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North Carolina Cop Robs Bank and Gets Arrested 5 Min. Later

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

Desperate people do desperate things. A North Carolina cop acted under that notion when he robbed a bank at gun-point on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Jeff Athey, 51, of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for robbing the F&M bank in Rockwell, NC.
Athey’s past includes working as a private security contractor for Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars.
WXII 12 News reports the robbery happened at the F&M Bank just after 3:30 pm. According to Rockwell police, Athey walked into the bank and pulled out a black Glock 42 handgun.
Athey then pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. Athey got away with only $1,000 before driving away in a silver Mustang vehicle. But just 5 minutes later he was arrested at an intersection. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office fired Athey hours after his arrest.
Davidson County Sheriff David Grice released this statement:
“I am shocked and appalled as anyone else about Mr. (Jeff) Athey’s behavior. During his employment with our agency he gave no indications that this type of behavior could occur. We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior, obviously, and we don’t tolerate anybody who violates the law or violates the policies at the sheriff’s office. They’re not going to be employed with me if they do.”
Athey was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed under a $500,000 bond.
The Rockwell Police Department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Granite Quarry Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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North Carolina Police Helicopter Pilot Arrested for 8 Counts of Child Sex Offense

Saturday, April 28th, 2018

A Charlotte, NC cop  sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl for years. And the whole time he was in the air flying the police helicopter looking for criminals.
Perhaps the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, because now he is the criminal.
Officer Matthew Porter, 54, of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department  (CMPD) was arrested on Tuesday after being charged with 8 counts of first degree sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
The victim, now 17, reported the incidents in Nevada, where she now lives. The victim told officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that she was assaulted by Porter, whom she described as a family friend, between July of 2010 and December of 2013. The victim lived in Charlotte during that time, police say.
On Feb. 8, 2018, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office contacted CMPD with this information and CMPD immediately began an investigation. Detectives caught a plane to interview the victim in Nevada, as well as, family members there and in North Carolina.
On Tuesday morning, detectives interviewed Porter at CMPD headquarters and then placed him under arrest.
Porter, who is assigned to the Aviation Unit, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He has been employed by CMPD since July 26, 1995. There is no indication these incidents occurred while he was on duty. In 1997 Porter began flying the police helicopter.
Statement from Chief Kerr Putney:
“I am disappointed that one of our officers is accused of this very serious offense. We represent the law and absolutely will not tolerate one of our own violating it. It’s our job to protect this community. We have no place in our ranks for anyone who would violate the trust of a child in this manner.”
Porter is the second law enforcement officer to be arrested in Charlotte within the past 5 days.

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North Carolina Police Helicopter Pilot Arrested for 8 Counts of Child Sex Offense

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

A Charlotte, NC cop  sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl for years. And the whole time he was in the air flying the police helicopter looking for criminals.
Perhaps the eye in the sky doesn’t lie, because now he is the criminal.
Officer Matthew Porter, 54, of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department  (CMPD) was arrested on Tuesday after being charged with 8 counts of first degree sex offense and 20 counts of indecent liberties with a minor.
The victim, now 17, reported the incidents in Nevada, where she now lives. The victim told officials with the Nye County Sheriff’s Office that she was assaulted by Porter, whom she described as a family friend, between July of 2010 and December of 2013. The victim lived in Charlotte during that time, police say.
On Feb. 8, 2018, the Nye County Sheriff’s Office contacted CMPD with this information and CMPD immediately began an investigation. Detectives caught a plane to interview the victim in Nevada, as well as, family members there and in North Carolina.
On Tuesday morning, detectives interviewed Porter at CMPD headquarters and then placed him under arrest.
Porter, who is assigned to the Aviation Unit, has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. He has been employed by CMPD since July 26, 1995. There is no indication these incidents occurred while he was on duty. In 1997 Porter began flying the police helicopter.
Statement from Chief Kerr Putney:
“I am disappointed that one of our officers is accused of this very serious offense. We represent the law and absolutely will not tolerate one of our own violating it. It’s our job to protect this community. We have no place in our ranks for anyone who would violate the trust of a child in this manner.”
Porter is the second law enforcement officer to be arrested in Charlotte within the past 5 days.

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North Carolina Cop Robs Bank and Gets Arrested 5 Min. Later

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Desperate people do desperate things. A North Carolina cop acted under that notion when he robbed a bank at gun-point on Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Jeff Athey, 51, of the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office was arrested for robbing the F&M bank in Rockwell, NC.
Athey’s past includes working as a private security contractor for Blackwater in Iraq and Afghanistan during the wars.
WXII 12 News reports the robbery happened at the F&M Bank just after 3:30 pm. According to Rockwell police, Athey walked into the bank and pulled out a black Glock 42 handgun.
Athey then pointed the gun at the clerk and demanded money. Athey got away with only $1,000 before driving away in a silver Mustang vehicle. But just 5 minutes later he was arrested at an intersection. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office fired Athey hours after his arrest.
Davidson County Sheriff David Grice released this statement:
“I am shocked and appalled as anyone else about Mr. (Jeff) Athey’s behavior. During his employment with our agency he gave no indications that this type of behavior could occur. We’re not going to tolerate this kind of behavior, obviously, and we don’t tolerate anybody who violates the law or violates the policies at the sheriff’s office. They’re not going to be employed with me if they do.”
Athey was taken to the Rowan County Detention Center, charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and placed under a $500,000 bond.
The Rockwell Police Department was assisted by the Rowan County Sheriff’s Department, Granite Quarry Police Department, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
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Arizona Man Sues Prosecutor for Wrongful Arrest that Kept him in Jail for Two Months

