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« Reply #2800 on: March 06, 2016, 12:23:05 AM »

White Police Chief Arrested on Corruption Charges

City of White Police Chief David King and officer Blake Scheff were arrested Wednesday for arresting people on bogus charges with the sole intention to collect fines from the arrests.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation indicated the two engaged in this misconduct for four years, from December 2011 to April 2015. The GBI arrested the pair following an investigation that started in October 2015.

After a barrage of complaints, the Bartow County District Attorney’s Office requested that the GBI conduct an investigation on the White Police Department, according to a press release.

After months of investigating, search warrants were executed by the FBI and GBI at the White Police Department and White City Hall on January 21.

The search warrants garnered files, records, and computers – which all contained fine and ticket information induced on innocent people. The FBI and GBI spent nearly six hours gathering all of the aforementioned evidence during the raid.

In an apparent abuse and misuse of authority, King and Scheff decided to arrest people on false trumped up charges, only to later reduce those charges to citations to collect the fines.

The day after the January raid, King and Scheff were both suspended with pay.

A GBI press release stated the following:

Police Chief David King’s charges

Count 1: OCGA 16-5-42 False imprisonment under color of legal process:
On 4/25/15 Lois Kitchens was arrested in Bartow County for cruelty to children in the 1st, a crime she did not commit. Chief King advised Officer Blake Scheff to swear out the warrant.

Count 2: OCGA 16-5-42 False imprisonment under color of legal process: On 3/31/12 Brittny Brown was arrested in Bartow County for felony deposit account fraud, a crime that she did not commit.

Count 3: OCGA 16-8-16 Theft by extortion: On 4/22/15 Chief King advised Officer Blake Scheff to speak with the Kitchens’ family about accepting a disorderly conduct citation instead of swearing out state warrants. Nigel Brett, Lois Kitchens’ husband, was told that the family could accept a disorderly conduct citation, pay $1,000 fine, and White PD would not pursue felony state warrants against Lois Kitchens for cruelty to children in the 1st.

Count 4: OCGA 16-8-16 Theft by extortion: On 12/31/11 Brittny Brown was told that she could accept a disorderly conduct citation, pay $1,000 fine, and White PD would not pursue felony state charges against Brittny Brown.

Count 5: OCGA 16-10-1 Violation of oath by public officer: Between the dates of December 2011 and April 2015 Chief King violated his oath of office when he committed theft by extortion and false imprisonment.

Officer Blake Scheff charges:

Count 1: OCGA 16-5-42 False imprisonment under color of legal process: On 4/25/15 Lois Kitchens was arrested in Bartow County for cruelty to children in the 1st, a crime she did not commit. Officer Scheff had sworn out the arrest warrant at Chief King’s request.

Count 2: OCGA 16-8-16 Theft by extortion: On 4/22/15 Nigel Brett, Lois Kitchens’ husband, was told by Officer Scheff that the Kitchens could accept a disorderly conduct citation, pay $1,000 fine, and White PD would not pursue felony state warrants against Lois Kitchens for cruelty to children in the 1st.

Count 3: OCGA 16-10-1 Violation of oath by public officer: On 4/22/15 Officer Scheff violated his oath of office when he committed theft by extortion and false imprisonment

They were both charged with false imprisonment under color of legal process, theft by extortion and violation of oath by a public officer.

Now that King and Scheff have been arrested – only one officer is left in the small town White Police Department.

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/02/white-police-chief-arrested-on-corruption-charges/
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« Reply #2801 on: March 06, 2016, 12:26:47 AM »

Cop Rams Car Full of Children, Flees, Deletes Dashcam — Says it Was all in the ‘Scope of his Job’

Southfield, MI — This week the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth District ruled that on an officer, who violently endangered the lives of an innocent grandmother and her three grandchildren by repeatedly ramming his car into theirs, is not immune from a lawsuit.

On Oct. 24, 2011, Cheryl McCarty was driving her three young grandchildren to school when she was stopped by Southfield police officer Keith Birberick. Birberick accused her of illegally passing a school bus.
Claiming that she hadn’t passed a school bus, McCarty voiced her discontent with the several hundred dollar ticket she was receiving for it. She also informed the officer that she planned to file a complaint with the Mayor’s Office over this incident.

“She argued with him, claimed there had been no school bus, accused him of racism, and refused to accept the ticket, letting it instead drop on the ground,” says the appeals ruling. “Officer Birberick returned to his patrol car—a large SUV—and drove away.

“But McCarty, who had turned off her ignition, but not her headlights had accidentally drained her car battery and could not restart her car.”
McCarty was stuck on the roadside for 20 minutes before officer Birberick came driving by again. Seeing her in the same spot apparently angered the officer, so he took action to remove her and her grandchildren from the roadside — with extreme prejudice.

McCarty “then noticed that (Birberick) had first pulled beside her and then got behind and hit her car so hard that her grandkids came out of their seats,” says a September filing from McCarty’s attorney, Diana L. McClain, according to MLive.

After Birberick initially rammed the car full of children, he “waited for traffic to clear and then got out of his car and approached (McCarty’s) car yelling that he could have ‘killed them, and it would have been his fault.'” the filing says.

But that wasn’t enough. Birberick then got “back in his car and rammed (McCarty) a second time” pushing it “into a nearby gas station narrowly missing oncoming motorists and a row of gas pumps … ”

The entire time, according to court records, McCarty’s vehicle was in park. One can only imagine the metal smashing chaotic scene that unfolded as a police SUV cruiser forced a parked car into a gas station parking lot by ramming it over and over.

The patrol car hit her vehicle so hard that the children were thrown to the ground, and one of them suffered a cut to the head.
Birberick then sped off and made no mention of the incident.

The very next day, McCarty went to the Southfield Police Department to file a formal complaint against the maniac who’d almost killed her and her grandkids. However, upon entering the station, officials dissuaded her from filing a complaint, noting that the dashcam video had been destroyed by Birberick.

Naturally, McCarty immediately filed a lawsuit against Birberick and the department, but Birberick appealed — claiming he was “protected by law enforcement immunity while performing his job.”
Birberick asserted his blue privilege and noted that because he was operating within the scope of his job, he should be immune.

Luckily, however, a court decided the idea of granting immunity to a cop acting in such a manner is a preposterous idea.
The U.S. Appeals Court said Birberick’s actions “shock the conscience” and rose to a level of “gross negligence.”

“In short, without consent or even warning, he violently rammed (a woman’s) car with his much larger SUV, needlessly damaging her car and propelling it into traffic, endangering the safety of the occupants, which included three small children,” the court ruled. “He then fled the scene of the accident he had just caused and destroyed evidence that might have proven his motivation or malicious intent.”
“In fact, this would be shocking—and criminal—behavior if committed by an ordinary citizen,” the ruling says.

Naturally, the attorney for the city denies it happened in such a manner and denies that Birberick intentionally deleted the dashcam footage.
“The next step is we’ll let a jury decide what really happened,” Attorney Joe Seward said. “Her version, her story as to what happened, those facts are not accurate.”

Seward claims that McCarty is merely angry about getting a ticket and so, for the last 4 years, she’s been attempting to sue.
MLive reports that Birberick is no longer with the Southfield Police Department, but Seward said his departure from Southfield has nothing to do with this incident.
According to his Linked In profile, Birberick, previously a Southfield police officer and member of the U.S. National Guard, is a police officer at Oakland Community College. The profile indicates he worked in Southfield for 29 years and retired in 2013.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-rams-car-full-children-flees-deletes-dashcam-scope-duty/
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« Reply #2802 on: March 06, 2016, 12:29:40 AM »

Instead of Helping a Car Crash Victim, this Cop Raped Her – His Lack of Punishment is Infuriating

Greenville, AL – Former state trooper, 36-year-old Samuel H. McHenry II managed to get off with minimal jail time after raping a car accident victim and leaving her stranded afterward.
McHenry pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual misconduct under a plea deal and managed to avoid more serious charges that were originally filed against him. McHenry originally faced charges of rape and sodomy but he was able to cut a deal and get those charges dropped and replaced with less serious charges.

Under the plea deal, McHenry will have his state certification revoked and will be unable to be a police officer, and he received a 182-day jail sentence. The sentence does not even have to be served at the same time, he has the freedom to go in a few days at a time and go back home, as long as he serves all 182 days within the span of a year.

According to court documents, McHenry was called to the scene of an accident on December 6th around 10 pm, when he found a young woman waiting for help. Instead of helping the victim, he threatened to take her to jail because he saw an empty pill bottle and a nasal spray bottle in her vehicle, neither of which are illegal. He then restrained the woman and threw her in the back of the cop car, drove her to a secluded area and raped her. He then left her at a closed store, away from her car, and sped off.

Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said that the officer was fired after the department learned about the incident.
“Upon notification by local law enforcement, SBI Agents immediately responded and began a criminal investigation related to serious allegations of criminal activity of a trooper while on duty,” Collier said after news of the attack went public.

