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New Mexico cop James Watters charged in alleged sexual assault

Grants - An off-duty New Mexico policeman and his friend have been arrested and accused of raping a 20-year-old woman after a night of drinking on Christmas.

Man attends police brutality rally, gets killed by cop next day

Rapid City - A knife-wielding Native American man was shot and killed by South Dakota police a day after attending an anti-police brutality protest in the state's second-largest city.

Op-Ed: The U.S government’s history of violently suppressing protest

Washington D.c. - Without resisting the laws forced onto them by the British, America wouldn’t exist. The dissent that built a nation is still strong among those protesting police brutality, but as history shows, the attack on protest by the U.S government is not rare.

Op-Ed: Rape, use of force, and torture: 2014's autumn of tough questions

A perfect storm is brewing this autumn over three agonizingly difficult questions: Responsibility in our alleged "rape culture," appropriate police use of force, and the alleged torture committed by the CIA. What does this mean for, and about, America?

Phoenix police name officer who killed unarmed Rumain Brisbon Special

Phoenix - Peaceful but passionate anti-police brutality protests continued for the seventh straight night in central Phoenix on Tuesday after police officials there named the white officer who shot and killed Rumain Brisbon, an unarmed black father of four.

Op-Ed: An NYPD officer with a disciplinary history gets away with murder

New York - This is no isolated incident. Police have far too much power, impunity, and not enough accountability. The man who killed Eric Garner had such a poor record, he should have been nothing more than a mall security guard.

Video: Denver cops brutalize drug suspect, pregnant girlfriend

Denver - The Denver Police Department is defending an officer who was caught on video repeatedly punching a drug suspect's head into the pavement and knocking his pregnant girlfriend to the ground, footage an eyewitness claims the officers erased from his tablet.

Op-Ed: The story about Brown and Wilson is bigger than Ferguson

Ferguson - What is happening in Ferguson is a tragedy, but the narrative of looting, arson, and the death of Michael Brown only scratches at the surface of the bigger issue. Police all over America have killed unarmed Americans, and have escaped punishment.

Rookie NYPD cop fatally shoots unarmed man in Brooklyn project

New York - A rookie New York Police Department officer shot and killed an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project late Thursday night in what the shooter allegedly told colleagues was an "accident."

Brazil as violent as Gaza, cops kill 6 people a day study says

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's police force has killed more than 11,000 of their own citizens in the last five years, according to a new study. This figure places the society's violence levels on par with war torn regions like the Gaza Strip.

Former Texas cop accused of raping teen while officers watched

Pharr - A former South Texas police officer will stand trial for allegedly raping an underage girl multiple times while fellow officers watched.

Video: NYPD cops slam pregnant woman to the ground

New York - The New York Police Department's internal affairs division is investigating officers who were caught on video slamming a visibly pregnant woman belly-first to the ground.

Op-Ed: Despite rage, cop op-ed correct on avoiding police confrontation

Ferguson - A veteran of the LAPD and current homeland security professor at Colorado Tech University has courted controversy by encouraging citizens to avoid physical confrontation with law enforcement by quickly and obediently complying with all police commands.

Op-Ed: Ferguson rioters spit on the memory of Michael Brown

Ferguson - It looked like we were about to see a true groundswell of support for community policing and a de-militarization of law enforcement...but then the Missouri governor had to call the National Guard into Ferguson. Rioters have spat on Michael Brown's memory.

Op-Ed: United States should consider a draft for police officers

In the wake of the tragic shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri people are asking tough questions about how law enforcement operates in many American cities. Frequent questions involve thin blue lines and militarization of police.

Video: NYPD cops kill father of 6 for selling untaxed cigarettes

New York City - New York City police officers ignored an asthmatic man's desperate pleas as they choked him and slammed his head into the ground for the alleged crime of selling untaxed cigarettes, triggering a heart attack that killed the father of six on Thursday.

Family of woman beaten by cop on LA freeway plans lawsuit

Los Angeles - The family of the woman who was caught on tape being punched several times in the face and head by a police officer as she lay on the median of a freeway announced they will launch a civil action against the police.

Video: California cop punches woman on LA freeway

Los Angeles - A video taken by a passing motorist shows a California Highway Patrol officer punching a woman several times face and head in the median of a Los Angeles freeway. An investigation has begun.

Toddler severely burned when police throw stun grenade in crib

Cornelia - A 19-month-old toddler is fighting for his life after being critically injured when Georgia police tossed a stun grenade into his crib during a botched drug raid.

Video: Vancouver cop knees protester during May Day rally

Vancouver - A video was uploaded to YouTube showing a Vancouver police officer kneeing a student as he and other officers were attempting to handcuff him.

U.S. professor preparing to engage in hunger strike ‘until death’ Special

San Francisco - Activists are rallying around a California man who will begin a hunger strike on May 13th in the hopes of forcing the government to begin dialogue about police brutality, releasing political prisoners, and its treatment of immigrants.

Op-Ed: Dallas Police Association against citizens filming police

Dallas - Dallas Police Association President Ron Pinkston wishes citizens would stop filming officers. The statements occurred after a Dallas police officer was filmed during a traffic stop by an unidentified woman associated with Cop Block.

