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Louisiana Cop Accused of Beating Handcuffed Woman Back on the Job (union reinstates him)
Reason ^ | Wednesday, September 9th, 2009 | Radley Balko

Posted on 09/10/2009 6:09:59 PM PDT by ellery

In 2007, Shreveport police officer Wiley Willis arrested 38-year-old Angela Garbarino on suspicion of drunken driving. While in custody, as captured on the video below, Garbarino began arguing with Willis about what she said was her right to make a phone call. About a minute later, Willis walked over and turned off the video camera. When the camera returns back on, Garbarino was lying on the floor in a pool of her own blood. She was later photographed with severe facial injuries that looked to have come from a beating. Willis’ attorney stated that she tripped and fell while the camera was off. After the video went viral, Willis was fired, but never criminally charged.

Last month, the Shreveport Municipal Fire and Police Civil Service Board voted to reinstate Willis on the police force. He’ll get full back pay and benefits for the year-and-a-half he was fired. The reason? During the internal investigation of Willis, a polygraph machine operator failed to record the results of his Q&A with Willis. This apparently is a violation of Louisiana’s “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights,” a set of guidelines every department must follow when investigating officer misconduct.

Garbarino won a $400,000 settlement from the city of Shreveport last year.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: donutwatch; jackbootedthugs; jbt; jbts; policestate; rapeofliberty; streetganginblue; thugswithbadges
Police unions have done to policing what teachers' unions did to teaching. The thugs with badges know they're untouchable. The system is rotten, top to bottom.
1 posted on 09/10/2009 6:10:00 PM PDT by ellery
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To: bamahead

ping.


2 posted on 09/10/2009 6:10:55 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: ellery

You are so right, and the number of incidents like this seem to be rising.


3 posted on 09/10/2009 6:19:47 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: ellery

In the sixties this was very common.

In a city like Houston a man would be taken out of the holding cell for “questioning” and come back in god-awful shape, sometimes unconscious.

The beatings were even done in front of female office personnel.


4 posted on 09/10/2009 6:20:27 PM PDT by ansel12
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To: ellery

He worked her over pretty good. I hope she moved away because he’s loose again.


5 posted on 09/10/2009 6:21:38 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ellery

Well, at least he didn’t drag her out into a field and put 2 rounds of 12 gauge into her like the cop in an earlier post today did to a ferocious, 6 pound, de-clawed, sick, 18 year old housecat. But hey, never judge a thug until you walk a mile in his jackboots.


6 posted on 09/10/2009 6:22:12 PM PDT by Jaxter (Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum.)
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To: ellery

All that beating and no taser? What’s wrong with this pig? He should know better than to get his hands dirty while handling the chattel.

Protect. Serve. Beat Down. Electrify.

The New Amerika.

Unbelievable!


7 posted on 09/10/2009 6:22:33 PM PDT by Boucheau (Who is John Galt? "I am the first man of ability who refused to regard it as guilt.")
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To: ellery

Shreveport, Just Like New Orleans.


8 posted on 09/10/2009 6:25:18 PM PDT by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: ellery

He is the type obama will want for the future.


9 posted on 09/10/2009 6:25:45 PM PDT by sport
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To: ellery

Shreveport could sue Willis for the $400K he cost them. The union couldn’t do anything about that.


10 posted on 09/10/2009 6:34:51 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: sport

“He is the type obama will want for the future.”

What kind of scumbag sicko beats a drunk, handcuffed WOMAN like that?

And then his fellow pigs give him his job back.

I don’t know why so many on the right put pigs and American soldiers on the same plane of respect—they’re not even close.

Pigs won’t risk a broken finger nail, or a dropped doughnut, to subdue a little old lady nowadays—they’ll opt for 50k volts and make quick work of it.

It’s disgusting.

If you think the new generation of pigs is going to resist orders from the power mongers in government to make your life hell you are sorely mistaken.

Rough times ahead.


11 posted on 09/10/2009 6:35:18 PM PDT by Boucheau (Who is John Galt? "I am the first man of ability who refused to regard it as guilt.")
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To: Boucheau

There are officers and then there are some who should have never been given a badge. Not all are bad.


12 posted on 09/10/2009 6:41:12 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ellery
she should press charges...
13 posted on 09/10/2009 7:00:56 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist -ww- I AM JIM THOMPSON!)
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To: Boucheau

I know what time it is. Hoodlums such as this and worse is what obama’s personal army will be made up of.

