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Family claims DeKalb County deputies used excessive force (Video)
Atlanta News ^ | August 8, 2013

Posted on 08/09/2013 2:01:13 AM PDT by beaversmom

DEKALB COUNTY, GA (CBS ATLANTA)

A woman said her family got an aggressive wake up call from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

The family told CBS Atlanta News they were startled at 1:30 a.m. when deputies beat on their front door.

Fearing for their safety, the family said they took their time to open the door. Once inside an officer used excessive force and aggressive language, according to one family member.

After the incident, the family posted the video on YouTube.

Watch full video now

The sheriff’s department claims they received a copy from an anonymous sender Wednesday morning.

Both parties involved in the incident see the actions on video very differently.

Donovan Hall said he had no idea why police would be at their door, so they weren’t so quick to open it.

“They never once told me why they were here, what they wanted, or who they wanted,” said Hall’s mother Natania Griffin.

After more than 30 minutes and confirming with 911, the family opened the door and that was when mayhem appeared to ensue.

The sheriff’s department says the officer had a valid arrest warrant and they were at the right home.

They said despite the family’s claim, the video shows no excessive force, but admits two of the officers did use inappropriate language.

The arrest warrant was for Natania Griffin. She was arrested for not paying a civil fine.

She told CBS Atlanta that she had run-ins with police here in the past.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: dekalb; dekalbcsd; donutwatch; georgia; policebrutality; policestate
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1 posted on 08/09/2013 2:01:13 AM PDT by beaversmom
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More info:

DeKalb sheriff vows to punish deputies
Friday, August 9, 2013
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/dekalb-sheriff-vows-to-punish-deputies/nZJNy/

News Report:
DeKalb probes “unprofessional” arrest posted on YouTube
http://www.11alive.com/news/article/301935/40/DeKalb-probes-unprofessional-arrest-posted-on-YouTube


2 posted on 08/09/2013 2:09:06 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: beaversmom

They come at 1:30 AM over an unpaid $1000 “fee”?

I guess it’s safer than going after gang bangers...


3 posted on 08/09/2013 2:37:37 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: PLMerite
They come at 1:30 AM over an unpaid $1000 “fee”? I guess it’s safer than going after gang bangers...

It's all about officer safety. An arrest of somebody safe is counted the same as an arrest of a gang-banger. The difference is the officer is less likely to get trouble from the former.

4 posted on 08/09/2013 3:04:30 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: beaversmom

DeKalb County - Georgia’s DETROIT.

One of the worst, most inefficiently run, corrupt local governments in the nation. The county is run by black officials. These three badged-thugs are perfect candidates for Obama’s “Civilian Defense Force” as equally funded, armed, etc. as our military.

No one word I heard from the officers on this video mentioned anything that sounded like the word “warrant”.

One of the thugs said something on the video to the effect that “you’ve set us back 45 years” (implying the residents were somehow racist). Well Mr. Black Officer, as far as I’m concerned you’ve set it back farther than that. Get that racism chip off your shoulder and go find another line of work. You don’t have what it takes to enforce the law, period.


5 posted on 08/09/2013 3:07:57 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: beaversmom; FreedomPoster
Dekalb county elected a sheriff named Derwin Brown a while back who promised to clean up corruption. The incumbent he defeated sent someone to Brown's house where they shot him 12 times. After that Dekalb went back to doing things the way they've always done them.

As a side note the governor had to step in less than a year ago and fire the entire school board since the county had lost its accreditation. When the NAACP met with the governor about replacing the school board the subject of students never came up once. The only thing they cared about was that the new board was black.

6 posted on 08/09/2013 3:29:59 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: Gaffer

On further review of the videos from local TV, the residents are in fact black. This makes me then wonder just what in the hell this black officer was talking about “setting us back 45 years.”

Regardless, since both parties were black, I had no basis in calling the officer ‘racist’, even if my experience with and knowledge of DeKalb Police tells me otherwise. Mea Culpa


7 posted on 08/09/2013 3:35:03 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: beaversmom
The arrest warrant was for Natania Griffin. She was arrested for not paying a civil fine.

So that justifies the SWAT ninjas' raid on a family's home at 1:30 a.m.?

8 posted on 08/09/2013 3:42:49 AM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: beaversmom

The DeKalb Co. CEO is charged with 14 felonies for illegal campaign contributions.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/breaking-news/dekalb-ceo-ellis-indicted/nYN8S/


9 posted on 08/09/2013 3:51:25 AM PDT by Atlantan
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To: AnAmericanMother; Broker; clee1; ctdonath2; dansangel; Dick Bachert; DJlaysitup; epow; ...

