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“Cops have already killed 550 people in 2015,” prompting the response, "If they're black, it doesn't count."
-- December 2015 texts discovered on the phones of Santa Clara Sheriff Deputies.
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Posted: 25 March 2016 08:00PM PST ~ Updated: 27 March 2016 10:00PM PST
Brooklyn, NY -- An unmarked NYPD police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn. Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes NYPD officers got out of the car and started to handcuff Grays. Grays initially tried to resist. One of the officers said, “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.”
The NYPD officers arrested him and left the mail truck completely unattended. Leaving the U.S. Postal truck unattended is a violation of federal law. The vast majority of the incident was recorded on a cell-phone camera. Eric L. Adams is a former NYPD officer. He is also Brooklyn Borough President. He reviewed the video during a press conference. He calls this a “questionable arrest.” He said:
“It is not a crime for someone to voice outrage after almost being struck by a vehicle … It is not a crime to state that you’re angry at someone who almost hit you. That is not a crime … If they would do that to him in his postal uniform, they would do it to any person of color in that community.”
NYPD would not offer an explanation as to why they arrested Grays. Grays does not have a criminal record. He was released with a ticket for resisting arrest. Adams urged the New York City Police Department to take swift disciplinary action against the police officers. Borough President Adams was joined by that postal worker's family as well as members of his union, National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 41.
Posted: 11 February 2016 08:00PM PST ~ Updated: 11 February 2016 10:00PM PST
GREEN RIVER, WY – A grand jury, ordered to convene by Third Judicial District Court Judge Nena James, has indicted Jacob Anglesey, age 34 of Green River, Wyoming, on Murder in the First Degree for the March 2009 death of Konnor Allen, a two-year-old boy in his care.
Anglesey is a police officer with the Green River Police Department.
On March 9, 2009, emergency crews responded to Allen’s home in Green River, after receiving a call from Anglesey stating that the child, Allen, who was in his care, was unresponsive following a fall. Allen was transported to Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County.
Due to the critical nature of Allen, he was transferred by Life Flight to the Intermountain Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Despite medical efforts, Allen could not recover from the fatal head trauma. He was pronounced dead on March 10, 2009.
Sweetwater County Attorney’s Office was notified and they contacted the Wyoming Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) to conduct an investigation. DCI presented their initial findings to a special prosecutor, requested by then Sweetwater County Attorney, Brett Johnson, and appointed by the Sweetwater County Commissioners on March 12, 2009. After review of the investigation, the appointed special prosecutor declined to initiate charges at that time.
The case remained open with Wyoming DCI since then, and in 2015, DCI Agents presented their findings, as well as expert reports to Sweetwater County Attorney Daniel Erramouspe. The investigation presented alleged inconsistent statements from Anglesey as to the cause of Allen’s injuries, and the medical exam report. Also included were medical reports citing the injuries to Allen were caused by non-accidental trauma.
The Sweetwater County Attorney’s office presented the investigation to the grand jury. After deliberation, the grand jury indicted Anglesey on Murder in the First Degree for the death of Allen.
Murder in the First Degree carries a penalty of death, life imprisonment without parole, or life imprisonment according to law.
The Sweetwater County Attorney’s office advises that individuals charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law.
Posted: 11 February 2016 08:00PM PST ~ Updated: 11 February 2016 10:00PM PST
New York -- A New York City police officer was convicted of manslaughter on Thursday for killing an unarmed man who was hit by a ricocheting bullet fired from the officer’s gun in the stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project in a case that highlighted concerns over police accountability.
The officer, Peter Liang, and his partner were conducting a so-called vertical patrol on Nov. 20, 2014, inside the Louis H. Pink Houses in the East New York neighborhood. At one point, Officer Liang opened a door into an unlighted stairwell and his gun went off. The bullet glanced off a wall and hit Akai Gurley, 28, who was walking down the stairs with his girlfriend, and pierced his heart.
DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — On Nov. 20, 2014, Rookie NYPD officer Peter Liang shot and killed Akai Gurley, 28, during a patrol of a dimly-lit stairwell at the Pink Houses, located at 2724 Linden Blvd.
Posted: 28 January 2016 12:00PM EST ~ Updated: 30 January 2016 11:21PM PST
New York -- Opening the prosecution’s case, Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner stated: “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Liang is on trial for the killing of Akai Gurley more than 14 months ago. Gurley was an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building.
Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February. The prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death. The indictment of Liang is a rare occurrence. One recent report indicated that 54 police officers faced criminal charges in the past decade. This is out of the thousands of police killings (many of them involving unarmed; innocent; or mentally disturbed individuals) that took place over this same period. Convictions in cases like these are even more uncommon.
On November 20, 2014, Liang and another cop Shaun Landau, were making a “vertical patrol.” This involves checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. Gurley's apartment building is part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Liang and his partner were patrolling in the housing project when Landau reportedly heard the sound of footsteps. They were on the eighth floor at the time.
Meanwhile, Gurley and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, decided to walk down from the seventh floor after the elevator never showed up. This is a common occurrence in public housing. They descended an unlit staircase. Unlit stairwells are a product of the wanton neglect of basic maintenance in the He drew his pistol with the other. He fired his gun immediately. Liang then returned to his partner and said it had been an accident and that he would now be fired. The two officers failed to check to see whether anyone had been injured. Instead, they argued for two minutes over whether their supervisor should be called, as stipulated in police rules. The argument then centered upon which of them should call the supervisor. Liang then placed a call to his union representative.
Meanwhile, Gurley started running. Then, staggering and in increasing difficulty, Gurley collapsed on the fifth floor and died. Butler saw that he had been shot and tried desperately to get help by knocking on nearby doors. After failing to resolve the argument regarding which of them should call their supervisor, the officers made their way down the stairs. They came across the mortally wounded Gurley and his crying friend Butler on the fifth floor. They did nothing, even though they are required to perform CPR when needed. Liang finally called his superior after having seen Gurley dying.
