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WATCH: Arizona Cop Shoots Man in Wheelchair in Back after he Shoplifted Toolbox from Walmart

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An Arizona cop was fired after shooting and killing a man in a motorized wheelchair who had been suspected of shoplifting a toolbox from Walmart Monday evening.

Bodycam and surveillance video show Tucson police officer Ryan Remington opening fire nine times on the 61-year-old man as he was trying to enter a Lowe’s Home Improvement store in his wheelchair. The cop then handcuffs the shooting victim.

The man in the wheelchair, Richard Lee Richards, was accused of pulling a knife on a store employee when asked to show the receipt for the toolbox. He then continued to operate the wheelchair through the parking lot as the cop, who had been working security for Walmart, walked behind him, trying to get him to stop.

“Do not go into the store, sir,” the cop tells him before opening fire.

In a press conference Tuesday, Tucson Police Chief Chris Magnus told reporters he was “deeply disturbed and troubled” by the shooting, according to the New York Times.

“His use of deadly force in this incident is a clear violation of department policy and directly contradicts multiple aspects of our use of force and training,” Chief Magnus said. “As a result, the department moved earlier today to terminate Officer Remington.”

But there is still no indication as to whether Remington will face criminal charges. The Pima County Attorney’s Office said it is investigating the shooting but offered no details.

An attorney for the cop told the New York Times that Remington had “attempted to de-escalate the situation” but ultimately had “no choice but to use deadly force” since he did not comply with the officer’s commands.

Watch the video below.

 



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Please Support PINAC on this Giving Tuesday

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I’ve never been comfortable asking for donations but if you are in an altruistic mood on this Giving Tuesday, please consider PINAC as a possible recipient of your generosity because the money will help keep the stories flowing and our mission alive.

Donate more than $100 and receive a personalized PINAC press pass.

The mission as we announced earlier this year is to build a database of bad cops which will be compiled by readers throughout the country making public records requests through their local police departments and prosecutors’ offices.

But it is a longterm project and we first needed to build the foundation which we’ve been doing this year by rebuilding the entire site. I also spent the summer turning a walk-in closet into a podcast studio and plan to launch the first episode this week.

The goal is to publish a weekly podcast where I will interview people relevant to the issue of police accountability, especially when it comes to the Brady List which are the records we will be seeking.

It will be a rarity in the podcast world because most police-related podcasts are all about blindly backing the blue and we’re going to be about holding cops accountable.

We’ve also added forums to the site even though not many people have signed up. The forums is where we will post the records we obtain so they will be accessible to the public while we build the actual database.

We’ve invested thousands of dollars into the project so far and plan to go full throttle at the beginning of next year. The forums alone cost $100-a-month to maintain.

But right now you can help a great deal by making a donation which can be done through the donor box below. You can also make a tax-deductible donation through our fiscal sponsor, the Center of Social Change in Miami.

Check out the photos and short video below to see the new studio. It’s small but perfect for the podcast.

PINAC’s Goal for 2021 is to Build a Public Database of Bad Cops from Brady Lists

NJ Cop Strikes and Kills Man with Car before Placing Body in Back Seat and Driving it Home to Mother in Attempted Coverup

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Despite being a fully certified police officer and coming from a family of cops, Louis Santiago evidently had no clue what to do after striking a pedestrian on the side of the road in the early hours of November 1.

The off-duty Newark cop first fled the scene rather than stop and render aid to the victim, a 29-year-old nurse named Damian Z. Dymka, who was dressed as a werewolf after having celebrated Halloween hours earlier.

But Santiago returned to the scene several times afterwards with his passenger, Albert Guzman, until eventually lifting the victim’s body in the back seat of his 2005 Honda Accord and driving it to the home he shared with his parents, according to a press release from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The body remained in the back seat of the car while Santiago and Guzman discussed with Santiago’s mother inside the house what to do with the body. Santiago eventually drove back to the scene with the body still in the back seat of the Honda.

Meanwhile, Santiago’s father, Luis Santiago, a lieutenant with the Newark Police Department, called 911 to report his son had been in an accident, according to the press release.

New Jersey state police arrived and found the body in the back seat of Santiago’s car but it took nearly three weeks before charges were filed on November 18.

In fact, New Jersey state police initially reported to the media that the driver who killed Dymka had remained at the scene and cooperated with police, making no mention of his name or the fact he was a cop.

Charges against Santiago include reckless vehicular homicide, desecrating human remains, leaving the scene of a deadly accident, endangering an injured victim and two counts of official misconduct.

Guzman and Annette Santiago face charges of hindering apprehension, conspiracy to desecrate human remains and tampering with physical evidence.

Luis Santiago, the father who has spent 18 years with the Newark Police Department, will not be facing charges, the prosecutor’s office said.

Judge Allows “Predator” Cop to Serve Time at Home instead of Jail after Determining Rape Victim did not Suffer “Psychological Injury”

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The first rape took place after Baltimore County police officer Anthony Michael Westerman began buying rounds of shots for his friends at a bar in Maryland, including for a 22-year-old woman he had just met who had arrived with a female friend of his from high school.

It was 2017 and Westerman was living the good life. He was 23 years old and had already been a cop for four years. And his behavior indicates he believed he could get away with anything.

And considering a Maryland judge last week sentenced the cop to four years of home detention while appealing his rape conviction, he was probably right.

The 22-year-old woman ended up getting very drunk and leaving the bar to pass out in her car. At some point, her friend walked out of the bar and woke her up. The plan was for the two of them to take an Uber back home and retrieve her car the following day.

But Westerman suggested they all share an Uber. He told the two women that he and a male friend would ensure the Uber drops them off first before dropping the two men off at his home.

However, the two women ended up passing out on the ride home and when they awoke, they were at Westerman’s house, according to WMAR-TV in Baltimore which reviewed the court documents.

They protested at first but Westerman convinced them to go inside and watch a movie but he ended up putting on a porn. His female friend from high school walked to his bedroom with his male friend to lie on his bed, leaving the cop alone with the 22-year-old woman he had just met.

But she was passed out on the couch and when she awoke, her pants were off and Westerman was on top of her, trying to penetrate her.

She tried pushing him off but he held her down, telling her he knows she liked it. She told investigators he held her down while kissing her face and neck during the sex act.

The woman told her friend what had happened and they both left the home but never reported it because they figured he would remain protected as a cop.

It was only when Westerman was accused of raping another woman at his home more than a year later that she came forward.

The Second Victim

The second victim was a 20-year-old woman who told police she considered him to be a brother. She was visiting Westerman’s live-in girlfriend who was her relative.

It was June 2019 and the three of them spent the evening drinking. When Westerman and his girlfriend retired to their bedroom, the victim retired to a guest bedroom.

She was laying on the bed about to fall asleep when Westerman walked into the bedroom and began kissing her and thrusting his hand into her underpants, WMAR-TV reported. She tried to push him off but he ripped off her clothes and raped her.

She was also hesitant to report the incident because he was a cop.

The Third Victim

A week later, Westerman was accused of sexually assaulting a third woman who was also related to his live-in girlfriend.

According to WMAR-TV, she met up with Westerman and her relative at the cop’s home and they began drinking, celebrating his girlfriend’s birthday. They then went to a bar to continue drinking.

At the bar, Westerman’s girlfriend and another friend left the table to go to the bathroom, leaving the cop alone with the victim. He took the victim to a secluded area of the bar and she went along, thinking he was going to reveal plans to propose to his girlfriend.

But instead he attempted to kiss her. She pushed him off and they returned to the table but he did it again later that day and that time, she cussed him out and told the others.

At some point, one of the victims reported the crimes to police who arrested him on rape charges in December 2019, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Prosecutors described Westerman as a “predator” who would get his victims drunk before sexually assaulting them, according to WBAL-TV.

The Judge

Last week, Baltimore County Judge Keith Truffer dismissed charges from the third incident but convicted him of rape for the first two incidents, sentencing him to 15 years in prison.

However, the judge suspended all but four years of the sentence, allowing him to serve that time at home while appealing the conviction. Truffer’s arrived at his decision after concluding there is “not evidence of any psychological injury to the victim.”

Truffer, who became a judge in 2016, has a long list of professional credentials to his name, according to his bio, but nothing suggests that he has any expertise in psychology, especially when it comes to rape victims.

“I’m disappointed in the outcome,” State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger told the Baltimore Sun. 

“I do not believe when you’re convicted of second-degree rape that home detention is appropriate and I certainly don’t believe only four years on this kind of crime is appropriate.”

Although Westerman is still a cop, he has been suspended without pay since December 2019.

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Watch the Video that Led to Murder Charges against Five Georgia Cops

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Even after the five Georgia cops tortured Fernando Rodriguez for 15 minutes, tasering him repeatedly before piling on top of him with all their body weight and forcing his face into the asphalt and their knees into his back, they refused to believe he had stopped breathing when the struggle subsided.

“He’s holding his breath,” one cop assured the other officers after one of them noticed he had stopped breathing.

“He’s playing possum,” another cop informed an arriving paramedic.

But the 24-year-old man never regained consciousness. He was transported to a local hospital where doctors determined he was suffering from respiratory failure, renal failure, anoxic brain injury, cardiac arrest and acute blood loss anemia.

And he was pronounced dead less than three days later. An autopsy determined the cause of death to be “asphyxia due to physical restraint in prone position with compression of chest.”

In other words, the cops suffocated him to death.

On Friday, more than two years after his death, a grand jury indicted each of the five cops on one count of malice murder, two counts of felony murder and one count of aggravated assault. The grand jury also charged each officer with one count of violation of oath office, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The indicted cops are Henry County police officers Robert Butera and Quinton Phillips, and Hampton police officers Marcus Stroud, Gregory Bowlden and Mason Lewis. The latter three have all resigned, according to NBC News.

The incident took place on September 20, 2019 following the Imagine Music Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway.

Rodriguez had attended the electronic music festival and was walking home alone. But at some point, he decided to take off all his clothes as he walked down the street about a mile from where the concert had taken place. Somebody called 911 to report a naked man walking down the street.

A lawsuit filed against the cops stated that Rodriguez was in need of medical attention that night but the cops treated him as if he were a violent criminal on the run, ordering him to lay down on the ground and tasering him when he continued walking.

The first cops to arrive were Hampton police officers Lewis and Stroud who wasted no time in tasering him when he did not comply with their orders to lay down on the ground. The first taser knocked him on the ground but he then sat down on the pavement and the cops wanted him on his stomach so they continued tasering him.

Minutes later, the Henry County cops arrived and also began tasering him. By the time it was over, the cops had tasered him at least 15 times.

Rodriguez’s family filed the lawsuit in May which you can read here. In July, the city of Hampton settled with the family for $3 million. The claim against Henry County remains pending.

Watch the shortened video below or the full 30-minute video here.

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KC Cop who Cried on Witness Stand Convicted of Manslaughter in Shooting Death of Cameron Lamb

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The Kansas City cop who cried on the witness stand last week as he described shooting to death a 26-year-old man was convicted Friday on charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action.

Kansas City Police Detective Eric Devalkenaere is facing up to four years in prison for the shooting death of Cameron Lamb, who was backing his truck into his garage when he was shot and killed. His sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.

Prosecutors also accused him of planting a gun in an attempt to justify the shooting.

Jackson County Judge Dale Youngs convicted the cop in a bench trial after the cop chose to forego a jury trial.

The judge said the cops had no probable cause to believe a crime had been committed and had no warrant to step on his property that day. He also said Devalkenaere needlessly escalated the situation when it was his duty to retreat, according to the Associated Press.

The incident took place on December 3, 2019 as Lamb was backing his truck into his garage after having an altercation with his girlfriend where he was chasing her in his truck as she was driving her Mustang.

Cameron Lamb, 26, was a father of three.
A police helicopter observed the chase from above and notified the cops on the ground.

Meanwhile, Lamb stopped giving chase and began heading home after receiving a call from his roommate. The cops in the helicopter advised the cops on the ground that Lamb was pulling into a residence.

Devalkenaere showed up to the scene with his partner, Troy Schwalm, and both entered the property without a warrant and in plainclothes.

Within nine seconds, Devalkenaere had shot him dead.

Photos from the crime scene show Lamb was sitting in the drivers seat of the truck with his left arm hanging outside the window.

The detective claimed that Lamb was pointing a gun at his partner but Schwalm told investigators at the time he saw no gun even though he was making direct eye contact with Lamb at the time and had full view of both hands. The left hand was on the steering wheel and the right hand was holding a cell phone.

However, a gun was later found on the ground beneath Lamb even though another cop who arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting told investigators he saw no gun on the ground when he first arrived.

A couple of bullets were also found in Lamb’s shirt pocket after his body had been transported to the morgue but crime scene investigators had already emptied his pockets at the scene and found no bullets.

Devalkenaere is the first cop in the history to be charged and convicted for a shooting death in the line of duty. Four other Kansas City cops have also been indicted for various crimes on-duty and are awaiting trial.

Read more background on the case in our article from last week. Watch the video below of Devalkenaere on the witness stand.

Kansas City Cops Backtrack on Witness Stand in Trial against Fellow Cop Accused of Planting Gun after Killing Man

WATCH: Miami Cops Arrest Man who Called them to Report Stolen Car, telling him he “Matched the Description” of the Car Thief

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The incompetency of the Miami Police Department is on full display in bodycam videos showing them arresting a man who had called them for help after his car had been stolen because he happened to match the description of the man who had stolen his car.

Samuel Scott Jr., who had called police after his 2006 black Jeep Compass was stolen from in front of his aunt’s house, is a 5’10” Black man with a shaved head and beard who was wearing a white tank top underneath a black shirt that day.

The man who stole his car was described as a Black man approximately 6’2″ with a shaved head and beard who was wearing a white tank top.

That was enough for Miami police to deduce he was the suspect. They ended up handcuffing him and charging him with several crimes, including reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, false reporting of a crime, failure to carry a concealed weapon license and possession of marijuana.

The 46-year-old man ended up spending more than 24 hours in jail before he was released.

The incident took place on June 1, 2018 but last week Scott filed a lawsuit against the city of Miami accusing the cops of unlawful search and seizure, false imprisonment and malicious prosecution.

According to the lawsuit which you can read here, Scott called police around 6 p.m. that day to report his car stolen from in front of his aunt’s house.

At 6:05 p.m., Miami police officer Jonathan Guzman spotted the stolen car about two miles from his aunt’s house and said he began following it because it was driving 20 mph over the speed limit.

The driver of the car ended up crashing into another car and the driver fled the scene. Guzman described the man fleeing as a 6’2″ heavyset Black man with a shaved head and beard and wearing a white tank top.

Meanwhile, Miami police officer Michael Bloom was dispatched to the aunt’s house to take a report of the stolen car. At one point, Bloom called Scott on his cellphone to determine his location. Scott was standing outside and waved at the cop when spotting him.

Bloom asked Scott if there was a possibility his car had been repossessed but Scott said no. He then asked Scott to fill out an affidavit to describe what had taken place which he did.

A few minutes later, Guzman pulled up to the scene along with several other cops, including Brandon Williams, Miguel Hernandez and Randy Carriel who are all listed in the lawsuit.

Guzman quickly determined that Scott was the same man he had seen running away from the crash even though Scott at the moment had been talking to Bloom, the first cop to arrive on the scene.

Carriel pulled out his taser and was ready to use it as they ordered Scott to place his hands on the car and patted him down. He was handcuffed and placed in the back of the car despite proclaiming his innocence.

“I’m telling you, you guys have the wrong guy,” Scott tells them in the bodycam video.

“The description of the guy who took off in your car is just like yours,” Guzman responds.

“But that’s half of Miami, baldheaded with a beard?” Scott says.

Charges against him were eventually dismissed but police never returned his personal items, including a wallet and cellphone which can be seen on the trunk of the cop car in the video, NBC Miami reported last year.

An internal affairs investigation also determined that Miami police turned off their body cameras at several points throughout the interaction with Scott but it is not clear if the cops were ever disciplined, according to the NBC article.

Miami police have had a long history of corruption and abuse, especially towards the city’s Black community which make up almost 17 percent of the population. The U.S. Department of Justice has investigated the department several times over the decades but the corruption and abuse has continued.

Earlier this year, the city of Miami hired former Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo who proclaimed he was going to reform the department but that did not go too well when he accused the city council of using local cops as their personal goons to intimidate political rivals, according to the Washington Post.

Acevedo, who was born in Cuba but grew up in Los Angeles, referred to the city council as the “Cuban Mafia,” which is what led to his termination after only six months on the job as police chief.

(Full disclosure: Miami police was the agency who arrested PINAC News editor-in-chief Carlos Miller in 2007 for photographing them against their wishes, leading to the creation of this website.)

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WATCH: SC Cop Stomps on Disabled Man’s Head with Boot for not Complying Fast enough

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Less than a month before South Carolina became an open carry state, a cop stomped on a disabled man’s head for not complying fast enough after claiming he saw him holding a gun.

But the gun turned out to be a stick. And the cop, Orangeburg police officer David Dukes, ended up fired and charged with first degree assault and battery five days after the incident which took place on July 26.

On Wednesday, his lawyer announced they have agreed to a $650,000 settlement, according to the Times and Democrat.

The 58-year-old victim, Clarence Gailyard, was slow to comply with his orders because he has pins and rods in his knee, leg and hip from a previous accident.

Gailyard said he uses the stick to ward off stray dogs when he is walking through the neighborhood as he was doing with his cousin that day when somebody called police about a man with a gun.

But he placed the stick beneath a parked car when Dukes pulled up to the scene with his gun drawn, yelling at both men to lay on the ground.

Gailyard’s cousin, Demario Julian, quickly complied but Gailyard moved a little slower because of his disability, sending the cop into a rage.

Gailyard was on his hands and knees when Dukes smashed his boot on his head into the pavement.

He then handcuffed and searched him before walking behind the car to find the gun he was sure was there, only to find the stick beneath the car.

The video shows him trying to explain his actions to the other cops but they didn’t seem too impressed.

He was fired and charged on July 31, five days after the incident.

The new open carry law went into effect on August 15 and local media interviewed a South Carolina sheriff who said his deputies would no longer be responding to “man with a gun” calls.

“When you get that call that somebody’s walking down the road or parking lot or something openly carrying a firearm, that’s not a crime. That’s not a crime,” Kershaw County Sheriff Lee Boan told WIS-TV.

“We’re not going to investigate something that’s not a crime.”

The city of Orangburg said it would review its use of force polices and procedures as well as establish a “citizen’s task force” to ensure better accountability.

Gailyard’s attorney, Justin Bamberg, who has been a state representative since 2014, was pleased with the outcome.

“I’ve handled numerous cases involving police violence previously and rarely have I seen a city swiftly accept responsibility and also work to ensure that this never happens to another person,” Bamberg told local media.

 

 

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WATCH: Cleveland Transit Cop who Shoved Homeless Man on Train Tracks Charged with Assault

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A 41-year-old Cleveland transit police officer said he was only defending himself when he shoved a 68-year-old mentally ill man onto the train tracks inside a rapid transit station earlier this year.

But a security video shows the cop and another cop standing on the platform blocking the man from climbing back onto the platform rather than helping him up. Luckily, no trains pulled into the station at the time.

Last week, Regional Transit Authority police officer Jason Rivera was charged with three misdemeanors related to the incident, including assault, dereliction of duty and unlawful restraint, according to online court records. He was also suspended without pay.

Meanwhile, charges of criminal trespass and disorderly conduct against the homeless man, Edward McDermott, were dismissed on the basis that he was incompetent to stand trial due to an unspecified mental illness, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The incident took place on February 16, 2021 at the Brookpark transit station where trains run about every ten minutes.

According to the police report, McDermott became “aggressive” towards the cop when asked to remove his personal belongings for a custodian cleaning. He also insulted Rivera by calling him a “rent-a-cop,” the Plain Dealer reported.

Rivera claimed he shoved McDermott after the homeless man lunged towards him and threatened him, making him fear for his safety.

However, Regional Transit Authority police refused to release the security video until the Cleveland Plain Dealer filed a claim with the Ohio court system which forced its release in April.

The video is without sound but shows McDermott did a couple of half-lunges towards the officer before turning and walking away which was when he was shoved.

Michael Gettings, who was police chief at the time, called the incident “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” and ordered him to attend 40 hours of crisis intervention training and one day of de-escalation and judgement training, the Plain Dealer reported.

 

Chicago Cop who Killed Domestic Violence Victim was Kept on Force Despite Previous Arrest for Assaulting Cop while Drunk

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The Chicago police officer who shot and killed a male domestic violence victim who had called 911 for help last month was almost fired in the past for a drunken domestic incident in which he threatened another cop and refused to take a breathalyzer test.

But Alberto Covarrubias was allowed to keep his job after serving a four-month suspension where he supposedly attended Alcohol Anonymous classes.

However, the victim’s family members are saying their loved one would still be alive had he been fired.

The shooting incident took place on October 4, 2021 after Michael Craig called 911 to report his wife was attacking him with a knife, something she had done in the past because she suffered from mental illness and would sometimes go off her medication.

