From USA today
Police three times more likely to kill black men
If you’re a black man, you are three times more likely to be killed by police than a white man, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health. The study looked at all-male homicides reported in the last six years. Eight percent of them were police killings. And of the 6,300 total male homicides, nearly 1,800 of them were black men. What’s more, is that this issue is prevalent across the country. There’s not a single place in the U.S. where the risk of a black man getting killed by police is less than double that of a white man.
Video shows officer restraining child
After a Facebook video of a white police officer forcefully restraining a black boy went viral, the Georgia Police Department released the officer’s body camera video to provide context in the midst of racial bias accusations. The officers were arresting a domestic violence suspect when the man’s 10-year-old son began screaming and crying. The boy lunged at one of the officers, causing them to land on the patrol car, according to the police statement. The officer then pinned the boy to the ground. Once the boy calmed down, the officer let him up and allowed him to see his father in the back of the cop car. The incident is currently under investigation.
Teen flees bike ticket, gets hit by cop-car
A 16-year-old boy in Sacramento was running from a bicycle violation when he was hit by a patrol car Sunday night.
Police attempted to stop the boy for lighting violations on his bike, but he ran off. The officers chased after him and called for backup, and one of the additional police cars struck the boy. He was cited for resisting arrest but didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries. His family said they plan to take legal action. A woman claims she was also hit by the cop car during the collision, but police have not yet confirmed this second incident.
A win for immigrants
Immigrants living in Orlando, Florida, without legal permission no longer need to worry about being deported if they talk to the city’s police force.
Orlando commissioners voted on Monday to stop police officers from asking about the immigration status of “law-abiding” citizens. Crime victims and witnesses, as well as low-level traffic offenders, need not worry about speaking to the police. Commissioner Tony Ortiz, who contributed to the resolution’s success, explained that this was not “sanctuary city” legislation, but one that allows immigrants of good character to live in the country peacefully.
Police officer forced out for racial slur
A Kentucky police department took disciplinary action after one of its officers called a black teen a“wild animal that needs to be put down” in a Facebook post. Former officer Brian Smith was investigated by the Louisville Police Department after an attorney complained that Smith’s Facebook account displayed “deep-seated bias against minority communities.” Chief Steven Conrad planned to fire Smith in January due to his Facebook posts, but ultimately decided to suspend him for 30 days without pay. Smith resigned from the department in April.
And just today the NYPD police commissioner fired Daniel Pantaleo the cop who murdered Eric Garner.