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  • Public jumps to help man mistaken for Frein

    10/23/2014 3:53:16 AM PDT · by conservative98 · 29 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | October 22, 2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully, of Candensis, does not own a car and walks to work through the search area. He has been stopped and questioned by authorities numerous times, eventually being forced to the ground at gunpoint. The man who has been stopped by police numerous times while walking to work through the manhunt search area has been overwhelmed by the public's response, according to his mother, Linda Waddington Tully. There have been offers of vehicles, a fundraiser, and lots of media attention. James Tully, 39, lives off Snow Hill Road in Canadensis, which has been a key area in the search...
  • Canadensis man targeted repeatedly as Frein suspect

    10/21/2014 1:47:36 PM PDT · by Bettyprob · 105 replies
    Pocono Record ^ | 10-20-2014 | Beth Brelje
    James Tully of Canadensis, who has to walk to work in the heart of the Eric Frein search area, has been stopped by police more than 20 times, including an encounter Friday night when he says he was roughed by an officer. Police searching for Eric Frein have questioned James Tully so many times that he started carrying his driver’s license and work identification on a neck lanyard to prove his identity. But that wasn’t enough to keep him from being forced to the ground by gunpoint Friday on Route 447, and being held there, face down in the gravel,...
  • One Cop’s View On Video Cameras [VIDEO]

    10/21/2014 7:35:20 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 10-20-2014 | Deputy Matt
    Video cameras? Yes please! Give me one. Maybe two or three. I am absolutely a HUGE proponent of law enforcement using in-car and body mounted cameras. Some ask why I feel so strongly about the subject, and to them I offer the following personal anecdote. I have personally benefited greatly from the video obtained by a digital video camera, the in-car camera system in my patrol car. A number of years ago, I was involved in an incident where, as I arrived at the scene of a call, I came under fire by a suspect armed with a rifle. I...
  • Okra in garden mistaken for marijuana, leads to police raid in Georgia

    10/06/2014 1:32:04 PM PDT · by BBell · 69 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 06, 2014
    A Georgia man says drug suppression officers mistook his okra plants for marijuana.
  • Man killed by cops after car thief alleges meth find

    10/05/2014 1:25:00 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 173 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 03 Oct 14 | George Mathis
    A Georgia man was killed by police executing a search warrant obtained after a car thief told police he stole methamphetamine from the dead man’s vehicle, media reports say. ...snip... The homeowner, David Hooks, a 59-year-old grandfather and businessman, reported the missing SUV....snip... An hour after getting the search warrant, Shook said David Hooks’ wife saw camouflaged men in her yard with guns and told her husband. David Hooks’ final act was to arm himself with a shotgun....snip... Police searched the home for 44 hours and found no drugs.
  • Georgia Drug Warriors Raid Okra Grower, Looking for Marijuana

    10/03/2014 2:40:47 PM PDT · by bamahead · 72 replies
    Reason ^ | October 3, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    This is marijuana: This is okra: Basically the same, right? If you agree, you may have a bright future as a Georgia drug warrior. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that heavily armed Broward County deputies, accompanied by a helicopter and a K-9 unit, showed up at the home of retiree Dwayne Perry in Cartersville on Wednesday after someone spotted his okra plants from the air. "They were strapped to the gills," Perry told the paper. "Anything could have happened." Fortunately, no humans or dogs were killed. Georgia State Patrol Capt. Kermit Stokes, whose agency is in charge of the anti-pot task...
  • SWAT Teams Raid Barber Shops Over Permits

    09/23/2014 3:55:26 PM PDT · by fuente · 32 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | September 22, 2014 | Philip Hodges
    I think the whole idea of getting a barber shop a “proper” government permit in order to be allowed to cut someone’s hair for money is absolutely ridiculous. It used to be that an inspector from some local government bureaucracy would walk in and inspect a place of business to check on permits and such. Now, they send in a small army, tell customers to leave, shut the place down indefinitely, handcuff the employees, and search the place. Upon finding out that the business does have the proper licensing, and that there is no evidence of criminal activity, they let...
  • Federal court rules police raid of barber shop excessive, unreasonable

