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Miami, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Published: November 20, 2017) -- Jarvis Charles Landry is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. NFL investigators concluded Tuesday that there is insufficient evidence to support a determination that Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry violated the league's personal conduct policy. The NFL told Landry that its investigation is closed and it will not take action against him for alleged domestic violence reported to police on April 1, 2017. Prosecutors declined to pursue charges last month. An investigation by the Broward County (Florida) State Attorney's Office determined there was "no reasonable likelihood" of a conviction for the incident that involved Landry and Estrella Cerqueira, who is the mother of the couple's daughter. Landry was drafted by the Dolphins in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
San Francisco, CA -- (PUBLISHED: Nov. 15, 2017 at 04:01 PM PST | UPDATED: Nov. 20, 2017 at 11:28 AM PST) -- Bay Area Rapid Transit officials said police are investigating in the wake of an assault captured on video aboard a train this week. Around 10:10 p.m. Monday, police dispatchers received three calls from riders aboard a Warm Springs-bound train. When officers responded at the system’s Union City station, they found riders were not able to point out a man who had assaulted a seated rider with ugly slurs, threatening gestures and at least two punches before getting off the train.
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Daytona Beach, Florida {PUBLISHED: August 14, 2017 at 6:00 pm | UPDATED: November 21, 2017 at 03:09 pm} -- On June 27, 2017, an 18-year-old woman was sentenced to 20 years in state prison for using a dating app to set up a robbery that resulted in the shooting of another teen. As Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman read the sentence, Ky’Andrea Cook’s mother dropped to the floor of the courtroom and wailed. The howls of grief from Cook’s mother were so loud that the judge had to later restate the sentencing for the clerk: 20 years for on a carjacking charge, 15 years for attempted carjacking with a deadly weapon and 15 years for a battery felony. The sentences are concurrent. The plea didn’t challenge prosecutors’ assertions in March, when she was a Mainland High School student, Cook lured Perry Nida, a 27-year-old Palm Coast man, to a meeting in South Daytona where he expected to sell her some marijuana and then they would have sex. Nida brought 17-year-old Immanuel Pursel from Palm Coast, who ended up shot by Cook’s boyfriend who was waiting to rob them, investigators said. Cook was arrested April 27 in connection to two violent carjackings and the March shooting of the teen. Detectives believe Cook and several accomplices used the “MeetMe” phone app to lure victims to an area where they would be carjacked, South Daytona police Lt. Dan Dietrich said at the time.
August 14, 2017: Vickie Arends is determined to get justice for her son, who was shot during an attempted carjacking in South Daytona. The shooting led to a viral story when a teenage woman accused of setting up the crime was sentenced to 20 years in prison as she and her mother wailed in anguish. The two-decade sentence for 18-year-old Ky’Andrea Cook was nullified on Aug. 14, but the Mainland High School student still faces up to life in prison on charges including the shooting and attempted carjacking of Immanuel “Manny” Pursel, 18, of Palm Coast. Arends of Palm Coast said a prosecutor informed her they would continue to fight so Cook does prison time. “We are still not willing to take less than 10 years,” Arends said in a phone interview. Cook spent 110 days at the Volusia County Branch Jail before she was released on $50,000 bail on Aug. 14. The release came hours after Circuit Judge Matthew Foxman allowed her to withdraw her no contest plea, thus erasing her prison term. Foxman said there was a miscommunication between Cook and her assistant public defender because she thought she would not get prison time when she agreed to enter her no contest plea. Cook’s next court appearance is set for Oct. 11.

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New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.


(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video


EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)


Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)


New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)


Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)


Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)


Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)


Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)


San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. 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. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who 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 court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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OAKLAND -- On May 18, 2010, a federal appeals court upheld $3.7 million in damages Tuesday against the city of Oakland and two police officers who, according to a jury, planted an assault rifle on a parolee's property. Jurors found in November 2007 that the officers had violated the civil rights of the parolee, Torry Smith, and his then-girlfriend, Patricia Gray, by fabricating a case against Smith to justify his arrest in September 2004. Smith spent 4 1/2 months in jail before being cleared.

