Justice Department: Routine Use of Deadly Force by Albuquerque Police Result of ‘Culture of Aggression’

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 3:25 pm

A Department of Justice civil investigation has found that a majority of shootings by Albuquerque police officers between 2009 to 2012 were unconstitutional. Officers “too often use deadly force” when using their firearms.

The Turkish Way of Avoiding Censorship

By: Wednesday February 26, 2014 7:07 pm

rime Minister Erdoğan, in his weekly address to his group in Parliament, defended the bills expanding censorship and surveillance by referring to the recently released tapes of phone conversations that revealed corruption at extreme levels.

Podcast: Michael Dunn Trial, Colorblind Prosecutions & a System That Permits Racist Violence

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 9:07 am

With “stand your ground” laws, “it’s very hard for people to acknowledge that there might be a racial bias and that’s why it’s such an issue,” according to Raven Rakia, an independent journalist.

Rakia believes that, in cases like the Michael Dunn case, where Dunn was put on trial for shooting and killing Jordan Davis, that one needs to look at the history of “respectability politics” in the United States and how society creates this image of good black people and bad black people.

With Verdict in Kelly Thomas Case, Authority of Police to Beat People to Bloody Pulp Preserved

By: Tuesday January 14, 2014 4:45 pm

A verdict in the case of a 37-year-old homeless schizophrenic man, who was beaten to death, found two former police officers in Fullerton, California, who were involved in brutalizing him, not guilty.

Former Fullerton police officer Manuel Ramos had been charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter. Former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli had been charged with involuntary manslaughter and excessive use force.

Not Guilty Verdicts in Kelly Thomas Trial

By: Monday January 13, 2014 6:30 pm

A friend just alerted me to the fact that the verdicts were coming in on the Kelly Thomas trial and I turned on KFI just in time to hear them. My stomach is turning. Both Ramos and Cicinelli are not guilty of all charges.

What It Means: LA Sheriff’s Deputies Rough Up Foreign Diplomat

By: Wednesday December 11, 2013 7:14 pm

You’d think America had enough problems with its foreign image, what with drone killings, NSA spying and the president shooting selfie’s at Mandela’s funeral. But you’d be wrong. LA Sheriff’s Deputies roughed up two foreign consuls in the course of official diplomatic business.

Student Protesting David Petraeus Punched in Head, Swarmed by Dozen Cops

By: Monday September 23, 2013 5:45 am

A new video was just released of police brutalizing one of the City University of New York (CUNY) students protesting a fundraiser featuring former CIA Director and CUNY Macaulay Honors College adjunct professor David Petraeus.

That video – taken from a new angle than the ones previously released and first featured here on “The Dissenter” – shows about a dozen police officers swarming a student, slamming him against the hood of a car and holding him there.

Turkey: Police No Longer Make Excuses for Brutality

By: Monday August 5, 2013 12:10 pm

Police violence has become widespread in Turkey. On the night of Saturday August 3rd there was a call on Twitter with the #MilyonlarTaksime (Millions to Taksim) hashtag to protest the closing of Gezi Park again in Taksim. As can be understood from the “Millions,” this was simply a case of “trolling” aimed at manipulating the Governor of Istanbul and police to take unnecessary precautions out of fear that that many people might actually show up.

Facebook Squashes Online Dissent of Turkish Opposition

By: Thursday August 1, 2013 2:00 pm

Transportation Minister Binali Yildirim had announced some weeks ago that Twitter did not respond positively to a “cooperation” agreement to determine and spot those who get involved in “criminal activities” by expressing their views online. This statement’s rhetoric would make any reader feel that Facebook is cooperating with the Turkish government, and it was Twitter that was declared a menace to society by Prime Minister Erdogan.

Turkey: More Police Violence; Attacks on Academics and Professionals

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 2:00 pm

It was the day of the grand opening, after a day of postponement by the government due to Saturday night’s police intervention in Gezi Park. The Governor, Mayor and many other AKP officials were present at Gezi Park alongside over 200 journalists asking questions. The police did not allow too many civilians in the park during the opening ceremony. As the Mayor called for an end to all kinds of protests and blamed the peaceful protesters for provoking police to turn violent, someone in the crowd asked “Will we be allowed to kiss in the park, I would love to show my affection to my wife with a simple kiss” to which the governor replied “If society allows it…”

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