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Dallas PD's Story of Joshua Brown's Death Is Unbelievable
The Dallas Police Department just came up with a story so farfetched, I am going to stop roasting both Empire and Power for some of the ridiculous shit that happens on both of those soapy-ass shows that I cannot stop watching.

Joshua Brown, 28, was shot and killed Friday night—a week after he served as a witness for the prosecution in the murder trial of former Dallas police officer Amber Guyger, who was charged in the death of Botham Jean in September 2018.

When news broke that Brown was gunned down in the parking lot of his apartment complex as he exited his vehicle, many speculated that he had been snuffed out by the police or by order of the police. He did, after all, testify against a cop and participated in the trial that ultimately sent her to prison.

Dallas police vowed to investigate his murder, and on Tuesday, they came up with the most cockamamie story you have ever heard in your life.
police  murder  witness  against 
6 days ago by Quercki
Policing watchdog groups push for changes to Oakland’s Police Commission – Oakland North
Amalya Dubrovsky on September 16, 2019

On Thursday evening, about 30 members of local police accountability and activist groups met in the library of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute to talk about the Oakland Police Commission’s first 20 months and whether an amendment to city law is needed to ensure its independence and basic functioning.
Oakland  police  commission 
28 days ago by Quercki
Fresno activist critiques police chief search | The Fresno Bee
I am guilty of believing that the process for selecting our next police chief would be transparent and authentically informed by the community. But more importantly, I’m guilty of encouraging others around me to also have hope and to give their own time to the process.

The news on Aug. 23 that Mayor (Lee) Brand decided to select an “interim” (to serve until 2021) chief from within the department, who did not even apply for the position — and despite reporting to suggest that there were several quality applicants to choose from — unfortunately told me and many others that this hope in the process was foolish. That is why I am writing to apologize.
Fresno  police  chief 
5 weeks ago by Quercki
Judge: Oakland police still far from meeting civil rights reforms, 16 years later - Story | KTVU
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - When 119 Oakland residents sued the city because of a band of rogue officers who planted drugs and beat up citizens, the deal made at the time (2003) was this: The police department would pay the plaintiffs $11 million and agree to be placed under federal watch for five years. Orrick didn't go so far as to say that the department is backsliding. But he tempered OPD's successes, telling Chief Anne Kirkpatrick that he does not believe the department's problems have been solved, especially in terms of racial profiling. He also said he believes the end of the oversight, technically called the Negotiated Settlement Agreement, is a long ways off.

"I want to see actual progress and achieve constitutional policing," Orrick said. "I have not seen significant progress in critical areas of the NSA."

Kirkpatrick told the judge that she disagrees with this view, insisting "there has been progression, not regression… The message at OPD is clear. Enough is enough."

She added that in her opinion, her biggest challenge is not unconstitutional policing, but rather "the narrative that we are not moving forward." She then added: "We have failed in explaining our progress.

Orrick didn't appear satisfied with Kirkpatrick's answer. "I'm not interested in PR releases or status reports," he said.
Oakland  police  oversight  2019 
7 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland police ID suspect killed, officers involved in fatal shooting - Story | KTVU
Posted Mar 15 2018 10:14AM PDT

Updated Mar 15 2018 10:16AM PDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (BCN) - Oakland police identified a man that officers shot and killed near the MacArthur BART station as 32-year-old Joshua Pawlik.

Police also identified the officers involved in the fatal Sunday shooting as Sgt. Francisco Negrete, William Berger, Brandon Hraiz and Craig Tanaka.

Police said they received a report at 6:17 p.m. Sunday of a man down and armed with a gun. When they arrived, they said the man was lying on the ground holding a semi-automatic firearm in the 900 block of 40th Street between two buildings. Police said officers arrived on the scene and tried to develop a "peaceful resolution," asking Pawlik to put his gun down. He did not comply, according to police.
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Police said they decided that Pawlik posed an "immediate threat" to police with "the risk of death or serious bodily harm." The officers then opened fire on Pawlik. Police did not specify how many times he was shot.

Police said they treated him for his wounds but he died on the scene. The officers were wearing body-worn cameras at the time of his death, according to police.

Negrete has nine years of experience in the Oakland Police Department, Berger and Hraiz have four and Tanaka has two. Police released a photo of the firearm they said they recovered after the shooting.
Oakland  police  killing  Joshua_Pawlik  2018 
7 weeks ago by Quercki
Civil rights attorneys: Oakland police situation is 'intolerable,' department 'backsliding' - Story | KTVU
Federal monitor calls Oakland chief's findings 'disappointing,' 'myopic'

Here are some of the highlights:

Use of force: Oakland had been in compliance with its use of force policy and reporting since 2015. But in 2018, the court "re-activated" this task because there were concerns that the department was mishandling its recent use of force case and investigations. Between 2012 and 2017, the department's data showed a 75 percent drop in use of force cases, and in October 2018, those reported use of force cases dropped another 23 percent. An audit was launched to find out if this sharp drop was really true.
It turned out, they weren't, at least according to a "damning report" released last month by the police department's Office of Inspector General, Chanin and Burris wrote. The audit found that police have been "systematically" underreporting cases and not turning on their body cameras to support their positive statistics.

City response: "Some findings were disappointing," the city conceded in its court filing. But the city also noted that the inspector general's audit shows that the department "caught and swiftly corrected a reporting problem stemming not from failing structures or corrupt culture, but from policy and training ambiguities. As when the (Independent Monitoring Team) looked at this issue, OIG's findings did not show that officers used unwarranted force."
Oakland  police  OPD  racism  violence  monitor 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
LAPD chief among nation's top cops who ask Congress to ban assault weapons - Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said he supports tougher gun measures.

“I believe in universal background checks, banning all detachable magazines, and banning the manufacture, import and sale of semi-auto rifles with detachable magazines,” Villanueva said in a statement Thursday. “Our congressional delegation is in support of common sense gun legislation. Average citizens should be able to keep what they already lawfully own, grandfather them in.”
police  sheriff  support  gun  laws  bans  legislation 
8 weeks ago by Quercki
New York City's Health Department Calls Criminal Justice System A Health Risk
“What New York is doing is smart — people don’t often see how the health care system and criminal justice are interlinked,” University of Georgia sociologist Sarah Shannon, who studies the health effects of incarceration on prisoners and families, said. “But especially in our era of mass incarceration, there has been a lot of evidence they have to affect each other.”

The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene estimates around 577,000 people, 9% of New Yorkers, have been physically threatened or abused by the police. Overall, 29%, roughly 1.9 million people, report even being stopped, frisked, or questioned by the police.

Those people have higher rates of heart disease, diabetes, drug abuse, and mental illness, warns the department, which is starting a new public health campaign focused on educating health care workers about chronic health conditions linked to these patients. Around 27% of those formerly incarcerated, for example, reported poor mental health, compared with 13% among the never incarcerated (the national rate for mental illness is 19%). And 29% of those reporting threats or abuse by the police had poor physical health, compared with 12% of those who hadn’t.
NY  police  contacts  public  health  risk  study 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Resolution HC Incarceration draft _edits_2.28.2019 (1).pdf
WHEREAS, community-based treatment should be the first option to address an individual’s severe behavioral health and/or substance use issues; andWHEREASSFDPH operates programs aimed at improving the social determinants of health in all stages of life;THEREFORE,BE IT RESOLVED, that the Health Commission recognizes incarceration to be a public health issue impacting the health and wellbeing of individuals incarcerated and the families and communities of those incarcerated, with impacton low-incomecommunities and people of color, specifically African American men; and be itFURTHER RESOLVED, the Health Commission requests thatthe SFDPH research and submit a report to the Commission that outlines a roadmap, incorporating harm reduction and best practices,to maximize efforts within its control to prevent individuals from being incarcerated; to increase collaboration, efficiencyand effectivenessof medical and behavioral health services across the continuum of care;to enhance and expandpost-release discharge planning, linkage to relevant services in the community, and other reentry services; and to work on mitigating the knowncontributing factors and the impactof incarceration on families and communities.
SF  police  contacts  public  heath  risk  law 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
New study finds police-related fatalities may occur twice as often as reported | Cornell Chronicle
“One thing that really stands out within our research is that while the large central metros see a large chunk of killings by police, it is only a third of the total,” Edwards said. “That means two-thirds of all the shootings we’re finding are in suburban, smaller metropolitan and rural areas, which have received scant attention from both researchers and the media.”

In the Mountain States, police were responsible for about 17 percent of all homicides, while in the Middle Atlantic states, police accounted for about 5 percent of all homicides. Police accounted for more than 10 percent of all homicides in predominantly rural areas and about 7 percent of all homicides in large central metropolitan areas.
police  murder  people  rural  study  data 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
8% of all male homicides are committed by police, study says — and black men are most at risk
It was clear to me that we didn’t have an understanding of basic police killing facts — how prevalent they are, and some of the geographic regions they happen a lot in,” he added. “We hadn’t really established good baselines for what the rates of killing were.”

Many questions still need to be answered. Edwards is currently working on a future study that will more closely look at the lifetime risk of being killed by police among black, white, Latino/Latina, American Indian, Alaskan Native and Asian-Pacific Islander men and women. So far, his research suggests black women are at the highest risk of police homicide, followed generally by Latina women, then American Indian, white and Asian.

