District Attorney Jon David held a news conference Tuesday morning to discuss details of the case.
David started by emphasizing he has been committed to a process to get the “right people in place to be efficient, but thorough, and to be fair” to both the victim’s family and the officers involved.
A grand jury took part in a presentment Monday and spent hours reviewing testimony and evidence from the case before coming to a decision around 7:30 p.m.
According to David, three SBI officers testified over the course of many hours, using diagrams to support their arguments. After hearing from those officers, the judge decided to allow Vassey to testify.
Vassey’s attorney previously told CNN that Vidal attacked the officer with a screwdriver.
The grand jury was given the directions to decide if Vassey should be indicted on second degree murder, voluntary manslaughter or not be charged at all.
After listening for hours to all the facts, it was their collective judgment that Vassey be indicted on voluntary manslaughter.
“After I reviewed the case I found that a crime almost certainly did take place,” explained David. “It was a ‘bad shoot.’ A grand jury has agreed.”
Evidence from a dashboard camera on a police cruiser ended a nightmare for a New Jersey man facing false charges of eluding police, resisting arrest and assault.
Prosecutors dismissed all the criminal charges against Marcus Jeter, 30, of Bloomfield, N.J. and instead indicted two Bloomfield police officers for falsifying reports and one of them for assault after the recording surfaced showing police officers beating Jeter during a traffic stop, according to WABC of New York. A third has pleaded guilty to tampering.
Jeter’s defense attorney requested all recorded evidence, but the police failed to hand over a second tape until additional evidence surfaced of a second police car at the scene. The tape showed Jeter complying with police, even as one punched him in the head repeatedly.
Without the tape, prosecutors had been demanding a five-year prison sentence.
the best part is at 3:25 when the cops is like oh **** i should probably check with employees to see if there's a video i can destory...
found the story.
Surveillance cameras at the evidence unit of the Seattle Police Department captured three Seattle police officers hitting a man many times over. That man, Daniel Saunders, resisted arrest, according to police. But Saunder's attorney claims the officers beat his client for no reason.
The dispute has prompted the Seattle Police Department to launch an (internal investigation).
Saunders is seen opening the door for three officers, the moments later, being punched times over by a police officer. The video then shows police hitting saunders with baton, allegedly because he was resisting arrest.
Saunders had been arrested a few days earlier after he broke through the window of the South Seattle church with his naked body and contaminating the interior with his HIV-positive, hepatitis C-tainted blood. Investigators said he caused more than $100,000 in damages at the Unity Church of God in Christ.
But Saunders had been released just a few days later as a result of a miscommunication. Charging papers failed to make its way through the system, prosecutors said, and suspects must be released after 72 hours if there are no charges filed against them.
The mishap prompted the issuance of a felony arrest warrant, under which officers tried to arrest Saunders when he went to pick up his belongings that had been confiscated at the time of his initial arrest.
Saunders' lawyer, Andrew Magee, refused to comment on that point, but said he's more concerned about the events that led up to the incident.
Magee said Saunders shouldn't have been arrested for the second time in the first place. What Saunders didn't know was that he had been released due to a communication error and, as a result, was a wanted man.
"He was released, unconditionally, by way of a court order signed by a judge from jail, with no condition on his release placed on him and without violating any new law," he said.
The Seattle Police Department has launched an internal investigation to determine whether the officers used excessive force.
After his second arrest, Saunders subsequently pleaded guilty to breaking into the church, as well as resisting arrest during the contentious incident at the evidence unit.
Saunders' attorney said he plans to file a complaint against King County in civil court for alleged violations of his clients' rights, which led to Saunders being beaten and to pleading guilty. Investigation Launched In Videotaped Police Beating
Posted: 12:14 pm PST November 13, 2009 SEATTLE -- The Seattle Police Department launched an investigation into an arrest earlier this year in which three officers are seen on camera using their fists, batons and a flashlight to subdue a man they said was resisting arrest.
