New Yorker Tyeesha Mobley was at a gas station near her Bronx apartment with her two sons when she caught the older boy, aged nine, stealing $10 out of her purse. Thinking this was a good opportunity to teach him a lesson about honesty and consequences, she called the police, asking them to help her communicate the seriousness of stealing.

When the police arrived, however, Mobley’s Arrested Development-style lesson quickly escalated into a terrifying situation. Three of the four officers who arrived at the gas station apparently understood that this was a lighthearted call. 

“They started asking Tyleke what did he take,” said Mobley. “He told them. And about three officers was joking around with him, telling him, ‘You can’t be stealing, you’ll wind up going in the police car.'”

The fourth cop, however, had different ideas. He began yelling: “You black b—-es don’t know how to take care of your kids … why are you wasting our time, we aren’t here to raise your kid … why don’t you take your f—ing kid and leave?”

When she tried to follow his order, Mobley says the fourth officer arrested her, refusing to give a reason. While she and her children cried for him to stop, one of the other officers attempted to intervene, saying, “We are not supposed to act like this.”

He replied, “Black b—-es like that … this is how I treat them.”

After her arrest, Mobley was hospitalized for the bruises she’d sustained on her legs thanks to the fourth cop kicking her during the arrest. She successfully fought off child endangerment charges—a pretty interesting charge given that the “endangerment” in question seems to have been calling the police.

Mobley’s two children were placed in foster care for four months, where they reportedly received sub-par care. Now, having recovered her children—who have undoubtedly learned a very different lesson than the one she intended to teach—Mobley is suing the NYPD.

And, to paraphrase J. Walter Weatherman, that’s why you don’t call the police.

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Fort Lauderdale Police Officer Victor Ramirez slaps homeless man who wanted to use restroom.Talk to Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler about it:

  • 954-828-5003
  • jack.seiler@fortlauderdale.gov

Video Shows Fort Lauderdale Cop Slapping Homeless Man Who Wanted to Use Restroom: “You’re Not Going to Pee!”

In July I shared a story of an incident in which my city’s police stormed a man’s house looking for drugs in the middle of the night and executed his two (understandably startled) dogs. One of the dogs was shot to death while fleeing in fear, and as I noted then, this isn’t an isolated incident. Just a few years ago, the Saint Paul Police killed another family dog…and forced handcuffed children to sit next to its bleeding corpse. The kicker? The raid wasn’t even in the right house!

Now, a new report has surfaced of SPPD brutality. This time, a young father named Chris Lollie was arrested while waiting to pick up his kids from school. The charges were “Trespassing, Disorderly Conduct, and Obstructing Legal Process,” and police claimed he refused to leave an area reserved for employees of the bank building he was in. However, not only were there no signs indicating that the location was private, but Lollie wasn’t even in the bank proper; he was in the skyway.

(For those who aren’t familiar with the skyway system, it’s a thing we have in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and some other Minnesota cities. Basically, it gets hella cold here in the winter, so they built enclosed sidewalks, or skyways, one or two stories up. In the downtown areas, the skyways form a whole second network of pedestrian roads, and once you get inside your office building—or whichever building is closest to your parking garage or bus stop or whatever—you can use them to move from building to building to get around the whole downtown area. It’s an easy way to go to lunch or meetings without having the snot in your nostrils freeze. I mention all that to say: Skyways are public spaces. You do not have to be an employee in the buildings they connect to use them. Lollie was not trespassing.)

Fortunately, Lollie had the presence of mind to capture his interaction with the SPPD on film. Here’s a transcript I’ve made of the first few seconds:

Lollie: So what’s your business with me right now?

Officer: I want to find out who you are, and what the problem was back there…

Lollie: There is no problem—that’s the thing.

Officer: So, talk to me, let me know, and you can be on your way.

Lollie: Let you know…why do I have to let you know who I am? Who I am isn’t the problem.

Officer: Because that’s what police do when they get called.

Lollie: Well, I know my rights, first off. Secondly, I don’t have to let you know who I am if I haven’t broken any laws. Like I told him, I’m going to New Horizons [School] to pick up my kids at 10 o'clock. I was sitting there for ten minutes…

As the officer brushes aside his explanation and continues to illegally demand he identify himself, Lollie cuts to the chase: “The problem is I’m black. That’s the problem. No, it really is, because I didn’t do anything wrong.”

Next, Lollie and the female officer he’s been walking and talking with meet a male officer. When Lollie politely asks the officer not to touch or obstruct him, because he has to go get his kids, the man immediately responds, “Well, you’re going to go to jail then.”

