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so this morning in the tacoma cop-killer case, police were

Monday, November 30th, 2009
so this morning in the tacoma cop-killer case, police were reported to have surrounded a house, and to be trying to remove the suspect using "loudspeakers," "explosions," and "occasional gunshots." now he's on the loose? so what the hell were they blowing up and shooting at?

Showdown in Marikafka County

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Today is the deadline by which Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe gave Dep. Adam Stoddard to apologize for swiping documents from a defense attorney’s file in open court last month. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (who, oddly, is speaking at Arizona State University’s journalism school tonight) has vowed that Stoddard will not apologize.

Arizona freelance journalist Nick Martin broke this story, and lays out the delicously intriguing stakes:

Earlier this month, Arpaio vowed that his young officer would not abide by the ruling, saying, “Superior Court judges do not order my officers to hold press conferences.”

That same day, Liddy announced the sheriff’s office planned to ask the Arizona Court of Appeals to intervene in the case. But as of Sunday night, Liddy had not yet filed the appeal.

On Wednesday, the sheriff’s office asked Donahoe to delay the deadline for the apology so the appeal could still be filed. But so far, no delay has been granted…

Even with the Phoenix area’s unusual politics and bizarre history, the events leading up to today create a scenario unlike any the region has seen in quite some time – if ever.

For one, it sets up the possibility that Stoddard could ignore Donahoe’s order outright and force the judge to send him to jail for contempt of court. The jailing of an active member of law enforcement in Maricopa County is unprecedented in recent memory.

It also raises the question of whether Arpaio, who runs the county jails and has balked at the judge’s order, would agree to lock up one of his own men. If he refuses, Donahoe could take the extraordinary step of asking another agency to step in or else go another route entirely. It’s anybody’s guess.

I can’t think of another case where a judge has ordered someone jailed for contempt and the police department has refused to carry out the order. I’m not sure what would happen next. A duel? Arm wrestling?

AZ Sheriff Joe Arpaio Forces Woman to Give Birth While Shackled

Monday, November 30th, 2009
The news team for Telemundo 52 recently reported on Alma Minerva Chacon, a women who was terrorized by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Unfortunately, she is just the latest in a long line of Latinos who have suffered at the hands of the ruthless Sheriff whose personal goal is to rid Arizona of all "illegals" and just maybe, all Latinos. Arpaio has repeatedly stated that he is breaking no laws and just enforcing the constitution by arresting more than 600 Latinos a year.

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Bad Boys

Monday, November 30th, 2009

Three former Chicago police officers, members of an elite drug unit, have pleaded guilty to felony theft charges and a fourth has pleaded guilty to official misconduct. The four were allegedly part of a larger group of officers who routinely invaded homes and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars from suspected drug dealers.

Ft. Worth SCLC Demands Resignation of Police Chief & Mayor Over Electrocution

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
25 November 2009 02:55
To: "The White House John O. Brennan"
Cc: Bob Ray Sanders

Statement from the President of the Fort Worth Tarrant County
Southern Christian Leadership Conference


The SCLC knew Mayor Mike Moncrief would do anything within his power to keep the truth about the Michael Jacobs, Jr., taser shock death a secret. We called it a "Cowtown Cover Up" from the beginning and now we know the truth. We have completely lost confidence in the Mayor, the Chief of police and anyone else who supported suppressing the Medical Examiner's Report.

As president of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), I am calling on the Mayor and Chief of Police to resign and for a full Justice Department investigation into the civil rights violations and cover up by governmental officials and employees.

We will attend the next City Council meeting and will demand the resignations publicly and encourage the general public to join in our efforts.

We contend that Fort Worth is one of the most dangerous cities in America for African-American males.

Sincerely,
Reverend Kyev Tatum
817-966-7625

Ft. Worth SCLC Demands Resignation of Police Chief & Mayor Over Electrocution

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009
25 November 2009 02:55
To: "The White House John O. Brennan"
Cc: Bob Ray Sanders

Statement from the President of the Fort Worth Tarrant County
Southern Christian Leadership Conference


The SCLC knew Mayor Mike Moncrief would do anything within his power to keep the truth about the Michael Jacobs, Jr., taser shock death a secret. We called it a "Cowtown Cover Up" from the beginning and now we know the truth. We have completely lost confidence in the Mayor, the Chief of police and anyone else who supported suppressing the Medical Examiner's Report.

As president of the Fort Worth Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), I am calling on the Mayor and Chief of Police to resign and for a full Justice Department investigation into the civil rights violations and cover up by governmental officials and employees.

We will attend the next City Council meeting and will demand the resignations publicly and encourage the general public to join in our efforts.

We contend that Fort Worth is one of the most dangerous cities in America for African-American males.

Sincerely,
Reverend Kyev Tatum
817-966-7625

“We sell police equipment and feel your blog is related . . .”

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

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24 November 2009 14:03
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24 November 2009 19:04
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Dear Tom:

You can offer as much money as you like, but I wouldn't advertise
police clothing in the Police Brutality (and Atrocity) Blog unless it
were photographs of police officers dressed in pig pens.

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Morning Links

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
  • For your list of “horrible things I’m glad didn’t happen to me.”
  • Actually, this too.
  • Irving, Texas police shoot, kill a man investigating a possibly prowler with his BB gun. An attorney for the man’s family says they didn’t identify themselves before shooting.
  • Empty LA. Photos of Los Angeles, minus people.
  • What an 1899 Thanksgiving dinner at New York’s Plaza Hotel looked like. Turtles!
  • Sheriff Joe’s New Low

    Monday, November 23rd, 2009

    Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio outrages are a dime a dozen. But if reported accurately, here’s one for his greatest hits file:

    The most recent atrocity committed by the self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Sheriff” involves a woman who was detained while 9-months pregnant. Alma MinervaChacon’s case has been receiving media attention due to the brutality with which she was treated. The very same night of her arrest, Chacon went into labor and found herself afraid and alone, being rushed to a local hospital with her hands and legs chained in shackles.

    Once she reached the hospital, nurses repeatedly begged the Sheriff’s staff to allow them to unchain the mother, but they refused and Chacon was forced to give birth while still shackled to the bed. At one point, the nurse asked for them to release her so that she could be escorted to the bathroom for a urinalysis, but even that request was denied. But the worst came once Chacon gave birth to her baby girl.

    Still chained to the bed, Arpaio’s police staff refused to allow Chacon to hold her newborn baby and then warned her that if no one came to pick up the child within 72 hours, she would be turned over into state custody.

    There’s a video interview with Chacon at the link. She was apparently detained on suspicion of being in the country illegally.

    MORE: The Phoenix New Times has more details. Chacon had a warrant for $1,000 in traffic fines and a misdemeanor shoplifting charge pending against her, though neither was the reason she was pulled over.

    Taser-related deaths in 2009 include two Michigan teens; company says devices reduce injuries

    Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

    November 17, 2009, 6:02AM

    Although Tasers were used in the arrest of a 30-year-old man in East Grand Rapids on Monday night, they have not been confirmed as playing a role in his death.

    The Electronic Village Web site documents 47 taser-related deaths in the U.S. in 2009. Two of them were in Michigan.