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Photo: Detroit officer on trial in death of girl, 7 Detroit officer on trial in death of girl, 7
Associated Press - Wed May 29, 2013
DETROIT - Police accompanied by a reality TV crew fired a stun grenade through a window as they raided a Detroit home in search of a murder suspect. More »

Cops Beat Woman For Filming Another Beating
AlterNet - Sat May 11, 2013
BALTIMORE, Maryland - Baltimore police beat up a woman and smashed her camera for filming them beating up a man, telling her: "You want to film something bitch? Film this!" the woman claims in court. More »

Diabetic High School Girl Beaten by Police Officer and Arrested -- For Falling Asleep in Class
AlterNet - Tue May 7, 2013
A student who was arrested and beaten for falling asleep at school is now suing an Alabama city, its police department and some school employees for civil rights violation, battery and negligent supervision and hiring. More »

Photo: Death of handcuffed man in back of patrol car ruled suicide Death of handcuffed man in back of patrol car ruled suicide
KTHV-TV - Tue Aug 21, 2012
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - There is now an official cause of death for a man who was shot in the back of a Jonesboro police car. More »

Photo: Rodney King dead at 47 Rodney King dead at 47
CNN - Sun Jun 17, 2012
LOS ANGELES, California - Rodney King, whose beating by Los Angeles police in 1991 was caught on camera and sparked riots after the acquittal of the four officers involved, was found dead in his swimming pool Sunday, authorities and his fiancee said. More »

Photo: Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured by police Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured by police
The Guardian, UK - Thu Nov 3, 2011
Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland, a week after Scott Olsen was hurt. More »

Photo: New York City cop imprisons college student without ID for two days New York City cop imprisons college student without ID for two days
The Lookout - Thu Nov 3, 2011
Note to tourists visting New York: Don't be caught out without your ID, or you could be caught in the city's penal system for days, if the recent experience of 21-year-old college student Samantha Zucker is anything to go by. More »

Photo: Oakland Police Critically Injure Iraq War Vet During Occupy March Oakland Police Critically Injure Iraq War Vet During Occupy March
Huffington Post - Tue Oct 25, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Oakland Police Department fired tear gas on Occupy Oakland demonstrators Tuesday night as they marched through downtown, determined to reclaim the camp that officers destroyed that morning. More »

Photo: Police pepper spray Haka dancers at football game Police pepper spray Haka dancers at football game
Associated Press - Sat Oct 22, 2011
ROOSEVELT, Utah - Police in a small Utah town are being accused of overreacting after using pepper spray to break up a group of Polynesian men and boys performing a traditional dance called the Haka after a high school football game. More »

Ex-cop says he helped cover up Katrina shootings
Associated Press - Mon Jul 11, 2011
NEW ORLEANS - A former police detective testified Monday that he participated in a plot to fabricate witnesses, falsify reports and plant a gun to make it seem police were justified in shooting unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina. More »

Caught On Tape: Officers' Convenience Store Rant
WSB-TV - Sat May 22, 2010
CHEROKEE COUNTY, Georgia - A local police officer is captured on security video threatening to use his Taser on the owner of a Shell Gas station in Cherokee County, while also threatening to "Send him back to India. More »

Photo: Atty: Video shows police fired into Detroit home Atty: Video shows police fired into Detroit home
Associated Press - Sun May 16, 2010
DETROIT - Police who carried out a raid on a family home that left a 7-year-old girl dead over the weekend were accompanied by a camera crew for a reality television show, and an attorney says video of the siege contradicts the police account of what happened. More »

Photo: May 4 group still asking who gave order to shoot May 4 group still asking who gave order to shoot
Akron Beacon Journal - Fri Apr 30, 2010
It has been nearly 40 years and yet members of the May 4 Task Force are still looking for the truth behind the May 4, 1970, shooting at Kent State. More »

Cop suspended after Tasering 10-year-old girl
Associated Press - Wed Nov 18, 2009
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A police officer who used a stun gun on an unruly 10-year-old girl after he said her mother gave him permission has been suspended - not for using the weapon but for not having a video camera attached when he used it. More »

Photo: Taser makers say don't aim at chest Taser makers say don't aim at chest
CNN - Thu Oct 22, 2009
The maker of Taser stun guns has advised law enforcement agencies to avoid hitting suspects in the chest, partly "to minimize controversy". More »

Photo: Nurse arrested on the job sues police Nurse arrested on the job sues police
WLS-TV - Mon Sep 21, 2009
CHICAGO - A nurse is suing the Chicago Police Department after her arrest at Illinois Masonic Hospital. More »

