Hollywood, FL — Jaydon Stubbs, a 15-year old from South Florida, said police brutally arrested him because they were suspicious of him while he was riding his bike with his friends in the street. He said one officer used his police car to hit the bike he was riding, and another even stunned him with a taser!According to police, they spotted Stubbs with four of his friends while riding their bikes near the Publix in Young Circle, where they said recent burglaries happened frequently. The teens were allegedly ignoring traffic laws but when an officer tried to pull them over, they fled separately.
Stubbs said that as the officers chased them, he ended up alone going down an alley. That was when he said police tried to run him over, causing significant damage to the back of his bike.
“When he hit my bike, I fell sideways. So my bike went sideways because my whole wheel just got destroyed,” Stubbs told Local 10 News. “I was coming from this way. I was riding my bike. As soon as I got right here, the police car sped up and it hit my back tire and I fell sideways.”
He got back up and kept running because he said, “if he hit me with his truck, Lord knows what else he would do.”
When officers caught up to him, things escalated again.
“Three or four other police officers came and jumped on my back, put their knees on my back and, as one of the cops is putting me in handcuffs, another cop ran up and tasered me in my upper shoulder,” Stubbs said.
Stubbs’ mother, Ramona Miller, said that although she doesn’t condone her son’s actions, she couldn’t blame him either.
“(With) what’s going on in the world today with these young black boys and the cops, you can’t blame the children for being afraid of the police,” Miller said.
Miller claimed the police went way too far in arresting her son. She said the police report did not include why the officers thought the using a taser on Stubbs was needed or any other details about his actual arrest aside from that he was taken to the hospital after the incident. Police claimed it is because the report was still under review.
Moreover, Stubb’s mother has filed a complaint with the Hollywood Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit, citing excessive use of force.
Toledo, OH — Alan Gaston, a Lucas County Sheriff’s Deputy who is Black, was completely shocked when Seth Eklund, a security guard who is white, confronted him and pointed a gun at him. Gaston was wearing his police uniform at the time and was armed, and Eklund even tried to arrest him when Gaston tried to leave.Here’s what happend: Gaston was on duty when he reportedly went to the Toledo Internal Revenue Service office to ask about a letter he received. A surveillance video proved that he was dressed in full sheriff’s office uniform with his gun and badge clearly visible.
Suddenly, Eklund confronted him and told him that he could not enter the office with his gun, and encouraged him to leave it in his car. Gaston said he couldn’t do that since he was still on duty so he decided to just leave the office.
While Gaston was walking out, Eklund followed him until the elevator with his gun pointed at his back, the surveillance video shows.
“[I was] basically preparing myself to be shot at that moment. Bracing for a shot in my back,” Gaston told the Daily Mail. “There’s really no way to know how you’re going to act when there’s a gun pointed at you and when you think you’re going to lose your life.”
Before Gaston could even enter the elevator, Eklund tried to grab his arm to take him into custody. Someone in the office noticed the commotion and called 911 but failed to mention that the man with a gun was actually a uniformed deputy officer.
When the responding police officers arrived, Eklund can be heard saying, “He’s got a gun and he won’t leave.”
Eklund has since been charged with aggravated menacing and is expected to appear in court in a future date.
Meanwhile, Gaston, who has been on medical leave after the incident, filed a lawsuit against Eklund seeking compensation and claiming that the
At least nine people who were arrested by a Dallas police officer who was eventually accused of murdering a man in his own home have had their cases dismissed, according to a new report. The development could be damning for Amber Guyger, the now-former cop who was indicted for breaking into the home of Botham Shem Jean before shooting him to death.
All of the dismissed cases originated before Guyger killed Botham Jean, a 26-year-old native of St. Lucia who was simply home watching TV when the off-duty officer illegally entered and killed him under the implausible excuse that she thought he was burglarizing her own apartment. Citing court documents, the Dallas News reported that “Dallas County prosecutors in one case wrote that they were seeking the dismissal because the fired officer was ‘indicted for murdering an innocent man in his own home.’”
If prosecutors were going so far as to dismiss cases that Guyger brought in, that could indicate how strongly they feel their case against the former cop is. The implication was that prosecutors were so confident they can secure Guyger’s conviction that they were already getting ahead of any potential wrongful arrest lawsuits that could be initiated once the former cop is found guilty.