    09/23/2014 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 13 replies
    A panel of judges chastised Florida sheriffs for a routine inspection of a barbershop that included masked officers, handcuffs, and illegal search as being a violation of the Constitution. The three-judge panel held that deputes of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office violated the civil rights of those inside an Orlando barber shop during a warrantless raid of the business conducted in 2010. The court maintained that the deputies violated the barber’s Fourth Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures as they served as the “muscle” for a routine inspection of the business by the Florida Department of...
  • ‘Django Unchained’ Actress Has Sex In Public – Cries Racism When Cops Ask Her To Stop (Video)

    09/16/2014 4:38:26 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 60 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-15-2014 | Mara Zebest
    "Django Unchained" actress Daniele Watts cried out as a victim of racism this week after she was caught having sex in public. The usual Liberal media bought her story attacking the police as racists. Daniele Watts claimed she had been profiled (by police) for "kissing" her white boyfriend.THERE'S ONLY ONE PROBLEM... The facts of Daniele Watts' story don't add up.The police didn't approach Daniele because she was "kissing" her boyfriend. The police were responding to multiple complaints from locals that Daniele was having lewd sex in broad daylight for everyone to see in a car — with the car door...
  • Orlando police shopping for new $230,000 armored vehicle (At least their fifth one)

    09/04/2014 3:43:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | September 5, 2014 | Mark Schlueb
    <p>While some law enforcement agencies are snatching up free military surplus vehicles, Orlando police plan to spend $230,000 for a new armored personnel carrier for the department's SWAT unit.</p> <p>It's not the Orlando Police Department's first armored vehicle — it already has three. But the new one will replace an 8-year-old model, and the city's original one is an older piece of military surplus that hasn't been used in years.</p>
  • Dangerous prank brings SWAT team down on gamer [SWATTING]

    08/28/2014 2:43:35 PM PDT · by HammerT · 42 replies
    Engadget ^ | 8/28/2014 | Steve Dent
    A Littleton, Colorado, man named Jordan Mathewson was raided by a heavily armed SWAT team thanks to a false shooting and hostage report, and all the chaos was captured on a Twitch game stream (see below). During a Counter-Strike session, Jordan "Kootra" Mathewson -- a founder of The Creatures -- suddenly noticed things around him were amiss. "Uh oh. This isn't good. They're clearing rooms. What in the world, I think we're getting swatted," he says in the video. Luckily, Mathewson stayed calm throughout the ordeal and was released a short time later. On top of invading his offices, police...
  • Court to Police: No Immunity Just Because You're Cops

    08/27/2014 6:24:08 AM PDT · by bamahead · 40 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jackson Kuhl
    On a Sunday afternoon in 2008, a tactical police team raided the Easton, Connecticut house of Ronald Terebesi searching for a small amount of personal drugs. While by day's end the police discovered drug paraphernalia and 0.02 ounces of a substance believed to be crack cocaine, an officer also killed Terebesi's unarmed guest, Gonzalo Guizan (pictured), by discharging his Glock sidearm six times until the weapon finally jammed. Guizan's estate and Terebesi filed civil suits against the officers in the raid, although the estate later settled out of court for $3.5 million. The tactical team—called SWERT for Southwest Regional Emergency...
  • The Literal War on Drugs

    08/27/2014 5:57:15 AM PDT · by bamahead · 10 replies
    Reason ^ | August 27, 2014 | Jacob Sullum
    The promiscuous use of SWAT teams is a bigger menace than armored vehicles on our streets. Contrary to what you may have heard, the armored vehicles that appeared on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Michael Brown did not come from the Pentagon. "Most of the stuff you are seeing in video coming out of Ferguson is not military," Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Defense Department's press secretary, told reporters last week. "The military is not the only source of tactical gear in this country." In other words: Don't blame the military...
  • Cop Hits Man in the Head 20 Times as Onlookers Plead 'Don't Punch Him No More'