Fire chief shot by cop in Arkansas court over tickets
Associated Press - Wed Sep 2, 2009
JERICHO, Arkansas - It was just too much, having to return to court twice on the same day to contest yet another traffic ticket, and Fire Chief Don Payne didn't hesitate to tell the judge what he thought of the police and their speed traps. More »

Georgia police have used Tasers on handcuffed suspects
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Jun 27, 2009
Gwinnett County, GA - Gwinnett County police are increasingly shocking suspects with Tasers and have turned the weapons on people they have already handcuffed, according to reports obtained under Georgia's Open Records Act. More »

Cop Tasers Waiter "....because he thought it would be funny"
WXIA=TV - Tue Jun 23, 2009
Danny Wilson insists he never saw it coming: On February 16, the Waffle House waiter was chatting with two Gwinnett County police officers when a third officer approached, his taser set on stun. More »

Photo: Chicago officer convicted of battery on bartender Chicago officer convicted of battery on bartender
Associated Press - Tue Jun 2, 2009
CHICAGO, Illinois - A hulking Chicago police officer who claimed he pummeled a female bartender half his size because he thought he was in danger was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated battery. More »

Photo: 'No excuse' for teen's Taser death, mother says 'No excuse' for teen's Taser death, mother says
CNN - Wed May 27, 2009
DETROIT, Michigan - Renea Mitchell said her son Robert wanted "nothing to do" with police, a feeling she said is "nothing new" among teenagers in Detroit. More »

Photo: Caught On Tape: Cop Attacks Teen Girl In Cell Caught On Tape: Cop Attacks Teen Girl In Cell
Associated Press - Sat Feb 28, 2009
SEATTLE, Washington - Surveillance video released in an assault case against a King County sheriff's deputy shows a deputy kicking a 15-year-old girl, slamming her to the floor of a jail cell, striking her and pulling her hair. More »

Photo: Documents reveal details in Johnston slaying, cover-up Documents reveal details in Johnston slaying, cover-up
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Sat Feb 21, 2009
Jason Smith was losing it: "I [screwed] up; I think I killed this woman," the Atlanta narcotics cop told partner Arthur Tesler in the yard behind a small brick bungalow on Neal Street. More »

94-Year-Old Atlanta Woman Arrested, Shackled To Bed, Says Family
WSB-TV - Wed Jan 28, 2009
ATLANTA - Family members are outraged after they said their 94-year-old relative was arrested and shackled to a bed at Grady Hospital. More »

Photo: Conviction overturned for cop in 92-year-old's killing Conviction overturned for cop in 92-year-old's killing
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Thu Jan 15, 2009
The Georgia Court of Appeals on Thursday reversed the conviction of Arthur Tesler, the former Atlanta police officer sentenced to prison for lying to FBI agents about the botched drug-raid killing of 92-year-old Kathryn Johnston. More »

Photo: Shooting by Oakland, Calif., officer sparks violent protests Shooting by Oakland, Calif., officer sparks violent protests
Associated Press - Wed Jan 7, 2009
OAKLAND, California - Heavy police presence greeted Bay Area Rapid Transit commuters Thursday, a day after more than 100 people were arrested in violent protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man by a transit police officer. More »

3 NYC officers to surrender in subway sodomy case
Associated Press - Sun Dec 7, 2008
NEW YORK - After weeks of conflicting accounts about a shocking claim of police brutality in a subway station, three patrolmen were notified Monday they will face criminal charges in the case. More »

Diabetic man mistaken for drunken driver and brutally beaten by cops
Freep - Mon Sep 22, 2008
A diabetic Detroit man was mistaken for a drunken driver by Allen Park and Dearborn police, and brutally beaten to the point that he had to have part of his brain surgically removed, the man's wife and their attorney allege. More »

Charges dismissed against cyclist in YouTube shove
Associated Press - Thu Sep 4, 2008
NEW YORK - A judge dismissed charges Friday against the bicyclist who was body-checked and knocked to the pavement by a police officer in a widely viewed YouTube video. More »

Photo: Police Taser Boy with Broken Back 19 Times Police Taser Boy with Broken Back 19 Times
KYTV - Sat Jul 26, 2008
OZARK, Missouri - A family wants answers about what happened to their son that left him hospitalized. More »

