Police Violence in America

Police murder in Memphis

By Barry Grey, 15 June 2019

The conditions in Memphis exemplify the economic and social conditions behind the reign of police violence in working class communities.

NYPD disciplinary trial of cop who killed Eric Garner concludes

By Sandy English, 15 June 2019

Final briefs were submitted in the NYPD’s trial of Daniel Pantaleo, the officer who choked Eric Garner to death in Staten Island in 2014.

Protest erupts in Memphis, Tennessee after US marshals kill 20-year-old Brandon Webber

By Warren Duzak and Patrick Smith, 14 June 2019

The killing prompted about 100 protesters to take to the streets Wednesday night to vent their anger and demand justice.

Minneapolis police officer sentenced to over 12 years in prison for murder of Justine Damond

By Anthony Bertolt, 13 June 2019

A month-long trial in April resulted in Noor being found guilty of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

Chicago police kill bipolar man inside his home

By Andy Thompson, 28 May 2019

Myles Frazier was shot and killed after he barricaded himself in his home in the Woodlawn neighborhood on the city’s south side.

After shouting “I’m pregnant,” woman fatally shot by Texas police officer

By Marcus Day, 15 May 2019

Video recorded by a bystander and posted to Snapchat quickly went viral, prompting widespread outrage at the horrific killing.

Cell phone video from Sandra Bland’s 2015 traffic stop made public

By Anthony Bertolt, 10 May 2019

The video renews attention to her death in police custody and raises questions over the way it has been withheld for nearly four years.

Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering Justine Damond

By Anthony Bertolt, 2 May 2019

Mohamed Noor was convicted of third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter and found not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2017 shooting.

Protests continue at Yale University over police shooting

By Tim Avery, 29 April 2019

Protests at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut and surrounding communities have continued since the shooting of two unarmed motorists by police officers on April 16.

Florida deputy’s assault on high school student caught on video

By Genevieve Leigh, 22 April 2019

The assault took place in the same county as the Stoneman Douglas school shooting last year, where officers have since been trained to use more brutal policing methods.

New video emerges of Chicago police officers tasing and beating high school student

By Jacob Crosse, 13 April 2019

The revelation of the incident which took place at the end of January has exposed yet another attempted cover-up inside the Chicago Police Department.

“An excessive amount of violence, sexual abuse, and prisoner deaths”

Federal report exposes horrific levels of abuse in Alabama prisons

By Niles Niemuth, 5 April 2019

A more than two-year investigation exposed appalling violations of constitutional protections for the approximately 25,000 men locked up in facilities operated by the Alabama Department of Corrections.

“Police violence is endemic to the system”

Pittsburgh high school students protest acquittal of killer cop

By Samuel Davidson, 26 March 2019

Hundreds of high school students and others took part in rally Monday in the fourth day of protests following the acquittal of the police officer who shot and killed 17-year-old Antwon Rose last year.

Massive police presence for trial of cop in murder of Antwon Rose

By Samuel Davidson, 21 March 2019

A massive show of police force is being staged for the trial of former East Pittsburgh police officer Michael Rosfeld, who killed 17-year-old Woodland High School honor student Antwon Rose last year, shooting him three times in the back.

Florida police officer found guilty in 2015 shooting of motorist

By Matthew Taylor, 8 March 2019

The conviction of Nouman Raja Thursday represents a rare example of a killer cop being held accountable by the courts.

US detains 77,000 immigrants at border in February, a 10-year high

By Norisa Diaz, 6 March 2019

The number of immigrants detained at the border hit a 10 year high in February, while employer audits and mass workplace sweeps continue to rise.

No charges for Sacramento police officers who murdered Stephon Clark

By Kayla Costa, 4 March 2019

Over the weekend, District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert announced that the officers who shot and killed 22-year-old Stephon Clark nearly one year ago will not face charges.

Florida state senator calls for National Guard to be deployed on the streets of Jacksonville in response to recent spate of violence

By Matthew Taylor, 21 February 2019

The call for martial law shows that the Democrats, no less than the Republicans, have nothing but contempt for constitutional protections and will utilize any excuse to institute police state measures.

Connections exposed between far-right group and police in Portland, Oregon

By Kayla Costa, 18 February 2019

Local journalists released hundreds of friendly and detailed texts between Portland Police Bureau Lieutenant Jeff Niiya and Joey Gibson, leader of Patriot Prayer, a local fascist group.

