Police Have Shot 123 Mentally Ill or Distraught People So Far in 2015

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… » 6/30/15 8:30pm Yesterday 8:30pm

What Michelle Cusseaux's Death Says About Arizona's Mental Health Crisis

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At the time of Michelle Cusseaux’s death, she was 50, lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and suffered from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and depression. On August 14, 2014, Cusseaux grew agitated when a cab didn’t show up to take her to the hospital; just a week earlier, she’d filed a grievance on previous transportation… » 5/21/15 2:15pm 5/21/15 2:15pm

Miami Beach Police Sent So, So Many Racist, Sexist Emails

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… » 5/18/15 12:30pm 5/18/15 12:30pm

Remember That One Wedding That Was Actually a Huge Drug Sting?

If there’s ever a reason to not show up to a wedding, it’s the risk of being arrested. So if you’re planning a wedding and want to invite some of your favorite drug dealers, you should probably just send the save-the-date to someone else. After the Shiawasse County fake wedding in 1990, it’s unlikely they’re going to… » 5/14/15 7:10pm 5/14/15 7:10pm

The 'Accidental' Death of Natasha McKenna, Killed in Police Restraints

For unknown reasons—just kidding, I’ve got a guess or two—Natasha McKenna’s violent and senseless death in police custody hasn’t gotten much national attention in the months since she (a 5’2” woman, weighing 130 pounds) was taken from her Fairfax County jail cell to be transported to Alexandria, Virginia: a process… » 5/11/15 2:00pm 5/11/15 2:00pm

State Police Conclude Report on Martese Johnson's Arrest [Updated]

In March, 20-year-old University of Virginia student Martese Johnson was arrested and brutalized by white Alcohol and Beverage Control agents on the main drag of bars near campus. Last week, the Virginia state police completed their investigation on Johnson’s arrest, as ordered by Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.* » 5/05/15 2:20pm 5/05/15 2:20pm

Video: US Marshal Rushes Woman Filming Him, Breaks, Kicks Camera

Last week in South Gate, California, Beatriz Paez was out for a walk when she saw a group of US marshals arresting a group of bikers on the sidewalk. She pulled out her cellphone to record the incident. Paez told The Los Angeles Times that once the marshals became aware of her smartphone they tried to block her view,… » 5/04/15 11:20am 5/04/15 11:20am

Silly Capitol Police Officers Keep Forgetting Their Guns in Bathrooms

Capitol Police officers seem to have a habit of forgetting their guns whenever they take a leak. Several incidents have occurred in the past few months with Glocks being left out in the open by absent-minded security. In January, a Glock and its magazine were found jammed in a toilet seat cover holder at the Capitol… » 5/03/15 3:45pm 5/03/15 3:45pm

Cop Who Killed Rekia Boyd Out of 'Fear' Found Not Guilty on All Counts

Dante Servin, the Chicago police detective who was off-duty on the March 2012 night that he shot and killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd with an unregistered firearm, was cleared on Monday of all charges. Servin fired over his shoulder, from his car, with a 9mm semi-automatic, into an alley where Boyd and her friends were… » 4/21/15 10:10am 4/21/15 10:10am

Chris Rock is a Black Man Who Keeps Getting Pulled Over By the Cops

American Black man Chris Rock has been pulled over by the police 3 times in 2 months. (that averages out to 1.5 times a month you math nerds!) And he’s taking it sitting down. Literally! He’s photographing himself each time he gets pulled over. Look, see. The first time Rock writes “Just got pulled over by the cops… » 4/02/15 9:50am 4/02/15 9:50am

Cop vs. Kid: Watch RTJ's Video for 'Close Your Eyes (& Count to Fuck)'

Run the Jewels just released a chilling political allegory of a video for their standout track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)," which features Rage Against the Machine's Zack de la Rocha on the hook and the last verse. Shot in black and white, the video is black versus white: a cop and a kid, fighting and… » 3/26/15 12:20pm 3/26/15 12:20pm

Police Chained Martese Johnson's Feet the Night of His Arrest

Since news of third-year UVA student Martese Johnson's brutal and unjustifiably violent arrest came in a week ago, there have been some important updates to the story: first and most importantly, that 20-year-old Johnson was not attempting to use a fake ID, as earlier, unconfirmed reports (and my earlier blog… » 3/25/15 10:30am 3/25/15 10:30am

Here's Video of Martese Johnson's Arrest and a Statement from UVA

Following up on the story of Martese Johnson's violent arrest at the University of Virginia, the Cavalier Daily has obtained a partial video of the incident, credited to Bryan Beaubrun. It begins after the altercation between Johnson and the Alcohol and Beverage Control agents, when Johnson is already on the ground;… » 3/18/15 6:05pm 3/18/15 6:05pm