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January 19th, 2022 - 6:54 pm § in Law and Courts

Portland police training

Portland, Oregon, has one of America’s most violent police departments. This image, discovered by a city employee, was part of a PowerPoint training presentation. Police are supposed to be apolitical public servants; if they’re going to beat up protesters, they should beat them up equall[...]

December 29th, 2021 - 3:19 pm § in Law and Courts

Kim Potter case raises interesting questions about police accountability

Kim Potter killed a man. She meant to tase him, but shot him instead. For that mistake, she lost more than her job; she’s going to prison, even though the jury concluded she was “a good person” and “a good cop” who made “an innocent mistake.” A juror who spo[...]

December 15th, 2021 - 8:12 pm § in Law and Courts, Racism

Chauvin pleads in 2 civil rights cases

Ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin, already convicted of murder in state court, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, to two federal civil rights indictments. In a plea agreement with federal prosecutors, Chauvin admitted he violated the civil rights of George Floyd, who he murdered in 2020,[...]

November 11th, 2021 - 1:43 pm § in Racism

Racist ex-police chief assures us he’s not a racist

He was caught on surveillance video (below) “leaving a ‘Ku Klux Klan’ note on a Black officer’s raincoat,” NBC News says (here). That’s not all. He also “fashioned a KKK style hat out of paper” and told the officer “he had to wear it on his next [...]

September 19th, 2021 - 12:30 pm § in Law and Courts

The “law and order” mindset

In February 2019, a citizen called Seattle police after seeing a 74-year-old neighbor’s door ajar and “clutter” inside. The police conducted what they usually call a “welfare check,” as follows: 10 officers invaded his home with drawn guns, roughed him up, and handcuffe[...]

September 15th, 2021 - 12:36 pm § in Law and Courts

Who would guess America’s worst police department is racially biased?

For some time now, I’ve nominated Aurora, Colorado, as the U.S. city having the worst police. Many factors contribute to awful policing, such as systemic racism, excessive force and gratuitous violence against (often innocent) citizens, frequent civil rights and constitutional rights violation[...]

September 15th, 2021 - 12:54 am § in Law and Courts

How bad police squander tax dollars

“The city of Philadelphia will pay $2 million to a Black woman who was pulled from a car, beaten by officers and had her toddler used for social media fodder by the police union,” NBC News reported on Tuesday, September 14, 2021. (Read story here.) “Nursing aide Rickia Young was he[...]

July 28th, 2021 - 12:14 pm § in Law and Courts

Aurora PD again

Aurora, Colorado, has America’s arguably worst police department. Its cops are infamous. Their own chief calls them “despicable.” So it’s not really a surprise they’re in the news again. Last Friday, July 23, 2021, two Aurora officers responding to a trespassing complai[...]

June 27th, 2021 - 12:54 pm § in Law and Courts

What’s really wrong with police unions

“They condition their members to see themselves as soldiers at war with the public they are meant to serve, and above the laws they are meant to enforce.” That’s the subheading of an article by Adam Serwer, an award-winning black journalist (bio here), published in The Atlantic on [...]

May 17th, 2021 - 7:34 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Loren Culp’s police dog is a crook

Loren Culp ran for Governor of Washington and lost by a huge margin. Previous to that, he was police chief in the tiny town of Republic, Washington. His campaign ads milked that lofty status for all it was worth: Culp posed in police uniform with Karma, the town’s police dog. Ted Nugent (photo[...]