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New York Residents Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day, Italian-Americans Call For End of Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
 
Yesterday, people in New York City rallied around Native Americans with a variety of actions, from Indigenous People’s Day celebrations that highlighted the diversity of native culture and recounted people’s histories of resistance, to a direct action that shut down the West Side Highway calling for an end to the present day state violence against indigenous peoples.
Simultaneously, an all-day on-line protest called “No More Columbus Days!” was taking place among New York City’s famous Italian American community, calling for an end to Columbus Day in general, and specifically the Columbus Day parade in NYC which can be contacted here.
In whole,

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Pittsburgh Cop Body Slams Chicago Cubs Fan, While Pirates Staffer Assaults Photographer Recording Scene

Monday, October 12th, 2015
Just because the home team is losing an important playoff game, doesn’t give anyone the right to abuse visiting fans, especially not staffers for the hometown team, and certainly not the police.
Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization’s security acted shamefully, assisting a Pittsburgh police officer body slam a Chicago Cubs fan for no reason.
The Pirates employee assaulted an innocent citizen recording the violent assault and battery of his friend in a video you can see below.
This isn’t the first time Pittsburgh police have used force in PNC Park either.
It all started when the man identified only as “Dimitri” got on TV with

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Texas Attorney General Begins Collecting Police Shooting Data For First Time

Friday, October 9th, 2015
Everything is bigger in Texas, including the count of police shooting at citizens.
For the first time, the Texas Attorney General will begin collecting data on the numerous times cops fire at suspects due to legislation by the Texas House of Representatives.
The terse statement Texas Attorney General’s official website explains more:
The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) will be adopting and publishing reporting forms for Officer-Involved Shooting Incidents, as required by H.B. 1036, 85th Leg., R.S. (2015), which became effective September 1, 2015.  Until the OAG has adopted and published a final version of the form, and rules governing its

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Connecticut Cops Blast Own Empty Car in Fear For Lives, Face State Firearms Charges

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Two Connecticut cops were hanging out together off-duty when suddenly, they feared for their lives, drew their firearms and hosed down a suspicious car in their driveway.
Too bad the car was empty.
And belonged to one of the officers.
Then the Darien Police Department did something even more shocking.
Darien police asked the Connecticut State Police to investigate the incident, leading to charges against the two officers for second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and unlawful discharge of a firearm under state law.
It’s no shock that an independent investigation would find probable cause to charge the two officers for these actions.
James Martin

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Wisconsin Police Arrested Man For Facebook Comments, Lawsuit Settlement Costs $43 Per Resident

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Speaking freely on social media is not a crime.
Posting angry Facebook comments on police departments’ official pages isn’t a crime either, it’s protected by the 1st Amendment.
A $35,000 legal settlement will cost residents of Wisconsin’s Village of Arena each $43 per man woman and child.
Because Wisconsin police violated a man’s First Amendment rights to post comments on their public Facebook page – which isn’t customized anymore, but still accepts review and comments.
The Arena Police Department arrested 23 year old Thomas G. Smith three years ago for Disorderly Conduct and other charges because of two FB comments.
It was a callous act of censorship.
One must now wonder what Village

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New Mexico Cops Settle “Fuck” Lawsuit for $25,000, Taxpayers Will Pay

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
New Mexico cops falsely arrested a grown adult citizen in public for saying “fuck”, now Farmington taxpayers agreed to pay $25,000 to settle the resulting censorship lawsuit under the 1st Amendment.
Three Farmington officers grossly overstepped their boundaries acting as censors, when they arrested Trujillo for violating the local Disorderly Conduct ordinance, in the absence of any provoked parties when he said “fuck” in an IHOP restaurant.
In fact, the family with small children whom police claimed to be protecting refused to give their names or in any way become involved in the three officers’ false arrest “to ensure the obscene language didn’t

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Seven California Cops Harass Man Photographing Police Armored Car from Public Parking Lot

