Shocking video shows LAPD officers bodyslamming woman onto pavement after she was pulled over for talking on her cell phone →
A shocking video shows the moment two Los Angeles Police Department officers apparently grabbed a female motorist and bodyslammed her twice to the ground in a parking lot. …
Police have been handed ‘Chinese-style’ powers to enter private homes and seize political posters during the London 2012 Olympics.
Little-noticed measures passed by the Government will allow officers and Olympics officials to enter homes and shops near official venues to confiscate any protest material.
The police puller over a motorcycle rider. The Dallas Sherriffs deputy didn’t seem to like being recorded, and the rider was arrested for a trumped up charge of obstructed license plate. The officer lost his cool and and acted less than professionally. He also appears to have thrown the rider against the hood of the cruiser. He also appears to have tried to choke the rider by trying to remove the helmet without undoing the strap. [Video at link.]
Three South Florida police officers are on administrative leave from the force after posting bond this week. All three cops are being charged with a string of beatings that targeted immigrants.
Officer Giovanni Soto, 40, Sgt. Lizanne Deegan, 44, and Sgt. Jeffrey Rome, 56, are all believed to be involved in a rash of incidents that started as early as February 2011.The Homestead Police Department officials were brought into custody this week after arrest warrants were filed following the culmination of a year-long investigation that involved the FBI and local law enforcement, during which all three officers were placed on extended paid leave.
According to Internal Affairs Detective Antonio Aquino, on February 6, 2011 Sgt. Rome attacked a man outside of Celio’s Latin Quarter Bar in Homestead, FL near Miami, a known hangout for Spanish-speaking migrant workers. The establishment had been rigged with undercover surveillance cameras due to a human trafficking investigation, which also caught the cop on film allegedly beating a man with a metal baton. The footage has also been described to the media to show Officer Sotto involving himself in the attack. The victim allegedly called 911 for assistance after the incident, to which Sgt. Deegan was dispatched to file a complaint — the officer did not follow through, though.
The detective adds that video footage shows Sgt. Rome grabbing a 69-year-old man by the collar and dragging him on the ground during a separate April 2011 incident. “As the man lay motionless on the ground, Sergeant Rome is seen kicking the man in the head,” the warrant reads. Additionally, Sgt. Rome is also being charged with pepper-spraying another Hispanic man outside the same bar on April 17. Detective Aquino writes that the 24-year-old victim was refused entry to the bar, but tried to come in anyway after being nearly robbed outside. When he asked the authorities for help, he says Sgt. Rome pepper-sprayed him three times with what the detective describes as “the strongest pepper spray and tear gas mix available for non-military use.”
Regina Tasca is a police officer in a small New Jersey town who crossed the ‘blue line,’ and has been suspended for over a year. Her crime: she defended a disabled citizen from police brutality.
AFP asked Officer Tasca how the event unfolded.
“Councilwoman Sharp had called the Bogota police department in a request to have her son (Kyle) transported to one of the regional hospitals. It was a simple transport. She wanted him to be evaluated because he is an emotionally-disturbed individual. I went up to the scene. Bogota is a small department; there’s only two of us on the road and my partner was on the desk,” detailed Tasca.
“My partner called Ridgefield Park (a neighboring town) to back me up. We pretty much both arrive on the scene. I get out of my patrol car. The mother comes out, the father comes out, and the mother tells Kyle ‘You’re gonna go to the hospital, get evaluated.’ And he looks at me and says, ‘Regina, why is there another police department here?’ And I told him ‘It’s protocol that another police officer is here as a back-up.’ He says, ‘But I don’t understand why there’s another police department here.’
“He obviously didn’t want to go to the hospital. And with that he says, ‘I’m not goin’,’ and starts to walk back towards his house. With that, Sergeant Thibault takes the kid down to the ground. I’m having a normal conversation with this kid; I have everything under control. And then Sergeant Rella comes flying out of his detective car, jumps on top of the kid, and starts pounding him in the head. I was completely in shock, like ‘Oh my God, I can’t believe this is happening.’
“There’s a lot of yelling and screaming. The mother’s screaming, ‘Get off my son, stop punching my son!’ Kyle’s screaming, ‘You’re punching me, why are you punching me?!’
“I’m trying to pry Sergeant Rella off of the kid because they’re beating him for no apparent reason. He wasn’t violent, he wasn’t attacking them, he didn’t charge them, nothing. We were having this conversation. Sergeant Rella’s yelling at me, ‘What are you doing?!’ I said, ‘What am I doing?! I don’t know how you guys handle your calls in Ridgefield Park, but here in Bogota, this is not how I handle them.’
“As I was trying to yank him off, he told me I was a disgrace to the police department ‘cause I was stopping him,” accompanied by several curse words. As the mother’s screaming for the cops to get off her son, he actually says, ‘Stand back, because you’ll be next.’”
Two NYPD officers who pleaded guilty to dumping a teenager half-naked near a Staten Island swamp, but avoided significant punishment, have agreed to pay $5,000 each in reparations.
In 2007, officers Thomas Elliassen and Richard Danese had suspected Rayshawn Moreno, who was 14-years old at the time, of throwing eggs at passing cars on Halloween night and placed him into their patrol car.
They then drove to a swamp in Staten Island where they stripped Moreno of his shirt and shoes, demanding he lie facedown on a deserted roadway. Elliassen and Danese proceeded to kick the teenager and eventually left him stranded.
The victim was forced to walk a mile alongside railroad tracks to finally receive help.
Prosecutors say the officers also hurled racial slurs at Moreno, who is black, during the abuse.
The officers pleaded guilty, but escaped jail because Moreno refused to testify in court. Instead, Elliassen and Danese’s felony charges were relegated to violations and they were assigned to modified duty.
What do you do when you look through the peephole and see a badge?
- Remember: You do not have to let the police in the house unless they have a warrant — or probable cause. If you’re having a party, turn off the music, ask your guests to chill, and ask that anyone who’s too intoxicated carry on in another room.
- Go outside to speak with the cops. Close the door behind you. Although some scary precedents are being set these days, police cannot enter your home without a warrant or probable cause. By closing the door, you’re cutting off a visual — or olfactory — line to potential probable cause.
- Be polite. Ask why they are there. “Good evening, Officer. What can I help you with?”
- Where possible, assure them you will take care of the problem. If the police ask to enter, inform them, “I do not consent to any searches.” If a police officer gives you an order and you are confused about your position, ask, “Do I have to comply?” If they continue with questioning, tell them you’ll need to call your lawyer and that you will not answer any questions.
- Ask, “Am I free to leave?” This is especially handy if, say, a group of you’d been too bawdy on the patio and an officer stops by. If he/she is getting a bit hot under the collar, politely ask, “Am I being detained?” or “Am I free to leave?” If the cop has no reason to hold you, quickly, quietly, and politely retreat inside.
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