Bodycam video shows Covarrubias pulling up the building where the couple’s 7-year-old boy was waiting to let them in.

“Who has the knife?” the cop asks.

“My mommy,” the boy responds.

“Who told you to call?”

“My daddy,” the boy responds.

But that information did not seem to register with Covarrubias because he shot and killed the boy’s father within seconds of entering the apartment with a taser in one hand and a gun in the other.

“Where did he stab you? Where did he cut you?” Covarrubias asks the woman even though she was the one doing the stabbing.

Another cops then enters the apartment and asks who did the stabbing.

“He had the knife and started poking her,” Covarrubias responds.

However, not only did Craig call 911 for help but also a neighbor who said he was being stabbed by his wife place a call as well. Chicago police, in fact, had responded to similar incidents in the past although it is not clear if Covarrubias was involved in those prior incidents, according to the Daily Beast.

Covarrubias’s arrest

It was 5:24 a.m. on March 26, 2016 when police responded to a call of a drunk couple loudly arguing in the streets which turned out to be Covarrubias and a woman named Guadalupe Morales, according to public records.

Covarrubias flashed the cops his badge and told them he had been drinking since 2 p.m. the prior day but would not give them any more information nor submit to a breathalyzer test.

Police placed him in the passenger seat of a patrol car but then he started fiddling with the computer screen inside the car and even pocketed some documents that were on the computer.

When Chicago police officer Christopher Oehmen told him not to touch the computer screen, Covarrubias told him he thought they were “brothers.” When Oehmen told him they were not brothers, Covarrubias responded in anger.

“Do you want me to step out of this car and kick your fucking ass?” he told the cop which is what led to a charge of assault against him.

But even after he was arrested and transported to a police station, Covarrubias refused to take a breathalyzer test or sign any documents, although he did allow his photograph to be taken that day. The assault charge was eventually dropped.

More than two years later, Chicago Superintendent of Police Eddie T. Johnson – who had his own embarrassing public drunkenness incident where he flashed his badge after passing out in his car at a stop sign – recommended to the Police Board of Chicago that Covarrubias be fired.

But despite the board determining Covarrubias violated several rules and policies, he was allowed to be reinstated after proving he is “certified as psychologically fit for duty.” And he was able to do that four months later after submitting a report from a clinical psychologist and attending Alcohol Anonymous classes.

In his hearing, Covarrubias testified that stress from the job is what drove him to drink and that he did not drink prior to him being hired in 2013 but he was “affected by the poverty, despair, and violence that he encountered on a daily basis.”

There is no mention in the investigative report if he ever submitted to any blood or breathalyzer test to prove his sobriety. Nevertheless, he was reinstated in August 2019.

That arrest, however, was not his first. According to NBC Chicago, Covarrubias was arrested for disorderly conduct in 1999 and again for disorderly conduct in 2010 where he received four months probation.

“The Chicago police board by a vote of 9-0 voted to reinstate him into the Chicago Police Department,” Michael Oppenheimer, attorney for Craig’s family, told local media.

“If officer Covarrubias had been taken off the street because they realized he was danger to the community and to the police department, and unfit to wear a badge and carry a weapon, Michael Craig would be alive today.”

Watch the video below.

WATCH: Chicago Cop Kills Domestic Violence Victim who Called 911 for Help

Kansas City Cops Backtrack on Witness Stand in Trial against Fellow Cop Accused of Planting Gun after Killing Man

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It became evident things were not adding up when a gun suddenly appeared on the ground beneath a man named Cameron Lamb who had just been killed by Kansas City police while sitting in the drivers seat of a pickup truck – when the gun was not there moments earlier.

Another red flag was how investigators found two bullets inside Lamb’s shirt pocket after his body had been transported to the medical examiner’s office when photos from the crime scene show they only found a penny, a lighter and a pair of tweezers in his pockets, according to the Kansas City Star.

Then there were the initial statements from the other Kansas City cops at the scene, including one who witnessed the shooting and told investigators that same day he never saw a gun in Lamb’s hand prior to him being shot to death and another who arrived moments after the shooting and said he never saw a gun on the ground – even though crime scene photographs later showed the gun to be at that very same spot.

But Kansas City Police Detective Eric Devalkenaere insisted Lamb was holding a gun in his left hand and pointing it at his partner which is why he opened fire on December 3, 2019. Lamb, 26, died with his left arm hanging out the window of the pickup truck. The gun was found on the ground beneath his left hand, according to crime scene photos.

But now that Devalkenaere is on trial this week on charges of involuntary manslaughter and armed criminal action for the shooting death of Lamb, the two cops mentioned above are backtracking from their initial statements.

Devalkenaere’s partner, Detective Troy Schwalm, was the other cop on the scene that day and initially said he had a clear view of Lamb who was backing his pickup truck into his garage.

When interviewed by investigators the day of the shooting, Schwalm said that Lamb’s left hand was on the steering wheel and that his right hand was holding a cell phone. He also told investigators that Lamb was making direct eye contact with him and even lifted his fingers from the steering wheel as if to acknowledge him.

However, on Monday when Schwalm took the witness stand during Devalkenaere’s trial, he testified he is not really sure if he saw Lamb’s left hand on the steering wheel but remembers his partner yelling, “He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!”.

He also teared up and wiped his eyes with a tissue and said he believes Devalkenaere saved his life that day. Devalkenaere also cried when he testified on Wednesday as you can see in the video below.

The second cop to testify was Kansas City police officer Kyle Easley who entered Lamb’s backyard after the shooting and told investigators the day of the shooting that he never saw a gun on the ground when he arrived on the scene.

However, on Monday, Easley testified he probably didn’t see the gun because he was carrying a bulletproof shield which likely obstructed his view. He also wrote in his report the day of the shooting that a gun had been found but he testified that he was basing it on what other cops had told him.

The shooting

It was December 3, 2019 and Cameron Lamb had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend at the house, prompting her to leave the house in her purple Mustang with him following her in a red pickup truck.

A Kansas City cop in a car spotted the chase and radioed to an overhead police helicopter about two cars speeding through city streets. The cops in the helicopter then began monitoring the chase.

At some point, Lamb received a call from his roommate who convinced him to return home which he did without his girlfriend. The helicopter notified police on the ground that Lamb had pulled into a residential home and was attempting to park his truck into a garage in the backyard.

That was when plainclothes detectives Devalkenaere and Schwarm pulled up to the house in their unmarked cars and entered the property without a warrant, spotting a woman sitting on the front porch.

Roberta Merritt, who lived in the house with Lamb and others, testified that Schwarm entered the property first without saying a word to her, making his way to the backyard through the side of the house to where Lamb was backing his truck into the garage.

She said Devalkenaere then pulled up and pointed his gun at her, telling her “don’t move” before making his way into the backyard through the opposite side of the house that Shwarm had entered moments earlier.

Nine seconds after Devalkenaere had stepped onto the property, he had shot Lamb four times.

More Contradictions

As Schwarm initially told investigators, Lamb had his phone in his right hand as he was backing his truck into the garage.

He was, in fact, making a phone call to a friend when he was shot and killed. The call went into his friend’s voicemail which captured a man’s voice ordering him to show his hands, step out of the truck and keep his hands in the air.

But there is no mention of a gun even though both cops testified that Devalkenaere yelled, “He’s got a gun! He’s got a gun!”, the Kansas City Star reported.

Although Devalkenaere accused Lamb of holding a gun in his left hand while pointing a gun at his partner, it was later revealed that Lamb was not only right-handed but had little use of his left hand after injuring his left index finger in a 2015 shooting.

Then when Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker began looking into the contradictions, the Kansas City Police Department refused to provide her with a probable cause statement which is a routine procedure, according to the Kansas City Star.

Without a probable cause statement, Baker was forced to bring the case before a grand jury which is how he was indicted.

Devalkenaere is the first cop in the department’s history to be charged for an on-duty shooting death but he is one of five cops on the payroll currently under indictment.

The other cops are as follows:

  • Kansas City Police Sergeant Matthew Neal who was indicted for felony assault, accused of placing his knee on the back of a 15-year-old boy’s neck, forcing his head into the pavement which has already led to a $725,000 settlement.
  • Kansas City police officers Matthew Brummett and Charles Prichard were indicted last year after they were caught on video beating a transgender woman named Breona Hill which led to the arrest and conviction of a man named Roderick Reed for recording the incident as we wrote about at the time. The mayor eventually pardoned him and he has since filed a lawsuit.
  • Kansas City police officer Nicholas McQuillen was charged last year with misdemeanor assault, accused of pepper spraying a 15-year-old girl in the face during a protest.

Watch the video below of Devalkenaere sobbing on the witness stand. The trial which began Monday is expected to end next week.

UPDATE: Devalkenaere was convicted in a bench trial.

Correction: The original version of this article stated that a former Kansas City cop named Roger Golupski was being investigated by a federal grand jury for alleged crimes committed throughout this career. However, Golupski was a Kansas City cop from Kansas, not Missouri, which is a separate agency.

KC Cop Indicted for Killing Man in what may be another case of a Planted Gun

WATCH: California Cops Shoot and Kill Homeless Man Responding to Complaint of Man who did not Match his Description

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Southern California cops were responding to a call of a White homeless man with blonde hair swinging a knife when they shot and killed a homeless Hispanic man with a shaved head carrying a stick.

The incident took place on August 9, 2021 but Tustin police just released the bodycam video last month.

The video includes the call to dispatch describing a White man with blonde hair who was swinging a knife and talking to himself two days earlier. The caller told police the man was living in the bushes in front of the trailer park she lived in.

When Tustin police arrived, they were directed to the bushes and encountered Luis Manuel Garcia who was sleeping in the bushes.

Tustin police officer Estella Silva stuck her head into the bushes and ordered him to wake up and step out onto the sidewalk. A male cop stood behind her with his taser drawn. Another male cop stood on the sidewalk about 20 feet away.

Responding in Spanish, Garcia said he was waiting for a friend and collecting recyclables but he eventually steps out holding a long staff which is what made the cops fear for their lives even though he never threatened them with it.

The video shows the male cop fires his taser and Silva fires her gun. Garcia tries to run away but collapses on the sidewalk near the other cop. He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Tustin police emphasized the stick he was carrying to justify the shooting but made no mention of a knife so it does not appear they found one in his possession.

Rosalia Becerra, Garcia’s former partner and mother of his two children, told the Los Angeles Times that he used the stick to pick up recyclables.

She also said he suffered from schizophrenia and that he would talk to himself but had never displayed violent tendencies.

Becerra has filed a claim for damages against the city of Tustin on behalf of Garcia’s two daughters, ages 18 and 12, which is the precursor to a lawsuit.

“We want justice for him and for my girls,” Becerra told the L.A. Times.

“(Officer Silva) took away the possibility of my girls having a father. She took away the opportunity for him to get out of the hole that he was in. We want to see justice. We want to see her behind bars. That’s what we’re looking for.”

Watch the video below.

Connecticut Cop Collects Salary for Two Years before Resigning over Drunk Driving Crash in Patrol Car that Injured Two Women

Connecticut State Police Sergeant John McDonald pounded at least eight pints of beers in less than three hours at a local brewery during a retirement party for a fellow cop before hopping into his unmarked patrol car and speeding away a little over two years ago.

He was cruising along at 71 mph in a 40-mph speed zone less than a mile away from the bar when he ran a stop sign and t-boned another car, sending both cars off the road into the nearby woods, hospitalizing the 52-year-old mother and 19-year-old daughter inside the other car.

It was September 25, 2019 and it was obvious to everybody responding to the scene he was drunk because the then-37-year-old cop reeked of alcohol and was slurring his words and was also having a difficult time maintaining his balance.

But even in a state considered one of the toughest in the country against drunk driving, he was given the typical Blue Privilege treatment awarded to cops when they break the law; that state-sanctioned protection that keeps dirty cops on the payroll for years after committing infractions that would have gotten them immediately fired at any other job.

In fact, he was able to keep his job and $118,000 salary for more than two years after the incident as he repeatedly postponed his trial which police say kept internal affairs from conducting its own investigation.

When he finally went to trial in May 2021 after at least 12 continuances, he managed to avoid jail time by agreeing to a plea deal that allowed him to plead no contest to two misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment, resulting in a suspended six month sentence for each count.

It was only then that internal affairs began its own investigation into the crash which kept him on the payroll even though he had just been convicted of two crimes. However, internal affairs eventually launched a second investigation regarding McDonald’s honesty over an internal payroll system he had been assigned to manage during his paid administrative leave.

And that is when he finally decided to resign last week, allowing him to begin applying for his pension.

A Connecticut State Police spokesperson offered vague details about the second investigation, only saying it was over “truthfulness related to the management of a computer software system,” according to CT Insider. The spokesperson also said the state is in the process of decertifying his status as a law enforcement officer, meaning he will have to leave Connecticut if he wants to work again as a cop.

Meanwhile, a lawsuit filed by the victims, Lisa and Madison Conroy, against McDonald remains pending which you can read here. Another lawsuit filed against the brewery, accusing staff of continuing to serve McDonald even though he was visibly drunk, was settled in January for $225,000

But even though it’s been more than two years since the crash, nothing has been mentioned about the other cops who were at the brewery that day, drinking along with McDonald and allowing him to drive drunk and probably driving drunk themselves.

And nothing has been mentioned about the fellow cops who appeared to have helped him leave the hospital after the crash to avoid administrating him a blood test that would determine his blood alcohol level.

And nothing has been mentioned about the cops who responded to the scene but failed to administer a breathalyzer or have him conduct a field sobriety test even though it was obvious to everybody he was drunk.

“That guy is definitely hammered, he is not listening to me to stay out of the roadway,” an off-duty Oxford firefighter told one of the first Southbury police officers arriving at the scene shortly after the crash, according to the Hartford Courant.

A Southbury police officer told a Connecticut state police officer that McDonald appeared “injured or drunk” and was “swaying back and forth while on a cellphone.” Other witnesses said he was slurring his words and that he reeked of booze.

But even though there were at least two law enforcement agencies at the scene, McDonald was never administered a field sobriety test or a breathalyzer because police say, he had claimed to be injured and needed to be transported to the hospital.

But once at the hospital, he was never given a blood test to determine how much alcohol he had drank because he left the hospital without being treated.

In fact, a nurse told NBC Connecticut that McDonald left the hospital “accompanied by friends” – which we can assume were fellow cops – when it was their job to determine how drunk he was before the crash in order to execute an arrest. At least that’s how it works for everybody else.

Nevertheless, Connecticut state police told local media McDonald left the hospital on his own “before investigators arrived” – which even if it were true, reveals a high degree of incompetency but is likely just another Blue Lie.

Truth is, had it not been for security video footage from Black Hog Brewery in Oxford showing him pounding eight drinks in less than three hours as well as ordering more drinks and walking them outside as he swayed and bumped into tables, he may have never been charged with drunk driving two months later.

And even though he ended up convicted 18 months later, the charges against him were reduced to misdemeanors after he was initially charged with felony assault with a motor vehicle as well as driving under the influence which would have resulted in a suspended drivers license.

The conviction for two counts of reckless endangerment placed him on probation for two years and also required him to serve 100 hours of community service. He was also allowed to enter an alcohol education program which will wipe the conviction from his record, according to Fox 61.

Meanwhile, Lisa and Madison Conroy say they are still recovering from injuries from the crash.

“This incident has permanently and forever changed our lives,” the Conroys said in a statement following McDonald’s conviction in May, according to the News-Times.

Watch the video below showing McDonald ordering a round of beers and walking them outside to where the retirement party was taking place.

Three Cops in Three States Caught Planting Drugs on Innocent People have not been Charged

A North Carolina police officer is fighting to keep his job after he was fired for planting fake drugs on 11 innocent men over the course of two years who ended up spending a combined two-and-a-half years behind bars before charges were dismissed.

Raleigh Police Detective Omar Abdullah was terminated last week, one month after a lawsuit against him was settled for $2 million. The former “Employee of the Year” had spent more than a year on paid administrative leave where he continued to collect his $69,673 salary, according to the News & Observer.

At this time, there is no indication he will even be charged with a crime.

Then there is New York City police officer Kyle Erickson, another award-winning cop whose body camera caught him planting weed in a car he had pulled over for having a broken tail light in March 2018 after using force on the passenger who did not believe they had the right to search his jacket.

Erickson justified the use of force by claiming he had smelled weed.

Erickson, who comes from a family of cops, is also accused of planting drugs in another incident that took place a month earlier in which his body camera was inexplicably turned off for four minutes which just happened to be when he claimed to find a lit joint on the floorboard of a car his partner had just searched and found nothing, according to a lawsuit which you can read here.

At this time, Erickson has not been disciplined or charged for planting the weed.

And finally there’s Adam Schneider in Indiana who is already facing a litany of charges related to secretly recording women undressing in his home to having a sexual relationship with a confidential informant.

The women undressing were in his home trying out clothes that his wife would sell. Indiana State Police came across the videos on his phone while investigating him for having sex with the female confidential informant. His wife has filed for divorce.

But at this time, the 40-year-old New Albany police officer has not yet been charged for planting drugs on an innocent man that kept him behind bars for almost two weeks before charges against him were dismissed.

New Albany police officer Adam Schneider is already facing several felony charges but has not yet been charged for planting drugs on an innocent citizen.

However, the man, Shane Clarke, filed a tort claim notice last month which is the pre-cursor to a lawsuit, accusing Schneider of planting methamphetamine on him that actually belonged to the confidential informant with whom he was having sex, according to WDRB.

He is also being sued for secretly recording the women who had an expectation of privacy in a lawsuit that you can read here.

The three cops who have all made headlines in recent weeks are the latest example of the failed drug war that empowers cops to destroy lives in the name of “public safety” but does nothing to curb the use of drugs and does even less to protect innocent citizens from false imprisonment.

The incidents also show how dirty cops remain protected by the system, including commanding officers, prosecutors and judges who allow them to operate with impunity.

In a country where police have the power to determine whether you live or die in a matter of seconds, it can take years to convict or fire a dirty cop. And even then, the system is so biased towards cops that there is always that chance they will successfully appeal and be rehired.

In the case from Raleigh, several other police officers, including commanding officers, were well-aware that Abdullah was planting fake drugs on suspects because they would conduct field tests immediately after the arrests which would reveal the drugs to be brown sugar instead of heroin, according to the lawsuit which you can read here.

But Abdullah would ignore these results and transport them to jail anyway where they would remain for weeks. And the other cops would remain silent, preferring to protect one of their own rather than honor the oath they swore to the Constitution.

The same can be said in the NYPD case where prosecutors refused to disclose the bodycam footage showing Erickson planting the weed on a man named Jason Serrano in March 2018 until more than a year later.

By then, Serrano had already accepted a plea deal where he pleaded guilty to resisting arrest with the agreement to charges of drug possession and obstructing government operations would be dropped.

Serrano, who had been recovering from a stab wound the day of the arrest, said he accepted the plea deal to avoid being sent to Rikers Island, the largest jail in New York City, which would have made it difficult to fully recover from the stab wound.

“If I had known any of this, I would have never taken that,” Serrano told Gothamist after learning of the video.

Last month, a New York City judge vacated his conviction on the basis of the video but the Staten Island District Attorney’s Office – who opposed the judge’s decision – says it has no plans to prosecute Erickson.

In the Indiana case, prosecutors and commanding officers have made more of an effort to discipline Schneider because he is already facing six felonies. He was also suspended without pay which is a rarity.

However, three other cops have resigned from the New Albany Police Department after being placed on paid administrative leave in July which was when the investigation into Schneider began.

At this time, New Albany police have refused to explain why they were suspended in the first place which has left local media suggesting it is related to the Schneider case.

The three cops mentioned in this article are perfect examples of why we at PINAC News believe we plan to build a database of bad cops because the system itself rarely protects innocent citizens from these cops.

But that can only succeed with your donations which you can make in the donate box below the video of the NYPD incident. You can also receive a personalized PINAC press pass for a $100 donation. We appreciate your help and support in this never-ending battle for truth and justice.

 

WATCH: Chicago Cop Kills Domestic Violence Victim who Called 911 for Help

A Chicago police officer responding to a domestic violence call from a man accusing his wife of stabbing him in the neck ended up killing the man within a second of stepping inside the apartment.

“Where did he stab you? Where did he cut you?” the cop asks the woman even though she was the one doing the stabbing, according to bodycam footage released Wednesday of the incident that took place October 4.

When a second cop enters the apartment and asks who did the stabbing, the first cop blames the male victim.

“He had the knife and started poking her,” the cop whose name has not been released responds.

Michael Craig, 61, the man who had called 911, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Chicago Tribune.

He had been stabbed at least five times before he was shot. His wife was suffering a mental episode.

“I need the police over here, my wife got a knife on me on the bed, on my throat,” Craig told the dispatcher, according to the Tribune. “My kid is here, and he’s scared.”

“She’s got the knife around my neck right now. I can’t move. If I move she’s going to kill me,” Craig told the dispatcher.

