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Chicago Poised To Become First City To Pay Reparations For Police Violence

Michael Pereckas (CC BY 2.0)

Michael Pereckas (CC BY 2.0)

Aaron Cynic writes at Chicagoist:

Victims of police torture by Jon Burge and his notorious “midnight crew” are one step closer to reparations today, as Mayor Rahm Emanuel agreed to a package deal for survivors which includes a $5.5 million dollar fund. Survivors of Burge and his men say they were subjected to a variety of abhorrent and brutal torture procedures when being questioned— most often for crimes they knew nothing about— including electro-shock, Russian roulette, mock executions, beatings and more. Burge and the midnight crew tortured suspects to extract false confessions, which landed several men on death row.

According to the deal, a now amended ordinance brokered by the People’s Law Office, Amnesty International, Project NIA, Chicago Torture Memorials and several other groups, some 118 victims of the former Area 2 Commander and their families will be eligible for financial compensation and other benefits.… Read the rest

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Map of Police Violence

The Mapping Police Violence project has some shocking statistics to accompany this map:

At least 1148 people were killed by police in 2014. 304 (26%) were black.

Black people were nearly 3x more likely than whites to be killed by police in 2014.

o At least 100 unarmed black people were killed by police in 2014, more than any other race.

o Police killed at least 16 more black people in 2014 than in 2012an increase of 5%. Police killings increased despite a drop in crime.

Where you live matters. A black person in St. Louis is 5x more likely to be killed by police than a black person in New York City. A black person in Florida is more than 2.5x more likely to be killed by police than a black person in Georgia.

o It’s not about crime rates. Despite the fact that Newark and St.… Read the rest

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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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How To Make Your Candy Bar Not Look Like A Gun

In a clip from his short-lived but oft intriguing Awful Truth program, Michael Moore takes to the streets of Giuliani-era New York City and paints residents' wallets, keys, and snack foods day-glo orange in the hope of stemming the tide of 'self defense' police shootings of people holding everyday objects. More relevant than ever in the aftermath of the Trayvon Martin killing:
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The Infectious Escalation of Occupy Oakland

402px-Occupy_Oakland_PosterNatalie W writes at Diatribe Media:

An unofficial count of 400 Occupy Oakland demonstrators were arrested Saturday, January 28, after being fired upon, beaten, kettled, and trapped by Oakland riot police.

The Occupy Oakland social movement is rooted in the lower-income, ethnically diverse Bay area city and has been a previous site of violent police repression. Oakland has been a nexus of social unrest long before the Occupation catalyzed it as an outlet for frustration.

Oakland boasts closing public schools, an annual median family income at $56,000 in 2008, and in 2010, it was listed as the fifth most dangerous in the US with a history of police brutality. With all of these simmering tensions, Occupy Oakland’s actions should not come as a surprise to anyone, least of all elected officials like Mayor Quan and Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan.

The Occupy movement is a global social demonstration aimed at overturning the interconnectivity of money/economic/political entitlement.… Read the rest

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