Welcome Houston Cop Block, CopBlock of Western Mass, and Poland

Monday, October 13th, 2014

Below are listed the latest additions to the page CopBlock.org/Groups, which this week come to us from Poland, Houston, and western Massachusetts. Thanks to all involved for your proactive efforts!

Note that the page CopBlock.org/Groups recently had a couple of tweaks:

  • the map, which had been embedded on the top of the page, was removed as it had so many inputs (which is a good thing!) that the groups started to be split between two maps
  • a form was added to the bottom of the page to capture information of new groups. In the past that information was learned via email, messages sent to Facebook, and other methods.

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CopBlock of Western Massachusetts

Cop Block of Western Massachusetts was founded in October 1, 2014 after discovering that there are some Police Officer’s acting outside of the law.

website / Facebook

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Houston Cop Block

We watch the watchman!

Facebook / Youtube

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Impunity of the Police (Poland)

We are group of Polish activist for freedom and equality, we are building community that can help victims of police oppression in our country and give a look at the police in other countries. It started in 2008, and about half year ago we reactivated the project, named Bezkarnosc Policji, which means “Impunity of the police”.

website / redakcja@bezkarnoscpolicji.info

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Michael Gendron, Chicopee, MA Police Employee Caught Naked with Teenager

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

This story was shared by Jessica via CopBlock.org/Submit

Police Employee: Michael Gendron
Outfit: Chicopee Police Department
Phone: (413) 592-6341

The date was August 27th. A woman in Chicopee, MA came home earlier than expected. When she entered – she was shocked to find a stranger there. That stranger was not ransacking her possessions, but was laying on the floor naked, with her 17-year-old daughter.

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That man – 43-year-old Michael Gendron, wears a Chicopee police badge.

Since that date, Gendron has been told that he cannot communicate with the girl, and that he is not allowed to possess a firearm.

Gendron has also been suspended from the Chicopee police outfit without pay, which he has appealed with the help of a lawyer.

Gendron, who has not denied the relationship, has a disciplinary hearing on September 18 in front of Chicopee mayor Richard J. Kos, who is said to have the authority to overturn Gendron’s suspension and pay him back wages, extend his suspension, or fire him.It’s curious that Kos, and not the supposed customers of Gendron and the Chicopee police, is said to have the ability to determine whether he remains someone who is a part of an outfit that claims to be “effective, professional, respectful” and “accountable.”
Some watching this situation have questioned when Gendron and the teen started their sexual relationship – noting that if it was two years before – when she was 15-years-old, then it would be illicit per legalese. That then, brings into the conversation the topic of self-ownership.

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Former Judge Charged with Assault Against Cop Credits Video for Favorable Outcome

Friday, September 12th, 2014

The content below was shared by Eric Peloquin via the form at CopBlock.org/Submit. It’s unique in that it involves a charge against a former judge, though perhaps not too rare in that the charges stem from a police employee – Andrew Kohl – who claimed he had been wronged.

Ultimately, video of the exchange was said to have brought vindication. As his situation underscores – always Film The Police! That objective record can prove critical.

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Judge Michael Ryan had a few drinks with a law partner. Upon realizing that they should not drive, the partner decided to leave her vehicle in a parking place but discovered that she had a flat tire.

Judge Ryan was attempting to change the flat tire when approached by Northampton Police employee Andrew Kohl who asked if he needed any help. Judge Ryan found his questions to be a violation of his personal liberty and refused to answer.

While performing a ‘pat down’ the officer illegally took Judge Ryan’s wallet. Ryan reached out to take his wallet back. Andrew Kohl claimed ‘assault and battery’. He another Northampton Police employee and two employees of the State Police out of Northampton who, by this point, had arrived, all swarmed Ryan and in a very rough manner arrested him.

A jury found Ryan ‘not guilty’ on all charges in less than ninety minutes. Ryan credits the video, albeit without audio, of securing his acquittal. He believes that without it he would have been convicted.

From the write-up Former Judge W. Michael Ryan relieved to be acquitted of Northampton assault charges by Diane Lederman at MassLive.com:

Ryan, a former district attorney in Hampshire and Franklin counties said the police video “saved my life.” He said having audio would have helped even more. He said he is disappointed in Police Chief Russell P. Sienkiewicz and senior officers who should have reviewed the video and dismissed the charges…

Ryan had refused to answer questions from Kohl about where he was coming from and where he was going. He said Kohl has the right to ask and he has the right to refuse. During his testimony earlier Tuesday, he explained those questions are pet peeves. He said he instinctively feels such questions impinge on one’s freedom.

Kohl eventually called for back-up and three additional officers arrived. Eventually Kohl ended up conducting a pat frisk which lawyers said he could legally do only if there were a crime in progress or if a suspect was deemed to be armed and dangerous.

Editors note: This subpar service seems inherent within the Northampton Police Outfit – early last year a man filming their activities – who was not interfering – was maced and tackled by Alan Borowski, then was threatened with two catch-alls.

