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Judge, Citing Extreme Facts, Tosses Arrest of NYC Professor
New York Law Journal ^ | 1//21/14 | Joel Stashenko

Posted on 01/18/2014 8:15:46 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines

Unnerved by a chaotic scene that involved a bolting dog, a sick husband and an aggressive police officer who ignored her pleas, it was "hardly surprising" that Suzanne LaFont tried to physically stop the officer from handcuffing her husband, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Steven Statsinger said....

For 30 to 60 seconds on April 11, 2013, the judge noted, LaFont tried to pull on the arm and shoulder of Officer Anthony Giambra to stop him from restraining her ill husband, Karl Peltomaa, outside their apartment on West 83rd Street....

According to the ruling and LaFont's papers, her husband had only been home from Roosevelt Hospital for one day after surgery for an aortic aneurysm when he began to feel very anxious on April 11, 2013. In two calls to 911, LaFont said her husband had just been in the hospital, was on a "lot of medication" and that he was "freaking out."

LaFont also explained that Peltomaa did not have a "psych history," just a "medical history."

When Giambra and other first responders arrived a short time later, LaFont's dog dashed out the door. After returning the dog to the apartment, LaFont said she found Giambra attempting to subdue her much smaller husband by pressing his chest against a hallway wall.

She said that despite her trying to tell the officer that Peltomaa had just had open-heart surgery, he threw her husband face down onto the floor. According to statements by the couple, Peltomaa was hospitalized for two days following the incident with a cut to his chin and a dislocated thumb....

"Rather than interfering with the responders' task, her providing them with accurate medical information about Peltomaa could have assisted them in managing the situation more effectively," the judge wrote.

(Excerpt) Read more at newyorklawjournal.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; US: New York
KEYWORDS: brutality; donutwatch; lafont; police; suzanne
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1 posted on 01/18/2014 8:15:46 AM PST by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

One more demonstration that strange and sick things are going on in American police “academies”. They need to be monitored by civilians with no connections to law enforcement.


2 posted on 01/18/2014 8:21:25 AM PST by ZULU (Magua is sitting in the Oval Office. Ted Cruz/Phil Robertson in 2016.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Sounds like another case of don’t call the police unless you are prepared for extreme consequences.


3 posted on 01/18/2014 8:22:06 AM PST by Truth29
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

They didn’t taser him. They didn’t even say “We don’t have time for this” and shoot him. They didn’t even shoot the dog.


4 posted on 01/18/2014 8:22:20 AM PST by DannyTN (A>)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

link doesn’t have the whole article opened


5 posted on 01/18/2014 8:23:19 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Truth29

Tru dat. Odds are if you do it, you’d better be prepared to lose a family member, or a dog.


6 posted on 01/18/2014 8:24:26 AM PST by Gaffer
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

She was lucky. Don’t call the cops in such a situation. That was a big mistake. Call the medical first responders, if necessary.


7 posted on 01/18/2014 8:24:43 AM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Considering all the Marxists who live in that area and all the fundraisers they held for the Marxist Kenyan - once a week last election - I say amp up those beatings and don’t stop. NYC Professor - Do we even have to guess he wears a Che’ shirt?


8 posted on 01/18/2014 8:26:57 AM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Hitlery: Incarnation of evil.)
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To: Cicero

Call 911 for medical help and the cops arrive for free.


9 posted on 01/18/2014 8:29:15 AM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

I don’t know if it’s true for NYC, but I can call an ambulance without getting the cops involved. I would have done that in this case.


10 posted on 01/18/2014 8:31:41 AM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
LaFont said she found Giambra attempting to subdue her much smaller husband by pressing his chest against a hallway wall. She said that despite her trying to tell the officer that Peltomaa had just had open-heart surgery, he threw her husband face down onto the floor.

Jeeze -- Was the cop trying to kill him?

11 posted on 01/18/2014 8:32:18 AM PST 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: Behind Liberal Lines

Too many cops without much to do. They like to exercise once in a while and pretend the innocent victim is a perpetrator.

Here in the south we have so many small towns that hire police far out of proportion to the population and where there is very little crime. When a call finally comes in they swarm to the scene and act like apes. You see three and four cars out on an interstate, where they don’t belong anyway, for a speeder stop.

Sheriff departments, police departments need to be eliminated and the policing duties turned over to the state police. Like everything else in America there’s too damned much duplication and empire building!


12 posted on 01/18/2014 8:34:23 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: Cicero
She was lucky. Don’t call the cops in such a situation. That was a big mistake. Call the medical first responders, if necessary.

It's good to think ahead of time about how you are going to seek help in various circumstances. Only ask for police if somebody needs to be violently subdued or shot, because that's what will likely happen if the cops show up. Also keep in mind that the 911 dispatcher is likely to not be very bright -- DO NOT utter "key words" that might make her conclude that violent response is needed.

