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Pepper-Sprayed and Beaten

Friday, July 4th, 2014

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Date of Interaction: 2007
Police Employees Involved: Arlington, TX PD

It was 2007 and I had just graduated from college. I was 25 and things were looking up for me. Despite having received two DWI’s between 2001-2002, I hadn’t been in trouble for quite some time and I never drove after drinking anymore. My husband and I decided to go to the local Movie Tavern for drinks and a movie. I drank three martinis in about an hour and a half…more than I should have, but hey, I wasn’t driving! I left the theater to step outside for a cigarette. While I was standing outside, a man in plain clothes walked up to me and asked me what I was doing. He was huge – 6’4″ at least, 300+ lbs. I told him I was having a cigarette. He proceeded to grab me and handcuff me. He picked me up and threw me into the back of his Ford Explorer, next to a toddler car seat. I began screaming hysterically, imagining all of the horrendous things he was about to do to me.

I am an upper-middle class white woman; 5’4″ and 120 lbs. I was wearing platform sandals, a dress, and jewelry. In other words, I was dressed to “go out.” I was thrashing about in the back seat, screaming incoherently while the man sat up front, silently driving around the parking lot. I had absolutely NO idea what was going on. I looked around his vehicle and saw toys, a baby shoe, and notebooks. I was in someone’s personal vehicle. He drove me around for around forty minutes. He rifled through my purse, and refused to respond to my endless questions. By the time the car door opened in front of the theater (the same place he picked me up from), I was beyond hysterical. I was sobbing, screaming, blubbering, and hyperventilating. I was so confused as to what was happening, I barely knew where I was. I looked up and saw about six Arlington police officers standing beside his car. I started screaming more, trying to tell them he kidnapped me. I was so worked up, all that came out was an incoherent mess of sobs and words. The police responded to my terror and confusion by throwing me onto the ground as hard as they could. Four officers grabbed me by the legs and arms, and my dress rode up to above my waist. I started screaming even more, and kicking/twisting my body, all actions that infuriated the police. They delivered several swift kicks into my side, and jerked me to my feet before I received a long blast of pepper spray directly into my eyes. I was wearing contacts and they stuck to my eyeballs, burning. I have never felt such tremendous pain in my life. I had been arrested before, all on alcohol-related offenses, and I had been beaten/manhandled by the police before, but never had I been pepper-sprayed. I shrieked in pain as they hog-tied me and threw me into the back of the police car without so much as even asking me for my side of the story.

I was taken to jail and booked on Resisting Arrest and Public Intoxication charges. I wasn’t allowed to wash my eyes and face off for over four hours. My contacts remained in my eyes for the ten hours I was in jail. My grandfather was a well-known criminal district court judge for Tarrant County, and had hired excellent attorneys for me in the past. At the time of this incident however, he was suffering from dementia. I hired a terrible attorney who didn’t even fight the charges. The man who had initially handcuffed me turned out to be a security guard for the parking lot, and evidently the police were planning on letting me go until I reacted hysterically when I exited his vehicle in handcuffs (what woman wouldn’t?). When people learn I have been arrested nine times, they are shocked. During my college days and days of legal trouble, I drove a BMW, dressed in designer clothing and was your stereotypical sorority girl. None of that mattered to the police however. After every arrest, I was released with black eyes, bruises all over my body, and giant lumps and bumps on my head and face. After one particularly violent arrest for Public Intoxication, I was hospitalized with a suspected brain bleed. I went to a private university in Fort Worth and there were police everywhere. The number of police in this city is so outrageous that I used to make a game of counting how many I would see in one day. It wasn’t unusual to reach the 40′s and 50′s.

Downtown was a popular spot to go clubbing and barhopping. The police would stand on the street corners and watch for anyone acting even slightly intoxicated. I never did anything to draw attention to myself, other than walking down the street and possibly stumbling on my high heels. I would end up sitting in a paddy wagon for hours until they collected enough college kids to haul off to jail for the night. I will admit that I deserved the DWI I got on my 21st birthday. My friends took off and left me to drive. I shouldn’t have. The other times I was arrested were for absolutely ridiculous reasons and I was treated like a punching bag. To date, I have the two DWIs and Resisting Arrest charges on my record. I was able to complete a year of drug court to avoid a felony conviction for “doctor shopping.” I have settled down and haven’t been arrested in over seven years. I don’t drink or use drugs. I have three small children who still see the police as the good guys. When they ask me if I have ever been to jail, I lie.

Through my experiences I learned that our country is actually a police state. This notion of having freedom is a farse. We have the most incarcerated people in the world, and police brutality is shoved under the rug. While minorities are disproportionately affected by our criminal justice system, no one is immune. It doesn’t matter if you are black, white, brown or yellow, we are all the same when we are in handcuffs.

Laura M.

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Veteran Beaten This Memorial Day Weekend

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Nicole Robinson shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: May 22, 2014
Police Employee Involved: Officer Cromwell
Police Employee Contact Information: 1001 W. Center St., Manteca, CA 95337 (209) 456-8100

On May 22nd, my papa, a U.S. veteran and grandfather of six, was outside of an express car wash with a friend when Officer Cromwell came to do a routine stop (harass) and the encounter turned violent. Officer Cromwell unlawfully tried to make an arrest and my grandpa complied while the cop tried to say he was resisting. It turned into a fight; Cromwell called for backup. Backup showed up AFTER Cromwell had handcuffed my grandpa. They began to beat him with his hands behind his back. Not only were they punching his face, but they kicked him in his ribs repeatedly; they also managed to give him a few blows to his head with a baton. After the three minute long beating was over, Cromwell uncuffed my grandpa and said, “Don’t worry, he’s not going to do anything now.” The worst part is that the backup who showed up was ten units of Manteca gang unit, dressed in regular clothes, with no badges.

