Police (Mis)Behavior

in the United States

For example:

brutality, and
unwarranted killings

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I would like to start out by saying that the police are a very necessary element in the government of any region --- city, county, state, country, whatever.

One reason they are necessary is that, in almost any community of human beings, a fairly large percentage of them (on the order of 30%) are, to put it mildly, anti-social --- everything FROM forgers and scammers and petty thieves and drunk-drivers --- THROUGH burglars and car-jackers --- TO wife-abusers and serial killers.

So we DO NEED police. BUT ...

We have all seen horrific videos of police who should not be police.

Who has not seen the 2020 video of the Minneapolis police strangulation-murder of George Floyd?

You can see video of a policeman pulling up onto the lawn of small park, in a police car, and jumping out and immediately shooting (and killing) 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was playing with a plastic toy gun. (2014, Cleveland, Ohio) That police officer had previously been terminated from another police department for bad behaviors.

And one of the first videos that made people aware of over-reactions (and out-right brutality) of some police was the 1991 video of the beating, with night-sticks, of Rodney King.

The fact of the matter is that there are too many police who have anger-management issues --- or other issues, such as extreme-prejudice against certain races and colors and beliefs (political, religious).

When people are suggesting solutions, I often hear better police training proposed. Better training may help --- but it won't help when police, who have 'major issues', have already been hired.

    Around 2015, after a particularly disturbing shooting by police, in which about 20 shots were fired at and into a person, I saw a TV interview with a lawyer who had practiced criminal law for many years.

    He pointed out that police get plenty of gun training --- in which they are often trained to empty their gun into targets. He pointed out that was bad enough in itself.

    But he also pointed out that the police need better training in other areas besides shooting their guns --- such as training in how to de-fuse a bad situation.

Besides gun-training, there needs to be


  • a 'demerits-and-merits' system, after hiring,
    with clearly-defined termination consequences, as well as occasional rewards.

    This would help to get rid of the 'bad actors' who have shown themselves to be more of a danger than a benefit to society and to their department.

Too many times after an egregious example of police 'mis-conduct' appearing in the news, one sees the Fraternal Order of Police and/or a police organization such as the NYPD demand that there be no accountablity in cases which reflect horribly on the police community as a whole.

The Fraternal Order of Police and NYPD need to 'man-up' and admit that there is such a thing as bad police in their ranks --- uncontrollably-angry people who have no business being police.

Unfortunately, the phrase "Defund the Police" has been used in response to horrific shootings and beatings prepetrated by certain police.

This has given police organizations like the 'Fraternal Order of Police' a 'wedge issue' by which they can de-legitimize people who demand accountablity for horrible actions by certain 'bad actors' in a police organization.

I hope that the phrase "Defund the Police" will eventually be replaced by a phrase like "Re-Form the Police".

As of 2021, it appears that the 'Fraternal Order of Police' is going to continue their refusal to allow 'bad police' to be terminated.

The 'Fraternal Order of Police' seems to effectively treat the profession of 'police officer' as a career with a 'license to kill'.

In view of that horrible stance, this page is offered --- to keep track of the continued bad actions of certain police --- actions such as unwarranted beatings and killings --- including killings by strangulation, beating, faked jail-suicides, and other means, besides shooting.

This man's head is about to be crushed
by a police officer who has 'lost his cool'.

of 'unfortunate' police behavior:
    (just a sampling)

(most recent first,
with web links for more info)

  • 2020 Aug 23
    Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was SHOT SEVEN TIMES IN THE BACK at a domestic altercation.

    Shooting of Jacob Blake (Wikipedia link).

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'Jacob Blake police shooting'

  • 2020 May 25
    George Floyd, strangled to death by knee of Minneapolis police officer, Derek Chauvin.

    George Floyd (Wikipedia link).

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'George Floyd police strangulation'

  • 2020 Mar 13
    Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman, fatally shot during a 'no-knock' police raid.

    Killing of Breonna Taylor (Wikipedia link).

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'Breonna Taylor police shooting'

  • 2020 Feb 23
    Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed 25-year-old black man, was pursued and fatally shot while jogging in Glynn County, Georgia --- by three white residents who were acting as self-appointed police.

    Killing of Ahmaud Arbery (Wikipedia link).

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'Ahmaud Arbery police shooting'

  • 2016 Jul 06
    Philando Castile,a 32-year-old black man, was fatally shot during a traffic stop by police officer Jeronimo Yanez in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area.

    Killing of Philando Castile (Wikipedia link).

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'Philando Castile police shooting'

  • 2014 Nov 22
    Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old black boy, was shot and killed in Cleveland, Ohio, while playing with a toy gun in a park. A police cruiser pulled up to him and an officer (dismissed from another police department) immediately jumped out of the car and shot Tamir Rice dead.

    Killing of Tamir Rice (Wikipedia link).

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'Tamir Rice police shooting'

  • 2014 Sep 04
    Levar Jones, a 35-year-old black man, was pulled over, into a filling station, by a South Carolina police officer. The officer asked him for identification. Jones got his wallet out of his vehicle, apparently too quickly. The office started unloading his pistol into Jones and hit Jones at least 4 times. Jones asked "What did I do, sir? ... Why did you shoot me? ... I'm sorry." Fortunately, Jones survived but he may have permanently painful scars.

    Here is a 2014 video of Levar Jones being shot.

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'Levar Jones 2014 South Carolina police shooting'

  • 1991 Mar 03
    Rodney King was savagely beaten by several police with night sticks --- after a high-speed chanse, for driving while intoxicated. This was one of the first instances of police 'over-reaction' caught on video by a person in the vicinity.

    Rodney King (Wikipedia link).

    WEB SEARCH on keywords:
    'Rodney King police beating'

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Below are links to Wikipedia pages on various kinds of police behaviors --- especially unwarranted killings and beatings of citizens by police.

You can follow links on these Wikipedia pages to find even more information.




Whether those lives are black, white, yellow, red
... animal, vegetable, or one-celled organism.

Bad (violent, destructive) lives ... not so much.

This applies to police too:

Good police-lives matter.

Bad police-lives ... not so much.

There needs to be better vetting of police ---
better background checks and
psychological testing ---
and a
'demerits-and-merits' system
with termination consequences as well as rewards
--- to get rid of the bad ones.

The Fraternal Order of Police and the NYPD need to 'man-up' and admit that there is such a thing as bad police in their ranks --- uncontrollably-angry people who have no business being police.

Change "Defund the Police" to "Re-Form the Police".

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