More Than Half of Police Killings Are Mislabeled, New Study Says

There needs to be an investigation. Will Congress act? No. Unless we demand it:

Police killings in America have been undercounted by more than half over the past four decades, according to a new study that raises pointed questions about racial bias among medical examiners and highlights the lack of reliable national record keeping on what has become a major public health and civil rights issue.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Washington and published on Thursday in The Lancet, a major British medical journal, amounts to one of the most comprehensive looks at the scope of police violence in America, and the disproportionate impact on Black people.

Researchers compared information from a federal database known as the National Vital Statistics System, which collects death certificates, with recent data from three organizations that track police killings through news reports and public records requests. When extrapolating and modeling that data back decades, they identified a startling discrepancy: About 55 percent of fatal encounters with the police between 1980 and 2018 were listed as another cause of death.

Caroline Yang for The New York Times

Ex-NJ sheriff’s officer indicted for recording sexual assaults of women

How was someone like this hired in the first place?

A former New Jersey sheriff’s officer has been indicted on charges he videotaped himself sexually assaulting three unconscious women, authorities said Monday.

Joshua Padilla, a 36-year-old ex-cop for the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, was indicted Friday on eight counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and other charges following his February 2019 arrest, Monmouth County prosecutors said Monday.

Padilla, who was being investigated at the time by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, was found in possession of numerous videos showing himself performing sex acts on women who were “clearly unconscious and unresponsive,” according to a statement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Lori Linskey.

Padilla, who was accused of assaulting his victims in Middlesex County and at his Eatontown home, also allegedly recorded himself having sex with a 17-year-old girl in Pennsylvania and later uploaded footage online, Linskey said.

Atlanta Cop Kicks Handcuffed Woman in the Face

Will this cop be arrested? No. Will he be fired? Open to question. Certainly he won’t be held accountable unless the public demands it. Guess who gets to investigate. The police department. Business as usual.

They officers knew she was mentally ill. And they also knew she posed no risk to them:

The officers were responding to reports of an armed person on Haygood Avenue in the Peoplestown neighborhood, according to a news release. The caller said a woman was walking in the area and had pointed a gun at several people.

Once the officers detained the woman, they “became concerned with the female’s mental health and requested Grady EMS transport her to the hospital for evaluation,” the news release said. No charges were filed against the woman, and no further updates were provided about her condition.

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VIDEO: Police officers stop fellow officer punching handcuffed woman during arrest

A use of force investigation is underway after two Westminster police officers stopped a fellow officer who punched a handcuffed woman during a recent arrest.

The incident, which was captured on cell phone video, happened Wednesday around 4:45 p.m. in the 14000 block of Locust Street in Westminster. Officers were dispatched to the area for a call of an assault with battery.

The 911 caller reported that a female Hispanic adult assaulted an Asian woman who had tried to rescue a dog running in the street, according to police.

The woman detailed in the video was identified as Ciomara Garcia, 34, of Westminster. During their investigation, officers learned that Garcia had an outstanding felony bench warrant for vandalism and detained her. Police said that she appeared to be exhibiting signs of being under the influence.

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‘We absolutely are going to pursue justice’: Demands grow for cops to release bodycam footage after fatal shooting of NC Black man

A Black family in North Carolina is demanding that police in Elizabeth City, North Carolina release body camera footage of an encounter that left one of their relatives dead.

The Associated Press, via the Guardian, reports that the family of 42-year-old Andrew Brown is vowing to hold police accountable after he was fatally shot by a police deputy earlier this week.

Police say that the officer who shot Brown was executing a search warrant on Brown’s car at the time the shooting occurred. One eyewitness has claimed that Brown started driving away from the deputy when they opened fire on him.

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Police in Minnesota round up journalists covering protest, force them on the ground and take pictures of their faces

Law enforcement has not learned it’s lesson–especially in Minnesota:

Approximately 500 protesters were marching peacefully until around 9 p.m. when an incident triggered police to start using chemical irritants such as tear gas, pepper balls and projectiles, Jasper Colt, a photojournalist with the USA TODAY Network, reported.

After about 30 minutes, law enforcement told protesters to the leave the area in a loudspeaker announcement calling the demonstration an unlawful assembly. The crowd thinned out, and a small number of protesters and media were left.

“A lot of journalists like myself were slow to leave the area,” Colt said. “We didn’t think we needed to, and we wanted to cover what was happening.”

Colt described police then corralling protesters and media into one group and yelling for them to get “flat on our stomachs.”

Source: USAToday

Police accused of threatening, pulling gun on Black Army lieutenant during Virginia traffic stop

Here we are again. Another near situation where a black man is either shot or is threatened or beaten for the most minor of charges. And then the body cam is released to the public months or years later:

Virginia police pulled guns on a Black Army officer during a traffic stop and threatened to execute him in a parking lot, according to the serviceman’s lawsuit and video of the encounter.

U.S. Army Lt. Caron Nazario was driving Dec. 5, 2020, in his newly purchased Chevrolet Tahoe when he encountered police on U.S. Highway 460 in Windsor, about 30 miles west of downtown Norfolk, the active-duty soldier claimed in a federal civil lawsuit filed last week. He was in uniform at the time of the stop.

Nazario, who is Black and Latino, conceded in his complaint that he didn’t immediately pull over. He instead put on his emergency lights and continued for another 100 seconds, driving under the speed limit, so he could safely park in a well-lit gas station parking lot less than a mile down the road.