Posts Tagged ‘Bad Cop, No Donut’

Rohnert Park Cop Acted “Reasonable” When He Pulled Gun on Man With Camera

Friday, October 30th, 2015
After an almost three-month investigation, Rohnert Park officials determined the cop who pulled a gun on a man recording him acted “reasonable” and therefore will not be disciplined.
After all, they said, the cop was doing his due diligence in keeping the neighborhood safe, investigating culprits violating city parking codes, when he came across the man with the camera.
And that, of course, made Rohnert Park police officer Dave Rodriguez fear for his life.
According to the just released statement from the Northern California city:
The Officer was in the neighborhood in response to complaints that someone in the neighborhood was violating City

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Canadian Cops Intimidate Videographer by Crowding His Personal Space, Claiming it is Their Right

Friday, October 30th, 2015
Americans tend to think of Canadian cops as the kinder, gentler version of the short-tempered, trigger-happy, civil rights violating officers that make up much of the police departments in the United States.
But every once in a while, we are reminded that they can be just as bad.
Just over a week ago, we saw a video of a Canadian cop running over a dog several times before stepping out and shooting it to death in his attempt to keep the neighborhood safe from coyotes.
But that dog was somebody’s pet, a deaf, blind German Shepard/Australian cattle dog that had slipped through an

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Salt Lake City Police Sued Over Shooting Death of Dillon Taylor, 20-Year-Old Unarmed Man Wearing Headphones

Friday, October 30th, 2015
The family of Dillon Taylor is suing the Salt Lake City Police Department for fatally shooting their unarmed son.
Officer Bron Cruz shot Taylor on August 11, 2014 outside a convenience store at the intersection of 2100 South and State Street. The shooting was captured on body cam.
Prosecutors never filed charges against the officer, citing the shooting as justified with Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill saying that “given the facts of the the case and the body-cam video, the officer made the right decision to use deadly force.”
A 911 call was made claiming Taylor, his brother and his

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Alabama Man Records Himself Getting Stopped and Frisked for Walking Down Street

Friday, October 30th, 2015
Dressed in his Subway uniform, Deonte Lynn had just gotten off work and was walking down the street on his way to return a Redbox movie when he was confronted by an Alabama cop who didn’t like the way he was walking.
At least that’s what the cop said, but Lynn believes he was stopped because he is black.
And it certainly seems that way because the cop was unable to articulate a reasonable suspicion that he had committed a crime.
Not that the cop would let that minor detail stop him from detaining Lynn for 30 minutes after frisking him and

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Ohio Police Assault Man for Recording, Who Then Tells Them, “Say Hello to YouTube, Motherfuckers”

Friday, October 30th, 2015
Police in Ohio arrested a man in July, claiming he rolled up on them on his bicycle as they were conducting an investigation and began yelling profanities at them.
But now that they’ve released his camera, we can see they lied.
The video shows he only yelled profanities at them after they assaulted him for recording.
We can also see they also lied to him when they told him it was illegal to record a juvenile without parental permission.
Parma police ended up charging Deo Odolecki of Cleveland Cop Block with disorderly conduct and obstruction, charges that are still pending.
But charges that should

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Los Angeles to Pay $2.5 Million Settlement to Children of Mentally Ill Woman Killed in LAPD Custody

Saturday, October 17th, 2015
Battling drug addiction and mental illness, Alesia Thomas dropped her two children off at a Los Angeles police station in July 2012, telling them to walk inside and ask for help because she was no longer able to support them.
The two children, ages 12 and 3, wandered into the building at 2 a.m., surprising an officer who was on-duty, telling him that their mother did not want them anymore and that they had not eaten for two days.
LAPD tracked Thomas down to her home and arrested her for child abandonment; cuffing her hands and shackling her legs; beating, punching and

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Texas Man Plays “Fuck the Police” for Cops Who Pulled Him Over for Retaliatory Purposes While Remaining Silent

Friday, October 16th, 2015
It was after midnight when Phillip Turner spotted a group of cops surrounding a shirtless man sitting on a sidewalk in Arlington last month.
As he usually does, the Texas man pulled over, stepped out and stood across the street video recording; not saying a word, not interfering, not doing anything illegal.
That prompted one Arlington police officer to cross the street and inform Turner that he did not appreciate him being there because the man they were speaking to had mental health issues and it was a private matter, even though he was sitting on a public sidewalk.
“You can go

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Arkansas Family Tasered and Beaten While Walking Dog Settles for $225,000

