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Rest in Power, PINAC News (2007 – 2022)


It took 15 years but the cops finally succeeded in shutting down PINAC News.

But PINAC had long proven that photography is not a crime which was its original mission.

And in doing so, Photography is Not a Crime as it was originally called became the first site dedicated to exposing police abuse caught on camera, making plenty of cop enemies along the way.

PINAC came to an end on December 28, 2022 after a lengthy battle with Big Brother which began in 2007 after its owner and founder, Carlos Miller, was beaten and arrested by Miami police for photographing them in public.

It evolved into a national movement with citizens from across the country challenging police over their First Amendment right to record in public.

The movement led to the explosion of police abuse videos recorded by citizens on their smartphones, videos that have sent many cops to prison.

The movement also led to pushback from police who spent years arresting PINAC reporters on false charges for recording them in public, only to see the site continue to grow in popularity.

In the end, it was Big Tech that killed PINAC on behalf of police; social media companies responding to cop complaints that articles of police abuse caught on video were making officers fear for their lives because readers would leave angry comments and then want to record the police.

Pioneer in New Media

PINAC was a pioneer in New Media and a leader in citizen journalism, reporting on police abuse years before the corporate media acknowledged the videos.

Preaching transparency over objectivity, PINAC turned journalism into activism to raise awareness about police abuse to the horror of the corporate media which had become very comfortable and complacent with the institutions they were supposed to cover.

But PINAC never strayed from the fundamentals of journalism, remaining real in a world of fake news, earning a “high credibility” rating on the Media Bias/Fact Check website with zero failed fact checks in the last five years.

PINAC’s motto, Little Brother Watching Big Brother, was a testament to its David-vs.-Goliath battles in its earlier years against government agencies over the right to record which went on to inspire today’s First Amendment auditor community on YouTube.

Notable battles from the PINAC team include:

  • Miller’s victorious court cases against police agencies in Miami-Dade County who unlawfully arrested him for taking photos several times, including a conviction he had reversed on appeal pro se. The readers played a huge part in these victories through donations for legal fees and by simply sharing the stories to spread the truth the cops were trying to repress.
  • The victorious battle against a Jacksonville judge in North Florida led by Jeff Gray aka Honor Your Oath and the late Thomas Covenant aka Epic Old Guy to give PINAC the same right as the corporate media to record inside Duval County courtrooms after the judge claimed PINAC was not legitimate media.
  • The victorious battle against Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle in the 11 Circuit Court of Appeals led by James Eric McDonough aka Doc Justice over the right to record a South Florida police chief during a one-on-one meeting in the chief’s office, affirming citizens have a First Amendment right to record police.
  • The victorious battle in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals against Texas police departments led by Philip Turner aka The Battousai over the right to record a police station from across the street without identifying himself, affirming citizens have a First Amendment right to record police.
  • The victorious battle led by Miller against the Miami-Dade Metrorail over the right to record inside train stations where security guards spent years trying to deny that right.
  • The victorious battle against the Fort Lauderdale Police Department in South Florida over the right to photograph a Hollywood movie set from a public sidewalk led by Miller along with attorney Norm Kent, founder of South Florida Gay News, and the South Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, who all partnered to organize a photo protest, leading to the cops reversing their unconstitutional restrictions. Also in attendance was the late Al Crespowho ran Crespogram News, a Miami blog critical of the local government who passed away August 2022.
  • The victorious battle against the Boston Police Department who were threatening to arrest Miller and PINAC reporter Taylor Hardy on felonies because Hardy recorded a phone interview but our readers came through in 24 hours to raise money to retain a top-notch attorney in Boston who killed the charges without them having to fly to Boston from Miami to fight the false charges which is what the cops wanted.

PINAC’s defiant style of journalism made the cops even more defiant in denying our rights and it wasn’t long before the United States Department of Homeland Security placed PINAC on its watch list and began investigating its members.

But the cops soon realized they were fighting a losing battle as technology placed a video camera in the hands of every smartphone owner. Police eventually began using PINAC’s videos in their training sessions to learn how not to act when being recorded in public.

PINAC opened the eyes of many Americans with videos of shocking deaths at the hands of police, including Oscar Grant, Kelly Thomas, Philando Castile, Daniel Shaver, Alton Sterling, Eric Garner and George Floyd just to name a few.

The videos would anger the cops who many times threatened to sue PINAC but not a single lawsuit was ever filed because attorneys would never take their cases.

At its height of popularity, PINAC had a staff of a dozen writers and researchers and more than 100 volunteer correspondents in cities and towns throughout the United States. But it would all come crashing down.

Big Tech turned into Big Brother

Beginning in 2018, Big Tech began silently sanctioning PINAC’s reach on social media, allowing it to reach less than five percent of its total readership, squeezing it of ad revenue under the pretense of “social issues.”

The restrictions came mostly from Facebook where the bulk of our readers were but also YouTube and Twitter. Facebook did not even allow PINAC to promote its t-shirts.

Overnight, PINAC’s articles went from reaching more than a 100,000 readers a day to a daily average of less than 5,000 and never recovered, costing PINAC hundreds of thousands of potential ad dollars over the years and ultimately leading to its demise.

Another setback came in late 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic when the Maven, the company that had been hosting PINAC in a revenue-sharing agreement, cancelled its contract with PINAC after three years, leaving PINAC with no income while having to rebuild the site on WordPress under a new domain, all while being suffocated by the silent sanctions on social media.

PINAC was reduced to a skeleton crew of one person and tried to revive momentum by announcing plans to build a database of bad cops but with no income, no capital and its distribution reduced to less than five percent of its total readers, the plan never materialized.

Plans to do a podcast were shelved until PINAC could remedy the distribution issue because it was pointless to do it otherwise since most readers would not be allowed to listen to it. But that day never came.

The final blow came in 2022 when PINAC’s application for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan went ignored by the federal government for more than a year even though it fully qualified for the loan.

The loan would have given PINAC the capital to begin building the database of bad cops since it was impossible to raise money due to the social media restrictions. It appears the SBA purposely ignored PINAC due to the nature of the business.

PINAC spent its last two years on life support, a fragment of its former self, hoping for a helping hand while dying a slow death, eventually succumbing to the social media sanctions sparked by police complaints.

The golden age of the blogosphere

PINAC was born from the streets and jail cells of Miami on April 28, 2007 during the golden age of the blogosphere, a period where anybody with a passion for writing and a computer could launch a blog and reach the world based on the quality of their content instead of the algorithms determined by Big Tech.

The golden age produced blogs with a wide range of topics, including politics, food, history, photography and much more. PINAC was the First Amendment blog but it became controversial from the beginning because most Americans at the time considered it sacrilegious to photograph cops in public against their wishes.

Lasting roughly from 2003 to 2009, the golden age was a fluke in history, the only time where true freedom of the press existed for everybody.

It emerged after the consolidation of Big Media in the late 1990s that enabled a handful of news companies to control the information but before the consolidation of Big Tech in the early 2010s that enabled the handful of social media companies that now control the information

A blog like PINAC would probably never see the light of day if it was launched today.

The Patriot Act

It was also a period when the country was enamored with cops in the wake of 9/11 believing them to be keeping the public safe from terrorists. The 2001 Patriot Act which was welcomed by most Americans gave cops unprecedented authority to pry into our personal lives.

And it was a time when digital cameras became better and more affordable leading many Americans to turn to photography as a hobby.

That resulted in many clashes between photographers and cops who would tell them that photographing police, buildings, bridges and trains was illegal. And most photographers, unaware that photography was protected by the First Amendment, would apologize and comply.

Until that night on February 21, 2007 when Miller refused to comply and was beaten and arrested as a result. Miller launched the blog to proclaim his innocence but soon discovered his arrest for photography was hardly an isolated incident.

He began reporting on other arrests from across the country because the corporate media was mostly ignoring the stories. But the stories soon became impossible to ignore. And it soon became evident that the cop narrative of a “few bad apples” to explain police abuse was a lie.

Criticized at first for being too combative, PINAC ended up winning several awards, including from the National Press Photography Association as well as from the American Civil Liberties Union.

While most cops today know better than to claim recording them in public is illegal, police have resorted to other tactics to violate citizens’ First Amendment rights, including using social media companies to do the dirty work for them.

As the Intercept reported in October, the Department of Homeland Security has been working closely with Big Tech for several years to remove or restrict articles it refers to as “disinformation” which is information not approved by the government. It’s been happening to PINAC for years but now DHS plans to expand on the program, according to leaked documents obtained by the Intercept.

While there are many Constitutional concerns with this type of enforcement, most Americans do not appear very concerned that the government is deciding what they are allowed to read on the internet, just as most Americans were not very concerned about not being allowed to take photos of police in public in the years following 9/11.

So maybe somebody, perhaps the media, should step up for the fight.

PINAC is survived by its founder and owner, Carlos Miller, a traumatic brain injury survivor who plans to launch a podcast interviewing other TBI survivors in order to raise awareness over the issue. In lieu of flowers, donations are being requested to help during this tragic transition in life and to keep the site online for archival purposes or to simply show gratitude for the work PINAC has done over the years.

Is PINAC Worth Saving with so many Forces Working against it?


About two years ago, I published an article on PINAC announcing an ambitious project to create a database of bad cops but since then, there have been so many forces working against myself and PINAC that it will probably never happen.

And after more than 15 years of running PINAC, I am questioning whether it is even worth keeping the site active.

After all, for the past four years, there has been a concerted effort between the federal government and Big Tech to destroy PINAC by shadow banning our stories, killing our distribution, ensuring we do not make enough ad revenue to remain in operation.

And the past two years have been especially taxing because the Maven, the company that had been hosting PINAC on its platform, cancelled our contract, forcing me to have to move the site back to a WordPress site with a new domain, leaving PINAC with barely any income.

That led to me having to lay off our staff of writers and it also led to health complications for myself because I was left unable to buy the medication I need to treat an invisible injury that I have never disclosed publicly because it is very personal.

But I plan to discuss everything in a series of upcoming videos that I will post on the one YouTube channel that does not appear to be shadow banned.

Health Issues

The invisible injury is a traumatic brain injury I suffered as a child in a car accident that left me dependent on a wide spectrum of medications in order to function normally. Without my meds, I deal with depression, anxiety, insomnia, attention-deficit disorder and brain fog just to name a few symptoms.

One of the issues stemming from the injury is that my body does not produce enough adrenaline nor thyroid hormone so that along with the brain fog and ADD make it very difficult to keep PINAC updated on a regular basis because the stories we publish require a great deal concentration and focus to ensure accuracy and thoroughness.

SBA Fraud

When I applied for a small business loan from the stimulus money during the pandemic, the Biden Administration ignored my application for more than a year even though I fully qualified. And I have reason to believe it was because my small business happens to be a news site that criticizes cops and I will explain why in the upcoming videos.

There was also tons of fraud with that SBA money, especially in Miami where I live where people who do not even own businesses were receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars because they went through certain people who knew how to game the system. I will discuss all in the upcoming videos.

The bottom line is that I am not allowed to participate in the free market in this country because I am not allowed to reach those readers who have chosen to follow PINAC on social media, many who began following PINAC after I paid Facebook to promote the page.

And I am also not allowed to benefit from the selective socialism in this country even though hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not millions, were dished out to be people who did not even own businesses. Not to mention the billions that Biden spent from the stimulus money to pander to the cops.

All because I write about the cops. So much for freedom of speech.

So I am left wondering if it’s even worth keeping the site active anymore. Especially at a time when countess news sites are reporting on police abuse which was not the case back when PINAC first started.

Perhaps PINAC has served its purpose and it’s now time to shut it down. I would prefer to keep the site up even if I don’t update it because there are 15 years of archival content but even that can be costly with hosting fees and other costs associated with keeping the site up.

Donations Would Help

A steady stream of donations would help me buy my medicine and make me more productive and perhaps even bring back the writers but I would like to offer my video editing skills to attorneys who represent police abuse victims.

The idea would be to edit body and dash cam videos of clients getting abused into a short video that includes captions and statements from the attorney to send to the media because many times, police release several long videos from a single case and the media does not have the time to watch it all so the stories go ignored.

If I can build a client base of attorneys from around the country that provide me regular work, then I would be able to maintain PINAC because donations have always been spotty.

A couple of months ago, the Intercept published an investigative article with leaked documents showing how Facebook created a portal for law enforcement, allowing cops to tell Facebook which articles need to censored.

It’s been happening to PINAC for four years but the article says it will be happening to more sites in order to prevent the spread of “disinformation” which is information the government does approve of.

PINAC which has never been accused of publishing fake news has been rated as having “high credibility” by a fact-checking website. 

Instead, Facebook uses the excuse that we are reporting on “social issues” to justify restricting our reach but news sites should be reporting on social issues. However, in this case, social issues means police abuse so the government uses Facebook to censor our stories.

There is so much more to say but I will save it for the videos I plan to publish. I’m hoping to publish the first one before the end of the year but my health has not been well lately so I cannot guarantee anything.

But the videos will answer the question I’ve been asked many times over the last four years. What happened to PINAC?

I will explain everything in great detail because I have a lot to get off my chest but I address the shadow banning in the spoken word poem posted below.

I also want to hear from the readers. Is PINAC worth saving?

If so, please make a donation.



Colorado Cops Charged for Leaving Handcuffed Woman in Patrol Car before it was Struck by Train


Two Colorado cops were charged this week for their role in the incident that left a woman critically injured after she was placed in the back of a patrol car with handcuffs which was then struck by a freight train.

Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, 20, suffered multiple broken bones but survived.

Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke – who placed her in the back of the patrol car – was charged with two felonies, including criminal attempt to commit manslaughter and second degree assault, according to a press release from the Weld County District Attorney’s Office.

And Platteville Police Sergeant Pablo Vazquez – who parked the car on the tracks – was charged with several misdemeanors, including five counts of reckless endangerment and one count of obstructing highway or other passageway as well as a pair of traffic citations, including careless driving and parking where prohibited.

Vazquez was hired despite being labeled by colleagues at a previous job as an “incompetent” cop with a “dangerous lack of radio awareness,” according to CBS Colorado.

Rios-Gonzalez was charged with one felony count of menacing for allegedly pulling a gun on another driver in a road rage incident.

The incident took place on September 16 after police received a 911 call from a man claiming a woman in a pickup truck had pulled a gun on him.

Vazquez spotted Rios-Gonzalez in the truck and pulled her over. He said she did not immediately pull over but eventually did after crossing a set of railroad tracks.

Vazquez pulled up behind her, leaving his patrol car parked on the tracks. He then stepped out and ordered her out at gunpoint.

Steinke then pulled up behind his patrol car and stepped out with her gun drawn. She then handcuffed Rios-Gonzalez while Vazquez began searching her truck for the alleged gun.

Meanwhile, the freight train came barreling down the tracks, blowing its horn but body camera footage shows the cops did not immediately react at first.

It was only until moments before the train struck the car that the cops seemed to remember the handcuffed woman in the back seat.

The three suspects each received a summons with a court date and were not arrested, according to the district attorney’s office.

Watch the videos below.

WATCH: Colorado Cop who Parked on Tracks Blames Female Cop for Placing Handcuffed Woman in his Patrol Car before it was Struck by Train

Pennsylvania Cop Accused of Killing Good Samaritan Rendering Aid to Shooting Victim

A 48-year-old good samaritan was killed after he was shoved by a cop in a Pennsylvania Walmart parking lot Sunday evening.

But police have yet to release details, including the name of the officer. So far, all we know is that the cop was from the Center Township Police Department, according to CBS Pittsburgh.

Witnesses say Kenneth Vineyard rushed to render aid to a shooting victim moments after he had been shot but a plainclothes cop at the scene ordered Vineyard to step away from the victim.

Vineyard tried to explain to the cop that he was only trying to help but the cop shoved him backwards, causing him to fall and strike his head on the pavement, according to Joel Sansone, the attorney representing Vineyard’s family. He died later that night at a local hospital.

The incident took place around 6:30 p.m. in Monaca, Pennsylvania after an argument broke out between two men in the parking lot.

Center Township police say they responded to a 911 call and found Rashaum Smith, 20, laying on the ground after having been shot by Yeshua Bratcher.

On the night of the shooting, police told local media they had arrested Bratcher after a foot pursuit. They also said the victim was transported to a hospital in a helicopter.

But they made no mention that one of their officers shoved and killed a good samaritan.

It was only after Sansone called a press conference Monday that the media learned of Vineyard’s death.

Sansone there were many witnesses and there may even be existing video of the cop shoving Vineyard but nothing has surfaced yet.

The attorney said Vineyard stepped away from the shooting victim once paramedics arrived but the cop apparently wanted him to move away quicker.

“The unidentified man insisted Mr. Vineyard step away and violently pushed Mr. Vineyard to the ground where he struck his head on the pavement,” Sansone told reporters. ”

“I’ve come to learn that the unidentified individual who violently pushed Mr. Vineyard is a police officer employed by the Center Township Police Department.”

“This appears to be another instance of senseless police violence,” Sansone said.

Vineyard’s family have launched a Go Fund Me fundraiser.

