Knowing the Difference Between Allowed and Not Permitted

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Submitted by guest writer, Keith Killian

What happens when the law makers become the law breakers? What happens when the protectors become the attackers? Who is to be held responsible? Who is to be trusted? These are questions plaguing the minds of millions of Americans, who are scared, disappointed, and angry at the rising brutality of American police. Too many incidents of uncalled for police aggression and unjustifiable police brutality have cropped up in different parts of America. This cop violence phenomenon simply cannot be ignored anymore. Let us take a quick look at some incidents of police brutality and the common trends emerging from those.

Racial Brutality

A charge often placed against American police is their racial discrimination and inhuman treatment of minorities. The 1999 murder of the young, Black, West African Ahmed Amadou Diallo by the elite Street Crime Unit cannot be forgotten and only shows the deep rooted suspicion and hatred of some White American policemen against Black people. Ahmed did not have any criminal record and had 41 shots fired at him by the police in his own home in New York. What was the police’s justification? Ahmed apparently gestured with his hands in a way which made the police think that he was reaching for a gun.

In 2006, a 23 year old Black man, Sean Bell, was shot on his wedding day by NYPD officers. His crime? Officers say the victim and his friends who were celebrating Bell’s Bachelor party were going to use a gun when the police intervened. 50 bullets were shot at this young man. The city was outraged, and violent protests resulted. The above are not incidents in isolation. Racial prejudice is too obviously prevalent in American police and this dangerous trend must be curbed to prevent many more from being victimized.

Brutality against Women

17 March, 2013 saw the most terrifying set of events unfold for 27 year old Kim Nguyen. She and her male friends were stopped by an officer outside a restaurant in Los Angeles at around 2 am while waiting for a cab as they had been drinking. The police apparently thought they were intoxicated. However, while her male friends were left behind she was charged with public intoxication and put behind the car. While she was handcuffed, an officer began to sexually assault her by touching her chest and pulling her ears to face him. Then he started grabbing her left thigh and trying to open her legs. That is when she fell out of the vehicle to avoid being sexually assaulted by the cop. She was injured very badly, spent two weeks in the hospital, had bruises all over her body, lost all her teeth and had to have her jaw wired shut.

On October 30, in Detroit, a woman called 911 to seek help from police after being assaulted by her boyfriend. The cops come in, and one of them take her to the upstairs bedroom and sexually assault her. These are just the small fraction of cases that come in the spotlight. There are hundreds and thousands of other cases of police brutality against women convicts of which there is scant record or coverage. Innocent or guilty, women have become a soft target for police violence and assault and the boundaries between permitted and absolutely not allowed and humiliating are being blurred regularly by the police department. Steps to protect dignity of women during all types of police encounters is the need of the moment.

Suppressing Anyone Who Tries to Question the Establishment through Brutal Means

So you are underage while entering a casino. You are stopped by a police officer. You follow their instructions but have an argument with them or say something to them, even while complying with their instructions. What follows is five policemen beating you up brutally, kicking you, hitting, you, handcuffing you, then releasing a German Shepherd on you to attack you in the presence of the officers. You would be lucky to be alive – and so was 20 year old David Castellani, who suffered multiple, deadly, injuries in the attack. This is not fiction, but the facts of an incident that took place and was captured on camera on 15 June 2013 in Atlantic City. While the victim’s family filed a lawsuit against the inhuman officers, the police chief of Atlantic City stood by his officers’ actions.

Last year also saw uncalled for police brutality on 75 students of City University of New York who were demonstrating against former CIA chief, David Petraeus, who was being given a teaching position at the school.

Video footage of the incident has emerged that shows New York police being irrationally violent with the young students, slamming them against cars and pavements and punching them in the kidneys. What were the police trying to do? Can anything justify their barbaric behavior?

