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July 13, 1986
Reports of police brutality have been phoned to various members of the press, probably by visitors to the area on July 4. This letter is to state as strongly as I know how that there was no "brutality" from the police in this area, 38th Street, which I understand was one of the hot spots. The police were very much under control. I'm sorry they are so restrained by law that they can't give as much as they take when on duty. I saw several take direct hits by thrown bottles. I swept up pounds of broken glass from the street just in front of my house, all a result of bottles pitched mostly at patrolmen.
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April 24, 2014 | By Michael Muskal, This post has been corrected, as indicated below.
The New York Police Department has learned the hard way that Twitter is a two-edged sword with a point that has deeply embedded itself into the department's self-image. The department this week decided to stick a virtual toe into the 21st century by launching a Twitter campaign to allow everyone to post pictures that glorified New York's finest under the hashtag #myNYPD. It didn't exactly work out that way. Instead of the hoped-for pictures of police helpfully aiding citizens and happy cops on bicycles -- staples of the department's official news feed -- it got an outpouring of pictures of apparent police brutality, misconduct and just downright nastiness.
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December 24, 2000 | MAURA DOLAN and MITCHELL LANDSBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Only rarely does a judge in a criminal case overturn the verdict reached by jurors in her own courtroom. Still rarer is the judge who admits to committing an error so serious it taints a verdict. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jacqueline Connor did both Friday night in an extraordinary ruling that overturned the convictions of three Rampart Division police officers, impressing legal scholars with both her tightly reasoned legal arguments and her unusual candor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 7, 2014
Charles Sumner 'Chuck' Stone Jr. Columnist and educator helped found association for black journalists Charles Sumner "Chuck" Stone Jr., 89, a longtime journalist and educator who was one of the founders of the National Assn. of Black Journalists, died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, N.C., according to his daughter Allegra Stone. The cause was not given. Many who helped launch the association credited Stone as the driving force behind its founding, said its current president, Bob Butler.
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March 20, 1991 | ROBERT A. JONES
I remember the show ran on Monday nights and I remember my father loved it. He was the family's biggest fan of "Dragnet." My mother refused to watch, probably on religious grounds, but the rest of us did, every week. "Dragnet" was part of our routine. That took place in Memphis, Tenn., 1953 or '54. We had one of the first TV sets on the block and "Dragnet" was our introduction to California. We saw palm trees growing out of the sidewalks and crooks wearing Hawaiian shirts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 8, 1999
Definition--police brutality: when thousands of honest, dedicated police officers are tarred with the same brush as the rotten apples. PATT RICHARDS Arcadia
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June 18, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- An 18-year-old who testified in the first trial of several former Houston police officers accused of beating him during a 2010 burglary arrest has been arrested again -- on suspicion of burglary. Less than two months after Chad Holley finished probation in connection with his 2010 arrest and conviction, he was arrested last Wednesday on suspicion of burglarizing a home. Holley's lawyer could not be reached for comment Monday. A spokeswoman for Harris County Dist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2011 | By Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
Gathering at what has become a regular protest of the Fullerton police confrontation that left a homeless man dead, activist Frank Alonzo hoisted aloft a flag with a snake curled under the slogan "Don't Tread on Me. " He and others were in front of the Fullerton police station to demand action against the officers who they believe fatally beat Kelly Thomas. But for some there was an underlying political message that went well beyond police brutality. "Here's the problem: Those cops are symptoms of a disease, and the disease is big government — arrogant, self-serving big government.
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March 10, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Three veteran activists of Egypt's 2011 revolution told a court Monday that they were suffering abuse at the hands of their jailers and that they were even beaten up by the prison guards bringing them to court. The allegations by the well-known figures highlighted the worsening plight of detainees in Egypt's jam-packed prisons. Thousands of people have been imprisoned since July, when the military-backed interim government took over, and human rights groups have cited a deluge of what they describe as credible accounts of maltreatment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 2014 | By Tony Perry
SAN DIEGO -- The City Council voted 8 to 0 on Tuesday to affirm Mayor Kevin Faulconer's nomination of Asst. Chief Shelley Zimmerman as the first woman to be police chief in city history. Zimmerman, 54, a 31-year veteran of the department, succeeds Chief Bill Lansdowne, 69, who retired Monday after 10 years as chief. "I'm so excited for our city that you're here for us," said Councilman Scott Sherman. Some council members said they would have preferred a nationwide search.
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March 3, 2014 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO - Two police officers on Monday were given 10-year prison terms in the killing of a young Egyptian activist whose gruesome death in 2010 galvanized outrage over police brutality and helped fuel the massive uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The sentences, handed down by a criminal court in the port city of Alexandria, followed a retrial of the two officers, who previously had been convicted and sentenced to shorter jail terms. That verdict was later overturned. The victim, Khaled Said, was beaten to death in what witnesses described as a vicious attack by police.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 3, 2014 | By Richard Winton
An African American judge has filed a $10-million claim alleging excessive force and racial profiling by UCLA's campus police when he was handcuffed and put into a police cruiser after being stopped last fall for not wearing a seat belt. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge David Cunningham III, a former police commission president, alleges in the claim filed Jan. 16 that two UCLA Police Department officers, Kevin Dodd and James Kim, used unreasonable force and that their motivation was racial profiling.
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January 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas told jurors Tuesday that they will be the conscience of the county when they decide whether a pair of former street cops should be convicted of beating a homeless man to death at a busy Fullerton bus station in 2011. “You're going to send a message to the defendants, to the police and to the public as to whether or not the conduct depicted in this case … is acceptable,” Rackauckas said. Rackauckas presented his closing argument Tuesday morning in the case of former Officer Manuel Ramos and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Kelly Thomas was a dangerous man and the Fullerton police officer charged with his murder was a good cop who did as he was trained, the officer's defense attorney told an Orange County jury on Tuesday. “He's not some bully cop harassing homeless people for fun,” attorney John Barnett said. Barnett began presenting his closing argument Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Manuel Ramos, who is charged with second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Kelly Thomas, a Fullerton transient who died five days after a violent encounter with Ramos and other officers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2014 | By Paloma Esquivel
Former Fullerton Police Officer Manuel Ramos went from unprofessional to threatening in his interaction with Kelly Thomas, to the point where the mentally ill homeless man had the right to defend himself, Orange County Dist. Atty. Tony Rackauckas told jurors Tuesday. “He knew clearly he was out of bounds, out of bounds of his authority of proper police conduct. He knew he had created a right to self-defense on the part of Kelly Thomas,” Rackauckas said. Rackauckas presented his closing argument Tuesday in the criminal case against Ramos and former Cpl. Jay Cicinelli.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 26, 2013 | Richard Winton
UCLA is conducting an internal investigation into allegations by an African American judge that excessive force was used by campus police officers when they stopped him on suspicion of not wearing a seat belt. UCLA officials say David S. Cunningham III, a former Los Angeles Police Commission president, ignored officers' orders to stay in his car. Cunningham has filed a complaint against the officers, saying they shoved him against his car, handcuffed him and locked him in the back seat of their police cruiser.
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