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Laquan McDonald

For the first time in 35 years, an Chicago police officer has been charged with first-degree murder for an on-duty fatality, in this case, that of 17 year old Laquan McDonald. Last night, the city of Chicago released the dash-cam footage that had been kept out of the public eye for more than a year, showing Mr. McDonald being shot 16 times by a Chicago police officer. A second video, which was taken by a security camera at a nearby Burger King, was allegedly deleted by the police. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Nov 25, 2015 - 220 comments

Good job, internet.

In preparation for police raids tonight in Brussels, Belgian authorities asked journalists not to tweet using #brusselslockdown. The response has been a hundred thousand photos of cats.
posted by nickrussell on Nov 22, 2015 - 115 comments

Tweeting from a protest subjects you to enrollment in a police database

Your Social Media Posts Are Fueling the Future of Police Surveillance - Any posts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other location-tagged social media uploaded in [an] area will appear on a display at police headquarters. An uploaded Vine from one block away could show someone running away, and give the cops a starting point for their investigation. How long until that hypothetical situation is a reality? “We’re 100 percent there,” says Lee Guthman, head of business development at Geofeedia, a location-based social media monitoring site.
posted by nevercalm on Nov 22, 2015 - 44 comments


Fabio Wibmer escapes from the police - SLYT
posted by urbanwhaleshark on Nov 17, 2015 - 23 comments

Taser, body cameras, money and politics

Whichever cameras are used, it’s increasingly clear police will control the footage. In a recent survey of 25 departments with body camera programs, only two made the footage available to individuals filing complaints against the department, and only four had systems to prevent tampering or unauthorized access. - Who controls the cop cam?
posted by Artw on Nov 16, 2015 - 42 comments

Police using their power to sexually abuse and rape

The Associated Press uncovered about 1,000 officers who lost their badges in a six-year period for rape, sodomy and other sexual assault. Warning: the link contains descriptions of some of these events.
posted by nolnacs on Nov 1, 2015 - 52 comments

The Super Recogniser

Friends call Constable Collins Rain Man or Yoda or simply The Oracle. But to Scotland Yard, London’s metropolitan police force, he is known as a “super recognizer.” He has a special gift of facial recall powers that enables him to match even low-quality and partial imagery to a face he has seen before, on the street or in a database and possibly years earlier.[slNYT]
posted by ellieBOA on Oct 30, 2015 - 31 comments

The school-to-prison pipeline, explained

"When a student at Spring Valley High School, South Carolina captured a cellphone video of a police officer flipping over a student and her desk, then throwing the student across the room, the video quickly got national attention: people were alarmed that a police officer in a school would do that to a teenager who didn't pose a threat."
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 27, 2015 - 314 comments

When The Police Turn Someone You Know Into A Hashtag.

Benjamin Dixon writes about the death of Corey Jones, a Florida musician who was shot and killed by a plainclothes officer in Florida on Sunday morning, after Jones' car had broken down on the side of the highway. [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 22, 2015 - 83 comments

Balancing Safety with Sieverts

"In New York City, the police now maintain an unknown number of military-grade vans outfitted with X-ray radiation, enabling cops to look through the walls of buildings or the sides of trucks ... The NYPD will not reveal when, where, or how often they are used."
posted by tocts on Oct 21, 2015 - 46 comments

"At the very least it should have been a major sports story. "

The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening...and mystifying. [more inside]
posted by Bulgaroktonos on Oct 13, 2015 - 29 comments

“A cowboy needs a horse, a fireman needs a dalmatian.”

“Every cliché was born for a reason. But why does a cop need a doughnut?” Cara Giaimo, in Atlas Obscura: The Long, Sweet Love Affair Between Cops and Doughnuts.
posted by We had a deal, Kyle on Oct 10, 2015 - 24 comments

Cops: Wisconsin Football Edition

The Capital Times of Madison, WI follows city and university police minute by minute through a college football Saturday: out-of-control house parties, unexpected fire alarms, the game of "who lives here," BAC .273, and of course a little Big 10 football.
posted by escabeche on Sep 30, 2015 - 21 comments

"We’re using tactics and equipment that you will see in war zones.”

