The killing of Tony Robinson shows need to drastically reduce police interactions

Tony Robinson, Jr. shortly before being killed by Madison police

By Anand SwaminathanReprinted from the Wisconsin State Journal Tony Robinson was an unarmed, 19-year-old African American shot and killed by a Madison police officer on March 6, 2015. Because of overwhelming evidence that Robinson’s shooting was not justified, the city agreed to a record settlement. Robinson died more than five years ago, but his case… Read More

Police Sued for “Execution Style” Killing

Auburn, WA cop has long history of violence, including the alleged unlawful killing of another man last year SEATTLE, WA – The police department and an Auburn, WA police officer with a lengthy record of alleged brutality were sued in federal court here today for allegedly killing an already-subdued man “execution style.” The killing took… Read More

King County Apologizes to Family of Black Youth Gunned Down by Sheriff’s Dept.

SEATTLE, WA – The family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens, a 17-year-old Black youth killed in a hail of bullets by King County Sheriff’s deputies, will receive a $2.25 million settlement and apology from King County for the death of their son. Also as part of the settlement, the Sheriff and the family will explore a partnership… Read More

Family of Black Youth Gunned Down by Seattle Area Sheriff’s Dept. Files Federal Suit

SEATTLE, WA – The family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens, a 17-year-old Black youth killed in 2017 by suburban Seattle sheriff’s deputies as they fired shots into the rear of his body, late today filed a federal lawsuit against King County, Washington and County Sheriff’s Deputies Det. Michael Garske, Sgt. Todd Miller, Det. Joseph Eshom and Det.… Read More

10 AM Today – Hearing to Determine if All Harith “Snoop” Augustus Videos Should be Released

City is Defying FOIA Law by Refusing to Release Videos This morning a Cook County judge will hold a hearing to determine if the Chicago Police Department should be forced under the Illinois Freedom Of Information Act to release all videos surrounding the controversial July 14th police killing of South Shore barber Harith “Snoop” Augustus,… Read More

Family of Unarmed Black Man, Beaten & Shot in the Back by Police, Sues for Justice

Video poking holes in the police version of events is available here. WICHITA, KS, 8/9/2018 – The family of 24-year-old Matthew Holmes, beaten and shot to death last August by a county sheriff’s deputy, and then beaten further while he lay dying, sued the McPherson and Harvey County, Kansas Sheriff’s Departments, City of Newton, and… Read More

Activist Who Helped Force Release of Laquan McDonald Video Sues for All Videos of Harith “Snoop” Augustus Shooting

CPD is refusing to release any further videos despite releasing its version of events and a partial edited video. CHICAGO – Civil rights activist William Calloway this morning sued the Chicago Police to compel the public release of all videos of the July 14th police shooting of South Shore barber Harith “Snoop” Augustus. CPD has… Read More

Police Accountability Shot

This month, the Supreme Court decided Kisela v. Hughes, a case that makes it even more difficult to hold police officers accountable for unlawfully shooting the people they are supposed to serve and protect.  Police officers are almost never meaningfully investigated, much less disciplined, by their fellow law enforcement agencies for shooting people.  And they’re even… Read More

Mom Sues Cop Who Killed Her Unarmed Son

After repeatedly tazing and beating a man who was begging for his life, Knox County cop shot him twice, committing “intentional homicide” LONDON, KY – A mother today sued in federal court Knox County, a Knox County sherriff’s deputy, and Knox County constable for allowing the deputy to repeatedly taze her unarmed, non-resisting son, beat… Read More

Record Wisconsin Settlement for Police Shooting of Tony Robinson, Jr.

Unarmed Teenager Was Shot by a Madison Police Officer At a news conference this afternoon in Madison, WI, the family of Tony Robinson, Jr. and their attorneys will be discussing the $3.35 million settlement of the case, which exceeds by more than $1 million the previous record in Wisconsin for a police-officer shooting suit. Tony… Read More