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They Can’t Have It Both Ways!

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Tammy Shah shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: May 30, 2014
Police Employees Involved: Officer Artie O’Connell – MA Environmental Police Badge # M24
Police Employee Contact Information: Major Len Roberts – len.roberts@state.ma.us – Captain Roger Thurlow – roger.thurlow@state.ma.us – Lt. Colonel Chris Baker – chris.baker@massmail.state.ma.us – Lt. Colonel Chris Baker 617-616-1650

On Friday May 30, 2014, at approximately 17:30, I was traveling westbound on the mass pike in the right lane with traffic flow. The traffic was slowing in the right lane due to a large vehicle at the front of the line of cars and trucks when myself and another vehicle ahead of me changed lanes to the left lane to pass. The vehicle in front of me sped away quickly. I increased my speed to about 70 to overtake the vehicles in the line of traffic. While traveling in the passing lane, a vehicle came up quickly to the rear of my car. I could see the headlights in my rearview and little else. The vehicle was traveling so closely to the back of my car that I could not see the license plate, all I could see were the headlights and a sturdy ‘cage’ type device on the front of the SUV. The vehicle was a large SUV type vehicle. I increased my speed to try to get past the line of vehicles quickly, but the SUV also increased speed accordingly and stayed dangerously close to the rear of my Prius. Traveling with my two dogs and my son in the car with me, I became nervous and was only concentrating on getting past the line of traffic and moving to the right so the SUV would no longer be tailgating me.

Once I cleared the end of the line of traffic, I swiftly moved to the right lane; the SUV immediately began to gain momentum to pass me and as I saw them come into my peripheral line of view on my left, I threw my hand up to display my frustration for their unsafe driving. Just as the vehicle came to the side of my car, and saw my hand up, they immediately slowed, flipped on blue lights, merged behind me and pulled me over. My son was in tears, my heart was racing, and I pulled to the side of the highway ASAP. The officer came to the side of my car and started barking orders. “License and registration!” I got my license out and handed it to him and was retrieving my registration when he demanded, “Do you know the speed limit on the Mass Pike?” I said it was 65. He said, “Yes, 65, NOT 80 like you were doing. Immediately I said that I was traveling so fast because he was too close behind me and I was scared; he cut me off before I could continue to speak, demanding my registration. The officer was intimidating and rude. He was intentionally trying to make me feel lesser with both his verbal behavior and his body language. I was clearly not a threat and I was not argumentative.

The officer returned to his SUV, still close behind my vehicle, and I could not identify what agency he was with. He left us sitting in the car for about twenty minutes. He finally returned and in an argumentative voice asked me if I knew what the left lane was for. I said, “Yes, for passing and…” He again cut me off and shouted, “YES, passing AND emergency vehicles! You are meant to enter the lane, pass the vehicle, exit the lane… enter the lane, pass the vehicle, exit the lane.” He was condescending and rude, treating me as if I was a child, and clearly trying to assert his dominance in the situation. I said I understood that, but that the line of traffic was tight and that he was too close to me, scaring me, and he again cut me off telling me that I had plenty of safe chances to make a lane change.

Well, I disagree! How can I safely lane change when someone is driving so close to my tiny vehicle with their huge SUV and any attempt I made to accelerate to give myself some breathing room was met with similar acceleration? The officer said he clocked me doing 80 and that doesn’t shock me, honestly. Anybody would speed to get away from what they feel is a potential danger – an unsafe driver! What if I had to stop quickly? He would have rammed the back of my car so hard everybody would have perished! His enormous SUV would have all but flattened my tiny Prius. Also, it amazes me that he was fully intent on passing me until I threw my hand in the air in disgust of his poor driving safety! Honestly, as far as I was concerned, he was still just some Joe on the highway being unsafe. I had no idea he was with law enforcement until he put the blue lights on. He didn’t like that I did that, so he pulled me over and he asserted his dominance over me the only way he could: to intimidate me, talk over me, and present me with a ticket. When he finished that and we pulled back on the highway, he immediately entered the left lane, accelerated quickly and ran up on the back end of another unsuspecting driver.

This officer is unsafe! His driving practices are unsafe and his actions reflect a poor attitude and a disrespect of other drivers; both on the road and face to face. He knew he was wrong, and he attempted to punish me as one would punish a child who acts out over an adults wrong doing.

Within approximately an hour after receiving my citation, I was at my mother’s house in Westfield, MA and I was placing calls to find out who his superior officer was and to lodge a complaint. It took me approximately four phone calls and around forty-five minutes (and the assistance of a very helpful State Police officer) before I got on the phone with the officer’s supervisor, Major Roberts. Major Roberts has assured me that he would investigate this situation and would be contacting me again on Monday June 2.