Uncertainty hangs over US border deal as shutdown deadline nears

By Patrick Martin, 14 February 2019

President Trump has not yet guaranteed that he will sign the deal to provide $1.375 billion to fund his planned border wall.

Protests erupt in Birmingham, Alabama after Thanksgiving Day police shooting of innocent man declared “justified”

By Shelley Connor, 7 February 2019

Bradford was shot three times from behind by the officer, whose identity has been withheld by the police.

Over a thousand federal inmates in New York City jail held for more than a week in dark, frigid conditions

By Philip Guelpa, 4 February 2019

Over 1,600 inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn have been without heat and hot water, and with limited electricity and communications since a fire last Sunday.

Tempe, Arizona police officer fatally shoots fleeing 14-year-old boy in the back

By Kevin Martinez, 22 January 2019

The police claim that the youth made a move toward the officer after he stole an airsoft gun from a neighbor’s truck is at odds with the bodycam footage and the testimony of the truck’s owner.

Chicago police officer sentenced to less than seven years for murder of Laquan McDonald; three officers acquitted in cover-up

By Michael Walters, 21 January 2019

Jason Van Dyke was convicted in October 2018 of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm, one for every bullet he unloaded into McDonald’s body.

For fifth year in a row, US police kill more than one thousand

By George Gallanis, 7 January 2019

The relentless wave of killings is an indictment of identity politics and the pseudo-left groups who promote racialist politics as an antidote to police violence.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

Part three

By Benjamin Mateus, 22 December 2018

A statistical analysis of every police killing in the United States during 2017 demonstrates that socio-economic class, not race, plays the most decisive role.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 December 2018

A statistical analysis of every police killing in the United States during 2017 demonstrates that socio-economic class, not race, plays the most decisive role.

US Senate passes bipartisan criminal justice bill

By John Burton, 20 December 2018

The First Step Act will have only a marginal impact on the brutal and overcrowded US prison system.

Behind the epidemic of police killings in America: Class, poverty and race

Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 December 2018

A statistical analysis of every police killing in the United States during 2017 demonstrates that socio-economic class, not race, plays the most decisive role.

Trump’s war on immigrants

Nearly 15,000 children held in detention camps across the US

By Niles Niemuth, 14 December 2018

The growth of the child detainee population and the Trump administration’s escalation of workplace raids represent an attack on the entire working class.

Four years after Eric Garner’s death, killer cop faces NYPD disciplinary hearing

By Leslie Murtagh, 12 December 2018

The New York City officer who choked Garner to death in 2014, Daniel Pantaleo, has avoided any criminal charges.

Outrage spreads over video showing police ripping child from mother’s arms at Brooklyn food stamp office

By Fred Mazelis, 11 December 2018

The young mother, after being mistreated and brutalized, is being held without bail and facing four separate charges, including resisting arrest.

Former Dallas cop indicted for murder of neighbor

By Trévon Austin, 3 December 2018

Guyger’s indictment marks the second Texas officer to be charged or found guilty of murder this year.

Three killed, eight injured in high speed US Border Patrol chase in southern California

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 1 December 2018

This latest tragedy must be viewed in the context of the Trump administration’s fascistic attack on immigrants.

Protests erupt after Thanksgiving police shooting of innocent man in Birmingham, Alabama

By Shelley Connor, 26 November 2018

In one video, a man screamed, as officers stood over Bradford’s body, “That boy didn’t shoot at nobody. He’s dead!” and, “They just killed that black boy for no reason…” The suspect remains at large.

Pentagon chief heads to border as first refugees from caravan arrive

By Bill Van Auken, 15 November 2018

General Mattis defended the deployment of thousands of active duty troops to confront refugee men, women and children as a “moral and ethical mission.”

Kidnapping, rape and murder by US border patrol agents

By Norisa Diaz and Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 15 November 2018

Numerous migrants, mostly women and girls, have been victims of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping or rape at the hands of US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) agents.

Chicago cop cleared in the 2012 killing of 15-year-old Dakota Bright

By Benjamin Mateus, 15 October 2018

The decision means that Brandon Ternand will not face any discipline for the murder and will be reinstated to active duty with back pay.

The fifth death in two years

Eighteen-year-old found hanged in northern Wisconsin jail

By Jacob Crosse, 8 October 2018

The tragic and preventable deaths in Wisconsin Rapids reflect an upward trend in suicides throughout the United States’ overcrowded, backlogged and brutal jail and prison system.

