Anthony Piercy Lets Student Drown in Cuffs

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When: 5/31/14
Individual Responsible: Anthony Piercy
Individual’s Place of Employment: Missouri Highway Patrol

20 year old Brandon Ellingson was taken into police custody on a water patrol boat. He was handcuffed behind his back and an improper life jacket was hastily shoved over him. The officer sped off in rough water, at over 40mph, ejecting Brandon from the boat. Upon impact with the water, the life jacket popped off and due to being handcuffed, this poor kid sunk to the bottom (80 feet) of the lake (Lake of the Ozarks).

The video cards to the patrol boat’s three cameras were “missing” that day, so within days, the incident was deemed an accident. Officer Piercy was back to work in a matter of days.

An inquest was conducted, and the only people present were friends and colleagues of the officer. NONE of the eye witnesses were included in the inquest. It took eight minutes for the “jury,” who were all either relatives or friends of this cop, to conclude it was an accident and that Anthony Piercy did no wrong. We have a petition that needs as many signatures as possible at JusticeForBrandonEllingson.

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Craig Bergman shared the text below, which was signed by Jay Nixon – a man in Missouri who, under the guise of protecting the rights of others, called for the centralization of armed criminals (men and women who subsist solely via coercion) and his henchmen to introduce to the scene more who are similarly motivated.

Date of Incident: 11/17/2014
Individual Responsible: Governor of Missouri

http://governor.mo.gov/news/executive-orders/executive-order-14-14

WHEREAS, the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region have experienced periods of unrest over the past three months; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Justice and St. Louis County authorities are conducting separate criminal investigations into the facts surrounding the death of Michael Brown; and

WHEREAS, the United States Department of Justice and St. Louis County authorities could soon announce the findings of their independent criminal investigations; and

WHEREAS, regardless of the outcomes of the federal and state criminal investigations, there is the possibility of expanded unrest; and

WHEREAS, the State of Missouri will be prepared to appropriately respond to any reaction to these announcements; and

WHEREAS, our citizens have the right to peacefully assemble and protest and the State of Missouri is committed to protecting those rights; and

WHEREAS, our citizens and businesses must be protected from violence and damage; and

WHEREAS, an invocation of the provisions of Sections 44.010 through 44.130, RSMo, is appropriate to ensure the safety and welfare of our citizens.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, JEREMIAH W. (JAY) NIXON, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF MISSOURI, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and Laws of the State of Missouri, including Sections 44.010 through 44.130, RSMo, do hereby declare a State of Emergency exists in the State of Missouri.

I further direct the Missouri State Highway Patrol together with the St. Louis County Police Department and the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to operate as a Unified Command to protect civil rights and ensure public safety in the City of Ferguson and the St. Louis region.

I further order that the St. Louis County Police Department shall have command and operational control over security in the City of Ferguson relating to areas of protests, acts of civil disobedience and conduct otherwise arising from such activities.

I further order that the Unified Command may exercise operational authority in such other jurisdictions it deems necessary to protect civil rights and ensure public safety and that other law enforcement agencies shall assist the Unified Command when so requested and shall cooperate with operational directives of the Unified Command.

I further order, pursuant to Section 41.480, RSMo, the Adjutant General of the State of Missouri, or his designee, to forthwith call and order into active service such portions of the organized militia as he deems necessary to protect life and property and assist civilian authorities and it is further directed that the Adjutant General or his designee, and through him, the commanding officer of any unit or other organization of such organized militia so called into active service take such action and employ such equipment as may be necessary to carry out requests processed through the Missouri State Highway Patrol and ordered by the Governor of the state to protect life and property and support civilian authorities.

This Order shall expire in thirty days unless extended in whole or in part by subsequent Executive Order.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Missouri, in the City of Jefferson, on this 17th day of November, 2014.

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Editors Note: There is no shortage of content from Ferguson that shows that those who have escalated situations, like Darren Wilson, the killer of Michael Brown, wear badges and claim to “protect and serve.” It seems clear who they, and Nixon are trying to protect – the statist quo. Fortunately, many are realizing just who are the aggressors and choosing not to grant them legitimacy. Some are training others on how to effectively film the police and are setting up streaming networks to ensure the truth of what unfolds gets out.