After the ambulance took my grandpa to the hospital, they took care of him for two nights, then released him. He was never charged with ANYTHING, and he was never booked. On top of all of this, it leaves so many questions. Why is it that they never tazed or pepper sprayed him?  Why does my grandpa have handprint-shaped bruises on his neck, and bruises, cuts, and welts all over his back and the back of his head? He even has road rash on the side of his face! Those police who handled this were cowards just looking for someone to pick on that night.

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Police State Monday: Cops Kill Teenager, and Kill Teenager, and Kill Veteran AND MORE

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

Every Monday, the Angel Clark Show is dedicated to highlighting police abuses.

Today we discussed:

Teen faces potential life sentence in prison for illegal brownie recipe

Jacob Lavoro, 19, faces a maximum life sentence for baking brownies with marijuana in them.

A young man’s baked goods could potentially land him with a harsher punishment than a rapist or a murderer.  The teen faces a a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted of using unsanctioned ingredients in his cookies and brownies and selling them to eager customers.

 

California teen shot to death on side of highway during traffic stop

Adrian Parra (Source: KMIR)

A teen on his way to go on a date was shot to death on the side of the highway during a traffic stop.  Police have been vague with details and his family is demanding answers.

The incident occurred along Highway 86 on April 18th, just before 6:00 p.m.  Imperial County Sheriff’s deputies pulled over 19-year-old Adrian Parra while he was on his way to take a girl out to enjoy dinner and a movie.

 

Veteran Beaten To Death By Five Cops For Not Having License Plate On The Front Of His Car

Tommy Yancy, 32 and father of two, was savagely beaten to death by five law enforcement officers during a routine traffic stop near the city of Imperial, California last Sunday, on Mother’s Day. Yancy, a veteran who suffered from PTSD, served in Afghanistan and Iraq in the 259th Field Service Unit following the 9/11 attacks.

 

Florida man and his dog shot by SWAT team during pre-dawn no-knock raid

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A man is “fighting for his life” after being shot during a pre-dawn SWAT raid on his home because of suspected drug possession.  His son was beaten and his dog was shot to death.

 

Federal court: police can break down door and seize guns without warrant or charges

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The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that it is not a violation of constitutional rights if police break down a citizen’s door, search the home, and confiscate firearms, so long that they believe it is in the citizen’s best interest.

 

Woman Injured AND CHARGED After Deputy Pries Open Her Mouth To Retrieve TYLENOL

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An Ohio woman was injured and then charged with resisting arrest after a sheriff’s deputy wrestled her to the floor and pried open her mouth after she took a prescription pain reliever.

 

Teen Boy Died While Being Tortured in Jail, Death Ruled a Homicide, No Charges Filed

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Daniel Linsinbigler was a good kid. Like any other teenager, he’d made his share of mistakes. One day Daniel made a choice to partake in the popular and once legal drug, synthetic marijuana. Apparently suffering from a psychotic reaction to the substance, Daniel stripped naked and ran through a Stay Suites Inn in Orange Park. He was yelling bible scriptures and proclaiming he was Jesus, but did not hurt anyone, nor did he cause any property damage.

However he was arrested and jailed for 10 days. While in jail he was strapped into a restraint chair, pepper sprayed, hooded, and eventually asphyxiated and died.

 

Washington man beaten to death by police as he cried for help in front of witnesses

The apartment parking lot where police confronted Ron Hillstrom. (Source: KOMO)

A man having a mental episode was brutally beaten to death with flashlights, batons, and tasers as horrified onlookers watched.  Witnesses and video confirm the man was crying out for help as repeated blows from police officers fell upon him in a darkened parking lot.

 

SWAT officer shot in the face breaking into window during no-knock raid

The apartment window where Officer Charles Dinwiddie tried to enter Marvin Lewis Guy's living quarters. (Source: Ben Griffin / KWTX)

A police officer suffered fatal injuries while performing a pre-dawn no-knock raid on a local residence to  search  for drugs.  Several officers were shot by a resident as they tried to enter an apartment through a ground-level window under the cover of darkness.

 

Town bans acts of charity because it undercuts need for government agencies

Debbie abd Chico Jimenez have been fined $700 for feeding the homeless without permission.  (Source: Facebook)

A charitable couple that devotes weekly time to feeding the homeless and hungry have been slapped with matching $375 fines as recognition for their acts of kindness.  The town and county are deploying police to forcefully stop and punish people who privately feed the homeless because it reduces the need for government-run social services.

 

Virginia oyster farmers being zoned out of existance

Anthony Bavuso shows off some of his oysters.  (Source: Julie Reichle)

A county zoning board’s politically-motivated rezoning efforts are endangering local aqua-farmers in their ability to use their own property to raise crops and produce food.  Just minutes from the spot where American revolutionaries accepted the surrender of the British in 1781, one American oyster farmer is now forced to fight to keep the imperiled “right to farm.”

