...But Mark “Coonrippy” Brown’s clip (above) of him dancing with his four-legged companion Gunshow has gone viral viral since he posted it in July 2012, racking up more than 1 million views on YouTube and attracting so much attention it was featured on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America, which are like YouTube for old people.
It got some not-so-welcome attention, however—according to Coonrippy, the video became so popular that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) decided to step in and confiscate his raccoon, Rebekah, in late July. (By this time, Gunshow had gone on to that great hollow tree in the sky, but Coonrippy had a new raccoon pet.) Rebakah was taken to a wildlife rehabilitation center, even though arguably all she needed to be “rehabilitated” from was having a decent life as part of a family.
On August 10th, we arrived on the scene of a party in the midst of a fight occurring between certain people who were at the party, however no police had shown up yet, so we waited until the inevitability of the arrival of police.
Sure enough, police arrived on the scene mere minutes after we did. We stuck around on the public sidewalk and observed the actions of all of the officers that showed up. From what we could tell, a majority of those at the party had run inside of a house, and locked the doors, although we did not witness anything ourselves.
After the officers had arrested those who stayed outside, a number of them converged on the suspected house, banging on the door and shouting for those inside to open the front door. As this was happening, an officer approached us and attempted to question us. Although I offered a few responses of "no" on and off, I stonewalled the officer's attempt at further, and more detailed answers. This apparently irritated the officer, who asked to see my ID, which I refused. Further into the encounter, he claimed another officer had been assaulted at the party. He then called me a "smartass" for questioning why an officer had been at the party, which at the time I was wondering if they had tried to "infiltrate" an officer into the party, which isn't common, but has happened before. When the officer who was "assaulted" came up and tried asking questions, I in turn, began questioning her and how she was assaulted. At this point, all of the officers quickly turned around and left. I told the officer I had questions for her, she replied that she would come over and answer our questions when they were done. We waited over two hours for the entire scene to be over and done with, and every officer took off, never returning to us to answer our questions.
I apologize for the shaky camera and lack of proper lighting, but we were trying to stay out of the way of the investigation.
here's what I love about this video:
officier: may i see id?
am i suspected of commiting a crime?
officier: you could be.
what crime do you suspect me of committing?
officier: we have an officer that was assaulted.
yada yada yada
2nd officier: A group of girls attacked me when i showed up.
You do not have to give ID to an officer in Nevada just a name and nothing more. What the officers did to me in the video violated my fourth amendment rights. Listen to what I am being charged with and his reasoning for the charge. I wish Boulder City had competent officers on its force. Thanks to the BCPD officer who pointed the M16 at my face and then spread my arrest on Facebook without any of the story. Shame on the Boulder City Review for such trashy reporting of events. Biased ********. I was found guilty of nothing after a week in jail. Look for my arrest photo...they left me so bloody they won't release the mugshot. Listen to when I get placed under arrest and watch the very beginning of the video again. This is BCPD police misconduct.
I'm pretty sure I hear the officer scream: kill him. kill that ************. 1:45
The video comments says he was found guilty of something after a week in jail, but i dont believe that. thats too speedy of a trial.
BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Lawyers say Bellingham has agreed to pay $15,000 to a man who was threatened by a police officer for wearing a holstered gun in a city park.
John Laigaie (lah-GAY') III is a 64-year-old, retired U.S. Army master sergeant and Second Amendment advocate. He says he was walking his dog in the park on Dec. 19, 2011, and openly carrying his 9 mm handgun on his hip when an officer approached him, demanded identification and told him it was illegal to have a gun in the park.
Laigaie says that when he told the officer it wasn't illegal and offered to show him a copy of the state law, the officer drew his gun and pointed it at Laigaie's chest from three feet away.
Laigaie was eventually allowed to leave the park with his gun. His attorneys, with the Lustick Law Firm of Bellingham, say the city also agreed to provide police and 911 operators with additional training to prevent similar confrontations in the future.
The manager and co-owner of a State Street restaurant is claiming he was seriously and wrongfully injured by Santa Barbara police officers during an altercation at the height of the Fiesta celebrations.