An Open Letter to Elon Musk: Please Return the Twitter Account that was Stolen from me by an Occupy Democrats Editor


Dear Elon,

I know this is a long shot but I am hoping you can return the Twitter account, @pinacnews, to its rightful owner which is me.

The account was stolen from me five years ago by a former friend, Grant Stern, who was angry that I was not allowing him to steal my police accountability news site, PINAC News. I wrote in detail about the situation on my FB page which you can read here.

When I emailed Twitter about it in 2017, they refused to return it without providing a valid reason.

Twitter first claimed they could not return it because I had emailed them from carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com and I needed to email them using an address showing I owned the pinacnews.com domain so I did just that.

But then they said they couldn’t return it because the @pinacnews email I was using differed from the email I used to create the account in 2008 which was carlosmiller@magiccitymedia.com.

However, it should not take more than a few minutes of research on Twitter’s end to learn the @pinacnews Twitter account used to be @carlosmiller before I changed the name in 2014 to more accurately reflect the articles I was sharing on the account.

I then launched this account which has never been able to grow to more than a thousand followers so for all I know, I am being shadow banned by Twitter because I am critical of the police. Facebook and YouTube have shadow banned me for years even though my articles are accurate.

I also own the trademark to the words PINAC News which you can read here.

Grant Stern is a blue-check democrat and an editor at Occupy Democrats, part of the entourage launching Tribel, a social media platform they are promoting as a “safe space” from Twitter.

Odds are, you will never see this tweet because hardly anybody sees my tweets anymore but if you do, I would greatly appreciate it if you return my Twitter account.





WATCH: New York Cop Charged with Felonies after Assaulting Man trying to File Complaint against him


A New York cop who was already collecting a pension when he was caught on camera last year assaulting a man for attempting to file a complaint against him has been indicted on felony charges.

Brewster police officer Fernando Quinones is facing up to four years in prison after a grand jury indicted him earlier this month on several felony charges related to the alleged coverup of the incident, according to The Journal News.

Quinones was not charged for the actual assault in which he grabbed the man by the neck after confronting him in the parking lot of the Brewster Police Department. The 58-year-old cop has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Quinones retired from the Yonkers Police Department in 2012 after a 23-year career and is now collecting a $114,00-a-year pension, according to The Journal News. He was hired by Brewster police in 2016 as a part-time cop.

The incident took place on October 28, 2021 after Quinones pulled over Alexander King and issued him a ticket for speaking on his phone while driving. At one point during their interaction, Quinones threatened to “bash” his face, according to King.

King then drove to the police station to file a complaint when Quinones confronted him in the parking lot.

“I’d watch what you do, I’m going in to see your supervisor,” King warned the cop, according to the short video he recorded which is posted below.

“Are you?” the cop responded.

“Yeah, Yeah I am,” King said.

“Go ahead. Go ahead. Because if you ….”

“I’m going in because you said you were going to bash my face,” King said.

Quinones responded by grabbing him by the neck and forcing him to the ground. The video then ends.

Quinones later claimed that he was in fear for his safety because King approached him with clenched fists, the Journal News reported. He also claimed that he had grabbed King by the shirt, not the neck.

Brewster Police Chief John Del Gardo told local media that it appeared Quinones grabbed King by the shoulder, not the neck, and did not discipline him. New York State Police also found no wrongdoing after investigating the incident.

Putman County District Attorney Robert Tendy brought the case before a grand jury who indicted on three felony counts each of first-degree falsifying business records, offering a false instrument and  making an apparently false statement as well as one count of misdemeanor official misconduct.

King had been charged with attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct but those charges were dismissed last month which was when King filed a lawsuit against Quinones and the Village of Brewster.

Brewster Mayor James Schoenig told local media the traffic stop that led to the confrontation was captured on body camera video and shows King refusing to comply with police commands but the village has refused to release the video to local media.

The mayor and police chief also said Quinones did not have his body camera turned on when he arrested King in the parking lot of the police department.

Quinones who was released from jail with no bond is due back in court on November 22. He is the second Brewster cop to be arrested this year.

In April, Brewster police officer Wayne Peiffer pleaded guilty in federal court for accepting sexual favors in exchange for protecting a sex ring that brought teenage prostitutes into Brewster. The prostitutes had been smuggled into the country from Mexico, according to the New York Post.




Texas Cop Charged with Felonies for Shooting Teen in McDonald’s Parking Lot after Confusing him for someone else


The Texas cop who shot a teenager in a McDonald’s parking lot after confusing him for somebody else was arrested on two counts of aggravated assault by a public servant Tuesday.

And those charges may be upgraded to murder if the teenager dies.

James Brennand, 25, was only seven months on the job as a San Antonio police officer when he approached the car,, opened its door and ordered the driver to get out on October 2, believing it was the same car and driver that had evaded him the night before.

Erik Cantu, the 17-year-old boy sitting in the driver’s side, appeared startled and asked why he was being ordered to step out. He then placed the car in reverse and began backing out of the parking lot.

Brennand responded by shooting ten times as the car drove out of the parking lot. He then claimed he was in fear for his life because he was struck by Cantu’s car.

But body camera footage shows his life was never in danger which is why the rookie cop was fired and arrested.

San Antonio Police Chief William McManus stated the following to CNN:

“We have a policy that prohibits officers from shooting at vehicles, moving vehicles, except if their life is in immediate – their life or someone else’s life – is in immediate danger. When I saw it, the location of the bullet holes, I had an issue with it right away. You can tell by looking at the vehicles, which way the vehicle is moving when the shots are fired, and this vehicle, it was very telling to me, that this vehicle was moving away from the officer, and moving parallel with the officer, so it was pretty clear to me at that point that we were going to have an issue.”

Cantu, meanwhile, remains on life support at a local hospital with hospitalized with bullet wounds to several organs, including his lungs, according to Brian Powers, an attorney for Cantu’s family, who issued the following statement to the media.

“Erik is still in critical condition and is being monitored closely. Surgeries were performed to repair injures to a few major organs as a result of the penetration of multiple bullets. Erik is currently on a life support system that is keeping his lungs operating and remains on a vast amount of sedatives to hopefully ease the discomfort and pain. 

He has a great medical staff that has been working diligently around the clock to provide him great care. Erik is struggling and we know that recovery will not be easy for him. Every moment is critical and the uncertainly is quite painful. We ask that everyone please keep Erik in your thoughts and prayers.”

The teen was initially charged with assault on a peace officer and evading detention but those charges have been dismissed by the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office. Cantu’s friend, a 17-year-old sitting in the passenger seat, was not struck by bullets.

Watch the video below.

WATCH: Colorado Cop who Parked on Tracks Blames Female Cop for Placing Handcuffed Woman in his Patrol Car before it was Struck by Train

The Colorado cop who parked his patrol car on a set of railroad tracks before a train collided into it with a handcuffed woman in the backseat tried to shift blame for the mishap on the female cop who showed up to the scene after him.

“I didn’t think the Lupton officer was going to put her in my car, I just didn’t,” Platteville Police Sergeant Pablo Vazquez explained to another officer in the moments after the collision.

“And she did. She put her in my car.”

A freight train then struck the patrol car minutes later as the two cops were searching the woman’s truck for an alleged gun.

The incident took place on September 16 after police received a 911 call from a man accusing a woman in a truck of pulling a gun on him during a road rage incident. The woman, Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, survived the incident and plans on suing.

Vazquez said he pulled Rios-Gonzalez over because the truck matched the description of the truck described in the 911 call.

He said the 20-year-old woman did not pull over at first but then came to a stop after crossing a set of railroad tracks. He came to a stop behind her directly on the tracks.

“I thought I had cleared the tracks,” Vazquez told the investigating officer.

He said Fort Lupton police officer Jordan Steinke then pulled up and handcuffed Rios-Gonzalez.

According to attorney Paul Wilkison, who is representing Rios-Gonzalez, his client screamed for help as the train approached and tried to escape but was unable to do so.

“You can hear the train horn,” he told CPR News. “The train has lights. Her hands were behind her back and she frantically tried to escape the vehicle, but the doors were locked, and it’s kind of a cage.

“She had thought about trying to get through to the front and get out that way, but she could not exit the vehicle. She saw everything coming.”

Rios-Gonzalez, who works as a TSA agent, was knocked unconscious and awoke several hours later in a hospital. She suffered nine broken ribs, a broken arm and a fractured sternum. She has been released from the hospital.

Police say she was lucky to have been placed on the driver side of the patrol car instead of the passenger side where the train struck.

Police say they later found a gun in her truck but charges have not been filed against her for the road rage allegation. However, charges may end up being filed against the two cops.


WATCH: Texas Cop Shoots Teen in Car Falsely Claiming he had Evaded him the Night before

A Texas cop was convinced that a car he spotted in a McDonald’s parking lot Sunday evening was the same car that had evaded him during a pursuit the night before.

San Antonio police officer James Brennand walked up to the car, opened the door and ordered the teenager in the driver’s seat to “get out of the car.”

Eric Cantu, 17, who was sitting in the driver’s seat eating a hamburger appeared startled and asked, “why?”.

Cantu then put the car in reverse as the cop tried to grab hold of him to pull him out the car.

The cop fired ten shots at the car as it pulled out of the parking lot. Cantu was struck several times but his 17-year-old female passenger was not struck. Police found the pair a block away and Cantu was transported to a hospital.

Brennand claimed the teen struck him which was why he fired.

Although it turned out that neither Cantu or his car had anything to do with the prior police pursuit, the teen was still charged with assault on a peace officer and evading detention.

Brennand, a rookie cop with only seven months on the job, was terminated because he still on his one-year probation period.

“Officers are prohibited from shooting at moving vehicles unless it’s in defense of life, and that particular case that evening was not in defense of life,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus told KENS 5.

“There’s nothing that I can say that could defend what he did, his actions that night.”

Watch the video below.

UPDATE: The cop has been arrested.

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Former Texas Deputy Fired for Beating Inmate just Fired from New Job as Costumed Pig in Theme Park for Body Slamming Teen

A former sheriff’s deputy in Texas who lost his job for abusing an inmate was fired from his new job as a costumed pig at a theme park for abusing a 14-year-old boy.

Brandon Doege was arrested Sunday on felony charges following the incident at SeaWorld in San Antonio which led to his termination from the theme park.

Doege, 29, had been employed as a “scare character” at SeaWorld and claims the teen made “disrespectful comments” to him as he was working, resulting in him breaking character and body slamming the boy, according to the San Antonio Express-News.

Doege is also accused of punching a 53-year-old male relative of the boy who confronted him following the body slam.

In 2019, he was fired from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for striking an inmate in the county jail, then deactivating another deputy’s body camera before the incident was over.

He also failed to turn on his own body camera, claiming the incident with the inmate happened so quickly, he did not have the time to turn it on. He also claimed the camera was “shattered” during the clash.

But other deputies who witnessed the beating said he had plenty of time to turn it on and investigators determined the camera had not been shattered.

That incident led to him having to forfeit his Texas peace officer’s license and he was also ordered to perform 50 hours of community service.

He was also placed on two years of probation on December 2, 2021 which will likely complicate his latest arrest in which he was charged with felony injury to a child with the intent to cause bodily injury.

One year before he was fired, he was involved in another incident where he shot an unarmed woman in her 50s named Inessa Batyukova after coming across her as she was parked in a median with her hazards lights flashing.

Doege claimed he shot her because she was acting erratically and would not show him her hands. Batyukova claimed he held her at gunpoint after shooting her rather than render aid. She filed a lawsuit which was dismissed on qualified immunity.

“I wish him to be in jail for the rest of his life, ” she told KENS 5 in 2018.

He is facing up to ten years in prison if convicted on the felony injury to a child charge.

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WATCH: Texas Cop Acquitted in Shooting Death of Jonathan Price who was Unarmed


Kansas Cops Refuse to Release Bodycam Footage of Shooting Death, Claiming it would be an “Invasion of Personal Privacy” for Cops

Topeka police shot and killed Christopher Kelley in June as he was suffering a mental crisis, claiming the 38-year-old Marine veteran came charging towards them with a knife.

Last month, Shawnee County District Attorney Mike Kagay cleared the cops of all wrongdoing on the basis that Kelley came charging towards them with a knife after almost an hour of using the knife to cut himself, according to the Topeka Capital-Journal.

But today, more than three months after the shooting, the Topeka Police Department is refusing to release the body camera footage from the incident as well as the names of the officers involved in Kelley’s death.

David Huckabee, a Topeka city attorney and “police legal advisor,” told the Capital-Journal that releasing the videos would constitute an “unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” for the officers involved.

Huckabee also cited other arguments that have no legal merit, according to attorney Max Kautsch, who is also president of the Kansas Coalition for Open Government.

“The credibility of the entire local law enforcement apparatus is at stake until it releases the video,” he told the Capital-Journal.

The incident took place on June 24 after police responded to a call of a man with a knife trespassing on BNSF Railway property, which is the freight train company operating out of Topeka.

Kelley had reportedly threatened a BNSF employee with the knife, then used the knife to cut himself before the cops arrived, Kagay told local media.

The cops set up a perimeter and tried negotiating with Kelley for about an hour. They also shot him with non-lethal bean bag rounds but claim he continued to use the knife to cut himself.

Then they claim he came charging at them with the knife over his head which was when they shot and killed him.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation before sending its findings to the district attorney’s office. On September 23, Kagay announced that no charges will be filed against the cops based on the evidence.

But nearly two weeks later, the city has refused to make this evidence public.

The Capital-Journal filed a public records request for the footage the same day the cops were cleared but were denied for the following reasons:

  • The videos are “personnel records” – Huckabee, the police legal advisor, cited a section in the Kansas Open Records Act that enables government agencies to “deny the release of any materials considered as personnel records, performance ratings or individually identifiable records pertaining to employees or applicants for employment.” But Kautsch, president of the Kansas Coalition for Open Government, said that section applies to personal information like home addresses and social security numbers, not body camera footage.
  • The videos are “criminal investigation records” – The state open records act states that criminal investigation records may be kept confidential but it also states that these records may be released if they are in the public interest.
  • The videos are not “in the public’s interest” – Huckabee claims the videos are not in the public’s interest but Kautsch argues they are very much in the public interest because it would allow the public to see for themselves what took place that day rather than take the city for its word.
  • The videos would “interfere with prospective law enforcement action” – Kautsch said this also lacks merit because the case is already closed.
  • The videos have a “potential to endanger or physical safety of a person” – Kautsch said if the city was so concerned about the safety of the officers, then it could blur their faces which is acceptable under state law.
  • The videos would “constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy” – Kautsch argues that not only can the city blur the faces of the cops but that  under the state public records law, any concerns about personal privacy are outweighed by the public’s interest.

The Capital-Journal does not mention how it plans to proceed but the fact they are reporting on the issue indicates it is unlikely to back down in its quest to obtain the videos.

According to the obituary, Kelley was born in Topeka on September 11, 1983, then joined the United States Marine Corps in 2002 after graduating from high school where he served in Iraq, Japan and Okinawa. In 2007, after having left the Marine Corps, he enlisted with the U.S. Army. He was buried with full military honors.

Kelley’s family is circulating a petition calling for more oversight of the Topeka Police Department.


WATCH: Texas Cop Acquitted in Shooting Death of Jonathan Price who was Unarmed

Jonathan Price had just broken up a fight between a man and a woman at a convenience store in Texas when a cop pulled up to investigate the fight, according to witnesses.

Price, 31, approached the cop with his hand extended as if to shake hands but the cop told him to turn around to be handcuffed.

Price told him he was not going to be handcuffed and began walking away. Wolfe City police officer Shaun Lucas then tasered him, ordering him to get on the ground.

The 22-year-old rookie cop then shot him to death after Price grabbed hold of the taser wires sticking out of his body while reeling from having been tasered.

The cop claimed he feared for his life because Price was trying to take his taser. But friends of Price who witnessed the shooting said he was merely trying to maintain his balance after being jolted by the taser.

The incident took place on October 3, 2020 and Lucas was arrested on murder charges within two days and fired a short time after that.

But last month, after almost two years behind bars, an all-White jury acquitted the former cop, even after watching the bodycam video showing Price was never a threat to the cop.

The video also shows that Lucas was not even sure if Price was involved in the fight before he pulled out his weapons and started barking orders, turning to a bystander and asking “is he the one?”

And it shows that Price appeared to be the only Black person in a crowd of White and Hispanic males standing in front of the store when he pulled up, the only person he insisted on handcuffing before he could start gathering facts.

The body camera video which was released to the public after the verdict shows Price appeared to be wanting to tell the cop his side of the story. But Lucas did not want to hear anything from Price until he was handcuffed and detained.

Now attorney Lee Merritt who represented Price’s family said he will ask the United States Department of Justice to file criminal charges against Lucas.

“The jury’s verdict goes against the weight of the evidence and leaves black Texans exposed to state sanctioned violence,” he tweeted. “We are appealing to the Department of Justice to intervene and bring federal criminal charges.”

Lucas’ attorneys testified their client acted in self-defense and had no other choice to shoot “because he was terrified.”

Prior to his death, Price was well-known in Wolfe City for his friendly demeanor, a town of about 1,500 people about an hour northeast of Dallas. He had played football in high school and college and was working for the city’s public works department.

