More than one week after Chicago police shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh, his mother is still demanding the police provide basic information on what happened to her son. She has pledged to march to the local police station every day until she gets the answers she believes she deserves.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 2, 2014 1:17 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 31, 2014 8:30 am|
The stark reality is police in America have gunned down black youth in the streets many, many times prior to Michael Brown’s death. Why did this act of police brutality lead to such a show of incredible rage and protest from a community?
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 29, 2014 12:19 pm|
A lawsuit filed against Ferguson and St. Louis County police officers seeks millions of dollars in damages for violations of rights and laws, which allegedly occurred while police were in the process of aggressively suppressing protests.
Altogether, seven different individuals allege they were falsely arrested. Multiple individuals also contend officers intentionally inflicted “emotional distress,” committed “assault and battery,” deprived them of their civil rights and police neglected to supervise and discipline the officers engaged in this misconduct.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday August 27, 2014 3:26 pm|
Chicago police officers shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh in the west side neighborhood of North Lawndale on August 24. His mother was at a press conference after a letter was delivered to the United States Justice Department calling on the federal government to come to the city and investigate crimes by police officers, who have escaped accountability and justice.
Dawn McIntosh, who was crying, declared, “My son was killed senselessly, and he shouldn’t have been. He was surrendering, and they shot him anyway.”
Also, she said, “He was on his knees with both hands up begging for his life. They killed him.”
|By: Isaiah 88 Tuesday August 26, 2014 7:13 pm|
“They left the body in the street.
Dictators leave bodies in the street.
Petty local satraps leave bodies in the street.
Warlords leave bodies in the street.
A police officer shot Michael Brown to death. And they left his body in the street.”
It’s a brutal message, it’s always been a brutal message—your life has no value, it means nothing. Obey. Submit. Don’t even think about challenging the power authority has over you.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday August 26, 2014 3:15 pm|
In Kansas, Ottawa police shot and killed Joseph Jennings, an 18-year-old who was mentally ill, on August 23. At least two officers on the scene were well aware that he suffered from seizures and had responded to a call one day ago to take him to the hospital to pump his stomach after he tried to overdose on drugs and kill himself. Still, the police responded with a heavy-handedness that resulted in Jennings’ death.
Brandy Smith was Joseph Jennings’ aunt. While he was her nephew, she raised him like a son. And she was at the scene while police officers surrounded him.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 25, 2014 3:05 pm|
While on the ground in Ferguson, Missouri, to cover the aftermath of the killing of Mike Brown by police, I had the privilege of being introduced to Kerry, a young black man and resident of the St. Louis area. He agreed to speak to me about his experiences.
We recorded the interview on August 21, days after some of the worst and most intense police violence that had occurred.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 24, 2014 10:18 am|
Tef Poe, a local musician and community organizer from St. Louis, who grew up in the Ferguson area, addressed how residents feel about the police during a press event on August 22. It was an opportunity for Poe and other young black organizers to put the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson police officer into an appropriate context.
“The thing that irks me the most is that we are treated as if we’re illogical people,” Poe stated.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 15, 2014 4:38 pm|
Media mostly had no idea that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer, had allegedly been involved in a robbery of a liquor store. Rumors had circulated but no organizations had been actively seeking information on any robbery. They were not certain the robbery had anything to do with Brown’s death. Media had, however, sought the release of information from Ferguson police on the shooting by filing requests under Missouri’s “sunshine” or freedom of information law.
|By: DSWright Monday July 21, 2014 1:18 pm|
Stop, frisk, and strangle? Eric Garner, a 43 old New Yorker, was choked to death on video by officers with the New York Police Department. Garner was killed when one of the officers used a chokehold in the process of arresting him – the chokehold is an illegal maneuver and the police officer who performed it has been put on leave pending an investigation. Garner was suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, something he had been charged with previously.