Danger: Police Impunity Behind the Wheel

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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  • http://www.eriealert.com/district-attorney
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The $11.8B Militarization of Nevada’s Police Departments

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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The content below was shared by Peter Chin via CopBlock.org/Submit about the death of pedestrian Ryo Oyamada, who was hit and killed by a vehicle driven by Darren Ilardi, a NYPD employee. Thus far, Ilardi has not been held accountable. Might this situation be different were the driver a non-police employee and the person struck a police employee? That fact makes clear the application of double standards, and it should not be tolerated.

Incident Date: 2/23/2013
Individual Involved: Darren Ilardi
Outfit: New York Police Department
Phone: (718) 558–5422


Last year, a Japanese foreign exchange student was run over by a police cruiser in Queens. The NYPD said that the cruiser had its lights and sirens on, but eyewitnesses strenuously denied that, saying that it was silently running over 70 mph down the street. None of those eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report. The NYPD then refused to release security footage of the accident, and then released a version that corroborated their version of events…until someone found another video that contradicts theirs, and indicates that they had actually doctored the video to release themselves from blame.

Please, help us expose this terrible miscarriage of justice. If the NYPD is allowed to get away with this, then no one can be safe.

This video was uploaded by Vaccaro and White and included on the thorough overview of this incident at Gothamist.com by John Del Signore [you're encouraged to check out that post for analysis on the video and other details about the incident]:

The text below is from the Change.org petition, Investigate Ryo Oyamada’s Death, which has almost 100,000 signers already:

On February 21st, 2013, Ryo Oyamada was struck and killed by an NYPD cruiser while crossing the street. He was only 24 years old. While NYPD claimed that the cruiser’s lights and sirens were on before the collision, multiple eyewitness accounts along with video footage indicate that the officer was driving over 70 mph down a residential street without emergency lights on, and that NYPD may have covered this up.

Initially, NYPD refused to release video footage of the accident. Then they released a heavily edited video that seemed to corroborate their version of events. But new video secured from the NY Housing Authority directly contradicts these claims, and indicates that someone went to great lengths to cover up the truth.

The entire investigation of the scene was botched. None of the eyewitnesses were interviewed for the police report, officers did not measure skid marks left by the car, did not investigate the driver’s phone records from the time of the crash, nor did they retrieve information from the car’s data recorder before it was erased.

Ryo’s death deserves to be independently investigated.

The officer who killed Ryo, Darren Ilardi, said he was responding to a 911 report of a knife assault. However, that 911 call was later determined to be unfounded. Furthermore, radio transcripts and other evidence provided by the City suggest that Officer Ilardi was not assigned to the knife disturbance, nor did he tell anyone he was responding to an emergency. In fact, two other NYPD units had already been assigned to that call.

It’s clear that there needs to be an independent investigation into Ryo Oyamada’s death – and that the NYPD isn’t capable of doing so alone. 

Sign my petition calling on the Department of Justice and the NYPD to conduct a full and fair investigation into Ryo Oyamada’s death. The tragic death of Ryo demands nothing less.

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Utter Stupidity

So initial reports stated that there was an unrelated shooting of a police officer in Ferguson, and the police are still searching for the subject. This is more difficult than it should be, because of this:

Local police continue to search today for a suspect who wounded a Ferguson police officer Saturday night, but now authorities say the incident involved only one person and that it appears no burglary took place.

Police also confirmed today that the wounded officer had a body camera, but that it was turned off during the incident.

St. Louis County Police Sgt. Brian Schellman, a police spokesman, said he did not know why the camera was off.

Ferguson police officers began wearing body cameras on Aug. 31, three weeks after a white police officer, Darren Wilson, fatally shot Michael Brown Jr., an unarmed black teenager.

Police originally reported late Saturday night that the officer spotted two suspects trying to break into a business and that when confronted, one of them pulled a gun and fired at the office, wounding him in the arm.

Police, however, now are describing a different scenario: that the police officer, during a business check, saw a male subject in the rear of the Ferguson Community Center. When he approached, the person began to run and the officer followed on foot. During the pursuit, the man spun around and fired at the officer, who was hit in the left arm, before disappearing in the wooded area behind the center.

If there is one fucking police force in the country that needed body cameras, it was the Ferguson PD. Now, if we could just get them to turn the damned things on, we might make some progress. Although in their defense, when you are rotten to the core, you probably don’t want the cameras on, as it makes it harder to change your story after the fact. I doubt we will see the Police Chief attempting to bodysurf the protests again.

Can anyone give me ONE reason why the entire Ferguson police force has not been disbanded?

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Brian McClarin – Dirty Cop in Sherman, TX

The submission below was shared by Anita Ersch via CopBlock.org/Submit about Brian McClarin, a Sherman, TX police employee who has a reputation. Not for upholding the stated mission of his outfit – “to prevent, reduce and disrupt crime and disorder by aggressive, professional and compassionate enforcement of the law” – but for doing the inverse. As Ersch puts-forth, colleagues of McClarin have thus far backed him, or remained silent. That’s where you come in.

