excessive force

Police Officer Pepper Sprayed Two Handcuffed Teens in Holding Cell

Police Officer Pepper Sprayed Two Handcuffed Teens in Holding Cell

Content Note: This article discusses excessive force by a police officer regarding two handcuffed minors. Alton, Illinois – Police officer Vince Warlick is on administrative leave, as he should be. Last week, video of Warlick pepper spraying two teenagers who were restrained and not resisting him in any way surfaced on the internet. Of course, […]

Denver Police Punch Man in Face, Knock Pregnant Woman to the Ground, Erase Video

Denver Police Punch Man in Face, Knock Pregnant Woman to the Ground, Erase Video

Police in Denver, Colorado punched a man named David Nelson Flores in the head repeatedly, hoping to recover drugs they believed were in his mouth. When his pregnant girlfriend, Mayra Lazos-Guerrero, tried to stop the beating, they knocked her to the ground. She falls on her face and large, pregnant stomach. Then police officers turn […]

Cops Punch 70 Year Old Diabetic Man in Head, Cleared of Wrongdoing

Cops Punch 70 Year Old Diabetic Man in Head, Cleared of Wrongdoing

Trigger warning: Police brutality, ableism In some medical emergencies, the police are the first responders, rather than paramedics or firefighters. For one man experiencing a diabetic episode this past January in San Antonio, Texas, his first responders did more harm than good. Thomas Mathieu, who is 70 years old, recognized that the symptoms he was […]

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

Pushing Back Against Pushing Back Against Marijuana

On the first day of the Fourth World Forum Against Drugs in Stockholm this month, Kevin Sabet from Project SAM posted a slide that listed things that “we must push back against” when discussing marijuana legalization. Of the five bullet points, the third one stated “Marijuana Legalization = Social Justice.” What Sabet is asking is for […]

Excessive Force in the War on Cannabis: The Death of William Reddie

Excessive Force in the War on Cannabis: The Death of William Reddie

William Reddie isn’t someone we should be talking about on a cannabis blog for one simple reason: he didn’t have cannabis in his system when he died (or alcohol, for that matter). Still, cannabis allegations and CPS involvement resulted in William’s death. More than two years later, the situation still doesn’t make any sense to […]