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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

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    No, I haven't seen it yet. But I wouldn't be surprised. When a country glorifies solely the cops and law enforcement agencies, and sees everyone as lesser, this is bound to happen
    Yeah why glorify those who risk their lives on a daily basis. Lets glorify criminals and whiners.

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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

    After September 11, mostly blacks were responsible for gunning down South Asian and Arab gas station clerks and management. This is something only North Americans know. I hope the US receives more APC's to deal with these wild looters who twist what happens and act like victims when they are crawling around the country turning places into ghettos and crack dens, doing driveby shootings on random people. Why aren't they called terrorists? Oh yeah because they were once slaves 200 years ago and it might offend them. Bullocks.
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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

    Lets be honest. With an increase in unemployment, no hope and job prospects, the blacks are turning to crime. Just being honest.

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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

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    Lets be honest. With an increase in unemployment, no hope and job prospects, the blacks are turning to crime. Just being honest.
    It's not about race. Unemployment and poverty affect lots of people. I just don't buy into some people making excuses for criminality.

    I have seen it first hand. Drug dealers/ violent robbers /gang members despite being caught red handed breaking serious laws always pull out the "You only stopped us because we are XYZ"
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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

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    Lets be honest. With an increase in unemployment, no hope and job prospects, the blacks are turning to crime. Just being honest.
    They've always been unemployed and hopeless. Do you seriously think this is tied to the economy, or a recent tragedy of some sort? Mate, while the economy was in severe recession in the Bush years, I had friends who were Masters and Ph.D students scrubbing toilets and flipping burgers. There is no such thing as "No work". They choose to sell crack and live off welfare
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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

    Its in their nature and upbringing. Not in a million years would I walk the streets at night time in the Bronx. They are running loose and have big chips on their tiny shoulders
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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

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    Its in their nature and upbringing. Not in a million years would I walk the streets at night time in the Bronx. They are running loose and have big chips on their tiny shoulders
    Don't get the idea that this is a issue with just one race or group. I have seen the same with South asians, North africans and Middle eastern countries, It's and excuse used by lots of people.

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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

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    Don't get the idea that this is a issue with just one race or group. I have seen the same with South asians, North africans and Middle eastern countries, It's and excuse used by lots of people.
    Yep in the UK the blacks don't have exclusivity, even though they try so hard!

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    Re: Hundreds protest LAPD shooting of unarmed black man

    Watching the television. More trouble again. Ready to go looting I see.

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    Discrimination in Ferguson: full extent of police bias laid bare in damning report

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    Discrimination in Ferguson: full extent of police bias laid bare in damning report

    • Police department and court system ‘reflect and exacerbate existing racial bias’
    • Investigators outline 26 recommendations to reform Ferguson’s policing


    The full extent of the racial persecution of black residents in Ferguson, Missouri, by the city’s overwhelmingly white law enforcement authorities was disclosed on Wednesday in a damning report by the US Department of Justice.

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    Ferguson’s police department and court system “reflect and exacerbate existing racial bias”, the 105-page study found, adding that “discriminatory intent” among city officials – several of whom were found to have sent racist emails – was partly to blame.

    Unveiling the report at a press conference in Washington, the US attorney general, Eric Holder, blamed Ferguson police for creating a “toxic environment, defined by mistrust and resentment” that had been set off “like a powder keg” by a white officer shooting dead an unarmed black 18-year-old.

    “It is time for Ferguson’s leaders to take immediate, wholesale and structural corrective action,” said Holder. “Let me be clear: the United States Department of Justice reserves all its rights and abilities to force compliance and implement basic change. Nothing is off the table.”

    The investigators concluded: “Over time, Ferguson’s police and municipal court practices have sown deep mistrust between parts of the community and the police department, undermining law enforcement legitimacy among African Americans in particular”.

    They also unearthed evidence of wider corruption among white court officials.They outlined 26 recommendations for Ferguson’s police department and courts system, indicating that these may form the basis of a binding reform agreement likely to be drawn up between the city and US officials. Under such a “consent decree”, Ferguson would be sued by the federal government if it failed to make necessary changes.

