The family of a 12-year-old boy known only as “A.M.” in court documents is suing police, the American School for the Deaf and the city of Hartford, CT over allegations that police unnecessarily Tasered the boy after school officials abused him and denied him food. According to the Courthouse News Service, the student ran away from the school to a construction site to escape staffers who had beaten and choked him, and it was there that police Tasered the boy, who is “profoundly deaf,” with no warning.
Court records say that A.M. was involved in a scuffle with a school staff member in March of this year in which the staffer choked the boy — who has been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) — and threw him to the ground, resulting in “significant head injuries.”
“Defendant Chris Hammond informed plaintiff that he was going to kill him and push him into an unsafe area of the construction site,” said the suit. “Defendant Chris Hammond proceeded to grab plaintiff and punched plaintiff in the face with closed fists.”
The boy reportedly picked up a stick to defend himself against Hammond and the other adult staffers. They retreated from the scene and left A.M. sitting by himself with his back to the school.
Police arrived at the construction site after dark. Knowing the boy was deaf, they allegedly made no effort to warn or communicate with him, but Tasered him from behind. As A.M. writhed on the ground from the “burns, paralysis and pain” caused by the Taser barbs, the two police officers rushed him and placed him in handcuffs.
He was taken to Connecticut Children’s Hospital and treated for electrical burns.
On June 4, 2012, I was drinking coffee on my porch when three Cheyenne PD (Wyoming) cruisers parked in front of my house. The LEOs walked around the corner so I followed with my camera. I was detained. At that time I was not nearly as educated as I am now (9/18/13). Notice that I ignored the unlawful order to put down my camera. That much I knew at the time.
About the police officers involved. Despite being wrong, they were very patient with me and mostly professional. Since this event, I have recorded my local PD several times with their knowledge and I haven't had a problem since.
At about 1am on april 22, 2013 Downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Avenue. I rode my bike past two guys sitting passively on a bench at night downtown. Then a cop stopped and one-thing-led-to-another and the officer hand cuffed one of them and "spun him" ... slamming the mans face with great force into the sidewalk.
This video is now the catalyst for a possible Santa Cruz police dept. policy change.
The victim was not told in the hospital that he had been injured by an officer of the scpd. He only found out 3 days later when I (videographer Brent Adams) found him and showed him the video. The blood stained the ground for nearly 3 days in front of Dell William's Jewelers.
If a police officer slams a homeless man to the ground fracturing his skull and someone isn't there to video tape it, did it even happen?
You'll notice there are no ads on this video or any of my videos (except one because some music voided the possibility). I'm not trying to make $ on this.
Sentinel article about the incident and the role this video is playing in the story.
A Georgia cop who was caught on camera trying to shake down a citizen for a bribe, turning to the woman with the camera and slapping it out of her hand, resigned this week after admitting to the crimes.
But Brandon Brown has yet to be arrested, even though the district attorney has been reviewing the case since August 6, proving once again that police are above the law.
Instead, Dekalb County Police Chief Cedric Alexander is vowing to restore “swagger” within the department.
But swagger, defined as carrying oneself arrogantly, pompously or even bullying, is exactly the way they’ve been acting these last few years, which is why another cop was arrested last week on drug trafficking charges and a previous chief was sentenced to prison last year for a bribery conviction and several other officers arrested earlier this year for protecting drug dealers (just a few of several stories I found on Google).
Perhaps the fact that Brown was only demanding $50 from a man in exchange for not arresting him on marijuana charges early last month made him look like small potatoes compared to the rest of the department.
After all, a cop with swagger would have demanded much more.
ORLANDO, Fla. —A broken tail light led to a student’s arrest after a confrontation with University of Central Florida police, and the incident was caught on camera.
A busted tail light led to one woman’s arrest after a confrontation with University of Central Florida police.
Police video of the violent encounter was released Thursday after the student filed a complaint. It shows UCF campus police officer Timothy Isaac pulling over a vehicle driven by Victoria King, 26, on Sept. 4.
The officer told King she was missing a brake light and that she did not signal when she changed lanes.
King did not have a registration document for the car and is repeatedly heard telling the officer that she was trying to get to the school’s health clinic.
When the officer tried to serve King with a ticket, the stop took a glass-shattering turn.
King refused to roll down her passenger’s side window, so the officer said he would break it.
“If you roll it up on my...” Isaacs is heard saying as the glass shatters.
“Oh my gosh. Are you serious?” King asked him.