 

Judges Face Corruption Charges For Getting Politicians Off The Hook

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A number of Philadelphia city judges will stand trial in the coming weeks after being accused of organizing a ticket-fixing scheme that benefited politically-connected members of the city, an issue that compelled officials to ban traffic court altogether.

 

Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan Sentenced To Three Months In Prison

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A judge in New York City on Monday morning sentenced Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan to three months in jail and five years’ probation for assaulting a police officer during a 2012 protest.

 

Deputy’s 5-Year-Old Son Shoots Self With Service Gun Same Week Dad Loses Sheriff Bid

Anson County Deputy Josh Beam

A 5-year-old son of a deputy in North Carolina is recovering after he shot himself with his father’s service weapon over the weekend.

 

Man Gets Ticket For Not Riding In Bike Lane – Makes Video Showing What Riding In Bike Lane Is REALLY Like

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Casey Neistat, the East Village-based film maker who taught us about Chatroulette and that red subway emergency brake is at it again, this time making a video about his experience getting a $50 ticket for not riding in the bike lane.

 

Police Threaten To Arrest Journalists For Recording Drill

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On May 3, 2014, we attempted to record an Urban Shield training drill in Boston. The drill we attempted to record was police practicing what to do if a bomb went off at an MBTA station. The event took place in a public place, was open to media, and even had a sign posted nearby which said “Observer Check In.” Despite this, we were threatened with arrest by Boston police simply for standing and recording on a public sidewalk across the street from the drill and were ultimately removed from the area.

 

Police Mistake Teen For Murder Suspect, Shoot Him, Lie About Brandishing Knives

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There is a disturbing report out of San Bernardino County where Sheriff’s deputies claimed that they fired 13 rounds, wounding Keivon Young. Young, 18, had been mistaken for a murder suspect, Robert Pope, yet the police did not identify themselves. However, they said that Young was “sneaking through the people’s front yards and hiding behind bushes” and fired after he reached into his waistband and “withdrew two knives.” Young’s attorney says that police transcripts show that the knives were discovered after the shooting.
The police had staked out the home because Pope’s sister had once lived there.

 

Aspiring Cop Left Brain-Damaged After Calling 911 On Police

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Just mere minutes after an aspiring police officer called 911 stating he was being harassed by two off-duty Buffalo cops, as well as the management of a bar he was in, 28-year-old William Sager was beaten unconscious before getting thrown down the stairs. He was then placed in handcuffs even though he was out cold.

 

Woman’s Eyes “Blown to Pieces” by Cop With Gunpowder Powered Pepper Gun

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“Her eyeballs were literally blown into pieces, and the person who did this was a police officer.”

Monique Hernandez was pulled over in February of 2012 by Beaumont police officer, Enoch Clark. When Clark attempted to subdue Hernandez, he said she ‘resisted.’ Although the dashcam footage tells a different tale, Clark said that in order to get her in handcuffs, he had to use his department-issued JPX gunpowder-propelled pepper spray weapon and fire it less than a foot away from her face.

 

Cop Chased and Tased Woman After She Refused to Show Him Her Breasts

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A city cop in Arkansas chased a woman through her workplace, shooting a Taser at her, because she refused to show him her breasts, the woman claims in court.

 

DEA Agent Accused of Assaulting Woman With M-16 During Synthetic Drug Raid

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The Drug Enforcement Agency, in coordination with Customs/Border Protection, began a nationwide synthetic drug takedown called “Project Synergy Phase II” serving 200 search warrants in 29 states across the country on Wednesday, May 7.

 

Sexting Threesome — Cops Caught Having Affair Through Thousands Of Sexts On Wife’s Linked iPad

Two Seminole County deputies are accused of frequently abandoning their jobs to have an extramarital affair. Investigators were tipped off about the affair by Deputy Joseph Fetchick’s wife, who found thousands of explicit text messages on her iPad. The device was linked to the deputy’s phone.

 

This Is What Happens When You Try To Report A Crime Committed By A Police Officer And You’re Six Months Pregnant

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Andrea Dingess, has uploaded a video to facebook that shows just how much Lincoln Park PD, care about one of their own assaulting a 6 month pregnant woman.

 

Student Suspended For Having A BB Gun In His Car — PARKED OFF CAMPUS

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A student has been suspended from Dubuque Senior High School after police found a BB gun pistol in his car — a car that was parked off campus.

 

Police Promote Officer Accused Of Burning Off Part Of Man’s Ear With Taser

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Albuquerque police have promoted a commander accused of burning off part of a homeless man’s ear with a stun gun.

 

Caught on Video: Cop Tackles 15-Year-Old Girl, Leaves Her Face Down In Cuffs While She Has Seizure

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A shocking video made at J.O. Johnson High School seems to show a school resource officer tackling a student to the ground, and that student immediately having a seizure.

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Man Sues Police — Says The Police Forced Catheter Test On Him

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An Indiana man has launched a lawsuit against police, saying they fudged his alcohol level numbers on their traffic stop report, forced him to provide a blood test at a nearby hospital — and then demanded he lay still while a nurse inserted a catheter and withdrew urine.

 

Cops Taser 10 Year Old Boy at Day Care Center

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Never could I imagine a situation in which two grown men would need to taser a 94 pound, 10 year old child to subdue him. But apparently Indiana police can.