Melissa Lopez testified on the first day of the trial. Lopez was Butler's neighbor. She said that she had called 911 after Ms. Butler rang her bell. Lopez testified, “I saw her standing there, crying, asking for help, her hands all bloody.” She testified that when she went out to the stairwell, she saw the police officers. The prosecution asked what they did and Lopez replied, “Nothing.” Ms. Lopez also said in her call for emergency assistance, recorded and played in court: “The cops shot him, the cops shot him,” “There’s like a million cops, but no ambulance.”
The police did not summon an ambulance. The prosecution alleges that during this entire period, Landau and Liang behaved as though Gurley was “collateral damage.” They acted as if Gurley was an unfortunate casualty in the job of policing the poor neighborhood. The prosecution charges that the officer’s behavior makes him guilty of second-degree manslaughter, involving recklessness rather than intent to kill. A manslaughter conviction could bring a sentence of 5 to 15 years in prison. Liang also faces official misconduct; reckless endangerment; and other charges.
Officer Landau is expected to testify under an immunity agreement. The prosecution’s outline of the case indicates that, although Landau was not the shooter, he also refused to provide any aid to the dying man.
Liang’s lawyer indicated that the police officer would probably take the stand in his own defense. The strategy will apparently be to present him as a virtual innocent himself, a young officer trying his best and ensnared in what his defense attorney claimed was “a million-to-one possibility,” as his bullet ricocheted off the wall and struck Gurley. The attorney added that the case was “not a referendum on policing in the United States.”
The cop is clearly guilty of violating specific rules on the holding and use of guns, breaching regulations in failing to notify his supervisor for 20 minutes, and, above all, refusing to provide first aid.
These actions did not take place in a vacuum. The police are sent into the city’s housing projects to carry out “broken windows” policing, initiated under the current police commissioner, William Bratton, during his first stint on the job more than 20 years ago. The cops function as a virtual occupation force, making threats and arrests for such charges as loitering and trespass, even in one’s own building, and minor drug charges that would barely raise an eyebrow in wealthier parts of the city.
The trial in the Akai Gurley case has been delayed for nearly a year, likely to allow anger to cool. His killing came within weeks of the exoneration of the police in the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and the chokehold death of Eric Garner in Staten Island that past summer. Only two days later, 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot and killed by a Cleveland cop. The killing of Akai Gurley, unlike these cases, was accidental, but it was an “accident” that reflects the police-state atmosphere in working class and poorer sections of the city.
Posted: 01/29/2016 10:40:25 AM MST ~ Updated: 02/01/2016 01:12 AM PST
Florida -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, age 33 (pictured above, center). The former Florida sheriff’s deputy was indicted on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man. Derrick Price was brutally beaten after surrendering to Terrell and four other officers following a brief foot chase last year. All of the officers are White.
The indictment was handed down late Tuesday. Terrell is accused of using excessive force against Price during the incident in August 2014. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal. All of the officers have either resigned or been terminated from the sheriff’s department. A fifth officer looked on at the attack. However, he did not intervene. This deputies fate as of yet, ... remains unclear.
The beating was captured on video. It contains footage from security cameras and one officer’s body camera. The two-minute video was posted online. Price fled when the deputies attempted to execute a drug-related arrest warrant. The video shows Price running into the lot. He puts his hands into the air. He is lying facedown on the concrete before any officers reach him. Seconds later one officer reaches Price.
The deputy who reaches Price first kneels beside him and pulls Price’s arms behind his back as if to cuff him. Four other officers arrive and surround Price on the ground. In the video an officer can be heard ordering Price to “stop resisting.” Although Price was clearly complying with their commands, they proceeded to brutally beat him. One officer who knees him in the ribs a dozen times and another repeatedly punches Price in the head. Price was left bloodied in a parking lot where he surrendered.
Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair released a statement, saying, “The abusive and unprofessional actions they displayed shocked me to my core.” After reviewing the video, the sheriff added that he requested the officers’ termination with “absolutely no hesitation.”
Posted: 01/31/2016 10:40:25 AM MST ~ Updated: 02/01/2016 01:12 AM PST
Rival Motorcycle Clubs!
Denver, CO -- Members of the Mongols Motorcycle Club and Iron Order Motorcycle Club are blaming each other for a fight Saturday that left one man dead and seven others shot or stabbed. The Iron Order Motorcycle Club is largely made up of police officers, military members and other law enforcement officers. A large number of the Mongols were at the Colorado Motorcycle expo. The Mongols are a biker gang whose website advises that they are "the baddest motorcycle club known worldwide." The U.S. Department of Justice classifies the Mongols as a highly organized criminal enterprise. Members of other outlaw motorcycle gangs including the Bandidos and Hells Angels were also there. The seven injured bikers from the Expo remain hospitalized. Police said no arrests have been made as of Sunday.
An attorney for the Mongols Motorcycle Club says members of the Mongols did not fire a single bullet during the confrontation. "The only person who died here was shot by a member of the cop club." He said members of the Iron Order Motorcycle Club taunted Mongols into an argument. The Iron Order members then escalated the violence that led to the fatal shooting of a Mongols member. "The Iron Order are cowards," the attorney said Sunday. "The Iron Order started an argument. An Iron Order member threw the first punch. And when they were handily losing the fight they pulled out a gun and shot a Mongol. "Even Mongols have a right to defend themselves," the lawyer said.
The Mongols attorney claims that the Iron Order likewise identifies itself as an outlaw motorcycle club. They signify their OMC status through the use of three patches to identify different ranks of members. The attorney continued, "They are known for picking fights and being jerks. It was a fair fight until the Iron Order member pulled out a gun. For them to come out and play the victim when they picked the fight is outrageous. They are a bunch of cops who say the rules of society don't apply to them."
The attorney for the Mongols said the incident began near the basement. Several Mongols had booths set up to sell T-shirts he said. He said several Iron Order members were drinking beers and staring the Mongols down. A group of Mongols walked over and said, "What are you doing here? Get out of here." One Iron Order member the shoved a Mongol. A Mongol knocked a beer out of his hand. During a fight that broke out, another Iron Order member, who appeared to be drunk, pulled out a gun, waved it in the air, yelled profanities and threatened, "I'll shoot you," the attorney said.