Dealing With “The Epidemic of Police Brutality”

Wrongful deaths, sexual assault, gun violence, physical threats and dreadful injuries, fire-rubber bullets at peaceful protesters; indeed we are facing the epidemic of police brutality. Demonstrators across the US took part in the October 22 protests to stop police brutality, repression, and criminalization of a generation. This day has been observed as the National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality since 1996. Despite many public efforts to stop this catastrophe, no concrete results have been obtained, and little has been done by state agencies. To counter police violence and convict and punish offending cops will require consistent and binding state policies, proper training among law enforcement officers regarding what the uniform permits them and what it does not and how their power is not to be misused.
Keeping an official record of such police misdoings and regularly suspending or punishing such policemen who have been involved in such incidents of police violence is absolutely necessary. The State, the people and the law enforcement agencies all need to work hand in hand to deter this uncalled, excessive violence. Violence is not legitimate, not justified simply because it is being committed by a law enforcement individual.

Author Bio:
Keith Killian is one of the principal attorneys at Killian Davis Richter & Mayle, PC, based in New Mexico. The firm exclusively focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, workers compensation and many more. Keith takes enough time to understand and analyze each and every aspect of his clients’ case. And eventually, his team works together to achieve the best possible outcome. Visit the firm website here.

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Kelly Thomas Verdict Was Just and Proper

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

If you are an Average American, that is. If you are a halfway decent human being, you might be crying in despair at humanity, or cursing God/Allah/Yahweh/Vishnu. But if you are the Average American, you will sleep fine tonight, like you have always slept, in the face of countless acts of police brutality – including plunder, robbery, rape, child abuse, and even murder.

Kelly Thomas was a schizophrenic and homeless man living in Fullerton, CA. In July of 2011, he was approached by police for questioning in connection with vehicle vandalism while in downtown Fullerton. Police escalated the situation (as they are prone to do). Some 6 officers were involved in this encounter with a homeless man, who had at that point committed no theft, violence, or any other crime. Mr. Thomas was subject to a brutal beating, during which Officer Manuel Ramos put on latex gloves, balled his fists, and said to Mr. Thomas, “You see these fists? They are getting ready to fuck you up.” Another officer principally involved in the beating was Jay Cicinelli. Mr. Thomas died from his injuries at a hospital several days later.

The incident, including Ramos’ blatant threat, was captured on video. Mr. Thomas can be seen on video being beaten and pleading for his life. He says “Dad, help me… They’re killing me,” repeatedly. He says, “Sir, please… okay…okay…” repeatedly. He says “Help me…help me god…” repeatedly. He also apologizes, but was murdered by police nevertheless. (More here.)

If an ordinary person had put on gloves, and said “These fists are going to fuck you up,” then proceeded to beat a person to death, a first-degree murder charge and conviction would be swiftly in order. In the case of hallowed police officers, charges were filed only after extensive public outcry, and even then, the most severe charge was that of second-degree murder against Ramos. Cicinelli and Ramos went on trial, and were acquitted on January 14, 2014, of all charges – including excessive force (more here and here). Of course, inherent in that conclusion by the jury is the unspoken declaration that in America, it is not excessive to beat a helpless and mentally ill detainee to death for merely being accused of suspicious activity.

This ruthless beating and murder would certainly seem horrendous to a human being of integrity, but of course, the Average American is not a human being of integrity. The Average American has, for decades, cheered on the various acts of police violence against students, disabled old men, children, among other completely innocent parties. The cops were doing their job – to hell with it if some innocent person was murdered in the process. The cops are heroes – so be it if they have to kill a child or two to “keep us safe.”

A less loathsome breed of the Average American insists that the poor victim should not have been beaten to death, but that some lesser form of force ought to have been employed to obtain compliance. Equally innate in this sentiment is the idea that people who have committed no theft, violence, or crime, nevertheless should obey a cop’s every command. Freedom is not of the utmost concern, justice is not of the utmost concern, safety is not of the utmost concern; blind obedience is. This morally degenerate standard exists for almost no one in society, save police.

The rationale behind the defense of Cicinelli and Ramos was that Mr. Thomas died not at their hands, but due to asphyxiation and heart problems arising from complications of alleged drug use. Keep in mind that when ordinary mortals commit crimes, it is a well-established legal principle that they take their victims as they find them. If an ordinary man punches another man in the face, and the victim unexpectedly dies because he happened to have a thin skull, no court would exempt the aggressor from the crime on the basis that the victim died from complications arising from a thin skull due to drug use or any other reason – the aggressor would be held to account regardless. However, have the aggressor don a uniform and a badge, and the story becomes quite different. His act of violence is treated almost like an act of nature, and everything else but his holy act is to blame – the victim’s mental illness, his resistance to abject humiliation and physical torture, his pre-existing conditions, etc. Such is the double standard the Average American allows the policeman.

