American Cops: Armed & Dangerous

Jamar Clark, 11/15/15 Minneapolis, MN:

Two Minneapolis police officers shot Clark, claiming he “interfered” with emergency responders helping an assault victim. Activists and witnesses maintain that Clark was unarmed and handcuffed when he was shot.

No officers have been charged with a crime for killing Jamar.

68. Samuel Harrell, 4/21/15

(Some police bureaus still do not bother to report murders of citizens.)

DEC 28, 2015 2:59 PM

CREDIT: DYLAN PETROHILOS/THINKPROGRESS

Despite public protests, occupations, direct action, and increased public scrutiny, U.S. police killed more people in 2015 than in 2014. While numbers vary from source to source  — the website killedbypolice.net found police have killed 1,186 people in 2015 (the U.S. government currently does not track how many people are killed in police encounters.)

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CREDIT: DYLAN PETROHILOS/THINKPROGRESS

The data from killedbypolice.net show that white people are the largest group of killed by the police. But when taken together, the number of people of color killed by police — Latino, black, Asian, and indigenous people — surpasses the number of whites. As ThinkProgressnoted last year, young black men are 21 times more likely to be killed by cops than young white men, according to a ProPublica analysis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also compiled data which show that people of color are most likely to be killed by cops overall.

The data also show that California, Texas, and Florida lead the U.S. in terms of deadly police encounters.

above is from: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/12/28/3735190/killed-by-police-2015/



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Key Findings:

  • Police killed at least 102 unarmed black people in 2015, nearly twice each week. 

  • Nearly 1 in 3 black people killed by police in 2015 were identified as unarmed, though the actual number is likely higher due to underreporting

  • 37% of unarmed people killed by police were black in 2015 despite black people being only 13% of the U.S. population

  • Unarmed black people were killed at 5x the rate of unarmed whites in 2015

  • Only 10 of the 102 cases in 2015 where an unarmed black person was killed by police resulted in officer(s) being charged with a crime, and only 2 of these deaths (Matthew Ajibade and Eric Harris) resulted in convictions of officers involved. Only 1 of 2 officers convicted for their involvement in Matthew Ajibade’s death received jail time. He was sentenced to 1 year in jail and allowed to serve this time exclusively on weekends. Deputy Bates, who killed Eric Harris, was sentenced to 4 years for murdering an unarmed man. This is the only cop who has served time for murders committed by police in 2015. 


The Peaceresource editor’s Note:
I read ALL of these incidents.  Why do we allow this?
If you read these 102 cases of police assault, killings, and flat out murder,
perhaps you will find a reason to stand up and fight back for justice.
We ARE under attack.

peace, Tim Flanagan



Here are the names and stories about the UNARMED PEOPLE of color murdered by police.  

(Ordered by the date the person was killed, starting with the most recent)

Portland Police Bureau Calling the Shots

So far, PDX Police Bureau officers have been provided with a license to kill at will, even unarmed citizens, without accountability. This is the signal that various mayors and PDX City Councils have delivered over the last 20 years.

So does Portland Police Bureau policy need to be corrected? Does it ever!

fightbackSo far, PDX Police Bureau officers have been provided with a license to kill at will, even unarmed citizens, without accountability. This is the signal that various mayors and PDX City Councils have delivered over the last 20 years.

One set of laws for us and a whole ‘nuther set of exceptions to laws for the police. This is not how it’s supposed to work.
Accountability matters, and so do human lives.

http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/otis

But “Don’t Choke ‘Em, Smoke ‘Em”.. attitudes still exist in both officers on the street and justicepoliceadministration. If the bureau, city council and mayor persist in their machinations, the DOJ may have to step in, restore the rule of law, and start from scratch.

http://www.ThePortlandAlliance.org/keatonotis

Otherwise members of the PDX Police bureau will continue to ignore the law and misuse and abuse citizens. When the people we hire choose to beat-up, target and kill citizens at will…. it is time to lay down the law and fire officers who break the law..

http://www.thePortlandAlliance.org/police


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 The murders of Aaron Campbell, Keaton Otis,  and James Chasse, Jr. have never been resolved. None of the officers who broke the law and violated Police Department Procedures have been charged, tried,or prosecuted for these crimes. We, the citizens of Portland, Oregon have paid millions for the crimes committed by PDX police officers, yet none of these officers have been disciplined. They continue to serve in spite of their crimes. The shootings of James Jahar Perez and Kendra James may have been forgotten by some, but we have yet to see accountability or justice.

http://theportlandalliance.org/policeaccountability/

 



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Abusive American Cops: a bigger problem than most admit

“These problems aren’t rare, they aren’t isolated, and they are taking an enormous human and financial toll on our country. If we are to ever properly address this problem, we cannot do so if we do not honestly admit its expansive size, scope and depth.”

police-bad-copsLet’s stop saying bad police officers are rare. They’re plentiful from coast to coast.

