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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Chicago pays $5.5M in reparations to 57 Burge torture victims | Chicago Sun-Times

    Cash-strapped Chicago doled out $5.5 million in reparations on Monday to 57 victims of the Jon Burge police torture era after a painstaking claims process that will do nothing to heal the wounds of more recent police shootings.

    When the City Council agreed last spring to make Chicago the nation’s first major city to pay reparations, there were high hopes that the $100,000 checks to individual torture victims would restore public trust between citizens and police in the African-American community so undermined by the convicted former Area 2 commander and his cohorts.

    But damage done by the police dashcam video that showed white police Officer Jason Van Dyke pumping 16 shots into the body of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was black, has added a new and equally ugly chapter in the history of the Chicago Police Department.

    Continued here:
    http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/...-million-reparations-57-burge-torture-victims
  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Despite Killing Nearly 1,200 Americans, Not a Single Cop Was Convicted in 2015 | Filming Cops

    Although the number of cops charged with murder or manslaughter sharply spiked last year, not a single officer was convicted for these unjustified deaths. With less cops killed in the line of duty in 2015, the number of people killed by police increased yet again.

    The accumulated number of people killed by police in the U.S. last year remains between 986 and 1,200, with The Guardian currently totaling 1,138 victims.

    Although many disagree on the exact number of fatalities caused by cops, most concur that 2015 saw an escalation in both the total of people killed by police and the number of officers charged with murder or manslaughter.

    Within the last decade, an average of five cops per year have been charged with murder or manslaughter in fatal on-duty shootings. Last year, that number more than tripled as 18 cops were arrested for unjustified shootings. This number does not comprise non-shooting homicides, including the six Baltimore officers charged with fatally severing Freddie Gray’s spine. Nor does it include the cops who will not face criminal charges for the deaths of Tamir Rice, Zachary Hammond, Natasha McKenna, Troy Goode, or Antonio Zambrano-Montes.

    Continued here:
    http://filmingcops.com/despite-killing-nearly-1200-americans-not-a-single-cop-was-convicted-in-2015/
  3. RightOn Member

    yikes
    And this doesn't even count all the brutality or excessive force cases, which I am sure if they weren't convicted for murder or manslaughter, then I can only imagine the amount of excessive force and brutality cases failing to see any justice.
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  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    Can Cook County commissioners do anything about Homan Square? | Chicago Reader

    Richard Boykin wants the feds to investigate Chicago's "off the books" interrogation site. But his move will test the relationship between city and county governments.

    http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicag...be-chicago-police-boykin/Content?oid=20849275

    Chicago Cops Frantically Fight to Destroy Misconduct Records Before Homan Square Investigation

    http://thefreethoughtproject.com/ch...ct-records-launch-homan-square-investigation/
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  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Alabama Cop Acquitted of Excessive Force That Left Indian Man Paralyzed

    Madison police officer Eric Parker has escaped the hands of justice for a third time. This time, U.S.District Judge Madeline Haikala granted an acquittal motion by the Alabama cop’s attorneys. Hence, ending the federal civil trial for Parker permanently.

    However, Parker, who has been on paid suspension since last year, challenging the department’s decision to fire him, is still facing a misdemeanor assault charge for the incident as well as a civil suit from the victim’s family.

    The prosecution filed a counter motion to not acquit Parker, but the judge dismissed the prosecutions’ motion, instead siding with the defense, saying the victim, Sureshbhai Patel, a 57-year-old grandfather visiting his son from India, committed a misdemeanor by leaving the house without identification.

    Prior to Wednesday’s acquittal, Parker’s trial had ended in two mistrials. The ruling of the acquittal can be read here.

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    https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/01/57028/
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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former Tulare County deputy who sexually assaulted female drivers gets five-year sentence | Fresno Bee

    A former Tulare County sheriff’s deputy who pulled over women during traffic stops and sexually assaulted them has been sentenced to 5 years in prison and must register as a sex offender for life.

    William Nulick, 44, who had been free on bail, was handcuffed and taken into custody after Tulare County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Montejano handed down the sentence Wednesday.

    Nulick pleaded no contest last year to two felony counts of oral copulation under color of authority and no contest to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery.

    By pleading no contest, he avoided a trial and potentially a life sentence. If a jury had found him guilty of all the charges filed against him, he could have been been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison.