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Posted: 5:47 PM EST, Fri January 13, 2012 - Updated: 02:51 PM PST, Fri January 13, 2012



Jackson, Mississippi (WCJB) -- One of four convicted murderers whose whereabouts had been unknown since they were controversially pardoned last week by Mississippi's governor insisted Friday that he hasn't been on the run, saying he is a changed man who deserved to be freed. Anthony McCray (pictured above, center,top-right) who was convicted in a 2001 murder, said he went straight from prison Sunday to the home of a relative in central Mississippi, where he has been since. He criticized the outrage over outgoing Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's decision to grant clemency to him, along with nearly 200 other convicted criminals, in a final act before leaving office. "I didn't do this. God did this," McCray said from a covered porch. "God touched Haley Barbour's heart."

McCray was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the 2001 murder of his wife, Jennifer McCray. Even with the plea, he insisted Friday that her death was an accident and said the shot was fired inadvertently during "tussling" over a gun. "I didn't know she was shot," McCray said of his initial reaction. "I said, 'Somebody, call the police.' (Later) I went and turned myself in. ... This is somebody I loved and had children with."

But Judge Mike Smith, the former Pike County judge who presided over that case, said Friday that the woman's killing was not accidental. He noted that there were many witnesses, as the woman was shot from behind in a public cafe. And the victim's younger brother, Ronald Bonds, said Barbour should be "ashamed of himself" for pardoning Anthony McCray.



McCray said Friday that he did not know the whereabouts of any of the men, whom he described as "nice guys." The office of Mississippi's attorney general said late Friday afternoon that authorities have been in touch with three of the four convicted murderers -- McCray, David Gatlin and Charles Hooker -- who were pardoned and released Sunday. But authorities are looking for the fourth, Joseph Ozment, the office said.

All four convicted murderers who were pardoned had been serving life sentences and worked as inmate trusties at the governor's mansion, according to Suzanne Singletary, spokeswoman for the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Trusties are inmates who can receive additional rights through good behavior. The four convicted murderers -- plus armed robber Nathan Kern, who also has been located -- are required to contact prison officials on a daily basis while their fate is adjudicated.

Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Tomie Green issued a temporary injunction Wednesday forbidding the release of any more prisoners.

Since Barbour took office in 2004, 222 people have been granted clemency for a wide variety of crimes. The attorney general's office said 203 of those were "full pardons," meaning the convicts record is effectively wiped clean.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood said Friday in a statement that "a large number of staff" is examining these pardons. "Our preliminary investigation indicates that the majority of these purported pardons did not have sufficient publication and therefore we will introduce our evidence (in court on January 23) and ask the court to hold these purported pardons null and void," the attorney general said.

Barred!


November 29, 2011



San Francisco, CA -- Todd Mehserle (pictured above, center) was barred from the U.S. District Court in San Francisco after he took a photograph of Cephus Johnson — Grant’s uncle — in the court hallway Wednesday, according to lawyers in the case. Taking photos is forbidden in the federal courthouse. Johnson, whose nickname is Uncle Bobby, said Todd Mehserle approached him in the hallway during a break in the civil trial in which the younger Mehserle is being accused by Oakland resident Kenneth Carrethers of using excessive force in a November 2008 incident.

The elder Mehserle said, “Smile, Bobby!” and “Have a good Thanksgiving,” in a very sarcastic, abrasive tone, Johnson said.

When Johnson informed Judge Edward Chen of the interaction, the judge ordered that Todd Mehserle be removed for the remainder of the trial.

