Posts tagged "police"

Ta-Nehisi Coates On Baltimore: “Wisdom Isn’t The Point Tonight. Disrespect Is.”

Atlantic columnist Ta-Nehisi Coates has written a must-read piece on the events in Baltimore, his hometown, over the last few days, starting with peaceful protests this weekend and rioting last night, in response to the death Freddie Gray (his spine was severed) at the hands of police officers. 

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / April 28, 2015

The Police Aren’t “Under Siege,” They’re Under Criticism

The shooting of two NYPD officers this weekend was tragic, but to blame it on Black Lives Matter protestors has no basis. The police aren’t “under siege,” they’re under criticism. [Slate] Learn about the Turkish businesswomen who are fighting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s censorship and neglect of domestic violence issues. [The Daily Beast] President…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 22, 2014

Watch The Lowell, Michigan, Police Get Into The Holiday Spirit

Hooray, more holiday cheer! A set of boobs other than Sara X’s has been getting into the Christmas spirit: The Lowell, Michigan Police Department. I KID. They seem very nice and not at all boob-ish. Lowell police officers started wearing body cameras on dispatches last October, and have since seen public complaints about the police…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 10, 2014

On Police Retaliation And Obfuscation From St. Louis To Chicago

Most people don’t protest. Hell, even a lot of the people who want to protest don’t protest, and there are a lot of valid reasons for that. But if you haven’t done it, it’s easy to look at demonstrations from the outside and see people who are rowdy, disruptive, entitled to any kind of behavior,…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 8, 2014

The Cop Who Killed Akai Gurley Contacted His Union Rep Before Calling 911

The NYPD officer who shot and killed Akai Gurley texted his police union rep before he called 911. [Daily Dot] Tamir Rice’s family is suing the city of Cleveland and the two officers involved in the 12-year-old’s shooting for wrongful death. [The Root] Here are the names of the women and girls who have been

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 5, 2014

Over-Policed & Under-Served: How The Phrase “Fuck The Police” Was Born

"You fucking stupid bitch," a man screamed followed by the slam of a car door. Feet thumped and the passenger door swung open. The incoherent pleas of a woman could be heard. Then the loud sound of skin making contact with skin reverberated through the late night, down the empty street. My brother, sister and…

By: Tiffanie Drayton / December 1, 2014

Read And Watch DeRay McKesson’s Tweets And Vines To See How Police Are Treating Peaceful Protest In Saint Louis

Today, peaceful protesters -- the protesters people have been calling for after a night of looting, burning, and destruction following the no-indictment decision for Darren Wilson on Monday -- gathered in Saint Louis, Missouri to demonstrate in the city's downtown area. DeRay McKesson, a Ferguson protester who has been particularly active on Twitter over the…

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / November 26, 2014

Frisky Rant: It’s Not Offensive To Suggest That People Help Protect Themselves From Crime

The University of Wisconsin Madison Police Department posted an article this week about safety tips on campus and, of course, people are manufacturing reasons to get mad about it. I really do mean manufacturing. These are really simple and effective safety tips that are not aimed specifically at women or the issue of campus rape.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 10, 2014

RIP Society: Oklahoma City Police Officer Arrested For Sexually Assaulting 7 Women

To protect and serve, huh? Oklahoma City police arrested fellow cop Daniel Ken Holtzclaw, 27, yesterday for rape and sexual battery against seven Black women. Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty said that an investigation by the sex crimes unit found Holtzclaw assaulted the women while on-duty between February and June of this year, according…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 22, 2014

Trayvon Martin’s Mom Writes Open Letter To Michael Brown’s Family

I hate that you and your family must join this exclusive yet growing group of parents and relatives who have lost loved ones to senseless gun violence. Of particular concern is that so many of these gun violence cases involve children far too young. But Michael is much more than a police/gun violence case; Michael…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 19, 2014

Officer Darren Wilson Named As Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

