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What are some notable police brutality cases?

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On Oct. 24, 2004, Frank Jude was brutally beaten by a group of off-duty police officers at a Milwaukee party, ABC News reports. Accounts say the party guests became antagonistic as soon as Jude arrived, accusing him of stealing a police badge. The cops surrounded one witness’s car and pulled Jude out while shouting racial slurs and punching and kicking him in the face and groin. Police also handcuffed Jude, ripped his pants and shoved pens in his ears.

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On Aug. 9, 1997, NYPD officers attacked and sexually assaulted Haitian immigrant Abner Louima, according to Vanity Fair. When Louima attempted to break up a fight between two women at a nightclub, former officer Justin Volpe mistook his actions for an attack, causing several police to assault Louima. After arresting Louima, Volpe and other officers stopped to perform several beatings on Louima while transporting him to the precinct. At the station, Volpe forced Louima into a bathroom stall, where he tortured and sodomized the man with a wooden stick and forced the stick into Louima’s mouth. Louima suffered a severed colon and punctured bladder and spent more than two months recovering in the hospital.

On Jan. 1, 2009, a BART Officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant III, an unarmed man, on a train platform, Huffington Post states. Passengers recorded the scene in which Mehserle shot Grant because he mistakenly believed the man was reaching for a gun. Mehserle claimed he intended to use his taser but accidentally fired his gun instead.

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