“Although everyone is entitled to due process, the severity of the allegations are unsettling. Probable cause was established, and that led to the arrest. This type of behavior is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Because of the seriousness of this incident, SBI Agents have worked nonstop with local law enforcement and the district attorney. We appreciate the cooperation of Sheriff Kenny Harden and the Butler County Sheriff’s Department,” Collier added.

In addition to his prison sentence, McHenry paid a $500 fine.

This is no isolated incident, 1,000 policemen across the US had their licenses revoked and lost their jobs over the last six years due to sexual crimes while on duty, and this number is likely only a fraction of the actual cases that have occurred.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cop-182-days-jail-raping-innocent-car-accident-victim-leaving-stranded/
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« Reply #2803 on: March 06, 2016, 09:29:21 AM »

Alabama Cop Charged with Murder for Killing Unarmed Man as He Cried Out for His Mother

An Alabama police officer was arrested on murder charges Wednesday for shooting to death an unarmed man who was walking home from a card game at 3 a.m. last week.

It is not clear why Montgomery police officer Aaron Smith stopped Gregory Gunn last Thursday other than the 58-year-old man may have been carrying a retractable painter’s stick.

But even that is not certain. And it’s certainly not illegal.

All that is known now is that Smith chased Gunn down to his next door neighbor’s front porch and shot him several times as Gunn yelled out for his 87-year-old mother, whom he lived with.

Smith’s attorney, Mickey McDermott, justified the shooting by saying his client was patrolling a “high-crime area,” which just happened to be Gunn’s neighborhood.

According to the Montgomery Advertiser:

“We’ve had protests all over the city – there are people outside of my building protesting right now,” McDermott said. “They have sold out a good officer – a second generation officer whose parents were both in MPD. He was doing his job when a tragedy occurred, but Officer Smith followed protocol and followed his training.”

“Because of the staffing issues in this department, under this administration, you have a young, 23-year-old officer out there in a high-crime area on patrol on third shift by himself,” McDermott said. “But Officer Smith accepted this assignment and was doing his job.”

McDermott said Smith stopped Gunn and began a routine search when Gunn “broke and ran, and Officer Smith gave chase.” Over the next several seconds, McDermott said Smith fought with Gunn, used his Taser on Gunn six times and attempted to subdue him with his baton.

“After all of that, Mr. Gunn picked up a weapon and turned towards (Smith),” McDermott said. “He had no choice at that point but to use his firearm to protect himself. It is a terrible tragedy what occurred. But Mr. Gunn bears the responsibility for that tragedy, not this young officer.”

But Gunn’s father was also a Montgomery police officer, one of the first black police officers in the department.

Neighbors say Gunn became afraid after being confronted by the officer and ran onto the front porch of his next door neighbor and started banging on the window.

But Smith chased him down and shot him at least four times. One neighbor heard him call out for his mother.

According to the Washington Post:

 

“He was banging on the window and calling my name as loud as you could call it, his voice raising more and more,” Hinson (who lived in the house where Gunn was shot) told the Advertiser. “That was the only voice I heard. I didn’t hear anybody say, ‘Stop, halt, lay down.’ Nothing.”

Another neighbor, Scott Muhammad, said he spotted someone get “thrown around” and went outside to break up what he thought was a fight.

“It escalated. You could just feel the energy,” Muhammad told the Advertiser. “I turned around and told my wife to call the police. Then I saw him shoot four or five times and said, ‘Damn, that was the police.’”

He also said Gregory Gunn was shouting for help when he was shot.

“I saw when they killed him,” Muhammad said. “He was calling for his mother, his neighbor. He was knocking on the window.”

Gunn’s family said the painting stick was on the neighbor’s porch and police tried to pin it on him, but as mentioned, there is nothing illegal about carrying a painting stick in the first place.

Residents began protesting and the case was handed over to the State Bureau of Investigation, which made an arrest six days later.

Montgomery County District Attorney Daryl Bailey released this statement:

“SBI and I agreed at the beginning of this investigation that this case would be treated as any other case,” Bailey said. “We agreed that if there were probable cause that a crime had been committed then an arrest would be made. After meeting extensively with SBI agents, we have concluded that probable cause exists to make an arrest in this case.”

Bailey further noted that Smith’s arrest is not an indictment, and that the case is ongoing. However, Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange is pursuing termination proceedings against Officer Smith. Per city policy termination proceedings must take place when a city employee is charged with a felony. The Grand Jury has yet to hear the evidence surrounding the arrest.

Smith’s bail was set at $150,000, and was able to bail out shortly thereafter, thanks to officers raising the money for him.

Earlier this year an Alabama cop was acquitted in a case in which he paralyzed a Indian man walking down the street.

Below is a video from the Washington Post capturing the anger from the community addressing the Montgomery Police Department about the shooting.

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/03/alabama-cop-charged-with-murder-for-killing-unarmed-man-as-he-cried-out-for-his-mother/
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« Reply #2804 on: March 07, 2016, 11:40:25 AM »








Hi your back - was starting to think you left this thread.
Why am I not Surprised you would agree with him.

The problem as most none cops would see is
Both.
Corrupt cops out there & corrupt cops
Who defend & cover for them of higher rank.
The whole system is corrupt from the top down,
Mind that is likely the case with many/ most other
Big organisation.


I think you might have missed the point, based on your response. I could be wrong though.

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« Reply #2805 on: March 09, 2016, 10:00:00 AM »

Denver PD Caught Stealing People’s Assets, Using Them to Pay for Massive Propaganda Campaign

A couple of years ago, the Denver Police Department (DPD) was under fire for a spate of excessive force complaints. They wanted to change their image, so they began a massive public relations campaign, ramping up spending from $599 in 2011 to $136,783 in 2013.

The “media affairs unit” is made up of very well-paid employees who push their message in social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Last year the DPD spent $450,000 on six employees in the media team, which is far more than six cops on the beat would make.

However, an investigation by Denver7 ABC found that the DPD has been using funds derived from civil asset forfeiture to pay for much of this propaganda campaign. This may constitute a violation of policy, as those funds are only supposed to be used for equipment and training.

“According to the report more than $120,000 from that fund was used to buy equipment for DPD’s media relations unit, including an Apple desktop editing system, a MacBook Pro computer and even spent $22,000 developing an app for iPhone and Android.”

That’s not all. They spent $2,460 to pay for entries into a local Emmy competition. The funds for this bizarre act were requested under “police training,” even though there were no seminars or instructional time.
Detective Nick Rogers, head of Denver’s police union, has something to say about that:
“Winning an Emmy is a self-promotion, self-gratification type of situation that has nothing to do with … getting better at your profession.
We’re spending that kind of money on videos that don’t drop the crime rate. [Videos] don’t solve burglaries and robberies. That’s our mission and I think we lost sight of that.”

When Denver7 asked Police Deputy Chief Matt Murray about funding, he initially lied and denied the money came from civil asset forfeiture—until they presented him with the records. Murray then claimed that the campaign “helps us do a better job” in “reaching out” to the community.
However, the sad irony is that the DPD is stealing cash and assets from innocent Denver citizens to pay for their outreach to Denver citizens.

The insidious practice of civil asset forfeiture (CAF) is alive and well in Colorado. The scheme, which takes places across most of the U.S., allows law enforcement to seize cash and assets from people on the mere suspicion (often fabricated) of a crime, and they can keep this loot even if the person is never charged with a crime.

In some cases, the person can get his or her assets back, but the legal fees and headache of dealing with authorities are often too much to make it worthwhile. In Colorado, though, a loophole “allows law enforcement to keep confiscated cash even after charges are dismissed.”

An untold number of abuses have taken place using CAF, such as Joseph Rivers, who lost his life savings of $16,000 to the DEA while he was traveling to Los Angeles to pursue a music career. The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado sent 20 lawyers to a ski resort conference using CAF funds.

“According to the Institute for Justice’s national report on civil forfeiture, Policing for Profit, from 2000 to 2013 Colorado law enforcement agencies collected nearly $12.8 million in state forfeiture funds and an additional $47.7 million through the Department of Justice’s equitable sharing program. Given such large sums, it’s little wonder law enforcement is blocking State Senator Laura Woods from even getting a hearing on a bill that requires reporting of seizures of private property and law enforcement’s expenditures of forfeiture proceeds.”

Chalk up the Denver Police Department as another abuser of the injustice of civil asset forfeiture. The fact that it is using these seizures for a massive propaganda campaign makes it all that much more offensive.

Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/denver-pd-caught-stolen-cash-propaganda-campaign-emmy-award-entries/
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« Reply #2806 on: March 09, 2016, 11:21:06 AM »

Baltimore City School Officer Charged For Assault In Viral Video, Faces 35 Year Sentence

Once again, a viral video has led to criminal charges for a Baltimore cop, and this officer was fired from another agency for police brutality already in 2002.