There’s also a question of why so many people die during encounters with police, regardless of whether or not it was a homicide.
police  murder  people  study  data 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Risk of Police-Involved Death by Race/Ethnicity and Place, United States, 2012–2018 | AJPH | Vol. 108 Issue 9
Objectives. To estimate the risk of mortality from police homicide by race/ethnicity and place in the United States.

Methods. We used novel data on police-involved fatalities and Bayesian models to estimate mortality risk for Black, Latino, and White men for all US counties by Census division and metropolitan area type.

Results. Police kill, on average, 2.8 men per day. Police were responsible for about 8% of all homicides with adult male victims between 2012 and 2018. Black men’s mortality risk is between 1.9 and 2.4 deaths per 100 000 per year, Latino risk is between 0.8 and 1.2, and White risk is between 0.6 and 0.7.

Conclusions. Police homicide risk is higher than suggested by official data. Black and Latino men are at higher risk for death than are White men, and these disparities vary markedly across place.

Public Health Implications. Homicide reduction efforts should consider interventions to reduce the use of lethal force by police. Efforts to address unequal police violence should target places with high mortality risk.
police  murder  Black  Latino  men  study  data 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Study: Police use-of-force among leading cause of death for...
For young men of color, police use-of-force is among the leading causes of death, according to a study from the University of Michigan, Rutgers University and Washington University.

Police use-of-force—which includes asphyxiation, beating, a chemical agent, a medical emergency, a Taser, or a gunshot—trails accidental death, suicide, other homicides, heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of death for young black men, who have the highest risk of being killed by police, according to the study.

About 100 in 100,000 black men and boys will be killed by police during their lives, while 39 white men and boys per 100,000 are killed by police, findings in the study show. This means black men are about 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men.

"It's a striking number," said study co-author Michael Esposito, a postdoctoral researcher in the Survey Research Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research. "There have been arguments about how widespread of a problem this is. We didn't have a good estimate about whether it's a few cases that received a lot of media attention.
police  violence  Black  male  death  data 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Classmate Says Dayton Shooter Connor Betts Targeted Her in High School: ‘We Predicted He Would Do This’
Jessica Masseth was months into her sophomore year at Bellbrook High School in Ohio when she started getting disturbing text messages from a freshman named Connor Betts.

Betts texted that Masseth was on his “rape list,” describing in detail “what he wanted to do” to her, she said—even sending her the list of all of his proposed victims to prove she wasn’t the only one.

Finally, Masseth said she had enough and went to the police.

“I was not surprised at all when I heard his name on the news yesterday,” she said. “We predicted he would do this 10 years ago.”
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Police said they do not have a motive for Betts’ deadly rampage, but Masseth, other classmates, and ex-girlfriends said he expressed violent attitudes going back a decade.
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Police said Betts arrived in Dayton’s downtown entertainment district Saturday night in his father’s car with with his younger sister, Megan, and a male acquaintance. Betts fatally shot his sister and wounded the acquaintance, who survived, police said. The acquaintance is not suspected to have played a role in the attack, officials say.
massacre  domestic_violence  warning  ignored  rape  police  baffled  sister 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Can police data predict how ‘bad apple’ officers influence their fellow cops? New study says yes. - Chicago Tribune
For years, researchers and police officials across the country have mined data such as arrest and shooting records to examine how criminals influence each other’s behavior — and in the process try to predict who might be the next gunman or victim.

A study to be released Thursday takes the same approach but looks at whether data on police themselves can help determine if officers with complaints of using excessive force can influence a colleague’s chances of being accused of similar conduct.

The answer is yes, said the study’s co-author, Andrew Papachristos, a Northwestern University sociologist who has done extensive work on studying networks of gun offenders, including in Chicago.
police  violence  data  solution  Oakland  Riders  Kirkpatrick 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland police under-reported uses of force, especially on people of color, audit finds - SFChronicle.com
An internal Oakland police audit found that officers failed to report using force against a suspect in more than one-third of instances studied in 2018, and all of those unreported incidents involved a non-white suspect.

The audit, completed by the department’s Office of Inspector General and released this week, expands on previous internal and external reports that found that the departments’ celebrated decline in use-of-force incidents was likely exaggerated.
Oakland  police  violence  lies 
10 weeks ago by Quercki
Detroit's police commissioner arrested at commissioners' meeting for demanding answers about secret meetings where facial recognition was planned / Boing Boing
Alan Wendt writes, "Detroit commissioners arrested the police commissioner Willie Burton during a public meeting because he wouldn't stop talking about the secret meetings where the commission decided to install facial recognition systems."

The commissioners are likely to formally approve the city's controversial facial recognition scheme next week.

Burton was trying to call out the Board of Police Commissioners for holding illegal committee meetings that neither he nor the public were allowed to attend. During one of those closed-door sessions, commissioners quietly hashed out a policy for the city’s pervasive and controversial facial recognition system.

But board chairwoman Lisa Carter didn’t want to hear it.

As three police officers dragged Burton to the ground, officers held back protesters, some of whom were wearing masks to show their opposition to facial-recognition technology.
police  face  recognition  facial  arrest 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland ordered to fire 5 officers in fatal shooting - San Francisco Chronicle, 7/19/2019
The Oakland Police Department must fire five officers involved in the fatal shooting of a homeless man last year, a disciplinary oversight panel ruled, in a case that has pitted the department against its court-appointed monitor.

The Oakland Police Commission’s disciplinary committee made its decision July 9 in the 2018 shooting death of Joshua Pawlik, and the department released the panel’s seven-page report on Thursday.

The Police Department offered no comment, but the city administrator said the officers will be given due process, including the opportunity to attend a disciplinary hearing.

The case stems from the March 11, 2018, shooting of 32-year-old Pawlik, who was killed just after waking up between two homes in West Oakland. Pawlik failed to respond to officers’ repeated commands that he take his hand off a gun. Police said he raised the gun and pointed it at them when they opened fire.

Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick has supported the officers. An Oakland police investigative panel, the Community Police Review Agency, exonerated the officers in April, and the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges.

But the Police Commission’s disciplinary panel said in its ruling that body camera footage of the incident “speaks for itself.”
Oakland  police  shooting  killing  homeless  20180311  20190719 
12 weeks ago by Quercki
Why Don’t Police Catch Serial Rapists? - The Atlantic
When the members of Cleveland’s task force began shipping rape kits to the state lab, they didn’t imagine they’d end up fomenting a small revolution in criminology. Yet those evidence boxes uncovered new clues about the behavior of sexual assailants and overturned some basic assumptions—about how often they offend, whom they attack, and how they might be captured.
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What struck her first was the sheer number of repeat offenders: Of the rape kits containing DNA that generated a CODIS hit, nearly one in five pointed to a serial rapist—giving the Cleveland investigators leads on some 480 serial predators to date. On a practical level, this suggested that every allegation of rape should be investigated as if it might have been committed by a repeat offender. “The way we’ve traditionally thought of sexual assault is this ‘he said, she said’ situation, where they investigate the sexual assault in isolation,” Lovell told me. Instead, detectives should search for other victims or other violent crimes committed nearby, always presuming that a rapist might have attacked before. “We make those assumptions with burglary, with murder, with almost any other crime,” Lovell said, “but not a sexual assault of an adult.”
crime  police  rape  DNA  serial  rapists 
july 2019 by Quercki
Lessons from testing decades of forgotten rape kits: serial rapists are common, they don't follow a pattern, they're not very bright, and they're often the same men who commit acquaintance rape / Boing Boing
The first insight is that serial rapists are very common and very prolific. Police departments had assumed that rapes with different types of victims and different techniques were committed by different men, but it turns out that serial rapists aren't meticulous and careful repeaters of patterns: they're chaotic and impatient and even if they're looking for a specific kind of woman to attack, if they can't find someone who matches their desires, they'll just attack any handy woman.

So rapists also aren't very smart about their crimes: their poor impulse control leaves behind plenty of physical evidence that can be used to convict them (Former Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty: "These are not the Napoleons of crime. They’re morons. We were letting morons beat us"). They get away with it because the cops don't investigate rapes.

They're also not discriminating as to the kind of crimes they commit: as the old rape kits are subjected to DNA tests, we're learning that many men who've been committed for petty property crimes or non-sexual assaults have also committed strings of rapes. Frequently, these men start with vulnerable women (poor women, sex workers, women with disabilities, women who are addicted) and then rape women with more privilege, which sometimes leads to the police taking action. But the lack of action on rape kits meant that even when a rapist was convicted for an assault on a wealthy white woman, we didn't know about the string of rapes on less-privileged women in his past.
rape  serial  rapists  crime  rape.culture  police  test  data  facts  DNA 
july 2019 by Quercki
Open Forum: Exaggerating California crime to protect their livelihoods - SFChronicle.com
California has seen seven years of transformative justice system reforms: AB109, enacted in 2011, lowered the prison population; Proposition 47, approved by voters in 2014, reduced certain nonviolent crimes to misdemeanors; Prop. 57, passed in 2016, gave more people a chance at parole and reduced prosecutors’ power to try children in adult court; and, in March, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on the death penalty.

