Category: Police Militarization

St. Louis County Police Kill Another Young Man as Militarized Cops Return to Streets with Chemical Weapons

St. Louis County Police Kill Another Young Man as Militarized Cops Return to Streets with Chemical Weapons

In St. Louis on Wednesday, a search – which witnesses are claiming was a no-knock raid – turned deadly, claiming the life of Mansur Ball-Bey. True to what we have grown to expect, the subsequent protest was not handled well by the St. Louis County police department, who perpetually se ...
The 500th Person Killed by Police in 2015 was a 69-Year-Old Suicidal Man, but 15 More People Have Been Killed Since

The 500th Person Killed by Police in 2015 was a 69-Year-Old Suicidal Man, but 15 More People Have Been Killed Since

As of Sunday afternoon, there have been at least 515 people killed by police in 2015. The 500th person to be killed by law enforcement officers took place Monday in Arizona after the wife of 69-year-old Richard Warolf called the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office to report that her husb ...
San Francisco Bay Area Transit Cop Lost Her Officer Husband to Friendly Fire, Sues BART Police

San Francisco Bay Area Transit Cop Lost Her Officer Husband to Friendly Fire, Sues BART Police

San Francisco's Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Sergeant Tom Smith Jr., 42, was shot and killed by friendly fire, while leading a raid on a suspect's home in Dublin, California, a city about 25 miles from Oakland in January 2014. On Friday, Smith's wife, who is also a BART officer, file ...
Florida Cops Disciplined for Pulling Man Over in Armored Car After He Flipped Them Off

Florida Cops Disciplined for Pulling Man Over in Armored Car After He Flipped Them Off

The camoflauge-wearing Florida cops who made international news last month when they used an armored car to pull a man over for flipping them off were disciplined, including one Alachua County Sheriff's Sergeant who was suspended without pay for a day. Perhaps now they will acknowledg ...
Miami Beach Police Chief Proclaims Racism Will Not be Tolerated as Hundreds of Blacks Come Down for Memorial Day Weekend

Miami Beach Police Chief Proclaims Racism Will Not be Tolerated as Hundreds of Blacks Come Down for Memorial Day Weekend

The timing of last week's press conference at the Miami-Dade County State Attorney's Office could not have been more obvious. Eight days before this weekend's Memorial Day Weekend hip hop festivities on Miami Beach; a million dollar, multi-agency, militarized seizure of the streets be ...
Michigan Police Enter Home and Shoot Man to Death Before Confiscating Surveillance Video That Possibly Captured Shooting

Michigan Police Enter Home and Shoot Man to Death Before Confiscating Surveillance Video That Possibly Captured Shooting

A federal agent who shot and killed a 20-year-old man during a raid on a Detroit home last week said he was in fear for his life because the man had lunged at him with a hammer. But the man's father, who witnessed the shooting, said his son was kneeling at the top of the stairs when t ...
Shocking Video Shows Paramilitary Police Dousing Protesters with Pepper Spray in Denver, Threatening Them With Assault Rifles

Shocking Video Shows Paramilitary Police Dousing Protesters with Pepper Spray in Denver, Threatening Them With Assault Rifles

With much of the nation focused on the police abuse protests happening in Baltimore and New York City, the Denver police and their actions against a group of protesters on Wednesday has largely gone unnoticed. But police were dressed for war. Paramilitary style. And they weren't going ...
Man who Recorded Freddie Gray Video Arrested After Voicing Fears That Police Were Trying to Intimidate Him

Man who Recorded Freddie Gray Video Arrested After Voicing Fears That Police Were Trying to Intimidate Him

The man who recorded one of two videos showing Baltimore cops dragging a screaming Freddie Gray into the back of a police van was arrested Thursday night, two days after voicing concerns that police were trying to intimidate him by plastering his photo all over the news, saying they want ...
New Jersey Police Officer Unlawfully Detains Man for Video Recording Traffic Stop

New Jersey Police Officer Unlawfully Detains Man for Video Recording Traffic Stop

A New Jersey police officer who served three tours in Iraq as a U.S. Marine didn't think twice about violating a man's First Amendment right to record in public. Perhaps Jersey City police officer Ramon Aponte was overseas when court decision after court decision, not to mention news ...
U.S. Marshal Snatches Camera From Woman in Los Angeles, Smashes it to Sidewalk, Kicks it

U.S. Marshal Snatches Camera From Woman in Los Angeles, Smashes it to Sidewalk, Kicks it

Strapped with an assault rifle, a United States Marshal stormed up to a woman recording from a residential sidewalk, snatching the camera from her hands and sending it smashing to the pavement before kicking it towards her in a shocking display of rage. The marshal then walked off wit ...