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Neighborhood Good Samaritans helped exhausted police officers handcuff a suspect who was resisting arrest.

Cellphone video of the incident shows a cop kneeling on the back of a suspect who refuses to be taken into custody.

As the crowd grows agitated, the cop defused the situation by asking the bystanders for a little help: "Y'all wanna help out?"

After considering the officer's request, several bystanders stopped forward to talk the suspect into giving himself up. But the young man refused to cooperate.

One of the bystanders even offered to handcuff the suspect himself. "I just don't want you to get hurt. I don't want you to get hurt man," he said.

Cops all over the country are fearful of losing their jobs after George Floyd was killed by a former officer who kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes in Minneapolis in May.
 

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Elijah McClain, 23, was injected with the drug Ketamine during an arrest that led to his death in police custody in Denver last year.

Now medical experts are calling for police departments to end the practice of injecting people with powerful sedatives during police calls.

Some medical and legal experts say ketamine - or any form of sedative - should not be used to subdue someone in police custody in the field.

Tony Timpa, a 32-year-old Dallas man called police for help in August 2016. He said he was depressed and off his schizophrenia medication. During his encounter with police in a parking lot, Timpa cried out for help 30 times.

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Arriving medics gave him an injection of ketamine. Before he died, Timpa shouted repeatedly, "You're gonna kill me!"
 

50-year-old Jamie Britt in Mount Pleasant was reportedly "combative" during a drunk driving arrest last year. Arriving paramedics administered a shot of ketamine.

He was held down by police officers for 3-4 minutes, then became "unresponsive," according to an autopsy report. The medical examiner concluded the ketamine injection was the "proximate cause of death."

McClain's death in Colorado has drawn attention to the dangerous practice of using ketamine in the field to sedate people during police calls.

McClain was detained by three Aurora police officers after a resident called police on Aug. 24, 2019. McClain, a massage therapist, was walking home from a corner store. His family said he was anemic and wore ski masks to stay warm.

The officers determined McClain was "combative" and took him to the ground, while applying a neck restraint. McClain could be heard telling the officers he couldn't breathe on a body cam video.

A medic told officers that "when the ambulance gets here, we're going to go ahead and give him some ketamine," according to NBC News.

One of the officers responded, "Sounds good," and added that McClain appeared to be "on" something and he had "incredible strength."

An Aurora Fire and Rescue medic injected McClain with 500 milligrams of ketamine, according to the district attorney's report.

The coroner found that McClain's death was due to "undermined causes," and that he had marijuana and ketamine at a "therapeutic level" in his system.

"Although there is no evidence to support ketamine overdose," according to the coroner's report, the coroner "could not exclude the possibility that Mr. McClain suffered from an unexpected reaction to the drug."

"Why anyone would be giving ketamine in that circumstance is beyond me," said neuroscientist Carl Hart, chair of Columbia University's psychology department. "The major problem here is we should never be ordering any medication, and no one should be taking or given it against their will."

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A Miami-Dade County police officer was relieved of duty after he was caught on camera punching a Black woman during a heated encounter at Miami International Airport.

Antonio Clemente Rodriguez initially claimed the woman "headbutted" him before he subdued her and took her into custody. The charge and the woman's identity are unknown.

According to police, the woman complained loudly that she missed her flight and a ticket agent called police.

The video, which was uploaded to Facebook on Wednesday, shows a Black woman arguing with a masked cop. She then stepped into his personal space and said, "You acting like you white when you really Black... What you want to do?"

Rodriguez, who is mixed with Black and Puerto Rican, is seen punching the woman and restraining her on police body cam.
 

The president of the Miami-Dade County Police Benevolent Association defended Rodriguez in a statement. He said the woman was "clearly" the aggressor, and Rodriguez was merely defending himself when he struck her with an "open hand slap," which is referred to as a "diversionary strike".

"Clearly she was the aggressor. She was being asked to leave. She's being belligerent and she pushes her face right into his face," PBA President Steadman Stahl told the Miami Herald.

But after carefully reviewing the video, county officials condemned the officer's actions.

"I am shocked and angered by a body cam video that I just saw involving one of our officers," Miami-Dade police Director Alfredo Ramirez said in a statement on Twitter.

"I've immediately initiated an investigation and ordered that the involved officers be relieved of duty."

"This is appalling," Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giminez tweeted on Wednesday.

"It's excessive use of force and unnecessary. That's NOT what our @MiamiDadePD are trained to do. @MDPD_Director Ramirez has ordered the officer relieved of duty & investigation is underway. This is why I instituted body cameras & MDPD is reviewing all footage."

