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Martinsburg WV Police Shoot Wayne A. Jones 23 Times for Walking Next to Sidewalk

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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By THE FULL COURT PRESS & Virginia Cop Block:
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

    • Wayne had no warrants for his arrest and had committed no crimes.
    • Wayne had no drugs or alcohol in his system.
    • Judge states in her Order for Summary Judgement “NO KNIFE WAS EVER PRODUCED”
    • Approximately 50 conflicting material statements by LEO in State Police File, Depositions and videos.
    • Case illegitimately thrown out because a RESPONSE to a discovery request was deemed to have been filed ‘one’ day late.
    • Dashcam videos admittedly “altered” by West Virginia State Police prior to releasing them to family.
    • Officer allegedly stabbed stated, in fact, “He was not stabbed” on the video and Medical file refutes any treatment for cuts/stabbing.
    • Officer states they shot him because “he was just fuck’in laying there and wouldn’t do nothin”.
    • Bullet fragments/pieces found on front of Wayne’s shirt – furthering the reality that he was lying face down when (5) Cops shot him 23 times.

    Wayne A. Jones was walking down the street beside the sidewalk at 11:30pm on March 3, 2013. An Officer Lehman lurked behind him in his patrol unit watching Wayne as he was walking. As Wayne made a wide turn around a parked car, he immediately turned in towards the curb and continued walking. The video depicts Wayne stopping at an intersection and then crossing the street and ultimately stopping when the Officer pulled his vehicle over and exited.

    Help the Estate of Wayne A. Jones hold these Cops Responsible!

    A consensual encounter ensued where Wayne attempted to articulate where he was going and why he was not walking on the sidewalk. Lehman immediately wanted to turn the encounter into a warrantless search and seizure by making several requests and asking Wayne “Where are you going?” and “Do you have any weapons on you?” We know now that Wayne had a pair of scissors in his back pocket because of the Medical Examiner Report. Wayne responded “What is a weapon?”

    At this point, one could only surmise that he wanted to know, from the officer, if a pair of scissors was considered a weapon; Regardless, we will never find out because immediately what started out as consensual was escalated to detainment and ultimately a murder. Wayne refused to be detained and asked the Officer “What did I do to you?” and “What do you want?” Over and over – He asked the question. Lehman never said Wayne was under arrest, he never accused him of a crime yet he continued to demand Wayne to put his hands on the vehicle. Wayne Jones refused and was subsequently tazed twice as backup officers arrived on the scene.

    A chase ensued and Wayne ran onto the public library steps where the Officers chased him. Again Wayne exclaimed “What did I do to you?” What did I do to you?” With no answer, Wayne was punched in the side of the head, put into an illegal choke hold and thrown on the ground where a total of (5) officers placed Wayne on his stomach – beat him over and over, tazed him another two times while calling him a motherfucker and kicking him. Instead of cuffing Wayne, they continued to beat him and – someone yelled that he saw a knife[sic]; yet in the Police reports, some officers said that they didn’t see a knife and others couldnt agree on what size the knife was. Furthermore – miraculously, multiple knives turned up on the scene after the fact and to date no knife has been physically produced.

    At a point after the officers stated that they saw a knife – each officer, in unison, slowly backed away from Wayne, who lay motionless on his stomach after being horrifically brutalized. As an Officer Neely backed away, he instantaneously fired his weapon into the head of Wayne Jones and the other (4) officers followed suit. Totaling twenty-three shots, every bullet went into Wayne Jones body from the (5) officers. The Police Report clearly stated that Wayne was 5’9 and weighed 130lbs yet (5) officers who probably weighed 900-1000lbs could not subdue one 130lb individual without filling him full of holes equivalent to Swiss Cheese.