1. The ugliness knows no geographical or political boundaries. It’s truly nationwide.
2. Corrupt, racist, violent, sexist police officers aren’t just low-level newbies, but  chiefs and captains.

“These problems aren’t rare, they aren’t isolated, and they are taking an enormous human and financial toll on our country. If we are to ever properly address this problem, we cannot do so if we do not honestly admit its expansive size, scope and depth.

60825578A rare problem will get a tiny solution. That’s what we’re getting right now, but the United States is facing a true moral human rights crisis with police brutality and corruption in our country. The United Nations just sharply criticized our country for our police brutality crisis. For the first time in its history, Amnesty International is sending human rights monitors to the United States to monitor American police and is issuing scathing reports on what it is finding.

For millions of Americans, this issue is the most important issue in our nation. It’s time we act like it.”

Mugshots of the Baltimore Police officers who killed Freddie Gray

Mugshots of the Baltimore Police Officers who killed Freddie Gray.

rest of the story at:  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/05/15/1384993/-Let-s-stop-saying-bad-police-officers-are-rare-Fact-is-they-re-plentiful-from-coast-to-coast#


Just How Many Bad Cops are There and What’s Their Impact?
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9,000 bad cops in the US is a massive problem. 90,000 bad cops in the US is total disaster. People are dying. Unarmed people, often in front of witnesses, sometimes even on camera. We as a nation are simply accepting the process by which justice is meant to be be served. We are accepting that 90,000 (or even 9,000) bad cops on our streets with our children is somehow acceptable.

So, this is the state of the nation. What can we do?

Imagine how much it would improve if every man, woman and child who witnessed a police interaction took out their phones and cameras and captured video of it. Someone gets pulled over, 10 people begin filming. A cop approaches a teenager in the mall, 20 people start filming. Every time. Imagine if every cop knew that every time he was in public WE would be there to hold him accountable. Imagine…

more at:  http://www.copblock.org/99550/how-many-bad-cops-what-impact/

poem-truth-casino-inconvenient-truth2above by Kelly W. Patterson
a lifelong resident of Las Vegas, who’s been very active in local grassroots activism, as well as on a national level during his extensive travels. He’s also the founder/main contributor of Nevada CopBlock, Editor/contributor at CopBlock.org and designed the Official CopBlock Press Passes.


General Statistics

The following report was generated from data gathered in the months of April 2009 through September 2009. In the those 6 months there were:

resist2,568 – Alleged victims of reported police misconduct.
2,854 – Law enforcement officers alleged to have engaged in misconduct.
207 – Law enforcement leaders (police chiefs or sheriffs) that were cited in those reports.
215 – Fatalities reported in connection with alleged instances of misconduct.
14.7 – Reported incidents of misconduct tracked per day on average or a report of misconduct every 98 minutes.
1 out of every 116.4 – Estimated number of officers who will be involved in a reported act of misconduct this year.
$128,906,406 – Reported costs in police misconduct related civil litigation, not counting legal fees or court costs.

Categorization

When examining misconduct reports by type, non-firearm related excessive force complaints were most common at 21.3% (652) of all reports, followed by sexual misconduct complaints at 13.0% (397), and then fraud/theft reports at 9.8% (300).

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When examining reports by last reported status, 32.8% had resulted in some sort of adverse outcome for the officers involved (25.7%) or their representative employers (7.1%). 215 (7.0%) officers were disciplined, 138 (4.5%) were fired, and of the 1018 who were criminally charged, 317 were convicted of a criminal offense for a 31.1% conviction rate.