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The New York City Council voted overnight to slash $1 billion from the NYPD's spending budget. The council voted 32-17 to cut the police budget just after midnight Wednesday.

The council vote came in response to demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the money will be transferred from the NYPD budget to fund youth organizations in the city.

$350 million that would have been allocated for schools safety will be transferred to other city agencies.

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De Blasio was reportedly angry that the NYPD leaked his daughter's arrest information to a news media outlet last month. He said the leak was a violation of his daughter, Chiara's privacy.

The budget cuts will trim the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety or increase the crime wave the city is currently under.

Violent crime waves in the city have spiked, as murders, car theft, burglaries, and rapes are all up double digits since February.

"Today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today's budget agreement is one of necessity," Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote.

Occupy City Hall demonstrators and activists say the City Council's vote don't go far enough. They demand more police reforms.

"A $1 billion budget cut can't address the racism that runs rampant in the NYPD," said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

"We must send a clear message that it's not okay to kettle peaceful protesters, that it's not okay to place black and brown New Yorkers in a chokehold as they gasp for air."

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A viral video shows the moment when two Tampa police officers forcibly separated an emotionally disturbed mother from her 5 children.

The incident occurred on Saturday, June 27, on a downtown Tampa street. The woman and her 5 barefoot children were forcibly separated by the police as she clung to a toddler.

One of the officers held the woman against a fence as the other officer held another toddler while preventing the woman's sons from snatching their sister.

A bystander recorded a video that went viral on social media over the weekend. The Tampa police addressed the incident in a tweet.

"This afternoon around 12:40 p.m. near Ashley Dr. and Tyler St. in downtown Tampa, The Tampa Police Department responded to a call of a mother, in apparent distress walking in the street with her 5 children barefoot. One of our officers approached the mother offering to help,” the department tweeted.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, the mother was putting her barefoot children at risk.

"Officers intervened when the mother attempted to walk on the interstate out of concern for the safety of her and her children. Officers attempted to detain the mother for her safety after her repeated attempts to enter the interstate. While doing so, the children were not wanting to be separated from their mother. Officers were trying to prevent the children from being harmed while trying to detain the mother."

The mother was not arrested. She was transported to a hospital to undergo a psychological evaluation. The children were also taken to the hospital to be with their mother.
 


 

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A female police officer saved singer Mario's life during a tense encounter in Miami earlier this year.

Mario was nearly shot dead by Miami police officers -- until a female officer recognized him and ordered her colleagues to put their weapons down.

The "Let Me Love You" crooner told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six that, back in March, he was driving in Miami with a friend who has a license to carry a concealed gun, when his pal got into an argument with another man.

"(My friend) pulled out a gun and so did the other guy, so I got out to defuse the situation," Mario said, adding that his pal's baby daughter was in the back seat at the time.

"My boy got in his car, he put his gun in the armrest, and then he went to this building to use the bathroom and left the gun."

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Mario didn't realize a witness called the cops, who arrived at the scene when he was in the car - along with his friend's firearm.

"So I'm in the car; the gun's right there," he said, adding the child was still in the car. "Two cops came up to the car with their guns drawn, shouting. I forgot about the gun that was in the armrest, (so) when they asked me if there were any guns in the car, I said, 'No there's no guns in the car'."

According to the hitmaker, the officers drew down on him, their fingers on the triggers, until, "this lady cop appeared and was like, 'Wait, wait, wait. Aren't you Mario?' And I was like, 'Yeah.' But I forgot about being Mario at this point. I'm just like, 'Please don’t shoot me.'"

He said: "From there, she told the guys to put their guns down... So yes, I've experienced racism, but I've also experienced privilege as an artist... As an artist, I will say we do have privilege... Whether it is sports, entertainment, we see power in all these different spaces, but with that also comes privilege."

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Jennifer Lawrence is using her considerable star power to call for justice for Breonna Taylor, the Kentucky woman who was fatally shot in her bed by police officers in Louisville, KY.

Lawrence created a new Twitter account to call for the police officers who killed Taylor to be brought to justice.

Breonna, 26, was fatally shot multiple times in her own home in March after officers entered her house with a no-knock warrant, searching for a suspect who was already in custody.

The three cops allegedly involved have not been charged or suspended.

In only her second post on a new Twitter profile created this month, Jennifer wrote, "#SayHerName #BreonnaTaylor," above a powerful statement demanding Kentucky's Attorney General Daniel Cameron hold them accountable.

"For three months since her murder Breonna Taylor's family, the people of Louisville, Americans across the country, and many around the world have called out for justice," she said in a statement. "And yet, those calls have gone unanswered. No arrests have been made, the officers responsible for her death remain employed by the LMPD (Louisville Metro Police Department), and disturbingly, the LMPD's own investigation report was woefully inaccurate."

