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Man Shoots at Intruders, Turns Out it was a No-Knock Raid. Now He Faces the Death Penalty. On Friday, May 9, 2014, just after 5:30am in Killeen, Texas, Marvin Louis Guy was the target of a no knock raid. The officers were looking for drugs, yet none were found in the home. There was some questionable paraphernalia, but nothing indicative of drug dealing- or anything damning enough for a reasonable person to feel the need to take an officers life. Unfortunately the danger of no-knock raids is real. just ask the parents of baby Bou or the family of Detective Dinwiddie. Detective Dinwiddie was one of the SWAT officers who broke into Guy’s house on May 9th, based on a seemingly bogus informant tip off about drugs being dealt from the home.

Likely alarmed by the men climbing through his windows at 5:30 in the morning, Guy and his wife sought to protect themselves and their property and fired on the intruders- in self defense. Dinwiddie, along with three other officers were shot while attempting to breach the windows to the home, according to the department’s press release. St. Louis suburb funds itself by increasing nuisance ticketing on black homes by 495 percent: lawsuit.

A small suburb of St. Louis where 95 percent of residents are black has allegedly found a new source of revenue by increasing municipal citations by 495 percent since 2010, a lawsuit claimed this week. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the Institute for Justice’s office filed a lawsuit seeking class action status this week against the city of Pagedale. The lawsuits accuses Pagedale of “an unprecedented governmental intrusion into the homes of its residents” for issuing tickets for things like barbecuing in the front yard, drinking beer too close to the grill and even saggy pants. In some cases, residents said that Pagedale officials threatened to demolish their homes, even though the city admitted that the homes were only a nuisance and presented no public safety threat.

Valarie Whitner and Vincent Blount told the paper that they were forced to take out a payday to pay $1,810 in fines. Pagedale city attorney Sam Alton insisted that the fines were for the good of community. Black Police Chief Makes Community Policing Work...Then Gets Fired. USHRN15.pdf. Racism in the United States: By the Numbers. Here’s the Data That Shows Cops Kill Black People at a Higher Rate Than White People. Protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, August 2014 Raffe Lazarian/ZUMA Wire/ZUMA Since a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, one month ago, reporters and researchers have scrambled to find detailed data on how often cops wound or kill civilians. What they've uncovered has been frustratingly incomplete: Perhaps not surprisingly, law enforcement agencies don't keep very good stats on incidents that turn deadly.

In short, it's a mystery exactly how many Americans are shot by the police every year. However, as I and others have reported, there is some national data out there. . • The Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting program records that 410 people were killed in justifiable homicides by police in 2012. . • The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that between 2003 and 2009 there were more than 2,900 arrest-related deaths involving law enforcement. This leaves much room for interpretation. Minority kids impacted by zero-tolerance laws.

A year ago, Kyle Thompson was a soft-spoken, 115 pound, football-playing freshman whose tug-of-war with a teacher over 'the hit list," a note about kids he wanted to tackle on the field, landed him in handcuffs and ultimately led to his expulsion. He's still soft spoken, but after eight months on house arrest and self-imposed isolation from friends, he's grown. He's taller, heavier. And there's a subtle resolve in his voice now. The Farmington, Michigan, teen said his brush with a zero-tolerance discipline law aged him, made him a man. In 2009, the Lauderdale County Juvenile Detention Facility in Meridian was the target of a federal class-action lawsuit by the Southern Poverty Law Center that alleged children and teens were subjected to "shockingly inhumane" treatment, the center said.

The alleged mistreatment included youngsters being "crammed into small, filthy cells and tormented with the arbitrary use of Mace as a punishment for even the most minor infractions. He's young. Newly Elected Black Mayor Locked Out Of City Hall By Police - UPDATED. <a class="icopyright-article-tools-noscript" href=" target="_blank" title="Main menu of all reuse options"><img height="25" width="27" border="0" align="bottom" alt="[Reuse options]" src=" Click here for reuse options! </a> Earlier this week, news surfaced that the election of an African-American mayor had had prompted police officers in Parma, Missouri to resign in protest. Today's news from Kinloch, Missouri is much, much more disturbing. Betty McCray was not only prevented from entering city hall, she was also told she’d been impeached before she got a chance to start.McCray ran for mayor in the April 7 election and won.

“I won. One of the hallmarks of our democracy has been the ability to honor election results and peacefully transfer power to the newly-elected administration, whether it be mayor or president. This is not how democracy works. . ↓ Story continues below ↓