Death on Sevenmile Road
The rush to militarize the U.S.-Mexico border has tragic consequences in Texas.
posted by andoatnp on Sep 19, 2015 - 30 comments

Exonerated prisoners after serving decades for crimes they didn’t commit

stories.. that expose both the depths of what was taken from them and the challenges of rebuilding the lives they once had
posted by pos on Sep 11, 2015 - 14 comments

Russian five-year-olds dig their way out of nursery...

to buy sports car. they had come from their kindergarten to buy a Jaguar but did not have any money. [more inside]
posted by pos on Sep 9, 2015 - 12 comments

That Lonely Section of Hell

Former Vancouver Police detective Lori Shenher's book, That Lonely Section of Hell: The Botched Investigation of a Serial Killer who Almost Got Away, is a memoir about investigating the disappearances of women who would turn out to have been murdered by serial killer Robert Pickton. The Globe and Mail has published an excerpt here. [more inside]
posted by mandolin conspiracy on Sep 5, 2015 - 34 comments

Watch the skies

North Dakota becomes the first state to legalize weaponized drones. "Less than lethal” weapons like rubber bullets, pepper spray, tear gas, sound cannons, and Tasers are now permitted on drones, thanks to the actions of a lobbyist representing law enforcement.

Drones previously.
posted by Johnny Wallflower on Aug 28, 2015 - 75 comments

How black reporters report on black deaths

"[W]e don't stop being black people when we're working as black reporters." "Over the past month, I've talked to a dozen other black reporters who've covered race and policing since Michael Brown's death — or even further back, since Oscar Grant or Ramarley Graham — and it's been a relief to learn that I'm not the only one."
posted by theorique on Aug 19, 2015 - 8 comments

Next Step: Cheese Subs... No, real homebrew submarines. In the Baltic.

Russian police have smashed an international smuggling ring moving product with an estimated street value of 3 billion rubles into the country. The product? Cheese. Officers recovered some 1,000 pounds of cheese and cheese paraphernalia (rennet and printing equipment for making counterfeit labels). The ring was supplying a growing underground black market for cheese in Russia. [more inside]
posted by Naberius on Aug 19, 2015 - 35 comments

When BLM met HRC.

Video of Hillary Clinton's meeting with Black Lives Matter has been released. (YouTube playlist) Surprisingly intelligent, unscripted, and revealing.
posted by markkraft on Aug 18, 2015 - 264 comments

Slow Poison

Even if the police don’t kill me, a lifetime of preparing for them to just might. By Ezekiel Kweku in Pacific Standard.
posted by davidjmcgee on Aug 16, 2015 - 41 comments

Ferguson Remembers

One year later:
posted by Artw on Aug 9, 2015 - 159 comments


“We had to block the road, we had to call out the bomb squad, we had to call up supervisors to come down, we had to close everywhere off because your vehicle was parked in a higher security hotspot in London with that written on the sides. That’s the justification, it doesn’t say ‘Spain is Great’, ‘Italy is Great’, whatever.” Counter-terrorism police were called this week to investigate a family van parked in central London, with ‘Iran is Great’ emblazoned on its sides [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 8, 2015 - 55 comments

A Ferguson Syllabus: Reading a Movement

"Here are some essential readings from several astute activists, journalists and writers that have inspired, angered and challenged readers everywhere this past year. While this is in no way an exhaustive list, the following offers insider and outsider views of Ferguson, pushing all of us to consider the radical spirit and collective beauty illuminated in mass mobilized protests. "
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 7, 2015 - 2 comments

Both children were punished for behavior related to their disabilities.

Yesterday, the ACLU filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Kentucky in the case S.R. v. Kenton County Sheriff's Office on behalf of two elementary school children, aged eight and nine, who were restrained in handcuffs because of behavior related to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and a history of trauma. Video footage (trigger warning) [more inside]
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Aug 4, 2015 - 39 comments

The value of an effective police organization

Unlike the soft forms of social control — meaning the ameliorative and redistributive welfare programs of the Great Society — the new model of social control does not come with dangerous notions of "equality" and "social inclusion." Today, the poor are thoroughly locked down, as is our political imagination about what poverty means. Law enforcement has moved to the center of domestic politics; state violence is perhaps more than ever a constant, regular, and normal feature of poor people’s lives.The Making of the American Police State, Christian Parenti
posted by jammy on Aug 4, 2015 - 12 comments