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    The sheriff’s department and the county are also being sued in federal court.

    http://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article54488085.html

    Tulare County Deputy sentenced in bribery and sexual assault case | KFSN TV Fresno

    Nulick declined speaking in court on Wednesday because of a pending civil lawsuit against him involving the four victims. His attorney tells said he accepted the plea deal to avoid a possible life sentence.

    http://abc30.com/news/tulare-county-deputy-sentenced-in-bribery-and-sexual-assault-case/1158139/

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  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    On Facebook, PINAC founder Carlos Miller wrote:

    Anytime you start to hold police accountable for their actions, they respond with "sinking morale" and announce they are no longer going to do their jobs (while, of course, collecting their paychecks).

    It's not a bad thing because we can do without cops making petty traffic stops.

    But they are sending a message to the city that they will stop generating revenue, so the city will lay off them and allow them to continue killing and abusing.

    Chicago Police Street Stops Decrease Dramatically Amid Sinking Morale | DNAinfo Chicago

    Police officers are making drastically fewer investigative stops and confiscating fewer guns as murders and shootings have increased so far this year, DNAinfo Chicago has learned.

    So far this year, the number of so-called investigative stop reports — formerly known as “contact cards” — has decreased by about 80 percent compared to the same time period last year, police sources told DNAinfo Chicago.

    There also been a 37 percent decline in gun arrests and a 35 percent decrease in gun confiscations compared to last year, according to police data.

    Meanwhile, there have been 72 more shootings (a 218 percent increase) and 10 more murders (a 125 percent spike) than during the same time period last year, according to police data.

    Last year, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said rank-and-file officers had gone “fetal” out of fear that one wrong move might put them in the headlines … or worse.

    "They have pulled back from the ability to interdict … they don't want to be a news story themselves, they don't want their career ended early, and it's having an impact," the Washington Post quoted Emanuel as saying.

    Now that the Police Department is the focus of an U.S. Justice Department investigation in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting, sources tell DNAinfo Chicago that fear of getting caught up in a bad situation while making proactive investigative stops has contributed to less aggressive policing.

    Unlike the “Ferguson Effect” — a term coined to describe spikes in violent crime due to perceived hesitancy among police officers to aggressively fight crime because of increased scrutiny of law enforcement — and the deliberate policing “slowdown” Baltimore’s mayor accused her town’s officers of participating in after the death of Freddie Gray in police custody, the statistics reflect a situation specific to Chicago.

    Law enforcement experts say the statistics suggest Chicago officers have started to do the “bare minimum” in reaction to the current working environment — a department under the federal microscope and a new requirement to fill out a two-page report complete with their names and badge numbers for every person they stop and frisk.

    “Maybe they’re doing their job by some definition, but it’s the bare minimum. The data shows they’re not engaging in proactive policing,” a source who asked not to be identified told DNAinfo Chicago.

    “I wouldn’t accuse them of being willfully irresponsible. But in this environment why would an officer make a stop unless they see a gun or witness a shooting? It’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

    Why have officers made fewer investigative stops?

    "I'll leave that up to the common sense of the citizens as to why things are not as productive ... investigative stop wise," Fraternal Order of Police president Dean Angelo said.

    "I've been out to roll calls, and so have our board of directors ... and what we're hearing is that officers think that the FOP is the only group of people who have their back. ... I've never seen things like this in my 35 years. ... I've never seen morale this bad in my career."

    Continued here:
    https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/201...ops-decrease-dramatically-amid-sinking-morale
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  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Prosecutors behind Laquan McDonald and Tamir Rice police shooting investigations voted out of office during Tuesday primaries

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...amir-rice-prosecutors-voted-article-1.2566061

    BOOM! Attorney who bungled Laquan McDonald case loses re-election bid

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/03/boo...d-laquan-mcdonald-case-loses-re-election-bid/

    Tonight on Facebook, PINAC founder Carlos Miller wrote:

    Good-bye, bitch. You destroyed hundreds,if not thousands, of lives.

    For eight years, you protected murderous cops while prosecuting innocent citizens.

    And you did it over and over and over and over again until the voters finally took notice.

    I could have dedicated an entire website to you and still have plenty of content to write about.

    If karma exists, you will live a miserable life until the day you die.

    https://www.facebook.com/carlosmiller/posts/10154113538289636

    Embattled Chicago Prosecutor Loses Tough Primary Focused On Police Accountability

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/mikehayes/cook-county-prosecutor-democratic-primary-anita-alvarez
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    Good news!
  10. DeathHamster Member

    /facepalm

    No, they aren't voted out of office until November when, you know, the actual election happens.

