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Edmonton Police are Above Traffic Laws, and Intimidate Motorists

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Cole Kruper shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page. He originally published the post at NewsInGeneral.com.

EDMONTON, AB –The Police are supposed to make the places where they operate safer. They’re supposed to protect and serve. But, the problem is, in today’s world of out of control Police, they do just the opposite. There is no protecting and serving anymore. When they aren’t shooting people for no reason, or beating them up, they resort to other tactics. Intimidation is a huge problem, as is the manner in which they drive. They pull over the tax-payer’s for various different reasons, yet the way the Police drive probably puts the other drivers on the road in more danger than the person getting pulled over was.

Just yesterday, I witnessed a Police officer driving dangerously. The road pirate seemed to be interested in a car up the road, and it appeared that the cop was going to pull over that particular car. The police vehicle was in the far left lane of 137 Avenue near 156th Street, headed East. The cop then quickly accelerated, and proceeded to cut off traffic in an attempt to get into the far right lane. There was no indication that the cop was going to dart across the road – no sirens, no lights. Even after the cop got into the far right lane and was following the car he would later pull over, there were still no lights. At this point, it was becoming apparent that the cop was trying to intimidate the driver, making sure the driver did something wrong so the cop could pull the car over.

In this case, the cop definitely put the drivers on that particular road in danger, by failing to give anyone any notice. The cop also put drivers on the road in danger by intimidating another driver. That person may not have had their full attention on the road with a cop behind driving erratically, following close, in attempt to intimidate the driver.

This story goes a little further. If the cop had decided to pull the driver over, it very well could have been done right where it all started. They happened to pass right by a large parking lot, where the cop could have had the driver pull into, out of traffic and so on. Instead, the cop decided to follow the driver for several blocks before pulling the driver over. For what reason? To intimidate the driver most likely, and to ensure there were very few witnesses. The cop decided to pull the driver over on a quiet residential road. What’s the matter, officer? Don’t like witnesses?

In this particular incident, the cop involved put the drivers on the road in danger, along with any passengers in those vehicles. The cop also intimidated the driver. What the hell is wrong with Police these days? Instead of simply pulling over drivers, they have to pull risky moves on the road, endangering those driving along, and then they have to pull out intimidation tactics? How would you react if you saw a Police vehicle speeding towards you, cutting across three lanes of traffic? Would you be a little nervous? Probably. First off, the cop is a dangerous driver, so you should be concerned. Second of all, the cop is attempting to intimidate you. You know it’s only a matter of time before you get pulled over. The big question here is, why did the cop pick a quiet road to pull this driver over? Why did the cop wait numerous blocks to pull the driver over. My guess would be, whoever the cop was, he didn’t want any witnesses, and wanted to intimidate the driver.

This just shows how the Police think they are better than everyone else. If the average, everyday citizen drove like the cop in this case, or like many other cops, they’d probably get pulled over, fined, or put in a cage (jail.) But when a cop does it, no one does anything? It’s somehow acceptable to see cops driving in a manner that puts everyone on the road in danger? There are no fines, nothing. The cop is simply allowed to drive in a dangerous manner because they saw someone they wanted to terrorize? Police departments sound more and more like a gang everyday across North America.

How many times have the Police in this city intimidated drivers on the road? Who knows, but I doubt this is the first time.

Apparently I’m not the only one that isn’t happy with the Police driving dangerously. Just today, I read in the Edmonton Journal that a cop decided to drive on a red light in an extremely busy intersection, without any sirens or emergency lights on. Why? Most likely because it says Police on the side of the car the cop was driving. This incident occurred around 10 PM, which means it was dark at the time. At least in my incident, the cop pulled off his dangerous stunt in the afternoon when people had a chance to see him. At night, all drivers get to see is headlights.

The Police, whether it be here in Edmonton or elsewhere, are putting drivers in more danger than those the cops are busy pulling over. Pulling people over is one thing, but at least attempt to do it safely.

The sad part is, when Police bother to use their sirens and emergency lights, it seems all too often they throw them on just to get through an intersection, because they are better than us and don’t need to wait at a set of lights.