Police said Daniel Saunders was mistakenly released from the King County Jail. Officers were going to arrest Saunders when they learned he was attempting to collect property in the evidence room on June 6.
Video shows Saunders opening the door for three officers who then moved in to arrest him.
The officers said Saunders fought them and they had to use force to subdue him.
Police said Saunders was armed with a screwdriver.
King County prosecutors said the officers acted appropriately.
Saunders told KIRO 7 he plans to file charges against Seattle police.
How much HIV do you think those cops spread around their own station?
Phyllis Bear, a convenience store clerk from Arizona, called the police after a customer threatened her. The disgruntled patron, seeking to purchase a money order, handed Bear several bills that were rejected by the store’s automated safe. Suspecting that the cash was counterfeit, Bear told him to come back later to speak with a manager.
The man had left by the time the cops arrived, and Bear was swamped at the register. Offended that she was serving paying customers rather than rendering proper deference to an emissary of the State, one of the officers arrested Bear for “obstructing government operations,” handcuffed her, and stuffed her in the back of his cruiser.
A few minutes later, while the officer was on the radio reporting the abduction, his small-boned captive took the opportunity to extract one of her hands from the cuffs, reach through the window, and start opening the back door from the outside. The infuriated captor yanked the door open and demanded that the victim extend her hands to be re-shackled. When Bear refused to comply, the officer reached into the back seat and ripped her from the vehicle, causing her to lose her balance and stumble into the second officer.
Bear, who had called the police in the tragically mistaken belief that they would help her, was charged with three felonies: “obstruction” – refusal to stiff-arm customers in order to attend to an impatient cop; “escape” – daring to pull her hand out of the shackles that had been placed upon her without lawful cause; and “aggravated assault” – impermissible contact with the sanctified personage of a police officer as a result of being violently dragged out of the car by the “victim’s” comrade...
SHERMAN OAKS (CBSLA.com) — Los Angeles Police Department officers were perplexed by a life-size statue of a “Call of Duty” soldier during a raid at a video game studio.
Around 7 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to a panic alarm call at Robotoki on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks.
Once on the second floor of the building, they saw what appeared to be a sniper at the window.
Robotoki founder Robert Bowling, the only person in the office, said he had no time to tell the cops that the soldier with the assault rifle was actually Simon “Ghost” Riley from “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.”
Sgt. Chris Thibault tackled Kyle, wrapped him in a bear hug, and attempted to handcuff him. Within an instant, Sgt. Joe Rella piled on and began to slug Kyle in the head while his horrified mother screamed at the officers to stop.
Tasca instinctively did what any legitimate peace officer would do: She intervened to protect the victim, pulling Rella off the helpless and battered young man. Eventually the Ridgefield officers handcuffed Kyle – then turned their fury on Tasca.
“One of them yelled at me, `We can’t have this!’” she recalled. “I said, we `can’t have’ what? There was no reason to take that kid to the ground and start slugging him. This was a medical assistance call, and the mother was sitting their screaming at them to stop beating on their son. I didn’t fail to aid another officer; I acted to stop a beatdown.”
Two days later, Tasca was summoned by her captain, who informed her that she was being suspended pending a disciplinary hearing. She learned that in addition to “using force” to stop Rella’s assault on Kyle Sharp, Tasca was accused of failing to assist Bogota Officer Jerome Fowler when he was “assaulted” by an intoxicated woman on April 3.
After being put on suspension, Tasca was subjected to a psychological evaluation by Dr. Matthew Geller, a psychiatrist who does contact work for New Jersey law enforcement agencies. Geller provided the diagnosis he had been paid for, ruling that Tasca was unfit for duty. At the same time, the Bogota PD’s internal affairs officer produced a report concluding that Tasca’s refusal to assist Officer Fowler in the April 3 incident demonstrated her unfitness.
The internal affairs review wasn’t exactly a model of investigative rigor, Tasca observes: “There were nearly a dozen other people who witnessed the incident – and the only one he interviewed was a 14-year-old Ambulance Corps volunteer who happened to be his niece!”
