Posts Tagged ‘black men murdered by police’


June 7, 2020


June 6, 2020

Now you’ve seen that America’s police are:

▪️brutal, cruel, barbarians
▪️liars even w/video proof
▪️falsify reports
▪️work w/white nationalists
▪️give a shit abt Rights

And that’s with WHITE folks in broad daylight.

What you think they’ve been doing to us when no ones looking?


June 6, 2020


June 5, 2020

Who was George Floyd and why was he arrested by the police?


June 4, 2020

When black people are killed by the police, “racism” isn’t the right word.

By Kihana Miraya Ross

Dr. Ross is a professor of African-American studies. June 4, 2020, 5:00 a.m.

The word “racism” is everywhere. It’s used to explain all the things that cause African-Americans’ suffering and death: inadequate access to health care, food, housing and jobs, or a police bullet, baton or knee. But “racism” fails to fully capture what black people in this country are facing. The right term is “anti-blackness.” To be clear, “racism” isn’t a meaningless term. But it’s a catch-all that can encapsulate anything from black people being denied fair access to mortgage loans, to Asian students being burdened with a “model minority” label. It’s not specific. Many Americans, awakened by watching footage of Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd by kneeling on his neck, are grappling with why we live in a world in which black death loops in a tragic screenplay, scored with the wails of childless mothers and the entitled indifference of our murderers. And an understanding of anti-blackness is the only place to start. Anti-blackness is one way some black scholars have articulated what it means to be marked as black in an anti-black world. It’s more than just “racism against black people.” That oversimplifies and defangs it. It’s a theoretical framework that illuminates society’s inability to recognize our humanity — the disdain, disregard and disgust for our existence. ADVERTISEMENT Continue reading the main story The African-American studies professor Frank B.Wilderson, who coined the term “Afro-pessimism,” argues that anti-blackness indexes the structural reality so that in the larger society, blackness is inextricably tied to “slaveness.” While the system of U.S. chattel slavery technically ended over 150 years ago, it continues to mark the ontological position of black people. Thus, in the minds of many, the relation between humanity and blackness is an antagonism, is irreconcilable. Anti-blackness describes the inability to recognize black humanity. It captures the reality that the kind of violence that saturates black life is not based on any specific thing a black person — better described as “a person who has been racialized black” — did. The violence we experience isn’t tied to any particular transgression. It’s gratuitous and unrelenting. Image A memorial site in Minneapolis, where George Floyd was killed by the police.Credit…Stephen Maturen/Getty Images Anti-blackness covers the fact that society’s hatred of blackness, and also its gratuitous violence against black people, is complicated by its need for our existence. For example, for white people — again, better described as those who have been racialized white — the abject inhumanity of the black reinforces their whiteness, their humanness, their power, and their privilege, whether they’re aware of it or not. Black people are at once despised and also a useful counterpoint for others to measure their humanness against. In other words, while one may experience numerous compounding disadvantages, at least they’re not black. Contin

So when we’re trying to understand how a white police officer could calmly and casually channel the weight of his entire body through his knee on a black man’s neck — a man who begged for his life for over eight full minutes until he had no air left with which to plead — we have to understand that there has never been a moment in this country’s history where this kind of treatment has not been the reality for black people. From whips to guns, the slave patrols of the 16th century are the ancestors of modern day police departments. Mr. Floyd’s killer just happened to make the news, happened to have video footage documenting his desperate screams to his deceased mother for help from the other side. Mr. Floyd’s brutal killing is not an exception, but rather, it is the rule in a nation that literally made black people into things. Black people were rendered as property, built this country, spilled literal blood, sweat and tears into the soil from which we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. The thingification of black people is a fundamental component of the identity of this nation. Reckoning with this reality is significantly more difficult than wrestling with prejudice, racism, and even institutional or structural racism. And it does more than any of these concepts do to help us make sense of over 400 years of black suffering — of our unremitting interminable pain, rage and exhaustion. Mr. Floyd’s death is the story of our babies, of the numerous black children who grow up literally or metaphorically under the steel heel of a police boot. It is the story of our families, who since the Middle Passage, have had to suffer the unimaginable. But when they kill our children, our mothers and fathers, we are expected to forgive, to be peaceful in the face of horrific violence. We are asked to respect a law that cannot recognize our humanity — that cannot provide redress. And when time and time again the law demonstrates it will never protect us, that it will never hold those individuals and systems that harm us accountable, we are expected to peddle a narrative that the system works, that justice will prevail. Mr. Floyd’s brother lamented, “I just don’t understand what more we’ve got to go through in life, man.” People are in the streets today because years ago we marched peacefully and belted Negro spirituals, hoping they would recognize our humanity. We wore Afros like crowns remembering our beauty. We put our fists in the air demonstrating our strength. We declared that our lives matter in every gorgeous dimension, demanding they stop killing us in the streets and in our homes with impunity. People are in the streets today because despite all of the people who lost their lives — literally and figuratively, in this fight for black life, the struggle continues. So let’s stop saying racism killed George Floyd, or worse yet, that a racist police officer killed George Floyd. George Floyd was killed because anti-blackness is endemic to, and is central to how all of us make sense of the social, economic, historical and cultural dimensions of human life.