Monday, October 5th, 2015
“I’m standing here taking pictures because they’re militarizing the police,” said the shirtless California man who had just taken photos of an armored car inside the Citrus Heights Police Department’s parking lot.
But that was enough for seven Citrus Heights police to surround the man and attempt to physically disarm him – even though he was standing in area open to the public – claiming the man’s possession of a “big knife” made them feel unsafe, even with their guns and tasers and pepper spray.
However, without a warrant or probable cause that a crime’s being committed, police have no authority

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Maryland Police Lie to K9 Handler, Abduct and Hide Police Dog in the Name of “Safety”

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015
Anyone who follows police accountability issues knows that the police are authorized to – and indeed often do – lie in the performance of their duties.
Ostensibly, this is to trick the suspected criminal into divulging something that will help officers build their case, but it’s always interesting when this prevarication is turned inward.
We don’t know what’s causing Maryland police lie to each other today.
But it’s spawned an online and very public “blue on blue” petition for justice for a retired officer.
Chip, the Belgian Malinois who served as a K9 Officer in Montgomery County’s police deparmtent in Maryland.
Officer Gil Fones of

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FBI Still Only Counting “Jusifiable Homicides” by Police, Wants More Data on Wounded Cops

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015
The FBI’s latest Uniform Crime Report for 2014 showed a slight drop in crime, but it still only asks for “justifiable homicides” by police, instead of all fatal shootings by cops.
In fact, the FBI’s “enhanced statistics” would not count the Walter Scott police homicide, which resulted in murder charges in South Carolina.
Only “justifiable homicides” or incidents where police investigate themselves are still reported to the official FBI database.
This NYPD officer who shot himself twice at the department’s range in August could technically be counted twice under expanded criteria to catalog wounded cops shot by citizens, since the officer did

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Texas Mom Exonerated For Saying “Dick” by Johnson County Attorney’s Office

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
Jessica Curs’ long nightmare of criminal censorship charges is finally over.
The Texas mom exonerated today, was admonished by a police Captain in plain clothes, while coaching a game with 9 year-olds.
Then, 2 months later she was arrested by that officer, the second in command of Alvarado Police Department, Captain Gary Melson.
Curs has finally been officially cleared of all potential charges in connection with the incident, which you can hear in the podcast below.
Texas Police Captain Gary Melson, Alvarado Police Department.
That’s right, Mrs. Curs will not be formally charged with cursing in Johnson County, because she said the word “dick” in a

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Alabama Prison Guards Fired For Beating Handcuffed and Kneeling Prisoner Caught on Video

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015
One extra-legal jail beating has left two Alabama prison guards fired and one resigned.
The beating happened in front of two other male corrections officers at the Elmore Correctional Facility – one a supervisor – and was recorded in December 2014.
Sergeant Cole, the female Alabama corrections officer caught in the shocking video below, beat a handcuffed prisoner only a split second after he showed docile obedience to her command to get on his knees.
The female Alabama jailer identified by Al.com as Sergeant. J. Cole in the video, brought her charge into the room which was recorded without audio, and within 30

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Texas Police Captain Wrongly Arrests Mom for Saying “Dick” When Coaching Kids Sports, Department Admits Fault on FB

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015
The sports our children play often generate passion among parents.
Few places exemplify the parent/child bond through sports like Texas, but now the police have stepped in and penalized a 32-year-old suburban wife and  mother named Jessica Curs in a town just south of Dallas called Alvarado.
Alvarado Police Department Captain Gary Melson
Alvarado Police Captain Gary Melson, the second-highest ranking member of the department, believed his rank gave him the authority to censor free speech in a public fora.
So the Texas police captain arrested Curs for saying “Dick” in public while coaching a basketball game between 9-year-olds in a public school gym –

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Austin Police Arrests Man For Eating A Hamburger in His Own Parked Car

