Police Violence in America
By Sandy English, 1 November 2016
Four guards at New York City’s Rikers Island prison complex were convicted of brutalizing inmate Carl Williams in 2013 and falsifying records.
By Isaac Finn, 22 October 2016
The Democratic mayor's routine response to police killings is to seek to appease public anger while defending the NYPD’s egregious actions as the product of insufficient training.
By Fred Mazelis, 21 October 2016
The murder of Deborah Danner brought back memories of the 1984 death of Eleanor Bumpurs, another emotionally disturbed elderly woman, at the hands of the police.
Notes on police violence
By Zaida Green, 12 October 2016
Two-thirds of those identified so far were white, underscoring the fact that police violence in America is fundamentally a class question, affecting poor and working class people of all races.
By Zaida Green, 5 October 2016
The unidentified young man was shot to death just a day after the fatal shooting of another youth, 18-year-old Carnell Snell, Jr.
By Sandy English, 5 October 2016
A new surveillance video obtained by the New York Daily News shows paramedics covering and then uncovering the corpse of Ramarley Graham, who was killed by police in 2012.
By Patrick Martin, 3 October 2016
US police killed at least 19 men last week. Ranging in ages from 18 to 53, the victims were shot, tased or, in one case, beaten and asphyxiated.
By Genevieve Leigh, 3 October 2016
Recently-released video shows an officer firing deadly shots at unarmed Olango less than two minutes after arriving on the scene.
By Dan Conway and John Andrews, 3 October 2016
Pasadena police officers dispatched to assist with a disturbed man, tased, beat and ultimately asphyxiated Reginald Thomas, Jr., a father of eight, in front of his family.
By Kevin Martinez, 1 October 2016
The videos have been released in an effort to quell dissent, after the San Diego suburb saw three nights of protests and the deployment of riot police.
Notes on police violence
By George Gallanis, 30 September 2016
Mardis was shot as he sat in his father’s car when police emptied 18 rounds into the vehicle, severely injuring the unarmed man and killing the boy instantly.
By Norisa Diaz, 29 September 2016
The killing of Alfred Olango one week after the killing of Keith Lamont Scott has sparked demonstrations in the impoverished San Diego suburb.
By Alan Gilman, 28 September 2016
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s refusal to stand for the national anthem before NFL games, in protest of racial injustice and police brutality, has continued to gain support.
By Tom Carter, 26 September 2016
In an effort to quell ongoing unrest, officials in Charlotte, North Carolina released videos Saturday that show portions of Keith Scott’s fatal encounter with police officers on September 20.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 September 2016
Authorities have refused to release information on whether Austin M. Baier had been armed or whether he had in any way threatened deputy Tyler Reiff.
By Joseph Kishore, 24 September 2016
Both the killing of Keith Scott and the protests that have erupted in Charlotte, North Carolina starkly expose the deep social tensions and class divisions in America.
By David Brown, 23 September 2016
North Carolina’s National Guard deployed on the streets of Charlotte Thursday after the state’s governor declared a state of emergency in response to protests over the latest police killing.
By Patrick Martin, 22 September 2016
The police killing and eruption of protests in Charlotte, North Carolina are expressions of seething social tensions and the class divide in America.
By Zaida Green, 21 September 2016
Dashboard and aerial footage show Terence Crutcher surrendering peacefully to police before being shot and left to bleed to death on the road.
By Shannon Jones, 16 September 2016
A companion to the boy killed by police disputed claims that the victim brandished a weapon, as the wave of officer-involved killings in the United States continues.
Notes on Police Violence
By Kevin Martinez, 13 September 2016
Three officers pinned Alejandro Rojo to the ground and yelled “stop resisting” before proceeding to punch and kick him repeatedly.
By Zaida Green, 10 September 2016
The technology was developed in 2007 for use in the Iraq War, and has now been deployed against the population of a major American city.
By George Marlowe, 9 September 2016
The call for greater policing and an escalation of law-and-order measures comes on the heels of growing public disaffection with the entire political establishment.
Milwaukee Democrats propose to dramatically increase size of police force following Sherman Park protests
By Catherine Long, 7 September 2016
A forthcoming city budget includes funding for an additional 280 officers in the wake of protests and unrest sparked by the killing of Sylville Smith last month.
