Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cop's 'Friendly' Sentence Sums Up The Police Abuse Epidemic

"“Can you tell me why I’m being arrested?” Hamza Jeylani asks an officer in a video captured on his cell phone.

“Because I feel like arresting you,” the officer, who the American Civil Liberties Union identifies as Officer Rod Webber, replies in the short video.

This exchange happens after Webber calmly threatens Jeylani, who does not appear to be offering any resistance whatsoever. “Plain and simple,” Webber tells Jeylani, “if you fuck with me I’m going to break your legs before you even get a chance to run.”

According to the ACLU, Jeylani and four of his friends — all of whom are black teenagers — were pulled over after making a U-turn in a parking lot in South Minneapolis. The four young men had been playing basketball at a YMCA. Despite Officer Webber’s statement that Jeylani was arrested because the cop felt like arresting him, the police claim that they suspected the four youth of stealing the car they were driving."

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Police Beat Old Woman Caught On Cop Body Camera


 Sheila Chester, 59, of Evansville, IN, was sitting in her car when another driver sideswiped her. In what should've been a simple case of an exchange of insurance information when the officer arrived quickly escalated into a case of police brutality on Chester's behalf.

Chester allegedly provided an outdated insurance card to the officer and recited the name that she goes by rather than the name that's on her driver's license. When she attempted to give the officer multiple other documents -- that still didn't include a current insurance card -- the officer yelled at her to return to her vehicle while he wrote her a ticket. Chester questioned the ticket -- rather loudly -- and things went downhill.

The officer opened his door, hitting Chester in the mouth. He pushed her, tasered her, and tried to cuff her. Four more officers arrived on the scene.

The officer also threw Chester onto the ground and knelt on her neck. Another officer wiped mud on her back.

Witnesses say the officer tasered Chester up to six times. Chester was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting law enforcement. Police claim justifiable force based on the body cam video.

COP Chains INNOCENT Black Man To Wall, BEATS Him, GOUGES Eyes After REFU...

Milwaukee, WI — In August of 2013 former detective Rodolfo Gomez savagely beat Deron Love during an interrogation. He was chained to the wall.

Was Freddie Gray Killed Because He Offended Police?

Freddie Gray's death at the hands of Baltimore Police has caused a storm of controversy over the prosecution of six officers is discussed with retired LAPD Cheryl Dorsey. The reasons that the death was preventable and the police were culpable and responsible for the death of Gray is illuminated, as she explains how police probably let their personal feelings get in the way of their civic duty, and sparked further national outrage over police brutality, in this excerpt from Media Mayhem, hosted by Allison Hope Weiner.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Delaware officer kicking a black suspect Lateef Dickerson in the face on...

Another video of another black man’s violent arrest has made its way online. The Dover Police Department on Thursday released video of a Delaware officer kicking a black suspect in the face after a federal judge ruled it was no longer considered confidential, authorities said in a statement that accompanied the YouTube video. The officer, Thomas Webster IV, was charged Monday for second-degree assault for the arrest, which took place on Aug. 24, 2013. The shocking footage has become yet another example of police violence against black men captured on tape.