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May 29, 2020

George Floyd Protests LIVELatest Updates What We Know Trump’s Threats Police Department Neck Restraints

Louisville Protest Protests Continue to Rage After Death of George Floyd Protesters breached a police station in Minneapolis and set it on fire, as demonstrations were reported across the country. Published May 28, 2020 Updated May 29, 2020, 7:36 a.m. ET This briefing has ended. Read live updates about the reaction to the death of George Floyd here.

Here’s what you need to know: Protesters overrun a Minneapolis police building and set it aflame. Prosecutors said they haven’t decided whether to charge the officers involved. Twitter said President Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence after implying looting demonstrators could be shot. Dozens of demonstrators were arrested in New York’s Union Square. Protests at State Capitols in Colorado and Ohio turned chaotic. The Justice Department promised a thorough investigation of Mr. Floyd’s death. Democrats request an investigation into three killings of black people. Video Demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd boiled over late Thursday night. Protests broke out after a video went viral this week showing Mr. Floyd, a black man, struggling to breathe as a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee against Mr. Floyd’s neck.CreditCredit…Carlos Barria/Reuters Protesters overrun a Minneapolis police building and set it aflame. Protesters broke windows and charged over fences to breach a police precinct station in Minneapolis and set it on fire late Thursday as officers retreated from violent confrontations that boiled over days after George Floyd died in police custody. A demonstration near the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct grew more intense in the hours after prosecutors said they had not decided whether to charge an officer who had pressed his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck for about eight minutes. Some people tossed fireworks and other items toward officers, while the police fired projectiles back. The protests extended to many other cities, including New York, Denver, Phoenix and Columbus, Ohio, where scores of protesters tried to enter the statehouse. By Jin Wu In Minneapolis, police officers retreated from the Third Precinct in vehicles just after 10 p.m. local time as protesters broke into the building, where they smashed equipment, lit fires and set off fireworks, according to videos posted from the scene. “We’re starting fires in here so be careful,” one man shouted as sprinklers doused protesters who had burst inside. Flames began to rise from the front of the building as hundreds of protesters looked on, and soon smoke was billowing from the roof. The city of Minneapolis warned protesters to stay away from the precinct, saying on Twitter that there had been unconfirmed reports of cut gas lines and explosives in the building. John Elder, a spokesman for the Minneapolis Police Department, had confirmed earlier that all staff members had fled the building. Footage from helicopter cameras showed nearby local businesses engulfed in flames. But firefighters from the Minneapolis Fire Department could not respond to the area because of safety concerns, Assistant Chief Bryan Tyner said in an email. As the unrest escalated, 500 members of the Minnesota National Guard were sent to Minneapolis and St. Paul, the capital. Gov. Tim Walz had activated the soldiers and declared a state of emergency in the Twin Cities in the afternoon after he saw the level of destruction from Wednesday’s protest — buildings on fire, clashes with the police and looted stores. “Unfortunately, some individuals have engaged in unlawful and dangerous activity, including arson, rioting, looting, and damaging public and private property,” Mr. Walz wrote in his proclamation. “These activities threaten the safety of lawful demonstrators and other Minnesotans, and both first responders and demonstrators have already been injured.” Rory Purnell said that he raced to his barbershop on 42nd Avenue North on Thursday to put a sign in the window letting protesters know it was an African-American-owned business, but he arrived too late. One of his windows was smashed, and he said crowds had also broken the windows of a neighboring liquor store and cellphone retailer. “We’re seeing people getting out of cars with bats and stuff,” Mr. Purnell said. “I just begged them, leave the barbershop alone.” The smashed window, now boarded up, looks like a black eye on the front of his barbershop. But Mr. Purnell, who seethed with anger as he watched the video of Mr. Floyd’s death, said he was planning to reopen on Monday. There were also protests in the bordering city of St. Paul, where officers in riot gear skirmished with protesters as several businesses were vandalized, according to photographs posted online. Lawmakers and employees at the State Capitol were told to evacuate the building as a precaution after looting continued at nearby stores. There were dozens of fires and more than 170 damaged or looted buildings, the St. Paul police said, but no reports of serious injuries. Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis said at a news conference early Friday morning that he had made the call for officers to flee the Third Precinct, saying “the symbolism of a building cannot outweigh the importance of life.” Live Updates: Protests in Minneapolis Updated 22m ago As a police station burned, Trump threatened violence against those protesting a death in police custody. The mayor says the importance of life outweighs the symbolism of a police building. Trump suggests protesters could be shot, and Twitter says the president violated its rules. See more updates Mr. Frey, a Democrat, said he understood the anger of the city’s residents but pleaded with people to stop destroying property and stealing from stores. “It’s not just enough to do the right thing yourself,” he said. “We need to be making sure that all of us are held accountable.” Mr. Floyd, who was black, was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white officer for about eight minutes. A video of the arrest, in which Mr. Floyd is heard pleading “I can’t breathe,” spread widely online. “They executed my brother in broad daylight,” Mr. Floyd’s brother, Philonise Floyd, told CNN on Thursday, breaking down in tears. “I am just tired of seeing black people dying.” Prosecutors said they haven’t decided whether to charge the officers involved. Image Hiawatha Avenue in Minneapolis during a third night of protests.Credit…David Joles/Star Tribune, via Associated Press Prosecutors said early Thursday night that they had not yet decided whether to charge any of the four Minneapolis police officers, including the one who knelt on George Floyd’s neck shortly before he died. State and federal prosecutors are running simultaneous investigations into Mr. Floyd’s death after a video showed Derek Chauvin, a white police officer, pressing his knee on the neck of Mr. Floyd, who is black, as Mr. Floyd’s body became limp. Mr. Chauvin and three other officers at the scene, who did nothing to stop Mr. Chauvin, were fired on Tuesday, and Mayor Jacob Frey of Minneapolis has called for Mr. Chauvin to be arrested and charged. The Minneapolis Police Department has identified the other officers as Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng. “We’re going to investigate it as expeditiously, as thoroughly and completely as justice demands,” Mike Freeman, the county attorney in Hennepin County, said at a news conference. “Sometimes that takes a little time, and we ask people to be patient.” Mr. Freeman said his office had been flooded with as many as 1,000 calls daily from people who wanted him to bring charges. Video Back -0:00 TRANSCRIPT ‘We Have to Do This Right,’ Says Prosecutor in George Floyd Case Mike Freeman, the county attorney in Minneapolis, urged patience as his office investigates Mr. Floyd’s death while in police custody. State and federal officials are also conducting inquiries. Our office has been flooded with calls. Many as 1,000 a day, as well as email and social media from people in this jurisdiction, in this state, and throughout the country. The main question is, ”What are you going to do about the murder of George Floyd?” We are going to investigate it as expeditiously, as thoroughly and completely, as justice demands. Sometimes that takes a little time and we ask people to be patient. We have to do this right, and that’s what we’ll do. I will say this: that that video is graphic and horrific and terrible and no person should do that. But my job in the end is to prove that he violated a criminal statute. And there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. We need to wade through all of that evidence to come through with meaningful determination and we are doing that to the best of our ability. We have to do this right. We have to prove it in a court of law. And I will just point to you the comparison to what happened in Baltimore in the Gray case. It was a rush to charge. It was a rush to justice. And all of those people were found not guilty. I will not rush to justice. I’m going to do this right. And those folks who know me in the African community know I will do my very level best. But I will not rush justice because justice cannot be rushed. Mike Freeman, the county attorney in Minneapolis, urged patience as his office investigates Mr. Floyd’s death while in police custody. State and federal officials are also conducting inquiries.CreditCredit…Reuters He noted that his office had last year convicted a police officer of murder, but also said he did not want to rush charges against Mr. Chauvin, comparing it to the failed prosecution of the Baltimore officers who had arrested Freddie Gray, who died in police custody in 2015. “That video is graphic and horrific and terrible, and no person should do that,” Mr. Freeman said of the Minneapolis officer’s actions. “But my job, in the end, is to prove that he violated a criminal offense, and there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge.” Mr. Freeman did not elaborate on any additional evidence. The police had detained Mr. Floyd, a resident of St. Louis Park, Minn., who recently worked as a bouncer at a restaurant, after someone called the police and accused a man of trying to use a counterfeit $20 bill at a grocery store. Erica MacDonald, the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, pleaded for peace and said lawyers in her office are working quickly to determine whether they will bring charges against Mr. Chauvin for violating federal laws, including civil rights laws. Ms. MacDonald said she had been in touch with Attorney General William P. Barr about the case. Ms. MacDonald also apologized, cryptically, after a long delay before the start of the news conference, saying she had believed there would be “another development” before it began. She declined to elaborate on that statement but said further announcements were to come. Members of Mr. Floyd’s family had earlier called for justice during television appearances. “I would like for those officers to be charged with murder because that’s exactly what they did,” said Bridgett Floyd, his sister. Tera Brown, Mr. Floyd’s cousin, said: “I don’t want the protests to be for just show. I want to see action.” “This was clearly murder,” she added. Twitter said President Trump violated its rules against glorifying violence after implying looting demonstrators could be shot. Image Officers approaching protesters in the parking lot of a Target in Minneapolis.Credit…