Craig sent his 7-year-old son downstairs to wait for police while he was being stabbed.

“They victimized Michael Craig twice,” said attorney Michael Oppenheimer who is representing the family.  “He called for help. He was the victim of domestic violence and instead of going to help him, they ended up shooting him twice, killing him.”

The video shows the son standing in front of the building when cops pull up.

“Who has the knife?” the cop asks.

“My mommy,” the boy responds.

“Who told you to call?”

“My daddy,” the boy responds.

Watch the shortened video below or the full version released by police here.

Three Cops in Three States Caught Planting Drugs on Innocent People have not been Charged

Detroit Police Commander who “Retired” after Crashing Patrol Car while Drunk Rehired as Police Chief in Suburbs

It was an embarrassing moment for Detroit Police Commander Johnny Thomas when he rammed his patrol car into another the rear of another car stopped at a red light late one night back in January 2019, which then rammed the car in front of it.

The former head of internal affairs whose career with the Detroit Police Department spanned two decades ended up arrested by officers from his own precinct with a .BAC of .18, more than twice the legal limit. The man in the car he struck was transported to the hospital.

It was the sixth time in eight years that he had crashed a cop car but none of the previous incidents resulted in arrest, according to Deadline Detroit.

Like many veteran cops facing demotion or discipline, Thomas, who was 48 at the time, chose to retire, spending the first year of his retirement on probation for the drunk driving incident.

But last week it was announced that Thomas is coming out of retirement to become police chief of Highland Park, a suburban municipality of less than 10,000 people surrounded by Detroit.

Thomas, who will oversee a department of eight officers, beat out two other candidates for the job.

Highland Park Mayor Hubert Yopp told local media he was aware of Thomas’ history but that he was still the best candidate for the job.

And he probably is right considering the degree of corruption and misconduct among police officers in the Detroit area that involved stealing, sexual assault, domestic violence, public fighting and fraud, just to name a few of the offenses Detroit cops have been charged with since Thomas’ arrest, according to a quick Google search.

Local media reports that aside from the drunk driving arrest and the crashed cop cars, Thomas does not have any serious allegations against him during the two decades he spent as a Detroit police officer which apparently is what made him a standout candidate.

 

California Deputy Charged with Felony after Attempts to Bribe Victim into Remaining Silent Fail

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Willie C. Jones III was in jail in mid-June, still groggy after being kicked in the head by a San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputy, when he was handed a document to sign promising not to sue the deputy for excessive force, along with a check for $4,000 for his troubles.

Jones said he was bullied into signing the document before he was released on bail, not fully understanding what it said or meant. But he never cashed the check and has since filed a claim to sue the deputy and sheriff’s department for $5 million.

The 33-year-old diesel mechanic has yet to be charged in the June 16 incident in which deputies accused him of leading them on a pursuit while riding a motorcycle before ditching the bike and surrendering in the parking lot of a car dealership.

However, the deputy who kicked him, Corie Smith, was charged with felony assault last month by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office and is now facing a year in prison.

But even though Smith has a warrant out for his arrest, he has yet to be served because that task falls on the sheriff’s department which has announced it has no plans to arrest him until it conducts its own “investigation,” according to the Victorville Daily Press.

But the sheriff’s department has been presumably investigating the incident since the video was leaked to TMZ two days after the incident, thwarting the attempted coverup by the sheriff’s department. The video was recorded by a security camera at the car dealership and shows Jones raising his arms before lying on his stomach as the deputy approaches and kicks him in the head twice.

Smith, 28, remains on paid administrative leave. Nine months ago, he was being celebrated as a hero after receiving two Lifesaving Awards for saving the lives of children in two separate incidents in 2020.

If only he could have refrained from kicking a non-resisting suspect in the head but that is part of the culture at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department as we’ve seen in previous cases, including the 2015 incident in which ten deputies were caught on video beating and kicking a suspected horse thief, leading to a $650,000 settlement within two weeks.

That incident led to charges against three deputies of which one, Charles Foster, was convicted in 2017. However, he had the conviction reversed upon appeal the following year and remains a sheriff’s deputy.

Sharon Brunner, the attorney who negotiated the $650,000 settlement but is not involved in the current case, told the San Bernardino Sun that the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department has twice in the past year tried to force her clients to sign waivers not to sue for excessive force while they were in the hospital recovering from injuries inflicted by deputies.

Although they signed the documents, she filed lawsuits anyway which remain pending.

“This appears to be a new trend that in my experience San Bernardino County is engaging in. It’s highly inappropriate and highly unethical, and it’s generally done when clients are at their most vulnerable,” Brunner told the Sun. “To ask Mr. Jones to sign a release when he hasn’t gone to an attorney or doctor, that just reeks of undue influence and intimidation.”

Although Smith has yet to be served with his arrest warrant, he has a scheduled court date on January 26, 2022, according to the High Desert Daily News.

Watch the video below.

 

Former Texas Cop with Long History of Forgiven Misconduct Accused of trying to Kill his Son, Daughter and Deputy in Drunken Rampage

Since joining the San Antonio Police Department in 1993, Lee Rakun did as he was pleased as he moved up in the ranks; the quintessential dirty cop who would get fired every now and then for his lies, violence and insubordination but who would always win his job back complete with back pay after appealing through arbitration.

He was a lieutenant by the time he retired in February 2020 after seven failed attempts to fire him over the years. He was also the city’s highest-paid employee that year with an income of $447,000, more than the city manager who made slightly less.

But karma finally caught up to the 53-year-old former cop this year after he was involved in yet another domestic violence incident but without the Blue Privilege to protect him, leaving him facing a string of attempted murder charges that may send him to prison for decades.

The latest incident took place on July 13, 2021 in Sevierville, Tennessee where he had been living with his family after retiring.

The Sevier County Sheriff’s Office said that Rakun was in a drunken rampage when he stabbed his adult son in the back and shot at his adult daughter as they both tried to flee the home for safety.

He also shot at a deputy responding to a 911 call from his children who then fired back, striking the former cop. And he killed his son’s dog which had been left behind in the basement after the son and daughter fled the home, according to the Mountain Press in Tennessee.

Raken remained hospitalized from the shooting for a month before he was charged with two counts of aggravated domestic assault, two counts of aggravated kidnapping, aggravated cruelty to animals, and leaving the scene of an accident, the Mountain Press reported. Two weeks later, a grand jury indicted him on first degree attempted murder as well as second-degree attempted murder for the attacks on his children and the deputy.

He remained incarcerated until September 2 which was when he bonded out after paying $500,000 in cash –just over what he made in 2020.

It does not look good for Raken now that he no longer has a rigged arbitration system to protect his dirty deeds. But even if he is convicted and sentenced to prison, he will likely remain protected from the general population who don’t take too kindly to former cops turned inmates.

We can only imagine how many lives he has destroyed over the past two decades.

History with San Antonio police

Raken’s disciplinary history has long been documented by local media, including the following passage from a 2010 San Antonio Express-News article:

One year after first hitting the streets as a San Antonio police officer, Lee Rakun received his first disciplinary suspension.

It was a dubious beginning to a 17-year career riddled with 13 more suspensions, the latest one just last month, which accused Rakun, by then an SAPD lieutenant, of lying to investigators, disobeying orders and failing to report a domestic violence incident this year.

Police Chief William McManus dismissed Rakun on Sept. 9 with an indefinite suspension in the latest case.

But as Rakun, 41, did with most of his previous suspensions, he is fighting back, saying he was the one wronged by his ex-girlfriend and predicting that the case will fall apart in arbitration.

“It’s very frustrating for me to sit here with no job, my kids aren’t getting insurance, all because of an angry girlfriend,” Rakun said.

He conceded his past has been tarnished with disciplinary problems, but he called this recent case a “soap opera” scripted by a woman he has dated on and off since meeting her in the SAPD records office in 2005.

In 2018 after years of reporting on Raken’s mockery of the system, the San Antonio Express-News posted the following timeline outlining the attempted disciplinary action against Raken over more than two decades.

  • 11/4/94: 1-day suspension – Fought with his in-laws while off-duty, requiring police officers to respond.
  • 9/17/95: 5-day suspension – Left work without authorization and returned home to confront his wife. After Live Oak police officers arrived, he became emotional and said he wished he wasn’t alive.
  • 7/3/96: 3-day suspension – Asked a nurse at the Bexar County Detention Center where she got her training. “You don’t even want to start something with me,” he said.
  • 10/19/99: 5-day suspension – Was insubordinate and discourteous after his commander asked him to make corrections to a police report.
  • 4/14/05: 20-day suspension reduced to an agreed 3-day suspension – Told another sergeant he did not have the right skin tone for the shift. Made facial expressions and rolled his eyes during roll call, staff meetings.
  • 4/14/05: Indefinite suspension reduced to an agreed 10-day suspension – Was disrespectful to Kendall County sheriff’s deputies who responded to his home after receiving a complaint.
  • 6/13/05: 10-day suspension reduced to 5 days – Left three voicemails for his wife’s divorce lawyer that contained vulgar, profane language.
  • 8/2/05: 10-day agreed suspension – Details unavailable.
  • 8/23/05: 5-day suspension – Failed to wear his complete SAPD uniform while working off-duty.
  • 10/19/05: 30-day suspension – Left two threatening and profane voicemails for a former friend. Threatened to make the person’s life miserable.
  • 12/1/05: Indefinite suspension later dismissed – Charged by the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office with harassment after making obscene comments to a man. He won his job back.
  • 1/20/06: Indefinite suspension reduced to 20 days – Disobeyed a no-contact order after an alleged dating violence incident. He won his job back.
  • 4/4/06: 40-day suspension reduced to an agreed 30-day suspension – Made disparaging comments to a Bexar County sheriff’s deputy while appearing as a witness in court.
  • 9/9/10: Indefinite suspension reduced to 125 days – Was involved in two dating violence incidents with his girlfriend. Lied to SAPD detectives and said his girlfriend had been injured during an ATV accident. Also lied and claimed he had been sexually assaulted by his girlfriend. He won his job back.
  • 7/10/12: Indefinite suspension reduced to 45 days – Made obscene comments and used racial slurs when talking to a off-duty Bexar County constable while drunk at a bar. Told the deputy he was a captain at SAPD who would ruin the constable’s career. He won his job back.
  • 6/6/18: Indefinite suspension – Left his substation while on duty in his own vehicle, not a patrol vehicle as mandated. He is appealing.
  • 6/11/18: Indefinite suspension – Made a derogatory comment about Police Chief William McManus on social media. He is appealing.

It was after his latest appeal that the city agreed to pay him $150,000 in back pay if he agreed to retire which he did in February and why he received the highest compensation of all city employees that year, the San Antonio Express-News reported earlier this week.

He then moved to Tennessee with his money, pension and family and an opportunity to begin a new life. But karma caught up to him finally and he will probably spend several years behind bars.

 

Ohio Cops have Seized Thousands of Dollars in Asset Forfeiture over the Years from Paraplegic Man Dragged out of Car in Viral Video

The Ohio cops who pulled a paraplegic man out of his car by his hair last month after stopping him for dark tints have tried to justify their actions by claiming the driver had a “history” of previous drug arrests.

But a look at the history between the Dayton Police Department and the driver, Clifford Owensby, show that it is the cops with a much more questionable past.

After all, Dayton police have seized almost $40,000 in cash from Owensby in three different traffic stops over his tinted windows since 2008 on the claim it was drug money, according to an investigative report by the Dayton Daily News.

But the only drugs they found that belonged to him during those traffic stops was a bag of weed weighing 3.5 grams which has a street value of less than $50 – a minor offense in a state that decriminalized possession of less than 100 grams of cannabis back in 1975.

Dayton police have justified the cash grabs by claiming their drug-sniffing dogs determined the money had been “in close proximity to illegal drugs,” according to the YouTube video posted by the city of Dayton which includes the body cam footage of the latest incident.

But studies have shown that up to 80 percent of cash circulating at any given moment contains traces of drugs.

Besides, it is not uncommon for cops to train their dogs to give false positives, especially when it can lead to asset forfeiture, the profitable practice of seizing money from citizens on the unproven claim that it was derived from illegal activity.

From a Constitutional perspective, it is legalized armed robbery because it places the burden of proof on the citizen to prove the money is legal, providing a lucrative loophole for cops to seize money without even a warrant, much less actual evidence.

And the Dayton Police Department is one of several Ohio law enforcement agencies that have enriched itself through asset forfeiture over the years, according to a 2015 Cincinnati Enquirer article.

In 2015, the Institute for Justice gave Ohio a grade of “D-“ for its unconstitutional asset forfeiture laws, which have allowed Ohio law enforcement agencies to rake in millions of dollars over the years from innocent citizens.

Two years later, Ohio passed a law that requires a conviction before police can seize property or cash valued at less than $15,000.

The Viral Video

Dayton police seized $22,450 from Owensby on September 30 after pulling him over on the basis he was leaving a “suspected drug house.” They then justified the stop by claiming the tints on the windows of his BMW were illegal but they were only able to determine that after one of the cops used a device to measure the amount of light allowed through.

Rather than write him a citation for illegal tints and allow him to be on his way, Dayton police ordered Owensby out of the car to allow a police dog to conduct a “free air-sniff” to search for drugs.

That was when Owensby told him he was paraplegic and unable to step out. Owensby asked for a supervisor in the hopes to diffuse the situation.

But the cops forced him out the car by his hair and onto the street in an incident captured on video that has been reported widely.

However, what has not been discussed widely is how the cops seized more than $20,000 from him that day but only had enough evidence to cite him for a couple of traffic infractions; the illegal tints and having an unrestrained child in the back seat, his 3-year-old son.

On Monday, a judge found him guilty on both citations and ordered him to pay $300 in fines, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Owensby’s attorney, James Willis, told reporters after the trial that he plans to file a lawsuit against the police department for civil rights violations during the traffic stop.

History with Dayton Police

An online search through Dayton Municipal Court and Montgomery County Court public records show Owensby has a long string of arrests and court cases dating back to 2002. Most appear to be for small amounts of marijuana or cocaine as well as for traffic violations including driving with a suspended license or having illegal tints.

In 2005, online records show he was convicted of felony cocaine possession after police found between five to ten grams of cocaine on him.

In 2006, he was convicted of felony marijuana possession after he was found guilty of possessing between 200 to 1,000 grams of marijuana which is not more than 2.2 pounds. The following year he was arrested for possession of a firearm while having a previous drug conviction.

In 2008, he was pulled over by Dayton police for illegal tints and police ended up seizing a bag of weed from a female passenger as well as $10,000 in cash from Owensby on the same claim that it was in proximity to drugs.

The same thing happened in 2015 after police pulled him over for illegal tints and found 3.5 grams of marijuana on him which led to them seizing $7,100 from him shirt pocket.

In 2016, he sued Dayton police to recover the $10,000 they seized in 2008 but the case was thrown out of court because police claimed they gave the money to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, according to court records which you can read here.

According to the Dayton Daily News:

In a 2015 case, Owensby was pulled over for having dark window tint. Police records say Owensby was taken out of the car so a K-9 officer could do a free air sniff. When officers patted down Owensby for weapons, they found $7,100 in cash in his pocket. The dog alerted to drugs, and police searched the car and found 3.5 grams of marijuana. Officers seized the money because the dog alerted that it smelled like drugs. He was cited for tinted windows as well as misdemeanor marijuana possession.

Owensby filed a lawsuit against Dayton police in 2016 to recover $10,000 that was seized from him after a 2008 traffic stop. In that case Owensby was pulled over for having dark-tinted windows and a bag of marijuana was found on a woman in the car. Owensby said the money was his savings. Police confiscated it because it was in proximity to drugs.

Montgomery County Common Pleas Court Judge Dennis Adkins dismissed Owensby’s lawsuit saying Dayton police had handed the money over to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency so it wasn’t in his court’s jurisdiction.

In the incident last month, police confiscated $22,450 from his vehicle, saying a police dog indicated the money had been in close proximity to illegal drugs. Owensby says the money is his savings.

In 2015, online court records show he was convicted for possessing less than 100 grams of marijuana, indicating he is more of a consumer than a trafficker.

Even though police pull him over on a routine basis, according to his dozens of court cases over the years, the most serious of all his offenses appear to be the drug and gun felonies from almost 15 years ago.

It is only after those convictions that police started seizing his money during traffic stops but have failed to find anything more than a bag of weed that was most likely his personal stash.

That is the “history” police used to justify dragging him out by his hair after pulling him over for illegal tints.

Watch the video below.

 

NYPD Cop Shoves Man out of Subway Station who had asked him to Follow the Rules

For decades, Blue Privilege has allowed cops to break the same laws, rules and policies they are expected to enforce but it is only in recent years that we’ve seen it flaunted so openly and arrogantly, thanks to citizens with smartphones no longer intimidated to record them in public.

The most recent example is a video that surfaced last week out of New York City showing a male NYPD cop shoving a man out of a subway station while his female partner plays along, doing her part by opening the door to throw the man out.

Both cops walked away after shoving him out the door, ignoring his requests for their badge numbers with the woman cop eying the witness with the camera before following her partner to lean against the wall.

The man, Andrew Gilbert, was wearing a mask in accordance to policies set by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority which forbids anybody from entering the subway system without a mask.

But the cops were not wearing masks in defiance of the M.T.A. rule as well as NYPD policy which requires officers to wear masks when working in public transportation systems, according to the New York Times.

Gilbert, 27, who had just stepped off a train and was headed to work, decided to ask the cops to follow the rules.

Not surprisingly, it did not go well.

Gilbert said the cop first acted dumb, claiming he could not understand what he was saying through the mask but then lost his patience and started shoving him about 80 feet backwards until he forced him out the emergency exit.

“You’re being disruptive,” the cop told him.

The witness who recorded the video, Victoria Hall, told the New York Times the male cop was mocking Gilbert and “being really obnoxious” which is why she decided to record the video which has been viewed more than 3 million times on Twitter.

She also had just stepped off the train where she kept hearing repeated messages reminding commuters to keep their masks on.

“I just heard 100 times on the train that I need to wear a mask,” she told the New York Times. “Why are you special?”

The Times reports that about 70 percent of NYPD cops and employees are vaccinated compared to 85 percent of New York City residents, a trend that is mirrored throughout many parts of the country where cops have been more reluctant to getting vaccinated compared to the general population.

Earlier this month, CBS News reported that Covid has been the leading cause of death of police officers since March 2020 so evidently mask wearing is not part of the “officer safety” protocol we hear so much about. Before the pandemic, suicide was the leading cause of death for police officers.

Meanwhile, cops throughout the country have continued to jail people over nonviolent crimes, including for not wearing masks, resulting in millions of infected inmates throughout the United States that could have been prevented, according to a recent study by Northwestern University and the World Bank.

Watch the video of the most recent incident below.

 

 

Get Ready … It’s time to Police the Police

Restoring the site took much longer than anticipated but it is now primed and ready to build the national database of bad cops we’ve been hyping up since the beginning of the year.

The PINAC Brady Cop Project is a longterm investigative journalism project that will depend on citizens throughout the country volunteering as national correspondents to obtain public records from local prosecutors.

The records we will be seeking are commonly known as the “Brady List” or “Giglio Files” or “do not call list” – names of cops too corrupt to take the witness stand – but many prosecutors will feign ignorance, claiming the records do not exist or are not public. As a result, these dirty cops take the witness stand all the time, sending innocent people to prison.

So it’s not going to be a matter of simply walking into the prosecutor’s office and walking out a few minutes later with the records. It’s going to take persistence, research and maybe even a few lawsuits. And it’s going to take patience and professionalism to keep from being arrested or worse.

After all, government officials hate it when citizens seek public records. They view it as prying into their private affairs. They especially hate it when you walk in with a camera seeking public records.

But nothing we will do will be illegal. That would defeat the whole purpose of the project so we must remain smart.

The skills we will teach you during this project will enable you to seek all kinds of public records from your local government which hopefully will start a nationwide trend of citizens auditing their local governments through public records requests. The goal is to place the government in the hands of the people where it belongs.

The idea is to “Be the Media” as we’ve been preaching for years which is essential during a time when local media no longer has the resources to investigate local government. It’s about trusting yourself to find the truth rather than complaining about the media not providing that truth.

The first step was rebuilding the website because it was in shambles. The database was so corrupt that we were unable to login to the site for the past several weeks, a result of having migrated to so many different platforms in the past 14 years, not to mention thousands of spam comments allowed by our previous platform, the Maven, right before they handed it back to us.

The second step was implementing forums to establish an online community away from Facebook because the social media giant has been clamping down on our reach since 2017 to appease the government to keep from being regulated. Facebook will never allow this project to succeed.

We may have more than 300,000 followers but Facebook rarely gives us access to more than five percent of those readers on any given day.

Facebook claims we must be restricted because we write about “social issues” which is their way of saying police abuse but it has cost us more than $100,000 in ad revenue since 2017 and it is the main reason we are switching from a for-profit business model to a nonprofit which will allow us to focus on quality over quantity.