Since the issue, I spoke with Major Roberts on June 2nd, and Captain Roger Thurlow on June 3rd. Captain Thurlow had reviewed my driving record (which is clean) and talked with Officer O’Connell about the stop. The officer admitted to Captain Thurlow that he was ‘in a hurry to get to a location in need of a K-9 unit’, however Captain Thurlow told me it was not an emergency; a roundabout admission of guilt regarding speeding. Officer O’Connell also told the Captain that I had given him ‘the finger’. Captain Thurlow was careful to let me know that the officers are allowed a certain amount of ‘personal discretion’ when deciding to stop somebody or let them go. I told him that I wanted the ticket forgiven since Officer O’Connell’s hazardous driving was the catalyst for the whole situation.

To date, I have attempted to contact Captain Thurlow an additional two times. Only once did he answer me back, telling me my complaint concerning Officer O’Connell was ‘currently in the investigatory process. Please be assured that you will be contacted as soon as all pertinant reports are submitted and reviewed.” He has disengaged with me since June 6th, and ignored my second email, as did Major Len Roberts who was CC’d on the email. Finally on June 26th, I reached out to the acting Director Lt. Colonel Chris Baker with an email directly to him; but alas no response from him either. On July 17th, I phoned and left a voicemail with his admin/assistant.

My court date for the ticket issued is August 5, 2014 in Palmer, MA. Shame on them!

Tammy Shah

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Video-ing Police and Being Charged with Bogus Crimes

Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

This post was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: June 15, 2014

I am a 41 year old woman who lives and owns a business in Massachusetts.

I was walking home from my office at about 10:30pm on June 15th, and I saw a police car parked in what seemed like an odd spot in the intersection next to a public park in my neighborhood. I immediately became nervous about what police activity might be in progress. As I approached the park, I observed an officer questioning three individuals in the park, two women and one man. I stopped at the gate and began witnessing the event. I turned on my phone’s video camera, held it up with both hands in front of me, and watched quietly. The officer, we’ll call him Officer 1 for now, noticed me right away and asked if I was recording. I said yes. He asked me why and I explained that I was a concerned neighbor and that I was witnessing the event. He acknowledged my “right” to be recording but seemed slightly upset by it. He told me that it was “rude” to be recording someone without their consent. I asked the three individuals if they minded me recording. They said no, they did not mind.

A second officer, Officer 2, showed up and the two officers continued questioning the individuals in the park. Both officers turned their backs to me. Officer 1 left the group and began wandering around the back of the park, then he returned and singled out the man of the group and brought him to a dark area in the back of the park for some reason, I do not know why. The other officer still had his back turned to me. I could not see or hear anything that was happening so I entered the park through the open gate to move closer to where Schneider was questioning the man. I moved slowly and obviously, since Officer 2 had his back turned to me, I did not want to seem like i was sneaking up on him. I moved off to the side so I could be in his view, keeping a distance of about 15 feet from where Officer 2 was questioning the two women, and still about 25-30 feet from where Officer 1 was questioning the man.

Officer 2 at that point turned to me and said, “Miss, can I help you?” I didn’t have time to answer. Immediately, Officer 1 left the man in the back of the park and walked up to me, demanding my identification. They did not ask me to exit the park. The officers then let the three other individuals go and focused their attention on me. I asked Officer 1 if I was being charged with a crime, and he said no. I asked if I was being detained; he said yes. I asked if I was free to go, and he said no. I asked if I was under arrest; he said no. I asked him again if I was being detained; again, he said yes. I asked if he was charging me with a crime; he said he wasn’t sure. I repeated these questions, asking him to explain the difference between being detained and being under arrest, because I didn’t know. He then called for a Sergeant to come to the scene. He continued to demand my identification. I asked him if he would arrest me if I did not identify myself. He said he would. I responded that if my only options were to identify myself or to be put in handcuffs and brought to a jail cell, that I would identify myself. He said yes, those were my options. I identified myself under duress as I was afraid of being arrested.

The Sergeant arrived and Officer 1 went off to speak with him privately. Officer 1 returned and informed me that I had “escalated” the situation by witnessing the police activity and, because of that, he was going to file a criminal charge of trespassing and that I would receive a court summons in the mail.

I have now received a court summons and am being charged with “Interfering with a police officer” and “Trespassing.”

Both of these charges are false.

I did not at any time interact with the officers except when they initiated conversation with me. I did not in any way “intimidate, hinder, or interrupt” their activity. As a witness, I felt intimidated by the police who did not seem to want me witnessing the police activity.

While the park does have signs stating what the park hours are, and the incident was occurring past the park’s stated closing time of 10pm, the sign does not say, “No trespassing,” the officers did not ask me to leave the park, and further, the signs indicate that the park closes for reasons of keeping the neighborhood quiet, not causing disturbances, etc. Since I was simply witnessing a disturbance that was already in progress, and police activity that was of concern to me as a neighbor, I do not feel that my entering the park could be considered trespassing.

Toward the end of my interaction with the police, as they were stating their intention to charge me with a crime of trespassing, all three officers cited reasons of “officer safety” for not wanting me to be there witnessing the event. However, during the earlier part of the event, the officers deliberately chose to keep their backs turned to me. I had no reason to believe they would consider me a threat to their safety. They did not ask me to stand back or to keep my distance, and they had acknowledged my right to be there witnessing the event.