Guyger’s defense attorneys, on the other hand, may not be nearly as confident as their prosecutorial counterparts of their latest move was any indication. Her murder trial was initially slated to begin in August before it was pushed back until late September, more than a year after Guyger killed Jean.
There were also reports that Guyger, who has been out on bail since her indictment in December, may have violated the terms of her conditional release by living her best life and vacationing on a Caribbean cruise, which was subpoenaed for its records last month. In addition to possibly showing Guyger violated her bail, the subpoena could allow prosecutors to portray her as a carefree vacationer following what appeared to be a cold-blooded murder of an innocent man.
There is also the testimony from an eyewitness who recorded video just moments after the shooting, showing Guyger talking on her phone and the paramedics removing Jean’s body. Guyger’s lawyers were scrambling to keep her from the witness stand.
Guyger, herself, has also taken painstaking measures to show her purported innocence, including getting a complete makeover in an apparent play for sympathy from the judge during a court appearance in January.
Still, the apparent evidence is seemingly overwhelmingly not in Guyger’s favor.
On Sept. 6, Guyger said that following a long day on the job as a Dallas police officer, she implausibly mistook his apartment for her own and, after ordering Jean not to move, shot him twice before realizing the error of her ways. Her story was met with doubt because of a number of factors, especially her assertion that Jean’s door was ajar. Videos posted on social media by neighbors appeared to show that apartment doors in the building shut automatically, which seemed to indicate that Guyger was lying.
In addition to the inconsistencies in her alibis, which have changed several times, Dallas police, of which Guyger was a member for five years before being fired, appeared to be helping to cover up the shooting for their colleague. The department was accused of allowing Guyger enough time to scrub her social media accounts and get her story straight before turning herself in three days after killing Jean. It also gave Guyger enough time to move out of her apartment, which was never searched by police despite five warrants allowing them to do so.
Murder charges against a police officer are notoriously hard to prosecute. There are roughly 1,000 police shootings every year in the United States, but officers seldom face justice. According to CNN, only 80 cops were arrested on murder or manslaughter charges for on-duty shootings between 2005 and April 2017. However, only 35 percent of those arrests led to convictions in that 12-year period.
A Black corrections employee has settled her lawsuit with Multnomah County, Oregon for $100,000, following complaints about stress and racial harassment that she endured over a coworker’s “Blue Lives Matter” flag, and after she put up an “equity” wall herself.
Karimah Guion-Pledgure, who was a corrections technician with the county Department of Community Justice up until Friday, agreed to resign from her job as part of the settlement, although she will be able to reapply for other positions, her attorney Ashlee Albies told CNN.
Guion-Pledgure filed the lawsuit in January 2019, but noted that she and other Black coworkers had complained about a probation officer hanging the “Blue Lives Matter” flag in the workplace when it first went up in 2017.
In the lawsuit, Guion-Pledgure argued that the Blue Lives Matter flag “co-opts” the Black Lives Matter movement’s well-known slogan and “repurposes it to shift focus to law enforcement — a chosen profession, not a racial identity — and thus denigrates, dilutes, and demeans the purpose of the Black Lives Matter movement.”
The complaint notes that Guion-Pledgure went to supervisors in late 2017 and early 2018 to complain about the flag, and also took it up to the Multnomah County chief operating officer in 2018.
By July 2018, Guion-Pledgure decided to build an “equity wall” in her workplace, showing photos of people of color killed by police in the U.S., as well as immigrant children separated from their parents at the border as a result of Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
That same month, Guion-Pledgure took leave due to health issues that she said was a result of the harassment she faced. The lawsuit initially sought $20,000 in lost wages and $400,000 for emotional distress and suffering, CNN notes.
As part of the settlement, Guion-Pledgure will have to file a motion to dismiss the lawsuit, at which point the settlement will be filed with Multnomah County Circuit Court.
The first sentence of this story should read: “A Virginia police officer is under fire after he was captured on video insinuating that he can’t wait to subject a group of black middle school children to the horrors of the criminal justice system.”
But that would not be true.