In June 2020, five months before he was killed, during the height of the George Floyd protests, Price published a Facebook post expressing his support for police.

“There were times i should have been detained for speeding, outstanding citations, out dated registration, dozing off at a red light before making it to my garage downtown Dallas after a lonnng night out. i’ve passed a sobriety test after leaving a bar in Wylie, Texas by 2 white cops and still let me drive to where I was headed, and by the way they consider Wylie, Texas to be VERY racist.

I’ve never got that kind of ENERGY from the po-po

Not saying black lives don’t matter, but don’t forget about your own, or your experiences through growth / “waking up”.

It was Price’s trust of police that prompted him to walk up to the cop with his hand extended rather than flee the scene following the fight as the others did, according to Merritt.

But it quickly became apparent that Lucas – who became a Wolfe City police officer in April 2020 – viewed him in a threatening manner from the moment he met him.

The Shooting

Lucas said he attempted to detain Price because he appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

And it is true that Price had been drinking that night along with two friends he had grown up with; a pair of brothers whose father had passed away. The three men had attended the father’s funeral that night, then had some drinks and then went to the store to buy cigarettes.

One of the brothers, Nicholas Malone, testified that he was inside the store when he heard the sound of glass breaking, then turned to see a man grabbing Price in a bearhug.

He said he and his brother then tried to pull them apart as the scuffle continued for a few seconds. But the man and the woman with him fled in a red Mustang.

Lucas arrived on the scene afterwards and was approached by Price.

“What’s going on brother? You good?” Price asked.

Lucas replied by telling Price, “Back up, stand right there, you understand me?”

Price then asked again if Lucas was “good” and said, “I hope you have a good night tonight.”

And then he said, “I’m sorry about the broken glass right here.”

“You did this?” the cop asked.

“I didn’t do this but he tried to wrap me up and shit,” Price responded.

“Well, go ahead and turn around right now,” the cop said.

“I’m not going to turn around,” Price responded before walking away.

“Is this the guy?” Lucas asked a bystander but that questioned went unanswered.

“I can’t be detained right now,” Price said.

“You’re going to be detained,” the cop said.

But Price kept walking away, telling him he was not going to be detained.

Lucas pulled out his taser and repeatedly ordered him to place his hands behind his back but Price kept walking away.

Lucas fired the taser, causing Price to stumble.

“Hey, that was uncalled for, bro,” a witness can be heard saying.

“Get on the ground! Get on the ground!” Lucas began yelling at Price.

Price, who is stumbling from the shock, then grabbed on to the taser wires protruding from his body which is when Lucas fires four times, striking Price in the torso.

The Investigation

Wolfe City Police Sergeant Jarred Hayes, who was on the scene, testified that, “Price smelled like alcohol, but was not aggressive to anyone,” according to WFAA.

An investigation by the Texas Rangers quickly led to charges against Lucas.

“The preliminary investigation indicates that the actions of Officer Lucas were not objectionably reasonable,” the Texas Rangers said at the time.

He was then fired by the Wolfe City Police Department who released a statement saying he was “terminated for his egregious violation of the city’s and police department’s policy.”

But things started going his way during the seven-day trial where cameras where not allowed, resulting in his acquittal. Footage from a surveillance video which captured the fight was shown in court but not released to the public.

Robert L. Rogers, one of Lucas’ attorney, issued the following statement after the body camera footage was released:

“The bodyworn camera footage shows Shaun give 20 loud, clear commands while exhausting all reasonable force options to gain compliance. Tragically, when Mr. Price grabbed his Taser, Shaun had no other options. The jury reviewed and analyzed this same video when they acquitted Shaun.”

But Merritt, the attorney representing Price’s estate, believes racial bias led to the acquittal.

“We want to know if there were Black jurors who were present for voir dire, who was struck, and if they were struck for cause or they were struck for some other reason or if they were targeted. We want to know if enough Black residents were invited to participate in the jury selection process.”

Last month before the trial, Price’s mother, Marcella Louis, filed a civil lawsuit against Lucas and the Wolfe City Police Department which you can read here.

Watch the edited video below or the full video here.

California Deputy who Killed Couple is one of Dozens of Deputies who Failed Psychology Evaluation


Devin Williams Jr., a 24-year-old Alameda County sheriff’s deputy, had an “immaculate” record, according to his superiors, despite having failed the psychological evaluation to determine whether he had met the standards to become a California law enforcement officer in the first place.

That is, until earlier this month, when he allegedly broke into the two-story home of his lover late one night and used his service weapon to kill the woman and her husband in an execution-style murder that shocked family and neighbors.

Now Williams is sitting in the Santa Rita Jail on double murder charges, the same jail where he worked as a detention officer before clocking out and driving to the home of Benison and Maria Tran where the couple’s 14-year-old son said he witnessed the murders that took place just after midnight on September 7.

Alameda County Sheriff Sheriff Gregory Ahern is claiming that he was under the impression that job candidates who receive a score of “D. Not Suited” were suited for employment as a law enforcement officer under state law.

But that is a failing score, according to standards set by the Commission of Peace Officer Standards and Training, the state law enforcement certification agency that defines a passing score as “Suitable.”

Ahern has since acknowledged that an additional 47 Alameda sheriff’s deputies hired since 2016 have also failed the psychological evaluation, who like Williams, received a failing score of “D. Not Suited.”

Ahern, who has been sheriff since 2007, sent a letter to these deputies, stripping them of their guns and arresting powers until he is able to schedule another evaluation with a different doctor who will hopefully give them a passing score.

The deputies will work desk duty, continuing receiving pay and benefits until then. They represent about five percent of the sworn law enforcement within the department.

According to the letter dated September 23:

“The sheriff’s office has been operating under information provided a number of years ago from POST that we can hire can hire candidates who receive a ‘D. Not Suited’ evaluation. Unfortunately, this is not the case.

A great deal of research, and current advice from both POST and County Counsel has confirmed that any candidate who is evaluated as ‘D. Not Suited’ cannot serve as a peace officer in the state of California.

However, 11 CCR 1955(g)(1) provides that a candidate who receives a ‘Not Suited’ Psychological Evaluation has the right to obtain a second opinion and, in the event the second opinion is “Suitable,” then the hiring authority, the Sheriff, can choose to hire the candidate based upon the ‘Suitable’ finding.

Alameda County Public Defender Brendon Woods said the “revelation could compromise hundreds of cases — closed and pending,” according to a statement she provided to local media.

“If these deputies were not fit for duty, then how can we trust them to investigate our clients and testify against them in court? How can we trust them to treat people properly at the jail?”

A sheriff’s spokesperson said most of the deputies in question were hired between 2019 and 2022, a period when law enforcement agencies in the Bay Area struggled to recruit new officers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Williams, in fact, was hired in September 2021 and was still on probation when he turned himself in about ten hours later.

Prior to that, he worked for the Stockton Police Department from January 2020 to January 2021 but did not pass the one-year probationary period, according to Alameda County Sheriff’s Sergeant Ray Kelly.

At some point, he met Maria Tran, a 42-year-old nurse at John George Psychiatric Hospital in San Leandro, but it is not clear at this time if he was a patient at the hospital.

The two carried on an extramarital affair since January, according to Williams’ mother, Anitra Williams, who told KTVU her son was “blinded by love.”

His mother said Maria Tran had presented herself to her son as a 35-year-old recently divorced single mother.

Williams, along with 30 of the 47 deputies who also failed the psychology evaluation, worked mostly in the Santa Rita Jail which has seen 59 in-custody deaths since 2014, KTVU reported.He remains locked up in the same jail with no bond.


WATCH: Colorado Cops Release Video Showing Train Strike Patrol Car with Handcuffed Woman inside


Colorado police released video Friday showing a freight train strike a patrol car with a handcuffed woman inside during a traffic stop earlier this month.

Yareli Rios-Gonzalez, 20, survived the crash but suffered multiple broken ribs and a fractured sternum, according to Colorado Public Radio.

The incident took place September 16 after a Platteville police officer pulled her over in a truck in response to a 911 call from another driver who said the woman in the truck pulled out a gun during a road rage incident.

The video shows she stopped her truck just after crossing a set of railroad trucks and the cop stopped his patrol car directly on the tracks behind her as he ordered her out at gunpoint.

A Fort Lupton police officer pulls up behind the Platteville patrol car and joins her colleague in holding the woman at gunpoint. She then frisks, handcuffs and places Rios-Gonzalez in the back of Vazquez’s patrol car before joining other cops in searching the truck for a gun.

At no point, did any of the cops express any safety concerns over the patrol car parked directly on the tracks. Even when the sound of the train got louder as it got closer, it still was not registering with the cops until it was too late.

“Oh my god! Oh my god! Oh my god!” cries the Fort Lupton cop moments before the train strikes the patrol car.

The patrol car was left destroyed more than a hundred feet away.

The cops continued with their search after the collision and said they found a gun inside her truck along with a single bullet and holster.

The name of the Platteville police officer has not been released but the Fort Lupton cop refers to him as “Vazquez” so he is likely Sergeant Pablo Vazquez, according to their staff page.

Vazquez made $67,000 last year, according to GovSalaries.com. He has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Watch the shortened video below or the full video released by Fort Lupton police.

WATCH: Chicago Cops Charged with Felonies after Video Contradicts their Lies in Shooting of Unarmed Man


Chicago police initially claimed they opened fire on a group of men standing on a sidewalk after one of the men started shooting at them first, making them fear for their lives.

But that story fell apart after prosecutors viewed a surveillance video contradicting their claims, showing the two plainclothes cops shooting an unarmed 23-year-old man from their unmarked car.

Now Christopher Liakopoulos, a sergeant, and Ruben Reynoso are facing 30 years in prison after they were charged with several felonies last week, including aggravated battery with a firearm, aggravated discharge of a firearm and official misconduct, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The man they shot, Miguel Medina, 23, was holding a bottle of wine and a phone in his right hand when he was shot. He survived the shooting.

Another male involved in the incident was a 17-year-old boy who took off running after the cops started shooting and who began firing his own gun at the cops, prompting them to return fire, but he was not struck by gunfire.

However, a 35-year-old man who was not involved in the incident was grazed by a bullet in the crossfire.

Before they were charged with felonies, the cops wanted to charge the 17-year-old with attempted murder. But judging from the video, the teen may not have known they were cops.

The incident took place on July 22 as the two cops were in an unmarked car driving to the Chicago Police Academy.

The video shows they sped past the location of the shooting before placing the car in reverse and returning to the stop by driving backwards. The car then stops in the street, forcing approaching traffic to have to drive around them.

Seconds later, the victim walks into the lower left video frame with the teenager walking behind him. The two males stop on the sidewalk and have a short conversation as the unmarked cop car drives a few more feet in reverse in their direction.

The two males continue walking as the cop car continues moving in reverse before coming to a stop directly across from them.

Moments later, Reynoso is sticking his gun out the window from the passenger seat and shooting. Liakopoulos who was driving was also firing his gun by reaching across Reynoso, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The video shows the teenager run away as soon as he saw the guns pointed at them. He also appears to have removed his gun from a satchel he was wearing across his body because the video shows it in his hand as he is running away when the gun was not previously visible in his hand.

As the teen ran off, Medina lifted his empty left hand to show them he was not armed while holding his right arm to his side, the phone and wine bottle clearly visible.

The cops initially claimed they spotted four people loitering in front of a store and they stopped to investigate, identifying themselves as police when one of them pulled a gun and opened fire, prompting the officers to return fire.

The initial surveillance video contained no audio but investigators from the Chicago Civilian Office of Police Accountability obtained other surveillance videos that contained audio but were not pointed in the direction of the incident.

We’ve combined the audio to the video which captures the gunshots but did not record any significant words between the cops and the victims prior to the shooting. Watch the video below.


Colorado Woman Hospitalized after Cops Place her in Patrol Car which is then Struck by Freight Train


Colorado cops pulled a 20-year-old woman over Friday and placed her in the back of a patrol car before a freight train slammed into the car, leaving the woman hospitalized with serious injuries.

The woman, Yareni Rios-Gonzalez, was suspected of threatening another driver with a gun when a Platteville police officer pulled her over, according to the Associated Press.

She stopped her truck just beyond a set of railroad tracks and the cop parked behind her on the tracks before stepping out and walking up to her truck. She was then placed in the backseat of the patrol car as the Platteville cop and two Fort Lupton police officers searched her truck.

That was when a freight train barreling down the tracks, slamming into the patrol car that had been left on the tracks.

Police have not said whether they even found a gun inside her truck.

Platteville Police Chief Carl Dwyer told local media that the cop whose car was struck has been placed on administrative leave but did not release his name or any other details.

The alleged road rage incident took place in Fort Lupton moments earlier after someone called 911, claiming a woman had been tailgating their vehicle and pulled out a gun, according to 9 News.

Fort Lupton police officers and Weld County sheriff’s deputies began searching for the truck when it was spotted by the Platteville police officer who pulled it over.

Not much information has been released on the incident despite multiple law enforcement agencies being involved in the investigation, including the Fort Lupton Police Department  investigating the road rage report, the Colorado State Patrol investigating the crash and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation investigating the woman’s injury while she was in police custody.

Rios-Gonzalez, a married mother of one, is expected to survive.

WATCH: Colorado Cops Release Video Showing Train Strike Patrol Car with Handcuffed Woman inside


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WATCH: Colorado Man is Killed by Deputies after Calling them for Help


Christian Glass sounded very paranoid when he called a 911 dispatcher in June, asking her to send sheriff’s deputies to help him after he ran his car off the road.

The 22-year-old man told the Clear Creek County sheriff’s dispatcher that people were after him as well as skin-walkers, which are evil witches in Navajo culture.

When the dispatcher asked if he had any weapons, he told her he had a couple of knives, a hammer and a mallet, geology tools he was using to collect rocks which was his hobby. But he assured her he would throw the items out the window to ease the fears of deputies.

“I will throw them out the window as soon as officers get here,” he told the dispatcher. “I’m not dangerous. I will keep my hands completely visible. I understand this is a dodgy situation.”

But when he made the same offer to Clear Creek sheriff’s deputy Andrew Buen, who was one of the initial respondents, the deputy told him not to do that, apparently fearing for his life.

That same deputy would end up shooting him to death about an hour later when Glass lifted the knife from the driver’s seat and pointed it towards another deputy who was standing outside his front car door.

Buen claimed he was trying to protect the other deputy from being stabbed but that deputy did not appear to be afraid because the car window was closed as it had been for the entire time they were trying to get him to step out of his car.

Also, another deputy who was standing on the hood of the car with his gun drawn – and had a clear overhead view of Glass inside the car – refrained from firing. Instead, he reacted in shock to the shooting.

“Oh, my God! What did we do?” the deputy said. “F*ck!”

The deputies then had to shatter the front car window with a baton to pull Glass out who was pronounced dead on the scene.

The incident took place on June 11 but body camera video was released Wednesday, displaying a much different scenario described by the sheriff’s office in June.

The initial narrative from the sheriff’s office accused Glass of being “argumentative and uncooperative” and claimed he had “armed himself with a knife” before trying to stab a deputy.

But the video shows Glass was afraid to step out of the car and never threatened the deputies with his knives until they started shooting him with bean bag rounds and tasers which was when it sounded like he said, “I’m going to kill every one of you” as he screamed out in pain.

WATCH: Washington Cop Suspended after Posting Video Bragging she is above the Law


A Washington police officer with less than a year on the job posted a video to Tik Tok bragging she is above the law and would not hesitate to use her authority on citizens not showing instant respect.

Federal Way police officer Breanna Straus ended up receiving a 10-hour unpaid suspension, the equivalent of a single shift.

Straus posted the video around July 1, describing it as a public service announcement, telling viewers that if they see a cop on the freeway driving behind them, they need to “get the f*ck out the way” or face getting pulled over on some trumped-up allegation.

“I can go 90 miles,” she said. “You can’t. You can’t do that so get the f*ck out of the way.

“If us officers stay behind you long enough, we can find a reason to pull you over so you might as well get the f*ck out of the way. Super simple, that’s all, you’re welcome.”

She finished the video by snapping her fingers. The caption on the video stated, “I’m not the only one thinking it.”

The video was first reported by KIRO 7 on July 1 which did not indicate when it was posted but the copy of the video they used indicated it had been online for about four hours.

A week later, the Federal Way Police Department said Straus would be suspended for a single shift for violating the department’s code of conduct policy in two areas, social media conduct and personal conduct, according to the Federal Way Mirror.

The original story went largely unnoticed by the rest of the country but it has been making the social media rounds this week.

Straus described herself on her LinkedIn resume from a few years ago as having “excellent people skills” as well as being an “excellent leader.”

Straus, who was sworn in as an officer on August 9, 2021, appears to have deleted her Tik Tok account. Watch the video below.

Man Gunned Down by Cops in Father’s Funeral was Unarmed, Family Members say


Witnesses describe a scene straight out of a mob movie. Two unmarked police vehicles came barreling into the parking lot of a West Virginia funeral home last month moments after a family had placed the casket of their loved one into a hearse.

Plainclothes cops hopped out of the vehicles with their guns drawn and called out a man’s name – “Jason!” – before opening fire.