This picture is just another street in Anytown, U.S.A.
While it isn’t openly violent — it doesn’t, say, depict cops beating a man to death, as in the case of Kelly Thomas, the schizophrenic homeless man who begged for his father as cops continued to beat on him until he died without any repercussions — it does depict something else: a police state.
What you see in this picture is a man merely walking on the sidewalk. There he is, on the right. He was just walking. Just minding his own business, according to the witness who sent me the picture. Not drunk in public, not carrying a weapon, not doing anything but walking. He had stepped on the grass a bit, but as you can see, the sidewalk is curvy and the grass is a public space.
Two motorcycle riding cops (because it took two) decided to stop what they were doing to tell this man to stay on the sidewalk and keep walking according to a witness. As you can see, cop one is pointing at the man while cop two watches.
In other words, it took two cops to stop and order a man around who was…just walking on a sidewalk in America.
Is he a threat? Because this is…keeping order? ‘Protecting and serving?’
Isn’t there actual crimes happening somewhere? Because these officers didn’t have anything better to do…?
Or is it because we have a totally imbalanced justice system ruling the day in a country with militarized police where more people are put in prison per capita than any other place on the face of the earth and the majority are for non-violent crimes?
Is there a crime even happening in this picture? Seriously.
Is there even a code for this?? What you are looking at isn’t even jaywalking.
Look at the other headline just up on The Daily Sheeple today: “A Female Jogger Was Stopped by Cops for Crossing the Street, and Things Escalated…” that woman was stopped for jaywalking, then arrested simply because she failed to provide her ID (because we all know everyone who goes for a jog brings their ID with them. Well, apparently in America you have to these days.)
What you are looking at in the picture above is a grown man minding his own business just trying to walk down an American sidewalk.
This picture encapsulates something that has gone very, very wrong in this country today.
This picture captured the modern American police state.
NEW MEXICO — All new police cadets will be trained to use more deadly force, thanks to a new curriculum by director of the state’s Law Enforcement Academy. That training emphasis will take place in a cadet program that has been shortened by six full weeks.
A former instructor named Phillip Gallegos says he was fired by Jones because he refused to teach cadets Jones’ controversial philosophy about shooting fleeing vehicles.
“This is the thing — why are you shooting at a car? You should be shooting at the individual that is shooting at you,” Gallegos said.
Another thing Mr. Jones disagrees with is teaching cadets to go for their baton when an unarmed person goes hands-on with them as an officer. The new director believes that is “too restrictive” on the use of force.
When journalists filed an official request for a copy the academy’s new curriculum, Jones refused, saying it would give criminals an edge.
“I’ll burn them before you get them,” he told The New Mexican.
On Jan. 21, Caballero filed an official complaint with the St. George Police Department against her neighbor Matt Orr, who is a school resource officer with the SGPD. In her complaint, Caballero stated that for more than two years, Orr has been luring neighborhood cats into his yard with food, trapping them in animal traps, hauling them away from the neighborhood and abandoning them, which is in direct violation of state animal cruelty laws. On at least one occasion, Orr allegedly abandoned a cat on restricted city property, miles away from the neighborhood the cat lived in and near a desert wilderness area populated by coyotes and with no access to food or water, where the cat would be likely to die.
“It’s across the freeway, so (the cat) can’t get back,” Caballero said. “It’s very dangerous over there. Not to mention this cat’s used to being fed for the last six years, so I don’t know if he’s going to be able to survive.”
“The cat has no chance,” said Kris Neal. “That’s a giant area full of coyotes.”
If you live in Austin, chances are you or someone you know has been the victim of a property crime.
That’s because Austin is one of the worst cities nationwide when it comes to property crime.
FBI numbers show Austin’s property crime rates are worse than New York, Chicago or even Los Angeles. Property crimes are so prevalent that a couple of years ago, the Austin Police Department created its very first Burglary Unit.
Every month almost 4,000 property crimes happen in Austin.