In fact, the Richmond, Va., police officer-turned macabre soothsayer is most assuredly not under fire. The second paragraph of a story like this would usually reveal the officer’s name and explain how the police department disciplined the obviously biased officer, but don’t worry, the officer is perfectly fine. He is protected. Absolutely nothing has changed.Outstream Video00:0000:00
According to NBC News, the Richmond Police Department launched an internal investigation after 13-year-old Cameron Hillard, a student at Albert Hill Middle School in Richmond, Va., shared a clip of a police officer yelling out his cruiser window to a group of students.
In the video posted to Facebook, the students are walking to an afterschool activity when the cop, whom the Richmond Police Department confirmed was white, pulled up in front of the students.
“Someone said a curse word … like ‘F-the police.’” Cameron said. “It wasn’t me and my friends but he didn’t know who said it so he asked who said it.
“Even if we did say that, that’s our choice of words,” someone apparently smarter than the unnamed cop says in the video. Another person says “Yes sir,” which prompts the officer to reveal his hopes and dreams to the teens.
“Wait till your asses turn 18,” yells the officer. “Then you’re mine!”
And then, having fulfilled his civic duty of protecting and serving, he drove off.
In a statement, Richmond Police Interim Chief William C. Smith apologized to the students and said that the department launched an internal investigation into the incident after they were made aware of the video. When law enforcement officials concluded the investigation, they punished the officer harshly by assigning him to another part of the city and … well, that’s it.
“His actions do not reflect the values, training, or policies of the department,” said Smith of the officer whose name was withheld. “While these facts don’t minimize the incident, they do give you the totality of the person.”
Of course they don’t. There are a lot of things we don’t know about the anonymous ass-claimer. No one knows if he wears boxers or briefs. The short video also does not indicate whether or not he likes Brussels sprouts. Perhaps he was playing an augmented reality game on his phone, attempting to catch the elusive and rare Negro Pokemon.
However, the footage does show that there’s an officer who works for the Richmond Police Department who can barely wait for the day when he can subject black children to his ill intent. Of course, it is possible that the policeman was only referring to those specific children, in which case, it totally makes sense to just send him to the other side of town. Richmond is only 48.2 percent black, so I’m sure no other children are in danger.
On a positive note, the officer finally answered a question that has gone unanswered for decades.
Now we know: A dream deferred does not dry up like a raisin in the sun. Neither does it fester like a sore—and then run. However, it does stink like rotten meat … But only until our children black asses turns 18.
Unless, of course, someone like this officer in the Richmond Police Department with a gun, badge and the full authority of the law just “can’t wait.”
Detroit, MI — The family of Aiyana Stanley-Jones, a 7-year old girl shot and killed by a Detroit police officer, has received an $8.25 million settlement almost 9 years after the tragic incident. The settlement was finalized just days prior to the scheduled civil trial.On an early Sunday morning of May 2010, Aiyana was sleeping on a couch beside her grandmother, Mertilla Jones, when police officers suddenly entered the home in search for a murder suspect. The raid apparently went wrong as Aiyana got shot in the head after a short altercation between her grandmother and officer Joseph Weekley.
The officer claimed what happened was an accident and his gun discharged as he was struggling with Aiyana’s grandmother.
The incident was captured by a film crew for The First 48, a documentary series that shows real-life scenes in a homicide investigation. It was reportedly used as evidence in the lengthy investigation and two trials in connection to Aiyana’s death.
Weekley was subsequently charged with involuntary manslaughter, which was dismissed during the second trial in 2014. He was even allowed to return to the police force in 2015.
Geoffrey Fieger, the family’s lawyer, confirmed the settlement could help the family move on but it “won’t provide full justice. The only full justice would be to bring Aiyana back and I can’t do that.”
Meanwhile, Detroit Corporation Counsel Lawrence Garcia said in a statement, “Aiyana’s death was a tragic loss for her family and has been a heavy burden on our community. We believe today’s settlement is fair because it balances the needs of Aiyana’s family and our responsibility for the city’s finances. We hope this resolution will provide everyone involved with a measure of closure.”
This what i was talking about on ME TV these cops are becoming criminals and they are back by there captain and politicians that is trying to produce a new kind of environment for black people. An environment where poor blacks are being targeted in the hood by the people that should be protecting them.