This time, it’s serious.

Baltimore City School Officer Anthony Spence, was in the viral-video you can see below which PINAC News reported last week, hitting a student, along with Officer Saverna Bias, the other officer in the video whose identity has been verified.

The cop was charged Wednesday morning with second degree assault, second-degree child abuse by a custodian, and official misconduct.

All three criminal allegations against Spence are felony charges, according to the Baltimore Police Department who investigated the incident.

Spence faces up to a total of 35 years for the criminal charges.

The 53-year-old officer Bias was also charged with second degree assault and official misconduct.

Baltimore School Police Chief Marshall Goodwin placed both officers on paid vacation (aka paid administrative leave), before the Chief placed himself on paid vacation over the incident too.

Oddly, Baltimore schools won’t say why the Chief has suspended himself, or if it’s related to this investigation which is highly likely, as you can see from the video tweeted by Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell below.

Spence was seen striking and kicking the student while yelling “Get the fuck out of here” in the video, which was shot in selfie mode, presumably to shield the photographer from repercussions on the scene.

It is unknown if either officer reported the incident to authorities, however school officials stated they found out after the viral video was posted online.

Both Officers were released on $50,000 bond.

School officials had stated the 16-year-old in the video was not a student at the REACH Partnership School on the north east side of Baltimore, and had tried to dismiss the video by saying the person was an intruder at the school and was told multiple times to leave.

He was actually a student.

Spence was previously fired from the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office for his role in tazering an innocent man at Lexington Market in 2002. There is no word from officials if Spence is still employed at the Baltimore City School after charges were filed.

Anthony Spence was previously hit with a temporary restraining order in 2011 by his girlfriend at the time who was also a Baltimore City School officer.

Both officers face multiple felonies, but we suspect they will be given a light sentence just like Baltimore City Police Sergeant Dennis Workley who was given a suspended jail sentence and probation after facing 10 years in jail for perjury and misconduct in a case in 2012. Baltimore public defender Todd Oppenheim has described the advantages Baltimore’s police typically receive over regular defendants in criminal proceedings.

Maybe, a conviction on these charges will at least be enough to have the violent Baltimore City Schools cop fired, and to finally lose his license to carry the badge.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTu-NruFpOo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTu-NruFpOo</a>

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/09/baltimore-city-school-officer-charged-for-assault-in-viral-video-faces-35-year-sentence/
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« Reply #2807 on: March 09, 2016, 03:39:47 PM »

Baltimore City School Officer Charged For Assault In Viral Video, Faces 35 Year Sentence

Once again, a viral video has led to criminal charges for a Baltimore cop, and this officer was fired from another agency for police brutality already in 2002.

This time, it’s serious.

Baltimore City School Officer Anthony Spence, was in the viral-video you can see below which PINAC News reported last week, hitting a student, along with Officer Saverna Bias, the other officer in the video whose identity has been verified.

The cop was charged Wednesday morning with second degree assault, second-degree child abuse by a custodian, and official misconduct.

All three criminal allegations against Spence are felony charges, according to the Baltimore Police Department who investigated the incident.

Spence faces up to a total of 35 years for the criminal charges.

The 53-year-old officer Bias was also charged with second degree assault and official misconduct.

Baltimore School Police Chief Marshall Goodwin placed both officers on paid vacation (aka paid administrative leave), before the Chief placed himself on paid vacation over the incident too.

Oddly, Baltimore schools won’t say why the Chief has suspended himself, or if it’s related to this investigation which is highly likely, as you can see from the video tweeted by Baltimore Sun reporter Colin Campbell below.

Spence was seen striking and kicking the student while yelling “Get the fuck out of here” in the video, which was shot in selfie mode, presumably to shield the photographer from repercussions on the scene.

It is unknown if either officer reported the incident to authorities, however school officials stated they found out after the viral video was posted online.

Both Officers were released on $50,000 bond.

School officials had stated the 16-year-old in the video was not a student at the REACH Partnership School on the north east side of Baltimore, and had tried to dismiss the video by saying the person was an intruder at the school and was told multiple times to leave.

He was actually a student.

Spence was previously fired from the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office for his role in tazering an innocent man at Lexington Market in 2002. There is no word from officials if Spence is still employed at the Baltimore City School after charges were filed.

Anthony Spence was previously hit with a temporary restraining order in 2011 by his girlfriend at the time who was also a Baltimore City School officer.

Both officers face multiple felonies, but we suspect they will be given a light sentence just like Baltimore City Police Sergeant Dennis Workley who was given a suspended jail sentence and probation after facing 10 years in jail for perjury and misconduct in a case in 2012. Baltimore public defender Todd Oppenheim has described the advantages Baltimore’s police typically receive over regular defendants in criminal proceedings.

Maybe, a conviction on these charges will at least be enough to have the violent Baltimore City Schools cop fired, and to finally lose his license to carry the badge.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTu-NruFpOo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTu-NruFpOo</a>

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/09/baltimore-city-school-officer-charged-for-assault-in-viral-video-faces-35-year-sentence/

Typical pussy pig.....Attacks children and has a restraining order taken out against him by his girlfriend.  Can't handle females or kids.....  What's the matter pig?  Had a tough day abusing children, then took it out on your girl later in the day?  What a coward..... 
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« Reply #2808 on: March 10, 2016, 11:02:39 AM »

Cops Wrongly Raid 86-yo Man’s Home, Taser and Arrest Him for Cooking Soup

New York, NY — (RT) John Antoine, an 86-year-old tasered by a police officer while cooking soup, has been cleared of charges, a court ruled. The elderly man’s apartment had been raided by officers searching for his granddaughter’s boyfriend, said to be suicidal after running out of medication.

The incident took place while Antoine was cooking soup at his Brooklyn home back in October. Standing in the kitchen with a knife in one hand and an onion in the other, little did he imagine that a group of five armed police officers was about to break into his apartment.

The officers were looking for the 23-year-old boyfriend of Antoine’s granddaughter, as the young man was thought to be emotionally disturbed after he ran out of medication.

“The police came in and say, ‘You so and so, put down the knife,’ and I said, ‘Why are you coming in my apartment? What do you want?’” Antoine told NY Daily News. “They wouldn’t tell me.”
Seeing Antoine with a knife, an officer demanded that he drop it. But when the retired pipefitter turned to put the knife back on the table, he felt a sharp pain – one of the officers had fired a Taser into his neck and leg.

“I felt like I was dead,” the 86-year-old later said.

He was later taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors found him mentally fit.

“Just imagine you are a human being, to get this thing on your neck,” Antoine told NBC New York. “That comes as a nightmare.”

However, the suffering of the elderly man who just wanted to cook soup in his apartment was not over – officers said he was being charged with harassment for his refusal to drop the kitchen knife.

“The individual he [the officer who Tasered Antoine] encountered inside the residence was armed with a large kitchen knife and was in immediate proximity to both the sergeant and a three-year-old who was present in the residence,” an NYPD spokesman said.

Police added that Antoine “refused to comply with the sergeant’s commands to drop the knife, instead making statements to the effect, ‘I am not going to jail, I’m not going to the hospital.’ ”

The charges against the pensioner were finally dropped on March 7, five months after the incident. There is no information that any charges have been pressed against the officer who attacked Antoine.
The NYPD spokesman told NBC that “the responding sergeant demonstrated a level of intelligent restraint that is to be commended.”

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/cops-wrongly-raid-86-yo-mans-home-taser-arrest-cooking-soup/

Additional information:

"An NYPD dispatcher had apparently failed to pass along information given to the 911 operator that the emotionally disturbed man threatening to commit suicide was the 23-year-old boyfriend of Antoine's granddaughter, The Daily News previously reported."

"Antoine was charged with “harassment” and transported by cops to two different hospital emergency rooms for mental exams - apparently looking for a doctor to say he was nuts - but he was given a clean bill of mental health, according to his lawyer Scott Rynecki who has filed notice to sue the city for $5 million."

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn/nypd-taser-victim-86-cleared-criminal-charges-article-1.2556288
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« Reply #2809 on: March 10, 2016, 11:05:34 AM »

SWAT Goes to Wrong Home, Smash Windows Deploy Flashbang on Innocent People Anyway

Sweetwater County, WY — Multiple members of Sweetwater County’s Joint Special Weapons and Tactics Team made an epic blunder last week when executing a search warrant in search of arbitrary substances deemed illegal by the state, crystal meth. As the heavily militarized team began smashing up the house and deploying flashbang grenades, they realized they were destroying the wrong home.

“It’s our responsibility to be in the right place at the right time; and we failed to do that,” Tom Jarvie, Patrol Lieutenant for the Green River Police Department said.

The SWAT team had the correct address which was 355 Fir Street. However, they were apparently so enthralled with the idea of breaking into someone’s home to arrest them for selling drugs, that they forgot how to work the GPS and arbitrarily picked an innocent family’s home to victimize.

