Cleveland Scene

Date of Interaction: March 28, 2014

DEO writes: Cleveland Cop Block meet up with Pete Eyre, March 28, 2014. I think you’ll see Cleveland Scene got this part wrong. Part 2, The Hit and Run is coming soon. I would have included it, but this is half an hour already! 

 

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Injustice In Brunswick, GA

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Date of Interaction: April 5, 2014
Police Employees Involved: Officer Browning, Anthony S.Badge #145
Police Employee Contact Information: 912-554-7600

Phillip has been a part of our family for the last 12 years. While we are not blood related, he is like my son. Phillip Woodberry is a visually impaired, hearing impaired African American man who was recently arrested in Brunswick, GA. Phillip had moved down to GA with his wife Mayeline and son last year from NY.The couple began to have frequent “domestic disputes.” On Friday, April 4, 2014, the couple had an argument after an incident where their son and the wife’s cousin’s child had gotten out of their apartment. Phillip had brought them back and reprimanded them, causing the argument. Later that night Phillip had a few drinks with a friend (also one of the witnesses to the incident) and became drunk. His wife and her cousin locked themselves and their children in the master bedroom of the apartment. Phillip stayed in their living room.

The following morning April 5, 2014, Phillip had plans to leave and return to NY and stay with his family for a while. According to Phillip, he demanded to see his son before he left and was refused through the bedroom door. He returned to the living room where he was preparing to leave for NY. His friend had returned that morning to help Phillip sober up before his flight. Sometime after Phillip had made his demands, the wife had called the police claiming that Phillip pulled a knife on her and was threatening violence against her, only ever referring to him as her boyfriend and giving them her maiden name when asked.

Two Caucasian male police officers arrived on the scene a while later. According to the police report and Phillip’s friend who was not listed as a witness on the report, the officers asked if they could come in and Phillip complied. They asked him where his wife was and he told them in the bedroom. Phillip then went to the living room and Officer Browning went to the bedroom. He questioned the wife and her cousin who again claimed that Phillip had pulled a knife on his wife and made threatening gestures toward her. They told the officer that his wife was visually impaired, which she was but not as badly as they claimed. The wife told the officer that her son and unborn child were his and had witnessed it. According to the report and the unmentioned witness, Officer Browning went back into the living room and told Phillip to put his hands behind his back. Phillip said he wasn’t going to because he didn’t do anything. The officers threatened to tase him if he didn’t comply. Officer Browning claimed in the report that Philip looked down and saw the red dot on his chest, However, Phillip is visually impaired and was intoxicated at this time so he couldn’t have seen the dot. Still, Phillip complied for fear of being tased. The officer told him he was being arrested for F-aggravated assault under the family violence act. The Officer’s did not read him his miranda rights according to the witness not mentioned in the report. Officer browning went back into the bedroom to take a statement from the wife and her cousin who was listed as a witness in the report. The report ends with stating that a third officer arrived on the scene to take Phillip away. What it doesn’t mention is that the officers did ask Phillip’s friend several questions and then told him to leave.

Phillip was taken to Glenn County Detention Center where he’s been for the last three weeks. He has has yet to see a public defender and was denied bail by a judge who said he didn’t know what to do with Phillip. He was moved to a different location in the detention center and we are not aware which section he is in.

Phillip is a good man who would never hurt anyone. He has a clean record prior to this incident. All we want is justice for Phillip. We’re trying to bring awareness to this situation by reaching out to people both on social media (#freephillipwoodberry) and in the media.

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Police Accountability Report: Episode 131 – LRN.fm

This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.

Story #1
MOTHER: Son brutally attacked by police officer

http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/mother-son-brutally-attacked-by-police-officer/25201520

A mother is speaking out in what she says is a vicious case of police brutality.

It’s a case involving South Bend police officer Aaron Knepper, the victim Tom Stevens, and his mother Suzanne.

Stevens’ mom Suzanne says her son was brutally attacked by Officer Knepper, and she feared her son was going to die right there in her driveway.

“I tried to get that policeman to stop beating my son,” said Suzanne.

According to those claiming to be the authorities, late on a Tuesday evening towards the end of March, South Bend Police Officer Aaron Knepper tried to pull over 55-year-old Tom Stevens for a traffic stop.

Stevens did not pull over, continued to drive to his home and then got out of the vehicle.

That’s when Stevens’ mom Suzanne who lives with her son says he was brutally attacked by the officer.

“He got about halfway up the drive way and these guys tazed him and they ripped his shirt off.”

Suzanne says she watched the beating, fearful for her son’s life.

“He kept hitting my son, punching [him] in the jaw and chest, my son’s dentures fell out on the driveway.”

The 76-year-old mother of Stevens says she grabbed Knepper’s arm to stop him from hitting her son, and that’s when the officer grabbed her.

“Look what that policeman did to my arm,” Suzanne said, showing her bruises. “Can you imagine grabbing an old lady like this?”

Both Suzanne and Tom Stevens were arrested by police for resisting arrest and battery to an officer.

“This one police officer, I was told his name is Aaron Knepper, knocked my son down and kept beating him and beating him,” Suzanne added.

Suzanne was booked in the St. Joseph County Jail, but Tom’s injuries were so severe, he had to be hospitalized.

Stevens stated, “I guess he’s alive, thank God, because I need him. I’m not well. I have blood clots in my lungs.”

Suzanne said she will never again be able to trust a police officer.

“You’re supposed to help and protect people, not destroy their lives.”

Story #2
Wichita Cops Take Aim at Black Men

http://www.courthousenews.com/2014/03/31/66592.htm

In other news, Wichita police think they’re still in the Wild West, shooting people, particularly black people, nine times more often than Detroit officers do, and twelve times more often than in Chicago, the family of a police shooting victim claims in court.

Wichita police Officer Randy Williamson shot to death 24-year-old Troy Lanning II on April 1, 2012, his mother and daughter claim in Wichita Federal Court.

Lanning’s mother, Dawn Herington, claims Williamson shot her son to death merely because he was in a white car, and the officer had heard a report of a drive-by shooting coming from a white car.

The white car fled from a police stop and Lanning fled from the car with a black bag in his hand.

Herington claims her son was complying with Williamson’s order to stop and turn around, raising his hands into the air, when William shot at him five or six times, then shot him three more times in the back as he lay on the ground.

The black bag contained only a few personal items; her son was unarmed, Herington says.

Herington claims Williamson “has been the active shooter in at least three shootings,” and “has been involved in other excessive force cases.”

…Williamson’s daughter was born 7 months after her father was shot to death.

That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org.

I hope you’ll take a moment to consider just who it is that you are entrusting with the protection of those you love.

Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.

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60-second overview:

The police do not police themselves. People are still being wronged despite the introduction of dash-mounted cameras, and the adoption of police-worn body cams is no different. To ensure a record of the truth of police interactions exists, and is accessible, we each need to film.

That’s why we’re happy to announce the Accountability Through Transparency Video Contest – the winner of which will receive a pair of Pivothead Sunglasses!

By documenting and publishing police encounters – both good and bad – transparency and common sense have a better chance of prevailing while empowering others to exercise their rights and hold public servants accountable for their actions.

It is important to stand against injustice at every iteration, no matter how slight (a police employee parking in a “no parking” zone). Failure to do that establishes a new norm, and the rights-violations become more frequent and severe (the brutal killing of someone for not obeying an arbitrary command).

Who watches the self-proclaimed watchers involved with the coercive monopoly called policing? We each do, and together, we are the network that is bringing positive change and a better reality.

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CONTEST DETAILS

  1. Document (with a camera) a police employee exhibiting double standards or the standards we expect them to live up to. This could be done while on foot, during a vehicle stop, while submitting an Open Records request, etc.
  2. Upload your video to your Youtube channel
  3. Fill out the form below by the deadline of midnight EST May 23, 2014
  4. The winner, chosen by contest sponsors, will be notified by email and the Pivothead sunglasses will be shipped once a mailing address is received.
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Date of Interaction: 4/15/14
Police Employees Involved: Unnamed Morgan County Deputy
Police Employee Contact Information: 256-351-4800

Earlier this week, an off duty Morgan County Deputy shot an unarmed fleeing suspect at a WalMart in Huntsville, Alabama. The suspect was allegedly wanted on a warrant for a probation violation. Upon seeing the suspect run, the deputy squared up and fired a shot, striking the suspect in the leg. This was confirmed by witnesses. The off duty deputy, whose name is not being released, claims his firearm accidentally discharged during the pursuit. Will this officer be held accountable for going against policy and firing on a fleeing unarmed suspect and putting citizens in way more danger than the suspect? Why are all LEO’s so anxious to fire their weapon and strike another? The following is the news report from WHNT.com.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – UPDATE: Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin says the man shot by one of her off-duty deputies at a Huntsville Wal-Mart Tuesday is David Horton.

The deputy’s name has not been released.

Sheriff Franklin says Horton was wanted for a no bond felony probation violation issued October 23, 2013, according to court records obtained by WHNT News 19. The warrant stems from a third degree assault charge.

Horton has been released from Huntsville Hospital and transported and booked into the Morgan County Jail, according to Sheriff Franklin.

PREVIOUS REPORT

A man was shot by an off-duty Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy at the Wal-Mart on South Parkway Tuesday afternoon.

According to Huntsville Police Lieutenant Larry Childress, the off-duty deputy thought he recognized a suspect with active warrants against him in Morgan County while shopping at the Wal-Mart.

The deputy confronted the suspect inside the Wal-Mart, causing him to run from the building, away from the deputy. A shot was fired and the suspect was hit in the lower left leg, according to police.

When Huntsville Police arrived on the scene, the deputy told police his weapon accidentally discharged, hitting the man in the leg.

A witness on the scene told WHNT and Huntsville Police Investigators that the deputy stopped outside the store, squared up on the fleeing man and fired a shot.

The suspect was transported to the hospital.

Shoppers at the Wal-Mart were scared and shaken, but no one else was injured. Huntsville police are investigating the claims of the deputy and if the shot was accidentally discharged or not.

Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin said her command staff is en route to the scene and the investigation into the reported shooting is just beginning.

Sheriff Franklin says the Huntsville Police and The Alabama Bureau of Investigations is handling the case at the moment.

WHNT News 19 made several attempts to obtain the video surveillance from the Wal-Mart, but those requests have so far been denied because of the ongoing investigation.

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Just in time for the Christian observance of Good Friday, because Pontius Pilate was another government contractor who caught undeserved flack for dutifully handling terrorist suspects according to procedure. From the Guardian article:

Dr James Elmer Mitchell has been called a war criminal and a torturer. He has been the subject of an ethics complaint, and his methods have been criticized in reports by two congressional committees and by the CIA’s internal watchdog.

But the retired air force psychologist insists he is not the monster many have portrayed him to be.

“The narrative that’s out there is, I walked up to the gate of the CIA, knocked on the door and said: ‘Let me in, I want to torture people, and I can show you how to do it.’ Or someone put out an ad on Craigslist that said, ‘Wanted: psychologist who is willing to design torture program.’ It’s a lot more complicated than that,” Mitchell told the Guardian in his first public comments since he was linked to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program seven years ago.

“I’m just a guy who got asked to do something for his country by people at the highest level of government, and I did the best that I could.”

Mitchell is featured prominently in a new report prepared by the Senate select committee on intelligence, which spent five years and more than $40m studying the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

The findings, according to a summary leaked to McClatchy, are damning: that the agency misled the White House, Congress and the American people; that unauthorised interrogation methods were used; that the legal opinions stating the techniques did not break US torture laws were flawed; and perhaps most significant, that the torture yielded no useful intelligence.

But Mitchell said the program’s successes had been deliberately ignored…

Long before the Senate intelligence committee began its review, Mitchell was identified in a 2004 CIA inspector general’s report that examined the efficacy of the agency’s torture program. A heavily redacted copy of the IG report was released five years ago. It said Mitchell and Jessen had “probably misrepresented” their “expertise” as experienced interrogators when pitching coercive techniques to the CIA as a way to obtain actionable intelligence from prisoners…

Mitchell said his credentials are impeccable. He has spent his career studying the terrorist mindset first as a bomb disposal specialist, then as a hostage negotiator, a clinical psychologist and an instructor at the Air Force’s elite survival school…

Mitchell also noted that he’s a big supporter of Amnesty International and wanted to help the human rights organization raise money for child abuse by volunteering to sit in a dunk tank…

Read the whole thing; there’s a whole novel’s worth of human futility, self-aggrandization, finger-pointing and excuse-making packed into one short interview.

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April 9th, 2014
Denver Cops Threaten Good Samaritan with Arrest
by Andrea Dantzer

Dani Juras and her family would soon find out the sad truth of current law enforcement mentality. Their family dog, Harley, slipped out of the yard and was hit by an oncoming car. Dani heard about it from a local website, hoped that it wasn’t her family pet and even prayed for the family of the dog. Turned out, it was Harley that was hit and if that wasn’t bad enough, details started emerging that would horrify all who heard them.

On scene, Harley did not die right away, he laid in the street gasping for air. Rather than allowing a concerned neighbor to take Harley in for treatment, the neighbor was threatened with violence and told he would be arrested if he came near the injured dog. What kind of society are we living in when a good Samaritan is threatened with arrest for simply doing what anyone would do in his situation?

Harley was subjected to the worst kind of cruelty by being left in the street for over ninety minutes suffering from his injuries. “It’s always about personal safety of that individual. It’s not trying to be cruel to the animal or the individual. It’s best if we get the Animal Control people in there, let them do what they do as experts and let them take the actions,” said Denver Police Dept spokesman Sonny Jackson. However, it should always be an individual’s decision whether there personal safety is in danger, or not. When a cop stops a person with threat of force from doing the right thing, there is a problem.

According to the official records, the police waited over fifteen minutes to call Animal Control. Animal Control finally made it to the scene over an hour later. Harley ultimately passed away from his injuries.

Many people may think that it is just a dog, and at least it’s not a person, but how much longer will this kind of overstep be limited to the domestic animal world? There is a frightening trend of increased police brutality, violence and coercion in this country. While Harley is just a dog, he was a member of the Juras family and they are heartbroken over what happened.

Now, friends, family and supporters from all over the world are speaking out against this latest outrage.

A Facebook page was started in support of Harley and to bring awareness to the situation. With over 700 supporters voicing their support of Juras and letting the Denver Police Department know how outraged they are over their blatant cruelty, Dani said she was touched and overwhelmed by all the support being shown to her family.

Some of the comments include:

Kristie Cooper: I am so sorry for your lost. I couldn’t imagine my dog lying in the street and the police just letting him die. This is the most inhumane and heartless thing a person could do. I don’t understand police dogs are treated with so much respect but these same officers cant have compassion of a person fur baby. I know this is heart breaking and i hope that you can find peace for your family and justice for Harley. My prayers go out to you and tour family.

Shiner Bock: People of Denver, and Colorado. This puppycide will not end, the sociopaths in the Police Departments will not see Justice, they will continue to kill and kill and kill again, dogs are inventory, property to these Officers and Officials. Nothing at all will be solved until the People of Denver and of Colorado tell their Police, their leaders and everyone they know ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND WE ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE. Fire them put every kind of pressure on them, don’t let them have a night’s sleep until they solve their issues and show the People that crimes by their LEO’s will be prosecuted, prison time. It’s our responsibility and our duty to make our Govt. responsible and ultimately accountable to We the People. Do something!

Marcia Lardin Siemsen: So I have a question – if your dog gets hit by a car and law enforcement is on the scene, will you be threatened with arrest for trying to help your own dog? Or does this just apply if you are trying to help a dog that is not yours? SMDH

Lizz Huie-Fulks: Harley’s last minutes on this earth were terrible. The officer who kept people from helping needs to lose his badge. The story about protecting people from an injury is shall I say it, “a cop-out”. There was no reason to threaten people with getting arrested because there were no grounds to arrest anyone, no grounds. The officer was in the wrong, plain and simple. There is NEVER an excuse to allow a dog to suffer.

Juras noted, “There has been a great support system here for me and reading all the positive comments from everyone is amazing! I can’t say it helps my pain, but I’m looking at this as Harley is the voice for future pets that could fall in this situation!”

There is also a petition through Change.org with over 10,000 signatures demanding a public apology to the Harley’s family. You can find the petition here if you would like to add your name and tell the Denver Police Department what you think of them.

You can watch the ABC News7 interview with Harley’s owner as well.

For now, Dani and her family has to live with the constant reminders that Harley is no longer with them, and hoping this will never happen to another family, or their pet.

Andrea Dantzer

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From Jeffrey M. Pilcher, The Rise and Fall of the Chili Queens, in Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (2012):

. . . Mexican food [from worker-owned street vendors] was also seen as a threat to white workers, both through unfair competition and labor radicalism. Nativist opponents of immigrant workers claimed that the Mexican diet of tortillas and chili, like the Chinese staple rice, undermined the nation’s standard of living. . . . Mexican food was also associated with anarchism and union organizing. Tamale vendors were blamed for the Christmas Day Riot of 1913, when police raided a labor rally in Los Angeles Plaza. Milam Plaza in San Antonio, where the chili queens worked in the 1920s, was a prominent recruiting ground for migrant workers. Customers could eat their chili while listening to impassioned speeches by anarcho-syndicalists of the [Industrial] Workers of the World[1] and the Partido Liberal Mexicano.[2]

— Jeffrey M. Pilcher, The Rise and Fall of the Chili Queens
in Planet Taco: A Global History of Mexican Food (2012), p. 113

So I just stumbled across this passage today; it’s kind of like a perfect addendum to the Xenophobia and Anarchophobia / U.S. vs. Them section of my old No Borders / No State presentation, reheated, perfectly seasoned and cooked up together with everything I have to say about worker-owned, informal-sector food vendors and disruptive social and economic agoras.

See also.

  1. [1] Original mistakenly reads International [sic] Workers of the World, a distressingly common mistaken expansion of the I.W.W.’s initials.
  2. [2] A Mexican anarchist revolutionary group, whose founders included Ricardo Flores Magón, among others. After a series of strikes and uprisings they played a major role in the outbreak of the Mexican Revolution and briefly liberated Baja California from the control of the Mexican national government in 1911, with cross-border assistance from hundreds of I.W.W. anarcho-syndicalists from the U.S. After being defeated by the Mexican military and expelled from Mexico, members lived on in exile in southern California and central Texas.

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Date of Interaction: March 13, 2o14
Police Employees Involved: Kevin Corbett, Jose Aljandro
Police Employee Information: Loveland Ohio Police Department

Apparently cops don’t give tickets for possession on the spot anymore. My warrant was issued a week after being caught, and five minutes later the local cop was ripping me out of my house in my socks with no coat and no explanation. I’ve been bullied by this entitled, power hungry cop before in normal routine traffic stops – traffic stops including sitting in my friends/co-workers driveway.

I am a mother, a business owner – not a crack head or junkie. I happen to smoke medicinal marijuana. The police force is making as much money as they can with task forces before it goes legal.

The officer explains to me that I can’t possibly be working because my normal work-from-home attire is not something he considers appropriate.

Okay, possession is possession. I will take my punishment. What I won’t take is a 200 lb man giving me bruises and making me look like a battered woman. This man has no business ever being in a position of power. He is no different than any other abusive man I’ve come in contact with – entitled and controlling! It oozes out of him and it’s disgusting.

Please get this man off the street! I have respect for the police department. I even have family in the biz. No, I was not resisting! How could I? Two 200 lb men vs. one 100 lb girl. I’m scared to death of retaliation. He drives past my house ten times a day, and follows me into parking lots. I’m a single mom of three. He knows that.

Please find every girl this guy has raped, and get him off the street!