Archive for January, 2013

(corrected-video) Milwaukee cops Threaten Videographer with Loitering

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

 

Milwaukee police tell a man that he is loitering if he films them, while they film him.

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Cop Blatently Violates First Amendment Rights (Video)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

 

Police don’t generally understand First Amendment Rights. The stereotype holds true in this video.

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Collinsville police Take $1.5 Million from Woman [yes, that collinsville] (Video)

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

 

Strikingly similarly to the “Breakfast in Collinsville video included, a woman was pulled over for “lane violation” in Collinsville IL. What is the over under on the dash cam not working for this current incident.  According to bnd.com

A 62-year-old Arizona woman faces a money laundering charge after police found more than $1.5 million in cash in her car during a traffic stop in Madison County.

Further investigation showed the money, packed in 27 vacuum-sealed plastic bags, was obtained through criminal activity, Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Gibbons said in a news release on Wednesday.

Carole I. Galvez, of Gila Bend, Ariz., was charged Monday and faces up four to 15 years in prison if convicted.

She was being held Wednesday in the Madison County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

An Illinois State Police trooper stopped Galvez about 3:30 p.m. Saturday on Interstate 55 south near Collinsville for improper lane usage and an illegal license plate cover.

“Conversation with the driver led the trooper to believe there was criminal activity,” Illinois State Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Link said. “The trooper asked for and was granted consent to look further inside the (2004 Volvo).”

Link said the trooper found $1,589,860 — the agency’s largest cash seizure in years.

“Cash amounts this large are usually connected to illegal drug trafficking,” Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Capt. Brad Parsons said.

Prosecutors have filed for the money to be forfeited, Gibbons said. The money would be split between the agencies involved in the investigation.

The Metropolitan Enforcement Group of Southern Illinois also worked on the investigation.

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Milwaukee Copblocking

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

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Why did Police change name from Peace Officers to Law Enforcement?

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

I started doing research after watching a video of the Anti-Terrorist on youtube.com. He made mention that a lot of police organizations are now Corporations and not owned by State or Federal or Parliamentary governments. He showed some evidence from the Dunn & Bradstreet software you can purchase of the London City Police having a CEO and shareholders.

I was wondering if anyone has done any research into this for American Police Dept’s and Federal Agencies, like FBI, CIA, NSA etc…To see where their loyalties lie. If you go to many American cities they are Corporations and not Publicly run by the State/Federal governments, but are similar to the IRS, which is a Private organization that is backed by the Government. So if you try to cross them they have all the government resources at their disposal. Which is like if I stole a package from FedEx, they called Obama and said get them. And all the forces of the American government would be at FedEx’s disposal.

It would be interesting to hear from you all about this issue as it relates to our freedoms. Why did the Police change their name from Peace Officers, to Law Enforcement? Is this the case? Do Police Dept’s bid on the rights to enforce Statutory laws and then try to make the bid money back and make a profit for their organizations? That would make Police men and women, revenue agents and not Peace Officers, and therefore, Law Enforcement Officers. To enforce the laws that they have bought control of to enforce.

I leave it to you to help me find this information out even more. Feel free to email me. It’s time to expose them for who they are.
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Rochester, NY Police officer Antonio Gonzalez, one of two RPD officers who Shot Man being Evicted, has a History of Shooting and Making Fun of Mentally ill People

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

By Davy V.

One of two Rochester, NY Police officers who shot a man being evicted from his apartment for owing $2,080 in back rent, has a history of ridiculing, and shooting mentally ill individuals, even killing a Rochester man just last year.

On Tuesday, Antonio Gonzalez (pictured to the right) and officer James Ott shot Timothy Powell, when at first they said Powell was armed with a bottle of bleach.

Since the incident, in order to spin their story and justify shooting Powell, Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard now says Powell also had a knife, something the RPD had made NO mention of.

Rochester, NY Police officers had accompanied Court Marshal Joseph Polizzi to evict Powell from a Volunteers of America housing complex.

Powell was taken to Strong Memorial Hospital.

Rochester, NY Police officer Antonio Gonzalez has a history of being a trigger-happy cop.

He also has a history of showing he has a problem dealing with the mentally ill.