The third step will be the podcast which will allow us to dive deep into the topic through interviews and analysis. We plan to launch by early November.

The fourth step is all of us coming together to make this happen. PINAC News will do its part by publishing stories and podcasts relevant to the issue as well as hosting the forums but we need citizens to donate money and time. We especially need attorneys who can advise us and file lawsuits when needed.

As a fundraiser, we are offering personalized PINAC press passes with your name and photo for a donation of at least $100. We have also introduced a new PINAC hoodie into our merchandise line-up.

But even if you can’t afford to donate, you can still help the cause by sharing our content and spreading the word that we are taking this police accountability movement to another level.

For now, please take a look through the site and let us know what you think. There is still much work to be done. Many of the older articles lack photos but we have the photos and will replace them before the end of the year.  It’s a monumentous task because there are more than 5,000 photos and it must all be done manually but we’re happy having all our content under our control.

We were also able to integrate the database from the earliest blogging days in 2007 when PINAC was hosted on a WordPress site (rather than self-hosted) which had been removed during a previous migration about ten years ago.

Some of you longtime readers may remember those early days when PINAC had a mission to teach the world that photography was not a crime during a time when it was viewed as a crime. Now we’re just expanding on that mission.

 

LAPD Cop who Shot, Killed Man in Costco Charged with Felonies, 2 Years after he was Cleared of Wrongdoing

Salvador Sanchez was an off-duty Los Angeles police officer when he shot and killed a mentally ill man inside a Southern California Costco in 2019, only to be cleared of wrongdoing three months later by the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

But earlier today, California Attorney General Rob Bonta announced he will be charging Sanchez with felony charges of voluntary manslaughter and assault with a semiautomatic firearm for shooting to death Kenneth French and wounding his parents, Russell and Paola French.

According to the press release from the attorney general’s office:

California Attorney General Rob Bonta today announced the arrest and filing of felony charges for alleged voluntary manslaughter and assault with a semiautomatic firearm against former Los Angeles Police Department officer Salvador Sanchez, as a result of an off-duty shooting that occurred during a Costco shopping trip in Corona, California in 2019. The charges announced today come after the conclusion of proceedings at the local level and a subsequent review of the incident by the Attorney General’s Office as authorized under Article V of the California Constitution. Sanchez was arrested this morning in Riverside County.

“Where there’s reason to believe a crime has been committed, we will seek justice,” said Attorney General Bonta. “That’s exactly what these charges are about: pursuing justice after an independent and thorough review of the evidence and the law. Ultimately, any loss of life is a tragedy and being licensed to carry a gun doesn’t mean you’re not accountable for how you use it. No matter who you are, nobody is above the law.”

According to court documents, on June 14, 2019, Sanchez, while off-duty, shot and killed 32-year-old Kenneth French inside a Costco. Sanchez also shot and wounded Kenneth’s parents, 58-year-old Russell and 59-year-old Paola. Following a review of the incident by the Attorney General’s Office, Sanchez now faces a total of three felony charges for his actions that resulted in the death of one individual and the serious injury of two others.

Read the complaint here. We’ll be updating this story as more details emerge.

Below is police bodycam footage from the moments following the shooting when Sanchez was lying on the ground, claiming he had been knocked unconscious.

(Editor’s note: PINAC News is still experiencing tech issues but part of the plan is to install forums which hopefully should be done this week.)

SENTENCED: Former Minneapolis Cop Derek Chauvin to Serve more than 22 Years in Prison

It was clear from the video that Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin did not believe he would ever get punished for planting a knee on George Floyd’s neck for almost ten minutes until the 46-year-old man stopped breathing.

After all, the 45-year-old cop had received 18 complaints against him during his 19-year career with the Minneapolis Police Department, but only two of those complaints were ever sustained.

In fact, he was never disciplined for a 2017 incident in which he planted his knee on the neck of a 14-year-old who like Floyd, pleaded with Chauvin that he was unable to breathe.

But the video from March 25, 2020 showing Chauvin planting his knee on Floyd’s neck went viral almost immediately after it was recorded by 17-year-old Darnella Frazier, shocking the world at a time when most people were confined to their homes because of the pandemic, prompting even some police chiefs to speak out against Chauvin’s actions which is something we hardly ever see and eventually leading to a second-degree conviction against Chauvin.

Moments ago, Chauvin was sentenced to 270 months in prison by Judge Peter Cahill who earlier in the afternoon denied Chauvin’s request for a new trial.

Judge Cahill released a 26-page memo explaining his decision which you can read here.

Chauvin in the second Minnesota cop to be sentenced for murdering a citizen in the line of duty. In 2019, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor was sentenced to twelve-and-a-half years for killing Justine Ruszczyk.

Watch the original video below.

WATCH: Maryland Cops Taser Teen with Hands Raised after he Vaped on Beach Boardwalk

A man who had his hands in the air while standing on a beach boardwalk was tasered by Ocean City police in Maryland after he was spotted vaping, which is banned by a city ordinance.

Another video shows Ocean City cops piling on top of another man who had also been vaping with one cop repeatedly kneeing him while yelling “stop resisting,” even though the man does not appear to be resisting and is even telling the cops he is not resisting.

Ocean City police claim the man in the first video which took place on June 6 had been threatening to kill them while spitting on after they told him to stop vaping. However, the video in circulation begins moments before he is tasered and does not capture the moments leading up to the tasering.

Ocean City cops claim the men in the second video which took place on June 12 had also been vaping but the men became aggressive towards the cops which is why they were beaten.

It does not appear as if any of the cops were wearing body cameras which would confirm the police narrative so all we have is their word.

The Ocean City Police Department provided the following description of the first incident on its Facebook page.

The information associated with the video describing a juvenile being tased for vaping is inaccurate. The video is from June 6 during an arrest of an 18-year-old male. Officers stopped the adult male because he was violating the city smoking ordinance. When stopped, he became disorderly and began yelling at officers and threatening to kill them. At that time, officers drew their Conducted Electrical Weapons (CEW). He continued to make threats on officers, spit on them and resist arrest. Officers also located a switchblade knife in his bookbag. He was arrested for multiple charges, including assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. He was held on bond, in the amount of $3,000.

Here is how the Ocean City Police Department described the second incident:

Officers were on foot patrol in the area of 12th Street and the Boardwalk, when they observed a large group vaping on the Boardwalk. Officers approached the group and informed them of the local ordinance prohibiting smoking and vaping outside of the designated areas on the Boardwalk. Four individuals were placed under arrest during this incident. We are aware of the social media videos circulating regarding this incident. Our officers are permitted to use force, per their training, to overcome exhibited resistance. All uses of force go through a detailed review process. Check out the press release below for the full details regarding this incident.

There is a good chance some of these cops were hired as seasonal police officers to work the summer months of the beach resort town which draws hundreds of thousands of tourists each year. The cops hired for these positions make less than full-time cops and are usually either still attending the police academy or have just graduated. It’s viewed as an internship for cops and a stepping stone for a full-time job.

Earlier this year, Maryland passed a law that will require all cops in the state to wear body cameras by 2025, according to the Baltimore Sun.  Watch the videos below.

 

WATCH: Texas Cop Sentenced to Five Years in Prison Still Fighting to get his Job Back

In the eyes of police, it was just another white lie, another minor fib to justify another violent arrest; an unscrupulous practice that takes place daily in police departments across the country with rarely any repercussions to the lying cop.

But this time it resulted in a Texas cop sentenced to five years in prison thanks to bodycam footage which contradicted the lie not to mention a young prosecutor fresh out of law school who refused to go along with the lie.

However, former Fort Worth police officer Jon Romer Jr. will remain free on bond because he is appealing the conviction of aggravated perjury, clinging to the hope that his Blue Privilege will carry more weight before an appellate court than it did before the judge who sentenced him to prison last month.

After all, the last thing he expected was the prosecutor to challenge his narrative and when she did, he became very angry at her, raising his voice at her on the phone in an attempt to intimidate her, according to her testimony in court.

But even after he had been indicted, Romer stuck to his story when testifying before a grand jury in 2019, claiming he had told a man he was under arrest before punching the man in the face – when bodycam footage shows he never told the man he was under arrest before punching him.

The incident took place on November 5, 2016 when Romer was working off-duty security at a local hospital and confronted a 20-year-old man named Henry Newson who was standing in the lobby of the hospital after being discharged as a patient.

Newson who had spent two nights in the Texas Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth with a case of food poisoning was calling his parents to come pick him up but for reasons police never explained, they found him to be “suspicious.”

Video evidence shows that Romer was standing to the side while another cop or security guard was interrogating Newson, demanding he tell them the name of the hospital.

But Newson said he had already told his parents the name of the hospital and was under no obligation to answer the question.

And that is what annoyed Romer who then began pushing and shoving him, telling him “let’s go” before punching him in the face and placing him in a headlock and swinging him down to the ground.

Another cop named Jeremy Flores and a hospital security guard named Jonathan Walterbach then piled on top of Newson before picking him back up and leading him outside where they sat him on a bench and surrounded him.

As Newson complained about being punched in the face, Romer placed his hand around Newson’s neck and shoved him backwards.

Newson was charged with criminal trespass and resisting arrest even though he had every right to be standing in the lobby of the hospital after being discharged as a patient.

Fort Worth police superiors did not see anything wrong with the arrest and forwarded the case to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office where it landed on the desk of Kate Gardner in March 2017, who had been on the job less than four months after graduating from law school the previous year.

Kate Gardner, former Tarrant County prosecutor.

Gardner who has since gone into private practice watched the video and determined that Newson had not committed a crime but she could not say the same for Romer. However, Fort Worth Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald allowed Romer to continue working for another year, according to CBS-DFW.

Kate Gardner had been assigned to the trespassing and resisting arrest charges against Newson. She decided not to prosecute the case though, instead showing the video to her supervisor, and calling Romer to inform him of the decision.

“I said that I was not comfortable with this, that I didn’t want to move forward with it, and he was very upset by that,” she said. “It was basically, borderline just kind of getting yelled at on the phone.”

A source close to the case told CBS11 that District Attorney Sharen Wilson informed the city police chief at the time, Joel Fitzgerald, of her office’s concern over Romer’s actions.

It was another year though, March of 2018, before the department placed Romer on restricted duty, with no gun, badge or police authority. That came after a civil lawsuit had been filed as well as criminal charges against Romer.

During his trial in December 2019, Romer’s attorney tried to justify the punch by claiming Newson was “disrespectful” to the cops. A pair of Fort Worth commanding police officers also testified that Romer had every right to punch Newson because he had “tensed” his muscles after the cop started shoving him which is a natural reaction to being manhandled but it is used by cops daily to justify police abuse.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram:

Fort Worth Police Capt. Shawn Stone, who testified directly after Sykes, said Romer may have placed his hand on Newson’s chest in order to get “his full and undivided attention.”

“Mr. Newson pivoted 180 degrees and planted his feet firmly and was in a position to strike,” Stone said. “All indications of active resistance.”

Once Newson makes the 180-degree spin, he is resisting arrest, Stone said. The distractionary strikes, such as the punch in the face, the arm bar to take Newson down to the ground, and the punches to the midsection that Romer and two hospital security officers delivered while Newson was on the ground, were intermediate uses of force, according to Stone.

“So all you have to do is tense your muscles?” Wilson asked.

Sykes replied “yes,” that tensing your muscles was enough to indicate resistance. Sykes also added that the Fort Worth Police Department has policies and procedures in place to protest what a person perceives as an unlawful arrest, but protesting the circumstances of an arrest should never be done while the arrest is taking place.

“You do not have a right to resist arrest even if the arrest is unlawful, according to the resisting arrest statute in the penal code,” Sykes said.

The grand jury convicted him anyway in December 2019 which was when the Fort Worth Police Department fired him. It would be another 18 months before he was sentenced.

During that time, Romer filed a lawsuit against the city over wrongful termination as well as an appeal over his conviction, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  Both are still pending.

Romer had the option of choosing between a judge or jury to sentence him so he chose to have District Judge David Hagerman sentence him who handed him a five-year sentence on May 26.

Judge David Hagerman sentenced Romer to five years in prison.

Romer had been on the force for 16 years so it is a safe bet to assume he is accustomed to getting his way through through intimidation and violence and dishonesty, confident that he would remain protected by his Blue Privilege.

After all, it was his Blue Privilege that protected him in 2013 when a judge granted him qualified immunity in a case where he shot and killed a man in a car during a misdemeanor traffic stop after claiming the man had driven off with his arm trapped in the window, dragging him into the roadway and making him fear for his life.

But the lawsuit claimed Romer ran after the car after it had started moving, hopping on to the sideboard before firing 12 shots inside the car as the victim’s three children sat in the back seat and another man sat in the passenger seat, who ended up bailing out of the moving car to avoid getting shot but was grazed by a bullet anyway.

Newson has a pending lawsuit against the city, hospital and cops. Watch the video below.

Meet the Florida Judges who believe Cops have an Expectation of Privacy in Public

It was 2009 when PINAC News first broke the story of a mother named Tasha Ford who was arrested on felony “eavesdropping” charges for recording police detaining her teenage son in the parking lot of a South Florida movie theater after accusing him of trying to sneak inside without a ticket.

Ford’s arrest by Boynton Beach police was one of several high-profile arrests at the time on charges of eavesdropping or “wiretapping”; an unconstitutional trend in which cops across the country were using outdated felony laws to keep citizens from recording them in public.

Several landmark court cases since then have affirmed that citizens have a First Amendment right to record police in public which is one reason why we have been seeing so many police abuse videos in recent years. Turns out, they had a lot to hide during those early years.

But on May 5, the Fourth District Court of Appeals in Florida ruled the Boynton Beach cops who arrested Ford had a reasonable expectation of privacy and therefore had probable cause to arrest her, once again denying her the right to sue for damages. Ford first filed the lawsuit in 2010 but has since faced a string of judges who claim that cops have an expectation of privacy in public despite existing case law stating otherwise.

Ford’s video from that night should have ended the expectation of privacy debate because it shows the cops were standing in front of a bustling movie theater on a Saturday night as dozens of people stood or walked by. Some of the bystanders exchanged comments with the officers. One man even walked up and introduced his date to an officer while the cop tried to obtain Ford’s home address. The officer shook both their hands before resuming the conversation with Ford as if it were just another meet-and-greet community event.

But it does not appear as if Judges Edward L. Artau and Melanie G. May even watched the video, much less researched case law because they did not elaborate on their decision other than recite what was already stated in summary judgment from the lower court judge.

In his summary judgment under the heading “Undisputed Material Facts,”, Judge G. Joseph Curley described Ford as “confrontational” because she would not stop recording when ordered to do so. He also stated that she had “admitted” to recording the cops without consent as if confessing to a crime when the whole point of the lawsuit was that she was not committing a crime and had nothing to admit to because she never made it a secret that she was recording.

Florida judges Edward Artau and Melanie May.

The summary judgment also claims that the cop’s friend who walked up and introduced his female companion also had an expectation of privacy, never mind the fact he was the one intruding into a conversation that had nothing to do with him.

The 2-1 ruling is already being challenged in an amicus brief filed Thursday by the ACLU, the National Press Photographers Association, the Society of Professional Journalists and several other First Amendment groups who predict cops in Florida will begin using the ruling to arrest anybody recording them in public as they’ve done in the past.

Below is an excerpt from the amicus brief which you can read here:

If allowed to stand, the panel majority’s opinion will license law enforcement officers to order citizens to stop recording the officers’ public discharge of their duties and to arrest all who refuse to comply for obstruction without violence. Like Ms. Ford, those individuals can hope and expect that sensible prosecutors will decline to charge, and sensible judges and juries will decline to convict, but they will nevertheless suffer the considerable consequences of an unlawful arrest, ranging from humiliation, degrading confinement, the cost of bail and defense counsel to the potential loss of employment and disruption to familial bonds, all captured by the popular culture saying, “you can beat the rap, but you can’t beat the ride.”

This Court should put an end to the practice by:

1. Granting rehearing or rehearing en banc;

2. Ruling that defendants lacked probable cause to arrest Ms. Ford;

3. Holding that recording police officers in the public discharge of their duties cannot create probable cause to arrest for wiretapping or for resisting without violence irrespective of whether ordered to stop recording; and

4. Holding that arguably rude speech unaccompanied by threats, incitement, or physical interference cannot give rise to probable cause to arrest for resisting or obstructing without violence.

Judge Martha C. Warner from the Fourth District Court of Appeals, the dissenting judge who does not believe police have an expectation of privacy in public.

The dissenting judge

It appears that the only judge who watched the video was dissenting Judge Martha Warner who has been on the bench since 1989 when she was appointed by then-Governor Bob Martinez. Artau was appointed to the bench last year by Governor Ron Desantis and May was appointed to the bench by Governor Jeb Bush in 2002.

Judge Warner not only watched the video and did her research, she explained her dissent in detail, citing a couple of the landmark cases that were made since Ford’s arrest. She also highlighted the viral George Floyd video from last year and the importance of being able to record police in public as you can read in the excerpt below.

I would hold that a law enforcement officer has no reasonable subjective expectation of privacy in conversations he has with the public or the arrestee in the performance of the officer’s duties in public places. They are performing a public duty at the time, and the public has a right to hear their words. This is as true today as it was in 2009.

A rule otherwise would mean that everyone who pulls out a cell phone to record an interaction with police, whether as a bystander, a witness, or a suspect, is committing a crime. Given how important cell phone videos have been for police accountability across the nation, I do not believe that society is ready to recognize that the recording of those interactions, which include audio recordings, are somehow subject to the officer’s right of privacy. If that were the case, then had the individual who recorded George Floyd saying to the officers “I can’t breathe” been in Florida, he would have been guilty of a crime.

The facts of this case seem to be only too similar to so many police encounters caught on video or cell phones. The officers had no reasonable expectation of privacy in their conversations while performing their public duties, particularly in public spaces. Given the prevalence of small video cameras and cell phones in public spaces, society has definitively come down on the side of approving the videoing of officers in the performance of their duties as a method of accountability. Because I conclude that the court erred in finding that the officers had probable cause to arrest the appellant for violation of the wiretap statute or for obstruction of the justice statute, I would reverse the final summary judgment and remand for further proceedings.

The Arrest

The arrest took place on February 28, 2009, a time when most people did not have video cameras on their phones. Not even the iPhone had a video camera at the time.

Ford, who had recently moved to South Florida from Washington DC, was at her mother’s house when she received a call from Boynton Beach police telling her to come pick up her son whom they said tried to sneak into a movie theater without purchasing a ticket.

Ford drove to the theater and began recording with her Canon Powershot as soon as she stepped out of the car. The cops immediately accused her of being “aggressive.” She responded by saying she was “passionate” about her son, especially after learning one of the cops slammed him against the car when he would not remove his headphones.

At no point did the cops whose names are Robert Kellman, Ricky Lauture and Russell Faine  ever make an attempt to keep people from walking through the area where they had the teen detained while talking to his mother, which is a routine step when they want to keep their conversations private.

They just did not appreciate Ford questioning their authority as she recorded them which was not as common back then as it is today where there are now dozens of YouTube channels dedicated to doing just that. That is what made her aggressive in their eyes.

And that is what made her “confrontational” in the eyes of Judge Curley, a word that was also by the attorney of the cops in describing the incident to the judge, according to court documents.

Curley decided to weigh the evidence in summary judgment rather than let the undisputed facts speak for themselves as he is supposed to do.

Clueless judges

Judge Curley’s misunderstanding of the eavesdropping law probably comes from federal judge William Zloch who dismissed Ford’s federal lawsuit in May 2011 by claiming the cops had probable cause to arrest her because she had recorded them without consent.

Federal judge William Zloch

Judge Zloch was probably in for a shock when less than three months later in August 2011, the landmark Glik vs. Cunniffe decision from the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Massachusetts affirmed that citizens had the right to record cops in public, contradicting his opinion on the issue.

The following year, ACLU vs. Alvarez out of the Seventh Circuit in Illinois was what finally put a stop to Chicago police arresting people on felony wiretapping charges for recording them in public.

But even before those landmark cases, the right to record police in public was already established in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, which includes Florida, with the case, Smith vs the City of Cummnig in 2000 which states citizens have a “First Amendment right, subject to reasonable time, manner and place restrictions, to photograph or videotape police conduct,” including a “right to record matters of public interest.”

The following is an excerpt from our original article on the arrest published on March 6, 2009 after we interviewed Ford by phone, less than a week after she was released from jail. It was a time when the mainstream media would ignore such arrests until they became impossible to ignore which is what happened here.

After pulling into the parking lot, she started filming as soon as she stepped out of her car.

“I saw my son surrounded by five officers and I started filming them, then I filmed the officer walking up to me,” she said.

Rather than stop to talk to the officer, she walked up to her son and asked him what happened. He told her that he had been tackled from behind by an officer and handcuffed after having been thrown out of the theater by a security guard.

“I kept asking the officers, ‘Was he aggressive? Did he pose a threat? I cannot perceive why you would want to put a child in handcuffs’,” she said.

