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    A group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle are claiming that they’re being priced out of their civil rights by the prohibitive costs of defending themselves against police violence. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges that the repeated use of force by the Seattle Police Department has made it impossible for them to exercise their right to protest without pricey personal protective gear. “Because protesters now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal protection,” the lawsuit says. The five plaintiffs — Jessica Benton, Shelby Bryant, Anne Marie Cavanaugh, Alyssa Garrison and Clare Thomas — allege helmets, gas masks, protective clothing,...
    A group of Black Lives Matter protesters in Seattle are claiming that they’re being priced out of their civil rights by the prohibitive costs of defending themselves against police violence. The lawsuit filed Monday in federal court alleges that the repeated use of force by the Seattle Police Department has made it impossible for them to exercise their right to protest without pricey personal protective gear. “Because protesters now must purchase expensive equipment to be assured that they will be able to protest safely, the indiscriminate use of weapons by SPD implicates equal protection,” the lawsuit says. The five plaintiffs — Jessica Benton, Shelby Bryant, Anne Marie Cavanaugh, Alyssa Garrison and Clare Thomas — allege helmets, gas masks, protective clothing,...
    Fredericksburg, Virginia, police have made changes to their use of force policies to bring them in compliance with the national reform campaign “8 Can’t Wait.” On Saturday, at the first in a planned series of public outreach events, Police Chief Brian Layton said a demonstrator made him aware of the “8 Can’t Wait” campaign, which was launched in June. “It’s eight things that police departments across the country can do right now to reduce the use of force and reduce officer-involved injuries. That caught my attention right away,” Layton said. It turned out his department already had six of the eight suggested policies in place. Now, it has all eight. The policies include banning chokeholds and strangleholds, requiring officers to...
    By SOPHIA EPPOLITO, Associated Press/Report for America SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Salt Lake City's police department will implement stricter policies aimed at limiting the use of deadly force as protests against police brutality continue, the mayor announced Monday. Mayor Erin Mendenhall signed an executive order Monday directing police Chief Mike Brown to enact several new policy changes, such as mandating deescalation tactics before using force, by Sept. 5. Previously, officers only needed to use “objectively reasonable” force, but under this order they must only use force when necessary and if it is proportionate to the situation. “The people of this community deserve a city that is equitable for all who reside here,” Mendenhall told reporters. Under this order, officers...
    The Nevada Assembly approved a bill banning the police from using chokeholds on suspects on Saturday, while the Nevada Senate is mulling over a bill to scale back protections for officers being investigated for misconduct. The Assembly bill, which passed through the legislative chamber 38-4, bans chokeholds, puts in place procedures around misuse of force, and gives the right to citizens to film police activity, the Las Vegas Sun reported. KTNV reported that the bill also requires that another police officer should intervene if he or she feels that the officer is misusing force and requires that all misuse of force incidents be reported to the officer’s law enforcement agency. The bill defines a chokehold as a technique that applies...
    FAIRFAX DISTRICT, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Department has released video of an incident involving a man who accuses the department of striking him in the head with rubber bullets during a protest in the Fairfax District on May 30.Video from an LAPD officer's body camera shows who a man identified by the department as C.J. Montano. He is seen being struck, then getting back up and running off.According to the the LAPD, officers fired upon the crowd after protesters threw objects at them.The incident is being investigated by the department's Force Investigation DivisionThe LAPD said Montano has not been cooperating with investigators.ABC7 has reached out to Montano for comment.
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEIn a closely watched case about how to apply a constitutional amendment that expanded victims’ rights, a Leon County circuit judge on Thursday agreed to at least temporarily keep secret the identities of two Tallahassee police officers involved in use-of-force incidents. Judge Charles Dodson last week decided that the amendment known as “Marsy’s Law,” approved by Florida voters in 2018, doesn’t apply to law enforcement officers and that their names should be released. The Florida Police Benevolent Association, which represents the officers, immediately appealed Dodson’s ruling and asked that it be put on hold while an appeal moves forward. Dodson agreed during a brief hearing Thursday, saying the officers should be granted an automatic stay because they were...
    An organization representing 1,200 Montgomery County, Maryland, police officers called legislation restricting use of force “extremely flawed” and said the council bill would make it “difficult to protect the health and safety of law enforcement,” as well as the public. In a statement on the organization’s website, Lee Holland, corporate vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 35, called for a veto of the legislation and complained the council engaged in a “closed-door process.” The statement said that members’ voices were “muzzled” by the legislative process, although Holland testified before the council’s Public Safety Committee on July 9. Holland said three letters submitted to Council President Sidney Katz were not included in the legislative packet on the bill....
    Police in Montgomery County, Maryland, will now have to adopt policies that bar the use of chokeholds and limit the use of “no-knock” warrants. The move comes after the Montgomery County Council voted on the new police “use of force” bill initiated by Council member Will Jawando. Aside from banning the use of chokeholds, the bill also prohibits police from striking a person who is already restrained and bars police from firing their weapons at a moving vehicle. Police would still be able to use deadly force “when absolutely necessary, as a last resort, or when no other alternatives are available” under the legislation. While the measure got a unanimous vote by the nine-member council, there was discussion and some...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A former Los Angeles Police Department SWAT sergeant is suing the department, claiming the unit is run by what he calls a "SWAT Mafia" that encourages the use of deadly force.Tim Colomey filed the whistleblower lawsuit this week in Los Angeles Superior Court.He spent more than a decade with the unit.He's accusing the leadership of the SWAT unit of retaliation against him after he revealed how a group of veteran officers controlled operations and glamorized the use of lethal force.The LAPD says it has not yet been served the lawsuit and cannot comment on pending litigation.Among the allegations in the lawsuit: SWAT Mafia members instruct other SWAT officers that the use of deadly force was permissible...
    By Gage JacksonJuly 29, 2020 The U.N.’s human rights commissioner said governments are obligated to facilitate peaceful protests. As thousands continue to protest over racial injustice across the U.S., the United Nations is weighing in on how authorities are handling the situation. The U.N.’s human rights office called on law enforcement and governments to limit use of force tactics on protesters, saying it is their obligation to facilitate peaceful demonstrations. The office said states are required to allow peaceful protests and can’t obstruct them “without compelling justification.” It also said authorities should minimize use of force when deescalating potentially violent situations. It also laid out international standards on government response to protests, which speaks to the ongoing clashes in Portland, Oregon. Protests...
