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…
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.”
According to the county website, the number to reach Heckler’s office is 215-348-6344.
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I had to be meeting a chick for the first time when these badges had to chest swell here. It’s hard enough to date as it is at age 35, but add in cancer and two punk cops; it makes it harder. I was meeting this girl in a public place with lights, as that was her choice. The police officers sat across from us for several minutes, maybe even up to fifteen. Three were actually involved in whatever they were doing before they approached us. Upon seeing them, the girl and I decided not to immediately leave for fear of them thinking something for doing so. We stayed! Then, after watching us from afar, they made their move. Now, mind you I was 1300-1500 feet away from my residence, So, watch the video…oh, and yes I did cave in like a bitch when the cuffs came out; I do have cancer and I must daily take medication that they do NOT give in their county jail…trust me on that one! Also, the girl hasn’t answered my phone calls since, confirming her actions from the video!
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I can’t imagine anyone not getting infuriated while watching this video posted in July of this year. This precisely exhibits the type of abuse average citizens are becoming increasingly aware of and admonishing. The videographer was simply filming an interaction by a couple of public servants on a public sidewalk when those public servants decided to harass the citizen. They wanted the citizen to KNOW that he was beneath them, and he should never question their authority. By doing so, he was then harassed and told he would be cited for “blocking the sidewalk,” even though, as he states, pedestrians freely moved beside him. This was just an illegal attempt by the officers to get his information and to demean. One can clearly see by the video who has command of the law, and it is not the officers.
Apparently, the person in the video is planning to post part two, according to a recent post, but there is enough in this post to see who was in the wrong. Thankfully, there is an awakening in the country, and citizens are not only learning their rights but they are also flexing them. It is well beyond time for those in law enforcement to begin honoring the principles of the constitution that they swore to uphold. Moreover, they need to be better trained in the concept of citizen contact vs detainment.
In case you were having too good a day, here’s the latest in police brutality:
John Pike, the disgusting excuse for a human being who pepper-sprayed peaceful, protesting, college students at UC Davis has been approved for disability compensation on the taxpayers’ dime. On Oct. 16, a judge approved a $38,000 settlement between John Pike and the University of California.
The 40-year-old former officer claims he suffered depression and anxiety after he and his family received death threats over the pepper-spraying event (Really? Only death threats? A nice kick to the balls or punch in the face would have been far more appropriate and gratifying). It sounds like a bad joke, but unfortunately isn’t. More here.
In other happy Californian police news, police have shot and killed a 13-year-old who was playing with a fake gun. (Story here). There was a time in American history when playing with toy machine guns was perfectly normal for children. However, in the current age of paranoia and hysteria over “terrorism,” children must be murdered for the “safety” and “protection” of all.
This should come as no surprise. Posters at the train station constantly encourage people to keep a suspicious eye out for their friends and neighbors. Announcements at the airport always imply there could be terrorists around every corner. The “See Something, Say Something” campaign is everywhere you go, even though 99.9999999999 percent of the time, absolutely nothing is going on and no one should be saying anything. (You hear this, Homeland Security? It’s me saying, “Go fuck yourself!”). The Department of Homeland Security has also trained officers to shoot with no hesitation – by using posters of pregnant women, children, and the elderly, for target practice.
As usual, the officers responsible for the murder have been placed on administrative leave (paid vacation). If we’re lucky, they’ll be fired and be rehired in 6 months, maybe at the next town over. If the usual happens, they will be found to have been justified to shoot a child because they “reasonably felt in fear for their lives. ”
It could be because officers are fucking the citizenry up the ass every which way that the Department of Homeland Security anticipates some push back from civilians. I would argue they need not fear any such resistance, as most Americans continue to be mindless lovers of tyranny and authoritarianism. I would bet money that 80 percent of Americans who have learned of the events above are blaming the child or his parents for this atrocious murder, and are defending the nasty pepper-spraying scum – “He was just doing his job! I hate hippies! Stupid college kids.”
Regardless, Homeland Security does seem to anticipate some disorder, or they would not have purchased 2,700 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, i.e. tanks on steroids*** (more here and here). Since it is the Department of Homeland Security, we can safely assume these are meant for domestic use.
Oh boy! In time, police can just crush children and college protesters with tanks instead of pepper-spraying or shooting them. I can’t wait!
***[Upon the enlightening instruction of one of our dearest readers, I am informed that it is inaccurate to describe the MRAPs as "tanks on steroids." As such, I hereby amend "tanks on steroids" to "motherfucking armored vehicles - who really gives a fuck about the details."]
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On September 18, 2013 at approximately 8:00 AM in front of Walgreens on Mexico Loop Road, my 20-year-old daughter was stopped and detained while walking 3-4 blocks home. The officers stated there was a call that she looked suspicious and asked for her ID. She informed them that she had a high risk pregnancy due to epilepsy, she was 24 weeks along, and that she was returning home after having morning sickness at a friend’s house. While looking for her ID, she pointed out that it was 76 degrees outside, she was sick and just wanted to get home to lie down. She also stated and showed the officers that our home was visible from where they stood at which time the only truly rude, offensive and unprofessional officer asked her if she was carrying, to which she replied, “Yes, sir. I am 24 weeks pregnant,” not realizing he meant a firearm. He became blatantly nasty, accusatory, and aggressive with her verbally, which caused my daughter to begin crying. His partner actually apologized for the entire ordeal while the rude officer ran her license.