President Trump called the Minneapolis protesters “thugs” and implied looting demonstrators could be shot in two tweets posted early Friday morning, which Twitter later said violated its rules against promoting violence. “I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City,” the president wrote, adding that Mayor Jacob Frey, a Democrat, must “get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.” It was unclear if the president intended to send additional troops after Gov. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard to help restore order in the Twin Cities. But the president said he was prepared to have the federal government “assume control.” “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd,” Mr. Trump wrote of the demonstrators, “and I won’t let that happen.” He added, “Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.” The tweet containing that quote was placed behind what Twitter called a “public interest notice,” which warned users that it “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence” and required readers to take an extra step to read the president’s full comment. “Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” the notice said. Mr. Trump had previously described the video of Mr. Floyd’s death as a “very shocking sight” and “a very very sad event,” saying he had asked the F.B.I.’s investigation to be expedited. Mr. Frey did not know about Mr. Trump’s tweets until a reporter read them aloud during a news conference early on Friday. The mayor shook his head and then gave a fiery retort, slamming a podium for emphasis. “Weakness is refusing to take responsibility for your own actions,” he said. “Weakness is pointing your finger at somebody else during a time of crisis.” Dozens of demonstrators were arrested in New York’s Union Square. Video Back -0:00 TRANSCRIPT Protesters Clash With Police in Union Square At least 40 people were arrested as demonstrators surged into Union Square in New York City to protest what they called police brutality in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis. [chanting] I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! Black lives matter! I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe! Black lives matter! At least 40 people were arrested as demonstrators surged into Union Square in New York City to protest what they called police brutality in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.CreditCredit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times More than 40 people were arrested on Thursday night in Manhattan as hundreds of New Yorkers joined nationwide protests against police brutality. One young woman taken into custody at Union Square yelled “Black lives matter!” as the police dragged her to a paddy wagon, a video posted online showed. Images on social media showed sometimes chaotic scenes as the mostly young protesters clashed with uniformed officers. Some protesters carried signs that read “No Justice, No Peace” and chanted “I can’t breathe.” George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis police custody has touched a particular nerve in New York because of his dying words, “I can’t breathe.” They have prompted comparisons to Eric Garner, who said the same before he was killed by a police officer on Staten Island in 2014. Mr. Garner’s death galvanized the Black Lives Matter movement, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo of New York said on Thursday that he wondered “how many times we have to learn the same lesson.” “I think the situation was so disturbing and ugly, and frightening,” he said of Mr. Floyd’s death. “It was just frightening that a law enforcement officer anywhere in this country could act that way.” Most of the arrests on Thursday were for civil disobedience or disorderly conduct, the police said, but at least three people were facing charges for threatening police officers. One person had been carrying a knife, the police said. A second struck a police officer in the head with a trash can and a third punched a different officer in the face with a closed fist. None of the officers were seriously injured, a police spokesman, Officer Andrew Lava, said. Dante Richardson, 21, was among the people in Union Square incensed at the police treatment of young black men who joined the demonstration. Mr. Richardson said the protesters chanted “N.Y.P.D. racist police.” At one point, Mr. Richardson said, a group of officers on bicycles formed a barricade to hem in the demonstration. “They put their bikes tire-to-tire,” he said, adding, “They were trying to break us up.” Protests at State Capitols in Colorado and Ohio turned chaotic. Image Denver police monitoring the protest outside the State Capitol.Credit…David Zalubowski/Associated Press The State Capitol in Denver was put on lockdown after someone fired a gun near a peaceful demonstration, and protests in Columbus, Ohio, turned chaotic as videos posted by local news outlets showed crowds surging up the steps of the State Capitol and breaking windows. Leslie Herod, a state representative in Colorado, said that she heard several shots near the statehouse, and that she and other demonstrators scattered, believing that the shots had been fired