“Get out of the car, get out of the car,” Isaacs said. “You’re getting charged with resisting right now.”
The officer said the window broke as King was rolling it up.
King made several mentions during the recording that she was pregnant and having a miscarriage. She said later that she was not sure if she was pregnant, but said she was bleeding.
King was arrested and charged with battery of a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence. She filed a complaint, saying the officer used brutal and excessive force.
DeLand police run over and kill felon.
Video footage of an incident involving the death of Marlon Brown has recently been released by his family. In the police vehicle dash cam, you see a chase when Marlon abandons his car and runs from DeLand police officer James Harris on foot. The chase ends with Brown being hit and killed. The family released this video because it contradicts previous court rulings
A jailer who is a former Marion County deputy sheriff could be sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted him of raping a 5-year-old girl left in the care of his girlfriend's baby-sitting business.
Jurors deliberated about four hours over two days before finding Randy N. Spencer, 28, of Marion, guilty of four counts of rape yesterday.
Marion County Common Pleas Judge Jim Slagle tentatively set Spencer's sentencing for next Friday. He faces a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of life imprisonment without parole because the rapes involved a child younger than 10.
Spencer was convicted of raping the girl between June 2012 and April, said a spokeswoman for the office of Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine. Spencer would baby-sit children when his girlfriend was not available, the spokeswoman said.
Spencer was laid off as a deputy sheriff in late 2011. He remained an auxiliary deputy.
Spencer began working as a corrections officer at the Delaware County jail in early 2012.
He was placed on paid leave on April 12 when the Delaware County sheriff's office learned of the rape investigation, and he was placed on unpaid leave after his May 2 arrest.
His employment status is being reviewed, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.
Because he had been a deputy in Marion County, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation handled the investigation, and members of DeWine's staff prosecuted the case.
A high-speed chase and shots fired, but it all came with an unfortunate surprise.
The chase ended in northwest Harris County on Antoine near Veteran’s Memorial.
Before that, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office says a DEA agent was chasing the suspects when one tried getting away and tried running over one of the agents. That’s when another agent opened fire on the vehicle. But little did they know there were two children inside. Luckily, no one, including the children were hurt.
The District Attorney identified the two defendants as Danny Cano, 36, who is assigned to
the 115 Precinct in Jackson Heights, Queens, and Roberto Espinal, 44, who is assigned to the 110 th th
Precinct in Elmhurst, Queens. Both defendants were arraigned last night before Queens Criminal
Court Judge Gene Lopez. Cano is charged with nine counts of third-degree bribe receiving and one
count of official misconduct. Espinal is charged with two counts of third-degree bribe receiving, five
counts of second-degree receiving reward for official misconduct and one count of official
misconduct. Bail was set at $15,000/$15,000 for Cano and $10,000/$2,500 for Espinal. The
defendants, who each face up to seven years in prison if convicted, were ordered to return to court
on October 9, 2013.
Wayne County Sheriff and Detroit Mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon's deputies kicked in the door at the home of an ex-employee - after she says she'd been fired for blowing the whistle on his top brass.
Now the 7 Action News Investigators have uncovered some of Napoleon's text messages that show the raid may have been improper.
The text messages recently came to light in a lawsuit and they have legal experts saying Sheriff Benny Napoleon may have abused his power.
So we wanted to know - why would the leader of a cash-strapped department send several deputies to search a former employee's home?
And did the very people who enforce the law -- break it?
"Did you abuse your power here," asked 7 Action News Investigator Heather Catallo.
"Absolutely not," insisted Napoleon.
The Sheriff says he did nothing wrong when his department raided this woman's home - but Renee Newell completely disagrees...
A New Orleans police officer was suspended Wednesday, after an incendiary YouTube video surfaced showing him standing by while a group brawled on Canal Street downtown.
Cortez Hankton, who has worked for the department for more than 20 years, was immediately suspended without pay pending an internal investigation, Superintendent Ronal Serpas said during a press conference Wednesday afternoon.
"No one can watch this 2-plus minute film and believe that Officer Hankton did all that he could, including all that he could do physically," Serpas said.
MELBOURNE, Fla -- The family of an elderly Melbourne with dementia man says they plan on suing the police department -- all over a violent confrontation that was caught on camera.
The dash camera video shows 66-year-old Albert Flowers being kicked by Melbourne officer Derek Middendorf back in October. Flowers was also punched repeatedly, and another officer used a stun gun to shoot him in the face.
