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#EndSARS: The Federal Government compensates 74 victims of police abuse with N289 million

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74 victims of human rights violations perpetrated by the former Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Nigerian Police Force have been awarded a total of N289 million in compensation by the Federal Government of Nigeria as part of the #EndSARS campaign (NPF). A presentation of checks to the victims was placed at the headquarters of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in Abuja. The chairperson of the board expressed gratitude to those individuals who had filed complaints with the Independent Investigative Panel on Human Rights Violations concerning the prohibited SARS and other police units. She thanked them for having faith in the country's human rights mechanisms and for diligently presenting and pursuing their cases in front of the panel. She gave her word to the people of Nigeria that the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), which is an independent institution, will continue to carry out its duties as outlined in the National Human Rights Commission Act. These duti

Ex-policeman sentenced to life in prison for murdering football fan

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Justice Adenike Coker of the Lagos High Court in Ikeja found former police officer Olalekan Ogunyemi guilty of first-degree murder on Thursday and gave him a life sentence for the death of football fan Kolade Johnson. On March 31, 2019, at a viewing centre in Mangoro, Ikeja, Lagos, Ogunyemi, who was affiliated with the Special Anti-Cultism Squad of the Nigeria Police, shot Johnson in the lower abdomen. The incident took place in a viewing centre. When the victim was shot by the convicted murderer, he was in the process of watching a football game between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. While he was delivering judgement in case no. ID/9776C/2019 between the State of Lagos and Ogunyemi Olalekan, Justice Coker found the defendant guilty of the charge. So, the defendant was given a life sentence in prison, with the requirement that he serve at least 25 years before he could be released. On Thursday, when the issue was reopened for hearing, the prosecution counsel for Lagos State, Jubril K

A Melanin Community Activist Sues the Cleveland Police Department in Federal Court, Alleging an Unlawful Arrest!

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A Cleveland activist who was arrested for openly carrying weapons on the East Side of the city has sued the city and more than a dozen police officers in federal court. The complaint filed on Monday says that the city broke Antoine Tolbert's civil rights when he was arrested and put in jail overnight on May 23, 2022. In Ohio, open carry of weapons is permitted. As he strolled along St. Clair Avenue, Tolbert carried a shotgun and a pistol in holsters. He is a member of the local activist group New Era Cleveland, which does armed security patrols to stop gun violence. He has also talked to classes of police cadets about how Cleveland police work. The incident's body camera video reveals that the initial cops on the scene did not arrest the suspect, with one officer stating that an arrest was "a lawsuit waiting to happen." However, when Lance Henderson, a sergeant, arrives, he decides to arrest Tolbert. Henderson informed an officer on the scene, "He cannot go down

Officer who murdered Donovan Lewis in Columbus was already terminated.

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The Columbus Division of Police released the employee records of an officer who killed an unarmed melanin man. The records showed that the officer had been fired and then hired back.  Officer Ricky Anderson's record was released three days after the funeral of Donovan Lewis, 20, whom he fatally shot. In Anderson's most recent performance assessments from 2020 and 2019, his superiors said that he surpassed expectations in practically every area. These included communication, reliability, understanding of the work, problem-solving, and officer safety. In addition, Supervising Sgt. Steve Redding observed that the 30-year veteran of the police "often volunteers for additional SWAT operations." "Pfc. Anderson is always aware of his surroundings for his own safety and the safety of others, even when things are hard or stressful," Redding wrote.  Nonetheless, the 2019 assessment also recognised a problem in the topic of work knowledge, stating that Anderson "t

Lagos Police Spokesman: 'I'm Not Proud To Be A Cop' After Seeing Caucasian Cops

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In the footage, three Caucasian officers from Crawford, Arkansas can be seen brutally punching a guy they had previously subdued. Benjamin Hundeyin, the ever-vibrant spokesman of the Lagos State Police Command, claims he is not proud to be a police officer after seeing a video depicting the activities of Caucasian police officers. This was posted on Hundeyin's verified Twitter account on Tuesday morning. He is very professional and dedicated to his job. He interacts with the public often and in a friendly way through social media. In the video, three Caucasian police officers from Crawford, Arkansas are shown repeatedly pounding a guy they have previously subdued, in a manner reminiscent of jungle justice.  By retweeting a user's video tweet, the Lagos police spokesperson seemed to be shocked by what the cops in the clip were doing. "In times like this, I am not proud to identify as a police officer. "What the heck?," wrote Hundeyin.  It is unclear what the victi