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State Statistics

The following statistics only count state, city, and county law enforcement agencies since current federal law enforcement employment rates were not available for calculation. The statistical rates are based on the NPMSRP statistics and employment data provided by the 2008 US DOJ/FBI UCR.

The following density map shows the police misconduct incident rate per general population.

NPMSRP_Dmap_PC_0909While the next density map shows the police misconduct rate per law enforcement officer.

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The average national police misconduct rate is estimated to be 834.69 per 100,000 police officers. In 2008 there were an estimated 712,360 state and local law enforcement officers employed in the US for an average of 1 officer for every 231.5 people.

the above info from:  http://www.policemisconduct.net/2009-npmsrp-semi-annual-police-misconduct-statistics-report-updated/


How do corrupt police officers get away with crimes?

An Alabama police officer reportedly wanted to murder a local resident and make it look like a case of self-defense. The murder didn’t happen, but the officer wasn’t charged.

Officer Troy Middlebrooks of the Alexander City Police Department kept his job after authorities there paid the resident, Vincent Bias, $35,000 to avoid being publicly sued over the incident, according to The Guardian.

rest of story:  http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2015/0804/How-do-corrupt-police-officers-get-away-with-crimes


What we need is accountability. 

murderIn Portland, Oregon:
“The murders of Aaron Campbell, Keaton Otis,  and James Chasse, Jr. have never been resolved. None of the officers who broke the law and violated Police Department Procedures have been charged, tried,or prosecuted for these crimes. We, the citizens of Portland, Oregon have paid millions for the crimes committed by PDX police officers, yet none of these officers have been disciplined. They continue to serve in spite of their crimes. The shootings of James Jahar Perez and Kendra James may have been forgotten by some, but we have yet to see accountability or justice.  This must change. …  We deserve an explanation from our council and some discipline and more responsible leadership in our Police Bureau. ”

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Premeditated murder by cop. No charges filed, citizens remain at risk.

One of the GBI investigators who supervised the criminal investigation into the shooting told the AJC that the shooting was unjust.

“This is the worst one I’ve ever investigated,” said Mike McDaniel, a retired GBI agent. “I don’t think it’s a good shoot. I don’t think it’s justified.”

Even the lead investigator says that this was unjustified, yet these two cops are still out on the street, “protecting and serving.” So turn the brutal, rusty, and bloody cogs of the American justice system.

Dashcam: Cops Kill Unarmed Mother, Applaud their Marksmanship, Brag About her Face Exploding

Caroline_smallBrunswick, GA — Caroline Small was at a low point in her life. She suffered from PTSD, Dissociative Disorder, and was struggling with drugs and alcohol. These things should have never been a death sentence, but thanks to two Georgia cops, they were.

An eye-opening investigation by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Channel 2 Action News was published earlier this month that shines a much-needed light on this case. The report illustrates the tragic events leading up to the killing of Caroline Small and the subsequent special privilege granted to the officers who killed her which would allow them to get off scot-free — and keep their jobs.

On June 18, 2010, Small was sitting in a mall parking lot in her car when a citizen allegedly saw her “doing drugs,” so they called police. When police showed up, Small, who was in an obvious diminished mental state, drove off. A police chase ensued.

During the chase, which never exceeded 35 mph, Small’s tires were blown out by spike strips. She was then pinned by two cruisers and a utility pole and riding only on her rims. Her car was effectively rendered immobilized.

image: http://tftppull.freethoughtllc.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/smith-pinned-in.jpg

smith-pinned-inHowever, Small, who was in the midst of a mental crisis, continued pressing the accelerator, even though the car was not able to move but a few inches.

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At this point, Georgia State Patrol Trooper Jonathan Malone is seen running behind Small’s car in an attempt to remove her from the vehicle. But Malone quickly runs away after he notices Glynn County officers Sgt. Robert C. Sasser and Officer Michael T. Simpson with their service weapons pointed direct at him, with Small’s head being the primary target.

Malone pleaded with the officers to let him get Small out of the vehicle.

“Let me get out there and get her out,” Malone calls out to the other officers, according to the GBI audio transcripts.

“Hold on, hold on,” one unknown officer responds.

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Glynn County Officer Michael T. Simpson

“If she moves the car, I’m going to shoot her,” Simpson says.

Seconds later, Sasser and Simpson unleash a volley of gunfire into the face of Caroline Small.

