Posts Tagged Police brutality

Pussy Riot, New Yorkers and jury oppose the conviction of NYPD assault victim Cecily McMillan

Last week, a jury convicted Cecily McMillan of getting her breast grabbed and bruised by an NYPD officer, getting shoved by the officer and then having the nerve to have a seizure in front of several police officers, who responded by doing absolutely nothing for several minutes (link is to a pdf). The conviction has drawn criticism and outcry. Formerly incarcerated Pussy Riot* members are speaking out on behalf of McMillan, with whom they identify and whom they visited in jail over the weekend. Yesterday, New York residents and elected officials held a protest against McMillan’s conviction. But what is much more surprising, and revealing, is the fact that the very jury ...

Last week, a jury convicted Cecily McMillan of getting her breast grabbed and bruised by an NYPD officer, getting shoved by the officer and then having the nerve to have a seizure in front of ...

Cop testifies against woman he assaulted

(Transcript at DemocracyNow!)

This was a big week in the trial against Cecily McMillan. You may have heard about this case before: A cop grabbed the Occupier’s breast hard enough to leave a hand print and then shoved her strongly enough to leave her in a seizure for which she would be hospitalized. And she, not the police officer, is the one on trial.

(Transcript at DemocracyNow!)

This was a big week in the trial against Cecily McMillan. You may have heard about this case before: A cop grabbed the Occupier’s breast hard enough to leave a hand print and then ...

Cops videotaped beating a man to death were just “doing their jobs” and acquitted

An attorney representing a policeman acquitted of  involuntary manslaughter on Monday said this: “These peace officers were doing their jobs…they did what they were trained to do”: beating a homeless man to death, as he screamed for help.

An attorney representing a policeman acquitted of  involuntary manslaughter on Monday said this: “These peace officers were doing their jobs…they did what they were trained to do”: beating a homeless man to death, as he screamed for ...

Photo of the Day: #JusticeforReefa

The Dream Defenders, through its MTazamo arts project, helped organize an exhibit last night in Miami in honor of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, who was tasered to death by police in August. The event, held at LMNT Miami, featured works by the late graffiti artist and his supporters — including the above tribute to Reefa by Lola Blu. You can find more images from last night at the Dream Defenders’ Instagram.

The Dream Defenders, through its MTazamo arts project, helped organize an exhibit last night in Miami in honor of Israel “Reefa” Hernandez, who was tasered to death by police in ...

Quick Hit: Race, respectability, and the murder of Jonathan Ferrell

Our own Mychal Denzel Smith has an excellent and, at some points, heartbreaking, piece on the murder of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24 year-old shot by police on Saturday for, essentially, looking for help while being black.

Mychal explains,

Ferrell had been a car crash and then ran to the nearest house to find help. The woman inside answered the door, believing it to be her husband on the other side. When she realized it wasn’t, she immediately closed the door, hit her panic alarm and callled 911. She reported a man attempting to break into her home. When the police arrived, Ferrell approached them, presumably still trying to get help, ...

Our own Mychal Denzel Smith has an excellent and, at some points, heartbreaking, piece on the murder of Jonathan Ferrell, the unarmed 24 year-old shot ...

A queer-of-color reflection on Fruitvale Station

It’s been a couple of weeks since I saw Fruitvale Station now, the acclaimed film about the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland, CA man who was murdered in cold blood and in front of many witnesses by a BART cop back in 2009. I went to see it without thinking much about that decision; I knew it was out, that it was a film that addressed the endemic police brutality that people of color – and particularly Black men and masculine-presenting Black folks – face, and that I wanted to watch it, so I just looked up the showtimes and, with my partner, made my way. At the theater ...

It’s been a couple of weeks since I saw Fruitvale Station now, the acclaimed film about the last 24 hours of the life of Oscar Grant, a young Oakland, CA man who was murdered ...

Justice for Jewu

Justice for Jewu, at a price

Over the weekend, New Haven activist group People Against Police Brutality threw a party at the local People’s Arts Collective. Although surrounded by friends and supporters, the organizers weren’t celebrating: they needed money.

Long-time community activist Jewu Richardson’s trial starts March 25. After years of harassment by the New Haven Police Department, which tried to intimate him into working as an informant and nearly killed him once before, Richardson found himself in jail with a bullet in his chest and no medical care on January 16, 2010.

Accused of hitting a police officer with his car during a chase, after which he was shot by a cop standing on top of his windshield, Richardson will finally have a ...

Over the weekend, New Haven activist group People Against Police Brutality threw a party at the local People’s Arts Collective. Although surrounded by friends and supporters, the organizers weren’t celebrating: they needed money.

Long-time community activist ...

Quick hit: Rally held in Sydney to protest police violence against Indigenous community

Over the weekend, Sydney police shot two Indigenous men in an attempt to stop them from stealing a car. One of the men is not a man – he is fourteen years old. The two men are in hospital in a “critical but stable condition.”

There’s also video of one of the officers dragging and punching one of the men after arresting him.Today, a few hundred people gathered in the centre of Sydney to protest the shooting.

The Indigenous Social Justice Association responded by organising the protest on Macquarie Street

Aboriginal activist Graham Merritt accused Sydney police of racism.

“It’s time to stand up all you young fellas and be counted. Don’t let this happen to you ...

Over the weekend, Sydney police shot two Indigenous men in an attempt to stop them from stealing a car. One of the men is not a man – he is fourteen years old. The two men are ...

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