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Officer turns off audio and video equipment then beats 66-year-old man suffering from dementia
WFTV.com Melbourne Florida ^ | 6:34 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2012

Posted on 01/16/2012 8:46:02 PM PST by JerseyHighlander

Direct link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2FAbUZd3zoM

Synopsis Excerpt: A Melbourne, Florida cop turned off his audio and video equipment before beating a 66-year-old man suffering from dementia "for no apparent reason," WFTV reports. The officer turned off his video and audio equipment before the beating. The department was able to extract the video from the hard drive, but not the audio.

The only disciplinary record the officer received for the incident was a written reprimand for turning off the recording equipment.

Flowers was charged with battery on a law enforcement officer.

"It's ridiculous. Clearly from this video there was no assault on a law enforcement officer. We asked for a speedy trial. We want a jury to see this video," attorney Paul Bross said.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: assault; dementia; donutwatch; elderlyabuse; leo; premeditatedattack; respectmyauthority; wearetheonlyones
Flowers' nephew, Garrick Flowers, said he yelled at the officer to stop and told him his uncle has dementia.

"He's 66 years old, he had triple bypass, I think he's killing him," said Garrick Flowers.

-------------------------- Premeditated Attempted Murder charges. Nothing less will bring any modicum of justice to this situation.

1 posted on 01/16/2012 8:46:05 PM PST by JerseyHighlander
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To: JerseyHighlander
Ping for later, to see how the resident FR badge lickers handle this one.

Hey cop, I am 64, and if you try to kick me in the nuts like this guy, and I am taking you down hard.

2 posted on 01/16/2012 8:53:52 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: JerseyHighlander

Someone is going to come on this thread and say, “this is an edited video and you didn’t see what happened first.”


3 posted on 01/16/2012 8:56:19 PM PST by heartwood
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To: heartwood
Ah yes, the old "we need to hear both side first" group.

I did not see a weapon in the guy's hands, just a cop getting off his "authority" rocks...........

4 posted on 01/16/2012 9:00:47 PM PST by doorgunner69
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To: JerseyHighlander

cops hate cameras, and THIS is why. They love them 2b everywhere against YOU, but nowhere against them.

democracy - YOU have the privacy and the guns

tyranny - Your GOV’T has the privacy and the guns


5 posted on 01/16/2012 9:00:59 PM PST by gaijin
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To: heartwood

Actually, we know what happened first...the pig turned off the camera anticipating what he was going to do—the assault was premeditated.


6 posted on 01/16/2012 9:03:28 PM PST by rottndog (Be Prepared for what's coming AFTER America....)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Turning the equipment off amounts to First Degree whatever it is. Attempted murder as far as I’m concerned. Under color of authority, too.


7 posted on 01/16/2012 9:05:14 PM PST by coloradan (The US has become a banana republic, except without the bananas - or the republic.)
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To: JerseyHighlander
"The department was able to extract the video from the hard drive"

If the video was turned off prior, there would not been any recording of the event.

Do they really mean that the LEO tried to erase the video evidence? In some parts of the world, that is called evidence tampering and puts people in the poky for a Long Time.

8 posted on 01/16/2012 9:06:31 PM PST by Deaf Smith
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To: JerseyHighlander

What is not being reported is the cop is 77 years old.


9 posted on 01/16/2012 9:09:56 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: doorgunner69

Oh don’t worry ‘gunner, the fans of the little johnson, ‘roided up, punk ass, dog killing, jackboot thugs will be here soon enough. Count on it.


10 posted on 01/16/2012 9:20:13 PM PST by bobby.223 (Retired means EVERY day is Saturday!)
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To: JerseyHighlander

I have actually fought cops...jailers to be precise...not a pretty sight

trying to fight cuffed up..saved by a wuttle woman corporal

anyhow...plenty of cops are great....in one county here I am tight with a slew of them...as is another freeper here

but sometimes I just wanted them to take that badge and gun off and let’s rock


11 posted on 01/16/2012 9:23:40 PM PST by wardaddy (I am a social conservative. My political party left me(again). They can go to hell in a bucket.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

Laws are for the little people to follow.