But the officers seemed mainly concerned about the camera.

“They said ‘you can’t record people without letting them know’,” she said.

“So I said, ‘Ok, Tasha Ford is recording you’ and I continued filming them.

“I was filming them for my own protection,” said the mother of two who recently moved to South Florida from Washington DC. “I’ve seen the way cops interact with civilians down here.”

She said one of the officers, Robert Kellman, was extremely antagonistic towards her and told her son, “since your mother is such a fucking asshole, I’m going to arrest you for trespassing’.”

And then a supervisor arrived and when he noticed that she had a Maryland driver license, he allegedly told her, “you fucking northerners think you can come down here and mess with cops. You are about to get a lesson 101 on how to deal with Florida cops.”

The supervisor ordered her arrested under Florida’s electronic surveillance law, which is mostly applied to recording phone conversations without the other party’s consent.

In other words, it doesn’t apply to people who do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy.

But here we are 11 years later and the judges still don’t understand basic Constitutional law. Or perhaps they just don’t care.

After dismissing the federal claims over the eavesdropping charges, Judge Zlock kicked the case back down to the lower court to resolve the claim over the obstructing justice/resisting arrest charge which is really nothing more than a contempt-of-cop charge.

Judge G. Joseph Curley

After her arrest, prosecutors wasted little time in dismissing both charges against Ford which should have bolstered her chances of suing police for damages but she had the misfortune of going before clueless or corrupt judges who ignore actual case law.

The amicus brief filed last week is requesting an en banc review which would bring the case up before the entire bench of 12 judges in the Fourth District Court of Appeals rather than just a panel of three. And the next step after that would be the Florida supreme court.

The case has never gone before a jury who would likely have a much different interpretation of the eavesdropping law than the bulk of judges mentioned in this article.

Ford vowed more than a decade ago that she would continue fighting this until she obtains justice so it is unlikely she is about to give up. Especially now that she has found an honest judge.

Read the appellate decision here.  Watch the video of the arrest below.

WATCH: Oklahoma Cop Threatens to Arrest Woman for Wearing Shorts “too Short” in Amusement Park

Oklahoma City police said it was not one of their officers who confronted a woman at an amusement park last month, accusing her of wearing shorts that were too revealing, banning her from the park for five years.

That would mean the officer was either an Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy or an Oklahoma Department of Corrections officer, according to the website for Frontier City, the Six Flags amusement park from which she was banned.

The woman, Bailey Breedlove, posted a video on Tik Tok of part of the confrontation that took place on April 30 which is now going viral. She also posted two follow-up videos explaining what took place. The three videos are included in the video at the bottom of the story.

Breedlove said she had been at the park with her boyfriend and her 11-year-old daughter when a woman wearing a gray shirt with the word “police” on the back and sleeves confronted them after the daughter had skated down a hill with her Heelys, a brand of sneaker that includes a skate wheel in each shoe.

The cop then grabbed Breedlove’s arm and told her her shorts were too short and that she either had to purchase new shorts from the park or leave the park entirely.

Breedlove said she began debating the officer over the issue but the cop was relentless. When Breedlove finally agreed to buy the shorts from the park, the cop said it was too late and that she had to leave.

Two other cops and a park manager were beckoned to the scene to ensure they leave the park.

After the family walked out of the park, the park manager told the cops to get her identification in order to ban her from the park for five years but Breedlove at first refused, believing the cop had no probable cause.

But the cops insisted that they didn’t really need probable cause or reasonable suspicion, declaring that “we’re the police” and she must comply.

The daughter began to cry as Breedlove’s boyfriend, Jake Heller, began recording. Breedlove said she eventually complied to avoid escalating the situation.

“Identify yourself and you can leave,” said the cop.

After the video began going viral, Heller posted a fundraiser on Go Fund Me to raise money for legal fees to sue the park but it has since been removed. Below is how Heller described the incident on the Go Fund Me before it was removed.

On April 30th my girlfriend, daughter and I were at a six flags park in Oklahoma called “Frontier City”. We were on vacation visiting her family and it was the one sunny day that we were able to go enjoy ourselves. We were admitted into the park around 5 pm without issue. After a couple of rides, talking to parents and having a good time. I was sitting down at a rest area while my girlfriend and daughter went to go on a different ride.

Moments later my girlfriend comes running to me crying with three cops following her, and proceeded to tell me that they are harassing her about her shorts. I was then rather upset with their choice to cause a big deal over something everyone else in the park was doing and was rather confused as to why we were being singled out. The “cop” demanded that she bought new shorts which seemed outrageous to us because we spent a lot of money to get in and we aren’t exactly financially well off considering the hard year everyone has had.

After some back and forth with the rent a cop pretending to be a police officer. We decided that we will buy the shorts so we could continue to enjoy our time there but about then is when this “cop” started to say “its too late were past that now you need to leave or we will issue a criminal trespassing charge to you.” As insane as this sounded and how wrong it sounded we decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and proceeded to be escorted to the front.

We get outside of the park when a manager told the “cop” to detain her and get her ID to issue a five year ban from six flags establishments along with a criminal trespassing charge all over a pair of shorts. Bailey my girlfriend did not want to do that as it seemed like an illegal detainment and when we asked what’s the probable cause they told us “because were police”. I then proceeded to ask for their badge numbers and they refused to do so. Bailey thought she was going to be arrested in front of her daughter who was already having a panic attack and agreed to provide her ID. We were then followed to our cars and bullied into leaving with no refund and left.

Since then the video I took of the cop harassing her has reached 2 million views people saw how wrong this was and proceeded to say we should seek legal counsel. So here we are, raising awareness about this ongoing issue for women’s rights and to raise money for a civil defense lawyer. Anything is appreciated and we thank everyone who has been so supportive because the whole thing traumatized my autistic girlfriend and daughter.

At first it was assumed the cop was an Oklahoma City police officer considering the theme park is in city limits.

But an employment ad placed on Glassdoor by Frontier City seeking job applicants to become park police officers says it only hires state-certified law enforcement officers from either the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office or the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

The ad also said that “rule breakers better watch out when you’re on our security team. You’ll protect our people and our property” with the following bullet points highlighting the job description.

  • Interact with guests providing directions and assistance
  • Protect employees, guests, and company property
  • Enforce park policies
  • Patrol and inspect assigned areas of the park
  • Keep unauthorized personnel out of restricted areas
  • Rapidly respond to active alarms, first aid, and other emergency situations
  • Monitor all areas for safety hazards, including fire, theft, and vandalism
  • Apprehend violators, including on-foot pursuits when necessary
  • Escort guests and team members as needed for assistance and protection

The “Park Policies” page on the amusement park’s website states that “no denim/jean shorts or shorts below the knee” will be permitted which indicates they are more concerned with longer shorts that fall below the knees than shorts that fall above the knees.

However, the shorts she was wearing were made of denim which is a violation of their dress code.

In 2019, Frontier Park made the news when it did not allow an off-duty cop to enter the park with a gun which he had concealed but had been discovered by a metal detector upon entry. At the time, the park issued the following statement regarding its policies.

Six Flags works hand in hand with law enforcement to ensure the safety and well-being of our guests and team members. We hire hundreds of police officers in cities across the country. As stated on our website and in-park signage, guests may not bring firearms into the park(s). The policy—which is standard for theme parks and many public venues—applies to all guests, including police officers on personal time and is in compliance with Oklahoma state law.

Below is a screenshot from Breedlove’s Facebook page with more details about the incident.

Alabama Cop Charged with Raping Girl was Fired by FBI after he was Accused of Raping Co-worker at Knifepoint

Alabama state police claim they conducted a “full and thorough” investigation into the background of Christopher Bauer when the agency hired him in 2019, evidently ignoring the fact he had been terminated by the FBI a year earlier after he had been accused of raping a colleague at knifepoint.

Last week, the 41-year-old cop was accused of raping an 11-year-old girl and is now sitting in jail on charges of sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12.

Turns out, Bauer fabricated a letter from the FBI that claimed he was a model employee employed by the federal agency in Louisiana and had never been accused of wrongdoing. And the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency apparently did not bother to check the legitimacy of the letter which would have taken maybe a phone call or email to the FBI.

According to the Associated Press which broke the story Wednesday:

“The letter is not legitimate,” the FBI said in a statement to the AP on Wednesday. Bureau officials would not say who they believe forged the letter.
Bauer, 41, was arrested last week in Montgomery on charges including sodomy and sexual abuse of a child under 12. The AP is withholding some details of the allegations to protect the girl’s identity.
Bauer remained jailed Wednesday on $105,000 bail, and court records do not list an attorney who could comment on his behalf. An attorney who represented Bauer in challenging his ouster from the FBI did not respond to requests for comment.
The FBI declined to say whether it was asked for any information about Bauer’s suitability to be hired by the state police.

The Associated Press also obtained a restraining order filed by the alleged victim which accused Bauer of raping her for about a year, threatening to “destroy” her if she dared turned him in.

The restraining order was available via public record in Louisiana and would have come up had Alabama state police conducted a proper background investigation.

“I couldn’t see any more and felt my legs go out from under me,” the woman wrote in her application for the order. “He told me many times if I went to war with him I would lose. He told me many times he would destroy me.”
The woman told AP that Bauer sexually assaulted her so frequently her hair began to fall out.
“It was a year of torture,” she said. “He quite literally would keep me awake for days. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t sleep, and in six months I went from 150 pounds to 92 pounds. I was physically dying from what he was doing to me.”

Little information has  been made public about the 11-year-old girl he is accused of molesting. He remains incarcerated on a $105,000 bond.

 

PINAC Returns to WP on 14th Anniversary with Plans to Produce Podcast Show on Police Culture and Abuse

Last Thursday marked 14 years since I launched Photography is Not a Crime as a one-man blog on WordPress after having been beaten and arrested two months earlier by Miami police for photographing them against their wishes in a story I’ve told countless times over the years.

Today marks PINAC’s return to WordPress after a three-year stint on the Maven, a publishing company that was paying us a percentage of ad revenue from our stories each month until late last year when they replaced the PINAC-friendly CEO with one not too fond of PINAC. They then restructured our contract, blaming it on COVID, and as a result, we have not received a single payment since December despite the fact they continued running ads in our stories.

It was a minor setback for a site that has experienced multiple setbacks over the years only to remain resilient and relevant while dozens of other news sites have come and gone or sunken into obscurity. But the lesson here is that PINAC needs to remain as independent as possible in order to survive another 14 years which is why I am happy to be back on WordPress and look forward to keeping the site updated with the latest stories and videos.

Part of the plan is to launch a weekly podcast show highlighting the most important stories of the week as well as featuring guests, including victims of police abuse, attorneys, activists and anybody else relevant to the issue of criminal justice reform, including cops, judges and prosecutors if they are brave enough to come on the show.

The podcast will also help us build the national database of bad cops we announced in January by teaching listeners how to obtain Brady list public records from their local prosecutors office. These are lists that contain the names of cops with integrity issues, cops who lie and abuse and destroy innocent lives, an idea we have been discussing for years but never made an attempt to implement until now.

We will also pay tribute to the “Worst Cop of the Week” since cops place so much value in their participation awards, dedicating a special page for them on the site with their photos to ensure they receive the recognition they deserve.

I will host the podcast show from my bedroom closet which I am converting into a soundproof studio to ensure professional quality audio and not piss off my neighbors with my rantings about cops as I live in a condo with thin walls so it may take a few weeks before I launch it.

But I have several people lined up who have agreed to be interviewed, including a man who spent years in prison based on the lying testimony of a Brady list cop who was protected by prosecutors. There are many more like him who will be interviewed as the show progresses. We will open people’s eyes to the truth.

The goal it to focus more on education rather than just information because the country is finally accepting the fact we have a serious issue with police abuse so we need to figure out what to do about it. Newly elected President Joe Biden is promising criminal justice reform but we must never trust politicians in these matters because deep down they are afraid of the cops and will bow down to their manipulative intimidation tactics as they have done throughout history.

The only reason Biden is even talking about this issue is because a 17-year-old girl named Darnella Frazier knew her rights and was not afraid to exercise them when she recorded Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin planting a knee on George Floyd’s neck for almost ten minutes on March 25, 2020, igniting what was already a growing movement against police abuse in this country.

And the only reason Frazier knew her rights was because of sites like PINAC and the ones that followed that educated people on their right to record at a time when the government was trying to deny us those rights. Many of us fought hard for those rights and it paid off even though people are still getting arrested for recording, just not as often as before.

Now we need to take it a step further and teach citizens how to obtain public records from the local government agencies, especially those records they tend to keep secret like the Brady list because these are the criminal cops that give all cops a bad name. The ACLU describes these cops as having “histories of falsifying reports, fabricating or tampering with evidence, lying on the witness stand, coercing witnesses, brutalizing people, accruing misconduct lawsuits or complaints, blatant racism, and more.”

The origin of PINAC

It was a much different world when I launched PINAC on April 28, 2007 because the country was still enamored with police under the “9/11 changed everything” spell which enabled cops to harass and threaten photographers for taking photos in public while receiving heroic praise from a clueless public for keeping them safe from potential terrorists with professional-looking cameras.

I was a 38-year-old journalist who had spent much of the prior decade covering the cop beat for various newspapers in New Mexico, California and Arizona, so I had a much more cynical view of police, having had my share of run-ins and clashes with cops for taking photos and asking hard questions or for just reporting the truth based on public records.

As a wordsmith with an attitude, I was not afraid to stand up to them, especially when the truth was on my side, but they considered me an asshole and would complain to my editors who would then tell me I have to write more positive stories to balance all the negative stories which were accurate just not “fair” in the eyes of police.

PINAC became an unfiltered adaptation of the newspaper cop beat I had worked for years but at the national instead of the local level, no longer watered down by cop-adoring editors to maintain the institutional line of bullshit. I had my share of haters in the beginning, many of them cops, as well as doubters. But the doubters turned into believers and the cops rarely comment anymore because their intimidation tactics fail on the internet.

And the corporate media that used to criticize PINAC for not being “objective” are now reporting on these stories with much more honesty than before when they would resort to the tired-old cliche of a “few bad apples” which is a lie produced by the Police PR Spin Machine but regurgitated by the media to maintain access to public information under the pretense of objectivity.

The truth it, it is the culture of policing that is corrupt and broken and needs to be changed because it is an institution that preys on the poor and powerless. A profession that attracts narcissists, bullies, control freaks, rapists and GI Joe Wannabes in addition to genuine people who want to do good for the community but it is the former who get promoted while the latter either quit or become apathetic.

A system that is more about controlling the public than about public safety that produces paranoid, violent officers with zero emotional intelligence who have been manipulated to believe they are heroes and trained to believe every citizen is a possible enemy combatant out to kill them whether it be with a phone, comb or remote control which are all possible weapons in the eyes of cops and have led to innocent people getting killed.

The culture of corruption extends to the prosecutors and judges who many times are in systemic cahoots with the cops in supporting their false narrative over actual evidence as I discovered after my arrest for taking photos on February 20, 2007.

The cops claimed I had been standing in the middle of a busy street taking photos while blocking traffic so they were only looking out for my “safety.” But my photos showed they were on the ones standing in the street and I was standing on the sidewalk. They ended up bashing my head into that sidewalk and charging me with nine fabricated misdemeanors, figuring that would teach me to never photograph cops again but it just made me more defiant.

I did not know it at the time but the judge was a former police union attorney and the prosecutor was the son of a local police chief so they were both appalled that I would write negatively about cops on a blog. It just wasn’t being done at the time.

On the day of my trial on June 16, 2008, the prosecutor had printed out more than a year’s worth of stories I had written on PINAC which he claim proved I was biased against the cops and therefore should be convicted, telling the jury I got myself purposely arrested for the sole purpose of launching a blog.

He was especially fixated on an article I wrote about a week after launching the blog, comparing the LAPD to nazis after they were caught on video beating journalists and children while dressed in indistinguishable riot gear. The jury acquitted me of most of the charges but convicted me of resisting arrest which is Florida’s contempt of cop law. One juror told the bailiff they did not like my attitude.

But I appealed and had the conviction reversed because I was able to prove the judge not only allowed improper evidence against me in trial, mainly the contents of my blog which were written after I had been arrested and therefore irrelevant to my actions before my arrest, but he also issued me a harsher sentence than recommended by the prosecutor because I did not show “remorse” to the cops for photographing them. I still ended up serving a year probation, attending anger management classes and doing community hours.

I was arrested an additional three more times for taking photos over the next seven years and the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office insisted on taking each case to trial, believing they had enough evidence to prove my guilt or at least get me to agree to a plea deal, only to fail each time. Suckers.

The same Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office refused to indict a South Florida cop on rape charges despite multiple women filing complaints against him, claiming it did not have enough evidence to persuade a jury to convict the cop. It was only when the FBI stepped in and arrested Hialeah police officer Jesus “Jesse” Menocal that he was stripped of his badge and is now facing life in prison.

So it’s time to start holding the prosecutors accountable as well as the cops because they are a big part of the problem which we plan to do with our Brady list project.

But this is going to be a long-term project which will only succeed with the support of the readers, so if you would like to support our mission, click here to make a tax-deductible donation or on the icon below to make a PayPal or debit/credit card donation.

WATCH: Cops Shoot Man to Death Falsely Claiming he was Speeding towards them

Once again, cops positioned themselves in front of an oncoming car before shooting the driver to death, claiming they were in fear for their lives.

However, the body camera footage released Tuesday shows Lymond Moses was driving away from police when he was shot to death.

No wonder it took the New Castle County Police Department in Delaware two months to release the video. And only after intense pressure from Moses’ family and the local chapter of the NAACP.

Nevertheless, the Delaware News Journal quoted a “use-of-force expert” who claimed the shooting was justified because the car is a “dangerous instrument” – even if it was trying to veer away from the officers.

But in a similar case last week, a Texas grand jury indicted Austin police officer Christopher Taylor for shooting and killing a man last year who was driving away from cops, claiming he was in fear for his life.

The video in that case shows the victim, Michael Ramos, was standing outside his car with his hands in the air, trying to follow police orders when he was shot with a bean bag, which prompted him to get back in his car and drive away, resulting in Taylor shooting him to death.

The Delaware shooting took place on January 13 at 1 a.m. after cops came across Lymond who was sleeping inside his car which was parked on the curb of a residential neighborhood.

Police say Lymond had the car turned on so one cop reached in with his baton and turned it off which is when Moses woke up, startled to see his car surrounded by three cops.

The cops told him they were investigating a rash of stolen cars in the area. Moses told him his car was not stolen and he was, in fact, parked in front of his mother’s house.

But the cops spotted marijuana inside his car so they ordered him to step out which is when he drove off.

However, he ended up driving down a dead-end street so he made a u-turn and tried to drive past the cops by angling away from them but was shot to death.

The Police PR Spin Machine went into immediate effect after the shooting with New Castle County cops telling local media that Lymond “made a U-turn and drove at a high rate of speed directly at the officers.”

Now that the video has been released, they are acting as if they had not seen it when issuing their initial statement.

“Our understanding of the incident may change as additional evidence is collected, analyzed and reviewed,” New Castle County Police Lieutenant Brian Faulkner told the News Journal.

“Based upon this video, we cannot draw any conclusions as to whether the officers acted within policy and the law until all the facts are known and the investigation is complete.”

But the so-called use-of-force expert interviewed by the News Journal certainly came to the conclusion that cops did no wrong which is not surprising for a man who has been a “law enforcement training coordinator” since 1983, according to his LinkedIn page.

Ken Cooper, a use-of-force expert and director of Tactical Handgun Training of New York, a facility that trains public safety and security officers, said it appears police acted correctly. He said Moses’ car was a “dangerous instrument.”

Cooper, who reviewed the video, agreed with the officers’ initial de-escalation tactics, saying they smartly turned the car off and were clear with their verbal commands. In the video, he said officers were obviously trying to calm Moses down.

Moses, Cooper said, became the escalator when he failed to comply, turned the car back on and fled.

Cooper said it did not matter what Moses’ intent was as he fled from the dead-end. The officer furthest from the vehicle who fires his weapon is empowered, Cooper said, to protect his partner.

“If you perceive as a police officer that this could result in the death of another person, you have the right to act,” Cooper said.

“It’s a 4,000-pound bullet.”

The problem with Cooper’s assessment is that as dangerous cars can be, cops in these situations never fail to plant themselves in front of the car to give themselves and excuse to kill.

Another red flag is how hard New Castle County cops tried to keep the video from going public because there is no doubt they would have wasted no time in releasing it had it shown Moses deliberately trying to run them over.

“While transparency and public trust are essential between the police department and the citizens we serve, choosing to release this video now undermines the credibility of any future legal proceedings that may arise from this incident,” the local police union said in a statement.

In other words, it will be much more difficult to spin the truth in the court of law now that the video is going before the court of public opinion.

Watch the edited video above or the unedited footage along with the police explanation released by the New Haven County Police Department.