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    In the reports – each officer made a scripted statement that included “knife”, “fear”, and “noncompliance” summarizing that they felt in fear of their lives; however – the video tells a much different story. In fact, in Officer Staub’s video at around 23:30 he specifically stated that “He wouldn’t fucking do nothing so we all shot him” Additionally, Staub was the officer that was purportedly stabbed by the “phantom-throwdown” knife that multiplied into two knives underneath Wayne’s body after he was killed. Four different officers made materially false statements about the existence, location and the fact that they altered the crime scene and moved the knives[sic] which were never found to have any fingerprints, dna or other forensic evidence that would conclude that Wayne, in fact, possessed a knife or stabbed an officer. No knife was ever produced.

    Several observations after watching all of the videos, make one wonder if they are even authentic, nevermind that the West Virginia State Police has already gone on the record and stated, after it was obvious that much of the audio had been doctored, deleted or otherwise maligned – that they had, in fact, made alterations to the video/audio which was released nearly (6) months after the murder. None of the timestamps on any of the dashcams are synched and most notably, non of the cruisers are ever facing a position which would shed any light on the actual incident despite it was 11:30pm and proper training and protocol is to position the vehicle’s headlights on the incident for maximum lighting.

    The Martinsburg District Attorney had a Special Grand Jury convened to hear the evidence against these (5) officers and just like Michael Brown, the Special Grand Jury refused to indict. The family of Wayne Jones, immediately retained counsel and sued the City of Martinsburg and its police officers who were involved in this crime. Please help us fight for your Rights and mine!

    Ironically – as a result of some legal incompetence; the attorney representing the Estate of Wayne Jones , at the very least, constructively threw them under the bus by failing to file documents, integral to the case, in a timely fashion(“1” day late). In and of itself, these types of situations are not fatal and the Federal Courts won’t throw out such a high profile and emotionally charged case based on a minor technicality, but in this case – the US District Court Judge Gina H Groh made the decision to grant a summary judgment to the City and the police officers and dismiss the Estate’s lawsuit with prejudice, in effect, thoroughly abusing her discretion and failing to allow the lawsuit to move forward.

    It appeared that it was over for the family – their brother Wayne was dead, their rights had been disenfranchised in the Federal Court System, and it appeared like there would be no day in court where a full and fair hearing would be had on the merits of this case of Excessive Force by death and Wrongful Death.

    After the Judge ruled against the Estate, attorney Sherman Lambert, withdrew himself from the case and for nearly three weeks, the Estate searched for the right legal counsel to represent them. With little to no success, the Estate created a package to send out to prospective attorneys. For nearly another week, they made calls and pitched Wayne Jones and the wide ramifications that this case has on our country, blacks, elderly, and the homeless. In the wake of the Ferguson outcry by Citizens, Wayne Jones, though murdered on March 13, 2013, his blood is still crying out for Justice. Please support Wayne’s Cause!

    After speaking to Bobby Jones(Estate Administrator), its crystal clear that neither of these men are primarily after money – and the Jones family desires that these (5) men be held accountable for the death of their brother and the City of Martinsburg to apologize, and immediately start retraining its Police Department so that this never “ever” happens again.

    As an activist, investigative journalist and a reasonable man, please agree and partner with me and the Estate of Wayne Jones. Refuse to allow Wayne A. Jones’ horrendous last ten minutes of his life and his senseless death become nothing more than a Constitutional Anomaly and a legal afterthought.

    As a nation, we can not run from this oppression. We must stand up to these policies and resist this oppression – peacefully and in the spirit of due process and Constitutional redress. In the wake of Michael Brown, obviously, a POLICE STATE pattern is prevalent and free citizens are being disallowed to choose to ‘walk away’ from encounters and are being forcefully detained to the point of death, if they refuse to succumb to unconstitutional demands on their freedom and liberty to travel and be free from warrantless searches and seizures.

    As citizens, we have inalienable rights to travel and walk freely, unfettered or harassed. Ill trained and unqualified officers must be the focus of these political stands. Cities must be responsible and held accountable for their officers, which in this case, at minimum rise to the level of a public nuisance in a community based policing program. Face it – at best, Wayne was guilty of an administrative violation, if at all. He had a good reason for not walking on the sidewalk – Officer Lehman refused to allow him to articulate it.