By George Marlowe, 2 September 2016
According to a new report, 92 people have been killed in six years by Chicago police officers, a majority of them in areas of high poverty.
By Isaac Finn, 2 September 2016
According to an oversight organization for the NYPD, police frequently violated court-imposed guidelines as part of the department’s spying on Muslims between 2010 and 2015.
By Shelley Connor, 26 August 2016
Daniel Kevin Harris, a 28-year-old deaf man, was one of at least 20 people killed by police across the US over the last week.
By John Andrews, 22 August 2016
A recently released video depicts six officers Tasing and choking to death 56-year-old grandfather Vachel Howard in a Los Angeles jail in 2012.
By Alexander Fangmann, 22 August 2016
The seven cops are among ten recommended for termination in a recent city inspector general’s report issued even as police violence continues.
17 August 2016
SEP US vice presidential candidate Niles Niemuth spoke in a live interview with WSWS reporter Andre Damon about the class issues behind police violence.
By Niles Niemuth, 16 August 2016
The growth of poverty and inequality, the eruption of social anger and the build-up of the police forces are interrelated components of the same class dynamic.
By George Gallanis, 15 August 2016
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker declared a state of emergency in Milwaukee after protests Saturday night over the killing of 23-year-old Sylville Smith by Milwaukee police.
By Niles Niemuth, 12 August 2016
The DOJ report on Baltimore is another in a series of investigations that will do nothing to stop the violence meted out by police on a daily basis.
By Alan Gilman, 12 August 2016
An unarmed man mistaken for a carjacker, an unarmed homeless man on a bicycle and a 14-year-old youth allegedly engaged in graffiti are the latest victims.
By Nick Barrickman, 11 August 2016
The investigation was requested by Baltimore city officials in the wake of widespread social unrest in the aftermath of the April 2015 police killing of Freddie Gray.
By Samuel Davidson, 9 August 2016
The official police version of events used to justify the killing of Earl Pinckney, who was bipolar, has been disputed by eye witnesses.
By E.P. Bannon, 9 August 2016
The witch-hunt is an act of intimidation meant to disrupt the lives of anyone who offers the slightest opposition to the criminality entrenched within the American political system.
By Philip Guelpa and Fred Mazelis, 8 August 2016
The abrupt resignation of the NYPD commissioner comes amid a counteroffensive in response to protests against police brutality and police killings over the past several years.
After the Paul O’Neal murder
By Jerry White—SEP candidate for US president, 8 August 2016
Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate Jerry White issued the following statement after the release of video showing the brutal police murder of 18-year-old Paul O’Neal.
By Kristina Betinis, 6 August 2016
The July 28 murder of Paul O’Neal is the latest in a series of police killings around the US that have claimed the lives of nearly 700 victims so far this year.
By Shelley Connor, 4 August 2016
Days after charges were dropped against the cops in the Freddie Gray murder case, police in the Baltimore area shot Korryn Gaines to death and wounded her five-year-old son.
By Shannon Jones, 30 July 2016
Between 2005 and 2015, an average of 628 people a year died while in the custody of police or state corrections officials.
By Nick Barrickman, 28 July 2016
Prosecutors dropped all charges against the remaining three officers still to be tried for the April 12, 2015 arrest and subsequent death of Baltimore resident Freddie Gray.
Notes on police violence in America
By Isaac Finn, 22 July 2016
Charles Kinsey, the caregiver to an autistic man, was shot as he attempted to calm his patient and explain the situation to officers.
By John Marion, 21 July 2016
Video from news helicopters show Richard Simone, Jr. on his hands and knees, not resisting the officers who beat him.
By Jerry White and Zac Corrigan, 20 July 2016
On the second anniversary of the police killing of Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York, workers spoke with Socialist Equality Party presidential candidate about the class divide in America’s largest city.
By Gabriel Black, 19 July 2016
Lieutenant Brian Rice joins a long list of police officers involved in murderous attacks who have been exonerated.
By Patrick Martin, 18 July 2016
The attack, five miles from the store where Alton Sterling was killed by police on July 6, is the second multiple shooting of police in the United States in the past 10 days.