    Yet the study stopped short of recommending that Ferguson’s police force be disbanded and absorbed by St Louis County, as some campaigners had predicted. Stating that the city “has the capacity to reform its approach to law enforcement”, it suggested keeping a small force.

    The Justice Department’s report ended a six-month inquiry prompted by unrest that followed a white police officer, Darren Wilson, shooting dead Michael Brown. Officials announced simultaneously in a second report on Wednesday that Wilson would not face federal civil rights charges over the 9 August incident.

    In a statement issued through their attorneys, Brown’s parents said they were “encouraged that the DOJ will hold the Ferguson Police Department accountable for the pattern of racial bias and profiling they found in their handling of interactions with people of color”.

    “It is our hope that through this action, true change will come not only in Ferguson, but around the country,” they said. “If that change happens, our son’s death will not have been in vain.” Ferguson leaders were expected to respond to the report at a press conference later on Wednesday.

    Federal investigators conducted hundreds of interviews, reviewed tens of thousands of documents and spent several days observing courtrooms. They found “a pattern of unconstitutional policing” and a municipal court system inflicting “unnecessary harm” under a drive to raise more revenues for the city.

    Detailing an extensive list of individual injustices, the investigators concluded officers showed a pattern of stops without reasonable suspicion, arrests without probable cause and excessive force, all in violation of the fourth amendment to the US constitution.


    Ferguson’s population is 67% African American, according to the 2010 census. Yet between 2012 and 2014, 93% of all arrests were of black people and almost nine in 10 uses of force were against African Americans. In all 14 bites by police dogs when racial information of the person bitten was available, that person was African American.

    The review found 85% of drivers stopped by police were black, and that African American drivers were twice as likely as white drivers to be searched. Yet black drivers were more than 25% less likely to be found in possession of illegal substances or goods. African American drivers were much more likely than whites to be cited for driving offences when these were observed by police officers in person rather than detected by radar or similar technology.

    As black residents then moved through the courts system, the investigators found, they faced punitive sanctions and hypocrisy from the white officials in charge.

    While they were bombarded with fines and tickets, white figures – including the municipal judge, court clerk and senior police officers – were found “assisting friends, colleagues, acquaintances, and themselves in eliminating citations, fines, and fees”.

    The review found that 95% of people detained at the city jail for more than two days between April and September 2014 were black. During the same period, black defendants were 68% less likely than others to have their cases dismissed.

    Dismissing the notion that the discrepancies could be explained simply by a “difference in the rate at which people of different races violate the law”, the Justice Department investigators pointed to “substantial evidence of racial bias” among court and police officials.


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    Details of seven racist emails sent by senior officials were published in the report. An April 2011 email “depicted President Barack Obama as a chimpanzee”, while an email the following month “included a photo of a bare-chested group of dancing women, apparently in Africa, with the caption, ‘Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion’.”

    The authors of the emails, who were apparently not punished or told to cease, were not named. However, the report noted that John Shaw, Ferguson’s powerful city manager, forwarded an email in 2012 containing stereotypes of Latinos, before quickly apologising.

    The investigators said they found officials insisting that rather than reflecting racial bias from law enforcement, the disproportionate action against African Americans was instead due to a pervasive lack of “personal responsibility” among “certain segments” of the community.

    “Our investigation suggests that this explanation is at odds with the facts,” the investigators wrote. They added that “while there are people of all races who may lack personal responsibility, the harm of Ferguson’s approach to law enforcement is largely due to the myriad systemic deficiencies” discovered in their investigation.
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    Ferguson report details shocking set of racist emails sent by law enforcement

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    Ferguson report details shocking set of racist emails sent by law enforcement


    Set of emails published in Justice Department report include emails that depict Barack Obama as a chimpanzee and mock African American speech stereotypes


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    A shocking set of racist emails sent by senior Ferguson law enforcement officials depict Barack Obama as a chimpanzee and characterize Michelle Obama as a bare-chested African woman, according to a damning federal investigation into civil rights violations committed by the police force.

    Extracts from seven emails sent by Ferguson police supervisors, published in a long-awaited US Justice Department report released on Wednesday, were seized upon by investigators as illustrative of the “unequivocally derogatory, dehumanizing” array of communications obtained in the investigation that were “demonstrative of impermissible bias”.

