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: Kevin Gosztola Friday August 15, 2014 4:38 pm|
|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.
|By: wendydavis Wednesday June 11, 2014 8:00 pm|
David Correia says ‘make it 14,’ as Silvio Dell’Angela, Air Force veteran and neighbor of Chris Hinz, who was killed by APD in 2010, was barred from attending future city council meetings for daring to hang an upside down American flag on the railing separating ‘guests’ from the council tables.
But still, the 13, including FDL’s good Barbara Grothus, were arrested during a peaceful protest at the ABQ Mayor’s office on June 2, another in a series of brilliantly planned actions designed to stop the brutality and murders by the APD. Twenty-five citizens have been killed by cops since 2010.
|By: wendydavis Tuesday June 3, 2014 5:12 pm|
FDL commenter Barbara Grothus and 12 others were arrested at an anti-police brutality sit-in at Albuquerque mayor’s office.
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:55 pm|
In this clip form Acronym TV’s full show on the call for a month of resistance To Mass Incarceration, Juanita Young talks about the death of her son, Malcolm Ferguson, a 23-year old man murdered by NYPD officer Louis Rivera. In June of 2007, a jury awarded Ms. Young $10.5 million. At the time of the verdict, Young told the New York Daily News: “the award was vindication that her son, Malcolm Ferguson, 23, was wrongfully shot during a struggle in March 2000 in an apartment building at 1045 Boynton Ave. – three blocks from where Amadou Diallo was gunned down a year earlier.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday May 8, 2014 10:12 am|
A mother in Huntsville, Alabama, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against police alleging that they were responsible for killing her son during a drug sting.
The lawsuit claims that Huntsville police in civilian clothes violently threw Nancy Smith’s 17-year-old son to the ground.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Wednesday April 23, 2014 4:17 pm|
Social media engagement!
Everybody’s doing it, but some are definitely doing it better than others.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.
|By: GREYDOG 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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.