Police reports said the officer was investigating a call about an argument at the time. Officer Middendorf said Flowers was acting aggressively and refused to stop at a safe distance.
But the man's family said they're horrified and that the officer went too far.
"I know he has a job to do, but when you take it above and beyond after being warned that he has dementia when you are warning that he has dementia and be brutal like that it's criminal," said Flowers' son Carlos.
News 13 contacted Melbourne Police. They referred us to a spokesperson for the city who said because no complaint has been filed yet, they have nothing to respond to.
They do say though the officer turned off his camera before the incident - but the video was still able to be retrieved from a hard drive.
A hearing is set for Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the city says Officer Middendorf is still employed with the police department, but is currently off the job after an unrelated injury - 15 January 2012
I’m going to preface with an upfront apology for grammar, spelling, or anything unintelligible. My heart is racing!
I was in my upstairs office when I heard the entrance gate leading to my front door slam. This is locked 99% of the time. Unfortunately for me, tonight it was latched shut but not locked. My dog (large and intimidating ...really a lover) storms down the stairs to address the noise. I hear what sounds to be an overly protective bark of utter aggression. I came down the bend in my stairwell to see what the commotion was; meanwhile I'm in my underwear. I notice beams of light, presumably from flash lights, coming through the blinds.
At this point I'm slightly comforted by the assumption that it’s the police rather than thugs fueled with malicious intent. I approach the door, partially draw the vertical blinds …dog sounds rabid… to notice two officers with hands resting on their gun. I assert myself, "may I help you? What is going on?" Immediate response from one of the rookie (or at least younger) officers is, "We need to come in your house, please let us in!" I said, "Absolutely not! Why are you here?"
He said that there was a domestic dispute/disturbance call from my address. I informed him that he must have the wrong address as I am the only resident at this location and to re-verify where the call originated. They both insisted it was my address. I asked to explain what happened on the call and was informed they heard a male and female fighting; the woman was screaming.
My dog continues to make intimidating attempts to viciously defend us. Now I feel even more uncomfortable. Hands still resting on their guns, they keep eyeing my dog. The rookie proclaims that I will regret my decision once he calls SWAT "to tear down my $2000 door". I said, “That’s unlikely” and to “present me with a warrant!” Reiterating, I inform them that I do not feel comfortable with them entering my residence as my dog is extremely agitated. After countless attempts to sell me on their entry, I finally instruct them to hold on as I ran back upstairs to retrieve my phone.
I dialed 911 and requested to get additional information for their reason of dispatch. The operator patched me through to a supervising officer who verified the call. She said that all I needed to do was help her officers do their job and verify there was in fact no disturbance. I respectfully declined, expressing appreciation for the officers patrolling the neighborhood but, “they are not entering my home”.
Also, I refused to give my name or any defining information throughout the whole debacle. I was afraid that if a case was written up for the incident, my name would be on public record for a domestic dispute. A dispute that was not only false but impossible as I live alone with my "killer dog". By the way, Good Boooooy! God forbid I let them enter my home after my dog’s reaction and watch as they kill him for being a dog.
To no avail she attempted to convince me of their "right" of entry. I asked where the call came from. She informed me they (the police) contacted the cellular company and my address showed up as the closest residence to the call. I responded with, “Thank you for confirming it did not in fact come from my residence; rather it was an approximation and you are here purely on an assumption”. I agreed, after locking my dog in the nearby bathroom, to open the door and speak with the officers.
Now I'm standing in my house with the door ajar. During the call with the officers supervisor they exited my gate and waited out front. I instructed them to come back as I had spoken with their superior to verify the call. They enter the property and again had to unlatch the gate to get in. I hear an officer on the side of the house as they walked toward me. Now I'm approached by 4 visible officers and one concealing himself around the corner.
I communicate again that their information is incorrect, that I appreciate them doing their job but, it is unacceptable for them to enter my house and I would like them to leave. As I'm asserting my rights the rookie around the corner approaches me, grabs my arms and began to inform me that I was being detained. I was pulled out of my house at this point. Another officer pulled up one of my lawn chairs and demanded I have a seat. I complied. What else was I to do at this point?
Now I'm sitting on my walkway after being removed from inside my house, behind the entrance gate to my front door… in handcuffs. I had to instruct one of the officers to exit my house. After the cuffs were on me he stood in the doorway. I instructed them to shut the door; which they did.