Maybe having a dash cam mounted in your own personal vehicle isn’t such a bad idea; it could bring some accountability to those cops out there that think they are above the rules of the road. Maybe the next time they pull someone over for not driving safely, they ought to write themselves a ticket as well.

Cole Kruper

Edmonton Police are Above Traffic Laws, and Intimidate Motorists is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Police Beating Turns Into Death in Custody for George Ivan Salgado

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The following story was submitted to CopBlock.org by Emmanuel Rendon.

My nephew George Ivan Salgado died on April 13, 2012. I can remember this horrible day like it was yesterday. I arrived to Larkin Community Hospital to the Intensive Care Unit on Thursday April 12, 2012 . I saw my nephew laying in a coma, unresponsive and clinging to life, loosing blood by the liter. He looked disfigured from all the lumps and bruises on his face and head.

My nephew George and I lived in the same house. To tell you the truth, I could not recognize my own nephew. All I saw was blood from his nose, mouth ears, and eyebrow. His legs had more lumps and bruises. According to West Miami Police and Miami Dade Police, they responded to man acting irrational and naked in a backyard of a home in 57 avenue & 23 street S.W on Thursday 4/12/2012 AROUND 3:30 PM, just outside Coral Gables area in West Miami.

Officers say my nephew was combative. Eight to ten officers were at the scene with my nephew. Details, even a year later, are so UNCLEAR that you can easily tell the police are hiding something. Anyhow, my nephew was beat to death. Well, almost to death – he collapsed at the scene and immediately entered a coma, which eventually was how and where he died. George Ivan Salgado held on for dear life for 13 hours after his encounter with police. According to doctors, he bled to death. George was given 5 blood transfusions in 13 hours; after his 5th transfusion, he went into cardiac arrest. The doctors could not bring him back. My nephew George suffered 12 cardiac arrests before the 13th cardiac arrest took his life. George was at a girl friend’s house partying at the time of the incident.

My nephew George, at 5’6 and 150 lbs, was an unarmed college student. George was literally beaten ’til the cows came home. According to one witness, she heard screams as if they were killing or butchering someone. She came to my nephew’s rescue to be threatened by police to mind her business or suffer the consequences. Being that she is illegal in the country, she felt that the officer meant his threat to her.

She briefly described seeing my nephew on his chest, naked, hog tied, handcuffed by wrists and ankles. Several officers huddled around him, while he was screaming, yelling out for help. Little did my nephew know, help was going to kill him. Because the hospital was afraid of a multi-million dollar suit, the hospital protected themselves by taking pictures of my nephew’s condition upon arrival to the Emergency Room of Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, FL . My nephew was in compulsions, bound by ankle and wrist cuffs. Once my nephew died, his body was kept out of families reach, preventing us from taking any incriminating photos that would show police brutality. These photos would have been the key piece of evidence that would paint an entirely different story from the one officers in the Internal Affairs Investigation are stating.

My nephew died Friday April 13,2012 at 4:00 am from the extreme amount of bruising and internal bleeding. Any doctor can tell this patient suffered intense or massive trauma to the head and body. Any one of these blows could have taken his life. Here is where the story get juicier: We called the news and media and told them my nephew got beaten and that the police were going to cover it up; they were going to make my nephew George I. Salgado the aggressor and make them the heroes in this story. Sure enough, the day after my nephew’s death we get contacted by John Turchin of WPLG channel 10 news in Miami, Fl. He stated to us that Miami Medical Examiner Dr. Lee made his medical analysis and came to the conclusion that George I. Salgaldo died from an overdose of cocaine and not from the blunt force trauma to the head and body. At least 10-15 doctors painted a completely different story, we told John Turchin.

Well, we knew then that he did not die from cocaine that day, and we know now also. Why? The hospital ran urine and blood analysis while at the hospital, before my nephew’s death. No drugs and no alcohol were found in his body. NONE. The toxicology report came six months later, which is a bit long if you ask me for a police-involved murder. The toxicology report came out negative for any narcotic or alcohol. The police justified this by saying my nephew was on a steroid which made him resistant to police pepper spray, handcuffs, and electric stun gun.

