Category Police Brutality

Before police shot him, mentally ill Portsmouth man looked “mean” and “hostile,” ex-officer testifies | Courts & Crime | pilotonline.com

Before police shot him, mentally ill Portsmouth man looked “mean” and “hostile,” ex-officer testifies | Courts & Crime | pilotonline.com – Franklin stopped and sat back down at the table as more officers arrived. To Williams, Franklin’s decision to approach him in an “aggressive” manner with an item in his hand amounted to a threat. […]

Common Space – #ShekuBayoh: Family react with anger to Kenny MacAskill “hunting Police Scotland” remarks

Common Space – Sheku Bayoh: Family react with anger to Kenny MacAskill “hunting Police Scotland” remarks – Writing for a police magazine, Police Professional, MacAskill said: “An assumption of institutional racism and homicide are alluded to without awaiting the outcome of complex and highly thorough investigations into a specific incident. “The fact that the police […]

To White Folks That Have Never Seen Super Light Skinned Negros Before

So, this is me. No makeup, no sorcery. This picture is a few years old. Nothing has changed. I suppose what they really mean when they think/say that I’m not black is that I don’t inspire their racist fears about black people. Or they could mean that black people don’t have certain looks. Not REAL […]

PressTV-For 35 yrs in prison without conviction

PressTV-For 35 yrs in prison without conviction – A mentally ill African American man has spent more than three decades in the US state of Texas without conviction, a defense attorney says. Jerry Hartfield, 59, has been jailed for over 35 years despite his original murder conviction being thrown out from being found guilty, defense […]

What Should be Done About Rikers Island’s Dark Fugitive Slave History? – CityLab

[Uploaded on Aug 4, 2011 –> An artificial island, a solid waste landfill, Rikers is the world’s largest penal colony. Incarcerating over 130,000 NY’ers a year, Rikers is a key component to the NYPD’s community policing strategy. Arrest a lot of young people, build long rap sheets, and keep people moving through the system with […]

Kalief Browder suicide a call to action against U.S. justice system | CBCNews.ca Mobile

The deck may have been stacked against Browder in other ways, too. Black men 18 and 19 years old are nine times more likely to be incarcerated than their white counterparts, according to Amnesty International. “Kalief’s case tragically represents the intersection of so many issues that plague our justice system,” said Jasmine Heiss, senior campaigner […]

4th World Radyo: The Hidden American Gulag: TheAngryindian Speaks with George Mallinckrodt | APNS Public Radyo

Summary:  TheAngryindian speaks with US Psychotherapist and Prisoner Rights Advocate George C. Mallinckrodt, (georgemallinckrodt.com / Twitter – @GeoMallinckrodt) author of ‘Getting Away With Murder: A True Story‘ (2014) based on the tragic and violent death of Darren Rainey, a mentally-challenged state of Florida prison inmate who was literally ‘cooked to death’ while in custody as a punishment by vindictive […]

The trigger-happiest of them all | SocialistWorker.org

Among its 48 findings and 91 recommendations, the report concluded that: Training of PPD officers is insufficient and contradictory; most officers involved in shootings aren’t interviewed until three or more months after the incident; and communities don’t trust the police. “Incidents involving discourtesy, use of force and allegations of bias by PPD officers leave segments […]

News786-Fox News’ white anchor launches `smear Freddie Gray’ campaign

“Freddie was one of those ones where a lot of times, he would put on that show in the streets, but you would bring him into the station and he was a great witness,” the officer said. “I mean, he helped the department solve many crimes and different acts of violence. So it wasn’t uncommon […]

Police: Maybe Freddie Gray Severed His Own Spine! | Crooks and Liars

A prisoner sharing a police transport van with Freddie Gray told investigators that he could hear Gray “banging against the walls” of the vehicle and believed that he “was intentionally trying to injure himself,” according to a police document obtained by The Washington Post. The prisoner, who is currently in jail, was separated from Gray […]

Baltimore Police Union Boss Inflames Tension With ‘Lynch Mob’ Remark; ‘Rough Ride’ Alleged – The Root

Ryan heaped fuel on an already tense situation when he said protesters were acting “like a lynch mob,” as he vigorously defended the police officers involved in Gray’s brutal arrest that resulted in his death. William Murphy, the Grays’ lawyer, demanded an immediate apology. Murphy told the Sun that it’s unfathomable that Ryan could call […]

Exclusive Video: Violence Inside Rikers – The New Yorker

Last year, the office of Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District, released a report denouncing the horrific conditions in the adolescent jail on Rikers, describing it as a place that “seems more inspired by Lord of the Flies than any legitimate philosophy of humane detention.” Browder experienced this firsthand during the many months […]

Chicago Is About to Offer the Nation’s First Reparations Program for Victims of Police Violence | The Nation

From 1972 to 1991, at least 110 African-American men experienced similar forms of torture at the hands of CPD commander Jon Burge and the detectives who reported to him. Like Cannon, many of these people were coerced into making false confessions; more than 20 are still in prison today for crimes they may not have […]

The Skin I’m In: I’ve been interrogated by police more than 50 times—all because I’m black

The cops stopped me anywhere they saw me, particularly at night. Once, as I was walking through the laneway behind my neighbourhood pizza parlour, two officers crept up on me in their cruiser. “Don’t move,” I whispered to myself, struggling to stay calm as they got out of their vehicle. When they asked me for […]

Jersey Cops Let K9 Maul Man to Death, Then Try to Steal the Video – The Daily Beast

Philadelphia’s NBC10 station reported that the Cumberland County Prosecutor’s Office said White, the father of three, was transported to a local hospital for “respiratory distress,” where he was declared dead, despite efforts to revive him.The person who shot the footage, which is from a phone, is shown being approached by police, saying, “I need your […]

“They Couldn’t Take My Soul”: Anthony Ray Hinton on His Exoneration After 30 Years on Death Row | Democracy Now!

