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Chauvin Wants a New Trial?

 Oh, the irony that Chauvin’s attorney is filing for new a new trial based on "the interests of justice; abuse of discretion that deprived the Defendant of a fair trial; prosecutorial and jury misconduct; errors of law at trial; and a verdict that is contrary to law."  Chauvin deprived George Floyd of his due process of a fair trial when he acted as judge and jury by kneeling on his neck for over nine minutes until he died.  What about police misconduct?  Chauvin is the poster boy for misconduct.  Interest of justice?  Really?  The verdict WAS in the interest of justice.  On what basis was the verdict contrary to law?  The upspoken law that an officer should not be questioned or worse, disciplined for his mistreatment of black and brown people. Yes, it’s true policing in America has to change, but they are not the entire problem.  While American policing has its foundations in the slave codes, the perpetual racist behavior could not continue without the support of the legal s
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Missin Peace April 2021 Newsletter

  America Strikes Again... Dozens were fatally shot by officers across the United States in the month of April alone and although every case is different, the list of names is dispiriting.  These are just a few: Daunte Wright  - a 20-year-old man from Brooklyn Center, MN Ma'kiah Bryant  - A 16-year-old girl in Columbus, Ohio. Anthony Brown, Jr . - A 42-year-old man in eastern North Carolina. Anthony Thompson, Jr.  - shot and killed by police in the bathroom of Austin-East High School in Knoxville, TN Pier Alexander Shelton  - Shelton was shot and killed by police during a car chase Marcelo Garcia   - A man in a mental health crisis and holding a knife was  shot several times in Houston Texas Did you know that in 2020 there were only 18 days with no police-involved shootings?   Take a look at this article from The Insider . Doesn't it make you wonder how many of these officers have unaddressed misconduct complaints in their files?  Articles of Interest Muncie Police Officers Ind

Calls for a National Police Misconduct Registry

Is there a need for a national misconduct database?  YES!  Police records, including misconduct records, are still conficential in 23 states.  Another 15 states have extremely limited access to police records and only in extreme instances.  Only 12 states make police disciplinary records public.  However, many of those states still make records of unsubstantiated compliants private.  Therein lies the problem.  What is considered unsubstantiated?  Were the complaints really investigated?  Police departments have proven time and again that they cannot and will not police themselves.   Many voices have expressed a need for a national police misconduct registry.     In June 2020, Senator Cory Booker spoke with CNN's Jake Tapper and announced the drafting of legislation to create a national police registry for misconduct.    Van Jones called for a national misconduct registry in his op-ed entitled Jury is out -- no matter the verdict, Congress must act.  Representative Karen Bass , wh

About Missin Peace

  The MissinPeace™ Database is the much-needed solution to increase community relations, encourage positive policing, and reduce repeat law enforcement violence in the US. About Missin Peace The Missin Peace™ Database is the only SaaS that collects, stores, and analyzes real complaints of law enforcement violence from real people across the United States. The Missin Peace™ Database stores and reports on information gathered from formal citizen complaints against law enforcement officers nationwide. The data collected is self-reported and includes complaints against local, state, and federal law enforcement officers in the United States. The information collected by this database is intended as a resource for transparency and public accountability between citizens, law enforcement agencies, and politicians. Why Missin Peace Established in 2017, The Missin Peace™ Database is an essential empowerment tool for communities and justice seekers making them the keeper of their own stories and

Missin Peace on A Few Bad Apples Podcast with Katherine Sheffield

 

Missin Peace Issued the Following Statement on the Murder of Casey Goodson Jr.

Abingdon, MD, December 20, 2020 -- Missin Peace is extremely saddened by the death of Casey Goodson Jr. We express deepest condolences to his family and the city of Columbus, Ohio. The killing of Casey Goodson Jr. by a Franklin County Sheriff Deputy is another example of a life unjustly taken by law enforcement. And Franklin County’s response to this tragedy is a glaring example of the agencies, built to serve and protect, turning a blind eye to the repeated atrocities of police brutality. Nationally, on average, one person is killed every 7 hours by a law officer; law enforcement is indicted in less than 1% of killings (compared to a 90% indictment rate for citizens). Police brutality is a leading cause of death for young men in the US, making it a public health crisis that affects an alarming number of people in our nation - men, women, and children. At Missin Peace, we are constantly on a mission to pursue justice for victims of police brutality by aggregating formal police complain

Policing the Police from a Battleground that Really Counts

  As he lay flat on his back, bleeding, his only thought was, “Why?” He watched in horror as the officers rolled him over like a criminal, cuffed his hands, and left him unattended while he bled. When he later asked the officer, who had shot him why he had done it, the officer said, “I don’t know.”   That’s the story of Charles Kinsey, a black middle-aged therapist who worked at a group home in Miami at the time. On the fateful day, Kinsey had gone out to help Arnaldo Rios Soto, an autistic man who had run away from the group home where he worked. Soto was carrying a toy truck at the time. Someone called the police saying there was a man in the street carrying a gun. Minutes later, Kinsey and Soto were surrounded by police officers, with big guns pointed at them. Kinsey lay flat on his back, held his hands high, and pleaded with the officers not to shoot him or his patient. One of the officers even urged his colleagues to lower their weapons as Soto was carrying a toy truck.