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Exotic non-shooting ways the police might kill you in America May 22, 2017

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People killed by police, 2017. Currently at 460.

This one’s not a shooting, it’s a hit-and-run: “The evidence was overwhelming. The [white] driver’s identity was known. Her extensive criminal history was known. A witness was actually in the car when the crash happened. But this is America.” Justice for Quason Turner.

Shannon Hurd was sentenced to life without parole for stealing $14. Ten years later he was diagnosed with kidney cancer, though the prison had ignored his symptoms and complaints for so long that they didn’t catch it until the tumors had spread to his brain.

Women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40% of police-officer families, way higher than the overall US rate of 25%. (Appears to only deal with the rate of male cops abusing their female wives/girlfriends, no stats for non-male police and/or their non-male partners.)

“Ms Grice was then charged with “having caused wasteful employment of police by making a false report” because she failed to disclose that Lane was her on-off boyfriend, and was issued with a fixed-penalty notice.” That was February 2016. In August, the boyfriend murdered her.

No charges for the prison officers who scalded Darren Rainey to death. Apparently in Florida it’s a totally understandable accident for a responsible employee to “accidentally” boil a human being alive.

In addition to attempted manslaughter in the third degree, North Miami Police Officer Jonathan Aledda was also charged with culpable negligence, a first-degree misdemeanor, for the shooting of behavioral therapist Charles Kinsey in July.” At least someone’s getting charged for something.

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The GOP keeps bleating about ~law and order~ while the people cry out for Justice May 4, 2017

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People killed by police, 2017. Currently at 399.

Federal immigration officials knock on the door of a family of legal US residents, then shoot one of the unarmed homeowners.

Off-duty cop Kevin Ferguson harasses some kids, grabs a 13-year-old, ends up firing his gun at the group. It’s all on video. And yet the middle-schooler gets charged with battery, while the grown adult member of law enforcement is allowed to keep walking around armed with no charges.

“The video shows Rosen stomping on the head of Demarco Anderson while Anderson is already handcuffed and under control. Anderson is visibly restrained and does not appear to be agitated or resisting when Rosen charges from the left side of the frame and pounds his foot into the back of the suspect’s head.” Justice for Demarco Anderson.

“He was not trying to harm anybody. He was asking them for help and they shot him down.” And the whole thing was streamed on Facebook Live. Justice for Rodney Hess.

“Soon after, Wade — fully restrained and surrounded by officers — would be writhing in pain and screaming “I can’t breathe” after enduring two blasts of pepper-spray at point-blank range.” Justice for Charles Wade and Amber Swink.

The mailman suffered injuries to his neck, face, back and arm and underwent two surgeries and physical therapy.” And the cops who beat him up were completely acquitted. Justice for Karim Baker.

“Aware that the call was in response to a possible drug abuser, instead of proceeding calmly as to not alarm the person- when officer Stumler shouted: ‘raise your hands’ she automatically shot him in the stomach with no chance to respond.” Justice for Bruce Warrick.

Cops that don’t shoot getting sacked; cops that beat a kid on his own porch not even getting charged February 6, 2017

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People killed by police, 2017. The final total for 2016 was 1,153. This year, we’re already up to 124. It’s February.

White people shooting cops, to pointed silence from the #BlueLivesMatter crowd:

“Bill Jones, 35, allegedly shot two police officers after a standoff on Wednesday. Unlike the number of black men who’ve been shot at when police mistook cell phones for guns, Jones survived his tense standoff with police.” (He’s white. But you knew that.)

Two police officers were shot and killed, and I’m guessing you didn’t hear about it: “There was no massive national freak-out over these killings as there has been whenever the suspect is a person of color or has an Arabic-sounding name. The man accused of these killings is a white guy. Scott Michael Greene — whose home reportedly features a Trump/Pence sign in the front lawn — was allegedly upset with police after he was forced to leave a high school football game because he was waving a Confederate flag and threatening black students.”

Police brutality:

“The Detroit man charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and weapons felony firearm for killing a 19-year-old woman on his porch was found guilty on all counts [on August 4].” Justice for Renisha McBride.