Murderous
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OAKLAND — Oakland and BART police shot and killed Fred Collins, 48, of Oakland near the Fruitvale BART Station (BART STATION where Oscar Grant was killed) authorities said. Preliminary reports were that the man may have been armed with a knife (not confirmed as true). The shooting happened about 8:24 a.m. in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue. Minutes earlier, Oakland Police joined two BART officers in pursuit of the man through the neighborhood after a 911 caller reported a suspect brandishing knives near the Fruitvale BART station. The officers apparently were not hurt. Two officers had fired Tasers at the man with no effect, Israel said. A total of five officers from both departments fired on the man in the 1500 block of 33rd Avenue shortly after 8 a.m., Deputy Oakland Police Chief Jeffrey Israel said. The dead man had not yet been identified, Israel said, describing him as appearing to be Hispanic and perhaps between the ages of 30 and 40. Oakland Police are in charge of the investigation, he said.



Jeff Israel is a liar! You can't believe anything he says!

Lying is the norm for Oakland Police Officers and the Department!

Mehserle & Pirone





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Tony Pirone, (photo not available). The lawyer for a BART officer who struck an unarmed man who was later killed by another officer said his client was provoked into using force. BART police Officer Tony Pirone was identified as hitting Oscar Grant III in the head shortly before Grant was fatally shot early Jan. 1.

His attorney, Bill Rapoport, said Grant provoked Pirone's blow by trying to knee Pirone at least twice. Rapoport said he does not think his client will be charged. The attorney hired analysts to break down cell-phone video showing Pirone striking Grant. He determined that Pirone used "reasonable force" by using his forearm — not fist — when striking Grant. Mr. Pirone has nothing to hide because he didn't do anything wrong. He acted properly within procedure during an out-of-control situation with out-of-control people," Rapoport said Saturday.

Pirone was handcuffing that fifth man, Rapoport said, when he heard shouting near his partner and saw three men, including Grant, approach her as she tried to calm them down. That's when Pirone hit Grant.



"Oscar Grant was the aggressor and that aggression needed to be stopped and with the least amount of force," Rapoport said. "My client stopped Grant from striking Marysol and continuing to strike him."

If you watch the video, you'll notice that neither Mehserle, nor Pirone make an actual attempt to handcuff Mr. Grant. Neither Officer has, or reaches for a pair of handcuffs.

Moments later, Mehserle (pictured left) fatally shot Grant. According to Mehserle's attorney, Pirone stated that Mehserle said "I'm going to tase him, I'm going to tase him," before firing his gun.

"He should be prosecuted for his over-aggressiveness by hitting Mr. Grant and holding him down, which led to the shooting. Verbal statements by Mr. Grant or anyone else doesn't justify the use of physical force."

The concept of a force continuum


One common definition of reasonable force is simply not to be excessive, under the circumstances. This means to consider the seriousness of the crime, the risk of harm for everyone, and the immediacy of the situation. For example, a petty shoplifting suspect might respond to the physical presence of the officer, their verbal commands, and should require no more than holding force to make a detention. After verbal commands fail, a violent suspect might require more physical force to subdue and chemical sprays or the baton might be needed for self-defense. The choices and variations are endless. The reasonable person should always consider the use of force as a measured continuum from no force to deadly force. Choosing just the level of force necessary to overcome the obstacle is usually [the standard used] to judge[] what [i]s reasonable. The concept of a force continuum has been around for years and is still taught at most police academies. The force continuum is broken down into six broad levels. Each level is designed to have an elastic factor as the need for force changes as the situation evolves. It is common for the level of force to go from level two to level three and back again in a matter of seconds. The force level should always be appropriate for the circumstances and adjust up and down as the situation requires.

Level One

Officer Presence.
The mere presence of a highly visible uniform security officer or marked vehicle is often enough to stop a crime in progress or prevent future crime. At this level gestures should be non-threatening and professional.

Level Two

Verbal Communication.
Used in combination with a visible presence, the use of the voice can usually achieve the desired results. Words can be whispered, used normally, or shouted to be effective. The content of the message is as important as the officer’s demeanor. It’s always best to start out calm but firm and non-threatening. Choice of words and intensity can be increased as necessary or used in short commands in serious situations. The right combination of words in combination with officer presence can de-escalate a tense situation and prevent the need for a physical altercation. Training and experience improves the ability of a police officer to communicate effectively with everyone including the suspect, civilian by-standers (on-lookers) and other police officers.