Friday, January 5th, 2018

Imagine spending two months in jail for a robbery that you didn’t commit. Well, that is exactly what happened to an Iowa man after he was falsely charged with first-degree robbery.
Now he is suing the prosecutor that threw him in jail.
Joseph McBride, 23, was arrested for his assumed role in a January 2017 home invasion robbery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
McBride was in Phoenix at the time of his August 2017 arrest, several months after the original crime was committed.
And he showed authorities a time-stamped cell phone selfie proving he was in Arizona at the time of the Iowa home invasion, but they remained steadfast that they had the right guy.
MeBride is from Cedar Rapids but he moved to Phoenix in November 2015.
He was one of three people arrested for the crime.
Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden is the prosecutor that brought charges on McBride. Sanden alleged in court documents that social media posts and phone records suggested that McBride was involved in the home invasion robbery.
Sanden says the charge was based on a, “good-faith belief that the victim was correct in the identification.”
But as it turns out, the only evidence Sanden and police relied on was the victim pointing to a facebook photo of McBride, claiming he was involved in the crime.
The victim, identified as 27-year-old Tristan Hermann, told police that an acquaintance he knew as Elizabeth came to his apartment. Two men then forced their way in Hermann’s apartment, beating him with a handgun, and stealing his money and cellphone.
Hermann identified the woman as 22-year-old Elizabeth Navarro and said she set him up.
Hermann, who is bipolar, told police days later that he “had done his own investigation” and concluded the men involved were Navarro’s boyfriend, Austin Foster, and a man with the Facebook name “Jody Holliday.”
Police used photos and

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Ex-Cop Turned Oklahoma Prosecutor Clears Cops who Shot Deaf Man for not Obeying Verbal Commands

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

A former cop, turned Oklahoma prosecutor, will not file criminal charges against the two cops who fatally shot Madgiel Sanchez, a developmentally disabled deaf man, even though neighbors were screaming he couldn’t hear their commands.
“We were screaming that he can’t hear,” Julio Rayos, Sanchez’s neighbor, told The Oklahoman.
Oklahoma City cops. Lt. Matthew Lindsey and Sgt. Christopher Barnes claim they didn’t hear neighbors screaming he couldn’t hear.
Neither officers were wearing body cameras.
Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater made the announcement Friday, stating his investigation determined the shooting death of Sanchez on September 19 was justified.
“The shooting was lawful, reasonable, and not excessive,” Prater said after reviewing the evidence.
Oklahoma District Attorney David Prater
Sanchez, 35, was tasered before he was fatally shot by Lindsey and Barnes after they claim he moved towards them with a metal pipe on September 19.
Neighbors say Sanchez commonly carried a pipe due to stray dogs in the area, but never used it to threaten anyone.
But his family said he used the pipe as a walking stick.
Officers Lindsey and Barnes responded to a call about a hit-and-run crash around 8:15 p.m. in Sanchez’s neighborhood and encountered him holding the metal pipe.
A witness told Lt. Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone.
Lindsey confronted Sanchez and called for back up.
Sgt. Barnes responded shortly after.
Sanchez, who was not only deaf but also could not speak, was on the porch when Lindsey arrived on the scene.
Captain Bo Matthews stated during a press conference that Lindsay had his taser drawn and Barnes had his gun drawn when Sanchez walked from the porch towards Barnes.
As Sanchez advanced, holding a metal pipe, both Lindsey and Barnes fired about five or six bullets.
Sanchez was hit with a stun gun and shot five times in the upper arm, pelvis and chest, according to an

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WATCH: Florida Deputy Fatally Shoots Unarmed Man During Altercation

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Video posted to Facebook shows an unarmed man fatally shot during a scuffle with Florida deputies after a call to 911 about a domestic disturbance on December 7.
“They’re gonna shoot you, man,” onlookers shout at Jean Pedro Pierre as he holds Broward County deputy Sean Youngward’s ankle.
“Let him go. You’re gonna get yourself in bad trouble. There’s a lot more coming, man.”
Pierre, 42, kicks deputy Youngward’s thigh a few times before back up deputy Steven Briggs arrives with  his gun drawn.
“Tase him! Tase him! Don’t shoot him,” voices can be heard pleading with deputy Briggs.
Youngward tries to break away from Pierre by striking at him with his Baton as Pierre holds his ankle.
Eventually, Pierre drops Youngward’s leg and attempts to run away.
That’s when Briggs opens fire, dropping Pierre to the ground.
The video, which was taken by Romeo Pericles, shows Pierre still alive, laying on the ground while officers approach with their guns drawn on him.
One deputy approaches Pierre with a gun drawn; another approaches wearing a glove. 
One of the deputies bends over to check Pierre’s condition and eventually an officer can be seen administering CPR. 
Emergency personnel trasported Pierre to the hospital, where he later died.
Broward County officials said Pierre “charged” at Briggs, but it appears he’s actually attempting to run away in the video.
“Deputy Sean Youngward was attacked by Mr. Pierre. He was punched, he was kicked and he was knocked to the ground,” Broward County Sheriff Scott Isreal said during a news conference Friday.
“It was a violent encounter.”
Officials claim deputy Youngward used his taser on Pierre, but said that didn’t stop him from attacking the deputy.
“He did everything he could to save himself and to end this confrontation, he was overwhelmed by the superior size and strength of Mr. Pierre,” Sheriff Israel told reporters.
“He gave several clear concise, lawful

