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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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SOUTH CAROLINA PRISON NURSE ARRESTED FOR SEX WITH INMATE

Monday, December 4th, 2017

Prison nurses are hired to give medical attention to inmates, but one South Carolina nurse gave sexual attention to an inmate instead.
A Chester County Detention Center nurse was charged with having sex with an inmate and aiding an inmate’s escape from prison, according to a recently released Chester County Sheriff’s Office report.
Katherine Heckman, 38, was arrested on Nov. 28, 2017 following a 30 day plus sexual relationship with a male inmate identified as Sean Lyles, 33. Interestingly enough, Heckman is the daughter of jail supervisor Richard Odom. Odom is not part of the investigation because he had no knowledge of the encounters.
Cops received an anonymous email stating that from October 1st to November 27th Heckman and Lyles had a sexual relationship. Heckman took Lyles offsite on several occasions to have sex.
Chester County Sheriff Alex Underwood said:
“I will not allow this type of behavior. This is not going to be tolerated, this is the first and last time. We got on this quick, as soon as we heard about it, and put an end to it.”
Underwood said he is looking into how Lyles may have been able to leave the property and return unnoticed, and what supervision may have been lacking. Heckman was not a sheriff’s office employee, but a practitioner nurse from a company that contracts with the sheriff’s office to provide medical services at the detention center.
Heckman who is also an EMT has been suspended without pay by the Chester County EMS, pending the results of a criminal investigation. If Heckman’s EMT license is revoked because of this situation, the county will end her employment.
Heckman is charged with first-degree sexual misconduct with an inmate and escape/aiding escape from prison; she was booked and released on a $22,000 bond, according to jail records. Lyles, who is already serving time for an unrelated crime,

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South Carolina Female Sheriff’s Deputy Has Sex with 5 Male Deputies on Duty

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

The last thing the public would expect is for cops to have sex with each other on the job in uniform (well actually out of uniform because clothes are off), but that is exactly what five South Carolina sheriff’s deputies did with a female sheriff’s deputy on duty.
From sargents to lieutenants to captains, five sheriff’s deputies from the York County Sheriff’s Department were disciplined for having sex on the job with the same female deputy.  Sgt. Jennifer Forsythe for whatever reason had consensual sexual relationships on duty with several of her co-workers over a period of 14 years.
Sgt. Forsythe was even an employee of the month at one time. Now she is fired along with her on the job lover Deputy Daniel Hamrick. They both admitted to the relationship.
The Charlotte Observer reports that an anonymous complaint in late July 2017 started the investigation. The York County Sheriff’s Department launched an internal affairs investigation into the matter and discovered that Sgt. Forsythe had sexual encounters on duty on the property of the sheriff’s department. Once Sheriff Kevin Tolson was briefed on the police sexual escapades he took swift action in firing Sgt. Forsythe and Deputy Hamrick because they actually had their sex on the job from 2012 to as recent as 2017.
Sgt. Wayne Richardson, Sgt. Buddy Brown and Capt. Carson Neely were suspended for two weeks without pay because their on duty sex with Sgt. Forsythe happened years ago. Lieutenant Brian Boling was demoted and suspended for his on the job sex with Sgt. Forsythe.
 
Sheriff Tolson said
“The results of this investigation are very troubling and cast a dark cloud over the York County Sheriff’s Office and its reputation as a professional organization. The actions of these officers have undermined the public’s confidence in our organization and required swift and serious action. Make no

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Mississippi Prosecutors Defend Cops Who Killed Innocent Man In Wrong House Raid