Friday, October 16th, 2015
On the evening of September 13, 2011, Eva Robinson and her 16-year-old son, Matthew Robinson, were walking their dog outside their Arkansas home in Dover when a police officer drove past them.
Thinking he may have known the cop, Matthew waved at Dover Deputy Marshall Steven Payton in an iconic small-town gesture expected in a town of less than 1,500.
In response to the polite wave, Payton turned on his patrol lights and confronted Matthew, accusing him of being on drugs, finding it suspicious that he would keep one hand in is pocket while waving with the other.
Feeling “outnumbered,” Payton would then order

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San Bernardino Deputies Once Again Caught on News Copter Video Beating Non-Resisting Man

Friday, October 16th, 2015
For the second time this year, a hovering news copter captured San Bernardino sheriff’s deputies beating and punching a man on the ground who already had his hands behind his back.
The incident took place earlier today at around 11:30 a.m. after a stolen vehicle chase led deputies into Los Angeles County as a KTLA Sky5 helicopter captured the moments leading up to the arrest of a man named Donovan Gardner.
One deputy was pointing a gun at him while a second deputy approaches the man to place him in handcuffs.
But not without getting a few punches in first.
Once the deputies are on top

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Study: Tasers Are Not Nearly as Safe for Community as Police Proclaim

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
As the Berkeley City Council in California toys around with the idea of allowing cops to carry tasers, a new study published by Stanford Law School earlier this week questions the effectiveness of tasers and other electronic control weapons.
The Berkeley Police Department is pushing the use of tasers in its department, but cannot move forward without the green light from the city council.
The new study questions if the use of tasers actually reduces the use of lethal force by cops.
Or do they just allow cops to torture suspects, whether they end up killing them or not?
The law school’s Justice

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NYPD Confiscates Cell Phone Video of Fatal Encounter with Emotionally Disturbed Man, Refusing to Release It

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
On June 8th of this year, Mario Ocasio died during an encounter with New York City police in his own apartment.
The NYPD story and witness accounts of what happened differed in the immediate aftermath.
However, there likely would have been little room for discrepancies if the NYPD had not unlawfully confiscated cell phone video of the entire incident and refused to release it to the victim’s family and the public.
(Petition: Demand the NYPD release the video of their fatal encounter with Mario Ocasio)
What is not disputed is that ten NYPD officers went to Ocasio’s apartment responding to a call about an

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Arlington Police Attack Man with Camera for Recording Complaint Process, Now Refuse to Provide Surveillance Video

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
On Wednesday, September 30th, Phillip Turner walked into the lobby of the Arlington Police Department in Texas to file a complaint regarding a confrontation with two police officers from the night before.
The process took an unexpected turn when a simple exercise in processing paperwork led to a physical altercation and trip to the hospital for Turner.
In the video, shot by Turner and uploaded to Youtube, Turner can be seen calmly requesting information on the officers, their badge numbers and requesting the paperwork to file a complaint. The desk officer directs Turner to the records office to submit a video

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South Carolina Cops Caught on Video Kicking and Punching Man

Thursday, October 15th, 2015
Two South Carolina police officers are coming under fire after a video surfaced of them kicking and punching a man severely, prompting an internal investigation.
According to an incident report from the Spartanburg Police Department, law enforcement officials got a call Sunday of an alleged domestic spat between a man, the mother of his child and several other members of her family.
Terrell, 29, was arrested  and charged with two counts of simple assault and trespassing after he refused to be patted down for weapons. Both officers are seen restraining Terrell and knocking him down to the ground.
Terrell told local daily

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Michigan Family of Teen Shot to Death by Cop After Flashing High Beams Files Lawsuit

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
On the night of February 28, 2015, a 17-year-old male named Deven Guilford flashed his high beams at a Michigan law enforcement officer, claiming the cop was blinding him with his own high beams.
That prompted Eaton County Sheriff’s Sergeant Jonathan Frost to pull the teenager over, who informed Guilford that he was the third person he had pulled over that night for the same thing, even though it is not illegal to momentarily flash high beams at another car, even if it  happens to be a cop.
Frost informed Guilford that he was driving a new patrol car with high-intensity headlights,

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Washington D.C. Cop Attack Teen, Then His Friend Recording the Altercation

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
In what is turning out to be a daily occurrence, a pair of cops were caught on video abusing a teenager for some unverified crime before turning to his friend recording the abuse and pouncing on him, forcing the camera off.
But the video survived and shows an infuriating scene of two white Washington D.C. cops on top of a black teen, ordering him to stop resisting as they twist his arms behind his neck and press his face into the sidewalk as the teen screams in pain, telling him he did not do anything illegal and that he is

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Ohio Cops Obtained Warrants to Rob Drug Dealers of More Than $100,000

