Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf announced today that she’d fired the police department’s interim chief after just four days on the job. The department is currently being rocked by a sex scandal in which more than a dozen officers are suspected of regularly having sex with a teenage girl.
The documentary Do Not Resist, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, takes a look at the startling military tactics used by cops in America. Among the grimmest revelations in the film is a comment from a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, who says he was told to put more black people in prison.
Jane O’Meara Sanders—social worker, academic, wife of Bernie—took a trip yesterday to see the infamous “tent city” jail where Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has somehow been allowed to house inmates since 1993. Arpaio says he gave her a tour; Sanders says the sheriff “showed up unexpectedly” while she was there…
Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, who’s called for better enforcement of laws against online harassment, says someone called police Sunday night to falsely report an active shooter at her home. Clark told the Boston Globe that officers descended on her front lawn, some armed with long guns.
Earlier this week, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections removed former cop and convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw from their online system. His mugshot, offense information, and where he’s in custody were deleted, with a DOC spokesperson telling a local news station it was a “security matter.” He has also, as a…
In a case of real life imitating an episode of The Golden Girls, a uniformed police officer was mistaken for a stripper when he found a group of women celebrating a 50th birthday inside of a social club in Wiltshire, England.
On Thursday morning, Austin police attempted to stop a young woman jogging near the University of Texas campus after she crossed against the light. The young woman, who had headphones on, did not hear the police as they yelled at her to stop, so they reacted in the most measured of ways. Texas Monthly reports:
Ben Fields, the officer caught on tape snatching a black 16-year-old student from her desk and body-slamming her at Spring Valley High School in South Carolina, has been fired.
After a widely disseminated video of a school resource officer pulling a student out of her desk and tossing her like a rag doll at South Carolina’s Spring Valley High School, the F.B.I. and U.S. Justice Department are opening an investigation into the incident.
In the above video, now making the rounds on social media, a school resource officer at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, confronts and then brutally manhandles a female student. Via WISTV:
The pinkwashing Olympics have their new champion: the police department of Greenfield, Massachusetts announced on Facebook that for the month of October, they’ll be using pink handcuffs. Officers will also sport pins reading “Arrest Breast Cancer.” Because there’s no problem you can’t solve that way.
A vitally important new analysis from the Washington Post found that one-quarter of the people shot dead by police this year—123 out of 461—were mentally ill or emotionally distraught. The Post found, too, that more than half of the killings involved police agencies whose officers weren’t properly trained in dealing…
19-year-old Bronx resident Natalie Erlich was awarded $45,000 last week after her case against NYPD officer Jose Peinan settled out of court, the New York Post reports.
Miami Beach Police Chief Daniel Oates told reporters on Thursday that 16 officers in his department sent “hundreds” of racist, sexist, pornographic emails, which could jeopardize the criminal cases they’re witnesses in and also just looks terrible. The emails spanned about a two-year period and involved two…
Rape Aggression Defense, or R.A.D., as it brands itself, is one of the most widely offered women's self-defense programs in the country. R.A.D. was developed by a police officer, and is ubiquitous at colleges and universities; it's taught primarily by law enforcement personnel, making it a pretty accurate reflection…
A Philadelphia area cop with a history of stalking was arrested for shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend on Monday.
Fox News is at it again as Justice with Judge Jeanine host Jeanine Pirro says the American public needs to learn how to better deal with police, instead of the other way around. Because between Mike Brown, Eric Garner and Akai Gurley, it's wild how many civilians are fatally shooting cops these days.
In the aftermath of the prominent non-indictments of two white police officers who indisputably killed unarmed black men (and the murder of a 12-year-old boy by a cop who didn't even try to perform first aid after shooting him), you might think that police departments would have the good sense not to pop off on social…
In response to a Staten Island grand jury deciding that a video of Officer Daniel Pantaleo choking Eric Garner to death wasn't enough to pursue criminal charges on Wednesday, the New York Police Department is in damage control mode. Too bad their social media blitz is run by an tone deaf woman with the worst job ever.
On July 1, New Orleans resident Maria Treme woke up with bruises, next to a brand of personal lubricant she'd never seen before. Her car was gone, as was any memory of anything that had happened the night prior.