    As it stands today – The Estate of Wayne Jones has retained legal counsel last week for the purpose of its Appeal to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. This case will be argued in mid January and the Fourth Circuit will rule – some time afterward. We are confident that that Wayne’s case will be reversed based on clear rules in the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and controlling case precedent.

    Presently, the Estate is asking for help with the costs to litigate this case and bring justice to Wayne Jones and his family. Costs for experts, filing, depositions and travel are substantial, therefore a Crowdfunding campaign has been created to move this honorable cause forward. Help Prepare for this Legal Battle!

    All donations go directly into the Fiduciary Account for the Legal Fund of the Estate of Wayne Jones managed by The Virginia Law Group, Rocco Deleonardis, 11480 Sunset Hills Blvd. Reston Virginia 20190-5265 (703)338-2434 – roccodeleonardis@yahoo.com

     

    By: Rand Cadmus
    (540)395-3539
    randcadmus@yahoo.com
    Please consider sharing this article with your media contacts as this case continues
    the pressure must continue as well.
    This article originally published on: The Full Court Press

    The Daily Mail UK also wrote about this.

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Large Settlements for False Arrest

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Submitted by Arkady Bukh

7 Largest Settlements for False Arrest

The shooting of an unarmed teenager in a St. Louis suburb recently turned the national spotlight on the militarization of police and the often co-occurring abuse of authority. American psychologist, Abraham Maslow said in 1966, “If the only tool you have is a hammer, then you see all problems as nails.”

The hammer/nail mentality has cost police jurisdictions across the country significant amounts of money. Money which could be used to replace infrastructure, fund social programs or house the homeless has instead gone to address police brutality.

The National Police Accountability (NPAP) was started with the intention of ending law enforcement’s abuse of authority and gives guidance and support to groups fighting police misconduct.

Made up of plaintiff’s attorneys, the NPAP uses a variety of methods to communicate with members. The organization also hosts continuing legal education seminars nationally and tracks lawsuits alleging police brutality.

A few of the more noteworthy cases the NPAP has reported recently include some with millions of dollars as a settlement and one where just a middle finger raised the anger of the police.

Robert Graham

Robert Graham was caught in stalled traffic in New York City. A couple of NYPD cops worked to maneuver their way out of the jam, without lights or siren, to answer a 911 call. The cops had a difficult time maneuvering around Graham who told the police officers he couldn’t move either. The cops finally got out, answered the call and came back to arrest Graham for disorderly conduct. Graham’s payoff for being pulled from the car by his neck and arrested? $150,000.

Robert Bryant

The Madison County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Department provided Mr. Bryant with a settlement of settlement of over a half-million dollars. What did Mr. Bryant have to do for the payday?

In August, 2012, Bryant was in a pool hall and had a dispute with an off-duty deputy who was also in the bar. When Bryant left the pool hall later, he was followed by the deputy and was pulled out of his car. Several other deputies arrived and stomped on Bryant, knocked some teeth out and left him on the side of the road unconscious. Then they charged Bryant with assaulting an officer. Mr. Bryant was awarded $625,000.

Four RNC Protesters

A New York jury agreed that four protesters at the 2004 Republican National Convention had been wrongly arrested. To help set things right, the jury awarded the four $185,000. Attorney Arkady Bukh worked with other attorneys in representing over 1600 total protesters arrested during the convention. The total amount paid by the city for the wrongful arrests? $18 million making it the largest protest-related settlement in history.

Unnamed Suspect

Penns Grove, New Jersey, had to pay out $2 million for the death of a man killed from being placed in a choke hold. The lawsuit said that police responded to a call at an apartment complex in March, 2010. When they got there, the police reported that a suspect was acting “bizarrely.” The suspect walked away when he was approached by the officers and ignored their commands to halt. Despite not giving any resistance, the man was maced and tackled to the ground. While one officer applied the choke hold, other officers kicked the suspect. By the time the ambulance arrived, the suspect was unconscious. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. The settlement was sealed and the victim’s name has not been released.

