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Victim of Police Brutality? Witness Police Misconduct?
Please submit police brutality complaints to the ACLU of Ohio following the instructions on the Legal Assistance page. You may also submit a complaint to the appropriate police department. Information is available online for Toledo and Columbus. For incidents in Cincinnati, contact Cincinnati's Citizens Complaint Authority.

Santa Rosa: Tasers used 6 times in fatal arrest
A 31-year-old man who died after a lengthy struggle with police was zapped six times with Taser stun guns and briefly knocked unconscious with a neck restraint, Santa Rosa police said Monday. Police say Carlos Casillas Fernandez was probably under the influence of drugs and that it took five officers to restrain him. One of those officers, Matt Sanchez, is named in a lawsuit alleging excessive use of force on a retired Santa Rosa Junior College employee in a case that also involved Tasers. On Monday, police released more details about the events prior to Fernandez's death.
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Police Brutality Plagues Our World, The Epidemic Has Spread Into Our Communities
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The Indymedia Network has documented cases of police brutality following the resistance and fight against murderous and criminal police officers. To Serve and Protect, in 2005 the public can interpret this to mean our tax paid officers are there to serve and protect their fellow brotherhood of blue. Citizens are being murdered, beaten, sexually assaulted, hospitalized, all by the officers we were taught to trust and respect.
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Related: Interview From Warren Police Brutality Protest

"Non-Lethal" Tasers Claim Nearly 100 Lives
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Police officers have been know to use deadly force, now they are using 50,000 volts of electricity to shock the victim suspect. Both the manufacturer and police officers claim that tasers are a "safer alternative to many conventional weapons in controlling dangerous or combative individuals." Amnesty International reports there is also evidence to suggest that, far from being used to avoid lethal force, many US police agencies are deploying tasers as a routine force option to subdue non-compliant or disturbed individuals who do not pose a serious danger to themselves or others.
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Related: Warning on Taser Guns
Related: Fatal Use of Stun Guns in Toledo Loitering Arrest Termed 'Justified'

Human Rights Under Attack in Warren Ohio: Police are Brutal
Kimble's assault was documented in a video which got national airplay. About a year ago the cops invaded his home, assaulted him again, and confiscated the original copy of the video tape, as well as confiscating the camera it was shot on from his neighbor.
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Man Murdered by officer in Elyria
A foot chase in downtown Elyria early Sunday morning ended with a police officer fatally shooting an Oberlin man. Police Chief Michael Medders said James A. Cain Jr., 22, of Oberlin, was shot by an officer after Cain shot a bar bouncer who saw the chase and joined in. The incident began a few minutes before 3 a.m. when police officers David Ross and Michael Merrill were driving on Lake Avenue and heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from Merchant's Alley.
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Man dies after struggle with Akron Police
A 47-year-old Kenmore man died Tuesday after struggling with Akron police officers and losing consciousness. Now, police and prosecutors are investigating whether Solomon Dandridge died as a result of the four officers' actions or some other cause. Police say they went to 17th Street and Witner Avenue about 5:15 a.m. after fielding a string of emergency calls from neighbors about a man yelling in the street and acting irrationally. The first patrol officer to arrive had trouble calming Dandridge, police Capt. Daniel Zampelli said, prompting three more officers to join the struggle. Before long, Dandridge lay on the ground, unresponsive. The officers tried but failed to revive him. He was pronounced dead just before 6 a.m. at Akron General Medical Center. The Summit County Medical Examiner's office conducted an autopsy but is awaiting test results before ruling on the cause of death. 8/04
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Loose Cannon
from Scene Magazine
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an investigation into Daniel Jopek Jr.'s history raises questions about whether he's fit for duty -- and whether the city is adequately policing its cops. Jopek and his partner, eight-year veteran Martin Rudin, initiated a traffic stop that quickly spiraled out of control. When it was over, Stephon Keith Moore was dead. On February 6, 2003, then-City Prosecutor Sanford Watson issued a press release with his verdict: "Based on available evidence, use of force was justified." Nine months after Watson's ruling, Jopek opened fire, riddling Stanley Strnad's butt, arm, and back with four bullets. Strnad was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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Racial Tension Growing With Akron Police
Members of the Akron City Council have complained that there's a growing divide between the city's police department and the African-American community. Blacks feel that police stop them more often than their white counterparts, the council members say, and those same leaders have called for something to be done before the criticism escalates. 5/04 Read More

150+ Turn Out to Protest Police Murder of Stanley Strnad

Saturday, November 23rd, over 150 friends, family, community members and concerned activists turned out to protest the most recent killing by Cleveland police. Stanley Strnad, in his mid-twenties, was shot down and killed by four bullets to the back by officer Daniel Jopek the Friday before. Strnad was unarmed and was trying to get away from a cop who, as friends and family members spoke to at the rally, had it out for him.
Family members spoke into a bullhorn to address the grieving and angry crowd. At the spot where it happened, E. 152nd and Park Grove, Stanley's family made it clear this was a classic case of police brutality and cold blooded murder. They told the stories of how just recently this same cop had taken money from Stanley and was constantly harassing him. They demanded Jopek be fired from the force and locked up.
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Six year old Trevon Williams
Police claim that an officer was involved in a struggle with a suspected drug dealer when the officer’s gun accidentally went off and shot the boy across the street. Eye witnesses who live in the neighborhood say that the officer was ten feet away and intentionally or not, pulled his gun out and fired in the direction of the suspect.
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Cincinnati Cops Push Black Minister Down Steps
A local minister who says police roughed him up and then tried to cover it up will hear results of an investigation Monday night. The Citizen Complaint Authority (CCA) says Cincinnati police officers did indeed use excessive force against Reverend Donald Tye, and then took steps hide it.
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Cincinnati Police Cleared in Brutal Beating Death of Nathaniel Jones
The conclusions in the police reports differ dramatically from those drawn by the authority. The independent review board recommended that Lemmie "severely discipline" three of the officers for using excessive force.
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Man Beat Down by Marietta Police Dies in Custody -Community Outraged
September 25, 2004
Three Marietta police officers were placed on paid administrative leave Wednesday after a drug arrest suspect died while in police custody. The man's family claimed that officers fatally beat their son.
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Marietta police cleared in man's death
October 19, 2004
Marietta police were cleared of any wrongdoing in the September death of 19-year-old Paul Johnson, according to a report released Monday. Johnson died Sept. 21 after he fought with three officers at the Glenbrooke Apartments.
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Delusional Cincinnati Mayor says Federal Supervision of Police is no longer needed
Less than halfway through a five-year review, Mayor Charlie Luken believes Cincinnati police have made enough progress on reforms to be released early from a deal with the U.S. Justice Department. Luken has written to U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft asking that the city be released from an agreement signed in spring 2002.
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ACLU files motion saying Cincinnati in Violation of Police Brutality Agreement
November 21, 2004
The American Civil Liberties Union accused the city Thursday of failing to heed police reform agreements reached with the Justice Department and black activists in the wake of three days of race riots in 2001.
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National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality

Clevelanders cry out for justice, and an end to Police Brutality
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October 22
Rally: 3:30pm in Public Square Cleveland
March: to follow
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