After the shooting, Sasser and Simpson can be heard discussing their kill.

“Where did you hit her?” Simpson asks, according to a GBI transcript.

“I hit her right in the face,” Sasser says.

“I watched the bridge of her nose…I pulled the trigger and I watched it hit her at the same time I think I fired,” Simpson says.

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smith-hunched-overWhen an EMT showed up to the scene, Simpson waved him off, trusting that his stellar marksmanship had done the job, and she was dead. However, Small was holding on for dear life, and those crucial moments could have been the difference between life and death. Small would never regain consciousness, but she didn’t succumb to her injuries until a week after the shooting.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Channel 2 Action News investigation of the case found that:

poem-truth-casino-inconvenient-truth2• Glynn County police officers interfered with the GBI’s investigation from the start, seeking to protect the officers.

• The department tampered with the crime scene and created misleading evidence that was shown to the grand jury.

• The local district attorney shared the state’s evidence with the officers nearly two months before the grand jury convened and cut an unusual deal with them just before it met.

With the special treatment given to the Glynn County police by the other law enforcement agency “investigating” them, they were able to successfully convince a grand jury that they “feared for their lives.” Neither of the officers faced any discipline and both were returned to full duty.

onemorethingOne of the members of that grand jury, Byron Bennett, has come out publicly stating that he regrets his decision.

“I felt like I let that lady down,” he said. “I felt like they killed that lady. They didn’t give her a chance.”

One of the GBI investigators who supervised the criminal investigation into the shooting told the AJC that the shooting was unjust.

“This is the worst one I’ve ever investigated,” said Mike McDaniel, a retired GBI agent. “I don’t think it’s a good shoot. I don’t think it’s justified.”

Even the lead investigator says that this was unjustified, yet these two cops are still out on the street, “protecting and serving.” So turn the brutal, rusty, and bloody cogs of the American justice system.

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Racism

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.”
―Martin Luther King, Jr.


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“It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time



Capitalism, racism and the 1 Percent


Capitalism and racism have been intertwined from the beginning–which is why confronting one requires organizing to confront the other, writes Phil Gasper.

McDonald's workers and their supporters take their struggle to the company's doorstep (Kelly Benjamin)
McDonald’s workers and their supporters take their struggle to the company’s doorstep (Kelly Benjamin)

RACISM HAS been an ugly and persistent feature of the United States since the country was founded. Today, despite the important victories of the 1960s civil rights movement and other struggles, racial disparities are in many respects getting worse.

In mid-March, the National Urban League released its annual State of Black America report, which found “little accountability for law enforcement responsible for killing unarmed Black men, teenagers and children; a continual assault on voting rights; [and] widening economic inequality gaps,” among other major problems.

As the report notes:

Sixty years after the landmark ruling in Brown v. Board of Education ended segregation in America’s public schools, separate and unequal is still a pervasive reality. While de jure, or legal, segregation has been abolished, de facto, or the actual practice of segregation, is greater now than it was 40 years ago.

Black and Brracism1own students are less likely to share classrooms with white students. We also see separate and unequal levels of expectations and resources in our schools that continue to break down along economic, and thus largely color, lines.

Using government data on income and wealth, unemployment, poverty and other factors, the report calculates a Black Equality Index of only 72.2 percent–meaning that “Blacks experience less than three-fourths the quality of life experienced by white Americans,” according to the report. The Hispanic Equality Index is only a little higher, at 77.7 percent.

blackworkersforjusticedotorgMalcolm-X– – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

RACISM IS a moral obscenity, but how can we fight it?
That depends on how we understand the problem.

Muhammad Ali“Hating people because of their color is wrong. And it doesn’t matter which color does the hating. It’s just plain wrong.”

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality… I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word.


Kofi Annan
“Ignorance and prejudice are the handmaidens of propaganda. Our mission, therefore, is to confront ignorance with knowledge, bigotry with tolerance, and isolation with the outstretched hand of generosity. Racism can, will, and must be defeated.” ― Kofi Annan


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“Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don’t have that choice.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

 


I swear to the Lordlangston-hughes-granger
I still can’t see
Why Democracy means
Everybody but me.

~Langston Hughes, The Black Man Speaks


roosevelt200-10aa6871853fa2011fbdd22b4b34e02fffff1ce8-s6-c30“Pit race against race, religion against religion, prejudice against prejudice. Divide and conquer! We must not let that happen here.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

 


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101 unarmed killed by police in 2014.

Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing. They also prompt scrutiny of how cops confront people with mental illnesses:

Below is a list of people (mostly unarmed people of color) who were killed by cops in 2014. darrian
Some cases are more clear-cut than others, but all of them raise questions about the use of force — like shooting to kill — in policing.

1. Darrien Hunt; Saratoga Springs, UT: Hunt was shot six times and killed after someone reported a man with a suspicious sword. Hunt, who had a fascination with Japanese anime characters, was carrying a toy sword. A recent autopsy report found the shots hit him in the back, suggesting he was running away from police on the scene.

ezell-ford-530x2982. Ezell Ford; Los Angeles, CA: In what was described as “an execution” by family members, Ford was unarmed when LAPD shot him last August. Officers stopped him on the street, in response to a possible officer-involved shooting. One witness contends that officers beat the 25-year-old disabled man while saying “shoot him.” Others maintain that Ford was laying on the ground when he was shot.

abrego3. Omar Abrego; Los Angeles, CA: Abrego died a mere four blocks from where Ezell Ford was shot. A father of three, Abrego was beaten to death by LAPD after a car chase last August. Witnesses allege that officers punched Abrego in the face continuously, and also hit him with a baton.

tamir-rice-326e772c09b920c44. Tamir E. Rice; Cleveland, OH: Police responded to a 911 call about a boy with a gun in the park. Within seconds of arriving at the park, police opened fire, killing the 12-year-old who had been holding a toy gun. Officers on the scene refused to administer first aid for four minutes, and left him laying on the ground. They allegedly handcuffed his 14-year-old sister.


tanisha8n-2-web5. Tanisha Anderson; Cleveland, OH:
Anderson, a schizophrenic and bipolar women, died after police allegedlyslammed her onto the pavement outside her family’s home. Officers had approached Anderson after a caller reported her for “disturbing the peace.” Police claim that they planned to take her to the hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, and that she went limp in an officer’s arms. But Anderson’s brother and daughter deny the cops’ story and contend that the 37-year-old was slammed to the ground.

phoenix-arizona-police-shooting-rumain-brisbon6. Rumain Brisbon; Phoenix, AZ: Brisbon was killed earlier this month, after an officer mistook a pill bottle for a gun. The officer approached Brisbon’s car after someone reported a drug deal happening near the vehicle. When asked to raise his hands, Brisbon put them in his pockets. A quick chase on foot ensued after the officer pulled out a weapon. There was a brief scuffle when the cop caught up to Brisbon, during which the latter reached into his pocket. The officer shot him, and explained later that he thought he felt a gun in the pocket. The perceived gun was actually a pill bottle.

headshot7. John Crawford III; Beavercreek, OH: Crawford was shot by police officers in a Walmart, who were responding to a 911 call about an armed man. The caller, who originally stated that Crawford was pointing the gun at people, changed his statement later on. In a video released after the incident, Crawford was walking down a store aisle while holding a BB gun that he was buying for his children, and then swung it over his shoulder. All the while, he was talking on a phone and looking at the shelves. Officers descended upon him and fired two shots.

Keith-Vidal-facebook8. Keith Vidal; Southport, NC: Police responded to a 911 call for assistance from the parents of Vidal, a schizophrenic 18-year-old, who was in the middle of an episode. Although Vidal picked up a screwdriver, two officers were able to calm him down. But the situation turned deadly when a third cop tased the teenager shortly thereafter. That officer allegedly said “we don’t have time for this” before shooting and killing Vidal on the spot.


image4-269. Kajieme Powell; St. Louis, MO:
Just days later and a few miles away from where Mike Brown was shot, officersgunned down Kajieme Powell, who had stolen energy drinks and pastries from a convenience store. Officers said they shot Powell after he approached them wielding a knife with an “overhand grip,” and that he was within three or four feet of them. But video from a cell phone showed the 25-year-old standing farther away and with his hands by his sides.

akaigurley10. Akai Gurley; Brooklyn, NY: A police officer accidentally shot Gurley, who was walking down a dark flight of stairs. The officer fired his gun while he was performing a vertical patrol, and texted a union rep as Gurley was dying. Police Chief Bill Bratton confirmed that Gurley was a “total innocent.”