Photo: NY policeman charged after woman body-slammed NY policeman charged after woman body-slammed
Associated Press - Thu Jun 26, 2008
NEW YORK - A police officer who body-slammed an unarmed woman and broke her jaw during a medical call to a suburban restaurant last year was arrested Friday and charged with civil rights violations. More »

SC trooper seen ramming man with car indicted
Associated Press - Tue Jun 10, 2008
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - A South Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who was caught on video ramming a suspect with his patrol car was indicted Tuesday on a federal civil rights charge, the US Justice Department said. More »

Photo: Philly police to fire 4 over videotaped beating Philly police to fire 4 over videotaped beating
Associated Press - Sun May 18, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's police commissioner said Monday that four officers will be fired and four others disciplined for their roles in the beatings of three shooting suspects, an encounter that was captured on videotape and drew widespread outrage. More »

Photo: TV video shows Philly officers kicking, hitting 3 suspects TV video shows Philly officers kicking, hitting 3 suspects
Associated Press - Tue May 6, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - A half-dozen police officers kicked and beat three men pulled from a car during a traffic stop as a TV helicopter taped the confrontation. More »

North Carolina suspends Highway Patrol K-9 operations
WRAL-TV - Tue Apr 29, 2008
Raleigh, North Carolina - State officials suspended all K-9 operations in the Highway Patrol Wednesday afternoon, following testimony in an administrative hearing regarding controversial training techniques. More »

Deputy seen dumping disabled man charged
Associated Press - Thu Feb 14, 2008
TAMPA, Florida - A sheriff's deputy who was videotaped dumping a paralyzed man from a wheelchair onto a jailhouse floor has been charged with abuse of a disabled person, a sheriff's official said Friday. More »

Video captures jailhouse struggle
Associated Press - Wed Jan 23, 2008
Santa Ana, California - A man who was arrested by Orange County deputies was stripped of his pants, strapped to a chair, Tasered repeatedly while in handcuffs and slammed to the floor with a knee to his head, a newly released videotape shows. More »

Police academy class slogan: Cause PTSD
Associated Press - Mon Dec 24, 2007
BOISE, Idaho - A state police academy leader has disavowed the slogan of the most recent graduating class urging one another to "go out and cause" post-traumatic stress disorder. More »

Taser probe: Trooper acted "reasonably"
Associated Press - Fri Nov 30, 2007
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - A Utah trooper who used a Taser to subdue a stubborn motorist who was walking away from him during a traffic stop felt threatened and acted reasonably, state officials said Friday. More »

Police allegedly hang quadriplegic man
Associated Press - Wed Oct 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Jurors ruled the city of Pasadena must pay $80,000 to a quadriplegic man who sued because police officers allegedly jerked him out of his wheelchair and hung him upside down to search him. More »

Video Shows Cop Punching Teen During Arrest
WSB-TV - Fri Oct 5, 2007
WEST PALM BEACH, Florida - A controversy is brewing in South Florida over a dash-camera video showing a Fort Pierce, Florida, police officer punching a 15-year-old girl while she is resisting arrest, reported WPBF-TV. More »

Elderly Woman Bruised, Arrested for Not Watering her Lawn
FOX News - Sat Sep 22, 2007
A 70-year-old Utah woman, who was arrested last week for refusing to accept a ticket for a dry lawn she couldn't afford to water, told FOX News Monday that the arrest was her "worst nightmare. More »

Officers, sheriff's deputies sued; brutality in county jail alleged
Joplin Globe - Sat Sep 22, 2007
CASSVILLE, Missouri - A Butterfield woman is suing three Barry County Sheriff's deputies and four Cassville police officers in federal court alleging they brutalized her July 23 in jail. More »

Photo: Police Chief Arrested On Rape Charges Police Chief Arrested On Rape Charges
Associated Press - Tue Sep 18, 2007
LUTHERSVILLE, Georgia - The Luthersville police chief has been arrested on rape and other charges. More »

Ousted Taser cop takes aim at city
Aspen Times - Wed Aug 8, 2007
ASPEN - Former police officer Melinda Calvano has hit the city of Aspen with a lawsuit, claiming that it wrongfully fired her after she used a stun gun on a homeless woman in a downtown alley. More »

Father upset Taser used on son before fatal jump
Associated Press - Mon Jul 30, 2007
SPOKANE - The father of a man who jumped to his death off the Monroe Street Bridge is wondering why police shocked his son seconds before the fall. More »

Police Use Taser Gun On Woman Having Diabetic Seizure
KPTV - Mon Mar 12, 2007
A local family is questioning why a woman having a diabetic seizure would have to be tackled and shocked by police. More »