Saturday, September 19th, 2015
This recently recorded arrest in Austin, Texas shows the five stages of police deciding to falsely arrest a citizen who contacted PINAC News and wishes to be called “Rick”.
The YouTube video’s original caption to the video at the bottom of this story says it all: “Bought a burger and pulled over to have a few bites. I suppose that constitutes probable cause?”
Fortunately, the citizen who identified himself to PINAC’s investigators as Rick pulled out his phone and started recording when the Austin cop  approached the vehicle which had its window already down as the officer approached and Rick asked, “Why

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Florida Superintendent Recorded Falsely Accusing PINAC’s Jeff Gray of Being “Dangerous Man” With “Extensive Criminal Record”

Thursday, September 17th, 2015
Have you ever wished to be a fly on the wall and could hear the things government officials are saying behind your back?
Using a digital audio recorder, that’s exactly what PINAC reporter Jeff Gray did at a recent St. Augustine school board meeting.
The recording was made after Gray had stepped out the room, capturing a Florida school district superintendent saying he wishes he could change the state’s Sunshine Law that allows citizens to ask for public records without presenting identification.
“I think we need the law changed for public records,” St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Joseph Joyner can be heard saying on

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OPINON: Private Prisons Turn 25, Why Do We Need Them At All?

Sunday, September 13th, 2015
Over the past year, MuckRock has been filing nationwide requests for the hard materials that connect the powers­ that ­be to their parasites.
It’s as much about what we can know as what we can’t know. And it requires putting money behind requests and feet on the ground.
That’s why MuckRock took the opportunity to launch its first project page with the Private Prison Project – a place to gather, contextualize, and follow the requests and stories that will help provide the data and dirt to have a real conversation.
Private Prisons in America Are Turning 25 Years Old
Winn Correctional Center opened its doors 25

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Baltimore SWAT Officer Indicted on 12 Charges, Helped Wife Rob Bank Where She Was CEO

Thursday, September 10th, 2015
Last week, the Baltimore County Police Department announced a sergeant has been suspended without pay after being charged by the Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office in connection with a complex fraud investigation which includes his wife as a co-conspirator.
Over a dozen offenses landed that Baltimore SWAT Officer indicted, and Daniel Gregory Galloway, 40, now faces five charges of Conspiracy to Commit Theft ($10,000-$100,000),  four counts of Theft ($10,000-$100,000), Conspiracy to Commit Theft of more than $100,000 and one other Theft charge ($1,000-$10,000).
If you’re looking for a mugshot photo of the Baltimore cop who robbed a bank with his wife, there won’t be one.
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New Mexico Police Arrest Man At Walmart, Won’t Say Why Man “Became Suddenly Unresponsive” and Dies (UPDATED)

Monday, September 7th, 2015

UPDATE: Four Bernalillo police officers have been suspended from policing, and placed on paid administrative leave due to this incident already according to local outlet KOB4. The Bernalillo Police were not forthcoming with information surrounding the death of a man on Sunday evening outside of a Walmart while in police custody. Not even his name …
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OPINION: Peaceful Streets Project Fights Injustice, A Cause Larger Than All of Us

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

In 2013, I took over lead direct action organizing of the Peaceful Streets Project and went on to launch our most successful actions to date. Those actions include the 2013 SXSW cop watch that saw arrest percentages dropped by 40%, and then with Wagner Watch, a campaign that shook Austin Police Department to it’s core and …
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OPINION: Peaceful Streets Founder Antonio Is Wrong, Should Apologize or Resign

Saturday, September 5th, 2015

VAPA has spent thousands of dollars on Peaceful Streets Project events and Antonio’s defense fund, sadly today we must denounce Antonio Beuler for his demagoguery. It is long overdue. We support other Peaceful Streets Project folks who take a principled stand for police accountability, and hope they are able to overcome the liability that Antonio …
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OPINION: Hypocrisy of Racist Texan’s Video Threatening to Shoot “Thugs” Over Dead Cop

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015

Following the death of every single law enforcement officer, there have been 24 fatally shot this year, there is a wave of racist outrage from extremists on the right. The latest comes from a racist dirt bag in Texas who has called for the deaths of “black thugs,” joining the Houston Sheriff in blaming protesters …
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Texas Officers Arrest PINAC Correspondent for Recording Outside Police Department, Ban Him From Setting Foot on Police Public Property

