Archive for April, 2009
Police Brutality Blog Rated 8th Among Top 100 Criminal Justice Blogs by CriminalJusiceCareersGuide.ComWednesday, April 29th, 2009
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Police Brutality Blog Selected 8th Among Top 100 Criminal Justice Blogs by CriminalJusiceCareersGuide.ComWednesday, April 29th, 2009
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In fact, self-help and self-defense against police electrocution attempts have already begun. African American Political Pundit reports,
Woman tasers Male Cop with his own TaserIn my opinion, intentional or negligent pre-trial electrocution and execution of persons who have not even been arraigned is unlawful and constitues murder. Therefore anyone who believes that they are about to be a victim of this violence is within their rights to use such force as may be necessary avoid being murdered by a police officer or officers.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Police have arrested a woman they said used a Utah Highway Patrol trooper's Taser on him. Lisa Parker, 41, was booked into the Salt Lake County jail for investigation of aggravated assault, interference with an arresting officer and unauthorized control of a motor vehicle. Authorities said a Utah Highway Patrol trooper pulled over a truck he thought was stolen on Saturday.
Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Jeff Nigbur said the officer attempted to arrest the female passenger but she hit him with her shoe and bit him.
Nigbur said the trooper tried to use his Taser but it didn't fire, so he threw it aside. But authorities say Parker picked it up and fired a shock called a "dry stun" into the officer.
A K-9 unit and back-up officer arrived, and Parker eventually was Tasered. More HERE
No word on if Lisa is a black woman. Tasered While Black
Last night’s event at Maryland went well. Not a huge showing, but about 30 people turned out. Here’s a write-up from a campus newspaper.
I learned a couple of new things from Mayor Cheye Calvo’s presentation. The first is that we’re now nine months removed from the raid on his home, and he still hasn’t been given a copy of the police report. Nine months later, and they still won’t give an innocent man the report describing how and why his home was invaded, his pets slaughtered, and his family terrorized.
Calvo also said that there’s a provision in the SWAT team transparency bill he was able to push through the Maryland legislature this year that specifically requires police departments to report when they killed a household pet during a raid. He said that in addition to opposing the transparency bill in general, Maryland’s police organizations waged a second campaign aimed specifically at getting the pet provision removed from the bill. I found that interesting.
I also spoke with a woman from a Maryland dog owners organization who said she’s been trying for years to get the state’s police departments to tell her how many dogs are shot by police officers. Despite the state’s relatively strong open-records laws, they’ve refused to turn the information over to her. I’ll have more on her efforts a bit later.