California’s crime rate, meanwhile, is near historic lows.
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But to listen to the politicians and law enforcement officials leading the charge against California’s recent reforms, the state is in crisis. Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood claims that reform will inevitably drive up crime; Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer asserts that California voters are “uninformed” and that “weak laws” will drive up violence; and Assemblyman Jim Cooper, a Sacramento County Democrat and Sheriff’s Department veteran, says law enforcement is under attack. This doom-and-gloom chorus calls for a return to the era of tough-on-crime, dumb-on-safety policymaking.
police  violence  crime  statistics  liars 
june 2019 by Quercki
‘Police Scorecard’ raises questions about use of force and accountability in California - Los Angeles Times
Campaign Zero, which aims to reduce police violence in the U.S., released its “Police Scorecard” in the hopes of shaping future legislative and police policy decisions in California around statistics that it argues highlight inherent bias and other problematic trends in American law enforcement, organizers said.

“We have the data we need to make decisions that will save lives,” said DeRay Mckesson, a police reform activist who gained notoriety after the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. “This project allows citizens to see data about their communities and demand change and accountability.”

The project compiled data for the years 2016 and 2017 from the California Department of Justice’s open data website and FBI Uniform Crime Reports, as well as information obtained through hundreds of public records requests.

Though the current study focused on the state’s 100 largest municipal police departments, organizers plan to expand the project to include data from sheriff’s departments as well as internal disciplinary records that can now be requested under a new state law that opens up some police personnel records.
police  use_of_force  killing  unarmed  racism 
june 2019 by Quercki
Widowed By Police Suicide, Women Want Officers To Reach Out For Help : NPR
Suicide has been increasing in the U.S. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans killed themselves. Rates went up by more than 30% between 1999 and 2017.
CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically
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CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

The danger is particularly acute for law enforcement officers. Studies and personal stories say police and firefighters' persistent exposure to death and trauma can put them at increased risk of post-traumatic stress and depression.

While the suicide rate in the U.S. was 14 per 100,000 in 2017, that number is closer to 18 for members of law enforcement.

Police are more likely to die of suicide than they are to be killed by an assailant.

Just in the past week, the police department in New York City was rocked by two suicides of veteran officers in 24 hours.

At least 87 officers have died by suicide this year, according to the organization Blue H.E.L.P., which tracks police suicides. The group says at least 167 officers died by suicide last year.
police  suicide 
june 2019 by Quercki
Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period - CNN
According to research from Bowling Green State University, police officers in the US were charged with forcible rape 405 times between 2005 and 2013. That's an average of 45 a year. Forcible fondling was more common, with 636 instances.
Yet experts say those statistics are, by no means, comprehensive. Data on sexual assaults by police are almost nonexistent, they say.
"It's just not available at all," said Jonathan Blanks, a research associate with the Cato Institute's Project on Criminal Justice. "You can only crowdsource this info."
police  rape  statistics 
june 2019 by Quercki
Assembly Bill 392 will save lives | The Sacramento Bee
Change tends to happen incrementally in the Capitol. People spend years fighting for reforms. They get knocked down. They get back up. They come back year after year, decade after decade.

The question is not whether you win quickly and absolutely. The question is whether you keep working for change. It took only two years for supporters of reform to overcome powerful opposition and make AB 392 a reality. That’s impressive.
police  deadly  force  legislation  California 
june 2019 by Quercki
Judge rules against state AG Becerra over police misconduct files
SAN FRANCISCO — A superior court judge has tentatively ruled that state Attorney General Xavier Becerra must turn over police misconduct records under the state’s new law enforcement transparency law.

San Francisco Superior Court Judge Richard B. Ulmer strongly rejected Becerra’s claim that the public should obtain the records from local agencies employing police officers under Senate Bill 1421 and not the Department of Justice, which he oversees. The department often reviews police use of force and misconduct records
AG_Xavier_Becerra  police  misconduct  transparency  CA  DOJ 
may 2019 by Quercki
Vallejo city council meeting disintegrates into shouting and name-calling over police behavior - Story | KTVU
Some residents were also upset that some of the officers flooding in to secure the meeting, were the same ones they've had negative or violent encounters with.

Activists are hopeful Attorney General Xavier Becerra will step in.

"The usual way of doing business is over," said attorney Adonte Pointer, speaking at the rally. "We're calling on the state's top cop, the Attorney General, to no longer sit on the sideliines."

Police critics are also unimpressed by the prospect of the Department of Justice sending help from its' Community Relations Division.

They would rather see the feds review actual police practices and policies.

"We don't have a PR problem, we have a violence problem," said attorney Nold,"and when people are dying we don't need community relations, we need an investigation."

In the next few months, Vallejo's police chief will retire, to start drawing a $19,000 monthly pension.

Former Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has been hired as a temporary consultant to help guide the search for a new chief.
Vallejo  CA  police  killing  POC  murder 
may 2019 by Quercki
Opinion: Mayor Must End Obstruction of Independent Police Commission | Post News Group
Oakland’s Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) released a shocking report on May 3 exonerating four Oakland police officers who shot and killed an unconscious man, Joshua Pawlik, on March 11, 2018.

According to the report, Oakland police spent nearly an hour observing Mr. Pawlik while he lay on the ground, yet it took mere seconds for officers to kill him as he allegedly began to regain consciousness.

In January 2019, internal investigations by the Oakland Police Department (OPD) concluded that the officers’ use of lethal force was “objectively reasonable,” and that only minor discipline should be imposed on two supervisors, Sergeant Negrete, and Lieutenant Yu, for leadership failures.

Chief Anne Kirkpatrick then reduced the recommended discipline for supervisory failures, in effect, allowing her officers to escape nearly all responsibility after killing a sleeping man.

Kirkpatrick’s findings caught the attention of Robert Warshaw, a former police chief who serves as the Federal Monitor and Compliance Director for Oakland’s long-running Negotiated Settlement Agreement, a 2003 federal court settlement that was only supposed to last for five years.

In his report, Warshaw found that Kirkpatrick’s assessment was “disappointing and myopic,” and that OPD’s internal investigations were “deficient, non-invasive, and replete with leading questions that served as attempts to support the justification of the officers’ actions.”
Oakland  police  killing  homeless  Pawlik  sleep 
may 2019 by Quercki
Oakland Police Commission Rejects Report Exonerating Officers in 2018 Shooting – CBS San Francisco
OAKLAND (KPIX) — Oakland’s Police Commission voted unanimously Thursday night to reject a report exonerating four Oakland police officers in the shooting of an armed homeless man in West Oakland in March 2018.

Commission chair Regina Jackson blasted the report as “flawed.” Jackson said the Community Police Review Agency (CPRA) — the investigative arm of the commission which authored the report — conducted only one interview and failed to videotape the interview, as required by city ordinance. Jackson stressed that her objections to the report were about process and procedure, not the outcome of the report.
Oakland  police  killing  homeless 
may 2019 by Quercki
Ex-BART cop said he was ‘fighting for my life’ with Oscar Grant before shooting; report says that was a lie - SFChronicle.com
The report by the Meyers Nave law firm — which BART hired to run its internal investigation due to a loss of public faith in the agency — long ago prompted the firing of the officer, Anthony Pirone. But the report was released only this week under California’s new police transparency law, Senate Bill 1421.
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But the newly released report shows that the law firm agreed with the Alameda County district attorney’s office, and Grant’s family, in concluding the shooting was not an accident. That finding conflicts with Mehserle’s testimony at trial, which a judge and jury found to be persuasive.

Mehserle “was intending to pull his firearm and not his Taser, as he can be seen trying to draw it at least two times and on the final occasion can be seen looking back at his hand on the gun/holster to watch the gun come out,” Colwell and Williams wrote. “Deadly force was not justified under the circumstances.”
BART  police  killing  Oscar_Grant  FOI 
may 2019 by Quercki
Police In California Are Killing Sleeping People - The Appeal
Police In California Are Killing Sleeping People
The fatal shooting by Oakland police of an unconscious man as he woke is putting pressure on the California department to rethink its deployment of force.

On March 11, 2018, a man was lying motionless on his back, eyes closed, alone in a narrow walkway between two houses on a residential street in West Oakland, California. He clutched a .22-caliber pistol in his right hand. The first police officer to arrive couldn’t tell whether the man was injured, had overdosed, or was asleep. Unwilling to approach the man alone, the officer called for backup.

Although they didn’t know the man’s identity—he was later identified as Joshua Pawlik, a 31-year-old homeless San Francisco resident with a history of mental health and addiction problems—dozens of Oakland police officers surrounded him in the alley in the 900 block of 40th Street.
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Phillips asked for a command to fire a beanbag round at Pawlik. “That gun moves, bag him,” replied Berger.

Gaining consciousness, Pawlik slowly raised his head and lifted his torso. The officers screamed about 10 more commands to drop the gun. Pawlik’s shoulders lifted and in an instant, four officers—Negrete, Berger, Hraiz, and Tanaka—fired 22 rounds, killing Pawlik. Phillips also fired, but the beanbag round was superfluous.
Oakland  police  shooting  killing  sleep 
may 2019 by Quercki
California pushes talks on 1st-in-US police shooting rules
The police-backed measure would set a national precedent by creating statewide guidelines on when officers can use lethal force and requiring that every officer be trained in ways to avoid opening fire.

