Screenshot of video of Chicago Police Press Conference.
25 Nov 2015

Rahm Is Wrong: Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Represents Chicago Police

Before releasing a video of white cop killing black teen Laquan McDonald, Chicago’s Mayor insisted the officer was not representative of the city’s police.

Mugshot of Jason Van Dyke, Chicago Police officer charged in the shooting of Laquan McDonald. (Chicago Police Department)
24 Nov 2015

After Coverup Fails, Chicago Cop Charged With Murder Of Laquan McDonald

The case against Jason Van Dyke marks the first time in Chicago’s history that a police officer faces criminal charges for an on-duty shooting.

The family of Rekia Boyd hold a banner which reads "I Am Rekia Boyd" at a rally demanding justice in her killing on April 7, 2015. Boyd was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer, Dante Servin, on  March 21, 2012 and Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority recently recommended that he lose his job. (Flickr / Bob Simpson)
16 Sep 2015

In Rare Act, Police Review Agency Recommends Chicago Police Fire Cop

Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, setup to investigate complaints against police, has recommended the cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd be fired. In the history of the agency, it has only recommended two other officers have their job terminated. Both recommendations came this year.

Marcus Abrams is shown after an incident with police. Abrams, who has autism, says police slammed him to the ground, causing him to suffer a seizure. He was not charged with a crime.
(KARE 11 screenshot)
12 Sep 2015

‘Autism Is Not A Crime’: Transit Police Beat St. Paul Teen During Arrest

Marcus Abrams, a 17-year-old autistic teen from St. Paul, who also suffers from seizures, didn’t belong on the tracks at a Metro Transit station, but his family is questioning the violence of his subsequent arrest during which police tackled him to the platform floor. Advocates for the autistic and disabled say the incident highlights the need for better police training.

File: A K-9 Unit police patrol car from Roseville, California. (Flickr / Matthew Fern)
04 Sep 2015

Police Dogs’ Lives Don’t Matter? 12 Police Dogs Died Of Heat Exhaustion In 2015

Despite years of awareness campaigns by animal rights activists, hundreds of dogs still die each year after being left in parked cars on hot summer days. Working dogs are not exempt, and heat exhaustion has claimed the lives of at least 12 police dogs so far this year.

Activists from Underground Sketchbook hold banners and signs demanding funding cuts for the Austin Police Department at a community forum on race and policing on August 24, 2015. (MintPress News / Kit O’Connell)
31 Aug 2015

Delays Abound In Prosecution Of Austin Police Detective For 2013 Shooting Of Larry Jackson

Two years ago, Austin Police Det. Charles Kleinert shot and killed Larry Jackson, Jr., an unarmed black man, under a bridge near one of the city’s many greenbelt trails. His death was the savage culmination of a wild chase through the city that ultimately led to Kleinert’s early retirement and indictment for manslaughter.

Lighted signs read "SANDRA" in front of an image of Sandra Bland's face at a Light Brigade direct action on January 1, 2014. (Flickr / Light Brigading)
28 Aug 2015

Activists Demand Sandra Bland Investigation With 750,000 Petition Signatures

On August 26, activists delivered 260,000 signatures to the Justice Department, demanding a federal investigation of Sandra Bland’s suspicious death in a Texas jail. Although officials ruled her death a suicide, many suspect she was murdered and, regardless of her official cause of death, her needless arrest during a traffic stop directly led to her demise.

Protest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray was killed by police | Photo by Arash Azizzada
24 Aug 2015

Protest Song of the Week: ’28 Hours’

For this week’s protest song, Alec Hall submitted a piece created as a comment on the criminalization of black bodies in the United States and how black life is often erased from American culture and society. The 11-minute string quartet composition, “28 Hours,” is the first reader-submitted protest song featured here at Shadowproof.

A close-up of a smiling Darrien Hunt. (Facebook)
22 Aug 2015

Darrien Hunt: Killed By Utah Cops For Anime Cosplay While Black

In September 2014, police in Saratoga Springs, Utah, shot Hunt several times in the back and side after a 911 caller reported a black male with a samurai sword. Hunt was dressed as an anime character and holding a toy or blunt replica sword commonly used by cosplayers, but Utah is an open carry state, so Hunt could legally carry a real sword there.

(YouTube Screenshot)
20 Aug 2015

Pennsylvania Cops Body Slam Man Singing “Beach Boys” Music

Carlos Miller, over at Photography Is Not A Crime, offered more details on this incident, which apparently took place in Allentown, Pennsylvania: “A 61-year-old man happily singing a Beach Boys song in front of a crowded restaurant in Pennsylvania was violently body slammed by a cop before he was carted off to jail Friday.”