_79539914_024973441-111. Eric Garner; Staten Island, NY:
NYPD officers stopped Garner and accused him of selling un-taxed cigarettes on the sidewalk.. The encounter turned deadly when Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner, an asthmatic, in an illegal chokehold. Garner repeatedly said ‘I can’t breathe’ eleven times before dying on the scene. The entire incident was caught on camera, but a grand jury decision refused to indict the officer.

mike-brown-ferguson-officer-will-not-be-indictment-the-jasmine-brand12. Mike Brown; Ferguson, MO: Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson, after the police stopped him and friend Dorian Johnson, who were walking in the street. After he stopped them, Wilson realized that Brown matched the description of a suspected thief who the officer was trying to find. Wilson claimed there was a physical altercation, and that Brown tried to grab his gun and charged at him. Witnesses say Brown was running away with his hands up when the officer shot him. Police kept the body in the street for 4.5 hours. A grand jury chose not to indict Wilson.

azp986728-michelle-cusseaux13. Michelle Cusseaux; Phoenix, AZ: Frances Garrett called Southwest Behavioral Health Services to transport her 50-year-old daughter, Michelle Cusseaux, to an in-patient facility. Cusseaux, who was schizophrenic, bipolar, and had depression, was showing signs of threatening behavior. But when officers came to take her away, the incident escalated. Cusseaux threatened them with a hammer, and was shot in her home when she wouldn’t put it down. Later Garrett said, “They knew (who) they were going to work with — a person with a mental illness. You don’t come with guns drawn, guns at her door. I’m sure it frightened her.”

Rocky-Ford-Shooting14. Jack Jacquez; Rocky Ford, CO: When Jacquez returned home after babysitting with a friend, officers showed up unexpectedly and burst into the home. According to his sister in law, Jacquez was standing next to his mom with his back to the cops, when Officer James Ashby shot him two times. His fiance was woken up by gun shots. Details haven’t emerged about why officers were at the house.

original15. Jason Harrison; Dallas, TX: When Harrison’s mother dialed 911, she was seeking help for her son who had bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But the officers who responded to the call shot and killed Harrison on the front porch of his mother’s home, when he didn’t obey orders to put a screwdriver down. Police claimed Harrison was acting aggressively, but the victim’s family filed a lawsuit stating that excessive force was used. Harrison’s father also alleges that cops were previously called to subdue the victim. Video of the shooting, recorded by a body cam, has not been released to the public.

0f4d70916. Yvette Smith; Bastrop County, TX: Police were called to a house where a disturbance call was placed, although a dispatcher misinformed them that the disturbance was about a gun. Officers allege that people inside the house ignored demands to step out of the home. The Sheriff’s Department originally said that Smith eventually opened the door with a gun in her hand and refused to listen to orders, which is when Deputy Daniel Willis shot her in her abdomen and hip. But the department backtracked on the gun claim hours later. Witnesses say the disturbance call was about money and not a gun, and that Smith was compliant. The 47-year-old woman died at the hospital, and Willis was indicted for murder.

29ac9d117. Louis Rodriguez; Oklahoma City, OK: Police were called about a domestic dispute between a mother and daughter, but wound up killing the father outside of a movie theater. Rodriguez was trying to calm his wife down when he was approached by police and security guards from the theater. Officers began to beat him when, in an attempt to stop his wife from driving away, Rodriguez bypassed the officers. Although an autopsy conducted by the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office concluded that the victim died from “cardiac arrhythymia due to physical constraint,” a private autopsy concluded that he died of asphyxia as a result of a maneuver that restricted his breathing. The daughter, Lunahi Rodriguez, recorded the incident.