Days after being exonerated and freed from an Alabama prison, Anthony Ray Hinton recounts how he got through nearly 30 years on death row as an innocent man. Hinton was convicted of murdering two fast-food managers in separate robberies in 1985, based on scant evidence that later turned out to be false. Hinton is said […]

Florida Prison Employees Arrested in Alleged Plot to Murder Black Former Inmate | Hatewatch

The Florida case is the latest instance of KKK members holding positions of authority in law enforcement and the criminal justice system in Florida and elsewhere. Although such cases were once fairly common, they are very unusual in recent years. There have been a number of cases over the years of racist prison guards, a […]

Fourth World Radyo: Political Prisoner #Mumia abu-Jamal: Medical Crisis Update 02.04.2015 | APNS Public Radyo

Summary: The APNSPR 60-Plus second Indigenist News Report — Listen / Download: 00:01:34 128Kbps mp3 — (1MB) Stereo via Fourth World Radyo: Political Prisoner #Mumia abu-Jamal: Medical Crisis Update 02.04.2015 | APNS Public Radyo.

SCLC director calls on black families to arm themselves | www.ajc.com

The remarks came one week after 23-year-old Goodyear employee Nicholas Thomas was fatally shot by Smyrna police serving an arrest warrant on a probation violation. Police say Thomas tried to run them over in a customer’s Maserati, though lawyers hired by the dead man’s family have challenged the official account. Earlier this month 27-year-old Anthony […]

Black Students at Berkeley Want a Hall Renamed After Assata Shakur – The Root

The black student union at Berkeley would like Barrows Hall to be renamed “Shakur Hall.” “We want the renaming for someone—Assata Shakur—who we feel … represents us as black students,” Cori McGowens, spokesman for the school’s black student union, said. “We’re at a crisis on campus.” McGowens says that black students at Berkeley are isolated […]

Civil rights movement history: The long tradition of black Americans taking up arms to defend themselves against racial violence.

In his new book, 1919, The Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back, David F. Krugler, professor of history at the University of Wisconsin–Platteville, looks at the actions of people like Jones and Davis, who resisted white incursions against the black community through the press, the courts, and armed defensive action. The year […]

Ezkool | Seattle Police Issues Apology to 69 Year Old Black Vet for Arresting Him For No Reason

“You just swung that golf club at me,” Whitlatch yells. “No, I did not!” exclaims the shocked pedestrian. Whitlatch is heard telling the man that he is being recorded and videotaped, but review of that recording led the Seattle police department to issue the apology, as no threats were ever made to the officer. The arrest […]

Jim Crow lynchings more widespread than first thought, report concludes | World news | The Guardian

“The trauma and anguish that lynchings and racial violence created in this country continues to haunt us and to contaminate race relations and our criminal justice system in too many places across the country,” it concluded. The report, titled Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror, is the result of nearly five years […]

The Fiery Cage and the Lynching Tree, Brutality’s Never Far Away

Here is the photograph. Take a good look at Jesse Washington’s stiffened body tied to the tree. He had been sentenced to death for the murder of a white woman. No witnesses saw the crime; he allegedly confessed but the truth of the allegations would never be tested. The grand jury took just four minutes […]

The BrownWatch: News for People of Color. – BrownWatch News – If You Help Black People You may Get Disappeared: White SF Cops Lock Up Public Defender for Objecting to Questioning of Black Man who was not under arrest 

The Tuesday afternoon arrest of attorney Jami Tillotson as she denied police officers’ attempts to take photos of her client without explanation raised questions about police intimidation and harassment, Public Defender Jeff Adachi said at a Wednesday news conference. A video of the incident shows the plainclothes policeman telling her, “If you continue with this, I […]

Video: Seattle Police Jail Elderly Military Veteran for “Walking in Seattle While Black” | Slog

Wingate spent the night in King County Jail. That moment from the video, when Wingate had trouble getting into the paddywagon on his own, said former Democratic Washington State representative Dawn Mason, “was awful. That one touched my soul.” She took an interest in the case after a neighbor told her what happened. “The man […]

Video: Seattle Police Jail Elderly Military Veteran for “Walking in Seattle While Black” | Slog

On the video, Officer Whitlatch can be heard insisting that the recording would show Wingate swinging his golf club at her and hitting a stop sign with it. According to the SPD, there exists no video to back up this claim. (SPD did not make Whitlatch available for comment.) “The allegation that he swung at […]

DNA Exonerates Man Who Served Nearly 40 Years For Murder : The Two-Way : NPR

“The expert said none of the evidence collected in the case — hair, DNA and fingerprints — belonged to Sledge. A key jailhouse informant had also recanted his story, saying authorities promised him leniency in his own case for his trial testimony against Sledge. “A district attorney who was not originally involved apologized to Sledge […]

I am Albert Woodfox | Max News

by Kevin Maxwell • January 19, 2015 Like many since watching the documentary In The Land Of The Free, I have followed the progress of the Angola 3. Three inmates placed in solidarity confinement, after the 1972 killing of a prison guard. I guess the obvious question is, why waste any breath on three men who killed a prison guard? Like so […]

#WrongfullyConvicted Brothers Win $17,000,000 Settlement From NYC – The Root

According to the Post, approximately 70 of the homicide detective’s murder convictions are currently under investigation by the district attorney, who is probing allegations of coerced testimony, false confessions and hiding exculpatory evidence. The Post reports that most of Scarcella’s convictions rested on the testimony of a Teresa Gomez, a prostitute with a known drug […]