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Police Abuse

Chicago's Stop-And-Frisk Rate Four Times NYC At Its Worst, ACLU Says

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 03.24.2015 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City count...

Honolulu Police Officer Indicted On Charges Of Assault, Theft, Property Damage

The Huffington Post | James Cave | Posted 02.13.2015 | Crime

A Honolulu police officer has been accused of physically abusing his girlfriend for more than a year. Earlier this month, a grand jury indicted Ho...

Living While Black?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.05.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Maybe not your life. But somebody's. ...

Lydia O'Connor

Police Broke Protesting Students' Bones And Caused A Concussion, Lawsuit Claims | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.03.2014 | College

Two City College of San Francisco students who report suffering from broken bones and a concussion, as well as being choked and pepper-sprayed, at the...

Michael McAuliff

Police Body Cameras Seen As A Fix For Ferguson-Style Killings | Michael McAuliff | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Michael Brown's family did not just decry a grand jury's decision to bring no charges against the police officer who killed the 18-year-...

Joseph Erbentraut

Chicago Police Say Complaints And Police Shootings Are Down, Despite Protests | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.10.2014 | Crime

Though the Chicago Police Department has been the subject of multiple recent protests and a scathing report concerning the way it handles police-invol...

Families Of Chicago Police Shooting Victims: 'We Just Want Answers'

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 11.07.2014 | Black Voices

A number of family members and supporters of four black youths fatally shot by Chicago police are calling for change. The group gathered Wednesday...

Chicago Man Says Police Stormed His Home After He Was Just Walking Down The Street

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.29.2014 | Crime

A Chicago man claims he was simply walking down the street on his way home last Friday night when two police officers pulled up and told him to "come ...

Report: Chicago Police Are Getting Away With Brutality, Most Of It Against Minorities

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 10.23.2014 | Black Voices

A report to be presented to the United Nations next month alleges the Chicago Police Department has engaged in "ongoing, pervasive" violence targeting...

I'm an American Citizen. If You Want to Remain a Cop, Don't Violate My Human Rights

Larry Womack | Posted 10.20.2014 | Politics
Larry Womack

This idea that cops get to say when and where constitutional rights apply is so very, deeply misguided that I am shocked anyone could type it out without coming to their senses mid-sentence.

The Second Slaying of Michael Brown

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.17.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The instant the news broke that 18-year-old Michael Brown was slain by a Ferguson, Missouri cop the inevitable happened. Police officials dusted off a well-worn "cover themselves" template.

Why It's Nearly Impossible to Nail Cops for Deadly Force

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 10.12.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The negative perceptions of blacks, especially black males, by much of the public are not the only problem in effecting effective legal measures against police violence. There is no ironclad standard of what is or isn't an acceptable use of force in police misconduct cases.

'As A Black Person, I Want Less Encounters With The Police Not Friendlier Ones'

The Huffington Post | Jessica Dickerson | Posted 07.29.2014 | Black Voices

The death of Eric Garner at the hands of the New York City Police Department, and additional videos that have surfaced showing police using excessive ...

The Tale of Two Police Abuse Cases

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.22.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

If there was ever a contrast in the way two separate and seemingly removed from each other police abuse cases were handled, the New York Police Department and the California Highway Patrol cases fit the bill.

From Coast-To-Coast, Police Abuse Must End

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 09.20.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

After watching continuous acts of police abuse and brutality from coast-to-coast, perhaps the real question is, have we reached a point where federal authorities need to step in?

Chicago Making Police Misconduct Files Public In Major About-Face

AP | DON BABWIN | Posted 07.14.2014 | Crime

CHICAGO (AP) — A new policy will make public all completed investigations of Chicago police misconduct instead of treating them as personnel matters...

Hawaii Cops Can Have Sex With Prostitutes

AP | SAM EIFLING | Posted 03.21.2014 | Politics

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers on Friday vowed to restore a line in a bill that would make it illegal for police to have sex with prostitutes. Cu...

Miami Suburb Sued For Police Abuse, Racial Profiling

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2014 | Miami

(Adds detail on the city, home to shooting victim Trayvon Martin) MIAMI, Dec 3 (Reuters) - The mayor and police department of a predo...

The L.A. Sheriff's Dept. Is Hiring Cops With Shady Pasts

Radley Balko | Posted 12.03.2013 | Politics

A whopper of an investigation from the L.A. Times over the weekend found that the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department -- the largest sheriff's dep...

Today's Drug War Outrage: Man Dies In Jail Cell After Misdemeanor Pot Offense

Radley Balko | Posted 11.11.2013 | Politics

Today's story is part drug war, part police indifference and callousness, part police cover-up. It comes by way of a lawsuit filed by the family of Mi...

Terrifying Drug War Story Of The Day: Man Receives Multiple Anal Probes After Traffic Stop

Radley Balko | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics

New Mexico news station KOB is reporting on a traffic stop that quickly devolved into a nightmare. The incident began January 2, 2013 after Da...

Lawyer: Illegal Strip-Search Accuser Wasn't Only Woman Victimized

Posted 10.08.2013 | Chicago

Dana Holmes was not the only woman to be forcibly, illegally stripped by LaSalle County deputies, a lawyer for Holmes said in an Illinois court Monday...

Woman Sues Over Likely Illegal Strip-Search After DUI Arrest

Posted 10.01.2013 | Chicago

A 32-year-old Illinois woman filed a lawsuit Monday alleging that LaSalle County officers illegally strip-searched her and left her nude in a jail cel...

Anna Almendrala

Smile, You're On Candid Camera | Anna Almendrala | Posted 09.26.2013 | Los Angeles

One of the largest law enforcement departments in the United States wants to give body-worn cameras to all of its officers, but the specter of constan...

New Orleans Cop Gets Four Years For Fatal Drug Raid Shooting Caught On Video

Radley Balko | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

A rare instance of accountability after a botched drug raid: As Natasha Allen walked away from the Orleans Parish criminal courthouse Friday, ...