“Officer Marco Proano faces two federal civil rights charges for the 2013 shooting [at a car full of teenagers; they survived], which was caught on a dash cam.”

They sit next to Mr. Crutcher’s daughter in class. They are her friends. Nearly every student has a tissue as we read the article together.”

He gives the officers his ID, which lists the address as his residence, and he suggests the officers ask a neighbor to verify that he lives there. ” Dejuan Yourse, thankfully still alive, beaten by police for sitting on his own front porch.

Police brutality through the looking glass:

“Give the Weirton, W.Va., police chief some credit. He’s come up with a new spin on the the same problem. He just fired a cop for not killing someone.

Is racism over yet? How about now? September 22, 2016

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My computer has a working keyboard again! Which is good, because now that I can type “a href” instead of ” hre”, I can get back to sharing…links like these.

“The 15-year-old girl was struck by a car on Sunday while riding her bike, after which she hit her head and passed out for half a minute. […] Police officers grabbed her off her bike as she tried to ride away and slammed her face into a nearby windowsill, eventually cuffing her hands.” Then they lock her in the car and pepper-spray her. A mixed-race teenage accident victim.

“Dash cam video released by the Tulsa Police Department on Monday showed 40-year-old Terence Crutcher with his hands above his head moments before he was shot and killed by one of the officers at the scene.”

“Grand Rapids Officer Sean McCamman grabbed the 15-year-old and slammed him to the ground. Then he beat him over and over with a flashlight until he was eventually physically and mentally disabled.” Austin Braswell, a different teenager brutalized by cops. Warning for graphic photos.

“A young man was arrested by Portsmouth, Virginia police over a mere $5 in groceries that he stole because he was hungry. […] But now, Jamycheal Mitchell, 24, has been found dead in his jail cell, after spending four months behind bars with no conviction and no bail.”

“Scott’s brother told reporters that Scott was waiting for his son to get home from school when an officer jumped out of his vehicle without a uniform.”

“Video released by police in Oklahoma shows an officer pepper-spraying an 84-year-old woman after authorities entered her home to search for her son.”

“Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson has recommended firing seven officers accused of covering up the police shooting of Laquan McDonald in October 2014.

“Police still don’t know what the nine-year Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department veteran said, if anything, to an armed east-side homeowner before shooting him once in the stomach early Tuesday.” Responsible, legal gun owner gets shot because the cops assume he’s burglarizing his own house! Where’s the NRA when this happens?

Look, can we all agree that if you’re such an unarguable neo-Nazi that you’ve gone and gotten tattoos about it, you’re not fit to be a police officer? Is that bar set low enough that we can get over it?

Indict, convict, send those killer cops to jail August 9, 2016

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People killed by police, 2016. 703 and counting.

A Virginia jury convicted a white police officer for the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, William Chapman, who was accused of shoplifting.” Not the first person Stephen Rankin has killed, either. (“This is my second one.“)

“[Officer James Burns] had no idea who was in the vehicle. He had no idea if that was the vehicle he should be concerned with. He just discharged his weapon.” Deravis Rogers died. At least, for once, the officer was charged with murder.

“Raja then tried to stage a crime. He called 911 using his personal cell phone over 30 seconds after firing his last shot. During the call, Raja yells, “Drop the f—— gun right now!” Raja then falsely claimed on the call that he identified himself as a police officer and gave Jones orders. Raja later admitted to investigators that he kept shooting despite seeing Jones throw his firearm out of reach.” Charged with manslaughter and attempted murder. It’s a start.

“At one point, an officer tells other police, ‘Make sure these are all off,’ in an apparent reference to their body cameras.” And yet there’s video of Paul O’Neal, and it’s terrible.

“It’s almost incomprehensible that a young naked man would be considered dangerous such that a police officer would kill him.” David Joseph, 17.

“On Sept. 4, 2005, days after the levees failed and water swamped the city, police murdered 17-year-old James Brissette and 40-year-old Ronald Madison, who were both unarmed, and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge. […] After hearing from five dozen witnesses and examining 400 pieces of evidence during a monthlong trial, a federal jury convicted the officers for opening fire and trying to cover up wrongdoing.