As part of the compromise effort, Caballero stripped her proposal of a section to enshrine in law current standards that let officers kill if they reasonably believe they or others are in imminent danger.

Since that standard has been set by the courts, it would remain if no compromise is reached.

“We clearly have ... many, many, many people up and down the state, and experts, who feel that California’s use-of-force standard should be revised,” said Sen. Nancy Skinner, a Democrat from Berkeley who chairs the Senate public safety committee and engineered the surprise development to combine the measures.
police  force  shooting  legislation  AB392  SB230  2019 
april 2019 by Quercki
Oakland police chief defends officer discipline in Joshua Pawlik shooting – East Bay Times
By David DeBolt | ddebolt@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 10:18 am | UPDATED: April 4, 2019 at 8:40 pm

SAN FRANCISCO — Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick defended herself in response to criticism over the discipline she handed out to officers who shot and killed a homeless man, telling a federal judge on Wednesday she “personally reviewed all the evidence.”

“I know this is not the time or place to litigate the specifics of the (shooting) but I do want you to know that I did not simply sign off” on the case, the chief told U.S. District Judge William Orrick.

In recent weeks, the federal monitor expressed disappointment in how the internal investigation of the 2018 shooting of Joshua Pawlik was handled. For example, monitor Robert Warshaw was upset that a sergeant in the shooting did not face stricter discipline.

Kirkpatrick, who was joined by Mayor Libby Schaaf, City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, City Attorney Barbara Parker and several members of the OPD, also defended her department against claims it is sliding in its reform effort. Oakland is entering its 17th year of federal oversight, the longest such program in the country.
Oakland  police  murder  homeless  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
april 2019 by Quercki
Press Advisory-The Coalition for Police Accountability Files Motion to Intervene in OPD Federal Oversight | Drake Talk Oakland
April 2, 2019

San Francsico, CA. Today Attorney Pamela Price representing members of the Coalition for Police Accountability, a broad based group representing Oakland’s diverse communities, filed a Motion to Intervene with federal Judge William H. Orrick in the class action case that arose out of the Riders’ scandal. That case resulted in the Negotiated Settlement Agreement [NSA] which was intended to be a process to reform the Oakland Police Department.

The NSA which was initiated in 2003, was to last no more than five years. Sixteen years and many police chiefs later, the Oakland Police Department still has not been able to comply with the tasks imposed by the court. The City has spent more than $29 million paying the court’s monitor and compliance director plus legal fees to plaintiffs lawyers. Despite this, OPD is backsliding on tasks to complete the agreement.

OPD’s execution style shooting of Joshua Pawlik, a sleeping homeless man, last spring and the resulting botched investigation and cover up by the police chief convinced members of the Coalition that another approach had to be taken to move the department forward. As a result, nine members of the group have joined in the Motion to Intervene at federal court.
Oakland  police  settlement  federal  oversight 
april 2019 by Quercki
Police release body-cam video of Willie McCoy killing, showing him asleep in car | US news | The Guardian
Vallejo police have released footage of the killing of Willie McCoy at a Taco Bell, showing six officers shooting the 20-year-old who was sleeping in his car.

The disturbing body-camera videos show the young rapper had moved his hand to scratch his shoulder before officers opened fire. The footage is consistent with key claims of McCoy’s family, who watched footage earlier this month and said the officers “executed” him while he was not alert or awake. The videos, released after significant pressure, show:

The officers did not try to wake McCoy up or talk to him after they spotted a gun in his lap, and instead pointed their firearms at his head directly outside the car as he slept for several minutes.

One officer said: “I’m going to pull him out and snatch his ass.”
Vallejo  police  murder  Willie  McCoy 
april 2019 by Quercki
(34) Oakland Now! Oakland police sliding backwards on reforms
This case from "2003 and stemmed from the Riders case of rogue officers planting drugs and beating West Oakland residents."

John Burris and Jim Chanin, plaintiffs' attorneys: "If this negative trend is not reversed in short order, (we) will have no choice but to consider additional measures such as those which force” a motion calling for increased oversight."

"Rashidah Grinage, of the Coalition for Police Accountability, said Burris and Chanin’s comments reinforce the need to remove Kirkpatrick."

Robert "Warshaw (the court monitor) in documents released this month, criticized Chief Kirkpatrick for her discipline of officers and commanders over the 2017 shooting of Joshua Pawlik. Kirkpatrick went against the recommendations of the Executive Force Review Board, which called for harsher punishments."
Oakland  police  reform  oversight 
march 2019 by Quercki
(34) Cathy Leonard - Proclamation by the Coalition for Police...
Proclamation by the Coalition for Police Accountability (Yes on Measure LL Oakland) calling on federal court monitor Robert Warshaw to fire Oakland Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick.
Oakland  police  Anne_Kirkpatrick 
march 2019 by Quercki
FAQ City Charter Amendment Creating the Oakland Police Commission.pdf
ssued: October 10, 2017Revised:Issued by: Barbara J. Parker, Oakland City AttorneyI. INTRODUCTIONIn November 2016, Oakland voters overwhelmingly passed Measure LL, an amendment to the Oakland City Charter adding new section 604 to Article VI, which establishes a seven-member Oakland Police Commission (“Commission”) and the Community Police Review Agency (“Agency”). The Agency replaces the Citizens’ Police Review Board (the “CPRB”). Measure LL grants the Commission certain powers and duties related to the oversight of the Oakland Police Department (the “OPD”). Measure LL does not authorize the Commission to hold evidentiary hearings in matters related to police discipline. However, it does authorize the Agency to independently (and simultaneously with the OPD’s Internal Affairs Division) investigate certain complaints of police misconduct or failure to act, and to propose the Agency’s own findings and level of discipline.
Oakland  police  LL 
march 2019 by Quercki
Calif. senator calls for audit of Alameda County Sheriff's Office, jail after 2 Investigates report - Story | KTVU
Sheriff Gregory Ahern said he welcomes any audit while the president of the board of supervisors, Richard Valle, expressed concerns about the cost of a full audit to taxpayers.

In a Feb. 15 letter to Valle, Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) noted the 2 Investigates’ reporting in November, which found that at least 29 women have sued the sheriff, alleging abuse and mistreatment, since 2014.
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A female inmate and an Alameda County sheriff's deputy walk outside at Santa Rita Jail. Sheriff Gregory Ahern said “I think we’re the best big jail in the nation.” November 2018

Women sue Santa Rita over humiliating treatment; sheriff says facility is 'best big jail in the nation'

The sheriff has said in the past his department is a target of lawsuits from inmates and attorneys seeking money from the county.

“We can no longer excuse such conduct as an isolated incident,” Skinner wrote. “A strong performance audit will generate crucial evaluative data that can thoroughly assess all the current practices and policies while provide lifesaving recommendations for implementation.”

Skinner also told 2 Investigates she is extremely skeptical of how the sheriff’s money is being spent. As the jail population has decreased significantly, the sheriff’s budget has grown by $144 million in the last decade. The sheriff’s budget this year is just over $440 million.

Skinner’s letter came at the urging of the Ella Baker Human Rights Center in Oakland, where senior organizer Jose Bernal has closely watched the sheriff’s office and the jail.
police  sheriff  Ahern  Nancy_Skinner  California  audit  Ella_Baker_Center  solutions 
march 2019 by Quercki
Prison Culture » A Love Letter to the #NoCopAcademy Organizers from Those of Us on the Freedom side…
Here’s what I know… Rahm and his cronies were hoping to ram through a proposal for a $95 million police “training” academy under the cover of darkness with no community input. A group made up mostly of young Black and brown people decided that this was wrong for a number of reasons. You then spent the better part of 18 months SHOWING people in Chicago and beyond through your actions that the power structure in the city would be in for a titanic fight to resist their plans. How did you do this? You researched their plans and proposals, you learned about zoning laws on the fly, you litigated when you were excluded from public meetings, you mobilized thousands, you engaged in political education, you developed the leadership of hundreds of new young organizers, you truly centered the ideas of young people of color, you conducted participatory action research, and you SHUT SHIT DOWN. Through your actions, people quite literally the world over expressed their solidarity with your fight. They saw themselves as directly implicated in the vision of the world you have so beautifully inhabited all these months. All of these are wins.
police  solution  Urban_Shield  Chicago 
march 2019 by Quercki
Alameda County supervisors vote to to scale back, shift focus of Urban Shield – Oakland North
But the training has long been controversial for teaching law enforcement agents aggressive military tactics rather than de-escalation. Activists consider the training to be a highly-militarized weapons expo that leads to police violence against people in communities of color.

“The committee’s recommendations ultimately reflect what community members, disaster survivors and preparedness experts have voiced for years: that effective disaster preparedness is community-based and centered on de-escalation rather than militarization,” said John Lindsay Poland, a member of the committee, explaining why he believes the training needs to change.