Individual Named: Brian McClarin, brianm@ci.sherman.tx.us
Outfit:
Sherman TX Police Department
Website: http://www.ci.sherman.tx.us/index.aspx?nid=204
Phone: 903-892-7297

The Sherman Texas Law Enforcement system knowingly supports a crooked cop/s. The district attorney’s office has been told he has done many things but they don’t care as long as he can get them convictions. If you say anything it only gets worse for the person in trouble. This cop – Brian McClarin – goes to the person and promises them if they will do something for him all their problems will go away. If they help him he double-crosses/blackmails them and wants them to become involved in more illegal activity…when they refuse he burns them bad. Gets his informant to set them up.

The good old boy system here in Sherman is so bad the Adult Supervision Department lied about my son’s urine test, after he refused to work for this crooked cop. They reported it was ‘dirty’ By this time we were aware how crooked the law enforcement system was in this area and had an independent test done. They were forced to admit they lied….but interestingly enough, when they lie it’s called a mistake.

This particular cop, Brian McClarin, gives drugs to young ladies and then forces them to have sex with him and his buddies if they don’t want to be busted for the drugs…..he has been allowed to ruin lives at will.

When I was at a hearing for my son a young lady at the court house approached me and told me McClarin had tried to plant drugs on her brother but was caught. The man McClarin used to set my son up was found dead and I am afraid for my son. I know at this point there are many people who have more knowledge of McClarin’s crimes then I do…….can we help each other stop this insane person? The legal system will go to no lengths to support him.

Is there anyone out there that has similar stories…..can we together put an end to this corruption that involves every part of the legal system here in Sherman?

Editors Note: A quick Startpage search of “Brian McClarin Sherman Police” returned a post authored by Chuck Ross at DailyCaller.com entitled Suit: Officer Instructed ‘Tase The Bitch’ During Deadly Beating that recounted a August 20, 2013 incident:

Brian McClarin, a narcotics officer, had directed the traffic stop.

The complaint acknowledges that Surratt removed a small amount of cocaine she was concealing and began swallowing it.

One of the officers realized what was going on “and climbed in the back seat, across the body of Garza, and began striking Surratt with open fist and then his flashlight to get her to spit up the cocaine,” the suit alleges.

When the effort failed, the officer “placed the flashlight diagonally against the right side of Surratt’s neck and pushed down, chocking Surratt with the flashlight until she lost consciousness.” While on the ground, McClarin gave the order to “tase the bitch,” the suit alleges.

Transparency can only help those who don’t fear the truth. This post helps to make McClarin’s reputation known to more people. Perhaps those in Sherman can connect and start a group, hold know-your-rights trainings, encourage everyone interacting with McClarin and his colleagues to film or stream, assemble information and share it with McClarin’s neighbors, or take whatever actions, save for the initiation of force, thought necessary.

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I Feel the Same Way

This guy at the very, very least, needs to have his ass hauled into the police station for a sit down:

The family of a young black man who was killed by police in an Ohio Walmart while holding an unloaded BB rifle and speaking on his cellphone have called for action to be taken against a 911 caller who claimed he was pointing the gun at people.

John Crawford III was shot dead last month by an officer responding to an emergency call made by Ronald Ritchie, a shopper standing 100ft away, who repeatedly stated to the dispatcher that Crawford was pointing the air rifle at customers.

Surveillance footage and audio recordings released after a grand jury declined to indict the officer who shot Crawford showed that Crawford was holding the rifle at his side and pointing it to the floor at the time when Ritchie alleged that “he just pointed it at, like, two children”.

Crawford’s father and the family’s attorney said that Ritchie, 24, should be questioned by police over the discrepancy between the footage and his allegation, which he made about 80 seconds before Crawford was shot, and confirmed when asked soon after. Knowingly “making false alarms” is a crime under Ohio law punishable by a fine or jail sentence.

“He was the catalyst, if you will, in the whole sequence of events leading up to my son’s death,” John Crawford Jr told the Guardian. “It was a crank call. He excited the call, and exaggerated the call, and frankly it was just a bunch of lies.”

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This guys is a class act:

The children who Ritchie appeared to claim were under threat from Crawford were in the store with their mother, Angela Williams. Williams, 37, died of a heart attack in the panic that ensued among customers following the police shooting. “I hope that he’s happy with himself,” her teenage son said of Ritchie in a Facebook post earlier this month.

Ritchie also told several reporters after the shooting that he was an “ex-marine”. The Guardian disclosed last month that he was thrown out after seven weeks in 2008, after being declared a “fraudulent enlistment”. He states that the problem was a mix-up in his paperwork.

In January 2012, Ritchie pleaded guilty in the Montgomery County municipal court to theft. All records of the incident have been expunged by the court and the Huber Heights police department. In 2010 he was fined $250 and given a year’s probation after being convicted by Miamisburg municipal court of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Ritchie and his wife, April, have not spoken publicly since his Guardian interview. Both have changed their names on social media. The day before he called 911 about Crawford, Ritchie posted a meme on his Facebook page featuring the comedian Gabriel Iglesias. “Me, racist? The only race I hate is the one you have to run,” it read. The post has since been removed.