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Animal Control Officer Outraged after New Jersey Cop Shot his Dog

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

An animal control officer is fuming after a New Jersey cop shot his dog.
John Timmins, who’s been an animal control officer in Bergen County for 17 years, said he’s never ordered a police officer to shoot an animal.
After his dog “Wildfire,” a four-year-old American Bulldog, was shot by Passaic cop Samuel Rivera Jr. on September 23, he wonders why there wasn’t more empathy for his dog after she escaped from his fenced-in backyard.
Rivera, the son of a former cop who went to federal prison for extortion as mayor, responded to a call about a dog chasing “innocent people in the area,” according to NJ.com.
When he arrived on the scene, Rivera observed the dog chase and attack a cat and chase another dog, which got away from Wildfire, according to his police report.
Wildfire was shot by Passaic cop Samuel Rivera Jr.
Timmins, however, disputes details in the report, which incorrectly characterized his dog as a pit bull and stated he understood the officer Rivera’s approach and “did not object to the outcome.”
At the scene, where Wildfire was chasing the cat and dog, a witness approached Rivera’s patrol car and told him the dog did not seem aggressive, according to dash cam footage.
So Rivera called for animal control and tried to capture the dog himself, but his attempts were unsuccessful.
The animal control officer in Passaic was 30 minutes away. So Robert Boyle, the head animal control officer, who is also the Chief of the Passaic County SPCA and sitting board member of the New Jersey SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) responded.
According to Rivera’s report, Boyle advised the dog should be “neutralized.”
Eventually Passaic’s animal control officer Brian Gunderson arrived.
The Passaic Police Department’s watch commander also agreed with Boyle’s assessment.
“That’s the saddest thing that she ran into those specific officers. Most officers

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Oklahoma Cops Shoot and Kill Mentally Challenged, Deaf Man who Couldn’t Hear Commands

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Oklahoma cops fatally shot a developmentally disabled and deaf man who was 15 ft. away from them after he failed to comply with officers’ commands Tuesday night.
Magdiel Sanchez, 35, was Tasered before he was shot dead by Oklahoma City cops. Lt. Matthew Lindsey and Sgt. Christopher Barnes after they claim he moved towards them with a metal pipe.
Neighbors said Sanchez commonly carried a pipe due to stray dogs in the area.
Neighbors say Magdiel Sanchez, 35, who was deaf and mentally challenged commonly carried a stick or pipe due to stray dogs in the area.
Sanchez’s neighbors frantically screamed at the officers during the shooting, telling them he was deaf and unable to hear their orders.
“We were screaming that he can’t hear,” Julio Rayos told The Oklahoman.
Captain Bo Matthews admitted at news conference Tuesday night that witnesses were yelling, “he can’t hear you” before the officers fired at Sanchez, but said the officers had tunnel vision after perceiving the metal pipe as a threat to their safety, causing them to fear for their lives.
“In those situations, very volatile situations, you have a weapon out, you can get what they call tunnel vision, or you can really lock in to just the person that has the weapon that’d be the threat against you,” Mathews added.
“I don’t know exactly what the officers were thinking at that point.”
Oklahoma City Police Captain said at a press conference that Sanchez was holding a metal pipe and approaching officers when he was shot by two officers Tuesday night.
According to Matthews, who also acts as Oklahoma City Police’s public information officer, Lindsay and Barnes were investigating a reported hit-and-run incident at around 8:15 p.m. on Tuesday.
A witness told Lt. Lindsey the address where the vehicle responsible for the hit-and-run had gone. Sanchez was on the porch when Lindsey arrive on

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WATCH: OHIO COP SHOOTS AND KILLS FRIENDLY DOG, THAT HE LURED TO HIM

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Alliance Ohio Police Officer Josh Tenney actions were captured on his Body Worn Camera when he summoned the friendly dog to him only to shoot it dead.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJ7nZ-Nwano?feature=oembed&w=620&h=465] A few minutes before the dogs’ owners had noticed his dogs were not in the yard and began searching for them only to find his dog China laying on the ground mortally wounded and dying, from shots fired from Tenney who claims the dogs were going to attack him.
The video starts with Tenney in his vehicle approaching a local auto parts store, the Body Worn Camera only captures the video and no audio of a brief exchange between Tenney and an unknown civilian, a few seconds later the audio is activated. Tenney can be heard calling the dogs with here puppy, puppy and he also whistles and claps. The dogs want nothing to do with him and move away from him in the direction of a do it yourself carwash.
Tenney continues to summon the dogs when China the largest of the three comes running towards him tail wagging in direct response to him calling her. This is when the smaller of the three dogs then attempts to slow China down to be the first dog to get whatever Tenney has for them.
This behavior is normal for this breed as well many others and is by no means a display of aggression towards a human, it is simply dog play.
Not know this or simply not caring Tenney can then be seen raising his pistol and killing China, for coming when he called her and for no other reason.
Local media reports that the spokesperson for the Alliance police claim that there were reports of the dog biting someone, yet no official report nor the imaginary victim has been presented.
This is simply another cases of a

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WATCH: Texas Mother’s Phone Seized By Police After Videoing Them Abuse her Children

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Last Week, July 3, 2017, in Arlington, Texas Latasha Nelson documented an interaction between herself and Arlington Police Officer Chad Haning. According to local media and the Next Generation Action Network this incident escalated from an unfounded accusation of auto burglary.  Officers claimed that the teen “fit the description” and the mother pleaded with the officer to let her son go because he was not who they were looking for.

