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Watch: Kansas Police Captain Arrested for Hitting Teenage Referee During Basketball Game

Wednesday, January 24th, 2018

It is all fun and games until someone gets hurt. A police captain in Wichita, Kansas got angered at a female teenage referee and ran on the game court deciding to take matters into his own hands.
And it was all caught on video, as seen here.
Now the Wichita police captain has been arrested for battery and disorderly conduct.
KWCH 12 reports that the incident occurred on January 13 at a youth league basketball game in which Captain Kevin Mears shoved a 17-year-old girl refereeing the game.
Mears didn’t agree with a call and ran on to the court to grab his son off the court, but the teenage referee blew the whistle to alert Mears to leave the court. Angered at the teen referee for doing her job, Mears decided to push the young girl.
The teenage ref then ordered Mears off the court yelling, “Get out, get out!” Mears yells back shouting, “Get out of my way.”
It appears Mears can dish out orders, but can’t take them.
In a statement, Augusta City Prosecutor Benjamin Winters said:
“The case was investigated by the Augusta Department of Public Safety. The investigation included numerous witness statements as well as video evidence. I would stress that at this point these charges are merely allegations, and Mr. Mears is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty”
The Wichita police Department released this statement:
“In accordance with a new directive Mears remains on unpaid leave pending the outcome of criminal proceedings and an internal review. According to policy we will review the incident to determine if department policies were violated, after the completion of the criminal proceedings.”
Mears is the head of the Wichita Police Department’s East Patrol bureau. Mears is now on unpaid leave.  He faces a first court appearance on both charges at 1 p.m. Feb. 13.
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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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Video Captures Transit Officer Asking Individual His Immigration Status, Officer Fired

Monday, May 29th, 2017

Sunday, May 14, 2017, Ricardo Levins Morales captures a Minneapolis Metro Transit Officer on video, asking a man under suspicion of not paying his fare for the train, about his immigration status. Mr Morales then interjects and asks, “if they are authorized to act as immigration police?” the officer simply shrugs his shoulders, as if he did not know if he is or if he is not. The Officer then responds “No, Not Necessarily” Then Morales continues and tells the Officer that “it is very touchy, legal territory” the Officer responds as if he did not hear Morales, so he repeats himself, “ I would stay out of that, it is touchy legal territory” and “ I would not act in behalf of another agency, if , I were not legally empowered to do so “ the Officer’s response “Okay”.
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Metro Transit’s Police Chief John Harrington release a statement…….

 
 
Without this video, this individual would still be employed and able to continue acting outside his scope of authority, creating issues in the community and liabilities for his employer. Chief Harrington should be commended on his swift decision to terminate this person.
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WATCH: Minneapolis Cop Charged for Kicking Man in Face and Lying About It

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

These days it is not uncommon for cops to get arrested for assault.
But Officer Christopher Reiter, 36, of the Minneapolis Police Department took things way too far when he kicked Mohamed Osman while he was already down on the ground.
Osman suffered severe brain injuries, brain bleeding and ended up with fractures in his face, including sinus fractures in his nose.
Because of the injuries, Osman is unable to work.
The on-duty assault occurred in Spring 2016, but Reiter was not arrested until March 15, 2017 after he and fellow officers lied about what had taken place that night – only for a surveillance video to expose their lies.
According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
In reports they filed after the incident, Domek wrote that as he approached Osman, he ordered him to get on the ground. Domek then wrote that he moved toward Osman “in an effort to push him to the ground to get him in handcuff position. While doing so, I felt resistance from the male, causing me to believe that he was going to attempt to fight as he had just been involved in a violent assault.”
In his report, Reiter said when the other officers ordered Osman out of the vehicle, “I could see [Osman] pushing off the ground.
“I made a split second decision and kicked [Osman] in the face one time with the top flat part of my boot.”
Reiter is charged with third-degree assault, but prosecutors plan to raise the charge to first-degree assault. The Minneapolis Police Department fired Reiter in Janurary 2017.
It all started in May 2016 when officers responded to a domestic violence call involving Osman and his girlfriend. The two were having dinner and an argument ensued about Osman’s wife.
Osman then hit his girlfriend several times and she called police. When police arrived to the couple’s apartment, they

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Michigan Sheriff Backs Staff who Forced Woman to Give Birth on Dirty Jail Floor

