March 8, 2013 |
Nine South African police officers pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of killing a man who died after being dragged behind their van, according to news reports. The police officer driving the vehicle said he was unaware of what was happening to the man when he began pulling away from an agitated crowd, according to Agence France - Presse . The death of Mido Macia last week outraged South Africans after a video was posted online by the Daily Sun tabloid.
January 24, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian human rights groups reported this week that torture and police brutality, which helped spark a national uprising two years ago, have continued under the new Islamist-led government. Over the course of 2011 and 2012, the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) documented more than 20 extrajudicial killings as a result of torture or "unnecessary" use of firearms by police forces, the group said in a report released ahead of the second anniversary of the Jan. 25 revolt that eventually toppled former President Hosni Mubarak.
January 24, 2013 |
Black Against Empire The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party Joshua Bloom and Waldo E. Martin Jr.University of California Press: 560 pp., $34.95 The defenders of the 2nd Amendment once had a powerful ally in America: the Black Panthers. The self-styled revolutionaries believed there's something powerful and liberating about holding a firearm in your hands. In "Black Against Empire: The History and Politics of the Black Panther Party," we learn that Huey Newton and Bobby Seale felt lots of gun love as they drove up and down the streets of Oakland in 1966.
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December 14, 2012 |
OAKLAND - A federal judge has placed Oakland Police Department reform efforts under his direct control, citing nearly a decade of inadequate attempts to comply with a legal settlement in a case that unmasked systemic police brutality and racial profiling. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson on Wednesday signed off on an 11th-hour agreement reached last week between the city and plaintiffs' attorneys under which he will appoint a full-time "compliance director" with sweeping powers to dictate changes related to the case.
October 23, 2012 |
Prosecutors have dropped charges against a young man whose videotaped beating by New York police officers inside a Jewish community center where he had been sleeping sparked protests. The Brooklyn district attorney, Charles Hynes, announced Monday that after reviewing the video and other facts of the case, there was no evidence that Ehud Halevy, 21, assaulted police officers and resisted arrest on Oct. 8. That morning, police confronted Halevy as he slept inside the Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood.
September 26, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Two police officers in Kazan, Russia, were sentenced to less than three years in prison Tuesday after the first convictions in a high-profile case that involved the illegal detention and death of a resident. Human rights activists complained that the sentences were too short to discourage abuses by police. Officers Ilshat Garifullin and Ramil Nigmatzyanov received sentences of 2 1/2 and two years, respectively, for exceeding their authority after the court determined that they illegally arrested Sergei Nazarov on March 9. Investigators allege that on the night of the arrest, Nazarov, 52, was beaten and sexually assaulted by colleagues of the two officers.