    Ghislaine Maxwell's lover told his local police department he would use a level of force associated with Tasers and non lethal munitions to stop intruders at the home he shared with her. Scott Borgerson wrote to the chief of the police in Manchester-by-the-Sea in Massachusetts after journalists knocked the door of the $2.4million mansion last August, DailyMail.com can reveal.   He said that 'I am thinking level four use of force' if he found an intruder, a law enforcement term to denote use of a Taser, pulling hair and pepper spray. It also covers canine bites, strikes to the head and neck holds. In the letter Borgerson said that some of his 'military/intelligence friends' would be house sitting while he was...
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department announced Wednesday that it has adopted new use-of-force policies in the wake of nationwide protests over racial injustice sparked by George Floyd's death in Minneapolis police custody. The department said the new policies include an emphasis on deescalating potentially volatile situations and explicitly ban officers from using chokeholds and shooting into or from moving vehicles. “The adoption of these new use of force standards is a substantial milestone, one that I hope demonstrates our commitment to building community trust and developing stronger neighborhood partnerships to address violent crime,” Chief Randal Taylor said in a statement. Indianapolis' police department, which has 1,100 patrol officers, is now working to revise its training curriculum to...
    Attorney General William Barr defended his decision to use force to disperse protesters in Lafayette Park in Washington, DC, ahead of a President Trump photo op nearby on June 1, telling lawmakers there was “unprecedented” and “very violent” rioting just outside the White House. Barr has faced intense scrutiny over the decision to fire chemical irritants into the crowd, but on Tuesday quickly refuted cries from liberals that demonstrators were peaceful. “St. John’s Church was set on fire; bricks were thrown at the police repeatedly, they took crowbars and pried up the pavers at Lafayette Park and threw those at the police; balloons of caustic liquid were thrown,” he said, adding that some 90 officers were injured.
    SAN JOSE — Video that surfaced last week of a San Jose police officer kicking and dragging a woman in a parking lot has prompted fresh outcry over the department’s use of excessive force, invigorating a push by city and community leaders for a slate of police reforms proposed in the wake of the recent Black Lives Matter protests. Calling the video “deeply disturbing” and the officer’s actions “appalling,” Mayor Sam Liccardo said there needs to be “immediate change, and I expect there will be severe consequences that will be plainly visible.” Still critics of the department argue that the video — which shows the officer dragging the woman across the McDonald’s lot on East Santa Clara Street following a...
    Rep. Pramila Jayapal said she was beginning to lose her temper during a House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr. The Washington Democrat peppered Barr on Tuesday with questions about the use of force by federal law enforcement officials during protests in Washington, D.C., and suggested racism was behind officers using shields and pepper balls in June to disperse a crowd protesting the death of George Floyd. “Mr. Barr, on June 1, there were protests against the murder of George Floyd and police brutality in Lafayette Park. Let us not be distracted ... as to what these protests were actually about. They were about the persistent killing of black bodies by law enforcement and finally, finally,...
    According to the FBI, 5,043 federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies submitted use-of-force data to the National Use-of-Force Data Collection for 2019. Agencies submitted data for each qualifying instance of an officer using force. Qualifying uses of force include any action that resulted in the death or serious bodily injury1 of a person, or the discharge of a firearm at or in the direction of a person. If no qualifying incidents occurred, agencies submitted a zero report for that month. Only agencies that submitted at least one incident report or zero report for 2019 were included in this total. The FBI developed the National Use-of-Force Data Collection at the request of major law enforcement organizations that noted the lack...
    Members of two organizations that led protests in Portland, Oregon, filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for using force to disperse demonstrators over the past few weeks. Black Lives Matter and Wall of Moms protesters filed the lawsuit on Monday against the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal Protective Service for using tear gas, rubber bullets, and other uses of force to clear protesters from the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse. “[Protesters] have been tear-gassed night after night, left vomiting and unable to eat or sleep because of the toxic poison blasted at them. They have been shot at over and over — with rubber bullets, bean bags, pepper spray,...
    National Guard commander Adam DeMarco will testify before a House committee Tuesday that "excessive use of force" was used against protesters in Lafayette Square on June 1, refuting the attorney general's assertions that force was justified.  DeMarco, an Iraq veteran who now serves as a major in the D.C. National Guard, will be testifying Tuesday before the House Committee for National Resources, which is investigating the use of force on the protesters. According to a publicly released opening statement, DeMarco will say that what he witnessed was "deeply disturbing."  "Having served in a combat zone, and understanding how to assess threat environments, at no time did I feel threatened by the protesters or assess them to be violent," DeMarco will say. ...
    PHOTO VIA ADOBEWeighing issues of open government and victims’ rights, a Leon County circuit judge Friday rejected an attempt to shield the identities of police officers who were involved in use-of-force incidents. The ruling by Judge Charles Dodson came in a closely watched case about how to apply “Marsy’s Law,” a 2018 state constitutional amendment that expanded victims’ rights. Two Tallahassee police officers contended that the amendment should shield the release of their names because they had been victims in incidents that required the use of force --- including a high-profile incident in which an officer shot and killed a transgender man. But Dodson wrote that the “explicit language of Marsy’s Law was not intended to apply to law enforcement...
    Federal officers arrest a protester after she crossed a fence line set up around the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse on July 23, 2020 in Portland, Oregon: Getty Journalists covering protests in the United States should be permitted to do their jobs without fear of attack or arrest, the United Nations human rights office said on Friday. A mounting crackdown on reporters by authorities has been seen in recent weeks as the Trump administration has deployed federal agents to several cities where demonstrators are calling for racial justice. And now, UN human rights spokesperson Liz Throssell has spoken out to protect the press. “[The protests] must be able to continue without those participating in them and also...
    The United Nations has urged the U.S. to stop using excessive force on protesters and journalists during ongoing demonstrations in cities, including Portland, Ore. MORE THAN  2,000 PORTLAND DEMONSTRATERS TAKE TO STREET FOR 57TH NIGHT IN A ROW, CLASH WITH FEDS “There have been reports that peaceful protesters have been detained by unidentified police officers and that is a worry because it may place those detained outside the protection of the law and may give rise to arbitrary detention and other human rights violations,” Liz Throssell, a U.N. human rights spokeswoman, said at a news briefing in Geneva on Friday. “The authorities should ensure that federal and local security forces deployed are properly and clearly identified and would use force only when...
    Reuters July 24, 2020 0 Comments The U.S. Justice Department announced on Thursday it would investigate the use of force by federal agents against protesters in Portland, Oregon, following another night of unrest in which the city’s mayor was tear-gassed. The investigations, which follow an uproar over the deployment of federal border patrol officers to Portland against the wishes of local officials, come as the Trump administration said it was sending a similar contingent to Seattle. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office will investigate allegations federal agents used excessive force against peaceful protesters in Portland and a separate review of actions taken against protesters in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square near the White House on June 1....