“Central Park 5”

Five men who had been convicted and sent to prison for a sensationalized crime which they didn’t commit, were awarded $40 million by New York City to settle a long-unresolved civil rights court case.  The original lawsuit accused NYPD, and city prosecutors, of false arrest, malicious prosecution, and driving a racially-motivated conspiracy. The mayor at the time had fought any settlement for over ten years, taking the fight all the way to federal court.

Occupy Wall Street

The largest Occupy Wall Street settlement, over $580,000, was awarded to 14 protesters who had been wrongfully arrested in January 2012.

Robert Bell

While hardly noticeable in the city’s annual budget, a judge approved a settlement between the NYPD and Robert Bell. Arrested for giving three NYPD officer the middle finger, Bell filed a First Amendment suit and False Arrest claim against the city. When offered the money to drop his lawsuit, Bell agreed and walked away with the money.

Arkady Bukh is a founding member of Bukh Law Firm P.C. (14 Wall St, New York NY 10005, (212) 729-1632) and a published author. Arkady concentrates on high-profile criminal defense cases, as well as police brutality cases. You can view his website here

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Video Captures Racial Profiling by NYPD Employee

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

This content was shared by a person who stated that it’s “Clear evidence of racial profiling and aggression. Even tells a passerby he’ll arrest them for obstruction. Obstruction of what crime?”

This is not my video. It was posted by a Youtuber Adam Saleh that I follow. I watch most of the Cop Block videos and this one is one of the worst cop videos I’ve ever seen.

Basically the Youtubers walk with normal clothing by a cop while fighting and the NYPD officer does nothing, Then they walk by in traditional garb from their respective cultures and the cop flips out. Even goes as far as asking them why they are dressed that way.

Editors Note: In the interest of transparency, and because it is individuals who act and who alone are responsible for their actions, it would have been good were the police employee’s face not blurred out and for his name and badge to be ascertained and shared.

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Boone County WV Sheriff’s Deputies Dent and Graley Abuse, Threaten

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The content below was shared by Andy Kyser via CopBlock.org/Submit about some unwanted “service” provided by John Dent and Andrew Graley, employees of the Boone County (WV) Sheriff’s Outfit. To Mr. Kyser, or anyone else visited by self-proclaimed “authorities” – if at all possible, film the interaction for transparency and to deter rights-violations.

Date of Incident: May 14,2014
Individuals Responsible: John Dent and Andrew Graley
Outfit: Boone County Sheriff’s Office
Phone: (304) 369-7340
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BooneCountyWVSheriff

Two Boone County, West Virginia deputy sheriffs entered my property without a written court order or warrant with Child Protective Services of Boone County and wanted to take pictures and search the house for no reason.

The officers did not even know why they where here. I wouldn’t let them take pictures of one particular room so officer John Dent then open hand slapped me and knocked me to the floor. As I was trying to gather myself off of the floor he started tasering me in the chest.

My son came into the room to see what was going on and they started tasering him in the back as he was turning to leave the room. They then arrested us both and said they did not know what we where charged with yet they just had to arrest us because they fired the tasers.

They charged me with malicious wounding and obstructing and I never even touched the police officer.They charged my son with assault on police officer and obstructing and he did not even touch no one.

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Humboldt State University Employs Violent Cop, Uses Student Money to Cover His Lawsuits

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

The content below was shared anonymous via CopBlock.org/Submit by a student who noted the irony of a university police employee who purports to stand for safety, yet twice has been involved in cases were settlements are given to victims of his brutality. He notes, “it ridiculous and outrageous that he is still employed by the University, everyone on campus is unsafe as long as he continues to work here.”

How many others have been wronged by this badge-wearing thug through all the years?

Incentives matter. The fact that students, and not the individual responsible, have been forced to pay settlements, does nothing to deter him from tyrannizing another. At least, by getting more attention on him, and his outfit that has stood by him, it will make those in the area more aware of this predator.

