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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...