CSO condemns police for assault on FCT minister's driver and wants a transparent probe

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HURIWA stated in a media statement that the Commissioner of Police in the FCT may have been told a different but false story by the police operatives responsible for the severe physical brutality meted out to the driver of the Honourable Minister of State for the FCT because the signal reaching our desk suggests that the FCT police hierarchy may have sided with the heinous and despicable crimes against human rights. HURIWA has said that it would pursue the case to ensure justice is served. "The incident happened on August 18, 2022, in the APC National Party secretariat, where Her Excellency, the Minister of State, FCT, Hajia Ramatu Tijni Aliyu was present as a member of the committee set up to help the North-West."Outside of the event site, it was alleged that one of Her Excellency's drivers was being beaten up and falsely and criminally accused of being a thief while surrounded by police officers and other citizens. The driver was rescued and transported to the hospital

Formerly Charged with Freddie Gray's Murder, Now in Charge of Investigating the Same Division

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Following Freddie Gray's death in 2015, the practice of "nickel rides" would be revealed to the public. Lieutenant Brian Rice and Officers Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson were found not guilty. Sergeant Alicia White and Officers William Porter and Garrett Miller had their charges dropped by the state. No one was ever punished for killing Freddie Gray. No one was ever held accountable, and during the whole thing, several of these cops moved up in the ranks, got raises in pay, and new jobs. After her participation in Gray's murder, Sgt. White was promoted to captain in the Performance Standards Section of the Baltimore City Police Department earlier this month. In an ironic and sneaky move, a news release says that she will do audits and inspections to make sure that the force follows the rules while on duty. Hopefully, she is not responsible for enforcing correct procedures when cops transport detainees. According to the medical examiner, Gray's spinal cord was near

Massive Masked Officer Attacks and Knocks Woman to the Ground for Being in a Park at Night

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In the land of the free, if a police officer desires to extort you, even for a minor offence in which there is no victim, they may and will use force to do so. Angel Guice, who had never before interacted with police, learned this lesson the hard way over the weekend when an Atlanta police officer assaulted her during an extortion attempt. The argument occurred late on a Sunday evening at Shady Valley Park when Guice and her unidentified male companion were enjoying a pleasant summer evening outside. With the arrival of Atlanta police officer Brooks, however, that tranquilly would come to an abrupt end. Apparently, Guice and her buddy were allegedly at the park after it had closed, which constitutes extortion. The pair were unaware that the park had been completed less than one hour before the arrival of the inspector. Officer Brooks opted to extort the pair with tickets for being at the park after it had closed, as opposed to just instructing them to leave. A video uploaded on Instagr

"Mommy Help": Cops Pin Down Teen in Front of His Parents for Six Minutes Until He Stops Breathing and Dies

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On September 15, 2018, Anton Black's family watched in horror as Greensboro police officers followed their 19-year-old son to the door of their house, pinned him down, and then kneeled on him for six minutes until he became unconscious and died. Since that awful day over four years ago, no one has been held responsible for his death. This Thursday, the Maryland taxpayers were informed that they would be held accountable for the actions of the implicated cops to the tune of $5,000,000.00. The parents of Black recently resolved a federal lawsuit alleging that their son's death in custody was racist and illegal. The complaint also says that the state medical examiner worked with the police to hide "wrongdoing by officers." Less than a year after his death, the cops responsible were exonerated. Now, the family hopes that their son's death will not have been in vain and that all agencies engaged in Black's murder will undergo transformation. "It's an old-f

Four police officers have been charged in Breonna Taylor's death, despite their initial belief that they had escaped punishment.

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On September 23, 2020, police were put on high alert, streets in downtown Louisville were closed, and government buildings were boarded up as charges were brought against former officer Brett Hankison for his part in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor. As a result, the subsequent uproar was well-deserved. Instead, this gun-happy cowboy officer was charged with "first-degree reckless endangerment" because he fired like a madman during the raid, sending bullets paid for by taxpayers into nearby homes. Hankison was found not guilty on three counts of reckless endangerment in March. This led to a new wave of protests. Then, this month, retired officer Hankison had all references to these charges expunged from the public record, as if he had never shot indiscriminately into the home of Breonna Taylor. This was a severe blow to the family. This week, however, the FBI stormed the scene and detained a number of the participating policemen. The FBI has charged four Louisville Metro P