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Archives by Tag 'police brutality'
Philadelphia Judge Controversy: Cover-up of Bedroom Connection
LINN WASHINGTON JR.
The controversial acquittal of a Philadelphia policeman caught on video violently punching a woman at a Puerto Rican Day parade last fall quickly produced a second stink bomb. The Philadelphia judge who freed fired Lt. Jonathan Josey during a non-jury trial where t...
Corruption on the Bench
LINN WASHINGTON, JR.
The controversial acquittal of a Philadelphia policeman caught on video violently punching a woman at a Puerto Rican Day parade last fall quickly produced a second stink bomb. The Philadelphia judge who freed fired Lt. Jonathan Josey during a non-jury trial where t...
The LAPD’s Frankenstein
BEN ROSENFELD
The most striking fact about ex cop Christopher Dorner’s rampage against his brothers in blue is that it stems from the LAPD’s apparent cover-up of a single, minor excessive force incident of the kind we seldom talk about, ubiquitous though it is. Beyond that, ...
Meditations on Christopher Dorner
DOUGLAS VALENTINE
The death by fire of Christopher Dorner evoked a rush of memories dating back to September 1971, when, in the wake of the Attica Prison Massacre, I began making plans to migrate from New York State to California. At age 21, I had no master plan, other than to get f...
Policing Oakland
DAN SIEGEL
Oakland’s community is in turmoil over crime and policing. A sharp increase in robberies, burglaries, and homicides has the public, especially middle class home owners, demanding solutions. Community activists, particularly young African Americans, Latinos, and thei...
Burning Down the House
DAVE LINDORFF
“Burn that fuckin’ house down…Fucking burn this motherfucker!!” –Voices ...
The Execution of Christopher Dorner
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER and MIKE KING
If the murder of Oscar Grant on an Oakland transit platform marked the dawn of the Obama era, the cold-blooded murder of former Naval reservist and Los Angeles Police officer Christopher Dorner might just mark the end of whatever optimistic hope people can muster in his a...
LAPD Chickens Come Home to Roost
RUTH FOWLER
My first experience of the LAPD was as a child back in Wales, staring at the TV screen in horror and fascination, watching a grainy image of police officers beat a black man to a pulp. I’d never seen anything like it. None of us had. Six thousand miles away, in a ti...
The Cancer of Police Violence
MIKE KING
Police brutality and murder are arguably the most visible, direct and clear expressions of racialized state power in the United States.  To say this is an epidemic, however, as many have, is somewhat of a simplification.  An epidemic is an indiscriminate force of natu...
Blue Omerta
LINN WASHINGTON, Jr.
Two police lieutenants face a similar criminal charge but one gets a slap on the wrist while the other is fired. One of these two police supervisors is an officer with a distinguished record of exposing corruption and misconduct. Guess which of those two vet...
How Cops Justify Stop-and-Frisk
ERIN NIEMELA
“I will break your f**king arm off right now,” a New York police officer shouts. “You want me to smack you?” warns another. The exclusive audio is shocking and the first of its kind. It is the only known audio evidence of a NYPD stop-and-frisk in progress, release...
Is It Time to Dissolve the Oakland Police Department?
DAN SIEGEL
How is this for a novel idea? “The police are the public and the public are the police, the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and...
10 Shocking Incidents of Police Brutality Caught on Tape
CLINT HENDERSON
The internet is full of videos exposing police officers’ use of excessive physical force when trying to apprehend or detain “potential criminals”. Every year in fact there seems to be an increase in YouTube video uploads, video views, and news stories de...
Protestors Win in 2004 RNC Protest Mass Arrest Case in NYC
DAVE LINDORFF
On the morning of the big march through midtown Manhattan on the opening day of the Republican National Convention in New York City in 2004, I and a few friends were having breakfast at a little coffee shop near 96th Street on the Upper West Side. We had a few homemade si...
Unlawful Dissent
BRETT WARNKE
Only a month after swearing in, President Obama was given the first “Economic Intelligence Briefing” by his sunny CIA director, Leon Panetta.  The goal was to prepare policymakers for the blowback from an electorate reeling from unemployment and looming bank failures...
Crazy Horse was a Sober Warrior
RUSS McSPADDEN
Photos by Joey Feaster 1. Autumn Two Bulls is the mother of Wakiyan, or Loud Brave Thunder, a young Oglala Lakota protester who was maced by police on August 26 during a march against alcohol sales along the border ...