By Gabriel Black, 18 July 2016
The protests and arrests come following the police killings of Philando Castile in Minnesota and Alton Sterling in Louisiana by police officers.
By Patrick Martin, 15 July 2016
Two cops fired two shots into the white youth as he stood a few feet away, then two more, including a shotgun blast, as he lay twitching on the ground.
By George Marlowe, 15 July 2016
The Chicago Police Department conducted warrantless raids of homes in a neighborhood in the South Side while searching for alleged gunmen.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 July 2016
To deliver an honest speech, Obama would have had to admit that the epidemic of police killings as well as the shootings in Dallas are either the direct product of or blowback from his administration’s policies.
By our reporters, 13 July 2016
Workers and youth from El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico expressed opposition to state violence, poverty and social inequality.
By Isaac Finn, 12 July 2016
Police departments have exploited the killing of five police officers to further curb democratic rights and clamp down on anti-police brutality protests across the country.
By Shannon Jones, 11 July 2016
Thousands took to the streets across the United States to voice their outrage over two recent police killings of unarmed black men.
By The World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 11 July 2016
The campaign to portray the United States as riven by racial hatred serves definite and reactionary social and political aims.
“I am against something wrong, regardless of what the color of someone’s skin is”
By Nick Barrickman and Matthew Taylor, 11 July 2016
Protesters in Washington DC and Jacksonville, Florida, among the thousands who demonstrated against police killings this weekend, spoke with the World Socialist Web Site.
By Sandy English, 11 July 2016
A store surveillance video has surfaced that shows the killing of Delrawn Small by off-duty New York Police Department officer Wayne Isaacs at a traffic altercation.
By John Burton, 11 July 2016
Noble, an unarmed 19-year-old white youth, was killed by two police officers from Fresno, an impoverished city of about one-half million located in the heart of California’s Central Valley.
By Patrick Martin, 9 July 2016
The Dallas events take place in the context of an unrelenting campaign to portray the police killing of unarmed men in exclusively racial terms.
By Andre Damon, 8 July 2016
Millions of people around the world have reacted with shock, outrage and revulsion at the latest videos and images of police murder in the United States.
By Tom Hall, 8 July 2016
Philando Castile's fiancée livestreamed the aftermath of the grisly shooting, which occurred during a traffic stop Wednesday evening.
By Tom Hall, 7 July 2016
The grisly execution-style murder is only the latest in an epidemic of police killings which have become a regular feature of American life.
By Gary Joad, 7 July 2016
The prisoners are protesting solitary confinement.
By George Gallanis, 5 July 2016
Hannah Cohen, who is partially deaf, blind and paralyzed, was arrested while traveling home from cancer treatment and suffered bruising on her face and bloody cuts on her head.
Notes on police violence in America
By E.P. Bannon, 4 July 2016
Despite the numerous federal probes and empty police reform initiatives, law enforcement continues to assume an increasingly arrogant and thuggish character.
By Genevieve Leigh, 24 June 2016
The acquittal of Goodson is the third exoneration of a police officer charged in the killing of the 25-year-old African American man.
By Fred Mazelis, 13 June 2016
Norman Seabrook, notorious for defending the brutality of correction officers, is accused of taking a kickback for investing union pension monies into a high-risk hedge fund.
By Sandy English, 10 June 2016
A jury convicted guards at the Rikers Island jail complex this week on several counts in the vicious 2012 attack on inmate Jahmal Lightfoot.
By Tom Hall, 10 June 2016
Prosecutors refused to reopen Davontae Sanford’s case even after the real killer stepped forward only weeks after Sanford’s 2008 conviction.
Notes on police violence in America
By George Gallanis, 3 June 2016
Federal prosecutors determined that the officers were justified in shooting Clark in the back of the head as he was pinned down to the ground.
By George Gallanis, 24 May 2016
Freddie Gray died in April of last year from severe spinal injuries after being given a “rough ride” in the back of a Baltimore police vehicle.
Leaked video shows police assault on student
By Zac Corrigan, 23 May 2016
A video of an assault by a Detroit Public Schools police officer was widely discussed among students who opposed the attack and connected it to the broader issues of police repression.
