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Justice Department to Track Police Brutality

This one is badly needed, A centralized database clearing up the fog around Police actions…

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Justice Department Will Track Police Killings And Use Of Force

Promising information that is more standardized and complete than has previously been available, Attorney General Loretta Lynch says the Department of Justice will collect data on the police use of deadly force in the line of duty.

Lynch’s announcement amplifies a statement by FBI Director James Comey at the end of September, when he told a congressional panel that the bureau is in the process of setting up a database that can track police killings and other use of force during interactions with the public.

The Justice Department plans to have a pilot program collecting data in early 2017.

“Accurate and comprehensive data on the use of force by law enforcement is essential to an informed and productive discussion about community-police relations,” Lynch said today. “The initiatives we are announcing today are vital efforts toward increasing transparency and building trust between law enforcement and the communities we serve.”

In addition to collecting data, the FBI’s pilot program will study the methodology used to collect that information. The agency’s announcement of the pilot program also calls for public comment — “from all interested parties, including local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement, civil rights organizations and other community stakeholders.”

A lack of a national database became a sticking point in recent years, particularly after a string of high-profile cases in which unarmed black men died at the hands of police. Attempts to fill that void have included the website Fatal Encounters, as well as aWashington Post database that tracks how many people are shot and killed by police. So far in 2016, the Post reports that law enforcement officers have killed 754 people.

According to the FBI, “The pilot study participants are expected to include the largest law enforcement agencies, as well as the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Drug Enforcement Administration and U.S. Marshals Service.”

The push for collecting such data has also brought legislative action. From the Justice Department announcement:

“In 2014, Congress passed the Death in Custody Reporting Act (DCRA), which required states and federal law enforcement agencies to submit data to the department about civilians who died during interactions with law enforcement or in their custody (whether resulting from use of force or some other manner of death, such as suicide or natural causes) and authorized the Attorney General to impose a financial penalty on non-compliant states.”

Noting that the law doesn’t require the collection of nonlethal force, the Justice Department says it will also work to amass that data.

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Posted by on October 13, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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Sacramento – Another Cop Murder of a Black Man

Sacramento Cops again…This time they try and run down Joseph Mann, before jumping out of their Patrol Car and shooting him 12 times…

Dashcam police video shows ‘execution’ of California black man: lawyer

Two Sacramento police officers heard on a dashboard-camera video discussing how they might run down a fleeing black man with their patrol car before killing him in a burst of gunfire should be charged with murder, a lawyer for his family said on Monday.

Attorney John Burris said in a phone interview the dashcam video released by the city last week strongly suggested the officers who shot Joseph Mann more than a dozen times on July 11 had already made up their minds to harm him before getting out of their squad car and opening fire.

Sacramento police have said two officers were responding to emergency calls in California’s capital city about a man armed with a gun and a knife, although Mann, 51, was later found to have only a knife.

Burris and family members contend that Mann was mentally ill and disconnected from reality at the time.

“It is as much of an execution as I’ve ever seen in a police case, and there should be ramifications for that,” Burris told a news conference where he called for murder charges to be filed in the case.

The dashcam audio-video tape surfaced around the time of two other fatal police shootings of black men in California – one in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon last Tuesday and one in Los Angeles on Saturday – that triggered a weekend of protests in both communities. [nL2N1C91JX]

Burris, who has already filed a civil rights lawsuit over the Mann shooting, said he also sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch calling for a federal probe of the case.

In the dashcam video obtained by the Sacramento Bee newspaper, which enhanced the audio, the patrol car can be seen driving toward Mann as he fled on foot. One officer is heard saying: “I’m going to hit him,” and the partner responds: “Go for it.”

The video twice shows the patrol car veering toward Mann, who appears to run to dodge the vehicle.

Out of full view of the camera, the two policemen, John Tennis and Randy Lazoya, exit the vehicle before fatally shooting Mann, Sacramento City Attorney Jim Sanchez said in a phone interview.