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ANOTHER TRAYVON?! A frantic mother watches in horror as Arlington Police Department assault and arrest her two teenage sons.Based upon absolutely no evidence whatsoever, the 14 year-old was charged with burglary of a habitation and the 16 year-old was charged with interfering with official police duties.The mother was assured that the charges against her boys would be dropped. But only if she surrendered this video to the police.CALL TO ACTION: Please call Arlington Police Department to demand that all charges be dropped immediately and that they return the mother’s cell phone and Terminate Arlington Police Officer Chad Haning Call 817-459-5700 now. #EnoughIsEnough #JusticeForAll#NGAN
Posted by Next Generation Action Network on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The video starts with an exchange and Haning holding the arms of Nelson’s child as he walks towards an Arlington Police Car. The conversation seems civil with the exception that Haning is now accusing Nelson of interfering with his investigation, after simply asking where they were taking her son.
The video then takes a complete 180 when Haning throwing another of Nelson’s son to the ground by his head, no simply again asking questions.
Nelson begins another video with an unidentified female Arlington Police Officer demanding her phone and the videos files it holds documenting the entire incident.

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Teen Trying to Protect Deputies, Shot and Killed

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office shot and killed a 17-year-old young man in the early hours of Thursday, June 22, 2017, after responding to a noise complaint regarding a house party.  According to local media outlets and the LASD, the deputies had encountered a dog in the yard and one deputy was bitten. The injured deputy then called for his supervisor and the dog’s owner tried to secure the dog by tethering it only to have the dog break free and head in the direction of a group of deputies re-entering the yard only a few minutes later. The teen attempted to grab the dog and was shot dead. The official release describes the incident as “unfortunate”.
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LASD Press Release describing the victim as a “Suspect”, so typical.
DATE:  Thursday, June 22, 2017
TIME:  3:47 a.m.
LOCATION:  38500 blk 10th St East, Palmdale
SUSPECT:  Male
UNIT:  Homicide Bureau, Lieutenant Moore
 Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau detectives are responding to the 38500 block of 10th St East, Palmdale, to investigate the circumstances surrounding a deputy-involved shooting.
The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
 There is no additional information available at this time.
 
Whenever a Deputy-Involved Shooting occurs involving Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies and it results in the fatality of a suspect, multiple independent investigations immediately begin at the scene.  These include separate investigations by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner – Coroner, Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau and Internal Affairs Bureau.  The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department immediately notifies the Office of the Inspector General who sends a representative to the incident scene and provides independent oversight throughout the investigative process.  Once concluded, every aspect of the shooting is reviewed by the Sheriff’s Executive Force Review Committee.  The Office of the Los Angeles County District Attorney also

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Wisconsin SWAT Team Attacks 65-Year-old Man with Parkinson’s Disease After he Called for Help

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

A 65-year-old Wisconsin man with Parkinson’s Disease dialed 911 for a medical emergency Friday, only for a SWAT team to arrive at his home and slam him to the ground,  hospitalizing him for days.
Thomas Smith’s family is outraged, saying their relative is unable to physically speak, so he had to resort to pushing buttons on the telephone to communicate with the dispatcher.
And somehow, the dispatcher understood he was being held hostage by a man with guns and explosives, which is why Oneida County sheriff’s officials say they were only trying to keep the neighborhood safe.
Plus, they added, he was not following directions, so he had to be “de-centralized,” which apparently is the police version of  “re-accommodated,” the term used by United Airlines to describe how they have passengers yanked from their seats and dragged down the aisle to make room for airline employees.
But Smith’s family is not buying it.
According to News Watch 12:

“When a person cannot communicate, and he’s short of breath, you’re going to press every button on the phone to get help,” said Alan.

The dispatch call ended abruptly. So when Smith exited his home, the Oneida County Special Response team detained him.

The family says Smith was treated roughly.

“He did say he was forced down, he was slammed to the ground,” said Alan.

Hook says Smith was not following directions, so Smith was then “decentralized.”
“We acted on the information that we had,” Hook said. “We couldn’t have acted any other way.”
“We needed to keep the community safe as well as our officers safe, and we just did the best we could with the information that we had,” said Hook.