    08/25/2014 6:40:07 PM PDT · by bamahead · 135 replies
    Reason ^ | August 25, 2014 | Robby Soave
    Once the cops have pinned a non-violent suspect to the ground, how many times are they allowed to punch him in the head? Is it fewer than 20? I would say so, but I'm not a Greenville County, South Carolina, deputy. Greenville officers approached a man at a Walmart parking lot on Saturday. The man appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and didn't respond to police questions or instructions. Eventually, the officers followed the man inside the store, where they attempted to detain him. The deputies claim the man resisted, though video footage of the incident...
  • Georgia County Won't Pay Medical Bills for Toddler injured in drug raid (shortened)

    08/19/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Little Ray · 23 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Aug. 19, 2014 9:14 am | Ed Krayewski
    Politicians like Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) who have supported the militarization of police but have found it politically unfeasible to do so now have been looking for a way to square their support with a little bit of politically-motivated outrage. Clay, whose district includes Ferguson, the town that helped catapult the issue of police militarization into the national news cycle, defended his vote, saying he only disapproved of the use of such police forces for crowd control in his district. But while their presence at protests may be the most prominent manifestation of militarized police, the problem is endemic. Perhaps...
  • County settles suit with family of David "Deacon" Turner

    08/19/2014 9:56:52 AM PDT · by Mr170IQ · 14 replies
    The County has quietly settled a wrongful death suit stemming from one of Kern's most controversial officer-involved shootings. Los Angeles Attorney Gerson Horn said the county will pay $1.8 million to the family of David "Deacon" Turner, the former professional football player shot to death by sheriff's deputies in July 2011. ... In March, there was a hung jury in the wrongful death civil lawsuit.
  • Vanity: Florida cop tosses quadrapelgic on floor [Flashback: 2008]

    08/17/2014 6:53:55 PM PDT · by piytar · 43 replies
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  • Breaking Videos From Ferguson: Protesters Break Curfew- Clash With Police – Tear Gas – Shots Fired

    08/16/2014 11:15:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 17, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    At least 150-300 protesters broke curfew tonight and are on the street in Ferguson. Rain is helping to clear out people. Most activity happening around the QT now. (Antonio French) The protesters are “ready to die” tonight. Antonio French ✔ @AntonioFrench Too many young men talking about they're ready to die tonight. #Ferguson 12:39 AM - 17 Aug 2014 1,368 Retweets 344 favorites “No Justice! No Curfew!… We grown!” Via St. Louis photographer Kenny Bahr on the scene. (Warning on Language)(VIDEO-At_LINK) UPDATE: Kenny just sent this from Ferguson. Protesters Clash With Police— (VIDEO-AT-LINK) You can watch a live feed from...
  • Tiny Georgia police department posts terrifying SWAT video

    08/13/2014 3:30:40 PM PDT · by bamahead · 120 replies
    Washington Post ^ | August 13, 2014 | Radley Balko
    The continuing crisis in Ferguson, Mo., has everyone talking about police militarization again. So while we’re on the topic, have a look at the horrifying video above from Doraville, Ga. The video depicts a SWAT training operation for a downed officer. At least as of this writing, the video was posted on the front page of the Doraville Police Department Web site. The audio and effects were added by a YouTube user who goes by Patriotsix6. He uploaded the video in 2009. The images at the beginning and end are from The Punisher, the fictional character described by Wikipedia as...
  • Swat Team Raids Innocent Woman's Home; Lawsuit Filed

    08/13/2014 8:28:01 AM PDT · by Dacula · 95 replies
    An elderly woman's home was raided by police after she was suspected of making anonymous online threats against the Evansville police department and Chief Billy Bolin. The 68-year-old woman, Louise Milan was in the house with her 18 year old adopted daughter when police shattered a glass door and burst in after throwing flash grenades inside. Police came up empty-handed in the search for evidence about who had made the threatening posts but only after damaging Louise Milan’s house, handcuffing her and her adopted daughter and seizing their computers, according to a lawsuit that has been filed against the city...
  • Family pet shot in the head by plainclothes cops searching at wrong address