Burris said the two officers are white, but Sanchez declined to give their race.

The Sacramento County district attorney is conducting a criminal review of the shooting.

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Posted by on October 4, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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United Nations – Police Killings in US are Modern Day Lynchings

Tell it like it is…

Police Killings of Black Men Are the Modern-Day Lynchings: UN

There are over four times as many police killings a year as the worst years in lynchings and executions.

Police killings of Black people in the United States are reminiscent of lynchings and the government must do far more to protect them, a United Nations working group says in a report that will be debated at the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.

The hard-hitting criticism—drawing a comparison between modern police behavior and mob killings of Black people in the 19th and 20th centuries—comes at a time of renewed racial tension in the United States.

This week Charlotte, North Carolina, saw street riots over the shooting of a Black man, Keith Lamont Scott, by a Black police officer. On Friday, a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed Black man turned herself into authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

“Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching,” said the report by the U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent.

Most lynching victims died by hanging. A 2015 report by a non-profit organization, the Equal Justice Initiative, said 3,959 Black people were killed in “racial terror lynchings” in a dozen southern states between 1877 and 1950.

“In particular, the legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent,” said the report. “Impunity for state violence has resulted in the current human rights crisis and must be addressed as a matter of urgency.”

Police killings go unpunished because initial investigations are usually conducted by the police department where the alleged perpetrator works because prosecutors have wide discretion over presenting charges and because the use of force is not subject to international standards, the experts’ group said.

They recommended the United States create a reliable national system to track killings and excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, and end racial profiling, which is “a rampant practice and seriously damages the trust between African-Americans and law enforcement officials.”

To improve race relations, education should be “accompanied by acts of reconciliation” to overcome bigotry and past injustices, while federal and state laws should recognize the negative impact of enslavement and racial injustice, the report added.

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Posted by on September 24, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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The Baltimore Cops are at it again. Man calls 911 for a Ambulance to take him to the Hospital; because he is sick and disoriented.

Baltimore Cops show up and beat the man to death.

Baltimore man dies after being beaten by cops following 911 call to take him to the hospital


Tawon Boyd via Facebook

A 21-year-old man, who was beaten by police after they responded to a 911 call requesting medical assistance for him, died in a Baltimore area hospital on Wednesday, reports the Guardian.

Tawon Boyd was pronounced dead after doctors failed to revive him following his encounter with the police where he was allegedly punched multiple times and choked by an officer.

According to initial reports from the Baltimore County Police Department, officers responded to a 911 emergency call from Boyd’s girlfriend Deona Styron, but an attorney for Boyd’s family states that the victim is the one who placed the call.

Attorney Latoya Francis-Williams claims Boyd made the call requesting an ambulance because he was feeling disoriented and wanted to be taken to the hospital.

“They really were supposed to be there to get him to the nearest healthcare facility,” Francis-Williams said in a statement.

Responding officers stated that Boyd appeared “confused and paranoid” and asked them to enter his house to see who was inside after telling them that his girlfriend, “got him intoxicated and is secretly recording him while someone else is in the home.”

While police were on the scene, Boyd tried to climb into two different police cruisers before running to a neighbors house where he banged on the door and pleaded with them to call the police.

According to Boyd’s attorney, the police attempted to restrain Boyd, describing it as an “attack.”

“He is literally attacked. And by attacked, I mean the witness [Styron] is describing that he struck many times and struck to the ground,” Francis-Williams explained. “Officer Bowman is the one that when he arrived, really started wailing on Mr. Boyd, meaning Mr. Boyd was on the ground in a prone position and Bowman sat on him, almost straddled his back, and put his left arm under Boyd’s neck and pulled his head up in a choking fashion.”

In the police report, they describe Boyd being struck by twice in the head by an officer with a closed fist.

