The official Illinois State Police report on the death of 95-year-old John Wrana at the hands of Park Forest police in July remains unreleased, but I have just seen a copy.
And what it says is both riveting and disturbing about the police killing of the World War II veteran who liked to shoot dice and play cards.
Wrana, who needed a cane or a walker to get around, was brandishing a knife with a 7-inch blade, Park Forest police told state police investigators. The police were called to his south suburban assisted-living facility and perceived him as such a threat that they fired five shots at him with beanbag rounds from a 12-gauge Mossberg pump-action police shotgun.
A group of Kentucky teens were in a field playing a Airsoft, a paintball-like game involving realistic-looking guns that shoot non-lethal rounds, when they were swarmed by police officers with high-powered assault rifles.
Radcliff police were able to hold their fire long enough to determine it was only a game, but when one of the teens walked up to the cops with a GoPro video camera, an officer ordered to turn it off.
The teen was about to comply when 18-year-old Ryan Seaman piped in, telling his friend he was under no legal obligation to do so.
That got him arrested on several charges, including criminal trespass, assisting minors to commit criminal trespass and carrying a concealed deadly weapon, which was nothing but a pocket knife.
Now the local media is asking that same old question the media always ask after these incidents.
Do citizens have the right to record police?
It is a stupid question considering the issue has been settled in numerous court cases over the years, but the media can never come out and say police were in the wrong. Instead, they have to resort to the tired, old “he said, she said” routine to give off the appearance of being objective.
Two deputies with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department were shot and another injured Tuesday afternoon in a residential area of New Hope.
Law enforcement have not commented publicly on the specifics of the incident. Neighbors said two deputies arrived at the home at noon and after knocking on the front door and appearing to receive no response, more law enforcement officers came to the scene.
Chase Ratliff, the son of Lisa Ratliff who also witnessed the incident, said authorities then donned "full tactical" gear before once again approaching the home's front door. It seemed like law enforcement agents threw a flash grenade into the home, according to Ratliff.
"Next thing I knew, there was shooting," Lisa Ratliff said. "It was unreal."
Chase Ratliff said he heard six rapid shots. Those shots are believed to have come from the suspect. There are unconfirmed reports that the shots came through the front door, which was closed. Some bullets struck the outside of the home directly across the street.
One of the deputies who was on the front porch fell back into the yard and rolled to the ground screaming. Authorities scattered. Another officer who was struck by the gunfire near the front porch was pulled by other officers to behind a white Toyota Camry parked in the home's driveway, according to Lisa Ratliff.
Miley confirmed two deputies were shot during the incident. Deputy Scott Glasgow was also wounded in the left hand. It is unknown, however, if the wound was a result of gunfire.
Roughly 20 seconds after the shooting, a man walked out of the home and placed what appeared to be a semi-automatic rifle on the porch and then walked into the yard with his hands in the air, according to neighbors. He was taken into custody.
Swearingen was struck by one bullet in the upper right abdomen and arrived at the hospital at approximately 1:55 p.m. Sims was struck by one bullet in the leg and arrived at the hospital at approximately 2:25 p.m., according to scanner traffic.
Sarah Jo Ellen Brown posted a dozen photographs on Facebook of her newborn baby meeting the family’s gentle pit bull dog named Cali just six months ago. On Wednesday, however Cali died; killed by a shot gun blast from Ardmore Police Officer Brice Woolly because he couldn’t capture the dog when she escaped from her yard.
Ardmore Police officer Brice Woolly makes this statement to the animal control officer, while walking back towards the patrol car to put up the shotgun.
“Cali”, was killed by officer Brice Woolly today at approximately 10:30 A.M. in the 400 block of 15th Avenue, in Ardmore, on a vacant lot.
“We’ll just write in the report that it tried to attack you and others in the neighborhood.”, officer Woolly states to the animal control officer.
Then, officer Brice Woolly went on to brag about the one he shot two days ago with his pistol, a witness says.
Brice Woolly was formerly employed with the Tishomingo Police Department.
Officer Woolly, at that time, shot and killed Jeff Baxter and the murder was covered up. Facts came out in the lawsuit and Brice Woolly’s account of the murder didn’t correspond with the dash cam footage. The City of Tishomingo settled that lawsuit in the murder of Jeff Baxter.
During the lawsuit proceedings, it was discovered officer Brice Woolly failed multiple psychological exams required to be a police officer. At some point, Woolly was allowed to join the ranks.
Today, a complaint was filed against officer Woolly for his actions from the pet owner.
Also, a second formal complaint from the witness who heard Brice Woolly make these statements, today, will be filed with the Carter County District Attorney, Craig Ladd.
