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Louisiana Black man’s family views graphic video of in-custody death

BATON ROUGE, La. – Family members viewed long-secret body-camera video this week of a Black man who died in Louisiana State Police custody, their attorney calling it damning footage that shows troopers choking and beating the man, repeatedly jolting him with stun guns and dragging him face-down across the pavement.

Why should you smile behind your face mask?

Before the coronavirus pandemic, I always smiled at other runners as we crossed paths. Now that we're wearing masks, I rarely bother. And when I do, I have no idea whether the intended recipient even notices. I never gave much thought to the momentary connections created by exchanging smiles with a stranger.

Body found near river in east Spokane

Spokane police on Friday morning were at the scene of a body found in the 1600-block of East South Riverton Avenue, which runs along the south bank of the Spokane River. 

Body camera: Man complains after police encounter

Police body camera: Spokane Police Officer Taylor Johnson briefly detained Anwar Peace, an employee of Mister Car Wash on North Division Street around 5:09 p.m. Dec. 29, 2019 (time/date stamp shows Dec. 30) while officers swept the area and searched for a domestic violence suspect in North Spokane. Peace refused to give his name but was released after a few minutes. Peace filed a complaint after another officer, Chris Johnson (no relation to Officer Taylor Johnson) returned to the car wash a short time later, spoke with the car wash manager and argued with Peace. The conversation between the police officer and the car wash manager is omitted here because there was no sound on the video, but it picks up with the heated conversation between the officer and Peace inside the car wash. Read: Former police activist files complaint after encounter with Spokane officers.

Police ombudsman may recommend SWAT members start wearing body cameras

“What I think is – right now, what I would lean toward – is the most transparency possible,” Spokane Police Ombudsman Bart Logue said of the fact that members of the SPD’s SWAT team don’t wear body cameras. “But keeping in line with that doesn’t endanger officers and that sort of thing.”