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Excessive Force

In the Wake of the Shooting Death of Ezell Ford, the Elephant Has Outgrown the Room: It's Time to Re-Imagine Law Enforcement

Julie Bergman Sender | Posted 08.21.2014 | Los Angeles
Julie Bergman Sender

The similarities between Ford's death and Michael Brown's death beg not just for answers as to why this continues to be a common occurrence, but also demand swift and permanent change.

Commander Evans: #1 in Chicago for Excessive Force

Tio Hardiman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Chicago
Tio Hardiman

Why it is so hard for Superintendent McCarthy to take away Commander Glenn Evans police powers after the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) recommended that he be stripped of his duties as a police official?

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

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 08.12.2014 | 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.

California Highway Patrol Freeway Beating Casts Ugly Glare on Assault on Black Women

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 07.06.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The horrid history of racial stereotyping that indelibly links crime and violence with African-Americans can't be ignored in trying to answer the question about why now African-American women are fair game for physical abuse.

Court Revives Case Against SFO Police for Terrorizing Driver

Larry Bodine | Posted 07.29.2014 | Crime
Larry Bodine

Denise Green, a 47-year-old African-American woman with no criminal record, was driving her Lexus on Mission Street in San Francisco at 11:15 p.m. one night, when she passed a police "camera car" with an automatic license-plate reader.

Cop In 'Excessive Force' Case Gets Major Promotion

AP | RUSSELL CONTRERAS | Posted 07.15.2014 | Crime

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Albuquerque police promoted a commander who was accused in a lawsuit of burning off part a homeless man's ear with a stun g...

David Lohr

Police Accused Of Beating Deaf Senior Citizen For Disobeying Verbal Commands

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 01.25.2014 | Crime

Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers have been pulled off the streets following allegations of excessive force against a deaf man in Oklahoma City. ...

Punishing Killers of Protesters should be applied to all

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Daoud Kuttab

I believe it is a good idea for the US and other world countries to immediately stop aid to any country that shoots civilian demonstrators. This prin...

14-Year-Old Choked By Cops Over 'Dehumanizing Stares'

Posted 05.31.2013 | Miami

Miami-Dade Police says officers were forced to throw a beach-going 14-year-old to the ground and forcibly restrain him because of clenched fists and "...

'Flash-Bang' Searches

Bennett L. Gershman | Posted 07.22.2013 | Crime
Bennett L. Gershman

Should courts allow police departments in executing search warrants to enter a person's home using military-style tactics, throw exploding flash-bang grenades in rooms near occupants, blindly fire rubber bullets through windows, and kick down every door of every room of a house?

Police Department Cans Cop Who Shot At Young Father 41 Times

Posted 03.04.2013 | Crime

A Texas police department terminated an officer who killed an unarmed suspect by shooting at him 41 times following a car chase last summer. Disgr...

Shocking Video Of Alleged Police Brutality

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 02.11.2013 | Crime

Did Collier County (Fla.) Sheriff's officers go too far in subduing high-speed motorcyclist Mateo Falconi? The 22-year-old released police video of...

Should Citizens Have the Right to Fire a Police Officer?

Jason Silverstein | Posted 03.13.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

In 127 years, they had never done this before. The Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission reversed a decision and fired a police officer. The reversal followed a week of protests by community groups and leaders.

More Compassion, Less Police Force Against the Mentally Ill

Jason Silverstein | Posted 03.05.2013 | Crime
Jason Silverstein

Some will argue that compassion for others means risk for officers. That empathy for criminals, or even suspects, means an insensitivity to victims. That force makes us safe, so any question of force makes us vulnerable.

WATCH: College Student Sues LAPD For Beating Him Outside Hollywood Club

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 10.25.2012 | Los Angeles

A Santa Monica college student is suing the Los Angeles Police Department for use of excessive force, alleging that officers beat and tased him despit...

John Rudolf

No Criminal Charges For NYPD Cop Accused of Smashing Judge's Throat

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 08.22.2012 | New York

No criminal charges will be filed against an NYPD officer accused of violently striking a New York state Supreme Court justice in the throat in an unp...

Michael McLaughlin

SHOCKING VIDEO: Cop Slams Woman Against Car, Fired For 'Unreasonable Force'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McLaughlin | Posted 08.21.2012 | Crime

A Florida police officer was fired and arrested after a camera mounted in his car showed him slamming a hit-and-run suspect against her car multiple t...

John Rudolf

Outside Review Needed Of NYPD Abuses At Occupy: Lawyers' Group

HuffingtonPost.com | John Rudolf | Posted 07.27.2012 | New York

New York City police used unnecessarily aggressive tactics and excessive force against peaceful protesters and illegally suppressed press freedoms dur...

Police Who Used Taser On Pregnant Woman Seeking Appeal To Supreme Court

The Huffington Post | Ileana Llorens | Posted 05.21.2012 | Parents

On May 24, the U.S. Supreme Court is slated to decide whether to hear an appeal from three Seattle officers who used a Taser on a pregnant woman sever...

Police Department Shut Down After Cop Allegedly Shocks 9-Year-Old

Posted 03.12.2012 | Crime

A small-town Ohio police department was shut down Friday after a cop allegedly used a taser on a 9-year-old boy, and the police chief kept quiet abou...

Radley Balko

A Death In The Devil's Chair

HuffingtonPost.com | Radley Balko | Posted 10.10.2012 | Politics

When he left his home in Ohio to visit his brother in Fort Myers, Fla. in March 2009, Nick Christie was already breaking down, physically and mentally...

Police Kill Chicago Man's Dog During Raid, Jury Awards Family $330,000

Posted 10.19.2011 | Chicago

A federal jury awarded a Chicago family more than $300,000 Thursday, after Chicago police officers shot and killed their black Labrador during a searc...

Dog The Bounty Hunter In Trouble With Sheriff?

AP/Huffington Post | AP | Posted 09.27.2011 | Denver

GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (AP) -- Surveillance videos in the Grand Junction, Colorado, lobby of the sheriff's department show people having coughing fi...

Denver Cops Appeal Firing In Beating Case

Posted 06.05.2011 | Denver

Two Denver police officers who were recently fired in connection with an April, 2009 beating in LoDo are appealing their termination. Denver Manager ...

Trymaine Lee

Justice Department Report Details Abuses By New Orleans Police Department

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Long before Hurricane Katrina laid bare New Orleans’ deep social wounds, the relationship between the city’s police force and its black citizens h...