There certain hot spots that is Hugh and those hot spot places like Baltimore,New York,Stl,Texas , Florida, and a few other place where law enforcement is being unleash on there civilians.
Personally i think , that this country need a task force that over see the cops. We do not need internal affairs we need a special task force in every state that over see’s the police department as well as the state police . I think the federal government should create and organization that have personal contact with the civilians they are trying to protect. I think they should create and organization that sole mission is to protect civilians from Law enforcement and when i say Law Enforcement i mean all Law enforcement including the FBI.
Now if they can do that then the civilians can have some kind of peace of mind where help from Law Enforcement is a phone call away. We need and organization that do not call themselves police or officers or cops to have no confusing titles that can be related to Law Enforcement . We need a organization sole purpose is to keep the police and the courts honest
This wrongful raid of black people’s homes is a National past time with the cops.How cops are making mistakes like this is putting the fear of God in the black community!! You think as long as you don’t brake the law in this country you do not have to deal with crazy crap like this ,but you do!!!
Stuff like this is only felt by the criminals of our race. Stuff like this should never happen to law bidden citizens. Things like this get around and put people on red alert of the cops.
This kind of thing happen to me and my family also, the police raided my house and pointing guns at my brothers head it was crazy. The worst part is they had rookies up in our apartment sweeting bullets while swing a gun to all my family members and friends.
In my opinion this is a physiological attack on the innocent population of our people that have jobs and carrier’s and real lives ,that, that you are not safe anymore !!! We have been given the go to treat you like any other criminal in your race. We are blend you the criminal and you the law bidding citizen as one, What this is is for you to slowly except this as the norm for you.And don’t you dare ask for a search warrant because your not really a citizen of this country and i do not need to show you anything,arrest her/him!!!
Black people will probably say we was born in this country but according to white people black people are not citizens and they was never was suppose to be citizens of this great nation. They are even in the process of getting rid of Natural birth citizenship because they are preparing to get rid of there original slaves in this country.Right now, it applies to the Mexican and the scam when they first get here illegally they have alot of kids so they can become citizens.
When they get rid of natural birth citizenship they will point that to African American and there right ot be a citizen of this great country. And that is how African American will be stripped of there citizenship and deported like the Mexican. Or keep you here and treat you like invaders
The New York Police Department is reportedly investigating claims that a Brooklyn officer performed oral sex on her sergeant and captured the whole thing on her body camera. Citing police sources, the New York Post reports that the officer and her sergeant were on a recent “midnight tour in East New York’s 75th Precinct” when they started performing the sex act in the police car. The female officer reportedly tucked her body camera into her vest, assuming that it was turned off—but the audio recording on the camera is said to have caught both the act and the officer “gushing to her lover” about it as it was being performed. In a statement, NYPD said the “claims are under review” and sources told the newspaper internal investigators were still trying to obtain the audio. None of the officers were identified by name, and both cops remain on full duty.
A Columbus Police officer named Andrew Mitchell who is 55 years old, Been on the force about 30 years and a veteran of the Ohio Police Department, was arrested by the FED”s on Monday.Department of Justice said that Mitchell kidnapped serval women under the banner of arrest before forcing them to have sex with him in exchange for them to be set free.
Mitchell, who was place on desk duty in september after being under the investigation for the fatal shooting of a 23 year old Donna Castle Berry, a mother of two Mitchell in the process of shooting Mis Castleberry manage to stab her to death with unissues to the police like a knife
Report say that Castleberry had a knife as well so the cop did not have the knife he took it away from his attacker.
Maine: I thought before you get into a police cruiser they are suppose to frisk you that is standard before you are hand cuffed for a crime . These cops now a days are let criminals in there car with out a pat down or hand cuffs that is very dangerous on there side of things. Unless the cops in Columbus want something to happen!!!!!
Reports also says that this cops rental properties have been link to over 600 calls to police since 2013 His arrest was first reported by WBNS.
Maine: What kind of cop is this ? To have over over 600 hundred calls to your properties it smells of domestic violence and the police covered it up for some reason. Totally unprofessional if you ask me!!! Why was this man on the force for so long if this many calls was link to his properties?