By this time, there were four police vehicles in front of the local Walgreens. They insisted she get in their car and asked her what my name was and if I had any felonies, at which point she asked, “What did I do? I can’t believe this; I was just walking. Are you arresting me?” The rude officer replied, “If you continue with this attitude I can make this much worse for you.” Of course she was upset, scared, a bit angered and hormonal, but she agreed to get in his vehicle. They drove her to our home and while she went in the basement entrance, four officers proceeded to pound on all of the doors, dislocating one storm window and waking my 74-year-old father who has leukemia and pre-Alzheimer’s. My father then came to wake me, during which time he unintentionally left the door cracked and three of the officers entered our home. As I came into the kitchen, the rude officer would not stop yelling at my daughter who had just reached the top of the stairs, crying and sweating with a beet-red face from the heat and humidity. As I was trying to get the entire story from a nicer officer, my daughter began vomiting and ran to the bathroom. A sergeant and his partner immediately followed her down the hallway as if she were trying to escape. I pushed in front of them, putting my ear to the bathroom door and told them, “She’s obviously sick. What else can I do for you?” They both remained in the hallway; during this time the rude officer just decided to leave.
The sergeant and his partner waited for my daughter to come out of the bathroom then proceeded to tell her the actions were for her protection as to save her from abduction or sexual assault. I interrupted him, stating she had endured a rape when she was 10 and that she was trained to defend herself, especially at 8:00 AM, and that she also carries pepper spray. The sergeant apologized for mentioning it and they left. I have contacted my attorney and plan on making a full report of this conduct to the appropriate channels. This is not the first time this has happened in our town. We are not in the city, but a suburb where I grew up when it was rural; most people know each other here. I do not know what actions to follow through with and am acquiring assistance in resolving this matter. I thought, perhaps, this may be helpful to others. Research on the officers involved is still pending as not one of them gave me their name or card.
Bridget M. Blair
Here’s how we deal with peaceful protesters in WI…
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-
This week, a couple stories that should cause anyone critically thinking to see that those wearing badges aren’t always operating with the best intentions.
Shoshoni Resident Sues for Excessive Use of Force by Police Officers
First off, a legally blind man from Shoshoni, Wyoming says two local police officers used excessive force on him when they came to his home to investigate complaints about his cats.
L.J. Faith has filed a Federal lawsuit against Police Chief Andy Rodriguez and Officer G. Cruche. The officers tasered and arrested Faith after he used strong language telling them to leave his property.
Faith’s lawyer, Charles Pelkey, says the officers arrested Faith without probable cause.
“It’s a big deal,” Pelkey says. “Our client’s constitutional rights were violated. He was arrested, he was assaulted, and he was taken to jail and he suffered injuries from being tased.”
Chief Rodriguez also accidentally Tasered himself and his partner during the incident.
All charges against Faith were dropped, and Shoshoni officials could not be reached for comment.
DEA to Pay $4.1 Million to Student Forgotten in Holding Cell for 5 Days
In other news, a college student mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days will receive $4.1 million from the government in a settlement in advance of a lawsuit.
The settlement was announced Tuesday in San Diego by the student, Daniel Chong, 25, and his lawyer, Eugene Iredale.
“It was an accident, a really bad, horrible accident,” said Chong, who added that he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
The bizarre event in April 2012 began when Chong, an engineering student at UC San Diego, went to a house near campus to smoke marijuana with friends and found himself swept up in a DEA raid.
After being questioned briefly at the DEA facility in San Diego, he was told he would be released. But, for reasons that remain unclear, he was left for five days in a 5-by-10-foot windowless room without food, water or toilet facilities.
He suffered hallucinations and was forced to drink his urine to survive. He screamed for help.
Fearing he would die, he broke his glasses and scrawled the message, “Sorry, mom” on his arm.
When he was discovered by DEA employees, he was covered in his own feces and severely dehydrated. He was rushed to a hospital, close to kidney failure and breathing with difficulty. He spent five days in the hospital.
Days later, a top DEA official apologized to Chong and ordered an “extensive review” of DEA procedures.
“I extend my deepest apologies [to] the young man and want to express that this event is not indicative of the high standards that I hold my employees to,” said William R. Sherman, who was acting special agent in charge of the DEA’s San Diego Division.
No charges were filed against Chong, whose attorney had said he intended to file a $20-million lawsuit against the federal government.
Darby Officer Accused of Holding 2 Women Against Their Will
Finally, Darby Township Police Officer Christopher H. Scott has been arrested and charged for holding women against their will in his police car, where they believe he tried to obtain sexual favors.
Scott faces 16 charges, including multiple counts of simple assault and harassment to kidnapping and stalking.
Both incidents occurred the last weekend of July, one during a traffic stop after a woman had left a bar and another involving a woman walking home from a convenience store.
That’s this week’s Police Accountability Report brought to you by CopBlock.org. Until next week, stay safe and remember that badges don’t grant extra rights.