Miami Police Officers Fired For Joking About Black Neighborhoods Being ‘Target Practice’

Three new Miami police officers were reportedly fired for joking about using predominantly black neighborhoods as “target practice” in a group chat.

Officers Kevin Bergnes, Miguel Valdes and Bruce Alcin were reportedly fired on Dec. 23 after it was ruled that they violated department policies following an internal affairs investigation. 

A Few Ways to Support Police Abolition In The New Year (Or Right Now)

“Why do we accept forms of security that are rooted in violence?” – Angela Davis, Lecture at University of Chicago November 2016

When I first learned of prison abolition it was from Angela Davis during a lecture she gave at my college campus in 2009. The concept of prison abolition seemed so large and out of reach and it wasn’t something I put much thought into until this year, but a defeatist attitude isn’t what abolished slavery – so who am I to doubt the possibilities of abolition?

How many more brutal police videos do we need until we take police abolition seriously?

I grew up in Oakland, California in the nineties and have been arrested and harassed by police more times in my life than I can count.

I have been one of the people running away when we heard the call, “5-0! 5-0!” signalling that, no matter what we were doing – lawful or otherwise – it was time to disperse because the police were coming. I have never needed videos showing other Black people being terrorized across the country to understand intimately the consequences of the State’s hypervigilant criminalizing of Black folx in Black ‘hoods. Frankly, I am confused why anyone, at this point, still does.

Fort Worth Pastors Call Officer’s Treatment of Black Family ‘Obviously Racist’

Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald has seen the same video we all have of a police officer’s interaction with Jacqueline Craig after she called authorities because her neighbor allegedly choked her seven-year-old son for littering. He also watched the situation escalate on film as the officer forcibly arrested Craig and her two teenaged daughters after implying that the incident was her fault. 

Officer Who Shot Keith Lamont Scott Won’t Be Charged

Keith Lamont Scott, 43, was shot by Charlotte police in late September. Officer Brentley Vinson reportedly shot Scott after he allegedly left an SUV in front of his home with a gun in hand and denied orders to drop it.

District Attorney Andrew Murray has announced that Vinson would not face any charges in Scott’s death, according to the Charlotte Observer.

Minnesota Cop Who Shot Philando Castile Charged With Manslaughter

Philando Castille’s death was live streamed for millions as his girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, sat next to him in a car after he was shot by a police officer in Minnesota. It was easily one of the most visible instances of police violence to date.

St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez, who shot Castille on July 6, has been charged with second-degree manslaughter and two felony counts of dangerous discharge.

Photo Leaks Of Police Officer Posing Next To Dead Body

A mother in St. Louis is upset with local authorities after a photo was leaked that she believes shows a police officer posing next to the body of her dead son.

On Aug. 8, 2016, Omar Rahman was found dead in a home, supposedly of an accidental drug overdose. The leaked photo shows an officer smiling with a thumb raised to the camera while his other hand turns over a body. The KMOV reporter who originally obtained the photo blurred out both individuals’ faces, according to FOX5.

Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shoots Man In Mt. Greenwood

What various media outlets are reporting as a road rage incident ended tragically as an off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot Joshua Beal, 25, in the city’s Mt. Greenwood neighborhood.

DNA Info reports that Beal was sitting in a car that was blocking the driveway of a Chicago Fire Department on Saturday afternoon. When a firefighter asked him to move, Beal reportedly left his vehicle and a fight began. Moments later, a CPD sergeant was on his way to work and noticed the scene.