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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #270 on: October 26, 2020, 04:21:56 pm »
Monday, 26th October 2o2o
by The Associated Press

The New York Police Department said Sunday it has suspended an officer without pay a day after he was seen on video saying “<insert Individual-1>” over a patrol vehicle’s loudspeaker, a violation of department rules.

The suspension is effective immediately and the incident remains under investigation, the police department said.

Commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted that the behavior of the officer, whose name was not immediately made public, was

“One hundred percent unacceptable. Period.”

"Officers must remain apolitical", he said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised swift action, tweeting:

“ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences.

Videos posted on social media captured the officer bellowing his support of Individual-1 from a marked police department SUV just before 10 p.m. Saturday.

The vehicle was parked in a crosswalk with lights flashing in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood.

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #271 on: October 30, 2020, 09:42:19 pm »
Saturday, 31st October 2o2o
police murders Black man in Washington state
by Joseph Wilkinson

Police fatally shoot Black man in Washington state, leading to protests and fears of violence in nearby Portland

Police officers in southwest Washington fatally shot a 21-year-old Black man, Thursday evening in a bank parking lot.

The county sheriff said Kevin Peterson Jr. was running from police who were working on a drug investigation, the Oregonian reported.

The sheriff, Chuck Atkins, said Peterson fired a gunshot at officers before they returned fire and killed him.

Other witnesses, none of whom had a good view of the shooting, told the Oregonian and the Columbian that they didn’t see Peterson fire a shot, but that he appeared scared and that cops shot quickly upon arrival.

Peterson’s girlfriend, Olivia Selto, was on the phone with him when he died, she told the Oregonian.

Selto said all she knew was that Peterson was running and scared before she heard numerous gunshots.

Peterson was killed in Vancouver, Washington, a suburb of Portland, Oregon, just across the Columbia River that forms the state border.

Clark County Sheriff Atkins said investigators found Peterson’s gun at the scene, the Oregonian reported.

Protesters gathered at the U.S. Bank parking lot where Peterson was killed, according to Oregon Public Broadcasting. Demonstrations continued in Vancouver on Friday.

Community leaders in Portland feared that violence would erupt in the city, the Associated Press reported.

Portland has seen several clashes between Black Lives Matter protesters and domestic terrorist groups since the May killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

Washington state law requires a different agency to investigate any fatal police shooting.

The cops who killed Peterson were officers with the Vancouver Police Department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office who were part of an anti-drug task force, according to the AP.

The police department in the city of Camas, Washington, about 13 miles east, will lead the shooting investigation.

Peterson, a Camas resident, and Selto had a baby daughter together, Kailiah Peterson.

“I told him I loved him as many times as I could and he said it back,” Selto told the Oregonian.

“I’m heartbroken."

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #272 on: November 22, 2020, 07:41:42 am »
Sunday, 22nd November 2020
Voters Support More police Oversight
by Andrew Welsh-Huggins & Gillian Flaccus

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Voters in communities across the country approved measures on Election Day toughening civilian oversight of law enforcement agencies, including some that took years to reach the ballot but grew in urgency after global protests over racial injustice and police brutality.

The measures take aim at a chronic sore point in many communities, particularly among Black residents: that police departments traditionally have little oversight outside their own internal review systems, which often clear officers of wrongdoing in fatal civilian shootings.

“Recent events opened up people’s eyes more to how much this type of oversight is needed,” said Monica Steppe, a San Diego councilwoman who championed a successful proposal predating the protests that will dissolve the city’s current police review board and replace it with a more independent body with investigative powers.

However, the oversight boards don’t address other points of contention, such as the lack of diversity in many departments, and the perception of a different standard of police for Black residents than white.

In San Jose, California, voters approved an expansion of an independent police auditor’s powers, including the ability to undertake investigations even without a citizen’s complaint.

The proposal was in the works for three years, but the City Council voted to place it on the ballot in the wake of protests that erupted after George Floyd died in May after a police officer pressed a knee against his neck for several minutes while Floyd said he couldn’t breathe.

“It ended up being great timing for us because as the national spotlight shined on police excessive use of force and police brutality and certainly demands for oversight, we already had everything in the works,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez, a former full-time San Jose police officer and now a reserve officer.

And in Los Angeles, voters approved a measure requiring that at least 10% of county general fund revenue be set aside for alternatives to incarceration.

But statewide, voters rejected a measure to replace cash bail with a system based on public safety and flight risk.

Critics of cash bail say it discriminates against poor people, including the disproportionate number of minorities in the criminal justice system.

New Jersey in 2017 essentially eliminated cash bail.

In Portland, Oregon, voters approved a City Council-backed measure that gained momentum after the spring protests to create an independent commission overseeing misconduct investigations of Portland police officers.