    So long as they register and are on the ballot, they could still win. (Hey, maybe they could pick up the unicorn vote?)

    Americans have lost track of the boundary between political party mumbo-jumbo activities ("primaries") and actual election stuff (November). Political parties encourage this, of course, as well as the two party system lock-in.

    I could create a political party with arbitrary rules like whomever gives me the best BJ gets the primary nomination. (Similar to the Democratic Party "Super Delegates".)
  11. DeathHamster Member

    But wait, UC Davis spent even more to try to make it all disappear. Good luck with that.

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  13. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former NYPD Officer Peter Liang Gets Probation For Fatal Shooting | NPR

    A judge in New York City has sentenced former NYPD officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter and official misconduct last month in the 2014 fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, to five years' probation and 800 hours of community service.

    Justice Danny Chun also reduced the manslaughter conviction to criminally negligent homicide, NPR's Hansi Lo Wang reports, adding that prosecutors say they will appeal that decision.

    Continued here:
    http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-...ets-house-arrest-probation-for-fatal-shooting

    Peter Liang's guilt is undeniable | NY Daily News

    Peter Liang was sentenced to five years probation and 800 community service hours for newly-reduced charge of criminally negligent homicide for killing Akai Gurley, an African-American father, on Tuesday. Liang is the first New York cop in 10 years to be convicted and sentenced of an on-duty crime, despite recent concerns a mistrial would be declared.

    Continued here:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/peter-liang-guilt-undeniable-article-1.2607716
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    Where will he do his 800 hours of community service?
  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Atlanta man beaten by Walmart guard over false accusation



    Atlanta man beaten by Walmart security guard over false accusation he stole a tomato, lawsuit says

    An Atlanta man falsely accused of stealing a tomato from a Walmart was beaten by an off-duty police officer working as a security guard, his lawyer said.

    Tyrone Carnegay received several blows from Trevor King’s baton before Carnegay went to jail for three days and faced charges of battery and obstruction of police, according to the lawsuit filed earlier this month about the October 2014 encounter.

    “He got whacked seven or eight times across the shin and actually broke both bones, both the fibula and the tibula,” Carnegay’s lawyer, Craig Jones, told the Daily News. “This tomato not only cost him the dollar they overcharged him. It also cost him over $75,000 in medical bills, which I intend to get them to pay many times over.”

    Jones said Carnegay, 53, checked the price of the tomato on a scale in the produce section after buying it as part of $20 worth of purchases at the Martin Luther King Jr. Drive Walmart. A security employee who saw Carnegay go back into the checkout line to try to get a refund then decide against it on Oct. 12, 2014, alerted King, the moonlighting Atlanta police officer, Jones said.

    King hit Carnegay without even asking to see a receipt for the tomato, according to Carnegay’s lawyer. The security employee, a loss prevention officer, said she had tried to stop Carnegay before King approached him at the Walmart’s exit. Carnegay denies she spoke to him and security cameras, which captured the beating, didn’t show any exchanges between them either, Jones said.

    “Their conduct was completely inexcusable,” Jones said. “Had they just handled it like decent human beings, it never would have degenerated into this.”

    Representatives for the Atlanta Police Department provided an incident report saying Carnegay pushed past the loss prevention officer and tried to push past King when he was asked to return the stolen items. King said he hit Carnegay with the baton only after he ignored commands to get on the ground and tugged on King's gun belt in a struggle.

    "Upon completion of the investigation Mr. Carnegay had a receipt for a tomato, and it appears that he either got another one, or replaced the one that he had without letting the store know about it," the report said. "Also in Mr. Carnegay's black bag was set of nunchuks."

    Carnegay told WSB-TV he was chained to his hospital bed, where he received treatment for the broken bones and a ruptured artery that later oozed blood out of his cast. Prosecutors didn’t drop the charges until roughly a year later. Carnegay tried to explain to King and other staff that it had been a misunderstanding, he said.

    Continued here:
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/cri...mart-guard-false-accusation-article-1.2615159
  16. The Wrong Guy Member

    Today, Carlos Miller wrote, "California deputies beat a man to death, then confiscated cameras before the county coroner determined he died of heart disease."

    California Sheriff's Office Pays $3.4 Million Settlement to Family of Man Killed During Beating

    Despite a coroner’s report that determined a man died of heart disease at the exact moment he was being beaten by sheriff’s deputies in California, Kern County agreed to a $3.4 million settlement with the man’s family this week.