The Big Lie About Police Brutality
DAVE LINDORFF
Police brutality is in the news, thanks to the widespread availability of amateur video and the omnipresence of security cameras. We’ve seen scene after scene of police beating the crap out of, and even shooting and killing unarmed or minimally dangrous stude...
Punishing Youth
HENRY GIROUX
There is by now an overwhelming catalogue of evidence revealing the depth and breadth of the state sponsored assault being waged against young people across the globe, and especially in the United States. What is no longer a hidden order of politics is that American  soc...
The Police and the Occupy Movement
COLLIN HARRIS
As the global wave of rebellion that began in 2011 and eventually spread to the beating heart of Empire, and the new subcultures of resistance it has spawned, continues to grow and diversify, there is an obvious dilemma that will have to be worked out if we are serious ab...
Brutality Couldn’t Be Stopped Forever on the Greenline…Now It’s Here!
URI AVNERY
Tel Aviv. Don’t tell anyone, but in many a demonstration, when we were standing and proclaiming our message of peace and justice, knowing that not a word about it would appear in the media, I secretly wished for the police to come and beat us up....
Rajat Gupta to Rodney King and In-between
FARZANA VERSEY
Mumbai. Between a man in a dark grey suit and a bright-eyed bride in white, they seem to have covered the American dream. Insider trading and ‘marrying well’ are common occurrences, but when these things happen in the United States of America they beco...
Occupy in History
ROB URIE
It has been said by some of the original Black Panthers that, in their view, it wasn’t their armed self-defense against police violence that brought the full weight of state repression down on them. What brought it was their establishment of alternative institutions—s...
Being There: May Day in Oakland
DANIEL BORGSTRÖM
May Day 2012.  Occupiers were gathering at the Oakland Plaza for the noon rally.  My friend Steve Gilmartin and I had just arrived and were standing in the plaza near Broadway.  Music was playing over the PA system, when suddenly “Mic check! Mic check!”...
A Grim Vision of America’s and the World’s Future
DAVE LINDORFF
My wife and I live on a 2.3-acre plot of forested land in a pre-Revolutionary house with a run-down old barn. When we first moved here, there was a rather large set of grassy areas, one in front of the house, another behind the kitchen, a large field in the back, behind t...
Black Bloc Anarchists and State Terrorism
ROB URIE
Renewed criticism of Black Bloc anarchists (link) ties in a tangential way to the arrest on terrorism charges of t...
Strip Your Rights
LINH DINH
Whatever crimes, violations or discretions anyone admits to, he or she likely has done, is doing and will do worse. This is also true of governments. Washington can now snoop on your international emails and phone calls, without warrants, but do you seriously think they...
The Tentacles of Empire
RON JACOBS
This past week the world watched while Chicago police and their allies militarized the city of Chicago as part of what was primarily a show of force.  The only “terrorists” arrested in the entire operation were three men who had filmed police harassing them earlier i...
Chicago Cops are the Terrorists
DAVE LINDORFF
It seems pretty clear by now that the three young “domestic terrorists” arrested by Chicago police in a warrantless house invasion reminiscent of what US military forces are doing on a daily basis in Afghanistan, are the victims of planted evidence — part of the...
Being There
MISSY BEATTIE
Do protests and marches accomplish anything?  Should I go?  These questions collided in my head.  One friend advised against.  Another said I should.  My children phoned, “If you do, be careful.” I knew.  I just knew. I knew I would be in Chicago. I arriv...
Did the White House Direct the Police Crackdown on Occupy?
DAVE LINDORFF
A new trove of heavily redacted documents provided by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request filed by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) on behalf of filmmaker Michael Moore and the National Lawye...
Americans Love a Good Killer
JOHN GRANT
The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic and a killer. – D.H. Lawrence The realist in murder writes of a world in which gangsters can rule nations … where a judge with a cellar full of bootleg liquor can send a man to jail for ...
The Crackdown on Occupy
KEVIN CARSON
Disturbing news from Occupy circles about NYPD practices these days — I mean, in addition to all those other NYPD practices we were already disturbed about. David Graeber, a prominent anarchist involved with Occupy since its beginning, recounts seeing a woman...
Wait Till Chen Guangchen Goes on His First Occupy Demonstration in New York
ALEXANDER COCKBURN
Chen Guangchen, the Chinese human activist, got four separate articles in the New York Times for May 5. Jane Perlez and Michael Wines reported from Beijing on the deal that would get Chen and his family visas to the US, for him to take up a fellowship at NYU. ...