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Two Fort Worth police officers named Dyess and Grinalds pulled up in front of their station and walked across the street onto the sidewalk to confront PINAC correspondent Phillip Turner, who had been lawfully recording the police station for at least two minutes. What happened next is all too familiar, as the video shows two Texas officers …
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Texas Police Shot Man in Back, Autopsy Disproves Police Claim Victim “Charged At Officers”

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

The El Paso Police Department has maintained that Erik Salas Sanchez, 22, was shot for charging at police, however, the autopsy report has revealed that he was shot in the back. The police claim that Sanchez had threatened them with a “metal object,” and charged at the officers. The cops allegedly attempted to tase Sanchez, …
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California Cops Killed Marine on Veterans Day, City Pays $2,500,000 to Settle Family’s Lawsuit

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

California cops with the City of Palm Springs Police Department agreed to a $2,500,000 settlement in the wrongful death lawsuit of a Marine killed by an officer that recklessly jumped through the window of his moving vehicle. It happened on Veteran’s Day 2012. Corporal Allan ‘AJ’ DeVillena II, was 22-year-old High Desert Marine and veteran …
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Entire Tennessee Police Force Under Investigation After $12,000 Stolen from Dead Man

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

An entire Tennessee police force is under investigation after more than $12,000 went missing from a dead man’s estate. Cash in the amount of $19,962 was found in the home of Jimmy Wayne Smith, who was found dead in April from natural causes, according to court documents obtained by My Fox Memphis, Millington Police Department …
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Ohio Cop Followed Car Two Miles, Stopped Man Just for Making Direct Eye Contact with Officer

Sunday, August 30th, 2015

An Ohio man was pulled over by a Dayton police officer for making “direct eye contact” with a patrolman. The Ohio cop initially claimed that he was pulled over for “not signaling 100 feet before making a turn.” John Felton uploaded a video he took of the incident to Facebook and it was subsequently sent to …
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California Grandmother Mysteriously Dies in Jail, Family Devastated and Seeking Answers

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

The family of a California grandmother who suffered from schizophrenia and mysteriously died in jail last week are receiving no answers from police when Celestine Allen, 50, was found unresponsive and alone in her jail cell last Tuesday. The woman’s daughter believes it is so that they have time to come up with a story. The …
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Kansas Man Swings Dog As Weapon Against Police Officer, Fails Miserably, Faces Cruelty Charges

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A Kansas man swung his small dog on it’s leash to use it as a weapon to hit an officer in perhaps one of the worst possible ways to combat police, The incident was captured on dash cam footage below. It all began over a report of a man under the influence,walking around and through people’s yard’s; …
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Florida Sheriff Denies Police Brutality, Witnesses Claim Long Beating

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

A Florida sheriff is claims there is “absolutely no evidence” of police brutality during an arrest on Saturday, which left a man bruised and bloodied in his gory mugshot, with one of his eyes swollen shut. Witnesses and photographs contradict that elected top cop’s denials. The August 22nd incident began when Jamell Adamson, 31, did …
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Virginia Journalists Murdered on Live TV (Updated V)

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

UPDATE II: The Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe has announced that the shooter is a disgruntled former employee of Roanoke TV Station WDBJ, Channel 7 according to broadcasters at WTOP on his weekly live program (tweet at bottom of page). UPDATE III: Suspect identified as Vester Lee Flanagan aka Bryce Williams. A police chase on Interstate …
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Virginia Killer Posted Video to FB Killing Two Journalists, Attempts Suicide (UPDATED III)

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

UPDATE III: Williams did shoot himself, but did not die from the wounds, update below. Former journalist Bryce Williams aka Vester Lee Flanagan killed two broadcast TV journalists working a live morning feature shot near Smith Mountain Lake in southwestern Virginia early this morning. Now he is in critical condition after earlier reports of his gunshot suicide were …
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