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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Corruption in Kaufman County

Friday, October 10th, 2014

The video below was recently uploaded to Youtube.com/TheCopBlock

Video Description:

Call Kaufman County DA Erleigh N. Wiley (972) 932-4331 ext #4

Tell her to drop the frivolous threats levied at Robert Scott McCollom

Individuals Responsible:

And other individuals within the Kaufman County injustice system who have kept the veiled threats hanging over the head of Robert Scott McCollom due to hubris and the need to perpetuate perceived legitimacy.

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Brian McClarin – Dirty Cop in Sherman, TX

Monday, September 29th, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Houston Police Ticket Scandal: Hundreds of Cases Dismissed

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Catfish shared the information below via CopBlock.org/Submit, which delves into a shake-down racket by four road pirates who wear Houston Police badges.

Individuals Responsible: Rudolph Farias John Garcia, Robert Manzanales and Gregory Rosa
Outfit: Houston Police Department
Phone: (713) 884-3131

Four cops handing out trumped up traffic tickets to hundreds of drivers in the Houston, TX area. Each of them falsifying whiteness on each other’s paperwork so that they can wrack up court appearance overtime. Hundreds of cases being dropped. One cop commits suicide.

From KHOU.com coverage by Jeremy Rogalski:

Editors Note: Think about it – some men who subsist on stolen money were not satisfied when their “legal” ability to shake down peaceful travelers, so they manufactured incidents to together, demand hundreds of thousands more, and for that, they’re being called out. How about we pull back the curtain and see through the charade that says it’s ok for anyone to steal from another?

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Three Bullies Wearing Badges Take Down 70lb 10th Grader for Using Cell Phone in Class

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

This information was shared anonymously via CopBlock.org/Submit. It details yet another unnecessary use of force by some men wearing badges – this time, against a 70-pound 10th-grade girl ostensibly because she was using her cell phone, but really, because she failed to obey. The girl had been on the phone with her mom, concerned about her medical situation.

Date of Incident: Sept 3, 2014
Individuals Responsible: Three unnamed employees
Outfit: Houston Independent School District Police Department
Phone: 713-556-6000

The stated mission of the Houston Independent School District Police Department is:

is to ensure an environment where students feel safe to learn, employees feel safe to work and the community is confident in the safety of the district.
 That sure didn’t seem to be the case at Sam Houston High School earlier this month…

From coverage via Kevin Reece at KHOU.com:

Perez, with her mom and her brother by her side, described the chain of events that led to the officers wrestling her to the floor.

She says her reading teacher caught her using her cell phone in class, which is against school rules, and told her to go to the hallway. That’s where Perez says she was confronted by an assistant principal who demanded she relinquish the phone. Students caught using phones in class are required to turn them over to school administrators and then retrieve them at the end of the school day, for a fee.

ixel-perez-houston-copblock“I just didn’t want to give up my phone,” said Perez who said she was talking to her mom who suffers from medical conditions. Perez said she was trying to make sure her mom was OK.

“She asked me for the phone and I didn’t want to give it to her, because I was scared. I ended up walking down the stairs trying to get away from the AP (assistant principal) and then she had already called the cops.”

The HISD resource officers also demanded she hang up the phone and hand it to them. Perez admitted she refused again.

‘He grabbed my hand, one of them was right here, one grabbed my hand, I didn’t want to let go of my phone because I was on the phone with mom,” she said.

Perez was detained. Her mom says she was turned away when she rushed to the school to make sure her daughter was OK. And as of Wednesday morning Perez said school officials had not returned her cell phone, in lieu of a $15 fee she would need to pay.

“We all know it was wrong,” said Perez’ brother Chris Cardenas. “It doesn’t take three cops to take down one teenage girl, especially a 70-pound teenage girl!”

