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Posted on 04/20/2014 2:04:31 PM PDT by null and void
A dozen wedding guests were beaten, tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested.
GALVESTON, TX More than a dozen wedding guests were brutalized by police officers during a raid on a wedding party at a hotel. Cops fired tasers, used batons, and generously applied pepper spray to the guests of a bride and groom hours after their wedding. Among them was former pro-baseball star Brandon Backe, who said the shoulder injuries that he received from police caused his pitching career to end.
After causing a gaping head wound, bruises, hair pulled out, a broken nose, and pepper spray on numerous individuals, the only reprimand any of the officers received was a paperwork violation. Interestingly, none of the 3 dozen cops reported any use of force. Wedding Crashers
An event that should have been happy and memorable turned into violence and chaos when the Galveston Police got involved. A couple had just exchanged their vows and were celebrating with friends and family at the San Luis Hotel.
Everything was fine until an off-duty police officer thought that he had witnessed the brides brother, Daniel Cole OBalle, 19, walking outside with an alcoholic beverage in his hand. Suspecting an under-aged adult had consumed a beverage without government permission, and violated the open container prohibition law, he phoned the police department for backup.
I never thought I would have to go into a room and pray for my brothers life within hours of getting married.
Police officers arrived to confront Mr. OBalle. Joe and Shannon Belluomini, guests of the wedding party, witnessed the altercation and said that OBalle was complying with security. Nonetheless, out of nowhere, mayhem started, explained Joe Belluomini to KTRK.
When the Belluominis tried to defuse the situation, they became targets themselves. Shannon Belluomini explained to KTRK that her husband was grabbed by the throat as Mr. OBalle was assaulted. The officer that had a baton in his hand started beating Cole with it. And then there just seemed like there were more and more officers.
As Shannon Belluomini witnessed Cole OBalle getting pummeled with baton strikes, she tried to intercede to protect his head, which was gashed open and bleeding. Thats when they grabbed hold of me and threw me backwards and basically encased me with mace. It felt like acid being poured over my face and my eyes and my chest.
As the commotion ensued, the wedding party came out to see what was the matter. Police lashed out violently to all who came within striking distance.
A total of 34 officers stormed the scene, prepped to handle what was described as a riot. Witnesses said the officers swarmed into the bar swearing at patrons and beating, pepper spraying, and tasering people without provocation.
Gil OBalle, the father of the bride, saw that the police had split his sons skull open and was attacked himself just for asking what had happened. Gil was then tased, pepper sprayed, and arrested
I never thought I would have to go into a room and pray for my brothers life within hours of getting married, said the bride, Amanda Lankford to KTRK.
Cole OBalle had to be flown via helicopter to a hospital for immediate medical care. Cops arrested 13 people for resisting arrest.
Baseball Career Ruined
Brandon Backe received a broken nose, bruising, and permanent shoulder injuries. V Brandon Backe, a pitcher for the Houston Astros, was in attendance to the wedding since he was a childhood friend of the groom. As a pro-baseball player he had appeared in the World Series in 2005. The injuries he endured during the commotion would ultimately lead to surgeries, permanent pain, and a ruined career.
I heard a frantic voice saying, They got Cole. I could tell by the tone of the voice that something wasnt right, explained Backe in court.
When Backe and others went outside to see the horrific head injury that Cole OBalle had sustained, they were told by Officer Nicholas McDermott back the f up! according to Backe.
But Backe said there was no more room to back up. Chill out, we cant back up. Youve got enough room, Backe replied. He says at that point several officers attacked him. He says he was struck until he fell to the ground and received a beating until his face was bloody. He said one officer kicked him in the face, breaking his nose.
Backe said that officers slammed his body into a concrete curb and then piled on top of him, beating him continuously. His shoulder took a hard blow from the concrete. I hit the ground hard and they just got on top of me, he said.
That pain in that shoulder never subsided, Backe said in court. After surgeries and prolonged pain, his baseball career was forced to an early conclusion. You want to be able to hang it up yourself, not let someone else hang it up for you, he said.
The incident occurred over on October 5th, 2008, but is still being worked through the court system. The incident caused twelve people to join a lawsuit against the Galveston Police Department for allegations of brutality. Brandon Backe is seeking damages for his career being destroyed.
Here is a brief video that was recorded during the incident. Note the use of taser as individuals including the brides father were not resisting. Operating As Trained
For all the brutality and wanton attacks committed that night, no officers were fired. As far as the chief was concerned, every instance of force was justified. The only complaints that Galveston Police supervisors had was that the incident wasnt documented properly. According to the Houston Chronicle:
An internal police investigation completed in March 2009 found that officers followed department policy in making arrests and applying force but that 13 officers failed to properly document the incident. Nine officers were suspended without pay, and four were issued written reprimands.