Level Three

Control Holds & Restraints.
Certain situations may arise where words alone does not reduce the aggression. Sometimes [police] officers will need to get involved physically. At this level, minimal force would involve the use of bare hands to guide, hold, and restrain. This does not include offensive moves such as punching, tackling, and choking. Pain compliance holds could apply here, but only after ordinary holds fail to control an aggressive suspect. A baton or PR-24 can only be used at this level as a self-defense mechanism to block blows or temporarily restrain a suspect. Handcuffs can be used as a restraint devise only if the [police] officer has been properly trained [in use of handcuffs as restraint devices]. Not every suspect needs to be handcuffed. They should only be used on a person who exhibits aggression, poses a real threat or where flight is a real possibility.

Level Four

Chemical Agents.
Sometimes when the suspect is violent or threatening, more extreme, but non-deadly measures must be used in defense to bring the suspect under control or affect an arrest. Before moving to level four, it is assumed that other less physical measures had been tried or was deemed inappropriate. When used by surprise, pepper spray and tear gas is an excellent distraction, allowing the officer time to get away, call for back-up, or subdue the suspect. Contrary to media advertising, pepper spray does not have stopping power or cause paralysis. An assailant can still grab, punch, stab, or shoot and will definitely be angrier after being sprayed. Also, tear gas may not be effective on the insane, drug addicts, intoxicated, or hysterical persons. Even though considered non-deadly, chemical sprays can cause a severe reaction and even death to a suspect with medical or allergic conditions. Also, pepper sprays have a blinding effect and care must be used that spray victims do not fall down stairs or walk into traffic or operate motor vehicles.

Level Five

Temporary Incapacitation.
To use force under level five means that the situation was so extreme, violent, and immediate that it was necessary to temporarily incapacitate a suspect prior to securing his arrest or custody. This includes the use of all methods of non-deadly force beginning with the empty hand up through and including impact tools. At level five, properly used defensive and offensive moves are allowed under the right circumstances. Choke holds and carotid neck holds can be used, but at great risk. Although still taught at many police academies, neck compressions are very risky and used only in extreme situations. Baton blows to the suspect’s head or throat can be deadly and inconsistent with professional training standards. Temporary incapacitation is used to stop a suspect from injuring you or others long enough to handcuff and restrain them. Baton blows to soft tissue and certain joint areas are all consistent with professional security training standards and POST.

Stun/Taser guns are part of level five, but should […] only be used by those authorized and trained in the use and effects of the device. Stun guns are held-held devices and some like the Air-Taser propel charged darts on leads at a suspect.

Note: Oscar Grant was voluntarily incapacitated, ... lying on the ground offering no resistance.

Level Six

Deadly Force.
When [the officer is] in immediate fear of death or great bodily injury at the hands of a perpetrator [s]he [is] authorized to use deadly force in most states. Deadly force can be applied by your hands, impact tools, or with a firearm. There are no rules, other than negligence, for applying deadly force when it’s justified. However, deadly force is the highest standard and must be justified. This force continuum will be considered in the aftermath as a test to see if other alternatives were used first or were more appropriate. For [police] officers, use of the firearm is the most troublesome because of the range of the bullet. [The officer] may be justified i[n] shooting a suspect standing in front of [him], but not justified for wounding innocent bystanders two blocks away. Similarly, [the officer] may have been justified in shooting a suspect charging at [him] with a knife, but not justified after [the suspect] turns to run away. Handguns should not be fired at moving vehicles, except in extreme life-threatening circumstances. Handguns should never be pulled and brandished as a deterrent or be used as a control tool under level three.

Note: Even though Oscar Grant was voluntarily incapacitated, ... lying on the ground offering no resistance, Mehserle went directly to Level Six Force, claiming he intended to use Level Five Force. He never makes an attempt to physically place handcuffs on Oscar Grant.


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