The Man Who Shot Michael Brown

This March, I spent several days at his home. Wilson, who is twenty-nine, started receiving death threats not long after the incident, in which Brown was killed in the street shortly after robbing a convenience store. Although Wilson recently bought the house, his name is not on the deed, and only a few friends know where he lives. He and his wife, Barb, who is thirty-seven, and also a former Ferguson cop, rarely linger in the front yard. Because of such precautions, Wilson has been leading a very quiet life. During the past year, a series of police killings of African-Americans across the country has inspired grief, outrage, protest, and acrimonious debate. For many Americans, this discussion, though painful, has been essential. Wilson has tried, with some success, to block it out.
posted by standardasparagus on Aug 3, 2015 - 73 comments

Training Officers to Shoot First, and He Will Answer Questions Later

"When police officers shoot people under questionable circumstances, Dr. Lewinski is often there to defend their actions." ... "His conclusions are consistent: The officer acted appropriately, even when shooting an unarmed person. Even when shooting someone in the back. Even when witness testimony, forensic evidence or video footage contradicts the officer’s story." [SLNYT]
posted by Jacqueline on Aug 3, 2015 - 45 comments

The Big Uneasy

"Everyone in New Orleans knows that 911 is a lost cause." ‘‘What I’m doing now isn’t all that different from the trash thing,’’ Torres said. ‘‘It’s about seeing a need — an unfortunate need — and stepping up to fill it.’’
posted by bitmage on Aug 2, 2015 - 54 comments

The Dark Knight Cringes

Activist Deray McKesson took this photo of an armored vehicle parked at the Waller County, TX jail. JPat Brown at Muckrock asked the Waller County Police Department for "[a]ny documentation (receipts, work orders, emails ) regarding customization of armored vehicles in the office's possession, specifically the application of the 'Batman/Dark Knight' logo. They were not amused. However, it's likely that the Chief Deputy is telling the truth, since companies like The Armored Group makes vehicles that are similar to the one spotted at the Waller County jail. This same company was mentioned in a October 2014 Mother Jones article about militarization of police forces across the country.
posted by snortasprocket on Jul 29, 2015 - 29 comments

Lament for the Dead

Lament for the Dead is an online community poetry project which will mark the death of every person killed by police this summer, and every police officer who loses life in the line of duty, with a poem
posted by hydropsyche on Jul 15, 2015 - 9 comments

Let Me Express Myself

The Invisible Man: The End of A Black Life That Mattered Or how Charly Keunang finally went home.
posted by stagewhisper on Jul 11, 2015 - 8 comments

They're Not Used Very Often

Armed police in England and Wales only fired their weapons twice over the course of 14,864 operations that took place from 2013-2014.
posted by veedubya on Jul 9, 2015 - 74 comments

My Blue Polyester Prison

The NYPD uniform is as iconic as it is polarizing. Wearing it makes me a target for both praise and censure—neither of which I, in most cases, did anything to deserve. My character becomes a many-sided die, the cast contingent on the preconceptions and experiences of whoever is looking. With each person I encounter I wonder how it’s going to be: Am I an oaf? A hero? A pawn? A tyrant?
An anonymous female NYPD officer reflects on what it's like to wear the blue.
posted by Cash4Lead on Jul 8, 2015 - 23 comments

Wait for it...

How to get rid of your stash if you are pulled over by the police (SLYT).
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI on Jun 20, 2015 - 44 comments

USA: All 50 states fall short of standards on police use of force

USA: All 50 states fall short of international standards on police use of lethal force. An Amnesty International report today highlights that all US states fail to meet both international standards and often US constitutional standards. Additionally, nine states and the District of Columbia have no laws on the use of lethal force (Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming). Key findings (pdf, 45kb). Executive Summary (pdf, 500kb). Guardian report.
posted by biffa on Jun 18, 2015 - 13 comments

A super-human ability to instantly recognise faces they barely know.

The superpower police now use to tackle crime
Police officers with the rare ability to recognise faces they’ve barely glimpsed are helping identify criminals: take a test to find out if you share their talent.

Could you be a super-recogniser?
posted by andoatnp on Jun 14, 2015 - 103 comments

Police fatalities in latest format

Visualizing Police Brutality By Teju Cole. Officer Involved. Data artist Josh Begley’s new project, “Officer Involved,” uses databases on police brutality compiled by the Guardian to present the problem in a new way. The Counted; People killed by police in the U.S. (Guardian).
posted by bukvich on Jun 13, 2015 - 15 comments

RIP Kalief Browder

Kalief Browder, held for three years on Rikers Island without charge, has taken his own life. Browder was first jailed at Rikers while he was a minor. All but forgotten by the Bronx District Attorney's office, he was beaten and at times held in solitary while awaiting a trial that never happened.
posted by MeanwhileBackAtTheRanch on Jun 7, 2015 - 71 comments

'Twelve officers responded to the incident, Conley said.'

