By Rob Evans
Police asked a university to hand over a list of members of the public who were due to attend a public debate on its campus.
Canterbury Christ Church University, which had invited experts to debate the merits of fracking in an open forum, refused to hand over the list, and the police request has drawn sharp criticism, with one of the panellists branding it deplorable. (more…)
By Elizabeth Miller
Nation of Change
During a march through Oakland and Berkeley on Wednesday, an undercover cop posing as one of the demonstrators drew his gun on the protestors. During the demonstration the officer and his partner were outed by the crowed, resulting in at least one officer drawing his weapon and making arrests.
Accounts, according to tweets from Storify and a news report from NBC, vary, with the officer claiming he pulled his gun after being attacked, but witnesses claiming punches were thrown after the gun was already drawn. (more…)
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World famous musician John Legend and his wife, model and food blogger Chrissy Teigen, decided to bring out trucks full of free food for protesters against police brutality in New York City.
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that he though demonstrations over the Eric Garner and Ferguson Grand Jury decisions would quickly dissipate. In his words, he said they would “peter out,” within a day or two. (more…)
Thousands of people in New York and other US cities protested for a third night against the use of lethal force by police against minorities, as prosecutors pledged to consider charges against an officer in the killing of an unarmed black man last month.
The killing of 28-year-old Akai Gurley, who was gunned down in November by a police officer in a darkened public housing stairwell in Brooklyn, is the latest in an avalanche of deadly police actions across the country which many deem racially-biased.
Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said Friday he will convene a grand jury to consider possible charges against Peter Liang, who shot Gurley. Police there have said Liang may have accidentally discharged his gun. At a news conference Friday, the president of the advocacy group BK Nation, Kevin Powell, called the shooting the latest in a “series of modern-day lynchings.”