    In one email, sent in April 2011, the president is depicted as a chimpanzee. Another, sent in October 2011, includes a photograph of dancing women, “apparently in Africa”, with the caption “Michelle Obama’s High School Reunion”. The authors of the emails were not made clear by the federal report.


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    A June 2011 email describes a man seeking “welfare” for his dogs as they are “mixed in color, unemployed, lazy, can’t speak English and have no frigging clue who their Daddies are.” While another, sent in May 2011 stated: “An African-American woman in New Orleans was admitted into hospital for pregnancy termination. Two weeks later she received a check for $5,000. She phoned the hospital to ask who it from. The hospital said, ‘Crimestoppers.’”

    Other emails:

    Suggest that Obama would not be president for long with the line “what black man holds a steady job for four years”.
    Mock African Americans through speech stereotypes.
    Include jokes “based on offensive stereotypes about Muslims”.
    A separate Justice Department report, also released on Wednesday, cleared the former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in relation to the August killing of the unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

    The Justice Department report into the broader behaviour of the Ferguson police notes that the emails come from individuals who are all currently employed Ferguson officials sent from their official emails during work hours, and states that some were sent by police commanders.

    Although the report does not name the senders of the extracted emails, a footnote reveals that in 2012, the Ferguson city manager, John Shaw, forwarded an email that “played upon stereotypes of Latinos”. However, the city manager then sent another email “within minutes” apologising for the “inappropriate and offensive” message, after claiming not have to seen its entire contents.

    “Our review of documents revealed many additional email communications that exhibited racial or ethnic bias, as well as other forms of bias,” the report states. “Our investigation has not revealed any indication that any officer or court clerk engaged in these communications was ever disciplined.”


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    The report notes that investigators were able to review many more emails sent by senior Ferguson police personnel, as their correspondence is backed up on hard drives – whereas patrol officers use a form of email that does not retain messages after they are deleted.

    The report continues: “The racial animus and stereotypes expressed by these supervisors suggest that they are unlikely to hold an officer accountable for discriminatory conduct or take any steps to discourage the development or perpetuation of racial stereotypes among officers.”
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    The racial bias in policing found in Ferguson is not unique to Missouri

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    The racial bias in policing found in Ferguson is not unique to Missouri


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    Local and state police departments around the country are violating the civil and human rights of black people and other oppressed communities daily


    The Department of Justice is expected to release a federal review of Ferguson’s police force on Wednesday revealing the department’s routine practices of racial bias against its black residents – from driving stops and pedestrian searches to numerous arrests and use of force – as well as individual racial bias among officers. After reviewing nearly 35,000 documents and conducting hundreds of interviews, the DOJ is proving what protestors have been saying all along: St Louis policing is racist.

    “Indict, convict, send that killer cop to jail. The whole damn system is guilty as hell!” This chant, popularized by Ferguson protestors after the horrific shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, effectively articulated on 9 August what the Department of Justice is finally scheduled to tell the American public nearly seven months later.

    Due to the resistance of those protestors, there’s been significant media attention centered on the killing of black people by police and vigilantes. The “post-racial” narrative – proselytized in the aftermath of President Obama’s election by conservatives and liberals alike – is being challenged and countered by the voices of black youth, black women and the black LGBT community. The blood of black children, from Aiyana Stanley-Jones to Tamir Rice, stains dominant notions and narratives of America as a “colorblind” society. Black America is telling a different story about US race relations: one that centralizes the horror of police terrorism. As the DOJ report demonstrates, the problem is bigger than Darren Wilson. More than individual bigotry, this movement calls out institutional biases, from broken windows policing in New York to stand your ground laws in Florida.

    As important as it is to highlight cop killings, its imperative to know that police brutality does not represent the totality of racialized terror in the US. We must expand the narrative around race in America from one primarily about police brutality to a narrative about anti-black state violence. We must make connections between schools and prisons, between literacy and criminality, between food deserts and health disparities, and between the bullet that took Mike Brown’s life and the institutional violence that murders the life chances of millions of black girls and boys who, like everyone else, simply want to live.