"Police responding to reported disturbance at a community pool in McKinney, Texas, are seen in a video posted to YouTube aggressively subduing black teenagers and, at one point, pulling a gun on them."
Scott Neuman, NPR [more inside]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jun 7, 2015 - 642 comments

Fatal police shootings in 2015 approaching 400 nationwide

The Washington Post is compiling a database of every fatal shooting by police in 2015, as well as of every officer killed by gunfire in the line of duty.
Overall, blacks were killed at three times the rate of whites or other minorities when adjusting by the population of the census tracts where the shootings occurred.
posted by Little Dawn on May 31, 2015 - 74 comments

"Some of them wear high heels..."

US vs. Nordic Policing How many shots are needed?
posted by zeikka on May 28, 2015 - 25 comments

“It’s disheartening. They should have known better.”

Loaded with Lead. America has an estimated 10,000 gun ranges and 40 million annual recreational shooters. But when guns are fired with lead-based ammunition, they spread a toxin: lead vapor and dust. A year-long Seattle Times investigation shows that due to poor ventilation and contact with lead-coated surfaces, thousands of workers, shooters and their family members have been contaminated and been made sick at shooting ranges nationwide. Reckless range owners/operators, unenforced regulations as well as a lack of oversight and inspections are to blame. [more inside]
posted by zarq on May 26, 2015 - 75 comments

“Today we have been told — yet again — our lives have no value.”

Cleveland Police Officer Acquitted of Manslaughter in 2012 Deaths [New York Times]
A police officer who climbed onto the hood of a car after a chase in 2012 and fired repeatedly at its unarmed occupants, both of them black, was acquitted of manslaughter on Saturday by an Ohio judge. The trial of the white officer, Michael Brelo, following harrowing episodes in communities such as Baltimore, Staten Island and Ferguson, Mo., played out amid broader questions of how the police interact with African-Americans and use force, in Cleveland and across the country.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on May 24, 2015 - 52 comments

1%ers are more like 2.5%?

Yesterday's biker gang shootout in Waco, Texas has led to nine deaths, 18 injuries, and 165 arrests. Vox cites a 2013 FBI Report stating that organized motorcycle gangs comprise about 2.5% of gang members nationwide, but represent a larger threat to public safety than their numbers suggest. Plenty of observations have been made about the difference between police reaction to this shooting compared to protests in Baltimore and Ferguson.
posted by scaryblackdeath on May 18, 2015 - 175 comments

Police Bodycams Hit Toronto

By the end of May, 100 Toronto police officers across the city will be wearing the increasingly popular policing tool [more inside]
posted by mrbigmuscles on May 17, 2015 - 26 comments

The Game Done Changed

Reconsidering 'The Wire' Amidst the Baltimore Uprising (Dave Zirin for The Nation)
posted by box on May 4, 2015 - 103 comments

“Detroit turned out to be heaven, but it also turned out to be hell.”

1967 NBC News Special Report: "Summer of '67"[YouTube]
The 1967 Detroit riot, also known as the 12th Street riot, was a violent public disorder that turned into a civil disturbance in Detroit, Michigan. It began on a Saturday night in the early morning hours of July 23, 1967. The precipitating event was a police raid of an unlicensed, after-hours bar then known as a blind pig, on the corner of 12th (today Rosa Parks Boulevard) and Clairmount streets on the city's Near West Side. Police confrontations with patrons and observers on the street evolved into one of the deadliest and most destructive riots in United States history, lasting five days and surpassing the violence and property destruction of Detroit's 1943 race riot. [Wiki]
posted by Fizz on Apr 30, 2015 - 16 comments

Freddie Gray protests: Governor of Maryland Declares State of Emergency

The Governor of Maryland has declared a state of emergency due to the situation in Baltimore. For several days protesters have been highlighting the cause of Gray, an African-American who died after being taken into police custody for making eye contact with an officer, then attempting to run away. Gray's spine was nearly severed at the time of his death, possibly having to do with his seatbelt not being fastened in the police van. [more inside]
posted by Noisy Pink Bubbles on Apr 27, 2015 - 1109 comments

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