Chicago police officer convicted of second-degree murder in 2014 killing of Laquan McDonald

By Jessica Goldstein, 6 October 2018

The trial and guilty verdict followed an attempted cover-up of the murder by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Police Department.

Nashville, Tennessee, police officer charged in shooting death

By Zac Thorton and Warren Duzak, 2 October 2018

Tennessee has a long history of deadly police violence against fleeing suspects.

New York police officers caught running prostitution ring

By Guillaume Garnier, 28 September 2018

Seven NYPD officers were arrested this month for their involvement in the administration of prostitution rings and illegal gambling.

Trial underway in Chicago police murder of Laquan McDonald

By Kristina Betinis and George Gallanis, 27 September 2018

The defense team is relying on allegations that McDonald was a “combative” person to convince the jury he posed a threat and deserved to be killed.

ICE conducts anti-immigrant raids throughout Wisconsin

By Jacob Crosse, 24 September 2018

The families of the workers seized by federal agents have been given little information as to why they were detained or where they are being held.

Report shows that US police militarization does not reduce crime

By Erik Schreiber, 19 September 2018

The results of the study directly contradict the assertions of law enforcement officials across the country.

Portland officials fail to indict two university police for murder of 45-year-old worker

By Kayla Costa, 17 September 2018

Far from an unavoidable tragedy, the killing of Jason Washington is a direct consequence of the growing militarized police apparatus in cities and schools across the United States.

Hundreds protest fatal shooting of unarmed man in Dallas, Texas

By Trévon Austin, 12 September 2018

Off-duty police officer Amber Guyger fatally shot unarmed 26-year-old Botham Jean inside his own apartment.

Dallas police officer charged with manslaughter 72 hours after shooting neighbor in his own apartment

By Harvey Simpkins, 11 September 2018

Texas Rangers interviewed officer Amber Guyger and told the police department to “hold off” on arresting her supposedly to investigate the matter further.

As National Football League season opens

Nike unveils ad featuring blacklisted quarterback Colin Kaepernick

By Alan Gilman, 10 September 2018

The National Football League season has opened against the backdrop of Colin Kaepernick becoming the face of Nike’s new “Just Do It” campaign and a ruling allowing his collusion lawsuit against the NFL to go forward.

090 Rahm Emanuel not seeking reelection/police killing trial

6 September 2018

New York police union offers $500 bounty to vigilantes for assisting in arrests

By Leslie Murtagh, 5 September 2018

The union for New York City police sergeants has offered a $500 reward to anyone who assists a cop in making an arrest.

Immigrant mother sues for $40 million after child dies following ICE detainment

By Kevin Martinez, 31 August 2018

The death of Mariee Juarez is one more casualty in the Trump administration’s brutal war on immigrants.

“We are watching and we are coming”

ICE raids North Texas factory, arrests 160 immigrant workers

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 30 August 2018

In one of the biggest workplace raids in the past decade, ICE arrested 160 migrant workers at a factory north of Dallas.

Former Texas police officer found guilty of murdering unarmed teen

By Trévon Austin, 30 August 2018

Prior to this year, the last time a Texas police office was convicted of murder was in 1973.

Mayor demands New Yorkers “respect police officers”

By Isaac Finn, 24 August 2018

Following the posting of a handful of videos on social media of New York City residents cursing at police, Mayor de Blasio told New Yorkers that they “have to respect police officers.”

Chicago teen dead after police chase, family disputes official report of suicide

By Matthew Verhoven, 22 August 2018

More than 120 people marched to Mount Sinai Hospital, and to the Chicago Police Department 10th District, to demand the release of the boy’s body and footage of the events.

On anniversary of fascist killing in Charlottesville

Washington police mobilize to protect handful of neo-Nazis

By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2018

Despite a massive media blitz, only a few dozen fascists rallied in front of the White House, dwarfed by thousands of counter-demonstrators.

Baltimore police officer resigns after video of vicious assault sparks outrage

By Harvey Simpkins, 13 August 2018

The video shows footage of the police officer throwing at least 10 punches, in about 12 seconds, at his victim's face, without any provocation.

America’s unending reign of police terror

By Niles Niemuth, 11 August 2018

Four years after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri by police officer Darren Wilson sparked popular outrage over police violence, the daily onslaught of police killings in the US continues.

Off-duty Cincinnati police officer uses taser on 11-year old child

By Jacob Crosse, 11 August 2018

Eleven year old Donesha Gowdy was suspected of “petty shoplifting”.

