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  • Albuquerque protesters put police chief ‘on trial’

    06/22/2014 4:17:14 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2014 12:07 AM EDT
    Protesters advocating for drastic changes within a police agency criticized by the U.S. Justice Department over its use of force put the embattled police chief “on trial” during a rally Saturday. […] The Police Department is under scrutiny for over 40 police shootings—26 of them fatal—since 2010, and the Justice Department has issued a harsh report over the agency’s use of force. …
  • Baltimore cop slits dogs throat, faces animal cruelty charges

    06/20/2014 12:35:24 AM PDT · by RC one · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, June 19, 2014, 10:04 AM | Michael Walsh
    A Baltimore cop allegedly slit the throat of a dog that officers had under control. Jeffrey Bolger, 49, was booked on felony animal cruelty charges Wednesday, his department said. "I'm going to (expletive) gut this thing," he said before killing the pup, according to charging documents. They are shocked by his actions. Police Deputy Commissioner Dean Palmere, who called the killing "outrageous and unacceptable," said the incident is under investigation. Nala's owner, Sarah Gossard, explained that her pet somehow escaped from her backyard that morning and was found by a nearby resident, Sandy Fleischer, a few blocks away. His colleagues...
  • 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.
  • Ohio man who was shot in eye with Taser at traffic stop is suing police

    05/13/2014 9:36:00 PM PDT · by deks · 56 replies (The Plain Dealer) ^ | May 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    Last May, Kelly was asleep in the passenger seat when his friend was pulled over for drunken driving on Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Columbus, according to The Columbus Dispatch. When Ohio State Trooper Bryan Cook woke Kelly, he was startled and began flailing his arms, according to the lawsuit. Fayette County Deputy Clinton Sines then drew his Taser, opened the passenger door and shouted for Cook to get out of the truck and show his hands as he grabbed the back of Kelly's sweatshirt and tried to pull him out, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit says Sines was apparently...
  • Teen Dies After Police Shoved a Sharp Object Down His Throat to Retrieve Drugs that weren’t there

    05/13/2014 6:23:38 AM PDT · by eccentric · 97 replies
    D.C. Clothesline ^ | May 12, 2014 | Cassius Methyl
    In Huntsville, Alabama police are facing no charges whatsoever after allegedly killing a 17 year old boy while trying to find drugs in his throat with a sharp object. Mainstream media won’t touch the story, and of course, independent media fueled by citizen journalists broke this to the public, releasing the 16 page wrongful death suit filed by the teen’s mother, Nancy Smith. According to the autopsy: “Because of the circumstances of this event, it is difficult to discern if the decedent died from a drug overdose or an asphyxia event exacerbated by either the occlusion of the airway by...
  • New York police Twitter campaign backfires badly

    04/22/2014 11:20:48 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 36 replies
    New York (AFP) - New York police Tuesday were eating extra helpings of humble pie after asking people to post images of themselves and NYPD officers on Twitter -- only to face a deluge of pictures of alleged police brutality. "Do you have a photo w/ a member of the NYPD? Tweet us & tag it #myNYPD. It may be featured on our Facebook," the department posted on its NYPD News Twitter feed, hoping to fuel a feel-good, low-cost public relations campaign. -snip- One image showing police after striking a protestor brought the remark "Here the #NYPD engages with its...
  • Riot Cop Violently Blindsides Girl On Street

    03/31/2014 3:49:33 PM PDT · by TheProducer · 185 replies
    A video uploaded by a Phoebe Landolt shows a riot cop assaulting a girl standing on the street. Police had been called in to quell a student riot in Arizona after the Wildcats lost their game to Wisconsin. The girl in the video did not appear to be rioting or causing a scene, but the officer can be clearly viewed charging her and knocking her over for apparently no reason.
  • Moore police respond to Norman man's death outside Warren Theatre

    02/19/2014 1:21:12 AM PST · by YankeeinOkieville · 9 replies
    NewsOK ^ | February 18, 2014 | Jennifer Palmer
    MOORE — The city’s police chief Tuesday defended the actions of officers being investigated after the death of a Norman man who was tackled and handcuffed early Saturday in the Warren Theatre parking lot.“I know these officers, and I don’t believe there was any ill will,” Moore Police Chief Jerry Stillings said in a news conference.Three Moore police officers and two off-duty game wardens were involved in the scuffle with Luis Rodriguez, 44. One of the officers and the game wardens were working security for the theater.Rodriguez’s wife, Nair, caught some of the incident on video on her cellphone, which...
  • Philippine Police Used 'Wheel of Torture' to Abuse Suspects w/ One Punishment Named Manny Pacquiao