As a witness of police activity in progress, I was deliberately mindful of keeping my presence quiet and unobtrusive, yet obvious and unsuspicious. Both my hands were clearly visible at all times, I kept a minimum 15 ft distance from them, and kept any movement slow, cautious, and obvious.

I feel that my rights were violated since the officer stated he was not charging me with a crime, but yet demanded that I identify myself, and further threatened to arrest me if I did not comply.

My hearing is coming up on July 24th. I am not a criminal. I am a hard-working woman who is concerned about what’s happening with police in this country.

I’m not sure what to do about these charges.

 

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“Two Savage Pigs”

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

James Balchunis shared this post via CopBlock.org’s submit page.

Date of Interaction: July 12, 2014
Police Employees Involved: Officer Comeau (officer ID #3093), Officer Christopher Dumont (officer ID # 3787)
Police Employee Contact Information: 617-523-0130

I got pulled over at 11:59 AM on I-93 South in Tewksbury, MA on July 12, 2014 by a couple savage staties. They told me my car is an uninsured motor vehicle and I have a revoked registration (which it was). They came to my window and told me a tow truck was already on the way! I had my wife and my 7 month old daughter in the back seat of my car, so my wife made a call for someone to pick us up as the officer directed, and he sat in his cruiser to wait. As soon as the tow truck came a few minutes later, Officer Dumont was suddenly in a rush, said to exit the vehicle and wait for that someone to pick us up . I told him my 7 month old daughter is not waiting on the side of highway, what the f—!? He kept insisting we get out of the car, getting frustrated, forcing us out of the car. He then told us to, “Exit the vehicle immediately. Get out of the car. Hurry, move, get out, I don’t have all day!” As we got out, I grabbed something and the cop was alarmed and put his hands on his taser, yelling, asking me what it was! It was a green pack of cigarettes I grabbed out of the door pocket by the door handle. It seemed like he wanted an excuse to start a dispute.

After I repeated that we couldn’t wait on the side of the highway, especially with an infant, he said, “Put the baby inside the tow truck and ride with him.” As we got to the tow truck, I yelled to the officer about the lack of space in the truck, but State trooper Dumont said to put my daughter in her car seat on my lap, putting her in a dangerous situation. If I was to have my daughter on my lap in my wife’s car and get pulled over, any cop would fuck with me and probably file criminal charges. They had absolutely no respect or courtesy towards babies. After my car was hooked, before it was lifted, they illegally searched my entire car without a warrant, when they thought I was already in the truck not knowing what was going on. They found out we knew they were doing the illegal search when I watched my wife walk up to them to ask their names. She approached Officer Comeau and he was very hesitant, saying it was already written on the ticket, “Don’t worry about it,” and asking why she wanted their names. They finally released their names after a lot of hassle. Fuck cops and all the staties; they’re all money-hungry fucking pigs, and the way they talked woke up and scared my daughter since the beginning, and she was screaming.

Now I’ve got two pending criminal offenses against me and a court date is being sent to me after I mail out the ticket for this shit. Today was actually my wife and I’s four year anniversary together, and we were going to enjoy the nice day at the lake with our daughter, but that turned out to fail and our day was ruined. This country needs a major makeover.

James Balchunis

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Taylor Robidoux the Tyrant

Saturday, June 14th, 2014

MASSACHUSETTS STATE PATROL OUTFIT

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  • Aggressors: Taylor Robidoux and Mr. Browning.

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Thompson asks judge to throw out charges for recording Fall River cop

Saturday, March 15th, 2014

The post below was first published to BayStateExaminer.com on March 15, 2014 by Andrew and Maya. It’s shared here because the threats levied at George Thompson are ludicrous, and reactionary by Fall River police employee Thomas Barboza, which has only been compounded by those in legaland, including prosecutor Robert Kidd who hasn’t yet dropped the threats, and judge Joseph Macey, who’s thus far refused to dismiss the charges.

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Thompson asks judge to throw out charges for recording Fall River cop
by Andrew and Maya

George Thompson, who was arrested on January 6 for recording a Fall River police officer with his iPhone, was in court Thursday where his attorney asked a judge to dismiss the charges against him.

Thompson was charged with violating the Massachusetts wiretapping law which prohibits secretly audio-recording conversations. He was also charged with resisting arrest.

Thompson said he began recording Officer Thomas Barboza because he saw the officer, who was supposed to be working at a detail, talking on the phone loudly and swearing profusely on the street outside his apartment. He said his arm was fully extended when he was shooting the video, making it obvious what he was doing. He also said that Barboza called him a “fucking welfare bum” when he approached him.

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George Thompson shows our friends at BayStateExaminer.com the porch of his former apartment where he was unjustly arrested by Fall River (MA) police employee Thomas Barboza

In his arrest report, Barboza offered a different account, claiming that Thompson “had a cell phone,as [sic] if just resting, holding it close to his body infront [sic] of his middle chest area.”