The 'Hunger Games' actress also condemned the "erasure" of black women, stating that it could not "continue in America."

She was likely referring to the fact that Black women are raped or killed with barely any attention given to their stories.

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Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard announced arrest warrants will be issued for two police officers involved in the shooting death of Rayshard Brooks.

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Brooks was gunned down as he fled on foot after struggling with two Atlanta police officers and pointing a police taser at one of them on June 12.

Brooks, 27, died from 2 gunshot wounds to the back, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner's Office.

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The officer who shot Brooks, Garrett Rolfe (pictured left), faces 11 charges, including felony murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Rolfe was fired on Saturday, June 13, after his superiors determined his use of deadly force was not justified.

Rolfe's partner, Devin Bronsan, was placed on desk duty.

Howard said there was plenty of evidence of wrongdoing. His office interviewed 10 eyewitnesses and collected 8 videos from police body cams, dash cam, Wendy's restaurant surveillance video and three cellphone videos. Physical evidence includes spent shell casings, ballistics, police tasers and 911 call logs.

"For 2 minutes and 12 seconds" there was no medical attention for Rayshard Brooks," Howard said during a press conference at the Fulton County courthouse on Wednesday.

Video shows former officer Rolfe calling out to Brooks, telling him to hold on as he administered CPR to the mortally wounded man.

Director Tyler Perry offered to pay Brooks' funeral expenses as well as provide college scholarships for his four children.
 

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Tip "T.I." Harris had a strong reaction to a viral video that shows a Clayton County police officer holding 5 Black teens at gunpoint.

The incident happened on Monday night in Clayton County, Georgia after police received a 911 call about a group of teenagers who allegedly robbed a convenience store while waving a gun.

Clayton PD released audio of the 911 call to the local news media. In the 911 call, the clerk tells the dispatcher the boys appeared to be fighting in the parking lot.

According to 11 Alive News, an officer arrived within minutes and was told the direction that the boys ran in.

Body camera footage shows a group of Black teens on foot. He got out of his police cruiser and pointed his service weapon at them.

"Stop! All of y'all stop! Get your hands up! Up! Walk toward me," he shouted at the teens. "Get your hands up or you're going to get hurt... Just relax. Please, I don't want to hurt any of y'all."

The incident was captured on cellphone video and quickly went viral.

Someone is heard saying, "Please, sir. They kids. Don't shoot."

"Why you got a gun out?" another person shouted.

"Because I'm being safe," the officer responded.

When backup units arrived, an officer searched the boys and recovered a BB gun from one of them.

T.I. was irate after viewing the video on Tuesday.

"Why don't we ever see little white kids being held at gunpoint?" the "ASAP" rapper asked.

Other activists and community leaders called for the cop's immediate termination.

A protest march is scheduled for Wednesday.
 

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A video recorded by an emotionally troubled police officer has gone viral online. The female officer -- who has been dubbed "Officer Karen" on social media -- appears to meltdown in a McDonald's drive thru after not receiving an English muffin with her order.

The Caucasian officer said she pulled into a McDonald's drive-thru after working a long shift. The hungry officer ordered an English muffin meal and a cup of coffee.

She said an employee asked her to pull forward and wait for her order. An employee then came out with the cup of coffee, but, apparently, the muffin wasn't ready.

Through tears, the officer said she told the employee to forget about the muffin because she was afraid an employee would put something in her food.

There have been many reports of fast food workers lacing police orders with non-edible items or flat out refusing to serve the police.

Some social media users sympathized with the officer. They recounted their own trips to McDonald's that ended badly when a food item was left off their order. But none could recall crying over the missing item.

Hopefully the officer will be placed on desk duty while she seeks therapy for her apparent emotional problems.
 

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Video of a police shooting outside a South Carolina Walmart was released on Monday -- seven months after Ariane Lamont McCree, 28, was shot dead by a police officer.

Two officers responded to a call about a shoplifter at a Chester Walmart in November 2019. When police arrived, McCree, who was handcuffed by a store security guard, had escaped and was making his way through the parking lot trying to find his car.

McCree's hands were still cuffed behind his back when he was shot dead by a police officer.

The shooting sparked public protests and calls for the officers to be fired.

The Post and Courier newspaper obtained the video footage through an Open Records request.

The video, which has no audio, shows McCree coming out from behind a car when the officer fired three times from at least 8 car lengths away.

The officer approached McCree and appears to remove a gun from the front of McCree's waistband.

The attorney general determined the officers -- Nicholas Harris and Justin Baker -- had acted in self-defense -- despite the fact that McCree's hands were cuffed behind his back and the gun was found in his front waistband.