GA Ping.

So these guys don’t even have the excuse of a drug raid, it’s a $1000 civil fine that gives them justification to mete out this crap at 1:30AM.


10 posted on 08/09/2013 3:55:12 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Gaffer
The county is run by black officials

More specifically black Democrats.

11 posted on 08/09/2013 3:56:56 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Pan_Yan
The only thing they cared about was that the new board was black.

That's all they ever care about.

12 posted on 08/09/2013 3:58:21 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

They sure wouldn’t be black Republicans. Not all of them..


13 posted on 08/09/2013 3:58:23 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: beaversmom

If there were an arrest warrant, why did they have to wait for the residents to open the door?

If they needed permission to come in, what did they really have?

Dekalb County just got a good bit poorer.


14 posted on 08/09/2013 4:00:16 AM PDT by Principled
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To: FreedomPoster

Oh, and further, no way in heck am I opening a door at 1:30AM very quickly where I live, let alone where they live.


15 posted on 08/09/2013 4:03:50 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Atlantan
CEO is charged with 14 felonies for illegal campaign contributions.

I thought he was charged with extortion.

16 posted on 08/09/2013 4:07:29 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: beaversmom

This type of heavy-handed police behavior has been happening far too frequently around the country lately. That’s how revolutions get started. All it takes is one “shot heard around the world”.


17 posted on 08/09/2013 4:09:25 AM PDT by jespasinthru (Proud member of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy.)
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To: FreedomPoster

I’m guessing she owed someone with an ear in power.


18 posted on 08/09/2013 4:10:42 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Obama: What did I not know and when did I not know it?)
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To: from occupied ga; Atlantan

He was extorting campaign contributions, so I guess you’re both right.


19 posted on 08/09/2013 4:14:54 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Timber Rattler
The arrest warrant was for Natania Griffin. She was arrested for not paying a civil fine.

For a civil fine, which goes unpaid, wouldn't the normal recourse, before the age of jackbooted government, be to garnish the person's wages or put a lien on their property? But I suppose what is the fun of that compared to terrorizing a family at 1:30am.

You can bet that if Obama gave the order to begin the roundup and interment/extermination of Tea Party members, there would be no shortage of jackboots eager to comply.

20 posted on 08/09/2013 4:18:04 AM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: beaversmom

They call this no excessive force????? They think this is proper behavior and procedure for the police???? (said screeching, up on my toes)


21 posted on 08/09/2013 4:21:31 AM PDT by Shimmer1 ("What a poor, ignorant, malicious, short-sighted, crapulous mass." John Adams)
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To: Shimmer1
They think this is proper behavior and procedure for the police????

Yes, they do - really.

22 posted on 08/09/2013 4:31:01 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga

And don’t forget, the district is (literally) represented in the House by Hank Johnson of Guam tipping fame. Prior to Johnson, Cynthia McKinney.


23 posted on 08/09/2013 4:42:06 AM PDT by dmcnash (Back off! I'm a Scientist.)
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To: beaversmom

This has to stop.

We will not last long as a society, with growing numbers of individuals who behave as if there is no law, AND law enforcement officers who abuse our laws, and use them, with their authority, as a license to bully and intimidate.

We truly, cannot afford to give up another millimeter on the Second Amendment.

Heavenly Father, please hear our prayers.
Tatt


24 posted on 08/09/2013 4:42:54 AM PDT by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: beaversmom

Police should not serve search warrants after dark....will save on overtime. Leave a note to please come down to the precinct house./S


25 posted on 08/09/2013 4:57:11 AM PDT by BilLies (I despise The Progressive Liberal American Press, its corporations, management, reporters, readers.)
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To: Shimmer1

Every White in that town ought to get red tee shirts saying: Don’t Trust Blacks with Badges. Freedom of expression is protected by the Constitution and the publicity would shine the spotlight on these Democrat roaches.


26 posted on 08/09/2013 4:58:23 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: dmcnash
And don’t forget ...

I wish I could forget, BUT 'ol Hank probably does accurately represent the attitudes and intelligence of the majority of the voters in DeKalb county. They resent whitey, have a bone deep sense of entitlement, have one of the highest crime rates in the state (Atlanta is higher) and think that 0bama is considerably more impressive than God.

27 posted on 08/09/2013 5:02:36 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: beaversmom

The arrest warrant was for Natania Griffin. She was arrested for not paying a civil fine.

At 1:30am??