    Furthermore, we must recognize that, just as this is bigger than Darren Wilson, it is also bigger than Ferguson, Missouri. Policing is not a St Louis problem; it’s an American one. Local and state police departments around the country are violating the civil and human rights of black people and other oppressed communities daily. For example, in Newark, New Jersey, the local police department is currently under investigation by the federal government for systemic misconduct. In fact, the DOJ conducted an investigation in 2014, which revealed : 75% of stops by the police in the city are unconstitutional; black Newarkers are 2.5 times more likely to be stopped by police; they are 3 times more likely to be stopped and frisked than white residents.

    Newark may not have a black teenager laid out in the street – left to die by a cop’s bullet – in the last year, but it has laid out plenty of youth on hard prison beds for much longer than four and a half hours, left to die in a system that never intended for them to live in the first place.

    We must seek to expand our vision of racial injustice in order sharpen our sight for black freedom. We ought to heed the words of former Attorney General and head of the DOJ, Eric Holder, whose parting advice upon resigning was for Americans to read Malcolm X. If “Mississippi [was] America” for Malcolm’s generation, then Ferguson is Mississippi for Mike Brown’s.

    More than the sum of its statistics, the DOJ report reveals something else that black people have known and said since the inception of the American project: US policing, like America itself, is fundamentally racist and anti-black. In this tradition, amid the non-indictment of Darren Wilson, black youth have indicted the system. “The whole damn system is guilty as hell,” protestors continue to cry out from the streets of St Louis to the street corners of Staten Island. The crisis we face is not a question of good and bad apples, as some suggest. It’s a matter of just and unjust systems. The most insidious forms of racism manifests in institutions, not individuals; in systems, not personal feelings. Institutional racism is the everyday racial violence that kills the majority of the black people whose names we don’t know and stories we don’t tell.

    Besides, who wants “good apples” anyway, when the whole damn tree is rotten?

    We must uproot the tree. We must begin to plant seeds for a new society built on the principles of safety beyond policing, justice beyond prisons, and black life beyond state control.
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    Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson to resign

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    Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson to resign

    Chief Thomas Jackson steps down in wake of damning federal report that criticised practices at Ferguson police department


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    The embattled police chief of Ferguson, Missouri, is to resign a week after his department was accused of racial bias in a scathing report by the US government.

    Chief Thomas Jackson will announce he is stepping down at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon, city officials said in a statement.

    Jackson told colleagues in a resignation letter that “with profound sadness” he was to quit as police chief effective 19 March.

    “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this great city and to serve with all of you,” said Jackson. “I will continue to assist the city in anyway I can in my capacity as private citizen.”

    City officials said Jackson would receive a severance payment and health insurance for a year. Lt. Col. Al Eickhoff is to become acting police chief while city authorities carry out a “a nationwide search” for a permanent replacement.

    The resignation of Jackson has long been anticipated.He was heavily criticised for his handling of the furore over a white police officer’s fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old in Ferguson last year.

    Residents were appalled that Jackson’s officers left the body of Michael Brown lying for more than four hours in the residential side-street where he had been shot dead by Darren Wilson on 9 August. Successive nights of protests followed Brown’s death.

    Jackson eventually apologise to Brown’s family in a video message. “It was just too long, and I am truly sorry,” he said of the time Brown’s body was left in the street. The chief was also criticised for announcing at the same time as he unveiled Wilson’s long-awaited name that Brown had been caught robbing a convenience store in the minutes before he was killed.

    The resignation was welcomed by protest groups and lawmakers critical of Jackson’s leadership. “This is long overdue,” said Antonio French, a St Louis alderman. “There were grounds to fire or ask for the resignation of Chief Jackson months ago.

    “But the details in the Department of Justice’s report of how his department operated meant there was no way for him to remain in that position if the city is to move forward”.

    Spokespeople for the city of Ferguson did not respond to repeated requests for comments. Reached by telephone, Jackson’s daughter declined to comment when asked to confirm that her father was planning to resign.

    Jackson, 58, is the sixth senior Ferguson official to lose his job since the Department of Justice last week sharply criticised the city’s criminal justice system. Investigators concluded that police and court authorities targeted black people disproportionately and frequently violated their constitutional rights.