But fret not, after breaking into the home through the front window and deploying a flash-bang at the wrong home, officers then found the correct home and arrested the owner for possession of methamphetamine.
Jason Normand, 35, was arrested Thursday, March 3, by DCI and charged with two felony counts of unlawful delivery of methamphetamine and one felony count of possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.

After their blunder, the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office, Green River Police Department, and Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation released a joint press release:

"On Thursday, March 3, 2016, at approximately 8:30 p.m., members of Sweetwater County’s Joint Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, at the request of the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation, executed a high risk search warrant at 355 Fir Street, Green River, Wyoming where individuals believed to be armed and in possession of controlled substances were located.  This warrant had been issued by a Judge in Sweetwater County, who authorized the search for weapons, illegal drugs and other drug paraphernalia.

During the execution, some members of the Sweetwater County Joint SWAT team regrettably broke a window and utilized flash bang distraction device at an incorrect address.  Immediately recognizing this mistake, personnel from the Sweetwater County Sheriff’s Office and the Green River Police Department made contact with the homeowners and coordinated the repair of the damaged property.
As previously reported, the execution of the search warrant at 355 Fir Street resulted in the seizure of methamphetamine, multiple firearms, and the arrests of multiple individuals."

Jarvie said the address accidentally targeted by SWAT would not be released, citing concerns of maintaining the homeowner’s privacy.

Thankfully no babies were asleep in cribs when officers threw the flashbang into the wrong home.  Bounkham “Baby Bou Bou” Phonesavanh, was not so fortunate when police wrongfully entered his house and blew his face apart with a flashbang.

Police departments raiding the wrong homes and harming innocent people in search of illicit substances is commonplace in the land of the free.

All too often innocent children, parents, and grandparents become the unwitting victims of the state’s immoral war on what people choose to put into their own bodies. How many more unjustified state-sponsored murders will have to happen before America ends this vile practice?

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« Reply #2810 on: March 13, 2016, 06:18:38 PM »

Georgia Cop Illegally Arrests Passenger Recording During Broken Tail Light “Investigation”

A video surfaced this weekend showing fast-talking, southern Georgia cop arresting a college student, just for being the passenger in a car with a broken tail light, after refusing to participate in the cop’s sham “investigation” of a minor traffic infraction.

It would spiral of control in under three minutes.

The cop started the traffic stop by saying, “You’d better step out of the vehicle, ma’am,” to ‘Kaylin’, the properly seat-belted driver – whose name we learned from the video you can see below.

The Valdosta Police Department Officer pulled over an SUV on a dark road, because it had a broken tail light back in June 2015, in what must’ve been near city limits for the southern Georgia college town of 50,000 residents.

Kaylin’s passenger exited the vehicle to continue recording the stop, but probably never imagined that she’d be arrested for recording the whole scene on her cellphone.

Because she was recording for publication onto YouTube it is entirely possible that the arrest is a 1st Amendment violation too.

At first glance, even with the dubious order to exit the vehicle, there does appear to be a reasonable discussion between citizen and officer.

But the Georgia cop demanded to, “Grab me everyone’s ID,” about 1 minute and twenty seconds into the recording for no articulable reason. For international readers, ID is short for identification.

“What do you need my ID for?” asked the girl recording the traffic stop.

“I’m need everyone’s ID,” replied the officer who appears to be in his early 30s, and not a wet behind the ears rookie.

“There’s no need for you.”

“This is, this is the problem,” said the officer as he began to temporize, “I conducted a traffic stop, the reason I was talking to you was your defective tail light, you’ve got it all taped up over there.”

“Yes, yes, I know,” replied the Kaylin, honestly and without malice or outward fear.

“So you acknowledge there’s a problem,” began the officer into a quick patter.

At this point, his own words pretty clearly limit the officer’s own probable cause for an “investigation” to citing a broken tail light.

“Ok, here’s a problem, you’re in this vehicle, this vehicle is part of my investigation”

“What are you investigating?” said Kaylin the driver, and her passenger firmly exclaimed without yelling afterwards, “What is your reasonable suspicion?

“What it is,” the Georgia cop stuttered, “What it is, is this is now an investigation. The fact that I pulled you over it is now an investigation.”

“About what?”

“Ok, I need everyone’s ID in that van, now,” replied the cop firmly in a Waffle House syrup coated southern accent, clearly annoyed that these college students were not going to surrender their 4th Amendment rights so easily.

“But, I don’t understand what happened,” asked the driver

“I told you, I stopped you for this defective tail light.”

“Right, you said you were investigating, what were you investigating?” asked the driver, hitting the nail right on the head like an experienced criminal defense lawyer might.

Under the landmark Supreme Court decision about the 4th Amedment in Terry Vs. Ohio, officers may only ask for identification if they can reasonably articulate suspicion of a crime, but that’s not all.

“The fact that I made a traffic stop, this is my investigation. Ok” deadpanned the cop, “So, ma’am i need your ID.”

“There’s no need for you to have my ID, sir,” said the teenage girl politely, while continuing to record the scene,”I’m so sorry.”

“Ok, that’s fine, you can put the phone down, you’re under arrest for interference with an investigation.”

Under Georgia law, the cop could’ve demanded ID if he suspected the passenger of Loitering or Prowling, but clearly it was not the case in this video, nor did he articulate that either.

“Are you serious, sir?” asked the shocked citizen who continued to calmly record her own arrest.

“Yes”

“There’s no need for you to have my ID,” she repeated.

And she was right.

The Valdosta officer proceeded to place her under arrest, which any court would seriously consider as a false arrest in betrayal of the 4th Amendment and even the 5th Amendment right to remain silent.

Because, Georgia doesn’t even have a true stop and identify statute, which Terry vs. Ohio requires.

Georgia’s ACLU made this guide about requirements to show ID.

Georgia cops won’t even arrest Cop Block activists who refuse to provide ID, but for some reason this cop had to arrest this young citizen who was entirely within her rights to remain anonymous.

“Here Kaylin! Get my phone and record this.”

The video stops there.

In so doing, he trashed the 4th Amendment and a landmark Georgia Supreme court decision Williams vs. State of Georgia, from only a month earlier which delineated the line between implied consent and actual consent too.

But he proved one thing for certain.

A bunch of young college students knew the Constitution better than he did.

The Valdosta officer was probably allowed to request the driver to exit the car, under Georgia’s odd laws, which deem traffic infractions criminal. However, the officer clearly only had probable cause to issue a broken tail light citation, and didn’t articulate any other reason for an investigation.

In the wake of Williams vs. Georgia, decided by Georgia’s Supreme Court just a month before this incident was recorded, the Georgia Association of Police Chiefs created and distributed this handy two page guide to the 4th Amendment for Law Enforcement Officers to better understand the intersection of state law with the constitution.

Clearly, Valdosta Police missed the memo.

Right off the bat, the driver had clearly and respectfully articulated that she was concerned about the lack of light where he wished to conduct the traffic stop.

It’s a pretty reasonable concern for a young lady, or group of young ladies, considering the totality of the circumstances, and when you consider the irony of searching for a properly lit spot when missing a tail light.

PINAC readers might remember Walter Scott being shot in the back by indicted Charleston ex-cop Michael Slager during a broken tail light stop just a month prior.

Georgia was originally founded as a penal colony, ironically as an alternative to debtor’s prison. Southerners all recognize immortal words of Falkner “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

However, this arrest is more reminiscent of a popular punchline bandied about the bars of Buckhead in Atlanta: “I went to Georgia on vacation, and left on probation.”

Perhaps it’s time for the Valdosta Police Department to get the memo that photography is not a crime like interfering with an investigation, and that these Georgia police need to respect the 4th Amendment rights of their fellow citizens.

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« Reply #2811 on: March 14, 2016, 09:58:57 AM »

“Hero” Cop Targeted Gays, Falsely Arrested 130 People to Make Extra Cash — Avoids All Charges

Cook County, IL – A corrupt cop by the name of Richard Fiorito has avoided charges after falsely arresting over 130 people for drunk driving. A recent investigation has uncovered that Fiorito was protected by state’s attorney Anita Alvarez, who is notorious for letting police off the hook. During that investigation, some old cases of Fiorito’s had shown vast corruption.

For six years, Fiorito was running a scheme in which he falsely arrested people on DUI charges so he could get overtime pay for the resulting court appearance.

In most of the cases, Fiorito would stop drivers on suspicion of driving drunk and would give them a field sobriety test, and he would fail them whether they passed or not, in many cases lying about his encounters with the victims and making up details about their behavior.

It was also suggested by some of the victims that Fiorito unfairly targetted the LGBT community, and would hunt for victims in a part of town where gay people often spent their time. Some victims reported that he used homophobic slurs while he was arresting them.

“He intends to be dual motivated,” attorney Jon Erickson said after the first dashcam surfaced.  “One, for the money, and two, to target gays and lesbians.”