WATCH: Ohio Cop Stomps on Man’s Head over Misdemeanor Traffic Stop

East Cleveland police supervisors said they had no idea one of their officers stomped on a man’s head after a brief pursuit over a misdemeanor traffic stop last year.

It was only after the man’s attorney made a public records request for the body camera footage that supervisors say they discovered the incident showing patrolman Nick Foti stomping on Redrick Ward’s head.

However, body camera footage shows at least one of the officers on the scene wearing a patch on his sleeve indicating a higher rank than the other officers. Not exactly a sergeant but perhaps a corporal or master patrolman, depending on the department’s rank system which are usually different than military ranks.

The video shows he was giving orders to the other officers as part of his supervisory role – but evidently never reported the incident. There were also two other officers holding the man down as Foti stomped on his head who also acted as if the head stomping was just business as usual.

In fact, one officer followed the head stomp with several punches of his own to the man’s back as he kept a knee down on his neck. A perfect example of what a former East Cleveland police detective once testified was a “culture of violence” in the department that was part of his “on-the-job training” before he was forced to resign in disgrace (more on that below).

But East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner told local media he was “astonished” over the incident and not only suspended Foti but has asked the United States Department of Justice to investigate him for possibly criminal charges.

According to Fox 8:

I know this is completely out of our policy and procedure for an officer to do that, and I believe it to be criminal,” Gardner said.

Gardner said an internal review is underway and Officer Nicholas Foti is on paid leave, per the union’s policy. Gardner said he also asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the matter.

“Despite this disturbing video, I just want people to trust the process,” said East Cleveland Cpt. Ken Lundy. “We have an internal process.”

According to East Cleveland Municipal Court records, the suspect was found guilty of misdemeanor traffic offenses and ordered to pay a fine.

The incident took place at 2 a.m. on April 1, 2020 after police say they suspected Ward of driving under the influence after spotting him driving on the sidewalk.

It was a short pursuit that averaged about 25 mph but officers treated Ward as if he had just led them on a high-speed chase through several towns after committing an armed robbery, shattering his window with their batons before dragging him out of the car and forcing him facedown on the street.

Ward is subdued and crying out in pain when Foti walks up and stomps his foot down on his head twice before walking away. None of the officers bat an eye.

Despite the cops accusing him of being drunk, Ward was never charged with driving under the influence. The 37-year-old man ended up paying a $125 fine after pleading no contest to speeding in a 25 mph zone and driving with expired or unlawful license plates, according to court records. Police say he did not exceed more than 40 mph, if even that.

Foti, who has been with the department since 2016, has been sued twice before in unrelated incidents including one incident where he and two other officers, Derek Stephenson and a cop named Welms, arrested a woman riding passenger in a car after accusing her of being in the country illegally on July 16, 2019.

The woman, Marie-Louise Kouassi, was from Africa and spoke with an accent, according to the lawsuit, which helped them determine she was in the country illegally. They detained her for seven hours, including three hours sitting in a jail cell before driving her to a federal immigration center where she was immediately released because it turns out, she was in the country legally.

However, Kouassi filed her lawsuit pro se meaning she was representing herself and she failed to list specific Constitutional violations by each individual officer named in the suit which is why a judge dismissed the case in 2019.

In the second lawsuit, a man named Joshua Bradley accused Foti and three officers of beating and tasering him as he suffered a mental health crisis on November 4, 2018. The other officers mentioned in the suit are Welms and Stephenson who are mentioned in the suit mentioned above as well as a patrolman Woodside. That suit is still pending.

In 2016, the same year Foti was hired, East Cleveland Police Detective Randy Hicks testified about the “culture of violence in the East Cleveland Police Department,” blaming it on his actions in 2012 when he kept an innocent man locked in a closet for four days after beating him – solely on the basis he was driving a truck similar to a truck driven by an unnamed drug dealer.

That man, Arnold Black, was awarded a $22 million settlement in 2016 but the city appealed the decision, asking for a new trial where it could present more evidence, resulting in another trial and another jury awarding him a $50 million settlement.

​The following is testimony from Hicks who no longer works for the department describing the agency’s “culture of violence” from the appellate court’s decision which you can read here.

Hicks testified that there was a culture of violence in the East Cleveland Police Department. He explained that as part of his on-the-job training, he was taught to use violence against citizens in order to obtain information from them and to instill fear. (Trial tr. 83-84, 87.) Hicks explained that when he was a patrol officer, he and Spotts were part of group known as the “jump-out boys.” (Trial tr. 90.) Whenever they encountered citizens gathered on a sidewalk, they would jump out of their cars, throw the citizens on the ground, and beat or “boot” them. (Trial tr. 90.) Hicks was also taught to “clear the corners” by slamming people against police cars, searching them for drugs without probable cause, and if they did not find any drugs, making it “inconvenient for them.” (Trial tr. 91.) The officers “made it inconvenient” for citizens by “strip[ping] them down in the middle of winter” and making them stand naked in the cold. (Trial tr. 91.) They stripped people naked on a “daily” basis. (Trial tr. 91.) Hicks testified that he would not have been promoted if he had refused to engage in these violent tactics. (Trial tr. 95.)

​East Cleveland is a suburb city of Cleveland about three square miles in size with a population of less than 20,000 with a police department of less than 100 officers.

Watch the shortened edited video above and the full video released by East Cleveland police who did not release video of Ward driving on the sidewalk as they originally claimed.

WATCH: Videos from 2 Shootings lead to Manslaughter Charges against 6 Cops

The first incident that led to manslaughter charges against an Oklahoma City police officer shows three cops surrounding a homeless man who had a knife in his hand.

Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Clifford Holman was the third officer to arrive on the scene on December 11 and tells the man to drop the knife before shooting him with a taser which had no effect on him because of his heavy clothing, according to police body camera footage.

The 60-year-old man with the knife, Bennie Edwards, then charges at Oklahoma City Police Sergeant Keith Duroy who fires several times before Edwards turns and runs away from the officers.

Holman, who had replaced the taser in his hand with a gun, then fires several times at the fleeing homeless man, striking him in the back.

An autopsy determined Edwards died as a result of the gunshots to his back which is what led to the second-degree manslaughter charge against Holman last month, a charge that carries a minimum sentence of two years.

Duroy, who fired several shots as Edwards was charging towards him, was not charged with any crime because that shooting was determined to have been justified.

In the second incident, several Oklahoma City police officers are engaged in a standoff outside a gas station convenience store on November 23 when the armed suspect climbs out of the window.

Stevian Rodriguez lifts up his shirt, then pulls a pistol by the barrel from his waistband and drops it on the ground, according to surveillance video.

He then reaches into his back pocket, which was when he was shot multiple times by five officers before he even had a chance to pull anything out of the pocket.

Turns out, he had been reaching for a phone which is why five cops this week have been charged with first-degree manslaughter which carries a minimum sentence of four years.

The officers charged are Bethany Sears, Jared Barton, Corey Adams, John Skuta and Brad Pemberton. A sixth officer who was at the scene, Sarah Carli, was not charged because she was using a “less lethal” weapon.

However, the most serious charge in this incident was filed against Rodriguez’ friend and accomplice in the armed robbery, Wyatt Cheatham, who was with Rodriguez when he robbed the store at gunpoint but fled the scene after cops arrived.

Cheatham, 17, was charged with felony murder in the first-degree for the shooting death of his friend even though he did not pull the trigger under a state law that allows murder charges to be filed against accomplices in the event of a death during the commission of an armed robbery. He faces life in prison, if convicted.

The last Oklahoma City cop to face charges over an on-duty shooting death was Keith Sweeney, who is serving a 10-year sentence for shooting and killing a suicidal man named Dustin Pigeon in 2017 who was holding lighter fluid over his head.

Sweeney, who was convicted and sentenced in 2019 on a charge of second-degree murder, filed an appeal last year for a new trial which is still pending.

Watch the video above which contains footage from all three shootings mentioned in this story.

WATCH: Video Shows Cops Lied about Homeless Man Threatening them with Knife

San Diego police flacks at first claimed one of their officers shot a homeless man because he “drew a knife and threatened the officer.”

But now​ that the body camera video shows the man dropping the knife, the police spokespeople are claiming the homeless man “drew a knife which threatened the officer.”

In other words, the mere presence of a knife in the hands of another person is perceived as enough of a threat to use deadly force, according to the San Diego Police PR Spin Machine.

“Why did you shoot me?” asked the homeless man, Stephen Wilson, in the moments after he was shot, according to the body camera footage released Wednesday.

“Because I told you not to grab the knife out of the back pocket,” responded San Diego police officer Kelly Besker.

“I was giving it to you,” Wilson replied.

“I told you not to grab it,” Besker said.

“I didn’t hear you,” Wilson said.

But Besker never gave the 69-year-old man a chance, firing three shots less than a second after he told Wilson “do not grab that knife.” The video also shows Wilson dropping the knife within a second of pulling it out of his back pocket and before Besker fired his shots.

Wilson probably would have never reached for the knife had the cop not panicked after spotting the kitchen knife in Wilson’s back pocket.

“Hey, you got a knife in your back pocket,” which is what prompted Wilson to reach into his pocket and drop the knife. Prior to that, Wilson was eating something out of a bowl.

Wilson survived the shooting and has been listed in stable condition at a local hospital.

The incident took place February 25 after a man walked up to Besker on a street corner to inform him about Wilson and his erratic behavior.

“There’s a dude on the corner and he has a kitchen knife and he’s acting crazy,” a man told Besker who was dealing with another homeless person on an unrelated matter.

Besker drove his patrol car to the corner where Wilson was standing on a sidewalk strewn with his personal belongings. He was eating out of a bowl and continued eating as the cop questioned him. He told the cop that somebody had pushed over his shopping cart with personal belongings.

He still had the bowl in his hand when the cop spotted the knife in his back pocket and he instinctively reached for it as soon as the cop mentioned it but immediately dropped it.

According to a San Diego Union-Tribune article dated February 25:

Someone flagged down the officer just after 7 p.m. to report a man with a knife near Third Avenue and G Street, Freedman said. The officer was told the armed man was “causing pedestrians to feel fearful and making them move out into the street to avoid him.”

The officer approached the man, “who was standing on the southwest corner amidst a good deal of debris and holding a bowl of food,” homicide Lt. Andra Brown said in a news release Friday morning.

Brown said that as the officer spoke with the man, he pulled out the knife — despite an order not to touch it — and threatened the officer.

The officer shot the man at least once in his torso, Freedman said.

But now that the truth has come out, homeless advocates are outraged, according to a San Diego Union-Tribune​ article dated March 3.

Michael McConnell, an advocate for homeless people, called Wilson’s shooting “very disturbing” and argued the officer “shot someone who obviously needed help.” He said the video showed “even in the state (Wilson) was in, he was in total disbelief he was shot.”

McConnell argued the video showed Wilson was not a threat, but was focused on his meal and his scattered possessions, which Wilson told police someone had knocked over.

State laws dictating when officers are justified in using deadly force changed in 2020 with the implementation of AB 392, which allows law enforcement officers to use deadly force only when “necessary,” when their life or the lives of others are in imminent danger and when there is no other alternative to de-escalate the situation, such as using non-lethal methods.

The legislation marked a change from the previous standard, which allowed using deadly force when an officer had a “reasonable” fear of imminent harm.

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

WATCH: Arizona Cop Shoots Fleeing Teen in Back after he Tosses Gun

It started over a 17-year-old boy riding a bicycle through a residential neighborhood in Arizona without headlights, which drew the attention of Chandler police officer Chase Bebak-Miller who activated his lights and tried to pull him over.

But Anthony Bernal Cano tried to flee, dropping his bike and hopping over a fence into a park.

The cop stopped his car and began chasing him on foot, also hopping over the fence into the park.

It was only after he had caught up to him that he noticed the gun in Cano’s hand which made him fear for his life, prompting him to shoot the teen twice in the back.

But Bebak-Miller’s bodycam footage shows the teen tossed the gun to the side right before he was shot and never pointed it at the cop.

“I just wanted to throw the gun away,” the teen tells the cop after he is handcuffed and laying facedown in the grass.

“Well, I thought you were pulling it on me, man,” the cop responds.

“I tried throwing it so I wouldn’t get shot.”

Cano died three weeks later in a hospital.

The incident took place on January 2 but Chandler police did not release the video until Wednesday. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office said it is investigating whether the cop will be charged but the teen’s family expects him to be cleared. They plan on suing.

According to the Arizona Republic:

Chandler police said its Criminal Investigation Bureau completed its investigation into the shooting and submitted the case to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for review.

After the County Attorney’s Office determines whether to pursue criminal charges against the officer, Chandler police’s Use of Force Review Board will review the case before submitting it to a citizens review panel made up of 15 Chandler residents appointed by the mayor.

Last week, Cano’s mother, Renee Clum, was among family members who questioned why he was stopped in the first place.

“He was scared, coming home. He wasn’t doing anything wrong other than riding a bike without a light.”

Watch the edited video below and the unedited video here.

WATCH: Georgia Cop Attacks and Arrests Man while Recording in Public

It’s been more than a month since a Georgia man was attacked and handcuffed by a cop for asking a simple question while recording and so far no action has been taken to discipline the cop even though it’s been almost two weeks since the investigation has been completed.

But the victim, Marcus Coleman, who happens to be a police accountability activist, is on a mission to get him fired and charged.

South Fulton police officer Solomon Muhammad, meanwhile, remains on paid administrative leave since the January 29 incident, awaiting the results of the investigation.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation told local media this week that is wrapped up its investigation last month and forwarded its findings to the Fulton County District Attorney who is supposed to make a decision as to whether Muhammad committed a crime.

The video shows the cop attacked Coleman simply because he was annoyed that the activist was questioning why he was not directing traffic following a traffic collision. Coleman also threatened to contact the police chief over the cop not directing traffic which is when the cop chased after him and arrested him.

The cop also held his taser against Coleman’s chest, threatening to taser him. Coleman was handcuffed and forced to sit in the back of a cop car for more than 40 minutes until a supervisor released him with no charges.

According to Fox 5:

Marcus Coleman is calling on Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to file criminal charges against South Fulton police officer Solomon Muhammad saying he should feel the extent of the law he was supposed to protect, serve and uphold.

“He needs to be fired. His POST certification needs to be snatched, revoked. He needs to be charged. He needs to be convicted and sentenced properly, and then he needs to be made an example of for the citizens in our new city of South Fulton, what we will not tolerate,” the community activist told FOX 5.

“Cpl. Solomon Muhammad put a Taser to this brother’s chest in complete violation of operating procedures. Placed it above his heart just for asking a question, just for making a statement that he was going to speak to his superior officer,” said Coleman’s attorney, J. Edward Shipp.

According to 11 Alive:

“The disparities over policing. People are tired, man,” he said, Tuesday. “People are tired of getting harassed because of the color of their skin. People are tired of getting harassed because of the police culture, whether it’s a white officer, Black officer, pink officer, fuchsia. We want them to uphold their oath to protect and serve.”

The Fulton County District Attorney’s office have not responded to inquiries from local media about when it plans to announce its decision even though it received the GBI’s report almost two weeks ago on February 22.

Coleman and his lawyer spoke at a press conference on Wednesday, addressing the incident which you can view here. The above video is from the January 29 incident.

WATCH: Cop Swings K9 by Leash, Hanging it from Back; Chief Calls it “Training”

A North Carolina cop was caught on video lifting his K9 by the leash and swinging it around his shoulder where it remained dangling behind his back as the cop walked the dog back to the patrol car.

The video is going viral but the police chief said we must not judge too harshly because the dog was being “noncompliant” and the officer had to “correct the dog.”

“K9 training,” is how Salisbury Police Chief Jerry Stokes described the video to local media.

The video shows the German shepherd named Zuul was seated in the back seat of the patrol car with the backdoor open when it hopped out and began walking towards the cop. The cop was walking towards another man wearing a protective body suit.

“Stay!” the cop yelled and the dog immediately lowered its body and laid on the pavement.

The cop walked up to the dog and attached a leash to the its collar. He then lifted the dog by the leash and swung it around his back as if it were a sack of potatoes.

The cop carried the dog to the patrol car and shoved it into the backseat, slapping it once.

“Sit,” he yelled.

“We’re good, no witnesses,” said a man who was out of the camera frame.

He then realizes the incident may have been recorded.

“Is your camera on?”

“Oh no, my power is off,” said the man recording who leaked it to local media but has remained anonymous.

Chief Stokes called a press conference Tuesday and stated the following, according to the Salisbury Post.

“It is important to understand that police K-9s are trained to use force against criminal suspects and the handler must ensure that they have complete control over the dog at all times so that any use of the K-9 in the field is appropriate and lawful,” Stokes said. “When a K-9 is noncompliant with the handler’s commands, the handler is trained to correct the dog. K-9 training tactics and corrective measures can sometimes be alarming when provided out of context.”

Stokes said the officer involved has been “administratively separated” from the police dog.

Cops like him usually have a history of abuse and lies but have been protected by the system which is why we want to keep track of them with a national database. Click link below for more information.

WATCH: New Video from Costco Shooting where Off-Duty Cop Killed Mentally Ill Man

In the moments after an off-duty Los Angeles police officer shot and killed a mentally ill man inside a Southern California Costco in 2019, a responding police officer found the off-duty cop laying on his back on the floor as if he he was the one who had been shot.

​”Do you have any weapons?” asked the Corona police officer who had been parked in front of the store on June 14, 2019 after the off-duty cop fired ten times, killing the man and wounding his mother and father.

“No, he’s got it,” responded Salvador Sanchez, pointing at the man he had just shot who was laying on the floor along with his parents, all of them struck by gunfire.

But Kenneth French – who witnesses say either slapped or punched the cop in the back of the head unprovoked – never did have a weapon. And surveillance video shows his father was shoving him away from Sanchez when the cop opened fire which is when they fall to the ground.

However, the surveillance video is grainy and far from the incident. A closer surveillance camera that might have captured the entire incident was not working, according to prosecutors.

The new body camera video was obtained by NBC Los Angeles after months of requesting it from the Corona Police Department in Riverside County.

As Sanchez is lying on his back, he explains his version to the cop.

“I see a blast and I feel my head get knocked out, and I fall to the ground, I dropped my son. When I dropped my son, and the guy like, hunkers down,” he says.

“What guy?” the cop asks.

“The guy in the blue shirt. I believed he was still armed so I shot.”

“Those people probably like got in the way,” he explains in regards to French’s parents being shot as well.

​However, when the Corona police officer asks him if he specifically saw a weapon, he clammed up.

“You know what, I’m not going to talk any further without my lawyers.”

Although Sanchez claimed in the video to have been struck on the head with such force that he thought he had been shot, paramedics who examined him in an ambulance moments later found “no significant injury,” NBC Los Angeles reports.

Nevertheless, a grand jury which met in secret three months after the shooting determined Sanchez was not criminally liable for the shooting.

However, the Los Angeles Police Department conducted its own investigation and determined his actions violated the department’s use of force policy and fired him in 2020.

According to NBC Los Angeles:

According to Corona Police interviews, multiple witnesses said Sanchez was struck in the head by French’s hand, as the two stood near a food sample table. Corona and LAPD detectives determined French never had a gun and no shooting took place before Sanchez opened fire.

Several witnesses said the strike, described as a punch or a slap, was unprovoked. One eyewitness told Corona Police that Sanchez collapsed to the floor so quickly she thought he had suffered a medical emergency; another said Sanchez “got down” to the floor, took a “defensive position,” and began shooting, according to detectives’ reports.

The LAPD found in June 2020 that Sanchez’s actions that night were unreasonable and had violated the department’s rules for use of lethal force. Sanchez was fired a month later.

One of Sanchez’s attorneys, David Winslow, said the LAPD’s conclusions were “incompetent” because the report failed to fully explore whether or not Sanchez had truly suffered a head injury, and Winslow said in the chaos of the moment, Sanchez had acted in a reasonable manner given Sanchez’s perception of what had happened.

“For anybody in the LAPD to say that the average LAPD officer wouldn’t have reacted that way is simply being dishonest because you don’t know how somebody is going to react with a head injury,” Winslow said.

“The impact on his brain caused him to believe that Mr. French had a gun. We know Mr. French didn’t have a gun. But unfortunately, Officer Sanchez was operating under the influence of the severe brain trauma that he suffered in that situation,” he said.

Russell and Paola French, the parents of the victim, have a filed a lawsuit against Sanchez and the LAPD. Below is an excerpt:

On or about June 14, 2019, DECEDENT and his parents PAOLA FRENCH and RUSSELL FRENCH went to the local Costco Wholesale to do some shopping.

