police action


Definition of police action

: a localized military action undertaken without formal declaration of war by regular armed forces against persons held to be violators of international peace and order

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About 1,060 videos produced by 10 distinct channels discussed Black Lives Matter or violent police actions; 571 of the videos included keywords about the police and their abuses. Alex Ward, Vox, "4 main takeaways from new reports on Russia’s 2016 election interference," 17 Dec. 2018 This police action provoked outrage and birthed the student movement. Andalusia Knoll, Teen Vogue, "What to Know About the 1968 Tlatelolco Plaza Student Massacre," 2 Oct. 2018 Even with Thursday’s police action, there are many more folks like Rush out there. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Why they risked everything to Occupy ICE | Will Bunch," 5 July 2018 The police action comes as more women have stepped forward to allege mistreatment at the hands of Tyndall, including dozens who have filed civil lawsuits. Richard Winton, latimes.com, "LAPD raids home of ex-USC gynecologist accused of sexually mistreating patients," 15 June 2018 An attorney for one of the activists, Detroit lawyer Solomon Radner, said none of his clients used violence or inflammatory language that would have warranted aggressive police action. Bruce Selcraig, San Antonio Express-News, "Leon Valley hit with lawsuit over ‘auditor’ arrests," 5 July 2018 Here’s a breakdown of how the call and police actions occurred. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "He got 'pranked' by his girlfriend's husband — so he stabbed him to death, Texas cops say," 3 July 2018 Program the Parks Mayes, an activist who had protested police actions before, began working in the park before the fatal police shooting of Sylville Smith in 2016. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee community activist Vaun Mayes charged in Sherman Park firebomb plot," 2 July 2018 Demonstrations protesting police actions are routine. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "In era of politicized prosecutors, Trump's U.S. attorney in Philly isn't out to change the system," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of police action

1933, in the meaning defined above

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to settle judicially or to act as judge

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