Matthew-Pollow18. Matthew Pollow; Palm Beach, FL: Police were called to investigate an “armed disturbance,” when they approached Matthew Pollow standing next to a car. Pollow complied when he was ordered to remove everything from his pockets. Then Deputy Evan Rosenthal drew his weapon, alleging that the victim looked “very disturbed.” Pollow, who had a history of mental illness, grabbed a screwdriver and charged at the officer. Rosenthal shot Pollow, who died at the scene.

milwaukee-park-shooting19. Dontre D. Hamilton; Milwaukee, WI: Hamilton, a 31-year-old schizophrenic man, was sleeping in a park when Officer Christopher Manney approached him for a standard welfare check. After assessing that Hamilton was mentally ill, Manney approached him from the back and started to pat him down. The two exchanged punches before, Manney eventually used his baton to hit the victim in the neck. Manney then shot Hamilton 14 times. Chief Edward Flynn of Milwaukee said that Manney disregarded police policy after correctly determining that Hamilton was mentally unstable. “You don’t go hands-on and start frisking somebody only because they appear to be mentally ill,” said Flynn.

promo226505086120. David Latham; Northfolk, VA: According to Latham’s family, his mother and sister called 911 when he threatened his brother with a knife. Latham had stopped taking his medication for schizophrenia, which explained his behavior. When he didn’t immediately put down his knife, an officer shot Latham, who was standing in a doorway, nine times.

article-0-20AA910700000578-766_634x62821. Maria Godinez; Orlando, FL: Officer Eduardo Sanguino accidentally shot and killed Godinez, a 22-year-old college student. The officer was shooting at Kody Roach, who was a caller reported for waiving a gun outside of a bar. Police attempted to tase Roach, but that didn’t work. And when Roach turned around, Sanguino shot his firearm nine times. Godinez was inside when she was hit by a stray bullet.

Dillon-Taylor-Shooting-Body-Camera-665x38522. Dillon Taylor, Salt Lake City, UT:
Dillon, 20, was shot to death by a police officer responding to a 911 call reporting “gangbangers” flashing a gun. Taylor and his two relatives, also in their twenties, were on their way to a 7-Eleven when  confronted by Officer Bron Cruz.  Cruz pointed a gun at Taylor and yelled, “Get your hands up now.” Taylor, who was walking away from Cruz, turned around and replied, “Nah, fool.” Within seconds, Taylor removed his hands from his waistband while lifting his shirt. Cruz  shot him twice in the chest and abdomen. He died at the scene.  No weapon was found on him or his companions.

Dante-Parker-Tased-Photos23. Dante Parker, San Bernadino, CA.:  Dante,  a father of five, died in police custody after being repeatedly stunned by a Taser gun. The 36-year-old pressman was riding his bicycle when confronted by police. Dante was not armed. Officers believed Parker was under the influence of an unknown substance. During a struggle, Parker was stunned multiple times with a Taser gun, handcuffed and put in a patrol unit. Deputies transported him to a hospital after he began sweating and breathing heavily. He died at the hospital, two days before his 37th birthday.


The above are the tip of the iceberg…

Edvard Munch-886497It is impossible to provide a full list….
Police do not keep track… we know that “Between 2003 and 2009, the DOJ reported that 4,813 people died while in the process of arrest or in the custody of law enforcement. These include people who died before an officer physically placed him or her under custody or arrest. This data, known as arrest-related deaths, doesn’t reveal a significant discrepancy between whites, blacks, or hispanics. It also doesn’t specify how many victims were unarmed. According to the FBI, which has tracked justifiable homicides up to 2012, 410 felons died at the hands of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty.*


And here are some preliminary statistics for 2015…

Black Americans killed by police twice as likely to be unarmed as white people

cropped-ttd.jpgGuardian analysis finds 102 people killed by police so far this year were unarmed, and that agencies are killing people at twice the rate calculated by US government

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Killed By Police 2015
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Corporate news reports of people killed by U.S. law enforcement officers, whether in the line of duty or not, and regardless of reason or method. Inclusion implies neither wrongdoing nor justification on the part of the person killed or the officer involved. The post merely documents the occurrence of a death.


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MEGAN THOMPSON: A year-long investigation published by The Washington Post this weekend takes an in-depth look at the nearly 1,000 people fatally shot by police in 2015.

Among the findings: Mental illness played a role in one-quarter of the killings. In three-quarters of the fatal shootings, police were under attack or defending someone who was. And one in 10 people shot and killed by police were unarmed.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/one-in-10-people-fatally-shot-by-police-in-2015-were-unarmed/

Fatal Shootings by Police Officers on Track to Hit 1,000 for 3rd Year in a Row

http://time.com/4843156/police-fatal-shootings-statistics-2017/

 

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Additional Links to original resources:

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/12/12/3601771/people-police-killed-in-2014/

http://www.buzzfeed.com/tasneemnashrulla/here-are-unarmed-victims-killed-by-police-in-2014#.nrl4157kl

http://mappingpoliceviolence.org/unarmed/

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/police-shootings-michael-brown-ferguson-black-men

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jun/01/black-americans-killed-by-police-analysis


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We Can’t Breathe!

