Archive for category Police Brutality
Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy, was killed by a policeman in Cleveland last November. He had a toy gun. But even if the gun had been real, and loaded, Rice could not have been accused of a crime because Ohio is an “open carry” state.
Surveillance video showed that Rice was gunned down less than two seconds after the police arrived.
After a 13-month investigation, a grand jury failed to return indictments against either of the two officers involved in the incident. As prosecutor Timothy McGinty declared, “We don’t second-guess police officers.”
What Everyone Should Know About The Police Killing Of Tamir Rice (2002-2014)
How A Prosecutor Managed To Blame A 12-Year-Old For Getting Killed By A Cop
Bernie Sanders wants federal probe of Tamir Rice case: ‘We need to take a hard look’ at police use of force
“All I wanted was someone to be held accountable. But this entire process was a charade,” said Rice’s mother, Samaria Rice, in a statement Monday evening. “I pray and hope that the federal government will investigate this case.”
In South Carolina, a police officer has been charged with the murder of an unarmed man shot in the back and killed while running away – the entire incident caught on video. The officer claimed self-defense, but he was lying. The incident began as a routine traffic stop.
The authorities in this case are doing the right thing. But what if there was no video?
Through October, 45 people had been killed by law enforcement officers in Utah since 2010, accounting for 15 percent of all homicides during that period.
A Salt Lake Tribune review of nearly 300 homicides, using media reports, state crime statistics, medical-examiner records and court records, shows that use of force by police is the second-most common circumstance under which Utahns kill each other, surpassed only by intimate partner violence.
Is this a problem? Until recently, I believed that the rules governing the use of deadly force in self-defense were the same for law enforcement officers and ordinary citizens. The media attention that has been focused on the issue of police shootings of unarmed suspects has revealed that, in practice, wearing a badge allows far more latitude. Police officers hardly ever face criminal charges for using their guns.
Police Shot Darrien Hunt 6 Times In The Back (October 29)
Equal Justice Under the Law – NOT (August 14)
Why Cops In Britain And New Zealand Don’t Carry Guns
Born Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela in Transkei, South Africa, the civil rights activist would become the linchpin in South Africans’ move to end the country’s notorious apartheid regime. The impact of his efforts — to reconcile generosity with pragmatism and to find the common ground between humanity’s higher values and his own aspiration to power, as journalist John Carlin once described them — would ultimately reach well beyond South Africa’s borders, and earn him a Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
If you haven’t read it, I recommend the book Mandela’s Way.
I have been waiting for the libertarian rights defenders who hate the activist courts to post something about this. Maybe mention it in another thread. A top post maybe. A simple link to one of these pro constitution websites they all hang out on. A screed about keeping the government out of our lives. Anything really. But nothing yet.
Maybe they are all shy? Maybe I just need to get it started for them?
OK, maybe this can kick it off. The highest court ’round has decided the cops can strip search you pretty much on a whim. Where is all the protest? Being forced to buy insurance is socialism and if two guys you have never met want to marry, society will be destroyed, but if the courts say the long arm of the law can perform cavity searches without cause, well that is just good government?
Can we at least teach the cops how to perform exams and combine it with the ACA?
With the abuses that police officers have committed; and especially when Fox News talking heads insist on ridiculous ideas like pepper spray is a food, it’s hard to ignore the weapons that are used by the police. A good way to show the effectiveness of the non-lethal weapons can be evident in this video.
Now obviously the video above is used for the value of slapstick humor. However with the video, it is apparent that these weapons are excruciatingly painful to the victim. Even then pepper spray in the video was only a canister used by civilians. It was a lot weaker than the one used by the officer at UC Davis. When it comes to non-lethal rounds, I believe that a police officer has every right to use such methods when his life or well-being is in danger and if someone attacks an officer and gets hurt, then they have nobody to blame but themselves. However I assume you all have seen the video of the protestor getting shot with a rubber bullet or the video of the college students getting maced out of their circle. Neither of those situations involved protestors putting anyone’s life or well-being in danger. In no way should those have been used in either situation.