Portland police attack anti-fascist counter-protesters at neo-fascist rally

By Alec Andersen, 7 August 2018

Police in full riot gear used flashbang grenades and pepper spray and charged a group of anti-fascist demonstrators, beating them with batons and arresting four.

Former tennis player James Blake criticizes NYC mayor for handling of false arrest in 2015

By Isaac Finn, 7 August 2018

On Wednesday Blake condemned New York City’s Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to inform him about a disciplinary trial of the cop who tackled him in front of a hotel.

Mississippi: No charges for police officers who fatally shot worker in address mix-up

By Nick Barrickman, 30 July 2018

The decision to deny charges comes nearly a year after Ismael Lopez’ death sparked protests and opposition within Southaven, a suburb of Memphis, Tennessee.

Trader Joe’s manager killed by Los Angeles police in shootout

By John Burton, 26 July 2018

Melyda Corado was killed Saturday afternoon by a police officer shooting at a suspect fleeing into the store.

American justice: New York City cop who killed Eric Garner may lose vacation days

By Daniel de Vries, 24 July 2018

Daniel Pantaleo has remained on the job pending an internal investigation into the 2014 strangling death of Garner.

As protests continue, Chicago police release footage of Harith Augustus’ murder

By our reporters, 17 July 2018

The footage was released very quickly, against official protocol, as the city attempts to defuse popular anger over the shooting and police aggression towards protesters.

Protesters clash with Chicago police after police murder of Harith Augustus

By Benjamin Mateus and Kristina Betinis, 16 July 2018

Simmering anger over police violence led to protests after police harassed a local barber and shot him in the back as he tried to flee.

Use of heavy sedative by Minneapolis police under investigation

By Anthony Bertolt, 9 July 2018

Details were leaked last month from a report which details multiple instances where police directed paramedics to inject ketamine into individuals who were already restrained and/or handcuffed.

Hundreds more immigrant children detained than previously reported

By Eric London, 7 July 2018

The parents of 19 children under the age of 5 have already been deported. Many will never see their children again.

Killing of 45-year-old postal worker by Portland State University police draws protests

By Kayla Costa, 3 July 2018

The tragic murder of Jason Washington is a direct result of the militarization of campuses across the country.

Unaccompanied immigrant children sent to New York are “disappeared” by ICE

By Steve Light, 29 June 2018

As refugee children were separated from parents at the southern border while seeking asylum in the United States, some were transferred almost 2,000 miles to New York City.

Murder charges filed against East Pittsburgh police officer in shooting death of teenager

By Samuel Davidson, 28 June 2018

Michael Rosfeld shot and killed a 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. last week as he ran from a car after it was pulled over by police.

Hundreds protest after Minneapolis police fatally shoot 31-year-old man

By Anthony Bertolt, 26 June 2018

Thurman Blevins Jr. was shot down by police in an alleyway in a hail of bullets Saturday evening, sparking almost immediate protests from neighborhood residents.

Protests continue in Pittsburgh over police killing of unarmed teen

By Samuel Davidson, 25 June 2018

Hundreds of people continue to hold daily demonstrations to express their outrage over the murder of unarmed 17-year-old Antwon Rose, Jr. last week.

Hundreds rally in Pittsburgh to demand justice for unarmed teen killed by police

By Samuel Davidson, 22 June 2018

Antwon Rose, a 17-year-old Woodland Hills High School honor student, was shot three times in the back Tuesday as he ran from a traffic stop.

East Pittsburgh police fatally shoot unarmed 17-year-old

By Trévon Austin, 21 June 2018

Antwon Rose, Jr. was shot without any warning as he attempted to flee a traffic stop Tuesday night.

Phoenix police shootings on track to double in 2018

By Trévon Austin, 18 June 2018

Phoenix police have shot 23 people so far in 2018, 11 fatally.

Videos show recent beatings committed by Mesa, Arizona, police officers

By Matthew Verhoven, 11 June 2018

In a press conference Friday, Police Chief Ramon Batista claimed that incidents such as these “would not be tolerated.” But another whitewash is being prepared.

Gestapo-style immigration raids in Ohio: An urgent warning to the working class

By Eric London, 8 June 2018

State repression against immigrant workers is an attack on the democratic rights of the entire working class.

Notes on police violence

Cop who punched woman on New Jersey beach will not face charges

By Trévon Austin, 7 June 2018

In a video viewed over 7,000,000 times, an officer can be seen punching the woman twice.