For years, Fiorito would arrest at least one person each day for drunk driving on average and was called a hero by both Mothers Against Drunk Driving and the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists.

Eventually, Fiorito slipped up and dash camera footage was able to prove that he lied about at least one of his DUI arrests. However, he was not fired for the offense but was just reassigned to desk duty. After further investigation, the attorney’s office was forced to drop charges against more than 130 people who were arrested for drunk driving.

After the full scope of his corruption was revealed, Fiorito resigned, but state’s attorney Anita Alvarez never pressed charges against him, despite claiming that her office was investigating the officer for over a year. Sadly, Fiorito has found himself in the 96 percent of cops, who have committed a crime, even on video, and will not be prosecuted.

Alvarez will soon be up for re-election, and many of the victims in this case are hoping that she loses.

One victim, James Dean, told reporters, “Anita Alvarez, she’s part of the system. She certainly proved to me that she’s not on the right side of the law. If she gets re-elected, then we’re just in for more of the same corruption.”

“I’m hoping that Foxx gets elected, because she understands how the system has been used against particularly people of color. Hopefully, she can be a catalyst for change,” he added, speaking of the candidate competing with Alvarez in the election.

Sadly, there are officers just like Fiorito in every police department across the country, officers who are willing to put innocent people in jail so they can get a fatter paycheck.

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« Reply #2812 on: March 14, 2016, 09:05:59 PM »

I think you might have missed the point, based on your response. I could be wrong though.








Hmmm -- Are you also not missing the point in most of the
Cop related articles posted on here.

IE there is some very flawed cops out there & the very flawed
System covers & backs them up.

Jeez we have seen enough evidence posted here.
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« Reply #2813 on: March 15, 2016, 09:35:38 PM »

Remember this case? Seems like they're getting off lightly, as it often happens with cops.

Cops Charged after Breaking into Pot Shop, Stealing & Eating Edibles, Destroying Property

Santa Ana, CA — In June of last year, police raided a marijuana dispensary and were caught on a surveillance camera stealing the merchandise and breaking things. Police entered the “Sky High” dispensary in riot gear with guns drawn and were extremely disrespectful to the owners of the property as well as the guests, some of whom were disabled.

One of the occupants was a partially blind paraplegic, and the officers were making jokes about her disability. They even suggested to one another that they should have assaulted her.

“Did you punch that one-legged old Benita,” a male officer asks a female officer.

“I was about to kick her in her f—ing nub,” the female officer replies after the police were in the building alone.

The cameras captured the officers making profane jokes to one another while they played darts and testing out the merchandise in the store. In one part of the video, an officer can be seen taking a big bite out of what appears to be a marijuana edible, before he shakes his head in satisfaction and gives the other officers a “thumbs up.”

In the video released by the dispensary, cops, in an effort to conceal their acts were seen destroying all the cameras they could see before stealing property and insulting people with disabilities. However, there was one camera that remained hidden and intact, and only because of this camera was the investigation even launched.

After this video was released, it went super viral and exposed these abusive and corrupt officers for the criminals they are.

For nearly a year, the officers have fought to get out of any charges, claiming that the cameras inside the store were “illegal,” and, therefore, not admissible.

The District Attorney appears to be on their side too, as they quickly maintained that the snack items eaten inside the pot shop did not contain marijuana — in spite of the shop owners showing that the cookies were “edibles.”

“Because some were consuming regular food products does not mean they were not consuming edibles,” said attorney Matthew Pappas.

Despite their best efforts to fight all their charges, it was announced on Monday that three of the officers will be charged — all misdemeanors, of course.

For stealing and eating the cookies and protein bars from the shop, all the officers were charged with petty theft. The officer who smashed all of the surveillance cameras in the store was also charged with vandalism.


If convicted of petty theft, according to ABC7, officers Jorge Arroyo, 32 and Nicole Lynn Quijas, 37, face a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine. Officer Brandon Matthew Sontag, 31, faces up to 18 months in jail and a $2,000 fine for petty theft and the additional misdemeanor vandalism count for smashing the cameras.

The officers are scheduled for arraignment on April 11.

Watch the video below and you decide who the criminals are in this scenario. Are the criminals the peaceful people attempting to purchase a plant to help with their ailments — or, were they the armed gang members who assaulted those people with assault rifles, smashed up private property, stole property, and attempted to destroy the evidence of their unscrupulous behavior?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPWzx4I8l80" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPWzx4I8l80</a>

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« Reply #2814 on: March 16, 2016, 06:00:16 AM »

I don't understand why in the last few instances, the victims of police misconduct don't take matters into their own hands..... Especially in the story of the pig who falsely arrested and charged over 100 people to make himself look better.  Were these people waiting for the bullshit court system to punish the cops?  That will never happen..... Wake up and do some work, people.... Go after the pig personally.  Go after his ( or her) family... Make it so they are held responsible for their crimes.....
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« Reply #2815 on: March 17, 2016, 01:45:42 AM »

I don't understand why in the last few instances, the victims of police misconduct don't take matters into their own hands..... Especially in the story of the pig who falsely arrested and charged over 100 people to make himself look better.  Were these people waiting for the bullshit court system to punish the cops?  That will never happen..... Wake up and do some work, people.... Go after the pig personally.  Go after his ( or her) family... Make it so they are held responsible for their crimes.....







Yes. You make a good point.
I am also surprised some or at least one person
Hasn't taken matters into their own hands.

Mind can you just imagine How Quick & How Loud the Cops
Would Complain, Let alone The Cop loving & Backing So called
Justice Sytem Would do to them if Caught.
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« Reply #2816 on: March 17, 2016, 09:49:30 AM »

Florida Man Arrested Peacefully Exercising First Amendment Near Public School

St. Johns County deputies ignored the constitution and followed orders blindly.

They arrested PINAC reporter Jeff Gray this week.

The Florida deputies failed to find Jeff Gray on school property at St. Augustine High School, they failed to issue a trespass warning, and they relied on what is probably an unconstitutional “school safety zone” trespassing law to arrest the PINAC reporter, who did nothing more than protest unfair treatment by the school district educating his children in north Florida this week.

You can see Gray’s video report from his HonorYourOath Youtube channel below.

PINAC News reported earlier this week that the nature of the arrest is purely retaliatory, because Gray has committed no crime other than investigating school bus safety, as is his right as a member of the free press.

Video clearly shows the arresting deputy relying on Florida’s statute 810.0975 as you can see below.

The original PINAC report shows how the officers waffled about what to charge him with after the arrest, as the PINAC reporter rotted in jail waiting for a hearing, instead of being released on his own recognizance as most registered voters will be for minor offenses.

First, Gray was charged with a common trespassing charge, which requires, you know, actually trespassing on a property, not near a property on the public sidewalk.

Only later the north Florida deputies decided to try the “school safety zone” charges instead.

Just look at the letter below, and you’ll see that the Principal of St. Augustine High School warned Gray to stay away from “[NAME OF SCHOOL]” and cited Florida Statute 810.097 which is actually a completely different statute, and one which can only be enforced if a person enters school grounds, which Gray did not.

Principal DeArmas Graham never gave the deputies a “school safety zone” warning letter, nor sent one to Gray by certified mail as part of the package of 38 censorship letters demanded by St. Johns County Schools Superintendent Dr. Joseph Joyner who can be reached at (904) 547-7502.

The abominable “school safety zone” requires “each principal” or his designee to issue the warning, hence the absurd 38 letter package.

(2)(a) Each principal or designee of each public or private school in this state shall notify the appropriate law enforcement agency to prohibit any person from loitering in the school safety zone who does not have legitimate business in the school safety zone or any other authorization, or license to enter or remain in the school safety zone or does not otherwise have invitee status in the designated safety zone.

A St. Johns County Judge still required a $250 bail after the arraignment hearing, and refused to even listen to a reading of the statute, which says expressly: “(3) This section does not abridge or infringe upon the right of any person to peaceably assemble and protest.”

“I don’t know why they kept me in shackles during the arraignment,” said Gray who spent the day in jail because St. Johns County won’t release anyone on bond after 5pm and prolonged his booking process, “because the judge was on a television and not even in the same room.”

Jeff Gray was holding a sign saying, “The First Amendment is Not a Crime” in front of St. Augustine High School when four St. Johns County Sheriff’s deputies arrived and arrested him in under a minute.

It’s doubtful that the “school safety zone” law is even enforceable, after a 2008 ruling United States Southern District Court in Miami issued a definitive ruling in the case named Gray vs. Kohl.

In that case, Thomas Gray, a member of the Gideons handing out bibles near schools successfully challenged the Florida “school safety zones” law as unconstitutional for being vague and lacking proper provisions for notice. The relevant part of the ruling states:

Subsections 2(a) and 2(b) of § 810.0975, Florida Statutes, are declared unconstitutionally vague. The State of Florida and its officers are hereby permanently enjoined from enforcing these subsections.