The measure already faces a police union grievance trying to stop it.

In Seattle, voters gave the King County Council the ability to specify the sheriff’s public safety powers.

The goal was providing an alternative to some policing practices, such as expanding the use of social workers to respond to emergency calls of people in crisis.

The referendum grew directly out of the reckoning that followed Floyd’s death, said Councilmember Girmay Zahilay.

A successful Philadelphia ballot issue creates a new civilian review commission and places it under the control of the City Council in the hopes of making it more independent.

In Pittsburgh, a charter amendment requiring police officers to cooperate with the city’s civilian police review board passed overwhelmingly.

“If you’re going to have oversight of police actions, then you need the officers who have performed those actions to be transparent, and for other officers who witnessed it to bring their testimony,” said Rev. Ricky Burgess, a Pittsburgh council member who pushed the measure.

“Right now neither is required.”

The law enforcement community remains concerned that such oversight boards — which often don’t involve police input — are punitive and automatically assume wrongdoing by officers based on their prejudices, said Jim Pasco, executive director of the National Fraternal Order of Police.

“Because they come from a flawed premise, in many instances they’re going to lead to flawed conclusions and therefore the remedies they would propose are going to be equally flawed,” he said.

In Columbus, voters approved the city’s first-ever police review board.

The measure was strongly supported by Democratic Mayor Andrew Ginther, who made its passage a top priority.

The Columbus police department had already faced criticism after a number of episodes, including the 2016 shooting of Henry Green, a Black man, by two undercover white police officers working in an anti-crime summer initiative.

Later in 2016, a white officer fatally shot a 13-year-old Black teenager during a robbery investigation.

In 2017, a video showed a Columbus officer restraining a prone Black man and preparing to handcuff him when an officer who was also involved in the Green shooting arrives and appears to kick the man in the head.

The city fired that officer, but an arbitrator ordered him reinstated.

Columbus police have a “significant disparity of use of force against minority residents” that the city must address, according to a report by Matrix Consulting Group last year for a city safety advisory commission.

The Columbus review board and an accompanying inspector general’s office will have the ability to pursue parallel investigations of police misconduct alongside the police department’s own internal affairs bureau.

The board wouldn’t have the authority to discipline an officer, but its report would end up on the desk of the city’s safety director, who does.

Details of the Columbus review board will be worked out in upcoming negotiations with the police union representing the department’s 1,800 or so officers.

Many officers want the process to be fair and don’t feel as if they were treated fairly by the city during the months of unrest, said Keith Ferrell, executive director of the union representing Columbus officers.

“Fair to the officers, fair to the citizens, and quite honestly doesn’t put the citizens at risk because officers are afraid to do their jobs,” Ferrell said.

The Columbus review board is not about demonizing the police, but is instead about accountability and restoration of trust, said Nick Bankston, the measure’s campaign manager.

“We heard loud and clear from the community that we currently have a system where it’s the police policing the police,” Bankston said.

“That just doesn’t make sense, and there’s not trust that’s there.”

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Re: Disappearing Excellence: The Senate & Loretta Lynch
« Reply #273 on: November 30, 2020, 02:26:25 am »
Monday, 30th November 2020
Mother of teen gunned down by Florida deputy is shot at son’s funeral
by Theresa Braine

The mother of a teen who’d been gunned down two weeks ago by a sheriff’s deputy in Florida was herself shot during her son’s burial service Saturday.

Initial reports were that someone had fired into the crowd mourning 18-year-old Sincere Pierce, who along with 16-year-old Angelo Crooms had been killed November 13th by a Brevard County Sheriff’s deputy.

Police later told WKMG-TV that the shot was in fact an accidental discharge from a firearm carried by a 16-year-old at the service.

It penetrated the teen’s leg, then hit Pierce’s leg, deputies told WKMG.

The pastor had just finished his prayers, and mourners were placing flowers on the casket, when there was a loud popping sound, followed by a stunned silence before Pierce’s mother, Quasheda Pierce, screamed that she’d been hit, reported Florida Today.

After freezing for an instant, the attendees started rushing to their cars, bringing the funeral to an abrupt halt.

The 50 panicked funeral goers left the cemetery, while Quasheda’s close friends and family attended to her leg, WKMG reported.

Questions still swirl around the deaths of the two teens earlier this month, when Brevard County Sheriff’s Office deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda fired repeatedly into the car the teens were traveling in.

Police have said they were defending themselves as the car, driven by Crooms, headed toward them even as officers yelled at him to stop.

However, the dashcam footage indicated to the teens’ families and attorneys that Crooms was trying to evade, not hit, the deputy, Florida Today reported.

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