Police acting on a narcotics search warrant burst into Nikita Smith’s home and executed three of her dogs, including one locked in a bathroom (WARNING: graphic images). Now the city is paying out $60,000 to settle the civil rights case Smith filed against the city.
In today’s America, mass shootings are a very unfortunate reality. Each event a tragic stain on our history, it can be difficult to fathom exactly how to solve the problem. A pattern follows, and the country begins a discussion of solutions involving gun control, which some empirical data suggests will not work. Even then, however, we’re missing a critical cause of American deaths that kills even more people than mass shootings do: police brutality.
On Tuesday, April 30th, the courts finally convicted the Minneapolis police officer who killed Justine Ruszczyk. After a month-long trial, the shooter, a jury convicted “Mr. Noor” on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter. These together carry a maximum sentence of around 35 years, but he will likely not receive it.
In July 2018, police arrested 19-year-old Sarah Wilson and her boyfriend, 27-year-old Holden Medlin, at a traffic stop in Chesapeake, Virginia. The officers took Wilson out of the car and cuffed her hands behind her back. But after, the officers went after Medlin who tried to flee the scene. At this point, the report grows more controversial.
Denver is known nationwide for its strict laws on so-called “urban camping”. Many times, they have cracked down on homeless encampments and overnight shelters, drawing national attention since new legislation passed on the issue in 2012.
Footage from the event shows just how far Denver police are willing to go to enforce these laws. Over the years, they have faced heavy criticism.