Tag: Police Brutality, Misconduct and Shootings

White Police Officer Is Acquitted in Death of Antwon Rose, a Black Teenager

A former police officer in East Pittsburgh, Pa., was acquitted Friday on all counts in connection with the shooting death of a black teenager who fled during a traffic stop last summer. The verdict in the death of Antwon Rose II came after a four-day trial in downtown Pittsburgh and less than four hours of […]

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How Trump’s Brand of Grievance Politics Roiled a Pennsylvania Campaign

OLD FORGE, Pa. — The news came at 9:41 p.m. Tuesday: Frank Scavo III had lost. Again. Mr. Scavo, a perennial candidate running for the Pennsylvania Legislature on a platform of ending property taxes, was trounced by a Democratic newcomer, Bridget Malloy Kosierowski, the first woman to represent the Scranton-area district in decades. Initially, Mr. […]

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Looking for Details on Rogue N.Y. Cops? This Database Might Help

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] For decades, New York has gone further than most states in keeping police misconduct records confidential, even as high-profile incidents like Eric Garner’s death on Staten Island at the hands of police officers prompted […]

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Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General, Won’t Charge Officers in Stephon Clark Shooting

Attorney General Xavier Becerra of California announced on Tuesday that his office would not bring criminal charges against two police officers who shot and killed an unarmed black man in Sacramento last year. The decision, which came days after the Sacramento County district attorney said she would not bring charges […]

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No Charges in Sacramento Police Shooting of Stephon Clark

Two Sacramento police officers who shot and killed an unarmed black man in his grandmother’s backyard last year will not face criminal prosecution, the Sacramento County district attorney announced on Saturday, stirring fresh outrage in a city roiled by protests over the killing. For nearly a year, community members and […]

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A Police Funeral in a Quiet Harbor Town Brings a Sea of Blue

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] HAMPTON BAYS, N.Y. — They descended in droves on the sleepy harbor town, rousing it from its winter hibernation for a solemn ritual. Thousands of police officers in dress uniforms gathered on Wednesday at […]

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Second Man Charged in Death of a Detective in Queens

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A second man was charged on Sunday in connection with the death of a New York City police detective who died last week after he was hit by “friendly fire” from officers responding to […]

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Why Did Police Officers Fire 42 Times to Bring Down a Robbery Suspect in Queens?

A question that often arises after many police shootings, especially when officers fire multiple rounds, is why did they need to shoot so many times? That question came up after Tuesday evening’s police fusillade in Queens that claimed the life of a veteran detective and wounded a sergeant. Seven officers […]

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Ex-Chicago Officer Who Killed Laquan McDonald Is Beaten by Inmates, Lawyers Say

CHICAGO — Fellow inmates battered Jason Van Dyke, the white former Chicago police officer convicted of murdering a black teenager, shortly after his arrival at a federal prison in Connecticut this month, Mr. Van Dyke’s lawyers and his wife said. Mr. Van Dyke, who was sentenced in January to nearly […]

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‘Arrive Alive,’ the Police Dispatcher Said. Then Everything Went Wrong.

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] The call came in just after dark on Tuesday — a man with a gun was robbing a T-Mobile store in Queens. A bystander outside the store said two employees had been taken to […]

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New York City Police Officer Shot Dead in Queens Armed Robbery

A New York City police officer was fatally shot Tuesday night, and another officer was wounded as they were responding to an armed robbery in Queens, police officials said. The shooting took place at a T-Mobile store near 120th Street and Atlantic Avenue at about 6:15 p.m. in the Richmond […]

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Illinois Attorney General Challenges Sentence for Officer Jason Van Dyke

CHICAGO — Prosecutors in Illinois are challenging the prison sentence of Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer convicted last year of killing Laquan McDonald, whose death galvanized the city and forced an overhaul of the police department. In a petition filed Monday, Attorney General Kwame Raoul and Joseph McMahon, […]

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In Pakistan, a Pashtun Cry for Equality and Justice

I lost my home in 2009 when a major operation by the Pakistan military forced us to leave our village in South Waziristan in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas along the border with Afghanistan. Around 37 million Pashtuns live in this region that includes the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, the […]

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Liam Neeson Describes Racist Revenge Fantasy in Newspaper Interview

The actor Liam Neeson said in an interview with a British newspaper last month that he once spent a week walking the streets with a club looking for a black man to kill after a woman close to him was raped by someone she said was black. “She handled the […]

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City Police Commissioner Supports Changing Law on Secret Disciplinary Files

For decades, the records of police officers who have been disciplined for sundry reasons — from beating up suspects, to making false arrests, to drinking on the job — have been wrapped in secrecy. Even the disciplinary history of police officers like Daniel Pantaleo, who was accused of causing Eric […]

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St. Louis Prosecutor Accuses Police of Obstructing Inquiry Into Killing of Officer

The top prosecutor in St. Louis has accused the city’s Police Department of obstructing the investigation into the killing of an officer whose death last week was originally described as an accident that happened while she was playing Russian roulette with a colleague. Officer Katlyn Alix was shot in the […]

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Baltimore to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Possession Cases

BALTIMORE — Marijuana is officially against the law in Maryland but Baltimore’s top prosecutor said on Tuesday that she would stop prosecuting marijuana possession cases within the city limits, regardless of quantity, and seek to vacate almost 5,000 convictions. The announcement by Marilyn Mosby, the state’s attorney for Baltimore, follows […]

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Use of Force in France’s ‘Yellow Vest’ Protests Fuels Anger

PARIS — As he joined a “Yellow Vest” protest in Bordeaux, in southwestern France, Jean-Marc Michaud felt elated. His wife worked nearby and they had not seen each other in a month, so the march was a perfect opportunity to reunite. Instead, his life took a serious turn for the […]

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St. Louis Officer Charged in Fatal Russian Roulette Shooting of Another Officer, Authorities Say

A St. Louis police officer has been charged with involuntary manslaughter after the authorities said he fatally shot another officer during a game of Russian roulette. The officer, Nathaniel R. Hendren, was charged on Friday in the death of Katlyn Alix, another officer with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. […]

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How a Coup Can Destroy a Family, and How a Family Can Heal

I always admired my uncle Anas, my mom’s youngest brother and a general in the Egyptian police. He helped shape my sense of justice and discipline. When I was growing up, I had nothing but respect and admiration for him and his work fighting bad guys. Throughout his career — […]

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Jason Van Dyke Sentenced to Nearly 7 Years for Murdering Laquan McDonald

CHICAGO — Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer who fired 16 deadly shots into Laquan McDonald more than four years ago, was sentenced Friday to just shy of seven years in an Illinois prison, providing a measure of finality in a case that laid bare this city’s racial divisions […]

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