    The autopsy, however, was always questionable considering the Kern County Coroner reports to the Kern County Sheriff, whose deputies attacked David Sal Silva in a horrific beating caught on video.

    Deputies also confiscated cameras from witnesses after the beating.

    It all took place on May 8, 2013 when deputies reported to a scene where Silva was asleep on a front lawn. After they gave him a “knuckle rub” to wake him up, they began beating him with batons for eight minutes while he begged deputies to stop, according to witnesses.

    During this time, police released a K-9 on Silva and he was bitten several times before they hogtied him and slammed him to the ground twice.

    After the repeated beating by Sheriff’s deputies and the dog bites, Silva stopped breathing.

    PINAC news reported about Kern County’s autopsy back in May of 2013 in article that raised questions about the legitimacy of the autopsy, which found that deputies did not cause Silva’s death when they beat him with batons and slammed him to the ground.

    Instead, the Kern County Coroner found Silva died of hypertensive heart disease which killed him during the moments deputies just happened to be beating him.

    Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood criticized media coverage at the time for the community’s reaction to Silva’s death, “I think the media caused a lot of this hysteria that occurred in this community.”

    Sheriff Youngblood has continually blamed heart disease, the media, anyone but the deputies who killed Silva and said in a news interview he didn’t agree with settling with the family.

    According to Bakersfield Now, the U.S. Attorney’s Office found, “there was not sufficient evidence to sustain a federal criminal prosecution, which must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    But after Silva died, Kern County deputies went to the homes of two people who’d recorded it and seized their phones.

    One phone was seized without a warrant. The second phone was seized with a warrant, but only after the witnesses had their lawyer arrive on the scene who forced police to get one.

    The sheriff said they were just there seizing the phones to protect evidence.

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    In 2015, Kern County was the deadliest in the nation, per capita, for deaths caused by police officers, which The Guardian reported about in a detailed, five-part series that highlights a decade of questionable officer-involved deaths.

    Police in Kern County killed 13 people in 2015, which has a population of 875,000.

    More, with video:
    https://photographyisnotacrime.com/...ement-to-family-of-man-killed-during-beating/
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    Kern County is one of the worst in the nation. Barkersfield is a pit by the way, but that's no excuse http://www.kerngoldenempire.com/news/top-stories/settlement-proposed-for-victim-of-police-dog-attack
    Estranged wife of cop bitten by police dog when her house was searched
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/...unty-california-sexual-assault-secret-payoffs
    Cops get away with rape
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics...county-for-police-killings-in-america/418359/
    Five part report by The Guardian
    http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/dec/01/the-county-kern-county-deadliest-police-killings
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  18. JohnnyRUClear Member

    More happy fun times with police who "just need to make sure you're OK" -- by illegally entering your home, yanking your baby from your arms, wrestling you to the floor, choking you unconscious, falsely blaming your husband for inflicting the injuries they just caused, putting you both in jail, and kidnapping your children.

    http://vpdassault.blogspot.com/
  19. The Wrong Guy Member

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    New charges for SC cop who killed Walter Scott | Reuters

    A white former police officer caught on video as he shot dead a black man fleeing a traffic stop in South Carolina last year has been charged with a federal civil rights offense that could send him to prison for life, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday.

    Ex-North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 34, used excessive force and had no legal justification when he fired eight times at Walter Scott’s back on April 4, 2015, a federal grand jury found.

    A three-count indictment also charged Slager with using a gun while committing the civil rights offense and obstructing justice by intentionally misleading state investigators probing the fatal shooting. He previously was charged with murder in state court.

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    Slager was fired from the North Charleston force after the shooting. He has maintained his innocence in the murder case, which is set for trial in October.

    http://qcitymetro.com/2016/05/13/new-charges-n-charleston-cop-killed-walter-scott/
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    New charges for SC cop who killed Walter Scott | Reuters

    A white former police officer caught on video as he shot dead a black man fleeing a traffic stop in South Carolina last year has been charged with a federal civil rights offense that could send him to prison for life, U.S. prosecutors said on Wednesday.

    Ex-North Charleston patrolman Michael Slager, 34, used excessive force and had no legal justification when he fired eight times at Walter Scott’s back on April 4, 2015, a federal grand jury found.

    A three-count indictment also charged Slager with using a gun while committing the civil rights offense and obstructing justice by intentionally misleading state investigators probing the fatal shooting. He previously was charged with murder in state court.