28 posted on 08/09/2013 5:28:52 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: beaversmom

I lived in this county for 14 years
I have family there still

Home to Emory University and Mercer

Oh how the Mighty have Fallen...
I fully expect Civil Collapse within 2-3 years


29 posted on 08/09/2013 5:38:09 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: FreedomPoster

Coming soon to a front door near you.

These days, it doesn’t rank as excessive force until the dogs are shot, the kids are held at gunpoint until turned over to CPS, granny is knocked out of her wheelchair, the house is sprayed with gun fire and at least 3 flash bombs have been lobbed through the broken windows, all the adults are shackled together and armoured vechicles have the neighbors in their crosshairs. Anything below that is normal police proceedure.


30 posted on 08/09/2013 6:12:37 AM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: HangnJudge

North end of the county is still pretty good. No way I would live south of, say, the Lakeside area.


31 posted on 08/09/2013 6:37:42 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: FreedomPoster
“So these guys don’t even have the excuse of a drug raid, it’s a $1000 civil fine that gives them justification to mete out this crap at 1:30AM.”.

Simple explanation to why they were there at 1:30 AM. The dough-nut shops were all closed and things were too quiet that night. Makes sense to me. That County is “lost”.

I can assure you if that happened in my county, there would be a lot of job openings in our county sheriffs department. (I am “Chairman” of our County Board Personnel Committee)

32 posted on 08/09/2013 7:16:26 AM PDT by DaveA37
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To: FreedomPoster

—No way I would live south of, say, the Lakeside area.

I went to school at Lakeside ‘68-73
The started busing after I graduated
The Neighborhood is still pretty good


33 posted on 08/09/2013 7:36:07 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: HangnJudge

They’re trying to carve out a City of Lakeside to distance themselves as much as they can from the county.

I know some of the people who are involved. I have my reservations about adding another layer of government, but given it’s really the only practical way to get some political distance from the county, and given how bad the county really is, I find it acceptable.


34 posted on 08/09/2013 7:48:56 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: PLMerite

At least they didn’t shoot the dog barking in the house. That must be some sort of first.


35 posted on 08/09/2013 8:28:16 AM PDT by Big Mack (I didn't claw my way to the top of the food chain to eat VEGETABLES!)
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To: FreedomPoster

If someone came to my door at any time, day or night, even without opening the door we’d be staring at each other. We have a lot of glass on the first floor and no curtains, blinds or anything. Don’t need it.


36 posted on 08/09/2013 10:51:44 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: bgill

I have relatives who are currently leo’s and retired leo’s and have up until recently always given the benefit of the doubt to any situation like this to the police. However, more and more I am forced by events to re-evaluate this policy.

Eventually these and not all leo’s are like this, but what I call punks with a badge are going to push to hard and there is going to be push back just as hard. They are going to stomp on some vet with military experience or just the wrong citizen who won’t file another useless complaint resulting in a slap on the wrist for the officer or possible civil suit. The punks with a badge are going to show up for a late night raid and find themselves ambushed and cut to pieces. It’s coming because the good cops are not weeding out the punks on the force and the us vs. them attitude is worse than ever.

Now I know all leo’s repeat the mantra: I want to go home safely at the end of my shift to my wife and kids and I hope they do. What is the difference between me and them in this regard? Especially if I am in my home with my family? NONE.

No knock raids, kicking down doors in the middle of the night, the militarization of law enforcement which should have NEVER EVER been allowed is getting citizens killed, it’s just a matter of time before the citizens finally say enough and fight back and the result will be a blood bath for all.


37 posted on 08/09/2013 11:36:18 AM PDT by sarge83
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To: sarge83

bump to that!


38 posted on 08/09/2013 12:42:30 PM PDT by TigersEye ("No man left behind" is more than an Army Ranger credo it's the character of America.)
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To: sarge83
I have relatives who are currently leo’s and retired leo’s

Same here but times are changing.

39 posted on 08/09/2013 5:28:47 PM PDT by bgill (This reply was mined before it was posted.)
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To: HangnJudge; FreedomPoster; Pan_Yan
Home to Emory University and Mercer..

And the revered fairways of East Lake too. Dekalb and Clayton are the proud home turf to the two worst LE in the metro area....by far. My boss, a former holder of high office in the Ga Libertarian party, helped an old high school classmate (Riverdale 85)build a lawsuit against dekalb co for violating her civil rights. One day...the thugs are gonna violate someone who will not seek rememdy through the court.

40 posted on 08/09/2013 9:03:49 PM PDT by Vigilantcitizen (Dave Mustaine for president.)
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