Ex-police officer pleads guilty to manslaughter in killing of George Floyd

A former Minneapolis police officer has pleaded guilty to a state charge of aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd.Late George Floyd Thomas Lane was one of three ex-policemen who watched fellow officer Derek Chauvin kill Floyd by kneeling on his neck. By entering the plea, Lane avoided an upcoming trial in June on the more serious charge of aiding and abetting second-degree murder. Hennepin County Judge Peter Cahill has agreed to a three-year jail sentence for him. The two other ex-officers involved in Floyd’s arrest, Tou Thao and J Alexander Kueng, are scheduled to go on … Continue reading Ex-police officer pleads guilty to manslaughter in killing of George Floyd

Barbaric: Indian police allegedly raped girl who reported gang rape

A policeman in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh is on the run after allegations that he raped a 13-year-old girl who went to police to report she had been gang raped. A criminal case has been registered against him and he has been suspended, a senior police official said. The girl alleged that she had been gang raped by four men last month. The report has led to outrage in India with many people expressing anger on social media. In his complaint to the police, the girl’s father alleged that four men had taken his daughter to the … Continue reading Barbaric: Indian police allegedly raped girl who reported gang rape

Disgusting: Five police officers could face the sack over Bianca Williams stop and search

Five police officers could face the sack over the stop and search of two athletes who were driving through London with their baby. Watchdog the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said on Wednesday that an acting police sergeant and four police constables will all face a gross misconduct disciplinary hearing over the incident involving British sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner Ricardo Dos Santos. Footage of the search on July 4 2020, during which the couple were handcuffed, was widely shared on social media, and later Ms Williams accused the police of having racially profiled the pair. After the search, details of … Continue reading Disgusting: Five police officers could face the sack over Bianca Williams stop and search

Man locked up for 32 years over murder he didn’t commit freed as police exposed

A man who spent more than three decades in prison for a murder he didn’t commit has been exonerated after a witness admitted that he was pressured into falsely testifying by police. Joaquin Ciria was arrested for shooting and killing his friend, Felix Bastarrica, in San Francisco back in 1990. However, San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin had Mr Ciria released on Monday after ruling that his conviction was based on false witness testimony and police misconduct. Mr Boudin said his office was “proud and grateful” for the work of the Innocence Commission in rectifying the gross miscarriage of justice against Mr Ciria in … Continue reading Man locked up for 32 years over murder he didn’t commit freed as police exposed

Video shows fatal shooting of black man by US police

Police video has been released of a white officer fatally shooting a black man in the back of the head after a scuffle over a stun gun. Footage of the 4 April incident in Grand Rapids, Michigan, shows Patrick Lyoya, 26, running from the officer following a traffic stop. The officer, who has not been named, is then heard telling Mr Lyoya to “let go” of his Taser, before the man is shot as he lies face-down on the ground. The shooting has led to protests. Dozens of demonstrators gathered on Wednesday outside the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD) demanding … Continue reading Video shows fatal shooting of black man by US police

Australian policeman acquitted of murdering Aboriginal teenager

An Australian policeman has been found not guilty of murdering an Aboriginal teenager, after a case that sparked nationwide protests. Constable Zachary Rolfe fatally shot 19-year-old Kumanjayi Walker while trying to arrest him in a remote Northern Territory (NT) town in 2019. Constable Rolfe, now 30, argued he was acting to protect himself and a fellow officer at the time. A jury took seven hours to acquit him of murder and two manslaughter charges. After the verdict on Friday, Constable Rolfe said: “A lot of people are hurting today – Kumanjayi Walker’s family and his community. “I’m going to leave … Continue reading Australian policeman acquitted of murdering Aboriginal teenager

Update: Ex-officer Brett Hankinson found not guilty in death of Breonna Taylor

A former Louisville police detective has been found not guilty of recklessly endangering neighbours during the chaotic night-time raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor. Brett Hankinson fired 10 shots during the incident, which took place during a “no-knock” search of the black woman’s home in Kentucky in March 2020. In court, Mr Hankinson maintained he did nothing wrong during the melee. Ms Taylor’s death sparked racial injustice rallies across America. Mr Hankinson, 45, was the only officer charged in the case. The jury delivered the verdict on Thursday about three hours after closing arguments wrapped in the … Continue reading Update: Ex-officer Brett Hankinson found not guilty in death of Breonna Taylor

The officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor was reckless prosecutors say

A jury is deciding whether a former detective showed “extreme indifference to human life” during the raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor. Brett Hankinson allegedly fired 10 shots blindly into a neighbour’s flat in the melee that followed a “no-knock” search of the black woman’s Kentucky home. He is now standing trial on three charges of endangerment. Ms Taylor’s death sparked racial injustice rallies across America. Officers had forced their way into the 26-year old paramedic’s Louisville home during a narcotics raid using the “no-knock” warrant – which meant they did not have to announce themselves. Her … Continue reading The officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor was reckless prosecutors say

Update: US gun group defends Amir Locke killed by police

A gun rights group has condemned the Minneapolis police killing of a man who was shot while lying on a couch. Bodycam video shows Amir Locke, 22, stirring under a blanket before he is gunned down by a Swat team during a dawn raid on Wednesday. Mr Locke, who appeared to be holding a pistol but was not the target of the warrant, died within minutes. The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus called Mr Locke “a law-abiding citizen who was lawfully in possession of a firearm”. The Minnesota National Guard has been activated in case of unrest, the governor said on … Continue reading Update: US gun group defends Amir Locke killed by police

US cop guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright

A veteran former Minnesota police officer has been found guilty of manslaughter for the fatal shooting of a black motorist in April. Kim Potter, 49, has claimed she mistakenly drew her gun instead of a Taser and killed 20-year old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop. His death occurred at a time of high tensions, with the trial over George Floyd’s murder taking place nearby. Ms Potter’s sentencing has been scheduled for 18 February. Over the course of four days, the 12 jurors deliberated for approximately 27 hours before reaching a decision. The first charge against Ms Potter – first-degree … Continue reading US cop guilty of manslaughter in the death of Daunte Wright

Nigerian army ‘shot and killed #EndSars protesters’

An inquiry panel has submitted a report which says Nigerian armed forces shot and killed anti-police brutality protesters last year. Tens of thousands of Nigerians took to the streets last October calling for the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) police unit to be disbanded. The report, leaked on Monday, has identified 48 casualties after the army opened fire on the demonstrators. Nigeria’s army has denied shooting live rounds at protesters. The #EndSars protests rocked the country for two weeks. The police unit had been accused of robbing, attacking and even killing people. According to the report by the inquiry panel, soldiers … Continue reading Nigerian army ‘shot and killed #EndSars protesters’

Update: Wanted gangster cop surrenders after manhunt

A former Thai police chief who went on the run after allegedly torturing a suspect to death has surrendered. Thitisan Utthanaphon, nicknamed “Jo Ferrari”, admitted to mistreating the suspect but denied any corruption. He spoke to the media in an unusual press conference organized by the police on Thursday night. Mr Thitisan had fled his post after a video showing the apparent torture and killing of a drug suspect was leaked, causing public outrage. The footage, which was reportedly filmed by a junior officer, shows several policemen wrapping plastic bags around the head of a 24-year-old arrested for selling methamphetamine … Continue reading Update: Wanted gangster cop surrenders after manhunt