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St Louis police face growing criticism over protest tactics

Sep 20, 2017 - 7:22 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union takes the first steps toward a lawsuit over questionable police tactics, requesting the city preserve video and other evidence

PLEA. Demonstrators protest outside of the St. Louis city jail following the arrest of 123 people yesterday protesting the acquittal of former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley on September 18, 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri.  Scott Olson/Getty Images/AFP

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Sep 05, 2017 - 10:25 AM

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ESCAPE FROM MYANMAR. Rohingya refugees travel on an open-back truck on Teknaf-Cox's Bazar highway near Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhiya, Bangladesh, on September 3, 2017. Jasmin Rumi/AFP

PNP disarms, relieves Mandaluyong cops in viral video

Jun 29, 2017 - 3:05 PM

The PNP is also reportedly considering sending the two errant cops to Marawi where government troops are battling terrorists

'NAKAKAHIYA.' Two Mandaluyong policeman are caught on camera hitting two men who had apparently violated a local barangay curfew. Screenshot from the video

Justice for Theo: In France, 'police abuse is an everyday thing'

Feb 14, 2017 - 3:41 PM

Activists speak of discrimination and abuse by police as protests continue after rape of black man in Paris suburb

ANGER. French gendarmes stand guard in front of protesters holding a flare and a banner during a demonstration against police brutality on February 10, 2017 outside a police station in Marseille, southern France. Hundreds of people took part in the protest following the case of Theo, a 22-year-old youth worker who required surgery after his arrest on February 2, 2017.  Boris Horvat/AFP

Dozens arrested in French clashes over alleged police rape

Feb 12, 2017 - 12:02 PM

UPDATED Protesters demand justice for a 22 year old youth worker allegedly sodomized with a police truncheon

Anti riot police officers stand guard during a protest in Bobigny, a district of northeast Paris, to denounce police brutality after a black man was allegedly sodomized with a baton during an arrest while in their custody in Paris on February 11, 2017.  Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt / AFP

Blame game: Netizens clash over violent US embassy dispersal

Oct 21, 2016 - 9:38 AM

The controversy at the embassy brought out the online community s gut reactions for either side

PNP: No reason for Manila police to ram through protesters

Oct 20, 2016 - 3:39 PM

But Metro Manila’s top cop says it would be wrong to label it as an instance of ‘police brutality’

'NOT BRUTALITY.' Philippine police and protesters clash right outside the US Embassy. Photo by Ben Nabong / Rappler

Rap tycoon Dr Dre handcuffed outside home

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:18 AM

Dr Dre known for being outspoken about police brutality allegedly pulled a gun on a motorist

DR DRE. The rapper is handcuffed outside his home after being accused of pulling a gun on a motorist. File photo shows Dre at the 31st Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in April. Photo by Peter Foley/EPA

Dallas suspect said he wanted to kill white cops – chief

Jul 08, 2016 - 10:49 PM

The suspect was killed in the explosion the city police chief says but before that he revealed some of his possible motive to negotiators

AFTERMATH. A Dallas police officer watches a police line in Downtown after 11 police officers were shot during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas, USA, July 8, 2016. Photo by Ralph Lauer/EPA

Beyoncé pleads to end 'war' on minorities after shootings

Jul 08, 2016 - 11:35 AM

This is a fight for anyone who feels marginalized who is struggling for freedom and human rights Beyoncé writes in a letter in the aftermath of police brutality incidents in Louisiana and Minnesota

File photo by Justin Lane/EPA

Protests after police fatally shoot black man in Louisiana

Jul 06, 2016 - 9:47 PM

Police in the state s capital Baton Rouge identify the man as Alton Sterling saying two officers made contact with him in the parking lot of the convenience store

Baltimore officer cleared over Freddie Gray custody death

May 24, 2016 - 12:15 AM

UPDATED A Baltimore judge finds Officer Edward Nero not guilty of second degree assault of reckless endangerment or of misconduct in office

epa05325392 Baltimore police officer Edward Nero (C), along with his attorney Marc Zayon (R), leaves the courthouse after being acquitted of all charges in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, MD, USA, 23 May 2016. Others are not identified. Freddie Gray died on 19 April 2015 when he sustained a spinal injury in the back of a Baltimore police van. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

FBI, Justice Department probe violent US school arrest

Oct 28, 2015 - 8:43 AM

The incident in South Carolina comes amid a heightened focus on police brutality in the United States after a string of incidents – some deadly – involving law enforcement officials and African Americans

Framegrab from YouTube video

NY police union calls for boycott of Tarantino films

Oct 26, 2015 - 10:37 PM

New York s largest police union demands a boycott of Quentin Tarantino films after the Oscar winning director protested against the deaths of unarmed suspects at police hands

