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Man 'Cooked Alive' After Police Tased Him at a Gas Pump

Deputy involved has now been charged

(Newser) - Update: The Florida deputy accused of accidentally setting a motorcycle rider on fire when he tased him at a Florida gas station in February has been charged with culpable negligence, a misdemeanor, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The biker, too, is being charged with reckless driving, fleeing law enforcement and resisting...

Troopers Charged in 2020 Beating of Black Driver

White officers sent texts boasting about the 'whoopin''

(Newser) - State prosecutors have charged three Louisiana State Police troopers accused of beating a Black motorist, hoisting him to his feet by his hair braids, and bragging in text messages that the "whoopin'" would give him "nightmares for a long time." The misdemeanor simple battery charges in...

Ex-Cop Who Joked About Rough Arrest Gets 5 Years

Family says Austin Hopp broke 73-year-old Karen Garner's arm during 2020 arrest

(Newser) - Update: "We cannot allow him to get a slap on the wrist for breaking an arm," Karen Garner's daughter-in-law said at a sentencing hearing for Austin Hopp Thursday. The former Loveland, Colorado, cop was sentenced to five years in prison for assaulting Garner, who has dementia, during...

Cops Who Dragged Man Out of Car by Hair Exonerated

Dayton police officers did not violate policy, internal probe finds

(Newser) - Update: The two Dayton, Ohio, police officers who pulled a paraplegic man out of his car by his dreadlocks last year did not violate department policies in doing so, an internal probe found. Officers Wayne Hammock and Vincent Carter were exonerated in the Dayton Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau'...

Report: Settlement in Elijah McClain Suit Is Aurora PD's Biggest Ever

Insiders say Colo. city will pay $15M to family of Black man who died after he was restrained

(Newser) - A settlement between the city of Aurora, Colo., and the family of Elijah McClain is one of the biggest of its kind on record, insiders say. Sources tell CBS Denver that the city has agreed to pay $15 million to the family of the 23-year-old Black man, who died in...

Autopsy Review Finds Car Crash Didn't Kill Ronald Greene

Black man was beaten, restrained by officers in Louisiana after minor crash

(Newser) - Update: Body camera video released earlier this year shows Louisiana State Police troopers beating, stunning, and dragging Ronald Greene before his death—and an autopsy review ordered by the FBI could make homicide charges more likely. Sources tell the AP that the forensic review has removed the relatively minor car...

Elijah McClain's Parents Reach Settlement With City

They filed civil rights lawsuit after son's death

(Newser) - Update: The parents of Elijah McClain have reached a tentative settlement with the city of Aurora, Colorado over the death of their son after a fatal encounter with police in 2019. The 23-year-old massage therapist was thrown to the ground and placed in a chokehold before paramedics injected him with...

Deaf Man Jailed for 4 Months After Traffic Stop Sues Cops

One of the officers named in the suit was fired after using a Taser on a 75-year-old

(Newser) - A deaf man spent four months in jail after a traffic stop. He’s suing the officers who arrested him. Brady Mistic was arrested in September 2019 in Idaho Springs, Colorado, the Colorado Sun reports. The officers who pulled him over say he rolled through a stop sign. Mistic says...

Grand Jury Indicts 5 in Elijah McClain Death

Aurora police, paramedics face charges in death of unarmed Black man

(Newser) - Two years ago, Elijah McClain went out to buy some iced tea for his brother and ended up dead. Now, three police officers—two current and one former—have been indicted in the 23-year-old Black man's death, along with two paramedics. Arrest warrants were issued for all five Wednesday...

Lawyers Describe 'Obvious Case of Racial Profiling' by Cop

Chicago police officer is on administrative leave

(Newser) - A white Chicago police officer has been placed on administrative duty as the city's police oversight agency investigates his struggle with a Black woman who was walking her dog in a lakefront park. Police Superintendent David Brown on Monday directed that the officer be placed on paid desk duty...