    08/07/2014 3:07:14 PM PDT · by Altariel · 87 replies
    Police State USA ^ | August 6, 2014 | Site Staff
    ERIE COUNTY, NY — (EXCLUSIVE) — A family was traumatized when gun-wielding police officers walked onto their quiet property and shot their dog in the head while looking for a man who did not live there. Megan Shimburski, 25, was spending a quiet afternoon with her children at her parents’ countryside East Concord residence on July 25, 2014. It was a normal day, she said, which involved watching her 5-year-old daughter play behind the house with their dog, as her infant son lied in a playpen inside the house. Ms. Shimburski’s parents, John Shimburski and Martha Spaulding, were not at...
  • From the Mouths of Thugs: 'Obama ... doesn't follow the Constitution (so) we don't have to.'

    08/07/2014 2:22:15 PM PDT · by bamahead · 19 replies
    Reason ^ | August 7, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    Role models are so important, don't you think? They model behavior for us so that we know how to conduct ourselves on our twisty, winding path through life. So when Special Police Officer Richard Recine of the Borough of Helmetta, New Jersey, see President Obama decimate the friggin' constitution, he knows it's time to do some decimating of his own. Writes Sergio Bichao of the Home News Tribune: A New Jersey police officer was caught on camera telling a resident that police don't have to follow the Constitution because President Obama doesn't, either. Special Police Officer Richard Recine, of the...
  • Meet a Town That's Had Enough of Militarized Policing

    08/05/2014 3:25:31 PM PDT · by bamahead · 56 replies
    Reason ^ | Aug. 5, 2014 | J.D. Tuccille
    <p>Barry Township, Michigan, with a population of about 4,000, has four full-time police officers, four part-time officers, two Humvees, two armored personnel carriers (free, courtesy of the Defense Department's 1033 program)—and, until recently, about three dozen unpaid but armed and empowered reserve police officers patrolling the streets. All those cops need to find something to do with themselves, and many of the people of Barry Township are more than a bit bent out of shape that they've been on the receiving end of that something.</p>
  • Police Chokehold Killed Eric Garner, Medical Examiner Rules

    08/01/2014 9:43:30 PM PDT · by bamahead · 121 replies
    WABC-TV NYC ^ | August 01, 2014 | Josh Einiger
    TOTTENVILLE (WABC) -- The New York Medical Examiner has ruled Eric Garner died from a chokehold used by a police officer during his arrest for selling untaxed, loose cigarettes last month, calling it a homicide. The autopsy found that Garner, 43, died as a result of compression of neck, compression of chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police. Mayor Bill de Blasio released the following statement. "On behalf of all New Yorkers, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of Eric Garner ... My administration will continue to work with all involved authorities, including the Richmond County...
  • San Antonio police mistake photographer for fleeing drug suspect, beat him silly

    07/29/2014 3:29:41 PM PDT · by bamahead · 142 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 29, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Ah, another glorious moment in America’s drug war. Three San Antonio Police officers are being investigated for possibly using excessive force, after a May 20 incident in west San Antonio left a man with injuries to his face, skull and neck. Roger Carlos was in the 10600 block of Westover Hills Boulevard taking photos of a building that will soon be home to his wife’s medical practice, when he was approached by three officers around 2:30 p.m. The officers were identified as an undercover drug task force officer and two SAPD SWAT members. According to an SAPD incident report released...
  • Cop Arrests Man, Forced Him to Leave Family Pet on the Side of the Freeway to Die