    John Shaw, the city manager, was removed from his job on Tuesday evening. His departure followed the resignation of municipal court judge Ronald J Brockmeyer, Brockmeyer’s court clerk, and two of Jackson’s senior commanders.

    Jackson presided over a police force that was 94% white in a St Louis suburb whose population is two-thirds black. African American residents reported feeling badly alienated from the officers who aggressively policed their driving and daily lives. The Justice Department’s report blamed the community disintegration on the city’s aggressive policy of raising revenue through small court fines.

    The police chief was named along with Shaw and Brockmeyer as one of the driving forces behind the revenue-generation policy.

    Investigators found an email from Jackson to Shaw in March 2011 reporting that court revenue in the previous month was $179,862.50, which “beat our next biggest month in the last four years by over $17,000.” The city manager replied: “Wonderful!”

    Racist emails unearthed by the federal investigators prompted the resignations of veteran officers Sergeant William Mudd and Captain Rick Henke, who was effectively Jackson’s second-in-command, and the firing of Mary Ann Twitty, the city’s court clerk.

    Jackson joined Ferguson’s police department as chief in March 2010 was paid a salary of $95,512, according to figures released by the city under open records laws. He lives in the neighbouring town of Florissant with his wife Patricia and has a pilot’s licence, according to public records.

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    Re: Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson to resign

    All the blame on 1 person? Think that will satisfy the angry souls?

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    Re: Ferguson police chief Thomas Jackson to resign

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    According to the news this morning, 6 high level officials have resigned so far. Some are now calling for the Mayor to go. Some people in the community are arguing the whole police force should be disbanded.

    If it happened on the Chief of Police's watch, he should resign, as should the mayor. The official report into the way the police operate suggests that major changes to way that the police currently operate need to be radically changed.
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    San Francisco police chief calls for officers' firing after racist text allegations

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    San Francisco police chief calls for officers' firing after racist text allegations

    Greg Suhr moves for dismissal of eight officers accused of sending and receiving violent and homophobic messages including repeated mention of ‘white power’

    San Francisco’s chief of police has moved to dismiss eight officers who allegedly sent and received racially charged and homophobic text messages that included references to lynchings, white power and burning crosses.

    Chief Greg Suhr called the text messages “reprehensible” and “hateful” at a press conference on Friday, during which he sought to distinguish the misconduct of a few officers from the rest of his force.

    “There were eight standing officers who engaged in such repulsive conversations via text messages,” Suhr said. “I have suspended them and they have been referred to the police commission with a recommendation of only termination – as it should be. Their conduct is incompatible with that of a police officer.”

    Suhr’s recommendations come at a time of heightened scrutiny on the relationship between police officers and minority communities, snapped into focus by high-profile police killings in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, where a US Department of Justice investigation revealed racist emails sent by police officers in the department there.

    Fourteen San Francisco officers and department employees are alleged to have sent or received the text messages in 2011 and 2012. The messages included slurs against black people, Mexicans, Filipinos and gay people, police said. The phrase “white power” was used repeatedly.

    One read: “All niggers must ******* hang.” Another said: “Cross burning lowers blood pressure! I did the test myself!”

    The scandal reached the highest echelons of the force, with Suhr recommending the removal of a captain, a sergeant and six officers. The longest-serving officer had been on the force for 23 years. Suhr called it “particularly disheartening” that such individuals were involved.

    Seven officers have been suspended; the eighth has already resigned. The San Francisco Chronicle reported that three of the eight officers implicated have either resigned or announced their intention to do so.

    “I imagine more of them, if not all of them, are considering the same thing,” Suhr said on Friday.

    At least two officers exchanged single text messages that were deemed inflammatory but “did not rise to the level” of the messages shared by the eight officers Suhr wants removed, he said. These officers have been moved to desk jobs.

    “They can provide their explanations to the commission and the commission can decide if those officers should be terminated as well,” Suhr said.

    Another four officers were involved in the scandal but Suhr said their actions did not warrant firing.