Smith is currently in the hospital receiving the medical care he needed in addition to the care he needed after he was body slammed.
Captain Hook suggests citizens with medical issues make prior arrangements

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California Cop Suspended for Beating and Choking Man for Jaywalking

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

The Sacramento police officer caught on video choking and punching a man for jaywalking was suspended Tuesday after his supervisors viewed the footage.
The cop claimed he feared for his safety because the man removed a jacket and dropped it on the street, indicating he was challenging the cop to fight.
But the man, Nandi Cain Jr., said he was just taking off his jacket to show he was not armed.
The video that surfaced, which was recorded by a friend of the victim, does not show Cain raising his fists to fight, even after the cop grabs him by the neck and throws him down on the street before sitting on him and wailing on him with punches.
Cain was charge with resisting arrest and was later accused on becoming combative with cops while being booked in jail.
However, the 24-year-old man was released from jail Tuesday morning with no charges.
Meanwhile, they have yet to identify the cop. And they have yet to release dashcam footage of the incident, claiming it is being reviewed, even though we can be sure they did just that before placing the cop on administrative leave.
And yes, it is a paid suspension, but both the chief and mayor made it clear they were not happy with what they saw on the video.
According to Fox 40:
Sacramento Police Sergeant Bryce Heinlein told Fox40 that the “actions of this officer does not represent the men and women of this police department … the video speaks for itself and you know obviously we’re taking this seriously.”
Heinlein said Cain was initially arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest and became combative with deputies while he was being booked at Sacramento’s primary jail.
Cain was released Tuesday morning because police did not have sufficient grounds to file a complaint against him, Heinlein said.
Video from police cruisers that were

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North Miami Cop Charged with Felony Attempted Manslaughter for Shooting Autistic Man’s Caretaker

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Despite the usual twisting of the truth from the Police PR Spin Machine, the North Miami cop who opened fire on an unarmed man with his hands in the air last year was arrested Wednesday and charged with felony attempted manslaughter.
North Miami police officer Jonathan Aledda was also charged with a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence.
Although it should have been an obvious decision to charge the cop, especially since he was told to hold his fire before he fired his gun, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle has never charged a cop for an on-duty shooting in the 24 years she’s been running the prosecutor’s office.
But by now, everybody is catching on to her police apologist ways, especially after the Miami New Times called her “a disgrace” last month when she refused to charge four prison guards for scalding a man to death in a hot shower.
Apparently, even she could not claim the toy truck held by the autistic man could be perceived as a gun.
Not after North Miami Police Chief Gary Eugene admitted to investigators that another sergeant on the scene had already confirmed through binoculars that it was a toy, not a gun, ordering the other cops not to fire.
The rest of the cops held their fire, but not Aledda, who was hired in 2012 despite the fact police had determined he possessed a “lack of tolerance” as was described as “judgmental, argumentative, critical, challenging, rigid, stubborn.”
According to the Miami Herald:
A North Miami police officer will face criminal charges for shooting the unarmed caretaker of an autistic man last summer — one of a string of questionable police shootings of black men nationwide that sparked protests.
Officer Jonathan Aledda was arrested and charged Wednesday with a felony count of attempted manslaughter, and a misdemeanor charge of culpable negligence.
The arrest

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Minnesota Cops Unleash Police Dog on 82-Year-Old Woman for Failing to Hear Commands

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

It started off with “a call” to police. It always starts off with a call to police. This time, the call was to report a possible burglary in progress in a residential home in the Minneapolis suburb of Coon Rapids.
Coon Rapids police sped to the scene and spotted a person rummaging through a shed with a flashlight, issuing several orders to come out.
When the person did not come out, they sent a police dog to attack the suspect, who turned out to be an 82-year-old woman rummaging through her own shed in her own back yard.
But that did not stop police from dragging her from the shed to a patrol car after the dog attack, according to City Pages.
Choua Xiong did not comply, after all, so she needed to be taught a lesson.
But Xiong did not comply because she not only is hard of hearing, but does not understand English. And she probably did not expect cops to be surrounding her shed early Sunday morning after waking up early to do some work.
The Coons Rapid Police Department posted the following statement on its Facebook page, justifying the incident:
“The department understands there is public concern on social media about the way this incident appears at first glance. However, with the facts the officers were dealing with at the time, including dispatch information and assessment of the scene, they responded to the incident in an appropriate manner. Officers are trained to speak clear, simple commands in the hopes that officers can be understood when they are dealing with people on calls. It is always our goal to have a safe outcome for all citizens and officers, no matter the circumstances.”
The Coons Rapid Police Department also posted an audio clip from dispatch discussing the call on its Facebook page.
Xiong was hospitalized with a bite

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West Virginia Woman Arrested for Blocking Cop from Shooting her Dog Files Lawsuit

Monday, January 30th, 2017

The West Virginia woman who was cleared on obstruction charges after standing between her dog and the cop who wanted to kill it has filed a lawsuit.
On May 9, 2015, West Virginia state trooper Seth Cook arrested Tiffanie Hupp, 24, on obstruction charges after she stepped between the trooper and her dog Buddy, who was chained to a tree on her family’s property and wagging his tail when Cook aimed his gun at the dog’s head attempting to shoot it.
Cook testified that he was not in fear for his life, but was only following training that required him to kill all dogs that approach him, even if they are wagging their tails.
The mother of two told Photography is Not a Crime the cops weren’t even called to her family’s property in Parkersburg for a dispute involving a dog.
Instead, they were there to mediate a tiff between her stepfather-in-law and his neighbor.
Hupp was acquitted by a jury on February, 29th, 2016 after her lawyer, David Schels, played a video of the incident taken by her husband Ryan before resting his case.
Video, included below, shows Cook walk on to Hupp’s property, draw his loaded gun and point it at Buddy’s head.
Cook orders Hupp, who was playing with her 3-year-old son Riley, to “control your dog now.”
When she quickly moves between the trooper and Buddy, attempting to protect the dog and her son from being traumatized from witnessing his dog being shot, Cook grabs Hupp, throws her against the ground, pushes her against his police cruiser and arrests her for obstructing an officer.