But many first responders and law enforcement officers feel that any changes to Urban Shield would be a loss, diminishing their ability to be prepared for a wide range of emergency scenarios. Hayward Police Captain Will Depledge spoke in favor of the focus on terrorism. “It would be irresponsible to not plan and prepare for when that day comes,” he said.
Urban_Shield  police  emergencypreparedness 
march 2019 by Quercki
Federal Judge Appoints Outside Attorney to Examine Oakland Police Shooting | KQED News
In an unusual decision today, U.S. District Judge William Orrick appointed Edward Swanson, an independent attorney, to re-examine an officer-involved shooting of a homeless man in Oakland last year.

The judge's order indicates that there could be differences ofopinion between the Oakland Police Department and its court-appointed monitor regarding whether or not police officers involved in the shooting violated department policies or the law, and whether any of them should face discipline.

The department has yet to disclose what its final findings are.

On March 11 of last year, Joshua Pawlik, 31, was lying on the ground between two houses in West Oakland when a police officer spotted him. Pawlik was reportedly unconscious and holding a pistol. Several officers surrounded Pawlik and took cover behind an armored vehicle.

When Pawlik woke up, officers repeatedly shouted commands to drop the gun. According to body-camera video released by the OPD eight months after the shooting, Pawlik attempted to lift himself off the ground when four officers opened fire, killing him.
Oakland  police  shoot  kill  sleeping  Joshua_Pawlik  independent  exam  court 
march 2019 by Quercki
California keeps a secret list of criminal cops, but says you can't have it
Their crimes ranged from shoplifting to embezzlement to murder. Some of them molested kids and downloaded child pornography. Others beat their wives, girlfriends or children.

The one thing they had in common: a badge.

Thousands of California law enforcement officers have been convicted of a crime in the past decade, according to records released by a public agency that sets standards for officers in the Golden State.

The revelations are alarming, but the state’s top cop says Californians don’t have a right to see them. In fact, Attorney General Xavier Becerra warned two Berkeley-based reporters that simply possessing this never-before-publicly-released list of convicted cops is a violation of the law.

The California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training — known as POST — provided the information last month in response to routine Public Records Act requests from reporters for the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and its production arm, Investigative Studios.
police  murder  domestic_violence  shoplifting  embezzlement  porn  First_amendment 
february 2019 by Quercki
Rapper Willie Bo shot 25 times in his car by 6 police after falling asleep in Taco Bell drive-thru / Boing Boing
Nold also called into question the officers' version of events in which they said the doors to McCoy's Mercedes-Benz were locked when they first considered retrieving the gun from his lap before he woke up.

Even if the doors were locked, the front passenger's side window was already broken and had a sheet of plastic covering it, which could have been removed, Nold said. Video of McCoy's car being towed in the aftermath from the scene shows plastic over the open window and several bullet holes in the windshield.

His car was in the drive-thru at Taco Bell when he was killed by police.

Six officers "fearing for their safety" opened fire in about four seconds, police said.

NBC News: California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
Vallejo  police  killing  sleep  Black  Willie_McCoy 
february 2019 by Quercki
California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
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California rapper killed in car was shot by police about 25 times, lawyer says
Bullets struck the center of Willie McCoy's face and throat and blew off part of an ear, the family's attorney said, adding that "overkill is an understatement."
Video appears to show police opening fire on Calif. rapper in car
Feb. 14, 201900:54
Feb. 19, 2019, 11:13 AM PST
By Erik Ortiz

A young California man fatally shot by police after they found him unresponsive in his car with a gun in his lap was hit about 25 times — with bullets striking the center of his face and throat and blowing off part of his ear, a lawyer for his family said.

Oakland attorney Melissa Nold, who said she examined the body of Willie McCoy, 20, last week, told NBC News that he also sustained injuries to his shoulders, chest and arm, during the Feb. 9 encounter with six officers.

"Overkill is an understatement," Nold said of his wounds and the number of times he was struck.
Image: Willie McCoy was fatally shot by California police officers on Feb. 9, 2019.
Willie McCoy was fatally shot by California police officers on Feb. 9, 2019.Courtesy of David Harrison

A coroner's report has not been released and Vallejo police have declined to comment further during an active investigation.
police  killing  Valejo  Willie_McCoy  sleep  gun  murder  Willie_Bo 
february 2019 by Quercki
(12) Oakland Now!
Yesterday the independent Oakland Police Commission held its first public hearing on the topic of “Policing in the Homeless Community” at the Taylor Memorial Church. It was awesome! Over 150 community members, more than one half of them from our “curbside communities” came to testify before five sensitive, attentive police commissioners. Also listening and hearing were Council members Fortunato -Bas and McIlheny, as well as staff members from the offices of three other Council members Kaplan, Thao and Gallo.
Members of the Coalition for Police Accountability transported our unsheltered neighbors from many of the city’s seventy (70) encampments to tell of their difficult personal experiences and suggestions for improving policing practices. Volunteer men and women from the Skyline UCC and Plymouth UCC churches made yummy, healthy lunches for all. More volunteers provided professionally supervised child care for any children who accompanied their parent to the event.
Oakland  Police  Commission  homelessness  Measure_LL 
february 2019 by Quercki
After Three Years, Oakland Police Release Body-Camera Video of Demouria Hogg Shooting | East Bay Express
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But the footage still leaves questions about what happened right before he was shot.
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click to enlarge A still from the video shows Oakland police officers trying to pull Demouria Hogg from the car after he's been shot.

A still from the video shows Oakland police officers trying to pull Demouria Hogg from the car after he's been shot.


The Oakland Police Department has released body-camera footage from the officer who shot Demouria Hogg over three years ago. Oakland police released the video in response to a public records request after repeatedly denying and ignoring requests for the video.

Hogg, 30, was found unconscious in his gray BMW 520i at Lake Park Avenue near Lakeshore Avenue on June 6, 2015. A gun was on the passenger seat, so when firefighters found him at about 7:30 a.m., they called Oakland police.

Police shut down the street, which is a highway offramp from Highway 580 near Lake Merritt. It was a Saturday and a weekly farmers’ market was underway nearby.

After officers tried unsuc
Oakland  police  killing  Demouria_Hogg 
february 2019 by Quercki
First batch of Bay Area police misconduct personnel records released under new transparency law - Story | KTVU
Updated: Jan 21 2019 12:17PM PST

OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - For the first time in California history, certain records involving police misconduct are now publicly available because of a new state law, and 2 Investigates is shining a light on the findings throughout the Bay Area.

“This is huge for California, which has been the least transparent of all the states,” said LaDoris Cordell, a retired Santa Clara County judge and San Jose Police Independent Police Auditor

In the first batch of public records released to date, 2 Investigates has found:
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-- The Mountain View Police Department had “no sustained investigations” of its police officers after reviewing personnel records dealing with sexual assault, dishonesty and use of force over the last five years.

-- The Berkeley Police Department also said it had no sustained findings. In addition, city officials said they didn't need to go back retroactively to release records but they were doing so in "good faith." This issue is under dispute with many open records activists including the ACLU.

-- The Vallejo Police Department also found no sustained findings of sexual assault or dishonest by officers in five years. In regards to use of force, police did release the name Officer Zach Jacobsen, who fatally shot 21-year-old Angel Ramos on Jan. 23, 2017. At the time, police said Ramos was allegedly holding a knife and attacking a 16-year-old. However, the department released only his name, saying they would need more time to fulfill the records request.

-- The Emeryville Police Department fired one officer for lying in that time period. And they released the names of the officers stemming from two-high profile shootings on Feb. 3, 2015 at Home Depot where two were injured and the Sept. 27, 2017 fatal shooting along Interstate Highway 80 of a San Leandro man who was wanted for the 2015 death of another man in Fairfield. Full reports on these cases likely won’t be ready until March.
police  misconduct  transparency 
january 2019 by Quercki
San Bernardino will pay $390k to settle suit against cop who arrested 7th graders "to prove a point" / Boing Boing
The county of San Bernardino appealed.

They lost. (9th Circuit Court of Appeals: "Deputy Ortiz faced a room of seven seated, mostly quiet middle school girls, and only generalized allegations of fighting and conflict amongst them. Even accounting for what Deputy Ortiz perceived to be nonresponsiveness to his questioning, the full-scale arrests of all seven students, without further inquiry, was both excessively intrusive in light of the girls’ young ages and not reasonably related to the school’s expressed need.")

Rather than ask the Supreme Court to hear the case, the county has now settled with the children, and will pay $390,000 in compensation to them. As Tim Cushing notes: "The county's decision to fight the district court's ruling doesn't reflect well on it or its legal representation. Somehow the county thought that if it just litigated hard enough, it would somehow talk a court into agreeing law enforcement can arrest people just to 'teach them a lesson' -- even when those 'someones' were teens who committed no crime and posed no safety threat to the school or the idiotic law enforcement officer it had hired."

County Agrees To Pay $390,000 To Students Arrested By A Sheriff 'Just To Prove A Point'
police  misconduct  lawsuit 
december 2018 by Quercki
Wife files suit in Oakland police tasering death of Marcellus Toney | Oakland North
By Miki KatoniPosted December 13, 2018 10:39 am

In the September, 2017, death of Marcellus Toney, there is one thing that is undeniable: He died in police custody after he was hit by a Taser. But exactly why he died and who is liable for his death is still unclear.