    The revelations stem from a federal corruption case against former police sergeant Ian Furminger, who was convicted in December 2014 of stealing money and property from suspects and sentenced to 41 months in prison, pending appeal.

    The text messages were disclosed in court filings during Furminger’s trial when prosecutors revealed that the 20-year department veteran had sent and received a series of racially charged text messages between October 2011 and June 2012. Prosecutors said the messages revealed that Furminger was a “virulent racist and homophobe”, belying “the fantasy that he is a person of character”.

    In one exchange, Furminger asked an unnamed officer if he should be worried that the husband of his wife’s friend, who was black, had visited his home, according to court filings.

    “Get ur pocket gun. Keep it available in case the monkey returns to his roots. Its [sic] not against the law to put an animal down,” the officer advised.

    Furminger replied: “Well said!”

    “You may have to kill the half-breeds too,” the unnamed officer responded. “Don’t worry. Their [sic] an abomination of nature anyway.”

    George Gascón, the San Francisco district attorney and a former chief of police, announced that his office would investigate the alleged misconduct in the SFPD as well as other local law enforcement agencies.

    “In order to ensure our criminal justice system is fair and equitable, my office is conducting an immediate assessment of every prosecution within the past 10 years where these officers were involved,” Gascón said in a statement after the text messages were revealed.

    County prosecutors may have to review hundreds of current and past convictions involving the officers to determine if their contribution to such cases was tainted by racial bias.

    Jeff Adachi, San Francisco’s public defender, said on Friday that he believes some 1,000 cases involving the officers need to be re-examined.

    “The characterization of these hateful statements as innocent banter is dead wrong,” Adachi said. “This casual dehumanization leads to real-life suffering and injustice. It foments a toxic environment in which citizens fear and distrust the police, brutality reigns, and good officers are less effective.”

    Adachi also called for the department to undergo 24 hours of training so its members could recognize cultural and racial bias in the field as well as submit to an annual review to screen for such bias. He also recommended officers be required to report colleagues whom they witness invoking racial bias.

    Adachi said: “Training and reinforcement is the only way to ensure that racial bias by police does not harm our citizenry.”

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    American Police Officer Is Charged With Murder of Walter Scott

    WASHINGTON — A white police officer in North Charleston, S.C., was charged with murder on Tuesday after a video surfaced showing him shooting in the back and killing an apparently unarmed black man while the man ran away.

    The officer, Michael T. Slager, 33, said he had feared for his life because the man had taken his stun gun in a scuffle after a traffic stop on Saturday. A video, however, shows the officer firing eight times as the man, Walter L. Scott, 50, fled. The North Charleston mayor announced the state charges at a news conference Tuesday evening.

    The shooting came on the heels of high-profile instances of police officers’ using lethal force in New York, Cleveland, Ferguson, Mo., and elsewhere. The deaths have set off a national debate over whether the police are too quick to use force, particularly in cases involving black men.

    If a cop shoots someone and that cop is not in immediate danger, shouldn't paramedics be called to treat the victim, not just more cops? Shouldn't that be the priority, ensuring that life is saved?

    A White House task force has recommended a host of changes to the nation’s police policies, and President Obama sent Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to cities around the country to try to improve police relations with minority neighborhoods.

    North Charleston is South Carolina’s third-largest city, with a population of about 100,000. African-Americans make up about 47 percent of residents, and whites account for about 37 percent. The Police Department is about 80 percent white, according to data collected by the Justice Department in 2007, the most recent period available.

    “When you’re wrong, you’re wrong,” Mayor Keith Summey said during the news conference. “And if you make a bad decision, don’t care if you’re behind the shield or just a citizen on the street, you have to live by that decision.”

    The shooting unfolded after Officer Slager stopped the driver of a Mercedes-Benz with a broken taillight, according to police reports. Mr. Scott ran away, and Officer Slager chased him into a grassy lot that abuts a muffler shop. He fired his Taser, an electronic stun gun, but it did not stop Mr. Scott, according to police reports.

    Moments after the struggle, Officer Slager reported on his radio: “Shots fired and the subject is down. He took my Taser,” according to police reports.

