Gut-wrenching acts of police violence against black people were captured on video and shared widely this past week. In Minneapolis, Philando Castile was executed, and while he was dying in a car seat, his girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, narrated a Facebook livestream. In Baton Rouge, Alton Sterling was brutalized by police,
In Chicago, there is a notorious individual, who is part of the city’s police union. He spreads disinformation to media by going to scenes immediately after police kill civilians and then fabricates narratives that benefit the officers involved. His name is Pat Camden. Camden comes off as someone who is
Despite making claims to protecting First Amendment rights, a leaked manual reveals how police pick out perceived movement leaders for targeted arrests.
In “Crashing the Party,” Kris Hermes connects modern anti-protest policing to the historic response to protests at the 2000 Republican National Convention.
Despite increasing state-level legalization, someone in the U.S. is arrested for marijuana possession about once every minute.
Three black men from Chicago sued police officers and the city of Chicago for detaining them at Homan Square and subsequently framing them for manufacturing and delivering heroin. The lawsuit, which the People’s Law Office filed on October 19 [PDF], is one of a handful of complaints brought against police
The Laura Flanders Show: “How do we break America’s addiction to guns and gun violence? We talk with a young man who served ten years in prison on a gun-related crime and hear from cultural critic Jeff Chang about the cultural changes that have and haven’t transformed America.”
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.
Adhyl Polanco, an NYPD officer who spoke out publicly against the department’s use of illegal quotas for summonses and arrests, filed a lawsuit in federal court this week alleging his superiors discriminated and retaliated against him based on his race and speech. According to Polanco’s lawsuit, the NYPD was threatening officers with “termination and negative employment actions, such as low performance evaluations and punitive postings,” to force them to meet Stop & Frisk and arrest quotas.
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.