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An investigative report has found Sioux Falls police were justified in using force in the arrest of a juvenile that was caught on social media video last month. Videos of the arrest drew accusations that officers had used excessive force while they responded to a call for an alleged assault in downtown Sioux Falls. The videos on social media show officers threatening to shoot someone in a car who did not obey their commands to stop the car. Police then broke the car’s window with a baton, dragged the 17-year-old driver from the vehicle and forced her to the ground. Officers also dragged a 19-year-old out of the backseat. But Capt. Mike Colwill told KELO-AM...
    The internal watchdog at the Department of Justice will be reviewing the conduct of federal law enforcement officers during recent protests in Portland, Oregon, and Washington, D.C. DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz announced on Thursday that his office is "initiating a review to examine the DOJ’s and its law enforcement components’ roles and responsibilities in responding to protest activity and civil unrest" in the cities. The review, which was prompted after Democratic leaders called for an investigation, will include “examining the training and instruction that was provided to the DOJ law enforcement personnel; compliance with applicable identification requirements, rules of engagement, and legal authorities; and adherence to DOJ policies regarding the use of less-lethal munitions, chemical agents, and other uses...
    Washington — The Justice Department's internal watchdog announced Thursday it is investigating use of force by the department's law enforcement personnel against protesters in Portland this month and will examine officers' response to civil unrest in Washington, D.C., including the clearing of demonstrators from a park in front of the White House last month. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said the investigation stems from congressional requests, as well as complaints his office received and a referral from Oregon's top federal prosecutor. The investigation into the tactics of the Justice Department officers comes as the Trump administration is facing scrutiny for sending federal law enforcement to Portland to quell unrest around the federal courthouse there. But the agents, who work...
    By Sarah N. Lynch | Reuters WASHINGTON – The U.S. Justice Department’s internal watchdog on Thursday launched probes into the use of force by federal agents in Portland, Oregon, and Washington during recent protests against police violence. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office will launch an investigation into allegations that federal agents used excessive force against peaceful protesters in Portland and a separate review into actions taken against protesters both in Portland, as well as in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 1. The review will look specifically at whether officers involved had proper identification, and if they complied with federal policies on using force in law enforcement, Horowitz said in a statement. President Donald Trump...
    (CNN)The Justice Department's independent watchdog agency said Thursday that it will investigate the use of force by federal law enforcement officers in Portland, Oregon, and Washington, DC.Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz said in a statement that his review of the law enforcement forces would include an examination of the instructions they received and their compliance with policies regarding proper identification as well as use of chemical agents.The announcement followed outrage from the public and key congressional Democrats, who had demanded the inspector general review. Portland mayor tear gassed after speaking with protesters on presence of federal agentsThe violent crackdown on a peaceful protest in front of the White House last month marked one of the darkest moments of the...
    The internal watchdog at the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced an investigation Thursday into the alleged use of force by law enforcement personnel against protesters in Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said his office will coordinate with his counterpart at the Department of Homeland Security to examine use of force allegations involving DOJ law enforcement personnel. Horowitz said in a statement that his office "is initiating a review to examine the DOJ’s and its law enforcement components’ roles and responsibilities in responding to protest activity and civil unrest in Washington, DC, and in Portland, Oregon over the prior two months." The DC-focused probe will be in coordination with the Interior Department's inspector general, who has recently announced a review of the events...
    ODENTON, Md. (WJZ) — A Black man is suing police in Anne Arundel County, alleging excessive use of force. Daniel Jarrells, of Odenton, Maryland, claims he was driving to his mother’s house when he was pulled over by an unmarked police car in February 2019. He says he was thrown to the ground and that video taken by his mother’s neighbor shows an officer putting a knee on his neck. Jarrells is suing the Anne Arundel County Police Department and three detectives. Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman said he will convene a policing forum in response to the allegations raised against the police department. Proposed changes to policing policy will be discussed, including the use of chokeholds and neck...
    Changes are coming to police use-of-force policy in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, after a lawsuit was filed against three officers Monday over a 2019 arrest. The suit, by Daniel Jarrells, of Odenton, claims that county police officers Joshua Shapiro, Daniel Reynolds and Brian Ranck used excessive force when they pulled him and a friend over and arrested him Feb. 14, 2019, in front of his mother’s house in Gambrills. Video taken by a neighbor and included in the lawsuit shows Jarrells handcuffed and face-down in the road, while an officer kneels on the back of his neck. “This hurts,” County Executive Steuart Pittman said about the incident during a virtual press briefing Tuesday. “It will hurt our community; I know...
    pinellassheriff/Facebook Law enforcement agencies of Pinellas County will no longer conduct deadly force investigations on their own members, and instead are set to begin using a cross-agency investigative task force. In an effort to minimize potential conflicts of interest, several major agencies in the county have come together to form the new Pinellas County Use of Deadly Force Investigative Task Force to review cases of deadly use of force by police officers and deputies. Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri was joined by Pinellas Park Police Chief Michael Haworth, St. Petersburg Police Chief Anthony Holloway and Clearwater Police Chief Dan Slaughter in a press conference Tuesday afternoon to announce the new task force. In a phone call with Creative Loafing Tampa...
    Washington (CNN)Oregon's two Democratic senators are pushing legislation that aims to scale back the use of federal law enforcement agents against protesters in Portland and other cities, as well as prevent agents from making arrests without displaying clear identification. The legislation, which is being proposed by Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley as an amendment to a National Defense Authorization Act budget bill the Senate is considering, would require all federal agents making arrests or assisting in crowd control to "at all times display identifying information in a clearly visible fashion," including their agency's name and their last name. Agents would also be prohibited from using unmarked vehicles during arrests. The proposal would also limit the scope of federal agents' jurisdiction to...
    Top House Democrats wrote a letter to the inspectors general of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security last weekend decrying the use of federal forces during the protests and calling for an investigation. The letter, signed by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson, and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn B. Maloney, condemned “the use of federal law enforcement agencies by the Attorney General and the Acting Secretary of Homeland Security to suppress First Amendment protected activities in Washington, D.C., Portland, and other communities across the United States,” according to the Associated Press. The Democrats called for an investigation into the use of federal forces, calling it “a matter of...
    Rock group Linkin Park forced the removal of a video retweeted by President Donald Trump on Saturday, citing a copyright claim after it featured their 2000 song “In the End.” The video, originally posted by White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino, featured clips of Trump at his inauguration and other images with the song playing in the background. Trump then retweeted the post. The group, whose frontman Chester Bennington committed suicide in 2017, announced they had sent a “cease and desist” order for the removal of the song. “Linkin Park did not and does not endorse Trump, nor authorize his organization to use any of our music,” they wrote on Twitter. “A cease and desist has...
