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Law Enforcement by Good Ol’ Boys

JONESBORO, ARKANSAS. Chavis Carter, 21, was stopped and detained by the police for the possession of a small bag of marijuana. Carter was searched by the police twice, handcuffed with his hands behind his back and placed in the backseat of the police car. Carter used his phone call to let his girl friend know he was off to jail and that he would call her from there.

He never got to the jail. According to the police, Chavis Carter, although searched twice, managed to procure a handgun from some hidden spot on his person, and then, although handcuffed behind his back, shot himself on the right side of his head although he was left-handed. He was facing a simple marijuana charge and yet was so depressed that he killed himself.

Yep that’s how they do it in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

 

Jill Stein, Green Party, Becomes the Only Presidential Candidate to Deplore Police Attack On Unarmed Protestors

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein extended her sympathies today to the family of Manuel Diaz, the 25 year-old resident of Anaheim, California who was shot to death by Anaheim police on Saturday. The circumstances of the shooting are under investigation, but it has been reported that Diaz was unarmed at the time of the shooting. When protesting citizens appeared at an Anaheim police station during a press conference, police responded to reported bottle and rock throwing with rubber bullets, pepper spray and a police dog unleashed on the crowd, which included terrified parents and children who were peacefully protesting.

Stein said, “Shooting of unarmed people is intolerable, and cannot be allowed to become a routine feature of urban policing. And police brutality towards innocent bystanders in a protest cannot be accepted.”

Saturday’s fatal police shooting was compounded by a second police shooting death on Sunday of another Latino man, Joel Acevedo, allegedly during what police claim was a suspected car robbery in which the suspect shot at them, though the circumstances have not yet been clarified.

These deaths follow 6 additional officer-involved shootings this year, and many in previous years, in the city of Anaheim, many of which were said to involve unarmed residents.

“These incidents are deeply disturbing. Especially in the wake of recent cases of police and para-police racial brutality and profiling – including the Trayvon Martin and Kenneth Chamberlain murders, and the growing controversy over Stop-and-Frisk in NY City that targets largely African American and Latino youth for degrading searches. We join the call of the Latino civil rights group, Presente, for the state attorney to conduct a full investigation into this very troubling pattern of police-involved violence.”

“Regardless of the circumstances of any particular incident, it is clear that the police force in Anaheim, and in many other communities, have lost the confidence of the community, and we need to find new ways to re-establish public trust – through mutual respect. We must protect public safety while making sure our police forces are not employed as agents of fear.”

Green Party vice presidential candidate Cheri Honkala commented on the clash between demonstrators and police, saying that, “When police appear to be killing people who are simply scared or committing minor offenses, the community has a responsibility to show up and demand answers. They shouldn’t be met with pepper spray, rubber bullets, and police dogs. We have to recognize the legitimacy of the concerns that are driving protests and give people a fair hearing. We respect the difficult job that the police have when a protest begins, but respect is a two-way street. Police have to respect, and defend, the right of people to be heard.”

Stein observed that, “Urban communities across America are in crisis. Disinvestment, unemployment, and lack of health care are corroding the very fabric of society while Washington targets trillions of dollars to bailing out Wall Street banks and subsidizing well-connected business interests. The President plays golf with international bankers and then announces his plans to stabilize their bad investments. Meanwhile, our inner city communities are crying out for help, and getting mostly budget cuts and austerity programs. Money is poured into militarization of police forces and building more prisons rather than addressing the source of the problems.”

“This is not an acceptable course for America” Stein continued. “It is not leading us toward the nation we can be, and should be. We need a change in priorities. We need to put people first, and make the investment in America that will never be made by the Wall Street financiers.  Healthy communities are an imperative, not something that can wait for some future date after Wall Street is taken care of. Too many lives are being lost for us to tolerate further delay. We need a Green New Deal that will heal our wounds, employ our community members, and lift the fear that hangs like a cloud over our city streets.”

Police News

Seattle, Washington

Malaika Brooks was taking her son to school when stopped by Officer Ornelas who cited her for speeding. Officer Ornelas instructed Ms Brooks to sign the citation which she declined under the mistaken belief that he wanted her to admit guilt. Perturbed at her defiance, and unwilling to simply hand over the ticket, Ornelas called for backup.