Jason Arnie Owens, one of the pallbearers, had just placed his father’s casket into the hearse when he turned to hug his aunt. Seconds later, the 37-year-old man was shot and killed.

The U.S. Marshals Service said they were serving a fugitive warrant when Owens pulled out a gun, making them fear for their lives.

But witnesses, mostly family members, say he never had a gun.

Today, more than two weeks after the shooting, the U.S. Marshals Service have yet to provide any evidence that Owens had a gun on him nor has it explained what the fugitive warrant was for, according to the Associated Press.

The incident took place on August 24 in Nutter Fort, a small town in Harrison County in the northern part of the state.

Evelyn O’Dell, Owen’s aunt, stated the following to WV News:

“He just took his dad out; he was a pallbearer. He had just laid his dad in the back of a hearse, and he was walking around, and I was hugging him. Next thing I know, somebody yelled ‘Jason.’ I still had my hand on my shoulder, my one hand from hugging him, when the first bullet hit him. He never pulled a gun or nothing, and we’re trying to get justice for him because they cold-blooded killed him. He never pulled a gun. He did not pull a gun,” O’Dell said.

Family members have staged protests in front of the Harrison County Courthouse, demanding answers but receiving none. And West Virginia State Police which is investigating the incident have told local media no video evidence exists.

Below is the only statement released by the U.S. Marshal Service:

“At approximately 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, members of the U.S. Marshals-led Mountain State Fugitive Task Force and other law enforcement agencies were involved in an officer-involved shooting during a fugitive investigation that resulted in a fatality in Nutter Fort, West Virginia. Preliminary information indicates that during the arrest attempt, the subject produced a firearm. As a result, law enforcement officers discharged their firearms striking the individual. Officers immediately rendered first aid until emergency medical services arrived; however, the man succumbed to his injuries. No law enforcement officers or other persons were injured during the incident. The lead investigating agency for this incident is the West Virginia State Police.”

Owens was released from prison in April 2021 on parole after serving more than two years in prison of a 3-13 sentence for fleeing and strangling a Harrison County sheriff’s deputy in 2018 so there may have been bad blood between the local cops and Owens.

And federal task forces are usually made up of local and state cops, so there’s a good chance the cops who shot him had personal experiences with him. But their names have not been released.

He also had another battery on a law enforcement conviction about 15 years ago against a Lumberport police officer, according to WV News.

Mandy Swiger, Owens’ cousin, said he committed a parole violation “for not checking in just once. And that’s why he promised his mom after the funeral he would turn himself in,” according to the Associated Press.

She said about 40 friends and family members were attending the funeral of Junior Arnie Owens who unexpectedly passed away on August 20 at the age of 59.

She said mourners rushed to Owens after he was shot but the cops threatened to shoot them as well. One of the cops was wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

“You step back or I’ll shoot you,” she quoted them as saying.

Below is a screenshot from Owens’ Facebook page of a post he made the day his father passed away, not realizing he would be dead four days later. Family members have launched a Facebook group called Justice for Jason Owens.

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WATCH: LAPD Cops Shoot Man Holding Car Part after a Cop says, “That’s not a Gun”


Seconds before LAPD cops shot a mentally ill man, one of the cops realized he was not holding a gun.

“That’s not a gun, bro,” one of the cops said, according to body camera footage released last week.

“You said that’s not a gun?” asked Los Angeles police officer Daryl Glover Jr. as the two cops walked behind the man, ordering him to drop the object in his hands.

But seconds later, Los Angeles Police Sergeant Brett Hayhoe fired at the man through an open window from inside his car as he was driving alongside the man, a detail not reported by police until Streets Blog L.A. noticed a reflection the panel of the police vehicle showing the gun hanging out the window.

LAPD has since confirmed that the sergeant fired first from inside his car but it still hasn’t addressed the issue that departmental policy forbids officers from shooting from moving vehicles.

The sergeant’s gunshots prompted Glover to open fire as well, striking the man in the back, even though Glover had just been told by the other cop the man was not holding a gun.

The man, Jermaine Petit, was holding a latch actuator, which is part of a car door’s locking mechanism, according to the Los Angeles Times. The 39-year-old man survived the shooting but was charged with two counts of brandishing a replica firearm.

The incident took place on July 18 after police received a 911 call from a man who reported that Petit was holding a semi-automatic pistol. The body camera footage was released Thursday.

Despite the fact Petit was not holding a gun, LAPD told the media the evening of the shooting that he had been holding a weapon which was then reported on CBS. When pressed by Film the Police LA, a police spokesperson refused to specify what type of weapon was used as you can see in the video below.

The following day, Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore clarified to the media that the object was actually a car part but insisted that Petit had been pointing the object at cops, making them fear for their lives.

But the videos doesn’t show him pointing the object either.

In 2019, WUNC feature Petit in an article about veterans with serious mental health issues being paired up with police officers in an attempt to bridge the gap between cops and mentally ill veterans whom they frequently deal with in day-to-day situations.

The articles states that Petit joined the Air Force a few months after September 11, 2001 and worked as an EMT in Germany. His mother said he was diagnosed with PTSD and schizophrenia after he got out of the military, becoming paranoid and delusional. He has been arrested more than 20 times since returning home.

The policy on shooting from the vehicle states the following:

Shooting at or From Moving Vehicles. It is the policy of this Department that firearms shall not be discharged at a moving vehicle unless a person in the vehicle is immediately threatening the officer or another person with deadly force by means other than the vehicle. The moving vehicle itself shall not presumptively constitute a threat that justifies an officer’s use of deadly force. An officer threatened by an oncoming vehicle shall move out of its path instead of discharging a firearm at it or any of its occupants. Firearms shall not be discharged from a moving vehicle, except in exigent circumstances and consistent with this policy regarding the use of Deadly Force.

Note: It is understood that the policy regarding discharging a firearm at or from a moving vehicle may not cover every situation that may arise. In all situations, officers are expected to act with intelligence and exercise sound judgment, attending to the spirit of this policy. Any deviations from the provisions of this policy shall be examined rigorously on a case by case basis. The involved officer must be able to clearly articulate the reasons for the use of deadly force. Factors that may be considered include whether the officer’s life or the lives of others were in immediate peril and there was no reasonable or apparent means of escape.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office has not decided whether to prosecute Petit on the replica gun charges, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Watch the edited video below and the full video released by LAPD here.

WATCH: West Virginia Deputies Sued for Arresting Man over Marijuana Plants not Found on his Property


After finding four marijuana plants growing on a vacant property, West Virginia sheriff’s deputies began questioning an elderly couple sitting on their front porch of a house about two properties away from the vacant lot where the weed was found on August 7, 2020.

The deputies asked the couple if they were the ones growing the marijuana and they responded no, they had nothing to do with it.

The deputies then began snooping around on their property, looking through windows, obviously not believing the couple. The couple then called their landlord to inform him that deputies were on his property.

Jason Tartt, the landlord, lived next door so he walked over to speak to the deputies. He even told them his first and last name but refused to provide them with his date of birth on the basis that the marijuana plants were not growing on any of his properties.

McDowell County sheriff’s deputy Dalton T. Martin informed Tartt that he was required to provide his information but Tartt, a former military police officer, knew better.

The deputies then arrested Tartt on a charge of obstruction. As they were doing so, they ordered his tenants, who were standing on their front porch, to go back into their homes.

The obstruction charge against Tartt was dismissed two months later when the deputies failed to show up to court.

Earlier this month, Tartt and the couple, Donnie and Ventriss Hairston, filed a lawsuit against Martin and the other deputy, Jordan A. Horn.

McDowell County Sheriff James “Boomer” Muncy is also named in the lawsuit which accuses the deputies of racial profiling by assuming they were the ones growing the weed because they were Black.

The lawsuit which you can read here also accuses the deputies of retaliating against Tartt for daring to stand up for his rights as well as violating the rights of the Hairstons for ordering them back into their home against their will.

Watch the shortened, edited video below or the longer video here which includes commentary from their attorney, John H. Bryan.


WATCH: Ohio Cops Shoot and Kill Unarmed Man Holding Vape Pen

Ohio cops shot and killed a 20-year-old man within one second of encountering him Tuesday after spotting something in his hand that turned out to be a vape pen.

Columbus police were serving an arrest warrant on Donovan Lewis who was wanted for improperly handling a firearm, assault and domestic violence.

Body camera footage shows police arriving at his apartment building just before 2:30 a.m. The cops stood outside the door to his apartment and knocked for about ten minutes until a young man opened the door who was not Lewis.

That man was handcuffed along with another man inside the apartment before the cops entered with a police dog and made their way to a back room through the kitchen.

The cop holding the dog, Ricky Anderson, pushed the door open to the room and found Lewis sitting up in his bed. He fired a shot within one second of opening the door, striking Lewis.

The cops then entered the room and handcuffed him. He was pronounced dead almost an hour later.

Anderson, a 30-year veteran of the department, was placed on paid administrative leave, according to NBC4. The video was released Tuesday afternoon, only hours after the shooting.

Columbus Police Chief Elaine Bryant said Anderson fired after Lewis appeared to raise a hand with something in it but no gun was found.

“There was, like, a vape pen that was found on the bed right next to him,” Bryant said in a press conference Tuesday, according to NBC4.

“Donovan Lewis lost his life,” the chief continued. “As a parent, I sympathize and grieve with his mother. As a community, I grieve with our community, but we’re going to allow this investigation to take place.”

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will investigate the shooting. Watch the shortened video below or the unedited video here.

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WATCH: Unarmed Man Dies after Utah Police Shove his Face into the Ground for Several Minutes

Wearing nothing but socks and underwear, Nykon Brandon entered a brewery in Salt Lake City and attempted to steal beer from customers.

An employee of the brewery called 911 as the 35-year-old man ran into the streets.

“He’s running around, running around crazy, very erratic,” the employee told the dispatcher. “He just jumps in and out of the road, definitely mental health issues going on so … if you got mental health resources,  send them out.”

Salt Lake City police officers responded with two of them tackling him before struggling to handcuff him. At one point, he appeared to reach for the cop’s gun but never touched it. More cops arrived and piled on top of him.

One cop kept forcing Brandon’s face into the ground and each time he tried to lift his head up to breathe, the cops told him to “stop resisting.”

They also kept telling him to place his hands behind his back but it appeared he was unable to do so because they had their full body weight on him.

Even after they placed the handcuffs on him, the cop continued to hold his head into the ground until he stopped moving and speaking.

“Can you hear me, can you hear me?” a cop asks while tapping his shoulder.

“Is he alive?” another cop asks as they roll him over.

That is when the video released by Salt Lake City police Friday ends. In fact, all eight body camera videos released by police end at that moment.

Police say he was pronounced dead at the hospital less than an hour later but the videos show he was probably already dead.

The incident took place on August 14 and has raised concern among local activists.

“Stealing a beer does not equate to the death penalty,” said Lex Scott, the founder of Black Lives Matter-Utah, according to the Associated Press.

“I don’t care if this man robbed 10 banks in one day. He didn’t deserve to die. He deserved to make it to court.”

Brandon, who described himself on his Facebook page as a “Native Warrior on a Journey in this Life,” had another interaction with a different police agency about two hours earlier where they found him intoxicated in a park.

South Salt Lake police dropped him off at a detox facility and cited him for intoxication, according to KUTV.

But the detox facility which is operated by the nonprofit Volunteers of America is not a detention center so he was allowed to leave at his will.

After leaving the facility, he entered the Fisher Beer brewery which is only three blocks away.

Two years ago in the wake of the death of George Floyd, the city implemented a new use-of-force policy that required cops to use “de-escalation techniques before using force” but that did not happen in this case.

The new policy also states that “force must only be used when necessary, and force used must be proportionate to the situation.”

Salt Lake City police are trying to justify the incident by saying he twice tried to grab the cops’ guns but he never had a firm grasp on the guns.

“The suspect is seen on body-worn camera refusing to comply with multiple commands, immediately fighting with our officers, grabbing two of their guns and resisting while being arrested,” a police spokesperson told the Washington Post.

Watch the video below.

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WATCH: Alabama Cops Arrest Local Pastor who was Watering his Neighbor’s Flowers

Alabama cops said they were responding to a call of a “suspicious person” when they arrested a local pastor while watering his neighbor’s flowers on May 22.

Childersburg police said they arrested Michael Jennings for failing to identify himself but body camera footage released this week showed they followed through with the arrest even after seeing his identification.

And even after the caller admitted she had made a mistake.

One cop even told Jennings’ wife that they were unable to “unarrest” him even after they had identified him and determined he was breaking no law. Charges were dismissed within two weeks.

Jennings, a former cop, said he is now proceeding with a lawsuit, according to WBRC.

While it’s true that Alabama is a “stop and ID” state, the law requiring citizens to identify themselves only applies if a law enforcement officer has a reasonable suspicious they are committing a crime.

In this case, Jennings was clearly watering the flowers and continued to do so after greeting police. He also identified himself as “Pastor Jennings” and pointed to his home, telling the cops his neighbors had asked them to water their flowers while they were out of town.

But the former cop refused to provide identification on the basis that he was doing nothing illegal. And that should have become clear to the cops after talking to the neighbor who had called police in the first place, obviously not recognizing her neighbor.

“Yeah, he lives right there and he would be watering their flowers, this is probably my fault,” the woman told the cops.

The woman then notified Jennings’ wife who came out with her husband’s identification to show the cops while he was sitting in the back of a patrol car. But they told her they were required to transport him to jail anyway.

“She does tell us it’s a mistake and all that stuff,” a cop told the pastor’s wife.

“But at this point, he’s already collected the charge. Once we place him under arrest, we can’t un-arrest him. Does that make sense?”

UPDATE: Attorneys representing Jennings issued the following statement:

Pastor Jennings is represented by national civil rights attorney Harry Daniels (Law Offices of Harry Daniels), Bethaney Embry Jones (The Embry Law Firm) and Joi Travis (Travis Law, LLC).

“This video makes it clear that these officers decided they were going to arrest Pastor Jennings less than five minutes after pulling up and then tried to rewrite history claiming he hadn’t identified himself when that was the first thing he did,” said Daniels. “This was not only an unlawful arrest. It’s kidnapping.”

“It’s irrational, irresponsible and illegal.”

In the video, the arresting officers can be heard repeatedly claiming that the entire situation could have been avoided if Pastor Jennings had only identified himself. However, just seconds into the interaction, Pastor Jennings clearly tells the officer, “I’m Pastor Jennings. I live across the street.”

Furthermore, Alabama’s Stop and Identify Law did not require Pastor Jennings, a former police officer himself, to identify himself because he was not in a public place. The charges against Pastor Jennings were dismissed by a municipal judge in June.

“Chief McClelland and the Childersburg Police Department may think all they have to do is drop the charges and this all goes away,” said Jones. “This was a crime, not a mistake. I would hope that the Childersburg Police Department would understand the difference.”

Watch the shortened video below or the full video here.

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WATCH: Arkansas Cops Suspended for Brutal Beating of Man in Viral Video (updated)


Three Arkansas law enforcement officers were caught on video Sunday morning beating, kneeing and slamming a man’s head to the ground while he did not appear to be resisting.

When one of the cops realized they were being recorded, he looks towards the camera and said, “Back the fuck off!” – even though the witness was more than 25 feet away. Another cop tells the witness to get back in her car.

But the video ended up going viral on social media, resulting in the three cops suspended. The identities of the cops have not been released but two are Crawford County sheriff’s deputies and the other is a Mulberry police officer. Arkansas State Police has been tasked to investigate the incident.

The victim was identified as Randal Ray Worcester, 27, who was charged with a litany of charges, including battery, assault, trespassing, criminal mischief, resisting arrest and making terrorist threats, according to KARK.

The witness recording said Worcester was shoeless and appeared homeless and mentally distressed.

Police say they responded to a call of a man who had spat in the face of a convenience store clerk, threatening to “cut off their face,” according to 5 News Online.

They say he was cooperative at first but then turned violent, shoving a deputy to the ground, then punching him in the back of the head.

But that part was not captured on camera nor did police offer any more details on the alleged injury suffered by the officer. Worcester, however, was transported to the hospital with head injuries.

Mulberry Mayor Gary Baxter issued the following statement:

To the Citizens of Mulberry,

 I was contacted by Mulberry Police Chief Shannon Greggory around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon making me aware of an incident with one of our officers that took place around 11 a.m. this morning. I was also made aware of a video taken by a bystander showing the incident that was circulating social media.

I, like many of you, was shocked and sickened by what I saw. I immediately coordinated with our police chief to ensure appropriate policy was followed resulting in the officer being placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation and requesting investigation by the Arkansas State Police as an outside agency. I then coordinated a response with Chief Greggory to inform the media and our citizens, via social media, to make them aware of city actions. The Arkansas State Police are investigating the incident and will provide the results when completed. I have been coordinating all afternoon with appropriate individuals and agencies ensuring the City of Mulberry is taking the proper actions. Once the investigation by the Arkansas State Police is completed, we will take the results of the investigations very seriously and take any actions necessary to ensure this never happens again. We have continually instructed our officers to respond professionally in all situations. I want to assure you, the citizens of Mulberry, and those who visit our city, that Mulberry Police Officers will treat all people with dignity and respect. Should this ever show not to be the case action will be immediate and decisive. Our officers are trained and briefed on how to respond appropriately to any incident. The safety and security of all who come in contact with our officers is our top priority and will endeavor to the best of my ability to make sure this is always the case.