The Average American has long been comfortable with double standards for cops – both legal and cultural. Cops can murder, rape, and pillage with impunity, both from a legal and moral standpoint. When they murder, rape, and pillage – it is for the sake of public safety and order. Thus, they are protected from legal consequences, as well as moral judgment.

The kind of worship the Average American lavishes upon police is similar to that of deification; police essentially can do no wrong. If they murder a petty criminal, it’s justified because he was a criminal. If they murder an innocent person, it was a mere “mistake,” and justified because police were “doing their job.” The only other entity accorded such moral leniency in the face of repeated, intentional, malicious violence, is God. Indeed, the mentality Americans have toward police is virtually indistinguishable from that of, “God works in mysterious ways.”

Because in America, a cop is likened to God, the Average American cares not that police lionization and immunity has resulted in the “Land of the Free” having the highest incarceration rate, both per capita and in sheer numbers, in the entire world. For the same reason, the Average American actually thinks it’s quite wonderful that their infallible demi-gods have steadily acquired weapons they should not possibly ever need for domestic purposes, including drones, tanks, and grenade launchers, while ordinary citizens are increasingly restricted and regulated in firearms ownership. As it should be, perhaps – who are lowly mortals to question the motivation of gods?

If you are the Average American, you are perfectly comfortable with this verdict because you, Average American, defend the system at all costs. In the past, people may have suggested to you the absurd proposition that justice and policing ought not be a coerced institution of monopoly by government, and should be conducted on a voluntary basis. You laughed at this “idealistic” nonsense, insisting that voluntary policing and freedom of choice in justice systems would surely lead to chaos and violence. As if police murdering people in the street with impunity isn’t chaos and violence. As if your precious government system of policing and “justice” isn’t simply a permanent monopoly of systemic violence that by definition perpetuates, and even encourages chaos and violence.

But this is no matter, because “the system isn’t perfect, but it’s the best there is. God bless democracy, freedom, and civility.” The police must murder to save lives. They must use violence to prevent violence. They must break the law in order to enforce it. Freedom isn’t free. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is Strength.

 

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(Video) Milwaukee Kayakers/Puppy Face Trial

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

 

A Milwaukee man will be going to trial on 1/6/2014 according with his YouTube Channel.  He’s accused of Kayaking in the lagoon at SummerFest in Milwaukee without government lagoon kayaking privileges .

The man apparently “Charms” himself into a citation by traveling on a waterway which has been traveled upon for 10s of thousands of years.

Not sure what charges the dog faces.

 

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Cops 258 – Constitution 0 (Videos in Link)

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be stopped and questions 258 times over 4 years while working…at the private property on which you work? Apparently, according to TheRoot.com, one guy can tell you how it feels…

 Well, that’s what Miami Gardens, Fla., store owner Alex Saleh is trying to figure out. One of the employees at his store, 207 Quickstop, Earl Sampson, has been stopped and questioned 258 times, searched more than 100 times and arrested and tossed in jail countless times, the Miami Herald reports.

According to Saleh, Sampson, other employees and even his customers have been repeatedly stopped and frisked by Miami Gardens police, sometimes as often as three times a day.

Most of them, the Herald reports, are like Sampson. In two words: poor and black.

Saleh couldn’t take the constant harassment anymore and ended up installing 15 video cameras in his store—not to protect himself from criminals, but from the police.

What these videos reveal is shocking, the Herald reports. Read more and view videos…

 

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Boy Suffers Horriffic Facial Injuries After “Falling”

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

 

According to HuffPost:

Marissa Sargeant admits her 14-year-old son did a bad thing when he allegedly shoplifted, but she doesn’t think he deserved to be roughed up by cops during his arrest.

The arrest happened last Tuesday when the boy — whose name has not been released — allegedly shoplifted goods from a Walmart in Tullytown, Pa., with two adult relatives.

She doesn’t deny the charges, but said the arresting officers beat the teen so bad, he has a broken nose and two swollen eyes.