Police Accountability Groups in Missouri

Those in or near Ferguson are bolded

  • Lake of the Ozarks Cop Block – Facebook
  • MO/KS Cop Block – Bambuser / Facebook / YouTube / mokscopblock@gmail.com
  • North Missouri Cop Block – Facebook
  • Southeast Missouri Copblock – Facebook / southeastmissouricopblock@gmail.com
  • Southwest Missouri Cop Block – Facebook / Twitter / SouthwestMissouriCopBlock@Gmail.com
  • Southwest Missouri Copwatchers – Facebook
  • St. Louis Cop Block – Facebook
  • The Canfield Watchmen – Facebook

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The content below was shared by a woman who’s home was invaded by two men wearing San Diego Police Department badges.

Date of Incident: 10-10-2014
Individuals Responsible: David Cupples Badge #5479, Brett Byler Badge #6918
Outfit: San Diego Police Department
Phone: (619) 531-2777
Address: 1401 Broadway, MS 700, San Diego, CA 92101,

To: Chief of Police, 1401 Broadway, MS 700, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 531-2777, And Sgt. Nicholas Link (Badge #6278)
CC: Susan Davis, Representative of the 53rd District
CC: Chief of Police, 1401 Broadway, MS 700, San Diego, CA 92101, (619) 531-2777
CC: Internal Affairs Unit 1401 Broadway, MS 709, San Diego CA 92101, (619) 531-2801
Subject: Illegal Search of Home and Unnecessary Force

Two San Diego Police Officers conducted an illegal search of my home and used unnecessary force on 10 Nov 2014. The two officers are identified as 1. David Cupples, Badge #5479 2. Brett Byler #6918.

These 2 individuals came into my home with no permission or probable cause on the 10th of November 2014 at around 9:30 pm. They received a tip from neighbors about a woman screaming. When they had arrived at my home, there was only quiet and no probable cause existed to enter into my home. My husband and I were sleeping in bed. They intruded into my living room through opening my unlocked front door which was shut closed. Police may only enter a home without a warrant under “exigent circumstances” where there is a reasonable belief that there is an immediate need to protect their lives or the lives of others.

After they were inside, my husband and I came into the living room with shock. They claimed they received phone calls from neighbors. A neighbor’s tip may justify an investigation, but the court has held that, alone, it will rarely establish the level of suspicion to justify a search (United States v. Davis).

I can understand they were attempting to ensure some woman’s safety based on phone calls, but once they investigated (from outside) that nothing illegal had occurred at my residence, they should have left and not entered my home. There was no probable cause to enter. I asked them to leave repeatedly. They refused. In addition, Officer David Cupples was also gruff and grabbed my shirt on my backside in my own living room as I was asking him to leave. This was very unnecessary force on my person.

I do not think this behavior is acceptable and makes me lose a feeling of security by the San Diego Police Department. I encourage that the officers be trained and respect of the law. The San Diego Police department victimized me by neglecting my rights after a supposed call that was intended to protect me.

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Police Abuse in Warren County, NJ

The information below was shared by a self-described “insider” seeking to make public the frequent rights-violations witnessed by colleagues at the Washington Township (NJ) police outfit. Kudos to that person for speaking out – it will undoubtedly encourage others to do the same.

Date of Incident: Daily
Outfit: Washington Township Police Department
Phone: 856-589-6664
Website: http://www.washingtontwppolice.org
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sewell-NJ/Washington-Township-Police-Department-Gloucester-County-New-Jersey/165476223479208
Twitter: http://twitter.com/WashingtonTwpPD

I witness day after day Washington Township Police officers stop persons in a vehicle or on the street, demanding ID and then checking them for warrants. This will happen on almost every (98%) traffic stop, on a motor vehicle accident, a person reporting their house vandalized, and in other instances where you would not think that you would have to show ID and wait for dispatch to run your record.

These cops do this everyday. Consider me an insider trying to get attention to this problem, not everyone is guilty but these guys have been trained to think that way, obviously not considering one innocent until proven guilty.

It also happens in Pohatcong Township as well, in the same county in NJ, one of the worst offenders is Officer Matt Radecky. He got into a scuffle with an elderly man during a traffic stop because the man was asking questions. Radecky is a typical jackboot power abuser. The incident was actually caught on tape and posted to YouTube, but I’ve been unable to find it. I have seen the video though. It’s disturbing when the man is removed from his vehicle, Radecky looses it.

I don’t know if there is anything you guys can do. I’ve warned my family not to go through certain areas of the county at night because that’s when certain cops are on that get their jollies from their abuse.

There also is a new Law Enforcement Action Plan or LEAP that has been adopted by the County’s police departments. It was drafted after Ferguson. The Public safety director, who is a corrupt tyrant, swears that something like Ferguson is going to happen here and that’s why it was made up. Riots can start anywhere, but that’s a different story. There was a line in the plan that was disturbing to me though, it stated that it would be used to quell violence and civil unrest, blah, blah, blah, but also, for 1st Amendment Activities…why can’t I speak freely? Sounds like a Bundy Ranch problem if you ask me.

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The content below was shared by a gent who described his less-than-satisfactory interaction with a couple Concord (NH) police employees as “typical behavior of local police around here.” Clearly the issue at hand was not too significant – no immediacy or threat of loss of life, yet Brad Crane chose to have a not too service-oriented disposition. Perhaps the introduction of a camera to the situation would have netted a better response?

Date of Interaction: 11/10/14
Individuals Involved: Ofc. White and Ofc. Brad Crane
Outfit: Concord Police Department
Phone: 603-225-8600

On 11/10/14, I had called police due to a vehicle left on my property. The vehicle clearly had been dragged across the road, but it was nothing to do with me. I found the vehicle in that condition and had no intentions on moving it. I had driven past the incident on my way to a local welding shop, and was called by Ofc. White.

Ofc. White took the note I left for the woman out of the vehicle and called me up. I informed him that I was occupied and could not be at the scene and he informed me that “they weren’t going to wait around all day” and that “we need you to be here” and I again stated I would be unavailable except via telephone. Grudgingly, He remained fairly cordial, whereas Ofc. Crane was not so much.

Editors Note: Concord, a town of 42,000 that is not at all violent, last year attracted a lot of attention as the self-proclaimed protectors worked to bring a militarized vehicle into their arsenal: http://www.copblock.org/?s=concord

Ofc. Crane informed me that he “knew my vehicle” which is strange, as I do believe he pulled me over for having a headlight out two years ago. A little scary to think that cops remember every mundane interaction, despite botching them daily. He informed me that he would “really hate” to have someone lie to him, and I explained that the vehicle was there when I saw it first, and I had nothing to do with moving it and I intended not to continue arguing. Shut him up.

When asked where the property owner was and I stated “in the shower” he had just said “Oh that’s fine, we will wait” – figures that the cops have no respect for the time or private lives of civilians. I do feel bad for the woman who was trespassing, I am sure she faced even more scrutiny than we did, though we were entitled to none being the landowner reporting an abandoned vehicle.

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WeCopwatch To Offer Copwatch / Know Your Rights Course

2015 you will be seeing a lot of new WeCopwatch projects

 

From assisting the growth of Copwatch efforts in Ferguson, to the expansion of Copwatch initiatives nationwide, we are excited to see what the coming months have in store for us.

Know Your Rights Trainings
One of the issues any police accountability site runs into is the immense need for information. On any given day multiple inboxes are loaded with legal questions from people who have been abused by law enforcement, or are interested in forming a copwatch group.

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Founding member of WeCopwatch, Jacob Crawford ran into this same issue when he first joined Berkeley Copwatch in 2000. There were calls daily for Copwatch support, and at times, not enough hours in the day to even respond to all of them.

Back then the answer to this issue was to create a Know Your Rights Training Video “These Streets Are Watching” which would be played in living rooms and auditoriums across the country.

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With so many recent inquiries about how to start a Copwatch, WeCopwatch has been in the back rooms for the past month building an online course that will cover your rights during police encounters, and while documenting police stops.

This course will be ongoing, free, and available. 10 week online courses will be provided throughout the year with the availability of a Trainer’s to help assist. And anyone can independently sign up outside of the 10 week course offers, and take the course at their own pace.

The course allows people to either take exams or creative writing to determine one’s knowledge and understanding or the course material, and will have intensive focus classes on consent, detentions, arrests, documentation, de-escalation, handling evidence, national lawyers guild legal observing training.

If you want to grab some Copwatch gear, do so! All proceeds go right back into current projects.

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We are also building our surplus. We have multiple cities we are trying to support. If you believe in the camera drive as seen in Fergsuson feel free to contribute here

COPWATCH CAMERA FUND

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If you have a used camera, or used mac, or can 3D print cameras, or am down to help press shirts and or literature regionally. Email us at WeCopwatch@gmail.com . We need regional support in Oakland, Ferguson, Chicago, Detroit and DC

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Isn’t That Something

To the surprise of no one, officer Darren Wilson has been found falsifying reports and acting outside the law before:

Video footage has emerged showing Darren Wilson – the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri – threatening and arresting a resident who refused to stop filming him with a cellphone.