 

School Police Officer Sent Sexts To Student — Had Sex Toys In His Car

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So many people believe that having police in schools is a great idea, and will “keep our kids safe”. Miami-Dade Schools Police Department Officer Juan Cecchinelli was a school police officer, but was removed from his position after was caught sexting a student.

 

Five Months in Solitary for a Traffic Ticket

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Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents held a Mexican citizen in solitary confinement for five months after beating him and denying him medical treatment, the man claims in Federal Court.

 

Cop Repeatedly Accused Of Abuse Strangely Wasn’t Recording During Public Interactions — Despite Being Supposed To Record Every Interaction With The Public

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Albuquerque police officer Jeremy Dear’s lapel video wasn’t recording when he allegedly punched a man while trying to arrest him during a Downtown brawl in January 2013.

His lapel video wasn’t recording when he allegedly kicked a man in the genitals during a traffic stop a month later.

 

Fired Police Officer Reinstated With Back Pay

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The former Centralia police officer accused of excessively Tasing people will get his job back and is entitled to retroactive pay, an arbitrator ruled Tuesday.

 

TSA Supervisor Accused Of Having Sex With Minors, Arrested At JFK

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A TSA Supervisor was arrested at Kennedy Airport accused of setting up a meeting in the Dominican Republic to engage in sexual activity with minors.

 

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Police Brutality and Corruption

Monday, April 28th, 2014

This post was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: December 31, 2013
Police Employees Involved: TFC Nicholas E. Gresko and ST. Mary’s County Dep. Sheriff Waters, Badge 188

On New Years Eve, at approximately 7:00 PM, I left my father’s house. Two minutes into the drive, I remembered I had gloves that I received as a gift in my trunk. It was below twenty degrees this particular night so I stopped on the side of the road, used my signal and pulled to the shoulder on Clover Hill Road in Hollywood, MD. Roughly thirty seconds into my search for the gloves, an officer pulled behind me. He approached my vehicle and asked what I was doing. I explained that I was looking for gloves because I was freezing cold. I couldn’t find them and asked to head home.

The officer who pulled up was Officer Nicholas E. Gresko of the Maryland State Police. He shoved me in the back and demanded I place my hands on the vehicle. I asked “Sir, have I done something wrong?” to which he replied, “No, just keep your hands on the car.” I said “Sir, am I being detained?” to which he replied, “No, just keep your hands on the car.” I said then I would like to get home to my family. He replied, “No, just keep your hands on the car.” I asked again if I was being detained and received the same answer and result, except this time Officer Gresko shoved me again in the back.

I was getting nervous at this point as I heard him call in backup. I said, “Sir, if you are going to continue harassing me, I need to call 911. He said okay and we walked from the rear driver side door around to the passenger front door and I opened it and reached in to grab my phone. The entire time Officer Gresko had his hand on my shoulder guiding me. I called my parents, as I had just left there right before this incident took place. I explained that an officer was being physical with me and that I wanted someone to come witness to make sure I didn’t get hurt. Officer Gresko shoved my in the shoulder and the phone dropped into the passenger seat of the car. I reached back in and dialed 911.

While ringing, I turned around to close the door to the car and Gresko struck me in the back of the head. At this point I started to backpedal around my car, making sure to keep safe distance from the aggressive and violent officer. Officer Gresko threatened to shoot me if I continued and he proceeded to walk to his car. This is when he activated his emergency lights and in car dash camera. While on the phone with 911, I was begging for help and extremely frightened. Officer Waters of the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office arrived and ordered me to the front of my car. I walked to the front of my car as ordered and put my free hand in the air, the other was on my phone. Officer Waters approached me and told me to turn around. I tried to explain that I didn’t want to turn around as every time I had turned my back for Gresko he assaulted me physically. Officer Waters then striked me in the throat/chest area, knocking the wind out of me. Gresko then grabbed my arms and Waters used a trained technique called a “knee strike” on my right thigh. This caused me to fall toward the ground, and as I was falling Officer Gresko punched me in the face twice.

While on the ground, my left arm was pinned under my body, and the officers were laying on me. They told me to place my hands behind my back, and I tried to plead that I couldn’t due to my arm being pinned, to which they responded, “Taze him.” I screamed, “Please don’t taze me!” The officers climbed off my back and Waters placed his boot in the middle of my back, pinning me to the ground, and ordered me to keep my head down. I looked up and asked, “Why am I even being handcuffed?” Waters replied, “How about resisting?” to which I naturally responded, “Resisting what?” as I had not been told I was under arrest at any point. Then Waters dragged me a few feet along the ground on my chest and face. Gresko walked to his car and then came back holding a clear container which appeared empty to me. He said I was under arrest for possession of marijuana.

I was transported to the detention center where I was strip searched and threatened again by Officer Gresko. This time he said to me, ” I don’t mean to be a dick, but I almost put two in your chest.” I was handcuffed and missed my first new years eve with my seven month old son. I have the 911 audio as well as one of the two in dash camera videos. The state wouldn’t provide the second video which more clearly shows the assault by the two officers, each of which stands nearly a foot taller than I am and probably has 50+ lbs on me. Officer Gresko then filed a false report claiming that he smelled marijuana on me and saw me with a plastic container that I threw into the woods. In the video though, from the dash camera, you hear him tell the other officers that I threw a silver container of crack cocaine. It is my firm belief that he did this so they would treat me as a hostile crackhead of sorts.

