In a private Facebook group called the Pittsburgh Area Police Breakroom, many current and retired officers spent the year criticizing chiefs who took a knee or officers who marched with Black Lives Matter protesters, whom they called “terrorists” or “thugs.” They made transphobic posts and bullied members who supported anti-police brutality protesters or Joe Biden in a forum billed as a place officers can “decompress, rant, share ideas.”
Many of the deluge of daily posts were jokes about the hardships of being officers, memorials to deceased colleagues or conversations about training and equipment. But over the group’s almost four-year existence, a few dozen members became more vocal with posts that shifted toward pro-Donald Trump memes and harsh criticism of anyone perceived to support so-called “demoncrats,” Black Lives Matter or coronavirus safety measures.
The family of a Russian man who suffered a seizure on a plane arriving into JFK alleges he wound up dead after cops at the airport responded to the “disoriented” traveler by punching, pepper-spraying and then sitting on him, according to a new lawsuit.
Grigory Tikhoplav filed the Manhattan Supreme Court suit against the Port Authority on Friday over the death of his son, Evgeniy Lagoda, on April 12, 2019.
Lagoda — an engineer who didn’t speak any English — was coming into JFK on a JetBlue flight from Moscow for work when he had a seizure on the plane, according to the suit.
Studies have found that Black drivers are far more likely to be stopped by police than white drivers are. Not only that, but once they are stopped, Black people are searched nearly twice as often as white drivers, and the searches are less likely to yield illegal drugs and other contraband than searches of white drivers.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota said it had "deep concerns that police here appear to have used dangling air fresheners as an excuse for making a pretextual stop, something police do all too often to target Black people."
"While we are waiting to learn more, we must reiterate that police violence and killings of people of color must end, as must the over-policing and racial profiling that are endemic to our white supremacist system of policing," it said.