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Mississippi cops killed a totally innocent person while serving a warrant on the wrong house, but the DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion is already lobbying public opinion in favor of the police officers who made a fatal mistake.
He’s saying that officers shot at a dog and killed Ismael Lopez.
Lopez and his wife Claudia Linares were sleeping peacefully at home when the officers arrived.
Ismael Lopez went to answer the door and shortly thereafter fell to the bullets fired by an officer from the Southaven Police Department at the age of 41, right at the front door of his mobile home.
Police bullets pierced his front door.
He died.
The Lopez family retained lawyer Murray Wells who firmly says that the police shot an unarmed man, and that the cops have a strong incentive to lie in order to avoid prosecution.
DeSoto County District Attorney John Champion wouldn’t even admit that officers went to the wrong house, but he did claim that Ismael Lopez was armed, according to The Commercial Appeal:
The statement that the officers went to the wrong address echoed a similar comment the day before from a local prosecutor, John Champion, who said the officers may very well have been at the wrong house. Champion said Monday that two officers were at the scene and that a pit bull dog burst out of the house, prompting one of the officers to shoot at it.
Then a man pointed a gun at officers through an open door, Champion said. The officers repeatedly warned him to put the gun down before one of them opened fire. The attorney representing the family said Lopez, a gun owner, did not have a gun in his hand when he was shot, and that the law firm would do its own investigation to learn what happened.
Now that DA Champion is finished defending the officers, it will be his

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Homestead PD Still Doesn’t Know Photography Is Not A Crime

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Homestead Police Department (HPD), in South Florida, has myriad problems respecting the First Amendment. I went to HPD this week to serve some officers in a civil rights suit, the story was covered earlier. While entering I discovered that HPD still has not learned that photography is not a crime.
I covered HPD officer John Frank, last year, him initially claiming that I could not take his picture. He quickly backed down once I started recording the video below. HPD adopting a policy such as shown in the sign above makes it understandable that some of their officers would fail to realize that photography is not a crime.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WixzsV0H-A8?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] However, HPD officers such as Tony Sincore realize that it is our right to record them and to record within the station. The below video was taken by another local victim of HPD abuse.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeZ5Ioy1ZSc?feature=oembed&w=620&h=349] Photography Is Not A Crime, is not only our name as an organization, it’s the law. It is also part and parcel of our First Amendment right as Americans to gather information on governmental affairs. First, I will address briefly herein the legal issues of video recording with sound which is legally equivalent to audio recording. Then I will cover photography which is legally equivalent to video without sound.
The Florida wire tap statute, FSS. 934.03, makes it illegal to intercept an “oral communication”, i.e. voices, without the consent of all parties. In this way video recordings having audio and/or audio recordings could be a crime, in some cases. Yet, the definition, FSS. 934.02, of “oral communication”, excludes conversations having no expectation of privacy, see also State v. Inciarano. Additionally, what can be plainly seen or overheard in public is covered by the plain view doctrine.
Katz v. United States establishes that no person in the publicly accessible lobby of the police department would have an expectation of privacy. Further, it must be noted that Constitutional rights, such as privacy, protect citizens from

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North Carolina Cop Smashes Mother To Pavement In Front Of Her Own Kids (VIDEO)

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

A North Carolina cop demanding an African-American motorist’s car keys unlawfully during a traffic stop was caught on camera by a good samaritan manhandling the mother of small children this week, in a video gone viral which you can see below.
Winston-Salem police officer James Carter waited until he thought the woman recording the incident was going to leave and then slammed Tekara Williams to the pavement over an expired license plate.
Her kids saw it all.
Officer Carter had pulled over Williams for driving 51 mph in a 35 mph zone, and when the video begins, the tall Caucasian officer has the shorter woman’s wrists in his hands and pinned her inside the driver’s side door frame while she loudly protested.
“In an interview with a Winston-Salem Journal reporter Thursday, Williams said she told Carter she wanted to call her grandfather because he owns the car, adding that she had turned off the ignition and put the keys on the passenger seat.”
She also said she didn’t know that the insurance coverage on the car had lapsed and that the car displayed an expired registration plate.
Police said that the plate’s expiration gave them the right to seize the vehicle’s license plate
As the good samaritan arrived and began recording, Tekara Williams was demanding to know why the police officer wanted to arrest her in front of her children.
“There is no reason for you to do this sir, you pulled me over for a speeding ticket. What are you doing?!? No sir, I want someone here now. Thank you ma’am.” Williams said to the woman recording her arrest.”
“My name is Tekera Williams,” she continued, while holding her phone in her other hand, “I have no idea what he is stopping me. Help me. This is Winston-Salem Police Department and his name is…”
“Let me have your hands,” demanded Officer Carter.
“is.. Officer Carter.” Said