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Man With BB Gun Shot 60+ Times by Laredo Police, Witnesses Question Police Narrative

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

Ismael Valdez shared the information below via CopBlock.org/Submit with the statement: “PLEASE HELP US EXPOSE THE MURDERERS IN LAREDO POLICE DEPARTMENT!!!” Though the incident he addresses – the shooting of Jose Walter Garza – was touched on recently here at CopBlock.org, his post is much more thorough than was the original as it includes video interviews of witnesses. This information deserves to be shared to help focus accountability on the killers who wore Laredo police badges.

Date of Interaction: 08/30/2014
Individuals Responsible: Half of Laredo Police Department
Phone: 956-795-2800

On August 30, 2014 at around 1:45AM Laredo Police employees murdered 30-year-old Jose Walter Garza.

Jose Walter Garza was a local schizophrenic, homeless man. He had at least 30 previous arrests by Laredo Police. Earlier that day/night, Laredo Police Officers had confiscated a pellet gun from Jose Walter but did not arrest him. At 1:45 AM, somebody called 911 and reported a man armed with a gun at “Gateway Truck Stop”

Over two dozen cruisers arrived, and at least 6 police officers, 5 of them armed with AR-15s, fired between 60-80 rounds at Jose Walter Garza sending truck stop clients running and diving for cover.

According to LPD and local media:

  • LPD attempted to negotiate for over 5 minutes.
  • Jose Walter pointed the weapon at police officers.

According to the truck stop’s Chief Financial Officer ‘Victor Trevino’ and Gate Guard ‘Julio Cesar Gonzales’ :

The gate guard, Julio, encountered a Wal-Mart bag outside the truck stop with what appeared to be a gun. Julio inspected the gun and found out it was a pellet gun. Jose Walter came back outside after buying some cigarettes, and Julio told him he had to put away the gun or leave. Jose Walter borrowed a lighter from Julio and complied with his demands. Jose Walter sat down outside the truck stop and kept drinking his bottle of wine while listening to headphones. Eventually, as Julio is patrolling the truck stop he runs into Jose Walter again. Jose Walter requests to borrow a phone charger from him, but Julio said he got preoccupied assisting truckers that he forgot to return with the charger. Julio states he did not call the police on Jose Walter because he was not being disruptive or bothering anyone. He says he was in the guard shack when he saw police officers arrive through the camera. He says he went outside to investigate and noticed the cops were already pointing their weapons at Jose Walter. Jose Walter was facing away from the cops (possibly passed out drunk) and had ear phones on. Julio then went around and informed 2 police officers the gun was fake. Both police officers told him to stop interfering or they would arrest him. Julio said he was planning on running in and taking the gun away from Jose Walter since he knew it was fake but he was scared of getting shot. He says the police didn’t negotiate and before he got to warn anymore officers the gun was fake, they riddled Jose Walter with bullets. Julio says Jose Walter NEVER pointed the gun at officers. Julio states the officers kept firing after Jose Walter’s body hit the ground. 2 officers can be seen fist bumping in the video and 1 of them took a picture. According to Julio, more officers were high fiving and fist bumping each other outside camera angle. Julio saw Jose Walter’s face blown off and says he has gone through mental trauma.

Julio Cesar Gonzales/Gate Guard Interview – Spanish (English subtitles available)

Laredo Police employees held a press conference and denied Hector Cubillos (the man who interviewed the guard and CFO) and us entrance. Half a dozen to a dozen of protesters, including myself, have assembled at crowded intersections and outside the police department.

Victor Trevino, the CFO, backs up the gate guard’s story and claims his customers report the same story.

Editors Note: If you know more about this incident please speak up. Comment on this story, reach out to the creator of the Youtube videos, who clearly is working for transparency, or reach out to known police accountability groups. If you wear a Laredo police badge and know what happened wasn’t right – align your actions with your thoughts. That – not remaining silent – is heroic.