    01/28/2014 7:45:00 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 32 replies
    Daily Mail (U.K.) ^ | 28 January 2014 | Kieran Corcoran
    <p>Police in the Philippines abused suspected criminals with a 'wheel of torture' game, according to human rights groups.</p>
  • Cop ruptures 16-year-old’s testicles during frisk (VIDEO)

    01/25/2014 4:14:50 PM PST · by Lazamataz · 59 replies
    The Libertarian Republic ^ | 25 Jan 2014 | by Faith Braverman
    PHILADELPHIA, PA–He was the only one who didn’t run. Now Darrin Manning may never father children after his encounter with a police officer earlier this month. While on his way to a basketball game after school, the straight-A student and his teammates had an encounter with officer Thomas Purcell. Apparently one of the teammates may have said a snide remark to the officer, who then approached them. The boys ran, but Manning stopped and stayed. “I didn’t do anything wrong,” he said to What happened next is hard to believe. Darrin was handcuffed, frisked, and his genitals were pulled...
  • Kang Wong Jaywalking: 84-Year-Old Gets Ticket, NYPD Beating

    01/25/2014 8:45:00 PM PST · by Mike Darancette · 21 replies
    NEWSMAX ^ | 01/21/2014 | Michael Mullins
    Kang Wong, 84, was jaywalking on New York City’s Upper West Side on Sunday when police stopped him and attempted to issue him a ticket for the time-honored infraction among New Yorkers. He ended up in a hospital after a police beating.
  • Bratton defends NYPD in bloody jaywalk bust

    01/24/2014 8:33:07 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 33 replies
    NY Post ^ | kevin sheehan
    “I’m not aware of excessive force in that at all,” Bratton told reporters on Monday during a hastily scheduled visit to the West 96th Street corridor ...Upper West Side resident Kang Wong, 84, was left dazed and bleeding in the scuffle with cops who were ticketing jaywalkers on Sunday near the scene of another pedestrian fatality—a confrontation that escalated in plain view of reporters covering the deathBratton said he believed Wong sustained his injuries in a fall...
  • Cops bloody old man — for jaywalking

    01/21/2014 3:39:26 AM PST · by BigEdLB · 42 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1/19/14 | Kevin Sheehan
    Cops bloodied an 84-year-old man and put him in the hospital Sunday when he jaywalked at an Upper West Side intersection and didn’t appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said. Kang Wong was strolling north on Broadway and crossing 96th Street at around 5 p.m., when an officer told him to halt because he had walked against the light. Police were targeting jaywalkers in the area following the third pedestrian fatality this month around West 96th Street. Wong, who lives a block away, appeared to not understand the cop, the witnesses said.
  • Cops bloody old man — for jaywalking

    01/20/2014 9:21:32 AM PST · by kiryandil · 107 replies
    The New York Post ^ | January 19, 2014 | Kevin Sheehan
    Cops bloodied an 84-year-old man and put him in the hospital Sunday when he jaywalked at an Upper West Side intersection and didn’t appear to understand their orders to stop, witnesses said. Kang Wong was strolling north on Broadway and crossing 96th Street at around 5 p.m., when an officer told him to halt because he had walked against the light. Police were targeting jaywalkers in the area following the third pedestrian fatality this month around West 96th Street. Wong, who lives a block away, appeared to not understand the cop, the witnesses said. “The guy didn’t seem to speak...
  • Woman, 35, had her arm amputated because 'police handcuffs were too tight'

    12/31/2013 6:22:25 PM PST · by null and void · 119 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 7:44 EST, 31 December 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A Pittsburgh woman is suing authorities after she had to have her arm amputated because police officers used ‘excessive force’ while they arrested her and refused to give her access to a doctor. The mother-of-three, Amy Needham, 35, of Ross, says the officers entered her home to execute an arrest warrant for failing to show up to a preliminary hearing. When sheriff's office employees arrived, Needham said she was using the bathroom, but they broke down the bathroom door. Rough arrest: Police officers shocked Amy Needham, 35, with a Taser, applied arm bars and wrist locks, and put on handcuffs...
  • Cop Has 21 Complaints Against Him and 8 Lawsuits…But is Still Working