Mitchell , was a detective assigned to a vice unit in march of 2017 after joining the force in 1988,Mitchell have’s extra police protection since being place on leave.He was indicted last week on three counts of depriving individuals of their civil rights under the flag of law and two counts of witness tampering.along with a single charge of obstruction of justice.His indictments was made public Monday.
According to WBNS, Mitchell have arrested at least 200 women over the last two years while he was a detective for the city’s Vice Unit.A woman came out and said she was charged after refusing to have sex with him. He also lied while being questioned by FBI.
The FBI got personal and asked Mitchell did he have sex with prostitutes and he lied to the FBI
Maine: This man is sick i do not know how he have a job any where much less the Columbus Police Department!!! And i question him on the killing of Donna Castleberry. You mean this woman was in your car , you did not frisk her or put hand cuffs on her before you put her in the car with you? On top of that Donna Castlebery manage to hide a knife to kill a police officer ,really? Something is extremely fishy here!!!
Of hundreds of arrests,Mitchell victimizes at least three women, Trading sex for there freedom.
As the district atorney process for a grand jury at this trial Donna family is in pain said Bobbi McCalla, Donna’s sister. “It will be seven if it goes into April since my sister was killed. I think we are due answers.”
“It’s been hell,” said Donna’s mother Michelle Dalton. “It’s still sad, it’s still really sad.
FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — Members
of the National Action Network said they won’t give up until justice is
served in an investigation involving allegations of excessive force by
two Florence County deputies as they were arresting a man earlier this
month in Florence.
group held a news conference Wednesday outside the Florence County
Sheriff’s Office. They held signs saying, “No Justice No peace.” The
group is advocating for 34-year-old Tyler Fleming.
Fleming said he was assaulted by two deputies at a store two weeks ago on East Palmetto Street in Florence.
people said they witnessed the entire incident and can’t understand why
deputies had Fleming pinned to the ground in what appeared to be a
choke hold while in handcuffs.
Fleming said all he did was ask a deputy for a ride to Mullins.
James Johnson with the National Action Network said he is upset that
the two witnesses haven’t been interviewed by an investigator assigned
to look into the allegations. James said he is also very upset the two
deputies involved in the incident are still working and haven’t been
placed on suspension pending the outcome of the investigation.
two witnesses, along with several others, expressed their frustrations
with the investigation. The group is asking to meet with Florence County
Sheriff Kenney Boone about their concerns.
“We tried to meet with
him. To communicate with him by phone. He refused to call my office
back. This led me to believe that he don’t want to resolve this problem.
And I want to send a strong message to him that choking Mr. Tyler will
not go away. Not one bit. So, I would like to sit down and talk with Mr.
Kenney Boone about the two officers,” said Johnson.
Sheriff Boone said a special investigator was assigned to the case from the day the allegations surfaced.
a statement, Boone said, “While being detained for further questioning,
the subject refused to follow reasonable verbal instructions and
resisted officer’s attempts to properly detain him, forcing the officer
to take the subject to the ground. “
Fleming is being represented by attorney Cheveron T. Scott.
said, “Tyler is in good spirits and looks forward to his day in court
on these criminal charges but more importantly, he would like to do
whatever he can to make sure that this does not happen to another human
DeSoto police officers accused of brutalizing a family
after a 911 call last August either did not activate their body cameras
or wear them during some of the most heated moments, according to
police officials and footage obtained by The Dallas Morning News.
The lapses ran afoul of the Dallas suburb’s policies
requiring officers to wear cameras and keep them running during most
encounters with the public, police chief Joseph Costa acknowledged in an
His confirmation comes after The News
obtained the officers’ body camera footage through Texas’ open records
law and compared it to a dashcam video released last year. Since that
time, the chief had maintained his officers did nothing wrong.
The Dallas County district attorney’s office, meanwhile,
will be investigating the family’s allegations of brutality, a
spokeswoman told The News. The decision was made last week following a meeting with the family.
The dashcam captured six DeSoto officers responding to the home of
Sammie Anderson on Aug. 7 after she asked a friend to call for help in
breaking up an argument between her two oldest sons. The caller
suggested someone was wielding a weapon, but by the time police arrived
the dispute was over. Police tackled Anderson and Tased one of her adult
sons, who had already complied with orders to lie on the ground and
appeared to be no threat.