Wilson is seen standing near his Ferguson police SUV and warning Mike Arman: “If you wanna take a picture of me one more time, I’m gonna lock your ass up.” Arman, who had requested Wilson’s name, replies: “Sir, I’m not taking a picture, I’m recording this incident sir.”

The officer then walks to the porch of Arman’s home and apprehends him, after telling him that he does not have the right to film. The 15-second clip was uploaded to YouTube on Friday but recorded in 2013, according to police documents.

Arman, 30, was charged with failing to comply with Wilson’s orders. He claimed in an interview on Saturday that the charge was dropped after he told his lawyer he had video footage of the incident. Arman, who runs a small housing non-profit, has a criminal record and has previously been charged with resisting arrest.

“I was working on my porch with my toolbelt on and was being cordial,” Arman said of the incident. “But I wanted to safeguard myself by recording what happened.” Filming police officers carrying out their duties is widely considered to be legal and protected by the first amendment of the US constitution.

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Wilson wrote in his report that Arman became upset and said he wanted to record the encounter. Wilson said he told him “a voice recording would be acceptable” but Arman “refused to answer any questions or co-operate as he lifted the phone to begin a video recording of myself” and “stated that I must state my name to him” as Wilson asked for more information on the vehicles.

Arman disputed Wilson’s account of the start of their encounter, saying that he “began recording within moments of Wilson approaching the property” and that Wilson only mentioned a voice recording being acceptable after Arman had been arrested.

Despite being shown at the other end of Arman’s garden path, Wilson wrote in his report that he told Arman “to remove the camera from my face”. He claimed to have asked Arman to place his hands behind his back, which is not visible or audible from the recording. “I was forced to grab his wrists one at a time and secure them into handcuffs,” Wilson wrote.

He’s lucky Wilson didn’t kill him like he did Brown. Notice the nonverbals- hands on his hips, dismissive and disgusted, condescending and arrogant. Yeah, this guy would never slam his car in reverse to teach young black men a lesson for failing to “get the fuck off the road.”

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Catfish shared the content below – an update to an incident many of us are aware of – a demanding, lying, and outright thuggish James Westbrook, who wears a Dallas Co. Sheriff’s Department badge, toward a motorcyclist who had not harmed person or property.

Date of Incident: 5/27/12
Individual Responsible: Deputy James Westbrook
Outfit: Dallas County Sheriff’s Department
Phone: 214.653.3450

Sheriffs deputy pulls over sport-bike rider, telling him he wants his helmet camera to use as evidence against other riders in the area since they may have violated traffic laws.

The rider refuses to give the deputy any of his belongings, hands his license and registration over, and waits as instructed. Upon the deputy’s return with a police deputy in tow, he is placed under arrest for “having a partially covered license plate”, he is then slammed to the hood of the patrol car by both deputy thugs while being handcuffed, his helmet ripped from his head, and shoved violently into the backseat while the sheriffs deputy slams the car door shut several times in a rage telling the non-combative rider/victim to “Relax, and calm down”.

The rider’s license plate is clearly visible, his rights are violated, he is slammed and shoved around, and illegally arrested.

The outcome is the sheriffs deputy being suspended for 30 days, a $1million law suet, tax payers paying the bill, and one more video in an ocean of videos proving that law enforcement agencies are an organized criminal gang of thugs and halfwits.

From the video description:

This is a raw video. The highlights of this video sections can be found here:

- 3:28 Initial interaction
6:31 Arrest
7:59 Final Interaction

On Memorial Day Weekend, motorcycle rider Chris Moore was arrested by Dallas Deputy Sheriff James Westbrook. The arrest was part of crackdown against sport bike riders. Moore says Westbrook made up a charge in order to gain access to the video camera mounted on his helmet.

As Robert Wilonsky wrote at DallasNews.com of the exchange between Moore and Westbrook:

“The reason you’re being pulled over is because I’m going to take your camera, and we’re going to use it as evidence in the crimes that have been committed by other bikers,” Westbrook told him.

Moore, who said he wasn’t with the other bikers, responded: What crimes?

Eventually Westbrook came up with one, accusing Moore of having a partially obscured license plate. “That was indeed a strange charge for [Westbrook] to make,” says the suit, “considering that before he stopped [Moore], he had radioed his police dispatcher telling the dispatcher the license plate number of [Moore’s] vehicle which means the license plate was obviously not obstructed.”