UPDATE: The cops have been identified as Crawford County sheriff’s deputies Zack King and Levi White and Mulberry police officer Thell Riddle, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.

UPDATE II: The United States Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the matter, according to NBC News which published the following statement from Charlie Robbins, a spokesperson from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Arkansas, the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, and the FBI Little Rock Field Office have opened a civil rights investigation into the August 21st incident in Crawford County involving Randal Worcester,” Robbins said. “The FBI and the Arkansas State Police will collect all available evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Watch the video below.

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WATCH: Chicago Cop Charged with Felonies over Viral Video Showing him Kneeling on Teen’s Back while Off-duty


A Chicago police officer who was caught on video placing his knee on the back of a 14-year-old boy after falsely accusing him of stealing a bicycle last month was charged Thursday with two felonies.

Michael Viterallo who was off-duty was charged with aggravated battery and official misconduct. He turned himself in earlier today.

But the family of the boy is wondering why he was not arrested the day of the incident.

The incident took place on July 1 in front of a Starbucks in Park Ridge, a Chicago suburb.

The boy, Josh Nieves, was trying to move the bike out the way because it had been left on the sidewalk blocking his path, according to his mother.

But when the boy placed his hands on the bicycle, the cop pounced on him, Nicole Nieves, the mother, posted on Facebook two days after the incident.

The video shows the boy’s friends telling the cop to get off, eventually pushing him off. The video then ends.

“He’s taking my son’s bike,” Viterallo told the other teens while planting his knee on the boy’s back.

“No, he’s not,” one of the teens responded.

Four Park Ridge police officers showed up responding to a call of a fight in progress. They took statements but made no arrests. The agency posted a press release on its Facebook page today explaining they needed to first conduct a proper “investigation.”

The boy’s parents accused the cop of profiling because the boy is of Puerto Rican descent.

Below is a cut and paste of what the boy’s parents posted on Facebook on July 5 along with the video where it quickly went viral.

**This isn’t the kind of post we wanted to share right now, during 4th of July weekend, but here we are**

Nothing prepares you for this day.

One minute, you’re cooking dinner… the next, you’re getting a call from your 14-year-old

son, stumbling over his words through hysterical tears, saying, “Mom, please come pick me


You drop everything. Pray feverishly for his safety as you race to be with him.

4 police cars.

Streets closed.

6 officers.

At least 100 people around.

And our sweet, God-fearing, Park Ridge honor student—who also happens to be a brown boy with afro hair—standing in a sea of light faces…
Confused. Crying. Scared. Shocked. Completely surrounded by a mass of onlookers… starring at him, starring at me.

And that’s when I saw this video…

Footage of my 14-year-old child—face down, wide eyed, no shoes, knee in his back,

gasping for breath, arms locked—being pinned down by a white, unidentified, off-duty

Chicago police officer.

He was not in uniform. He was not on duty. The allegation? Theft of his son’s bike—even

though my son had his own bike present.

The supposed “proof”? Our son’s hands were on the bike as he was moving it out the

way…. while he was in possession his own bike, right next to him (the orange bike you see

in the video.)

This adult did not use words—he used force; he used his hands. Grabbed our son’s wrists,

body slammed him, then held him down with his knee to forcibly restrain him Teenagers

yelling… trying to pull him up to no avail; my son losing his breath, witnesses telling the

man, “He’s just a kid!”


We’ve talked to our 3 Puerto Rican boys about this moment for years—but you can’t

emotionally prepare for this happening to your own child… then it does.

We can’t possibly put into words how we’re feeling—disgust, anger, frustration, outrage,

fear, sadness…

💯 Regardless of the circumstances, getting PHYSICAL with a minor as an adult for any

reason other than self defense is UNACCEPTABLE.Would this have been done to our son if he was white? Taller? Older?

We will not let this go away quietly. Because this is bigger than our son. This is your son.

Your neighbor. Your friend.

What example is being set if we stand by idly without speaking up? If we allow fear &

intimidation to keep us silent around the injustices happening to our own?


To all the boys who were there defending our son — thank you. We champion you for your

bravery, our family appreciates you more than you know, and we’re truly sorry you had to

experience this.


Change starts from within.

And by speaking up against what we know is wrong.

This was wrong. And our family will not stand for it.

Our ask to you? SPEAK UP. Share YOUR story. Because we must shine the light in dark


And please, share this video, spread the word, and amplify our voice so truth is heard and

accountability is held. Because nothing changes if we don’t take a stand.

Social media can get a bad rep, but RIGHT NOW, we have the power to use it for good in

moments like this.

Let’s collectively show the world that we will not tolerate behavior like this.

From our hearts to yours,

Nicole and Angel

The Chicago Police Department said it is conducting its own investigation. The boy’s parents say they plan on filing a lawsuit. Watch the video below.

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WATCH: Denver Cops Shoot Six Innocent Bystanders after Firing into Crowd to Shoot Man who had Tossed Gun

Denver cops opened fire on a suspect in a crowded area after the man had tossed a gun aside, shooting the suspect along with six other innocent bystanders.

Denver police said the man pointed a gun at them, prompting two officers to open fire.

But body camera footage released Tuesday show the suspect, Jordan Waddy, tossed the gun aside moments before the cops opened fire.

The video also shows Waddy, 21, raised his hands above his head when confronted by police, then walked from the street to the sidewalk where he reached into the front pocket of his hoodie and grabbed the gun to toss it aside. The victims all survived the shooting.

On Tuesday, Denver District Attorney Beth McCann said she would bring the case before a grand jury to decide if charges should be filed against the officers, drawing criticism from Waddy’s attorney.

“The DA could look at the tape and bring charges,” Tyrone Glover told Westworld. “We’ve seen what happens when these kinds of things involve officers. They don’t always come back fair.”

The incident took place at 1:30 a.m. on July 17 in front of a crowded bar called Larimer Beer Hall within the city’s downtown entertainment district. The bystanders were mostly customers who were leaving the bar, waiting in line at a food truck.

Denver police said they initially spotted Waddy fighting with another man. They also say they spotted a gun in his pocket.

An overhead security video shows the cops walked up the street parallel to Waddy after the fight as he made his way up the sidewalk through the heavy crowd. At one point, Waddy steps into the street and is greeted by the cops.

The body cams released contain no audio until after shots were fired because the cops did not turn on their cameras until afterwards. The cameras have a buffer to record video about 30 seconds before the cameras are turned on.

Waddy was charged with three counts of weapon possession by a previous offender and one count of third-degree assault.

McCann, the district attorney, issued the following statement:

“The public’s interest in this particular shooting incident is understandably high. For the community to trust in the outcome from this incident, it is important that independent members of the community review the facts, evidence and law regarding whether these officers should be criminally charged. Until the grand jury’s work is complete, my office will have no further comment on this matter.”

Rathod Mohamedbhai, the law firm representing three of the innocent victims shot, issued the following statement:

“DA McCann must ensure this case does not follow the pattern of grand jury investigations being used to exonerate and legitimize officer misconduct. Denver’s officers must be indicted and tried for their extremely reckless acts of violence.”

One of the innocent victims told Westworld that police told him afterwards he had been shot by the suspect, not police. But the suspect never fired a shot.

“I did ask them if they found the suspect, and they kind of made it seem like it wasn’t the police who’d shot me but the suspect — at least that’s how I understood it,” said Yekalo Weldehiwet, who still has a bullet in his arm.

“The next day, when the reports came out, that’s when I understood it wasn’t actually the suspect who fired, but the police. And I had a lot of questions as to why the police would be part of a mass shooting near a crowd full of people after all the training they’ve completed.”

Watch the short edited video below. The second video below is the full video released by police along with their explanation of what took place.

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L.A. Deputy Charged with Molesting 3 Girls Years after D.A. Failed to Prosecute him for Previous Allegation


Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy Sean Essex was first arrested on charges of child molestation in 2006 but the district attorney dismissed the case for unstated reasons.

This week, Essex was indicted on on charges of molesting three other girls between the ages of seven and 13, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office.

And this time, the the district attorney’s office is choosing to prosecute the recent cases as well as the one in 2006 that had been dismissed.

The district attorney’s office did not provide an explanation as to why it did not prosecute Essex in 2006 but we can assume it was the usual Blue Privilege, especially considering it was a time before smartphones and social media allowed the public to hold police accountable for their crimes.

As a result, three other girls were molested over a nine-year period beginning in 2013, according to the Los Angeles Times which spoke to the attorney representing the girls.

Essex, 51, was also fired from the sheriff’s department in 2018 for unspecified reasons while working for the department’s Training Bureau where he was responsible for training new recruits but the county’s Civil Service Commission overturned the termination, according to the Times.

The three latest victims were the daughters of a woman with whom he was in a relationship. The mother who filed the report against him in April described him as a “father figure” to the girls.

Essex remained close to the girls even after he was no longer in a relationship with their mother.

“He would pick up the girls individually in his L.A. County sheriff’s patrol vehicle, and he would take the girls and he would abuse them in the patrol car,” Spencer Lucas, the family’s attorney, told the Times.

On several occasions, he would sexually abuse the girls in his patrol car in the parking lot of the sheriffs department.

“This is one of the most egregious crimes my office encounters and it is made worse when the crime is committed by someone who has been entrusted to protect them and our community from harm,” said L.A. District Attorney George Gascón.

In 2006, the district attorney was Steve Cooley who that year was criticized for being soft of sex offenders, according to Wikipedia.

In 2006, Cooley was the most notable law enforcement official to publicly oppose Proposition 83, better known as “Jessica’s Law,” a measure named after Jessica Lunsford, a 9-year-old who was raped and murdered by a paroled sex offender in Florida. Cooley criticized Jessica’s Law as being “not carefully crafted,” adding that “Not liking sex offenders is a good thing and a popular thing, but when you are creating something to deal with them you have to think it through.”  California voters passed Proposition 83 with 70.5% of the vote.

Just a week before the 2008 election that he ultimately won, Cooley was attacked for violating Jessica’s Law and making a deal with defense attorneys and judges to postpone seeking tougher sanctions against a group of serious sex offenders that had completed their prison terms. Rather than seeking indefinite hospitalization for some offenders, as allowed under a November 2006 ballot measure, Cooley only sought two years.

Essex, who remains jailed without bail, was charged with 18 counts of oral copulation of a child, 12 counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of 14, two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14 and one count of possession of material depicting a child sex act.

The deputy who last year made $164,385, has pleaded not guilty.

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L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s Alleged Coverup over Controversial Video under Investigation by Grand Jury

WATCH: Rhode Island Cop Charged with Assault for Slamming Man’s Face into Street over Parking Dispute

A Rhode Island police captain was charged with simple assault Thursday after he was caught on video slamming a man’s face into the street when the man had already been handcuffed and was not resisting.

But Providence Police Captain Stephen Gencarella is insisting he was the victim, claiming he was the one injured in the incident which took place in July.

The 25-year veteran cop has been on “paid injury active-duty status” since the incident collecting his $105,730-a-year salary, according to WPRI. The department has not explained the nature of his injuries.

Meanwhile, the department’s police chief, Colonel Hugh T. Clements Jr., has informed Gencarella that he will be fired for multiple departmental policy violations.

But Gencarella plans on fighting the termination under the state’s Law Enforcement Bill of Rights which gives cops added protection from the actual Bill of Rights that protects us all.

The incident took place on July 3 during the city’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration after Providence Police Lieutenant Matthew Jennette came across a car that was double-parked and called a tow truck company to have it towed away.

The owner of the car, Armando Rivas, 21, came back to his car while the cop was waiting for the tow truck and became irate upon learning his car was going to get towed.

Police say Rivas began swearing at the cop who responded by attempting to arrest him. But police say Rivas began resisting which was when Gencarella rushed over to assist with the arrest.

The video begins with the two cops trying to arrest him, showing a brief struggle before the cops were able to handcuff him.

But then Gencarella grabs Rivas from the back of the head, slamming his face into the streets.

“Stop moving!” one of the cops yells but the video shows he was not moving.

Gencarella’s attorney, Michael Colucci, told local media his client was fearing for his life because he believed Rivas had a gun.

“The suspect, loosely cuffed and not yet searched, was observed reaching toward an area of his waistband that contained what appeared to be a firearm and was subsequently confirmed to be a knife stowed in a gun holster, Colucci said.

Watch the video below.


Award-winning Virginia Cop Sued Twice for Sexually Assaulting Men on Side of Road during Traffic Stops

An award-winning police officer from Virginia is accused of pulling men over  for minor infractions, then sexually assaulting them on the side of the road in full view of the public, claiming to be searching for drugs.

Two lawsuits have been filed against Lynchburg police officer Garrett Waterman and another two lawsuits will probably be file soon, according to Cam Warren, the Virginia attorney representing the victims.

The first incident took place on July 21, 2020 after Waterman pulled a man over for squealing his tires which led the cop probing his anal cavity on the side of the road, according to the first lawsuit filed last year.

The second incident took place on September 29, 2020 after Waterman pulled a man over for dark tints on his windows which led to the cop conducting a strip search on the side of the road where he repeatedly fondled the man’s penis and testicles to search for drugs.

Cam Warren, the attorney representing both victims, asked us not to publish the names of the victims because they fear retaliation. The local media which first obtained the lawsuits redacted the names which is why they are blacked out in the lawsuits which you can read here and here.

Warren also says he plans to file at least two more lawsuits from other victims who were sexually assaulted by Waterman under similar circumstances, according to a statement he emailed PINAC:

“It is concerning that this officer continues to patrol the streets after video recorded incidents and what I believe to be well-founded lawsuits are pending. Our allegation is that this is abhorrent behavior, and there are more lawsuits to be filed against this particular officer. One incident for which we plan to file suit happened as recently as one month ago. The initial lawsuit filed for the first case against this officer was filed over a year ago. And still this officer patrols the streets in Lynchburg. This is not an indictment on the Lynchburg Police Department. They are a fine department that does excellent work in our community. This one officer is an exception to the rule.”

One of the victims was interviewed by ABC 13 and stated the following:

“His gloves are on. He puts his hand down the front of my pants, reaches in between my crotch and my testicles and all of that,” the plaintiff said in an interview. “He goes in the back of my pants and puts his hand in my rectum and swipes in like an upward motion I felt, like, a sharp pain.”

Another victim interviewed by ABC 13 stated the following:

“He grabs my private area and then I kind of look at him and pull away and I’m like, ‘sir, there is nothing down there. You do not have to do this’ Pretty much what he told me was, ‘stop resisting.’” 

Below is a screenshot of Lynchburg Police policy that forbids these types of invasive searches.

Waterman joined the Lynchburg Police Department in 2018 and was named “Officer of the Month” in January 2019. In December 2019, he was named “Officer of the Year” by the Optimist Club of Lynchburg.

Below is a video recorded by a witness from one of the traffic stops but local media removed the audio because the witness was describing in detail that the man was being sexually assaulted. The attorney said he did not have a copy of the clip with audio.

L.A. Sheriff Alex Villanueva’s Alleged Coverup over Controversial Video under Investigation by Grand Jury

Facing an upcoming election, Los Angeles Sheriff Alex Villanueva did all he could to prevent a controversial video from surfacing, showing a deputy placing a knee on the neck of a non-resisting man, according to three lawsuits filed by high-ranking commanding officers within the department.

But his efforts failed because Los Angeles prosecutors announced this week that a grand jury will investigate whether the sheriff’s department mishandled the investigation of the incident captured on a security video, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Villanueva, who was elected sheriff in 2018 and faces a challenger in the November 2022, is accused of trying to cover up the incident for political reasons after telling senior executive officers “we do not need bad media at this time,” according to one of the lawsuits.

But the video was leaked to the Los Angeles Times in March, prompting Villanueva to launch a criminal investigation against the reporter and two sheriff employees whom he accused of leaking the video.

The sheriff backed off from the investigation against journalist Alene Tchekmedyian after public backlash, claiming he had never intended to investigate her, even though he displayed her photo during a press conference.

Villanueva, who was elected after campaigning as a progressive reformer, vowed to be more transparent than his predecessors, including Sheriff Lee Baca, who ran the department from 1998 until 2014 until a scandal involving abused inmates led to his resignation, conviction and three-year prison sentence in 2017

But since taking office, Villanueva has developed a reputation as a retaliatory power-hungry sheriff with a tendency to “flip the script” against those who criticize him by accusing them of the same things he is accused of doing.

He also developed a reputation of promoting deputies with histories of criminal and sexual allegations against them, including one deputy who “was arrested by the Beverly Hills Police Department for committing domestic violence against his wife, in public, while drinking alcohol with his firearm on him,” according to the lawsuit filed by Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon which you can read below.

The Incident

The incident in question took place on March 10, 2021 at the San Fernando Courthouse and involves a deputy named Douglas Johnson placing a knee for more than three minutes after a short physical altercation.

Johnson, one of the deputies who took photos of the bodies in the Kobe Bryant helicopter crash in 2020, sending the images to other deputies, was leading an inmate named Enzo Escalante for a hearing.

Security video with no audio shows Johnson shoved Escalante lightly, prompting the inmate to start swinging at the deputy.

The deputy responded by swinging back and was soon able to bring him to the ground with the assistance of three other deputies. Johnson placed his knee on Escalante’s neck while the other deputies handcuffed him.

Once Escalante was handcuffed with his facedown on the ground, not resisting in any manner, the three other deputies stood up and walked away.

But Johnson remained with his knee on his neck for nearly three minutes afterwards. The deputies eventually strapped Escalante to a restraint chair and wheeled him away.

The incident took place on the second day of Derek Chauvin’s criminal trial, the former Minneapolis cop who was convicted on murder charges for the death of George Floyd by placing his knee on his neck for nine minutes.

A few days later, the video was brought to the attention of Allen Castellano, a high-ranking commander, who brought the video to the attention of Chief Lajuana Haselrig, a superior officer.

Believing that the deputy used excessive force, the two commanding officers brought the video to the attention of Assistant Sheriff Robin Limon who is ranked just under the sheriff in the department’s hierarchal system.

Limon agreed with the other two commanding officers and brought the video to Villanueva’s attention on March 15, 2021, pointing out that none of the other deputies intervened.

That was when the sheriff responded by saying “we do not need bad media at this time” and that he would be “handling the matter,” according to Limon’s lawsuit.

And by handing the matter, Villanueva proceeded to block an internal affairs investigation as well as blocking criminal charges of assault against Escalante in his effort to keep the incident out of the public eye to ensure his re-election.

Villanueva also began promoting officers to captain in the department’s West Bureau to help him coverup the incident while transferring other captains unlikely to help him to other divisions.

By July 2021, when evidence of the coverup could no longer be ignored, Castellano and Haselrig decided to blow the whistle by filing reports of their suspicions in an attempt to create a paper trail.

After many setbacks and delays, the incident was finally accepted by the department’s Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau on November 21, 2021, which investigates criminal matters instead of just policy or administrative matters which is handled by the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Sheriff Villanueva was livid and responded by filing an internal affairs complaint against Castellano resulting in a written reprimand against him for failing to properly handle an excessive force case, essentially blaming Castellano for what he was being accused.

Escalante, the inmate who swung at the deputy before he was taken down, was finally charged with assault in February, almost a year after the incident. But by then, Villanueva was confident he had succeeded in covering up the part of the video where the deputy placed his knee against Escalante’s neck.

The Fallout

However, his scheme began to fall apart a month later in March after the Los Angeles Times published the leaked video along with details of Castellano’s whistleblower complaint.

Villanueva told the Times that he did not see the video until October 2021 but when questioned by the reporter as to why he would wait a month before referring the case to the Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau, he changed his story again by claiming he had not seen the video until November 22, 2021, the same day the investigation was launched.

Three days after the article was published, Villanueva retaliated against Haselrig and Limon, accusing them of covering up the incident, demanding they retire immediately or face demotion.

He also announced a criminal investigation to find who leaked the video as well as one against the Los Angeles Times reporter.

But now it appears as his world is about to come crashing down with the grand jury investigation into the coverup which would implicate the sheriff as well as several other commanding officers involved.

Villanueva’s opponent in the November election is a former Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna who is not nearly as popular or notorious as the sheriff. In a run-off primary election last month, Villanueva received 454,165 votes to Luna’s 382,910 votes.

But that could easily change within the next three months as more light is shed on the growing scandal.

Watch the video below and read the lawsuits here, here and here.

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WATCH: Mississippi Cop Manhandles Handcuffed Man before Arresting his Brothers who were Recording


A Mississippi state trooper was captured on video grabbing a handcuffed man by the neck and wrestling him down to the ground before arresting the man’s two brothers who were recording from several feet away.

The video began going viral within minutes of the men being arrested Friday because one of the men had been live streaming to Facebook. The incident took place in McComb, a small town in southwestern Mississippi.

Charges against the men have not been publicized but the Mississippi Highway Patrol has launched an internal affairs investigation, according to a statement by McComb Mayor Quordiniah Lockley on the city’s Facebook page. 

The video begins with Eugene Lewis in handcuffs while standing in the middle of a narrow street with the cop standing in front of him.

The cop tells the two other brothers to back off but they appear to be at least 30 feet away and are making it clear they only intend to record, not interfere.

Packer Lewis, who is recording, is telling viewers that they came across the cop beating up their brother who was sitting handcuffed in the back seat of the patrol car.

The cop who is White appears very threatened by the brothers who are Black, insisting they stay way back but says nothing to another White man who walks up to offer assistance.

Words are exchanged between the brothers and the man which was when the cop grabbed Eugene Lewis by the neck and wrestled him down to the ground on the side of the road.

The cop places a knee on Eugene Lewis’ body as he lies on the ground, drawing a comparison from Packer Lewis to George Floyd who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in 2020.

“That’s how George Floyd died,” Packer Lewis repeatedly tells the cop who responds by telling the men to back further up or face arrest.

“I can’t affect an arrest until you all leave,” the cop claims from at least 30 feet away.

“You were just in the back seat beating him up,” Packer Lewis responds.

At one point in the video, Packer Lewis asks McComb police to respond.

“McComb police, please come out here … we just caught the state trooper in the back seat, he ran us off. He was in the back seat beating him up,” he says.

After the cop finally places Eugene Lewis in the back of the car, he waits for another cop to arrive before arresting the brothers at gunpoint.

Eugene Lewis apparently has been released because local media, WJTV, posted a short audio clip of him explaining that he had been pulled over for driving 35 mph in a 30 mph zone even though the posted speed limit in the video is 35 mph.

Eugene Lewis also says the cop asked if he smoked or drank and he responded by telling the cop he does not smoke but he does drink. However, he was not drinking at that moment.

He said the cop then twisted his responses to justify placing handcuffs on him which was when he accused the cop of racially profiling him. That was when the cop struck him.

He also believes it would have turned out much worse had his brothers not arrived and started recording.

Watch the shortened video below or the original video here.

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California “Detective of the Year” Charged with Sexting Decoy he thought was 14-year-old Girl

Santa Ana Police Detective Gregory Daniel Beaumarchais did not hide the fact he was a police officer in his 40s when he repeatedly sexted a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl about eight months ago.

But the recipient of his sexually explicit texts was a decoy posing as a child who turned the texts over to O.C. Crime Stoppers in Orange County which then led to an investigation by United States Homeland Security.

Last week, the award-winning officer was charged with one misdemeanor count of annoying or molesting a victim believed to be under the age of 18, according to a press release from the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted, he could face up to a year in jail.

Last year, the Santa Ana Police Department tweeted that Beaumarchais has been recognized as the 2019 Detective of the Year. In 2020, he made more than $107,000, according to Transparent California.

Beaumarchais would text the decoy while on-duty through an unnamed social media platform from December 2021 through January 2022. At one point, the social media platform deleted his account, prompting him to launch another account with a similar name to continue texting the decoy.

He told the decoy he was a 45-year-old police officer, which was a detail the decoy passed to Crime Stoppers.

Earlier this month, police department tweeted a press release stating it had been notified about the allegations against Beaumarcais on December 17, 2021, placing him on paid administrative leave while launching an internal affairs investigation at that time.

If convicted, Beaumarcais, a married father of one, would be required to register as a sex offender.







Colorado Cop Sentenced to 45 Days in Jail for Failing to Intervene in Abusive Arrest of Elderly Woman with Dementia

The former girlfriend of the Colorado cop who abused an elderly woman with dementia was sentenced to 45 days in jail Friday for her role in the incident that would have been swept under the carpet had it not been for the video.

And only because the family of the victim posted the video online after filing a lawsuit nearly a year after the incident where it went viral, leading to the resignation of the two cops from the Loveland Police Department.

Daria Jalali was convicted for failing to intervene in the use of excessive force when her boyfriend, Austin Hopp, abused the woman in an apparent attempt to impress his girlfriend.

Karen Garner, who was 73, ended up suffering from a dislocated shoulder from the incident that took place on June 26, 2020.

Prior to the incident, Garner had walked out of a Walmart with $14 worth of merchandise she had forgotten to pay for but was stopped by store employees. When she offered employees her debit card to pay for the items, they refused to accept payment and sent her on her way, calling police on her.

She was walking down the street when Hopp pulled up behind her. The video shows she appeared confused.

Hopp took that as a sign of disrespect and took her to the ground, handcuffing her. He then pulled her back up and walked her to his car, standing her against his patrol car.

Jalali pulled up to assist in the arrest which was when Hopp jerked her arm behind her back, dislocating her shoulder. The video captures a popping sound, causing Garner to yell out in pain.

Later at the station after he ensured both body cameras were turned off, a security video recorded Hopp bragging to Jalali about the popping sound. They broke up eight months later.

Jalali, 28, apologized to Garner’s family in the courtroom, according to the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

She also said that she was under the impression that Garner was under the influence of drugs or alcohol rather than suffering from mental illness. She also claimed that she thought that Garner was only complaining about the handcuffs in order to get out of them.

“I wanted to be a good police officer and my heart was in the right place, but I still came up short,” she said.

Jalali was also sentenced to three years of supervised probation and 250 hours of community service following her release.

Hopp was sentenced to five years in prison in May on charges of second-degree assault.

Watch the video below which shows Loveland Police Sergeant Phil Metzler trying to gaslight and intimidate a witness who had complained about Hopp’s behavior, telling the man that Garner outran Walmart security after attempting to shoplift.

Meltzer, who had arrived on the scene after Garner was placed in the back of the car, also accused the witness of interfering with the arrest for simply observing the arrest.

Later at the station, another cop laughs along with Hopp in rewatching the video while Jalali appears uncomfortable.

“That’s going to turn into something,” she tells Hopp, according to security camera after both their body cameras were turned off. “No doubt with all the cars that stopped. There was more than just that one guy.”

So she knew they had screwed up, then decided to go along with it, despite her claims of ignorance to Garner’s family.

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Colorado Cop Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Violent Assault on Elderly Woman with Dementia

Former D.C. Cop Charged with Manslaughter after Shooting and Killing Officer during Training Exercise (Updated)

A retired cop from Washington D.C. was arrested after shooting and killing another cop during a training exercise Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Jesse Porter, a retired Metropolitan Police Lieutenant, was training a group of police officers on how to use an extendable baton when he pulled out a gun and shot the younger cop.

The victim was identified as Maurica Manyan, 25, a DC Public Library Special Police Officer, an agency tasked with policing the city’s libraries.

Porter, 58, who retired from the force in 2020, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to the press release from his former agency.

The incident took place towards the end of the training inside a conference room of a library in Anacostia, a neighborhood in the Southeast section of the city.

Witnessing the shooting were four other library officers who were also being trained by Porter, according to the Washington Post, which reported that the library had contracted Porter to train its officers.

Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III told the Post that it was not clear why a live firearm was being used during a training exercise but that “it is not good practice to do that.”

According to a Linkedin page belonging to a man named Jesse J. Porter Jr., he retired from the force as a lieutenant in 2020 after a 33-year career, then then went on to launch a company called

Read Porter’s resume here.

UPDATE: Porter was “joking around” before he shot the other cop, according to Insider, which read the charging documents.

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LAPD Cop Killed in Training Exercise Meant to “Simulate a Mob” that left him with Broken Neck

Louisville Cops Charged for Falsifying Affidavit, then Covering up in the Shooting Death of Brionna Taylor

Breonna Taylor would probably still be alive today had Louisville Metro police officers not falsified the affidavit to obtain the no-knock search warrant that led to her death, according to federal prosecutors who earlier today announced felony charges against four officers involved in her shooting death.

The cops then conspired after her death to concoct a fake story to cover up for their crimes, according to the unsealed indictments.

The announcement was made five months after a Kentucky jury cleared one of the cops, Brett Hankison, of charges of wanton endangerment.

Now a federal grand jury has indicted Hankison, along with Kelly Goodlet, Joshua Jaynes and Kyle Meany.

The actual target of the raid was Jamarcus Glover, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who was suspected of dealing drugs but did not live in her home.

However, Detectives Jayne and Goodly falsely claimed in the affidavit that a postal inspector had told them Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s home which is why a judge signed the warrant, according to the indictments.

Seven cops were involved in the raid that took place at 12:45 a.m. on March 13, 2020, breaking the door down to Taylor’s apartment where she was sleeping with her boyfriend.

Upon hearing the cops breaking into the home, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire with a gun he legally owned, prompting three cops to return fire, killing Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician.

It was a bullet from Detective Miles Cosgrove’s gun that killed Taylor who was fired has not been charged. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer but charges were dismissed a year later after it was determined he did not know they were cops.

Five days after the raid, after local media reported that a postal inspector never told police that Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s home, Jaynes texted Goodlet to meet him in his garage where they coordinated a story to protect themselves.

The two cops concocted a story that another cop, identified in the indictment as “Sgt. J.M.”, had told them Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s home but that was also a lie.

Meany and Goodlet remained employed with the Louisville Metro Police Department but  Jaynes and Hankison were fired. However, Jaynes is suing to get his job back.

“Breonna Taylor should still be alive,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said earlier today in the press conference which you can watch below.

Read the press release from the United States Department of Justice here and read the  indictments here, here and here.


WATCH: Innocent Blind Man Receives $300,000 Settlement after LAPD nearly Suffocated him to Death

Michael Moore, a 62-year-old blind man, had already been victimized by the time Los Angeles police officers showed up to his apartment a little more than three years ago.

But he ended up further victimized when an LAPD cop placed a towel over his face while he was strapped to a gurney, leaving him unable to breathe and causing him to lose consciousness.

He then spent 139 days in jail on multiple felony charges of assault on a police officer because he was unable to pay bail before a jury acquitted him of all charges.

Last week, Moore accepted a $300,000 settlement, according to his attorneys who filed the lawsuit in April 2020, accusing the Los Angeles Police Department of unlawful seizure, excessive force, battery and negligence.

The incident took place on February 28, 2019 after Moore had been transported against his will to a hospital in downtown Los Angeles following an altercation with the niece of a friend who had struck him in the face inside his upstairs apartment, then snatched his phone to keep him from recording.

The niece then shoved him down the stairs as he attempted to ask a neighbor to call police. She then threatened to have him killed by her friends who were in a gang before fleeing the scene, according to the lawsuit.

Later that day, Los Angeles firefighters entered his apartment without identifying themselves in response to a call for medical assistance.

Unable to see them, Moore at first thought they were the gang members coming to kill him. It was only when he heard voices from their radios that they identified themselves, the lawsuit states.

They asked if he was on medication and he told them he was taking medication for his bipolar disorder. He also told them they were not helping his condition by entering his apartment without identifying themselves.

He then told them he did not need their help and began escorting them to the door. But when he tried to close the front door to his apartment after leading them out, he felt somebody blocking the door from being closed.

And when he tried to shut the door again, somebody on the other side shoved it back hard, flinging the door open and striking Moore in the head, knocking him backwards.

By then, LAPD had arrived and were told that Moore was blind and had a history of mental illness so they joined in the assault.

According to the lawsuit which you can read here:

At approximately 7:10 P.M., Mr. Moore felt someone grab his wrist and then his body. The Officer Defendants grabbed Mr. Moore, violently twisted his wrist, twisted his neck, slammed his head to the floor, beat him, and jammed their knees into his back, causing Mr. Moore great pain. Mr. Moore cried out, “Why are you arresting me? I am the victim!” The Officer Defendants did not respond. Defendants twisted Mr. Moore’s right arm again, handcuffed him, placed a hobble restraint on his legs, and carried him down the stairs. On information and belief, the Officer Defendants who did not beat Mr. Moore had a realistic and reasonable opportunity to intervene to stop the other Officers Defendants’ unreasonable use of force but failed to do so. 

He was transported against his will to California Hospital Medical Center which was when police body camera footage showed LAPD officer Justin Choi placing the towel over his face while cupping his hands over Moore’s mouth and noise.

“Why is he suffocating me?” pleaded Moore after more than 90 seconds. “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!! I CAN’T BREATHE!!!”

But the cop continued to hold the towel over Moore’s face for another minute until Moore’s body went limp. Choi eventually removed his hands but left the towel over Moore’s face. A health worker then removed it.

At no point did another cop, security guard of hospital worker respond to Moore’s cries for help.

Moore, who is now 65 years old, spent an earlier part of his life working in construction but an accident damaged his left eye, leaving him blinded in that eye. A few years later, he lost his vision in his right eye after he was brutally attacked during a robbery attempt.

In the early 2000s, Moore enrolled in a government program to teach legally blinded adults to operate food service businesses. He was then selected to manage the Inglewood Court Snack Stand, which operated out of a courthouse.

Then in 2007, he worked at a nonprofit community clinic with his life partner, Dr. Evelyn Clark before she passed away in 2014, leading to the closing of the clinic, according to the lawsuit.

In 2018, he moved into his apartment in South Los Angeles and founded a community organization to help clean up the neighborhood by providing jobs for at-risk adults staying at the local homeless shelter.

He would fund the organization through neighborhood barbecues and was working on a plan to provide books and computer access to the children in the neighborhood, the lawsuit states.