    11/25/2013 5:50:19 AM PST · by IbJensen · 22 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11/23/2013 | Lily Dane
    The Atlantic City, New Jersey police department appears to have a very bad apple in their force. Officer Sterling Wheaten has been the subject of two lawsuits in the past month, at least eight lawsuits in the last three years, and, according to an attorney in one of those lawsuits, 21 internal-affairs complaints from 2008 to 2011. None of those complaints were sustained. Perhaps the most notable case of extreme brutality inflicted by Wheaten is one that occurred last June and involved the beating of college student David Connor Castellani. Castellani was kicked out of a casino for being...
  • VIDEO: Moscow Police Arresting Muslim Suspected of Killing Russia Man (Raw Footage!)

    10/16/2013 6:01:50 PM PDT · by ResisTyr · 21 replies
    YouTube ^ | October 16, 2013 | hobotzcarandco
    VIDEO: Moscow Police Arresting Muslim Suspected of Killing Russia Man (Raw Footage!)
  • Family claims DeKalb County deputies used excessive force (Video)

    08/09/2013 2:01:13 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 39 replies
    Atlanta News ^ | August 8, 2013
    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...
  • World War II veteran, 95, died after police shot him with TASER and bean bag rounds

    08/08/2013 7:40:19 AM PDT · by dennisw · 44 replies
    dailymail ^ | 7 August 2013 | By Anna Edwards
    John Wrana was being 'involuntarily' committed for medical treatment Brandished his cane and a shoehorn and police were called to care home A 95-year-old world War II veteran died after being Tasered and hit with bean bag rounds by police for threatening care home staff - but his family insist he was killed unnecessarily. Police say that John Wrana, who lived in a Chicago assisting living home, was brandishing his cane, a metal shoehorn and a knife before officers shocked him and hit him with bean bag rounds. The senior citizen had been reported to authorities because he was being...
  • Video captures Jasper, Texas, police officers beating woman

    06/13/2013 12:35:02 PM PDT · by heartwood · 14 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/3/2013 | Jason Sickles
    A southeast Texas town with a history of racial unrest on Monday fired two white police officers recently captured on video slamming a black woman’s head into a countertop and wrestling her to the ground. “The amount of force used was abominable,” the woman's attorney, Cade Bernsen, told Yahoo News. The incident was captured by security cameras at the Jasper, Texas, police headquarters. Keyarika "Sha" Diggles, 25, was brought to the jail on May 5 for an unpaid fine, according to Bernsen. He said she was was on the phone with her mother trying to arrange to get the $100...
  • Disabled Woman Megan Graham Calls 911 While Being Beat, Arrested by Police

    06/05/2013 12:43:11 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 49 replies
    Opposing Views ^ | 06/025/2013 | By Michael Allen
    Megan Graham claims that she had to call 911 on the police...while being arrested. Graham, who has cognitive and hearing disabilities, said she was recently beaten by a police officer while restrained by other officers in Federal Way, Wash. Meanwhile, despite her complaint, police want the bruised and battered Graham to be charged with felony assault to a police officer. "I had a concussion," Graham told KIRO 7. "I still have a hard time understanding how things got so out of control so fast. It was a total lack of communication."   Graham parked her car at an apartment complex where she...
  • How Rodney King spawned Christopher Dorner

    02/14/2013 1:20:11 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | February 13, 2013 | Jack Cashill
    The Los Angeles Police Department ceased to be an active force for justice on March 4, 1991, when George Holliday turned over his amateur video of Rodney King’s arrest to the Los Angeles TV station KTLA. With tape in hand, the media began what the late Christopher Dorner might call a surge of “unconventional and asymmetrical warfare” against the LAPD and police departments everywhere. As in the Trayvon Martin case, the media edited and presented the tape to reinforce its favorite template: evil white racists oppress innocent minority. I say “asymmetrical” because in the King case, unlike the Martin case,...
  • Buffalo Woman Says Police Raided Wrong House, Killed Her Dog