Couple Sues Police After Puppy Shot and Killed

Department has a policy that is supposed to protect dogs

(Newser) - Two years ago, a police officer in Colorado shot a puppy. The dog’s owners are suing the police department. On June 29, 2019, Wendy Love and her husband, Jay Hamm, pulled over into a parking lot to repair a box they were using in their firewood delivery business. They...

5 Miami Beach Cops Charged After 'Unspeakable' Actions

Footage shows officers kicking suspect and tackling, punching a bystander

(Newser) - Five police officers have been charged with battery after two Black men were violently arrested at a hotel in South Beach in Miami Beach. The arrests last week were captured on surveillance video recorded by the Royal Palm Hotel , the AP reports. The footage picks up Delonta Crudup running into...

Video Shows Cop Tasering 75-Year-Old Without Warning

Cop later fired, charged with assault in Colorado

(Newser) - A grandfather is in the hospital and a former police officer is facing charges. Nicholas Hanning, until recently part of the Idaho Springs, Colorado, police department, said he jolted Michael Clark, 75, with a Taser when Clark refused to put down a weapon, the Washington Post reports. But newly released...

Officer Convicted in Beating of Black Undercover Colleague

Luther Hall was attacked by white police at protest

(Newser) - A St. Louis jury has convicted a former police officer of a felony civil rights charge in the beating of a Black undercover officer at a protest in 2017. Dustin Boone, who aided other officers in their attack on Luther Hall, a detective, was found guilty of deprivation of rights...

He Was Lying on Couch When Police Burst In, Shot Him Dead

Echoes of Breonna Taylor situation in shooting of Black man in Georgia

(Newser) - Johnny Lorenzo Bolton was lying with his eyes closed on a couch in his apartment near Atlanta when police serving a narcotics search warrant burst through the front door with guns drawn and no warning. Bolton stood up and at least one of the officers fired, sending two bullets into...

A Year After Floyd's Death, Teen Who Filmed It Is Changed

Darnella Frazier, 18, writes of trauma she's endured

(Newser) - "It's a little easier now, but I'm not who I used to be," said Darnella Frazier, the bystander who filmed George Floyd's killing last year on her cellphone. "A part of my childhood was taken from me." Frazier, 18, posted the statement on...

Officers Quit After Arrest of Woman With Dementia

Colorado police chief apologizes after worldwide reaction

(Newser) - Three Colorado police officers involved in the arrest of a 73-year-old woman with dementia, who was shown being pushed to the ground and handcuffed on body camera footage, have resigned. Loveland Police Chief Robert Ticer announced the departures of officers Austin Hopp and Daria Jalali and Community Services officer Tyler...

Cop Shows Off Video of Injured 73-Year-Old: 'Ready for the Pop?'

73-year-old with dementia was pushed to the ground, arrested over alleged shoplifting

(Newser) - A Colorado police officer accused of dislocating the shoulder of a 73-year-old woman with dementia while arresting her seemed to be aware he had injured her, per the AP . He told fellow officers “ready for the pop?” as he showed them his body camera footage, according to police station...

Videos of Killings By Police Aren't Helping
Stop Showing Videos
of Killings by Police

Stop Showing Videos of Killings by Police

People of color shouldn't need to build 'video empathy before justice,' Allissa Richardson says

(Newser) - Allissa Richardson once thought videos showing police brutality would bring justice. Proving to everyone what people of color encounter with police would bring change. Richardson has changed her mind, she writes in an essay on Vox , after repeatedly seeing George Floyd die on television. The practice invites a victim'...

Big Win in Court for Cop Fired for Stopping Chokehold

Cariol Horne can get her pension, NY judge rules

(Newser) - After she intervened to stop a fellow Buffalo police officer who was using excessive force on a suspect, Cariol Horne ended up getting fired just months short of the 20 years of service she needed for a full pension. That decision has now been reversed after a lawsuit that cited...

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