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A disabled Atlanta woman says she was sitting outside and waiting for the ice cream man when a cop showed up and ordered her to move. When she refused—because she wasn’t in anyone’s way, or doing anything wrong—the cop allegedly threw her to the ground

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“The neighbourhood is suffocating and I fear we will follow the same path as East Vancouver, the poorest neighbourhood in the country’s richest city, with drug use, needles, prostitution,” says Ghislain Rousseau.

I CANNOT WAIT TO WRITE AN EMAIL TO THE AUTHOR OF THIS ARTICLE AND CALL HER OUT ON THIS BS.

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Police intervention in Montreal on 07-09-11

Montreal is becoming the capital of police brutality :(

Link to article (in French) :
http://blogues.cyberpresse.ca/lagace/2011/09/11/de-la-brutalite-policiere-pure-et-simple/

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A shocking video has been released allegedly showing police officers tasering and beating a homeless man to death who they claim was resisting arrest.

Though the video is not clear, eye witnesses say the homeless man - Kelly Thomas, 37 - was unable to put up any resistance and was lying on the ground on his front when the attack took place on July 5.

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Police Beat Man That Just Learned His Son Committed Suicide
According to the report, the man was brutally beaten after calling the Loganville, Georgia police for help after his son just committed suicide. The man left says he left the garage where he found his son after paramedics began CPR and was pacing around in his front yard. He says a police officer then grabbed his arm and told him he needs to sit down. He jerked his arm from the officer and told him “Don’t touch me.” He said he did nothing else and the officer responded by tackling him. After he was on the ground two more officers jumped in and held him to the ground while two more officers beat on him. Neighbors recount that they witnessed the police just standing over the man wailing away, punching him again and again while he was being pinned down to the ground.

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Police Beat Man That Just Learned His Son Committed Suicide

According to the report, the man was brutally beaten after calling the Loganville, Georgia police for help after his son just committed suicide. The man left says he left the garage where he found his son after paramedics began CPR and was pacing around in his front yard. He says a police officer then grabbed his arm and told him he needs to sit down. He jerked his arm from the officer and told him “Don’t touch me.” He said he did nothing else and the officer responded by tackling him. 

After he was on the ground two more officers jumped in and held him to the ground while two more officers beat on him. Neighbors recount that they witnessed the police just standing over the man wailing away, punching him again and again while he was being pinned down to the ground.

(Source: anarchyagogo)

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Wong alleges that on the evening of June 9, he was sitting at the West Oakland BART station listening to a “musical ringtone” on his phone. Officer W. Sanchez came over to Wong and asked him to turn down the volume, and Wong complied. Sanchez then asked Wong to turn off the music completely, and Wong also complied.

Wong then exited the station with Sanchez following close behind. Outside, Sanchez took out her baton and started beating Wong with it. Wong attempted to flee but was detained and arrested.

Wong was taken to jail where he was held for two days. The Oakland District Attorney declined to file any charges against Wong; however, while at the station, Wong received a ticket for playing his music too loud.

(Source: anarchyagogo)

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In practice, “obstruction of justice” and “giving false information” are almost always themselves victimless crimes. Bill Anderson and Candice Jackson call these types of offenses “derivative crimes” – offenses contrived out of thin air, used by the state to railroad people whose actual offenses cannot be proven. This trick was used to oppress the ethically innocent Martha Stewart, but even when it is used against a real creep, like Scooter Libby, it is far too dangerous a tool to trust in the hands of the state. No government should be able to jail someone merely for the act of being dishonest with it.

When the right to lie to the state is trampled, the ripples of injustice shake the whole system. Often, police don’t even have a strong case against someone, not even enough to search or arrest him. And so they start probing. They start asking questions, hoping the subject trips up, contradicts himself, and can be caught in a deception. Then this is used as the probable cause on which an arrest and threat of conviction ultimately rely. This is a good reason to avoid talking to police altogether. But it is also a reason to oppose the very doctrine that telling a fib to a cop should in any way, all by itself, be considered any worse than fibbing to anyone else. If someone tells a white lie to a neighbor because he thinks he’s being asked something that is none of the guy’s business, we can criticize this as a minor sin, but it should not be any worse when the police are involved. Deceiving one’s acquaintances can lead to a tangled web of awkwardness and more prevarications. But deceiving an officer should not, in itself, lead to warrantless searches, arrests, and prison time.

There is another principle in play here. No one owes the police anything. Perhaps in very unusual cases it makes ethical sense to cooperate. Surely there are prudential reasons from time to time. But the police are out to round people up, most of them overall non-violent people, and throw them in cages. To do their business, police, like prosecutors, lie through their teeth. It is standard practice. They are trained to do it. Whereas you could make a strong case that as tax recipients and supposed public servants, police should be held to a standard that forbids dishonesty, there should be no legal obligation on the part of the common person to come clean with the state.

The fact that the state gets away lying to the people – about its successes and failures, its intentions in domestic policy, the rationale behind its foreign policy, the strength and content of its evidence in criminal cases – while it makes it a crime for common people to misrepresent themselves to the government is another example of the ultimate double standard that defines the state as what it is. 

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MONTREAL — Montreal police shot and killed two people Tuesday — a homeless man during a confrontation, and an innocent bystander who happened to be wandering by on his way to work.

Authorities would not reveal any other details about the bystander, other than his age and the fact that the 36-year-old man was killed during his commute to work.

The incident began after dawn as Montreal police said they were pursuing a knife-wielding man who was strewing garbage bags around downtown Montreal.

MONTREAL — Police shot two men in downtown Montreal Tuesday morning, killing one and critically injuring an innocent bystander who was hit by a stray bullet on the other side of the street.

The 40-year-old man who died was shot after he was chased by two Montreal police officers who found him using a knife to cut through some garbage. Cops chased him for a few blocks, but he refused to drop the knife and charged toward the officers with it, Montreal police Const. Andre Leclerc said.

The 36-year-old bystander was hit by a stray bullet across the street while he was heading to work. He was listed in critical condition with gunshot wounds to his upper body, Surete du Quebec Sgt. Ronald McInnis said.

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NEW YORK, April 18 (Reuters Legal) - Police in Nassau County, New York, slammed a 90-year-old man to the floor, pushed his face across the carpet and arrested him without cause last year, his son said in a lawsuit on Friday.

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Radley Balko on the 3 Worst Cases of Police Abuse in 2011.

If you aren’t outraged, you aren’t paying attention.

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