Skye McGinnes — the stepson of city councilmember Bendy White who oversees operations at Relais de Paris, owns a slice of Arlington Tavern, and runs SkyeLine Construction — alleges that, as he was trying to kick an unruly patron out of the French eatery on August 3, two SBPD officers tasered him without warning then slammed him into the pavement, breaking his nose, shattering his eye socket, and mangling his ear.
According to McGinnes, he and one of the restaurant’s bouncers were closing down the bar shortly before midnight when they made Daniel Battaglia leave because he was intoxicated and acting aggressively. Though Battaglia was escorted out a back door that looks onto De La Guerra Plaza, the 30-year-old tried to get in again soon after. McGinnes went outside to keep him out, and the two started wrestling with property’s back gate with Battaglia spitting on McGinnes and McGinnes kicking Battaglia through the bars.
“Before I knew it, I was getting tased,” remembered McGinnes, claiming he received no warnings or commands from the police to stop struggling with Battaglia. After feeling the Taser’s metal prongs pierce his back and the jolt of electricity run through his nervous system, McGinnes said he was slammed face-down onto the ground with the officers digging their knees into his back and head as they put him in handcuffs.
MIAMI (CBS4) - The Miami-Dade Police Department admitted Monday that it was their officers who led Miami Heat star LeBron James the wrong way down a Miami Gardens street to Sun Life Stadium so he could get to the Jay-Z/Justin Timberlake concert in time.
“Upon further investigation, it has been confirmed that the Miami-Dade Police Department did facilitate Mr. James from one intersection to another in the adjacent area of the stadium,” a statement from MDPD read. “This was not a scheduled escort and although all safety precautions were taken, the department has identified these actions as a violation of departmental policies.”
Repost from Jackson MI Copblock and Copblock.org
On 4-28-2013, I was illegally arrested for filming the police in a public setting,resisting and opposing. The video shows the aggressive tactics employed by Sgt. Hibbard Badge #030 of the Jackson City Police Department.
I was standing a good distance away from, and not interfering at all with, the traffic stop Sgt Hibbard and Officer Hossain were conducting. Sgt Hibbard noticed me filming and actively seeks me out. He is the aggressor. He demands I surrender my camera, my personal property.
When I refuse he goes into contempt of cop mode and assault's me, ripping the camera from my hand and throwing it to the ground breaking it.
That's is when my video stops and my ordeal begins. I was hand cuffed, detained, and humiliated in public for close to one hour.
Sgt Hibbard stole the memory card from my camera. He would not provide a receipt for the property he stole. The following day I filed a formal complaint with the JPD. Today, 4-30-2013, I was cleared of all charges.
The same day the charges were rescinded, I filled assault and battery charges, among a few of others, against Sgt. Hibbard with my local state police. The state police are investigating the charges. So hopefully Sgt Hibbard will get to see the other side of the witness box in court. We must all stand together to fight this assault on the Constitution.
Officer Kevin Garvey claims the man ran a red light, although the dash says otherwise. He uses the lie of running a red light as probable cause to pull the man over. As he's talking to the man he notices a rolled up baggie inside the car, and uses this as reason to search the vehicle without consent. Later the baggie was found to be the leftovers from a sandwich.
he was arrested and locked up for about 6 hours and not charged; but billed $171 for impounding the car.
PHOENIX, AZ — A 44-year-old man climbed onto the roof of his apartment and began acting strangely. Police arrived to help him down, but instead ended up killing him.
Michael Angel Ruiz had a history of drug addiction. On July 28, for reasons unknown, he climbed onto the roof of his apartment. Witnesses called the police to protect his safety. This turned out to have been a fatal decision.
First they tased him several times on the roof. He finally complied and hopped down. Cops immediately swarmed him and put him in a choke-hold.
Witness Gary Carthen said that Ruiz was "getting choked out and tased at the same time." He remained in a choke-hold for at least three minutes.
The most disturbing moments were to come. Michael Ruiz, now fully restrained, was dragged down the concrete stairs on his face. As deputies held his arms behind his back, they allowed his head to dangle and thump against every stair. At this point Ruiz may have already lost consciousness, and was making no attempt to lift his head. Video shows him lifelessly suffering head trauma on the descent down the stair case.
