2015: NYPD Caught Red-handed Editing Wikipedia Entries About Eric Garner and Other Victims of Police Brutality

It appears to be a concerted effort to rewrite history. Friday morning Capital New York published a blockbuster story about how the New York Police Department has apparently been doing its own damage control on Wikipedia. The reporters there found that “Computers operating on the New York Police Department’s computer network at its 1 Police Plaza headquarters have been used to alter Wikipedia pages containing details of alleged police brutality.” Entries found to have been edited by IP addresses associated with the NYPD include pages related to the shooting deaths of Eric Garner, Sean Bell, and Amadou Diallo. In all, Capital New York identified 85 separate NYPD addresses that have edited Wikipedia, which indicates that this may very well have been a coordinated operation and not simply the work of a rogue officer. Here’s a selection of edits Capital New York documented on the Eric Garner page: “Garner raised […] Read More

2014: America’s Authoritarian Police Violently Enforce 1%’s Rule

While individual police officers may be courageous, the institution of policing in America is an authoritarian force. The deaths of NYPD officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, gunned down by a mentally unstable man who later committed suicide, have been accompanied by public rituals of mourning. Unfortunately, many public figures are also vilifying those who demand accountability for police brutality. In a sign of how debased American cultural values have become (especially on the Right), a plea for human dignity, civil rights and an end to police brutality against people of color can be twisted and warped into some type of provocation to violence against the police. The millions of Americans who want police to act in a professional and responsible manner by not abusing those they are ostensibly “sworn to protect” are not endorsing premeditated violence against police. Rather, those Americans of conscience who are standing up against police […] Read More