In early 2019, he agreed to allow the niece of his friend to use his kitchen but she would refuse to clean up after herself so he told her she would no longer be allowed to use the kitchen which sent her into a rage.

The niece has been identified in the lawsuit as Camilla Slaughter. It is not clear at this time if she was ever arrested.

The lawsuit also states Moore had been counting on LAPD to help him but now he wants nothing to do with cops.

The incident has deeply traumatized Mr. Moore. As a direct cause of the incident, Mr. Moore suffers extreme anxiety and paranoia. The slightest noise startles him; he freezes in fear when he hears wind coming through his door or the rustling of his window shades. He is afraid to walk down the street. He lives in constant fear of the police. Mr. Moore also suffers severe insomnia and is awakened by nightmares when he does fall asleep. 

Watch the video below.

South Florida Cop Arrested for Choking Fellow Cop trying to keep him from Abusing Handcuffed Suspect

The South Florida cop who choked another cop on video after she tried to pull him away from a handcuffed man he was threatening was arrested Thursday on several felony charges.

Sunrise Police Sergeant Christopher Pullease was charged with battery on an officer, tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and two assault charges, according to WSVN.

The incident took place on November 19, 2021 as Sunrise police were arresting a man named Jean Similien who was accused of assaulting people at a local business.

The videos show the cops were having trouble trying to get him into the backseat of the car when Pullease pulled up.

However, the man who was already handcuffed agrees to get into the car just as Pullease walks up.

“Alright, I’m getting in,” he says as he places his legs inside the car.

But Pullease already has his pepper spray canister in his hand.

“Watch out, motherf*cker!” he says as he leans his body into the backseat of the car.

“Hey, look at me! Look at me! Look at me! You want to play f*cking games? You’re playing with the wrong motherf*cker!”

“Do what you got to do, man,” responds Similien. “You gonna mace me? Mace me.”

“Look at me, motherf*cker. You wanna play fucking games? You wanna be disrespectful with my fucking officers?

“I will remove your fucking soul from your fucking body!”

“Do what you gotta do,” responds Similien as the female cop runs up behind Pullease and pulls him back.

“What the f*ck? Don’t ever fucking touch me again! Get the fuck off me!” Pullease yells at the female cop while shoving her backwards with his hands on her throat.

A few moments later, he orders all the cops at the scene to turn their cameras off.

The incident was kept under wraps for two months until local media began asking questions after receiving a tip.

Pullease has been with the department for 21 years. Watch the video below.

UPDATE (August 12): Pullease who had been on paid administrative leave since January, still making his $102,000 salary, is now on unpaid suspension, according to WSVN.


Black Man Receives $90,000 Settlement after Police Confuse him for White Man with Similar Name

It was still daylight when Nevada police pulled Shane Lee Brown over for not having his headlights turned on back in January 2020.

They would end up arresting him on a felony warrant for another man named Shane Neal Brown.

“I’m pretty sure it’s you,” one of the Henderson police officers told Brown after he insisted they had the wrong man.

But it wasn’t. Not even close.

Shane Lee Brown, a Black man with brown eyes who stands at 5 feet 7 inches, was 23 years old when he was pulled over.

Shane Neal Brown, a White man with blue eyes who stands at 5 feet 11 inches, was 49 years old and already incarcerated in a San Bernardino County jail in Southern California when the younger Brown was pulled over.

Last month, the younger Brown agreed to a $90,000 settlement, according to Fox 5 Vegas News. The cap in Nevada for negligence is $100,000, his attorney told the news station.

The ordeal began at 4:44 p.m. on January 8, 2020 when the younger Brown was pulled over for not having his headlights turned on.

The traffic stop escalated when Brown told the cops his license was suspended but he had a court date the following morning to deal with it. He also gave the cops his full name, date of birth and social security number to show he had nothing to hide.

Upon learning he had a suspended license, the cops ordered him out of the car. But then they decided to arrest him when learning of the warrant for the older Brown.

“So, we got to figure some stuff out,” a cop told Brown. “You got arrested for something with a weapon.”

“Not ringing a bell?” a cop asked.

Brown told him he had never been arrested on a felony weapons charge but the cops did not believe him.

“It comes back totally matching you. Not much else we can do,” a cop told him, according to body cam footage obtained by 8 News Now which you can see in the news report below.

He ended up spending two nights in a Henderson jail before he was picked up by Las Vegas police and transported to the Clark County Detention Center which is where the warrant was from, spending another four nights there.

He repeatedly told police and detention officers that they had the wrong guy during his six-day ordeal but they never bothered checked their records to see if what he was saying was true.

It wasn’t until January 14 during a court hearing that a public defender told the judge they had arrested the wrong guy that he was released.

The city of Henderson paid $25,000 and the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department paid $65,000 Read the lawsuit here.



WATCH: Handcuffed Man left Paralyzed after Cops Place him Unsecured in Van and Slam on Brakes

Disturbing videos released last week show a Connecticut cop transporting a handcuffed man in the back of a van with no seat belts before slamming on the brakes, launching the man headfirst into the front wall of the van with a loud thud – leaving him paralyzed from the neck down.

New Haven police officer Oscar Diaz was driving at a high rate of speed before coming to a sudden stop at an intersection after another car edged into his lane from a side street, shows one of the videos from an outside surveillance camera. The other videos show the cop blew his horn twice.

Seconds later, Richard “Randy” Cox, 36, who had been arrested on gun charges at a block party, begins pleading for help from the back of the van. The cop eventually pulls over to check on him.

Cox tells him he is unable to move his arm and the cop doesn’t seem to believe him but he calls for an ambulance to meet them at the jail as he continues driving.

At the jail, several other cops join Diaz in pulling Cox out of the van and into a wheelchair where Cox slumps his head, evidently unable to hold it up. But the cops accuse him of being drunk.

“Stop playing around,” a cop tells him while shoving him into a wheelchair.

They eventually drag him into a jail cell and leave him on the floor.

“He’s perfectly fine,” determined a cop before entering the cell and shackling his legs.

But Cox was not fine because he has been unable to walk since then and is now hooked up to a breathing tube, unable to talk, according to one of his attorneys.

The incident took place June 18 and has sparked an investigation by Connecticut State Police. It has also led to the suspension of Diaz and the other four cops, including Sergeant Betsy Segui, Ronald Pressley, Jocelyn Lavandier and Luis Rivera.

New Haven Acting Police Chief Regina Rush-Kittle said Diaz slammed on the breaks to avoid striking the other car.

“The officer driving the vehicle had to make an evasive maneuver to avoid a motor vehicle accident,” she told the New Haven Register.

National civil rights attorney Ben Crump who helped secure a $27 million settlement for the family of George Floyd is representing Cox along with New Haven attorney Jack O’Donnell.

“He was not offered immediate medical aid, and then was dragged off the van by the feet and thrown into a wheelchair that may have exacerbated his life-threatening injuries,” Crump said in the statement, according to the New Haven Register.

The incident is reminiscent of the Freddie Gray death at the hands of Baltimore police in 2015 which led to a $6.4 million settlement with his family.

New Haven police said the transport van had hooks that detainees are supposed to hold on to while being transported to jail but they will no longer use those vans until they are outfitted with seat belts.

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LAPD Cop Killed in Training Exercise Meant to “Simulate a Mob” that left him with Broken Neck

The LAPD initially said one of its officers, Houston Tipping, died during a training exercise last month after he “fell to the floor and suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury.”

Los Angeles Police Chief Michael Moore also said he was “proud of Officer Tipping’s training classmates that immediately sprang into action, initiating CPR and other life saving measures as well as the work of the LA Fire Department,” according to a press release issued May 31, three days after the incident.

But Tipping’s mother is claiming her son was beaten to death by officers in an exercise meant to “simulate a mob” and that was “repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled,” according to a notice of claim she filed against the city Thursday obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Shirley Huffman said her son died from multiple breaks in his neck and that this particular exercise had been questioned before because other officers had been injured, according to the claim which is a pre-cursor to a lawsuit.

The LAPD has offered no further details other than Tipping was “engaged in a training scenario involving grappling with another officer” when he fell and suffered the spinal injury.

Tipping, 32, who joined the department in 2017, was laid to rest Wednesday in a funeral that began with a bagpipe procession and ended up with the chief handing Huffman a folded American flag.

Huffman’s claim is calling for the city to preserve all evidence in the matter, including “videos of the entire training exercise and actions taken against Officer Tipping,” the Times reported.

Bradley Gage, an attorney for Huffman, told the Times that Tipping suffered injuries to two parts of his head and to four vertebrae.

Captain Kelly Muniz, an LAPD spokeswoman, said the department has launched an investigation to determine whether “there are any changes that need to be made.”

Miami-Dade Cop Sentenced to 364 Days in Jail for Falsely Arresting Woman who had Called for Help

The power-tripping Florida cop who arrested a woman on false charges after she called police for help when a man threatened her with a shotgun was sentenced to 364 days in jail Thursday.

Alejandro Giraldo was a Miami-Dade police officer when he assaulted and arrested Dyma Loving after telling her did not like her attitude in March 2019.

Loving ended up jailed on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest while the man who threatened to kill her was not arrested.

It was only because the incident was captured on video that charges against her were dropped and Giraldo was terminated, ending a 14-year career with the Miami-Dade Police Department.

The video shows Giraldo accusing her of having an “attitude” after she insisted they arrest Frank Tumm, the neighbor who had pointed a shotgun at her and a friend during a verbal dispute that had gone on for days.

Public outrage over the video also led to the arrest of Tumm on two counts of felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, but the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office never formally filed the charges, so his case quietly disappeared months later.

On Thursday, Giraldo told the judge he was simply having a bad day and “it is not who I truly am,” according to Local 10.

But the video show several other Miami-Dade cops going along with the false arrest, indicating it was business as usual.

Giraldo, in fact, was training one of the officers, revealing a national trend of cops convicted of crimes while training rookies, including Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and Brooklyn Center (Minnesota) police officer Kim Potter.

The sentence imposed by Judge Ellen Sue Venzer came as a surprise considering prosecutors were only seeking 60 days in jail. Giraldo will also serve 18 months probation following his release from jail.

Giraldo who is a pastor at his church tried to paint himself as a holy man during his sentencing.

“I have dedicated my life to be a spiritual person. March 5th, I had a bad day. I ask that you do not define me based on the 6-minute video. I ask that you take mercy on me.”

But Judge Venzer was not buying it.

“You lied on an arrest affidavit,” she said, according to the Miami Herald. It wasn’t like you gained anything from it. Ms. Loving, she paid for your lies. She spent days in jail waiting for her family to come bail her out.”

A lawsuit filed by Loving against the Miami-Dade Police Department remains pending. Watch the video of the arrest below.

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Michigan Cop Charged with Second Degree Murder for Shooting Man in Back of Head during Traffic Stop

The Michigan cop who shot a man in the back of the head during a struggle after pulling him over for an unregistered license plate was charged with one count of second-degree murder Thursday.

Grand Rapids Police Department Officer Christopher Schurr shot and killed Patrick Lyoya on April 4 in an incident captured on both witness and body cam video that sparked protests.

Lyoya, 26, an immigrant from the Democratic Republic of Congo, appeared confused about why he was being pulled over. An autopsy determined he had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit, according to Local 4 in Detroit.

But Schurr, 31, made no mention during the traffic stop about suspecting Lyoya of being drunk.

Kent County Prosecutor Christopher Becker who made the decision to charge Schurr stated the following during a Thursday press conference, according to The Detroit News.

“The elements of second-degree murder is relatively simple. First, there was a death, a death done by the defendant. … The death was not justified or excused, for example, by self-defense. Taking a look at everything that I reviewed in this case, I believe there’s a sufficient basis to proceed.”

Schurr faces up to life in prison if convicted. Watch the video below.

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Why the Texas School Shooting is an Argument for Defunding the Police

It’s been nearly two weeks since police in Texas stood outside an elementary school fearing for their lives as children and teachers were being slaughtered inside by an 18-year-old man with an AR-15.

But the cops have yet to admit they were too scared to go after the gunman.

Instead, they have come up with a myriad of excuses and deflections to justify their inactions, spinning and twisting the truth while digging themselves deeper into a scandal that has sparked both a state and federal investigation into what went wrong.

From the initial false narrative about their heroic response to the way they handcuffed and threatened parents trying to save their children, the police response to the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24 has become a case study on everything wrong with policing today, not to mention an argument for defunding the police which simply means reducing its budget by re-directing tax dollars elsewhere.

After all, the city of Uvalde spent 40 percent of its budget on the police department in recent years, according to Bloomberg News, only for the cops to stand around and do nothing during the state’s worst school shooting in history.

Also in recent years, the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District doubled its budget for police officers and security measures like role-playing active shooter drills during school hours, expanding its department from four officers to six officers to serve 4,000 students across eight schools.

The expansion also brought in Pete Arrendondo as police chief for the school district, a veteran with almost three decades of law enforcement experience who supposedly has extensive training in how to respond to active shooters.

Arrendondo, who was the commanding officer responding to the shooting, made the decision to not confront the shooter as the gunman continued his rampage.

Meanwhile, more than 140 law enforcement officers from 14 agencies, including local, state and federal, remained outside the school and classroom for more than an hour, blindly following the chief’s misguided orders to not confront the shooter, choosing to let children die rather than break rank.

Yet we are expected to believe that pouring more tax dollars into policing is supposed to keep us safer?

The latest revelation is that Chief Arredondo did not have a police radio when he arrived at the scene minutes after the shooting began which led to communication problems with dispatch and presumably why he did not hear the dispatch reports of 911 calls from terrified students over the next hour.

Uvalde School District Police Chief Pete Arrendondo.

As incompetent as that sounds, it is why he treated the incident as a “hostage-barricaded situation” instead of an active shooter situation, according to sources who spoke to the New York Times. And it is also why police tried calling the gunman by phone in the hopes of negotiating with him to surrender .

But that plan failed when the gunman did not answer the phone.

Instead, Salvador Ramos kept shooting while at least two students kept calling 911, begging for police to protect them.

It was only after an hour into the massacre that a group of officers, mainly Border Patrol Agents, defied the chief’s orders and entered the school, shooting and killing the gunman after entering the locked classroom with a janitor’s key.

But by then, Ramos had killed 19 children and two adults despite cops arriving only minutes after the teen had entered the school.

Police Lies

It did not take long for the Police PR Spin Machine to start spewing lies, claiming at first that a school district cop confronted the gunman before the teen entered the school, but the officer was left wounded after an exchange of gunfire.

But the truth was the school cop drove right past the shooter, ignoring him altogether, confronting instead a teacher outside the school who was not armed as the shooter entered the school to begin his massacre.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott also contributed to the lies, informing journalists on the day of the shooting that the police response was swift and heroic, “running toward gunfire for the singular purpose of trying to save lives.”

But the truth is police entered the school through the same doorway only minutes after the shooter but ended up retreating after two city cops were grazed by bullets during an exchange of gunfire.

In other words, Chief Arrendondo based his decision to retreat on “officer safety,” the training protocol that prioritizes the safety of officers over the safety of citizens, despite the long-held myth that cops are heroes willing to sacrifice their lives for citizens.

U.S. Supreme Court Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court, in fact, ruled in 2005 that law enforcement officers have no Constitutional obligation to keep citizens safe from danger.

And that not only became clear after the Uvalde school shooting but also earlier this week in Arizona when a group of Tempe police officers watched a man drown without trying to save him despite the man begging for help.

It also became clear following the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018 after Broward County sheriff’s deputy Scott Peterson, who was the school resource officer that day, remained outside for almost an hour while 17 people were being massacred inside the school.

Peterson, however, is still facing 11 charges, including felony child neglect, and is scheduled to go to trial this fall but a conviction appears to be a long shot considering the 2005 Supreme Court ruling.

The Myth of “Protect and Serve”

It appears as if citizens from across the country were under the impression that cops were required to “protect and serve,” judging by the outrage on social media over the lackadaisical police response to the Uvalde school shooting.

But that is nothing more a marketing phrase created by the Los Angeles Police Department in the 1950s which was then adopted by other agencies across the country as well as popularized by Hollywood TV cop shows. It was never standard policy and it never will be.

It is part of the same Police PR Spin Machine that has indoctrinated people in this country into placing cops on a pedestal while believing the more money we spend on cops, the safer we will be.

But history shows that the more cops we hire, the more we must lower hiring standards which leads to corruption and abuse as it did within the Miami Police Department in the early 1980s, the U.S. Border Patrol in the early 1990s and the Baltimore Police Department in the early 2000s.

Cops in Schools

History also shows there is a higher rate of school resource officers arrested for sexual abuse compared to cops who don’t work the schools, who already commit a much higher rate of sex abuse compared to other professions.

In fact, a Buffalo News investigation determined at least one law enforcement officer in this country was caught in a case of sexual abuse every five days during a ten-year period between 2005 and 2015, a rate that was probably much higher considering most cases of sex abuse tend to go unreported.’

Then there is the school to prison pipeline which according to studies, shows that placing cops in schools results in more children being criminally charged over incidents that used to be handled by school administrators, especially Black children.