The police report states, “officers were able to get him under control by using our body weight to keep him on the ground. Officer Bowman controlled Suspect Boyd’s head and arms by holding him down with his arms while I held Suspect Boyd down by leaning on his buttocks/thigh area with my knees and using my arms.”

“According to the witness, Mr Boyd was screaming ‘stop stop, I can’t breathe.’ That could have been from the choking but at the same time, Officer Bowman is punching and striking Mr Boyd in the face and in the neck area,” Francis-Williams said of her conversation with Boyd’s girlfriend. “The witness described that after a little she’s screaming stop and Mr Boyd is kind of foaming at the mouth or spitting and his body goes limp.”

The incident report states the arresting officer asked the paramedics to check for Boyd’s pulse and that he did have a heartbeat before being transported to a local hospital.

While no autopsy report has been released, the report notes that Boyd ended up in intensive care.

There was “swelling on the brain and fluid on the brain because the doctors attempted to drain that,” claimed attorney Francis-Williams, adding, ““My understanding is his kidneys end up failing and at some point, his heart stops.”


Posted by on September 24, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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Another Cop Murder of An Unarmed Black Man in Tulsa

Here we go again…Another BS situation…Another cop murder of a unarmed innocent man.


Oklahoma Officer Fatally Shoots Unarmed Black Man In Alarming Video

The man appears to be walking with his hands above his head.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, police department on Monday released several videos showing last week’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a white female officer.

Terence Crutcher, 40, was shot and killed Friday after officers responding to an unrelated call spotted his vehicle stalled in the middle of the roadway, Tulsa World reports. The police department earlier said Crutcher refused orders to put up his hands, but the footage appears to show him walking toward his vehicle with his hands above his head.

The officer who fired the fatal shot has been identified as Betty Shelby. A second officer, Tyler Turnbough, deployed a stun gun, the Associated Press reports.

During a press conference on Monday, Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan called the video footage “very disturbing — it’s very difficult to watch.” He said there was no gun found on Crutcher or in his vehicle.

“I will just make this promise to you: We will achieve justice in this case,” Jordan said. “I want to assure our community and I want to assure all of you and people across the nation who are going to be looking at this: We will achieve justice ― period.”

At a separate news conference, Damario Solomon-Simmons, an attorney for Crutcher’s family, said the department’s claim that Crutcher died at the hospital was not true.

“Terence died on that street in his own blood, without any help,” the lawyer said.

“We saw that Terence did not have any weapon,” Solomon-Simmons said. “We saw that Terence did not make any sudden movements. We saw that Terence was not being belligerent. We did not see Terence reach into the car. We did not see Terence attacking the officers.”

As seen in the video, more than two minutes go by before officers begin administering aid to Crutcher after he was shot.

The police chief said an investigation of the incident is ongoing. The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct a separate civil rights inquiry into the shooting, AP reports.

Protests are not a problem,” Jordan said on Monday, but he urged the community to stay peaceful

“Let’s not have any more death over this,” he said.

So far in 2016, 19 people have been killed by police officers in Oklahoma, giving the state the sixth highest per-capita rate of killings by police in the U.S, according to statistics compiled by The Guardian. Last year, Oklahoma ranked No. 4 per capita with 37 killings, the Guardian data showed.

In April, Robert Bates, a former volunteer reserve Tulsa County sheriff’s deputy, was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter for the 2015 shooting death of Eric Harris, another unarmed black man.

Like many other states, Oklahoma has a disproportionately high rate of black people being killed by police, according to the website Mapping Police Violence.

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Posted by on September 19, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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Darren Seals, Leader of Ferguson Protests Found Murdered

This one suggests a hit…But by whom?

Not jumping to conclusions, it may or may not be the usual suspects – the Ferguson Police, KKK, or Trumpazoids.

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Well-known Ferguson activist Darren Seals found shot to death inside burning car

Well-known civil rights activist from Ferguson, Missouri, was found shot to death in a burning car, reported The St. Louis American.