12 posted on 01/16/2012 9:38:41 PM PST by jimnm
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To: JerseyHighlander

Unbelievable. Cop should be fired and jailed. No excuse for this behavior...


13 posted on 01/16/2012 11:20:07 PM PST by stormer
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To: stormer

Oh, and since this probably isn’t an isolated incident, perhaps when he gets locked up he can have a little quality time with one of his other victims...


14 posted on 01/16/2012 11:22:09 PM PST by stormer
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To: JerseyHighlander
This is one example of where being a Chicago Cop has it's advantages.

A good portion of their cameras and radios don't work anyway. Or the computers in the patrol cars, either. So they can bring out a can of whup __ on someone they don't like at any time :-)

HUGH sarcasm

15 posted on 01/17/2012 4:19:29 AM PST by Condor51 (Yo Hoffa, so you want to 'take out conservatives'. Well okay Jr - I'm your Huckleberry)
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To: amzgirl; 75thOVI; Ravenstar; June2; LuvFreeRepublic; AdvisorB; 88keys; Matchett-PI; mcmuffin; ...
Brevard County, Florida ping.

Let me know if you want on or off this ping list.
(not associated with the county government)


16 posted on 01/17/2012 5:36:28 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: JerseyHighlander
Key factoid from the news video, the cop was dispatched to the scene because Flowers purportedly pulled a knife on an employee who then called 911.

The suspect (Flowers) did approach the cop and the irony is that a plausible defense of the officer's actions could be made if the audio was available and had the cop screaming at the guy with increasing urgency to back the heck off.

Also, someone (his son) telling you the guy has dementia would make you aware that you are not dealing with someone who will have rational responses to your actions.

And if the video exists, then how did the cop "turn it off?" Consider that we're only hearing the defense side of this now. Something just doesn't add up here. This one needs further reflection and testimony before a sound judgment can be made.

17 posted on 01/17/2012 5:50:03 AM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: coloradan

I guess the penalties for abuse of authority aren’t strict enough to deter this behavior.

I can’t think of something that would be appropriate, yet not “cruel and unusual”.

But obviously, to restate, the penalties aren’t harsh enough to be a deterrent.


18 posted on 01/17/2012 5:53:20 AM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: rottndog
Actually, we know what happened first...the pig turned off the camera anticipating what he was going to do—the assault was premeditated.

More to the point, the officer turned off the camera for the purpose of concealing his commission of an act that he knew would be judged illegal. Add obstruction of justice to the other charges.

19 posted on 01/17/2012 6:07:33 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.)
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To: JerseyHighlander

20 posted on 01/17/2012 7:06:13 AM PST by AnTiw1
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To: coloradan

Agreed.


21 posted on 01/17/2012 7:14:07 PM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: NonValueAdded

I would say that since the audio is not available, whatever was said is very likely NOT in the cop’s favor.

Kicking the man in his genitals was not an appropriate response to this situation. The man was unlawfully assaulted.


22 posted on 01/18/2012 6:43:10 AM PST by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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To: NonValueAdded
I just thought I'd add a personal note. My dad was a cop here in Brevard County back in the ‘60 and ‘70s. He pretty much started and ran the “Officer Bill” program in Satellite Beach in the early ‘70s. I'm proud of him, and pretty much everything he did. I do know that before he passed away in 2000, he was extremely disturbed by the direction policing was taking. On the other side of the coin, Mr. Flowers is the father of one of my co-workers. She's pretty much tore up over this. The local radio station said this morning that the pig will not be prosecuted. My father was a Police Officer. There are many if not most of the men and women who wear the uniform, who watch out for our safety and welfare. However it takes a pig to kick an old man in the testicles.
23 posted on 01/18/2012 3:16:50 PM PST by 75thOVI ("The crews of all submarines captured should be treated as pirates and hanged". Sir Arthur Wilson)
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