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Excessive Force

Official Autopsy: Darrien Hunt Was Shot In The Back

AP | Posted 10.29.2014 | Black Voices

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A black man killed by Utah police died of multiple gunshot wounds, including several in the back of his body, according to an ...

Deputies Who Flashbanged Toddler Avoid Charges

Reuters | Posted 10.07.2014 | Crime

By David Beasley ATLANTA, Oct 6 (Reuters) - A grand jury in Georgia on Monday declined to indict sheriff's deputies who during a drug ...

Would a Body Camera Have Saved Michael Brown?

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 11.25.2014 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

Whether Brown would not have been killed if Wilson had worn a body cam, and assuming that it was turned on, will never be known. However, what is known is that the wearing of body cameras may not be a fail-safe instrument for improving police work.

Witness Says Tasered Teen Went Into Convulsions: Report

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.16.2014 | Crime

Witnesses to a police stop in Missouri say cops used excessive force when they used a Taser on a 17-year-old boy who is now reportedly in critical con...

Tracing The History Behind Police Militarization

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 09.08.2014 | Crime

With brute police force making headlines, in Ferugson, Missouri, police militarization has once again been thrust into the national conversation. It's...

School Resource Officers Accused Of Using Excessive Force (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | David Lohr | Posted 09.04.2014 | Crime

A high school student in Houston, Texas accused school resource officers of using excessive force when she refused to hand over her cellphone. "I d...

Demonstration, Legislation: Hand-in-Hand Towards Progress

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 11.02.2014 | Black Voices
Rev. Al Sharpton

Whether it's Ferguson, Staten Island, New Orleans, Oakland, or anywhere in the United States, we know that change will only occur when national standards are implemented and enforced.

How Does Wilson Fire Six Shots, While Getting Beaten, Without Gunshot Residue On Michael Brown?

H. A. Goodman | Posted 11.01.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

What if Brown was pretending to charge after taunting verbally, in an arrogant act of defiance, with the intent of pulling back? What if Brown was running, but quickly turned back to surrender, and Wilson mistook that for charging, what then?

Legal Hurdles May Thwart Prosecution in Michael Brown Killing

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 10.25.2014 | Crime
Brian Levin, J.D.

With two parallel investigations -- one state, one federal -- proceeding into the tragic August 9 killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, a key issue in both investigations will be whether the officer had a reasonable fear that he was facing serious bodily injury or death.

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 10.20.2014 | 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 10.13.2014 | 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 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.

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

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.05.2014 | 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 | 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 | 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...