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    Slager was fired from the North Charleston force after the shooting. He has maintained his innocence in the murder case, which is set for trial in October.

    http://qcitymetro.com/2016/05/13/new-charges-n-charleston-cop-killed-walter-scott/
  21. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Vancouver, Washington police don't think they need a warrant to break into your home, assault and batter your wife and baby, falsely blame you for that violence, arrest you and your wife, steal all your children, and put non-contact orders in place against you to separate you from your wife. What do they think they need? Just a wildly inaccurate out-of-state phone call. Oh, and then to delete the video from the phone with which you recorded their misdeeds, while you are sitting in jail, so it will be your word against theirs as to what really happened.

    Too bad for them the video was already copied elsewhere when they deleted it. OOPS!!!

  22. RightOn Member

    I just read that the cop that slammed that teenage girl to the ground and then kneeled on her at a pool party and then pulled out his gun on other kids while swearing at them is not being charged either.
    Justice system = Bullshit and SAD
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  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former Texas police officer who slammed teen girl to ground at pool party will not face charges

    The former suburban Dallas police officer seen on video slamming a teen girl to the ground at a pool party will not face charges after a grand jury declined to indict him Thursday.

    McKinney, Tex., police Cpl. Eric Casebolt resigned days after his chief called his actions “indefensible” and said Casebolt had been “out of control” on June 5, 2015. Residents of the upscale Craig Ranch area reported that day that a group of mostly black teens were acting unruly and trespassing at a private community pool at a party timed for the end of the school year.

    A Collin County grand jury elected not to indict Casebolt Thursday after reviewing evidence from a Texas Rangers investigation into the Craig Ranch Pool encounter, according to the McKinney Police Department. It was not immediately clear what possible charges Casebolt could have faced.

    The department has planned a community forum for Monday night, police officials said in a statement.

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/cri...ce-officer-not-face-charges-article-1.2685816
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    Cop Who Shot Unarmed Man In Back Convicted Of Murder | Cop Block

    A Rocky Ford, Colorado cop has been convicted of second-degree murder for a fatal 2014 incident in which he followed a man back to his home and shot him in the back.

    The family of Jack Jacquez, 27, was dumfounded and horrified when, on Oct. 12, 2014, officer James Ashby, 33, broke down their door and murdered their loved one without apparent cause or explanation.

    https://www.copblock.org/162186/cop-who-shot-unarmed-man-in-back-convicted-of-murder/

    Ex-Rocky Ford, Colorado cop found guilty of murdering Jack Jacquez while on duty | Denver Post

    James Ashby becomes the first Colorado police officer convicted of murder on-duty in decades

    http://www.denverpost.com/2016/06/23/james-ashby-rocky-ford-cop-guilty-murder/
  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Disabled cancer patient slammed to the ground by TSA guards, lawsuit claims | The Guardian

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    A disabled teenage cancer patient was injured during a violent arrest by security agents at Memphis international airport, her family has alleged in a lawsuit filed against the Transport Security Administration.

    Hannah Cohen, 18, at the time of her arrest on 30 June 2015, and her mother had been on their way home to Chattanooga from St Jude’s hospital in Memphis, where Hannah underwent her final treatment for a brain tumor.

    Hannah and her mother, Shirley, told the Guardian that the pair had made the trip hundreds of times, and knew the airport security routine well. Shirley would usually go through the scanner first and wait for Hannah on the other side, since Hannah’s tumor, and numerous surgeries and treatments since she was two years old, had left her easily confused and frightened in unfamiliar situations.

    According to the complaint, the warning alarm was triggered when Hannah passed through the body scanners. Hannah attributed the alarm to her shirt’s design.

    “My shirt – it had sequins,” Hannah told the Guardian, laboring to speak. According to the complaint:

    “You could see on the screen what it was pointing out,” Shirley said. She stood to the side, watching, wearing an immobilization boot on a broken foot.

    Agents told Hannah they needed to take her to a “sterile area” where they could search her further. She was afraid, Shirley said, and offered to take off the sequined shirt as she was wearing another underneath, but a female agent laughed at her.

    Seeing the scene begin to unfold, Shirley hobbled to a supervisor standing nearby. “She is a St Jude’s patient, and she can get confused,” she said. “Please be gentle. If I could just help her, it will make things easier.”

    But soon, a voice on the public address system requested more agents to report to the checkpoint, Shirley said. “That’s when the armed guards came.”

