It’s bigger than Ferguson, a white cop kills a black person nearly twice a week in America

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The following post was written by Jameson Parker. It originally appears on Addicting Info.

By: Jameson Parker

The fatal police shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old black man by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is certainly egregious overstep of police force, but not necessarily out of the ordinary. Sadly, it’s a scenario that is being played out week after week on city streets across the United States every year.

According to data compiled by the FBI, in a seven year period ending in 2012 an average of nearly two black people were killed by police every week. Even more troublesome: Almost 20% of those killed were under the age of 21, more than double the rate of whites of the same age group. If you are black, being young doesn’t seem to protect you.

LA woman says she was brutalized by police officer in hospital, video posted to YouTube

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A California college student has posted surveillance footage on YouTube of what appears to show her getting assaulted by a police officer. 

Aloni Bonilla, a math major at Cal State Los Angeles, was pulled over by police in March of 2012 for suspicion of driving under the influence.

After being escorted to the hospital for a blood sample after a breathalyzer found traces of alcohol in her system, Bonilla says she was a victim of excessive force and contradicting statements made by police. 

Update: Philadelphia DA to investigate stop-and-frisk injury claim

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Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams said that his office would investigate 16-year-old Darrin Manning’s claim that a female police officer seriously injured his testicles during a stop-and-frisk.

During a news conference on Thursday, Williams said, “when allegations are made about misconduct from a police officer, it erodes the public’s trust of law enforcement.”