Monday, February 13th, 2017

A Michigan sheriff is defending a county jail’s decision to withhold treatment from a woman who gave birth in a jail after staff members refused to believe she was going into labor.
A lawmaker is now urging state investigators to look at the case, the same jail previously probed by federal investigators for the deaths of two inmates refused hospitalization in the past four years.
Jessica Preston was pulled over in March last year for a rosary hanging from her rear view mirror that police claimed obstructed her view of the mirror. After police discovered her license was suspended, she was arrested and a judge ordered her to pay $10,000 cash bond for her first-ever driving offense. She was also ordered to appear in court five days later.
Eight months pregnant and unable to post her bond, Preston spent the next five days at a Detroit-area Macomb County jail where she says she went into childbirth without being allowed to see a doctor.
As jail surveillance video shows, Preston was denied medical attention three times by jail staffers who believed she was lying before a deputy finally allowed her to wait in the jail’s medical area.
“(They said), ‘We don’t believe you,” Preston told WDIV. “‘We think you’re lying and you’re not in labor. We’d be able to tell. There are certain things that are more apparent, so go back to your cell.’”
Preston said blood was running down her leg by her third visit with jail staffers, who declined to allow her to be treated at a hospital. Minutes later, Preston was attended by jail staff as she gave birth to five-pound Elijah on a jail resting mat.
“When I was on the floor, like, ‘Please don’t let me have this baby in here. Please just call an ambulance,’” Preston told WDIV.
“I pushed him out right

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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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Wisconsin Sheriff David Clarke Detains Man for Looking at Him the Wrong Way on Airplane

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke had a man detained for looking at him the wrong way on an airplane Sunday.  Or for mocking him over a football game.
Or, if you believe the sheriff, for making him fear for his life.
“Next time he or anyone else pulls this stunt on a plane they may get knocked out,” the sheriff said in a statement. “I do not have to wait for some goof to assault me.”
Either way, Dan Black, 24, has filed an internal affairs complaint against the sheriff.
Black said the incident took place as he boarded a plane in Dallas to Milwaukee and spotted the sheriff sitting in first class decked out in Dallas Cowboy attire, according to WISN. Law enforcement sources told the news station that they were told to detain Black because he had mocked the sheriff.
The Cowboys had just lost a playoff game against the Green Bay Packers and Black was surprised that the Wisconsin sheriff was a Cowboys fan.
So Black asked the sheriff if he was the famous David Clarke. Sheriff Clarke responded with a yes.
Black, apparently frustrated that a Milwaukee resident was cheering for the Cowboys instead of the local Packers, shook his head in disapproval as he walked pass the sheriff on the plane.
He also said he is not a fan of the sheriff anyway, who made headlines as one of the few black Americans that spoke at the 2016 Republican National Convention in support of Donald Trump
Black continued walking down the aisle to his seat in commercial class when the sheriff asked, “Is there a problem?”. Black said no, shook his head, and continued to walk away.
But the sheriff was infuriated that someone had the audacity to shake their head at him, so he had his deputies meet Black at the terminal after the plane landed in Milwaukee.
When Black stepped

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WATCH: Iowa Cop Leaves Man Paralyzed During Traffic Stop

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

After being shot three times by an Iowa cop during a traffic stop on November 1, Jerime Mitchell is now paralyzed from the neck down.
Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden announced this week that no charges will be filed against the shooting officer after a grand jury declined to return an indictment against Cedar Rapids police officer Lucas Jones.
However, the grand jury arrived at that decision without obtaining statements from Mitchell, even though his lawyer insists she tried for several weeks to set up an interview with investigators and her client.
The grand jury also arrived at that decision without hearing a recorded conversation between Jones and Mitchell during the traffic stop because the officer’s body-worn microphone was not recording.
Vander Sanden said it is likely the microphone’s rechargeable battery had died because the charge only lasts four hours and the officer was four hours and 15 minutes into his shift, according to The Gazette.
So the grand jury had only a dash cam video to based its decision on.
However, Vander Sanden said he will not file charges against Mitchell even though police found a pound of marijuana, digital scales and $1,500 in cash in his truck because it would not “serve any purpose of justice” considering he is already paralyzed.
The video  shows Jones pulling over Mitchell on November 1 at 1 a.m. because Mitchell’s license plate lights were not working. Jones exits his K-9 patrol vehicle and approaches Mitchell’s vehicle.
Words are exchanged but the dash cam video does not capture them and the officers’ s microphone was not working.
Jones then gestures for Mitchell to exit the vehicle. As Mitchell exits, Jones attempts to place his hands behind his back, but Mitchell resists and an all-out brawl ensues.
During the struggle, Jones remotely opens his doors to allow his police dog to attack Mitchell. The police dog

