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Palestinian groups and Egyptian mediators have confirmed that a truce has been reached between Israelis and Palestinians to end hostilities between the two sides. The truce has sparked huge celebrations in the #Gaza Strip devastated as the result of 50 days of Israeli strikes.

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It’s been more than 20 years since the police beating of Rodney King led to the L.A. riots. More recently, protesters in Ferguson , Missouri, and all around the United States are furious over the police shooting of yet another unarmed black man — Michael Brown.

AJ+ Labs takes a look back at some of the most infamous police brutality cases that inform us now.

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iwannaseeitall:

I get angrier every time I watch this.

These police are so excited. It’s like they’re so happy they’re finally in a place where they can play with their toys. Trigger happy and ready to kill.

This man was clearly agitated, maybe even dangerous, but he was not brandishing his knife overhead at the police like they claimed he was. Not to mention they came to the scene KNOWING he had a knife and that he was agitated because someone called it in letting them know, so they should have been prepared to apprehend him with their TAZERS. Shooting him to death was not necessary in this situation.

And we’ll have the police supporters coming out saying, “But he had a knife.”

I’m sorry, these police are put through years of defense training and you’re telling me two cops had no other means of subduing this one man with a pocketknife? There were TWO of them and whatever knife he had was barely visible in this vid, nor was he brandishing it at them when they blew six shots into him.

We’re supposed to hold our police to a standard. If you can’t handle a situation like this rationally, you don’t need to be a police officer.

This is a disgusting show of ill-trained, trigger happy police.

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Video of deadly St Louis police shooting raises questions (GRAPHIC)
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has released mobile phone footage that seems to be at odds with parts of its story surrounding the officer-involved shooting of Kajieme Powell in the weeks after Michael Brown’s death.
According to St. Louis Public Radio, the police released the video Wednesday evening as part of an effort to be more transparent when it comes to violent incidents involving law enforcement. In addition to the cell phone footage, the department also released security camera footage of the alleged robbery, as well as the two 911 calls made to police.
Police were first called to the scene – less than four miles away from the spot Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed – when a local store owner reported the 25-year-old Powell for stealing drinks and snacks. A separate woman, meanwhile, also reported Powell for allegedly having a knife in his pocket and acting strangely.

rtamerica:

Video of deadly St Louis police shooting raises questions (GRAPHIC)

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has released mobile phone footage that seems to be at odds with parts of its story surrounding the officer-involved shooting of Kajieme Powell in the weeks after Michael Brown’s death.

According to St. Louis Public Radio, the police released the video Wednesday evening as part of an effort to be more transparent when it comes to violent incidents involving law enforcement. In addition to the cell phone footage, the department also released security camera footage of the alleged robbery, as well as the two 911 calls made to police.

Police were first called to the scene – less than four miles away from the spot Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, was killed – when a local store owner reported the 25-year-old Powell for stealing drinks and snacks. A separate woman, meanwhile, also reported Powell for allegedly having a knife in his pocket and acting strangely.

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