Woman, 69, Tasered and Arrested for Honking Horn
Associated Press - Sat Feb 10, 2007
KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A 69-year-old woman who was shocked with a stun gun after she honked her car horn at a police cruiser has been convicted of resisting arrest for sparking a quarrel with officers. More »

Handcuffed teen said to leap to death fleeing police
Associated Press - Sun Dec 3, 2006
OCCOQUAN, Virginia - A 16-year-old boy in handcuffs escaped Saturday from a police cruiser parked on a bridge, then jumped over a concrete barrier, plunged into a river and drowned, authorities said. More »

Photo: Elderly Atlantan Shot by Police - Informant Told by Police to Lie Elderly Atlantan Shot by Police - Informant Told by Police to Lie
CNN - Mon Nov 27, 2006
ATLANTA, Georgia - An informant cited in a search warrant as having purchased narcotics at an elderly Atlanta woman's house denies buying drugs there, authorities say. More »

Man Bursts into Flames after Police Use Taser
WTVD-TV - Thu Oct 20, 2005
A Fayetteville man suspected of stealing concrete from construction sites is in the hospital after bursting into flames during his arrest. More »

Man dies after shock from taser at Florida mental health center
WTSP-TV Tampa Bay - Thu Oct 13, 2005
Fort Myers, Florida - Authorities say a man struggling with staff at a Lee County mental health center died after police shocked him with a Taser stun gun. More »

Dog Dead After Multiple Taser Strikes: Cops Claim it Died of "Over Excitement"
Portland News Weekly - Tue Jul 12, 2005
A healthy 50-pound male pit bull died last month after Portland cops shot it repeatedly with taser stun-guns, the city's first canine fatality involving the weapons. More »

Another Death by Taser: Woman Says Officers' Action Killed Son
WIBW-TV - Wed Jun 22, 2005
A Kansas City woman says Independence police caused the death of her teenage son. More »

Torture by Taser: Fort Worth Man Dead Because He Was Too Terrified to Come Out of a Closet
Fort Worth Weekly - Wed Jun 22, 2005
Robert Guerrero may have died because he wouldn't come out of a closet. More »

FBI Investigates: Police Tasered 82 Year Old Handicapped Man
WTOV-TV - Wed Jun 22, 2005
MARTINS FERRY, OHio - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking into accusations of police brutality in one local community. More »

Police: "It's Taser time" to 105-lb Woman
WTHR-TV - Sun Jun 5, 2005
Hamilton County, Indiana - Police car video of a traffic stop late one night in November of 2003 shows two officers questioning a suspected drunk driver at a gas station at 116th Street and Brooks School Road. More »

Photo: Bartender Tasered in Breast for Raising Her Voice Bartender Tasered in Breast for Raising Her Voice
Palm Beach Post - Mon May 30, 2005
As the music thumped at Club Prestige one night in September, a man stepped from the crowd and asked the bartender for a cup of water. More »

Photo: Teen Tasered After Complaining that Father's Ambulance was Late Teen Tasered After Complaining that Father's Ambulance was Late
Palm Beach Post - Fri May 27, 2005
Josh Welch is no teen angel. More »

Police Used Taser on 8-Month Pregnant Driver
Seattle Post-Intellengencer - Sun May 8, 2005
She was rushing her son to school. More »

Police Pull Guns on Mom who Gave Birth in Car
AP - Wed Mar 30, 2005
KETTERING, Ohio - A woman rushing to a hospital to give birth hit a few stops along the way - first at a gas station where she delivered the baby herself, then when confused police ordered her out of the car at gunpoint. More »

Photo: Police Defend Use of Taser on Girl, 13, 65 lbs Police Defend Use of Taser on Girl, 13, 65 lbs
Florida Times Union - Tue Mar 1, 2005
Jacksonville police are defending the decision to use a stun gun on a 13-year-old girl at least twice and perhaps more because she wouldn't follow orders, but the state attorney said the incident raises "serious concerns". More »

US Cops Taser 74 year old Granny
The Register - Wed Oct 20, 2004
A South Carolina police officer is under investigation for zapping a 75-year-old granny with a Taser. More »

Police Accused Of Firing Taser At Pregnant Bride - Mon Sep 27, 2004
EVERGREEN PARK, Illinois - A man and his daughter have filed a lawsuit alleging a couple of Evergreen Park police officers assaulted them with a Taser gun at the woman's backyard wedding reception. More »

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