Officer Gresko then changed his official report to include the physical altercation, which had been left out the first time around. This time, he claimed that I punched and bit one of the officers on scene. This is an obvious lie and the video shows it. The container they claim was mine, was thrown away and a “baggie” of marijuana was sent up the road. This “baggie of marijuana” was apparently inside the plastic container, according the the altered “official report” of the events from the night. The weight of what was found was changed from 2.5 G down to .99 G.

So far we have police brutality, excessive use of force, falsifying an official police report, and tampering with evidence. The State Attorney had all of this information and would not drop the charges. Instead, they moved my court date without consulting my lawyer or myself. The reason was unclear at first but became clear the day of my trial when it was announced we had a new judge for the case. This judge was a former judge in a county about 45 minutes from where my trial took place, and he was apparently one to protect his law officials. I asked the state’s attorney again through my lawyer to drop the case and they refused. They wanted to give me a deal to drop the marijuana charge and move forward with resisting, as they had no chemist on scene and no container.

With all the evidence they did have, it should have been clear that I was fearing for my safety in any and all actions I took during the incident. However, they tried to lock me up for 90 days as a first time offender with absolutely no criminal history. I plan to file a civil lawsuit against the officer and anyone with information on the best way to approach this situation, please feel free to contact me. There is more to tell, but my hands are tired and I get shaky just thinking about it.

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Please Help My City

Sunday, April 27th, 2014

Shared via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: April 19, 2014
Police Employee Involved: Derek Wicklund
Police Employee Contact Information: 920-448-3200

You recently posted about a rampant officer in my community. Since then, the GBPPA (Green Bay Professional Police Association) released an official statement blaming the community, society, etc. and painting the officer as the victim, stating they stand by him:

http://fox11online.com/2014/04/23/green-bay-professional-police-association-defends-officer/

This association is the sole investigative arm of the Green Bay Police Department for internal matters, and each member is a local police officer.

http://www.gbppa.net/board.html

These instances of police aggression against my community have become very frequent; another happened two days prior to the one in question, only it was a young woman who was beaten. The other officers confiscated the cell phones that had captured the beating, I am working on getting the surveillance footage from the business where it happened, which I will provide to Cop Block as soon as possible.

In the meantime, my community is in danger of losing an entirely winnable battle against an unchecked police department that is spiraling out of control. I have set up a petition to remove the officer, and I need your help:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/464/479/915/remove-officer-darek-wicklund-from-the-green-bay-police-department/

Please spread this petition; I need as many signatures as possible. If we get an alarming number of signatures and they refuse to remove him against the order of the people, that will help me to establish a civilian/police oversight committee in my community and to do away with the corrupt GBPPA.

Thank you.

Codey Gerarden

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April Fools – Not So Much

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Heather shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: April 1, 2014
Police Employees Involved: Boone County

My boyfriend drives my car to work since his stopped being functional. On his way home each and every night, he sees countless cops along the highway. It takes about 45 minutes for him to get home from work. Each night, nobody pulls him over…except for on April fools day. I received a phone call from him at 1:30 AM informing me he had just been pulled over. I told him to leave the phone on and in his lap so I could hear what the cop had to say. The cop came up and noticed his phone was still on our call and sternly told him to turn the phone off. Thirty minutes later I figured he would have either been home or at least called me back, so I called him. He informed me he was being arrested and my car was being impounded.

These were the details: The cop pulled him over claiming my license plate lights were out. We checked right after we got it out of impound and they were fully functional, not to mention it’s not the first time someone has been pulled over in my car and no other cop has said anything about the lights being out. The cop arrested him because his license was suspended which we had never been notified of and should have been. It was suspended due to the fact that he didn’t get SR22 insurance by March 22; he was never told he had a set date to get the insurance, he figured he just had to get it before his court date for a speeding ticket he got.

While searching for weapons, the police officer told him to spread his legs but was not happy with how far he spread them, so instead of telling my boyfriend to spread them further, he slammed my boyfriend’s head onto the car and kicked his leg out. My boyfriend is not defiant with the law. He is a proud military man and doesn’t want to lose his ability to be in the services; knowing one bad police report could get him a dishonorable discharge, he doesn’t disobey the law. After the cop searched him and found nothing, he cuffed my boyfriend to the point of bruising his wrists. They towed my car because the plate sticker expired on February 28th and we had not gotten around to renewing it. Also, I had just filed for insurance but had not received the cards yet, so he got us for no insurance.

About a week later, we found out this cop is now under investigation and may lose his job, mainly due to this incident.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Officer Unjustly Shoots Iraqi Vet in His Own Homeland

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Frances Blackburn shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: December 23, 2013
Police Employee Involved: Jose Valdez
Police Employee Contact Information: Wind River Agency, Ft. Washakie, WY 82514 (307) 332-3112

On December 23, 2013, my 27 year old son Owen Brown, who was unarmed, was shot by a bureau of Indian Affairs Officer, Jose Valdez at approximately 1:00 AM. Prior to my son’s encounter with said officer, Jose Valdez had come to my home on numerous occasions. Owen did not know Officer Valdez prior to this incident. To my knowledge, Owen did not have an active warrant. Upon talking to FBI Agent Donati, he advised me that Owen did not have an active warrant. I asked him to please let Officer Valdez know as he is stalking our home. This conversation took place a week prior to my son being shot. Officer Valdez intimidated my family by telling myself, my children, and my sister, that Owen was wanted on a federal warrant and his exact words were, “He is a fugitive, and the marshals will come and get him, they will come and kick in your door and the doors of your relatives. They don’t care. It’s best if he turn himself into us, rather than the marshals.” He continued to park on C’Hair Lane, where we live and where the shooting occurred, for weeks prior to this incident. He stopped different cars that entered the premises for no reason, citing a tail light being out or the license plate light being out, yet never citing the drivers of the vehicles for said violations. He stopped my son in law three times in one day, asking him where his .45 weapon was. He also stopped my unlicensed 16 year old daughter that same day, being December 15, 2013. He did not issue her a citation for driving without a license or having expired tags.