"I just felt sick to my stomach," said Richard Erickson, a retired police detective. "I'd never seen anything like this before, even when I was with the police department."
IamA Cop who blew the whistle and was forced to resign AMA!
I worked for a small Sheriff's Office in Oklahoma. Obviously can't blurt it out because I still live here, and they could make my life more hell if they so choose. However, I know reddit will require proof, so in lieu of blurting it out, I submit [evidence] * asked to delete of the dismissal, and [evidence] asked to delete of a court finding that the Captain was now considered a Brady and Giglio Officer. Okay, story time.
It was a cool Saturday night in March, and I was on regular patrol, out looking for a DUI (my favorite thing to do,) around a local casino (casino's are a hot bed for criminals.) I had just checked on a stranded motorist on a bridge, seeing if they needed any help. Immediately after clearing the car, I received a phone call from my Captain who said he needed me for a special assignment. I drove back to the Sheriff's Office, with several two other full-time Deputies, and two Reserve Deputies. It was explained to us by our Captain that he had made a traffic stop earlier, which yielded a small amount of meth, and he had gotten the driver to flip his dealer. He showed our Captain where he had bought the meth from, and provided a name of the dealer. Our Captain had explained to us that we were going to do a knock and talk with the dealer, and try to develop probable cause to enter the residence for a search. He came up with our game plan, which also called for us to detain friends of the dealer that lived next door to him (illegal detention,) due to them maybe tipping off the dealer, or having contraband on them as well. This is when I started feeling uneasy, but seeing as this is a small department, and I have two kids I have to feed, I went with it. We then left and headed to the location of the dealer.
While enroute, we stopped a few miles short to designate who would detain the neighbors, and it was decided that one full-time Deputy and two Reserves would, and I would accompany the Captain to the door while another full-time Deputy watched out back. I then took this time to ask the Captain if we needed a search warrant. I explained to him that when I was a Deputy in the Houston area, we would call the judge and get a "verbal" warrant to enter while someone went and picked up the original and a copy from the Judges office for the homeowner. He said he had spoken to the Assistant District Attorney and she told him that he needed no warrant for a knock and talk, which should have been common knowledge to him. I then took his word that the A.D.A. knew what he/she was talking about and we were to do a knock and talk.
As we approached the house, we were ordered to go lights out, which was odd to me. I then got out of my car and followed the Captain up to the house. A female subject met us at the door, and asked what we needed. That is when my Captain asked if the suspect was home, and she stated he wasn't. Captain then moved the girl to the side and started to walk into the residence. The female then protested, saying "Hey, you can't go in there!" to which my Captain replied, "Yes we can." I made the decision to follow my Captain in, in case he got into a shoot out, because if I refused to follow and he got hurt, I would have been fired. Also because I didn't want to have to explain why I let a fellow Deputy get killed in the line of duty with no action taken by me.
I was ordered by the Captain to stand with the girl in the kitchen, while he and the outside Deputy (very good friends with one another,) searched the house. After the search, Captain came back and showed the female that he had found some weed on a dresser in a room that no one was in. He had also found an infant child and another juvenile in the house, on the other side of the bedroom where the weed was found. My Captain explained to the female that he would charge her with child endangerment for having the children in the same house as the weed if she did not call the suspect and have him return home, to which she complied. He then had me stand outside of the house with the female which he kept the scene secure. He also ordered the juvenile with watching the infant baby inside of the house. About an hour had passed, then the suspect had shown up and was detained at gun point and sat in a car. By then, I had sat the female in my car because she was complaining of being cold. The Captain then questioned the handcuffed suspect in his car for probably two hours before the suspect signed a consent to search form to search the residence for the drugs and contraband he had found. After the retrieved it, he then released the female and took the suspect to jail.
