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New Elijah McClain Report Blames Police, Paramedics

Family says city of Aurora was trying to 'cover up' circumstances of Black man's death

(Newser) - Police officers and paramedics acted unjustifiably throughout their fatal encounter with Elijah McClain in Aurora, Colo. That's according to an independent report commissioned by the city council and released Monday, which the family says "substantiated what we knew and what the city of Aurora was trying to cover...

No Federal Charges in Tamir Rice Case

Justice Department closes case involving Cleveland 12-year-old

(Newser) - Tamir Rice would have turned 18 this year. But the Cleveland boy died at 12, shot by a police officer less than two seconds after cops arrived at the park where he was playing with a toy gun in broad daylight. On Tuesday, the Justice Department closed the case without...

Thousands Protest Plan to Curb Sharing Photos of French Police

Opponents say law would help officers who commit brutality avoid accountability

(Newser) - Thousands of opponents of a proposed security law that would restrict sharing images of police officers in France gathered across the country in protest Saturday, while Paris officers were advised to behave responsibly during the demonstrations in the wake of footage showing police using violence becoming public. Dozens of rallies...

French Cops Suspended After 'Unspeakable' Video Surfaces

It shows that they beat up, racially abused Black music producer

(Newser) - A lawyer for a music producer in Paris says her client might be in jail if there wasn't video of his arrest. Instead, three police officers were suspended after security camera video of them beating the Black man inside his studio was released, CNN reports. The man, Michel Zecler,...

For 2nd Night, Unrest Grips Philly Over Black Man's Killing

Clashes erupt between cops, demonstrators over death of Walter Wallace Jr.

(Newser) - Philadelphia protested for a second night Tuesday after the fatal police shooting of a Black man the day prior. The Inquirer reports that police asked residents of certain neighborhoods to remain inside after clashes between protesters and police, looting, and violence including debris thrown by protesters and pepper spray and...

Things Are Getting Ugly Again in Portland

Protester pepper-sprayed an officer who was in a police cruiser, among other incidents

(Newser) - Life goes on in Portland, but not peacefully. Among the tales: A man was arrested Sunday morning for allegedly shattering the window of a police cruiser and pepper-spraying the officer inside, per KATU . The suspect, 41-year-old John Russell, was later arrested, with a slingshot, laser pointer, window punch tool, and...

Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Audio Is Out

But a few minutes have been redacted

(Newser) - Courts don't usually release grand jury recordings—but the Breonna Taylor killing isn't your usual case. On a judge's say-so, a Kentucky court released about 20 hours of recordings Friday from the controversial grand-jury sessions, the Courier Journal reports. The audio files, which don't include a...

Sheriff Who Starred in Live PD Arrested

Robert Chody denies the charge that he tampered with evidence in Black man's death

(Newser) - A Texas sheriff who starred in Live PD was arrested Monday and charged with evidence tampering in the death of Javier Ambler, a Black man who died in police custody last year. Police use of force against the 40-year-old was captured on footage for Live PD, but that footage was...

Cops in Greater Danger as Public Anger Rises

'People are seeking to do harm to cops'

(Newser) - A man walks up to a squad car and opens fire on two sheriff's deputies sitting inside. Two police officers are shot after responding to sounds of gunfire during a protest. The shootings—one in Los Angeles and the other 2000 miles away in Louisville, Kentucky, less than two...

Seattle Cop Rolls Bike Over Man's Head

Officer has been placed on administrative leave

(Newser) - A Seattle police officer was captured on video rolling the wheel of his bicycle over a protester's head and neck Wednesday night amid the nationwide protests that followed a Kentucky grand jury's decision on the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor. The Seattle officer, who has not been...

Questions in Ronald Greene's Death Bring FBI Into Case

Trooper about to be fired after investigation suffers critical injuries in accident

(Newser) - The FBI has launched a civil rights investigation after Ronald Greene's family raised doubts about the official account of his death last year. Louisiana authorities had told the family that Greene failed to stop after a traffic violation and died of injuries caused by a crash after a high-speed...

Report: Cops Got Steakhouse Reward for Using Force

Commander praised 'WilCo badasses'

(Newser) - An Austin-area sheriff's office praised deputies for using force and rewarded them with steakhouse gift cards, former employees say. Former Williamson County deputy Christopher Pisa, who is being investigated by Texas Rangers for using force on a Black woman during a traffic stop last year, told them Commander Steve...

Charges for Cop Who Ordered K-9 to Attack Compliant Man

Jeffery Ryans says he was kneeling with his hands up during Salt Lake City incident

(Newser) - Jeffery Ryans says he was in his Salt Lake City backyard, smoking a cigarette, on April 24 when police officers approached and started shouting. The 36-year-old says he emptied his hands, put them up, and told cops how to get into the backyard. They entered, and Ryans says a K-9...

Georgia Deputy Fired Over Latest Brutal Police Video

Officer terminated for excessive use of force after Friday incident

(Newser) - A white Georgia sheriff's deputy has been fired after video emerged of him repeatedly punching a Black man he and another white officer had pinned to the ground. An attorney for Roderick Walker, 26, says the Friday incident started when Walker and his girlfriend returned a rental car, then...

In Empty NFL Stadiums, Teams Take Their Stand

Some teams don't even appear for the national anthem

(Newser) - Seattle's Jason Myers kicked the ball through the end zone to open Seattle's season at Atlanta. No one else on the field moved. Instead, the Seahawks and Falcons dropped to one knee where they had stood. After years of pleading with their league to act against systemic racism,...

Jewelry Named for Victims of Police Brutality Is Yanked

Controversial collection made of shattered glass from BLM protest pulled from Charleston museum

(Newser) - A bolo tie named for Eric Garner . "The Elijah" and "The Breonna," necklaces costing several hundred dollars in honor of Elijah McClain and Breonna Taylor . A $45 pair of earrings bearing Trayvon Martin 's name. These are some of the items the Guardian lists as part...

Protesters in Only 'Spit Hoods' Decry Death of Daniel Prude

Demonstrations continue for 6th straight evening in Rochester

(Newser) - Naked except for “spit hoods” in a reference to the killing of Daniel Prude, several protesters sat outside Rochester's police headquarters Monday morning to push for police accountability, local news outlets reported. Photos and video showed roughly a half-dozen demonstrators, naked or in minimal clothes and some with...

One City Promises Police Reforms

Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren speaks to the press

(Newser) - After four nights of protest, Rochester is making a change. Mayor Lovely Warren said at a Sunday press conference that the crisis intervention department will be relocating to the city's department of youth and recreation services along with its budget, NBC News reports. "We had a human being...

Molotov Cocktails Fly in Portland

Police declare a riot and arrest more than 50 people

(Newser) - Hundreds of people gathered for rallies and marches against police violence and racial injustice Saturday night in Portland, Oregon, as often violent nightly demonstrations that have happened for 100 days since George Floyd was killed showed no signs of ceasing, the AP reports. Molotov cocktails thrown in the street during...

New York's AG Takes Big Step in Death of Prude

Letitia James says a grand jury is coming

(Newser) - New York's attorney general on Saturday moved to form a grand jury to investigate the death of Daniel Prude , a Black man who died after being hooded and held down by Rochester police earlier this year, the AP reports. "The Prude family and the Rochester community have been...

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