Support for Police Reform Increasing in North Carolina

(Pasquotank, NC) Andrew Brown was fatally shot by police on April 21st. Brown was killed in his car by deputies who were serving a warrant for his arrest. Since the shooting, protestors have gathered in the streets of Elizabeth City everyday for the past 40 nights. Since the shooting of Andrew Brown, North Carolina residents […]

No Progress on National Police Reform Since George Floyd’s Murder

It has been one year since George Floyd’s murder by a police officer and little progress has been made in national police reform. President Joe Biden and the Democratic-controlled Congress are facing increasing pressure this week from Black civil rights leaders who say federal lawmakers have made little progress with police reform. Activists say they […]

Washington State Signs Multiple Police Reform Bills into Law

Washington state Governor, Jay Inslee, signed a dozen police reforms bills into law on Tuesday, May 18th. The legislature passed the police accountability measures in response to sweeping calls, nationally and locally, to reform policing following the killings of Black Americans like George Floyd and Breonna Taylor. In Washington, the death of Manuel Ellis at […]

Teenager with Disabilities Assaulted by Police

Adam Wolf says his son, a 17-year old with autism and ADHD, was assaulted by a Californian officer. The officer was responding to a report of a possible assault and believed Wolf’s son was the suspect. “The officer asked the suspect to sit down, which he did. When the police officer took out his handcuffs, […]

Maryland police reform measure would repeal police legal protections

Maryland Capitol Building

In 1974 Maryland enacted the state’s Law Enforcement Officers Bill of Rights. This protects police officers from investigation and prosecution from their work conduct. This is a common police protection in many states. One of the police reforms bills proposed in Maryland would repeal this law. Police reform advocates are advocating for a new model […]

Police Targeting and Killing Minority Groups in Israel

Iyad Hallaq Mural Painting

Iyad al-Hallaq was a 31-year-old Palestinian with autism when he was fatally shot by Israel police. Hallaq was unarmed and his peers called him harmless. The shooting was so disturbing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a tragedy and Defense Minister Benny Gantz issued an apology. Despite this, no charges has been set against the […]

Police officers throwing disabled man out of his wheelchair

Cape Town police officer throwing man in wheelchair onto the ground

There was protest outside the Cape Town police station. During the protest, Cape Town metro police were caught on video tossing a disabled man out of his wheelchair after a verbal altercation with him. An officer proceeded to kick the disabled man while he was on the ground. Afterwards the officers destroyed the wheelchair. No […]

Police Officer Mistreating people with disabilities

Jesse Hewitt Threatening Civilian with Taser

Jesse Hewitt is an Ottawa police officer who faces 10 disciplinary charges. Hewitt is charged with recording six women and photographing one man “for unauthorized purposes,” several of whom were in police custody for mental health. In addition, Hewitt distributed photographs and video recordings of people in custody with other members of the Ottawa Police […]

NYPD officer allowed to keep pension after murdering son

Thomas Valva

Michael Valva was apart of the NYPD before he resigned. Michael resigned 9 months after being charged with murder for his son Thomas (charges still pending). Thomas is eight years old and diagnosed with autism. “Nassau County Supreme Court Justice Hope Schwartz Zimmerman without due process or supporting evidence against Ms. Zubko-Valva, gave custody of […]

Police Killing of man with psychiatric disability ruled justified

(Ontario, Canada) Abdirahman Abdi was a 37 year old black man with a disability when he was approached by police. He was beaten and pepper-sprayed by a officer and left head-down in a pool of blood for over 10 minutes. He died shortly after paramedics took him to the hospital. The Ontario police officer was […]