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Police earning the hate

Postby Freddy Rumsen » Thu Jul 30, 2020 11:14 pm

Highly recommend listening to the newest Joe Rogan podcast with the police psychologist lady.

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Police earning the hate

Postby Jim » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:19 am

‘If you can talk, you can breathe,’ Arkansas officer tells man who later dies in police custody
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2 ... -arkansas/
As he begged police to stop using a Taser on him on a supermarket’s floor, Lionel Morris’s cries echoed through the produce section of the store in Conway, Ark., for 6½ minutes.

Morris had run from officers on Feb. 4 and then placed one officer in a chokehold and tried to pulled out a knife, according to police, after the supermarket had reported him for removing a drone from its packaging. But as an officer had his knee on the 39-year-old’s back inside Harps Food Store, Morris, handcuffed and lying face down, repeatedly offered a succinct and familiar plea: “I can’t breathe.”

“If you can talk, you can breathe. Chill out,” replied the officer, according to body-cam footage released by the Conway Police Department on Wednesday. “We got an ambulance. "

Minutes later, Morris was “pulseless and unresponsive” when medical personnel arrived. He was pronounced dead while being transported to the hospital.
Morris took the last breaths he would ever take with multiple police officer boots and a knee on his back. What did he do to deserve the police response? He removed a toy drone from its packaging in a grocery store in an alleged attempt to steal it. So he ended up dead over an accusation of shoplifting.
Awe man... if I had a nickle for every time I put a cop in a chokehold and tried to pull a knife on him...

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Postby Shyster » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:43 pm

Detroit Police Department Settles Another Dog Shooting Lawsuit After Video Contradicts Cop's Account
https://reason.com/2020/07/31/detroit-p ... s-account/
The city of Detroit has reportedly paid $75,000 to settle a civil rights lawsuit after police shot a woman's dogs during a drug raid—a shooting the Detroit Police Department (DPD) determined was unjustified and violated department policy.

Detroit resident Kira Horne filed the lawsuit last December, alleging that a Detroit police officer, Nathan Miller, violated her civil rights by shooting her dogs without cause during a November 13, 2018, narcotics raid. This, she says, was an unreasonable seizure under the Fourth Amendment.

The settlement marks at least the fourth lawsuit payout in recent years stemming from Detroit drug raids where police have been accused of wantonly shooting dogs. A 2016 Reason investigation found that Detroit police officers respond to hundreds of calls a year regarding loose and aggressive dogs, which are a serious problem in the city. But the investigation also revealed a disturbing pattern of officers, especially on the narcotics squad, shooting pets during raids.

In most of those cases, there has been no video of the incidents, leading to dueling he said/she said claims between pet owners and police. But this time, body camera footage showed exactly what happened.

"As is typical in these cases, the officer falsely reported that the dogs attacked the police in order to justify the shooting," says Horne's attorney, Chris Olson. "Thus, this case is part of a pattern of Detroit police officers wrongfully shooting dogs and then lying about it. Fortunately, in this case, body camera footage showed the truth."

The body camera footage shows several members of the Detroit Police Department's Gang Intelligence unit executing a narcotics search warrant. As Miller enters a hallway while clearing the house, a black pit bull comes out of a room and advances toward Miller before he fires his shotgun at it, mortally wounding the animal. But the dog was neither growling nor barking.

A second pit bull enters the hallway. Miller yells at it, and the dog runs back into another room before emerging again and standing next to the corpse of the first dog. It is not barking, growling, or moving toward Miller when he fires at it.

"It's a ****' homicide scene," one of the other Detroit police officers remarks as he surveys the bloody aftermath.

The raid resulted in the arrest of one man for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute.

In a "destruction of animal" report that Miller filed after the raid, obtained by Reason through a public records request, the officer claimed that he "observed a black pit bull and a tan pit bull showing his teeth, charging, and attempting to bite crew." In a separate incident report, Miller embellished a little more, writing that "a large black pitfall came charging at me down the hallway from the northwest bedroom. I fired two shots…neutralizing the threat. While still in the hallway, a second brown pit bull came charging down the hallway towards me."

Miller's supervising officers, all the way up the chain of command, signed off on the shooting and found that he followed department policy. But after Horne and the arrested man filed a complaint, the Detroit Police Department's Citizen Complaint Subcommittee investigated the incident. After reviewing Miller's body cam footage, it found that the video "did not show the dogs acting in an aggressive manner."

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Postby Shyster » Sun Aug 02, 2020 5:37 pm

'Live PD' home raid in Cedar Park raises new questions about Williamson County Sheriff’s Office

https://www.kvue.com/article/news/local ... a98a36099b
CEDAR PARK, Texas — The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is confronting a new round of questions about its tactics and relationship with the now-canceled show “Live PD” after a SWAT team takedown inside a Cedar Park family’s home was shown on live television.

The raid happened just hours after deputies appeared to have bypassed a chance to peacefully arrest the 24-year-old man while he was in court.

That man and others believe the department staged the military-style raid for the reality cable show.

“It was all for TV,” said Gary Watsky, who watched as deputies burst into his home and arrested his only child following a fight with his roommate that led to an assault charge last spring. “It was all for show.”

The highly weaponized arrest came just three-and-a-half hours after Asher Watsky went through security and sat in a courtroom, just feet away from armed guards and bailiffs.

Williamson County District Attorney Shawn Dick and others wondered why deputies didn’t arrest Watsky when he came to court as they routinely do with other defendants.

Dick said he inquired about the incident at the time and that sheriff’s officials acknowledged removing the warrant from the system so no one would see it that day. Dick said sheriff’s officials told him they considered Watsky dangerous and that arresting him with the SWAT team was safer.