The report still makes it clear that Barboza saw Thompson’s phone and that Thompson said that he was recording twice. Despite this, Barboza wrote in his report that Thompson had been secretly recording him.

In the report, Barboza describes a violent arrest in which he “knocked the phone from [Thompson's] hand and pushed him onto the porch floor.” Barboza said that he resorted to violence because Thompson resisted being handcuffed by “pulling his hands apart.”

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The Fall River police have said that two days after Thompson was arrested, his phone was somehow reset while in their custody, deleting all its contents. The police have accused Thompson of resetting the phone remotely using a cloud service. Fall River Police Chief Daniel Racine told WPRI that a warrant was issued to Apple to find out if this allegation is true.

Thompson has denied resetting the video, saying it was most likely a police officer who did it. He said he wanted the video to be made public and has no reason to have delete it. He also said that the phone had no service at the time it was reset, so he couldn’t have remotely accessed it.

Last Monday, Thompson’s attorney Daniel Igo filed a motion to dismiss in an attempt to get Judge Joseph Macey, the judge who is hearing the case, to throw out the charges.

According to the Igo’s motion, “the allegations contained in the Fall River police report do not describe a secret recording but are more properly viewed as an exercise in free speech.”

Igo cited the case Commonwealth v. Hyde, in which the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a recording could not be considered secret if the recording device was “held… in plain sight.”

Igo compared Thompson’s arrest to the recent case Glik v. Cunniffe, in which a federal appeals court ruled that a Massachusetts man could move forward with a lawsuit against three Boston police officers who arrested him for recording them with a cell phone.

Igo said the facts of Thompson’s case were “strikingly similar” to those in Glik:

It is alleged that Thompson like Glik used his cell phone to tape officer’s actions while the officer was on duty. Both cases occurred while the officers were in public. In both cases, the police acknowledged the cell phone’s presence. In both cases, the officers were told that they were being recorded.

Igo also wrote the resisting arrest charge should be dismissed because Thompson was not accused of violently resisting and because the arrest was not made in “good faith.”

Assistant District Attorney Robert Kidd, who is prosecuting Thompson, said during Thursday’s court hearing that he wanted more time to review the motion.

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Macey refused to dismiss the charges immediately, agreeing to give Kidd more time. He scheduled another pretrial hearing for April 11.

If you’re within driving distance of Fall River, consider showing up on April 11th to stand with George Thompson

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Fall River Assistant District Attorney Robert Kidd (508-679-1911) is prosecuting George Thompson for filming police employee Thomas Barboza in public

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Joseph Macey (508-491-3280), judge at Fall River Center for Justice, refused, at this iteration, to dismiss the threats levied against George Thompson.

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George Thompson and attorney Daniel Igo exit Fall River Center for Justice, set to return on April 11th for another pre-trial hearing.

Thompson remains optimistic

Despite the setback during Thursday’s court hearing, Thompson remains optimistic.

“I’m gonna beat ‘em. I’ve already won. They just don’t know it yet,” he said.

History suggests that he will beat the charges. According to The Herald News, at least five other people have been charged with wiretapping for recording police in Greater Fall River since 2008. Of the four cases that have been resolved so far, three were dismissed. The only person to have been convicted took a plea bargain.

In addition to winning his criminal case, Thompson said he is pursuing several avenues to hold the Fall River police accountable for what happened.

Thompson has already filed a complaint against Barboza. The Fall River police chief sustained the complaint and punished Barboza, although Thompson was unhappy with the punishment. Barboza was given with a one day suspension and prohibited from detail work for 15 days for talking on the phone and using inappropriate language.

“They slapped him on the hand,” Thompson said. “That’s a slap not only to myself, that’s a slap in the face to everybody. A five-year-old kid would get more severe punishment.”

Thompson said that once he beats the charges against him, he plans to make sure the police department holds whoever is responsible for deleting his video accountable.

“I’d like to see the dirty Fall River cop that erased my video – cop or cops – somebody is gonna get fired in Fall River,” he said. “If something as minute as that video of a police officer goofing off can be tampered with and destroyed, what other evidence has been tampered with or destroyed while sitting in the Fall River police station?”

It remains to be seen if the police will get to the bottom of who reset the phone, but Police Chief Daniel Racine told WPRI that he would take action against whoever was responsible.”If a Fall River police officer erased that video, he’s fired and I would suspect the district attorney would take out charges. If any other individual did that, we will take out felony charges,” he said.

Thompson said that more people should exercise their rights and try to hold police accountable for misconduct.

“Too many peoples’ rights get violated and people sit back and say ‘Look, it’s only me. I can’t do anything about it,’” he said. “With the internet and the technology going on now, you can be one person and you can shake people up.”

Related: Documents related to George Thompson’s case

Note: The video of Thompson’s court hearing was provided to us by Tim White of WPRI. Court rules only allow one video camera to record court proceedings at a time, however, the video must be shared with any other news media present. Tim White got the video back to us very quickly and we are very appreciative.