After arresting her, Cook entered the Hupp’s home without a warrant and confiscated all recording devices the event was potentially captured on.
“After he put me in the patrol car and arrested me, he just walks up to the trailer and up

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Wisconsin Deputy Slams 15 Shots of Vodka, Steals Man’s Sweatshirt, Passes Out in Patrol Car, Blames Bartender

Friday, January 20th, 2017

How many shots does it take for a cop to pass out in their patrol vehicle while in uniform and on-duty as a police dog helplessly sits in the backseat?
It took 15 shots of vodka for a Wisconsin deputy to do just that.
St. Croix County Sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Fowler ended up having a .23 blood alcohol content – nearly three times the legal limit.
In fact, Fowler still had the squad car in drive with his foot on the brake when responding officers found him passed out from his drunken stupor.
But he later blamed the bartender at the Comfort Inn for getting him drunk.
The incident took place in October 2016 but reports of the incident were only released until recently.
Deputy Fowler was in North Dakota as extra security reinforcement for the pipeline standoff. He was one of five deputies that were called from the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin.
A few hours before Deputy Fowler was suppose to report to duty, he downed at least 15 premium Vodka shots at the Comfort Inn hotel where he and his colleagues were staying.
Additionally, Fowler had taken some sort of prescription medication.
Twincities reports that on October 12 around 11:30 p.m., after downing the shots, Fowler walked to his patrol car with his k-9 dog in an attempt to drive to the pipeline.
But he was too drunk to make it out of the parking lot.
He then became cold and offered to pay $5 for a random man’s sweatshirt. The man identified as Daylan Chasinghawk gave Fowler the sweatshirt but Fowler never coughed up the money.
That was when Chasinghawk called police to report that a deputy stole his sweatshirt.
Once police arrived at the hotel, they found Fowler in his patrol car drunk with the transmission in drive, his foot on the brake, and the doors locked. Officers had to

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WATCH: Washington DC Cops Shoot and Kill Man Under Questionable Circumstances

Monday, January 9th, 2017

Washington D.C. police released two body cam videos Wednesday showing them shooting and killing a man with a knife during a family gathering on Christmas Day.
But the videos beg the question as to whether they had to kill him.
After all, they had already cleared the home of all people except Gerald “Javon” Hall, the 29-year-old man holding the knife, who police say was threatening to kill his girlfriend with a knife.
But seconds before he was shot and killed, he shoved his girlfriend out the door and closed it.
She then sat down on the doorstep, not appearing to be afraid that he would open the door and start stabbing her, even though it does appear as if her arm is bleeding.
“Please don’t shoot his crazy ass,” she says.
But they did just that less than a second later.
Now more family members are saying he did not have a knife.
According to WJLA:
Hall’s family claims the body cam footage authorities allowed them to watch disputes what police say actually occurred.
“On this video [you will] hear the officer say, ‘Put the knife down, put the knife down, put the knife down!’” said Q James, Hall’s cousin. “But you will also not see a knife in his hand to put down.”
“I am absolutely certain – absolutely certain – that he did not have a knife,” Hall’s sister, Riquita McCain, said after watching the video. “I have no idea why that man shot my brother.”
Hall’s family says his girlfriend is in the video and that she tells officers he did not have a knife.
And a cursory view of the videos suggest he did not have a knife because his girlfriend’s sister suggests that she now has the knife he had been holding, apparently not realizing he picked up a second knife.
“He doesn’t have a knife,” she says to

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Washington Cops Shoot and Kill Mentally Ill Pregnant Native American Mother during “Wellness Check”

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Washington cops responding to a “wellness check” at the home of a pregnant Native American woman in Washington on Muckleshoot tribal lands shot and killed the mother of three, claiming she had a handgun when they arrived on Friday.
“It’s really upsetting because it was a wellness check,” said Danielle Bargala, Renee Davis’ foster sister.
“Obviously, she didn’t come out of it well.”
But her sister says Davis was an avid hunter who owned hunting rifles, but not a handgun, according to the New York Daily News.
One of 23-year-old Renee Davis’ relatives called the sheriff’s department after receiving a text from her saying she wasn’t doing well who might be suicidal and armed with a rifle.
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Davis reportedly suffered an ongoing battle with depression.
King County Sheriff Deputies in Washing shot 23-year-old Native American Renee Davis, a pregnant mother of three.
Sheriff’s records show two deputies responding to the call encountered the young mother with a handgun and her two children inside the home when they arrived around 6:30 p.m. that evening.
Nobody answered when deputies knocked on the door of her home, but they said they could see two children inside.
The two deputies entered the home anyway to conduct a “wellness check” and reportedly found her with a handgun.
Both deputies fired into her several times, killing her. But the department has not released how many times she had been shot.
Neighbors arrived at the scene after learning Renee Davis had been fatally shot by King County Sheriff Deputies.
Medics arrived to the scene, but Davis was pronounced dead.
A spokeswoman for the King County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Cindi West  said, “deputies responded to the house. They knocked on the door; nobody answered. They tried repeatedly to get somebody to come to the door; nobody did. But they could see the two kids running around inside the house. They entered the house to do a welfare check to check on the woman