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015
Reminiscent of the Denzel Washington movie ‘Training Day’, three Ohio police officers have been federally indicted for lying to judges to obtain search warrants against drug dealers.
Only to rob them in return.
In a case of greed and corruption, East Cleveland Police Sergeant Torris Moore along with detectives Antonio Malone and Eric Jones obtained warrants on false pretenses in order to rob known drug dealers upwards to $100,000 in cash.
All three officers were assigned to the street crimes unit between 2012 and June 2014. Apparently the officers saw their new job opportunity as a “get rich quick scheme.” The officers lied to

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NYPD Arrests Shawn Randall Thomas Again Before Abusing and Forcing Him into Psych Ward

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015
For the maybe the 12th time in recent years, he has long lost count, Shawn Randall Thomas ended up in jail again for questioning the authority of New York’s finest.
This time, he he was thrown in jail for three days and dragged on a jailhouse floor while handcuffed and leg-shackled, then placed in a psych ward after he was accused by two NYPD cops of entering a subway station in Brooklyn without paying the fare.
He did pay the fare. Even had the receipt to prove it. But he has long stop trying to prove his innocence to the New

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Pittsburgh Cop Body Slams Chicago Cubs Fan, While Pirates Staffer Assaults Photographer Recording Scene

Monday, October 12th, 2015
Just because the home team is losing an important playoff game, doesn’t give anyone the right to abuse visiting fans, especially not staffers for the hometown team, and certainly not the police.
Unfortunately, the Pittsburgh Pirates organization’s security acted shamefully, assisting a Pittsburgh police officer body slam a Chicago Cubs fan for no reason.
The Pirates employee assaulted an innocent citizen recording the violent assault and battery of his friend in a video you can see below.
This isn’t the first time Pittsburgh police have used force in PNC Park either.
It all started when the man identified only as “Dimitri” got on TV with

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NBA Player Acquitted of False Charges After NYPD Maliciously Broke His Leg; Sports Media Largely Silent

Friday, October 9th, 2015
The New York Police Department is out of control, and the New York City prosecutors are right there with them.
In a case of unbelievable police and prosecutorial abuse of power, the NYPD broke an NBA player’s leg last April for “contempt of cop,” and prosecutors decided to ignore the evidence and slap Thabo Sefolosha with three criminal charges anyway.
Today, Sefolosha was acquitted of the charges against him in a trial that shows what a mockery the New York City police and justice departments have become.
On April 8, 2015, Sefolosha and his then-teammate with the Atlanta Hawks, Pero Antić, were leaving a

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Los Angeles Man Shot in Face by LAPD After Asking for Help Makes First Public Appearance

Friday, October 9th, 2015
Nearly four months after Los Angeles police officers shot a man in the face who had been asking for their help, handcuffing him as his brains spilled out of his head, the man has come forward and spoken to the media.
Walter DeLeon was left permanently brain-damaged. Blind in one eye. Deaf in one ear. Unable to feed, dress or go to the bathroom by himself.
But he is still able to think for himself, telling reporters that all he had in his hands that day was a bottle of water and a towel.
However, in the eyes of LAPD, it looked as

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Florida Cops Arrest Woman for Recording, Refusing to Return Her Phone, Claiming They Never Had It

Friday, October 9th, 2015
Jacksonville sheriff’s officers arrested a woman who was video recording them while standing in front of a convenience store, confiscating her phone and refusing to give it back, even after she was released from jail – claiming they never had it in their possession.
But they probably were not expecting her attorney to obtain a surveillance video of the arrest, showing officers pouncing on her, even though she was not physically interfering.
However, that is exactly what they accused her of doing when they arrested her last summer.
On July 15, 2015, Kelli Wilson, 28, had pulled up to a convenience store

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South Carolina Police Agrees to $6.5 Million Settlement to Family of Man Shot in Back

Friday, October 9th, 2015
In what is being called the largest settlement of its kind in South Carolina, the family of Walter Scott will receive a $6.5 million settlement after an approval by the North Charleston City Council Thursday night.
Scott, of course, was the man shot in the back in April while running away from a traffic stop after being pulled over for a broken taillight.
He had a warrant out for his arrest for failure to pay child support and did not want to go to jail.
Now his four children should have enough money to last them well into adulthood.
According to CNN:
Scott had

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Louisiana Cops Shoot Man in Back, then Confiscate Video Witness Says Contradicts Police Version

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
In the early evening hours of September 12, Tevin Lewis and Robert Stewart were standing outside of a home on Sonny Street with several other men in the Best Subdivision in North Lafayette.
Witnesses to the incident say police rolled up on the two and jumped out of their patrol units with guns drawn.  Lewis began running and police, who were serving an arrest warrant on Stewart, gave chase.
Lewis is said to have ran through several back yards and jumped at least one fence before police opened fire on the fleeing man and shot him in the back.  They said he had