into the crowd. The Denver Police Department said no injuries were reported. “This was a completely peaceful rally and someone shot into the crowd and at folks who were protesting in support of the black community and against police brutality,” Ms. Herod said. She added in a text: “This emphasizes how much more we have to do.” In Ohio, the police could be seen rushing to the Capitol and ordering protesters to disperse. The Columbus Dispatch reported that officers also used pepper spray on large crowds of demonstrators downtown after a few protesters tossed smoke bombs and water bottles at lines of officers. At least one person had been arrested, the newspaper reported. A video taken at the Denver protest appeared to show the driver of a black sport-utility vehicle driving through a crowd of protesters who had blocked traffic near the statehouse. As a protester jumps off the car, the driver, blaring the horn, veers around and speeds into the protester and knocks him over. It was unclear whether he was injured. Anabel Escobar, the demonstrator who recorded the video, said she was shaken by what had happened. “I was horrified,” Ms. Escobar said. “It was vicious. She could have killed him.” Gov. Jared Polis said that Coloradans were better than the displays of vandalism and violence. “I share the immense anguish we all feel about the unjust murder of George Floyd,” Mr. Polis said in a statement. “But let me be clear, senseless violence will never be healed by more violence.” Peaceful protests were held in several other cities on Thursday night. Protesters in Albuquerque, many wearing masks to protect against the coronavirus, marched through the streets, some attaching posters to their cars as part of a caravan. In Portland, Ore., a small group of demonstrators waved signs near the Portland Police Bureau. On Wednesday night, there were protests in Memphis and Los Angeles, where law enforcement officials faced off with people blocking the 101 Freeway downtown. The Justice Department promised a thorough investigation of Mr. Floyd’s death. Image Protesters near the home of Derek Chauvin, who was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department after detaining Mr. Floyd.Credit…Jenn Ackerman for The New York Times The Justice Department said on Thursday that it would investigate the officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death and determine whether they should face federal criminal charges. The investigation will be led by the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, Erica MacDonald, and by F.B.I. agents in Minneapolis. Attorney General William P. Barr and the head of the Justice Department’s civil rights division, Eric Dreiband, are closely monitoring their inquiry, a Justice Department spokeswoman said. “The Department of Justice has made the investigation a top priority and has assigned experienced prosecutors and F.B.I. criminal investigators to the matter,” the department said in a statement. The department noted that is a violation of federal law for an officer acting in an official capacity to deprive another person of his or her constitutional rights, including the right to be protected from cruel and unusual punishment. President Trump has condemned the actions by the officers caught on video and urged the department to expedite the investigation, but he has not reached out to Mr. Floyd’s family. During a news conference on Thursday, Mr. Trump declined to say whether the officers should be prosecuted, but he called the video “shocking.” Video Back -0:00 TRANSCRIPT Video Shows George Floyd Telling Police He Can’t Breathe A bystander’s video in Minneapolis shows a police officer with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck during an arrest. He died a “short time” later, the police said. Arrested man: [moaning] “What you trying to say?” Police officer: “Relax.” Arrested man: “Man, I can’t breathe — my face —” [inaudible] Police officer: “What do you want?” Arrested man: “I can’t breathe!” Bystander 1: “How long you all got to hold him down?” Unidentified speaker: “Don’t do drugs, kids —” Bystander 2: “This ain’t about drugs, bro.” [inaudible conversation] Bystander 2: “He is human, bro.” Bystander 1: “His nose —” Bystander 2: “ — right now bro, you know it’s broken. You can’t even look at me like a man because you a bum, bro. He’s not even resisting arrest right now, bro.” Bystander 1: “His nose is bleeding.” Bystander 3: He’s passed out!” Bystander 2: “You [expletive] stopping his breathing, right now, bro. You think that’s cool? You think that’s cool? What is that? What do you think that is? You say — you call what he’s doing, OK?” Police officer: “Get back!” Bystander 2: “You’re calling what he’s doing OK. You call what he’s doing OK, bro?” Police officer: “Only firefighters —” Bystander 4: “Yes, I am from Minneapolis.” Bystander 2: “Bro, you, you, you call — you think that’s OK? Check his pulse!” Bystander 4: “The fact that you guys aren’t checking his pulse, and doing compressions if he needs them, you guys are on —” Bystander 1: “Oh my God!” [inaudible] Bystander 4: “OK, yeah, and I have your name tag.” Bystander 5: “Freedom of speech.” [shouting] Bystander 2: “Don’t touch me!” A bystander’s video