    Reuters July 19, 2020 0 Comments Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives asked the internal watchdogs for the Justice and Homeland Security departments to launch an investigation into whether they have “abused emergency authorities” in order to justify targeting peaceful protesters last week in Portland, Oregon. In a joint letter to the inspectors general for the two departments, lawmakers said they were concerned that Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf were using federal agents to “suppress First Amendment protected activities in Washington, D.C., Portland and other communities.” Inspectors general sit inside executive branch agencies, having a unique duty to report their findings to both Congress and agency heads. Representatives for Justice and Homeland...
    Protesters seen near the Multnomah County Justice Center on July 17, 2020 in Portland, Oregon. Federal law enforcement agencies attempt to intervene as protests continue in Portland.Mason Trinca | Getty Images News | Getty Images House Democrats on Sunday called for an immediate investigation into reports that federal law enforcement agents have unlawfully arrested protestors in Portland, Oregon in recent days.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney co-signed a letter on Sunday condemning the recent law enforcement actions authorized by the Trump administration in Portland and last month in Washington D.C. and called for the Inspectors General of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY SARAH N. LYNCH Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives asked the internal watchdogs for the Justice and Homeland Security departments to launch an investigation into whether they have “abused emergency authorities” in order to justify targeting peaceful protesters last week in Portland, Oregon. In a joint letter to the inspectors general for the Justice and Homeland Security departments, lawmakers said they were concerned that Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf were using federal agents to “suppress First Amendment protected activities in Washington, D.C., Portland and other communities.” Inspectors general sit inside executive branch...
    DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- The Los Angeles Police Department says it is investigating a video that shows officers trying to arrest a man in a wheelchair during a recent protest in downtown L.A.The footage posted on social media shows officers knocking the protester out of his wheelchair and piling on top of him to arrest him during the protest Tuesday afternoon. The video is now a key element in the department's use-of-force investigation.Officers were in the area for a separate incident involving a man and two women who appeared to be "in the midst of a mental health crisis" when they say a group of about 50 protesters who were marching nearby "surrounded the officers and began chanting 'Let...
    Oregon officials plan to sue several federal agencies they say are sending masked, camouflaged agents to detain and seize protesters without probable cause, according to a report. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said her office will also begin a criminal investigation into an incident of force by federal officers, the Oregonian reported. “The federal administration has chosen Portland to use their scare tactics to stop our residents from protesting police brutality and from supporting the Black Lives Matter movement,” Rosenblum said. “Every American should be repulsed when they see this happening. If this can happen here in Portland, it can happen anywhere.” Oregon’s lawsuit in federal court will name the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals Service, US...
    Oregon officials plan to sue several federal agencies they say are sending masked, camouflaged agents to detain and seize protesters without probable cause, according to a report. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said her office will also begin a criminal investigation into an incident of force by federal officers, the Oregonian reported. “The federal administration has chosen Portland to use their scare tactics to stop our residents from protesting police brutality and from supporting the Black Lives Matter movement,” Rosenblum said. “Every American should be repulsed when they see this happening. If this can happen here in Portland, it can happen anywhere.” Oregon’s lawsuit in federal court will name the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, US Marshals Service, US Customs...
    Just 23 years old and near the start of her life in law enforcement, Toni McBride brimmed with youthful exuberance. A slew of online videos show the Los Angeles Police Department officer blasting away at targets, with prize-winning speed and accuracy, on a gun range in the Simi Valley foothills. McBride, an officer in LAPD’s Newton Division, fired an array of shotguns, pistols and assault rifles. She cavorted and strutted, sometimes within view of Hollywood glitterati, who used the same firing range to hone the gunplay they would use for movies and TV. When star Keanu Reeves shouted out to her LAPD division in one video, the young cop laughed with delight. “Hey, he knows!,” she said, clapping. “Shootin’ Newton!”...
    NEIGHBORS tried to force Epstein "pimp" Ghislaine Maxwell and her alleged "lover" out of town after discovering her hideout. Maxwell reportedly lived with Scott Borgerson, who is 14 years younger than her, in an oceanfront property in Manchester-by-the-Sea, near Boston. 5 Neighbors tried to force Maxwell out of townCredit: Getty Images - Getty 5 Maxwell reportedly lived with Borgerson in the Manchester-by-the-Sea propertyCredit: CBS The hostile incident led to a court case where Maxwell's lover stopped neighbors from preventing the couple from using paths and beaches near their Massachusetts house, the Daily Mail reported. Borgerson, 44, bought the seven-bedroom Phippin House for $2.4million in June 2016. After finding out that Maxwell was accused of sex trafficking young girls for pedophile...
    Three civil rights lawsuits filed in Philadelphia on Tuesday accuse the city of using military-level force that injured protesters and bystanders alike during peaceful protests against racial inequality and police brutality. One lawsuit accuses Philadelphia police of lobbing tear gas and firing rubber bullets at protesters indiscriminately as they marched peacefully on a city highway. Another accuses the police of using tanks, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets in an African American business and residential district, at times injuring people in or near their own homes. "They were just opening fire on anybody they saw, for hours and hours, regardless of any conduct or justification," said Bret Grote, legal director of the Abolitionist Law Center, who called the police...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three civil rights lawsuits filed in Philadelphia on Tuesday accuse the city of using military-level force that injured protesters and bystanders alike during peaceful protests against racial inequality and police brutality. One lawsuit accuses Philadelphia police of lobbing tear gas and firing rubber bullets at protesters indiscriminately as they marched peacefully on a city highway. Another accuses the police of using tanks, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets in an African American business and residential district, at times injuring people in or near their own homes. “They were just opening fire on anybody they saw, for hours and hours, regardless of any conduct or justification,” said Bret Grote, legal director of the Abolitionist Law Center, who...
    By MARYCLAIRE DALE, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three class-action lawsuits filed in Philadelphia on Tuesday accuse the city of using military-level force that injured protesters and bystanders alike during peaceful protests against racial inequality and police brutality. One lawsuit accuses Philadelphia police of lobbing tear gas and firing rubber bullets at protesters indiscriminately as they marched peacefully on a city highway. Another accuses the police of using tanks, tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets in an African American business and residential district, at times injuring people in or near their own homes. “They were just opening fire on anybody they saw, for hours and hours, regardless of any conduct or justification,” said Bret Grote, legal director of the...
