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    The News-About-Racist-Police-Violence Topic

    There are a number of topics around this forum with related news, but it looks like a separate topic will be better for the cases with a lower profile that are reaching the (inter)national mainstream media more often.

    This topic is not exclusively made for stories from the United States. Feel free to add news from any country.



    Police officer brutalises black teens at a pool party, most notably pushing a girl's head into the ground for reasons that are (seemingly) totally arbitrary.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/6/7/8744011/...police-officer

    Police brutality against African Americans is once again in the news following a viral video that showed a white police officer in McKinney, Texas, manhandling a young black girl at a pool party.

    The cop who has been identified as Eric Casebolt by Zahid Arab, a local reporter at Fox 4 forcefully threw the girl onto the ground, and pulled out and briefly aimed his gun at a group of black teens who surrounded him. He then proceeded to slam and hold the girl's head against the grassy field.
    But the video only captures part of the events that led up to the cop's actions. It doesn't show, for instance, why police were called to the pool party in the first place, and how that may have been racially motivated as well.
    Before cops arrived at the scene, students were attending a pool party. Police were called in after receiving multiple calls about disturbances at the pool, including one incident in which an older white woman allegedly made racist comments and fought with a younger black woman.

    The Huffington Post's Julia Craven reported that the pool was open to everyone until a security guard arrived and removed black attendees from the area. "Then he started making up rules to keep us out," Miles Jai Thomas, 15, told the Huffington Post.

    Residents of the neighborhood said the community residential pool wasn't open to everyone, and the black teens were trespassing. But local reporter Zahid Arab noted the event was advertised on social media.

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    The copper who pushed the girl down and waved his gun has resigned.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-33074314

    The US police officer filmed wrestling a black girl to the ground and pointing his gun at teenagers in Texas has stepped down, officials say.

    They say Cpl Eric Casebolt, aged 41, submitted his resignation "on his own will" earlier on Tuesday.

    In a video - filmed on Friday in McKinney - Cpl Casebolt, who is white, is seen pinning 15-year-old Dajerria Becton to the ground with his knees.

    Police said he was responding to disturbances reports at a pool party.

    Cpl Casebolt was placed on administrative leave following the incident.

    Hundreds of people later marched at the scene, demanding that the corporal be dismissed.
    Interesting article, but the almost essentialist use of "white" and "black" is rather disturbing, especially when it comes to children.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/6/9/8747567/...ty-white-teens

    In the story of the Texas pool party, where a police officer was caught on tape manhandling and pointing a gun at young black teenagers, there's a lot to be concerned and outraged about. But there's also one tiny thing to celebrate: the actions of two white kids.

    Just 14 and 15 years old, they wasted no time speaking on the record about the racist comments made by adults that they said set off the incident, and recording the discriminatory treatment they said they witnessed.

    Sadly, when it comes to public opinion about the event, it's likely that these accounts have more weight coming from the white kids than from the black kids who have offered similar stories, but whom many media consumers might see as potential criminals and untrustworthy reporters of what happened.


    Something else: people making racist calls about allegedly suspicious activity.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/5/6/8561439/...officer-reddit

    Police shootings of black men over the past year have put a national spotlight on racial disparities in how cops use force and in the criminal justice system but at least one officer is doing his part to get people to stop being racist.

    Reddit user sf7, who's listed as a verified law enforcement officer on Reddit, asked people to stop calling in "suspicious behavior" when they see black people doing completely normal things:
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    Re: The News-About-Racist-Police-Violence Topic

    The Dallas area is one of the worst segregated areas in the country due to economic factors:

    http://www.vox.com/2015/6/8/8747011/...as-segregation

    Before a McKinney, Texas, police officer arrived at a high school pool party and abused some of the black attendees, several residents of the mostly white community called 911 and reportedly said that the black teens didn't belong there, and one adult allegedly told them to return to "Section 8 [public] housing."

    These comments demonstrate one of the ugliest aspects of systemic racism in America today: segregation still exists although it's no longer explicitly sanctioned in the law, but now takes the form of making certain neighborhoods unaffordable for minority residents.

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    http://www.gallup.com/poll/183704/co...est-years.aspx

    PRINCETON, N.J. -- While a majority of Americans remain confident in the police, 52% currently express "a great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in that institution, tying the low in Gallup's 22-year trend. Confidence has ranged fairly narrowly between 52% and 64% since 1993.