    09/04/2012 11:12:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 128 replies
    WKBW (Buffalo) ^ | August 30, 2012 | John Borsa
    BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - When Rita Hairston's husband died five years ago, she adopted a dog to keep her company and help her through an emotional time. Prada was 5-years-old at the time. The black Labrador Retriever became more than a pet, but a part of Hairston's family. A companion. Last Saturday morning, she returned to her E. Morris Ave. house in University Heights in Buffalo and discovered her home had been broken into and Prada was missing. There was a puddle of blood on the floor and bullet holes in the door of a bedroom where Prada slept. But...
  • Police shoot, kill dog while chasing suspect

    09/04/2012 11:28:50 AM PDT · by Altariel · 47 replies
    KDVR (Denver) ^ | August 28, 2012 | Tammy Vigil
    THORNTON, Colo. — A Thornton police officer shoots and kills a family’s dog he claims threatened him Sunday. But the dog’s family and neighbors dispute that. They say the American bulldog-mix never even left their front yard. Police were in the neighborhood chasing after a man wanted on a misdemeanor drug charge. The man, Phillip Armstrong-Bowen, was already under arrest when the officer shot the animal. “He was on my screen saver,” says Vivian Girone, of 8-year-old Scar. Girone like any proud grandma shows off photos of the dog–in the car, snuggling with dad and out-cold on the couch. “He...
  • Friends, neighbors rally behind owners of dog fatally shot by police officer in mid-Michigan

    09/14/2012 9:38:36 PM PDT · by Altariel · 29 replies
    Click on Detroit ^ | September 12, 2012 | Unknown
    ST. LOUIS, Mich. - Friends and neighbors in a mid-Michigan community are rallying behind owners of a golden retriever that was fatally shot by a police officer. The Morning Sun of Mount Pleasant reports supporters gathered Tuesday at the home where the dog named Scout lived in St. Louis, about 50 miles north of Lansing. Mike Goetzinger says the officer had "no reason" to kill the dog owned by his brother Brian Goetzinger and his family. They're planning a protest and vigil Wednesday.
  • Deputies Beat Him for 'Amusement,' Man Says

    07/19/2012 2:53:02 PM PDT · by Altariel · 10 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | July 18, 2012 | IULIA FILIP
    SAVANNAH, Ga. (CN) - Sheriff's deputies deactivated a device that controls a man's Tourette's syndrome and beat him as "a form of amusement" when he could no longer control his physical and verbal actions, the man claims in court. Charles Ray sued Chatham County Sheriff Al St. Lawrence and jail official Floyd Jackson, in Chatham County State Court. Ray, 34, suffers from Tourette's syndrome, a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable tics and may cause obscene outbursts. He suffers from other physiological disorders as well, according to the complaint. Ray was arrested in July 2010 on drug possession charges and taken...
  • Family Says Police Killed Their Dogs and Slammed Grandmother to Ground

    11/20/2011 5:50:57 PM PST · by bamahead · 90 replies
    WHO-TV (NBC) Des Moines, Iowa ^ | November 18, 2011 | Aaron Brilbeck
    Matthew Spaulding says he and his family were terrorized at their own home by police who slammed his grandmother to the ground and shot his dogs-- missing his head by less than an inch. "Told us to get on the ground. I got on the ground they put me in handcuffs," Spaulding recalls, "Then they threw my dad to the ground and my dog Sadie was right here sniffing my head. She was next to me. They shot her. The blood got on my face and then she took off running behind me and they shot her like three more...
  • Eric Scott - What could he have done differently?

    09/27/2011 11:08:05 PM PDT · by mrjesse · 35 replies
    What could Erik Scott have done differently, considering the circumstances? I don't watch TV so maybe I'm way out of touch, but as far as I can tell, Scott pretty much did the very best he could have. He informed them that he had a gun (Police always like to know if someone's got a gun, and many cc folks inform police of that as a polite thing to do - police don't like surprises) It seems that Police told him to drop the gun - but since Scott wasn't HOLDing the gun, how can he drop it? He first...
  • Memo to police officers: If you beat up a cameraman, make sure you erase his film