At that point, one of the Mongols charged the gun-toting man to tackle him. The Iron Order member shot him according to the attorney. A melee broke out in which the Mongols had beaten their rivals. The man who was armed stood up on the stairs and began waving his gun again. Another Mongol charged after him again and the Iron Order member fatally shot him. The Iron Order member who shot two men was handcuffed and taken to the police station to be questioned, he said.
The version a lawyer for the Iron Order Motorcycle Club tells is much different. The Iron Order attorney is flying to Denver Sunday to help handle the matter. He said the fight started on a flight of stairs. He said the shootout may have started when three members were jumped by members of one or more biker gangs. He said only about 15 members of the Iron Order were attending the event. When the three got separated from the group and were jumped by members of the Mongols, and possibly others, he said. "Once that happened, there was an opportunity to jump them, and they were sorely outnumbered," the attorney said.
"There were Mongols in front, and Mongols in back," and they began harassing an African-American member of the Iron Order. "One of the Mongols knocked a beer out of his hand and called him a racial slur," he said. Another member of the Mongols then confronted the corrections officer, and another Iron Order member, who was later taken into custody. The attorney said the Mongols shot first. "It grazed one of our guys, and then hit another one. Then they stabbed one of our guys repeatedly and started beating up the other fellow." The attorney said a Colorado Department of Corrections officer fired a shot during the incident. The corrections officer fired his gun "clearly in self defense," Whitfield said. However, he didn't know if that bullet hit any Mongols.
Vince Bohm, who identified himself as a member of the Mongols Motorcycle Club, said an off-duty police officer fatally shot a Mongol. Neither the attorneys, or Bohm witnessed Saturday's brawl at the 38th annual motorcycle expo. However, each relayed what they heard from numerous members of the two clubs. The primary combatants were members of the cop club and the Mongols. However, it was an off-duty cop who fatally shot the Mongol, he said. Bohm, a former "patched" member of the Mongols, said he arrived at the show just after the shooting as a large group of Bandidos were streaming out of the Expo.
He said he is concerned that any investigation will not result in charges against a police officer. He said even though shooting a gun at a crowded show with kids is very dangerous. "If a cop shoots him they'll find some way to get him off," Bohm said Sunday.
Detectives continue to interview witnesses Sunday, Raquel Lopez, Denver police spokeswoman said. "As of right now there are no arrests," Lopez said. "They are still trying to figure it out." Lopez said she does not know which gang the person who died Saturday is affiliated with. That isn't a detail that Chief Robert White is going to release at this point, she said.
Detectives have not been able to question some of the key witnesses, including those who were shot or stabbed, because they are still undergoing treatment. "There is a lot of information that is still not known," Lopez said. Lopez said she cannot comment on whether guns used in an exchange of gunfire have been obtained. That information is part of the investigation and will not be revealed, she said. The Denver Coroner's Office will release the identity of the dead man, she said. The attorney for the Mongols declined to name the dead man.
Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the melee will be thoroughly investigated and when the review is complete, the case will be presented to District Attorney Mitch Morrissey for possible charges. "We're hearing different things about what happened," Jackson said. Before the police department releases facts about what happened they will conduct an investigation including collecting evidence at the scene.
The injured were taken to Denver Health Medical Center. The hospital was put on lockdown for a few hours Saturday afternoon. The lockdown has since been lifted. The hospital is in normal operations, though officers are still on the scene to prevent further trouble. The seven people injured Saturday remained hospitalized Sunday. Three are listed in critical condition and four are listed in stable condition.
Denver officials canceled the expo's Sunday session at the National Western Stock Show Complex. On Sunday, the expo's organizer posted a short message apologizing to vendors and patrons for the inconvenience.
Robert Lee comes to the event every year from his home in England to buy and sell motorcycles. On Sunday, he was loading a pair of motorcycles he had sold into a trailer. The shooting broke out near the spot where he was selling. However, he had left his booth to get a bowl of chile. He didn't witness the bloodshed. When he returned to the booth, police had cordoned it off, and he was unable to sell anything else. The violence, "just killed business stone dead," he said. "We do get gang fights in England, but they try not to do it in public. It is just wrong to bring guns to an event like this," he said.
Donald Haverland was showing motorcycles at the Expo with his wife. He has come to the event for each of the past seven years. During that time, there have been altercations between packs of bikers, but nothing as serious as Saturday's deadly brawl. "But I have noticed a level of antagonism increasing over the years," he said. When the couple first began coming to the show, Haverland said, he often saw several members of different motorcycle clubs talking to each other. Most of the bikers considered the event neutral territory. However, over the past two or three years, he noticed a change in attitude.
"Someone would walk up to somebody real fast like they were mad, and then stop about 10 feet away and stare at them, and there were groups bumping into others, he said. "I haven't wanted to come for the past five or six years because I could see an escalation," Haverland said. He came this year because his wife, Rochelle Hayes-Haverland, insisted. She said she heard about the brawl while she was attending the Tanner Gun Show, held at the Denver Mart, on East 58th Avenue. "I was shocked," she said.
Posted: Fri. January 22, 2016 EST ~ Updated: Wed, January 14, 2016 PST
Bloomfield, New Jersey -- Ex-Bloomfield, New Jersey Police Officer Orlando Trinidad, 34 (pictured above, center) wept openly in court wiafter being sentenced to five years in prison for lying on a police report. Trinidad had already been convicted of official misconduct and other charges. Trinidad and his partner, Sean Courter, were both convicted in November. Courter has not yet been sentenced.
Trinidad and Courter accused Marcus Jeter of trying to grab Courter’s gun during an arrest. However, dashcam video showed Jeter with his hands in the air while exiting the vehicle. He is repeatedly heard stating, “I’m not grabbing……..I did nothing wrong.” Jeter says he still has nightmares about the incident. “I feared for my life that night. It’s a situation that I would never want anybody to be in, and I believe that I didn’t do anything to provoke the officers that night.” Trinidad was convicted of simple assault for striking Jeter. If it had not been for the dashcam video, Jeter could’ve been convicted of eluding arrest and aggravated assault. Jeter has filed a lawsuit against both the city of Bloomfield and the officers.