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REHIRED: Minnesota Deputy Convicted Of Drunkenly Beating K9 Partner After Groping Casino Patrons

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

A Minnesota sheriff’s deputy who was convicted of animal cruelty on his own K9 service dog in a video recorded beating has been rehired by the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office.
The Law Enforcement Labor Services police union fought to keep the convicted criminal cop Brett Barry on public payrolls.
State arbitrator Gil Vernon decided that the deputy will be forgiven for his rampage, even though it was a drunken frenzy that would land any regular citizen in jail for assaulting a police officer – his K9 partner.
Ironically, Barry will now be paid to guard Ramsey County’s detention unit, instead of spending time behind its bars to repay society for his crime.
The Minnesota deputy didn’t just beat his dog either.
Deputy Barry’s drunken on-duty rampage included previously undisclosed sexual assaults by the 20-year veteran which remained buried in the Ramsey Sheriffs internal affairs records until today, seventeen months after the incident, according to the StarTribune:
Ramsey County sheriff’s deputy Brett A. Berry forcibly kissed and groped patrons at the Black Bear Casino before beating his K-9 partner in frustration several minutes later, according to documents released Tuesday. An internal affairs investigation into Berry’s actions on June 15, 2015, said that he acted in an “aggressive manner” toward three people while drinking at the casino’s Cobalt lounge in Carlton, Minn.
“His conduct in the Cobalt Lounge toward [redacted] patrons was disrespectful,” said the investigation report. “He agreed that his conduct … was inappropriate.” Berry, 49, of Oakdale, pleaded guilty in January to beating his K-9 partner, Boone, but the full extent of his unwanted advances at the bar hadn’t been disclosed until the sheriff’s office released documents from its investigation Tuesday.
Judging by the redacted blow-by-blow about “someone identified in the investigation only as “off duty [redacted],” whom he grabbed by the shirt.
When security confronted the deputy, he demanded, “Who the [expletive] am I harassing? I have a right

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Milwaukee Cop who Killed Sylville Smith Arrested for Raping Men

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

After a raw demonstration of Pulp Fiction-style, ludicrous behavior, Milwaukee police officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown was in court Thursday wearing handcuffs and an orange suicide suit as he waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Brown – the cop who shot and killed Sylville Smith in August, sparking a weekend of riots – was arrested in mid-October for raping two men as well as soliciting male prostitutes while he was off duty.
Fellow police officers searched Brown’s phone and discovered video of a sexual encounter with a man and text messages with male prostitutes discussing paying for sex.
Brown is charged with two counts of second degree sexual assault, two counts of prostitution, and one count of capturing an intimate representation without consent.
He has pleaded not guilty and remains on paid administrative leave.
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Officer Dominique Heaggan-Brown’s arrest photo
According to police and early reports from CBS Brown met up with a unidentified man at a bar in August whom he met on Facebook. The men had two long Island ice teas, three Tequilas and a pink drink.
The two were watching news coverage of Brown from when he shot and killed a man while he was on duty.
While watching the coverage, Brown purportedly was bragging that he could do whatever he wanted as a police officer.
Brown and the man left the bar drunk. The man describes remembering Brown attempting to have sex with him in a room on a bed, but the man told the officer no.
However, Brown continued to penetrate him.
Upon the man blacking out, Brown drove the man to St. Joseph’s Hospital around 4 a.m. As the man regained consciousness, he told hospital staff that Brown raped him.
Later that morning Brown sent a text message to a sergeant in his department who he deemed a mentor saying:
“I have

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Missouri won’t Exonerate Innocent Man Because He’s not on Death Row