“I just hope that some justice comes out of this, that someone is held accountable, even if it’s Marcellus,” said Lamesha Smith, Toney’s wife.

Smith has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) is responsible for his death because officers “used excessive and unnecessary force” against Toney, and so is the City of Oakland, alleging it has failed to properly train and discipline the officers involved in Toney’s death.
Oakland  police  death  taser  killing 
december 2018 by Quercki
Oakland to Pay $60,000 After Police Officer Slapped 14-Year-Old Girl | East Bay Express
According to attorneys for the girl's family, a female police officer had told the girl she could remain in the car with her little brother while police arrested Williams and Singleton and secured the area.

But then officer Anthony Martinelli approached the car and ordered the girl to get out. The girl refused the order. In response, Martinelli grabbed her and pulled her out of the vehicle. Then, according to the girl's attorneys, "while an unidentified officer handcuffed [p]laintiff, [the girl] questioned [Martinelli's] actions. Due to [p]laintiff’s questions and in violation of the First Amendment, [d]efendant Martinelli brutally punched [p]laintiff in the face."

The City of Oakland doesn't dispute that Martinelli pulled the girl out of the vehicle and struck her, but the city's version of events differs in that Martinelli allegedly hit her with an open hand only to grab her attention, not to injure her.
Oakland  police  violence 
december 2018 by Quercki
Florida police chief gets 3 years in prison for framing 3 innocent Black men / Boing Boing
For framing innocent black men, a police chief in Florida will go to prison for three years. Impunity is the norm in America for cases like this, so the conviction is a big deal.

Raimundo Atesiano, the former police chief of Biscayne Park, Florida, stands convicted of directing his officers to frame innocent men in a series of unsolved burglaries. He now admits he was trying to please white community leaders, and manipulate property crimes statistics in the town of 3,000 residents.
Florida  police  prison  liar  fraud  false_accusation  Black 
november 2018 by Quercki
Federal Judge Faults Oakland Police for Not Complying with Key Reforms | East Bay Express
OPD's inspector general is currently auditing use of force incidents that occurred in 2018 to determine why use of force was underreported. The audit is expected to be be completed sometime in January or February.

Bliss added a positive note, saying that among the videos that were reviewed by the independent monitor showing an absence of use of force reports when there should have been reporting, there weren't any incidents that appeared to show improper uses of force, including brutality. Bliss said in some situations officers even showed "extreme patience" with people they were arresting.

Civil rights attorney Jim Chanin showed less patience with the police department in court, however. He questioned why OPD hadn't already finished its audit of use of force incidents in time for the yesterday's hearing given that the city's leaders knew about the problem months ago. Chanin called the underreporting a "massive systemic failure" by the department.
OPD  police  force  monitoring 
november 2018 by Quercki
How rape goes unpunished in AmericaReveal
For example, the Oakland Police Department in California cleared 60 percent of rapes reported in 2016, according to agency data. For every case they resolved through arrest, Oakland police cleared more than three by exceptional means, data provided by the department shows.

Across the country, dozens of law enforcement agencies are making it appear as though they have solved a significant share of their rape cases when they simply have closed them, according to an investigation by Newsy, Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and ProPublica based on data from more than 60 police agencies nationwide.

They are able to declare cases resolved through what’s known as exceptional clearance. Federal guidelines allow police to use the classification when they have enough evidence to make an arrest and know who and where the suspect is, but can’t make an arrest for reasons outside their control.

Although criminal justice experts say the designation is supposed to be used sparingly, our data analysis shows that many departments rely heavily on exceptional clearance, which can make it appear that they are better at solving rape cases than they actually are.

Because exceptional clearance data is not readily accessible to the public, we read through hundreds of police reports and sent more than 100 public records requests to the largest law enforcement agencies in the country. We analyzed data for more than 70,000 rape cases, providing an unprecedented look at how America’s police close them.

Nearly half of the law enforcement agencies that provided records cleared more rapes through exceptional means than by actually arresting a suspect in 2016, the data analysis shows.
rape  police 
november 2018 by Quercki
Oakland Review Agency Exonerates Police Chief Over False Statements Regarding ICE Raid | East Bay Express
According to Oakland's Community Police Review Agency, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick did nothing wrong when she made multiple false and inaccurate statements about an ICE raid that OPD officers assisted in August 2017.

CPRA Executive Director Anthony Finnell closed the case and informed the Oakland Police Commission at its meeting last night about his findings.

But several commissioners expressed frustration with the results because of Finnell's refusal to explain exactly why he cleared Kirkpatrick, despite the existence of video in which the chief made false statements.

Commissioners also questioned why it took a year to complete the investigation.

And in a surprising revelation, Finnell also told police commissioners last night that they're not allowed to look at the contents of CPRA investigative files, even though they're tasked with reviewing cases and approving the CPRA's findings — and determining whether Finnell and his investigators are doing their jobs correctly.
Oakland  Police  Commission  Anne_Kickpatrick  lies  ICE 
november 2018 by Quercki
Oakland Police Commission Abruptly Fires Executive Director of Its Investigative Agency | East Bay Express
with a couple commissioners more so than others, centering around the fundamental issue of whether or not [Finnell] would grant them access to investigative files of complaints they want to see," said Rashidah Grinage, a member of the Coalition for Police Accountability, an activist group that campaigned for creation of the police commission.

But Grinage said it's just speculation as to why Finnell was fired, and that the commission might have and entirely different reason.

The Express was unable to immediately reach Thomas Lloyd Smith, chair of the Oakland Police Commission for comment.

Finnell isn't the first key staff member working under the commission's authority to depart.

Two weeks ago, the commissioners disclosed during their meeting that their legal counsel Meredith Brown had resigned. It's unclear why Brown left the commission, but like Finnell, she had clashed with some of the commissioners on several occasions regarding the commission's legal authority.
Oakland  Police  Commission 
november 2018 by Quercki
Investigators rip Oakland’s handling of police sex scandal - SFGate
The internal affairs investigator in charge of the sexual misconduct case worked with almost no supervision, spoke to the teen just once by phone, gathered no electronic evidence, ignored leads and brushed aside the advice of a deputy city attorney, Swanson and Barron said.

During an interview with the young woman, investigators leading the criminal probe did not stop her from deleting conversations she had with at least six officers on her phone — messages that may have included evidence of illegal acts, the report said.

In the presence of investigators, she “began deleting her messages with officers, covering the names of the individuals but stating they worked for OPD.” After one investigator asked her to stop, she “continued to delete the messages, counting out the officers one by one as she deleted her messages with each. ... Finally, the second investigator changed the subject, and (the teen) turned her focus away from her phone.”

One investigator called the teenager a “whore” while questioning an officer suspected of having sex with her. And one witness recalled that Whent called the case “bull—,” according to the report.

Schaaf and Landreth found out about the sexual misconduct allegations six months after the investigations were opened.

Whent abruptly resigned last June and was succeeded by a merry-go-round of department leaders over the following two weeks. Landreth oversaw the agency for eight months without a chief before Anne Kirkpatrick was sworn in as top cop in February.

The federal judge who has overseen the Police Department and its court-ordered reforms for more than a decade tapped Swanson and Barron to step in after an outside investigator hired by Schaaf to review the case failed to interview any witnesses or issue any findings or reports, even though she and her assistants were paid by the city for their work.

“Despite the fact that the investigation stalled, the City Administrator and the Mayor did not press the investigator to find out whether OPD’s investigation was conducted appropriately, nor did they inquire as to the status of the attorney’s investigation,” the report said.

The report suggests that federal oversight of the Police Department — which has cost the city more than $13 million in the wake of a landmark civil rights settlement stemming from the Riders police-abuse scandal — is not likely to end anytime soon.
Oakland  police  sex  crime  investigation 
october 2018 by Quercki
Fact Check: Is This an Image of Susan B. Anthony Being Beaten by Cops?
The image, however, is not of Susan B. Anthony or from the 1800s. Instead, it was the Daily Mirror’s front page photograph on November 19, 1910, the day after Black Friday when roughly 300 English women, protesting for voting rights, marched to the House of Commons in London.

Some have suggested that the image is of the women’s rights activist Ada Wright; however, the Daily Mirror does not identify the woman and TWS Fact Check could not find solid evidence that Wright is right.

While the image is of a suffragette being accosted by the police, the caption misidentifies the person and date.
women  vote  suffrage  police  violence  England 
october 2018 by Quercki
Dear Tumblr, This is NOT Susan B. Anthony. This... • Obit of the Day
Dear Tumblr,

This is NOT Susan B. Anthony. This is Ada Wright, a British suffragette who was beaten by police on “Black Friday” in 1910.

Ms. Anthony was arrested on November 5, 1872 for voting in the presidential election (straight GOP ticket) and fined $100. She never paid. She was also never beaten or photographed being beaten.

Great stories don’t need to be manufactured if they’re already great.

Thank you….and regardless the fight undertaken by women (1920), African Americans (1865 & 1964), Native Americans (1924), and other underrepresented groups for the right to vote is amazing and should be given recognition.
vote  suffrage  women  woman  beaten  police 
october 2018 by Quercki
Sacramento sheriff tries to oust independent overseer critical of a deputy-involved shooting of a black man | The Sacramento Bee
Braziel said he is not required to withhold his report until after the District Attorney’s is released.