    07/29/2014 1:13:45 PM PDT · by chessplayer · 258 replies
    On July 13, Josie Garcia’s husband was pulled over by Houston PD for failure to use a turn signal. The routine traffic stop lead to a search and prescription drugs belonging to the passenger were found. Both men were subsequently arrested and the SUV was impounded. Charges against her husband were dropped days later. Unfortunately, Garcia’s 14 year old chihuahua, Guero, was along for the ride. As the men were being taken into custody and the SUV towed, Guero was removed from the vehicle and left on the side of Highway 59. Garcia’s husband plead with the officer to let...
  • Internal documents show that Utah police did little investigation before fatal drug raid

    07/23/2014 7:48:46 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 31 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 17, 2014 | Radley Balko
    In January 2011, the Weber-Morgan County Narcotics Strike Force conducted a nighttime drug raid on the Ogden, Utah, home of Matthew David Stewart. An ex-girlfriend had tipped off the police that Stewart was growing pot in his basement. He was; Stewart, a former veteran, suffered from PTSD, and used the pot to self-medicate. The police had no evidence that Stewart was selling any of his pot. Once police took down his door with a battering ram, Stewart, who was sleeping, grabbed a handgun.
  • Policing America

    07/23/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 23, 2014 | John Stossel
    I want the police to be better armed than the bad guys, but what exactly does that mean today? Apparently it means the Pentagon and Department of Homeland Security equip even the tiniest rural police departments with massive military vehicles, body armor and grenade launchers. The equipment is surplus from the long wars we fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. To a hammer, everything resembles a nail. SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) teams were once used only in emergencies such as riots or robberies where hostages were taken. But today there are more than 50,000 "no-knock raids" a year. It's...
  • Staten Island DA looking into death of dad of six after NYPD cop put him in chokehold (Update)

    07/18/2014 4:12:56 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 113 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/18/2014 | BY LAURA DIMON , ROCCO PARASCANDOLA , LARRY MCSHANE
    --SNIP-- This comes as two NYPD officers were yanked off the street Friday as cops and the Staten Island district attorneys investigated the stunning death of a suspect placed in a banned chokehold. The officers were slated for desk duty pending completion of the probe into Thursday’s death of Eric Garner, 43, as he was brought down by five NYPD officers outside a Tompkinsville beauty parlor. “Loss of life is always a tragedy,” said Police Commissioner Bill Bratton at a City Hall news conference. “Nobody began the day with the expectation it would end the way it did.
  • Teenage girl says Clairton police beat her after curfew violation

    07/17/2014 10:05:28 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 63 replies
    WTAE ^ | 07/17/2014 | Bob Hazen
    CLAIRTON, Pa. —A 17-year-old girl says she was beaten by police in Clairton after she and her friends were stopped for a curfew violation Wednesday night. Merceedez Wright admits she and her friends were out a few minutes after the city's 10 p.m. curfew, and that she both ran from officers and resisted them after being tackled, but she doesn't believe she deserves the injuries she suffered. "I didn't think cops would do that to me because I'm a girl. And I didn't have anything on me. I was just trying to walk away from the situation," Wright said from...
  • Federal magistrate wants drug case dismissed, cites outrageous government conduct

    07/17/2014 5:44:20 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 12 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 17 july 2014 | JEFF GERMAN
    A federal magistrate has recommended dismissal of felony drug trafficking charges against a former officer of the Vagos motorcycle gang because of outrageous government conduct by the lead undercover agent in the case. In a rare decision late Tuesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach criticized Agostino Brancato, a deputized agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, for manufacturing the cocaine case against Jeremy Halgat, though Halgat had no criminal record and repeatedly told the agent in secretly recorded conversations that he did not want to traffic in drugs. “The problem is that the government’s investigation deployed...
  • N.C. police officers accused of faking 911 calls to gain entry...