Because the dashcam footage was shot
from a distance, it was difficult to identify which of the five officers
surrounding the man Tased him, and how many times, among other details.
By syncing footage from the separate videos, The News
found that three officers’ cameras were dark during the Tasing. The
department’s policy says officers should activate their cameras before
arriving at scenes.
A fourth cop’s camera caught only blurry images. A
fifth’s was too far away. And a sixth officer at the scene didn’t wear
one, Costa said.
Warning: this video includes images of
violence and strong language. It has been edited for length and clarity
and to remove personal information such as birth dates
A dispute over one dog humping another prompted a woman to call the police on a black man in Massachusetts, according to dog owner Franklin Baxley.
In an interview with HuffPost on Friday, Baxley said he took his pitbull Dusse and his nephew’s dog to Attleboro Dog Park, where a woman called the police to report him because his dog was humping hers. An officer eventually arrived, but no citation was issued.
Baxley, a former attorney, posted several videos of the incident to Facebook on Thursday, where it has drawn nearly 1 million views. In the videos, the woman says into a cellphone that she is being “verbally assaulted” and later accuses Baxley’s dog of assaulting her dog.
“You’ve heard of Barbecue Becky ― because this is the newest one here,” he says to the camera as the woman appears to be on the phone with police.
While defending his dog’s behavior, Baxley tells the woman, “I’ve seen every single dog hump another dog here.”
“Your dog keeps humping my dog and assaults,” the woman can be heard saying in another video.
“I asked you to leave because your dog was humping my dog. That’s the rules,” she says later after an officer arrives.
A third woman can be seen in the video telling Baxley his dog is behaving “inappropriately.” Baxley also continues filming the woman, who tells him to get away from her.
Meanwhile, the three dogs continue to play with each other with no apparent issues as both owners follow them.
The videos have sparked a furor online. Critics of the woman have nicknamed her Dog Park Diane.
This is the latest case in an ongoing phenomenon of white people calling 911 to report on people of color who are doing ordinary things, including having a picnic, entering their apartments or babysitting.
Baxley said he let his two dogs out of his car to play inside the gated dog park, which at that time had no dogs inside, while he watched from his car. Later, the blond woman entered the park, prompting him to leave his car to be with his dogs. As the dogs greeted the woman’s dog, sniffing each other’s rear ends, Baxley said Dusse humped the woman’s dog, which made the woman “visibly frustrated.”
Baxley said he told his dog to stop and apologized to the woman. Then the woman asked Baxley to leave the park, a request that Baxley declined.
“She immediately says, ‘I’m going to call the police,’” Baxley told HuffPost. “She turned her back to me and picks up the phone and starts calling the police.”
Baxley said he believes the woman called the police because she was uncomfortable that he was black. He continued to film the woman and criticize her for making a big deal out of dogs humping at a dog park.
“If I were white, I don’t think she’d call the police to gain any sort of advantage in this minor dispute about dogs humping at a park,” he told HuffPost.
A law enforcement officer later appeared at the park and told Baxley that he couldn’t leave his vehicle’s engine running, which was a “motor vehicle citation.” The officer also told Baxley that he shouldn’t have stood next to the woman to explain his dog’s behavior because that “could be considered an assault … even if you don’t touch the person.”
The Attleboro Police Department did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.
Baxley said he believed the woman was being racist and accused her of using the police as a “weapon” against him because he is black.
“The way my anxiety is set up, I feel threatened whenever I’m confronted by the police,” Baxley said, referring to a comedian’s joke that he can relate to as a black man.
“I don’t think it’s unreasonable for a black man in America to feel uncomfortable around police officers given the current state of affairs in this country,” he added.
Many argue that police still aren’t being held accountable for unnecessary violence and prejudice against black men. Baxley said this could be seen in the way the officer approached him.
“This is the America we live in, and it’s sad,” he told HuffPost. “It’s sad that this woman felt her first response to a conflict with a black man was to call the police when it’s completely minor and there is no crime being committed.”
Neither woman in the video has been identified, though Baxley said the brunette woman may have been a volunteer for the dog park.