    But the video, which was taken by a bystander and provided to The New York Times by the Scott family’s lawyer, presents a different account. The video begins in the vacant lot, apparently moments after Officer Slager fired his Taser. Wires, which carry the electrical current from the stun gun, appear to be extending from Mr. Scott’s body as the two men tussle and Mr. Scott turns to run.

    Something — it is not clear whether it is the stun gun — is either tossed or knocked to the ground behind the two men, and Officer Slager draws his gun, the video shows. When the officer fires, Mr. Scott appears to be 15 to 20 feet away and fleeing. He falls after the last of eight shots.

    The officer then runs back toward where the initial scuffle occurred and picks something up off the ground. Moments later, he drops an object near Mr. Scott’s body, the video shows.


    The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, the state’s criminal investigative body, has begun an inquiry into the shooting. The F.B.I. and the Justice Department, which has opened a string of civil rights investigations into police departments under Mr. Holder, is also investigating.

    The Supreme Court has held that an officer may use deadly force against a fleeing suspect only when there is probable cause that the suspect “poses a significant threat of death or serious physical injury to the officer or others.”

    Officer Slager served in the Coast Guard before joining the force five years ago, his lawyer said. The police chief of North Charleston did not return repeated calls. Because police departments are not required to release data on how often officers use force, it was not immediately clear how often police shootings occurred in North Charleston, a working-class community adjacent to the tourist destination of Charleston.


    It's not only the cold-blooded shooting. The sight of Mr. Scott being on the ground with several bullets in his body being handcuffed on his...

    Mr. Scott had been arrested about 10 times, mostly for failing to pay child support or show up for court hearings, according to The Post and Courier newspaper of Charleston. He was arrested in 1987 on an assault and battery charge and convicted in 1991 of possession of a bludgeon, the newspaper reported. Mr. Scott’s brother, Anthony, said he believed Mr. Scott had fled from the police on Saturday because he owed child support.

    “He has four children; he doesn’t have some type of big violent past or arrest record,” said Chris Stewart, a lawyer for Mr. Scott’s family. “He had a job; he was engaged. He had back child support and didn’t want to go to jail for back child support.”

    Mr. Stewart said the coroner had told him that Mr. Scott was struck five times — three times in the back, once in the upper buttocks and once in the ear — with at least one bullet entering his heart. It is not clear whether Mr. Scott died immediately. (The coroner’s office declined to make the report available to The Times.)

    Police reports say that officers performed CPR and delivered first aid to Mr. Scott. The video shows that for several minutes after the shooting, Mr. Scott remained face down with his hands cuffed behind his back. A second officer arrives, puts on blue medical gloves and attends to Mr. Scott, but is not shown performing CPR. As sirens wail in the background, a third officer later arrives, apparently with a medical kit, but is also not seen performing CPR.

    The debate over police use of force has been propelled in part by videos like the one in South Carolina. In January, prosecutors in Albuquerque charged two police officers with murder for shooting a homeless man in a confrontation that was captured by an officer’s body camera. Federal prosecutors are investigating the death of Eric Garner, who died last year in Staten Island after a police officer put him in a chokehold, an episode that a bystander captured on video. A video taken in Cleveland shows the police shooting a 12-year-old boy, Tamir Rice, who was carrying a fake gun in a park. A White House policing panel recommended that police departments put more video cameras on their officers.


    Mr. Scott’s brother said his mother had called him on Saturday, telling him that his brother had been shot by a Taser after a traffic stop. “You may need to go over there and see what’s going on,” he said his mother told him. When he arrived at the scene of the shooting, officers told him that his brother was dead, but he said they had no explanation for why. “This just doesn’t sound right,” he said in an interview. “How do you lose your life at a traffic stop?”

    Anthony Scott said he last saw his brother three weeks ago at a family oyster roast. “We hadn’t hung out like that in such a long time,” Mr. Scott said. “He kept on saying over and over again how great it was.”

    At the roast, Mr. Scott got to do two of the things he enjoyed most: tell jokes and dance. When one of Mr. Scott’s favorite songs was played, he got excited. “He jumped up and said, ‘That’s my song,’ and he danced like never before,” his brother said.