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Badged Serial Killers: The Growing Murder Culture of Cops (Part IV) by Bill Buppert

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

This essay was first published to ZeroGov.com on February 26th, 2014 by Bill Buppert. It is the fourth in a five-part series that investigates the growing death culture of the American cop and the predator prey relationship between badged thugs in the pay of the King and the following victim classes among the Helotry that is America.

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by Bill Buppert

This series of essays have been concentrating on the more innocent and less strong among the population and the caging, maiming and killing that has been targeting the elderly and in some cases infirm.

In Part One, I spoke to the cruelty and violence police are increasingly visiting on the most innocent of all – the animals. In most cases, the cops, in the name of officer safety, maim or kill the canine (and feline) offenders (and cows).

In Part Two, I spoke to the cruelty of cops against children.

In Part Three, I spoke to the increasing war on woman by the thin black and blue line.

One does not have to far in the news to find these stories and I want to repeat that police brutality and abuse is under-reported and non-reported to a large extent and the prison complexes probably hide legions of personal narratives that would chill the most brazen police apologists in America.

I lost my 86 year old father to Valhalla this past year and my wife’s grandparents lived with us in to their 90s until they passed when we lived up north. Old folks are more fragile and not as quick as their younger days that make the following stories I relate to you even more horrific. Please keep in mind that most of these horror stories involving badged brutality are less than a year old and the last two decades has seen a tremendous uptick in police brutality against innocents so this is only the tip of the iceberg.

Jaywalking seems to be a popular trigger like the young college girl mauled by the cops in Part III of this series. Mr. Wong was assaulted by New York’s finest:

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“According to the report, suddenly on Jan. 19 while en route to his West 97th Street apartment, “Wong walked right into a nightmarish police operation” that had been concocted by the commander of the local police precinct, “in response to a spate of fatal pedestrian accidents.”

When all was said and done, the octogenarian was left bloodied, his head, arm and ribs injured and sore from a violent confrontation with police, he told the newspaper. Wong said he was left in disbelief that after a lifetime of abiding by the law everything could have gone so wrong, being knocked unconscious on the street and handcuffed in a local hospital emergency room, and facing a range of criminal charges.”

Mr. Wong is suing the city for five million but this won’t affect any of the thugs involved because the taxpayers will foot the bill if he wins. Nice work if you can get it. These cops are not alone, there a number of lawsuit stars on the force:

“Meet Detective Peter Valentin. Det. Valentin makes approximately $125,000 per year, including overtime, for his role as a narcotics officer with the NYPD. In the last 8 years, this cop has been sued for violating the civil rights of the people 28 times, or about once every 3 months or so. The suits that have settled have already cost the city (read: the taxpayers) over $884,000, as exposed by the NY Daily News.”

One of the trends one observes in the mountains of narrative stories on police misbehavior is the vicious and bullying nature of the encounters and the escalation authored by the police in almost every instance.

Don’t expect any of the cops to face punitive measures or even lose their jobs; they appear to be what they want to keep in the ranks. The man who savaged this 70-year-old woman is back on the force, of course.

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“Her head makes a thud sound as it hits the ground. Allegrone “suffered a bloody nose and an abrasion on the bridge of her nose,” according to the Times Union.

But Doering said the senior citizen dug her nails into Jones’ hand and wrist and that his officer was justified in throwing her to the ground to prevent her from doing so.

Police Chief Matt Doering said Glynn County officer Kevin Jones “acted reasonably” during the Dec. 5 [2013] incident that took place in St. Simons Island, Ga.”

Some of the heroes tased and shot and killed a 95-year-old man in a nursing home in Chicago:

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“The Park Forest police version is that on the night of July 26, John Wrana, a resident of the Victory Centre senior living facility, threatened staff and paramedics with a 2-foot-long metal shoehorn and a metal cane. The police statement neglects to mention that the old man also used a walker, at least according to photographs supplied by Grapsas.

“Attempts were made verbally to have the resident comply with demands to drop the articles, to no avail,” the police statement reads. “The resident then armed himself with a 12-inch butcher type kitchen knife.”

But [the family's] lawyer says that Wrana’s family never saw a knife in his room and that staff also told him Wrana didn’t have such a knife.

“So where did the knife come from?” [he] asked.”

He refused medical care, they called the police and after they were done, he no longer required any more medical care at all.

These are not unusual and the increasing violence against senior citizens by police is becoming more frequent in concert with the last ten years of rapid militarization of police forces.

Speaking to the hoplophobic nature of all police forces across the US fed by the DHS propaganda machine that despise the private possession of any firearms.  72-year-old Jerry Wayne Waller was gunned down by the cops investigating a burglary.

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While investigating around the home, officers met up with an adult male who was armed with a handgun. At least one of the officers fired and struck the man, killing him at the scene. But, according to former city council member Becky Haskin, that man was simply a neighbor who was also looking into what may have set off the security alarm.

“Officers felt threatened by the man [Waller] with the handgun and he was shot.”