Prosecutors argued that Trinidad’s actions “show a complete lack of respect for Marcus Jeter and the citizens of Bloomfield; Essex County; and for his position as a law enforcement officer.” Trinidad said he was “truly sorry” during sentencing. His apology was the result of a false police report he submitted after a 2012 arrest. “I am truly sorry for everything that has transpired.” Trinidad was surrounded by family and friends. “I am a different man today as I stand here before you. I am a humbled man.” Trinidad must serve the entire sentence. New Jersey law requires a mandatory five year sentence for official misconduct convictions.
Posted: Sunday, January 10, 2016 ~ Updated: Thursday, January 21, 2016
WEST OAKLAND, Calif. (WCJB) -- Police are searching for a suspect accused of fatally shooting a man on a BART train in West Oakland on Saturday. Police have not released the name of the victim. BART officials said the shooting happened at 7:50 p.m. on a San Francisco-bound train. The BART station reopened Sunday after being closed all night on Saturday.
Many of the passengers on the train described a terrifying situation. "We thought we were going to die. Everyone near me, we all thought we were going to die," BART passenger Brad Chapin said. Chapin was on the same BART train where one passenger was shot and killed. He captured cellphone video of frightened passengers who got on the floor of the train when the shooting started. "People were screaming 'get on the ground,"' Chapin said.
Witnesses told media sources they had noticed a disheveled looking man get on the train at the Rockridge or Macarthur BART station as the train approached the West Oakland station. "There was one large pop. I looked up, smoke was rising. He had his hand down shooting and there were two, maybe three more shots, the doors were then all open and all of us fled," John McBride said.
Police said the man shot a passenger and then ran off the train. One passenger who was a nurse performed CPR on the victim until help arrived. One witness said the victim was holding a knife. However, no one remembers any type of argument before the shooting.
On Sunday, many passengers were feeling scared about riding BART. "We just decided to come because it can happen yesterday, it can happen tomorrow and we hope that it just doesn't happen now," BART rider Tierney Freed said. "Everybody is a little nervous and on edge," BART rider Mattie Scott said.
BART officials described the suspect as a bald African-American man, 6 feet 3 inches tall, wearing a green hooded jacket, blue jeans and red and black boxer shorts. He also had on tan military-style boots and a backpack.
Posted: Wed, January 13, 2016 EST ~ Updated: Wed, January 14, 2016 PST
New York -- Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. A store video shows an undercover NYPD officer approach Duplan. Duplan appears to verbally confront the undercover cop before brushing him off. Scott's attorney told media sources that Duplan recognized the man as an undercover cop. He claims Duplan told the cop: "Get the fuck out of here."
The video does not include audio. Duplan is wearing a dark sweatshirt. Scott sports a gray hoody and dark baseball hat. The undercover NYPD officer was identified as Winston McDonald. McDonald arrested all four in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015. He testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you." According to McDonald, Duplan and his three friends the surrounded and threatened him, stating, "We are going to fuck you up." An NYPD spokeswoman said that the attempted robbery of the undercover cop happened outside the store. However, she referred questions to the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. They refused to comment to media sources.
The newly-released surveillance video (above) contradicts the undercover officer and NYPD. The video shows the group walking away from the store. There doesn't appear to be an attempted robbery outside the store in the video. McDonald follows them and the four were arrested about 10 minutes later. All four friends were arrested and charged with resisting arrest, menacing, obstructing governmental administration and robbery. Joseph was also charged with selling marijuana. The NYPD also confirmed that no switchblade was recovered from the crime scene.
According to a defense lawyer, "The Detective's statements of facts are directly contradicted by the videotape." The attorney told media sources, "In light of this, justice can only be served, in this instance, by an immediate dismissal of all of the charges for all of the defendants. This case screams for the conclusion that there is no right way to view the video tape wrong," he added.
Posted: Wed, January 13, 2016 EST ~ Updated: Wed, January 14, 2016 PST
North Port, Florida -- The North Port Police Department is besieged with Civil Rights Violation Lawsuits involving North Port’s K-9 unit. A Florida mother fearing for her child’s safety called North Port Police Department for a welfare check. Her son had just made a noose. The North Port Police Department dispatched a K-9 officer. In fact, North Port considers its K-9 handlers to be the shining stars of the department for their “award winning” ways, and widespread social media attention.
The mother's call for a welfare check on her suicidal teen was foreshadowed by the bloody mauling of Jared Lemay, 18. The officer texted his fellow North Port Police officer: “COME GET UR BITE.” The two responding Officer’s allowed the K-9s to maul Jared's face off.
For Jared Lemay, things couldn’t have been be going worse. The Florida teen was wanted on a Violation of Probation for a nonviolent crime. He was distraught. So Lemay made a noose. The teenager’s sister saw the noose hanging inside the family home’s garage and called her mother. The mother was at work. Lemay’s mother feared for her teenage child’s life. She called the North Port Police Department to rescue her son from suicide.
North Port K-9 Officer Keith Bush received the call from dispatch on Lemay’s situation. He then invited his fellow K-9 Officer Michael Dietz to “COME GET UR BITE.” Officer Bush was referring to Dietz’s K-9 Belgian Malinois named Cammo. Officer Bush, grew impatient with Officer Dietz for not responding, and messaged Dietz again. “IM GONNA TAKE UR BITE IF YOU DON’T HURRY UP.”
Officers Bush and Dietz arrived at Lemay’s home. The cops saw him flee into the garage. Officers Bush, Dietz, and K-9 Cammo entered the home and began hunting Lemay with their K-9 partners in the lead. Lemay later said: “I heard a knock on the door, and I ran into the garage and jumped in the trash can. “I decided to hide. That was just my instinct at the moment.”