Dates of Interaction: 2009, 2012
Individual Responsible: Delmar Tompkins
Outfit: Humboldt State University Police Department
Phone: 707-826-5555

From a NorthCoastJournal.com write-up by Thadeus Greenson:

The California State University system has settled a civil lawsuit brought by a Fieldbrook man who alleged he was the victim of a “brutal” assault by Humboldt State University police in January 2012, agreeing to pay the man $135,000.

CSU spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp said the payment will come out of HSU coffers, noting that the settlement does not include any admission of wrongdoing.

Casey Arndt, 33, filed the federal lawsuit last year alleging that Humboldt State University Police officer Delmar Tompkins and other officers assaulted him — causing injuries to his face, back, legs, arms, feet and hands —on Jan. 7, 2012. Arndt alleged that he was driving near the HSU campus when Tompkins began following him in his patrol car. In the suit, Arndt claims he pulled over to make a phone call, at which point Tompkins pulled up behind him, activated his overhead lights, exited his patrol car and pulled his firearm, keeping it trained on Arndt’s head.

The complaint alleged that Arndt exited the vehicle and was being handcuffed by another officer when Tompkins “ran up and maliciously” kneed him in the left eye. Arndt further alleged that he was then beaten by numerous officers and Tasered twice before losing consciousness…

The settlement represents the second time in five years that allegations against Tompkins have resulted in a payout.
In 2009 while Tompkins was with the Oakland Police Department, Jimmy Williams, 50, alleged that he used pepper spray and a baton on him “without any just provocation or cause” while arresting him in a Taco Bell parking lot on suspicion of resisting arrest. Williams, who was never charged in the case, sued the city of Oakland for $500,000 in damages. Attorneys representing the city argued Williams was noncompliant and combative but ultimately settled the case out of court, paying Williams $43,000 from the city’s general fund.

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Danger: Police Impunity Behind the Wheel

Monday, September 29th, 2014

The level of impunity granted to police employees by those within the injustice system pertains not only to physical brutality, tasing, or shooting, but to injuries or deaths caused by their actions, or inactions, behind the wheel.

Of course, that should come as no surprise to anyone who understands how the system is rigged.

At its core, every police outfit, district attorneys office, and courtroom, and everyone within those outfits who subsist via the political means, operate according to the bad idea that they have the legal right to do things wrong for you to do.

The perception of authority is everything – without it, the people who pretend to “protect and serve” (yet conversely say that they have no duty to protect) are seen for what they are – individuals, who, like yourself, are responsible for their actions. Clearly, the involvement of a coercive monopoly is not conducive to justice.

 

RESPONSIBLE INDIVIDUALS

  • Darren Ilardi / New York Police Outfit: 646-610-5000 / Queens County DA: (718) 286-6000
  • John Swearingen / Kern County Sheriff’s Outfit (661) 391-7500 / Kern County DA: (661) 868-2340
  • Frederick Schimp / Pennsylvania State Police Outfit (717) 783-5599 / Erie County DA: (814) 451-6349
  • Joseph Quiles / Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Outfit: 414.226.7000 / Milwaukee County DA: (414) 278-4646
  • Andrew Francis Wood / Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Outfit: (323) 267-4800 / Los Angeles County DA: (213) 974-3512

 

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The $11.8B Militarization of Nevada’s Police Departments

Monday, September 29th, 2014
Ferguson Militarized Police

Nobody really saw much of a difference.

Note: This post was originally published at the Nevada Cop Block site.

After the heavy-handed and overzealous response to protesters by Ferguson police put the militarization of police in a national spotlight, it is becoming increasingly apparent just how much of a dotted line the boundary between the police and military has become over the past few years.

As Las Vegas’ CBS affiliate reports, Nevada police departments have been doing their share of feeding at the trough of leftovers generated by Washington’s perpetual wars over the past 20+ years:

“RENO, Nev. (AP) – Law enforcement agencies in Nevada have accumulated $11.8 million worth of military gear from the Pentagon through a surplus program under increasing scrutiny since the police response to protests over the killing of an unarmed Missouri teenager.

