Tag Archives | Police Brutality

The Boomerang Effect Of Domestic Colonization

Via the New Inquiry, Jacob Silverman on how methods of control developed in the War on Terror and previous imperialist endeavors return home to our own shores:

In 1975 and 1976 Foucault argued that Western imperialism didn’t merely force Western institutions on imperial subjects. Rather, “a whole series of colonial models was brought back to the West, and the result was that the West could practise something resembling colonization, or an internal colonialism, on itself.”

This boomerang effect has been resurgent over the past decade, when one can observe practices from the neocolonial frontiers of Baghdad, Kabul, and Hebron now being instituted in New York, Washington, D.C., and London. So-called green zones, security buffers, checkpoints, novel nonlethal weapons, drones, and CCTV—all have become indelible features of the West’s urban centers of political and financial power. Though they originate in the military campaigns prosecuted by Western forces and security contractors, these elements are largely facilitated by the police.

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U.K. Police Taser Blind Man After Mistaking Cane For Samurai Sword

Imagine seeing the world through the eyes of taser-happy cops. Via the BBC:

Colin Farmer, 61, was [tasered] by police following reports of a man walking through Chorley with a samurai sword. One of the officers who arrived in Chorley believed he had located the offender.

Mr Farmer, who has suffered two strokes, said he thought he was being attacked by thugs. He was walking to a pub to meet friends on Friday when the officer fired the Taser. It forced him to drop his stick and he fell to the ground, he said. He said the experience had left him “shaking like a leaf” and scared to go outside.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said the incident was being investigated and the officer’s Taser had been withdrawn.

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A Dozen LAPD Officers Beat And Taze College Student Over Beer In Brown Paper Bag

Video surreptitiously filmed by a nearby security guard shows approximately a dozen men participating in a mass beating resembling a brutal gang initiation -- except that the participants are Los Angeles police officers who went to town on 23-year-old Aibuidefe Oghogho, after he made the mistake of raising his arm in defense when an officer initially shoved him:
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Lawsuits Against Police Are A ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ For New York City

 In the era of smartphone video, cities may no longer be able to afford their police forces’ misconduct. The city of New York now budgets a whopping $180 million a year for payouts to victims of police brutality and wrongful arrest, New York World writes:

Lawsuits against the city’s police soared to a record 2,004 cases entering the courts in the year that ended July 1, indicat[ing] that the flood of cases brought against the New York City police — which have seen a 63 percent rise over the last decade — has not subsided.

Meanwhile, a federal judge ruled this week that the city is liable for hundreds of arrests the NYPD made during the Republican National Convention in 2004, opening up the possibility that plaintiffs could sue for false arrest and further exacerbate the problem.

For fiscal year 2013, now underway, the NYPD has budgeted $180 million for payouts.

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Surveillance Video Reveals Maryland Cop Pistol Whipping Teen

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.
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Protect And Serve: The Best Of Police Training Videos

Recently screened at New York's Spectacle Theater, Protect and Serve is a mind-bending mashup film juxtaposing police behavior with the warped-reality instructional materials that perhaps shaped their outlook:
A short compilation of golden-age police procedural tutorials, self-defense training vids, and the most nightmarish amateur footage of macings, beatdowns, and brutal assaults ever captured by the public.
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LAPD Caught On Film Beating Up Teenager For Skateboarding On The Wrong Side Of The Street

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:
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White Maryland Police Officer Caught on Video Beating Handcuffed Black Man

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Via Raw Story:

UPDATE: Video embed was disabled. Watch the video at NBC Washington.

A couple of Maryland police officers have been caught on video using the buddy system to beat a helpless, handcuffed suspect. The police department has launched an internal investigation. Any guesses on the outcome?

A police officer in Laurel, Maryland is under investigation after a witness came forward with video of him repeatedly striking a handcuffed man in the head.

Craig Reddix provided NBC Washington with video he shot outside the Laurel Station Bar and Grill, where police were responding to reports of a fight on Sunday.

The video shows two white officers escorting a handcuffed African-American man. One officer can be seen holding the suspect’s arms while the other strikes his head at least three times. It’s wasn’t clear from the video if the officer stuck the man with an open or closed hand.

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