🦄 Investigative, Prison

Harris County Jail Crisis in Houston, Texas Kills Dozens

The Harris County Jail is the third-largest jail in the U.S. and the largest jail in Texas. Located in Houston, it also confines the most people with mental illness in the state. Despite its complicated history, the public is largely unaware of the myriad issues at the jail. This report covers how the massive backlog of felony cases and pretrial detention contribute to the deaths of dozens of detainees amid overcrowding, medical crises, and a lack of mental health services.

🦄 Community, Police

Supporting Victims and Reinvestigating Police Crimes: Communities United Against Police Brutality

Since its founding, CUAPB has acted as a clearinghouse for scrutiny of Minnesota law enforcement. The nonprofit has organized police oversight pushes, streets copwatch programs, a 24-hour hotline, and an online database of police officer complaints, among dozens of other projects. And their efforts are ever-expanding – the group recently formed the Stolen Lives Justice Fund, a new Reinvestigations Workgroup and a Data Practices Workgroup. 

🦄 Police, Racism & Far-Right

Denver Rallies in Solidarity with Breonna Taylor

Denver, CO – Protests filled city streets all across the country Wednesday night, including in Denver, where hundreds rallied at the Colorado State Capitol and then marched throughout downtown. Earlier in the day, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) announced that no charges would be…

🦄 Police
Justice for Kobe Heisler sign held up during demo

Kobe Heisler Remembered One Year After Being Killed by Police

Minneapolis, MN – More than a hundred people gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center on Monday, August 31, to honor the life of Kobe Dimock-Heisler on the one year anniversary of his death. Kobe, a 21-year-old autistic man, was unarmed when he was shot…

🦄 Police

Jeep Drives Through Protesters on I-225 in Aurora, No Charges Filed

Aurora, CO — On Saturday evening during the rally and march for justice for Elijah McClain and in solidarity with Portland, a teal Jeep drove through the massive crowd on the northbound side of Interstate 225. The Jeep narrowly missed fleeing protesters, causing one person…

🦄 Police
Straight Pride

Homophobic Stunts in Boston Part of Long-Term Far-Right Pattern

Boston, MA – More than 100 right-wing demonstrators flocked to an August 2019 event promoted as a “Straight Pride Parade” and described more recently as a “white nationalist” gathering by the mayor of a Boston suburb.
Super Happy Fun America (SHFA), the group organizing these…

🦄 Police

Police, Trump Supporters Clash with Anti-Trump Protesters in Minneapolis

Minneapolis, MN – Police used pepper spray and horses to violently disperse anti-Trump protesters from around the streets of the Target Center on Thursday night. Many thousands were in attendance at the Trump rally in Minneapolis with additional thousands out in the streets protesting Trump’s…

🦄 Police

Justin Teigen Matters: Ten Years Later

St. Paul, MN – At the age of 24, Justin Teigen took his last breath in 2009 following an encounter with Saint Paul Police Officers. Multiple narratives have tried to explain the chain of events that resulted in Teigen’s body being found at a recycling…

🦄 Police

Greek Police Attack Anarchists After Demo for Victims of 1973 Student Uprising

Athens, Greece – Greek riot police attacked an anarchist contingent as they dispersed from an annual November 17 commemoration for the second year in a row. Hours of clashes followed massive demonstrations commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Athens Polytechnic Uprising, a student uprising against…

🦄 Community, Police

Families of Police Victims Create Community Amidst Tragedy

Roseville, MN – Over a dozen family members of loved ones killed by police graced a packed banquet in remembrance of Cordale Handy on Saturday, March 18, 2018. At the Radisson Hotel in Roseville, Minnesota, a suburb of St. Paul, around 100 people came out to…

🦄 Police

Denver Police Shoot and Kill Two People in Past Five Days

Denver, CO – Since August 27th, Denver Police Department (DPD) officers have shot and killed two individuals in separate incidents.
In both officer-involved shootings, police visited a home attempting to pick up someone with warrants. When the individual tried to flee, police responded by escalating…