# Police brutality
Ben Crump and BLM need to tell Black men to stop resisting police. (Opinion)
Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump is representing the family of Patrick Lyoya, a 26-year-old Black man who was shot in the head after struggling with a police officer. On April 4, 2022, in Grand Rapids Michigan, Patrick Lyoya was pulled over in a traffic stop due to an inconsistency in the license plates of the vehicle he was driving.
Denver to settle another police lawsuit for $82,000
Many payouts from the Denver Police Department stem from the George Floyd Protests of summer 2020.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) The City Council is expected to settle another lawsuit between the Denver Police Department and a man who claims police violated his civil rights.
Aurora residents swear at, threaten mayor after chief firing
This man swore at the City Council Monday during public comment period.Aurora TV/YouTube. (Aurora, Colo.) Residents angry over the firing of Aurora Police Chief Vanessa Wilson blasted conservative members of the City Council Monday.
Aurora Police adopt new restraint system after pilot project
A man in restrained by police with The WRAP.The WRAP by Safe Restraints, Inc. After a year-long pilot project, Aurora Police adopted a new restraint system designed to quickly and safely contain someone.
Denver set to pay $80k to settle two police brutality lawsuits
Many of the recent police settlement payouts stemp from the George Floyd protests in downtown Denver.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) City Council will approve two payments totaling $80,000 Monday to settle lawsuits against the police department. The settlements are the latest in a string of Denver payouts to settle alleged police misconduct.
Families of Police Brutality Victims lobby legislators for accountability
They arrived at 8am and lined up outside of the main entrance to the Georgia State Capitol. They came from Southwest Atlanta, Decatur, Ellenwood and Douglasville to hold signs bearing their children's names and faces for the public to see. As they stood outside of the Capitol, they were greeted by all who passed, some members of the public, some lobbyists and some legislators. One by one, they filed into the Capitol and made their way to the main stairwell, leading to the legislative floor. They placed themselves at the top of the stairs, where they could be see and be seen. THEY, are the parents of young men and children killed by police officers in the State of Georgia.
Surveillance Footage Captures Off-Duty Kenosha Police Officer Perform Chokehold and Kneels on 12-Year-Old Girl's Neck
KENOSHA, Wisconsin - The Kenosha Unified School District released redacted surveillance footage Friday March 18, 2022, that shows off-duty Kenosha Police Officer Shawn Guetschow trying to break up a childhood fight between two adolescent girls during their lunchtime break at the Lincoln Middle School before he tussles with the child and subsequently applies a brief chokehold restraint on her. Guetschow then kneels on the young girl's neck while handcuffing her on March 4, 2022.
Denver to settle police lawsuit for $100,000, payouts become routine
Denver has settled several lawsuits stemming from the George Floyd protests.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) Denver's about to spend $100,000 to settle another lawsuit filed against the police department.
Rochester Police Have Not Released Assailant’s Photo
Janet is survived by her husband.Photos were from her Facebook Page. Sgt. Melvin Williams has been named as a “person of interest” in the death of Communications Officer Janet S. Jordan. The 35-year-old Rochester resident was reportedly “found deceased” earlier Monday on Wetmore Park. The Rochester Police Department is remaining tight-lipped about the cause of death. However, Bob Lonsberry, talk-show host at WHAM radio and WSYR radio advised that Janet was stabbed.
Atlanta man celebrates his birthday in an unforgettable way
On February 26, 2022, Atlanta native Jimmy J. Hill turned 60 years old. Grateful to see this milestone year, he knew that he wanted to celebrate in epic fashion. After all, he had survived: the mean streets of "Little Vietnam" (aka East Lake Meadows); multiple prison terms; witnessing his mother endure police brutality AND the loss of two sons. By all accounts, he had every right to wish for an unforgettable birthday celebration. So, he purposed in his heart that he would have the biggest celebration ever. He reached out to some friends and began to plan- but not in the way you might think. Instead of planning for cake and balloons and a DJ, Jimmy J. Hill was planning a rally in protest of police brutality. In particular, he was planning a rally to honor and lift up the names of young men whose lives were taken at the hands of police officers in Georgia.
Denver settles lawsuits against police, DOTI for $387,500
The City and County of Denver has settled several lawsuits related to the George Floyd protests of 2020.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) Denver City Council will decide whether to spend nearly $400,000 to settle lawsuits on Monday.
Denver set to pay $1.275 million to settle three police lawsuits
Police and protestors clashed during the George Floyd protests, leading to lawsuits.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) Denver City Council will vote Tuesday to settle $1.275 million in police lawsuits, bringing the total paid since 2004 to settle similar lawsuits to at least $31.5 million.
