Tag: Excessive Force

NYPD Officer Returns Serve and Sues Former Tennis Star James Blake

Two years ago, former tennis star James Blake was mistaken for a suspect in an NYPD fraud investigation and tackled and handcuffed by an NYPD plainclothes officer. Now, after the release of Blake’s book “Ways of Grace,” where he speaks openly about the incident, the officer, James Frascatore, is defending…

No Indictments in Death of Sandra Bland

After meeting for close to 11 hours on Monday, a grand jury in Texas late last night announcedthat no indictments will be made in connection with the death of Sandra Bland, who died while in police custody this past July. The grand jury will meet again next month in order…

FBI: Lack of Police Shooting Records 'Embarrassing'

According to FBI Director James B. Comey, citizens are not the only ones concerned by the disturbing lack of data on police-involved shootings. “It is unacceptable that the Washington Post and the Guardian newspaper from the U.K. are becoming the lead source of information about violent encounters between police and…

Racist Cop Fired

Officer Cynthia Whitlatch on Tuesday was fired from the Seattle Police Department. Whitlatch garnered some unwanted attention last July when she arrested William Wingate, a 69-year-old Black veteran for leaning on a golf club as a cane. According to Whitlatch, the man swung the club at her; however, subsequently released…

Where Is the Diversity in Police Departments

By Sheryl Estrada Police departments around the country continue to lack diversity. On Thursday, USA TODAY released an analysis of Census estimates from 2000 to 2010. Across the nation almost three-quarters of all police officers, detectives and their supervisors are white, while the U.S. population is only about 64 percent…

Addressing the Perceptions of Law Enforcement Prejudice

Jan. 27, 2015 By Sheryl Estrada The perception of biased policing and mistrust of police officers has been prevalent in many Black and Latino communities in the U.S. The shooting death of Michael Brown, the choking death of Eric Garner, and the protests that followed were the tipping point. To…

DOJ Clears Darren Wilson of Civil-Rights Violations

By: Julissa Catalan Following an investigation by the Department of Justice, Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson will not face civil-rights charges for the shooting death of unarmed Black teen Michael Brown. The DOJ reportedly came to this decision based on lack of evidence to support a civil-rights violation. While…

NYPD Cop Not Indicted in Chokehold Death of Eric Garner

By Julissa Catalan Another police officer has been let off the hook for a racially charged killing. Nearly two weeks after a St. Louis grand jury declined to indict Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, a Staten Island grand jury has also refused to…