Police Brutality




A disturbing cellphone video shot recently in Philadelphia points to the nature of urban harassment by police under stop-and-frisk.

Officers stop two people walking on the sidewalk, initially telling them that it is for the crime of saying a friendly hello to another passerby – “In this city, you don’t talk to strangers.”

The men are then told that they are “under investigation” for involvement in a robbery. “I said we could’ve got a call, that somebody wearing the clothes you’re wearing just robbed somebody. That’s why we stopped you. Is that wrong of us?”

The officers go on to claim that the pedestrians had been jaywalking, threaten to “split [their heads] open”, and accuse the two of “weakening the country” by “freeloading”:








In their ongoing manhunt for Christopher Dorner, the former LAPD officer gone murderously rogue, Los Angeles police have twice opened fire on innocent people without warning or reason. Last week, cops shot a woman and her elderly mother driving in a car mistaken for Dorner’s (although both the license plate and the color of the vehicle were wrong). Police later let loose a hail of bullets on a man driving a pickup truck believed to be Dorner’s (although, again, the vehicle make and color didn’t match). In response, Buzzfeed notes, a local meme has been created by people hoping not to be blown away by L.A.’s finest:












Ryan Dorm spent four months in jail after Corporal Donald Taylor claimed that the 19-year-old assaulted him and caused his gun to discharge in an incident last winter. Then surveillance footage was uncovered revealing what actually unfolded. Via Washington, D.C.’s FOX 5 :

Fox 5 has obtained surveillance video of a February 3rd incident involving a Prince George’s County police officer that seems to dispute his story about why his gun discharged.

A Cottage City 19-year-old spent nearly 4 months in jail after Corporal Donald Taylor claimed Ryan Dorm assaulted him and the gun went off as Taylor struggled with him. The surveillance video is from a business on Perry Street in the Brentwood area. Attorney Jimmy Bell, who represents Dorm, says the video shows Taylor out-and-out “lied” when he wrote up a report supporting assault charges against his client. Taylor has been indicted and faces a trial in November. Bell has filed a $10 million dollar civil lawsuit in the case.



Neighbors used cell phones to film four LAPD officers brutally beating an African American college student who was handcuffed and lying on the ground, resulting in a concussion and broken facial bones. Ronald Weekley Jr. had been skateboarding in front of his family’s house, and a friend says that Weekley initially did not stop because he believed the officers were addressing a group of men standing nearby. He is now behind bars for resisting arrest, with the obvious question being, why would an arrest ever be made in the instance of someone skating in front of his or her home? KTLA-TV Los Angeles reports: