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* the surgery will reconnect tendons torn from my right bicep, to hopefully return full use of that arm. Why OKC? It’s home to the Surgery Center of Oklahoma, which unlike virtually all other hospitals/surgery facilities, lists prices for procedures and seems much more customer-oriented.

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Let’s cover the damned nation in MRAP’s even if they shouldn’t be allowed bb guns:

A Pentagon program that distributes military surplus gear to local law enforcement allows even departments that the Justice Department has censured for civil rights violations to apply for and get lethal weaponry.

That lack of communication between two Cabinet agencies adds to questions about a program under review in the aftermath of the militarized police response to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

The Pentagon, which provides the free surplus military equipment, says its consultation with the Justice Department will be looked at as the government reviews how to prevent high-powered weaponry from flowing to the untrustworthy.

The Justice Department has opened civil rights investigations into the practices of some 20 police departments in the past five years, with the Ferguson force the latest. The investigations sometimes end in negotiated settlements known as consent decrees that mandate reforms. Yet being flagged as problematic by Washington does not bar a police department from participating in the program.

“Given the fact that they’re under a consent decree it would make sense that the Department of Defense and Department of Justice coordinate on any such requests, (but) that is currently not the state,” said Jim Bueermann, who heads the nonprofit Police Foundation.

Of course, if the Justice Department does try to do something, Congress will pass a bill keeping the arms a flowing. Just like when the military wanted to do something about climate change, Congress stepped in and made it illegal. That would be my congressman who sponsored the amendment, because he is looking out for the citizens of West Virginia.

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Ismael Valdez shared the information below via CopBlock.org/Submit with the statement: “PLEASE HELP US EXPOSE THE MURDERERS IN LAREDO POLICE DEPARTMENT!!!” Though the incident he addresses – the shooting of Jose Walter Garza – was touched on recently here at CopBlock.org, his post is much more thorough than was the original as it includes video interviews of witnesses. This information deserves to be shared to help focus accountability on the killers who wore Laredo police badges.

Date of Interaction: 08/30/2014
Individuals Responsible: Half of Laredo Police Department
Phone: 956-795-2800

On August 30, 2014 at around 1:45AM Laredo Police employees murdered 30-year-old Jose Walter Garza.

Jose Walter Garza was a local schizophrenic, homeless man. He had at least 30 previous arrests by Laredo Police. Earlier that day/night, Laredo Police Officers had confiscated a pellet gun from Jose Walter but did not arrest him. At 1:45 AM, somebody called 911 and reported a man armed with a gun at “Gateway Truck Stop”

Over two dozen cruisers arrived, and at least 6 police officers, 5 of them armed with AR-15s, fired between 60-80 rounds at Jose Walter Garza sending truck stop clients running and diving for cover.

According to LPD and local media:

  • LPD attempted to negotiate for over 5 minutes.
  • Jose Walter pointed the weapon at police officers.

According to the truck stop’s Chief Financial Officer ‘Victor Trevino’ and Gate Guard ‘Julio Cesar Gonzales’ :

The gate guard, Julio, encountered a Wal-Mart bag outside the truck stop with what appeared to be a gun. Julio inspected the gun and found out it was a pellet gun. Jose Walter came back outside after buying some cigarettes, and Julio told him he had to put away the gun or leave. Jose Walter borrowed a lighter from Julio and complied with his demands. Jose Walter sat down outside the truck stop and kept drinking his bottle of wine while listening to headphones. Eventually, as Julio is patrolling the truck stop he runs into Jose Walter again. Jose Walter requests to borrow a phone charger from him, but Julio said he got preoccupied assisting truckers that he forgot to return with the charger. Julio states he did not call the police on Jose Walter because he was not being disruptive or bothering anyone. He says he was in the guard shack when he saw police officers arrive through the camera. He says he went outside to investigate and noticed the cops were already pointing their weapons at Jose Walter. Jose Walter was facing away from the cops (possibly passed out drunk) and had ear phones on. Julio then went around and informed 2 police officers the gun was fake. Both police officers told him to stop interfering or they would arrest him. Julio said he was planning on running in and taking the gun away from Jose Walter since he knew it was fake but he was scared of getting shot. He says the police didn’t negotiate and before he got to warn anymore officers the gun was fake, they riddled Jose Walter with bullets. Julio says Jose Walter NEVER pointed the gun at officers. Julio states the officers kept firing after Jose Walter’s body hit the ground. 2 officers can be seen fist bumping in the video and 1 of them took a picture. According to Julio, more officers were high fiving and fist bumping each other outside camera angle. Julio saw Jose Walter’s face blown off and says he has gone through mental trauma.

Julio Cesar Gonzales/Gate Guard Interview – Spanish (English subtitles available)

Laredo Police employees held a press conference and denied Hector Cubillos (the man who interviewed the guard and CFO) and us entrance. Half a dozen to a dozen of protesters, including myself, have assembled at crowded intersections and outside the police department.

Victor Trevino, the CFO, backs up the gate guard’s story and claims his customers report the same story.

Editors Note: If you know more about this incident please speak up. Comment on this story, reach out to the creator of the Youtube videos, who clearly is working for transparency, or reach out to known police accountability groups. If you wear a Laredo police badge and know what happened wasn’t right – align your actions with your thoughts. That – not remaining silent – is heroic.

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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!

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The following was shared by Thomas Woody, who is active with North Missouri Cop Block, via CopBlock.org/Submit. Woody noted, “Cody McClintick was a recent victim of the ‘War on Drugs’ and survived! No victim no crime!

Date of Interaction: July 1st 2014
Individual Responsible: Jody Huber
Outfit: Chillicothe Police Department, Missouri
Phone: 660 646 2121

In July of 2014, Cody McClintick was stopped by the Jody Huber of the Chillicothe police outfit, on what he called a ‘routine stop’ for having a crack in the windshield of his vehicle.

Upon being stopped, McClintick, wishing to be civil and straight forward, immediately informed the officer of the firearm that he was carrying for his protection. For reasons unknown to him he was detained and illegally searched, probably because the officer felt empowered to do so because of the firearm.

The illegal search did turn up substance that state agents later claimed was illegal to posses. Huber proceeded to kidnap Mr. McClintick, and steal a majority of his belongings.

Mr. McClintick was told that he needed to spend time in a cage for not harming anyone and was brought to the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail, which has a bad reputation from allegations of abusing inmates and wrongful deaths.

Mr. McClintick was lucky to have a lawyer, not a public pretender, that cared about the Constitution – the same document the officer who caged him claimed to uphold and defend! His lawyer fought hard for justice, and justice prevailed! After a two month stay Mr. McClintick was uncaged, without charges!

See the four-page “Facts and Law with Supporting Suggestions” related to Mr. McClintick’s legaland situation, via North Missouri Cop Block:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.337587416418061.1073741829.176654979177973&type=1

Mr. McClintick has advised me of his intent to file a civil lawsuit against the police department for their blatant disregard and violation of his rights!

No Victim, No Crime!

To be continued…

Thomas Woody

nmissouricopblock@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/NorthMissouriCopBlock

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The following was shared by Thomas Woody, who is active with North Missouri Cop Block, via CopBlock.org/Submit. Woody noted, “Cody McClintick was a recent victim of the ‘War on Drugs’ and survived! No victim no crime!

Date of Interaction: July 1st 2014
Individual Responsible: Jody Huber
Outfit: Chillicothe Police Department, Missouri
Phone: 660 646 2121

In July of 2014, Cody McClintick was stopped by the Jody Huber of the Chillicothe police outfit, on what he called a ‘routine stop’ for having a crack in the windshield of his vehicle.

Upon being stopped, McClintick, wishing to be civil and straight forward, immediately informed the officer of the firearm that he was carrying for his protection. For reasons unknown to him he was detained and illegally searched, probably because the officer felt empowered to do so because of the firearm.

The illegal search did turn up substance that state agents later claimed was illegal to posses. Huber proceeded to kidnap Mr. McClintick, and steal a majority of his belongings.