As the police initiate the arrest process—telling him to put his hand behind his back or “otherwise things are going to get ugly"—the camera visuals go black. Lollie continues to be heard pleading, still polite even while he’s assaulted, that he be allowed to go meet his children.

Next, they tase him.

If that’s not enough to convince you that this is gross police misconduct, seriously, take five minutes and watch the video. The calmness of his tone alone should make it obvious that there is no possible argument that the situation merited this kind of police action:

After multiple witnesses verified Lollie’s version of events, prosecutors dropped all charges against him. One woman who is also not an employee at the bank the skyway links noted that she regularly sits during her lunch break exactly where Lollie was sitting, but she has never been harassed by police. However, the SPPD continue to defend their actions.

At The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf points out how simple it would have been for police to resolve this situation without violence and an arrest had they cared to do so:

His story about getting his kids wasn’t merely plausible, given the man’s age and the fact that there was a school right there–it was a story the female police officer shown at the beginning of the video or the male officer shown later could easily confirm. 

Lollie is also absolutely correct that no law required him to show an ID to police officers. As Flex Your Rights explains, "Police can never compel you to identify yourself without reasonable suspicion to believe you’re involved in illegal activity,” and while 24 states have passed “stop and identify” statutes “requiring citizens to reveal their identity when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place,” Minnesota isn't one of those states.

The female officer shown in the beginning of the video could easily have de-escalated the encounter by saying, “You’re right, sir, you have every right to refuse to show me identification, and if you’re just picking up your kids I’m so sorry to have bothered you. If you don’t mind, I just want to walk with you to confirm that your story checks out so I can inform the 911 caller of their error. That way we can make sure this never happens again when you’re just here to pick up your kids.”

Or she could’ve said, “Sir, I totally see why this is confusing–a lot of people would think so. Let me try to explain. That totally looks like a public seating area, but it’s actually private. Don’t you think they should have a sign saying so? Calling me may seem like an overreaction, but technically they can ask you to leave. You’re walking away now, so there’s actually no problem as long as you’re not going to go back. Are you? Okay, then we have no problem, have a wonderful day.”  

As Lollie is carried away post-tasing, he can be heard challenging the officers’ “legal” assault: “Who are you? You don’t rule me. I didn’t do anything wrong. I didn’t hurt anybody. I didn’t touch anybody.”

If only the SPPD could honestly say the same.

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Kentucky Justice Secretary: “Gynnya McMillen deserved better.”

The Kentucky State Medical Examiner has ruled that Gynnya, who died on January 11 at the Lincoln Village Juvenile Detention Center, Elizabethtown, had a rare genetic disorder that caused an irregular heartbeat. However an internal investigation found a pattern of employee misconduct, as the victim was refused medical assistance. 

Almost 5 months later, the head of the Kentucky Justice and Public Safety Cabinet said that Gynnya McMillen should not have been at the facility in the first place.

Unfortunately this can’t bring Gynnya back to life. She’s gone forever because of someone’s negligence. The least that could be done is firing and charging people who were involved in her death!

#JusticeForGynnyaMcMillen    #SayHerName

#BlackLivesMatter

We’ve been coming up on six years of existence and we don’t have a use of force on our unit. Which means we never tased anybody. We’ve never shot anybody. We’ve never hit anybody with [a baton]. But patients, talking to them, we get the result we want in the end. And we don’t have to force it on them.
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A San Antonio police officer who has been trained to recognize mental illness and respond to it in a nonviolent manner. The training has saved taxpayers $50 million over five years and dramatically reduced the number of violent interactions between police and citizens.

This needs to be implemented EVERYWHERE. 

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Michael Brown – Horrific Racist Song At Charity Event … ‘And He’s Dead, Dead Michael Brown’

The Glendale, CA Elks Lodge is investigating a shocking incident that went down in the club a week ago Monday, when a performer sang a song celebrating the death of Michael Brown.

TMZ has obtained a video of a song performed at a charity event held at the Elks Lodge in Glendale, California which refers to Michael Brown as a “roadkill dog.” The event was hosted by retired LAPD officer Joe Myers as part of a charity golf tournament. About half of the 50-60 guests were also officers

http://www.salon.com/2014/12/23/deader_than_a_roadkill_dog_disgusting_racist_song_about_michael_brown_performed_at_lapd_officers_charity_event/ 

Living in America...
  1. You’re 1.8 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by the heat.
  2. You’re 20 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a bee, wasp, or hornet.
  3. You’re 24 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by lightning.
  4. You’re 41 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a dog.
  5. You’re 53 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist attack.
  6. You’re 166 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a spider.
  7. You’re 166 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by fireworks.
  8. You’re 193 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a venomous snake.
  9. You’re 264 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by an amusement park ride.
  10. You’re 387 times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a shark, bear, or alligator.

