Police Violence in America
Notes on police violence
By Genevieve Leigh, 28 March 2017
The recent conviction and disciplinary actions do not mark a departure from the policy of near complete immunity for killer cops.
By Matthew Taylor, 21 March 2017
The Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced last Friday that no charges would be brought against the four prison guards responsible for Rainey’s death in 2012.
Notes on police violence
By Kevin Martinez, 16 March 2017
Dashcam video of the shooting released only this month shows Michael Davidson writhing in agony after being shot by a police officer while exiting his car with his wallet in his hand.
By Christopher Davion, 14 March 2017
The targeting of minority workers and the poor for harassment is an attack on the entire working class and a warning of the measures to be used against growing opposition.
By John Andrews, 24 February 2017
Videos show an off-duty Los Angeles police officer drawing a pistol and shooting it during a minor confrontation with a group of young people.
By Steve Light, 22 February 2017
A string of shootings by police of people with fake guns has occurred in recent years, including the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in 2014 in Cleveland, Ohio.
By Warren Duzak, 17 February 2017
Police claims that Jocques Scott Clemmons had assaulted the officer who eventually killed him as he left his car during a traffic stop have been shown to be demonstrably false.
By Nick Rodriguez, 17 February 2017
The disturbing incident, which took place last year but was only recently made public, sheds a stark light on the harsh realities of life confronting the working class.
By George Marlowe, 13 February 2017
In what amounts to yet another political cover up of police murders in Chicago, prosecutors claimed that the officer acted in self-defense despite witness testimony to the contrary.
By Aaron Asa, 2 February 2017
Signed last year by Democratic Party Governor John Bel Edwards, the reactionary law is already being used to provide cover for police and impose harsher penalties on the accused.
By Marcus Day, 21 January 2017
Lowell Houser, a 28-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department, was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday for fatally shooting and killing an unarmed man earlier this month.
By Tom Carter, 18 January 2017
The eight justices on the US Supreme Court complained that lower federal courts are not granting immunity to police officers often enough.
By George Marlowe, 17 January 2017
A report released by the Obama administration’s Department of Justice last week highlights unconstitutional acts of police brutality by the Chicago Police Department.
Notes on police violence
By Kevin Martinez, 17 January 2017
Police killed Jahlire Nicholson on Friday after he allegedly threatened his mother with a screwdriver. He was the third person killed by the NYPD in less than two weeks.
By George Marlowe, 12 January 2017
Jamal Parks died from a gunshot wound to the head in Deerfield, Illinois, in the midst of a dangerous police shootout aboard a passenger-filled train.
Notes on police violence
By E.P. Milligan, 10 January 2017
Though Phillippe Holland has been awarded a multi-million dollar settlement, the incident has radically altered the young man’s life after being shot in the head and body.
By E.P. Milligan, 9 January 2017
While it is clear that the use of lethal force by the officer who shot Daniel Ficker was excessive and illegitimate, criminal charges were quickly ruled out.
Notes on police violence in America
By Marcus Day, 5 January 2017
In a brutal start to 2017, police shot and killed two people each in Chicago and New York City, while a cellphone video widely shared on Twitter showed a North Carolina school officer body-slamming a teenage girl.
By Gabriel Black, 4 January 2017
The number of people killed by police every year in the United States exceeds by far those killed by police in every other major capitalist country.
By Tom Hall, 30 December 2016
Residents of Evangeline Parish have been subjected to warrantless “investigative holds” lasting days, in flagrant violation of their Fourth Amendment rights.
By our reporter, 19 December 2016
The number of police killings, or homicides, recorded by the Bureau of Justice Statistics is more than twice the number reported by the FBI.
By Shannon Jones, 16 December 2016
The shooting of Francisco Serna, who was suffering from dementia, is the latest horrifying episode in the continuing wave of police violence in the United States.
By Zaida Green, 16 December 2016
The operation last week mobilized heavily-armed sheriff’s deputies, sniffer-dog squads, and undercover police from the FBI, the LAPD, and the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
By John Burton, 6 December 2016
The jury in the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael T. Slager, who was caught on video firing eight rounds at a fleeing Walter Scott, was discharged Monday after failing to reach a verdict.
By our reporter, 5 December 2016
The announcement that the US Army Corps of Engineers will not grant an easement for construction essentially puts off a final decision until after Obama leaves office.
By our reporter, 3 December 2016
The Liberal government has declared it is prepared to use force against those protesting expansion of Canada’s oil pipelines.
By Zaida Green, 2 December 2016
Police will continue to use water cannons, concussion grenades, lead-filled beanbags, and chemical agents against protesters.
By Shannon Jones, 1 December 2016
Prosecutors ruled the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in Charlotte “justifiable” despite video footage showing the victim walking backwards with his hands at his sides.
By Jessica Goldstein, 28 November 2016
The recent shootings take place one year after the release of dashcam footage of the murder of 17-year-old black youth Laquan McDonald by a Chicago cop.
By Kevin Martinez, 22 November 2016
Violence broke out on Sunday night when protesters tried to remove a blockade but were stopped by police using water cannon, tear gas and concussion grenades.
By Samuel Davidson, 17 November 2016
A former police officer was charged in the death of an unarmed black motorist during a traffic stop.
By Zaida Green, 17 November 2016
Officer Jeronimo Yanez faces charges of second-degree manslaughter and dangerous discharge of a firearm after shooting Castile seven times during a traffic stop in July.
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.