    Police-reform plans. WCCO reports: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Tuesday unveiled his latest policing policy on WCCO. … ‘For the first time in Minneapolis, we will be requiring police officers to document any form of de-escalation used in their use of force reports,’ Frey explained. ‘And that’s whether it’s a lower-level form, like an armbar or handcuffing — or something more significant like a takedown. We want to make sure that any de-escalation used was documented.’ … Frey says it is a form of accountability but also a way to help officers handle incidents better.” Also in Frey news … City Pages’ Hannah Jones reports: “Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey has announced his new pick for city attorney, replacing the position’s...
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Three class-action lawsuits filed in Philadelphia on Tuesday accuse the city of using military-level force that injured protesters and bystanders alike during peaceful protests against racial inequality and police brutality. One lawsuit accuses Philadelphia police of lobbing teargas and firing rubber bullets at protesters indiscriminately as they marched peacefully on a city highway, without regard to their conduct. Another accuses the police of using teargas, pepper spray and other weapons in an African American business and residential district, at times injuring people simply standing outside their homes. Download The New And Improved CBS Philly App! “They were just opening fire on anybody they saw, for hours and hours, regardless of any conduct or justification,” said Bret Grote,...
    VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (KABC) -- It's not unusual for law enforcement agencies to have reporters run through use-of-force simulators to see what officers experience on the job. But when the Ventura County Sheriff's Department set up its latest media simulator event, the invite list included a new set of participants: The local NAACP."I walked out tired," said Regina Hatcher-Crawford, the president of the Ventura County chapter of the NAACP after running through three scenarios in the Force Options Simulator at the Ventura County Criminal Justice Training Center in Camarillo."My heart was beating, I was sweating," Hatcher -Crawford told Eyewitness News. "At one point I was reaching for the gun because I was trying to figure out how to stop the...
    A Pennsylvania police officer caught on video roughly kicking a female protester after she was sprayed with mace at a Black Lives Matter demonstration will not face charges. Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri also said the protester, 21-year-old Hannah Silbaugh, will not face charges stemming from the disturbing May 30 incident.  Footage begins with several Erie Bureau of Police officers attempting to clear an intersection of protesters fighting against police brutality and systematic racism in Erie.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Sheriffs release CCTV footage of Naya Rivera and her son Josey boarding boat |... Dr. Fauci slams federal government's COVID-19 response and says it's 'not doing... Share this article Share Officers can...
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Another class-action lawsuit has been filed against the city of Portland, marking the third such lawsuit filed related to the use of force and munitions at protests that began after the police killing of George Floyd. The class-action complaint filed this week named three plaintiffs, Robert Evans, Bea Lake and Sadie Oliver-Grey, and contains allegations including assault, battery, negligence, false arrest and intentional infliction of emotional distress, The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The suit asks the court to find the plaintiffs within their rights and to order police to stop brutalizing and unlawfully arresting protesters. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs allege Portland police have been unnecessarily violent with protesters, interfered with their right to free speech and stopped...
    The state’s Attorney General called for a radical redesign of the NYPD Wednesday — with the police commissioner answering to a group citizens, not just the mayor. “Let’s change the existing structure of the NYPD, which gives the police commissioner unilateral authority, the NYPD should report to the people it serves,” New York AG Letitia James said while announcing her preliminary report on the department’s handling of the George Floyd protests. The 57-page report suggests the oversight model similar to Detroit, in which citizens would be appointed to the commission by the City Council, Public Advocate, Comptroller and the Mayor. “The commission should be empowered to approve the NYPD’s budget and hear and decide final disciplinary appeals,” the report...
    The Catalan Government announced on Tuesday that it will force the inhabitants of the northern region of Spain to wear chinstraps or face masks whenever they go out into the streets, even though they are outdoors and can maintain social distance, as the regulations set so far Throughout the Spanish territory. The decision was known a few days after the Catalan health authorities more than 200,000 people were confined for a coronavirus outbreak in the province of Lleida and with the anticipation of an increase in infections in the coming weeks. With the decision to make the use of the chinstrap or face mask compulsory, the aim is to combat the “relaxation attitudes” that have been detected among citizens in...
    A protester getting medical treatment after Tampa Police officers fired pepper spray into the crowd on June 4.Photo by Ashley DieudonnePepper spray is undoubtedly the weapon of choice for Tampa Police officers, and since Brian Dugan was named chief in 2017, the use of the poisonous chemical agents by his department has increased by staggering 223%. As we previously reported, according to a 2019 Response to Resistance internal report obtained by Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, use of force during arrests by TPD has jumped by 24% under Dugan, and a closer look at the report shows that 15 out of the 25 categories that track use of force techniques by officers saw a significant increase since 2017.  However, the use...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A call for change is becoming a reality in Duluth. The Duluth Police Department updated its use of force policy this week, emphasizing de-escalation and less-than-lethal tactics. The new policy also requires officers to intervene if they see another officer using unnecessary force. Chokeholds are banned, except for situations where deadly force is warranted. The policy clarifies that deadly force is only allowed if there is no other reasonable option. These policy changes come after the death of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody. Cellphone video of his fatal arrest sparked protests in cities across the world and calls for police reform. Derek Chauvin, the officer who pressed his knee to Floyd’s neck...
    Producers of cancelled cop show Live PD allowed police agencies to review and eliminate some footage before it aired, according to a bombshell report published by The Daily Beast.  The popular A&E program - which was axed last month amid a wave of anti-police sentiment - was billed as 'a transparent look into policing in America' as it proclaimed to broadcast unfolding arrests 'live' on air.  However, according to the new report published Thursday, 'the show had at least a 10- to 25-minute delay between when footage was filmed and when it appeared on TV'.  Some segments were allegedly 'filmed and edited days in advance' and producers would often send police agencies the clips to ask for their approval.  The...
    The St. Louis city prosecutor announced an investigation into a married couple who brandished weapons as Black Lives Matter protesters descended upon their gated neighborhood. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, a Democrat, says she was “alarmed” by the viral video showing St. Louis homeowners Mark and Patricia McCloskey standing outside their house with guns in their hands after protesters bypassed a gate and entered their neighborhood. "I am alarmed at the events that happened over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault,” Gardner said in a statement. “We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be...
    AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – A heated city council meeting in Aurora questioned the police use of force during a protest and violin concert on Saturday night. Organizers of the protest were calling for justice for Elijah McClain. (credit: CBS) “I had constituents who were maced who I know were not participating in any violent activities. I have constituents whose children are traumatized from this. What can we do better going forward?” asked Councilmember Juan Marcano. The police department provided a detailed account of the officers’ actions and decision making. Police department leaders discussed the potential threats agitators posed and why officers marched forward into the crowd to try and separate protesters and peaceful concert-goers. “It was a danger, it was...