    07/15/2014 11:20:50 AM PDT · by FBD · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    A North Carolina police chief has officially barred officers from making up phony 911 calls in order to gain access to private residences without a search warrant. Several officers with the Durham Police Department lied about 911 hang-up calls to convince residents to consent to searches of their homes, an officer said under oath in late May, a local ABC affiliate reported. The allegations prompted Police Chief Jose Lopez to send out an internal memo barring the practice.“It has recently been brought to my attention that some officers have informed citizens that there has been a 911 hang-up call from their residence in order to...
  • Target security officer fired after reporting [cop] shoplifting

    07/14/2014 8:12:22 AM PDT · by bornred · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 12 | Tom Jackman
    Dallas Northington spent nearly eight years working for Target in loss prevention, roaming the stores and scanning the surveillance cameras. In an episode at the Leesburg Target store in May that he said was typical, a man was allegedly captured twice on video shoplifting, and Northington responded as he said he always did: He called the Leesburg police, made a report and provided them the videos of the two incidents. But the man in the video may have been a Fairfax County sheriff’s deputy, Northington said he soon learned. And within days, two things happened: The deputy retired from the...
  • WV State Troopers Kill Dog During Manhunt

    06/27/2014 11:48:00 AM PDT · by Altariel · 112 replies
    WCHS TV ^ | June 25, 2014 | Chris Williams
    Police spent much of Tuesday searching for a fugitive. During the search West Virginia State Troopers and the Mason County Sheriff's Department said they had to shoot and kill a woman's dog. Police spent almost 12 hours searching for Johnathon Jeffers, but with no luck. At one point during the search, police came out of the woods and onto Ginger Sweats’ property in Mason County. She has no ties to Jeffers, but was immediately caught up in the search when officers said they had to fire their guns. Accompanied by the dog she has left, Sweat was still trying to...
  • 10 facts on SWATification of America

    06/27/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT · by holymoly · 30 replies
    PressTV (Iran) ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Michael Snyder,
    The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980. As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well. And without a doubt, many of our cities have become much more dangerous places. Thanks to relentless illegal immigration, drug cartels are thriving and there are now at least 1.4 million gang members living in the United States. But there are many that believe that the militarization of our police forces has gone way too far. Almost...
  • A SWAT team blew a hole in my 2-year-old son

    06/25/2014 3:23:38 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 240 replies
    Salon ^ | June 24, 2014 | Alecia Phonesavanh
    After our house burned down in Wisconsin a few months ago, my husband and I packed our four young kids and all our belongings into a gold minivan and drove to my sister-in-law’s place, just outside of Atlanta. On the back windshield, we pasted six stick figures: a dad, a mom, three young girls, and one baby boy. That minivan was sitting in the front driveway of my sister-in-law’s place the night a SWAT team broke in, looking for a small amount of drugs they thought my husband’s nephew had. Some of my kids’ toys were in the front yard,...
  • Salt Lake City Police Try to Address Outrage Over Dog Shooting

    06/21/2014 3:22:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Jun 20 2014 | Bob Mims
    Fenced backyard » Dog killed on its home ground, questions arise over why nonlethal response wasn’t used first.The Salt Lake City Police Department is trying to get ahead of public outrage over an officer’s shooting of an alleged aggressive dog in its fenced backyard during a neighborhood search for a child later found asleep in his own basement. The 3-year-old boy, described as non-verbal and unresponsive to his name being called, was reported missing by his parents from his home near 2500 South and Fillmore Street (1400 East) about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. A door-to-door neighborhood search ensued. The child was...
  • The moment a cop famed for his generosity shot dead a HANDCUFFED bodybuilder

    06/19/2014 8:10:46 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 19 June 2014 | JAMES NYE
    ( The moment a cop famed for his generosity shot dead a HANDCUFFED bodybuilder - as officials say he will not be charged for killing struggling man on bath salts ) Newly released and shocking security video shows the moment an unarmed and handcuffed bodybuilder was shot dead by an El Paso police officer outside the city jail. The disturbing footage shows former Mr. El Paso, Daniel Saenz, 37, being dragged through the corridors and then outside, after guards refused to admit him because he was harming himself and was bleeding from a head wound. Once outside, the shirtless man...
  • Va. man pulled over in funeral procession, misses burial