On June 21, 2012, Rochester, NY Police officer Antonio Gonzalez, was one of 7 officers who opened fire on Israel ‘Izzy’ Andino, a mentally ill young man, on his 20th birthday.

Andino was holding a BB rifle and despite RPD officers having several opportunities to subdue him without using deadly force, Gonzalez and 6 officers all shot Andino in unison, in what was described by neighbors as a firing squad execution.

Andino was hit at least 11 times.

Bullets also hit several houses where young children were sleeping.

Other bullets penetrated vehicles parked in a driveway.

Andino’s body was left uncovered on the sidewalk for hours, while several RPD officers joked about the shooting.

Just as Tuesday’s incident, Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard justified Andino’s execution.

In 2009, Rochester, NY Police officer Antonio Gonzalez made a video which he posted on he Internet titled “Name that Crackhead!”, in which Gonzalez along with other RPD officers make fun of a mentally ill man who is seen on the video dressed in a martial arts uniform.

At one point in the video, RPD officers are heard singing the song “Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting”, as the man performs some martial arts moves.

Later, after Gonzalez posted the “Name that Crackhead!” video on the internet, Rochester, NY Police officers Josue Traverzo and Luis Hernandez, posted comments as to the man’s whereabouts.

One comment, left by RPD officer Josue Traverzo reads: “Hint, can find him at 580 Jeff,” referring to Jefferson Ave., on Rochester’s west side.

Another Rochester, NY Police officer who uses tax payer dollars to ride around and ridicule innocent Rochester citizens, is officer Nelson Soto, who took the photo to the right from within his warm police cruiser, and found the need to ridicule a couple of handicapped persons struggling with their motorized scooters through snow covered streets.

Soto took the photo, uploaded it on the Internet, and titled it “4-Wheel Drive Wheelchairs.”

As an activist exposing police misconduct and corruption for the past 17 years, I have always said that there are certain ‘problem officers’ who should not be on the Rochester, NY Police department.

More than Rochester, NY Police Chief James Sheppard or Rochester Mayor Thomas Richards care to admit in public.

Officers like Antonio Gonzalez, and Nelson Soto.

After all, what kind of an officer, who has sworn to an oath to ‘serve and protect’ and to do his or her job ethically, would ridicule a mentally ill person by recording them then posting the video on the internet for laughs?

What kind of police officer would see two disabled persons struggling in winter and take a photo, making fun of them?

Are these officers we want on Rochester’s streets interacting with the mentally ill and the disabled?

Chief Sheppard, where in the Rochester, NY Police department’s Code of Ethics does it say that it is ok to make fun of the mentally ill and disabled, instead of helping them?

Is this what you instruct your officers to do?

 

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Updated story link:  http://www.copblock.org/27177/rochester-ny-police-change-their-story-after-officers-shoot-man-being-evicted-from-his-apartment/

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Idolizing the Police, tricked into feeding the homeless

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

This video is meant as a prank and a joke but there is something we can learn from it…

The pizza place gave the pizza away for free because it was ostensibly for undercover LEOs.

(the point of this post is not to discuss homelessness, whether they deserved the pizza, or even the pizza place’s prerogative to give pizza to whomever they choose)

Why would they give the Police a free pizza and not a garbage man, an entrepreneur, an accountant?

I’ll cut straight to the chase, I think it is a sick society with misplaced values to give free stuff and deify so-called “Law Enforcement Officers”.  This action would be less saddening if they “gave” the free pizza out of a sense of fear similar to giving a mafioso a complimentary steak at your restaurant. But no… this was likely given out of a misguided view that these “public servants” are doing what they do to “protect and serve” their communities. While that may be the case 1 time out of a 100, it is a fool who believes this enormous and glorified Police state will make your life better and protect your rights.

 

 

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Fort Stockton TX Police Leave Failure To Show Up Leave Citizens Hanging During Theft Sting.