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Dash Cam Catches Corpus Crisiti Employees Taking the Law Into Their Own Hands

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Date of Incident: 09/14/14
Individuals Involved:
Outfit: Corpus Cristi Police Department
Website: http://www.ccpolice.com/government/ccpd/index
Phone: (361) 886-2600

Police were called to capture a suspect for killing three people and injuring a child. Once the suspect – 63-year-old Sammeul Toomey – was handcuffed, officers kicked and kneed him in the face. Then, Corpus Cristi employees Michael Smotherman and Daniel Jimenez rammed Toomey’s head into the grill of a cop car with full intentions to take the law into their own hands.

The suspect is now dead. According to police he hung himself in his cell, at the Nueces County jail, once arrested. Many are questioning that scenario and now employees of another outfit – the Federal Bureau of Investigation – are looking into the matter.

Floyd Simpson, the top-dog at the Corpus Cristi Police Outfit, said:

The actions taken by the officers are not those of the standards set by the citizens of Corpus Cristi.

If is going to admit that in public, he knows they acted in the wrong – but will they be held accountable? Clearly Simpson, and his colleagues at the Corpus Cristi Outfit, is enduring much push-back from people who, after seeing the unnecessary roughness, are asking questions – such as, “Isn’t a person supposed to be innocent until proven guilty?”

One thing this incident makes clear is how integral is objective footage during police interactions. If you are confronted, or witness someone else stopped, film the police.

 

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Jon Phillips, Canton (TX) Police Employee Accused of Harassment

Monday, September 15th, 2014

The following was shared by Leah Toups via CopBlock.org/Submit. She recounts being issued ransoms by Jon Phillips, a Canton, Texas police employee, for actions that have no victim, who then continued to harass and engage in stalker-like behavior. It seems clear that Toups would not voluntarily hire Phillips to “protect” her – I wonder how many others in Canton feel the same?

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Aggressor: Jon Phillips badge #109
Outfit: Canton TX Police Department
Phone: 903-567-4991

I am a single white female who is terrified for my safety in my small hometown in which I have lived for 23-years. For the last 12-months I have been continuously harrassed by Officer Jon Phillips. The incident that occurred on September 13, 2014 put the nail in the coffin, so to speak.

At approximately 3:30 pm on Saturday afternoon I was returning home from running errands. I was at a complete stop on a State Highway 64 waiting to make a left turn onto Old Kaufman Road (my residential area). Officer Phillips was approaching the stop sign at Old Kaufman Road attempting to turn right onto State Highway 64. He was traveling at an unsafe rate of speed, ran the stop sign, and made his right turn into traffic coming his way (I was stopped waiting to turn). I immediately heard the acceleration of the police car and took note that he ran the stop sign but dismissed it as I thought that maybe he had received a call, although, he did not have his emergency lights on NOR his siren.

After I negotiated my turn I looked back and noticed that Officer Phillips (now about 1/4th of mile up the road headed the opposite direction from me) tapped his breaks. I continued traveling down my road on to my home. Approximately 30-seconds later I noticed a police car approaching my car with great speed. The speed limit on said road is 25 mph. I looked down at my speedometer and I was traveling 27 mph. I then let up off the accelerator in preparation to make a left turn into my neighborhood. I signaled and turned, and without a turn signal, he followed me.

I traveled about 1/4th of a mile further and he pulled me over. The reason for the stop was my speed which he clocked at 29 mph in a 25 mph speed zone. He wrote me two citations: speeding and failure to change address within 30-days.

I have lived in my new home for 45-day, which Phillips knows because he somehow acquired my address the day I moved in and since has proceeded to drive in front of my house 2-3 times a day, park in my driveway and wait for me to come home or to leave, sat along the curbside in front of my residence, beat on my front door, and treat me like a criminal for a simple unpaid ticket THAT HE ISSUED ME for expired registration.

This man is a predator! He needs to have his badge taken away!!! I have a complaint with the police department on file and currently working on another depicting Saturday’s incident.