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    Second officer in Walter Scott video sued over alleged attack on handcuffed man

    Clarence Habersham, who was with Michael Slager during shooting, is being sued by another black resident who alleges police stomped on his face


    The second policeman in the video showing Walter Scott’s killing by officer Michael Slager is being sued by another black resident in South Carolina, who alleges police stomped on his face while he was handcuffed and lying on concrete.

    Clarence Habersham is among five North Charleston police officers named in a federal lawsuit brought by Sheldon Williams, who claims he was left with broken bones in his face after being assaulted.

    Williams, 47, alleges he suffered “severe pain for months after the attack” and that his face was left “so swollen that his left eye was barely visible”. He continues to endure “flashbacks and other post-traumatic stress symptoms”, he claims, and is seeking damages.

    “In addition, [Williams] experiences a sensation of insects crawling on the left side of his face as a result of nerve damage,” the lawsuit alleges.

    Habersham and attorneys representing the officers and police department did not respond to requests for comment. The department denied all Williams’s allegations in a past court filing and said he “told officers he had been in a fight earlier that week which left a facial abrasion”.

    Williams, who had a series of criminal convictions, was arrested at a Budget Inn hotel room in North Charleston on a warrant for armed robbery in November 2011. He pleaded guilty and is now about three and a half years into a 10-year prison sentence.

    Habersham, 37, was the first officer to arrive at the scene after his colleague Michael Slager shot Walter Scott dead as Scott, 50, ran away from a confrontation in North Charleston last Saturday morning. Slager has been charged with murder. Habersham can be seen crouched over Scott’s body in cellphone video of the incident.

    In the police incident report on the shooting, sergeant James Gann wrote that he “assisted officer Habersham with CPR and first aid”, and that they continued to administer CPR until an ambulance arrived. Sergeant Ron Webb wrote that he observed Habersham administering chest compressions to Scott.

    Yet the released video footage does not show CPR being administered and the man who filmed it, Feidin Santana, has said he did not see this take place. Habersham’s own statement did not mention CPR or chest compressions, instead saying he applied pressure to the gunshot wounds.

    Police chiefs suggested at a press conference on Wednesday that Habersham had used “lifesaving” techniques on Scott after pulling up his shirt. But a syncing of the video footage with police radio transmissions indicates Habersham was in fact locating the gunshot wounds.

    Williams claims that despite not resisting arrest when he was found hiding under a bed in the November 2011 incident, the North Charleston police officers “pinned [him] to the concrete floor, trapping him within the bedframe, repeatedly stomping on his face and/or allowing other officers to stomp on his face while [he] was handcuffed.”

    Edward Bell, an attorney for Williams, accused officers at North Charleston police department of operating a “cowboy culture” of “doing it their own way”.

    “Police officers feel like they have the right to inflict punishment on somebody who doesn’t obey them,” said Bell. “They get this adrenaline going and they just can’t control themselves. It’s not every police officer, but it seems some of them can’t control it.”

    Mary Grimes, another attorney for Bell’s firm, said Williams had stolen a tip jar containing about $500 from a female street food vendor a few days earlier, and was alleged to have had a knife. She said that regardless of his crime Williams did not deserve to be physically attacked.

    “He did not resist, he was handcuffed quickly, yet the officers saw fit to stomp his face,” said Grimes.

    Williams alleges his injuries were so severe that the detention centre to which he was taken by police refused to process him. Yet he was not taken to hospital for treatment for another two hours, he claims. There, Williams says, a police sergeant involved in the arrest told him “they would find a way to ‘make it right’ in reference to the stomping attack.” The police department deny all these allegations.

    Doctors diagnosed Williams with three depressed fractures to bones in his face and other depressed bone fragments.

    Williams is also suing medics who gave him medical attention at the Charleston County Detention Center, claiming that they did not follow clear instructions that the prisoner must see a surgeon and have his broken bones set.

    “As a result of this delay and lack of treatment, [his] facial bones will now need to be broken and reset,” the lawsuit alleges. The medics deny any wrongdoing.

    Bell said Williams could not specify what role Habersham played in the alleged attack. “He couldn’t see, as he was being kicked,” said the attorney. However Williams was certain Habersham was among the group of officers, said Bell.

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