in Minneapolis shows a police officer with his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck during an arrest. He died a “short time” later, the police said.CreditCredit…Storyful The Justice Department has declined to charge police officers in other high-profile cases in which a black person has died in their custody. In July, after a five-year investigation, the department said it would not bring federal civil rights charges against Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island police officer who killed Eric Garner by wrapping his arm around his neck. The killing was caught on video and widely circulated online. The decision bitterly divided the Justice Department’s civil rights division lawyers, who wanted to charge Mr. Pantaleo, and prosecutors in Brooklyn, who believed they could not win the case at trial. Mr. Barr ultimately sided with the Brooklyn prosecutors, who had argued that they did not have enough evidence to prove that Mr. Pantaleo committed a federal civil rights violation because they could not prove that he had made a clear decision to use a chokehold, which the New York Police Department had banned, when he killed Mr. Garner. Like Mr. Floyd, Mr. Garner also gasped “I can’t breathe” just before he died. Democrats request an investigation into three killings of black people. Image Demonstrators marched through downtown Minneapolis, demanding justice after Mr. Floyd’s death.Credit…Mark Vancleave/Star Tribune, via Associated Press Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department on Thursday to investigate Mr. Floyd’s death along with the recent killings of two other black people: Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot after being pursued by white men near Brunswick, Ga.; and Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police officers in Louisville, Ky., during a “no-knock” raid of her apartment. On Thursday night, seven people were struck by gunfire at a protest in Louisville, Ky., over the death of Ms. Taylor. The committee members asked the department to open so-called pattern and practice investigations into potential police misconduct in all three cases. Federal law prohibits law enforcement officers from engaging in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives people of their constitutional rights. They also asked that the department investigate the local prosecutors who were involved in Mr. Arbery’s case. The two armed men who chased Mr. Arbery had connections to local law enforcement and were not arrested for 74 days, until after a video of the shooting was widely circulated. Mr. Arbery’s death and the subsequent local investigation “are reminiscent of early 20th century lynchings in the Jim Crow South,” the committee members wrote. Jerry Nadler, the chair of the committee, said it is considering legislation to address racial profiling and the excessive use of force by police officers. He noted that the Justice Department has uncovered rampant police abuses in Ferguson, Mo., Baltimore, Cleveland and Chicago, which led the police departments in those cities to negotiate consent decrees with the federal government. The Minneapolis police have received many excessive force complaints. Image A protester who was injured during clashes with the police.Credit…Kerem Yucel/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Excessive force complaints against Minneapolis officers have become commonplace, especially by African-American residents. One of the officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death, Mr. Chauvin, 44, had several complaints filed against him, three of which led to reprimands for his language and tone. Mr. Chauvin shot a man who was trying to grab an officer’s gun in 2008, according to The Pioneer Press. He was also present at two other shootings, one of them fatal, but it was unclear if he fired his weapon in those cases, according to Communities United Against Police Brutality, a local organization advocating police reform. African-Americans account for about 20 percent of the city’s population, but they are more likely to be pulled over, arrested and have force used against them than white residents, Police Department data shows. And black people accounted for more than 60 percent of the victims in Minneapolis police shootings from late 2009 through May 2019, data shows. The tension between the community and the 800-plus-officer force has unfolded in a predominantly white and progressive metropolis, where the white mayor openly discusses systemic racism, the police chief is a black man who embraces a community-oriented approach and residents elected two black transgender people to a City Council that has taken aggressive action to curb racial segregation. Yet there is a deep rift between the city’s police force — which also is predominantly white — and the community, one that seems to grow larger with each killing. Reporting was contributed by Victoria Bekiempis, Katie Benner, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Audra D.S. Burch, Sopan Deb, John Eligon, Matt Furber, Russell Goldman, Jack Healy, Dan Levin, Edgar Sandoval, Marc Santora and Neil Vigdor. 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October 22, 2018