Mr. McClintick was told that he needed to spend time in a cage for not harming anyone and was brought to the Daviess/Dekalb Regional Jail, which has a bad reputation from allegations of abusing inmates and wrongful deaths.

Mr. McClintick was lucky to have a lawyer, not a public pretender, that cared about the Constitution – the same document the officer who caged him claimed to uphold and defend! His lawyer fought hard for justice, and justice prevailed! After a two month stay Mr. McClintick was uncaged, without charges!

See the four-page “Facts and Law with Supporting Suggestions” related to Mr. McClintick’s legaland situation, via North Missouri Cop Block:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.337587416418061.1073741829.176654979177973&type=1

Mr. McClintick has advised me of his intent to file a civil lawsuit against the police department for their blatant disregard and violation of his rights!

No Victim, No Crime!

To be continued…

Thomas Woody

nmissouricopblock@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/NorthMissouriCopBlock

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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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The information below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by someone who wished to remain anonymous.

Date of Incident: 09/14/2014
Individual Responsible: William Grimmich
Outfit: Sebastian Police Department
Phone: (772) 589-5233

I saw this story online, and it’s a good story of police arresting one of their own.

Sebastian Police (Florida) Sgt. William Grimmich arrested and charged with Trafficking Oxycodone $100,000 bond, Felony Tamper or Destroy Evidence $50,000 bond. He is still in jail to this date. Below is a link to the arrest affadavit, and the news story.

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According to a post at WPTV.com by Jason Davis:

Sebastian Police Chief Michelle Morris stated that, “routine accounting and auditing procedures earlier this year revealed discrepancies in submission of controlled substances placed into the evidence room.”

The Chief requested an investigation following this discovery by an outside agency.

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Date of Incident: 09/14/14
Individuals Involved:
Outfit: Corpus Cristi Police Department
Website: http://www.ccpolice.com/government/ccpd/index
Phone: (361) 886-2600

Police were called to capture a suspect for killing three people and injuring a child. Once the suspect – 63-year-old Sammeul Toomey – was handcuffed, officers kicked and kneed him in the face. Then, Corpus Cristi employees Michael Smotherman and Daniel Jimenez rammed Toomey’s head into the grill of a cop car with full intentions to take the law into their own hands.

The suspect is now dead. According to police he hung himself in his cell, at the Nueces County jail, once arrested. Many are questioning that scenario and now employees of another outfit – the Federal Bureau of Investigation – are looking into the matter.

Floyd Simpson, the top-dog at the Corpus Cristi Police Outfit, said:

The actions taken by the officers are not those of the standards set by the citizens of Corpus Cristi.

If is going to admit that in public, he knows they acted in the wrong – but will they be held accountable? Clearly Simpson, and his colleagues at the Corpus Cristi Outfit, is enduring much push-back from people who, after seeing the unnecessary roughness, are asking questions – such as, “Isn’t a person supposed to be innocent until proven guilty?”

One thing this incident makes clear is how integral is objective footage during police interactions. If you are confronted, or witness someone else stopped, film the police.

 

KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

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The inaction described below by Robert was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit. He details his experience traveling and, despite causing no victim or damage to property, being demanded by self-proclaimed “authorities” to show his papers. Is that evidence of a free society?

Date of Interaction: August 16 2014
Outfit: Conyers, GA Police Department
Phone: (770) 483-6600

On the sixteenth of August I was arrested at a roadblock in Conyers, Georgia.

I stopped at the roadblock, the leo asked me for my license. I responded “have I committed a crime?” The officer asked me again for my license, I said “what law did I break, am I suspected of committing a crime?” The LT. asked if I was refusing to show my license and I said “Is that a crime?” He didn’t respond and arrested me instead.

My motorcycle was impounded and It cost me a total of $222.00 to get out of jail and get my bike back. They said they were acting within the constitution.

They had no reasonable suspicion to stop me. This case is closed out but I have a court date set for the 10th of October 2014. Do you know of any pro bono constitutional lawyers that would pick this up?

Known Georgia-Based Police Accountability Groups

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