While the family grieves the loss of a beloved pet, they also are demanding accountability for Ardmore Police officer, Brice Woolly.
A Dallas police officer was fired on Friday for his actions when he stopped a car and used excessive force against a person.
Officer Rene Villanueva was re-indicted on charges of official oppression and assault on March 12 for an incident that happened on Nov. 10, 2013.
Villanueva saw a vehicle speed through a parking lot and attempted to stop the truck. The truck fled the scene, but Villanueva pursued the truck in a marked squad car and was able to pull it over. Police then say he failed to perform a required felony stop and approached the truck alone with his gun drawn.
Villanueva opened the driver's door of the truck and "made a punching motion with his sidearm, in his right hand" into the truck. Villanueva then pulled the driver from the truck and "forcefully placed him on the ground."
Dashcam video shows Villanueva striking the driver several times while he attempted to handcuff the driver. Police said the driver had lacerations above his left eye.
Villanueva can appeal the decision to fire him by Chief David Brown. Villanueva was hired in March 2007 and worked in the Northeast Patrol Division.
then read how American Police officers respond to the same:
The comments on /r/protectandserve?
There comes a point in this video at which I wish it was acceptable for them to do a "Will you just shut the **** up" taser deployment.
That was the mall cop who said that.
It is perfectly acceptable to use force if a subject continues to resist after being handcuffed.
To which someone responded
You can't tell me that three male police officers who are all larger and stronger than her needed to do more than what they did here. Why would you use any more force than what we saw here? There's no need to escalate with violence for a whiney drunk lady. She wasn't kicking, spitting, clawing or anything more than just plan physical resistance, so why use anything more than physical control against her? She doesn't need a punch, spray or electro-shock. She just needs to be wrangled in to the car.
Wow, what's that? You don't need to brutalize a drunk woman? Golly gee willickers officer, I didn't know that.
A few seconds into this (even without looking at the license plates and cars) I realized this was taking place in Canada. When you have 3 officers politely mumbling "Please get in the car, please stop resisting, you're under arrest..." and taking 2 minutes to put someone in the back of a patrol vehicle, it's kind of obvious. No offense to the Canadians.
Canadians, please be as bad *** as we are. Sincerely, American Cops.
If you need any proof that American Cops have a big problem with U.S. police culture. There's your proof, I'll link the thread in the comments, no votes.
An Iraq war veteran whose skull was fractured by a police bean bag during the Occupy Oakland protest has settled with the city for $4.5 million, his attorneys announced Friday, as part of a federal civil lawsuit.
After he was struck with a lead-filled bean bag fire by a police officer from 20 feet away on Oct. 25, 2011, Scott Olsen, who was 24 at the time, suffered a skull fracture and permanent brain damage.
Today, Olsen can speak and do basic tasks. But, according to a recent interview with the East Bay Express, his memory, concentration and speech are still impaired, and he still owes $200,000 in medical expenses.
A Texas college student killed after reportedly making a sarcastic remark to a police officer likely died from a close range gunshot wound to the back, according to an autopsy report that sheds new light on a tragedy that made headlines late last year.
Cameron Redus, a 23-year-old student at the University of the Incarnate Word in Texas, was shot five times by Christopher Carter, a campus police officer, after a traffic stop on December 6.
Exactly what happened on that early morning roadside was unclear at the time, but the newly released autopsy shows that Redus was shot in the left eye, upper chest, back, left elbow, and right hip, according KENS5-TV in San Antonio.
Police said Redus was pulled over around 2:00 a.m. that day because he was driving erratically just off campus (although Corporal Carter was a campus police officer, he was authorized to stop a suspected drunk driver anywhere in the state). A microphone on the officer’s person revealed that Redus was asked 14 times to place his hands behind his back so he could be placed under arrest, although a dashboard camera on the police cruiser did not record the incident.
Carter also claimed he instructed Redus to stop resisting dozens of times, only to have the Catholic school student take his police baton and strike him. Yet the traffic stop took place in front of an off-campus apartment building where witnesses were watching from nearby.
One resident who wished to remain anonymous told KSAT.com that Carter did not seem to warn the college student that he had drawn his weapon.
Courts went along with intelligence not being undesirable in a cop. I wonder if they will eventually make similar ruling on courage.
Comes to mind of a guy in a wheelchair had a knife. Threw it at a wall. They shot him a whole lot after he threw the "weapon" away.
I dunno which is more outrageous of this or the sandwich event.
I sure hope the guy takes it to court. - But I dunno if probable cause is not coming to cop gets a notion.
Yuh - people do pour some booze into beverage containers but what is probable cause that cops should get to handle and inspect a persons food or drink?