On December 23, 2013, while monitoring my police scanner, I heard Officer Valdez do three vehicle registration checks in a row within a matter of minutes on C’Hair Lane. He realized that the vehicle he called in was Owen’s and continued to follow it into my residence on C’Hair Lane, without probable cause. It appears this officer was fixated on capturing my son. My nephew, Joseph Blackburn, 18 years of age, was driving and was sober. Where was the probable cause to run registration checks and stop the vehicle? After the shooting, in which Owen was wrong in resisting arrest and jumping in the vehicle, this action did not warrant him being shot. This officer has a reputation in the community of a retaliatory nature. He said to one young man, “If I see you driving again, you better hope your mom comes to save you,” and saying to the housing security officers, “If you work against us, we’ll work against you.” This particular incident shows Owen taking a swing at the officer and jumping in the car. Owen remembers, as do his three brothers who were witnesses, not moving the vehicle until after he was shot. He remembers putting the car in gear with his left arm. One can only surmise that this officer was not willing to let anyone get over on him, and began shooting at Owen. The FBI worked hard at finding the truth in what the officer said, not giving the same amount of effort to questioning Owen’s aunt who witnessed the incident and was questioned two days later.

It took the ambulance two hours to get a wounded man the eight miles to the hospital. I, his mother, a security officer with a police scanner, heard of the shooting at 1:00 am. I got to my home at 1:17 am and was met by two unfriendly non Indian Officers, BIA Officer Parnell and Riverton (border town city officer), and Police Officer Gilbert Peck, who cussed profusely at myself and family members. I got to the hospital at 1:30 am and my son was brought to the hospital at around 3:30 am. He laid in his blood with his wounds for two hours. Was my son’s life less valuable because it was an officer involved shooting?

Since the shooting, the family has been racially profiled by the city police department of Riverton, Wyoming. An email was intercepted in which myself, Owen’s mother, a supervisory security officer, and a child abuse investigator was called a gang leader.

I believe that the incident that happened related to my son being shot and the aftermath are racially motivated as well as motivated by other law enforcement personnel whose values and morals I question. Prior to the shooting, one FBI Agent told my son that Owen needs to be put away because he has PTSD and will get someone hurt. Is this the motivation that sent this corrupt officer after my son?

Where was the supervision for this overly aggressive officer, whom the community disliked for many legitimate reasons? Did they not see the harassment that he exhibited towards this family? Why, when there are at least 200 on the warrant list, did Officer Valdez seek out my child? Who will listen and ask these questions for me? With the press here in a racially biased community, it portrays my son as a monster. Yet, what about this Officer, who in a short amount of time became an officer that no one liked or trusted in this community? Why are the officers of the Bureau of Indian Affairs, who are non Indian, including the FBI, allowed to treat natives in this community, on our own homeland, unfairly and unjustly. Who will ask these questions for me? Where can I get answers? A few days after the shooting up until the present, when standing outside our home, the wi-fi settings read “NSA Surveillance Drone;” FBI Surveillance; and FBI Watchdog. What are they looking for in this home where two year old and eight year old children live, along with sixteen year old and twenty-four year old females, and myself, a well respected mother, all reside. Those setting appear only at our home. When driving away from the house, the settings disappear. Both the BIA and the Riverton Police Department also sought to make me lose my jobs, as they submitted documentation that was furnished to me. What was the reasoning behind that? I did nothing wrong.

I am seeking help in finding answers or if nothing else, media attention in bringing to light the wrong that was done to this young Iraqi vet and his family. Since then, with the help of a federally paid public defender (as is usually the case with Native people in Wyoming) who doesn’t care about the innocence of those he is supposed to defend, my son reluctantly accepted a plea bargain. This could have all been avoided if not for this over aggressive officer who does not deserve to carry a badge. Thank you for your time.

Frances Blackburn

Cop Chokes Out Teen

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Lucy Ingalls shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: March 2012
Police Employees Involved: Chicago Police
Police Employee Contact Information: Address – 3510 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60653, Telephone – 312-746-6000

This is a video I came across on YouTube. I was not at the incident. In the video, a teen boy is standing toe to toe with a Chicago thug police officer having words. The boy is then literally picked up by his throat and carried across the street, choking, until he gets thrown to the ground, not moving. The cop then proceeds to stand on the unconscious boy until an ambulance arrives within seconds. During the incident, people are heard to be laughing and defending the officer, and no one steps in to rescue the teen from his aggressor.

There is no information on if there were any consequences for this murderous cop, but if the situation was continued to be treated in the same way as on the scene, and afterwards with people saying, “That boy deserved it,” in the comment section of the video, then I imagine nothing has been done.