Darren Seals, 29, a factory line worker and hip-hop musician, took to the streets to protest the fatal 2014 police shooting of Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black teenager.

He co-founded the group “Hands Up United” and was frequently quoted in the national media, and Seals was critical of the Black Lives Matter movement, whom he considered outsiders.

Seals had recently uploaded a Facebook Live video of his encounter with Ferguson police officers, who he said drew guns on him and his younger brother.

St. Louis County police said they were called at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday to assist Riverside police with a vehicle fire.

Officers found Seals’ body inside the burning vehicle.

He had been shot before the car was set on fire, and his death is being investigated as a homicide.


Posted by on September 7, 2016 in BlackLivesMatter


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White Supremacists Murder Black Teen in Oregon

Another day – another Chumphazoid murder of a person of color. Now – they have places for folks like this. Its called a SuperMax prison. A year or two in there and this one won’t be tattooing anything.

Oregon white supremacist mowed down black teenager with his Jeep

Larnell Malik Bruce had been running home after a brutal beating

Oregon white supremacist mowed down black teenager with his Jeep

In what has seemingly become a growing pattern of racially motivated attacks, comes the report of yet another murder of a African-American by apparent white supremacists.

19 year-old Larnell Malik Bruce and a group of friends were gathered outside a 7-11 store in Gresham, a small town located near Portland, when Russell Courtier, 38, and his girlfriend Colleen Hunt, 35, pulled up in their 1991 red Jeep Wrangler shortly before midnight on August 10. Bruce, who was just a few days shy of his 20th birthday, had been charging his phone outside the convenience store when the white couple nearly twice his age exited their vehicle.

For reason still unclear, a fight quickly broke out.

As Courtier smashed Bruce’s head into the store’s front window, cracking a pane of glass, his girlfriend encouraged the beating.

“Get him, baby,” Hunt urged her boyfriend, according to police. “Get him, baby!”

Eventually, Bruce pulled out a machete and the couple retreated back to their Jeep.

What happened next can perhaps best be described as a scene from the violent Jim Crow South.

Investigators said Bruce tried to run away from the couple who began to chase him down in their car. Security camera footage shows the teen doing his best to zigzag away from the SUV. Per the Portland Mercury, Courtier and Hunt barley missed Bruce as they gunned the car toward him on the sidewalk. As he tried to cross the street, the couple’s Jeep is seen moving into oncoming traffic and hitting the teenager head-on, although the direct impact is not caught on camera.

Police, who had been called by a 7-11 employee when the fight intital broke out, arrived on the scene just moments later to find the critically injured teen with blood gushing from his head and his ears lying in the middle of the street.

Bruce died from his injuries days later.

Prison records obtained by the Portland Mercury reveal that Courtier is a longtime criminal with a notorious history as a member of a white supremacist prison gang called European Kindred (EK) who was on parole at the time of killing:

In February 2004, while still in prison, Courtier was busted for getting that logo tattooed on his calf and for having a “make-shift tattoo gun” and extra ink in his cell (see that record here). Just two months later, he brawled with a black inmate in the crowded prison yard before “a group of white inmates faced off against a group of black inmates,” records show (document).

And in 2005, while at SRCI, a letter he wrote to another EK member—intercepted by prison staff—indicated he needed backup from his gang because he was “getting run up on by redskins.” (document) That year, Courtier was also accused of throwing a piece of shit-smeared paper at a guard who was a person of color, and later threatened to “take care” of him when he got out.

In total, Courtier was accused of nearly 40 “major” prison violations between 2001 and 2013—for assaults, for joining and associating with EK members, for his prison tattoos (he was busted in 2005 for tattooing “party bone” on his penis, for instance), for having contraband in his cell, for disrespect, for not following rules (see his entire DOC discipline record here).

He hasn’t fared much better outside of prison. Courtier’s had seven felony and four misdemeanor convictions, court records show. He also has an extensive juvenile record that includes multiple assaults and burglary.

White boy justice…Indeed.


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