Yet after every school shooting since the Columbine school shooting in 1999, pandering politicians on both sides of the political aisle call for an increase in school resource officers, only to continue seeing an increase in school shootings, along with an increase in the criminalization and sexual abuse of students.

So it should be obvious that blind allegiance to police along with turning our schools into prisons is not the solution to a problem that is not going away anytime soon.

WATCH: NYPD Cops Brutalize Woman for Recording inside Precinct after she asked for Police Report

Patricia Rodney, a 61-year-old woman with diabetes, was told by her insurance company she needed to file a police report over a missing glucometer before they could replace the glucose-measuring device.

But she ended up brutally arrested by several New York City police officers while trying to obtain the report, according to body camera footage released this week.

The cops arrested her for recording inside the precinct even though there is no law forbidding citizens from recording in public areas of public buildings. In fact, a New York City law that went into effect in 2020 specifically states that citizens have the “right to record police activities.”

However, the NYPD created a policy stating that citizens are not allowed to record inside precincts and they even posted a sign on a wall to send the message to citizens – even though departmental policies has no legal bearing on citizens.

Rodney was charged with several contempt-of-cop charges, including resisting arrest, obstructing governmental administration, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass which were all dismissed, according to Hell Gate, an independent news site in New York City that broke the story.

The incident took place on December 2, 2020 after Rodney walked into the 62nd Precinct in Brooklyn to obtain a police report over the missing glucometer. The diabetic grandmother of three must measure her blood glucose several times throughout the day but was unable to do so after losing the device.

According to the lawsuit filed in February, Rodney had walked into the precinct days earlier and spoken to a cop behind the front desk who agreed to help her with the report. The cop took her information and told her to return later in the week to pick up a copy of the completed report.

But when she returned, there was another cop behind the front desk who told her she needed to pick up the report from police headquarters in Manhattan which is about an hour away on the subway.

Believing she was getting the run-around, Rodney told the cops she was not leaving until they gave her the report which is when several cops surrounded her in an attempt to intimidate her.

She pulled out her phone to start recording after they told her they had turned on their body cameras. They then pointed to a sign behind her that said “members of the public are prohibited from audio/video recording or photography inside this facility.”

The sign did not include any statute or ordinance number so it was just a suggestion enforced by intimidation and violence. Another example of cops creating their own laws when they do not agree with existing laws.

The video shows several cops pouncing on her with one cop yelling, “I’m not playing with you!’. The video also shows a cop pulling her face mask over her eyes and walking away after she was handcuffed.

The lawsuit which you can read here names only two cops, Sergeant Hernandez and Tamara Clement, but lists several other unidentified cops as John or Janes Does.

Watch the video below.

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South Florida Rapist Cop Sentenced to Three Years in Prison; will not have to Register as Sex Offender

The South Florida cop who used his badge to sexually assault several girls and women was sentenced to three years in prison earlier today – the maximum sentence under a plea deal that does not require him to register as a sex offender.

Former Hialeah Police Sergeant Jesus “Jesse” Menocal accepted a plea deal last month that allowed him to plead guilty to three misdemeanors. He was initially facing life in prison on felony sex assault charges, including kidnapping.

The 34-year-old man who comes from a family of cops will not be allowed to work as a cop again upon release but will be allowed to own and carry firearms. He will also be allowed to continue working as a firearms instructor at his family’s company, Menocal International Training.

One of his victims was a 14-year-old girl whom he forced to perform oral sex on him. Another girl was seventeen years old.

And another victim who was 30-years-old died under mysterious circumstances after falling out of a moving car, five months after she had accused him of threatening to murder her if she dared report him to internal affairs.

But Menocal remained protected for years by the Hialeah Police Department and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office. 

He even bragged that he was protected by internal affairs because he was sleeping with the female investigator.

It was not until the FBI arrested him in 2019 that he faced any accountability for his crimes.

His attorneys told the Miami Herald that they received more than 70 letters of support on behalf of the rapist cop, pointing out the number of participation awards he won over the years.

According to a sentencing memo from his supporters:

“He was nominated as officer of the year and the many commendations and awards reflected all the work he put in. With all that came pressure and scrutiny and as sure as the rise came, so did the fall.

The product of immature masculinity? A toxic culture? It is difficult, as everyone who knows him attests, to reconcile the person they know with the defendant before this court.

Certainly, the facts of this case are troubling to say the least but when compared to decades of good deeds and a life dedicated to serving his community, this court should look not just at the facts surrounding the offense but the facts about Jessie as a man, a father, a husband, a son and see that he can be redeemed.

At a minimum the way Jessie has led his life, but for a very brief and anomalous period of time, he has earned a second chance.”

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Stamm wrote the following in a sentencing memo:

“This duty was especially sacred when it came to protecting the most vulnerable in his community. Yet instead of serving his community, the defendant tarnished his badge and abused his authority by sexually exploiting the very people he was supposed to protect.

That he committed his crimes while holding the supervisory rank of sergeant, charged with leading the patrol officers under his command, is all the more troubling.”

Menocal not only committed his crimes as a sergeant, he was promoted to sergeant after he had already been accused of rape to further protect him from accountability.


WATCH: Michigan Cops under Investigation after Shooting Man in Parking Lot over Questionable 911 Call involving Gun

DeAnthony VanAtten pulled into the parking lot of a Meier’s store in East Lansing, Michigan last month, planning on running inside for a few minutes to make a minor purchase.

But the 20-year-old man was spotted by a man in another car who saw him stepping out of a silver Chevy Equinox with a gun in his hand before slipping the gun into his pocket.

VanAtten was also wearing a mask but the store has been encouraging customers to wear masks during the pandemic. Also, Michigan is an open carry state that also allows citizens to carry guns concealed with the proper permit.

But the man who evidently was inside the car next to VanAtten’s in the parking lot believed VanAtten was up to no good and called 911. A dispatcher relayed the information to East Lansing police officers, pointing out that VanAtten had not threatened anybody with the gun.

“I have a caller that advised for a 20-year-old Black male, he was wearing a yellow and black jacket with a mask covering his whole face except his eyes, pulled a gun out of his car and went inside the store, caller’s advising that the accused walked in through the grocery side,” the dispatcher tells officers, according to an audio recording included in the video below.

“He’s not threatening anybody with it, just walked inside the store.”

Nevertheless, the videos released last week show four East Lansing police officers responding to the April 25 incident, arriving to the scene seven minutes later. Two of the cops enter the store in one entrance and another cop named Jim Menser enter through a second entrance.

Menser encounters VanAtten as the young man is exiting the store, carrying a small plastic bag in his hand.

“Hey! Let me see your fucking hands!” Menser yells while drawing his gun. “Let me see your fucking hands!”

VanAtten responds by running away, the bag in one hand, his other hand in the air, showing he was not holding a gun.

Menser chases him through the parking lot with the two other cops who were inside the store running closely behind him.

The fourth cop, Jose Viera, pulls into the parking lot and spots VanAtten running, so he stopped his patrol car and began running after him as well.

Viera was the closest cop to VanAtten as he made his way to the Equinox he was driving that day. Inside the car was a young woman with her baby, waiting for VanAtten to return from the store, not realizing he was about to be shot.

“He’s reaching, he’s reaching!” Viera yells as he closed in on VanAtten.

“He’s got a gun!” Viera yella, pulling out his gun and firing twice but missing.

Meanwhile, Menser was about about 50 feet behind Viera and repeated what he heard Viera say about VanAtten wielding a gun – even though he never actually saw the gun.

“He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!”

While the videos released by the East Lansing Police Department do not show VanAtten holding a gun, an overhead security video shows him running in between some cars  as police chase him and stooping down, apparently placing the gun underneath a car.

The video then shows him trying to hide among the cars before stepping into the parking lane to continue running away.

However, Menser who is hiding behind a car fires six times, striking him twice.

“Get on the fucking ground!” he yells after VanAtten has fallen on the ground while screaming in pain.

But the gun that led to the shooting was not found until three minutes later underneath a parked car.

VanAtten survived the shooting and was treated at a hospital. He was charged with violating the terms of his probation but it is not clear at this time what were those terms.

At this time, there is no evidence that VanAtten has a concealed weapons permit and there is no evidence he was otherwise committing any crimes inside the store. Meier’s store policy asks customers not to open carry but says nothing about concealed weapons.

The East Lansing Independent Police Commission is questioning how police responded to the call, specifically whether cops were under any direct threat when they shot him and whether the initial call was biased to begin with considering Michigan is a gun-friendly state and VanAtt is Black.

East Lansing City Ordinance 1490 approved in 2020 which forbids calls to police that are based on biased instead of reasonable suspicion states the following:

No person shall knowingly and intentionally report to a City of East Lansing Police Officer, the City of East Lansing Police Department, a City of East Lansing Official or report to Ingham County 911, a complaint that a person has committed, or that the person may or will commit a crime or is otherwise acting suspiciously when such a report is not based on a reasonable suspicion or fear of criminal activity, but is rather based, in significant part, on the person’s race, color, or national origin.

Even if the man who called police was genuinely concerned, the police commission is questioning why the cops responded so aggressively when the caller made it clear VanAtten was not threatening anybody with the gun.

The Michigan State Police has completed it investigation into the shooting and has sent its findings to the Michigan Attorney General’s office which will determine if the officers will be charged with any crimes.

Watch the edited video below or the entire video package released by East Lansing police here.

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WATCH: Oklahoma Cops who Shot and Killed Unarmed Man with Raised Hands Charged with Manslaughter

Even after a cop shot Quadry Sanders four times as he was raising his arms in surrender, two officers continued to shoot him after he was on the ground still trying to raise his hands to comply with their orders.

“Hands! Hands! Hands!” Lawton police officer Robert Hinkle yelled, according to the body camera footage released Friday.

But when a wounded Sanders tried to raise his hands, Hinkle shot him an additional seven times, accusing him of “reaching.”

His partner, Lawton police officer Nathan Ronan, fired four times. The video captured him admitting to never seeing a gun in Sanders’ hands before a sergeant tells him to shush.

“Quit reaching! Quit reaching!” Hinkle yelled after firing seven shots.

“I’m down,” Sanders cried out in pain.

Seconds later, they were dragging him on the ground away from the doorway where he had walked out of before he had been shot, leaving a trail of blood. The 29-year-old man was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.

On Friday, the Comanche District Attorney’s office announced that both cops were charged with first-degree manslaughter while releasing the body camera footage.

The incident took place on December 5, 2021 after police received a 911 call accusing Sanders of violating a protective order while waving a gun around.

However, no weapon was ever found at the scene and the only thing Sanders was holding was a baseball cap, according to the statement by district attorney’s office published by KSWO.

According to the Comanche County District Attorney’s office:

Officer Hinkle begins telling Mr. Sanders “hands, hands” as well as “down, down, down, down.” Mr. Sanders hands are clearly seen and the only item visible in his hands is a ball cap, which he transfers from his right hand to his left hand. As he is receiving these orders, Mr. Sanders quickly turns back towards the front door of the home.

Officers Hinkle and Ronan then walk closer to Mr. Sanders. As Hinkle approaches, Mr. Sanders can be seen raising both of his hands in the air, above his head. At that time, Officer Hinkle shoots his firearm four times at Mr. Sanders. Mr. Sanders falls to the ground and appears to have been shot, at which time Officer Hinkle once again orders “hands, hands, hands,” and to “quit reaching.”

Mr. Sanders sits up from his back with his hands above his head at which time Officer Hinkle fires his firearm seven additional times. Simultaneously with these shots, Officer Ronan also fires his weapon at Mr. Sanders four times. Mr. Sanders is then secured by Officer Hinkle. On the way to Comanche County Memorial Hospital by ambulance, Quadry Sanders is pronounced dead. No weapon was located on Mr. Sanders’ body or in the area where he was shot.

An autopsy determined that Sanders was shot 12 times in the abdomen, groin, legs, arms and hand.

“It was just murder,” said attorney Lee Merritt who is representing the family of Sanders. “There was no justification.”

In January 2021, Hinkle shot and killed another man but was cleared by the district attorney’s office who said the man he killed, Zonterious Johnson, was wielding a gun, according to KSKO.

The two cops were fired in January after an internal affairs investigation. They remain free on a $250,000 bond, according to the Lawton Constitution. Their next court date is August 1.

Watch the edited video below or the full 23-minute video released by the district attorney’s office.

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Colorado Cop Sentenced to Five Years in Prison for Violent Assault on Elderly Woman with Dementia

A Colorado cop who abused an elderly woman with dementia in an apparent attempt to impress his girlfriend was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday.

Austin Hopp, who resigned from the Loveland Police Department in 2021 after the woman’s family filed a lawsuit, was convicted of second-degree assault in March. He will serve three years of parole after his release, according to the Denver Post.

The girlfriend he was trying to impress, Daria Jalali, was also a Loveland police officer who pulled up to the scene as Hopp was arresting the woman. She was charged with failure to intervene, failure to report the use of excessive force and official misconduct. Her case is still pending.

The victim, Karen Garner, was 73 years old when she was accused of shoplifting $14 worth of items from Walmart on June 26, 2020. The items included a can of Pepsi, a candy bar, a t-shirt and cleaning towels.

Her family says she simply forgot to pay for the items. They also say she attempted to pay for the items with a credit card after store employees stopped her outside the store but they refused to accept her payment.

Instead, they called the cops.

Hopp was the first to respond to the call, pulling up behind Garner as she was walking down the street. The video shows she appeared confused.

The cop took that as a sign of disrespect and took her to the ground and handcuffed her. He then pulled her back up and walked her to his car and stood her against the car.

That was when his girlfriend pulled up to assist in the arrest. And that was when he jerked her arm behind her back, dislocating her shoulder. The video captures a popping sound, causing Garner to yell out in pain.

Later at the station after he ensured both body cameras were turned off, a security video recorded Hopp bragging to Jalali about the popping sound. They broke up eight months later.

A man who witnessed the abuse complained to Loveland Police Sergeant Phil Metzler who later arrived at the scene but the sergeant tried to intimidate him by accusing him of interfering with the arrest for simply observing. The sergeant also claimed that by observing the arrest, the man was placing himself in danger because Garner, he claimed, could have been a violent murderer.

Garner ended up handcuffed to a bench for six hours in a jail cell as the cops watched the body cameras videos while laughing.

Police supervisors and commanding officers saw nothing wrong with the arrest because no action was taken until April 2021 when Garner’s family filed a lawsuit and their lawyer posted the video to YouTube where it quickly went viral, leading to the resignations of both Hopp and Jalali.

Five months later, Garner’s family accepted a $3 million settlement. Garner had been diagnosed with “cortical dementia with lack of insight, disorientation, and sensory aphasia” before the incident. Her family says her condition worsened after the arrest and she no longer recognizes family members.

Read the lawsuit here and watch the video below.

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WATCH: Colorado Cop Abuses Elderly Woman with Dementia, then Laughs and Brags about it

Five Cops Accused of Strangling Women in Five Separate Domestic Violence Incidents over Past Month

Five law enforcement officers from across the country have been charged with strangling their wives or girlfriends in separate domestic violence incidents over the past month.

It started off with a 24-year-old cop from Alabama named Robert Allen Maddox Jr., of the Headland Police Department who was arrested on one charge of domestic violence strangulation after an argument with his wife in which she accused him of throwing her to the floor and choking her to the point where she was unable to breathe, according to CBS 42.

Then there was Myron V. Ford, 37, a police officer with the Deptfrord Township Police Department in New Jersey who was indicted by a grand jury late last month on a charge of second-degree aggravated assault/strangling a domestic violence victim.

Ford, 13-year veteran of the police department is accused of “forcefully shoving” a woman against a door in an apartment and “placing his hands around the victim’s neck in attempt to strangle the victim,” according to NJ.com. Ford’s initial arrest was in September and his status with the police department is unclear.

Then on April 15, a cop named Jermaine Nash of the Norwalk Police Department in Connecticut was accused of strangling a woman in an argument. He was arrested later that day on charges of second-degree strangulation and third-degree assault over an incident involving a family member, according to The Hour.

Then a few days later, Rayshaun O’Shea Junio Gravely of the Henry County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia was arrested April 19 for a domestic violence incident that took place in June 2021 in which a woman who was his girlfriend at the time accused him of strangling her in a parking lot during an argument over another man.

The woman who did not report the crime until this month said Gravely grabbed her right arm and twisted it behind her back, pushing her through the parking lot.

“She stated that he then pushed her up against his car and put his hand around her throat and began to choke her,” the arresting officer wrote in his report, according to Martinsville Bulletin.He has been fired.

The woman who is also a Henry County sheriff’s deputy told police she did not report the incident at first because she was expecting the relationship to get better but he abused her again this month in another incident in North Carolina which also resulted in his arrest, the Bulletin reported.

She obtained a protective order against him in North Carolina but when she tried to do the same in Virginia, she was told she must first file a criminal complaint. Gravely has since been fired.

And finally there is Tomas Morales of the Woburn Police Department in Massachusetts who is accused of strangling his estranged wife in December over an argument about Christmas presents, according to WCVB.The article published Wednesday does not state when he was arrested but reports that he retired last month and is scheduled to go on trial on May 5.

While many citizens view police as heroes and saviors, it has long been established that there is a much higher rate of domestic violence in families of police offices compared to other families.

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