Florida’s legislature changed the law in 2013, but did nothing to comport with the Federal ruling, so it’s likely that the state may not be enjoined from enforcement, but it’s a pretty dubious idea for the state to take up a law already invalid, and fail to do anything to fix it.

Lawmakers did note that the purpose of the school safe zones is, “An act relating to criminal gang prevention,” which means that St. Johns deputies and school Superintendent Dr. Joyner must think of PINAC a ‘reporter gang.’


But St. Johns County must be its own Country, since it has got own rules which don’t include any of the free speech or open government laws of Florida like the Sunshine Law, or the Constitution, both of which should expressly prohibit the kind of arrest Jeff Gray broadcast on Bambuser this past Monday morning.

If you’re concerned about school officials overstepping the boundaries of their offices, operators are standing by to take your calls to Dr. Joseph Joyner at  (904) 547-7502.

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« Reply #2817 on: March 17, 2016, 09:52:01 AM »

Louisiana Sheriff Facing Ten Years in Prison for Ordering the Beating of Inmates

An embattled Louisiana sheriff was indicted this week by a federal grand jury following guilty pleas by eight former deputies from his department.

Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal is facing ten years in prison and a fine of $250,000 for ordering the beatings of five inmates at the notorious Iberia Parish Jail.

The eight former deputies pleaded guilty to the deprivation of civil rights stemming from at least two separate incidents involving the beating of inmates in a plea deal that protects them from future indictments in exchange for their testimony against the sheriff.

Also indicted this week was Iberia Parish Lt. Colonel Gerald Savoy, who is said to have participated in the beatings, according to the United States Department of Justice.

The department has been under fire since the Houdini suicide of Victor White III, said to have shot himself in the chest while handcuffed in the back of a deputy’s cruiser.

White’s death two years ago lead to an FBI probe of the department.  The agency was also being investigated for two other incidents that occurred in the chapel of the jail, incidents that came to light after a whistleblower lawsuit was filed by former warden Wesley Hayes.

Ackal and Savoy were said to have ordered the assault of inmates and watched as deputies beat them with batons, forcing one inmate to simulate oral sex on the baton used to beat him.

The eight deputies who have already pleaded guilty are Robert E. Burns, Byron LaSalle, Wade Bergeron, Bret Broussard, Jason Comeaux and David Hines, former warden Wesley Hayes and Wesley’s brother Jesse Hayes.

Wesley Hayes is also the plaintiff in a whistleblower lawsuit he filed against the sheriff.  The suit  alleges  Hayes was fired for trying to report problems occurring in the jail. His suit claims that he reported the criminal activity of at least two employees to supervisors who overlooked and failed to report the criminal activity of the deputies.  Hayes’ lawsuit also describes an altercation between deputies and several inmates who were taken into a jail house chapel, with no surveillance, and beaten while Ackal and Savoy were present.

Hayes and brother Jesse were also named as defendants in a lawsuit filed after the in custody death of Michael Jones, an inmate who suffered from both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The suit listed five other defendants including nurse Stephanie Celestine, who failed to render aid to Jones before his death.

Jones died after an altercation with the Hayes brothers that began when Jones charged out of his cell and bit one of the deputies. The brothers, said to weigh a combined 700 pounds, sat on Jones to restrain him, according to other inmates who witnessed the assault.

“Wesley Hayes and Celestine, were ordered to split the cost of $61,000 in damages — an amount reflecting Jones’ status as a single, unemployed man without children at the time of his death.”

The Advocate reports that the department has faced more than 30 lawsuits since Ackal became sheriff in 2008.   The department has also paid out $1.1 million to settle at least ten of suits since the sheriff took office in 2008.


“At least six people, including five inmates, have died in Sheriff’s Office custody during that time. Documents examined by The Advocate — including complaints filed by inmates and settled civil lawsuits — allege a wide array of misconduct by Sheriff’s Office employees, ranging from excessive force used in routine arrests to an inmate beating that was so savage that guards slipped and fell in the victim’s blood.”

Missing from the list of guilty pleas and indictments was David Prejean who was fired last year after video surfaced of he and his K9 partner repeatedly attacking a inmate who lay face down on the floor of a common area in the jail, an incident that was covered by PINAC in May.  Prejean is also a defendant in a lawsuit filed by the mother of the seventeen year old shown in the same Sugarcane Festival video that landed Laperousse in hot water.

It remains unclear if Sheriff Ackal, who was re-elected last year, will continue to serve out his term or resign.

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/10/louisiana-sheriff-facing-ten-years-in-prison-for-ordering-the-beating-of-inmates/
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« Reply #2818 on: March 17, 2016, 05:03:12 PM »

Denver Cops Abused Confidential Database To Get Dates, Enable Stalking: Report

Officers in other cities have misused the database, too.

Denver Police officers caught using a confidential database for personal reasons should face stiffer penalties, the city’s independent monitor argued in a report released Tuesday.

The report, which reviewed both the Denver Police and the Denver Sheriff Department’s performance for 2015, found several instances of officers abusing both the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and it’s state counterpart, the Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC). Independent Monitor Nicholas Mitchell said in the report that he believes the penalties for those caught aren’t stiff enough to deter further abuse.

The database includes information about arrests, whether or not someone is a sex offender, alleged gang affiliations and missing persons. It also contains more sensitive information, like a person’s home address, their immigration status and “personal information about victims of domestic violence who have obtained protection orders,” the report said.

One officer, for example, was found to have used the database to assist an acquaintance who was going through a divorce determine the identity of the man he believed his wife was having an affair with. Then it spiraled out of control, possibly enabling violence from the vengeful ex-husband:

Shortly thereafter, the ex-husband began driving by the man’s house and threatening him. The ex-husband also found and contacted the man’s wife to tell her that the man was having an affair. The ex-husband told the wife that he knew their home address, showed her a picture of the man’s car, and asked her questions about the man to find out what gym he worked out at, what shift he worked, and where he spent his leisure time.
The officer was issued a written reprimand for his involvement.

In another instance, a Denver Police officer who was at a hospital investigating a reported sexual assault made “small talk” with a female employee at the hospital who wasn’t involved in the investigation. The report continues:

At the end of her shift, the female employee returned home and found a voicemail message from the officer on her personal phone. She had not given the officer her phone number, and was upset that he had obtained it (she assumed) by improperly using law enforcement computer systems.
That officer was fined two days’ pay for misusing the database, and also given a written reprimand.

“NCIC and CCIC are sensitive criminal justice databases that contain significant amounts of personal information about community members,” the report added. “When used appropriately, they can be powerful tools to investigate crime. But the misuse of these databases for personal, non-law enforcement purposes may compromise public trust and result in harm to community members.”

“We believe that the reprimands that are generally imposed on DPD officers who misuse the databases do not reflect the seriousness of that violation, and may not sufficiently deter future misuse,” it added.

Denver Police spokeswoman Daelene Mix told the Associated Press the department only investigates cases after a complaint is filed. As such, it’s difficult to know if the situations described in the report are isolated incidents or if the problem is more extensive.

The police department’s 1,400 or so officers access the database hundreds of times a day, reports the Denver Post.

Other officers across the nation have allegedly used the NCIC for less-than-official reasons. In 2013, various New York Police Department officers were accused of using the database for personal gain, including officers who tipped off drug dealers, staged robberies and, in one particularly gruesome case, planned how to abduct and cannibalize women.

Around 90,000 agencies use the database 9 million times a day.

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« Reply #2819 on: March 19, 2016, 04:24:12 PM »

SWAT Killed Dad Having Diabetic Episode, Kids Say
By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM
   
FRESNO, Calif. (CN) - Sheriff's officers in California's Central Valley shot and killed a 76-year-old man as he sat in his vehicle on the side of the road suffering from a diabetic episode, the man's family says in Federal Court.

Plaintiffs Stacey Berbereia, Daniel Hanson and Kimberly Niz filed a lawsuit against Kings County and three officers on Tuesday, asserting civil rights and wrongful death claims in connection to the fatal shooting of their father, Albert Hanson, Jr., last year.

On April 26, 2015, Albert Hanson decided to go squirrel shooting, as he frequently did with permission of certain landowners, his family says.
They believe that while he was on route, Hanson had a diabetic episode and pulled off the road near the west bank of a canal.

Hanson had firearms in his vehicle for the purpose of squirrel shooting, but never used one during the incident or brandished a firearm at anyone, his family says.
"Instead, Mr. Hanson remained in the driver's seat of his vehicle and reasonably appeared to be someone who was either ill or emotionally distressed," his family says.

The Kings County Sheriff's Office dispatched deputies to the location of Hanson's vehicle in an apparent response to a citizen's report, the complaint says.
A California Highway Patrol helicopter also went to the scene and the helicopter personnel reported to officers that the person in the driver's seat of the vehicle was possibly sleeping, according to the complaint.
One of the deputies on the scene ordered Hanson to exit the vehicle with his hands up, but Hanson remained in the vehicle with his hands on the steering wheel, his family says.