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October 22, 2018

Arlington police ID officers involved in stop, shooting death of O’Shae Terry | Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Full Video: Body camera from officer involved shooting in Arlington
Video released by the Arlington Police department shows the fatal shooting of O’Shae Terry on Sept. 1. Officers can be seen talking to Terry and his passenger before someone in the vehicle rolls the windows up and the car starts.

Arlington police ID officers involved in stop, shooting death of O’Shae Terry
By Nichole Manna
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October 19, 2018 05:18 PM

Updated October 19, 2018 05:41 PM

The Arlington Police Department has identified the officers involved in the shooting death of O’Shae Terry on Sept. 1.

The officer who stopped Terry is Julie Herlihy. The back-up officer who was involved in the shooting is identified as Bau Tran, the department said in a news release just after 5 p.m. Friday.

Terry, 24, was killed after trying to take off from a traffic stop on Sept. 1.

Police said the criminal investigation into the shooting was completed on Wednesday and has been given to the Tarrant County district attorney’s office.

“Throughout the criminal investigation, the involved officer did not provide a statement to the investigating criminal detectives, which is allowed by constitutional law,” the release said. “No affirmative findings have been reached at this stage as the Arlington Police Department awaits the Tarrant County Criminal District Attorney’s Office’s decision to present the case to the full review of a grand jury.”

The administrative investigation to determine if Tran followed policies or not is still ongoing.

“The administrative investigators may utilize information yielded from a criminal investigation as well as the Tarrant County Grand Jury findings before concluding the administrative investigation regarding what City and Department policies, if any, were violated and personnel action is taken against any officer involved,” the release said.

Tran remains on restricted duties. Police have said his badge and gun have been removed and he doesn’t have direct contact with the community.

Terry was stopped because the temporary tag on the SUV he was driving showed it to be expired.

Tran responded to the traffic stop after Herlihy said she smelled marijuana, and told Terry she was going to search the vehicle, according to video footage released by the department. Tran waited on the passenger side of the car while Herlihy went back to her cruiser.