According to pictures obtained by the hospital, my nephew’s wrists and ankles were bound while he was beat. He died with no defensive wounds. None of the police officers suffered any scrapes. It’s a shame that in order to convict a police officer of beating someone to death, you must first get a medical examiner who is willing to cooperate. Dr. Lee has ruled in favor of the police, stating his death was done by himself, basically. He said he committed suicide with cocaine. It took us 10 days to find a competent medical examiner who was willing to contradict all of Dr. Lee’s medical findings and analysis.

Why did it take us 10 days? There’s so much police intimidation and fear of retaliation that it seems there’s no competent medical examiner who is willing to take on the police in a murder case. All the doctors who we interviewed told us for a 2nd autopsy it would range from $7500 to $10,000. We would respond with, “What if the person you’re examining was beat to death by police?” All the Miami Dade county medical examiners denied us their services after being notified that this was a police-involved homicide.

Luckily, we were referred to Dr. Marraccini, a high profile murder case medical examiner in the Los Angles area and in South Florida as well. Dr. Marraccini notified Dr. Lee that he was taking a look at his medical analysis and finding relating to my nephew’s death. Dr. Marraccini told him he did not have cocaine in his body. “How did you come to that conclusion?” he asked. Dr. Lee replied by saying the doctor was right, he died from another medical condition called Pathariumtheyrom, which is where the body overheats itself to 110 degrees Fahrenheit due to narcotics in the body. Dr. Marraccini countered Dr. Lee’s statement. He told the doctor that the vessels in his eyes were not bleeding, which is a clear indication of Pathariumtheyrom. “You’re right, I guess I have no idea what possibly killed George I. Salgado.” Yes, you have heard correctly, the cause of death a year later is still conveniently UNKNOWN.

There’s a saying in the court room; the “truth shall set you free.” If the officers in this Internal Affairs Investigation share the truth, it will put them behind bars. Why? They lost self control, they betrayed the badge and acted like vigilantes, and furthermore they took a life of a person who was unarmed and restrained according to all the evidence. Dr. Marraccini was able to discover a dictionary full of missed possible causes of death, in order from head to toe. George Ivan Salgado suffered lots of brain hemorrhaging, a fractured frontal cranium, fractured eye socket, fractured upper & lower jaw, fractured trachea, fractured shoulder, 6 broken ribs, fractured pelvis, dislocated hip bone, and massive trauma to the penis/testicle area. Also, there were signs of the electric stun gun marks; he had 12 entries which means at least 6 cartridges or stun guns were used on George I. Salgado. He had four asp bruises or markings, one size 10 boot print at his hair line on the back of his neck, two swollen and bloody wrists and ankles, with a 2 line parallel pattern like the markings of handcuffs.

My nephew never spoke to anyone and said what happened. Like the killers in the movies, no witnesses means no convictions in a murder case. The officer’s stories are the only piece of story we have from that horrible day. We all see Mixed Martial Arts on TV. I have not seen a fighter get beat as bad as my nephew looked the morning he died. He looked like he was being initiated in the GANG of Fraternal Order of Corrupt Cops and died in the process. Sorry, you took the beating but did not live to tell the story. The worse part of this story is that these eight to ten officers all have some sort disciplinary report against them. Instead of firing them and holding them accountable, they were transferred to another agency in another city to beat up more people. Ten to fifteen doctors say he was beat to death, one high-profile medical examiner says he was severely beat to death and one medical examiner can not determine what the cause of death was.

What can we do? Fire the medical examiner, and ask for a competent doctor. The evidence is clear as day, but when police corruption runs deep in Miami, you have a better chance of winning the lottery and getting struck by lighting in one day than of being able to have these cops held accountable for their crimes. According to Katherine Fernandez Rundle State Attorney in Miami Dade County, no crime was committed as officers are allowed to discipline or combat a combative suspect. Please, if you visit Miami, know the cops here kill… for fun. No case will be solved in your memory, like my nephew’s hasn’t been. The case has gone cold, no one has been arrested. The first 48 hours came and went and no one is held responsible for his death… it sucks trying to cope with his loss.