Who do you think is going to come to get you and put your butt and mine in the camps, only they won’t be called camps? Your local cop. Sure some may refuse and quit, but when threathened with the loss of their pensions will toe the company line.

Like you say, rough times are ahead.


15 posted on 09/10/2009 7:04:10 PM PDT by sport
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To: Chode

Better. She sued. And won.


16 posted on 09/10/2009 7:08:01 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: ellery

She should have used her right to remain silent first


17 posted on 09/10/2009 7:08:28 PM PDT by Figment ("A communist is someone who reads Marx.An anti-communist is someone who understands Marx" R Reagan)
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To: sport

Even the police union must be holding its nose about this one. The chief of police, to his credit, is still trying to dislodge this loser. I would have to wonder if some of his fellows are cogitating to have done to him what King David had done to Uriah.


18 posted on 09/10/2009 7:09:55 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Unashamed Sarah-Bot.)
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To: Figment

She got the beating for insisting on her right to a phone call.


19 posted on 09/10/2009 7:12:57 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

“Not all are bad.”

Of course I want to believe that but what am I supposed to think when he gets his damn job back?

The message is crystal clear: cops are above the laws they claim to be upholding. One set of laws for them and another set for we peons who didn’t make that career choice.

It’s dangerous on so many levels. And it’s frightening.


20 posted on 09/10/2009 7:22:32 PM PDT by Boucheau (Who is John Galt? "I am the first man of ability who refused to regard it as guilt.")
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To: Boucheau
but what am I supposed to think

You're supposed to think that unions have crossed the line. Unions no longer serve their original purpose. They have become the bullies.

This guy is a liability. See post 18.

The message is crystal clear: cops are above the laws

No. They aren't. You are painting with a pretty wide brush. Again, there are bad apples. But there are bad apples in any group. Are all doctors butchers because some are? Are all mechanics cheats because some are?

21 posted on 09/10/2009 7:30:31 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

If you think you’re going to affect change with a scalpel nowadays...well, it ain’t happening.

CYA is the order of the day.

It’s the big brush or they get away with it, unfortunately.

Our leaders need to be reminded of what principles are and there awesome effect on our lives.

They want to refer to themselves as “The Force” and that is exactly how I am approaching them.


22 posted on 09/10/2009 7:38:23 PM PDT by Boucheau (Who is John Galt? "I am the first man of ability who refused to regard it as guilt.")
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To: Boucheau

Whatever.


23 posted on 09/10/2009 7:40:26 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (Make yourselves sheep and the wolves will eat you. Ben Franklin)
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To: DJ MacWoW

Nice tag line.


24 posted on 09/10/2009 7:42:22 PM PDT by Boucheau (Who is John Galt? "I am the first man of ability who refused to regard it as guilt.")
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To: ellery

>>>The thugs with badges know they’re untouchable.

No, didn’t you read your own story? “This apparently is a violation of Louisiana’s “Police Officer’s Bill of Rights,” a set of guidelines every department must follow”.” The investigation was tainted by failure to follow procedure.

I’ve been here before. As the most junior lawyer in my circuit I was once stuck with the task of appointment as president of our county Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Board.

During my term the sheriff fired for cause one particular deputy, who as a matter of course appealed this decision to our review. The sheriff so badly bungled his case justifying the termination we had to reinstate the deputy, who we knew darn well was unfit to serve. But had we not done so, the Circuit Court would have heard the case and would have followed the law and reinstated. Then come after us as to why we didn’t follow the law and clear this matter before it needlessly took court time.

Soon after the sheriff again found cause to fire this deputy, and again he appealed the firing, and again the sheriff’s case was so incompetently prepared and presented we again had no option but to reinstate. The sheriff and the department were trying to do the right thing, but were generally clueless. Our hands were tied.

This sounds like a similar situation, so don’t go off on unions this once.


25 posted on 09/10/2009 8:25:01 PM PDT by tlb
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To: Morgana
what is it going to take? he will murder someone?

Even that won't work unless the victim is some other sort of union thug or politician and it is caught on video by 35 bystanders.

26 posted on 09/10/2009 8:51:59 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: tlb

I did read my own story. I also know that police departments sometimes deliberately bungle their own procedures in order to get a fellow officer off. That happened recently here in Pittsburgh — a drunk off-duty officer pistol-whipped and shot a random person walking down the sidewalk. He ended up getting off based on a variety of technicalities — for example, the police department conveniently didn’t test him for alcohol until four or five hours after the event, so it was deemed to be inadmissible.

I see your point, though — it might have been rank stupidity/corruption in the department in this case. My overall statement is still correct, I think — the thugs know they’re untouchable, and the system is rotten all the way around.


