Posts Tagged ‘police brutality’

San Jose police union stalls officer cameras, cites ‘privacy’

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Basic concepts of police professionalism were more or less born in Northern California, courtesy of a reform-minded police chief, as a history of law enforcement notes: August Vollmer, police chief in Berkeley, California, from 1905 to 1932, advocated the hiring of college graduates and offered t...

Fullerton police chief doesn’t think verdict vindicated lethal cop

Saturday, January 18th, 2014
Fullerton police chief doesn’t think verdict vindicated lethal cop

In the aftermath of the Kelly Thomas verdict, it's been depressing to read the comment sections of Cal Watchdog, blogs, news sites and newspapers. A lot of oddly gleeful folks treat the verdict as evidence that police did the right thing the night Thomas suffered fatal injuries while being remors...

Stunning verdict in Fullerton case: Rodney King, the sequel

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

I was as stunned by a verdict Monday afternoon as I have been my whole life. An Orange County jury cleared police officers of all charges in the beating death of homeless Fullerton resident Kelly Thomas. It's impossible not to see the parallels with the Rodney King beating case, but this jury&...

Eric Peters details why we fear the police

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

My favorite car reviewer and auto guru is Eric Peters of In a new article he aptly explains how cops have gone berserk against citizens. Eric Peters: If it is reasonable – justifiable – for a cop to base every interaction with a citizen on the presumption that the citize...

Police assault horror story

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Rodney King beating

Even for this day and age of police harassment of citizens, this is a horror story, from New Mexico: A review of medical records, police reports and a federal lawsuit show deputies with the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office, police officers with the City of Deming and medical professionals at the Gil...

Monterey Co. pays $2.6 million in wrongful death by cops

Sunday, August 25th, 2013
Rodney King beating 1991

  This is from William Norman Grigg, America's best reporter on police brutality: [caption id="attachment_48685" align="alignright" width="300"] Rodney King beating 1991[/caption] After eluding the police for more than a week, Alejandro Gonzalez surrendered in San Jose on January 10, 201...

Kern County sheriffs seize cell phones to hide killing of citizen

Monday, May 13th, 2013

May 14, 2013 By John Seiler Cops are getting out of control, especially in California. Not yet two years since the Fullerton police beat to death homeless man Kelly Thomas on July 5, 2011, comes this: "Blood stains are still visible on the sidewalk at the corner of Flower Street and Palm Drive, wh...

Homeless man’s death stirred a furor

Monday, May 14th, 2012

May 14, 2012 By Steven Greenhut SACRAMENTO -- Those who don't understand why Fullerton residents are about to recall three of their city councilmen on June 5 ought to spend 33 minutes watching the videotape that District Attorney Tony Rackauckas released of Fullerton police officers confronting an...

FBI Checks Cop Killing in Fullerton

Friday, July 29th, 2011

On July 5, Fullerton police beat to death an unarmed, harmless man, Kelly Thomas. The great Friends for Fullerton's Future investigative news site has been breaking this story, and the Fullerton PD's cover up of the six thug-cops, for weeks. Following the formal request of Orange County Superviso...