People keep illegal things in house or car. It is getting to where cop might have a notion and that becomes probable cause to bust someone for resisting an illegal inspection.
Every time someone does not fight this crap it is contribution to the police state.
A San Bernardino judge called an ex-sheriff’s deputy “cowardly” and sentenced him to more than 13 years in prison for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.
Nathan Gastineau, 30, appeared in court Friday morning wearing a green jail uniform and shackles as he was sentenced for having the 2011 relationship with an Explorer student. The victim sat quietly in the courtroom, but did not speak.
The girl and her parents were not identified in court, in order to protect her identity.
Though Gastineau’s attorney, Andrew Haynal, argued he should be released on probation for his service with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, as well as awards and character references, Judge William Jefferson Powell IV handed down the maximum sentence of 13 years and eight months in prison.
Gastineau is required to register as a sex offender for life.
The judge accused him of minimizing his actions and creating a web of lies that denied his role in the abuse.
“Clearly he was in charge. He was in control of this young person,” Powell said. “His attempts to make himself a victim are revolting and cowardly.”
Gastineau was convicted in January of 17 charges, including lewd acts with a child, unlawful sex with a minor and possession of child pornography.
The Explorer program introduces teens to law enforcement...
DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (KABC) -- An LAPD officer was arrested on suspicion of DUI after his car flew off the 60 Freeway and crashed into a McDonald's drive-thru in Diamond Bar.
The incident occurred at the fast food chain located on Brea Canyon at 1:18 a.m.
According to CHP officials, Officer Jonathan Chel, 29, was driving a black 2014 Mazda 3 on the 60 Freeway when he went off the side and landed at the McDonald's.
Chel was transported to UCI Medical Center with traumatic injuries, first responders said. After arriving at the hospital, Chel was determined to be under the influence of alcohol and was arrested, the CHP said.
FROM the way police entered the house—helmeted and masked, guns drawn and shields in front, knocking down the door with a battering ram and rushing inside—you might think they were raiding a den of armed criminals. In fact they were looking for $1,000-worth of clothes and electronics allegedly bought with a stolen credit card. They found none of these things, but arrested two people in the house on unrelated charges.
They narrowly avoided tragedy. On hearing intruders break in, the homeowner’s son, a disabled ex-serviceman, reached for his (legal) gun. Luckily, he heard the police announce themselves and holstered it; otherwise, “they probably would have shot me,” he says. His mother, Sally Prince, says she is now traumatised.
There comes a point in this video at which I wish it was acceptable for them to do a "Will you just shut the **** up" taser deployment. -American Police Officer
High IQ and sense of humor are disqualifying qualities for American police?
Then there is a thing about courage.
It is greatly respected when some person will risk much to save another from harm. One might think it would be opposite on a spectrum to shoot anything that frightens one.
In addition, Jason Dewing used to work in loss prevention and used to do Private Investigation work. He was able to get his cell phone records subpoenaed for the court hearing. With those records Jason was able to show the court that the last time he used his cell phone prior to being pulled over was at a gas station 8 miles from the spot where he was ticketed for using his cell phone while driving. After matching those records with the gas station receipt along with the officer’s testimony the judge was satisfied that Mr. Dewing was not using a cell phone while driving; however, this is where the story takes a turn.
Since the court failed to prove that Mr. Dewing was using a cell phone, they went after him for using the electronic cigarette. “The judge asked me if I know what the ‘e’ in e-cigarette means,” said Jason. “I told him it means electronic.” At this point the judge told Mr. Dewing that he was using a portable electronic device which is a violation of New York traffic law 1225-d. Jason, refusing to let the court off that easy, told him that an electronic cigarette was not classified as a portable electronic device under the law. He says, “They were baffled. In fact, they didn't even know the law. The District Attorney had to look it up after I recited it to them. It is ridiculous that I have never been to law school and do not make it a habit of studying the law, yet I had to tell them what their own law was!” Unfortunately for Jason, the law was not known by the court until after they had already found him guilty of violating New York traffic law 1225-d.
There is a bright side to this story for Jason Dewing. “The judge told me that if I would have made them aware of the law before he made his ruling he would have dismissed the ticket, but since he already made his ruling, the only way to overturn it was to go to appeals court.” Jason feels that he has a very good chance of the case being appealed since the law that he was found guilty of breaking does not even exist. “The way the law is written, an e-cigarette cannot make a call nor can it send text or data; therefore, it cannot be a portable electronic device,” said Jason.
I'm trying to figure out how you can go to court for one charge, but then a judge can go ahead and charge, prosecute, and find you guilty of an entirely new "crime" all at once.