District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert did not respond to requests for comment.

Jim Bueermann, head of the National Police Foundation, of which Braziel is a member, said Braziel did have expertise in use-of-force reviews as well as police policy and procedure.

“He is widely recognized, and by that I mean nationally recognized as a subject-matter expert,” Bueermann said.

Bueermann said Braziel has been involved in high-profile critical incident reviews including in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terrorist attack and the Pulse Nightclub attack in Florida.

Jones further accused Braziel of having personal or political motivations for his findings, insinuating the report may have been a bid to support AB 931, a controversial police use-of-force bill currently being debated by the legislature. Jones suggested the report could be an attempt to funnel state law enforcement training money into de-escalation trainings, tied to Braziel’s role as a member of the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST), which sets law enforcement training standards in the state.
police  killing  report 
august 2018 by Quercki
Boots Riley Slams 'BlacKkKlansman' as "Made Up Story" Softening Realities of Police Brutality | Hollywood Reporter
Riley argued the film included "fabricated" story points because the real-life Stallworth infiltrated a black radical group for three years instead of briefly, as the pic appeared to portray. There, Riley says, "he did what all papers from the FBI's Counter Intelligence Program (Cointelpro) that were found through the freedom of information act tell us he did- sabatoge a Black radical organization whose intent had to do with at the very least fighting racist oppression."

Riley also takes issue with a bombing scene in the movie, the Zimmerman character's Jewish heritage, a scene of a cop expressing racist views at a bar and a scene involving civil rights organizer Kwame Ture, among other points.

Riley added that black Americans face "actual physical attacks and terrorizing due to racism and racist doctrines" mostly from the police on a day-to-day basis. "So for Spike Lee to come out with a movie where a story points [sic] are fabricated in order to make Black cop and his counterparts look like allies in the fight against racism is very disappointing, to put it very mildly," he wrote.

Riley ended the piece with a reference to recent reports that Lee was paid $200,000 in 2016 to work with the NYPD on an ad campaign that attempted to improve relations with minority communities in the city. "Whether it actually is or not, BlacKkKlansman feels like an extension of that ad campaign," Riley wrote.

Riley's film, Sorry to Bother You, is entering its seventh weekend in theaters.
Boots_Riley  BlackKklansman  police  racism 
august 2018 by Quercki
Suspect ID'd in wild Silver Lake Trader Joe's shootout that left store manager dead
A 28-year-old Los Angeles man has been identified as the suspect in a wild car chase and gun battle that left one woman dead and sparked panic inside a Trader Joe’s store in Silver Lake, authorities said Sunday.

Gene Atkins is being held in lieu of $2-million bail on suspicion of murder, according to Officer Drake Madison, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman. Investigators have said Atkins shot his grandmother and kidnapped another woman in South L.A. on Saturday before leading police on a chase that ended near the parking lot of the popular Hyperion Avenue grocery store.

LAPD Chief Michel Moore said it appears the slain woman was wounded as she was exiting the Trader Joe’s during the shootout. It is unclear if the fatal gunshot was fired by Atkins or a police officer, he said. The victim was identified by relatives as Melyda Corado, a manager at the store.

Atkins’ cousin, Charlene Egland, said Atkins had been involved in a feud with his grandmother over his girlfriend’s presence at the home they shared on East 32nd Street in South L.A. Egland said Atkins was raised by his grandmother, who repeatedly cared for him despite prior run-ins with police and sometimes violent arguments that would erupt between the two family members.
Trader_Joes  shooting  Gene_Atkins  police  killing 
august 2018 by Quercki
LAPD searches for surveillance video and witnesses to deadly Trader Joe's shootout
The Trader Joe’s market that was the scene of a deadly shootout and hostage crisis in Silver Lake over the weekend will remain closed until further notice, company officials said.

The store was the final scene in a violent rampage allegedly perpetrated by 28-year-old Gene Atkins, who police said shot his grandmother in the South L.A. home they shared, kidnapped his girlfriend and led officers on a wild chase from Hollywood to the Trader Joe’s market in the span of a few hours Saturday afternoon.

When it was all over, Atkins was in custody and one store employee was dead — killed by gunfire from an unknown shooter. Now police are working to determine if the employee, identified by family members as Melyda Corado, was fatally wounded by the suspect or the Los Angeles Police Department.
Trader_Joes  shooting  police  kill  manager 
august 2018 by Quercki
Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated - The Atlantic
Egyptian Activists' Action Plan: Translated
Alexis C. Madrigal
Jan 27, 2011

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Egyptian activists have been circulating a kind of primer to Friday's planned protest. We were sent the plan by two separate sources and have decided to publish excerpts here, with translations into English. Over Twitter, we connected with a translator, who translated the document with exceptional speed.

What follows are side-by-side translations of nine pages from the 26-page pamphlet. They were translated over the last hour and pasted up in Photoshop to give you an idea of what's in the protest plan. While the plan itself contains specifics about what protesters might do, these excerpts show how one might equip oneself for clashes with riot police. Egyptian security forces have repeatedly beaten protesters as the level of violent repression of demonstrations has ratcheted upwards. For more context on the pamphlet itself, the Guardian UK ran a summary of it earlier today.

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As you'll read, the creators of the pamphlet explicitly asked that the pamphlet not be distributed on Twitter or Facebook, only through email or other contacts. We're publishing this piece of ephemera because we think it's a fascinating part of the historical record of what may end up becoming a very historic day for Egypt.
Egypt  riot  police  resist  Arab_Spring 
august 2018 by Quercki
(60) Nichola Torbett - Okay, I can already hear how this is going to...
Okay, I can already hear how this is going to get spun, so I want to tell you what I saw with my own eyes. The community was gathered in a powerful, deeply felt, peaceful vigil and march in honor of the life of Nia Wilson and in protest of white supremacist violence. Some white supremacists showed up at the edge of the crowd, and the crowd began moving toward them to back them off, away from our folks. They ran, and others gave chase. At that point, I lost sight of them. When I came around the corner a few minutes later, the police had one of the white supremacist in handcuffs, seemingly taking him into protective custody. They also had at least one black man in cuffs. From what I could see, and from what everyone around me was saying, he had done absolutely nothing to warrant arrest. Folks were chanting, 'Let him go." Next thing I knew the street was filling up with police who were donning riot gear. I heard the command for the police to form a scrimmage line and at that point, I thought it best to walk away. I know the headline is going to say that the memorial turned violent. The memorial did NO SUCH THING. Violent people showed up, and the police colluded with them.
20180723  police  BART  death  White  supremacy 
july 2018 by Quercki
Independent Police Commission Wins - Schaaf’s, Parker Overruled
(This) enabling legislation … assures that the staff and the legal adviser will operate under the supervision of the commission and not the city administration,” said Rashidah Grinage of the Coalition for Police Accountability, speaking at the City Council meeting.

The City Council gave final approval this week to an ordinance that will allow the newly formed Police Commission to function independently of the Oakland Police Department and City Hall administrators who work closely with OPD.

The “enabling” ordinance, which passed 6-1 at Tuesday’s council meeting, lays out guidelines for the commission that were not covered in Measure LL, an amendment to the City Charter approved by 83 percent of the voters in 2016.

Voting in favor of regulations that require commission staff to report to the commission and not to the City Administrator and the City Attorney were Councilmembers Larry Reid, Rebecca Kaplan, Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Dan Kalb, Abel Guillén and Noel Gallo. Annie Campbell Washington voted no.

At its first reading at the last council meeting in June, the measure passed over the objection of the City Attorney’s office and a legal consultant hired by the City Attorney.
Oakland  police  commission  citizen  oversight 
july 2018 by Quercki
In “Blindspotting,” Two Artists Go Home to Examine the True Costs of Gentrification – Mother Jones
Layered with gripping monologues and meditations on police brutality, the film confronts race relations in a gentrifying city where police brutality has remained a front-and-center issue for almost a decade. Blindspotting serves as the latest silver screen homage to Oakland, premiering just weeks after Sorry to Bother You, the highly-acclaimed satire by filmmaker Boots Riley, and five years after Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station, which documented the story of Oscar Grant, who was shot and killed by a white BART police officer. The Fruitvale station shooting was an inflection point for rising tensions between the police and communities of color in Oakland, and the duo says it heavily influenced the film.
Oakland  movie  police  violence 
july 2018 by Quercki
A California church flirts with an unusual social experiment: to never call police again
“We can no longer tolerate the trauma inflicted on our communities by policing,” Torbett, a white church volunteer, said in front of churchgoers who held photos of African Americans shot dead by law enforcement. The church, she promised, would never call the cops again in nearly every circumstance. Dozens of members had agreed to do the same.
"How do police help? They often don't," Torbett later said in an interview. "So, especially as white people, why call them?"
As videos of the aftermath of white Americans dialing 911 on African Americans for taking part in innocent activities have repeatedly gone viral — two black friends meeting at a Starbucks, a black grad student napping in a Yale dormitory common room, a black family having a barbecue just blocks from the Oakland congregation — members of this small church are taking extreme measures in response.
They call it “divesting” from police. The church is part of a tiny but growing movement among liberal houses of worship around the nation making similar vows.
police  First_Congo  Oakland  church 
may 2018 by Quercki
(4) Nichola Torbett - Here's the statement I just sent to Fox News,...
It’s important to say that we are not "anti-police" but pro-community. We recognize that police officers are human beings, many of whom joined the police force because they earnestly wanted to serve their communities. However, the role of the institution of policing is to “preserve law and order,” and in this country, the prevailing order that is being preserved is one that serves white people at the expense of people of color, and wealthy white people more than anyone. This is a horrible tragedy that we believe harms police as well as those they could end up harming. We love the human beings who wear police uniforms by working to dismantle the systems of white supremacy, including policing, that hold them and us captive."
police  First_Congo  Oakland 
may 2018 by Quercki
Oakland City Council / Rules for Surveillance Use / 4.26.2018
City Council Rules for Surveillance Use 4.26.2018
SECTION 1. This Ordinance shall be known as the Surveillance and
Community Safety Ordinance.
SECTION 2. Oakland Municipal Code Chapter 9.64, is hereby added
as set forth below (chapter and section numbers are indicated in bold type.
Chapter 9.64 REGULATIONS ON CITY’S ACQUISTION AND USE OF
SURVEILLANCE TECHNOLOGY
9.64.010.