    The brain tumor had left Hannah blind in one eye, deaf in one ear and partially paralyzed, so when the guards grabbed each of her arms, it startled her, she said. “I tried to push away,” she said. “I tried to get away.”

    The guards slammed Hannah to the ground, her mother said, smashing her face into the floor, which the complaint alleges left her “physically and emotionally” injured.

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    Shirley had just picked up her phone from the conveyor belt, and she snapped a photo of Hannah on the floor: handcuffed, weeping and bleeding.

    Continued here:
    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/jul/02/disabled-cancer-patient-tsa-lawsuit-memphis-airport
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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Victory in Public Records Act Case Against Hayward Police | National Lawyers Guild SF Bay Area Chapter

    City Must Refund Excessive Fees Charged for Body Camera Footage

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    OAKLAND, Calif. - In a first-of-its-kind decision and a victory for police accountability and transparency, an Alameda County judge has ruled that a public agency can't charge excessive fees for police body worn camera footage.

    The ACLU of Northern California and the Law Offices of Amitai Schwartz sued the city of Hayward and its police department for unlawful and excessive costs on behalf of the National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter (NLGSF) after the NLGSF was charged more than $3247 for a Public Records Act (PRA) request for body camera footage of a Black Lives Matter protest in 2014. It is the first case to address the statutory exception for electronic records.

    "The Public Records Act was designed to give the public access to these important records and when excessive fees make it impossible for people to obtain the records, those ideals are compromised," said Schwartz.

    Under the PRA, government agencies are limited to charging only for the direct cost of duplicating records. For electronic records, the law allows additional charges for producing records that require data compilation, extraction, or programming. Though Hayward argued that the additional charges were necessary, the judge ruled that the city couldn't charge for time spent editing the videos to redact information it claims to be exempt from disclosure .

    "The CPRA and the related provisions in the California Constitution demonstrate a strong policy that the public should have prompt and low cost access to public records," Alameda County Superior Court Judge Evilio Grillo wrote in his ruling. A public agency may charge for the direct costs of duplication of public records without regard to whether they are maintained in paper or electronic format but "direct cost does not include the ancillary tasks necessarily associated with the retrieval, inspection and handling of the file from which the copy is extracted."

    The public interest served by the disclosure outweighs the financial burden of the city to produce the footage, Grillo ruled.

    Body cameras have emerged as a widely supported tool to address racially-biased policing and police violence. The idea is that the video will help hold officers accountable for misconduct that would be harder to prove using witness accounts alone. An important part of that is allowing open and affordable access for the public and the press.

    "The widespread adoption of body cameras by police departments around the country is an important part of post-Ferguson reforms intended to increase transparency and accountability,"said Alan Schlosser, senior counsel with the ACLU of Northern California. "Exorbitant fees under the PRA would undermine those goals and make public access to the best record of what happened when police misconduct is suspected out of reach."

    "Hayward's body camera videos showed police officers shooting so-called 'less lethal' munitions at peaceful protesters while making remarks such as, 'They are fucking animals;' 'I got it up right now ready to go motherfuckers;' and 'Get a shot in his fucking ass,'" noted NLGSF board member Rachel Lederman. "If we had not been able to come up with the funding to obtain the nine clips that Hayward charged over $3,000 for, this wanton police violence would never have come to light."

    A short clip from one of the body camera videos can be found here.

    The court ordered the city of Hayward to refund to the NLGSF the entire $3247 cost, except for the $1 charge for the DVD that contained the information.

    The NLGSF is suing the City of Berkeley for civil rights violations against Black Lives Matter protesters. The Hayward Police body camera videos were taken while Hayward officers were providing mutual aid to Berkeley during the December 6, 2014, demonstration. The NLGSF, established in 1937, is a human rights bar association with a long history of defending activists and fighting for police accountability.

    Source: http://nlgsf.org/news/victory-public-records-act-case-against-hayward-police
  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Police Brutality: Baton Rouge Police Department Fatal Shooting of Alton Sterling



    Published by Law Offices of John M. Phillips on July 5, 2016

    On July 5, 2016, Baton Rouge Police Department shot and killed Alton Sterling. Certainly a judge or jury may be the ultimate arbitrator of whether said force was excessive, it was clearly a disgusting act committed by law enforcement shooting and killing him at point blank range.