The Fort Worth Police Department has not confirmed that information as they are continuing to investigate the case.”

Recently, an 80-year-old man was gunned down in his home in California by cops at the wrong address:

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“The deputies crashed through the front gate and began executing a search warrant for methamphetamine on the property. Detective Patrick Hobbs, a self-described narcotics expert who claimed he “smelled the strong odor of chemicals” downwind from the house after being tipped off to illegal activity from an anonymous informant, spearheaded the investigation.

Deputies approached the house, and what happened next is where things get murky. The deputies said they announced their presence upon entering and were met in the hallway by the 80-year-old man, wielding a gun and stumbling towards them. The deputies later changed the story when the massive bloodstains on Mallory’s mattress indicated to investigators that he’d most likely been in bed at the time of the shooting. Investigators also found that an audio recording of the incident revealed a discrepancy in the deputies’ original narrative:

Before listening to the audio recording, [Sgt. John] Bones believed that he told Mallory to “Drop the gun” prior to the shooting. The recording revealed, however, that his commands to “Drop the gun” occurred immediately after the shooting.

When it was all over, Eugene Mallory died of six gunshot wounds from Sgt. John Bones’ MP-5 9mm sub-machine gun. When a coroner arrived, he found the loaded .22 caliber pistol the two deputies claimed Mallory had pointed at them on the bedside table. 

Mallory had not fired a single shot. The raid turned up no evidence of methamphetamine on the property.”

There is no surprise here in the grisly aftermath of yet another no-knock raid in the imbecilic drug war. Notice the cops are employing a sub-machine gun and the lies started immediately but the recording of the incident clearly demonstrated (again) the consistent trouble with telling the truth that plagues all police behavior today.

Katharina Lambert, age 88, was mauled by a police dog in her house during a no-knock raid on her home. Most likely, Miss Lambert would have been tried for murder if she had maimed or killed the dog to defend herself since she does not wear a badge. The appended article has an interesting listing of other such incidents.

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“Lambert awoke to vicious bites to her arm and shoulder causing serious injuries like puncture wounds and severe bruising, she says. Echevarria had to physically remove the dog from Lambert to stop the attack.

She also claims that medical treatment was delayed and that the department knew about her severe hearing impairment. She doesn’t pull punches when it comes to accountability. She is personally zeroing in on everyone involved and believes that the culture of San Bernadino police encourages the idea that “it is permissible to unlawfully enter a person’s home, deploy a police K-9 to attack innocent people, refuse to accommodate a disabled person, and delay prompt medical care.”

A similar police dog attack killed an 89-year-old and he died of his injuries and the poor taxpayers footed the bill, of course for officer savagery.

The beatings continue:

“A 62-year-old grandmother, Daisy L. Morales, has filed a lawsuit against a Worcester police officer and the city after she says she was wrongly arrested and assaulted nearly a year ago. Morales’ suit contends the assault by officer James Powers of the Worcester Police Department was racially motivated.

“The individual defendant mercilessly beat Ms. Morales at her home simply to ‘teach her a lesson’ for questioning his police authority,” states the lawsuit against Powers and the city of Worcester.

Filed with the U.S. District Court in Worcester on Friday, the suit accuses Powers of beating Morales in her own home while Powers was in uniform. The alleged beating left Morales, then 61, with “life-threatening, permanent injuries which have required extensive surgical procedures and ongoing physical therapy treatment,” according to the lawsuit.”

You have to read the full text of the affidavit and the attached report to see the absolutely rabid nature of the cop (James Powers) involved when he perceived his authority was challenged by a diminutive elderly woman.

He is the poster child for the attitude that seems to be the rule and not the exception among the thin black and blue line:

“He turned on Ms. Morales with a wild look in his eyes and shouted: ‘I will show you police brutality!’ At this, the large, menacing Officer Powers charged at the diminutive Ms. Morales, picked her off the ground, and body slammed her with all his might.”

These are just a few of the horror stories of police brutality against the elderly in America and the same thing happens globally, the curious combination of psychopathy that seems to combine cowardice, bullying and sheer fear for their lives make s the cops quite trigger-happy and eager to physically dominate hurt people in many encounters.

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I also suspect the abuse captured on video and audio of these rabid encounters is the tip of the iceberg when compared to the prison system in America that has the highest per capita prison population on planet earth with 25% of the worlds prisoners and 5% of the global population. The elderly prison population comes with its own unique pathologies.

“[T]he largest absolute number of people in prison. The US prison population is much larger in absolute numbers that the prison populations of China and India, countries with four times the US population.”

The American Civil Liberties Union published a report in 2012 which asserts that the elderly prison population has climbed 1300% since the 1980s, with 125,000 inmates aged 55 or older now incarcerated.

The problem remains an increasingly savage police presence in America that get worse by the year while their own threat environment gets increasingly safer making them one of the safest occupations in America apart from their self-immolation on retirement. The increasing obesity problem among cops as a nation-wide (if not global) phenomenon leads to early cop deaths after retirement along with the indiscipline in lifestyle that most overweight folks suffer from. After all, police careers are the number seven job of the top ten for attracting psychopaths in America.