DEFINITIONS. The following definitions apply to this
Chapter.

1. “Annual Surveillance Report” means a written report concerning a specific
surveillance technology that includes all the following:
Oakland  police  surveillance  law 
may 2018 by Quercki
Oakland passes groundbreaking municipal law requiring citizen oversight of local surveillance / Boing Boing
Many people outside of California first became aware of the Oakland Police Department's terrible internal controls during the Occupy movement, when swivel-eyed, pistol waving undercovers vied with the attempted murder of a decorated veteran and vicious, unprovoked shooting of photographers for headlines. After Occupy, there was the official stonewalling and the revelation that the top cop had a policy of ignoring any complaints, queries or messages about Occupy.

In the years since Occupy, there have been unprovoked police killings and cops who raped teens with impunity.

Oakland isn't just a locus of police violence, though: it's also ground zero for some of the most extensive, least transparent urban mass surveillance outside of China, with "fusion centers" and license trackers being deployed without citizen oversight or consent, often in total secrecy.

But Oakland isn't a city that takes this kind of thing lying down. The city, after all, is the birthplace of the Black Panthers, and its tradition of organized resistance has only strengthened in the years since.

Thus it is that the Oakland City Council unanimously passed the city's "Rules for Surveillance", the country's most stringent police surveillance oversight law.
Oakland  police  surveillance  law 
may 2018 by Quercki
US military unveils experimental HERF gun that can immobilize cars, boats / Boing Boing
The Defense Department’s Joint Non-Lethal Weapons Program has demonstrated the Radio Frequency Vehicle Stopper, an experimental "direct energy weapon" that causes car and boats' electronic engine control units to enter into an endless cycle of rebooting, immobilizing the vehicles until the weapon is switched off.

The weapon has a range of 50 meters and weighs 400 pounds, drawing on a 300kw gas-powered turbine for energy.

It's not clear to me whether a defender could deploy a simple countermeasure like a copper mesh casing around the ECU to neutralize this attack.

The jammer works by targeting the car’s engine control unit causing it to reboot over and over, stalling the engine. Like an invisible hand, the microwaves hold the car in place. “Anything that has electronics on it, these high-powered microwaves will affect,” David Law, who leads JNLWD’s technology division, said in March. “As long as the [radio] is on, it holds the vehicle stopped.”
car  stop  police  EMF  auto 
may 2018 by Quercki
Police officer fired for not shooting black suspect wins $175,000 compensation | The Independent
A former police officer who claimed he was fired for not shooting an armed black suspect during a standoff has settled a wrongful termination suit with his former department for $175,000 (£126,000).

“At the end of the day, I’m happy to put this chapter of my life to bed,” said Stephen Mader, 27, in a statement. He was also granted a pledge that his former employer would not prevent him from obtaining a new job in law enforcement elsewhere.

Mr Mader was the first officer to respond to an incident, when he arrived at a home in Weirton, West Virginia, on 6 May 2016, where he found Ronald Williams, 23, distraught and wanting to commit “suicide by cop,” according to his lawsuit. Williams pleaded with Mr Mader to shoot him. However, after determining that Williams did not pose an immediate threat to him or fellow officers, despite holding a gun, he tried to negotiate with him.
police  violence  solution 
april 2018 by Quercki
Step-by-step analysis of what police "de-escalation" looks like / Boing Boing
A man had just killed ten people, and injured many more, by driving into them with a van -- and he was apprehended by a single police officer who never fired a shot.

Today, the New York Times has a detailed, step-by-step reconstruction of how Toronto constable Ken Lam did this. It turns out he executed, nearly perfectly, the de-escalation techniques that Toronto police training has in recent years emphasized -- training designed specifically to prevent the jittery, screaming, confrontational police encounters we've seen too often in the US, which end in dead-and-unarmed suspects.
police  violence  solution 
april 2018 by Quercki
BART offers, then pulls back, promotion of cop in fatal Oakland shooting - San Francisco Chronicle
The BART Police Department promoted an officer who fatally shot a man in January near the West Oakland Station, selecting him for a mentoring role amid an investigation into whether the shooting followed state law and agency policy, records show.

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But the promotion of Joseph Mateu to field training officer, announced Monday by BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas, was put on hold Wednesday after The Chronicle called the agency to ask about it, according to internal bulletins.

Wednesday’s bulletin, marked as an “addendum” and “correction” to the earlier one, said the selection process for new field training officers “has not yet been finalized.
BART  police  shooting  2018 
march 2018 by Quercki
Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Oakland near MacArthur BART - YouTube
Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Oakland near MacArthur BART
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Oakland police shot and killed a man Sunday near the MacArthur BART station, which began as a call to the fire department for a man down in the street.

Police say the man they shot at a home in the 900 block of 4th Street had a gun-- and refused commands to drop it.

KTVU’s cameras were rolling as at least one officer fired multiple rounds and other officers took cover behind a tactical vehicle
Oakland  police  murder  20180311 
march 2018 by Quercki
Shocking allegations leveled against East Bay police chief
KENSINGTON — In an explosive federal lawsuit two Kensington residents have alleged years of abuse by police in this affluent, unincorporated town, including a charge that the current police chief once asked for a child abuse complaint to be dropped “as a personal favor” and then placed a gun on a table and told the father, “this can end one of two ways.”

The father who had claimed child abuse, Fadi Saba, interpreted Chief Ricky Hull’s action as a threat on his life, the suit claims. Saba and his wife, Chih Lin, filed the suit last month, naming the town of Kensington and several officers as defendants.

The suit — only the latest round of allegations that have been leveled at Kensington officers in recent years — claims that over the next several years Saba was subjected to various forms of retaliation that ranged from feeding him marijuana-laced brownies to forcing a trespasser to sign a false statement saying Saba robbed him, leading to his arrest on false pretenses.
police  abuse  Kensington 
march 2018 by Quercki
Cop charged with assault after beating "jaywalking" pedestrian / Boing Boing
Leaked footage of a police officer repeatedly punching a pedestrian led to charges for Christopher Hickman, the Asheville, NC cop who also lost his job after the attack on August 24 last year. Hickman claimed that Johnnie Jermaine Rush was jaywalking and had assaulted him when challenged, but bodycam video showed a more sinister incident in which Hickman, who is white, told his black victim "you are going to get fucked up hard core", chokes him, repeatedly strikes his head with his fist, then tases him.

"I beat the shit out of his head," Hickman says on the recording. "Not gonna lie about that."

The police chief, Tammy Hooper, has also offered to resign.
police  violence  Asheville_NC  Christopher_Hickman 
march 2018 by Quercki
North Carolina police officer faces charges after beating, choking and tasing suspected jaywalker - CNN
(CNN)A western North Carolina police officer who resigned after a body camera video shows him hitting and using a Taser on a man suspected of jaywalking will face preliminary charges of assault, the Buncombe County District Attorney's Office said Thursday.

Senior Police Officer Christopher Hickman, 31, was removed from patrol duty a day after the incident last August and resigned from the Asheville Police Department in January, the same day he was to be terminated, according to a timeline of the case released by the Asheville City Council.
On Thursday, a judge issued a warrant for Hickman's arrest on one count each of assault by strangulation, assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats.

Christopher Hickman was removed from patrol duty a day after the incident last summer.
Asheville Mayor Esther Manheimer said Hickman has been taken into custody. It is unclear whether Hickman has an attorney.
police  violence  Christopher_Hickman  Asheville_NC 
march 2018 by Quercki
A Look at Guns Sold by Police That Ended up at Crime Scenes | Oregon News | US News
A Look at Guns Sold by Police That Ended up at Crime Scenes
An Associated Press review has found more than a dozen firearms sold by police in Washington state since 2010 ended up as evidence in new police investigations.
guns  police  crime 
february 2018 by Quercki
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