Many are comparing Pedro Gonzaga in Brazil to Eric Garner.
The killing of a Black teenager in Brazil, which has a long history of police violence against Afro-Brazilians, sparked a movement to protect Black lives. This comes against the backdrop of a new law-and-order Brazilian president coming to power with an anti-Black agenda.
Demonstrators rallied in five major cities in Brazil after the death on Feb. 14 of 19-year-old Pedro Gonzaga whom a supermarket security guard choked—fueling a Black Lives Matter movement, the Guardian reported.
It’s unclear exactly what led to the confrontation. The security guard reportedly used a sleeper hold on Gonzaga, who died of a heart attack at a hospital. A video showed at least one bystander pleading with the security guard to stop. “He is suffocating him,” a woman is heard saying on a video of the incident. Gonzaga was taken unconscious to the hospital.
Parallels to Eric Garner, the unarmed African-American man who died after a New York City cop used a chokehold to arrest him, were widely noted by the demonstrators.
“There has never been a Black Lives Matter [movement] in Brazil to compare to the United States, but this year I think it will happen more often because the black community is more and more united,” Rene Silva, a protest organizer in Rio, said.
In July 2018, Amnesty International, a global human rights organization, noted that police killings of Black youths in Brazil continue 25 years after the infamous Candelária massacre, in which eight young boys were killed by off-duty police officers in Rio de Janeiro. The incident sparked international outrage, yet little has changed more than two decades later.
“The struggle to protect Black Brazilian youths from police violence and deliver justice for the victims of the past remains as vital and relevant as ever,” Amnesty International said.
Unfortunately, things seem unlikely to change any time soon. In January, far-right politicianJair Bolsonaro, who was once on trial for racism, was sworn in as Brazil’s president. He has a long history of making hateful comments about women, the LGBT community and Afro-Brazilians.
The apparently cozy relationship between an Oregon police lieutenant and the leader of a right-wing group has renewed unanswered questions about the infiltration of police departments by white supremacists.
On Tuesday, the Portland Police Commanding Officers Association filed a grievance against city officials for violating a contract provision that bars them from publicly reprimanding police supervisors, OregonLive.com reported.
Mayor Ted Wheeler called for an investigation last week into hundreds of text messages exchanged between Portland Police Lt. Jeffrey Niiya and Joey Gibson, the leader of the far-right group Patriot Prayer, which has organized violent demonstrations in the city.
Wheeler said he was disturbed by what he learned after reading an expose published by Willamette Week on Feb. 14. “Community members have long expressed concerns about police bias during demonstrations. Incidents like this contribute to the distrust that so many people have about the Portland Police Bureau,” he said in a statement.
Historically, police departments were an instrument to enforce segregation and other racist policies. It’s no wonder that the FBI has warned about ongoing relationships between white supremacists and police departments
In October 2006, the FBI published a report titled “White Supremacist Infiltration of Law Enforcement,” in which the agency discussed the threat of white supremacist groups permeating police departments to hamper investigations and to recruit like-minded officers. It’s unclear whether police officials ever heeded the warning, PBS.org said a decade after the report was issued.
There is a lot of history at the root of the alliance between white supremacy and law enforcement. As part of its program to address racially biased law enforcement, the District of Columbia’s police department has sent officers to the African American History Museum to learn about that history.
“People who were supposed to serve and protect had played in the enforcement of discriminatory, racist and unjust policies and laws,” Police Chief Peter Newsham said standing outside the African American History Museum when the program was announced in 2018. “The museum includes very honest and poignant stories of the role that policing played in some of the historical injustices in our country.”
In Portland, Niiya’s texts and emails with Gibson show him sometimes telling Gibson about the movements of counter-protesters, going so far as to tell Gibson if officers would be on foot or bike at protests.
“It is imperative for law enforcement to remain objective and professional, and in my opinion, these text messages appear to cross several boundaries,” the mayor said.
Sgt. Gregg Lewis was fired last year for reportedly making several racist comments to his precinct in Portland, Oregon. Lewis’ comments were not publicly shared until this week when his termination letter was released by the Portland mayor’s office.
Lewis told about 20 other cops during a roll call meeting on Feb. 12, 2017, that if they come across a black homeless person to “just shoot them,” according to many meeting participants who were quoted in the letter obtained by Oregon Live.