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five Austin police officers are on paid administrative duty amid an investigation into the use of what authorities call “less lethal” force during May protests against police brutality and racial injustice, according to the police department. The investigation follows public outcry after two people participating in protests in Austin sparked by the death of George Floyd were seriously injured by officers’ bean bag rounds — ammunition that law enforcement deems “less lethal” than bullets. Officers Nicholas Gebhart, Kyu An, John Siegel, Derrick Lehman and Kyle Felton were placed under investigation as of Friday, and their duties have been limited. A spokeswoman for Austin police said in an email Tuesday that the department could not confirm...
    By ACACIA CORONADO, Report for America/Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Five Austin police officers are on paid administrative duty amid an investigation into the use of what authorities call “less lethal” force during May protests against police brutality and racial injustice, according to the police department. The investigation follows public outcry after less lethal incidents that left two people with serious injuries who were participating in protests in Austin that were sparked by the death of George Floyd. Officers Nicholas Gebhart, Kyu An, John Siegel, Derrick Lehman and Kyle Felton were placed under investigation as of Friday, and their duties have been limited. A spokeswoman for Austin police said in an email Tuesday that the department could not confirm...
    TPD using pepper spray on protesters on June 4 near downtown Tampa.Photo by Ashley DieudonneOver the past few weeks, the Tampa Police Department has been embroiled in accusations of excessive force, specifically against Black Lives Matter protesters, who have been calling for sweeping police reform and for the removal of Chief Brian Dugan. Numerous photos and videos have surfaced showing officers firing rubber bullets and pepper spray at peaceful protesters by Tampa Police officers. While the department has repeatedly denied these allegations, reports show that use of force has been a defining characteristic of Chief Dugan’s reign, and has sharply increased since he took over the position in November of 2017.  According to Tampa Police Department Professional Standards Bureau...
    U.S. Park Police string security tape around Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, D.C., on Monday, June 1, 2020. (AFP via Getty Images/Mandel Ngan) Witnesses told members of Congress on Monday that law enforcement officers forcefully cleared out peaceful protesters from Lafayette Square near the White House earlier this month with little warning and indiscriminate attacks on some of those in the crowd. The use of chemical agents by officers in riot gear, who at times shoved people out of the way, came before a 7 p.m. D.C. curfew was to go into effect on June 1. The action also occurred shortly before President Donald Trump walked through the area and held up a Bible in front of...
    Aurora police in Colorado are facing criticism for using pepper spray and smoke grenades on people protesting the death of Elijah McClain, a 23-year-old Black man put into a chokehold by police last year, according to a report. Police officials said officers used the chemical weapons Saturday on protesters who threw water bottles at officers and armed themselves with sticks and rocks, KUSA-TV reported. Aurora police officers clash with protesters with batons during the Elijah McClain protest at the Aurora Municipal Center on June 27, 2020. (Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images) Fox 31 Denver reported that the protest remained peaceful throughout the day but in the evening clashes broke out between protesters and police. Around 9:30...
    A 51-year-old man died after being arrested for carrying drugs during a traffic stop Saturday outside the New Jersey State Police barracks in Totowa, authorities said. The man's death didn't involve use of force by the arresting trooper or any responding troopers, state Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal emphasized. "The man suffered an undetermined medical emergency shortly after being arrested at approximately 11:30 a.m., and being placed in the back of a police vehicle," Grewal said. "The trooper, as well as other responding troopers and paramedics, administered medical aid and the man was transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, where he was pronounced dead at approximately 1:05 p.m.," the attorney general said. "The identity of the decedent is...
    The termination process of an Alexandria police officer has begun after an investigation into his use of force was deemed unjustified. The police department said the decision to fire the officer comes after an investigation into the incident, which involved the officer, who is white, and a white man. The officer is accused of using unjust force on the man’s leg to take him down to the ground. The man did not have a weapon. “Unjustified use of force is completely unacceptable, and we will continue to hold officers accountable in the rare cases when violations of this policy occur,” Alexandria Police Chief Michael Brown said in a statement. The department has not released the officer’s name or said when...
    Three weeks after a federal lawsuit was filed against the City of Denver regarding how law enforcement authorities were using less-lethal munitions against protesters, the plaintiffs and Denver officials have reached an agreement on some of the issues in that case. "We were happy to work with the city to find a solution to protect peaceful protesters and protect these peaceful protests going forward," says Milo Schwab, one of the attorneys representing the four plaintiffs, all of whom were present at the first days of the George Floyd protests. The terms of the agreement, which will last until the litigation makes its way through the court, largely match the stipulations in the temporary restraining order that Judge R. Brooke Jackson of...
    VALLEJO (CBS SF) — The Vallejo Police Department announced Thursday it supports the “8 Can’t Wait” policy initiatives formed in response to the police killing of George Floyd amid the growing the Black Lives Matter movement. The department has long been criticized for a history of police abuse accusations and a series of fatal officer-involved shootings, including the latest of 22-year-old Sean Monterrosa. He was killed earlier this month by an officer arriving at a Vallejo looting scene who fired five times through a police car windshield at Monterrosa when he thought the hammer in his waistband was a gun. Vallejo police released a statement listing the department’s policies it says aligns directly with 8 Can’t Wait campaign’s list of...
    The City of Denver just got hit with a second federal lawsuit over law enforcement's use of "less-lethal" force against demonstrators during the George Floyd protests. "The City’s actions, while unconstitutional in any context, are even more pernicious here because the use of excessive force has specifically targeted peaceful demonstrators who assembled to protest police violence and brutality, including in particular police brutality that disproportionately targets African Americans," argues the lawsuit, filed by the ACLU of Colorado and Arnold & Porter on behalf of ten plaintiffs. In particular, the lawsuit asserts that law enforcement authorities operating in Denver during the protests violated constitutional prohibitions on "unreasonable seizures and excessive use of force" and trampled on First Amendment rights of protesters. The plaintiffs...
    TRENTON, N.J. (CBS) — New Jersey is preparing to make revisions to law enforcement’s use of force policy. On Wednesday, Attorney General Gurbir Grewal held a virtual town hall to get the public’s input. “We need to look at a few things. One, we need to look at, as I said just a moment ago, the policies that we have in place now. We also need to collect data. Data can really tell us where we’re at. We have to take a scientific approach,” New Jersey Police Training Commission Commissioner Jiles Ship said. “We definitely need to increase the training — not just classroom training, situational training, scenario-based training, comprehensive looking at how we mesh all of our force options...
    ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Four Orlando police officers did not use excessive force when they punched, hit and kicked a suspect they were trying to arrest on charges of killing a fellow officer, an internal investigation concluded Wednesday. Markeith Loyd is accused of killing Lt Debra Clayton as she tried to arrest him in January 2017. He was wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of his pregnant ex-girlfriend Sade Dixon a month earlier. Clayton’s shooting resulted in a week long manhunt for Loyd, who was eventually arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Orlando police officers struggled to subdue Loyd, kicking him and hitting him with their rifle muzzles. But they were justified in their use of force, according to...