If it's anything to do with an anxiety attack or other medical emergency, you need to just say to 911 "I need paramedics at [address], my XXX is in medical distress". This will put the dispatcher on her "medical" script, where she will ask you for symptoms, what medications he's on, .etc

13 posted on 01/18/2014 8:34:27 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
True that. You're a hard man, but then again it has become a hard land. Brace yourself, NYC...
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14 posted on 01/18/2014 8:37:49 AM PST by PowderMonkey (WILL WORK FOR AMMO)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

At some point I hope even these erstwhile stormtroopers will start to feel sheepish. There need to be more judges with a heart like this. Sometimes bare sterile law doesn’t do it... now here I am sounding like a liberal. But (and you are free to disagree, but this is what I note) liberals are often would-be Christians with no Christ and are trying to do it in the flesh.


15 posted on 01/18/2014 8:38:48 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: IbJensen
Here in the south we have so many small towns that hire police far out of proportion to the population and where there is very little crime. When a call finally comes in they swarm to the scene and act like apes. You see three and four cars out on an interstate, where they don’t belong anyway,or a speeder stop.

Money used for police, is better spent on prosecutors, courts, and prisons. Police might catch a criminal, but if the courts and prisons are overloaded, then guess what, the guy is back on the street. With sufficient prosecution capability, there is less incentive to plea bargain, and a criminal, once caught, STAYS off the street.

16 posted on 01/18/2014 8:38:55 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: PapaBear3625

I would also hope that police departments will realize when they are not the kind of help that is needed, and will summon paramedics if they happen to get called by mistake.


17 posted on 01/18/2014 8:41:42 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Alaska Wolf

Sadly enough, the citizens survived their interaction with the cop.

The cop didn’t even pick up the extra point for shooting the dog!...


18 posted on 01/18/2014 8:42:12 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: PapaBear3625

I’d sooner pay for preachers!


19 posted on 01/18/2014 8:42:24 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: null and void

Well, this is a case where a square peg insisted on cramming itself into a round hole.

Since people so often think police when someone has gone more crazy than criminal, savvy police departments should begin cross-training in paramedic procedures. Not everything alarming needs to be met with crime fighting tools... really.


20 posted on 01/18/2014 8:44:27 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: IbJensen
Sheriff departments, police departments need to be eliminated and the policing duties turned over to the state police.

But I do like the idea of having the chief law enforcement officer being directly elected by the people, as is the case with the sheriff.

21 posted on 01/18/2014 8:45:58 AM PST by Leaning Right (Why am I holding this lantern? I am looking for the next Reagan.)
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To: Leaning Right

Si, si!


22 posted on 01/18/2014 8:47:24 AM PST by IbJensen (Liberals are like Slinkies, good for nothing, but you smile as you push them down the stairs.)
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To: OneWingedShark
Jeeze -- Was the cop trying to kill him?

Maybe the department has a quota?

Noting official, mind you, it just happens that the cops with the most tickets and corpses get the most paid leave and promotions...

23 posted on 01/18/2014 8:49:41 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: IbJensen
Here in the south we have so many small towns that hire police far out of proportion to the population and where there is very little crime. When a call finally comes in they swarm to the scene and act like apes. You see three and four cars out on an interstate, where they don’t belong anyway, for a speeder stop.

I think it's Federal grants - they make up a grant name like "Drunk Driving Prevention" when all it does is funnel more money to the police and by-pass local control. Who doesn't think the government wants a police state?

24 posted on 01/18/2014 8:50:20 AM PST by Fido969 (What's sad is most)
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To: null and void

Well it’s like the old adage. If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

No, Mr. Cop. Not every problem is a crime.


25 posted on 01/18/2014 8:50:52 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
But (and you are free to disagree, but this is what I note) liberals are often would-be Christians with no Christ and are trying to do it in the flesh.

I don't see that at all. Let me ponder the implications.

26 posted on 01/18/2014 8:52:12 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I’d sooner pay for preachers!

Preachers can only reach those who agree to listen.

A real money saver would be to eliminate (or drastically scale back) the various welfare programs. The prime source for criminals are single-mom households on welfare. Make it less viable for single women to have kids on welfare.

27 posted on 01/18/2014 8:53:25 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I’d sooner pay for preachers!

What state run church would you establish for that?

28 posted on 01/18/2014 8:53:33 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: Fido969
Who doesn't think the government wants a police state?

That's all too common, and it's otherwise known as ego and pride. One wouldn't accuse George Washington's government of that, but again if you'd met George you would have seen a humble man, in fact humbled through the way he struggled to keep his own hot temper in bounds by means of biblical wisdom. (Not every handicap ends up being to the ill in the end.)

The antidote for ego and pride (which is self centered) is love (God-directed). Somehow the corner into which America has painted itself, needs an exit door. The gospel isn't chained. People who care passionately about God will convey that passion to others and it will go "underground."

29 posted on 01/18/2014 8:55:30 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: null and void

I’d sooner open things up so that more private funds could go to preachers. A really radical solution would be tax CREDITS for charity, not just tax DEDUCTIONS. After all, a dollar that would be spent on do-gooding, might as well be directed by the donor, not by bureaucrats in Washington (or to a lesser extent, the state capital). See, you too are thinking “in the box.” Gospel thinks “outside the box”!