    04/27/2011 4:32:30 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 60 replies
    France 24 ^ | April 26th 2011 | Staff
    When the policeman in the video below noticed he was being filmed while conducting an arrest, he threw the camera to the ground, beat up its owner, and dragged him off to the police station. This act of police brutality would likely have gone unnoticed… had the officer thought of deleting the film. The scene took place over a month ago in the neighbourhood of Commanche in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michell Crooks, 36, was filming the arrest of several people accused of robbing a house across the street from his home. Derek Colling, one of the officers, noticed Crooks and...
  • St. Louis Police Officer Beats down and pepper sprays man

    01/05/2011 5:47:25 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 41 replies
    youtube ^ | 1/5/2011 | chubbywater2
    View at youtube link
  • Denver officials clash over police discipline after brutal video released

    08/16/2010 4:07:57 PM PDT · by driftdiver · 45 replies
    The Denver Post ^ | 08/13/2010 | Christopher N. Osher
    Denver officials are deeply divided over the proper level of punishment for a police officer who was seen on video tackling and beating a 23-year-old man who was doing nothing but talking on a telephone outside a LoDo nightclub. The video of Officer Devin Sparks repeatedly hitting Michael DeHerrera of Denver with a department-issued piece of metal wrapped in leather, picking him up roughly and slamming a car door on his ankle has prompted Independent Monitor Richard Rosenthal to push for the firing of Sparks and Corporal Randy Murr.
  • Authorities probe beating video of Maryland student

    04/13/2010 7:34:18 PM PDT · by grand wazoo · 38 replies · 995+ views
    CNN ^ | April 13, 2010 | Ashley Hayes
    A Prince George's County, Maryland, police officer has been suspended, and prosecutors are investigating an incident -- caught on video -- in which officers wielding nightsticks beat a University of Maryland student, officials said Tuesday. Authorities also are looking into documents filed by police in the case that appear to contradict the video, Prince George's County police Lt. Andy Ellis said.Video at the link
  • (King County WA Sheriffs Dept) 'cell assault' video released

    01/23/2010 5:10:58 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 43 replies · 1,312+ views
    BBC ^ | 01/23/2010 | BBC
    US prosecutors have released video footage of a sheriff's deputy striking a 15-year-old girl and throwing her onto a cell floor. The video is evidence in the case against Washington state Deputy Paul Schene, accused of using excessive force against the girl in November. The incident began after the girl was arrested in a car theft inquiry. Footage shows the deputy lunge at the girl after she kicks one of her shoes towards him at SeaTac City Hall. "We believe this case is beyond just police misconduct, it's criminal misconduct," King County Prosecutor Daniel Satterberg said. "This is clearly excessive...
  • Mom in minivan tasered twice in Salina traffic stop(VIDEO)

    08/13/2009 3:05:49 PM PDT · by Callahan · 63 replies · 2,425+ views ^ | 8/13/09 | John O'Brien
    In January, an Onondaga County sheriff's deputy pulled over Audra Harmon, who had two of her kids with her in her minivan. A routine traffic stop escalated quickly. The deputy, Sean Andrews, accused her of talking on her cell phone. She said she could prove him wrong. He said she was speeding. She denied it and got out of the van. He told her to get back in. She did, then he ordered her back out. He yanked her out by the arm, knocked her down with two Taser shots and charged her with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. His...
  • Marmotan-American Victim Of Police Brutality

    07/28/2009 5:49:00 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 7 replies · 1,036+ views
    The Stiletto Blog ^ | July 27, 2009 | The Stiletto
    Responding to a call from a homeowner, Boonton, NJ, police were forced to arrest a Marmotan-American male ... The Marmota was combative from the moment the officers arrived on the scene ... According to the police report, the Marmota was exhibiting loud and tumultuous behavior, directed at a police officer, and accused the officers of profiling, demanded their names and badge numbers and insulted the mother of one of the officers. It was then that police maced the Marmota and took him into custody. Authorities later euthanized the Marmota, and shipped the carcass to the Department of Health and Senior...
  • Demonstrators call for firing of officer videotaped striking mentally disabled man

