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Video: DeKalb County Police Enter Home Illegally, Threaten To 'Cane' Residents
Opposing Views ^ | August 08, 2013 | Jonathan Wolfe

Posted on 08/09/2013 10:32:44 AM PDT by Sopater

Chilling video from a home in Dekalb County, Ga., shows local police entering a house illegally, berating the home’s residents and then tackling them to the ground.

The entire incident took place because the mother of the home, Natania Griffin, was two weeks late on paying a $1,000 fee to the county.

Griffin’s 23-year-old son, Donovan Hall, recorded the event. He was alarmed and confused when police began banging loudly on his door in the middle of the night.

“I was immediately confused as to why the police would be at my house,” Hall told the Huffington Post. “The knocks became more and more aggressive.”

On the video (see below), Hall timidly opens the door and asks the police why they are at the house. But police quickly enter the home and soon pin Donovan and his brother on the ground.

“One officer hit me in the face with his gun and I fell to the floor,” Hall said. “Another officer began kicking me and bending back my arms. They put handcuffs on me and continued to kick and punch me. At that point, an officer with his knee in my back stood up and put both feet on top of my head. He was standing on top of my head.”

The officer’s continued being violent to the boys, even putting a Taser to the head of Hall’s younger brother.

“Why are you being so aggressive, sir?” Hall asks in the video. “We haven’t done anything wrong.”

The officers never answered Hall’s question.

Later in the video, an officer can be heard saying “I wish I could cane both of y’all.”

Griffin says she was never asked for her name or read her Miranda rights.

“It was a perfect storm of abusive power and arrogance,” she said. “They are criminals. Their conduct was criminal.”

Hall posted his video to YouTube where it received almost 200,000 views. The video ended up on the front page of Reddit.

The family hopes to hire a lawyer and press charge against the DeKalb Police Department, but they lack the funds to do so. They are hoping that the video will spread awareness of the incident and someone will agree to represent them without charge.

“Although it happened to my family, it’s a microcosm of the world,” Griffin said. “What about the other countless families who feel powerless against this kind of tyranny? Who is championing their cause? This is a problem.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; US: Georgia
KEYWORDS: dekalb; dekalbcsd; donutwatch; georgia; police; tyranny
This is very disturbing and the reason why people are becoming more and more fearful of government all the time.

Video at link...

Youtube Video
1 posted on 08/09/2013 10:32:44 AM PDT by Sopater
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To: Sopater

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3052852/posts


2 posted on 08/09/2013 10:35:46 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: sean327

Dang... I thought I did a search on “dekalb”, but now wonder if I spelled it wrong.

Dang...


3 posted on 08/09/2013 10:36:46 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Sopater

It sounds like they broke the exact same civil rights laws that the Rodney King cops were sentenced for.

I suspect these guys have prison time in their future.

Youtube could end the reign of the Good ol’ Boy.


4 posted on 08/09/2013 10:37:54 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Sopater

Maybe its just the ease of communicating over the Internet, but there seem to be more and more of these stories. Do the police just ignore the Fourth Amendment these days?


5 posted on 08/09/2013 10:42:51 AM PDT by colorado tanker
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To: Sopater

It happens to me sometimes also.


6 posted on 08/09/2013 10:45:12 AM PDT by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: Sopater

Dekalb County, Ga will soon be owned by this family.


7 posted on 08/09/2013 10:50:31 AM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Sopater

My husband would’ve killed every last one of those thugs if they’d come to our home like that. Thank God we live in a place where our Sheriffs are decent people who uphold their oaths!


8 posted on 08/09/2013 10:55:27 AM PDT by MeganC (A gun is like a parachute. If you need one, and don't have one, you'll never need one again.)
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To: colorado tanker
Maybe its just the ease of communicating over the Internet, but there seem to be more and more of these stories.

Yeah, I think that it's the increased access to "easy" video recording equipment (cell phones) and access to world-wide media (youtube, fb, twitter, etc.). I expect that they've found it easier to ignore the 4th amendment in the past than they do today.

Without this video recording, it would have been their word against the police's.
9 posted on 08/09/2013 10:57:03 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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They come to collect a debt in the middle of the night?

Who sends LEO to collect unpaid debts (that are normally turned over to a collection agency unless it was a fine - story only says "fee")?

Just another example of LEO stepping over the bounds of decency. Just like unnecessary no-knock raids, why not just wait for the perp to walk out of the house? Not enough of a rush? I hope the county is sued to the ground, but hopefully the rules will be changed to disallow these kinds of threatening tactics.

