Stan Collymore calls police over Twitter racist abuse – Mirror Online

Stan Collymore: Police informed of racist Twitter abuse
Stan Collymore: Police informed of racist Twitter abuse

Former England striker Stan Collymore alerted police last night after suffering a torrent of vile racist abuse on Twitter.

Collymore, 42, now a radio pundit, took to his Twitter account after a troll bombarded him with racially offensive words – and said he “should be executed”.

Ex-Liverpool star Collymore then told his followers he had reported the abuse to police in Cannock, Staffordshire.

He wrote: “Appreciate the support from players, fans of all clubs and @kickitout. Currently with @Cannockpolice.”

The Kick It Out campaign, which fights to boot racism out of football, said last night: “Kick It Out has been monitoring the racist tweets directed at Stan Collymore this evening.

“The campaign is reporting these to the authorities.”

The Sunday People columnist, who has 478,000 Twitter followers, remained defiant, adding: “Am I crying? Depressed Suicidal? Not quite. Twitter doors locked, weeding out the trolls.”

Late last night the troll deleted his offensive tweets and appeared to beg for Collymore’s forgiveness.

He said: “Have to admit I went too far. Was just begging for retweets. I do apologise to @stancollymore .. didn’t mean anything by it.

It is not the first time Collymore has been targeted on Twitter.

A law student who sent him a series of racist tweets was spared jail in March last year.

Joshua Cryer admitted using the social networking site to bombard Collymore with abuse in an attempt to “snare a celebrity”, a district judge at Newcastle Magistrates’ Court heard.

He told police he hoped to gain a reaction from Collymore, who campaigns against racism and is a supporter of the Depression Alliance charity.

Cryer claimed his account had been hacked.

He later admitted a charge under section 127 of the Communications Act of sending grossly offensive messages and was ordered to complete a two-year community order with 240 hours unpaid work, and to pay £150 costs to the court.

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Who’s policing the police? Why no one tracks police use of deadly force | theGrio

Jonathan Ferrell, Miriam Carey, and Kenneth Chamberlain, Sr. were all innocent victims of police shootings. (File photos)

The family of Miriam Carey, the 34-year-old woman who was shot to death outside the Capitol a few weeks ago, has asked for a federal investigation into her death.

“A lawyer representing Carey’s family has sent a letter to the U.S. Attorney General claiming police violated Carey’s civil rights and used excessive force,” reports a local Stamford, Conn. outlet, where the slain mother was from.

police-shootings-excessive-force-16xWhen D.C. police killed Carey in October, the country was once again thrown into a conversation around the use of deadly force—especially as Carey’s 14-month-old daughter was in the back seat of the vehicle as police fired on it.

That tragedy is the most recent in a series of high-profile cases in which unarmed black suspects have been killed by authorities under controversial circumstances.

Revisiting tragic incidents

In September, after surviving a car accident, former Florida A&M University football player Jonathan Ferrell was shot 10 times and killed by police in North Carolina while seeking help.

News reports tell of many more stories that ended in similar tragedies, such as those of Ramarley Graham, a teen who was killed in his home after fleeing New York City police officers in 2012, andKenneth Chamberlain, Sr., an elderly Whiten Plains, New York resident who was killed by officers dispatched to his home after his medical alert device went off.

Reynaldo Cuevas is another innocent victim whose life was cut short by a police bullet.

All were shot and killed by police officers through what their surviving loved ones believe was excessive force.

Even with the prevalence of such high-profile cases, there is still surprisingly very little official data available regarding the number of people killed by police every year, or how often the use excessive force was suspected.

Little tracking of excessive force accusations

Despite a provision in the 1994 Crime Control Act requiring the collection of this information and the annual publishing of related findings, the U.S. Department of Justice has only released a few sporadic tracking reports.

The data deficit is due to a lack of cooperation from many of the nation’s 18,000 local police departments and the lack of legislation in states needed to mandate it, experts say. As a result, there are no comprehensive figures on how often deaths like those of Carey, Graham, and Ferrell occur.

“Getting data to track these incidents is critical,” says Loyda Colon, co-director of the Justice Committee, a police watchdog organization based in New York City. “For example, we’ve been talking about the issue of Stop and Frisk for years now. The city only started responding, and the public at large was forced to address it, after data came out that illustrated the scale of the problem. Those numbers hit a nerve. They make it real for people.”

The police officer’s dilemma

Why do officers seem to so frequently engage in such behavior when a potential suspect is black? In response to a similar question, in 2002 psychologists at the University of Colorado at Boulder published The Police Officer’s Dilemmaa look at how racial bias impacts decisions to shoot.

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