Police Brutality by NYPD When I Was Thirteen

Saturday, April 12th, 2014

Steven shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page. The photograph above depicts Steven at age thirteen, several days after his interaction with the NYPD.

Date of Interaction: 2002
Police Employees Involved: Unknown officers, 122nd Precinct, Staten Island, NY
Police Employee Contact Information: (718) 667-2211 - 2320 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY 10306

Here’s the story of what happened to me and ruined my life. I wrote a story about my anxiety and panic disorder and shared it with people, and this is just a portion of it with edits to make the brutality part more of the aspect than the anxiety aspect. I thought you’d like a good read. Okay, here we go…

I was thirteen years old, doing what any normal thirteen year old would do. I was just hanging around and keeping company with friends. We would always meet up at a shopping plaza near my house since it was sort of like the “middle area” in location to where we all lived. One of these days though, the plaza was crowded by a gang from a neighboring town and they were causing trouble. They were harassing store owners and messing with drivers. I’m assuming some of the store clerks called 911, and you’ll find out why later. Anyway, I took it upon myself to get them out of the area. They knew me from school and respected me, out of fear, mostly because I’m a big, mean dude, even for a thirteen year old (you don’t see many thirteen year old kids with a full beard, so I kind of give credit to my intimidating look too).

Anyway, they all left. I got them out of there simply by talking with them. I told them how they were disrespecting people I know in my town and wanted them to calm down or leave. So, an hour passed and the whole mess cleared. A bunch of my friends and I decided to walk down the block to another friend’s house across the street from the shopping plaza we always hung out at. My one friend, Rob, is disabled. He has some sort of condition with his hip and cannot walk properly. He was in a little pain at the moment and needed a rest, so we sat on a patch of grass down the block from my friend’s house, still only just across the street from the shopping plaza. I was the only one that stayed behind and waited for him, and told my friends we will meet up with them in a bit once Rob rested and felt okay to go. He was sitting on this giant rock and we were just talking.

Suddenly, three grown men came down the grassy hill from the opposite side and started walking toward me and Rob. They were dressed in regular clothing, and looked like typical New York assholes, so I stood in front of Rob in case these guys were looking for trouble. These three men came up to us and started asking me questions about what I was doing there and why, and as they were asking I was not responding and instead asking them the question, “Who are you? What do you care?” They said they were cops, but I didn’t believe it. Fake cops are also a big thing here, and these guys didn’t even appear from a police car or anything. They didn’t have a badge to show either. They ignored me and just repeatedly told me to take my hands out of my pockets, which they weren’t even in. They were on my side. I told them to get out of here because they were starting to piss me off, and one of the guys in front of me slapped my wrist while the other two circled me like thugs about to jump me. Next thing I knew, I spent fifteen minutes in sight of the public against a busy road getting beaten down by three grown men. I didn’t even fight back at first. I let them do their thing until they were done, but they kept kicking me, punching me, and they even grabbed me by my hair and started beating my face into a pile of rocks. I was gushing blood everywhere. I still didn’t fight back. Then one cop told another to go get my friend Rob. I told them to leave him alone because he is disabled, but the one cop started approaching him with handcuffs out, so I got pissed and started fighting back. I clinched and kneed one guy in the face and sliced his forehead open, then broke another’s nose and threw the third officer on top of them. I’m a big, powerful dude, and not to mention trained to fight, so I took control of the three of them the best I could and told them that they could handcuff me and do what they want if they leave him alone. So after fifteen minutes of this mess, they finally got me in cuffs and walked me to a black car.

Now, at this point, I thought I was being kidnapped. I still did not believe these were cops. They sure as hell did not act like cops. I got thrown in the car and they repeatedly made threats and insulted while I was in the backseat. We had a little war on words and I gave them some speech about the way they’re living their lives. Eventually, we got to the police precinct. I was placed in jail while handcuffed to a chair. Can you imagine my anxiety? I was just a thirteen year old kid helping his friend. Honestly, I thought they were going to kill me, but like I said, after a little drive we arrived at a police precinct. My father picked me up after the cops charged me with resisting arrest, public intoxication, loitering, and a bunch of other stuff, none of which was true.

I went home, and since that day, even to today, I carry that memory in my mind because it stole my pride and self-respect. I felt worthless, and the people who respected me and believed in me most saw and heard about it. I was their protector, someone to look after them. I cared a lot about my friends, and I never wanted them to see me like that. Those cops stripped me of all I was and mentally I just never recovered. I tried, but I just wasn’t me anymore. Eventually, I turned fourteen and was afraid to leave my house. I still did, but I was just afraid. The anxiety grew and got worse and worse. I ended up afraid to walk down the block, and I only went out in my backyard, so instead of the shopping plaza we would all gather at, my friends would come in my yard. We did this for like three months. Eventually my body couldn’t take all the anxiety and I collapsed in panic. I didn’t want to fight it anymore. I ended up dropping out of school illegally. I was only six months into the ninth grade. Needless to say, I eventually became severely agoraphobic, having up to sixteen panic attacks a day.

I never left my house again. For four straight years, I never touched my front door… I never smelled the air of the outside. I rarely saw the sun for weeks at a time because I’d like being awake at night when the world was calm and quiet. I never touched a human being for four years, never continued my education in high school, I became afraid of everything, even shaving, showering, or moving in a certain way. I was so afraid. I was mentally scarred and no one helped me.