While inside the Costco SALVADOR SANCHEZ, a police officer for the Los Angeles Police Department (“LAPD”), opened fire and discharged approximately ten (10) rounds at PAOLA FRENCH, RUSSELL FRENCH and DECEDENT, striking all three of them, including shots to the back. As a result of the gunshot wounds sustained by PAOLA FRENCH and RUSSELL FRENCH, they both suffered serious physical injuries that will require medical attention and care for the remainder of their lives. PAOLA FRENCH and RUSSELL FRENCH also suffered severe emotional injuries and distress as a result of being shot, witnessing each other get shot, and witnessing their son, DECEDENT, being shot and killed. Further, DECEDENT suffered serious physical injury, pre-death pain and suffering, and death as a result of the gunshot wounds he sustained. DECEDENT was only 32 years old at the time of his death. Moreover, DECEDENT was PAOLA FRENCH and RUSSELL FRENCH’s first born child and their only surviving child is Kevin French, DECEDENT’s brother.

PAOLA FRENCH, RUSSELL FRENCH and DECEDENT were all moving away from SALVADOR SANCHEZ at the time of the shooting, which is consistent with the multiple gunshot wounds to the back and were not an immediate threat of death or serious bodily injury to Officer Sanchez or to anyone else. Further, both PAOLA FRENCH and RUSSELL FRENCH were in between SALVADOR SANCHEZ and DECEDENT at the time of the shooting, pleading with SALVADOR SANCHEZ not to shoot their son. Moreover, SALVADOR SANCHEZ was put on notice that DECEDENT suffered from mental illness, prior to the gunshots.

SALVADOR SANCHEZ announced and identified himself as being a police officer prior to the shooting and continued to identify himself as being a member of law enforcement after the shooting, including to Costco shoppers, employees, vendors and the responding police officers, from the Corona Police Department. SALVADOR SANCHEZ was acting in his capacity as a police officer at the time of the incident.

At the time of the shooting PAOLA FRENCH, RUSSELL FRENCH DECEDENT posed no immediate threat of death or serious physical injury to SALVADOR SANCHEZ or any other person, especially since they were visibly unarmed and moving away from SALVADOR SANCHEZ when the shooting began, including multiple shots to the back.

DECEDENT was not in physical contact with SALVADOR SANCHEZ at time of the shooting and there was substantial distance between SALVADOR SANCHEZ and DECEDENT at the time of the shooting. In other words, DECEDENT was not punching or pushing SALVADOR SANCHEZ at the time of the shooting, and DECEDENT was not trying to assault or attack the officer during the shooting or immediately before the shooting.

DECEDENT did not cause serious physical injury to anyone, including to SALVADOR SANCHEZ, prior to the shooting or at any point. Officer Sanchez removed a concealed weapon from his waistband, identified himself as a police officer, then aimed at and successfully shot three (3) different people who were moving away from him and visibly unarmed. Out of the ten shots fired, it is believed that six shots total struck the Plaintiffs and DECEDENT.

In addition to the use of excessive force, when Defendant announced himself as a police officer and pointed his gun at the Plaintiffs and DECEDENT, the Defendant was using his authority as a police officer to detain them without reasonable suspicion and was trying to arrest them without probable cause.

After shooting PAOLA FRENCH, RUSSELL FRENCH and DECEDENT, SALVADOR SANCHEZ did not provide or summons timely medical attention for them, despite them bleeding profusely and having obvious serious injuries.

After the shooting SALVADOR SANCHEZ continued to identify himself as being a police officer, which is why those individuals inside of the Costco never attempted to disarm, apprehend, or to physically detain or remove him from the premises. Instead, because SALVADOR SANCHEZ continued to identify himself as being a police officer, those inside of the Costco never attempted to interfere or intervene before or after the incident, he was allowed to remained armed with his police-issued concealed weapon on the premises, and was allowed to make phone calls, including to his employer LAPD (City of Los Angeles), after the shooting.

Read the full lawsuit here.

The Man Beaten by Miami Police in Viral Video has Escaped from the Hospital

Leskeil Richards initially drew the suspicion of police because he was not wearing a seatbelt while riding passenger in a Land Rover driven by his sister Sunday afternoon in the Liberty City neighborhood of Miami.

The sister was also “moving faster than the normal flow of traffic,” according to a police report obtained by the Miami Herald.

But the 25-year-old man, who had an active warrant over a strong-armed robbery arrest, climbed into the back seat and acted as if he were sleeping. When the cop ordered him out of the car, he “appeared to be looking for an avenue of escape,” which is when they began using force on him.

However, nowhere in the report did police mention an officer used a chokehold banned by the department “unless intended as deadly force to save lives,” the Herald reports. The chokehold was captured on video by a witness from the backseat of a car.

There was also no mention in the report of what appeared to be a heated conversation between the muscular Miami cop who placed him in a chokehold and the Miami-Dade cop who appeared not to approve of the punching and choking on the suspect.

Richards, meanwhile, has slipped from their hands by escaping from the county hospital he was transported to as a result of the injuries he suffered at the hands of police.

WATCH: Miami Cops Punch, Choke and Kick Man in Street as Witness Records

Miami police say they are aware of a video that has gone viral showing a group of officers punching, kicking and choking a man during a traffic stop Sunday but have not yet explained the reasons behind the arrest.

“I can’t breathe,” said the man at one point in the video as the cops piled on top of him.

A muscular cop who punched him in the face several times before placing a tight chokehold on him was seen later in the video having a serious conversation with a Miami-Dade police officer who appears to have been upset about the excessive force (the 2:30 mark in the above video).

The man arrested was shirtless and wearing shorts. He was left with a bloody mouth. He had been driving a Range Rover when pulled over.

The video was live streamed to Facebook by a woman named NíNí Milton who was sitting in the back seat of a car driven by her mother and said she was left shaken by what she had witnessed.

Local 10 news contacted the Miami Police Department Sunday evening but have not yet received an explanation, only an acknowledgement it is “looking into” the incident.

The incident took place two weeks after the Department of Justice ended its five-year oversight of the Miami Police Department for using excessive force, including an 8-month period where Miami cops shot and killed seven Black men.

Monitoring the oversight was former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor who made $150-an-hour as her role as monitor before she stepped down in 2019 to become mayor of Tampa, making at least $150,000 in total for monitoring the oversight.

At the time, Castor claimed that the Miami Police Department had “satisfied all of the requirements of the agreement,” but was criticized by members of the Miami Community Advisory Board who accused her of white-washing the oversight, according to a 2019 Miami Herald article.

The Department of Justice did not agree with Castor’s assessment at the time and continued the oversight until last month where it now says the Miami Police Department has “sustained substantial compliance,” according to a Miami Herald article last month.

And perhaps that may explain why the cops in the video did not shoot and kill the man as they used to do with much more frequency, merely punching, kicking and choking him instead.

In 2019, another video went viral showing a Miami police officer brutally arresting a Black man who was doing nothing more but sitting in a public park minding his own business.

Watch the shortened video above and the two original videos here, including a second video where Milton returned to the scene and recorded police struggling to get the man inside the patrol car.

Read update here.

WATCH: Alabama Deputy Shoots Mentally Ill Man to Death as Father Records

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​Fredrick Earl Hight II was just over a week away from his 27th birthday when his father called 911 because he was having a mental episode.

The Walker County sheriff’s deputy showed up and shot the unarmed man to death as his father recorded.

Now the sister of the victim is blaming their father for not doing anything to prevent the shooting. Rochelle Rene Hight is also criticizing their father for not showing more emotion over the death of the young man.

But the father, Fredrick Earl Hight, claims he was in fear for his life.

“You better f_cking say something, dad,” the son said as he was struggling with a deputy inside the kitchen of the home they shared.

But the father only told him to get on the ground to make it easier for the deputy to arrest him.

“I’m going to shoot you,” the deputy threatened before he shot and killed him ten seconds later.

The father then texted the video to his daughter who lives in Michigan with very little explanation. The father, whose Facebook page lists him as a minister at the Church of Yeshua HaMashiach’s Love, also suffers from mental illness, the daughter told local media.

According to AL.com:

The shooting happened at the home shared by her father and her brother. Rochelle said she found out about her brother’s death from a text message her father sent her that included a video of the struggle and the deadly shooting. The text read, “Fred was shot to death by a policeman trying to take him for mental health. Today he was throwing tool and so was in fear of my life and finally called 911.”

Rochelle said her father and brother both had a history of mental illness. They moved to Walker County from Michigan several years ago. “A couple of weeks ago I was worried for both of them,’’ she said.

Rochelle said she couldn’t believe her father sent her the video. “He watched him die. He just stood there and recorded it and sent it to me, his own daughter,’’ she said.

Rochelle said she was under the impression that her father had called to get help for her brother. He had previously told her that he had a mental health professional checking up on him. “And this is how it ended?” she said. “It just doesn’t seem right. The officer clearly didn’t handle it as if it was a call for help.”

“He needed help. He really, truly needed help,’’ Rochelle said. “He was a creative, smart person. And he just needed help. He was trapped and killed.”

Joel Fenech, who is engaged to Rochelle Rene Hight, posted a lengthy Facebook post with the video and screenshots of the text message the father sent his daughter as well as previous messages from earlier this month where he expressed fear of his son and threatened to kill him in order to defend himself.

Below is a segment from his Facebook post:

Last night Rochelle Rene got a text from her father.

The text read:

“Fred was shot to death by a policeman trying to take him for mental health. Today he was throwing tool and so was in fear of my life and finally called 911.”

Fredrick Earl Hight II , her brother, had just been shot. And she heard about something as important get brother being shot, over a text with little remorse or urgency, in which – afterward her dad went on to talk about himself a while longer, as follows:

“I also had to go hospital and neatly did my blood pressure and anxiety were over the hill”

“I couldn’t move and puked up two days of food. I’m on Ativan now I don’t feel control.”

That’s how Frederick Earl Hight broke the news to his daughter, that her baby brother had just been shot by police. Boo hoo, nobody cares about your Ativan, asshole. You son just died in front of you and you couldn’t care less. Rochelle and I then shared a brief moment of grief and without much hesitation, she immediately called her mom, who answered the phone sobbing, having just gotten a similar text.

The three of us talked for a short while; shaken, distraught, confused, and in a panic trying to figure out what had just happened, when the realization came that neither Rochelle or her Mom had actually talked to Fred, her father, on the phone, like any normal person, to explain his son’s death. So Rochelle called him..

Everything about this was already suspicious to begin with, considering the way he delivered the news to both of them. But the way he answered the phone for Rochelle was even more telling.

He said: “Hello Rochelle” in an icy-tone flavored with the denial of an accusation not-yet-existant.. he didn’t sound sad, he sounded defensive.

He then said:
“I really can’t talk to you about this until I’ve had some time…”

He didn’t sound the least bit upset… rather, annoyed at her calling, somehow offended by the notion that she expected a verbal explanation from her father, who bore witness, and broke the news to us im the first place. What excuse does a man have for withholding the most intimate, sensitive, details from his daughter or ex-wife? His adversarial demeanor in that short phone call, it was him once again accidentally telling on himself, to people that see right through his usual fallacious rhetoric.

In that exact moment, hearing his unapologetic voice, we knew. Why would he refuse and explain what transpired? What missing detail is he leaving out? He acted she called to accuse him of something. He has been projecting so hard you can see it on the moon. The defensive, smug tone suggested how little remorse he felt. Somehow trying to paint himself a victim, as if we should feel bad for him, not the dead brother who’s death he had a hand in…To a shocked big sister and loving family just wanting answers from the guy who was there… He didn’t wanna talk until he got his story straight, was my first thought, because he’s feeling guilty, and we’re convinced that this was premeditated somehow. He couldn’t bring himself to justify his actions to his daughter because he’s likely feeling guilty.

Walker County Sheriff Nick Smith posted about the incident on the department’s Facebook page, saying the struggle took place over a much longer time period than the 90 seconds that was captured on video, encouraging the community to “hope and pray” for a thorough investigation.

I ask that everyone keep in mind that we were not there last night. I wasn’t, you weren’t, and no one but the people involved were. It’s very easy to sit back and say what you would have done or what the officer and suspect should have done based on a minute and a half worth of video, but until you are in those positions, you just don’t know.

What I do know is that the incident occurred over a much longer time period that 1:30. And I know that a veteran deputy with over 20 years of service keeping this county safe will never be the same. I know a family that is angry and mourning the loss of their loved one will never be the same either, and our department’s thoughts and prayers are with all of them.

And for those reasons alone, none of us are in a position to condemn anyone involved. There is an investigation that has to be conducted, and it will be fair and just. It won’t take place on Facebook or around the water coolers of workplaces in the days that follow. It will take place in the experienced and professional hands of unbiased investigators committed to finding the truth amid so much chaos.

What we as a community should do is hope and pray that those investigators do the best job they can, and that while they are, the people and families affected by last night’s events find peace in the days and months to come.

Below are the screenshots of the text messages between the father and daughter that were posted on her fiancé’s Facebook page.

WATCH: Cleveland Cop Terminated over Videos Showing him using Excessive Force

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It became evident that Cleveland police officer John Petkac had trouble controlling his temper back in 2018 when he arrested a man by grabbing him by his hair and dragging him on the ground before planting his boot against his neck as he lay on the ground with his hands over his head.

That incident which was recorded on his body camera was followed by another incident in 2019 in which he tasered and arrested a man who had been verbally taunting him rather than just ignore him which is what he should have done, according to an internal investigation. Videos of both incidents were released earlier this month.

But he didn’t get fired for those incidents until December 2020 and only because the city replaced the previous public safety director with a former prosecutor who vowed to crack down on problem cops.

Prior to Karrie Howard replacing Michael McGrath as public safety director in June 2020, the position that overseas the police department, Petkac had been named “Officer of the Month” for January 2020 for his “dedication to the community.”

McGrath retired after six years as public safety director after a federal investigative report accused him of being too lenient with problem cops. He was likely forced out.

According to MSN.com:

McGrath was often lenient in instances that called for more severe punishments involving officers who lied to or misled authorities, said the report by Hassan Aden, the monitor working with the city and the U.S. Justice Department in the court-ordered process.

The report, the first published review of discipline by Aden and his monitoring team, is among the most critical examinations issued against the department since the reform process began in 2015.

The span of cases involved only those in which discipline was handed down in the past two years, well after the reform process began.

The 101-page document detailed how McGrath doled out punishment, often with little explanation, to officers who committed some of the most severe offenses in the department in recent years.

Often, rulings were handed down weeks after disciplinary hearings and without providing any written rationale, the report said.

“Unless and until the city ensures that Cleveland Division of Police employees are fairly and consistently disciplined for serious violations of law and policy, the city will be unable to build an accountability system that generates fair treatment to officers and has legitimacy with the community,” the report said.

Howard, a former U.S. Attorney and county prosecutor, took over in June vowing to reform the police department that had been under federal consent decree since 2015 where reform was supposed to be taking place. The consent decree followed a federal investigation that concluded the department routinely “engages in a pattern or practice of using excessive force in violation of the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.”

​”I hear all the voices of the Cleveland community,” Howard said upon being sworn in, according to WKYC. “I hear you calling out for change, reforms, and collaboration. I stand ready to listen, to learn, to serve, and to build bridges between public safety and the community we protect and serve.”

Two incidents that led to Petkac’s termination are included in the above video. In the first incident, he was chasing a domestic violence suspect on foot who hid in a garbage can on somebody’s property.

When Petkac opened the garbage can, the suspect, London Wilson, placed both hands up in an attempt to surrender but the cop grabbed him by his dreadlocks and yanked him out of the garbage can and dragged him on the ground.

He then points his gun at Wilson’s face while planting his foot on his neck. Then a scuffle ensues in which Petkac punches Wilson which is not captured on camera but it is acknowledged by both men after more cops arrived.

“Why are you punching me though?” Wilson asks which is when Petkac accuses him of trying to take his gun.

But Wilson denies that allegation.

Petkac also shoves Wilson to the ground after he was handcuffed, then slammed him against the patrol car which was noted in the termination letter which you can read below. Charges of domestic violence and obstruction were dismissed against Wilson who pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. Five cops that witnessed his actions that day were also suspended for not reporting him.

In the second incident, a man named Maurice Lewis is yelling at Petkac from down the street as the cop is making an arrest, only for the cop to tell him to leave the area and go back to a homeless shelter.

Lewis, instead, walks up to Petkac and stands before him as the cop threatens to taser him if he does not leave. Lewis does not leave but does not make any threatening move towards Petkac when he is tasered.

However, he was carrying a plastic jug of anti-freeze which made Petkac fear for his life. Penkac claimed he tried to de-escalate the interaction but the investigation determined he did the opposite.

According to Cleveland.com:

Petkac wrote in his report of the incident that he knew Lewis from previous incidents involving drug use and “violent behavior.” He wrote that he tried to de-escalate the situation but that Lewis walked up to him with two other men. The video showed two men standing behind Lewis, but they appeared to be watching the interaction.

Petkac wrote that he became fearful because Lewis appeared intoxicated and was “armed with a large yellow container” that turned out to be a jug of antifreeze. Petkac also wrote that Lewis raised the bottle “in a swinging manner” that made Petkac believe Lewis was about to attack him. Petkac’s report said that’s when he fired his stun gun.

The officer also wrote that Lewis continued resisting arrest after he handcuffed Lewis, but that didn’t happen.

A third incident from October 5, 2019 was mentioned in Petkac’s termination letter in which he tasered a man who was “passively resisting” but that video has not yet been released.

Although Petkac is no longer working for the Cleveland Police Department which hired him in 2014, he is still certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy, allowing to find work in any other law enforcement agency in Ohio which is one reason why it is important to keep track of these cops as we are planning to do this year once we obtain the funding.

​Read Petkac’s termination letter here. Read the federal investigative report that led to McGrath’s resignation.

WATCH: Texas Cop Pulls Gun on Man who Stopped Car to Avoid Striking other Cop

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A Texas motorcycle cop escorting a funeral possession pulled a gun on a motorist who had stopped in front of him to avoid striking another motorcycle cop in front of him Monday afternoon.

“Do that shit again, I’ll f_cking kill you,” said the Harris County sheriff’s deputy while pointing his gun at the driver as the passenger recorded the interaction.

George Dickerson said he had pulled onto the freeway while a funeral procession was talking place in the inside lane. He said he pulled into middle lane in between two motorcycle cops who were escorting the funeral procession.

But the cop in front of him came to a stop so he stopped his own car which was when the motorcycle cop behind him became enraged and pulled his gun.

According to ABC 13:

“I was terrified,” Dickerson said. “I had a gun to my face. He’s threatening to kill me because I stopped my truck. I didn’t want to hit this guy. I stopped my truck and he is threatening to kill me because he thought I did it intentionally, I guess.”

Dickerson said he was driving his work truck at the time and was not armed. Both he and his colleague said they thought about the encounter into the night and Tuesday morning.

“He’s trained to handle himself, as well as people on the street,” Dickerson said. “You would think his training would help him to not have that road rage. That’s not something you do every day – is threatening to kill somebody. If I threatened to kill somebody, I would go to jail. If I held a gun to whomever and said ‘I’m going to kill you,’ that’s a terroristic threat.”

“I know they are not all like that,” he said. “There are just a few and everyone else is amazing.”

Dickerson is understandably shocked over the incident but is naive to believe this is a result of one bad apple and that “everyone else is amazing” because cops like that tend to remain protected by the system.

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office said it has suspended the deputy with pay but has refused to release his name which should be public record. It is also asking the public to contact its internal affairs department with information but internal affairs departments are notorious for protecting the worst cops.

WATCH: Arizona Male Cop Sics Dog on Handcuffed Man after he Insults Female Cop

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It’s been almost two years since the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office determined one of its deputies did nothing wrong by allowing his K9 to maul a handcuffed man for more than three minutes inside a jail cell.

But it’s only now that we are learning of the decision because the agency made no attempt to go public with it. However, there is very little credibility in a case when cops investigate themselves so we should not be surprised.

Nevertheless, a lawsuit against the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is still pending which will probably result in a payout if it goes before a reasonable jury.

After all, it was Shane McGough’s words more than his actions that prompted a deputy to sic his dog on him.

McGouogh had been arrested earlier that day for trying to stop a deputy from searching his friend’s car without probable cause after an afternoon of tubing down a river.

The deputies were also upset that one of them ended up with a broken leg while trying to arrest McGough during the initial interaction whose attorney describes as a “freak accident.”

Once they had him in a jail cell, McGough continued to question why he had been arrested when U.S. Forest Service officer Kelly Fleming briefly wrapped her hands around his neck after accusing him of kicking her (which is not caught on video).

“Bitch, f_ck you,” McGough says. “F_ck you and your stank-ass p_ssy.”

That was when the deputies threw him on the jail cell floor, allowing the dog to bite him for more than three minutes.

The incident took place July 15, 2017 after McGough and friends spent a day tubing down the Salt River east of Phoenix.

At one point, the group of friends got into a verbal argument with a taxi driver who accused them of striking his car with their car which drew the attention of a pair of deputies.

One of the deputies opened the door to McGough’s friend’s car, spotting a gun in the side pocket of the door – which is legal in Arizona – prompting McGough to intervene, telling him he had no right to search the car.

That led to deputies pouncing on McGough, resulting in Maricopa County sheriff’s deputy David Crissinger breaking his leg. Then once they had him in the jail cell, they had trouble removing the handcuffs because a key broke inside one of the cuffs. Eventually, they used bolt cutters but only after they allowed the dog to attack him for three long minutes.