Entrapment, Snatch Squads and Probation Holds
MIKE KING
May Day 2012 was a day when Occupy made clear to enemies, critics and co-opters alike that the Occupy movement is far from dead.  All across the country rallies, marches, and direct actions put the 1% on notice for what will undoubtedly be a hot Spring and Summer.  Be...
Occupy’s Back and NYPD’s Cracked
CHARLES M. YOUNG
I got home at 10:00 pm on the nose, and the first thing I did was take off my shoes after 14 hours of May Day marching with 30-40,000 other conscientious objectors to capitalism. My feet hurt, okay? My second priority was turning on the local news, which happened to be Fo...
Rodney King, Official Negligence and the LA Riots
BINOY KAMPMARK
Even after twenty years, the Los Angeles riots that were precipitated as a reaction to the Rodney King trial verdict of acquittal for the cops  divide rather than affirm positions.  So much in the pursuit of life’s answers lies in exposing errors rather than unearthin...
Occupy Oakland, Permitted Protest, and Police Repression
MIKE KING
As the Occupy movement around the country begins to get more involved in immigrant struggles, or around the struggles of people of color more generally, complicated questions of race and risk, tactics and differential legal consequences for people of color are arising.  ...
It’s Time to Revive the Civil Rights Movement
Rev. JESSE JACKSON
We mourn Trayvon Martin, the young African American who, armed only with candy and a soft drink, was shot dead for the offense of “walking while black.” George Zimmerman, the vigilante who shot him, has not been arrested, apparently pr...
Waiting for Redemption
LISA BARR
Please tune in to a livestream from Montrose, PA...
Should Occupy Use Violence?
KEVIN CARSON
Back in the mid-1980s, when the African National Congress was still fighting the South Africa’s apartheid regime, I recall Secretary of State George Schultz testifying before some Senate committee. He clutched his pearls at the appearance that “some members of...
Occupy Reality
MARC SALOMON
The Bay Area has always been the outlier in American politics, often for the better and occasionally for the worse.  In the case of Occupy, the Bay Area’s unique situation highlights the challenges facing the movement from both its relative “left” and “right” ...
Occupy Oakland After the Crackdown
NICK ROBINSON
The night of January 28th in Oakland left me feeling angry.  I felt anger toward police for brutalizing people in the streets, illegally kettling protesters, and collectively punishing the entire march with indiscriminate use of chemical weapons and projectiles.  I felt...
Oakland’s Dirty War
GEORGE CICCARIELLO-MAHER
As winter sets in, the Occupy Movement nationwide confronts a new series of challenges. Conspiring with the weather, however, is the threat of a shifting policing model currently being tested out in Oakland. Coercive Attrition The Italian Co...
Police State Targeted by New Year’s Eve Demos
STEVEN HIGGS
If mainstream media reports on a New Year’s Eve demonstration in downtown Bloomington, Indiana are given any credibility, the only crimes committed that evening were perpetrated by a couple protesters, and the city’s lightweight mayor may take away Occupy Bloo...
The Everardo Torres Police Killing in Madera
SAL SANDOVAL
Not a single person’s eyes were dry when Melchor Torres of Madera , California recounted the story of his son’s murder while in police custody on the night of October 22, 2002. Melchor was an invited guest to the Merced-based October 7, 2011 meeting of the ...
Face-to-Face with the NYPD
IBRAHIM DIALLO
“It is far more important to hold accountable the enforcers of the law than the perpetrators because if you don’t, you will have a nation of warlords. – Mahmood Mamdani. New York’s Finest (also known as ...
John Timoney’s Bloody Journey
DAVID ROVICS
John Timoney, until recently chief of police of Miami and before that Philadelphia, formerly of New York City, where he also was a high-ranking cop, is heading to Bahrain to train the cops there, according to the Associated Press.  If you happen to know anybody from Bahr...
Amid The Architecture Of Declining Capitalism
PHIL ROCKSTROH
The recent pepper spraying “incident” at the University of California at Davis represents more than an opportunity to create a cleverly photoshopped, viral meme. The act is part and parcel of a larger collective mindset–a proclivity towards authoritarian...
Arrested for Supporting Local Business
LORI SPENCER
Oklahoma City. In the early morning hours of Black Friday, 10 members of Occupy OKC  discovered that chanting “Buy local!” in a crowded Walmart is an arrestable offense in the United States of America. It all started with a group of ...
The Return of the Albuquerque Death Squads
DAVID CORREIA
Albuquerque. On November 13 of this year the Albuquerque police oversight commission cleared one of its own for the fatal shooting in September of 2010 of 19-year old Chandler Barr. The officer, a bicycle cop on her first day on the job, shot the mentally ...