Now, before my collapse and agoraphobic behavior, I had many court appearances in front of a judge. There were a lot because the arresting officer that night of the beating never made an appearance in court, so the judge threw the case out. My family and I tried to find a lawyer to sue the NYPD, but all the lawyers wanted interviews, and when we discussed the circumstances of the story, all the lawyers would decline to work for us. It’s so hard to find someone who would stand against the police.

Eventually, we gave up, and then that’s when my aforementioned issues started. I lost my life as a teenager. I never went to school. I stayed locked in my bedroom with a computer for the next several years, alone. My parents didn’t take the mental issues seriously and generally thought I was just lazy, and they’d get mad at me, especially my father, so they basically let me rot. It usually comes with the territory that older generations don’t understand what a mental disorder is. They assume you can just get over it, but in many cases it is in fact a medical condition that only stems from something impacting your life or genetics. I may have never gone to jail, but those police still locked me up emotionally in my own home. For what? Why? What reasoning did they have to escalate this situation on a child? Is it because I did their job for them while they showed up over an hour later?

I eventually found a girl online who was very sweet to me and tried getting me out of my house. We ended up together for close to six years, but my panic and anxiety issues eventually pushed her away. I’ve worked several jobs since at homeless shelters and for UPS, but I’d eventually quit or get laid off due to anxiety or physical problems that I developed from four years of horrible living treatment, such as my stomach hernia which can not be repaired, my horrible arthritis, and my dizzy spells.

I still fight everyday, but right now I’m broken, unemployed, and hurting. I’m broke, twenty-seven years old, and still living with my parents who I take care of in the house since my father is a heart attack survivor and my mother has Multiple Sclerosis. I do all the heavy lifting of things around the house, or help my mother with opening a bottle or jar, but I’m in pain myself so often I can barely do much more, so I’m really not as big of a help as I want to be or wish to be. I also cannot get SSI because they keep denying me. I am doing better with anxiety and can control it, and rarely ever panic, but it’s like I am trapped in my home again against my will, and this all stems from that one night.

That’s my story.
Steven

Assaulted While Waiting for Nephews’ Booster Seats at Airport

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

Jessica Smith shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

March 30, 2014

My sister’s plane pulled into the gate at 10:10 PM. She and her three young boys flew into SLC from Ohio; needless to say, they were tired! We got the luggage and once we got to the car, we realized we didn’t have the two boys’ booster seats, so we headed back in to get them while Grandma and Grandpa stayed with the boys. By then, it was just before 11 PM. No one was to be found for the airline to help us, and we could not locate the booster seats. The sweet gal working for another airline was helping us as best as she could. In the meantime, we were calling from the empty desk’s phone trying to get help as well.

Calls were being made, pages were being announced over the paging system and nothing. I was writing a note to leave at the desk for anyone who might decide to show up to work at some point. By then, it had been well over an hour and we were still waiting. Then, the desk phone rang for the first time that night, so we answered it. They were shocked to find someone finally at the desk until we told them it was us; they laughed, apologized, and said someone should be there because they did find the boosters. After a bit, the phone rang again. This time, one of the gals we had been talking to laughed, saying it was funny we were answering the phone. Thus far, no one had had a problem with us using the phone.

Then, an airport officer came walking by. He asked what we were doing, so we said we were waiting for boosters and anyone to help us. He asked why we were answering the phone and we tried explaining what’s been going on. He then told us to back away from the counter and stop going behind the desk (we never once went behind the counter). I was irritated that he wasn’t listening and just kept yelling at us to get away from the desk. Finally, I said, “Here,” turned to call the extension we had been talking with, and he grabbed my arm trying to make me let go of the phone. During this scuffle, his ID badge fell to the floor. At some point he let go of one of my wrists and I bent down and grabbed his badge to get his info off it. Then he got an incredibly tight grip on both my wrists and had me up against the glass window. At this point, my sister ran to the courtesy phone to call for the police because all she was seeing was her sister being manhandled by this officer. I threw the officer’s ID badge just so he would get off me. Words were exchanged and a scene was made; unfortunately when the others got there, they treated me and my sister like criminals.

My sister called my dad to let him know what the hold up was. Unfortunately, the airport employee showed up right after all of this to get us our booster seats…thanks for nothing!

The Sgt. was called down and the Sgt. went directly to his officer, talking with him out of earshot for what seemed like more than enough time. He came to me after sending his officer on his way and wanted to hear my “story,” as if I was about to waste his time with a lie. I told him what had happened and, basically, he managed to put it all back on me, saying that I should have listened to the officer when he told me not to go behind the desk and that I should have obeyed his order. Really?! I know of cases where if the girl had not followed the officer’s orders, they wouldn’t have been raped or sexually assaulted in some way.

Anyway, all said and done, the Sgt. told me that I was being cited for resisting an officer and also for disorderly conduct. Are you kidding me?! I’m the one who was assaulted, yet the officer was told to have a good night and I got slapped with two charges of crap. Not to mention, there is surveillance footage that shows it all. Amazing!

I’m all for appreciating our authorities and abiding by the law and all, but when I’m treated like an effing criminal because I’m standing at the baggage claim office for too long waiting for booster seats – sorry, I can’t respect that abuse of power!

I mean, if I was in the wrong, please let me know, but I can’t see where I was out of line. Also, the officer was 6’2″ or 6’3″ and ~220 pounds. I’m 5’2″ and 147 pounds.

Jessica Smith

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