From South Gate, California:
From South Gate, California:
More than a week after Freddie Gray was arrested in Baltimore, and a day since he died, authorities are still scrambling to find out exactly what happened and why.
“I’ll tell you what I do know, and right now there’s still a lot of questions I don’t know. I know that when Mr. Gray was placed inside that van, he was able to talk. He was upset. And when Mr. Gray was taken out of that van, he could not talk, and he could not breathe,” Baltimore Deputy Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez told reporters Monday.
He spoke the same day an autopsy was done on the body of Gray, which showed that he died from a severe injury to his spinal cord. “What we don’t know, and what we need to get to, is how that injury occurred,” Rodriguez said.
The Gray family has retained a great attorney, Billy Murphy. Go here for a Cato podcast interview with Mr. Murphy about police tactics and constitutional rights.
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I will be speaking Monday at a briefing of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on police tactics and the use of force. The event is being held at John Jay College in New York City. The full roster and schedule may be found here.
I am looking forward to the briefing because I am familiar with the work and contributions of many of the other participants and their organizations. The panelists represent a broad range of perspectives on criminal justice. I believe we will provide a thought-provoking discussion on current policies and what changes need to be made to them going forward.
You can stream the event at this link starting just after 9 AM.
Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Thursday, April 16, 2015:
From the New York Times:
[T]he City Council this week began considering a $5.5 million reparations package for scores of victims of abuse and torture by the police here in the 1970s and ’80s under the watch of a notorious police commander, Jon Burge. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support this week for the long-sought reparations, which would include a memorial and a formal apology for the mostly black South Siders who have described being shocked with cattle prods, beaten with phone books and suffocated with plastic bags to compel confessions.
The cases involving Mr. Burge and a group of officers under his command had haunted Chicago and its Police Department for years….
[Mayor Rahm] Emanuel this week described Mr. Burge’s actions as a disgrace, adding, “We stand together as a city to try and right those wrongs and to bring this dark chapter of Chicago’s history to a close.”
Here are the eight reports of police misconduct tracked for Wednesday, April 15, 2015:
Here are the nine reports of police misconduct tracked for Tuesday, April 14, 2015:
Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Saturday, April 11 through Monday, April 13, 2015:
Here are the seven reports of police misconduct tracked for Friday, April 10, 2015:
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