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WATCH: North Carolina Cop Places Gun to Unarmed Man’s Head, Threatening to Kill Him

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

“Is your shit on? Cut it off,” said a North Carolina cop after he and several other cops roughed up a man.
Body cam footage released this week shows Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers punching and elbowing James Yarborough during an arrest while Yarborough was on the ground.
One of the officers then puts a gun to Yarborough’s head and says, “I will kill you.”
Thankfully, that officer did not make good on his promise, but he later noted in his report that he feared for his life because Yarborough was reaching for his waist.
Although the incident occurred in March 2016, the internal affairs department just cleared the case finding that all officers involved acted appropriately.
According to WBTV, police made a traffic stop on a truck Yarborough was the passenger in because the truck was involved in several larcenies. Yarborough casually exited the truck and then took off from police on foot.
The driver of the truck had a pistol laying in the truck, Yarborough being a convicted felon didn’t want to be hit with gun charges, so that is why he ran, he told WBTV News.
After a brief foot chase, an officer tackles Yarborough and a struggle ensues. That is when Officer Jon Dunham puts a gun to Yarborough’s head and says, “I will kill you, you understand? Give me your hand, now!” Yarborough continued to resist the four officers that were on top of him.
After an officer tasers Yarborough, he appears to be a bit more compliant, but the officers involved begin to hit and elbow him repeatedly until they get him handcuffed.
This is how Dunham described the incident in his report:
“At this point I observed him shove his hand towards his waistband. He was completely uncooperative,  I believed he was reaching for a gun in an attempt to seriously hurt me or Officer Michaels; knowing that suspects are known

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Three South Carolina Prison Guards Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Handcuffed Inmate

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A male inmate was handcuffed in his cell when three guards stabbed the inmate multiple times. The stabbing occurred at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina.
Jarrell Boyan, 26, Pernell Fogle, 24, and Jaquan Smith, 24, have now been arrested for attempted murder and misconduct in office. And they have all been fired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charges against the three officers were announced on December 1st just one day after they were fired.
The incident took place on October 6, 2016 when the three officers rushed into an inmate’s cell, stabbing the inmate four times in the torso according to ABC Columbia.
The attempted murder charges could send the guards to prison for 30 years.
Little details are available now, but this is the second employee firing at the Kirkland Correctional Institution this week. Corrections Officer Tierra Armstrong hit a handcuffed male inmate in the face several times. Armstrong was arrested for 3rd degree assault and ultimately fired.
Under staffing and bad pay at the prison make the guards feel unsafe and in return they lash out on inmates.
 
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Three South Carolina Prison Guards Charged With Attempted Murder for Stabbing Handcuffed Inmate

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

A male inmate was handcuffed in his cell when three guards stabbed the inmate multiple times. The stabbing occurred at Kirkland Correctional Institution in Columbia, South Carolina.
Jarrell Boyan, 26, Pernell Fogle, 24, and Jaquan Smith, 24, have now been arrested for attempted murder and misconduct in office. And they have all been fired from the South Carolina Department of Corrections.
The charges against the three officers were announced on December 1st just one day after they were fired.
The incident took place on October 6, 2016 when the three officers rushed into an inmate’s cell, stabbing the inmate four times in the torso according to ABC Columbia.
The attempted murder charges could send the guards to prison for 30 years.
Little details are available now, but this is the second employee firing at the Kirkland Correctional Institution this week. Corrections Officer Tierra Armstrong hit a handcuffed male inmate in the face several times. Armstrong was arrested for 3rd degree assault and ultimately fired.
Under staffing and bad pay at the prison make the guards feel unsafe and in return they lash out on inmates.
 