    06/17/2014 10:09:11 AM PDT · by skeptoid · 39 replies
    WTOP ^ | 6/16/2014, 3:48pm ET | Megan Cloherty
    WASHINGTON - A Virginia man is furious after he was pulled over in Alexandria while driving in a funeral procession. He missed his great-grandmother's burial because of the delay, his family says. Now Alexandria police are reviewing the stop. With their hazard and headlights on, Heather Spinner and her husband were on Duke Street driving to the Mount Comfort Cemetery on June 12 when they noticed red and blue flashing lights in the rear-view mirror. "My brother-in-law behind us was actually pulled over for running a red light," Spinner says. Both her husband and brother-in-law, R.G. Spinner, removed their yellow...
  • Churchill: Cop's road rage punishment seems like a reward

    06/17/2014 6:28:14 AM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 10 replies
    Albany TU ^ | June 11, 2014 | Chris Churchill
    Let's play a game. Let's say you've done something wrong and will therefore be punished. Here's your punishment: You must retire from your job. You will receive a full pension. Your days will be free for whatever your heart desires. Hey, stop smiling. You're being punished! In the real world, of course, retirement is generally seen as a good thing, especially if the retiree will be financially comfortable. But when a cop misbehaves, retirement is treated like the guillotine. Consider the plea deal for Schenectady Detective John Hotaling. His road-rage charges will be essentially dropped if he trades his badge...
  • Teacher says cop choked, pepper-sprayed her in front of students

    06/15/2014 2:17:26 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 34 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | June 13, 2014 | CAMILLE LAURIN-DESJARDINS, QMI AGENCY
    MONTREAL -- Montreal police are examining a primary-school teacher's claim that an officer choked and pepper-sprayed her in front of students and parents at their year-end party. Nadia Lessard tells QMI Agency that she and the school janitor were victims of "gratuitous violence" at the hands of a burly city constable Wednesday afternoon. Lessard says she was standing outside the school building with janitor Carl Cadieux at about 5 p.m. when a police car crossed through an intersection, on a red light, without his flashers. Lessard says Cadieux shouted to the officer "hey my friend, you burned the red without...
  • War Gear Flows to Police Departments

    06/09/2014 10:53:58 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | June 8, 2014 | MATT APUZZO
    Inside the municipal garage of this small lakefront city, parked next to the hefty orange snowplow, sits an even larger truck, this one painted in desert khaki. Weighing 30 tons and built to withstand land mines, the armored combat vehicle is one of hundreds showing up across the country, in police departments big and small. The 9-foot-tall armored truck was intended for an overseas battlefield. But as President Obama ushers in the end of what he called America’s “long season of war,” the former tools of combat — M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more — are ending up in...
  • The cash smelled like pot, so the feds kept it

    06/03/2014 2:23:21 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 52 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 06/03/2014 | James Eli Shiffer
    Someone had tipped off federal agents that a California man with a large quantity of drug money would soon be boarding a flight from Minnesota to Arizona. They spotted him at gate H-7 in the Humphrey Terminal of Minneapolis-St. Paul International and let loose a "certified narcotics dog." The dog showed strong olfactory interest in two of the man's three pieces of luggage. So the feds seized those two bags and let the man get on the plane to Phoenix. They knew what they might find in the two bags because the man had already told them that he had...
  • Authorities investigate handcuffed Iowan's death (Cops are now DROWNING suspects?)