Hence, the tremendous increase in police violence against the civilian population. There is a watershed event forthcoming where this behavior by alleged protectors will lead to quite a bit of unpleasantness visited on these occupying forces posing as cops across America.

In Part V of this series, I will be discussing the brutality against the disabled to include the wheelchair-bound and mentally retarded.

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Cop Block Founder Sues Greenfield Police Following 2010 Arrest for Filming

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Cop Block founder Ademo Freeman shared the following article on his Facebook page. Here’s what he wrote:

Here’s a write up about my pending lawsuit with the Greenfield (MA) Police Department. Some of these facts are not correct – as usual (best example is in the title, says the charges were dismissed but later states – correctly – that Pete and I were found not guilty at trial) – but I don’t really want to spend any more time on this issue. All the information about Pete Eyre’s and my case is documented in detail at http://copblock.org/greenfield

By Jonathan Adams at www.OpenMediaBoston.org 

BOSTON/South Boston – Founder of police-accountability group Cop Block Adam Mueller is suing the Town of Greenfield, Mass. and Greenfield police officers following his arrest for filming officers in 2010.

The lawsuit filed July 1 at US District Court in Boston, comes after felony charges of illegal wiretapping against him were dismissed at Greenfield District Court in July 2011.

It alleges that the Town is responsible for having not provided training to officers about the public’s constitutional rights to film law enforcement, and that as a result of the failure, “it was highly likely that the Greenfield police officers would unconstitutionally arrest people for openly recording police conduct or conduct of other governmental officials.”

The complaint says that Mueller, together with his friend, Peter Eyre went to the Franklin County House of Corrections on July 1, 2010 to enquire about bail for a friend of theirs.

The pair spoke with correctional officers at the jail, while openly filming their interaction with a camera, who ordered them to stop recording inside the lobby or to leave the premises.

Outside the front entrance to the facility, they were again asked to stop filming, but the pair refused to do so.
Greenfield Police Department was contacted to remove Mueller and Eyre from the premises, and they were arrested by Defendant Officer Todd Dodge for, “wiretapping, trespass, and resisting arrest.”

According to the complaint, “When Plaintiff-Mueller and Mr. Eyre questioned why they would not be permitted outside the House of Corrections to film ‘the people who work for them’ (meaning the correctional officers and Defendant Dodge), Defendants Dodge and Other Greenfield Police Officers placed Plaintiff-Mueller and Mr. Eyre under arrest for trespassing.” (Explanation in original)

The men were kept overnight in a cold cell without their pants or blankets, were denied from making a call to reach legal counsel, did not have an opportunity to be released on bail, and that Mueller’s mobile home was illegally searched and then towed.

They were arraigned the following day and released without bail, though the Greenfield Police Department kept their cell phones and camera as evidence.

Mueller was tried before a jury at Greenfield District Court and found not guilty of all charges on July 18 and 19, 2011.

“The individual Defendants’ actions were taken with reckless disregard for Plaintiff-Mueller’s constitutional rights. Plaintiff-Mueller acted lawfully in openly filming and recording police conduct and governmental official conduct,” the complaint says.

Mueller suffered from symptoms of “emotional distress” after being charged, even though “he knew he had not violated the law, but he worried that a felony conviction would result in a substantial jail term.”

Defendants allegedly “arrested Plaintiff to intimidate him and to serve as a lesson to Plaintiff and others that attempting to openly record police officers in Greenfield could result in arrest,” and that they, “caused criminal charges to be brought against Plaintiff without probable cause and with malice.”

Around May 2011, Mueller also was issued a citation by unidentified police officers, while handing out leaflets to the public.

The leaflets he distributed, “described to members of the public of his impending trial and the actions of the community’s police department,” and it is alleged that, “The issuance of the citation for jay walking was in retaliation for Plaintiff-Mueller’s exercise of free speech …”

The complaint alleges a number of violations including against freedom of speech, the state’s Civil Rights Act, freedom from malicious prosecution, due process, and freedom from retaliation.

Video of the interaction with officers at the Franklin facility was placed online at some point after his arrest.
Mueller, with an address in New Hampshire, was convicted in an unrelated Manchester case on August 13, 2012 for illegally recording phone conversations with a police officer and school staffs without their consent, and posting video of those conversations online.

He was given a suspended sentence on two charges, and on a third charge the sentence was suspended except for 90 days.

The phone calls and film were made by Mueller following the alleged use of excessive force caught on camera during the arrest of a high school student at a Manchester school in 2011.

New Hampshire Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal on his conviction on October 26, 2012.

Mueller is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, and the payment of legal fees and costs in his suit against Greenfield.

The defendants had yet to file an answer to the complaint by the filing of this report.

The case will be heard by US District Court Judge Nathaniel Gorton.

This article was produced for Open Media Boston’s Open Court Project.

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