K-9 Cammo was released into the garage and indicated Lemay was hiding inside a trash can. Officer Dietz retrieved Cammo and ordered Lemay to exit the trash can. Officer Bush then pushed the can over. Jared Lemay spilled onto the ground. “I remember hitting the ground on my hands to brace myself from falling, and I looked up at them, and I went to say ‘OK, OK,’ and the guy sicced the dog on me as soon as I started to talk,” said the injured Lemay. “I remember mouth coming toward me and latching onto my face. He literally drug me out of the trash can. After the dog bit me a second time, one of the police officers put his knee in the back of my head and handcuffed me.”
Satisfied that Officer Dietz got his “BITE,” the cops called for North Port Fire Rescue for Jared Lemay’s trip to the emergency room. At this point they began to chatter more on text messaging.
“CONGRATS,” Officer William Carter wrote to Dietz.
Fellow Officer McHale inquired to Officer Bush, “YOUR BITE OR (Dietz’s)?”
“I LET (Dietz) HAVE IT,” Bush responded.
Officer McHale congratulated Officer Bush, “NICE, HOW BAD?”
“BAD,” Bush responded. “FACE AND BACK.”
“SKIN GRAFT BAD?” Officer McHale inquired.
“NO,” Bush responded.
“COULDA BEEN WORSE THEN, HE SHOULD HAVE COMPLIED,” McHale stated.
(Jared Lemay's injured shoulder blade.)
As Lemay layed permanently disfigured in the Emergency Room, fellow North Port Officers congratulated Dietz and Bush on their savage attack. Lemay’s face was so badly maimed, that he was incapable of eating solid food for over a week. North Port Police Deparment ominously released a "Response To Resistance Report" rather than the traditional “Use of Force” reporting that most departments require.
Neither Officer Bush nor Dietz were reprimanded for their actions against Lemay. The police reprimanded their officer Keith Bush for sending unprofessional text messages which are public record. Bush did not face any consequences for his pre-meditated K-9 attack. An attack which left a teenager scarred for life. In addition, the officer has faced no consequences for the wave of dog on human violence he’s unleashed on a quiet southwest Florida town. After the Lemay incident, Officer Dietz was later captured in home surveillance video trying to kill his fiancée after she attempted to end their relationship. Officer Dietz subsequently resigned from the North Port Police department and moved to Tennessee.
BUSH-RICE-DIETZ-FROM-NORTH-PORT-960: Officer Keith Bush in the middle is the only K-9 Handler left from the 3 featured in this photo. Dietz who resigned is on the right, and former handler Shawn Rice who resigned after kissing a 16 year old girl is on the left.
“The ACLU considers this event to be a clear case of excessive use of force and improper use of police dogs,” said the Chair of Florida’s Legal Panel Andrea Mogensen who lives in nearby Sarasota, “It’s tantamount to a planned use of force. If you’re on the way to the scene and your information is that the subject is depressed and suicidal with no history of violence it’s really not reasonable to plan a use of force on the way there.” Neighboring Venice Police department’s retired K-9 handler Charles Mesloh told media sources, “This is people deciding in advance deciding how they’re going to hurt someone. In my opinion it should be investigated by the [Federal] Department of Justice.”
Lemay’s vicious attack in 2012 was only 1 of 34 attacks by the small Florida town’s police dogs over the course of five years. These attacks were only brought to light recently in an investigative report by media sources. North Port has approximately 60,000 residents. This means one out of every 1,800 residents has felt the hot breath of their “trained to maim” police K-9s. The K-9 attacks are breaking open flesh in stark contrast to the rare nature of these incidents before 2010.
Officer Bush continued what the North Port Police Department considers a ‘successful career’ as a ‘top’ K-9 handler, winning numerous awards with his K-9 Tomy, who has accumulated a record of over 25 “BITES” since 2012. Coincidentally, On July 21, 2014, media sources requested public records documenting K-9 bites for NPD. On the same day, North Port police gave punished Officer Bush, A "Memorandum of Counseling for Violation of General Orders and Rules," stating:
NPD was asked why it took over two years for Officer Bush to receive a Memorandum of Counseling. North Port police Captain Morales said:
Captain Morales was asked what repercussions would occur if an identical incident were to occur today. He stated that Officer would “receive a Memorandum of Counseling.” The graphic below keenly illustrate the sad, violent consequences when North Point police department unleashes their dogs on their town’s citizens.
A recent study conducted by media sources reported North Port’s K-9 handlers commanded attacks on more civilians than the surrounding municipalities of Bradenton, Palmetto, Punta Gorda, Sarasota, and Venice combined during the same period. Close to 37 percent of apprehensions made by the K-9 unit ended with a dog attack. Many American law enforcement agencies consider 30 percent the threshold figure when monitoring their K-9 units’ performance for potential misconduct.
North Port has only 1/8th of the population of Sarasota County, Florida (where it is located). However, it has triple the rate of forceful police canine apprehensions of the similarly populated City of Sarasota. In fact, the North Port police have more forceful apprehensions since 2010 than all of its nearest neighbors combined.
Officer Bush’s actions have been universally condemned by civil liberties groups, dog lovers and even PuppycideDB. PuppycideDB is the only repository for the death of dogs at the hands of police. PuppycideDB’s Joshua Wieder was asked about the Lemay incident. He responded:
However, as we noted, Lemay isn’t the only aggrieved party.
Mark Landon after being bit on the stomach.
Mark Landon was a victim of K-9 Tomy in 2014. NPD officers responded to his suicide attempt. Landon was subsequently bit in his stomach. He’s suing the department.
Danielle Drake was bit in the face by Officer Bush’s K-9 Tomy. A doctor used 34 stitches to close the bite wounds a North Port police dog opened on Danielle Drake's face. Police Chief Kevin Vespia later told a North Port newspaper the young woman had been "nipped." She too is suing.Lemay has also sent notice of claim to North Port. His claim marks the third pending lawsuit against the North Port Police Department.
A doctor used 34 stitches to close the bite wounds a North Port police dog opened on Danielle Drake's face
North Port brought in Mesloh to try and reform their department’s practices. Mesloh is considered an authority on canine assistance in law enforcement. “I have defended agencies accused of civil rights violations in the past, and I have never seen anything that has approached what I have seen in this report.”