    What is excessive force? We discuss this further at http://floridajustice.com/excessive-force-law-enforcement/, but excessive force is defined as using force that is not reasonable or which is excessive given the circumstances of the situation. Many police officers are trained that force should be applied in incremental steps, like starting with respectful requests and elevating as necessary. It’s also a common practice to use the same amount of force towards a suspect that the suspect is using towards the officer. However, we have seen instances of abuse of power where law enforcement is causing great bodily harm or serious injury to a person. This is improper.

    We’ll all remember where we were when we saw Alton Sterling killed in a brutal act of police violence

    By Shaun King, New York Daily News

    Excerpt:

    You cannot un-see what those police officers did to Alton Sterling. Even though I had an idea of what I was about to watch, seeing it still somehow took my breath away. We've seen a lot of police brutality these past few years, but seeing the police first tackle and manhandle Alton Sterling, mount him like a UFC fighter, then pull their guns out and shoot him repeatedly at point-blank range, killing him right there in front of his local convenience store where he was known as the "CD Man," was equal parts devastating, infuriating, heartbreaking, maddening and overwhelming.

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    Whatever you do, don't try to make sense of what those police did to Alton Sterling. What they did doesn't make sense. They killed him. That kind of killing rarely makes much sense.

    The Orlando shooting doesn't make sense. That mom who shot and killed her two daughters doesn't make sense. These officers killing Alton Sterling doesn't make sense.

    Now, you know and I know that we will soon learn what Alton Sterling's farts smelled like in the 3rd grade. They'll reach as far back as they need to find a way degrade and dehumanize him. Please don't fall for that.

    What you need to remember is how you felt when you first saw this man killed. You knew it was a grave injustice. Nothing they can say from this point forward should be able to change that.

    Police are saying that they recovered a gun from his pocket, but the owner of the convenience store has already said openly that he witnessed the entire ordeal and that Sterling never had the gun in his hands, or it was in his pocket the entire time before police shot and killed him. It's funny how that works.

    In a nation fully obsessed with guns — in which we have more guns than people — a black man with a gun in his pocket, or a 12-year-old with a toy gun at a park, or a grown man with a toy gun at WalMart all get shot and killed on contact.

    What are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to see what they did to Alton Sterling then watch SportsCenter or sitcoms? How do we crack jokes and move on?

    American Police killed 15 people in the first 5 days of July. That's more than police in most developed nations kill in a year. 2016 is now on pace to be the deadliest year ever measured for police brutality in this country.

    The sum total of the injustice and lack of progress has left activists absolutely exhausted. We've tried protesting, and we will continue to protest, but it just doesn't seem like it's enough. I don't know where we go from here, but I know this much — I don't like how I feel right now and I don't like what I see brewing in the future of this nation.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...lice-killing-alton-sterling-article-1.2700578
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  30. JohnnyRUClear Member

    Imagine if the police were a private security company, operating in a competitive environment with other security providers people could choose to do business with instead. What would the reaction be to this string of incidents?
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    Police killing of Alton Sterling to be investigated by Department of Justice | The Guardian

    Excerpt:

    At a press conference on Wednesday, Baton Rouge police chief Carl Dabadie named the two officers involved as 28-year-old Blane Salamoni, a four-year veteran of the department, and 29-year-old Howie Lake, a three-year veteran. Both have been placed on administrative leave but it remains unclear if both officers opened fire.

    Local media reports indicate that Lake had been involved in a previous shooting in December 2014, when he and five other offices were placed on administrative leave after shooting a fleeing suspect who had shot at officers. The suspect survived the shooting.

    The incident sparked uproar on social media as Sterling’s name trended on Twitter on Tuesday evening. In Baton Rouge around 200 people took to the streets on Tuesday night and vowed to protest outside the city hall on Wednesday.

    Sterling’s death marked the 558th fatal encounter involving US law enforcement officers in 2016, according to The Counted, the Guardian’s nationwide investigation into police use of force. The project revealed that 1,146 people were killed by police in America in 2015, at a rate of over three fatalities a day. African American men aged between 15 and 34 were nine times more likely than any other demographic group.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news...ton-rouge-investigation-department-of-justice

    https://encrypted.google.com/search?q="Blane Salamoni" "Howie Lake"

    https://encrypted.google.com/#q="Blane Salamoni" "Howie Lake"&tbm=nws&tbs=sbd:1

    https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=default&q=Blane Salamoni Howie Lake

    https://twitter.com/search?q=AltonSterling

    https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=news&q=AltonSterling

    https://www.facebook.com/batonrougepolice/

    https://twitter.com/BRPD
  32. harlly Member

    How long will it take until some of the higher ups do something?
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    Father-in-law of Blane Salamoni, officer involved in Alton Sterling shooting, blames black protesters for trying 'to make an agenda' out of police killings | New York Daily News

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    The father-in-law of one of the Baton Rouge, La. officers involved in Alton Sterling’s deadly shooting blamed black protesters Wednesday for trying “to make an agenda” out of police killings.