    06/03/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 56 replies
    KCCI ^ | 06/02/2014 | Eric Hanson
    DES MOINES, Iowa —The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the drowning of a 20-year-old Iowa man who was handcuffed and being transported on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks. Brandon Ellingson, 20, of Clive, was being transported when he stood up in the moving boat and "fell or jumped overboard." It happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said Ellingson was handcuffed and wearing a life jacket when he went off the boat, but his life jacket fell off when he hit the water. Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch said Monday officials are investigating whether...
  • Sheriff Wants Your Prayers; Target of Warrant Could Be Charged For Injuries to Toddler

    06/02/2014 9:40:48 AM PDT · by Altariel · 93 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 30, 2014 | Ed Krayewski
    CNN has updates on the story of the Georgia SWAT team that threw a flash bang while executing a no-knock warrant that severely burned a nineteen-month-old baby. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell says the deputies involved are "devastated" and that they've been called "baby killers" and received threats. "All I can say is pray for the baby, his family and for us," the sheriff told CNN. Terrell has insisted his officers and those of the local police department did nothing wrong and blamed the target of the warrant (not found at the house that was invaded) on the attack on...
  • SWAT team throws a stun grenade into a toddler's CRIB during drugs raid

    A family is in shock after a SWAT team threw a stun grenade into their 19-month-old son's crib during a midnight drugs raid, leaving the baby in a medically induced coma with severe burns. Wisconsin mother Alecia Phonesavanh, her husband, Bounkham, and their children including toddler, Bou Jr., were visiting her sister-in-law in Atlanta, Georgia, when police raided the home early Wednesday. Phonesavanh said officers threw a stun grenade, which landed in the sleeping child's crib. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2643344/Horror-SWAT-team-throw-stun-grenade-toddlers-CRIB-drugs-raid-leaving-coma-severe-burns.html#ixzz33C6tIMci Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Police promote commander in ‘excessive force’ case (Albuquerque)

    05/15/2014 11:52:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 15, 2014 11:56 PM EDT | Russell Contreras
    Albuquerque police promoted a commander who was accused in a lawsuit of burning off part a homeless man’s ear with a stun gun, officials announced Thursday. Albuquerque Police Department Chief Gorden Eden said in a statement he was promoting two Albuquerque commanders to the newly created rank of major in response to a harsh U.S. Justice Department report that was critical of Albuquerque police’s use of excessive force and demanded the agency adopt a number of reforms. Foothills Area Commander Timothy Gonterman and Criminal Investigations Commander Anthony Montano will now oversee the East and West Side Field Services Divisions respectively,...
  • Sheriff's deputy threw woman to the floor and forced her mouth open after she took a TYLENOL

    Shocking footage has emerged of an Ohio woman handcuffed and charged with resisting arrest after sheriff’s deputies pinned her down on the floor pried open her mouth to retrieve a Tylenol tablet. Surveillance video shows Siobhan Householder, 35, of Akron, being confronted last week by a police officer after she took the prescription medication – the altercation left her injured and arrested. Householder was in a holding area while waiting to make a court appearance when she took the medication for a tooth infection, she told the Akron Beacon-Journal.
  • Indiana cops taser 10-year-old at day care

    05/16/2014 8:41:31 AM PDT · by opentalk · 77 replies
    NY Daily news ^ | May 15, 2014 | Lindsay Goldwert
    Indiana police say two officers have been placed on administrative suspension after they used a stun gun on an unruly child at a home day care.A news release from the mayor's office and the Martinsville Police Department said the officers responded to reports of a 10-year-old who was out of control at Tender Teddies Day Care Tuesday night, reports WRTV in Indianapolis...The department says that when the officers arrived the boy was out of control, hitting and kicking and refusing to listen to them.The department says the officers used a stun gun and slapped the boy to subdue him.
  • Elderly man calls for ambulance, violent cops beat him instead

    04/22/2014 5:25:39 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 60 replies
    daily caller ^ | 4-21-14 | Robby Soave
    An elderly Missouri man dialed 911 and asked for an ambulance to come and help his ailing wife. Instead, the police showed up, threw him to the ground, sat on his head and handcuffed him. He later received stitches for his injuries. “I never had anybody jump on me for doing nothing,” said the man, Elbert Breshears of Humansville, Missouri, in a statement to KSPR 33. The trouble began after Breshears called to get help for his wife, who suffers from dementia. He asked for paramedics to come provide assistance to her after she knocked out one of their home’s...