Police Brutality Topics

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Democracy Now! has documented scandals of police brutality across the country. Scroll through the stories below to see our coverage of the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and protests calling for the arrest of the officer who shot him. In New York City we reported on the death of Eric Garner after police placed him in a chokehold as he repeatedly told them, "I can’t breathe!" The encounter was recorded by an onlooker using his smartphone. We have also documented the killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., a 68-year-old Marine veteran shot by police inside his own home after he mistakenly set off his LifeAid medical alert pendant. In 2011-2012 we covered the police crackdown on the Occupy movement, and spoke to Scott Olsen, who survived two tours in Iraq but nearly died when he was hit with a police projectile at an Occupy Oakland protest. We also interview loved ones of police victims, and feature conversations with advocates like Michelle Alexander, author of the best-selling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

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  • Stop_and_frisk
    A historic trial is underway challenging the New York City Police Department’s controversial "stop-and-frisk" policy as unconstitutional and unfairly targeting people of color. Recent data shows the vast majority of the five million people stopped and frisked by the NYPD over the past decade are African American or Latino, with nearly 90 percent neither ticketed nor arrested. We play secretly recorded police tapes heard in the...
    Apr 04, 2013 | Story
  • Ryan_coogler-fuitvale
    "Fruitvale" tells the story of Oscar Grant, the 22-year-old Bay Area resident who was shot dead by a transit police officer in Oakland on New Year’s Day in 2009. On Saturday, the film won both the U.S. Grand Jury Prize for dramatic film and the Audience Award for U.S. dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah. First-time, 26-year-old director Ryan Coogler accepted the prizes at the Sundance awards ceremony. [includes...
    Jan 28, 2013 | Story
  • Fruitvale-1
    It was four years ago this month that Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old African American, was shot to death by a Bay Area Rapid Transit police officer on New Year’s Day in Oakland, California. Portraying the last day of his life, the new dramatic film "Fruitvale" has become one of the most talked-about films at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. We’re joined by the director, 26-year-old first-time filmmaker Ryan Coogler,...
    Jan 25, 2013 | Story
  • Chamberlain_vigil
    We turn now to the latest in the police killing of Kenneth Chamberlain Sr., the 68-year-old African-American Marine veteran who was shot dead by police inside his own home in White Plains, New York. Steve Hart, the White Plains police officer accused of calling Chamberlain the "N-word" shortly before Chamberlain was shot dead, has been suspended without pay. Earlier this month, Chamberlain’s family filed a $21 million civil...
    Jul 24, 2012 | Story
  • Diaz_anaheim
    Police in the California city of Anaheim are facing allegations of murder and brutality after fatally shooting two Latino men over the weekend and firing rubber bullets at crowds of protesters. On Saturday, Anaheim police shot and killed 24-year-old Manuel Diaz after he reportedly ran away from a group of officers who confronted him in the street. Diaz was unarmed. Hours after his death, a chaotic scene broke out when police fired rubber...
    Jul 24, 2012 | Story
  • Chamberlain
    A $21 million civil rights lawsuit is being filed today against the city of White Plains, New York, and its police department over the death of 68-year-old African-American veteran, Kenneth Chamberlain Sr. He was shot dead by police officers inside his own home after he accidentally set off his medical alert pendant. Police have since acknowledged using racial slurs against Chamberlain — an act they have described as a "tactic"...
    Jul 02, 2012 | Story
  • Ramarley_casket
    Ramarley Graham, 18, was shot dead on February 2 after New York police officers raided his home without a warrant and shot him dead. He was unarmed. Ramarley’s grandmother and his six-year-old brother were home at the time of the shooting. In this web exclusive we air more of our interview with Ramarley’s mother, Constance Malcolm; family attorney Royce Russell; and Carlton Berkley, a close friend of the Graham family and a former...
    Jun 19, 2012 | Web Exclusive
  • Ramarley_mom
    We continue our coverage of the killing of Ramarley Graham, the 18-year-old shot dead by a New York City police officer in his own bathroom in February. We’re joined by Ramarley’s mother, Constance Malcolm; her attorney, Royce Russell; and Carlton Berkley, a close friend of the Graham family and a former NYPD detective. "Ramarley was just a loving person. He [would] help anybody," Malcolm says. "It seems like...
    Jun 19, 2012 | Story
  • Button-stop-frisk
    Dozens of New York lawmakers and several advocacy groups are convening on Capitol Hill today to call on the Justice Department to investigate the New York City Police Department’s controversial "stop-and-frisk" policies. Last year the NYPD stopped, frisked and interrogated people nearly 700,000 times — mostly black and Latino men. In all, there were more stops of young African-American men than the total population of...
    Jun 07, 2012 | Story
  • Amygoodmanarrest
    An article about protesters coming to Tampa, Florida, for the 2012 Republican National Convention features Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman talking about her arrest at the 2008 RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota.
    May 30, 2012 | Web Exclusive