    James Durdin – Officer Blane Salamoni’s father-in-law – criticized Sterling for the shooting, alleging that the man “drew a gun” on the cops who pinned him to the ground and shot him, a claim that has been refuted by a key witness.

    “It burns my you-know-what when it’s – usually the black people – that try to make an agenda out of this,” Durdin told the Daily News. “What I’d like to see is them with no police at all, so they can know what it’s like not to have them… The majority of [cops] would never be abusive. Does anyone give a you-know-what about that? We’ll have social chaos [without cops].”

    Durdin — who declined to say whether he had watched video of the fatal encounter — said his son-in-law, a third-generation officer, loves being a policeman and wants to become a detective.

    He said Salamoni is “well-trained” and did “what he’s trained to do.”

    “That’s what I’m told this situation is, that’s when the training kicks in,” he said.

    He added that it’s “a dirty shame that things like this end up in the news, ‘cause there’s something going around the country and it’s anti-police.” Durdin said.

    “I’m totally against these people,” Durdin said of the protesters. “They take advantage of every situation to promote their agendas.”

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    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nat...esters-alton-sterling-death-article-1.2701175
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    New Video Surfaces from Louisiana's Alton Sterling Shooting Showing No Gun in his Hand

    By Carlos Miller, PINAC News

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    An even more graphic video has surfaced of the Louisiana police shooting of Alton Sterling, showing the two cops planted on top of him when one of them pulls out a gun and shoots him multiple times in the chest.

    “Get on the ground!” a Baton Rouge cop yells as Sterling is already laying on his back with his arms spread besides him, a gaping, bloody wound to his chest.

    Sterling moves his left arm one final time as if to feel his chest while a cop reaches into his right pocket and pulls out his gun.

    It was that gun that one cop apparently felt that prompted the other cop to shoot him dead.

    The video is only 38 seconds long, but adds more context to the 48-second video that surfaced Tuesday that has led to local protests and national outcry.

    As for the police body cams, Baton Rouge police claim they came loose during the struggle, so they don’t show anything significant.

    But surely they would show what led to the struggle as the two available videos begin are the two cops have him pinned to the ground.

    Also, it is not the first time Baton Rouge police have claimed their cameras came loose during a struggle.

    Sterling, 37, was known as “CD Man” because he would sell CDs in front of a convenience store.

    Early Tuesday night, somebody called police, accusing Sterling of having pulled a gun on him, which is what led to the two officers responding to the store, then pinning him.

    There should also be surveillance footage from the store, but that has not been released.

    Source:
    https://photographyisnotacrime.com/...-alton-sterling-shooting-showing-no-gun-hand/

    The video was also posted on Facebook by The Rouge Collection, here:
    https://www.facebook.com/TheRougeCollection/videos/1014471168602514/
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  35. None of those crimes brings a death sentence
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    #FalconHeights: Philando Castile shot dead by police on camera “for no reason at all”

    Philando Castile, 32, was shot dead tonight after being pulled over by a Minneapolis cop for a busted tail light. His girlfriend, Lavish Reynolds, captured the aftermath of the shooting via Facebook Live video. She says he was shot while reaching for his wallet to produce identification.

    Her daughter, 4, is reported to have been seated in the back seat of the vehicle when the police officer shot into it, striking Castile in the arm. The victim died of his injuries within hours at Hennepin County Medical Center nearby.

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    https://boingboing.net/2016/07/06/falconheights-philando-casti.html

    https://twitter.com/search?f=tweets&vertical=news&q=FalconHeightsShooting
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  39. RightOn Member



    I just read an article the other day about that young girl who was slammed to the ground by TSA agents in the airport.
    There was a picture of her and her face was all bloody.
    I think they said she had special needs and was going home after for a cancer treatment? She is blind in one eye and she can't hear, well in one ear, so when she got scared and didn't comply with the TSA workers, the guards came and they slammed her to the ground. AND arrested her.
    I dont' know why the family is only asking for $100,000 in the lawsuit.
    A really sad story.

    I just don't understand the world we live in.
    There isn't any justice for the guilty and the innocent are being harassed, beaten and killed.
    Beyond sad.
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