Editors Note: Will Mike Echols – the head-honcho of the Canton Police Outfit – find his colleague Phillips did anything wrong? That’s unlikely, per the perverse incentives inherent in the thin blue line culture, but it’s great that Toup sought to make others aware of his actions through her post. One suggestion for Toups and anyone else in such a situation – film all encounters with police employees. If video of the actions Phillips is said to have done existed (and perhaps it does from his dash camera?) it would go a long way to show that, far from “protecting and serving,” he is a menace to the community.

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Copblocking in Burleson, TX [Video]

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

This content was shared via CopBlock.org/Submit by Kerry Winters, regarding an interaction in Burleson, TX that he streamed on September 4, 2014. 

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Racial profiling in this video kind of pissed me off. Guy was taken out of his vehicle and then asked for permission to search his vehicle all for missing his exit and taking a dirt road that wasn’t actually a road. He said he didn’t want his vehicle searched. That is when he said cops threatened to keep him there for hours while they waited for drug dogs.

Editors note: It’s pretty telling that after the conclusion, the gentleman who had been stopped, and other witnesses felt compelled to have a conversation and share their own recounts of police interactions.  People are recognizing the impact had when good folks speak out and support each other!

Also, great to see that Kerry’s stream had live viewers – that means, were anything to have happened to him, they could have immediately gone into action to help bring about a more favorable situation. If you have a smartphone, take Kerry’s advice and stream. Be sure too to share your channel URL with friends or family so, should anything happen, they can easily get up-to-speed and react appropriately.
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Justice for Terry Groessel – Killed By Dallas Police Employees Jankowski and Herczeg

Saturday, September 13th, 2014

This story was submitted by a relative of Terry Groessel, who was the third person killed by Dallas police employees in two weeks. It was shared, in an effort to put-forth a version of events that didn’t originate from the shooters or their friends, via the form at CopBlock.org/Submit.

The family has started a GoFundMe campaign to to raise money to start a lawsuit against the Dallas Police Department.

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On the morning of 8/21, I received a text from my cousin asking me to call her. When I did, she explained that she just got word that Dallas Police Department shot and killed our Uncle Terry Groessel the night before at the Grand Hotel in Dallas.

Dallas police employees stated that the police were in the parking lot of the Grand Hotel scanning license plates, looking for stolen vehicles. They believed, for some reason, that Terry’s truck was stolen (had they scanned his plates, they would have immediately found out that it was NOT stolen).

Terry was living at the hotel at the time. Many news articles were attempting to justify his murder by slandering his name and listing his past crimes (including being a registered sex offender for having a 17-year-old girlfriend 20 years ago). He paid his time for his crimes, and was a changed man.

However, by 3:30 PM on 8/21, the story changed to “suicide.”

Related corporate news story: Dallas police say shot that killed suspect in officer-involved shooting was self-inflicted by Claire Cardona at DallasNews.com

According to the police, we’re supposed to believe that the 20+ bullets shot at him didn’t end his life! but that a final shot by his own handgun was what ended his life. This is absolutely a lie, and my family has found two witnesses that say it was more like 40-60 bullets that Dallas police employees shot at him, it sounded like fireworks, and the police were 5-6 feet away from him while shooting (NOT by the squad car, as DPD reported).

After the first round of bullets, Terry was still alive, according to an eyewitness, with his hand(s) in the air as if he were surrendering or crying for help, then the second round of bullets were fired at him. Rather than calling an ambulance, the police waited 10-15 minutes before going to even check to see if he was actually dead.

According to both witnesses, the police were going throughout the hotel, telling people to go back to their rooms. They also had everyone who had photos or videos to turn them over to police, and then delete them.

The family is now trying to prosecute either the involved officers, or the Dallas Police Department. We feel like we have enough evidence for a case, and we have started a campaign to fund all incurred legal fees for this: http://www.gofundme.com/e6mobc

We need an excellent lawyer in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Once we have a lawyer on retainer, we can obtain the police report and autopsy report, which have been behind red tape for the family since the incident.

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  •  (214) 671-3646
  • Aggressors: Jay Jankowski, Michelle Herczeg
  • 1400 S. Lamar St. Dallas, tx 75215

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