Police Brutality

Politics • American • US
DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
DOJ labels NYC, Portland and Seattle "Anarchist Jurisdiction", moves to cut federal funding
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The United States Department of Justice has declared New York City, Portland and Seattle "anarchist jurisdictions" as all three cities "have permitted violence and destruction of property to persist and have refused to undertake reasonable measures to counteract criminal activities." This move comes after President Trump signed a memo that threatened to defund Democratic-led cities he deemed "lawless".

Designated cities face potential financial consequences and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's office is preparing to sue in case of funding cuts.

Politics • American • US
Jacob Blake releases video message from hospital bed
Jacob Blake releases video message from hospital bed
Credit: @money_mike_la via Instagram; @AttorneyCrump via Twitter (Screenshot)

Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot seven times by a Kenosha police officer, released a video message from his hospital bed. The video was posted by @money_mike_la on Instagram and shared publicly by Ben Crump, Blake's attorney, on Twitter.

"I just wanna say [...] there's a lot more life to live out there. Your life, and not only just your life, your legs – something that you need to move around and forward in life – can be taken from you like this, man," he said snapping his fingers.

"Twenty-four hours, every 24 hours it's pain, it's nothing but pain. It hurts to breathe, it hurts to sleep, it hurts to move from side-to-side, it hurts to eat," Blake continues. "Please, I'm telling you, change your lives out there. We can stick together, make some money, make everything easier for our people out there, man, because there's so much time that's been wasted."

Politics • American • US
Officers involved in death of Daniel Prude suspended
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP Credit: Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP (Reproduction)

The seven police officers, who were involved in the March arrest of Black man Daniel Prude, have been suspended. Prude was pinned to the ground, put in a "spit hood" and later died of "complications of asphyxia in the setting of physical restraint."

"I am suspending the officers in question today against council's advice, and I urge the attorney general to complete her investigation. Daniel Prude was failed by our police department, our mental healthcare system, our society and, he was failed by me," so Rochester's mayor Lovely Warren, who said that systemic racism led to Prude's death.

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Daniel Prude died of asphyxiation in March after police used "spit hood", footage shows
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP
Still of the police body camera footage by Roth and Roth LLP Credit: Rochester Police via Roth and Roth LLP via AP (Reproduction)

41-year-old Black man Daniel Prude had died of asphyxiation in March after police in Rochester, NY put a so-called "spit hood" over his head and pressed his face into the ground for over three minutes, body camera footage and documents released by Prude's family reveal.

Prude's brother Joe called the police on March, 23 to get help for his brother who was suffering from "an acute, manic, psychotic episode." Prude, who was naked, became agitated but complied with police. The officers handcuffed Prude and put a "spit hood" over his head, as Prude had been spitting at the officers they later told investigators.

In the footage, Prude can be heard yelling "You're trying to kill me!", while officers held down his head for over three minutes. Prude was unresponsive when paramedics arrived and was given CPR at the scene. One officer can be heard saying "he feels pretty cold."

Prude was taken to a hospital where he was taken off life support a week later.

According to the New York state's attorney general an investigation is under way.

Politics • American • US
Trump's Kenosha Visit: President doesn't address systemic racism

When asked whether systemic racism is a problem in the United States during his trip to Kenosha on Tuesday, President Trump refused to answer the question directly and instead focussed on "violence we've seen in Portland and here and other places."

"The fact is that we've seen tremendous violence and we will put it out very, very quickly if given the chance," so Trump.

Addressing whether there is a need for structural change to the law enforcement, he said: "Well I think the people are calling for structural change. And then you take the people of Kenosha that aren't here and that you won't see and that aren't protesting, but they want change also. They want to see law and order. That's the change they want. They want the police to be police."

"They want people that are going to keep them safe, where their houses aren't broken into. Where they're not raped and murdered. That's what they want. And they're protesters, too, but they don't walk down the street... so, you know, just the way it is," he added.

Politics • American • US
Trump feels "terribly for anybody who goes through that", when asked about Jacob Blake's family
President Trump Travels to Wisconsin, Sep 1, 2020
President Trump Travels to Wisconsin, Sep 1, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

During President Trump's visit to Kenosha, he addressed the family of Jacob Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by a police officer.

