Posts tagged "police brutality"

Women in Viral Video Sue Indianapolis Police for Excessive Use of Force

Two women have filed an excessive force lawsuit against four Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers who were captured on video using batons and pepper balls to subdue them at a protest against police violence on May 31. The federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for Southern Indiana on behalf of Ivoré Westfield...

Protestors Remove Racist Monuments Across the United States

Protests over the epidemic of police killings of Black Americans have fueled a national movement to remove statues and monuments that symbolize white supremacy, anti-Black racism, colonialism, and oppression in the United States. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that the statue of President Theodore Roosevelt in front of the American Museum...

Immigrants Arrested on Mistaken Charges at Phoenix Protests Face Deportation

Four undocumented people were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement after being arrested at protests condemning the murder of George Floyd in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phoenix Police Department arrested all four immigrants the night of Saturday, May 30. They were held overnight in a Maricopa County jail before being transferred to ICE custody. One...

Chicago Protests Amplify Demands that Police Be Removed from Schools

Outrage over the murder of George Floyd by police has sparked activists in Chicago to demand that police officers be removed from Chicago Public Schools. Young people are urging the district to nullify the $33 million contract it entered into with the Chicago Police Department in August to station officers in CPS buildings. Approximately a...

Civil Rights Groups Sue Trump Administration for Violence Against Protesters

Civil right groups are representing Black Lives Matter D.C. and individual protesters in a lawsuit against the Trump administration for violently dispelling peaceful protesters for President Donald Trump’s photo op on Monday. The lawyers, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, say the violence against protesters...

Police Brutality in the Time of Coronavirus

Covid-19 is shining yet another spotlight on American systemic racism as African Americans face higher rates of death from coronavirus, as well as policing in the form of social distancing patrols, which are often racially disparate, inequitable, and aggressive. A majority of businesses have reduced operations or closed, but the NYPD has not slowed operations...

Fort Worth Police Officer Who Fatally Shot Atatiana Jefferson in Her Own Home Charged with Murder

The Fort Worth police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black woman in her own home has been charged with murder. Early Saturday morning Atatiana Koquice Jefferson, 28, was shot and killed by a police officer inside her own home after a neighbor called a non-emergency police number for a wellness check on her....

Justice Denied Once Again as Eric Garner’s Murderer Goes Free

Five years after the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man whose last words “I can’t breathe” started a rallying cry, the Justice Department has decided that they will not bring federal charges against the New York City police officer allegedly responsible for strangling him to death. The announcement came exactly when the deadline...

Michael Brown’s Mother Running for Ferguson City Council

Lesley McSpadden announced this week that she is running for City Council in Ferguson, Missouri’s 3rd Ward, a position that would allow her to have oversight over the police department that was involved in the 2014 shooting of her son, Michael Brown. “I wanted to go back and do something right in a place that...
Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Anyone For Sandra Bland’s Death

Grand Jury Decides Not To Indict Anyone For Sandra Bland’s Death

A grand jury decided on Monday not to indict anyone in connection with Sandra Bland’s death in a Texas county jail last summer. The grand jury will reconvene next month to “take up remaining issues,” including whether or not state trooper Brian Encinia – the officer who arrested Bland – should face criminal charges.

SCOTUS Protects Use of Deadly Force by Police

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday allowed a Texas police officer to avoid a civil suit for shooting and killing a fleeing suspect, despite two federal appeals court decisions that would have allowed the lawsuit to go forward.
Update: Deputy Fields Has Been Fired

Update: Deputy Fields Has Been Fired

Update: The officer who violently attacked a female student at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina has been fired, his boss reports.
Outrage Over Footage of Officer Assaulting Black Student in South Carolina High School

Outrage Over Footage of Officer Assaulting Black Student in South Carolina High School

An outpouring of national outrage has followed footage of Deputy Ben Fields attacking a female student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina for allegedly refusing to leave her the classroom.
Texas Woman Files Complaint After Officer Forcibly Searches her Vagina

Texas Woman Files Complaint After Officer Forcibly Searches her Vagina

"I feel like they sexually assaulted me! I really do," Charnesia Corley said about a forced body-cavity search following a traffic stop in which a Texas deputy claimed he smelled marijuana.
Sandra Bland’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Sandra Bland’s Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Sandra Bland's mother filed a federal civil rights lawsuit Tuesday claiming that Bland should never have been arrested and blaming Texas officials for her death.
Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

Katherine Spillar Urges Cleveland to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Women Police to Mitigate Police Violence

In a well-received speech at the City Club of Cleveland today, Katherine Spillar, Executive Director of the Feminist Majority Foundation urged Cleveland city officials to dramatically increase the hiring of women police officers as a way to decrease police brutality incidents.
Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland's Arrest

Questions Remain After Police Release Footage of Sandra Bland’s Arrest

Texas officials today released dash cam video footage showing Texas State Trooper Brian Encinia physically threatening Sandra Bland, a 28-year old African-American woman who died in police custody last week.
Police Need to be Held Accountable for Violence Against Black Women and Girls

Police Need to be Held Accountable for Violence Against Black Women and Girls

McKinney, Texas police officer Eric Casebolt’s violent attack on a 15-year-old African American girl at a neighborhood pool party went immediately viral over the weekend.
Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray

Maryland State Prosecutor Promises Justice for Freddie Gray

The six police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray of Baltimore, Maryland have been charged criminally with offenses ranging from manslaughter to false imprisonment.
March2Justice Protesters Embark on 250-Mile March to Protest Police Brutality

March2Justice Protesters Embark on 250-Mile March to Protest Police Brutality

Marchers are ending an eight-day journey across 250 miles and five states to deliver anti-profiling and police-force-militarization legislation from New York City to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.