    06/06/2009 7:06:37 PM PDT · by Coleus · 45 replies · 1,688+ views
    northjersey ^ | June 6, 2009 | ELIZABETH LLORENTE
    Demonstrators call for firing of officer videotaped striking mentally disabled man   More than 100 people gathered today outside Passaic City Hall to demand that the Police Department fire an officer who was videotaped striking a mentally disabled man repeatedly with a baton and his fists. Ronnie Holloway, the man beaten in the May 29 incident, and his mother, Betty, attended the peaceful demonstration, which was organized by various community leaders.  “This man should never have gone through what he did,” said Zachary McDaniel, pastor of the Second Timothy Baptist Church in Passaic. “Cops are here to protect us. How can...
  • Baptist pastor beaten + tazed by Border patrol - 11 stitches

    04/16/2009 12:43:26 PM PDT · by the_Watchman · 207 replies · 7,038+ views
    youtube ^ | April 15, 2009 | Anonymous
    I told them I was a US citizen. I told them I was on a business trip. I told them I had no drugs or humans in the car. That wasn't enough. They wanted to search the car, and I invoked my 4th am...
  • Illegal Immigrants Rally Against Police Brutality In Manassas Virginia

    02/21/2009 1:30:46 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 29 replies · 1,394+ views
    NBC Washington News ^ | 2/21/9 | unknown to me
    Immigrants rally in Prince William County against an alleged incident of police brutality.

    10/28/2008 9:56:16 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 10 replies · 911+ views ^ | October 28, 2008 | Associated Press
    PUMMEL RAPS VS. LADY COPS AP Posted: 3:42 am October 28, 2008 Two NYPD policewomen have been indicted on charges of viciously assaulting two men in a traffic dispute. Bronx prosecutors say Michelle Anglin and Koleen Robinson are charged with kicking, punching and pistol-whipping a 25-year-old driver whose open car door was blocking their traffic lane. They say the off-duty officers also assaulted a man who tried to break up the violence. The driver, Marlon Smith, said that during the beating, the two officers screamed at him, "Do you know who you are f- - -ing with? We are the...

    10/25/2008 2:18:00 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 22 replies · 1,068+ views ^ | October 25, 2008 | MURRAY WEISS and LUKAS I. ALPERT
    <p>WALKIE-TALKIE 'RAPE'</p> <p>The man who said cops sodomized him with a walkie-talkie antenna had injuries consistent with that type of assault, according to his hospital discharge papers.</p> <p>And law-enforcement sources said Michael Mineo suffered a torn rectum among other severe injuries.</p>
  • 15 Philly officers taken off street after videotaped beating

    05/07/2008 7:52:34 AM PDT · by Abathar · 43 replies · 56+ views
    Ap via Yahoo ^ | 05/07/08 | Unknown
    PHILADELPHIA - Fifteen Philadelphia police officers have been taken off the street as authorities investigate a video showing three suspects being kicked and beaten by city police. A spokesman for Mayor Michael Nutter says the mayor stands behind the police department but his first glance of the video does appear to show the officers overstepping their authority. The video was shot Monday night by WTXF-TV. It shows three police cars stopping a car on the side of a road. The tape shows about a dozen officers gathering around the vehicle and pulling three men out. About a half-dozen officers hold...
  • Is Paradise Worth Fighting For? (A vanity)

    02/21/2008 2:56:28 AM PST · by Troubling Times · 69 replies · 1,027+ views
    Horse's Mouth ^ | February 21, 2008 | Troubling Times
    Troubling Times If FreeRepublic stands for America, the real Anerica where the Constitution means something, where you have the right to be let alone in peace as a law-abiding citizen, where you have a right to defend yourself and your family then I need and beg for your help. Please ping any ping lists that apply. I’m posting as a newbie – I signed up in November 2000. I probably started lurking in late 1998. Before I post I’m alerting an Admin with my one and only original handle of this upcoming post to establish my bonafides. At first I...
  • Deputy dumped man from wheelchair

    02/12/2008 11:52:51 AM PST · by Lexington Green · 297 replies · 1,818+ views
    St. Petersburg Times ^ | February 12, 2008 | Rebecca Catalanello
    TAMPA - Sheriff's officials are investigating why a deputy in a jail booking video appears to dump a quadriplegic man out of his wheelchair. Hillsborough sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway said the agency is looking into what happened to Brian D. Sterner, 32, during his Jan. 29 booking at the Orient Road Jail, after a television reporter confronted Callaway with the jail's own video. Footage aired on WTSP-Ch. 10 Monday night showed a uniformed officer unseating Sterner from his chair, then searching him as he lay on the floor where he had fallen. "She said, 'Stand up.' I said, 'I can't...
  • Police shoot, kill naked intruder in Mankato(MN)