"I feel terribly for anybody that goes through that. As you know, it's under investigation," Trump said. "I hope they come up with the right answer. It's a complicated subject, to be honest with you. But I feel terribly for anybody who has to go through -- and I didn't get to speak to the mother, I hear she's a fine woman. I hear from the pastor, a really fine woman. But you can see when I spoke with the pastors, I see exactly what it is and they understand where I am. And if we can help we're going to help but it is a question. It's under investigation. A lot of things happened with that and other things, frankly, that we're looking at very, very closely."

Politics • American • US
Mayor says it would be better if Trump postponed Kenosha visit

After the White House announced Trump would visit Kenosha on Tuesday to survey the damage caused by last week's protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake, Mayor John Antaramian (D) said: "from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time."

"All presidents are always welcome and campaign issues are always going on. But it would have been, I think, better had he waited to have for another time to come." Antaramian added.

Antaramian further stated that the city supports peaceful protests and that the people had "every right to protest," and added that "our biggest problem really did come from people coming from outside the area and causing a great deal of damage and destruction."

Technology • Internet & Web
Mark Zuckerberg says Kenosha Guard rulings were ‘an operational mistake’
Mark Zuckerberg says Kenosha Guard rulings were ‘an operational mistake’
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In a companywide meeting on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg addressed the recent shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, both in a seven-minute public address and in a heated series of questions from employees.

In the wake of the shooting, Facebook has been criticized for allowing self-proclaimed militia groups to organize on the platform, including a group called the Kenosha Guard, which had solicited armed attendees for an event on the night of the protest. Several Facebook users reported the event as likely to result in violence in the hours before the shooting, only to be told by Facebook moderators that the group and event were not violating Facebook policy.

“It was largely an operational mistake,” Zuckerberg said. “It’s because the team that enforces our policy against dangerous organizations is a specialized team that is trained to look for symbolism and innuendo ... and understand the details of how certain militias and conspiracy networks operate. The contractors and reviewers who the initial complaints were funneled to didn’t pick this up. On second review, doing it more sensitively, the team responsible for dangerous organizations recognized that this violated the policies and we took it down.”

Politics • American • US
Kenosha shooting leaves 2 dead, 1 injured during Jacob Blake protests

Two people have died, and another person was seriously injured in a shooting after protests erupted into violence for a third night in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

A 17-year-old Illinois resident connected to the shooting was taken into custody Wednesday morning, according to police in Antioch, Illinois.

Jacob Blake's shooting by police in Kenosha on Sunday has ignited fresh protests against police brutality and racial injustice in a number of cities across the country

Sports • Basketball
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
Black Lives Matter: Milwaukee Bucks decided to boycott game 5 against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake
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The Milwaukee Bucks boycotted Wednesday NBA playoff game five against Orlando Magic to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake was shot seven times by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and is paralysed.

Bucks player George Hill told The Undefeated: "We're tired of the killings and the injustice."

Some NBA players didn't want to resume the season after Minneapolis police killed George Floyd. They decided to play, but with most players kneeling during the National Anthem and wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts during pregame warmups.

Politics • American • South America
Chilean special forces commander arrested over blinding of a student during protest
Gustavo Gatica, with sunglasses and a cane, in a demonstration in March, 2020
Gustavo Gatica, with sunglasses and a cane, in a demonstration in March, 2020 Credit: BarbyBox (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0)

Claudio Crespo, Chilean police special Special Forces commander, was detained early Friday over the blinding of the student Gustavo Gatica during protests in November 2019.
The psychology student Gatica, was blinded in both eyes by police rubber bullets during the protests against the government of President Sebastian Piñera.
Crespo, known as "G3", was discharged last June for manipulating the images recorded by his GoPro camera.

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125 human rights abuses during BLM protests by US law enforcement, says Amnesty International
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020.
Black Lives Matter Protest in DC, 5/31/2020. Credit: unsplash.com/Koshu Kunii

According to a press release by Amnesty International, US law enforcement committed at least 125 incidents of police violence against "protestors, medics, journalists and legal observers in 40 states and D.C." during the Black Lives Matter protests in May and June.

The NGO further stated that US law enforcement "repeatedly used physical force, chemical irritants such as tear gas and pepper spray, and kinetic impact projectiles as a first resort tactic against peaceful protestors rather than as a response to any sort of actual threat or violence." Amnesty recorded 89 cases of use of tear gas, six incidents of the use of batons, 13 instances of the use of rubber bullets and 31 cases of unlawful pepper spray.