27 posted on 09/10/2009 8:57:11 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: tlb
Why is there a "Police Officer's Bill of Rights" and a "Civil Service Board" anyway.

You just described circumstances where you were derelict in your duty to society..........twice.........with the same thug.

Shame on you.

28 posted on 09/10/2009 8:57:27 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Jaxter

Oh, no. I didn’t see that story, and I’m glad I didn’t. That’s vile — I used to think it was mostly a joke that some of these guys delight in killing people’s pets. :( And they get away with it.


29 posted on 09/10/2009 8:59:14 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: DJ MacWoW
No. They aren't. You are painting with a pretty wide brush. Again, there are bad apples. But there are bad apples in any group. Are all doctors butchers because some are? Are all mechanics cheats because some are?

But the problem goes beyond some bad apples. Mechanics don't have a whole system in place to protect cheating fellow mechanics. Doctors don't have an organized, us-against-them "brotherhood" that supports and protects butchering fellow doctors and punishes whistle blowers.

Neither group gets to police itself with little to no outside oversight or accountability. And neither profession has the latitude to legally kill fellow citizens under color of the law.

Yes, there are good cops out there -- I've encountered them myself. But if you're a cop who stays silent while watching bad cops operate, that makes you a bad cop too.

30 posted on 09/10/2009 9:13:08 PM PDT by ellery (It's a free country.)
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To: ellery
More info here:

Willis' back pay would exceed $50,000

Aug 20, 2009 11:15 AM  

The city of Shreveport is preparing to appeal the police civil service board's decision to reinstate Wiley Willis, the former police officer who was with Angie Garbarino the night she was injured while in police custody.  

Willis' reinstatement would be with back pay to his firing in February 2008. Exact figures have not been calculated, but police officials have estimated it will be more than $50,000.

  A letter of notice to the Municipal Police and Fire Civil Service Board would be a prelude to an appeal to Caddo District Court asking a judge there to overturn the reinstatement by the panel of civilians, police officers and firefighters.

-snip-

http://www.ktbs.com/news/willis-back-pay-would-exceed-50000

31 posted on 09/11/2009 2:27:11 AM PDT by Ken H
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To: ellery; Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; akatel; albertp; AlexandriaDuke; Alexander Rubin; ...
(Officer) Willis walked over and turned off the video camera. When the camera returns back on, Garbarino was lying on the floor in a pool of her own blood...Willis’ attorney stated that she tripped and fell while the camera was off.



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32 posted on 09/11/2009 7:26:39 AM PDT by bamahead (Avoid self-righteousness like the devil- nothing is so self-blinding. -- B.H. Liddell Hart)
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To: ellery

I couldn’t have said it any better myself.


33 posted on 09/11/2009 7:56:16 AM PDT by MetaThought
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To: ellery
What gets me is there are still many on this forum that automatically side with “the officer”,without first hearing the story out.Just like any public servant,they work for us,but they tend to be given a tad bit more authority then some guy mowing the grass in your local park.Perhaps they need to be held to somewhat higher standards.(sarcasm off)
34 posted on 09/11/2009 8:59:48 AM PDT by nomad
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To: ellery

Acted “stupidly”....;o)

T


35 posted on 09/11/2009 10:14:11 AM PDT by 30 something american (never argue with idiots, they'll bring you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: ellery

Teacher or Cop - LOWEST common denominator!


36 posted on 09/11/2009 5:41:32 PM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: DJ MacWoW; All

I just stumbled across these videos and it made me think of this thread.

http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=police+brutality&search_type=&aq=2&oq=police

Pigs are great, we’ve got nothing to worry about. Just don’t catch them too far between doughnuts, or on a bad day.


37 posted on 09/12/2009 10:02:48 PM PDT by Boucheau
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To: DJ MacWoW

This one says it all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcYOOc2LqzA

Does anyone wonder anymore why cops are hated by an increasing percentage of the population?


38 posted on 09/12/2009 10:17:06 PM PDT by Boucheau
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To: ellery
Good for Garabino...

Wiley should ask his parents why they left the extra "L" out of his name.

Cop was a typical inbred cousin!

39 posted on 09/12/2009 10:19:35 PM PDT by shadowcat
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To: ellery
Good for Garabino...

Wiley should ask his parents why they left the extra "L" out of his name.

Cop was a typical inbred cousin!

and...the cops wife is a fat slug

40 posted on 09/12/2009 10:21:43 PM PDT by shadowcat
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