The deputy, who reported he was able to see a person in the driver's seat but nothing else, requested backup and waited for additional units to arrive, the complaint says.
When the sheriff's SWAT team arrived and took control of the scene, "things quickly escalated, although Mr. Hanson presented no more of a threat then than he had previously," the family says.

Hanson remained largely unresponsive in his vehicle, never attempted to exit the vehicle, and was never observed wielding a firearm in a manner indicating he was an imminent threat, according to his family.
"Despite the plethora of tactical options and strategic advantages possessed by law enforcement personnel on scene, deadly force was exercised as the first and only considered option, and in the absence of apparent justification," the family says.

Several SWAT members - including the identified defendants Deputy Taylor Lopes, Detective Marius Barsteceanu and Deputy Thomas Olson - fired a total of 47 shots at the vehicle. Eleven of the shots struck Hanson, according to the complaint.

"Mr. Hanson died at the scene without any effort made to tend to his injuries," his family says.

According to news stories following the incident, the sheriff's office said it responded to Hanson's vehicle after a farmworker reported that Hanson had two rifles and was making obscure comments.
The sheriff's office told news outlets that Hanson was holding a rifle with a scope and fired off a round in an unknown direction while the SWAT team was trying to negotiate with him, prompting the officers to return fire.

The Kings County Sheriff's Office did not immediately respond to an after-hours request for comment.
Hanson's family is represented by Kevin Little, who also did not respond to a late request for comment on Wednesday.

http://www.courthousenews.com/2016/03/17/swat-killed-dad-having-diabetic-episode-kids-say.htm
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« Reply #2820 on: March 21, 2016, 04:37:07 PM »

Arizona Cop Killed Man with AR-15 Rifle Inscribed with the Words “You’re Fucked” as Man Pleaded for His Life

Daniel Shaver may have had a few drinks in him when he was ordered out of his Arizona hotel room at gunpoint by a group of six screaming police officers last January.

The Mesa police officers were barking all kinds of orders; each one with a different demand, telling him to get down on his hands and knees and crawl towards them, to place his hands over his head, to sit on the floor and cross his legs in front of him.

The traveling businessman was trying to comply, but he was confused by their contradictory demands. The fact that he had been drinking with friends that evening did not help.

“Please don’t shoot me,” Shaver reportedly pleaded as he lifted his hands up, then down again.

But then one cop did, shooting him five times with an AR-15 rifle inscribed with the  words “You’re Fucked.”

It was Philip “Mitch” Braisford’s personal gun, which he had personally inscribed, and it offered a glimpse into his personality.

Naturally, the 25-year-old Mesa police officer claimed he was in fear for his life, which was enough for internal affairs to find no wrongdoing on his part; the same investigative unit where his father had recently retired from as a lieutenant after working 19 years in the department.

But the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office charged him with second-degree murder several weeks later after reviewing footage from his body cam, a decision that left him “stunned” and “shocked,” especially considering the charge carries a minimum sentence of ten years in prison.

However, now he is being offered a plea deal of negligent homicide, which carries a minimum sentence of probation, a judicial “get out of jail, free” card that he would be stupid not to accept, according to Shaver’s wife, Laney Sweet, who is posting information on a Facebook page she created in support of her husband.

Braisford, who has not spent a minute in jail, has until May 16 to decide whether to accept the deal offered to him on Tuesday, said Sweet, who is already sensing that he will never spend a day in jail.

Especially considering he has not spent a minute in jail since he was charged with second-degree murder, the judge apparently believing his lawyer who said that he “honorably served his community as a Mesa police officer.”

But now the department is taking the steps to terminate him, not over the shooting, but because he had inscribed the profane phrase on his personal gun, which he was allowed to use over any department-issued gun.

Meanwhile, Shaver’s wife has already filed a $35 million wrongful death lawsuit.

And the body cam footage of Shaver’s killing has already been viewed by her attorney, even though it has not been released to the public.

Sweet posted the following on the Facebook page:

I was told Daniel’s hand never even touched his side or waistband. They said that while he was up on his knees with his hands above his head that he went to all four and it appeared that he could have lost balance. His right arm brushed beside his body. The officer shot him five times and Daniel fell forward and died instantly. Daniel had a few drinks with the two guests he was eating pizza with in his room, who were co-workers there for a conference.

Shaver was 26 and lived in Texas with his wife and children. He worked in pest control and was traveling for business with two pellet guns he routinely traveled with for his job.

He had dinner and drinks with a man and a woman and invited them back to his La Quinta hotel room on the fifth floor. At one point, he was showing them the pellet guns.

Meanwhile, two people sitting by the pool looked up and saw a man pointing a gun out the window, so they became alarmed and called police.

The two pellet guns were found inside his room after he had been killed outside his room.

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/17/arizona-cop-killed-man-with-ar-15-rifle-inscribed-with-the-words-youre-fucked-as-man-pleaded-for-his-life/

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2016/03/16/report-man-fatally-shot-mesa-officer-may-have-been-drunk-and-confused-police-commands/81879134/

http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/mesa-ariz-officer-heads-to-court-for-murder-of-n-texas-man/82912536
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« Reply #2821 on: March 21, 2016, 05:33:42 PM »

Arizona Cop Killed Man with AR-15 Rifle Inscribed with the Words “You’re Fucked” as Man Pleaded for His Life

Daniel Shaver may have had a few drinks in him when he was ordered out of his Arizona hotel room at gunpoint by a group of six screaming police officers last January.

The Mesa police officers were barking all kinds of orders; each one with a different demand, telling him to get down on his hands and knees and crawl towards them, to place his hands over his head, to sit on the floor and cross his legs in front of him.

The traveling businessman was trying to comply, but he was confused by their contradictory demands. The fact that he had been drinking with friends that evening did not help.

“Please don’t shoot me,” Shaver reportedly pleaded as he lifted his hands up, then down again.

But then one cop did, shooting him five times with an AR-15 rifle inscribed with the  words “You’re Fucked.”

It was Philip “Mitch” Braisford’s personal gun, which he had personally inscribed, and it offered a glimpse into his personality.

Naturally, the 25-year-old Mesa police officer claimed he was in fear for his life, which was enough for internal affairs to find no wrongdoing on his part; the same investigative unit where his father had recently retired from as a lieutenant after working 19 years in the department.

But the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office charged him with second-degree murder several weeks later after reviewing footage from his body cam, a decision that left him “stunned” and “shocked,” especially considering the charge carries a minimum sentence of ten years in prison.

However, now he is being offered a plea deal of negligent homicide, which carries a minimum sentence of probation, a judicial “get out of jail, free” card that he would be stupid not to accept, according to Shaver’s wife, Laney Sweet, who is posting information on a Facebook page she created in support of her husband.

Braisford, who has not spent a minute in jail, has until May 16 to decide whether to accept the deal offered to him on Tuesday, said Sweet, who is already sensing that he will never spend a day in jail.

Especially considering he has not spent a minute in jail since he was charged with second-degree murder, the judge apparently believing his lawyer who said that he “honorably served his community as a Mesa police officer.”

But now the department is taking the steps to terminate him, not over the shooting, but because he had inscribed the profane phrase on his personal gun, which he was allowed to use over any department-issued gun.

Meanwhile, Shaver’s wife has already filed a $35 million wrongful death lawsuit.

And the body cam footage of Shaver’s killing has already been viewed by her attorney, even though it has not been released to the public.

Sweet posted the following on the Facebook page:

I was told Daniel’s hand never even touched his side or waistband. They said that while he was up on his knees with his hands above his head that he went to all four and it appeared that he could have lost balance. His right arm brushed beside his body. The officer shot him five times and Daniel fell forward and died instantly. Daniel had a few drinks with the two guests he was eating pizza with in his room, who were co-workers there for a conference.

Shaver was 26 and lived in Texas with his wife and children. He worked in pest control and was traveling for business with two pellet guns he routinely traveled with for his job.

He had dinner and drinks with a man and a woman and invited them back to his La Quinta hotel room on the fifth floor. At one point, he was showing them the pellet guns.

Meanwhile, two people sitting by the pool looked up and saw a man pointing a gun out the window, so they became alarmed and called police.

The two pellet guns were found inside his room after he had been killed outside his room.

https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/03/17/arizona-cop-killed-man-with-ar-15-rifle-inscribed-with-the-words-youre-fucked-as-man-pleaded-for-his-life/

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/mesa/2016/03/16/report-man-fatally-shot-mesa-officer-may-have-been-drunk-and-confused-police-commands/81879134/

http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/mesa-ariz-officer-heads-to-court-for-murder-of-n-texas-man/82912536







Jeez Yet another scumbag gun tooting Fcuking cop
Being the big man with 5 others all with guns.
Yeah Right He Feared For His Life.
Let's Hope He Gets 10 yrs Minimum
Then He Can Fear For His ArseHole
& Have Tattooed 'I'm Fcuked'
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« Reply #2822 on: March 22, 2016, 05:29:58 PM »

This weak pig rapes children AND pets.......