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Sign Petition To Help Investigate India Cumming’s Death Cause

India was arrested and placed into custody on February 1. On February 17, 2016, she was admitted to Buffalo General Hospital brain dead, in cardiac arrest, and with a litany of other highly disturbing physical ailments, including broken bones and severe dehydration.



The circumstances of India’s death are STILL unclear.

We want JUSTICE for India.

Together we can make it happen! All you need to do is sign the petition on the White House website. If the number of signed petitions reaches 100.000, the Obama Administration will actually consider to launch a proper investigation!

Also, a meet-up in honor of India will be taking place on April 4 at Erie County Holding Center, 40 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, New York. 

Please do not stay silent and come!

Further details here.


#Jusitce4IndiaCummings    #BlackLivesMatter

#StopPoliceViolence

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Baltimore officer who drove the van in which Freddie Gray’s back was broken is cleared of all charges.

Baltimore police officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr was cleared of second-degree murder and six lesser charges in the death of Freddie Gray in April, 2015.

You kill someone. If you’re lucky and you’re a cop - don’t worry, judge will let you off the hook. 

All the cops are getting off and Freddie Gray doesn’t get JUSTICE.

This is how America’s justice system works.

#StopPoliceBrutality   #JusticeForFreddieGray   

#BlackLivesMatter   

#StayWoke

Fair warning: This story is sickening.

The man pictured above is Chad Chadwick of Fort Bend, Texas. He had no criminal record as of September 27, 2011, when, feeling distraught, he had a little too much to drink and fell asleep in his bathtub. Maybe not the greatest decision (my neck hurts just thinking about it) but certainly he was not breaking any laws.

Unfortunately for Chadwick, a friend was concerned about him and—rather than just checking up on him in person as would be the normal thing for friends to do—he called the police.

That call resulted in a full SWAT team heading to Chadwick’s apartment. Seriously, look at this photo from that night:

That cop is pretty much ready to go into battle, but he’s on a call to do…what? Make sure a guy is feeling ok and not self-harming? This is absurd.

So the police storm Chadwick’s apartment where he’s sleeping in the bathtub. I’ll let his narrative take over from here:

They told a judge I had hostages. They lied to a judge and told him I had hostages in my apartment and they needed to enter,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick did own a single shotgun, but had threatened no one, not even himself. Chadwick’s firearm possession apparently prompted SWAT to kick in his door, launch a stun grenade into the bathroom and storm in, according to Chadwick, without announcing their identity.

While I had my hands up naked in the shower they shot me with a 40 millimeter non-lethal round,” said Chadwick.

A second stun grenade soon followed.

“I turned away, the explosion went off, I opened my eyes the lights are out and here comes a shield with four or five guys behind it. They pinned me against the wall and proceeded to beat the crap out of me,” said Chadwick.

That’s when officers shot the unarmed Chadwick in the back of the head with a Taser at point blank range. "They claimed I drew down with a shampoo bottle and a body wash bottle,“ said Chadwick. And it wasn’t over.

"They grabbed me by my the one hand that was out of the shower and grabbed me by my testicles, slammed me on my face on the floor and proceeded to beat me more,” said Chadwick.

Chadwick, who hadn’t broken a single law when SWAT burst through his door, was taken to the Ft. Bend County Jail with a fractured nose, bruised ribs and what’s proven to be permanent hearing loss.

So this SWAT team completely fabricates a story to a judge to get a warrant to enter Chadwick’s house, finds him asleep and unarmed, brutally attacks him, deafens him permanently, and then what? Well, then they arrest him, charge him with six crimes—including felonies—and throw him into solitary for two days.

Needless to say, calling the police did not make Chad Chadwick less distraught.

But this story has a better ending than most tales of police brutality. Over the course of the last three years, Chadwick succeeded in getting all felony and misdemeanor charges against himself dropped. He was able to keep his job and build his relationship with his daughter.

Yet the officers on the SWAT team have yet to face any consequences for their actions, so Chadwick is still working to hold them accountable for their abuse. “They came in did what they did, figured out that they messed up and now they are doing everything they can to cover it up,” he says. “They treated a normal American citizen like an animal. It’s not right.”