“The only reason this situation did not get worse is because I am a recognizable elected official and fortunately at that moment two other officers recognized who I was. I was incensed. I shouldn’t have to use my title to get justice.”

If this happened in a book, you’d think the writer was being way too anvilicious about the moral January 20, 2016

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People killed by police, 2015. 1204 total.

“In May, the Washington Post analyzed the 385 fatal police shootings in the United States that had occurred so far in 2015. The Post noted its number, which came out to two officer-involved shooting deaths per day, was more than twice the rate that the government had recorded over the past decade.

“While some have blamed violent crime for being responsible for police violence in some communities, data shows that high levels of violent crime in cities did not appear to make it any more or less likely for police departments to kill people.

MLK’s hatemail sounds eerily familiar: “These messages could have been written yesterday in the comments of a Facebook post as easily as they were on stationery or in a telegram 50 years ago.”

“The college student had been enjoying a long weekend at the lake with friends when the trooper pulled him over for boating while intoxicated. The trooper then, according to Ellingson’s friends who watched the arrest, placed an already buckled life vest over the handcuffed man’s head and didn’t properly secure it. […] Divers recovered the college student’s body the next day from the lake bottom, about 70 feet below the surface.

“The officers were randomly assigned to be told that the children in the photographs were accused of either a misdemeanor or felony charge. The officers overestimate the age of black felony-suspected children by close to five years, but they actually underestimated the age of white felony-suspected children by nearly a year.

Recently in “if this happened in a book, you’d think the writer was being way too anvilicious about the moral”: Black teenager stopped and thrown in a police car while he was taking a holiday turkey to the neighbors.

Closing all my depressing tabs in one go December 2, 2015

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People killed by police, 2015. 1085 and counting.

Known mass shootings in 2015. 351 and counting.

“The revised estimates put the annual number of people killed by cops at an average of 928 per year over the past eight years; a conservative estimate. […] What this means is that a U.S. citizen is actually 58 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.”

Cops fire on, and kill, Navy veteran India Kager. While she’s in the same car as her 4-month-old child.

McDole was a 28-year-old African-American man, paralyzed from the waist down and sitting in a wheelchair at the time of his death. The shooting was captured on video.”

Sandra Bland’s death was not an isolated incident: “550 people have died while in custody of Texas law enforcement so far in 2015, mostly under the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Local departments and sheriff’s offices do their part too. Some places, such as Dallas, see “custodial deaths” at all levels of incarceration—city, county and state.”

Always worth repeating: White supremacists are the leading perpetrators of terrorism in the US.

“Five protesters affiliated with the Black Lives Matter movement were injured Monday night after an encampment they had set up in Minneapolis came under fire from multiple gunmen.”

Here’s a partial sampling of all the horrible things that have gone down while anyone turning on the news could hear someone arguing that Syrian refugees pose the biggest existential threat to public safety the country faces today.”

“Step 4: Find safe place to wait out gunfire for next two years while application is processed.”

(There are good links too. I’ll post them…some other time.)

…till killer cops are in cell blocks April 25, 2015

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People killed by police, 2015. 373 and counting.

“African-American men have long been more likely to be locked up and more likely to die young. […] Perhaps the starkest description of the situation is this: More than one out of every six black men who today should be between 25 and 54 years old have disappeared from daily life.”

“One way of appreciating that stark disparity, ProPublica’s analysis shows, is to calculate how many more whites over those three years would have had to have been killed for them to have been at equal risk. The number is jarring – 185, more than one per week.” (Follow-up responses.)

Ervin Edwards was tasered to death in a jail cell back on November 26, 2013. It’s back in the news because now there’s video. I can’t pick an article to link to because all of them seem to be illustrated with screenshots of the man’s dead body. For heaven’s sake, news, have some respect for the dead.

“The interesting part that really gets to me is, where you guys edited it and stopped — like, how could that be a mistake?

your medical license please?

Alabama Man Shot, Killed by Police While Turning in Stray Cat.” Sometimes I end a post like this with an on-point satirical headline from The Onion. This is not one of those times.