Man Shot, Paralyzed by Northern California Officer Dies

A man captured on video being shot by a Northern California police officer following a high-speed chase and crash has died, authorities said Monday.Andrew Thomas died at a hospital Saturday, nearly a month after police at the crash scene initially dismissed his claim that he was shot by an officer.The shooting, which was captured by a patrol car’s dash-cam video, prompted protests in Paradise, 90 miles north of Sacramento.Paradise Police Officer Patrick Feaster has said he accidentally shot the driver, who was paralyzed by a wound to the neck.Prosecutors said there was no basis for charging Feaster, who remains on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

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Protesters against Minneapolis police shooting ousted from city council meeting

Three protesters were removed from a Minneapolis city council meeting on Friday after they voiced disapproval over how city leaders have handled the investigation of Sunday’s police killing of an unarmed African-American man. The protesters interrupted a regular council meeting to complain about the way the city handles police misconduct issues. Jamar Clark, 24, died on Monday night after his family decided to disconnect life support.

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Texas cops respond to suicide attempt, shoot Hispanic man — and then find out he’s a deputy

“Don’t shoot, don’t shoot, don’t shoot, please, please, please. It’s my son,” the mother recalled telling the officers, according to a translation provided by the station. “Both of them were pointing at him. My son was like this with the gun pointed down, not saying a word. He was surprised, he was frozen. He didn’t say a word. They had scared him.”

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Are We Training Cops to Be Hyper-Aggressive ‘Warriors’?

Thanks in large part to pressure brought by Black Lives Matter activists, some police experts are calling for a complete overhaul in the way cops are trained, both as cadets and during the “in-service” training they receive over the course of their careers. There are no national standards for training police, and the amount and quality of their instruction varies from agency to agency. But a survey of 280 police departments conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a Washington, DC–based think tank, found that American cops are given extensive preparation for using violence, and very little guidance on how to avoid it.

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Death of a man in Police Custody Caught on Video

This man was literally tortured to death because he wouldn’t obey the officers the way they wanted him to behave.

When three Virginia police officers put Linwood Lambert in a squad car around 5 a.m. on May 4, 2013, they said they were taking him to the ER for medical attention because he was speaking delusionally. Just over an hour later, Lambert died in police custody.

He was never given medical care, though the officers of South Boston, Va. did drive him to the hospital. He was not initially put under arrest, though the officers ultimately arrested him, shackled his hands and legs, and tased him repeatedly. While in custody he was agitated and ran from the officers. Ambulance workers say police later claimed he fought them at a time when videos show he was actually unconscious. Police dispute that account and deny allegations of excessive force.

Over two years later, there have been no charges and no full public accounting of what happened. But a new investigation, including police videos obtained exclusively by MSNBC, shows the deadly trip for the first time.

Tuscaloosa Police Suspends Three Officers After Stun Gun, Baton Arrest Video

Three Alabama cops were suspended with pay Monday after videos shared online showed officers dragging three people out of an apartment.

Various versions of the footage showed a Tuscaloosa Police officer fire a stun gun at one of the University of Alabama students while another officer beat him on the back with a baton while he was on the ground.

Tuscaloosa Police Chief Steve Anderson told a press conference Monday he was “deeply disturbed and disappointed by the way officers responded.”

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Video of Austin Jaywalking arrest fuels Accusations of Police Brutality

A case of jaywalking turns nasty as Austin PD tackles a San Antonio man, punching and kicking him to the ground. Cameras roll as he and his friends yell for officers to let up. The video, which was posted to Facebook and YouTube, shows seven bicycle police officers arresting three people on the sidewalk along 6th street in Austin. One of those arrested, 22-year-old Jeremy King, had come up from San Antonio to enjoy a music festival.


Texas police officer wins immunity from prosecution over fatal shooting

This is a travesty of justice. It’s the kind of legal farce that prevailed during the days of Jim Crow:

A police officer in Texas who was being criminally prosecuted for shooting dead an unarmed black man has persuaded a judge to throw out the charge against him by arguing that he enjoyed immunity under the US constitution.Charles Kleinert, who killed Larry Jackson Jr while serving as a City of Austin police officer, will no longer face a manslaughter trial after a federal judge ruled on Thursday that Kleinert had protection from state charges because he also worked for a federal taskforce.