Boone County Police Officer “Executes His Duty” … and a Preschool Teacher

Tyler Brockman, a police officer from Boone County, Kentucky, shot and killed a 19-year-old preschool teacher, Samantha Ramsey, when she was trying to leave a field party. He jumped on her hood and shot her four times through the windshield, to protect himself and the people down the road—all of whom were on the road, by the way, being arrested by other police officers. A grand jury decided that no charges would be filed, since apparently the police officer was just protecting his own life and Read more […]

Tricks of the Trade: Police Officer Admits Planting Evidence is Routine

An officer in Palm Beach, Florida admitted that planting evidence is a routine part of his job, admitting that he and his colleagues are planting evidence “almost every day” to deal with “difficult” citizens: I have a method for getting people off the street that should not be there. Mouthy drivers, street lawyers, assholes and just anyone else trying to make my job difficult. Under my floor mat, I keep a small plastic dime baggie with Cocaine in residue. Since it’s just residue, if Read more […]

Daniele Watts, Race Baiting, and Crying Wolf

Race baiting is ubiquitous in our day. It seems like everything is about race. Even when it isn’t. So the recent story about Django Unchained actress Daniele Watts just seemed like par for the course. She says she was kissing her husband in public—relatively harmless, I would say—but police were called, she says, because she is black and he is white. The police assumed she was a prostitute and apparently forced her into handcuffs after humiliating her publicly. That sounds horrible! Those Read more […]

Are Police Body Cameras Enough for Police Accountability?

If the situation in Ferguson has done nothing else, it has highlighted the urgent necessity of holding the police accountable for their actions. It is very possible that Michael Brown tried to reach for a police officer’s gun during the altercation that resulted in his death. It is also possible that it didn’t go down like the police say. If only Ferguson police wore body cameras … I think it is more likely that a scared police officer started to pull his own gun, was stopped by Brown in Read more […]