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016

Eyewitness testimony from a 7-year-old girl who saw her mother stabbed to death was the “linchpin” that put Rodney Lincoln behind bars for life for the April 1982 murder of a St. Louis woman.
The deciding factor for the outcome is now doubting her own story, and she wants her mother’s supposed killer to go free.
On Tuesday the Missouri Court of Appeals Western District denied Rodney Lincoln a writ of habeas corpus that would have forced a retrial of his 1983 conviction.
In the opinion filed Tuesday by the Western District, the court agreed with the Cole County’s June ruling that Lincoln’s Constitutional right to due process was not threatened because he was not on death row.
Lincoln’s attorneys from the Midwest Innocence Project challenged the Constitutionality of Lincoln’s imprisonment using a 2003 case, State ex rel. Amrine v. Roper, in which Missouri man Joseph Amrine was wrongly convicted of a prison murder based on false witness testimony.
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The Missouri Supreme Court ordered a retrial when three witnesses subsequently recanted their statements. Amrine was released after prosecutors declined to retry him.
In 1982, JoAnn Tate was found stabbed to death in her St. Louis apartment, lying face down in a pool of blood. Tate’s daughters, then aged seven and four, were found stabbed but alive. The testimony of the older sibling, Melissa Davis (who now goes by Melissa DeBoer) was key to finding Lincoln guilty of murder and two counts of assault.
A relative identified Lincoln, who used to date Tate, as a suspect based on a composite sketch of the killer made with the help of Davis. Davis picked out Lincoln in his mug shot, next to a picture of a distant relative, and later in a lineup.
After his first trial ended in

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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 his sign and elaborate costume, and a Pirates fan responded by hitting him with a tobacco spit cup and “having words.”
A Pirates usher then decided to kick out the fan from the other team for being harassed.
Obviously, Dimitri’s a die-hard Cubs fan to make a road trip for a playoff game with tickets selling at $180 a seat and up on Craigslist, also bearing a sign and costume.
Little did he know Pittsburgh cop would play hardball with him at the MLB Wild Card Playoff game at PNC Park, but they didn’t make an arrest, since Dimitri had done nothing wrong.
“You have to go, you have to go now,” said the Pittsburgh Police officer echoed by Pittsburgh Pirates staffers.
“Can we talk?” replies Dimitri.
Immediately, the officer made physical contact and asked Dimitri to “Put your hands behind your back,” as he started walking the man towards an exit.
It’s difficult to tell exactly what happened next, but the officer appears to place his arm around Dimitri’s neck, prompting him to yell, “Stop it!  Seriously.”
The friend recording the incident tried to follow the action when a Pirates staffer smashed the cellphone prompting the photographer to say, “What the fuck,” loudly and the staffer yells to, “put the

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Arkansas Cops Detain Men for Photographing Police Department While Open Carrying

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Two Arkansas men wearing guns on their hips ended up detained after they started taking photos of a police department.
But it wasn’t the guns the Bald Knob cop was worried about as it is legal to open carry in Arkansas. Supposedly.
It was the photos.
“I’m not playing around,” said Bald Knob police officer Chester Wright after pulling up in his patrol car and coming to a screeching stop.
“Are we being detained,” asked Kalab White, a 22-year-old open carry advocate who regularly does audits on Arkansas police departments and their reaction to open carry.
Wright confirmed they were being detailed, ordering them both to place their hands on the hood of his patrol car.
“Under the suspicion of what crime” White asked, keeping the phone in his hand, letting it continue recording.
“Taking pictures,” Wright  responded.
Wright continued pressing the officer to articulate a reasonable suspicion that they were both committing a crime, but the officer was unable to do so.
“I have reasonable suspicion ….,” the officer said.
“Of what crime?” asked White.
“We’ll figure that out here in a minute,” the officer responded.
Eventually, another cop arrived, Bald Knob police officer James Jackson, who came up with a reason.
“You guys cannot be on city property with a weapon,” Jackson told them, unable to cite the law that would state that.
Jackson also removed the phone from White’s hands, telling him he does not mind being recorded, but turning the phone off anyway.
But White quickly turned the phone back on to continue recording.
Eventually, Jackson noticed a sticker on White’s truck that are only given to law enforcement officers, which seemed to change the cops’ attitude towards the two men.
They were released without any citations or charges against them. 
In a telephone interview with Photography is Not a Crime, White explained that he is a “commissioned officer,” which is essentially a licensed security

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