‘PURVEYOR OF DEGENERACY.’ Director Quentin Tarantino attends a protest to denounce police brutality in Manhattan October 24, 2015 in New York City. Photo by Kena Betancur / Getty Images / AFP

Woman who died in US jail victim of officer's 'ego' – family

Jul 23, 2015 - 9:09 AM

Sandra Bland 28 was found hanged in her jail cell 3 days after being pulled over for failing to signal a lane change and getting into an argument with a state trooper

CRUCIAL MOMENT. Frame grab from a handout dash camera video released 21 July 2015 by the Texas Department of Public Safety the traffic stop by Trooper Brian Encinia (L) of Sandra Bland (R) as he points a reported taser at her to remove her from her vehicle in Prairie View, Texas, USA, July 10, 2015. Texas Department of Public Safety/Handout/EPA

Police fire stun grenades at Tel Aviv rally by Ethiopian Israelis

May 04, 2015 - 8:00 AM

Sunday s protest comes 3 days after a stormy demonstration in Jerusalem sparked by footage showing two policemen beating a uniformed Israeli soldier of Ethiopian origin

MARCH FOR RIGHTS. Israelis members of the Ethiopian community protest against racism and what they say is excessive aggression by Israeli police, in Tel Aviv, Israel, May 3, 2015. Daniel Bar On/EPA

Six police officers charged with Baltimore death

May 02, 2015 - 1:24 AM

Gray who has a record of non violent drug offenses died April 19 from spinal injuries sustained when he was arrested

CHARGES FILED. Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby announces that criminal charges will be filed against Baltimore police officers in the death of Freddie Gray. Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images/AFP

Thousands protest in US over police 'injustices'

Apr 30, 2015 - 9:51 AM

Freddie Gray s death is the latest instance in the United States of a black man succumbing at the hands of police

Protestors participate in a demonstration held to support the protests in Baltimore against police brutality following the death of Freddie Gray, in New York, New York, USA, April 29, 2015. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Baltimore braced for new night of protest as Obama warns police

Apr 29, 2015 - 10:03 AM

Obama condemns the rioting but also says that a series of recent incidents – beginning last year with the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson Missouri – is worrying

TENSIONS. Demonstrators fill the intersection of North and Pennsylvania Avenue in the wake of protests for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 28, 2015. Noah Scialom/EPA

Baltimore deploys Guard troops as riots erupt

Apr 28, 2015 - 8:16 AM

UPDATED Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declares a state of emergency in the port city of 620 000 and activates the National Guard as rioters prowl

UNREST. Youths stand on a demolished police car as police respond to people protesting the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 27, 2015. Michael Reynolds/EPA

Violence erupts at Baltimore police death protest

Apr 26, 2015 - 9:50 AM

Tensions have been simmering in the blue collar Mid Atlantic port city of 620 000 as investigators try to establish the circumstances that led to Freddie Gray s death

PROTEST. Demonstrators raise their fists during a protest for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, April 25, 2015. Noah Scialom/EPA

Police officer shoots, kills black teen in Wisconsin

Mar 08, 2015 - 2:23 PM

The incident touches off protests in the Midwestern university city

PH sends mixed signals on human rights – HRW

Jan 31, 2015 - 4:58 PM

The group says cases of extrajudicial killings torture and enforced disappearances by the police and military have dropped in the last 4 years but they still occur regularly

‘WHEEL OF TORTURE.’ This wheel is reportedly used by Biñan, Laguna police to torture its inmates. Photo courtesy: CHR/AFP

Second night of violent protests in California over cop killings

Dec 08, 2014 - 6:11 PM

Demonstrations over cop killings have erupted across the United States over the past two weeks

'WE CAN'T BREATHE' Protestors block the traffic on 34th Street during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York, New York, USA, 05 December 2014. John Taggart/EPA

Clashes at Greek demos to remember teen killed by police

Dec 07, 2014 - 9:23 AM

Much of the violence takes place in the Exarcheia district where 15 year old Alexis Grigoropoulos was killed by a policeman in 2008

Riot policemen try to avoid a molotov cocktail as a water canon throws water to protesters during clashes following a rally on the anniversary of the killing of teenager Alexis Grigoropoulos by a Greek police officer, in Athens, Greece, 06 December 2014. Yannis Kolesidis/EPA

Third night of US protests against police killings

Dec 06, 2014 - 2:15 PM

The signs of growing discontent take place as a New York prosecutor says a grand jury would consider charges in one of the cases that has again brought to the fore the distrust felt by many African Americans towards the police