Video of Chelsea Manning “wellness check” highlights threat posed by police to mentally ill in US

By Matthew Verhoven, 6 June 2018

In a comment given to the Intercept, Manning said of the video, “This is what a police state looks like. Guns drawn during a ‘wellness’ check.”

Florida jury awards $4 to family of man killed by police

By our reporter, 4 June 2018

Gregory Hill was only 30 years old, and leaves behind three young children.

US Border Patrol execution of undocumented Guatemalan woman sparks anger and nationwide protests

By Alec Andersen, 4 June 2018

Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, 19, was summarily executed by a Border Patrol agent in the border town of Rio Bravo near Laredo, Texas, on May 23.

Notes on Police Violence

Jersey Shore beachgoer beaten after refusing to give last name

By Adam Mclean, 31 May 2018

Not a day goes by without someone in the US being killed by law enforcement or subjected to an egregious beating.

US Border Patrol agent executes Guatemalan woman

By Alec Andersen, 28 May 2018

The summary execution of Claudia Gonzalez comes amid a sharp escalation in the Trump administration’s campaign of terror against immigrant communities.

Multiple police officers cleared of charges in several recent killings

By Trévon Austin, 28 May 2018

In all of the cases, the killer cops used excessive force and failed to make any effort to de-escalate the situation.

The nightmare inside America’s child immigrant jails

By Eric London, 25 May 2018

An ACLU report details widespread rape, beatings and neglect by prison guards in America’s immigration jails.

Video of tasing, arrest of Milwaukee Bucks basketball star sparks national outrage

By Benjamin Mateus, 24 May 2018

Sterling Brown was tased and arrested after being confronted by a gang up of police officers over a minor parking infraction.

“He needed help and instead he got five shots”

Friends condemn police killing of Cody Reynolds in Royal Oak, Michigan

By Kathleen Martin, 18 May 2018

The unarmed youth gunned down by a police officer in suburban Detroit is remembered fondly as “the type of person who cared more about other people than himself.”

Unarmed youth shot down in Detroit suburb as US police killings continue

By Tom Hall, 15 May 2018

A recent study found that victims of police shootings lost more than 100,000 years of life from their average life expectancies in 2015 and 2016, rivaling meningitis and other diseases.

North Carolina police officer assaults man at Waffle House

By David Moore, 12 May 2018

The latest incident of brutality caught on video is part of the systematic violence meted out by police to workers across the country

Notes on police violence

Florida, Ohio police officers seen kicking handcuffed men

By Trévon Austin, 5 May 2018

Cellphone videos exposed two particularly cruel instances of police brutality this week in Miami, Florida and outside Akron, Ohio.

Video shows police attacking former NFL player in Atlanta parking lot

By Alec Andersen, 28 April 2018

The police assault on Desmond Marrow is hardly unique in the United States, where police are notorious for their violence and contempt for democratic rights.

US Border Patrol agent who shot teenager dead acquitted of murder

By Genevieve Leigh, 25 April 2018

Lonnie Swartz was found not guilty of second-degree murder for the slaying of an unarmed Mexican teenager through the border fence in 2012.

Black Lives Matter, ACLU stay lawsuits, promote Chicago police “reform”

By Jessica Goldstein and George Marlowe, 25 April 2018

The involvement of BLM in the CPD consent decree is intended to provide further cover for police and the political establishment while giving middle class activists a “piece of the action.”

Federal prosecutors reportedly recommend charges in notorious chokehold death

US Justice Department officials may refuse to take action in 2014 murder of Eric Garner

By Alan Whyte, 24 April 2018

The Garner case was among the first to attract national attention to the ongoing and increasing police violence against unarmed and often innocent workers and youth.

Anger mounts over police killing of unarmed man in Barstow, California

By Alec Andersen, 23 April 2018

Police unleashed a hail of 30 bullets into a car being driven by 26-year-old Diante Yarber, killing him and wounding two passengers.

Unite the working class against police killings!

By David Moore: SEP candidate for US Senate from California, 19 April 2018

The killing of Diante Yarber in Barstow, California is the latest in an unending series of police killings in the state and throughout the country.

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs

By a reporter, 17 April 2018

The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.

Police kill two men in two days in Detroit suburbs

By a reporter, 17 April 2018

The killings last Monday and Tuesday went largely unreported in the media, perhaps because they took place in middle-class suburban areas rather than the inner city.