Tag: Police

ICE has ‘become the most brutal kind of national police force’

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) isn’t just federal immigration agency, it’s become a political arm of the federal government. Candidate Donald Trump made plenty of promises and has broken plenty of them, but one he’s kept as president is to make life for America’s immigrant families as miserable as possible—and he’s done it with the weight of an …

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Golfing while black becomes the latest reason to call police officers on black people

Earlier this month, after two black men were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for waiting while black, Starbucks decided to close its stores nationwide on May 29 for an implicit bias training. While this may seem like a responsive approach, it is unlikely to bring about change on its own. This is because while Starbucks may take the …

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Starbucks has a racism problem, but the police, both racist and authoritarian, are worse

At a time when we have over a millions young high school and college students march in the streets demanding a ban on assault-style semi-automatic rifles, and an end to mass shootings, as well as continued protests over police shootings of unarmed and all too often black or latino young people, it might seem trivial …

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This Is How Police Can ‘Cook the Books’ to Make Crimes Appear Solved

Manipulating data is easier than it should be. As an expert on violent sex crimes and serial offending, I was recently invited to speak to what was supposed to be a cadre of seasoned investigators in the Toronto region. I found myself confronted, however, by an inexperienced bureaucrat who questioned my unvarnished, albeit accurate, depiction …

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Who polices the immigration police?

This story was co-published with the Philadelphia Inquirer. Early one winter morning last year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were scouting the last-known address of a fugitive they had labeled Target #147 when they happened upon Isabel Karina Ruiz-Roque. A turkey farmworker for over a decade, Ruiz-Roque had kept her head down and her record …

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Muslim Cop Alleges ‘Blatant Racism’ in San Francisco Police Department

Other officers suggested he was a terrorist and called him derogatory slurs. A San Francisco police officer who emigrated from Afghanistan and is Muslim has alleged that he was harassed on the job and retaliated against after reporting racist and homophobic comments by his colleagues.

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Police officer reassigned after insulting dead teen in video

A veteran Detroit police officer was removed from patrol duty after recently released police videos depicted the cop insulting a deceased teenager and his mother. According to the videos, the teen was killed by a Michigan State Police trooper who recklessly fired his Taser during a police pursuit. On August 26, 2017, several videos recorded …

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Delano police recommend charges against ICE agents who lied about crash that killed two immigrants

The Delano Police Department has forwarded a report to the Kern County District Attorney’s Office requesting criminal charges against two Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents who police say lied about a chase that eventually led two undocumented immigrants to crash their vehicle. Santo Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Profecto, farm workers and parents of six children, were killed at …

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Police say ICE statements contradict surveillance footage from deadly crash that orphaned six kids

Six children were orphaned last month when their parents, farm workers Santo Hilario Garcia and Marcelina Garcia Profecto, were killed in a car crash after being chased by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in California’s Central Valley. Lacking documentation and thinking that Garcia was being targeted after being previously removed, the terrified couple sped off. …

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Alabama teen given 65-year murder sentence even though police fired the deadly shots

Twenty-five years would have been an extraordinarily long time to spend in prison for participating in burglaries at the age of 15. No wonder Lakeith Smith of Montgomery, Alabama, now 18, turned down the plea deal that could have kept him in jail past the age of 40. But entrusting his fate to the court …

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