The videos depicting security officers forcibly dragging an elderly United Airlines passenger in Chicago have drawn outrage that is both widespread and entirely justified. Most of the resulting news coverage has focused, correctly, on United’s tone-deaf response and the larger question of how much power airlines wield…
Donald Trump met Thursday with county sheriffs from around the nation, where he took the opportunity to assure everyone he’s tough on crime, pro-building that wall, and loves casual, party-time revenge.
The “Blue Lives Matter” law passed in Louisiana last year—under which violence against cops was officially classified as a hate crime—also applies to resisting arrest, according to a state police chief.
On Friday, the United States Army Corps of Engineers threatened Dakota Access Pipeline protestors with arrest should they fail to vacate their camps by December 5, citing public safety concerns as their motivation.
A billboard company in Oklahoma has removed a billboard bought by a conservative media outlet, which speculated that former cop and convicted serial rapist Daniel Holtzclaw is innocent. Holtzclaw has given yet another interview from prison about this development, one of several he’s been able to give from behind bars, …
Daniel Holtzclaw is serving 263 years in prison for the serial rapes he committed against black women as an Oklahoma City police officer. Because the devil always needs more advocates, conservative media outlet CRTV has put up a billboard blocks from where many of the attacks were reported promoting their new…
Kerry Washington is working behind the camera on a non-Scandal drama about the LAPD as part of her recent development deal with ABC.
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…