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Connecticut Cops Blast Own Empty Car in Fear For Lives, Face State Firearms Charges

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Two Connecticut cops were hanging out together off-duty when suddenly, they feared for their lives, drew their firearms and hosed down a suspicious car in their driveway.
Too bad the car was empty.
And belonged to one of the officers.
Then the Darien Police Department did something even more shocking.
Darien police asked the Connecticut State Police to investigate the incident, leading to charges against the two officers for second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree breach of peace and unlawful discharge of a firearm under state law.
It’s no shock that an independent investigation would find probable cause to charge the two officers for these actions.
James Martin

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Minnesota Cop Caught on Video Hitting Teen in Face for Talking on Phone

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
A Minnesota police officer unlawfully pushed and hit a 19-year-old man last Saturday. Now, the community is demanding answers from the Richfield Police Department. Video of the incident can below.
Kamal Gelle, who is Somalian, was pulled over for careless driving, and was given a citation. Gelle drove a short distance away from the incident and proceeded to get out of his vehicle after the initial encounter was over. The video shows him standing on a public sidewalk talking on his cell phone.
The officer, who has not yet been identified, then approaches Gelle and can be heard yelling, “Move along! Move

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Drunk Las Vegas Cop Arrested for Punching Citizen after DUI Crash, Pulling Gun on Witnesses

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
Drunk driving and cops don’t mix.
Just ask Sergeant Anthony Russo of the Las Vegas Police Department.
Russo was arrested last month for pulling his gun on a citizen during a car crash that Russo created in his drunken stupor. If that wasn’t bad enough, Russo also punched the citizen victim.
The 20-year veteran is president of the department’s Police Officer’s Association.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that Russo crashed his white SUV into a midsize sedan at the intersection of Sunset Road and the 215 Beltway.
The Nevada Highway Patrol determined that the Las Vegas cop was at fault.
Russo reportedly ran a red

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Cell Phone Video Clears Canadian Man of Assault Charges Despite Phone Going Missing in Police Custody

Thursday, October 8th, 2015
These days, a simple cell phone can make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal.
At least it did for Abdi Sheik-Qasim, who was cleared of assault charges thanks to a video he recorded of the interaction he had last year with two Toronto-based cops.
The best part?
Despite the phone going missing while in police custody, it instantly uploaded a duplicate copy of the 10-second video clip directly to Sheik-Qasim’s email, giving him the proof necessary to clear his name.
“It saved my life, or at least a lot of headaches,” Sheik-Qasim told The Toronto Star, who broke the news last

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New Hampshire Cop Caught Slamming Teenager’s Face into Wall Given Special “Capped” Deal

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Mark Richardson was caught on video slamming a nineteen-year-old Michael Bergeron’s face into a wall.
While most people would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for such a brutal act, jailed for at least a year, Richardson luckily had a get-out-of-jail-free card.
He was a Seabrook police officer, after all.
That enabled the New Hampshire cop to receive a “capped” sentence, meaning he will only serve 21 days in jail instead of the maximum five years he was facing.
And he may not even have to serve the 21 days. That will be determined during his sentencing November 12.
The incident took place

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Wisconsin Police Arrested Man For Facebook Comments, Lawsuit Settlement Costs $43 Per Resident

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015
Speaking freely on social media is not a crime.
Posting angry Facebook comments on police departments’ official pages isn’t a crime either, it’s protected by the 1st Amendment.
A $35,000 legal settlement will cost residents of Wisconsin’s Village of Arena each $43 per man woman and child.
Because Wisconsin police violated a man’s First Amendment rights to post comments on their public Facebook page – which isn’t customized anymore, but still accepts review and comments.
The Arena Police Department arrested 23 year old Thomas G. Smith three years ago for Disorderly Conduct and other charges because of two FB comments.
It was a callous act of censorship.
One must now wonder what Village

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Four Kentucky Cops Charged With Raping and Sodomizing Same Teenage Girl With One Accepting Plea Deal Guaranteeing No Sex Offender Registration

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015
Four Kentucky cops, Stratford Young, Todd Matti, Jerry Clanton and Chris Woosley, have all been criminally charged with having sex with the same 15-year-old girl.  All officers involved forcefully resigned or were fired.
Young, the first officer to have sex with the girl before introducing her to the other officers, pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful transactions with a minor last week.
Initially, the former Kentucky state trooper was facing rape and sodomy charges. The deal also ensures that Young will not have to register as a sex offender.
Nor does it appear as if he will serve jail time, although his

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