    A New Jersey police officer who was recently charged with assaulting Black youths has worked for nine different police departments, collecting use-of-force incidents and complaints along the way. Camden County prosecutors said Officer Ryan Dubiel pepper-sprayed the youths "without provocation" on June 4. Records and interviews compiled by The New York Times showed that Dubiel has a lengthy history of using force against unarmed people or injuring suspects. New Jersey officials have vowed to crack down on officers' ability to cycle through multiple police departments while demonstrating substandard policing skills. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. A New Jersey police officer who was recently charged with assault after pepper-spraying youths "without provocation" has worked for nine different police...
    Santa Clara County officials have called on the Sheriff’s Office to explore various use-of-force reforms, such as limiting the use of tear gas and rubber bullets and not hiring officers with a history of excessive force complaints. After a unanimous vote from the Board of Supervisors, the office must analyze the reforms this summer and report back in August. Aside from potential changes to use of projectiles and hiring practices, the office must make public a list of all armaments now owned by the county, consider limiting the acquisition of military-grade equipment and restructuring emergency responses for mental health-related calls. “It is important that this be the beginning, not the end of the commitment. Too often, folks in the community...
    A Florida sheriff credits a trip to Scotland to go through de-escalation training with a decrease in use of force in Volusia County. Sheriff Mike Chitwood now requires all new officers to take 40 hours of crisis intervention classes.  His goal is to reduce the "warrior mentality" he found in some officers when he arrived at the department in 2017, NBC News reported. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Police brutality and use of force has been at the forefront of the national conversation in the weeks following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.  One sheriff in Florida recently told NBC News that a policing technique he learned in Scotland has helped reduce use-of-force incidents in...
    Officers of the New York Police department caught on video driving into a group of protesters demonstrating against racism and police brutality in Brooklyn last month did not violate the department’s use-of-force policy, Commissioner Dermot Shea said Monday. Shea made the statement during an online public hearing held by New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating police encounters during widespread protests following last month's killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis. ‘Was that in violation of your use of force policy?,’ James asked of the May 30 incident, to which Shea responded ‘No.’ ‘Our internal affairs bureau investigated this information and preliminarily we have an accounting of that incident where we have officers in a situation where...
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA) — A Pennsylvania Senate committee voted unanimously in support of several police reform bills. The legislation would ban police from using chokeholds and require municipalities to adopt use of force policies, among other things. Senator Jay Costa from Allegheny County proposed Senate Bills 458 and 459. They looked to create a registry of officers who have been reprimanded, call for additional training and require local governments to have a policy for deadly use of force. These bills may see a vote on the full Senate floor as early as Wednesday. The Senate Democratic leader said bills with these reforms should hit the governor’s desk by the end of the month. He says he is certain...
    New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea announced that officers didnt violate the use-of-force standards when they drove their police cars into a group of protesters. Shea testified to New York Attorney General Letitia Jamess that the preliminary investigation indicates the officers acted properly when they drove through a crowd of people who cornered them during a protest in the city in May. "I dont want to mess up any internal investigations that are still underway, including by your office. ... Im sure that the Civilian Complaint Review Board will also join in, but what I will say here is that our Internal Affairs Bureau investigated this information, and preliminarily, we have an accounting of that incident where we have officers in...
    New York City Police Commissioner Dermot Shea testified that officers did not violate the department's use-of-force standards by driving their squad cars at a crowd of protesters. Shea told New York Attorney General Letitia James's office on Monday that the department's preliminary investigation shows that officers acted properly when they rushed their vehicles through a crowd of people after being cornered by protesters last month. "No," he said after being asked if the officers violated department policies. "I don't want to mess up any internal investigations that are still underway, including by your office. ... I'm sure that the Civilian Complaint Review Board will also join in, but what I will say here is that our Internal Affairs Bureau...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Police have been seen at their best over the past few weeks as they've been seen hugging and taking a knee with protesters, but there have been scenes that have been hard to watch.Incidents such as an officer pushing a protester to the ground, another driving his car through a crowd of protesters and a woman taken down in a subway arrest for not wearing a face mask.It has been difficult to track how many officers in the New York City area have been disciplined over the years for wrongdoing. The disciplinary records haven't been made available to the public, but one thing that has been made available publicly is how much the city has paid...
    The New York Police Department (NYPD) commissioner on Monday defended the officers who drove into protesters against police brutality late last month, saying they did not violate the department’s use-of-force policy. Commissioner Dermot Shea testified in an online public hearing on the police response to the George Floyd protests, saying the officers shown in videos to be lurching into a crowd were complying with department standards. New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating the police response, asked the commissioner about May 30 videos that showed two police cruisers driving into a crowd in Brooklyn.  “Was that in violation of your use of force policy?” she asked. “No,” Shea answered, adding, “Our internal affairs bureau investigated this information and...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City After 17 hours of prior testimony over a litany of alleged police abuses of protesters following the death of George Floyd, state Attorney General Letitia James began yet another hearing Monday as part of the investigation into these matters, with Police Commissioner Dermot Shea as the star witness. Anything from the use of excessive force against peaceful protesters, covering badge numbers and abuse against members of the press were on the table for Shea’s questioning segment. He used his time to highlight attacks on NYPD property being damaged and 400 injured cops in the opening remarks. Specifically mentioned by Shea, the...
    WASHINGTON — The Air Force inspector general is investigating whether the military improperly used a little-known reconnaissance plane to monitor protests in Washington and Minneapolis this month, the Air Force said on Thursday. The inquiry was apparently prompted by lawmakers who expressed concerns to Pentagon officials that the use of military surveillance airplanes may have violated the civil liberties of the mostly peaceful protesters demonstrating against the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis as well as other African Americans around the United States. “Following discussions with the secretary of defense about shared concerns, the secretary of the Air Force is conducting an investigation into the use of Air National Guard RC-26 aircraft to support civil authorities during recent protest...
    For the New York Times, Eric Schmitt and Thomas Gibbons-Neff report: “The Air Force inspector general is investigating whether the military improperly used a little-known reconnaissance plane to monitor protests in Washington and Minneapolis this month, the Air Force said on Thursday. The inquiry was apparently prompted by lawmakers who expressed concerns to Pentagon officials that the use of military surveillance airplanes may have violated the civil liberties of the mostly peaceful protesters demonstrating against the police killings of black Americans.” For MPR, Brian Bakst reports: “Minnesota U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar pulled out of consideration Thursday to be Joe Biden’s vice presidential running mate. Klobuchar went on MSNBC to say it would be better if Biden picked a woman of color to...