10 posted on 08/09/2013 11:05:06 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: colorado tanker
Do the police just ignore the Fourth Amendment these days?

Seems like this is happening more often, leading me to think the so far unviolated Third Amendment, the one that catalyzed the creation of the First and Second, will be next to see violated...

11 posted on 08/09/2013 11:06:03 AM PDT by C210N (When people fear government there is tyranny; when government fears people there is liberty)
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To: Sopater

The cops are talking like uneducated street thugs...............


12 posted on 08/09/2013 11:22:47 AM PDT by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name......Want to have fun? Google your friend's names........)
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To: cuban leaf
It sounds like they broke the exact same civil rights laws that the Rodney King cops were sentenced for.

I dunno. Only if the cops are white and the little people are black, I'm sure. I didn't see the video.

Civil rights laws do not apply if the vics are white, especially if the perps are black. J. Christian Adams blew the whistle on this a few years ago, but nobody in the major media picked it up.

13 posted on 08/09/2013 11:31:10 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: Red Badger

That’s exactly what I thought. The “narrator” sounded genuinely scared, better educated, and encouraged prayer.


14 posted on 08/09/2013 11:33:54 AM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: cuban leaf

OK, I watched the video, and the little people are black. However, so’s the big tough Deputy, so it’s a wash. They probably won’t get anything from the County.


15 posted on 08/09/2013 11:38:12 AM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: Sopater
I certainly don't approve of the cops behavior, but it sounds like there is a back-story here that we don't know. Also, the tape is edited, and we never actually hear the "wrong" address that the cops are supposedly shouting. Pretty ugly regardless, though.
16 posted on 08/09/2013 11:50:20 AM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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” The family hopes to hire a lawyer and press charge against the DeKalb Police Department, but they lack the funds to do so. They are hoping that the video will spread awareness of the incident and someone will agree to represent them without charge.”

Are they kidding? There are thousands of lawyers who will gladly represent them. Not for free, but for a third of the settlement. So they won’t have to put any money up front. They should have representation by tomorrow afternoon.


17 posted on 08/09/2013 11:54:59 AM PDT by lowbridge
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...we never actually hear the "wrong" address that the cops are supposedly shouting.

It doesn't really matter though because the story also says that the police were there because the mother was over due on a "$1000 fee" to the county, so they must have had the right address all along, even if they were saying the wrong numbers through the door.
18 posted on 08/09/2013 12:08:54 PM PDT by Sopater (Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own? - Matthew 20:15a)
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To: Cyber Liberty

I’m not thinking race. I’m thinking civil rights (since the officers were acting for the state). You can violate the civil rights of others for more reasons than just race.


19 posted on 08/09/2013 12:11:47 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: cuban leaf

You are 100% correct, in theory. But in practice, it’s quite another matter because the perp is a member of a protected class. In this case, I think the little people will win because there’s a video and it went viral, and they’re protected class too.


20 posted on 08/09/2013 12:30:58 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Justice for Trayvon: Dig up his body and shoot him again.)
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To: C210N
You mean like this?
21 posted on 08/09/2013 12:50:04 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sopater
It doesn't really matter though because the story also says that the police were there because the mother was over due on a "$1000 fee" to the county, so they must have had the right address all along, even if they were saying the wrong numbers through the door.

You don't think those records could be retroactively inserted to cover for the cops?

22 posted on 08/09/2013 12:52:28 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Sopater

good thing the cops were black too or we’d have weeks of Jesse and no jusssus no peas.


23 posted on 08/09/2013 1:29:16 PM PDT by ukases05
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To: Sopater
It doesn't really matter though because the story also says that the police were there because the mother was over due on a "$1000 fee" to the county, so they must have had the right address all along, even if they were saying the wrong numbers through the door.

Yes, and according to what the mother stated in the video, it sounds like this is not her first rodeo with the police. But she is innocent, of course.

24 posted on 08/09/2013 6:45:00 PM PDT by Major Matt Mason ("Journalism is dead. All news is suspect." - Noamie)
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To: Sopater

Clearly, the police and other government agencies have insufficient powers to go after the terrorists.

We have only ourselves to blame for their frustration and poor morale-—and the consequences thereof.

If only we give them *more* power, we’ll stop seeing these stories because they’ll be able to go after the *real* threat.

< Do I really need a /sarc ? >


25 posted on 08/10/2013 9:35:14 PM PDT by Altariel ("Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!")
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3-year-old cited by cops for civil disobedience while playing in yard
http://now.msn.com/caidence-leadbitter-3-cited-for-anti-social-behavior-by-police

it’s going global


26 posted on 08/16/2013 2:06:32 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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