Advocates for unhoused, people of color quiz Denver monitor finalists
Protest engulfs Denver's downtown in summer 2020.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) Advocates for Denver's marginalized communities got a chance Thursday to question candidates for the city's police oversight chief job.
The Philly Four: DA Krasner blames GOP for rising violent crime
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The family of Vincent Demario Truitt is still demanding accountability (Opinion: Biased reporting by media)
Vincent Demario Truitt and his paternal grandmotherPhoto by Keyanna Jones, shared with the permission of Venethia Cook-Lewis, Mother. SAY HIS NAME: Vincent Demario Truitt!!! Why is it important to say the name of Vincent Demario Truitt? Aside from the fact that his 19th birthday just passed (2-2-2022), it is important to say the name Vincent Demario Truitt because he could have been my son...my cousin....my neighbor or any one of my students. It is important to say the name of Vincent Demario Truitt because he was another BLACK CHILD in the state of Georgia, murdered by police, whose name has been smeared by the media and law enforcement officials. Vincent Truitt was one of many children who have been adultified and criminalized by society, particularly police, simply because he was black. Although he was only 17 years old at the time of his death, Vincent Truitt was referred to as a "man" in several news reports. The Associated Press reported: "AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — A man shot by police in suburban Atlanta during a chase has died. Vincent Demario Truitt, 17, of Atlanta died Tuesday after being shot by Cobb County police, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation......One of the men brandished a handgun, the GBI said. He was shot by a Cobb County officer, who hasn’t been identified" (https://apnews.com/article/f8bed170455d6c8d67f6caff16fe966d).
Police task force quizzes public safety chief nominee
The Reimagine Policing Task Force came into being after the George Floyd protests.Colin Lloyd/Unsplash. (Denver, Colo.) The Denver Task Force to Reimagine Policing and Public Safety peppered Armando Saldate, the public safety director nominee, with questions Thursday during a Facebook live interview.
Family demands firing of officer who killed Matthew Zadok Williams
The family of Matthew Zadok Williams (Zadok) gathered outside of the Office of Dekalb County CEO, Michael Thurmond on Wednesday, January 12, 2022. They were joined by activists, organizers, and community members demanding that Sgt. Devon Perry be fired for the murder of Zadok, which occurred April 12, 2021. That sentiment was echoed by the public-at-large, in the form of a Color of Change petition (bearing 38,000 signatures), which the family had arranged to deliver to Mr. Thurmond. Instead of being met by the CEO, the Williams Family was turned away at the door, as Dekalb County Sherriff's Deputies informed them that the CEO was not in the building. Neither was there any representative from his office who could receive the petition, they further iterated.
Family and friends gather to remember the life of Jarvis Lykes
On Friday and Saturday, December 17-18, 2021, the family of Jarvis Lykes, gathered with community members, activists and organizers from around the country to remember his life. The family used the commemorative weekend as an opportunity to speak out against gun violence in the community, particularly police brutality. The events, which began with a motorcade each day, were the brainchild of Jarvis's mother, Kathy Scott-Lykes. Kathy has been a fierce advocate for her son since the day of his death; and also advocates for justice for other families who have lost children as a result of police brutality. In partnership with several community organizations, including Justice for Georgia, Georgia Moms United and the Georgia Reform Coalition, Mrs. Lykes coordinated rallies at the end of each day's motorcade. At Friday's rally, held at the Fourth Street Baptist Church, keynote speakers included Jacquelyn Johnson, mother of Kendrick Johnson and Kimberly Handy- Jones, mother of Cordale Handy (killed by Police in Minnesota in 2017).
What Happened to Jimmy Atchison??
George Floyd. The name is now synonymous with police brutality and the senseless killing of unarmed black men. His murder was recorded on video, for the world to see after police showed up on the scene to investigate a rather minor alleged crime. This unjust abuse of power set off nationwide protests. Just imagine if there was no video or police body cam footage. Would the average citizen have reacted in the same manner? Now, this is what brings us to the case of Jimmy Atchison. If there was video of the murder, then his name might have been what people would associate with police brutality- in Atlanta and around the country.
Denver to pay $75,000 to settle lawsuits against sheriff, DOTI
(Denver, Colo.) A man who claimed the Denver Sheriff Department violated his civil rights likely will receive a $45,000 settlement. The Denver City Council is set to vote Monday on the settlement, ending a federal lawsuit between Sherman Allen and Joseph Potts, Denver Sheriff Department, and the City and County of Denver.