    12/31/2007 12:07:12 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 31 replies · 500+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 12-31-07 | ap
    MANKATO, Minn. - Police shot and killed a naked man who apparently broke into an apartment and threatened the officers with broken glass.
  • Congressman Charged for Assault At Dulles

    08/20/2007 12:55:55 PM PDT · by NotchJohnson · 62 replies · 2,675+ views
    ABC ^ | 08/20/2007 | ABC
    ABC 7 has learned the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority have charged Representative Robert Filner of California with assault and battery following an incident at Dulles International Airport Sunday night. Police say they were called to the baggage claim area around 6 p.m. when a passenger attempted to enter an area authorized for airline employees only. ABC 7 spoke with several witnesses who say they saw Filner push aside an United Airlines employee and refused to leave the office. When officers arrived on scene, they found Filner waiting outside the office and informed him the airline employee would be pursuing charges....
  • Prosecutors Gone Wild [Johnny Sutton]

    07/19/2007 2:51:43 PM PDT · by rob88888 · 61 replies · 1,399+ views
    BlogCritics ^ | July 19, 2007 | RJ
    In hearings held this week Sutton blamed the decision to prosecute the border agents and to pursue an excessive punishment on his superiors at the Justice Department. He also attempted to explain his use of the federal statute which normally applies to the use of a firearm in a violent crime by bringing up various other examples of law officers prosecuted under the statute, but all of the examples differed significantly from the case in question, because Osvaldo Aldrete Davila (the drug smuggler) was attempting to evade arrest. In the other cases where the statute has been used which Sutton...
  • Border case defended

    07/18/2007 6:57:25 AM PDT · by JKrive · 136 replies · 1,825+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-18-07 | Jerry Seper
    The U.S. attorney whose office won convictions against two U.S. Border Patrol agents for shooting a fleeing drug-smuggling suspect in the buttocks yesterday described as "the big lie" accusations that the prosecutions were not justified. During a rancorous Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton defiantly said agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean, now serving lengthy prison terms, committed "serious crimes" in a case that was not about immigration issues or the Border Patrol but the rule of law. "Agents Compean and Ramos crossed the line. They are not heroes," Mr. Sutton said. "They deliberately shot an unarmed...
  • Senator questions Border Patrol policy on deadly force (Let the good guys shoot the bad guys)

    07/17/2007 7:45:39 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 7 replies · 516+ views
    cnn ^ | 7-17-07
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- Border Patrol agents should be allowed to shoot at fleeing drug traffickers, a Republican senator suggested Tuesday. The patrol's deadly force rules were questioned at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing concerning the conviction of two agents who shot a fleeing, unarmed drug trafficker and covered it up. "Why is it wrong to shoot the [trafficker] after he's been told to stop?" asked Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma. Johnny Sutton, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, said the Supreme Court has ruled that using deadly force in that way is illegal. Agents also may not know...
  • Senators: Prison terms for U.S. agents excessive

    07/17/2007 2:14:36 PM PDT · by freespirited · 53 replies · 1,355+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 7/17/07 | MICHELLE MITTELSTADT
    WASHINGTON — Tackling a case that has become a flashpoint in the immigration debate, senators today denounced as excessive the prison sentences for two Border Patrol agents from Texas who shot and wounded a fleeing, unarmed Mexican drug smuggler. Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn, California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other members of the Senate Judiciary Committee criticized the 12- and 11-year prison sentences given to ex-agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos, respectively. And they strongly questioned federal prosecutors' decision to charge the pair with using a weapon during the commission of a crime — a 10-year penalty that most...
  • Sikh American Veteran Assaulted by Police Officer in Illinois

    04/12/2007 2:20:31 AM PDT · by amchugh · 28 replies · 2,233+ views
    On Friday March 30, 2007 at around 3:00pm, Mr. Kuldip Singh Nag, a Sikh American who was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in the U.S. Navy during the first Gulf War, was at his home in Joliet, IL when a local police officer noticed that a van parked on Mr. Nag’s private property had expired registration tags. Upon being confronted with this, Mr. Nag’s wife, Vera Kaur Nag, informed the officer that the van is parked on their driveway and was inoperable.