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George Floyd said "I can't breathe" over 20 times, body camera transcription shows
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota
Screenshot of Police Body Camera Footage, filed in District Court State of Minnesota Credit: Screenshot via NYTimes' Transcript Copy

On Wednesday, the transcript of former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane's body camera footage detailing the last minutes of George Floyd's life was made public. George Floyd told the police officers over 20 times that he can't breathe, crying out "Mama, I love you. I can't do nothing," and "Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead."

Derek Chauvin, the police officer who pressed his knee onto Floyd's neck for over 8 minutes, told Floyd at one point to "stop talking, stop yelling, it takes a heck of a lot of oxygen to talk."

The transcripts were released as part of a motion filed by Lane's attorney Earl Gray who seeks to have Lane's charges of aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death dismissed.

Politics • European • Germany
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Stuttgart: Investigation after racist WhatsApp voice message by police officer
Credit: Christian Wiediger

After the riots in Stuttgart, a voice message with racist content by a police officer appeared on social networks. The official describes the events in Stuttgart city center and draws a direct parallel to refugee policy and migrants. The police have confirmed the authenticity and have initiated an internal investigation against a known police officer.

Politics • Asian • India
India: Father and son die in police custody over alleged torture

J. Jayaraj, 58, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31 have died in police custody after being arrested on June 19. The police had detained the father and son over the accusation that they kept their store open past permitted hours during the reimposed Covid-19 lockdown in the southern state Tamail Nadu. Their family has filed written complaints about alleged abuse by the police and stated that both suffered from rectal bleeding. Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami of Tamil Nadu has stated that two policemen have been suspended and that the case would be transferred to the federal agency the Central Bureau of Investigation.

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1 dead and 1 injured during Breonna Taylor protests in Louisville
"Say Their Names" sign at a BLM protests in D.C.
"Say Their Names" sign at a BLM protests in D.C. Credit: unsplash.com/Clay Banks

One man was killed and another person was injured during a peaceful protest in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday night. Protestors had gathered at Jefferson Square Park to demand justice for Breonna Taylor when a man fired over a dozen shots at the protestors. The park was cleared and closed by police so homicide detectives can conduct their investigation to identify the people involved with the shooting.

In a statement on Facebook, Louisville mayor Greg Fischer wrote he was "deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered."

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"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
"George Floyd" police reform bill passed by the House of the United States
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The United States House of Representatives, in which the Democratic party has a majority, has passed a police reform bill named after George Floyd. The chamber voted 236-181 in favor of the bill, but Donald Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation. If the legislation would be put into law, police officers could be held personally liable for lawsuits, ban no-knock warrants and stop the cash flow of the military surplus towards the police. The Republicans in the senate are also presenting a reform bill, though the senate one is far less reaching.

Politics • American • US
Trump says he has authorised Feds to "arrest anyone who vandalizes" Federal property
Donald Trump at the South Lawn of the White House on June 5, 2020
Donald Trump at the South Lawn of the White House on June 5, 2020 Credit: The White House from Washington, DC / Public domain

Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he has "authorised" the Federal Government to "arrest anyone who vandalizes or destroys any monument, statue or other such Federal property in the U.S."

He further added that the "action is taken effective immediately" and that the offense would be punishable with "up to 10 years in prison."

This move comes after protestors have taken down Confederate statues and monuments while protesting against systemic racism and police brutality.

Politics • American • US
Officer involved in Breonna Taylor shooting to be fired by Louisville police
Det. Brett Hankison
Det. Brett Hankison Credit: Louisville Metro Police Department

Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, will be fired, Mayor Greg Fischer announced at a press conference Friday morning.

Politics • American • US
Police officer charged with murder in shooting of Rayshard Brooks

Garrett Rolfe, the police officer who shot Rayshard Brooks three times at a Wendy's parking lot in Atlanta on June 12, was charged with felony murder. After Brooks, a 27-year-old black American man, was shot in the back twice, Rolfe said: "I got him".

Devin Brosnan, the second officer who was at the scene, was charged with aggravated assault and has agreed to be a state's witness. He has been put on administrative duty.