According to the Phoenix New Times:

According to MCSO incident reports, Deputy Michael Finney opened the driver-side door of a truck owned by McGough’s friend and saw a handgun in the map pocket of the door. McGough stepped in between Finney and the truck, stating that the deputy had no right to be search the vehicle, deputies claim. Finney then tried to arrest McGough. In response, the reports state, McGough hit deputies before he was tackled. Deputy David Crissinger, broke his leg during the takedown. McGough’s attorney contends that the injury was a “freak accident.” (Crissinger filed a lawsuit against McGough in June 2018 that is still proceeding in county court.)

McGough was handcuffed and detained in the back of a patrol car and driven to the Lake Patrol substation. Deputies claimed that while in transit, McGough moved his cuffed hands to the front of his body — a move that officers would later cite as a justification for the dog attack. At the facility, McGough was walked to a holding cell while repeatedly asking officers why he was being detained. Eversole, the K9 handler, followed close behind and brought the dog, Shadow, into the cell.

Body camera footage of the incident shows Deputy Alden Jackson trying to unlock McGough’s handcuffs. McGough appeared to try and stand up, but was pushed back down while Eversole unsuccessfully tried to order Shadow to bite McGough. Kelly Fleming, a U.S. Forest Service Officer who was in the holding cell, grabbed McGough by the throat and told him to “calm down,” prompting McGough to respond, “Bitch, fuck you.”

Deputies claimed in reports that McGough was “fighting,” trying to use his handcuffs as a weapon, and had kicked officers. McGough’s lawsuit characterizes these claims as lies.

McGough was charged with four counts of assaulting an officer and four counts of aggravated assault. He ended up pleading guilty to aggravated assault on an officer, serving six months in jail.

Watch the edited video above and the full video here. Read the lawsuit here.

Shaun Eversole, the deputy who sicced the dog on McGough, has since been promoted to sergeant. Crissinger, the deputy whose leg was broken, has filed his own lawsuit against McGough which is still pending in county court.

WATCH: Texas Cop Allows K9 to Attack Man after he Ran Red Light

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A Texas cop allowed his K9 to maul a man after he had run a red light on Valentine’s Day.

“Your dog is eating me!” cried Benjamin Benfer after a Baytown police officer sicced his German shepherd on him in the parking lot of an apartment complex as a man records from the top of a stairwell.

“Put your hands behind your back!” orders the cop after pouncing on him but the dog had its jaws locked on the man’s right arm, making it difficult for him to move his arm.

The Baytown cop struggles for almost a minute as Benfer squirmed his body from the pain of the dog biting him.

Police say Benfer ran a red light before pulling into the parking lot of the apartment complex. He then refused to stay inside his car, according to police.

But the video recorded by a witness and posted to Facebook begins after the dog is already biting Benfer as he is walking.

“Get on the ground,” the cop tells him and Benfer sits on the grass with the dog still biting him.

“I’m on the ground,” Benfer replies.

The cop then places his body weight on Benfer while trying to handcuff him as the dog continues to maul his arm, causing him to scream out in pain.

According to Houston Public Media:

Police said Benjamin Benfer ran a red light on Feb. 14 and resisted arrest after an officer pulled him over at a nearby apartment complex.

That’s when Benfer and his girlfriend got out of the car and walked away, according to Baytown police.

Benfer then allegedly resisted arrest when he “broke the officer’s grip by turning away, which twisted the officer’s wrist and caused him pain,” according to the police report.

That’s when Benfer’s girlfriend, Valerie Wilson, pulled at the officer’s vest and belt from behind, Baytown police said. The officer, identified by Benfer’s attorney as Barry Calvert, arrested the girlfriend and called his K9 to stop Benfer, according to police.

Video posted on social media by a neighbor shows Benfer screaming in pain as the dog tears at his arm and saying, “your dog is eating me!”

Benfer was charged with interfering with public duties and resisting arrest. Police said the couple had open containers in the car.

Benfer’s attorey who plans to file a lawsuit said he was transported to jail instead of the hospital where he ended up receiving more than 10 stitches to treat his wounds after his release.

Cop Charged with Rape Bragged he was Protected by IA Cop he was Sleeping with

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For at least four years, the Hialeah Police Department in South Florida was aware that one of its detectives was accused of sexually assaulting four women and girls, threatening to arrest them if they told anybody.

One of the victims was a 14-year-old girl who accused Hialeah Police Detective Jesus “Jesse” Menocal Jr. of forcing her to perform oral sex on him.

But Hialeah Police Chief Sergio Velazquez said he was unable to discipline Menocal because of “departmental policies,” according to the Miami Herald.

Now it is being revealed that Menocal also bragged about having sex with a female internal affairs detective who protected him from rape allegations in exchange for his sexual services. The internal affairs detective has not been named at this time.

“You can’t kill a beast, you can’t knock me down,” Menocal said, according to the documents obtained by the Miami Herald. “I’m a beast.”

Perhaps Menocal had reason to brag considering local authorities from his own department up to the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office refused to arrest or charge him for sexually assaulting at least six victims since at least 2014. He even received a raise during that time.

It was not until the FBI stepped in and arrested him in 2019 that the cop was finally fired. He’s been free on a $250,000 bond while awaiting trial which is scheduled for May.

Since the initial arrest, more victims have come forward, including a woman who said she was 19 years old when Menocal forced her to perform oral sex on him by taking her to an area in the police station where surveillance cameras would not record them.

But there are probably many more victims that have not come forward, considering video surveillance recorded him taking 11 different women into the substation during a one-month period in 2015.

According to the Miami Herald:

The new federal charge stems from an alleged incident on May 31, 2015, when a 19-year-old woman was driving in a car with her boyfriend and began banging her head against the vehicle’s window and talking about killing herself, prosecutors said. The boyfriend drove her to a Hialeah police substation for help. Instead, officers handcuffed the woman and her boyfriend after finding cocaine and marijuana in the car.

Menocal was the ranking officer on scene, according to a court document detailing the allegation. The decorated former sergeant, “who was much taller and larger than the [victim],” approached the handcuffed young woman and repeatedly told her he would release her if she performed oral sex on him, prosecutors said. (Despite his promise to release her, Menocal had no such power under Florida’s Baker Act.)

Under duress, the woman eventually agreed to Menocal’s demands for oral sex, according to the document.

Menocal then told her to ask to use the substation’s bathroom, which she did, and escorted her into the substation — something captured on exterior surveillance cameras, prosecutors say. Once inside, Menocal took her to an area that was out of view of the facility’s cameras. There, it is alleged, Menocal took off her handcuffs and made her perform oral sex — before putting the cuffs back on her wrists and telling her not to tell anyone about what had happened. He ignored her questions about why she was not being released and placed her in the backseat of a Hialeah police vehicle. Another officer then drove her to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

The victim was identified thanks to the surveillance footage. Other footage showed Menocal taking a total of 11 women into the substation in a one-month period between May and June 2015, according to the government.

One of the victims was a 30-year-old woman named Suzie Betancourt, who reported him to internal affairs in November 2015 for sexually assaulting her, claiming he had threatened to kill her if she ever dared report him.

Betancourt died five months later after falling out of a moving car, an incident ruled an accident but her family believes there is more to the story. Below is a screenshot posted by Betancourt’s brother on the Miami Herald’s Facebook post on this article.

Menocal comes from a prominent yet corrupt police family in Miami. He is the son of a retired police chief who was applying to become a Miami police officer in the 1980s when he was implicated in a cocaine heist along with his twin brother, Ignacio, who was a police officer.

The allegations resurfaced in 2013 when Jesus Menocal Sr. was named police chief of the Sweetwater Police Department in Miami-Dade County, a position he had previously held. Menocal took over the department that year after an FBI investigation into several officers led to the retirement of the previous chief.

In a taped conversation with a police informant posing as a drug trafficker, Menocal Sr. and his brother discussed plans to steal cocaine from people who had purchased it from the dealer under the guise of a drug stop. The plan was to return the cocaine to the dealer for $10,000 where he would then resell it. At the time, cocaine was going for about $30,000 a kilo.

The cops never went through with the plan, according to an investigation by the Miami Police Department at the time and Menocal went on to be hired at the Sweetwater Police Department where he eventually became police chief.

The Menocal family now run a firearms training school called Menocal International Training.

​Read one of the complaints against him from one of this victims.

Cop Beats Girlfriend for Dropping Restraining Order against other Cop she Dated

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A love triangle between two Miami-Dade cops and a woman they both dated resulted in one of the cops behind bars for beating her when she would not pursue a restraining order against the other cop for stalking her.

The 31-year-old woman who has not been identified initially dated Miami-Dade Police Sergeant Carlos Ramos before she dated Miami-Dade police officer Lewis Diaz.

Last week, Diaz, 29, attacked her during a Zoom court hearing when she would not pursue a restraining order against Ramos who would cruise by her house in a patrol car, staring at her since October when she apparently broke up with him.

Now Diaz is on house arrest on charges of battery, tampering with a witness and false imprisonment for beating her during the Zoom hearing. Both he and Ramos, who has not been charged, have been suspended with pay from the department.

According to the Miami Herald:

The woman, in a petition for a restraining order filed last month, alleged Ramos had been stalking her, “slowly passing by the front of her home in his patrol car while staring at her,” at least seven times since October.

Ramos, she alleged, was “extremely jealous” of Diaz and called her and urged her to “press charges” against him for unspecified reasons. She said she called 911 and filed a police report but that “nothing was done about it due to [Ramos] being an officer,” the petition said.

A temporary restraining order was granted, and a Zoom court hearing was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon.

But according to a police report, Diaz “became enraged” when she said she wanted to dismiss the case. He grabbed her, “forcefully pulling her up from her seat and ordered her to proceed with the case,” the police report said.

From a bedroom, she logged onto the hearing a little while later. According to court records, the petition was voluntarily dismissed. Diaz allegedly entered the room, grabbed the phone, ended the video conference and forced her to leave in his car.

“I’m not asking you, I am ordering you,” he said, according to his arrest report

Previous studies have indicated the rate of domestic violence in police families is two to four times greater than in families without cops.

 

Cops Arrest Men on False Charges, Coerce Witness into Signing False Statement

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In a clear case of “shopping while Black,” South Florida cops arrested two men on baseless charges after they had finished paying for their merchandise inside a retail store, then intimidated the store’s cashier into going along with their false narrative.

The cashier initially went along with it, signing a statement that said the two Black men had forced themselves into the store after it had closed. Then when the cops arrived, one of the men “got angry fast and started resisting, verbally and physically.”

But the witness recanted her statement more than a year later in a deposition, resulting in charges dismissed against one of the men, according to the Miami New Times.

However, one of the men who had been falsely charged with battery on an officer had already accepted a plea deal where he pleaded guilty to trespassing in exchange for the charges of battery and resisting arrest to be dismissed.

But now the attorney for Bill Alcius, 20, says he in the process of reopening his client’s case to dismiss that charge. The other man, Ricardo Florestal, 23, had been charged with trespassing and resisting which were dismissed after the witness recanted her statement.

The incident took place on February 13, 2019 inside a Party City store at around 8:30 p.m. just as the store was closing and the two men pleaded to be allowed inside to make a quick purchase which they were allowed to do.

Moments earlier, another man had arrived at the store to pick up an order of balloons and had been allowed inside. That man, described as a White or Hispanic man, was under the impression the two Black men were trying to rob the store and called police.

The store’s manager overheard the phone call and also called police to inform them there was no robbery, that everything was fine and there was no need to come.

However, the cops insisted on coming anyway.

Florestal had already paid for his merchandise when the cops began patting him down and sticking their hands in his pockets while he was recording before arresting him and shutting off his phone.

A surveillance camera, however, continued recording without audio, showing them leading Florestal out the store before leading Alcius out the store.

The video shows Alcius may have inadvertently bumped one of the cops with his shoulder which resulted in the cop striking him in the head and taking him down as other cops joined in.

Hollywood police claimed Alcius “caused bodily harm to Officer Raul Toledo” when he “lowered his right shoulder and struck K9 Officer Toledo in the left side.”

The cops then intimidated the cashier into signing the false narrative they had created. It was only in a deposition while she was under oath that she recanted.

According to the Miami New Times:

But in a sworn interview more than a year later, the cashier told Florestal’s defense attorney that what she’d recounted in her written statement that night was not the true version of events but rather a narrative that police dictated for her to write down.

“In my opinion, I’m not really safe around the cops. I don’t feel safe around them. So, I just like — I did not know what to write at the moment. They told me what to write, word for word,” the employee told Florestal’s attorney.

The cashier said her written statement was not a fair and accurate retelling of the events of that night, adding that her manager had in fact opened the door for Florestal and Alcius and let them into the store.

Citing the new information, the Broward State Attorney’s Office dismissed the case against Florestal last month.

According to a close-out memo, prosecutors “could not determine whether the defendant was in fact trespassing based on the state’s witness indicating that the defendant had a right to be on the property and was purchasing goods from the store.”

It does not appear as if any of the cops involved in this false arrest were disciplined. Watch the video above which contains footage from both videos.

WATCH: NYPD Cops Brutally Beat Man in Subway as Shocked Witness Records

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A New York City police officer was caught on video repeatedly punching a man on the ground as three other cops held him down, demanding to see his hands even though his hands were visible.

The video surfaced today on Instagram. At this time, we do not have background information on what took place before the video but we will update this story when we do.

The video surfaced one day after the NYPD announced it would deploy 600 cops in the subway system after a rash of stabbings on homeless people, leaving two dead and four wounded, according to ABC News.

Earlier today, the NYPD posted the following photo and message on Instagram, bragging about arresting a man wanted for murder in the subway system. There is no indication at this time that this video is connected to the stabbings or the man wanted for murder.

Come back for updates.

UPDATE: The New York City Police Department told local media they initially confronted the man, Alex Lowery, for smoking a cigarette inside the subway station when he spat on and head-butted a cop, resulting in them beating him.

UPDATE II: The NYPD released a video showing them leading the man up the stairs, only for the man and a cop to come tumbling down the stairs which is what led to the beating. Police say the man attacked them up the stairs but that video does not capture that. Watch the video below.

https://www.instagram.com/tv/CLc51TUB-kN/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link

WATCH: Cops Walk up to Man and Beat him, then Arrest him for Assault on Officer

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New Jersey cops claim there is existing video proving a 19-year-old man stormed up to them screaming profanities before attacking them which is why they had to beat him and charge him with aggravated assault on an officer.

But the only video that has surfaced so far shows it was the officers who walked up to the teen and beat him without provocation.

As for the other video that supposedly supports the police version, all we know is that an unidentified “police source” told local media that it exists.

But if it did exist, we probably would be watching it now.

Instead, we can only watch the video posted to Instagram Monday by Osamah Alsaidi, who said he was attacked as he walked to his car to go to work shortly after midnight on December 14, 2020.

The video contradicts statements from the police report including that they tried their best to ignore Alsaidi as he was “screaming profanities and acting belligerent causing a disturbance.”

They say he then got into “an aggressive fighting stance by blading his body and clutching his fist” before attacking a cop by punching him in the chest and trying to take his radio which resulted in police placing the teen in a “compliance hold,” the police report states.

None of the cops were wearing body cameras, according to NJ.com:

The altercation occurred about 12:30 a.m. Dec. 14, 2020, when police were called to a report of a suspicious person in the 1200 block of Madison Avenue, according to a police report.

Osamah Alsaidi, of Paterson, claims he was walking from his home to his car “to go to work” when Paterson police officers approached “and started punching me for no reason.”

“They throw me to ground (and) they kept smashing my head on the ground, causing me to black out for a moment,” Alsaidi said in an Instagram post on Friday that has been viewed more than 17,000 times.

Alsaidi posted security video from a neighborhood business that shows the officers walk up and repeatedly strike him with their fists.

A police source told NJ Advance Media on Monday that the video Alsaidi posted to his Instagram account was not the only security video of the incident and that other video exists to back up the officer’s report.

Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale confirmed an internal affairs investigation was launched but offered no more detail.

Meanwhile, Alsaidi was very descriptive and detailed in his version of the events which he posted along with the video Monday, naming the four cops along with their photos, identifying them as Kevin Patino, Marcos Martinez, Bishnu McKnight and Kendry Tineo.

I was walking on my block towards my car to go to work then Paterson Police officers pulled over to block me from walking with their car. Kevin Patino (Badge #4900) and Marcos Martinez (Badge #Unknown) came out of the car and started punching me for no reason. They throw me to ground, Kendry Tineo (Badge #4891) came, and they kept smashing my head on the ground, causing me to black out for a moment. They arrested me and charged me with AGGRAVATED ASSAULT ON A POLICE OFFICER, RESISTING ARREST, and DISORDERLY CONDUCT.

While arrested, Officer Bishnu McKnight (Badge #4971) took me to the hospital and I told the nurse how I got my injuries. McKnight made them discharge me from the hospital before they can even look at me injuries. While trying to get back into the police car, which is hard to do with handcuffs and shackles on, McKnight punched me, threw me into the car, and slammed the door. After I was released, I had to go to the hospital on my own and I was diagnosed with head trauma and concussion (I have the papers from the hospital). I was having migraines and was partially blind for the next couple of weeks. I picked the police report and Kevin Patino (Badge #4900) and Kendry Tineo (Badge #4891) wrote a false police report stating that I went up to these officers and punched Patino in the chest and caused him to fall back.

They also wrote that I grabbed Patino’s vest and tried to take his police radio and Tineo came and arrested me. Marcos Martinez didn’t put his name on the report but he was driving the car and pulled up to me.THE POLICE REPORT IS ALL FALSE. The video shows the truth, it shows what actually happened. These officers came out of nowhere to block me from walking and beat me up on my own block. Then Bishnu McKnight (Badge #4971) assaults me at the hospital away from cameras and people to avoid witnesses. I made a complaint to Internal Affairs and two months have passed and they still haven’t done anything. I was beaten up and arrested for no reason. I was 19 at the time and have no criminal record. I was humiliated and treated like an animal. They tortured me at the police station. PLEASE SHARE

The New Jersey Attorney General’s Office also said it was investigating the case but offered no details and made no mention of another video. Below is an image of the police report uploaded to Instagram by Alsaidi. Watch Alsaidi’s video above or the original video here.

Idaho Cop Shoots Man in own Backyard after Confusing him for Armed Suspect

Idaho police shot and killed a man in his own backyard Monday, only minutes after talking to him and determining he was not the man they were looking for.

That man was found hiding in a shed in somebody else’s backyard and has been arrested.

But now Idaho Falls police must explain why they shot and killed the wrong man.

The incident took place shortly after midnight Monday when a Bonneville County sheriff’s deputy pulled a car over for a broken taillight, prompting a male passenger to hop out and disappear into a residential neighborhood.

The deputy radioed for backup, describing the fleeing man as wearing a “black shirt,” according to a press release from the Idaho Falls Police Department.

Idaho Falls police and Bonneville sheriff’s deputies responded to the call and began combing the neighborhood for the man whom they learned had several outstanding warrants, including one for felony battery on an officer, so they considered him armed and dangerous.

As they were looking for the man, police talked to a couple of residents in the neighborhood, including a man who lived in a corner house who happened to be wearing a black shirt. They informed that man they were searching for an armed man.

Meanwhile, a female occupant of the car that had been pulled over received a text message from the suspect which she showed to police. Police said the message allowed them to use GPS to pinpoint his exact whereabouts – which happened to be in the backyard of the man they had spoken with.

As they surrounded the property, they spotted a man with a gun wearing a black shirt in the backyard whom they claim refused commands to drop the gun which is why they shot and killed him.

It was only after they shot him that they realized he was not the suspect but the resident whom they had spoken with moments earlier.

Eventually, they found the suspect hiding in a shed in another backyard and he was arrested without incident about 20 minutes after the initial traffic stop, according to East Idaho News.

An Idaho Falls police officer spoke with a man who lived at the corner of Tendoy and Syringa drives. The officer reportedly said they were looking for a person who ran from a traffic stop and would be in the neighborhood.

Police also spoke with the woman who was in the car with the suspect. According to Johnson, the woman showed law enforcement a message from the suspect sharing his GPS location. The GPS ping placed the suspect in the backyard of a home on the corner of Tendoy and Syringa drives.

Police surrounded the home and drew their weapons. Officers heard yelling and approached the backyard, according to Johnson, and found a man wearing a black shirt carrying a gun.

“We do not currently have the answers as to what exactly occurred during these moments,” Johnson said. “We do know that during this interaction, an Idaho Falls Police officer discharged his service weapon, firing one shot which struck the man.”

The man, whom EastIdahoNews.com is not identifying at this time, lived at the home and was not the suspect. He was the same man police had spoken to earlier.

Police have not released the names of the suspect or the victim nor have they stated whether the suspect was armed. The Idaho Falls police officer who fired the deadly shot was wearing a body camera but police say they have no plans to release it anytime soon.

Watch the Idaho Falls police press conference here.