'WE CAN'T BREATHE' Protestors block the traffic on 34th Street during a protest against the decision of a grand jury not to indict a police officer involved in the death of Eric Garner, in New York, New York, USA, 05 December 2014. John Taggart/EPA

UN watchdog slams police shootings of blacks in US

Nov 28, 2014 - 11:34 PM

UPDATED The UN Committee Against Torture urges Washington to ensure that all cases of police brutality and excessive use of force are investigated promptly effectively and impartially

JUSTICE. Protestors march shouting slogans and carrying signs through neighborhoods in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 23 November 2014. File photo by Tannen Maury/EPA

Violent protests erupt in France over alleged police brutality

Nov 02, 2014 - 8:41 AM

The protests were held over the death of environmental activist Remi Fraisse who was killed during clashes at the site of a contested dam in southwestern France

Hong Kong protest leaders ridicule 'external forces' claim

Oct 20, 2014 - 3:42 PM

Commentaries on the mainland have increasingly described the Hong Kong protests as a color revolution – a term used by Beijing for political movements funded by international forces

Pro-democracy protesters stand under a sign during an Occupy Central demonstration in the early morning in the Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 20 October 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

'Critical moment' for Hong Kong protests after new clashes

Oct 19, 2014 - 3:50 PM

Twenty people are injured in a 4th night of violence after three weeks of largely peaceful pro democracy rallies and road blockades in three busy districts

Pro-democracy protesters scuffle with riot policeman during an Occupy Central demonstration in Mong Kok District of Hong Kong, China, 18 October 2014. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

HK leader reopens talks offer after police brutality video

Oct 16, 2014 - 2:57 PM

UPDATED Question marks remain other whether fresh talks can make any substantive headway in the stalemate between the government and protesters

LET'S TALK. Leung Chun-ying , Hong Kong's Chief Executive, speaks at a press conference, Hong Kong, China, 16 October 2014. Alex Hofford/EPA

HK legal chief says gov't 'impartial' on police brutality

Oct 16, 2014 - 8:59 AM

The incident becomes another public relations disaster for the police who were severely criticized for firing tear gas on umbrella wielding protesters on September 28 in a move that attracted worldwide attention

A frame grab from Hong Kong cable channel TVB shows the alleged beating of a pro-democracy protester by policemen, 15 Oct 2014.

Police brutality video at Hong Kong protest sparks outrage

Oct 15, 2014 - 12:36 PM

UPDATED Demonstrators and police fought running battles overnight with officers using their fists batons and pepper spray to beat back crowds in an operation they defended as a necessary response to ensure public order

FACE OFF. A pro-democracy protester (2L) shakes his fist at police officers as they advance in Hong Kong on October 15, 2014. Alex Ogle/AFP

Report exposes culture of beatings at New York prison

Jul 15, 2014 - 11:09 AM

New York Times report: 129 prisoners suffered serious injuries in altercations with guards over an 11 month period at New York s Rikers Island last year

A view of the sign out side Rikers Island jail complex in New York City, New York, USA, 17 May 2011. Andrew Gombert/EPA

Jewish extremists held over Palestinian teen murder

Jul 06, 2014 - 7:42 PM

UPDATED In a related development a Jerusalem court freed an American boy but ordered him held for 9 days under house arrest pending an investigation into stone throwing allegations

CLASHES. Masked Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli police (unseen) during clashes in the Shuafat neighborhood in Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem, on July 3, 2014, one day after a Palestinian teenager was kidnapped and killed in an apparent act of revenge for the murder by militants of 3 Israeli youths. Photo by AFP/Thomas Coex

The little blue 'house of torture'

Jan 31, 2014 - 3:37 PM

A former caretaker comes to the defense of the 10 policemen charged with torture People don t know what kind of people [the inmates] are he says

HOUSE OF HORRORS. Inmates say members of the Laguna provincial intelligence board tortured them for money, information, confessions, and fun. But one caretaker says the police have been judged too harshly. Photo by Rappler

Rappler Newscast | January 29, 2014

Jan 29, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Criminal charges set against Corona wife More police torture victims surface Obama vows to end inequality in SOTU

Sympathy for China airport blast protestor

Jul 21, 2013 - 1:43 PM

Chinese citizens expressed support on Sunday July 21 for a disabled man who set off an explosion at Beijing s international airport

ON ALERT. Chinese police officers ride on an electric vehicle at the departures hall of Terminal 3 of the Beijing Capital Airport, 20 July 2013. Photo by EPA/Diego Azubel

South African policemen in court after man dragged, killed

Mar 04, 2013 - 4:01 PM

Eight South African police officers will appear in court charged with the murder of a Mozambican man they dragged to custody behind a police van