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Police shootings of Native Americans spark a movement

25 May 2017

No one knows why, but when he heard the sudden blare of sirens behind him, Daniel Covarrubias began running. The 37-year-old was walking home from the St. Clare hospital in Lakewood, Washington, on April 21, 2015, after getting treatment for side effects from his pain medications. His backpack full of beadwork, a craft that he had started a few years ago in an attempt to reconnect with his Native heritage, Covarrubias dashed into a nearby lumberyard, scaled a 25-foot-tall stack of wood and crouched, trying to hide.

Grand Jury Won’t Indict Officer in Killing of Boy, 13, Who Held BB Gun

25 May 2017

A grand jury in Columbus, Ohio, declined on Friday to indict a white police officer who fatally shot a 13-year-old black boy who was brandishing a BB gun, finding that the officer’s actions were justified, city officials and the police said.

The officer, Bryan Mason, had chased Tyre King into an alley on Sept. 14 and when the teenager pulled the BB gun from his waistband, the officer opened fire, striking Tyre multiple times, the authorities said.

À Dallas, la police utilise un Taser avant de menotter un enfant de 7 ans

23 May 2017

L'image a particulièrement choqué. Selon les policiers, l'usage des menottes avait pour but de "contenir" le petit garçon, souffrant de problèmes mentaux.

Les violences policières n'épargnent-elles personne? C'est en tout cas ce que semble démontrer le cas de Yosio Lopez, 7 ans, qui souffre de troubles du déficit de l'attention et d'hyperactivité. Mardi 9 mai, en pleine crise, la police locale de Dallas, au Texas, n'a pas hésité à faire usage d'un pistolet à impulsion électrique et à lui passer les menottes "pour le contenir", alors qu'il se frappait la tête contre un mur de la salle de classe.

Jailed for a Facebook post: how US police target critics with arrest and prosecution

23 May 2017

Robert Peralta’s life was derailed by a single Facebook comment.
When the San Franciscan saw a well-known local activist had posted about being “choked” and “slammed” by a sheriff’s deputy at city hall, Peralta fired off a short response: “Wow, brother they wanna hit our general. It’s time to strike back. Let’s burn this motherfucker’s house down.”

Video of Teenager’s Fatal Shooting May Contradict Initial Police Account

19 May 2017

Legislators and victims’ advocates in Connecticut called on Tuesday for changes in how the state investigates police shootings, after a video revealed contradictions between the way a teenager was killed last week and what the police initially reported.

Jayson Negron, 15, was killed on May 9, when officers in Bridgeport, Conn., tried to stop a stolen vehicle after a very brief chase, according to a May 10 statement from the Connecticut State Police, who are investigating the shooting.

Fatal police shooting in Sunland marks first time LAPD fires from helicopter

14 May 2017

Los Angeles police fired a rifle from a helicopter during a shootout with a man killed in Sunland earlier this week, marking the first time that specially trained SWAT officers have opened fire from a helicopter hovering over a scene, the LAPD said Tuesday.

Chief Charlie Beck told reporters that an autopsy would reveal how many times the 29-year-old man was struck by gunfire Monday afternoon — and whether it came from officers on the ground or in the helicopter. But, the chief said, it appears he was struck by gunfire from the air.

Bill to enforce reporting of police shootings stumbles, then passes

13 May 2017

After failing by one vote on the House floor Wednesday night, a bill to penalize law enforcement agencies that don't report police shootings to the state was reconsidered and tentatively passed on a quick, quiet voice vote Thursday morning.

West Virginia police officer sues after being fired for not shooting black man

11 May 2017

In the aftermath of the May 2016 police shooting that left 23-year-old RJ Williams dead in Weirton, West Virginia, police officer Stephen Mader was shocked, nervous and scared.

“I was at a loss for what to do,” he told the Guardian.

Mader’s reaction was not to the shooting itself, which he feels he handled with poise and calm. In fact, he did not fire his weapon. It was a fellow officer’s gun that ended Williams’ life.

Un policier accusé du meurtre d'un Afro-Américain se rend

08 May 2017

Le policier américain soupçonné d'avoir abattu il y a une semaine un adolescent afro-américain en tirant sur une voiture pleine de jeunes qui quittaient une fête s'est rendu vendredi et a été formellement inculpé pour meurtre, ont annoncé les autorités concernées.

Once Upon A City: The 1992 riot that served as a wake-up call for police

05 May 2017

Outside police headquarters on College St., a works crew was removing several tons of rocks the size of softballs, designed by a landscape architect to look like a dry stream bed near the entrance.

“I’ve got to get rid of the ammo,” one of the workers told a Toronto Star journalist.

The dismantling of a pretty pathway on May 5, 1992, had ugly implications. The night before the city had erupted in violence and no one — least of all the police who’d been on the receiving end of projectiles — wanted a replay.

It was “a mob scene like Toronto has never seen,” declared the Star the morning after the rampage, which began as an anti-racism protest.

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