About 10 minutes into the stop, Terry started to roll up his windows. Tran grabbed the top of the passenger side window with his left hand, ordered Terry to stop, stepped onto the foot rail, put his right arm inside the vehicle and then brought it back out to reach for his gun, the video shows.

He shot into the vehicle at least four times, killing Terry.

During a heated meeting with the local chapter of the NAACP, the passenger of the vehicle, Terrence Harmon and his attorney, Lee Merritt, said police never interviewed Harmon beyond the first 14-minute interview after the shooting.

Police said on Friday that Harmon “was contacted by Arlington Police personnel on September 2, 2018 and he came to Arlington Police Department that afternoon and had an opportunity to speak with investigators.”

After the statements at the NAACP meeting, Arlington police say, “our staff reached out to Mr. Harmon again to allow him further opportunity to supplement his statements. Unfortunately, Mr. Harmon has not been responsive to our extensive efforts to contact him to supplement his earlier statement.”

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November 16, 2014 3:23 pm·


Cleveland police officers recently killed a 37-year-old African American woman who died after police slammed her head on the concrete, just outside of her family’s home.

Her brother explained that Tanisha Anderson was pronounced dead at Cleveland Clinic after the assault by the Ohio cops. The pronouncement came early Thursday about two hours after the police “take down” caused Anderson to bash her head on the concrete outside of her home.

“They killed my sister,” Joell Anderson, Tanisha’s 40-year-old brother said as he fought back tears. “I watched it.”

Officers came to the house after a call from a family member who thought the police could calm the bi-polar Tanisha down, during an argument.

Police came, responding to the situation as a “disturbing the peace” call. It seemed that everyone agreed Tanisha should undergo an evaluation at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, police sources told us.

But what happened next is described very differently by police and family members.

“As the officers escorted Anderson to the police vehicle, she began actively resisting the officers,” police spokesman Sgt. Ali Pillow claimed to the local Cleveland publication, The Plain Dealer.

Tanisha changed her mind about the evaluation after police slapped cuffs on her. She believed she was within her rights to decide whether she went for a voluntary evaluation. But police, at this point, argued that it was up to them.

“The woman began to kick at officers,” Pillow said. “A short time later the woman stopped struggling and appeared to go limp. Officers found a faint pulse on the victim and immediately called EMS.”

But Tanisha’s brother Joell gives a very different account than what the police claim.

“She was more of a danger to herself than others,” he explained.

Two male officers escorted Tanesha Anderson, who was prescribed medication for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, to the police cruiser. She sat herself in the backseat but became nervous about the confined space and tried to get out, Anderson said.

As Tanisha called out for her brother and mother, an officer used a “Judo” take down move after having pressed her head down repeatedly in the backseat in what seemed to be a “smothering” manner, Joell Anderson said.

Joell says that after she hit her head on the concrete, and the officer placed his knee on her back, she never opened her eyes or spoke another word.

To add insult to injury, Joell says that his sister’s sundress was lifted above her waist, where it remained as officers refused to administer any aid to the unconscious woman. Joell says that he was forced to go over and use his own jacket to cover her naked lower body, because police would not, even when he asked them to.

“She was outgoing, silly, always joking,” Joell said of his sister. “She just wasn’t doing very well that day.”

The Cleveland Police Department tells us that their Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is “investigating” the case. No officers involved have been fired, reprimanded, nor placed on leave.

(Article by Jackson Marciana; special thanks to The Plain Dealer)
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on November 23, 2014 at 1:42 am

Sadly, no “Rodney King” or “Ferguson” video footage of this crime means that the officer will likely escape conviction. Given the word of a grieving family against a “reliable” police officer, who will the jury believe? All cops should be wearing video cameras on their bodies at all times; for their own protection as much as for the public good.
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on November 18, 2014 at 7:52 pm

the cleveland police either are too stupid to get it or they just don’t care{i suspect the latter.}. they are currently under investigation for shit like this and they keep doing it! there is NOTHING that will make up for this family’s pain and heartbreak! and you can bet NOTHING will be done to these murdering cops!
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