Excessive Force

All of the people listed below lost their lives when they encountered law enforcement who erroneously thought the victim was reaching for a weapon.

Marquis Jones -- Jordan Baker -- Zikarious Jaquan Flint -- Jonathan Ferrell -- Kimani Gray -- Leon Ford -- Malissa Williams -- Timothy Russell -- Tyler Comstock -- Anton Barrett -- Kendrec McDade -- Ramarley Graham -- Rekia Boyd -- Wendell Allen -- Alonzo Ashley -- Aiyana Jones -- Danroy Henry -- Steven Eugene Washington -- Victor Steen -- Kiwane Carrington -- Oscar Grant -- Tarika Wilson -- James Brissette -- Kathryn Johnston -- Sean Bell -- Ronald Madison -- Travares McGill -- Timothy Stansbury Jr -- Deandre Brunston -- Kendra James -- Orlando Barlow -- Ousmane Zongo -- Patrick Dorismond -- Amadou Diallo -- Tyisha Miller

Police involved shooting statistics are hard to come by, many of the articles on this page address this troubling issue.

Why LAPD Detective Frank Lyga Won’t Be Fired

LAPD Detective Frank Lyga

Cheryl Dorsey: Errant police officers who have been found guilty of serious misconduct at a Board of Rights hearing have routinely been allowed to leave the department, in the middle of the night, under a cloud of mystery and suspicion. This is part of the LAPD culture.

What If We Disarmed the Police?

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Jazz Hayden: If we are going to end the daily slaughter of black youth in this country we are going to have to hold the police civilly and criminally personally liable for all of their actions.

Why Are Cops So Frightened?

Why Cops Are Scared

Cheryl Dorsey: The notion that “hand-hiding” reasonably causes “fear” is ridiculous; that refusing to exit a car justifies the use of a taser, or displaying your driver’s license — for god’s sake — when asked results in your being shot several times.

Ferguson PD, I Am Scared of You

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Cheryl Dorsey: Ferguson Police Department officers have been wearing “I AM DARREN WILSON” bracelets on duty . Ferguson police officers say, “I AM DARREN WILSON” however, what they mean to say is, “I WILL KILL YOU.”

Police Abuse Driven by Primal Instincts

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Charles D. Hayes: What is happening when we witness an officer beating on someone who is clearly no longer resisting is that emotion has taken over and the incident is running on instincts being driven by hormones.

An Insider’s View of the LAPD

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Dick Price & Sharon Kyle: “LA wouldn’t fare much better than New York in terms of disproportionate rates of stops and frisks and use of force when dealing with black and brown young men.”

The CHP’s Thug Life: Justice for Marlene Pinnock

CHP Beating

Sikivu Hutchinson: There is no question that a video with an older defenseless white woman lying prone on the ground being knocked senseless by an officer of color (or a white cop, for that matter) would’ve had the entire nation up in arms demanding the officer’s immediate termination and prosecution.

DA Jackie Lacey Should Investigate Lygagate

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Jasmyne Cannick: The LAPD had determined that based on Gaines’ wearing expensive designer suits and shirts, his many credit cards, and lavish spending habits that he was engaged in some kind of misconduct and had him under investigation.

LAPD’s Lygagate Draws Investigation Calls

Lygagate

Jasmyne Cannick: Law enforcement agencies including the LAPD are always encouraging us to say something if we see something. Someone saw something and they said something and sadly the LAPD did nothing–that is until it was breaking news.

California Supreme Court Rules for Police Transparency

Police Transparency

Peter Bibring: There’s no reason that shootings should be anonymous, and this week’s ruling rightly makes clear that even general evidence that officers might face retaliation isn’t enough to withhold information; there must be a specific threat of violence.

A Civilian Review Board for the LA County Sheriff’s Department

Civilian Review Board

Even with the creation of an Office of the Inspector General, there remains a need for a high-level body of nonpolitical leaders, who are held in high regard by the community and can focus exclusively on the time consuming task of LASD oversight.

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