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Category Archive for 'Police State'

It’s one thing to know this intellectually. It’s another to see it:

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The weight of this is too much to bear. This time, 12-year-old Tamir Rice, was killed for carrying a toy gun, but it seemed like someone might be punished. We’ve seen the video, no sane person can defend this death. But they did; they refused to indict. It was “reasonable.” So we’re not having much […]

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Photo of quintonio legrier, 19, killed by police this morning. Photo was provided by his mother. @ABC7Chicago pic.twitter.com/5wzCuLHUXR — Laura Thoren (@LauraThoren) December 26, 2015 Or almost any big city. Because it’s so extremely rare for cops to suffer consequences for their actions: Chicago police accidentally killed a 55-year-old mother of five early Saturday when […]

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On the heels of dashcam footage of the Laquan McDonald shooting released today, other news is coming out about how Chicago police worked to suppress video proving he was shot without justification. According to NBC News Chicago, 86 minutes of security video was missing after the shooting, after police ran through and reviewed it but […]

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Driving while black

I used to live in a third-floor apartment overlooking a major road, and in the ten years I was there, I never saw a car with a white driver stopped by police. (h/t Ron K.)

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Cops shoot, kill six-year-old boy

A 6-year-old boy died late Monday in Marksville, Louisiana, after a high-speed chase involving the police and his father ended with gunfire. The boy’s father, Chris Few, was fleeing authorities after he backed his car into a city marshal’s vehicle, according to Avoyelles Today and The Town Talk, two local publications. The authorities pursued Few, […]

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The FBI and the US Justice Department have opened investigation into the violent arrest of a black female high school student by a white police officer, footage of which has gone viral and sparked outrage. The agencies “have opened a civil rights investigation into the circumstances surrounding the arrest of a student at Spring Valley […]

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Cops feel free to beat up anyone who questions them about anything.

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So of course they haven’t changed a thing since Frank Serpico. The NYPD is still up to their old tricks: A New York City Police Department (NYPD) officer, who spoke out publicly against the department’s use of illegal quotas for summonses and arrests, filed a lawsuit [PDF] in federal court this week alleging his superiors discriminated and […]

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On Tuesday, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh unveiled new guidelines that prohibit police profiling. Frosh said the guidelines will help “repair the frayed relationship between police and many in the community by making mutual respect the norm in everyday police encounters.” Maryland is the first state to adopt rules banning law enforcement profiling practices. The […]

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