From New York to Greece, we must revolt against the police. As the great Franz Fanon so astutely put it, “when we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”
~Jerome Roos

cropped-visions4.jpgBreathing is a human right.

But too many police officers disagree

 

And we let them get away with murder.

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resist“We can’t breathe faced with this injustice. We can’t breathe because we are seething with rage. We must revolt — for a breath of freedom and justice.”

“Some things are so basic, so elementary, so simple and straightforward that they simply cannot stand: not in the US, not in Mexico, not in Greece, not in Palestine, not in France, not in Hong Kong, not in Brazil, not in South Africa, not in Kurdistan, nowhere.

blmBecause like this we cannot breathe — and in the universal sense of suffocation we feel at the hands of the capitalist state and its forces of order, we are one. Some of us are greatly privileged, to be sure, but our enemy is one and the same.

From New York to Greece, we must revolt against the police. As the great Franz Fanon so astutely put it, “when we revolt it’s not for a particular culture. We revolt simply because, for many reasons, we can no longer breathe.”
~Jerome Roos
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CLEVELAND, OHIO
— Four years ago, few seemed to care when Rodney Brown uttered, “I can’t breathe” after being tased 11 times by Cleveland police officers during a New Year’s Eve traffic stop – at least that’s how his family felt.  Brown was dead less than an hour after a confrontation with police over a relatively minor infraction.
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STANTON ISLAND, NEW YORK
Eric Garner could not breathe when being choked to death…
He said so eleven times…
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heartlessLOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
From the moment Los Angeles police handcuffed him, Jorge Azucena told officers he needed help.

“I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe,” he pleaded.
“I have asthma, I have asthma.”

In the half-hour or so after his arrest late one night last September, Azucena said over and over that he was struggling for breath. Numerous LAPD officers and sergeants heard his pleas for medical attention but ignored them even as his condition visibly worsened.

“You can breathe just fine,” one sergeant told him. “You can talk, so you can breathe.”

Azucena could not walk or stand by the time officers brought him to a South Los Angeles police station for booking. So they carried him into a cell, leaving him lying face-down on the floor. He was soon unconscious. When paramedics arrived shortly after, Azucena’s heart had stopped.

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DETROIT, MICHIGAN
Anthony D. Clark Reed, 24, took his last breath two blocks from his father Pastor Kevin Clark’s Springwells Avenue Baptist Church, after Detroit police officers stopped him on Vernor on the city’s southwest side March 30, allegedly because his car had tinted windows. But he had broken no laws.


COCONUT BEACH, FLORIDA

Calvon Reid died in police custody in Cocunut Creek, Florida. He explained to officers that he just wanted to be left alone. But officers said this was not an option for him. They threatened him, cursed at him, and finally attacked him.

He explained that he couldn’t breathe. But that cry fell on deaf ears. Officers tasered him and he eventually died in police custody. Since then, the Coconut Creek Police Department has been trying to cover up the killing. Now the community is demanding answers.
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rainy4SANTA ANA, CALIFORNIA
…At one point he heard (Kelly) Thomas say “I can’t breathe”
and that that didn’t give him concern that officers should get up
because Thomas was fighting and able to talk. He said the fact
that Thomas said he couldn’t breathe wasn’t cause enough to
instruct officers to get off of Thomas. The Orange County
Coroner’s Office ruled Kelly Thomas died July 10, 2011, from
a lack of oxygen to the brain brought on by compression to the
chest and by head and facial injuries.

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TULSA, OKLAHOMA
Eric Harris: ‘I’m losing my breath.’ Second officer: ‘Fuck your breath’



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Pussy Riot honors Eric Garner in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ song …

https://youtu.be/dXctA2BqF9A

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                                                 We need to rethink TASERS!  tmf

“634 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States Since 2001”

https://thewordsmithcollection.wordpress.com/2014/08/17/tasers-can-be-lethal-weapons-its-time-our-police-departments-figured-this-out/



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