Picture Taken BEFORE the National Guard Troops Arrived in Ferguson

BEFORE the National Guard Troops Arrived in Ferguson

Defense Department records show over the past 17 years Nevada officers have received about 300 semi-automatic rifles, a half dozen mine-resistant and armored vehicles, three helicopters and a pair of grenade launchers.

Tod Story, head of the American Civil Liberties Union in Nevada , says the militarization of local police sends the wrong signal to communities where officers are supposed to protect residents, “not assault them.”

Washoe County sheriff’s spokesman Bob Harmon says the Huey helicopter worth nearly $1 million they obtained in 1997 has helped save many lives during rescue and firefighting missions.”

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“Rehab” – A Song Against Police Brutality [Music Video]

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

The content below was created and shared by Gregory Crimson via CopBlock.org/Submit to help share ideas through the medium of music. It is also included on the page CopBlock.org/Music.

Hi, My name is Gregory, and I really admire what you guys are doing. Your page has had a very strong effect on me and I felt that I had to contribute in some way. I wrote a song and made a music video called “Rehab”.

The song is about these “bad” cops abusing helpless people. I understand that due to the nature of their work, the police have a tough job. I also believe that it is their responsibility and in their own interest that they themselves make an effort to rid their ranks of these savage individuals who give them a bad name.

Lets try to rid society of these violent elements with a badge. Jimi Hendrix once said:

Music doesn’t lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.

I hope that my music can in some way, help somebody out there. Thank you so much and keep up your great work.

Best regards. Gregory

Buy this song on ITUNES NOW!

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/rehab-single/id919285248

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Granville, WV Police Employees Grind Face of Terminally Ill Man On Pavement, Threaten Videographer

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

This incident has been shared by many people via CopBlock.org/Submit and most-recently, by Joshua Harwood, who write the excellent write-up below, which was originally posted to EnterTheAwesome.com

Date of Incident: September 6, 2014
Individuals Responsible: Unknown
Outfit: Granville Police Department
Phone: (304) 599-5080

What this video shows is a man named Jeff Bane in Granville, West Virginia being “detained” for over 9 minutes with his head and neck being kneeled upon by an officer of the law. What I find almost as amazingly depressing as this video, are the comments to the video on YouTube.

They immediately side with the police, saying “We don’t know what he might have done before filming started”

To which I say, who cares? He has been subdued by 3 officers for 9 minutes and who knows how long before the video picks up on it. Get him cuffed, put him in the cruiser, and go get him arraigned and put in a cell. That’s your job. That’s it. Even if he “resisted” arrest, you don’t get to punish him for that. A judge and jury has that job.

But here’s the thing… According to his nephew Josh, Jeff Bane was trying to get his children away from the road and someone called the police on him. The ever intrepid and tenacious The Dominion Post (Who I’d argue sided with the police so hard that the article itself is probably plagiarized from the police report) Jeff “appeared to be under the influence of narcotics”. From this point the police then decided to “restrain” him.

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Here’s a fact about Jeff though: He’s terminally ill. As in, he is dying. The disease is called Huntington’s Disease. It is a neurodegenerative genetic disorder that affects muscle movement and cognition. The list of symptoms on Wikipedia reads as follows:

“jerky, random, and uncontrollable movements called chorea.[2] Chorea may be initially exhibited as general restlessness, small unintentionally initiated or uncompleted motions, lack of coordination, or slowed saccadic eye movements.”

Hmmm. That almost matches the description of someone who “appeared to be under the influence of narcotics”, doesn’t it? But surely the police officers took the time to ascertain the nature of Jeff’s behavior, right? Surely, these men who wield so much authority over our daily lives took that fact to bear and did their due diligence, right? So how did Jeff end up in this situation? Because they fucking didn’t.