Occupy protester wounded by Oakland police gets $4.5 million

Oakland - A former US Marine and Iraq war veteran who was critically injured after being struck in the head with a 'less lethal' police projectile during an Occupy Wall Street protest in Oakland in 2011 will receive $4.5 million from the city.

Albuquerque police under fire for killing homeless camper

Albuquerque - The Albuquerque Police Department says its officers were justified in killing a mentally ill homeless man with a history of violence who was camping illegally in the city's foothills.

Video shows police officer in Texas breaking student's arm

The actions of a police officer in Beaumont, Texas are being questioned after a recently released video shows the officer breaking a student's arm.

San Jose police officer Geoffrey Graves charged with on-duty rape

San Jose - A police officer in California's third-largest city has been accused of raping a vulnerable woman in a hotel room while on duty last September.

New app aims to cut down on police brutality Special

After "years and years of seeing violence in (the black) community," a Toronto developer has created Cop Watch, an app he hopes will cut down on instances of police brutality.

84-yr-old man beaten bloody by NYPD cops after jaywalking

New York - An elderly New York City man was beaten bloody and hospitalized after he was stopped by NYPD officers for allegedly jaywalking in Manhattan's Upper West Side on Sunday afternoon.

Petition to file charges against officers who beat Kelly Thomas

Fullerton - A new petition has surfaced on the White House's "We The People" website asking for federal charges to be filed against the officers who beat Kelly Thomas to death.

FBI probes police beating death of California homeless man

Los Angeles - The FBI on Monday announced it would investigate the acquittal of two cops in Fullerton, California who brutally beat a mentally ill homeless man to death in July 2011.
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The police begin to block in protesters at Spadina and Queen Streets  Toronto on June 27.
The police begin to block in protesters at Spadina and Queen Streets, Toronto on June 27.
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Police fire tear gas at FTAA protesters. Quebec City, Canada
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Ex-Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli (on photo) were acquitted in the 2011 be...
Ex-Fullerton police officers Manuel Ramos and Jay Cicinelli (on photo) were acquitted in the 2011 beating and stun-gun death of a mentally ill California homeless man that touched off street protests and political upheaval in the Los Angeles suburb of Fullerton
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Ron Thomas (R), father of Kelly Thomas, speaks next to attorney Garo Mardirossian (L) at a news conference in Los Angeles, California January 14, 2014
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Lawyer and family members of Marlene Pinnock who was beaten on the freeway by a CHP officer speak to...
Lawyer and family members of Marlene Pinnock who was beaten on the freeway by a CHP officer speak to the media
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Raven Dozier showing the bruise on her stomach from the attack.
Raven Dozier showing the bruise on her stomach from the attack.
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Kelly Thomas in 2002 (left) and after being brutally beaten by Fullerton  California police officers...
Kelly Thomas in 2002 (left) and after being brutally beaten by Fullerton, California police officers in July 2011.
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Brandie Redell and her boyfriend
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UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike pepper-sprays Occupy UC Davis protesters who were blocking the police ...
UC Davis Police Lt. John Pike pepper-sprays Occupy UC Davis protesters who were blocking the police from removing arrested protesters from the quad
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Luis Rodriguez with wife Nair and daughter Lunahi
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During Tel Aviv weekend social justice protests two banks were vandalized.
During Tel Aviv weekend social justice protests two banks were vandalized.
A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police...
A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police on a TTC streetcar early Saturday, July 27, 2013. Toronto police officers fired three shots. After several seconds, officers fired six additional shots. Seconds later, one officer climbs up the streetcar stairs and the sound of a Taser can be heard
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A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police...
A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police on a TTC streetcar early Saturday, July 27, 2013. Toronto police officers fired three shots. After several seconds, officers fired six additional shots. Seconds later, one officer climbs up the streetcar stairs and the sound of a Taser can be heard
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A makeshift memorial for Kelly Thomas  at the site where he was killed in 2011 after a beating by Fu...
A makeshift memorial for Kelly Thomas, at the site where he was killed in 2011 after a beating by Fullerton police officers, in Fullerton, California January 14, 2014
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Occupy Wall Street 17 March 2012.
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A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police...
A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police on a TTC streetcar early Saturday, July 27, 2013. Toronto police officers fired three shots. After several seconds, officers fired six additional shots. Seconds later, one officer climbs up the streetcar stairs and the sound of a Taser can be heard
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A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police...
A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police on a TTC streetcar early Saturday, July 27, 2013. Toronto police officers fired three shots. After several seconds, officers fired six additional shots. Seconds later, one officer climbs up the streetcar stairs and the sound of a Taser can be heard
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A still from video footage obtained by The Guardian showing the aftermath of what appears to be a police assault of Ian Tomlinson on April 1, 2009. The video was shot by an investment fund manager from New York, who passed it to The Guardian. He has relinquished his copyright and wants it to be distributed freely.
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A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police...
A tense scene at Toronto vigil to mark the death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim killed by Toronto police on a TTC streetcar early Saturday, July 27, 2013. Toronto police officers fired three shots. After several seconds, officers fired six additional shots. Seconds later, one officer climbs up the streetcar stairs and the sound of a Taser can be heard
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