My blood pressure had to be off the charts! I recommended they check my neighbor’s house to verify if she was ok and possibly that is where the call originated. The rookie mentioned that these (mistakes) calls happen all the time. In fact he said it just happened to him and I should let them in my house because of it. Almost without pause I asked if he had been beating his wife or girlfriend in order for the police to show up… making light of the absurd situation.
He was not happy with my response and began to speak over me. I looked him directly in the eye without hesitation and said, "You are simply lying in an attempt to pacify me. You are not coming into my house." This threw him off guard. He looked to the left then down and back up at me. “I’m not trying to pacify you!” Then threatened, unsurely, asking his fellow officers if I was obstructing justice... Shoulder-shrugs mirrored like a candle lit fun house. Ultimately he insisted I was in fact obstructing justice and things were going to end bad for me.
Finally rookie and the other officers, with the exception of a male and female officer, decided it may be a good idea to check on the neighbor. While they were doing this, the male officer at my side (the one I asked to exit my house) was on the phone with, I assume, his supervising officer. I could tell by their conversation that I was about to be freed and un-cuffed.
Once he got off the phone I made small talk as we waited to hear the outcome from next door. I asked how long he had been on the force. "8 years", he responded. Me: "Looks like you'll have something to talk about when you get home tonight." He held back a smirk. Told him about a good friend I have who is also in the force and so on. Simply letting him realize I wasn't a threat.
The rookie and another officer came back through my gate and onto my property to report their findings. There was no call from her address either. Once this was communicated, the male officer who had been watching me said, "You are free to go." I stood up maintaining eye contact with the rookie (who had previously attempted to intimidate me throughout this ordeal) as I watched his face lose muscle tension, "whhhhaaat???"
I smiled at him, requested he return the lawn chair back from where the other officer got it from and to hand me my phone from the adjacent table. I told everyone to have a good evening and went back inside. I felt like I was in a UFC fight and had just won.
Do I have any recourse regarding this incident? Or should I just bask in the adrenaline that currently prevents me from going to sleep?
tl;dr Police showed up to my home. I refused entry because they responded to a misinformed call. In fear for my safety. I was detained, handcuffed, and bullied. I provided no personal information. I was threatened. 100% within my rights; they were forced to let me go.
Just this week, a federal judge overturned the convictions of all five New Orleans police officers who had been linked to the shooting of UNARMED civilians in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. This includes Kenneth Bowen, whom prosecutors said sprayed a crowd of unarmed civilians with an AK-47 as they huddled behind a concrete barrier.
The judge claimed that prosecutors had engaged in “grotesque” misconduct in the handling of the case. All five officers are free to go, in spite of having shot unarmed civilians.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt claimed that that federal prosecutors in New Orleans had “anonymously posted damning online critiques of the accused officers and the New Orleans Police Department before and during the 2011 trial.” This, according to A.C. Thompson of ProPublica, the judge believed was a “breach of professional ethics” that Engelhardt believed “had the effect of depriving the officers of their rights to a fair trial.”
Four Milwaukee police officers were charged Tuesday with felonies related to illegal rectal searches of suspects on the street and in police district stations over the past two years.
In one case, an officer held a gun to a man's head as two others held his arms and a third put him in a choke hold while jamming a hand into his anus, purportedly searching for evidence, according to the criminal complaint. Another man bled from his rectum for several days after his encounter with police, the complaint says.
The complaint lays out in graphic detail how the primary suspect, Officer Michael Vagnini, conducted searches of men's ---- and scrotal areas, often inserting his fingers into their rectums. Vagnini acknowledged performing one of the searches. At least one suspect said Vagnini planted drugs on him.
State law and police procedures prohibit officers from conducting cavity searches. Only medical personnel are allowed to perform them, and police must first obtain a search warrant.
Citizens in Pittsburgh PA, are now getting ticketd for parking in THIER OWN driveways, as the city 'Building Code Officers', are now enforcing a long out-dated, little known & idiotic 'code' from the 1950s. Hefty fines are attached to these tickets forcing homewoners to abandon their own driveways and park on the street, where parking is @ a premium and very hard to find. Once again, the government wishes to force the citizens to do as they command or face the consequences, eventhough this is a pure encroachment on the rights of the property owner. But then again, it is IMPOSSIBLE for anyone to own thier own property in the USA, as the government continues to tax that property even if the property is paid for & can take it away at their whim. The city of Toledo OH started using a similar practice 4 Years ago. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!! If You're Not Pissed Off... You're Not Paying Attention!!! www.DefendYourLiberty.com