No use of force forms were filed at all, despite a gaping head wound, hair pulled out, a broken nose, pepper spray on numerous individuals, and obvious signs of bruising and beating on the arrested wedding guests.
While these omissions were themselves upsetting, many were shocked by the lack of acknowledgement of the brutality, and the lack of discipline following it.
Split a skull open bleeding on the brain and its a paperwork violation?! remarked Gil OBalle.
The police all got to go home that night, that's all that matters...
Way to go, Texas police.
Why have I not heard of this 2008 incident before? This is first time I read anything about this.
This event was in June 2009. Call it six months after The Won officially took office...
Is that what we re being told happened here?
My error, October 2008
Plenty of this cop open container non-sense happened in Dallas at softball fields after games.
Cops used to drive up onto the fields to watch the games then try to hand out tickets afterwards.
Caught it, Thanks.
Yup. An off duty cop though he saw a 19 year old with an alcoholic beverage...
The cops are just another street gang. Stay as far away from them as you can.
Why have I not heard of this 2008 incident before? This is
first time I read anything about this.
Here is a link to several articles dating back to Oct. 2008 when this happened.
The Fascist Gestapo is alive again, this time terrorizing U.S. citizens. Soon check out FedBizOps for RFPs to build gas chambers.
Do that, and the cops will start to mind their manners.
It would also be nice if the police were required to have random drug/steroid tests.
Even our local police forces are becoming third worldized under El-Presidente.
Built by a campaign contributor to a Dem PAC I’m sure.
Funny. According to the article: "The incident occurred over on October 5th, 2008, but is still being worked through the court system." That was before the election.
Well, I’m happy to learn that they are equal opportunity head basher then.
From the pictures it looked like a nice family.
.........poorly written article. What happened in civil lawsuits? What did that evidence produce?
The one 18 second video I looked at was inconclusive.
The only thing I can say given the paucity of information is that these kind of injuries strongly suggest the weight of fault probably was on the cops side. Must not have been any dogs at the event.
Theres No Situation So Tragic the Police Cant Make It Worse
The cops are just another street gang. Stay as far away from them as you can.
But they are on MY turf......
Obvious graduates of the Fullerton Police Academy.
Yes. My error, read the dateline on the wrong article.
I view any person, woman or man, that wears a badge for any so called ‘law enforcement’ agency/office as probably my nightmare at sometime. I would like to know how many of such ilk are on public dole in the USA from cities to regions to states to feds of all stripes and agencies, even those the public has no realization such exist. I am thinking the number must be up in the millions and these people and these persons do nothing to build our economy as to goods unless you believe that recycling private sector money payments helps build the economy for such private sector. My thoughts at this time go especially to the Bundys in Nevada.
How about reading the article before you try to inject racism into this!
At least one state recently passed a law that entitles a person to shoot police in self defense. That should become a model law for every state.
A religious sect?
A separatist cultural group?
You’re welcome. Here’s a FR thread from back in 08 about the incident.
There should have been charges for this type of behavior by police when all that was seen was a young man with a glass? A wedding crash and the loss of all that money not to mention the destruction of their memories. Maybe there was a grievance from the police against one of them or their parents? I’ll read the links soon to get the facts. WOW such extreme actions.
I meant charges on the police who participated by those investigating.
Not too long ago 18 was the legal drinking age in Texas. Don’t know when it was changed. But back then a sixteen year old could drink in a honky-tonk if the kid’s parents were with him.
By the way, I hate cops.
That’s the problem. When cops start beating the hell out of you and you naturally resist, here comes more cops to beat the hell out of you.
The one thing that’s hurting these cops are cell phone cameras. And they hate them! It may be that we need to start travelling in groups. Everyone has a camera. And everyone has a gun. The ones not shooting the guns will be shooting video.
Damn I’m glad I don’t live in Texas.
Former pro baseball STAR????
Excuse me, but Backe was a .500 pitcher with a career ERA over 5.0 and exactly ONE complete game over 8 years.
I believe the term “journeyman” would be more accurate.
I think Backe's lawsuit is the reason this case is getting a little more attention now.
Some of the police were reprimanded within the dept. but no charges filed as I read the stories.
It’s hard to get a complete story. One link I saw had the charges against some of the wedding
guest dismissed. The Chronicle has some articles also.
You know what he meant.