June of the same year, I received a subpoena from the court for the case. I then went and printed out the report, because I wasn't asked to do a supplement, so I could review it. I then noticed several lies, saying that the female had given the Captain consent to search the house, and the suspect detained offered to sign the consent to search form before the house was searched. I immediately got a sickening feeling in my stomach, because I knew I was supposed to corroborate this in court, which I could not do. I then went and told everything to a Deputy whom I trusted and who had FTO'ed me into my transition from a Deputy in a big department in Houston, to here. He gave his advice, and said that I was in a tough spot, being if I told on the Captain, my life would be hell. I decided to contact the A.D.A. that Captain had spoken with myself, and found that he/she told him he certainly needed a search warrant to get into the house. I explained to her what truly happened, and told her I could not testify for Captain's case. She relayed this to the D.A. and the case was dismissed.
All the Deputies that were on the scene that night were ordered to write affidavits, and it's then when I was told that the two Reserve Deputies had came forward around the same time I did, questioning the legality of it all. Then the D.A. had hearings, which I showed earlier, which decided he was a Brady (liar) Officer.
During June of 2012 until I quit in May 2013, the Captain was allowed to stay Captain, and my supervisor, and I had found out that he had been given access to the affidavits we had written. He was allowed to stay my supervisor, and review my report and such. In between this time, he did all he could to make my life hell. Calling me out for everything little thing I did (in my county, we do not work accidents. Dispatch had advised of an accident close to me, which I then turned on my lights and siren to get to, since I was trained in first aid and thought that serving the public is what I swore an oath to do, he called me out publicly over the radio. He did the same when I was running hot to a gas and go that was in progress.) This may seem trivial, and it might be, but it is embarrassing to have it done publicly. January of 2013, at the beginning of the month, I had gotten into a pursuit and arrested a suspect. I then filed my report, and my Sgt. and Lt. were the first to review it. They called me into the office and laughed at me because I had written fishing tailed instead of fishtailed, I fixed the mistake and laughed at how stupid it sounded with them. They were good guys, and had also helped mentor me. I then placed the report in my Sgt.'s box (open boxes on a wall, unsecured.) At the end of the month, I had gotten hurt (tore labrum in my shoulder,) on duty. While I was out, I had gotten a call from my Lt. stating that the Captain was saying I never turned in my arrest report. I told him I had in fact turned it in, because they made fun of me and saw me turn it in the night it happened. He remembered this. My Captain then went to the Undersheriff, in an attempt to say that I had refused to turn the report in, and tried getting me fired. My Captain then produced the report to the Undersheriff saying he had just found it in my box. In my state, refusing to turn an arrest report into the D.A. is a felony, which is what he did.
About a month later, I was still off for my shoulder, and I got a call from my Undersheriff ordering me to talk to a private investigator about the incident with the drug dealer. The Sheriff had contacted an outside investigator, whom he had ties to, and wasn't a law enforcement investigator to "look into" the incident. It was then I found out that the Captain was really good friends with the Sheriff as well. I spoke with the investigator about everything. He asked me a few questions about the incident, but mostly about my personal life, in which I'm assuming was to try to find a reason to discredit me, but could have been done with the best intentions, you decide on that. In May, I was contacted by the Undersheriff, stating that I was being demoted from Patrol Deputy to the jail because of my arm injury. In my mind, it was because of the Captain's incident, and my willingness to cross the blue code and bring to light what had happened. I refused the demotion and quit. I got a lawyer and recently found out that I cannot sue as a peace officer, because most whistleblower lawsuits are tied in with the first amendment of free speech, my whistle blowing was not considered free speech because I had a duty to report the incident, so I could not sue. And as far as wrongful termination, well, I quit. And here I am today, on Reddit, trying to defend good cop's by saying a vast majority of us are nothing like this Captain. AMA from the incident, or general police questions!
Edit: Trying to answer all the questions. I will be back in 30 mins or so, driving my daughter home from the splash pad.
Edit: Well in the last 2 hours, four sheriff's cars have slowly driven by my home. I think I might have rustled some jimmies. I know they are reading this and looking for a way to discredit me. They tried the same thing when someone tried to run against the Sheriff in last years election. Made throw away topix and Facebook accounts and talked trash. I hope to see you here Captain, explain your side to them.
Edit 3: I'll be grilling some food, I'll be out of commission for a while. I will try to answer as many as I can when I get back. I have nothing better to do on my off time.
Edit 4: I tried to answer all the questions, but I now must sleep. If I see a few more I'll try to get them tomorrow!