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Cop Faces Prison Over Cruel Choice Given to Homeless Man

John Rabago faces 30 months in jail in Hawaii after making the man lick a urinal

(Newser) - A police officer in Hawaii is expected to lose his badge and go to prison because of the cruel choice he presented to a homeless man. In court Monday, Honolulu officer John Rabago admitted that he told the man the only way he could avoid arrest was to lick the... More »

Officer Said Man Hurt Himself. The Video Shows a Beating

Philadelphia officer hit handcuffed man in the face

(Newser) - In his report, a Philadelphia police sergeant said a man he arrested hurt himself, slamming his head on the window of a police car over and over. That's not what the body camera footage showed. In the video, Jason Reid can be seen holding the man's head with... More »

Couple Threatened by Phoenix Cops: Apologies No Good

Iesha Harper, Dravon Ames want officers involved fired after disturbing video circulates

(Newser) - Iesha Harper and Dravon Ames, a black couple with two young children seen in a video that emerged last week showing cops in Phoenix screaming at them, guns drawn, after an alleged shoplifting incident , have since received apologies from the city's police chief and mayor—but they're not... More »

NYPD Investigates 'Troubling' Video of Cops Seizing Infant

'They're hurting my son!' shouts woman on ground in viral video

(Newser) - A video circulating widely on Facebook has brought a new controversy to the NYPD. In it, officers are seen trying to forcefully pull a 1-year-old baby from his mother's arms while she is on the ground, reports the New York Times . "They're hurting my son!" the... More »

Sessions Makes Big Last-Minute Move

Guidelines appear to curtail Justice Department's oversight of police departments

(Newser) - A memo dated Nov. 7 out of the Office of the Attorney General appears to be Jeff Sessions' last hurrah, but civil rights advocates aren't applauding. The New York Times reports that, before he left his post at President Trump's request, Sessions signed off on strict new guidelines... More »

Ex-Baltimore Cop Indicted on Assault Charges After Viral Video

Arthur Williams resigned after Saturday's confrontation

(Newser) - A former Baltimore police officer was indicted on assault charges Tuesday after being recorded repeatedly punching a man in a street confrontation three days earlier in a video that went viral. Arthur Williams, who resigned a day after Saturday's confrontation, was charged with first- and second-degree assault, as well... More »

Bloody Beating Video Spurs Baltimore Cop's Resignation

Video shows unnamed officer punching 26-year-old Dashawn McGrier; 2nd officer placed on admin duties

(Newser) - An incident that "deeply disturbed" Baltimore's interim police commissioner has led to one police officer's resignation and another being put on administrative duty. CNN has bystander video of a man shouting at one officer as another stands nearby; the first starts throwing punches and 10 seconds later... More »

Video Shows Cop Beating Restrained Woman in Hospital

The officer has been suspended pending an investigation

(Newser) - A Detroit police corporal has been suspended after cellphone video emerged showing him beating a naked, unarmed, and possibly mentally ill woman inside an emergency room as she was restrained, per the AP . The video posted on WJBK-TV 's website shows the male officer punching the woman about a... More »

'They Laughed': Man Details Alleged Police Brutality in Mesa

Jose Conde says cops beat him, then mocked him during his January arrest

(Newser) - "This is no laughing matter." So said a 23-year-old Arizona man at a Thursday presser in which he detailed his January arrest by the Mesa Police Department, the Arizona Republic reports. Per CNN , Jose Conde says on Jan. 28 he was searched, then hurled to the ground, "... More »

They Asked Him to Sit; He Didn't. Then, a Beating

Mesa Police Department is investigating the incident

(Newser) - Robert Johnson was leaning against the wall, looking at his cell phone, when it happened: Police officers surrounded the unarmed man and, in a scene caught on surveillance video May 23 in Mesa, Ariz., started punching and kneeing him until he fell to the ground. Now the Mesa Police Department... More »

Woman Punched by Cops Was on Probation

Wildwood mayor says 'we're not dealing with an angel here'

(Newser) - A Philadelphia woman denies spitting on an officer before she was arrested Saturday and punched in the head at least twice, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. "The cops smashed my head into the ground when he tackled me and I spit the sand out of my mouth," Emily Weinman... More »

Video Shows NJ Cop Punch Woman in Head

Police in Wildwood investigating underage drinking arrest of 20-year-old beachgoer

(Newser) - The police department in Wildwood, NJ, is investigating after a viral video showed one of its officers punching a 20-year-old woman in the head at a beach on Saturday afternoon. As NJ.com reports, the officers involved in the arrest of Emily Weinman have been "reassigned to administrative duty... More »

Cop Faces Felony Charges After Arrest of Jaywalker

Outrage followed leaking of body camera video that showed violent arrest

(Newser) - A North Carolina police officer recorded beating a black man stopped for jaywalking now faces criminal charges. It began around midnight on Aug. 25 when officer Christopher Hickman and a police trainee stopped 33-year-old Johnnie Jermaine Rush in Asheville and accused him of jaywalking and trespassing through a parking lot,... More »

Eric Garner's Daughter in Coma After Heart Attack

27-year-old activist is in grave condition, family says

(Newser) - Erica Garner, the 27-year-old daughter of Eric Garner , spent Christmas Day fighting for her life after what family members say was an asthma-induced heart attack. The anti-police brutality activist is one of the six children of Garner, who died in 2014 after being placed in a banned chokehold by New... More »

Utah Officer Fired After Nurse's Arrest Caught on Video

Det. Jeff Payne was found to have violated department policies

(Newser) - A Utah police officer who was caught on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw was fired Tuesday in a case that became a flashpoint in the ongoing national conversation about police use of force, the AP reports. Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike... More »

Las Vegas Cops Dispute NFL Player's Allegations

Michael Bennett says he was targeted for being black

(Newser) - Police in Las Vegas have rejected Seattle Seahawks player Michael Bennett's claim that he was racially profiled during a shooting scare after the Mayweather-McGregor fight Aug. 26. Kevin McMahill, the undersheriff of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, told reporters Wednesday that as officers responded to a call about... More »

Video: Nurse Follows Hospital Rules, Gets Arrested

Alex Wubbels accuses Utah cop of illegally arresting and assaulting her

(Newser) - A Utah nurse is fighting back after she says she was assaulted and arrested for simply doing her job. Per the Salt Lake Tribune , Alex Wubbels was working at University of Utah Hospital on July 26 when she was asked by a Salt Lake City police detective to draw blood... More »

Supporters to NFL: Sign Kaepernick Before Season

NAACP says player is being blackballed because of kneeling for national anthem

(Newser) - Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are demanding he be signed by a team before the National Football League season starts next month. ESPN reports that thousands gathered outside the NFL's New York City headquarters on Wednesday to show their support for the free agent, who... More »

Trump to Cops: Get Rough With Suspects

'Don't be too nice'

(Newser) - Talking tough on illegal immigration and violent crime, President Trump appeared Friday to advocate rougher treatment of people in police custody, speaking dismissively of arresting officers who protect the heads of handcuffed suspects while putting them in patrol cars, the AP reports. "Don't be too nice," Trump... More »

Cop Acquitted in Fatal Shooting of Philando Castile

Jeronimo Yanez cleared of manslaughter, other charges

(Newser) - The Minnesota police officer who fatally shot black motorist Philando Castile in July has been acquitted of manslaughter and two lesser charges , the AP reports. Jeronimo Yanez shot Castile five times during a traffic stop seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun; he testified that Castile was... More »

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