of former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing, who shot and killed an unarmed man in July of 2015, says it can’t reach a unanimous verdict on murder and manslaughter charges. Tensing had initially stopped Sam DuBose for a missing front license plate; moments later, he shot him at point-blank range.

Off-Duty Black Cop Profiled And Beaten By White Officer

I went to the ground I kept saying, ‘I’m the police, I’m the police.’ There were two other officers there. I felt their presence and they placed me in handcuffs, and then somebody hit me in the right side of my face.”, Maryland, Police, police brutality, profiling, Racism,

Source: Off-Duty Black Cop Profiled And Beaten By White Officer

A Black Minnesota Man is Arrested for Walking in the Street Because Sidewalk was under Construction (Video)

Essentially he is being harassed for walking while be black. And once again we have a brave citizen video taping police abuse:

According to Rowles’ summary of the incident, a man—identified as Larnie Thomas in the same NAACP statement—was walking along a white line that marked the shoulder of the road because the sidewalk on that side of the street was blocked off due to construction work. An unmarked police vehicle pulled in front of him, according to Janet’s summary, blocking his path forward. The video begins after an officer in plain clothes has already detained Thomas, who is black, and is leading him by the coat jacket to his SUV. The officer was identified later as Tim Olson.

DC woman’s charges dropped after body cam video released

She was arrested and charged with a crime she didn’t commit. The case was headed to trial, until her attorney got ahold of the body camera footage.

The woman, who did not want to be identified, was arrested by DC Police for having an open container of alcohol. She says, she was wrongfully arrested. But when it’s a classic case of he said, she said, how do you prove it? Her attorney had an idea.

Source: DC woman’s charges dropped after body cam video released | WUSA9.com

Video shows Sacramento police trying to hit man with car before fatal shooting

Two Sacramento police officers attempted to run over a mentally ill homeless man with their car less than 35 seconds before they shot and killed him, according to recordings released by police this month.

Source: Video shows Sacramento police trying to hit man with car before fatal shooting – Chicago Tribune

Chris Hedges: Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, no matter how many protests take place in American cities over the murder of unarmed citizens, will put no restraints on the police or the organs of security and surveillance. It will not protect the victims of state violence. It will continue to grant broader powers and greater resources to militarized police departments and internal security forces such as Homeland Security. Force, along with the systems of indoctrination and propaganda, is the last prop that keeps the corporate elites in power. These elites will do nothing to diminish the mechanisms necessary for their control.

Source: Chris Hedges: Police Killings Won’t Stop – Chris Hedges – Truthdig

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Video Released Shows Officers Shooting 6-year-old

A Louisiana judge released body cam video Wednesday showing officers firing multiple rounds into a car, unknowingly striking and killing a 6-year-old boy.The incident, which happened in September 2015, resulted in the indictments of two marshals on second degree murder and second degree attempted murder charges.

Source: Body cam video released in shooting death of 6-year-old – CNN.com

NYPD sent undercover officers to Black Lives Matter protest, records reveal

In recent years the NYPD has been criticized for alleged spying on political and ethnic groups without substantial evidence of criminal activity. New York City’s independent police monitor released a report in August, concluding that between 2010 and 2015 the department routinely violated legal requirements in its monitoring of Muslim communities, failing to explain its use of undercovers and informants and extending investigations without evidence of criminal activity.

Source: NYPD sent undercover officers to Black Lives Matter protest, records reveal | US news | The Guardian

Maryland Teen Who Was Pepper-Sprayed by Police Shares Her Side of the Story

Another case of excessive force. There is obvious a problem with law enforcement training and/or indifference to the rights of the public, especially against African-Americans. There can be no excuse for this behavior on the part of the police officers:

The 15-year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed by Maryland police has spoken out, sharing her account of what happened Sunday afternoon at a press conference with her mother and attorney Thursday night. Although the teen appeared at the evening press conference, her name has not been released and Ficker has asked that the media refrain from trying to identify her.

NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Lies About Police Commissioner’s Opposition to “Stop-and-Frisk” (Video)

Mayor Bill De Blasio made the ridiculous claim tonight that his outgoing police commissioner, Bill Bratton, was against “stop-and-frisk.” In fact, Bratton is a pioneer of “broken windows” policing. He had these choice words for opponents of SAF:

Outgoing Police Commissioner Bill Bratton took a parting shot Monday at critics of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk and broken-windows policies.

“The advocates out there that want to do away with broken windows … that feel that they can totally do away with stop, question and frisk, they’re crazy, they’re out of their minds,” Bratton said at an event hosted by the Citizens Crime Commission.

The broken-windows theory of policing — which tackles small quality-of-life offenses as a way of deterring more serious crime — has been at the heart of Bratton’s philosophy for decades.

And while stop-and-frisk has been greatly reduced under Bratton’s administration, he has maintained the controversial practice’s usefulness as a policing tool.

Cops shoot dead ‘disabled’ man in North Carolina: Police claim man was armed with a gun but family insist he was unarmed and reading a book

Police in North Carolina said an officer shot and killed a black man carrying a gun at a Charlotte apartment complex – but his family have insisted the father-of-seven was only reading a book and was disabled.

Source: Cops shoot dead ‘disabled’ man in North Carolina: Police claim man was armed with a gun but family insist he was unarmed and reading a book | Daily Mail Online

Police have released video of the fatal shooting of unarmed black man in Oklahoma

Police said the man failed to put his hands up, but newly released video footage shows him with his hands on his head before being fatally shot.

Source: Police have released video of the fatal shooting of unarmed black man in Oklahoma – Business Insider