Editors Note: Back in 2012 after I learned of this incident I called the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department to inquire about Westbrook’s actions. I left a VM but, despite claims of serving others, never heard back from anyone. Such is the “customer service” from those in a coercive monopoly. That post was followed up with another noting Westbrook’s suspension, but this latest information, about the lawsuit, is new. Too bad others in Dallas County may be on the hook for the actions of one person. It seems clear to me – and hopefully this incident will cause others to see as well – that as Westbrook acted, he alone should bear the responsibility.

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An individual wanting to inform others in Walworth County of the shenanigans being orchestrated by a husband-and-wife team who purport to serve and protect, who are clearly more interested in serving their own self interests. Hopefully, as this is made more trasnparent, it will have a disinfecting impact on their business as usual.

Date of Incident: Ongoing
Individual Responsible: Sgt Tim Otterbacher, Walworth County Sheriff’s Department, 262-741-4446
Individual Responsible: Chief Lisa Otterbacher,Whitewater Police Department, 262-473-1370

Sergeant Tim Otterbacher of Walworth County Sheriff’s Dept and wife Chief Lisa Otterbacher of Whitewater PD (in Walworth County) repeatedly sent their underage daughter Kaylee Otterbacher to drinking parties. Kaylee then took alcohol at the parties and called her parents who would then bust the parties for distribution to minors. The daughter has never been charged.

Editors Note: Whitewater is home to University of Wisconson-Whitewater, which likely provides ample settings for this ruse to be acted out.

Meanwhile, their 17-year-old son Calvin Otterbacher drove his car onto the local high school’s baseball field and tore up the grass. He has also had complaints against him throwing beer pong parties with other underage drinkers. The son was never charged either.

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The content below was shared by Ryan Conklin to get more attention on a situation that never should have happened. As you read, consider just how different the reaction from those at the Greece police outfit would be if the triggerman and person shot and killed would have been reversed.

Date of Incident: 11/9/2014
Individual Responsible: Jared René
Outfit: Greece (NY) Police Department
Phone: 585-720-4104

Editors Note: Much of the content below was gleaned from the write-up Greece police explain Stone Road shooting by Victoria E. Freile and Meaghan M. McDermott, which was posted on 2014.11.11 to DemocratAndChronicle.com.

The shooting occurred Sunday morning after Greece, NY police and animal control officers were called to Stone Road, near Stone Ridge Drive, for a report of dogs running loose in the area.

Greece Police Chief Patrick Phelan said officers located the dogs, two pit bulls, and went to 1677 Stone Road, the home where they believed their owner lived.

Officers did not receive a response to their knocking on the door, so they entered the house there an ‘unlocked’ door to check the welfare of whoever might be inside. Phelan said two officers at the scene could see water running and the stove top on. Running water and a stove on cannot be seen from outside the home and do not constitute ‘Exigent Circumstances’.

Once inside, officers found a man — later identified as Thomas Manza — naked and asleep on a bedroom floor, with a shotgun beside him. René, 31, fired twice, striking Manza once. Following surgery, Manza, 34, remains in a medically induced coma in guarded condition at Strong Memorial Hospital.

The Greece, NY Police department has a long history of misconduct and corruption: CopBlock.org/tag/Greece

He said his son would often let his dogs, Kikki and Jayda, out the back door to run around in the fenced yard, leaving the door open so the dogs could reenter at will.

They entered my son’s house without a warrant, what is this wellness thing? They’re saying they entered the house to check someone’s wellness, but my son wasn’t in distress. … I don’t understand why they entered the house and now my son’s almost dead up there in the hospital.

Anthony Manza said his son would often sleep with a fan running, so it was no surprise that he might not have heard police knocking or yelling in the windows.

After the shooting, police executed a search warrant at the rental home, where they found a personal-use amount of marijuana, as well as two long guns. Police charged Manza with first-degree menacing, a felony, for ‘allegedly’ pointing a loaded firearm at police in his house during an unlawful entry search.

“We’ll often find a house where things just don’t look right and we need to check the welfare of the residents,” Phelan said. “Often times, we’ll find somebody that’s been injured and can’t get to the door, we’ll find somebody who’s committed suicide, we’ll find somebody who has a medical condition and they’re unconscious. It’s not that unusual.”

‘Things just don’t look right’ doesn’t give the police the right to enter you home and shoot you.

There are four main circumstances in which a warrant is not required for police to search your house:

1. Consent
2. Plain View
3. Search Incident to Arrest
4. Exigent Circumstances. This exception refers to emergency situations where the process of getting a valid search warrant could compromise public safety or could lead to a loss of evidence. This encompasses instances of “hot pursuit” in which a suspect is about to escape.

None of the above were given or relevant to this unlawful search.

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