“What he did was wrong. He was coerced by a 19-year-old. He does know better,” she said, according to the New York Daily News. “The picture speaks a thousand words.”

Note that the article quotes District Attorney David Heckler:

“Heckler told Philly.com that his office may interview eyewitnesses and possibly review footage of the incident taken on a police dashboard camera before proceeding further.”

Read More…

According to the county website, the number to reach Heckler’s office is 215-348-6344.

 

 

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(Video) Madison, WI Citizens Arrested For Free Speech

Saturday, August 17th, 2013

 

Here’s how we deal with peaceful protesters in WI…

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(Video) Sgt. Graviette of Stockton PD Smiles A Lot :-)

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

 

Some may call it disrespect, some call it poor taste, I call it disdain. Sgt. Graviette of Stockton, CA police department appears to think It’s funny to stop by a man’s home, with two armed government friends, and apparently interrogate him regarding his intent to redress grievance.

Sgt. Bedford 1317 of Stockton police department-

Sgt. Graviette 1435 of Stockton police department-

Ofc. Pearson(sp?) 2052 Stockton police department-

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Fort Worth Police “Accidentally” Murder 72 Year Old Man

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

 

According to dallasnews.com

Police said poor lighting led officers to the wrong house, where they shot and killed a 72-year-old Fort Worth man, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Waller, a father of four and a grandfather of six, died in the early morning hours of May 28 after police responded to a burglary alarm call. Waller’s family said Waller had heard a noise and grabbed his gun for protection, our Wendy Hundley reported.

According to a search warrant affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram, officers had been dispatched to 409 Havenwood Lane. Waller lived at 404 Havenwood Lane. Police began inadvertently searching around Waller’s home.

Officers said Waller engaged them and pointed a gun at them. At the time, police told the Star-Telegram that the officers encountered Waller “at the back of his house near the garage and driveway.”  Read more…

 

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“Police [shoot] Kill 95 Year Old Man…” (quote from dailymail)

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

 

According to reports from the Chicago Tribune, WBBM Chicago, and Daily Mail, police determined the best way to deal with an upset 95 year old Chicago area resident of a retirement home was to tase him and shoot him with “bean bag rounds” from a 12 gauge shotgun.

The reports indicate the man was slaughtered by cops because he refused a private, for profit ambulance company’s demand that he surrender himself, involuntarily, to some type of medical treatment center.

The man had allegedly attempted to defend himself initially with his aluminum walking can and a 2 foot long shoe horn. He apparently was incapable of bending over far enough to slip his own shoes on with his hand but was such a threat to police that he needed to be murdered, allegedly, for “officer safety” I’m sure.

Police go on to say that he eventually obtained a 12 inch knife. Rather than wait for the man to become tired and ready for a nap, police say the man “refused commands” to drop the weapons.

My two grandfathers are 88 and 89 respectively. My 80 pound twelve year old niece could easily “take” both of them on at the same time regardless of what “weapons” they could possess.

The manner in which police in our country deal with animals, the elderly, and the infirm indicate just how far folks with shiny metal on their shirts seem to be willing to go…for whatever reason.

Here’s the story from DailyMail.

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(Video) Do Waukesha WI Police Prey on Carroll University/College Students?

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

 

From Tim of YouTube channel MilwaukeeCitizenPress:

According to Wikipedia, Carroll University, formerly known as Carroll College, was founded in 1841 which is 7 years prior to the founding of what is now known as the State of Wisconsin.

Thousands of young people come to the city I live in yearly to be educated and to experience their first few years of adulthood. Carroll is a private and quite expensive college (compared to my Alma Mater UW-Whitewater) which boasts, according to Forbes, a ranking of 175 out of the top 600 colleges in America.

This video, I believe, indicates just how far Waukesha PD is willing to go in order to justify their salary. Were these cops trying to determine if this man was a thief…a rapist…a serial killer? No. I believe these cops were trying to destroy this young man’s life and eventual career by trying to find a bag of weed or a small bottle of liquor possessed by an underage individual who intended to go back to his dorm and safely enjoy being young.

Waukesha Police: Please stop harassing young people for simply being young…

Feel free to contact Waukesha PD (non emergency line) 262-524-3831.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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