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North Carolina Cop who Killed Keith Lamont Scott will not be Charged, DA Announces

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

A North Carolina district attorney announced no charges will be filed against Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer Brentley Vinson in the September shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott, which sparked several nights of riots.
Witnesses and family members said Scott was unarmed, but Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray said he pulled out a gun from an ankle holster and held it at his side, refusing to drop it despite several commands by several officers.
Vinson, who is black, was the only cop to open fire, according to a full report of the investigation, which you can read here.
It all started on September 20 when police were searching for a suspect with an outstanding warrant at The Village at College Downs.
Vinson was working undercover inside a car when he spotted Scott smoking a joint and holding a gun inside his own car, which made him fear for his life.
When police ordered Scott out of the car, Vinson became even more scared.
“I felt like if I didn’t do anything right then at that point it’s like he…he was gonna shoot me or he’s gonna shoot one a my buddies, um, and it was gonna happen right now,” he explained to investigators.
Investigators say the gun Scott was holding was a Colt .380 with one round in the chamber and the safety turned off, but with no magazine inside the gun.
They say they not only found Scott’s DNA on the gun but evidence that he had purchased the gun for $100 from another man, despite having a felony record making it illegal to own firearms.
Although several witnesses stated at the time that Scott was holding a book when he was shot, police say no book was recovered at the scene.
Protests and Riots
 
Protesters took to the streets and highways demolishing everything in their paths; even setting sections of interstates ablaze and

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VIDEO: Charlotte Police Killed Keith Lamont Scott In Under 10 Seconds, Withheld Audio Recordings Too

Saturday, September 24th, 2016

Charlotte police finally respected the will of Keith Lamont Scott’s family and released two official videos of his last moments in a police killing that touched off peaceful protests, deployment of riot police and eventually violent protests and looting.
But audio is redacted.
Dash cam video reveals that Keith Lamont Scott only lived ten seconds after exiting his car.
There’s definitely not an immediate threat by Scott to the four police officers with arms drawn, even slightly noticeable in the dash cam video.
No gun is visible at any time.
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Part of the Charlotte police’s initial unproven claim to justify the shooting of Scott – for which no probable cause has yet been given – is that they gave “clear warning” audio in the body camera video below, nor in the dash camera video which illustrates what commands or verbalizing happened by the three officers on the scene, one of whom is clearly uniformed as seen in the dash camera video.
Open carry is lawful in North Carolina
According to NBC News, Charlotte’s police Chief gave this statement at a press conference:
“The officers gave loud, clear, verbal commands which were also heard by many of the witnesses,” Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police Chief Kerr Putney said at a news conference Wednesday morning, noting that the fatal confrontation unfolded “in a matter of seconds.”
Click To Enlarge: Dash Camera Still Shot: Keith Lamont Scott Killed By Charlotte Police
Surrounded by Charlotte officers, Keith Lamont Scott backed cautiously away while they yelled, before at least one of the three Charlotte-Mecklenberg police officers shot him dead.
Charlotte police still claim he had a gun.
Regardless, the conclusive dash cam video does not visibly depict Scott as holding a gun.
While it doesn’t prove the negative that Scott was not holding a gun, the legality of carrying a gun in

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WITNESS: Charlotte Riot Police Did Shoot Protester, Deny Involvement Blaming Civilians

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Charlotte riot police shot a man protesting against police killing Kenneth L. Scott, and was himself severely injured by law enforcement using a firearm or riot weapon in full view of a criminal defense lawyer, a group of clergy and multiple eye-witnesses, but now officers deny involvement blaming civilians for the shots fired.
We interviewed Karhran Meyer, who is a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer, who is a key eye witness to the shooting.
The unnamed protester is on life support.
Initial reports said he died.
North Carolina residents have spent their second consecutive night protesting police brutality after Charlotte-Mecklenburg police shot and killed Keith L. Scott who was not armed, and witnesses told a Facebook live audience was only holding a book in his hand.
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Another key eye witness report emerged from Charlotte on Twitter, along with a graphic photo of the bloody aftermath and a haunting statement from Todd Zimmer, who claims to have assisted in the emergency response.
“I didn’t want to post about this, but my city is lying about what happened tonight. Let the record show.”
My friend @neutralized was on the ground in Charlotte. He saw the shooting. Here’s his account. pic.twitter.com/H5cQXrAn37
— Max Berger (@maxberger) September 22, 2016

