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Lawsuit: Tacoma cop at mall threw teen girl around ‘like a child’s doll’ | The Seattle Times

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By Christine Clarridge, Seattle Times staff reporter

Even though Monique Tillman, now 17, knew what had happened to her during an encounter with a Tacoma police officer in a mall parking lot two years ago, seeing the video for the first time was staggering.

“I was absolutely in shock, anger and disbelief,” said Tillman, who is black, about the video that shows the white officer pulling her around by her hair, throwing her to the ground, tasing and arresting her.

Monique Tillman  (Courtesy of Vito De La Cruz / )

Monique Tillman (Courtesy of Vito De La Cruz / )

“I feel like I was targeted because I am a person of color,” she said. “It was frustrating because I knew I didn’t do anything wrong, but I couldn’t stop them.”

Tillman filed a lawsuit in Pierce County Superior Court seeking unspecified damages from the officer, the private security firm he worked for and the owners of the mall. The officer couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday, while the other parties declined to comment.

The suit is being filed at a time of rising pressure on police departments to increase officer accountability for the use of force, and amid a burgeoning Black Lives Matter movement that emerged after a series of killings of black people by white police officers in cities across the country.

In Seattle, community members most recently questioned police actions in the death of Che Taylor, a black man who was fatally shot by white officers in Wedgwood in February.

Tillman was 15 years old on May 24, 2014, when she and her brother dropped off some clothes at a consignment shop, had a meal at McDonald’s and then headed home at about 5 p.m., cutting through the Tacoma Mall parking lot near their house, her attorney said. Read the rest of this entry

How To Fix The Broken Police Culture

Police culture. The first time I heard that term was in an article written by Brian Willis titled “7 reasons the police culture is broken (and how to fix it)”, published on policeone.com. Brian Willis is Deputy Executive Director for the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), He was once a full time police officer from 1979 to 2004 with the Calgary Police Service. He also has a website.

chokeNot long ago, a friend and I talked about the hiring and training of police. We spoke about the draft. You might ask, what does the draft have to do with the police?  My son served 12 years in the Armed Forces. He worked and attended college before joining the military.  When his second enlistment was completed, he received letters from law enforcement agencies. Some were local and others were from other states. There was active recruitment of military personnel to apply for positions in law enforcement and border patrol. My son was not a combat enlistment, but the recruitment letters for “combat veterans” kept coming.

In wars before Viet Nam, the enemy was easily recognizable by uniform. It was army against army.  In wars since then, and particularly starting with Persian Gulf II, the enemy can look like, and can be, a civilian.

Rather than wars being country against country, it is “them against us.” Read the rest of this entry

Prosecutors To Dismiss Charges Against UVA Student Martese Johnson

The Chicago Defender

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Prosecutors will drop charges against the University of Virginia student who was arrested and bloodied by ABC agents in March, NBC12 reports.

The Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney will ask a judge to dismiss the charges against Martese Johnson, the third-year honor student who was arrested outside a popular bar while celebrating St. Patrick?s Day. The arrest stemmed from a discrepancy with Johnson?s valid state identification card.

According to NBC12:

Court documents obtained by NBC12 showed a review of the facts in the March 18 arrest of Martese Johnson found ?the interest of justice is not served by further prosecution of the defendant.? Prosecutors will ask for an order of Nolle Prosequi, which means they will not go forward with charges at this time.

?In the Commonwealth?s view, the interest of justice and the long term interest of the community are best served by taking…

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