The police have not yet explained how McCree could have reached the gun with his hands cuffed behind his back.

"Do they think people are stupid enough to believe a story that ridiculous?" writes Nicole Marie on YouTube.com.

"So he was going to his car HANDCUFFED to get a gun he already had then come back in the store walking backwards with the gun pointed to shoot someone???" writes YouTube user Kenneth Stone.
 

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San Francisco police will no longer respond to neighbor disputes, road rage disputes, school discipline calls, or other non-criminal calls, ABC7 reports.

The change is part of police reform efforts in response to nationwide calls by Black Lives Matter to defund police departments after widely publicized deaths of unarmed Black men at the hands of police.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed released her police reform plan Thursday morning.

Under the new proposal, uniformed officers will no longer respond to non-criminal calls. They will be replaced by "trained and non-armed professionals" who will attempt to resolve the dispute.

The mayor's office said her plan will help lessen the response of armed officers to San Francisco schools or neighbor disputes.

As part of the mayor's plan, military-style AR-15 weapons will be banned in the police dept., as well as tear gas, bayonets and tanks.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said he does not support Black Lives Matter-LA's demand to defund the police department's $1.8 billion operating budget by 90%.

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President Trump said some police chokeholds may be necessary in a dangerous situation. Trump made the remark in an exclusive interview with Harris Faulkner that aired on Fox News Friday.

Trump said "the concept of chokeholds sounds so innocent, so perfect."

He added that police restraints should "generally" be banned, but may be needed in dangerous situations. "If a police officer is in bad scuffle and he's got somebody... you have to be careful," Trump said.

He said he might make "very strong recommendations" to local authorities.

Police chokeholds have been banned in Louisville, Kentucky and in Minneapolis, Minnesota where George Floyd was killed in police custody.

Floyd, 46, died after a white police officer knelt on his neck and back for nearly 9 minutes.

Eric Garner died in New York in 2014 after a police officer put him in a chokehold during an arrest for selling loose cigarettes on the street. The cop who killed Garner was fired from the NYPD in 2019.

Ramsey Orta, the man who filmed the deadly encounter on his cellphone in 2014, was released from jail on May 28, 2020.
 

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Seattle, Washington police chief Carmen Best apologized to her police officers for abandoning the city's East Precinct located inside the Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ) in the Capitol Hill neighborhood that was taken over by Antifa anarchists.

Protesters chased the police out of the East Precinct and caused some damage to the building during their occupation of a 6-block area of Seattle. An order was given to police to abandon the precinct. But Chief Best said that order did not come from her.

"You should know, leaving the police precinct was not my decision," the somber police chief said during a 3-minute message to her police officers. "It seems like an insult to you," she said, before adding that city leaders "had other plans for the building."

She noted that "armed people" are patrolling the neighborhood and police response times for major crimes such as murder and rape have tripled to an average of 18 minutes.

"This is very concerning, especially because we don't know who these people are," she added.

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The protesters said they will continue to occupy CHAZ until their demands are met. Those demands include releasing inmates and abolishing police and the courts system.

Capitol Hill residents complain that Mayor Jenny Durkan and Governor Jay Inslee are protecting the protesters and not taking the city's occupation seriously.

Earlier this week, Gov. Inslee made light of the situation, saying he knew nothing about an Antifa takeover in his state.

Durkan referred to her city's takeover as "patriotism" and she compared the rallies inside the autonomous zone to a "gay pride parade."

President Trump called on Washington lawmakers to put an end to the occupation of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, or else.

Trump said the city or the state has to do something about it, or he will step in and do something about it.

All three major networks have ignored Antifa's occupation of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood.
 

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Amazon has resisted calls to ban "Blue Lives Murder" merchandise from its website. Amazon says it has a policy against the sale of "offensive and controversial materials," but the "Blue Lives Murder" merchandise is still for sale.

"Blue Lives Murder" t-shirts depicts a law enforcement officer clubbing people with his nightstick. The merchandise enraged law enforcement officials who say they are canceling their Amazon Prime subscriptions.

According to SaraCarter.com, the following email exchange between an Amazon employee and a customer was posted on Facebook.com:

The customer service response: "Let me check. We stand in solidarity with our Black employees, customers, and communities, and are committed to helping build a country and world where everyone can live with dignity and free from fear. As a part of that effort, Amazon will donate a total of $10 million to organizations that are working to bring about social justice and improve the lives of Black and African Americans. For more information, please visit the Amazon Day One blog."

Customer: "Okay, so I'm going to take that as you don't support our law enforcement. Thanks for letting me know. I'll be sure to spread the world."