Tag: Police Brutality

Eric Garner Memorial Burned Down on MLK Day

By Chris Hoenig On July 17, one bleak moment in the fight for civil rights occurred on Bay Street in Staten Island. On a day to celebrate civil rights, another bleak moment happened in the same spot. Shortly after 10 p.m. on Monday—Martin Luther King Jr. Day—the FDNY responded to…

Mistrial for White Police Chief in Unarmed Black Man's Death

By Julissa Catalan A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial in a 2011 case in which a white police chief was charged with the murder of an unarmed Black man. Shortly after 2 a.m., Judge Edgar Dickson announced the mistrial decision after the jury failed to agree on a verdict….

More Proof Prosecutor Mishandled Michael Brown Case

By Julissa Catalan Cracks in the prosecution’s handling of the Michael Brown case continue to show. A member of the grand jury that decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown is now fighting to speak out against the prosecution, claiming St. Louis County…

New Video: Cops Refused Tamir Rice First Aid

By Chris Hoenig Newly released surveillance video, which had not been made public before, shows that police officers waited nearly four minutes to offer first aid to dying Cleveland 12-year-old Tamir Rice after one of them shot him. During that four-minute delay, officers tackled and handcuffed Rice’s sister, who ran…

Fired MI Cop Reinstated Despite Cutting Off Black Detainee's Weave

By Julissa Catalan A year after a white female police officer was fired for cutting off a detained Black woman’s hair weave, the cop now finds herself back at her old jobwith full back pay, benefits and full seniority. Officer Bernadette Najor has been reinstated to the Warren (Mich.) Police…

CNN Criticized for Allowing 'Hands Up' on the Air

By Albert Lin CNN is facing criticism from some corners of the Internet for allowing four if its commentators to show support during a Saturday broadcast for demonstrators protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner grand-jury decisions. After running photos and videos of demonstrators in New York City and…

Amazing Police Shooting Front Page Ruined by Gun Ad

By Chris Hoenig Police shootings are seemingly out of control in Louisville, Ky. The Courier-Journal, a Louisville-based Gannett newspaper, led its Sunday edition with a feature on the spike in police-involved fatalities in 2014. Editors even designed a powerful front page to highlight the story. And then they ruined it….

Was Tamir Rice's Killer Emotionally Unstable

By Albert Lin The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled last week that the death of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy who was shot by police on Nov. 22 while brandishing a toy pellet gun, was a homicide. The finding does not indicate whether a crime was committed; it merely…

Police Hide Data About the People They Kill

By Chris Hoenig Between 2007 and 2012, 1,242 people were killed by police in 105 of the largest police jurisdictions in the country, according to the FBI. But a Wall Street Journal analysis of those police departments revealed that there were more than 550 police-involved deaths not included in those…