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« Reply #2823 on: March 22, 2016, 06:08:37 PM »

NYPD cop 'lied in court to convict an innocent man and sabotaged fresh investigation into the case 20 years later'

  • Eric Glisson and four others spent 18 years in prison for the 1995 murder of livery driver Baithe Diop
  • They were released in 2013 after two gang members were found to be the real killers
  • Now Glisson and the others say in court papers that Lieutenant William Sean O'Toole lied about how he caught Glisson
  • They also claim O'Toole destroyed the notebook of a detective who was re-investigating the case

An NYPD officer committed perjury to convict an innocent man and sabotaged the re-investigation that led to the real killers, court papers say.
Eric Glisson and four other people spent 18 years in prison for the 1995 fatal shooting of livery driver Baithe Diop.

Glisson, who was 20 when he was convicted, was released in 2013 along with Cathy Watkins, Michael Cosme, Devon Ayers and Carlos Perez when two gang members were found to be the actual killers.
Now, Glisson and the others say Lieutenant William O'Toole lied in court about how he caught Glisson and got in the way of a detective trying to find the real murderers, the New York Post reported.

O'Toole said at the time that he had seen Glisson in the building where he lived and grabbed him just before Glisson dashed into his apartment.
But Glisson, who was imprisoned at New York's maximum security facility Sing Sing, said O'Toole actually tricked him into opening the apartment's door by using a neighborhood child.

Glisson, Watkins, Cosme, Ayers and Perez have sued the city for malicious prosecution.
As part of the proceedings, they also claim there's 'ample evidence to infer' that O'Toole destroyed the notebook of a detective who was re-investigating the case.
The city has admitted that the notebook disappeared, the New York Post wrote. That detective's new probe into the case eventually led to Glisson's and the others' being set free.

'I've been innocent, I've been fighting all these years and the hard work finally paid off,' Cosme told NBC after his release in January 2013.
Another detective who worked under O'Toole's supervision in the Bronx said he gave O'Toole a tip that could have spared Glisson and the others more than a decade behind bars.

Peter Forcelli told O'Toole that Gilbert Vega and José Rodriguez, two members of the Sex Money Murder gang who later turned out to be the real killers, were bragging about killing a livery driver in 1995, the court papers say.
Forcelli said O'Toole stayed silent and didn't bring up Diop's murder event though he had testified at Watkins and Glisson's trial just months earlier.

The NYPD 'may have looked only in the open homicide drawer and never bothered to even look to see if there was anything other than an unsolved homicide that fit that decision', Forcelli told NBC's Dateline in an episode chronicling Glisson's quest to be freed.
The conversation happened in late 1997 or early 1998, the New York Post reported.

O'Toole told the newspaper the allegations were untrue, adding he 'absolutely hadn't lied under oath' and that Forcelli's claims were 'baloney'.
'There's no reason for me to hide the notebook or take the notebook,' O'Toole told the New York Post.
'Obviously, anyone can put anything they want in court documents. I have nothing to hide and I know I didn't do anything wrong.'

Glisson opened a juice bar in the Bronx, called Fresh Take Juice Bar, a year after his exoneration.
His daughter Cynthia was just a week old when he was incarcerated and almost 18 years old when Glisson was released.
 He had a second daughter, named Scarlett, in April last year, NBC reported.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3502667/NYPD-cop-Lieutenant-William-Sean-O-Toole-lied-court-convict-innocent-Eric-Glisson-worked-sabotage-hunt-real-killers-1995-murder-Baithe-Diop.html
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« Reply #2824 on: March 23, 2016, 10:58:29 AM »

20 Years and 13 Alibis Later, Bronx DA Agrees to Vacate Richard Rosario's Murder Conviction

Richard Rosario has spent two decades behind bars, insisting for every one of those years that 13 alibi witnesses could prove he was innocent of a 1996 New York City murder.

On Tuesday, the Bronx District Attorney's Office told NBC News it intends to ask a judge to throw out Rosario's conviction.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark confirmed that the DA will move to vacate the conviction and ask that Rosario be released from prison "after a review by her office determined that he did not receive a fair trial."

But, the statement added, "The charges against Mr. Rosario remain open pending further investigation."

For years, former Bronx DA Robert Johnson stood by the conviction and appellate courts have consistently upheld it. But when Clark took office on January 1st of this year, she vowed that potential wrongful convictions would be a focus for her office, and began to look into the Rosario case.

The news comes just two days before the launch of "Conviction," a streaming documentary series produced by Dateline NBC that is set to be released on NBCNews.com on Thursday. It documents a producer's two-year investigation into the long and twisted history of Rosario's case.

"We are very happy that Richard is going to be free, that he's going to get a measure of justice after 20 years," said Rosario's attorneys, Rebecca Freedman and Glenn Garber of The Exoneration Initiative, a not-for-profit organization that investigates claims of innocence.

The Bronx DA's office says it has begun the process of bringing Rosario from Eastern Correctional Facility in upstate New York, where he was housed, to the Bronx to appear in court. A law enforcement source tells NBC News that could happen by Wednesday.

Rosario is currently in the 20th year of a 25-to-life sentence for the 1996 murder of 17-year-old Jorge Collazo in the Bronx.

Rosario insists he was 1,000 miles away in Florida on the day of the crime and among the witnesses who can vouch for him are a sheriff's deputy, a pastor, and a federal correctional officer.

"I turned myself in when I heard police were looking for me," Rosario, now 40, told Dateline two years ago. "I gave detectives everything they needed that first night to prove my innocence. They never investigated any of it."

"Do you believe I'm still here?" he said in 2014, "It's insane."

Rosario's story has never changed.

On June 30, 1996, he says he boarded a Greyhound bus in Deltona, Florida and headed back to New York City to clear up what he thought was a misunderstanding. A few days earlier, when Rosario had called home to speak to his mother, she'd told him that NYPD detectives had been to their Bronx apartment because they wanted to speak with him about a murder.

Once he arrived in the Bronx, Rosario called detectives at the 43rd precinct saying he knew nothing about a murder, but he'd voluntarily turn himself in the next day to answer any questions they had. Instead, detectives came to the apartment that evening and took Rosario to the precinct.

Two eyewitnesses had picked Rosario's photo out of a book of mug shots, saying he was the gunman who'd shot Collazo in the face on the afternoon of June 19, 1996 after a brief altercation in the street. The eyewitnesses then picked Rosario out of a live line-up.

But Rosario insisted he'd never killed anyone, and said he'd been in Florida the whole month of June. He gave a detailed voluntary statement to detectives, providing them with the names, phone numbers and addresses of his alibi witnesses.

While in Florida, he explained, he'd been staying with his friend John Torres and John's wife Jeannine, who was pregnant. In fact, said Rosario, he was with them on June 19 when Jeannine went into labor. He'd celebrated with the couple and their friends the next day when the baby was born.

If true, there was no way he could have pulled a trigger in the South Bronx on June 19. More than a dozen people could confirm his story.

"I didn't expect to be in jail for another day," Rosario says now. "I figured they'd make a few calls and I'd be released that evening."

Detectives, however, did not follow up with any of the alibi witnesses. So, with no evidence other than two stranger eyewitness identifications linking him to the murder, Rosario — the 21-year-old father of a 1-year-old boy and a 4-year-old girl — was arrested for murder.

Rosario had already had contact with the justice system. At the time of his arrest, he was wanted for a robbery. Although he also contended he was not guilty of the robbery either, after he was convicted of the murder, he pleaded guilty to the robbery. His sentence would run concurrently with the sentence for the murder conviction. He had also pleaded guilty to a robbery as a juvenile, which is why his photo was among the mug shots shown to eyewitnesses.

In 2014, as he worked on the "Conviction" series, Dateline producer Dan Slepian tracked down nine of the alibi witnesses that Rosario named the night he turned himself in. All said they had never been contacted by anyone from the NYPD or the Bronx District Attorney's office, which has also been confirmed in court documents.

Last week, that changed, when investigators from the Bronx DA's office went to Florida to interview alibi witnesses, law enforcement sources told NBC News.

Rosario challenged his conviction in state court in 2004, arguing that his original attorneys were ineffective by not sending an investigator to Florida. During that hearing, seven of the alibi witnesses came to New York and told a judge that Rosario had been in Florida. But the state judge ruled against him, saying that his lawyers had on the whole "represented Rosario skillfully and with integrity" and that their failure to send an investigator to Florida was the result of a "misunderstanding or mistake" that "was not deliberate."


For 20 years, Rosario has hoped to be reunited with his son and daughter, now 21 and 23 years old.

"All I care about is the truth," Rosario said in 2014. "I just hope the truth comes out."

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/california-family-files-appeal-keep-girl-who-1-64-native-n543886
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