Today’s main role for police dogs didn’t exist 50 years ago. The seeds of the War on Drugs were planted into America’s legal system during this period. “Based largely on arguments that dogs are required to wage the War on Drugs,” said Wieder, “today’s police canines have been embraced by a string of recent court decisions as walking and barking probable cause machines.” According to Puppycide’s Wieder, that crop has yielded perverse incentives to train dogs in high intensity police work, when their traditional role would be more oriented towards search and rescue.
Posted: January 14, 2016 7:01 PM MST - Updated: January 17, 2016 4:50 PM PST
Chicago, Illinois -- Brian Himber, 34 (pictured above, center) of Chicago, a former Illinois state trooper, was convicted Thursday of killing his girlfriend in Westchester in 2012. The two were attending a graduation party at the time of the homicide. Cook County prosecutors say Himber was off duty from his job as a state police trooper at the time of the shooting. He was with Mays when they attended a graduation party in Westchester.
At the party, Himber fired a .380-caliber handgun and shot Mays several times as she sat on a porch, prosecutors said. Mays was taken to a hospital. She was later pronounced dead. After shooting Mays, Himber tried to kill himself. He survived with critical injuries. Mays was a Joliet resident.
Himber was convicted after a three-day trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Maywood, prosecutors said. Himber was convicted of first-degree murder for the July 22, 2012, fatal shooting of Tracy Mays, 29. Cook County Judge Gregory Ginex revoked Himber's bail and ordered him taken into custody. Himber faces 45 years to life when he is sentenced March 4, prosecutors said.
Posted: Nov 24, 2015, 2:17 PM ET ~ Updated: Nov 27, 2015, 10:54 PM PT
CHICAGO, ILL. — Officer Jason Van Dyke (pictured above, center) was ordered held without bond Tuesday. He is charged with 1st degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, 17. Prosecutors laid out their case against Van Dyke in court. Prosecutors claim that of eight responding officers, Van Dyke was the only one who felt inclined to use force — and use it 16 times. The documents provided by prosecutors describe an exchange between Van Dyke and his partner after the officer shot at McDonald 16 times over about 15 seconds. The partner is identified as Officer A:
"Officer A reported that there was a brief pause in the shots when he looked at defendant and saw that he was preparing to reload his weapon. Officer A could hear McDonald struggling to breathe, told defendant to hold his fire."
Read the state's case against Van Dyke here:
Posted: 12/12/2012 02:30:24 PM PST - Updated: 01/20/2016 12:43:47 AM PST
OAKLAND, CA -- In a profanity-laced tirade, Disgraced Oakland police Officer Frank Vazquez he called his attorney in a rage the night before he disappeared in November 2000. Vazquez said he feared his fate as one of the four Oakland cops caught up in the infamous police brutality case known as the Riders. The attorney remembers Vazquez screaming into the phone. "They're not going to give us a fair trial. I'm not going to rot in prison."
Despite Vazquez's fears, None of his fellow officers was convicted in the high-profile criminal case. The case that portrayed the group as rogue cops who terrorized West Oakland. They stood accused of beating suspects: planting drugs; falsely arresting them; and making up police reports in a quest to clean up drug-infested neighborhoods. The city settled a class-action lawsuit by paying out $11 million to 119 people who claimed they were brutalized by police.
In July 2000 Officer Keith Batt filed his initial report with Oakland's Internal Affairs department. Vazquez signed over power of attorney to his wife, Pilar. He traveled briefly to his native Mexico. His attorney said to his home district of Merida. He then came back to Oakland. He began showing up on Officer Chuck Mabanag's doorstep on a regular basis. He was crying, angry and close to what his lawyer describes as "hysterical."
Vazquez called his lawyer one last time four months later. After ranting for a long time, he finally said, "I'll see you around." The day after that phone call, Vazquez fled his home, his family, his job and the three other officers who had been charged alongside him. He was 44 at the time. His case remains open with the FBI. The FBI declined to comment for this article because the investigation is ongoing. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office says it is "prepared to pursue any and all charges against Frank Vazquez" -- who skipped out on $194,500 bail -- if he is found. Vazquez is still a fugitive.
The other officers at the center of the Riders case have been trying for years to move on. One is a police officer in Southern California. A second headed to the Middle East and became a private security contractor in Iraq and Afghanistan. A third is an investigator in the Bay Area with a security company.
Officer Matthew Hornung was the only defendant to be acquitted of all charges. Hornung also received a $1.5 million settlement from the city for wrongful termination. He said: "My life didn't turn out the way I planned it, but whose does?" He now works for Monument Security, a large national security firm. "I'm sad about things," said Hornung, who has two daughters, ages 6 and 8, with his wife, who is an Oakland police detective. "I wanted to be a cop since I was in sixth grade, I wanted to be OPD."
Keith Batt was a rookie police officer in 2000. He blew the whistle on the men who came to be known as "the band of rogue officers" in 2000. He was celebrated as a hero and went on to become a decorated police officer. However, he still feels the sting of being ostracized and intimidated by people he once believed in. He left his job and sued the city for emotional distress. He received $625,000, and then went to work as a detective for the Pleasanton Police Department.
Today Batt lives in a gated community far from Oakland with his wife and infant daughter. "I'm proud of the decisions I made," Batt said recently in his first interview since the Riders case surfaced. "I am disappointed that all of the reforms outlined in the negotiated settlement agreement have not been implemented after so many years, but am glad that the issue of police accountability is not forgotten."
Clarence "Chuck" Mabanag is a San Francisco native. He left the Bay Area for Southern California several years after facing accusations in the Riders trial. He was hired by the Indio Police Department. Mabanag was acquitted of several charges in each of two Riders trials. However, the jury hung on other charges, including one charge of writing a false police report.
Jude Siapno is another officer cleared in the Riders case. He went to the Middle East as a security consultant for a large U.S. defense contractor. He has spent the past decade in and out of war zones like Iraq and Afghanistan doing the same work. His lawyer said Siapno moved from the Philippines to Oakland when he was 8. He speaks seven languages fluently, including two Arabic dialects. He is a keen student of "religion, history and world politics." In his time off he has traveled to 61 countries. He has gone trekking in the mountains and traveled widely, according to his attorney others.