By David Brown, 21 May 2016
Amid repeated killings and scandals, the city administration looks to make a cosmetic change to its police force.
By Daniel de Vries, 20 May 2016
Police fired nine shots at a busy intersection Wednesday morning, killing one and injuring another.
By Matthew MacEgan, 16 May 2016
A recent investigation provides details on the extent to which police departments in the Tampa Bay area have become a virtual private security force for the retail giant.
Notes on police violence
By Nick Barrickman, 13 May 2016
Opening statements and testimony were heard on Thursday in Baltimore Circuit Court in the trial of police officer Edward M. Nero for the April 2015 death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
By Robert Fowler and Sandy English, 12 May 2016
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton has defended the NYPD’s use of so-called nuisance laws to unconstitutionally search residences and small businesses.
By Sandy English, 10 May 2016
A Verizon striker was struck by a van carrying scabs from a hotel in the borough of Queens in New York City. Strikers say the vehicle was driven by a uniformed cop.
By Evan Blake, 6 May 2016
A series of exposés by the Raleigh-based News and Observer have uncovered rampant police brutality and misconduct by the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office.
By George Gallanis, 30 April 2016
On Wednesday, Dedric Colvin was shot twice when Baltimore police mistook his BB gun for a pistol.
By Philip Guelpa, 21 April 2016
The police officer who shot and killed a young African-American man in a New York public housing complex has been sentenced to probation and community service.
By George Gallanis, 15 April 2016
Pierre Loury was shot in the chest while climbing a fence in the Homan Square neighborhood of Chicago.
By George Marlowe, 13 April 2016
Internal Chicago police documents reveal violent abuse of detainees at the secret interrogation center in Homan Square.
By George Marlowe, 8 April 2016
Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to appoint Eddie Johnson as police chief exposes the fraud of his so-called “reform” of the police department.
By Shelley Connor, 7 April 2016
Melissa Boarts’ parents called 911 hoping someone would intervene to keep her from harming herself.
Notes on Police Violence
By Kevin Martinez, 1 April 2016
Clark’s shooting last year sparked widespread protests which saw police respond with paramilitary units to break up demonstrations and a protest encampment.
By Daniel de Vries, 28 March 2016
Brooklyn’s first African American district attorney is pressing for probation for the NYPD officer convicted of killing of Akai Gurley.
By Steve Light, 19 March 2016
The US attorney for Southern Manhattan has refused to bring civil rights violation charges against the cop who killed Graham in 2012.
By David Brown, 18 March 2016
Popular anger over efforts to cover up police violence has resulted in county prosecutors for Chicago and Cleveland being defeated in Democratic primaries.
By Nick Barrickman, 10 March 2016
The student, whose name has been withheld from the public, endured injuries to his face and ribs.
By Philip Guelpa, 8 March 2016
A civilian review board reports that the NYPD systematically violates protections against warrantless home invasions.
By Gabriel Black, 7 March 2016
A veteran suffering from PTSD in Maryland was shot and killed by police last week.
By D. Lencho, 4 March 2016
Wide discrepancies exist between the US Marshals’ version of the shooting death of Edgar Camacho-Alvarado and witness accounts.
By Kate Randall, 2 March 2016
Witnesses say Akiel Denkins, 24, was unarmed when he was shot in the back seven times as he ran from police.
By David Brown, 29 February 2016
Protests have erupted in Salt Lake City, Utah after Saturday night’s police shooting of 17-year-old Abdi Mohamed, who was reportedly holding a broomstick when he was critically injured.
By Nick Barrickman, 26 February 2016
Police have denounced pop star Beyoncé Knowles following the release of a music video in which the singer apparently endorses the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.
By Isaac Finn, 25 February 2016
The NYPD has disclosed documents on its extensive use of a mobile cellphone surveillance device known as “StingRay.”
By Guillaume Garnier, 24 February 2016
After years of declining real wages accepted by the faculty union, 23,000 professors, lecturers, librarians, counselors and coaches are demanding improved living standards.
By George Gallanis, 22 February 2016
A class action lawsuit has been filed by hundreds of prisoners from four Southern Illinois state prisons over sexual humiliation and other forms of sadistic punishment by guards.