#blacklivesmatter Archive

Though crime happens everywhere, predictive policing tools send cops to poor/black neighborhoods

Researchers from the Human Rights Data Analysis Group (previously) obtained a copy of the Predpol predictive policing system that police departments around America have spent a fortune on in order to find out where to set their patrols, and fed it Oakland’s 2010 arrest data, then asked it to predict where the crime would be in 2011. Predpol munged the arrest data, then …

Black voter registration is inversely correlated with black death at police hands

Correlation is not causation, and the data-set is awfully small (39 incidents), but computational epidemiologist Maimuna Majumder is working with what’s available, because the federal government won’t fund research into gun fatalities, and does not require states to gather data on police use of force. Majumder says that multivariate linear regression showed that a black person’s likelihood of being shot by the …

El Cajon police say unarmed black man pointed vape at officer before he was shot to death

Alfred Okwera Olango, who was black, was fatally shot by police in El Cajon, California on Tuesday. Police in the San Diego suburb city say the 38 year old Ugandan immigrant pointed a vape pen or e-cigarette device at them, before police shot the man to death. Officers were responding to a call of a man behaving erratically, and walking in traffic. Olango’s friends …

Serena Williams on police killings of black Americans: "I won’t be silent"

The world’s greatest living tennis player wrote something on Facebook today about police killings of unarmed black Americans. Today I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he’s black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safteyfirst. In the distance I saw cop on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if …

Cops pepper-spray 15-year-old girl who fell off her bike

This is very sad and infuriating. A 15-year-old girl from Hagerstown, Maryland was riding her bike and collided with a car. When police arrived they told her an ambulance was going to take her to the hospital. She didn’t want to go. She got back on her bike, but before she could get away, an officer grabbed her from behind. The next thing you know, …

Video released of Tulsa police fatally shooting unarmed black man Terence Crutcher

WARNING: The video in this post is graphic and documents a violent death. In Tulsa, Oklahoma, police have released video that shows a white police officer shooting and killing an unarmed black man. In the video, Terence Crutcher can be seen raising his hands above his head. “The incident started as a response to a call of a stalled vehicle …

Oklahoma woman, 84 and black, pepper-sprayed in the face by police in her home

Police in Oklahoma pepper-sprayed an 84-year-old black woman in the face, inside her home. Ms. Geneva Smith of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was pepper-sprayed in the face by police in her own home. Two Muskogee police officers entered her house to arrest her grandson, Arthur Paul Blackman, after he ran a stop sign. The car was not registered to Mr. Blackman, later investigation revealed.  …

How racist traffic stops criminalize black people, and what to do about it

When Philando Castile was killed by a Minneapolis cop after a traffic stop, we learned that he had been stopped 46 times before and had been fined for driving without a license. Castile isn’t the only black man in America to be subjected to multiple stops, nor to multiple fines — including fines and stops for failing to pay fines, resulting …