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AFRICANGLOBE - To start, male officers, white officers, those working in larger cities and those who are military veterans are more likely than female officers, racial and ethnic minorities, those in smaller communities and non-veterans to fire their service weapon while on duty.
AFRICANGLOBE - A police officer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is being investigated after repeatedly punching a juvenile during a street fight. The incident was captured on video and posted on multiple social networks.
AFRICANGLOBE - While the disturbing trend of officer-involved shootings continued to garner national attention in 2016, the year also saw a rise in police being murdered. Ambushes of cops shook the country, while protests over police brutality continued. In 2016, at least 64 police officers were killed in the line of duty nationwide, according to statistics from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.
AFRICANGLOBE - New research from Drexel University released Tuesday acknowledged that racial bias plays a role in police shootings. Dr. James Buehler, the study’s author and sole researcher, concluded that Black people are 2.8 and 1.7 times more likely to lose their lives during encounters with police than White people and Hispanics, respectively.
AFRICANGLOBE - “I feel like it escalated from them allowing kids to bring Confederate flags” to school, said a concerned mother from the area. Mississippi is the only state in the U.S. to feature the Confederate flag on its state flag. The boy’s mother was cautioned against filing a police report by a deputy after the incident, because one of her son’s attackers has a father who was once a police officer. Sheriff Boggs denied this, but did say that he told her that filing criminal charges may turn the student body against her son.
AFRICANGLOBE - Increased attention toward the killing of Black men and women by police throughout the past year has ignited national conversations on racism and law enforcement. From Freddie Gray in April 2015 to Deborah Danner — an “emotionally disturbed” woman fatally shot this week by an NYPD thug — protests around the country have forced many Americans to reassess how police engage with Black communities.
AFRICANGLOBE - Two Georgia sheriffs lost their jobs after it was discovered that the pair of them regularly exchanged racist and sexist Facebook messages – which revealed that they specifically targeted Black drivers at traffic stops. “I have a dream. That one day my people will not act like animals,” posted Deputy Brant Gaither of the McIntosh County Sheriff’s Department. Deputy Jeremy Owens replied with “Lol. That’ll never happen.”
AFRICANGLOBE - A Pennsylvania police officer has been fired after a Snapchat image of her dressed in full uniform and captioned with a racial slur came to the attention of her bosses. The selfie, reportedly taken months ago, depicts an officer identified as Melissa Adamson wearing aviator sunglasses and the uniform of her then-employer, Pitcairn Police Department. It was uploaded with a caption that read: “I’m the law today, n*gga.”
AFRICANGLOBE - A Facebook Live video posted by an angry bystander in Delaware who witnessed a white cop stop and question three children has clocked up almost 3 million views and sparked yet another debate around racism in law enforcement. The heated video shows a police officer standing with three young boys, taking details of their names and dates of birth.
AFRICANGLOBE - Considering reports indicating the most rapidly growing threats in America today are theft and violence perpetrated by police, would we be safer without these agencies? The notion that public policing has failed us is a fact — not a statistic. But looking at the numbers may help us attain a better understanding of where they have failed and what led these institutions to pursue policies that not only incentivize crime but also create it out of thin air — so much so that police officers are at the top of the list of threats the common American faces today.
AFRICANGLOBE - One year ago, the White House released The Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing—116 pages of recommendations meant to address the epidemic of killings of unarmed Black people by the police officers sworn to protect them. The report was supposed to be a blueprint for reforms in policing this country has needed for decades. Yet 12 months after its publication, our government still can’t even come up with the number of people who have been killed by U.S. police.
AFRICANGLOBE - Graphic footage has emerged showing a homeless man being shot and killed by police in the US who fired a barrage of 46 bullets as he held a penknife. Milton Hall, who was mentally ill, was surrounded by eight officers training their guns in a shopping centre car park in Saginaw, Michigan, in July 2012.
AFRICANGLOBE - A Key West, Florida resident who police say was distraught over the presidential election results and worried about his business has apparently...
Israel’s Interior Minister Eli Yishai has ordered police and cities across the country to shut down businesses owned by African refugees.Politicians from the haredi...