That’s because Doucette uses his weekly check on America’s legal system to detail cases of abuse by police forces against the very people they’re sworn to protect. He never lacks for material, and his 30-minute update often runs to 70 or 80 minutes.
It took less than 40 seconds for a mundane conversation about a broken taillight to turn deadly.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has released police dashcam footage of the fatal shooting of Philando Castile mere days after a jury acquitted Officer Jeronimo Yanez of all charges. Jurors viewed the video several times during Yanez's manslaughter trial but few people had ever seen the footage outside of the courtroom. The shooting made national headlines after Castille’s fiance, Diamond Reynolds, live-streamed the bloody aftermath on Facebook. According to Reynolds, Castille told the officer he had a firearm he was licensed to carry. The officer shot him as he reached into his pocket for his wallet and identification.
A proposed agreement between the city of Ferguson, Missouri, and the U.S. Justice Department announced in late January was designed to address racially-biased policing in the aftermath of the 2014 shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager. However, the city’s rejection of the agreement means that the city now faces a lawsuit from the Justice Department.
When five protesters were shot at a peaceful demonstration organized by Black Lives Matter and the NAACP in Minneapolis on November 24, the perpetrators were quickly identified with white supremacist views and organizations. Yet Hennepin County declined to charge them with hate crimes. The lead gunman, 23-year-old Allen “Lance” Scarsella, has been released on bail, despite video evidence created by Scarsella and his associates showing Scarsella using racial slurs and threatening to “cause commotion” at the protest.
In January 2015, the Los Angeles Police Department announced that it would order 3,000 of Taser’s X26P smart weapons, which “record the date, time and duration of firing, and whether Taser wires actually strike suspects and how long the thousands of volts of electricity pulse through them,” as reported by Reuters.
This follows a December announcement in which Mayor Eric Garcetti stated the LAPD would begin to utilize body cameras in areas with high crime and police activity. "I want to make sure LAPD is on the cutting edge when it comes to crime suppression and constitutional policing," said Garcetti.