A bunch of gun-violence and police-brutality news stories, assembled at random over the past…year, basically.
Links in chronological order by the time the news story happened, not the time when I found out about them.
2018: “Three officers moved in to restrain Epstein and he’s tackled to the ground [in an airport, where they wouldn’t let him get on a plane] while screaming, “Don’t beat me up, you motherf***ers!” and “They’re treating me like a f***ing black person!””
2018: “Detective Maurice Ward, who’s already pleaded guilty to corruption charges, testified that he and his partners were told to carry the replicas and BB guns ‘in case we accidentally hit somebody or got into a shootout, so we could plant them.’”
2018: “‘Eight percent of all men killed in the U.S. are killed by cops,’ Frank Edwards, a postdoctoral associate at Cornell University told Mic. ‘That’s huge, and that number is even higher in some places than others. That’s really striking, to think of police as a major source of homicide deaths. It’s a public health problem.'” (…understandable the stats would be different for women, since they have “male ex-partners” as such a major factor.)
June 2020: “Those men you see interviewed, they were the first EMTs, the first paramedics. Not just in Pittsburgh, but anywhere. The first “ambulance” driver may have been some poor Spanish conscript back in the 15th century, but the men who made up the first-ever ambulance squad with trained paramedics? Those guys are still around.” A 1970s (!!) success story about taking a job out of the hands of police, and putting it in the hands of professionals with actual relevant training.
August 20: “ICE and ICA have subjected people to violent force by guards as they suffer the worst COVID-19 outbreak. Newly obtained records provide undeniable evidence of what people inside have been saying for years, and illustrate a years-long history of abuse that foreshadowed today’s tragedy. The ICE contracting system builds in an inhumane profit-driven incentive to keep people locked in detention. All the while, ICA is pursuing contracts to try to expand ICE detention to new regions, with no accountability for past and ongoing atrocities.”
November 23: “Officers can take cash and property from people without convicting or even charging them with a crime — yes, really! — through the highly controversial practice known as civil asset forfeiture. Last year, according to the Institute for Justice, the Treasury and Justice departments deposited more than $5 billion into their respective asset forfeiture funds. That same year, the FBI reports that burglary losses topped out at $3.5 billion.”
November 30: “In the aftermath of the shooting, Ashland Police Chief Police Chief Tighe O’Meara emphasized police believe the blame lies with the shooter, not the young man who had been playing music in his car.” A statement this obvious shouldn’t be so newsworthy. Justice for Robert Paul Keegan.
January 16: “Over the course of the next 10 minutes, Eric was allegedly handcuffed and held down, and two deputies allegedly took turns putting their weight on the teen, whom the lawsuit describes as obese and not actively resisting after he was restrained. Once deputies realized he’d gone limp, according to the suit, Eric was taken to a local hospital, where he went into cardiac arrest. A coroner later ruled that Eric’s death was an accident.” Justice for Eric Parsa.
February 18: “The daily paths they travel as former death-row inmates are every bit as daunting, terrifying, and confusing as the burden of innocence that once taunted them. The post-traumatic stress faced by a wrongly convicted person who has awaited execution by the government doesn’t dissipate simply because the state frees the inmate, apologizes, or even provides financial compensation—which often is not the case. ”
April 14: “For well over a decade, Cariol Horne insisted she was wrongly fired for trying to stop a White colleague from putting a handcuffed Black man in a chokehold. The colleague said Horne, who is Black, had jumped on him while he struggled to gain control of an unruly suspect. Review after review of the incident declared he was right. Then he was convicted of abusing his badge by shoving the heads of four handcuffed African American teenagers into a police car.”
April 16: “A 73-year-old grandmother of nine was picking wildflowers on the side of the road in Loveland, Colorado, last summer when a local cop got out of his patrol vehicle and told her to stop—beginning a police encounter that ultimately left her with broken bones, bruised, and traumatized. “