All the attorneys we encountered were too busy worrying about the financial retribution for his death from the two agencies in this matter. No amount of money will ever bring my nephew back. We don’t give a fuck about money, we want heads to roll. This is a bitter, sad reality in Miami: police do kick ass first and ask questions later. It’s like we have a gang of angry men dying to release their anger on anyone who looks worthy of them getting their adrenaline up. Do you know anyone important… enough to make heads roll in Miami, Fl?
Emmanuel Rendon

Police Beating Turns Into Death in Custody for George Ivan Salgado is a post from Cop Block - Badges Don't Grant Extra Rights

Police Union Intimidating Derrick Foster’s Supporters

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

Derrick Foster is the man who recently shot and wounded two Columbus, Ohio police officers conducting a drug raid on a house where Foster was shooting dice. There were no drug charges as a result of the raid. In fact, the only charges to come out of the raid are those against Foster and another man, both of whom say they mistook the raiding officers for armed robbers. Foster is a code inspector for the city of Columbus, Ohio who received glowing reviews from his supervisors, a former Ohio State football player, and a father of two. He had no prior criminal record.

As Foster’s initial court appearance, his attorney introduced several letters attesting to his character from Ohio State athletes, local businessmen, and local educators. Many called him a role model.

That apparently has disrupted the police narrative that Foster is a dangerous cop-killer.

The Fraternal Order of Police passed on many of the supporters’ letters to its 4,100 members and encouraged them to express their displeasure or boycott their businesses.

"I still believe he’s a threat to society. The minute you put your thoughts on a letterhead, you open yourself and your business up to criticism," said Jim Gilbert, president of Capital City Lodge No. 9.

"We’re asking our officers and the public to stand up between the citizens and the violence they put against our officers."

Weiner said the union is off base. "This is witness intimidation. I might be calling some of these people as character witnesses for the defense," he said recently.

The first two union targets were Michael McGuire, the owner of a Budget car-rental location and a lifelong friend of Foster’s; and Pickerington Central High School Principal Scott Reeves, who met Foster at OSU in the mid-1980s. McGuire said he felt threatened when one officer called him and the union sent him an e-mail after he wrote that Foster "is a tremendous role model to his children and other teens in the community."

Wonder how the union feels about the violence Columbus police use against nonviolent citizens in these raids?

The high school principal was reprimanded by his boss, the school superintendent. The police union says it also plans to send a cadre of officers to the school’s next school board meeting, again to register their displeasure for the principal’s support of Foster. The superintendent may have a point in that the principal shouldn’t have used official letterhead in his note of support for Foster. But then, I wonder how many of these police officers have acted in their official capacity in their efforts to intimidate Foster’s supporters. I’d presume the answer is "all," given that if they hadn’t, the recipients of their emails and phone calls wouldn’t have known they were cops. How many will show up at the school board meeting in uniform?

So in sum: The Columbus police waged a hasty drug raid (the third that night for the same SWAT team) on a house where no significant amount of drugs were found. In the process, a man with no prior criminal record and who worked for the city understandably mistook them for armed robbers, and fired his legally-registered gun in self-defense. The authorities are now charging that man with attempted murder, and any of his friends or acquaintances who dare vouch for his character and judgment (both of which are pretty important to establishing his guilt or innocence) can expect intimidating phone calls, emails, and visits from the police, as well as police efforts to interfere with their careers and livelihood.

Foster’s attorney is right. This is blatant witness intimidation. Ohio’s attorney general needs to rein the police union in.

We continue to get these cases where someone with no prior criminal record fires on a team of raiding police officers. And every time, we’re supposed to believe that said person knew the armed men breaking in were cops, and that for whatever reason, each time this person who had shown no prior indication of criminality suddenly turned into a deranged cop killer.

Hardly seems likely, does it? Isn’t the more rational explanation here that these raids are dangerously volatile, confusing, and violent, and put the people on the receiving end of them in understandable fear for their lives?