State not pressing charges against teen tased by FHP trooper

The State Attorney’s Office will not be filing charges against a teenager who was tased by a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in Lee County in June. Jack Rodeman, 16, was arrested and placed in juvenile detention after trooper George Smyrnios followed Rodeman to the house of the teen’s girlfriend in Three Oaks and tased him […]

Teen tased by trooper released from juvenile detention, recovering from injuries

A teenager tased and arrested by an FHP trooper says he feared for his life. The use of force was caught on a surveillance camera earlier this month and has been seen by thousands. Sixteen-year-old Jack Rodeman was tased as he stood outside of his girlfriend’s home, where he had permission to be, in Lee […]

‘I’m scared’: AP obtains video of deadly arrest of Black man

Louisiana state troopers can be seen on a dark roadside stunning, punching and dragging a Black man as he apologizes for leading them on a high-speed chase — body camera video of the moments leading up to the man’s death that The Associated Press obtained after authorities refused to release it for two years. “I’m […]

Judge postpones trial for 3 ex-cops charged in Floyd’s death

The trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged with aiding and abetting in the death of George Floyd will be pushed back to March 2022, a judge ruled Thursday. Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou Thao were scheduled to face trial Aug. 23 on charges they aided and abetted both murder and manslaughter. The […]

4 ex-cops indicted on US civil rights charges in Floyd death

A federal grand jury has indicted the four former Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd’s arrest and death, accusing them of willfully violating the Black man’s constitutional rights as he was restrained face-down on the pavement and gasping for air. A three-count indictment unsealed Friday names Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, J. Kueng and Tou […]

Jimmy Carter’s charity urges ‘painful but necessary reflection’ after Rayshard Brooks’ death in Atlanta

Former President Jimmy Carter’s charity on Tuesday said “America must come to grips with its long history of systemic racism” in a forceful statement following the fatal shooting last week of a black man by an Atlanta police officer and weeks of protests against racial injustice and police brutality across the nation. “The death of yet another African American […]

Sen. Tim Scott not sure there will ever be a law establishing use of force standard

Republican Sen. Tim Scott said Sunday that he’s “not sure we’re going to ever codify in law a use of force standard,” as Congress works to tackle police reform legislation. “I think it’s really difficult to establish a codified in law standard for use of force,” Scott, who represents South Carolina, said on NBC when asked if […]

‘Cops’ canceled amid debate about policing

After more than 30 years patrolling the airwaves, “Cops” has been canceled, with a spokesperson for Paramount Network stating that it has no “current or future plans for it to return.” The verite police show, which originated on Fox in 1989, had been pulled days before its scheduled season premiere, an action that came amid […]