If they did, they would know what you and I now know: That Jeff’s movement’s were sporadic and jerky because he couldn’t control them. That “resisting” you see him doing in the video? He had no control over it. And the officers wouldn’t listen to him trying to explain. But what they DID do was kneel on a grown man’s neck and head with all of their body weight for nearly 10 minutes, in front of his children. His children had to watch him plead for someone, anyone, to help him. If you don’t find all that heartbreaking, you may have been Vice President somewhere between 2000-2008.

This is what Jeff Bane looked like when the police were finished grinding his face into the pavement (note his hospital gown):

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We only know this because a wonderful person named Sara Bostonia had more compassion and care for her fellow man than any of these officers combined. She stopped and is the person who recorded the footage. Upon seeing this, the officers began feeling guilty and ceased their actions. JUST KIDDING! An officer makes it a point to cross the road and intimidate her for yelling at them to stop what they are doing.

For the woman there’s a borderline 1st Amendment violation.. For Jeff, there’s a possible 4th, 8th and 14th Amendment violation. And the entire account was caught on video.

Yet all these so called Patriots® and Freedom Lovers© are saying shit like “Well if he hadn’t done something wrong he wouldn’t be in this situation!”

Well you don’t KNOW that! It could have gone either way, he did something or didn’t, but behavior like this MUST be checked and called out whenever it occurs. Lest it be you or I in the same situation as this man without a single pretext for this kind of detainment.

And I’ll add this: the growing militarization of our domestic police force makes it even more imperative to quash this reaction where ever it rears it’s head. It is our duty -not just as US citizens, but of the human race- to stand up and let it be known that this kind of behavior is unacceptable.

Contact the Granville Police department and ask if this behavior is acceptable.
Ask WBOY and WDTV why they appear to be ignoring this.

Ask questions and get mad. I’m mad as hell.

– Joshua Harwood

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The police involved have since claimed that they believed Jeffrey to be intoxicated – even if that were true, it does not justify their brutality.

Will those responsible be held accountable?

A Justice for Jeffrey Bane Facebook page has been created: https://www.facebook.com/Justice4JeffreyBane

Here’s video of Jeffrey walking with his kids just prior to being manhandled by Granville’s “finest.” Clearly his behavior didn’t warrant the “service” he was given.

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Tim Reynolds, Independence, Mo. Police Employee, Puts Teen in ICU

Friday, September 19th, 2014

This incident was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by multiple people concerned about the treatment of a teenager by an aggressive police employee.

Date of Interaction: 09/14/2014
Outfit: Independence, MO Police Department
Individual Responsible: Tim Reynolds
Phone: (816) 325-7300

Bryce Masters, a 17-year-old was in critical condition after Tim Reynolds, employed at the Independence, MO police employee used excessive force against him on Sunday, September 14th.

Masters was stopped due to a non-crime – the tags on the vehicle he was driving. When Reynolds ordered Masters to roll down his window, Masters stated, “I can’t roll down my window, it’s broke”- something a witness, Curtis Martes, collaborated as having heard.

After Masters opened the door of his car, Reynolds tased him and pulled him roughly pulled him from the vehicle. Masters head slammed off the pavement, and Reynolds kneeled on him.

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Bryce Masters

David Lohr wrote at the HuffingtonPost that:

“You could tell the kid was going into convulsions,” witness Michelle Baker told Fox4kc.com. “[The cop] turned him over and his head was dangling … and he had blood coming out.”

Masters was transported to CenterPoint hospital, where he reportedly remains listed in critical condition Monday, with swelling in his brain.

This situation involving Bryce Masters has a similarity with another well-known instance of police employee abuse – that of the killing of Kelly Thomas by Fullerton police employees Jay Cicinelli, Kenton Hampton, Manny Ramos, Joe Wolfe, James Blatney, and a sixth colleague – as his father, like Kelly’s, is a police employee. The institutionalized violence of the police apparatus is now so great that even the previously protected class are seeing their own loved owns fall victim.

Now, employees of a bigger gang – the FBI – are investigating. Just another public relations move to quell justified discontent at the “service” provided by Tim Reynolds and his colleagues running damage control at the Independence Police outfit? We’ll see…

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