Sheriff Robert Chody did not return KVUE's requests for comment.

The May 2, 2019, arrest places new scrutiny on an agency already facing questions about its tactics and what some complain are overly aggressive law enforcement actions during what experts say should have been peaceful, non-confrontational encounters.

Three former Williamson County investigators with the sheriff’s office, who are no longer with the agency, said that it was not unusual days before “Live PD” tapings for supervisors to ask them to move forward with getting warrants for suspects who could be arrested on the show.

So it was "safer" to conduct a dynamic SWAT-style raid that it was to arrest him after he had passed through a security screening and metal detectors and was sitting in a secured courthouse? As Judge Judy would say, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining."

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Postby Shyster » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:07 pm

How Police Unions Fight Reform
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020 ... ght-reform

An extremely in-depth article from the New Yorker on how police unions in general, and the Police Benevolent Association of New York City in particular, fight efforts to reform the police.

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Postby tifosi77 » Sun Aug 02, 2020 6:58 pm

Re the Cedar Park raid

Conceptually, I don't have a problem with them waiting until the guy was at home. If you're dealing with a dangerous suspect, I don't think it's wise to maximize the potential for collateral damage by conducting a public arrest. But that doesn't seem to be what informed the sheriff's decision in that instance.

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Postby dodint » Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:26 pm

Wait until he leaves the screened area and he's back with his home with his weapons? What now?

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Postby Shyster » Mon Aug 03, 2020 6:48 pm

Anne Arundel police corporal accused of stealing firearms, police say
https://www.wbaltv.com/article/anne-aru ... s/33490162
Anne Arundel County [Maryland] police arrested one of their own on burglary and theft charges involving stolen firearms.

County police said officers were called April 27 to a report of an unattended death at a house in the 1600 block of Wall Drive in Pasadena. The next day, a witness told police that Cpl. Jacob Miskill went back to the house get firearms that were inside, according to charging documents.

The witness said he thought Miskill retrieved the guns on behalf of the department because, at the time, Miskill was on duty and in uniform, the charging documents state.

Months later, the family of the man who died contacted the department while going over the estate asking for the whereabouts of the firearms and $900 in cash, the charging documents state. The department said that's when they learned Miskill took the items, the charging documents state.

Investigators executed a search-and-seizure warrant at Miskill's house and arrested him.

Charges of first-, third- and fourth-degree burglary, theft, theft scheme and misconduct in office were filed against Miskill, police said.

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Postby MR25 » Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:38 pm

The police were looking for a stolen motorcycle with Montana plates, so they pulled over a minivan with Colorado plates (same number) and handcuffed the entire family, including a 6 year old.

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Postby Shyster » Wed Aug 05, 2020 6:28 pm

Beach cop who cold-cocked man: cleared. Officers who released video of punch: punished
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/ ... 08092.html
A Miami Beach police officer suspended after body camera footage showed him cold-cocking a restaurant patron two years ago, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by internal affairs and state prosecutors.

Two other officers wound up in hot water instead. Their misdeed? They copied and shared the video of the punch.

Internal Affairs investigators gave Miami Beach Police Officer Alfredo Garcia a written warning last month for “producing and distributing an unauthorized version of recordings” from his body camera. Garcia used his cellphone to record the footage from his body camera, then posted it on a social media site, before quickly taking it down.

And Officer Frederick Dominguez — who did not see the punch in person — received notice of a 10-hour suspension for releasing a copy of the tape made by Garcia to his attorney, Michael Pizzi. The officer, according to an internal affairs report, asked Pizzi to “forward it to the proper authorities” and seek whistleblower protection for him.

Dominguez, who still works as a Beach police officer, hasn’t yet served the suspension and continues to fight it. His suspension was recommended despite him asking for whistleblower protection when he gave the video to his attorney almost two years ago.

Meanwhile, officer Adriel Dominguez — who threw the punch that led to the police reviews and is not related to Frederick Dominguez — was cleared of any wrongdoing by Miami-Dade State prosecutors and is back at work after being relieved of patrol duties during the investigation. Prosecutors determined the officer used the proper amount of force after being threatened by the bar patron.

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Postby Shyster » Thu Aug 06, 2020 8:53 pm

The Police Lie. All the Time. Can Anything Stop Them?
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/202 ... lying.html
The police reaction to George Floyd’s murder, as well as the resulting nationwide protests, introduced many Americans to the fact that law enforcement officers lie. After officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, the Minneapolis Police Department issued a statement falsely claiming that Floyd “physically resisted officers” and excluding the fact that Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. When Buffalo police officers violently shoved a peaceful 75-year-old man, their department falsely asserted that the victim “tripped and fell” during “a skirmish involving protesters.”

This tendency to lie pervades all police work, not just high-profile violence, and it has the power to ruin lives. Law enforcement officers lie so frequently—in affidavits, on post-incident paperwork, on the witness stand—that officers have coined a word for it: testilying. Judges and juries generally trust police officers, especially in the absence of footage disproving their testimony. As courts reopen and convene juries, many of the same officers now confronting protesters in the street will get back on the stand.

Defense attorneys around the country believe the practice is ubiquitous; while that belief might seem self-serving, it is borne out by footage captured on smartphones and surveillance cameras. Yet those best positioned to crack down on testilying, police chiefs and prosecutors, have done little or nothing to stop it in most of the country. Prosecutors rely on officer testimony, true or not, to secure convictions, and merely acknowledging the problem would require the government to admit that there is almost never real punishment for police perjury.

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