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Pigtales (english)
13 Aug 2003
who's behind the badge? police, cops, policecops.
who's behind the badge? police, cops, policecops.

Amid claims of police brutality from the family of a 10-year-old boy, Baltimore prosecutors are launching a criminal investigation into how the child's arm was broken while being arrested this week by city officers at a supermarket.,0,6440942.story?co

A jury on Wednesday awarded $4 million to the family of a man who was fatally shot nearly seven years ago by a Detroit police officer.

On May 30 at 6 p.m., two African-American teenagers bought candy at the Spur gas station on West Broadway. Emerging from the North Minneapolis store (along with two other unidentified teenagers), the four youths were confronted by a Minneapolis officer, who immediately ordered them to “hold up the wall.” Then the bicycle officer singled out one of the two friends, demanding his ID. As the young man complied, Officer Jeff Jindra grabbed the 14-year-old by the neck, twisting his arms into handcuffs, and threw him to the ground. Jindra then choked, kicked and punched the shackled youth, who just graduated 8th grade, excelling in academics, sports and the chess club.

Former officer Kenneth Cassettari had sued the Police Department, claiming that he was fired on May 23, 2001 as retaliation because he had made misconduct allegations against other officers including claims of excessive force and claims of officers having sex with underage prostitutes while on duty.

Margarita does not hide that she protested Jose's treatment July 4. "They had me in handcuffs. I had two police at my back. I try to get out," she admits in heavily accented English. "I'm screaming, 'Don't hit my son!' They're screaming, 'Shut up, fucking bitch.' " Jose, who is of modest height but burly, says, "I was in a choke hold, and they were beating me senseless."

Years of poor management and weak leadership in the Prince George's County Police Department have created a culture where officers often escape discipline for misconduct and supervisors are frequently held blameless for the actions of those they command, according to a broad review of the agency released yesterday.

"The autopsy of the victim by the medical examiner reveals that the victim sustained multiple skull fractures," DeFazio said. "So that appears to be consistent with what eyewitnesses have told us and inconsistent with the report from the police officer."

Emma Jones, like many Black mothers in America, buried a son prematurely because a White police officer used deadly force. A jury, after hearing testimony in Ms. Jones’ civil lawsuit against the town, agreed that Officer Robert Flodquist used excessive force and violated Malik Jones’ civil rights. They also agreed that the town had shown a pattern of systemic racial profiling. The jury of six Whites and one Black awarded Ms. Jones $2.5 million.

Newkirk, 20, was shot in the head by Newark officer Thomas Ruane during a barbecue Wednesday night. Newark police responding to reports of a large crowd say Newkirk drew a gun from his waistband and aimed it at the officers. Witnesses say the dead man was holding a bottle of liquor, not a gun.
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