Darren Wilson is the police officer who shot and killed an unarmed 18-year-old named Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on Saturday afternoon, Ferguson's police chief announced today. The department has withheld Officer Wilson's name this entire week amidst protests. Wilson is a six-year veteran of the police force and has had no prior disciplinary actio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 15, 2014

Pennsylvania Police Accused Of Discriminating Against Women In Physical Fitness Test

The Pennsylvania State Police are being sued by the Justice Department over the allegation that its physical fitness test discriminates against women. . [ [Huffington Post; CBS Local] One Chinese city is paying families about $161 to give their daughters the mother's last name in order to encourage the idea that girls can carry o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 1, 2014

NYPD Accused Of Using A Chokehold On Pregnant Black Woman

This weekend, police in Brooklyn, New York, busted some folks who were grilling on the sidewalk — which, I didn't know until reading this New York Daily News article, is illegal. But a "melee" broke out, with several of the parties resisting arrest. Now there are photographs being distributed by a community advocacy group which…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 28, 2014

PurrVerse: The NYPD Now Limits Using Condoms As Evidence Of Sex Work — But This Issue Is Far From Over

The NYPD has finally agreed to ban the confiscation condoms as evidence from people they suspect of being sex workers. With similar measures having been fought for and won in San Francisco and Washington, D.C., this seems like a win for sexual health, right? Well, sort of. The headlines I keep seeing aren’t actually accurate:…

By: Kitty Stryker / May 15, 2014

Police Officer Filmed Kicking The Legs Out From Under Handcuffed 13-Year-Old

An as-yet unnamed Boyton Beach, Florida, police officer has been placed on administrative duty after he was caught on camera kicking the legs out from under a handcuffed 13-year-old for "no reason," and now the child's parents are planning to file a formal complaint. Kevens Jean Baptiste, 13, was riding the bus to school last…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 14, 2014

Cops In Hawaii Still Want To Sleep With Sex Workers Before Arresting Them

Police in Hawaii are allowed to have intercourse with sex workers as part of their investigations — fuck her and then arrest her! Legislators want to change that, but cops are insistent it be preserved. Are we surprised that "law enforcement" of sex work is completely screwed up? [Talking Points Memo] You know you want…

By: Jessica Wakeman / March 21, 2014

D.C. Police Officer Charged With Taking Nude Photographs Of 15-Year-Old Girl

"Shocking and disturbing."  These are the words of Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Chief of Police Cathy Lanier after an officer was arrested on Monday for the production of child pornography by taking nude photos of a 15-year-old girl.

By: Jessica Wakeman / December 4, 2013

RIP Society: Cop Chased, Tasered Woman For Refusing To Show Her Breasts

The police have done some pretty disgusting stuff before but this one takes the cake: A woman alleges Haskell, Arkansas, police officer Brandon Carter showed up at her workplace, demanded she show her breasts, and then chased her around the office with a taser when she said "no." Ashlea Bennet said Carter, who was on-duty,…

By: Jessica Wakeman / November 5, 2013

Jonathan Ferrell, Ex-College Football Player & Unarmed Black Man, Shot 10 Times By North Carolina Police After Car Accident

Jonathan Ferrell, 24, a former college football player at Florida A&M University, who is black, was shot to death by police on Saturday after he suffered a major car accident and sought help from a neighbor. Ferrell crashed his car in suburban Charlotte, North Carolina, around 2:30am Saturday morning. Investigators think he may have had…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 17, 2013

NYPD Sued By Woman For Sexual Assault, Harassment By Cop

The New York City Police Department is infamous for the controversial "stop and frisk" program, critiqued for how it is used for racial profiling.  This story, however, is more like stop and grope. According to NYMag.com, a Brooklyn woman, Latonya Ratcliff, 39, is suing the city after Officer Joseph Jette entered an apartment, where Ratcliff work…

By: Sarah Gray / March 28, 2013
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