One month later, Ritchie shared with his friends a story from the Tea Party News Network about a group of black men assaulting a white couple in Missouri. The story condemned President Barack Obama and Eric Holder, the attorney general, for ignoring the attack after speaking publicly about the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old, in Ferguson, Missouri, last month. It described them as “race hustlers”.

He also keeps changing his story. In my mind, he’s a murderer for what he did.

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The information below was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org/Submit by someone concerned about the ramped-up road pirate activities in Waldo, FL.

Date of Incident: 8/26/14
Individuals Involved: The entire department!
Outfit: Waldo Police Department
Phone: 352-468-1515

-A Waldo police officer was fired by the city manager for insubordination towards the chief for undisclosed reasons (Likely refusing to obey the illegal ticket quota)
-His fellow bottom level officers felt their jobs were in jeopardy and requested a City Council hearing
-The officers laid out a list of grievances towards the department command, including confirming what citizens and motorists (Waldo is the 3rd worst speedtrap in the country) have known: they have ticket quotas. Which violates the Florida law they are supposed to be enforcing
-The officer that was terminated has been reinstated by the city council and the police chief is under review
-Half of Waldo’s entire revenue comes from traffic tickets.

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From the September 8th episode of Police State Monday, posted by Angel Clark in collaboration with PoliceStateUSA:

Four officers in the Waldo Police Department revealed to the city council last Tuesday that the department’s chief was assigning required quotas for writing tickets. The information was brought forth while discussing other complaints about activities in the department.

 

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The content below was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by Santiago Leiras, who wrote, “Here at the other side of the world we also suffer from state repression.” It is true, whathever geographical distance or arbitrary political boundaries, the same issues afflict people everyone based on the bad idea that says some people have a “legal” right to extort and rule others. Fortunately, that bad idea is being shed for better ideas, and people are uniting, not to find new “leaders” but in mutual respect, and governing themselves.

Date of Incident: 31/07/2014
Outfit: Argentine Gendarmerie Security Force
Individual Responsible: Major Juan Alberto López Toral, Roberto Angel Galeano
Phone: (+54)1146660383

Here we can see Major Juan Lopez Toral, an officer of the Argentine Gendarmerie Security Force, during a protest held on 31st of July in Buenos Aires.

The union workers of LEAR Co. carried out the protest in cars on the main highway of the city driving at low speed when it was claimed that an unidentified protester “ran over” Major Lopez, which caused his gang to make threats and violently arrest the driver.

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Roberto Angel Galeano

Later it was found that this operative was led by Roberto Angel Galeano (the blue coat gray-haired man), a former intelligence chief of the Argentine army during the last dictatorship regime and now hired by the city security department.

The protester now faces charges for minor injuries and offense against authority.

– Santiago Leiras

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Scary

Carol Leonnig has a long piece about the many Secret Service fuck-ups after some Idaho nutcase took shots at the White House. Line agents who were responding were told to stand down after the shots were incorrectly identified as backfires from a construction site:

It took the Secret Service four days to realize that shots had hit the White House residence, a discovery that came about only because a housekeeper noticed broken glass and a chunk of cement on the floor.

If the shooter hadn’t been a total fuckup who crashed his car a few minutes after firing the shots, who knows if he would ever have been caught. The piece also notes that there wasn’t full camera surveillance of the White House grounds, nor was the White House in range of the ShotSpotter sensors that can identify the location of shots fired. And there’s this:

[...] President Obama has faced three times as many threats as his predecessors, according to people briefed on the Secret Service’s threat assessment.

(via Kevin Drum)

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Jarvis Stewart shared the content below via CopBlock.org/Submit, which details his, and his brother’s interaction with Saskatoon police employees.

Date of Incident: August 24th, 2012
Individuals Responsible: Pretty much the entire Saskatoon Police force
Outfit: Saskatoon Police Service
Website: http://www.police.saskatoon.sk.ca
Phone: 306-975-8300

On the evening of August 24th, 2012 my brother and myself had a nasty encounter with the Saskatoon Police Service. We were ultimately thrown in jail for a period of 18 hours without a lawyer call.

My brother was charged with two counts of assaulting a peace officer, which were later dismissed at trial (after the officers testified). We were both charged with obstruction. Pretty much the textbook definition of contempt of cop.

Unfortunately for us, the new ($750,000) Saskatoon Police Service cameras “didn’t work for some reason”, and the police failed to secure a single witness statement. On top of this, the arresting officer in this case has a history of violent arrests (R vs. Affleck & R vs. Mertins).

To make a long story short, we pretty much got completely steam rolled in our trial. I decided to compile the video evidence in our case into a video suitable for Youtube, to see what the court of public opinion thinks..?

Seems like a similar caliber of professionalism and transparency north of the political boundary between the USSA and Canada as Jarvis notes, “The Saskatoon Police don’t seem to understand what it is they do for a living..?”

Known Canada-Based Police Accountability Groups

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