    Gallup updated its annual confidence in U.S. institutions question in a June 2-7 Gallup poll. Even at its currently reduced confidence level, the police are still among the highest-ranking institutions, trailing only the military and small business among the 15 institutions tested in the poll.

    Overall, 25% of Americans say they have a great deal of confidence in the police, 27% quite a lot, 30% "some," 16% "very little" and 2% "none." The combined 18% who have very little or no confidence in police is the highest Gallup has measured to date. The full results for the trend are shown at the end of this article.

    The actions of police in certain U.S. cities -- including Ferguson, Missouri; Staten Island, New York; and North Charleston, South Carolina -- have recently come under scrutiny after black men were killed while being apprehended by white police officers. These events likely contributed to the decline in confidence in police, although it is important to note that Americans' trust in police has not been fundamentally shaken -- it remains high in an absolute sense, despite being at a historical low.

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    This could be in the topic specific to Baltimore, but this is really about different cases that seemingly expose a logic of racism operating in the police department.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/6/24/8839761...lice-brutality

    Former Baltimore police officer Michael Wood spoke out on Twitter about the horrifying acts of abuse he saw during his time on the force, reinforcing many of the concerns raised by the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody and the Baltimore Police Department's broader history of brutality.

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    Synopsis: A black woman was arrested for not using directionals when she changed lane (for the stated reason that she wanted to allow the police car of her would-be arrester to pass along), although the apparent reason was rather that she did not follow the white policeman's to stop smoking. The arrest was violent and three days later she was dead in her cell. The police claim she has committed suicide by hanging with a bin bag, but her relatives disbelieve the story.

    The cop cam video has been published and one can only say that the officer's behaviour was repugnant. He is now out of action for violating procedures.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/7/20/9002747...d-arrest-video

    Why would a woman with a promising new job commit suicide after she was arrested over an argument for a minor traffic violation? That's the question on friends and families' minds after police said Sandra Bland, a 28-year-old black woman, killed herself in a Texas jail cell on July 13.

    The mysterious death came after police pulled over Bland for failing to signal when changing lanes and arrested her, they claim, for allegedly assaulting a cop. Three days later she was found dead in her jail cell, in what officials have called a suicide. But family, friends, and social media activists do not believe the story. Some of the distrust is based on the circumstances of Bland's death but, more broadly, the skepticism shows some of the wider distrust built up toward law enforcement over the past year of protests against police brutality.

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    How the monopoly of violence is selectively used to kill black people, not to protect them.

    http://www.vox.com/2015/9/22/9370549...on-black-crime

    Critics of racial disparities in the criminal justice system often get asked a single question: "But what about black-on-black crime?" The rhetorical question is meant to argue that if you really think black lives matter, you should be more worried about black-on-black homicides that take thousands of lives each year, not police brutality and mass incarceration. That, defenders of police say, is the real racial problem in criminal justice today.

    But in her new book Ghettoside, journalist Jill Leovy argues that the abhorrent levels of black-on-black homicide and other racial disparities in the criminal justice system are two sides of the same coin — as summarized by this great paragraph:

    Like the schoolyard bully, our criminal justice system harasses people on small pretexts but is exposed as a coward before murder. It hauls masses of black men through its machinery but fails to protect them from bodily injury and death. It is at once oppressive and inadequate.

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    Protests in Minneapolis:

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34837238

    Protests are ongoing in Minneapolis over the police shooting of a black man who witnesses say was unarmed and handcuffed at the time.

    A state agency is investigating the incident, which happened on Sunday morning. Relatives of the man concerned say he is on life support.

    On Monday, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges called for a federal civil rights investigation into the case.

    Black Lives Matter protesters have been demonstrating in the city.
    Jamar Clark, 24, was shot after police were called to a reported assault, and police say he "interfered" with the paramedics assisting the assault victim.

    Police officers have said "misinformation" is spreading about the Clark case, and some have told reporters he was not handcuffed.

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    A police union claims that the shot man was not manacled. Needless to say, police unions have proven regrettably conservative on the issue of brutality against black people (which isn't a uniquely American problem).

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34870718

    The Minneapolis police union has said that an unarmed black man was not handcuffed and was trying to disarm police when he was fatally shot.

    Protesters have maintained that Jamar Clark, 24, was restrained by police when they shot him on Sunday.

    Clark was placed on life support and died a day later.

    The shooting has led to protests in the mid-western city, with police and demonstrators using irritant spray against each other on Wednesday night.

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