use of force
Governor of North Dakota Doug Burgum’s office has provided us with records about how they went about cleaning up the camps at Standing Rock. Included in the documents is letter from Governor Doug Burgum, in which he stressed the environmental necessity of removing the protestors, praised officer restraint, and warns of “the new normal of passionate causes, celebrity endorsements, and social media.”
In a democracy, the power of the people comes from the ability to hold their government accountable. We’re launching a project to provide a comprehensive list of FOIA resources that will help you to prepare, participate, and investigate protests. Today, we’ll be looking at what to look out for during a protest.
The retrial of Michael Slager, the former North Charleston police officer who gunned down 50-year-old Walter Scott as he was running away and planted a taser on his body, was recently pushed back to August, but records released by his former department reveal a brutal and dysfunctional culture among the officers.
Using the annotation tool provided by the folks at Genius, MuckRock’s added a few of our own notes to Killer Mike’s 2012 lyrical takedown of the prison-industrial complex, “Reagan.”
As part of our collaboration with Campaign Zero, MuckRock requested use of force policies from the 100 largest police departments in the country, including Tulsa PD. In the wake of the recent release of the video of the shooting of Terence Crutcher, we wanted to give you a chance to read the policy yourself.