Lewis made the remarks during a meeting with fellow officers in which he was leading a presentation about an officer’s authority to handle an intoxicated citizen who is in a private parking garage. Multiple officers who were in the room reported Lewis the next day, and many of their accounts are cited in the termination letter.
According to one account, the room went silent after Lewis’ comment. There was some nervous laughter in the room and another officer said “Oh my god!” Lewis reportedly “laughed, threw his hands in the air and said, ‘Fuck it. What do I care?’”
The reports made by several officers were all slightly different. One officer recalled Lewis saying, “Go out and shoot black people,” while another remembered him saying the remark with slight variations: “If they’re black and homeless shoot them or kill them.”
Earlier in the presentation, Lewis reportedly told officers to “be smart” about whom they chose to “detox” in parking garages.
“If you come across a guy in a suit and tie that came downtown and had a little too much to drink … he’s probably not the guy you want to detox straight out of the garage. He will most likely sue you,” Lewis said, according to the accounts cited in his termination letter, which is dated Jan. 12, 2018. “If it’s a homeless guy, you will probably be safe. I doubt he’s going to sue you.”
Lewis made the comments just days after an unarmed black teenager named Quanice Hayes was shot and killed in Portland by fellow police officer Andrew Hearst. Police mistook Hayes for a suspect in an armed robbery and Hearst shot him three times. Hearst told a grand jury that he saw Hayes had a gun and he was protecting himself. It was later revealed that Hayes had a toy gun, which the cops only found after Hayes was shot dead. Hearst was cleared of any wrongdoing.
In response to the complaints against him, Lewis told investigators that he has a “habit of sometimes being a little sarcastic,” according to the letter, and he does not discriminate against people based on their race. He also apologized and admitted that he now realizes his comments are inappropriate.
“This person sworn to protect us made clear that he views certain types of people expendable in our society. I thank his fellow officers for reporting this heinous comment and elevating it as a punishable offense,” she said. “What Mr. Lewis said makes my stomach turn.”
Lewis, who has been with the Portland Police since 1991 and briefly retired for a month in 2016, was fired in early February 2018, a year after his initial comments. His remarks are only being made public now because the police union filed a grievance that could possibly overturn Lewis’ firing, discussion of which spurred the mayor to comply with an open records request.
Since city officials believe there is a good chance Lewis’ firing could be overturned, they have proposed a settlement that would give Lewis back pay of about $100,000 and consider him to be retired. Under this settlement, he would also receive pension throughout retirement.
Commissioner Amanda Fritz said in a Wednesday council chambers meeting that she felt “personally ill” with the terms of the settlement, but her highest priority is to ensure Lewis never serves as a police officer again.Subscribe to the Black Voices email.Amplifying black voices through news that matters.
“The most important thing is to get rid of this person on the police force, and to make absolutely certain he can never wear the officers, the police officer’s uniform, never carry a Portland police gun, never be out in our community, and this settlement is the only way we can make sure this happens,” she said.
Commissioner Chloe Eudaly added in the same meeting: “None of us are happy with this outcome. This is an imperfect solution made within a flawed system.”
Two St. Louis cops was playing with there guns while on duty. With all the crazy crap that is going on in law enforcement this story is the prime example why black people as a whole is calling for the disbandment of law enforcement.
During this time one officer shot the other dead now this cop is up on charges/ There was three cops in the room two was off duty and one was visiting the cops that was off duty. The officer that was off duty was pleading with the two that was playing with there gun to stop joking around with your fire arm. But the two cops did not heed to the cop and one of the officers shot the other.
What in the world is going on with the cops these days they getting more and more irresponsible by the year. These people should have none better to play with there fire arm knowing they was trained to handle a weapon.
After this story and many more how can you look at police the same way. How you know when you are stopped by these so called professionals that they want play another game like target practice with your life?
Now iam not saying all cops are this careless but you have to admit they are getting bizarre on how and what they calling a professional now a days. I think the police need to beef up there qualification on being a cop. Like psychical evaluation need to be implemented in the recruiting test,for real!!!
Not saying all cops but cops in general are becoming a danger to the public and now themselves