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Award-Winning Florida Cop Indicted for Shooting into Occupied Home After Dispatched to Wrong Address

Friday, October 21st, 2016

An award-winning Florida cop who fired into an occupied home after responding to a wrong address, forcing an innocent family out at gunpoint in the middle of the night and ordering them to sit handcuffed on the curb for ten hours, was indicted by a grand jury.
Ocoee police officer Carlos Anglero turned himself in Thursday evening, according to WKMG in Orlando.
There is still no word on whether the other officer who fired into the Central Florida home, Stephanie Roberts, will also be indicted. Both were already under investigation by internal affairs prior to the shooting.
The incident took place at around 1 a.m. on February 6, 2016 when dispatchers sent the officers to the wrong address on a domestic violence call because of a spelling error.
The actual address was a home on Bent Grass Avenue, but the dispatcher typed in “Bend Grass Avenue,” which did not come up in the system.
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So the dispatcher sent the officers to Belhaven Falls Drive, figuring that was close enough, even though it was a half-mile from Bent Grass Avenue, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
The officers pulled up to the home and began banging on the front door, rousing a husband, wife and 12-year-old son from their sleep.
When the husband demanded to know who was at the door, he received no answer, so he assumed they were burglars trying to break into his home.
The man then retrieved a gun as the cops began shining lights into his home, which made them fear for their lives.
“Gun!” one of the cops yelled before both cops opened fire.
The family then hit the ground as bullets tore into their home.
It does not appear as if the cops ever made it to the correct address where the domestic violence was taking

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Austin Cops Shoot Woman Holding BB Gun After Husband Called 911, Asking for Mental Health Experts

Monday, October 17th, 2016

A Texas man called police asking for a mental health officer because his wife was acting erratic.
The mental health officers showed up and killed his wife.
Austin police say they had to kill Micah D’sheigh Jester because they were in fear for their lives because she was holding a BB gun that looked real.
They say she wanted to be killed, telling them, “shoot me, shoot me, kill me,” according to Fox 7.
Even after she had been shot and was laying on the ground, police said she kept pointing the gun, telling police, “kill me.”
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And police did just that, shooting her several more times. The 26-year-old woman was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police said they have audio recordings of the shooting, but no video. They have not released the audio recordings.
The incident took place just before 4 a.m. Sunday at the Summer Valley apartment complex.
According to KXAN:
The two officers who shot Jester were identified by the department as Deborah Lindeman, a mental health officer, and Richard Smith. Both have been with the department for around three years.
Asst. Chief Troy Gay said the officers gave Jester commands to drop the weapon, but she moved towards them while pointing the gun at Lindeman and Smith. The officers then fired their weapons. As Jester was lying on the ground, police say she was still moving after being shot and she still “had the weapon in her hand pointing at the direction of the officers.” Fearing they were still in danger, Gay says the officers fired several more shots.
Jester was the mother of two children, including a 4-year-old and a recently born baby.
The shooting death was the eighth this year by Austin police. In July of last year, Austin police shot and killed

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Georgia Deputies who Tasered Man to Death on Video won’t be Charged

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

The Georgia deputies who tasered a man to death after his family called 911 for help will not face charges in what the family’s attorney calls “one of the most horrible decisions” he’s ever seen a district attorney make.
The tasering death was captured on body cam footage worn by the Coweta County sheriff’s deputies, showing them repeatedly taser Chase Sherman until he finally dies.
“Ok, I’m dead. I’m dead,” Sherman tells them as the life escapes him.
But the deputies kept tasering him, telling him to “stop fighting” and “stop resisting” while piling their weight on him.
“I’m dead, I’m dead,” Sherman reiterated.
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And then he died.
Deputies Samuel Smith and Joshua Sepanski tasered him 15 times before he died.
The incident took place on November 15, 2015, but the video was not released until February, where it quickly went viral.
Sherman was in a car with his family, including his parents and fiancee, when he began acting erratically, an apparent result of synthetic marijuana he had ingested.
At one point, he bit his fiancee and hopped out the car, which was when the family called 911 for help.
But as we’ve seen so many times, that call for help only made things worse.
The United States Department of Justice is also investigating and have not made a determination, according to the Newman Times-Herald.
“It’s absolutely the worst investigation I have ever seen in my entire career,” said the family’s attorney, Chris Stewart.
 