Kahran Meyers is a North Carolina criminal defense lawyer witnessed the shooting first hand at a peaceful protest. The 29-year-old lawyer published this tweet just an hour after witnessing the shots and noticing that the weapons discharge did not sound like a typical firearm:
I watched a man die tonight with my own two eyes. It was NOT by a civilian. I don’t care WHAT CNN tells you.
I was right fucking there.
— PAID LEAVE (@kahranasaurus) September 22, 2016

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82 Y.O. Alabama Commissioner Struck TV Reporter in Video For Asking About Fraud Allegation

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

When a television journalist tried to fight public corruption in Alabama, things got far more physical than he expected.
Dothan City Commissioner Amos Newsome was arrested and charged Tuesday with third-degree assault after he deliberately struck southern Alabama WTVY television news reporter Ken Curtis twice in the face caught on the video seen below.
Newsome – who is 82 years young – was released from jail on Tuesday evening on a signature bond, according to local new site dothaneagle.com.
In a brief video clip of the incident, which was recorded by another journalist, Curtis is seen persistently asking Newsome if he will resign in light of the voter fraud allegations linked to the politician’s 2013 election.
“Would you be willing to resign if it would mean a better deal,” Curtis asked Amos as the local official was leaving the Dothan, Ala., City Commission meeting.
Newsome can be heard as he begins to answer the question, but does not finish his sentence and decides to lunge for Curtis instead.
“Let me tell you something… Get!” Newsome says, before clawing his fingers onto Curtis’ face.
Spencer Bienvenu, Vice President and General Manager of WTVY said in a statement on Tuesday that the station was “horrified” with Commissioner’s Amos’ behavior, saying:
“WTVY is extremely disappointed and horrified by the actions of Dothan City Commissioner Amos Newsome for his unwarranted physical attack on one of our employees.
We understand that holding political office can be stressful, but that never warrants unwanted physical contact, let alone an open, public assault.”
“Our employee was attacked in the course of doing their job, which they are entitled to do without the fear of physical violence. Freedom of the press is a guaranteed right, one that should allow us to do our jobs in a safe, non-threatening environment.”
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Alabama Prison Guards Fired For Beating Handcuffed and Kneeling Prisoner Caught on Video

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015

One extra-legal jail beating has left two Alabama prison guards fired and one resigned.
The beating happened in front of two other male corrections officers at the Elmore Correctional Facility – one a supervisor – and was recorded in December 2014.
Sergeant Cole, the female Alabama corrections officer caught in the shocking video below, beat a handcuffed prisoner only a split second after he showed docile obedience to her command to get on his knees.
The female Alabama jailer identified by Al.com as Sergeant. J. Cole in the video, brought her charge into the room which was recorded without audio, and within 30 seconds he compliantly got on his knees.
That’s when Cole attacked the prisoner taking him to the floor with a series of open handed blows delivered with her full body weight.
The rest of the video shows the poor prisoner curled into the fetal position on the floor.
The Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Cole’s supervisor, Lt. Edmond Cooper was fired too, for failing to report the beating.
The Alabama State Personnel Board upheld Cooper’s firing in a ruling today after his attorney argued for a lesser punishment.
The other corrections officer in the room resigned in lieu of being fired.
While we don’t have full details of the prisoner’s crime, nor his offense at that moment, it is sufficient to say that no court would order a grown man to be beaten while in a submissive pose and handcuffed.
Both Cooper and the other corrections officer acted as if nothing at all had happened, one looking around his monitor, then continuing to work on his computer and the other officer passively watching the whole scene.
A few seconds after the beating, the Sgt. Cole left the room as if pacing, she then returned waving her hands in the air and then assaulted the prisoner again, scaring

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