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Deadly Police Force; The Unintended Consequences

Deadly Police Force; The Unintended Consequences

*27-year-old Erica Garner, social justice activist and daughter of slain New Yorker Eric Garner died an untimely physical death during the recent holidays. However, I believe she metaphorically died in July 2014 when NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo choked her father Eric to death,  after three long years filled with police department denials and justifications regarding the use of that prohibited choke…

Contempt of Cop & Deadly Force

Contempt of Cop & Deadly Force

Beatriz Paez is just one of the many recent victims of what I like to call “Contempt of Cop”; fortunately, Paez lived to talk about her encounter. Ms. Paez witnessed plain clothes officers detaining several individuals at gunpoint and decided to record the incident on her cell phone. One of the officers, a U.S. Marshal, told Paez to stop recording…

The Elephant In The Room & Police Violence

The Elephant In The Room & Police Violence

After several days of much maligning of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement with regard to recent police shootings, I think it is time to address the (blue) elephant in the room. As a retired, twenty-year veteran sergeant of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and a black woman and a mother of four black young men, I come from…

Bad Cops: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

Bad Cops: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

What do current, retired, fired and former officers Michael Slager (South Carolina) ;  Tim Loehmann (Ohio),  Darren Wilson (Missouri),  Michael Rapiejko, (Arizona); Anthony Pantaleo(New York),  and  Gregory Kwiatkowski (New York) all have in common?  Each of these officers was involved in excessive uses of force, some resulting in million-dollar civil settlements before they became involved in a serious bodily injury or deadly force incidents.…

Rogue Cops Go Unpunished: Enough Is Enough

Rogue Cops Go Unpunished: Enough Is Enough

Tim Loehmann, the Cleveland Police Officer who shot and killed 12-year-old Tamir Rice, and his partner, Frank Garmback, both have  storied police histories. Earlier this year, Officer Garmback  was involved in an excessive force lawsuit that settled for $100,000.  Officer Tim Loehmann was described by high-ranking officials on the  Independence Police Department (where he previously worked)  as someone who “could not follow simple directions,…