Vazquez is still on the run sixteen years later. He is an enduring symbol of Oakland's decade-long failure to fix a Police Department ripped apart by the Riders scandal. U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson approved a major reform plan for the Police Department with an unprecedented level of federal oversight. The Oakland police department wishes to put the Riders case behind it. However, as long as Vazquez remains a fugitive, the city's biggest police scandal will remain an open case. His attorney stated, "Was Vazquez a dirty cop? I think Frank put probable cause out to its outer limits, possibly crossed over, did things that shouldn't have happened."
March 26, 2011
What You Sow!"
What You Sow!"
Corrupt Justice™: Notice how the police dress like U.S. Troops [killing] in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Atlanta, GA (WCJB) -- A suspect accused of killing a Georgia police officer and wounding another one has surrendered to authorities after a hostage standoff Friday night. The incident was shown live on television as officers arrested suspect Jamie Donnell Hood in Athens, Georgia. Hood, who was shirtless, emerged from the home a little after 11 p.m. with people authorities said he had held hostage. SWAT officers descended on Hood ending the saga that had lasted days.
Hood was wanted in connection to Tuesday's slaying of Senior Police Officer Elmer "Buddy" Christian, 34, and the wounding of Senior Police Officer Tony Howard, 43. The shooting spurred a huge manhunt that climaxed when authorities learned that Hood was holed up in an apartment in Athens. Authorities said Thursday evening that Hood was holding eight people hostage and they were negotiating with him. At one point, authorities used the media to get a message to Hood. "I want to commit to you, if you come out without a weapon, you will not be harmed," Vernon Keenan of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said in a televised address.
Hood has asked negotiators to bring his mother to the scene, said John Bankhead, a GBI spokesman. The spokesman said children were among the hostages.
March 25, 2011
Four Pace University football players who were teammates of slain teammate Danroy Henry (pictured left) had their criminal charges dismissed yesterday...and they now plan on suing police and prosecutors for "false arrest [and] malicious prosecution." The four players were accused of disrupting police efforts to crowd control on a rowdy night last October, when Henry was killed after the car he was driving hit two police officers at a Thornton, NY restaurant. "Hopefully we'll go forward and get justice, [but] nothing will take away from the loss [of Henry]" said Joseph Romanick, one of the players.
Last month, a Westchester grand jury declined to bring charges against two police officers who shot and killed Henry. The lawyer for one of the officers said at the time, "Sometimes the truth is painful and in this case the painful truth is that D.J. Henry brought about his own death." Nevertheless, Romanick and the three other players, Yves Delpeche, Daniel Parker, Joseph Garcia, plan to sue for at least $1 million. The Henry family is planning a $120 million lawsuit against the Pleasantville and Mount Pleasant police.
B.A.R.T. Police! Principals of Murder
August 15, 2011
August 13, 2011
Constitutional Rights v. B.A.R.T.!
"To withdraw that ability to express yourself ... under a desire to prevent particular political speech between protesters was a shocking disregard of the free speech rights of every BART passenger and, indeed, was a prior restraint on any expressive activity they would otherwise have engaged in."BART shut-off of subterranean cell phone service in its downtown San Francisco stations to prevent a protest Thursday of BART PD's murder of an unarmed homeless man. BART's actions sparked accusations Friday that the action stifled free speech and smacked of the kind of government intrusion employed by Middle East dictators. "All over the world, people are using mobile devices to protest oppressive regimes, and governments are shutting down cell phone towers and the Internet to stop them," said a staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California. "It's outrageous that in San Francisco, BART is doing the same thing." BART officials acknowledged Friday afternoon that they had switched off the transit system's underground cell phone network, which runs from Balboa Park Station through the Transbay Tube, from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday to prevent protesters from coordinating protests. A cluster of groups under the "No Justice, No BART" banner said on websites that they planned to protest the fatal July 3 shooting of a knife-wielding man, Charles Blair Hill, by BART police. Protesters briefly shut down the Civic Center, Powell Street and 16th Street Mission stations July 11. Trains ran through the stations without stopping. "Organizers planning to disrupt BART service stated they would use mobile devices to coordinate their disruptive activities and communicate about the location and number of BART Police," the transit agency said. "A civil disturbance during commute times at busy downtown San Francisco stations could lead to platform overcrowding and unsafe conditions for BART customers, employees and demonstrators." Contrary to some speculative reports, BART did not jam wireless signals or ask cell phone providers to shut down towers near stations. BART owns and controls the wireless network strung through its subways, and BART police ordered it switched off, after receiving permission from BART interim General Manager Sherwood Wakeman, former general counsel for the transit district. Benson Fairow, BART's deputy police chief, said he decided to switch off the service out of concern that protesters on station platforms could clash with commuters, create panicked surges of passengers, and put themselves or others in the way of speeding trains or the high-voltage third rails. "It was a recipe for disaster," he said. "The fact that they started to conspire to commit illegal actions on the station platform was our concern. I asked myself: If my wife, mother or daughter was on that platform, would I want them to be in that situation?" Civil libertarians questioned the constitutionality of BART's decision and predicted legal action, or at least serious investigation by the Federal Communications Commission. "The most pertinent right in question is the right to free expression," said a senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights advocacy group. "BART makes the point that a few years ago you couldn't even use your cell phone in the stations, but that's beside the point. At this point, they have made a policy of allowing it on the platform. "To withdraw that ability to express yourself ... under a desire to prevent particular political speech between protesters was a shocking disregard of the free speech rights of every BART passenger and, indeed, was a prior restraint on any expressive activity they would otherwise have engaged in." While BART owns and controls the wireless network in its tunnels, it might not have the right to shut it off to halt a protest, according to the ACLU. "Once BART opens a forum for expression, their authority to close it down becomes a little more limited," he said. "As far as I know, no governmental entity in this country has ever done anything like this." BART spokesman Jim Allison said this was the first time the transit agency shut down the underground wireless system because of public safety concerns. Fairow said that BART considered the free speech implications posed by the cell phone shutdown but decided that those rights were outweighed by the need to protect the public. "It's the constant juggle," he said. "The courts have ruled that some inconvenience is OK (to protect free speech) but the courts have also ruled that public safety takes priority." BART allows free speech - from protesting to proselytizing - outside the paid areas of stations. But it's not suitable inside the fare gates, and especially on the train platforms, he said. But even some BART riders thought the tactic seemed very un-Bay Area. "We don't want the government turning off cell phones in Syria, and we don't want them turning off cell phones here," said Patricia Shean, 72, of San Francisco. "We deal with things differently here."