    Washington (CNN)The Air Force inspector general is investigating the use of military aircraft to monitor protesters during recent unrest across the country, according to an Air Force spokesperson."Following discussions with the Secretary of Defense about shared concerns, the Secretary of the Air Force is conducting an investigation into the use of Air National Guard RC-26 aircraft to support civil authorities during recent protest activity in U.S. cities," said Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder. "The investigation is being led by the Air Force Inspector General," he added. "It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time due to the ongoing nature of the investigation."The New York Times first reported the news of the investigation.Last week, CNN reviewed flight path data showing...
    Montgomery County, Maryland, has announced a new use-of-force policy amid growing calls to hold police officers more accountable after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody. In a Tuesday afternoon media briefing, Montgomery County police Chief Marcus Jones read the new policy, which he said took effect last Thursday. “It shall be the duty of every officer present at any scene where physical force is being applied to either stop or attempt to stop another officer when force is being inappropriately applied or is no longer required,” Jones said. The county and the police union representing county officers came to a quick agreement on the matter. “This language just reinforces what should be done and what should have...
    The cop who shot Rayshard Brooks had been reported for misconduct 12 times, including one alleging excessive use of force, before he killed the unarmed 27-year-old.  Garrett Rolfe, a six-year veteran of the Atlanta Police Department, shot and killed Brooks in the parking lot of a Wendy's on June 12. He has been fired and is now waiting to find out if he will be charged over Brooks' killing.  Disciplinary records obtained by The Atlanta Journal Constitution reveal he was reported in 2017 for excessive use of force with a gun and received a reprimand, but it's unclear what exactly happened to prompt the complaint.  Of the 12 complaints against him, the police department dismissed nine.  The others included five vehicle...
    Donald Trump will share the details of a new policing executive order Tuesday afternoon in the Rose Garden that will focus on 'de-escalation tactics' that still embolden cops to do their job and keep communities safe.  A senior administration official told reporters Monday night that during his remarks, the president will also call on Congress to get a bill passed that he feels can make more of a difference. 'The President is going to call on Congress to hopefully pass legislation that can make a difference,' the official said. Trump's three-tier plan will include a plank on 'best practices,' which will include police departments receiving training on de-escalation, when and how to properly use force and 'community engagement.' It also...
    Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms ordered changes to the Atlanta Police Department's use-of-force policy Monday in the wake of outrage over the fatal police shooting of Rayshard Brooks. Atlanta mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announces changes to Atlanta police department's use-of-force policy Monday CBS affiliate WGCL-TV Brooks was fleeing with the Taser of an officer who had been trying to arrest him on Friday at a Wendy's drive-thru when the officer opened fire. An autopsy determined the 27-year-old had been shot in the back and ruled his death a homicide. The killing re-ignited demonstrations protesting racism and police brutality against black men and women following the Memorial Day police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Bottoms described the shooting as a...
    By Amir Vera and Pierre Meilhan | CNN At least two callers and a dispatcher were concerned about Minneapolis police officers’ use of force with George Floyd, according to dispatch recordings and transcripts released by the city’s police department Monday. Floyd eventually died after former officer Derek Chauvin’s knee was pressed on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds on May 25. Chauvin has been fired and charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers on the scene were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter. Dispatch calls from that day seemed to share the same level of distress. A concerned dispatcher watching the fatal incident on surveillance cameras felt it was necessary to...
    Minneapolis police released two 911 recordings and a dispatcher’s complaint about officers’ use of force in the killing of George Floyd. One of the calls was from an off-duty firefighter who was walking in the area, “I literally watched police officers not take a pulse and not do anything to save a man,” the caller said, “and I am a first responder myself, and I literally have it on video camera… this dude, this, they f**king killed him.” The other said she did not care if she might be considered a “snitch.” READ MORE: Benjamin Crump says other officers ‘will be charged’ in George Floyd death According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, a 911 dispatcher who was watching real-time video footage...
    (CNN)At least two callers and a dispatcher were concerned about Minneapolis police officers' use of force with George Floyd, according to dispatch recordings and transcripts released by the city's police department Monday.Floyd eventually died after former officer Derek Chauvin's knee was pressed on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds on May 25. Chauvin has been fired and charged with second-degree murder. Three other officers on the scene were charged with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter.Dispatch calls from that day seemed to share the same level of distress. A concerned dispatcher watching the fatal incident on surveillance cameras felt it was necessary to alert a supervisor about the use of force applied by...
    Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Monday announced a series of police reform measures in the wake of Friday’s shooting death of Rayshard Brooks by a city cop, including a “duty to intervene” policy within the department ranks. Bottoms said at a press conference that the city will also implement clear use-of-force guidelines and increase training on “de-escalation techniques” for cops. “Based on what we saw happen Friday it became abundantly clear very quickly that there is a need for us to take an immediate look at our training policies,” the mayor said. “Some of these policies, in m opinion, while we are speaking these policies, they are not necessarily integrated into our training.” Brooks, 27, was questioned by Atlanta...
    CHICAGO — More than 20 people, including Chicago residents and activists, are part of a new group to review and recommend changes to the Police Department’s use of force policies. The Community Working Group has been planned for months and begins work this week, Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Police Supt. David Brown announced during a Monday morning press conference. The members will meet digitally once a week for the next two months to discuss, revise and offer recommended changes on use of force policies to the Police Department. “CPD has heard the loud cries demanding police reform. We have heard from people who are hurt, angry and afraid,” Brown said during the press conference. “… We must do more to...
    The shooting of another African-American man during a US arrest has prompted fresh condemnation of the use of deadly force by police. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot dead as he fled officers in a restaurant car park in Atlanta late on Friday. The killing sparked protests. A top House Democrat said Mr Brooks' actions "did not call for lethal force" - echoing a statement by Atlanta's mayor. The city's police chief has quit and the officer involved has been fired. Atlanta is one of many US cities where the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police has sparked protests against racism and police brutality. Mr Floyd, also an African American, died after a white officer knelt on...
    Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Tim Scott said Sunday that he's "not sure we're going to ever codify in law a use of force standard," as Congress works to tackle police reform legislation. "I think it's really difficult to establish a codified in law standard for use of force," Scott, who represents South Carolina, said on NBC when asked if one should be established. "There are millions of scenarios that play out. It's one of the reasons why what we have tried to achieve through the legislation is finding the best practices of use of force around the country and then provide that clarity and guidance for those departments who may need to have a better perspective on use of force.""So we're...