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

have a story regarding dealings with law enforcement in a relatively small West TX town of Fort Stockton. Cops are not only out of control due to the militarized mentality, but incompetence is also rife. In our town of about a pop. of 8500 there have been multiple car break ins and home burglaries over the last 6 months. My mom left her cell phone in her vehicle and it was stolen that same night at about 10:30pm. I came up with the idea to send a text message to her phone, because it was still on, stating I owed her $500 and would drop it off at her place of business the next morning and I would have to drop it off before she opened. All this done to hopefully lure the thieves into a trap. I contacted the local police spoke with the Sgt on duty he stated it was a great idea and they would like to be involved. He stated they would have officers near the business the next morning at the time I stated my sister would drop of the money and I described the type of vehicle she would be in. The police and I decided on the amount that would be given in the text and the time of the drop off. I stated I would leave the fake $ envelope in the mailbox. I agreed to this only on the promise the police would indeed be there and my sister would be safe and my mother’s business would be safe. The police agreed and stated they would provide enough police to make sure she and the business was safe. So I followed through with the plan, My sister dropped off the envelope with fake cash in it and I drove off. My mother’s role was to just open her business as normal.

Guess what happened next. Absolutely nothing as we waited to hear from the police and as my mother opened her business she checked her mailbox and the envelope was gone. It is safe to say the thieves showed up and took it from the mailbox that very morning. As far as the police and there promise, they never showed up! They left my sister in danger and my mother’s business in danger. They did not call to tell me they were cancelling the operation, they did not contact us at all. My mother called them and they played dumb. I tried contacting the sgt, however my calls have never been returned.

I contacted the local news stations and newspapers about the story and all of them said that they do not do stories that put the police in a bad light and that I was just being vindictive. The press issue is another story, but this example of police indifference, laziness, and incompetence is almost unreal. This is a true story and it just happened last month. This is why so many people have little confidence in the police department.
Joe
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Rochester, NY Police officers Shoot former Homeless Man “Armed” with Bleach, for Not Paying Rent

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

By Davy V.

When they’re not busy executing innocent family pets, or racially profiling African-American and Latino motorists, Rochester, NY Police officers can be found shooting tenants for not paying their rent.

On Tuesday afternoon, several Rochester, NY Police officers accompanied a court marshal in the eviction of a tenant in the Cooper Union building, located at 119 State St., across from the Federal courthouse building.

The building, which houses 44 apartments, is run by the VOA, or Volunteers of America, a social services organization which offers transitional help to former homeless people.

When the man became upset at the fact that he was being thrown out of his home, Rochester, NY Police officers opened fire on the man, who had fallen on hard times.

According to Rochester, NY Police department public information officer Justin Collins, who had already begun the department’s ‘shooting justification spin’, the man was “armed.”

When asked my members of the media what kind of weapon the man was armed with, Collins refused to say, stating that because of an ongoing investigation, he could not say.

As it turns out, the man had a bottle of bleach in his hands.

The man, whose name has not been released was taken to Strong Hospital.

According to Collins, at least three RPD officers were treated for minor injuries.

Sounds like another incident where trigger-happy Rochester, NY Police officers overreacted, by using what should always be a last resort, deadly force, which could have very well resulted in a man’s death.

Disgustingly, Rebecca Jaffarian, a spokeswoman for the VOA, said, “Unfortunately we don’t know what’s going to set a client off in that regard, let’s hope those officers who were injured are going to be safe.”

Really?

What about your tenant?

Who could have been killed by trigger-happy, gun ho Rochester, NY Police officers?

I guess we know how Ms. Jaffarian feels about the VOA’s tenants.

This is at least the second time this month that the Rochester, NY Police department has shown just how trigger-happy their officers are.

Officers with itchy trigger fingers, who quite frankly can’t wait to unload lead on innocent victims.

On January 8th, Rochester, NY Police officer Chris Burgstrom executed Codi, an innocent, scared, lost and injured family dog.

After hitting Codi with his police cruiser, Burgstrom then chased the injured dog through Charlotte Lake Ontario Park, before grabbing his shotgun and shooting the cowering Codi in the back of his head.

With the power of the Internet, I have taken Codi’s story international, having just recently finished two interviews in the UK.

I have also launched the “LAW ENFORCEMENT STOP EXECUTING OUR INNOCENT FAMILY PETS!” Movement, bringing attention to what is becoming an increasing issue of police officers executing innocent family pets, not just here in Rochester, but throughout the U.S.

I will be updating this story.

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Scene of shootingAccording to Collins, at least three RPD officers were treated for minor injuries.

 

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