30 posted on 01/18/2014 8:57:47 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: IbJensen
Sheriff departments, police departments need to be eliminated and the policing duties turned over to the state police.

Why stop at the state borders?

Mexico has a great system where the police work is done by the Federales...

31 posted on 01/18/2014 8:57:54 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: CaptainK

In many communities calling for an ambulance means the police will be dispatched FIRST.The caller is neither notified nor given a choice.

Today’s police are either trained or under the impression that on their arrival everyone must immediately comply totally with any order of the officer ,no argument or explanations needed or tolerated. The officer must “control the scene”. Today’s police are way too aggressive;certainly nothing like most officers of my youth.


32 posted on 01/18/2014 8:59:10 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: PapaBear3625
Preachers can only reach those who agree to listen.

They are but agents of God's voice... God can very well get people into a position where they know they will benefit to listen.

33 posted on 01/18/2014 8:59:13 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

EMT training should be part of police academy. It doesn’t take that long, nor is it that difficult.


34 posted on 01/18/2014 9:00:12 AM PST by Excellence (All your database are belong to us.)
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To: hoosierham

Are there any paramedic societies? They could step up and have a say about the inappropriate priorities here, and let legislatures know so that it isn’t just what the police department feels should be done, it’s law!


35 posted on 01/18/2014 9:01:12 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: IbJensen

Elimination of local police and centralization will ultimately lead to worse problems.


36 posted on 01/18/2014 9:02:27 AM PST by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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To: Excellence

It seems that modern cop craft is based on the premise that everybody you meet is a crook.

(And it’s apocryphal, but it’s said that everybody violates 3 serious laws daily.)


37 posted on 01/18/2014 9:02:28 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
See, you too are thinking “in the box.”

Actually, I thought you might be thinking in the box, my question was intended as a gentle reminder that there is a box there.

Why would you advocate tax credits? Does McDonalds need a tax credit for money spent on Big Macs?

Is there a tax credit for buying a book, a Coke, a shirt or charcoal?

Where a preacher actually fills the need, they will have a thriving congregation regardless of any tax credits or penalties a government may seek to impose.

Are there no churches in China?

38 posted on 01/18/2014 9:08:02 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: IbJensen

I agree with your observation. All local governments have to do to remedy the situation is to cut the budgets to their respective LE departments, raise the hiring standards and compensation. ie go for quality over quantity.

So many times, I see a car pulled over and there are 3 or 4 back-ups. That tells me there are way too many patrol cars and officers on the street with nothing to do.


39 posted on 01/18/2014 9:08:30 AM PST by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It seems that modern cop craft is based on the premise that everybody you meet is a crook threat.

There.

Fixed...

40 posted on 01/18/2014 9:09:58 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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To: GrandJediMasterYoda
NYC Professor - Do we even have to guess he wears a Che’ shirt?

Probably the only reason the cops backed off. I'm guessing the Mayor got a call from the dean, saying "If you don't want every professor here calling you a crypto-fascist in every class, you better make this go away".

There would have been less chance of a good outcome if it had been a truck driver who was registered Republican.

41 posted on 01/18/2014 9:12:41 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines

Cops are all about ego and display of power.

Much like a liberal.


42 posted on 01/18/2014 9:12:49 AM PST by stinkerpot65 (Global warming is a Marxist lie.)
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To: null and void

Why are you digressing with things that are entirely beside the point?

It would be a step away from the welfare state that everyone could agree with. People get a part or all tax CREDIT for donations to anything that is currently considered charity.


43 posted on 01/18/2014 9:14:14 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: null and void

Well if you want to get dully pedantic, a crazy person is a “threat” but one that is best dealt with using means that actually have a HEART.


44 posted on 01/18/2014 9:15:01 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Leaning Right
But I do like the idea of having the chief law enforcement officer being directly elected by the people, as is the case with the sheriff.

And now visualize yourself having had to defend yourself against a black thug, in a town where the Sheriff got elected by the black vote.

45 posted on 01/18/2014 9:15:27 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: IbJensen
Sheriff and local PD isn't perfect, but I trust them more than the State Cops. I can elect the sheriff. Local PD is hit or miss depending on department.
46 posted on 01/18/2014 9:15:52 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: PapaBear3625

No mechanism on earth can defeat raw politics.

Only what is OFF earth, can.


47 posted on 01/18/2014 9:17:02 AM PST by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar for you if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: Behind Liberal Lines
For 30 to 60 seconds .... , LaFont tried to pull on the arm and shoulder of Officer Anthony Giambra to stop him from restraining her ill husband

She's lucky he didn't shoot her dog.

48 posted on 01/18/2014 9:17:45 AM PST by ElkGroveDan (My tagline is in the shop.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
It seems that modern cop craft is based on the premise that everybody you meet is a crook.

Militaristic training. Most of the good cops are over 45. Old school vs new school.

49 posted on 01/18/2014 9:18:16 AM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

*shrug* it was the trajectory our conversation took us on.


50 posted on 01/18/2014 9:18:17 AM PST by null and void (We need to shake this snowglobe up.)
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