Tony Pirone Principal Actor
Posted: 05/03/2013 07:13:52 AM PDT - Updated: 05/03/2013 07:14:23 AM PDT
Updated: June 4, 2009 OAKLAND — The commanding officer on the Fruitvale BART platform the night Oscar Grant III was shot in the back and killed by another officer admitted Wednesday the 22-year-old victim posed no threat to either him or others seconds before he was killed. The admission, by Officer Anthony Pirone (who punched, then physically restrained while Mr. Grant as he was shot), came during the sixth day of testimony in the preliminary hearing of former BART Officer Johannes Mehserle, accused of murder in the killing of Grant on Jan. 1. Pirone agreed with the prosecutor that the position Grant was in just seconds before he was shot made it virtually impossible for the Hayward resident to grab and use a weapon against officers even if he had one.
"I didn't see the hands, so I didn't see a threat," Pirone said. "It didn't pose a threat to me ... or any other officer."Pirone made the statement after more than an hour of cross-examination from deputy district attorney David Stein, who grilled the four-year BART officer about what happened the early morning hours of New Year's Day. Like every other BART police officer who has testified during the preliminary hearing, Pirone seemed to remember more when he was examined by Mehserle's defense attorney than when he was questioned by Stein. And similar to other officers' testimony, many of Pirone's descriptions of what occurred on the Fruitvale platform differed from what was recorded by a handful of passengers using cell phones and digital cameras. For example, in statements given to investigators after the shooting and in testimony on the witness stand, Pirone said Grant had kneed or kicked him in the groin, forcing Pirone to grab Grant's head and force him to the ground. However, at least two video recordings show no such action by Grant or reaction from Pirone that would seem to match someone being kneed in the groin. (Watch for yourself.)
"I put my forearm up in a defensive position and it may have come in contact with his forehead."Stein focused on that statement, asking what Pirone meant by "defensive position" and "may have come in contact."
"Again, I was trying to justify," Pirone said before pausing for a second. "Or describe what took place in the video."Pirone's cross-examination came after the officer was allowed to describe to Alameda County Superior Court Judge C. Don Clay what Mehserle said just after he shot Grant in the back. Pirone, who was holding down Grant just seconds before the shot, said Mehserle told him to step away from Grant because he was going to tase him.
"He started yelling, 'I'm going to tase him; I'm going to tase him,'" "He starts to yell, 'Get back; get back,' and then he yelled, 'Tony, Tony,' and that is when I popped up."At that point, Pirone said, he heard the gunshot and looked at Mehserle. "I looked up and saw Officer Mehserle with a gun in his hand," Pirone said. "I think I said, 'Oh, (expletive).'" A moment later, Pirone said Mehserle told him that he thought Grant had a gun. "Officer Mehserle is looking like he is lost," Pirone said. "Mehserle told me, 'Tony, I thought he was going for a gun.'" C.J. Note: According to Pirone's statements and testimony: Mr. Grant did not pose a threat to him or any other officer; he was restrained, lying prone on the ground; yet Mehserle intended to "tase" Mr. Grant, who was allegedly reaching for a firearm. This doesn't make sense.
Previous Post California Law Defined: California Penal Code § 30. The parties to crimes are classified as: 1. Principals; and, 2. Accessories. California Penal Code § 31. All persons concerned in the commission of a crime, whether it be felony or misdemeanor, and whether they directly commit the act constituting the offense, or aid and abet in its commission, or, not being present, have advised and encouraged its commission, and all persons counseling, advising, or encouraging children under the age of fourteen years, or persons who are mentally incapacitated, to commit any crime, or who, by fraud, contrivance, or force, occasion the drunkenness of another for the purpose of causing him to commit any crime, or who, by threats, menaces, command, or coercion, compel another to commit any crime, are principals in any crime so committed.
The following video shows Officer Pirone attacking Oscar Grant (from a different angle), then pointing a taser at him. Several minutes later Mr. Mehserle arrives and shoots Mr. Grant. Mr. Pirone pins Mr. Grant with his knee in his neck while Mr. Mehserle shoots him.
San Francisco, CA -- BART officials said Saturday that they will investigate the actions of one of the transit agency's police officers after a video surfaced showing the officer striking a passenger - apparently Oscar Grant - minutes before the unarmed young man was fatally shot by another officer early on New Year's Day. The video, one of a handful that have surfaced, aired January 23, 2009 on KTVU-TV. It shows a male BART police officer walking over to three men lined up against a wall near a female officer, and then striking one in the face. The victim of the punch has been identified as 22-year-old Grant. Grant slides to the ground. The video then shows the moments preceding the shooting, then the shooting itself. It appears that the officer who punches the man is the same person who later is seen kneeling on Grant's head when he was shot. Sources have identified that officer as Tony Pirone. He and the other officers present at the time of Grant's shooting all remain on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues. However, until Saturday BART was not investigating the conduct of anyone besides Johannes Mehserle, 27, who shot Grant. A professor at Golden Gate University Law School and police expert said the video shows a "vicious, unprovoked and inexcusable assault" by the other police officer that should be prosecuted and that seems to have set off events that led to the shooting. "With that powerful punch, he slams Mr. Grant in the side of his head and knocks him down even though it doesn't appear Grant is doing anything but talking - maybe he is mouthing off but there was no physical provocation," Keane said. "Why is the other officer not being prosecuted? It was a clearly a deliberate, abusive use of force." He said the video is damning to Mehserle, too.
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