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California Man Calls Cops for Help; Pasadena Cops Show up and Kill him

Friday, September 30th, 2016

In what has become a daily theme, a bipolar California man called police for help early Friday morning, only for Pasadena police to show up and kill him.
The man has been identified as Reginald Thomas, who was having a mental episode, but when police showed up, he refused to drop a knife and a fire extinguisher.
That promoted police to taser him twice, then strike him several times with their batons and repeatedly kick him until he died.
According to KTLA:
Two 911 calls came from the home, the first at about 2 a.m., Katz said. The second one indicated a family disturbance, possession of a knife and the use of narcotics, and a “struggle” could be heard over the phone, the captain said.
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Lindsay, meanwhile, said two officers came to the home and told Thomas to put down a knife and a fire extinguisher, but he did not respond because “he was out of it.”
They twice used a Taser on him, and he finally dropped the fire extinguisher but then shut the door on the officers, she said. The officers pried open the door, Lindsay said, and then told her to leave as the altercation escalated.
“They was wrestling with him, was kicking him in the head and beating him with the baton stick,” Lindsay said, crying. “Then, after that, they was doing CPR and then he was dead.”
Pasadena police released the following statement about the incident:

Pasadena Police received a call in the 200 Block of East Orange Grove Blvd., at about 2:20 A.M., regarding a domestic disturbance with a suspect at the location armed with a knife. Officers responded to the scene and encountered an African American male adult armed with a knife. The suspect did not comply with Officers orders

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California Cop Involved in Alfred Olango Shooting Death is Serial Dick Texter who Should have been Fired

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016

One of the El Cajon cops involved in Tuesday’s shooting death of an unarmed mentally ill man is renowned for texting photos of his genitals to female colleagues, resulting in a settlement with a fellow cop last year, according to a San Diego news station.
But that did not stop Richard Gonsalves from continuing the harassment against the officer who sued him, prompting her to file a second lawsuit against the officer last month.
While El Cajon police have not released the names of the two officers involved in the shooting – one who fired the fatal shots, the other who only tasered him – multiple sources have told 10 News that Gonsalves is one of them.
And if he turns out to be the cop that killed Alfred Olango, who witnesses say was unarmed and begging not to be shot, the police department is going to have some serious explaining to do considering he should have been fired long ago.
According to a 10 News article posted last month:
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Just months after settling a sexual harassment lawsuit against one of her co-workers, an El Cajon police officer says the “vile” conduct continues.
Officer Tina Greer is suing the city of El Cajon and Officer Richard Gonsalves, claiming she has been subjected to a hostile work environment since returning to the department after her first lawsuit was settled.
The second lawsuit, filed Tuesday, claims Greer faces emotional and mental distress on the job while members of the department have retaliated against her. That retaliation includes comments made by male officers, spit on her locker and being forced to work in the same place as Gonsalves, the man who she claimed in her first lawsuit sexually harassed her.
“He should have been fired,” said Greer’s attorney, Dan Gilleon. “I

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California Cops Shoot Unarmed Man, then Confiscate Phones from Witnesses who Recorded Incident

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016

California cops responded to a call of a man acting “erratically” this afternoon, only for him not to “comply,” which was when they shot him several times.
El Cajon police then confiscated phones from witnesses who may have recorded the shooting.
The 30-year-old man, who was unarmed, was apparently having a seizure, which was when his sister called police for help, according to witnesses.
“I called you to help me but you killed my brother,” the woman says in a video that can be seen here as well as below.
“Why couldn’t you guys tase him? Why why why why?”
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Another video recorded by local media shows witnesses saying the man was unarmed and had his arms outstretched to his sides when he was shot several times.

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According to NBC San Diego:
Witnesses at local businesses detailed some of what they witnessed Tuesday afternoon.
Maria, an employee at Los Panchos in El Cajon, said she was working when she saw and heard the shooting.
She said police came into the restaurant and took all all phones from employees after the shooting and told employees not to talk to anyone, according to Maria.
One of her coworkers captured video of the shooting, but her cell phone was confiscated by police, Maria said.
It is illegal for police to confiscate phones without a warrant or subpoena unless there are exigent circumstances, according to the United States Department of Justice, which would be if the officer has a strong suspicion that the witness is going to destroy the footage.
But history shows it is police who destroy footage after they confiscate it from witnesses, not the other way around.
Police say they transported the man to a hospital, so he apparently is still alive at this

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Maryland Man Calls 911 for Medical Emergency, Only to be Killed by Responding Cops

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

A distraught 21-year-old Maryland man called 911 for help last Sunday, thinking an ambulance would transport him to the hospital, only for Baltimore County police to arrive and kill him.
It was a common scenario considering the number of people killed in this country after their family members call 911 for a medical emergency.
But Tawon Boyd’s case is unique in that he was the one who called 911 for help.
Baltimore County police, however, tried to spin the story by saying it was his girlfriend who called for help, which evidently was done to give the impression that Boyd was completely out of touch with reality and needed to die.
But Baltimore County police ended up admitted to lying when Boyd’s family confronted them with the truth.
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From the news reports, it appears as if Boyd was having a mental episode or perhaps had ingested some drugs that did not set well with him. His girlfriend said that he had been drinking and smoking marijuana.
Neither scenario should justify his death, but it’s always a roll of the dice when you dial 911, even if it is a tax-funded service that is meant to help us.
According to the Guardian:
According to initial accounts by the Baltimore County police department, officers were responding to a 911 call placed by Boyd’s girlfriend, Deona Styron. But a lawyer for Boyd’s family, Latoya Francis-Williams, told a different story. She said Boyd called 911 himself because he was feeling disoriented and needed an ambulance.
“They really were supposed to be there to get him to the nearest healthcare facility,” Francis-Williams said.
After being questioned on the discrepancy, the police department updated its account, saying: “Police originally thought the girlfriend was the caller because the information passed on to police from the dispatcher

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