Reinforced by two additional officers, the police threatened to arrest the 7-month pregnant mother for noncompliance. Malaika was pulled from her vehicle and slammed to the ground. The officers felt that handcuffing her and dragging her to jail was insufficient punishment so whipped out their trusty TASER and proceeded to taser the obviously PREGNANT MOTHER who was handcuffed with her face-on-the-ground not once, not twice but THREE TIMES!!!

The police argued that they had to utilize a TASER for punishment so that they could maintain the public’s respect.

How do you feel? Did they maintain your respect?

More Police News

Excerpt from Pro Libertate, a blog maintained by William Norman Griggs, which may be read at http://freedominourtime.blogspot.com/2012/05/youngest-victim-of-police-abuse.html
Levii Dozier is only four months old, but he’s already been assaulted by the police.
Roughly five months ago, Levii’s mother Raven Dozier was present when her brother got embroiled in a child custody dispute with a girlfriend. After the police arrived, Raven did what she could to calm her brother down. Eventually one of the officers shot the agitated man with a Taser. A thugscrum quickly coalesced as several officers inflicted gratuitous punishment on the prone and helpless man while his sister – who had been assisting the police – looked on in horror.
“He’s on the ground!” shrieked Dozier, who was in tears. “You don’t need to do that!”
“Shut the f**k up!” replied one of the gallant officers. When Dozier failed to act on that thoughtful suggestion, Officer Jared Wheeler strode up to her and kicked her in the stomachwith sufficient force to open a door.
At the time, Raven Dozier was nine months pregnant.
For about fifteen minutes, the DeKalb County officers conferred with a supervisor outside the house — within earshot of Raven’s brother, who was sitting, handcuffed, in the back of a police car.
“He kicked a pregnant woman,” one of the officers reported.
“You’ve got to charge her with something,” another replied, pointing out that doing so would magically transmute aggravated assault into a “justified” use of force.
Following the discussion outside, several officers re-entered the home, where Dozier was on a couch trying to regain her composure.
In a voice suppurating feigned concern, one of them asked if they could take a picture of the traumatized mother; in the same affected tone, he asked her if she could trouble herself to put on a pair of shoes and step outside the house for a moment to talk with the supervisor.
As soon as Raven had crossed the threshold of her home, she was placed under arrest for “obstruction.”
To their credit, officials at DeKalb County Jail refused to book Dozier. Instead they sent her to a nearby hospital, where she passed a small amount of blood and amniotic fluid.  A  photograph of Raven taken after Wheeler’s assault displayed a huge bruise across Dozier’s abdomen. Two weeks later she gave birth to Levii by way of an emergency C-section.
Atlanta attorney Mark Bullman, who is representing Raven Dozier in a lawsuit, recalled to Pro Libertate that the doctors who treated Raven and delivered Levii “found that the kick was severe enough that it caused the baby to defecate in the womb.”
What this means is that Levii literally had the sh*t kicked out of him by a bullying cop before he was born.

American Police Are Out of Control

TONY BOUZA

What can possibly justify so sweeping an assertion?

I will try.

I started in policing on 1/1/53 in the NYPD, rose, over 24 years, to command Bronx forces and then served three as #2 in the Transit Police. This was followed by nine years as chief in Minneapolis.

I secured a BBA and MPA on the way, had eight books published on policing and served as an expert on police procedures, in cases all over the U.S., in about 80 cases, to the present day. I only accepted cases in which I thought an injustice had been done.

I cite only a few illustrative cases to support my view.

The first place that pops is Chicago—where I did a lot of cases, including one this year in which about 800 protesters were trapped, penned in and arrested, though they’d committed no crime. The arrests, in 2003, were ordered by top brass, one of whom became chief shortly thereafter.

The arresting cops—knowing they’d been ordered to undertake false arrests for which they could be sued—signed fictitious names on the reports. They needn’t have feared since cops are never exposed to such dangers as losing their homes, however pervasive the myth.

By 2012 the City, unwilling to face the humiliation of not being able to identify its own employees in a massive arrest action, settled the case for $6.2 million, or about $3 for every Chicagoan.

The case had at first been thrown out, but the public service lawyers who hired me appealed, won and fought for the settlement.

Before that there’d been a series of cases in which a zealous, devoted commander tortured many black males into confessing to murders they hadn’t committed through the use of an electric generator that delivered horrific shocks. One victim clenched his teeth so tightly they all came loose.

The detective filled Death Row with these citizens, and the same law firm undertook to prove their innocence. A conservative Republican governor, stunned by the proofs, emptied Death Row. He later went to prison himself for a corrupt act. The commander was convicted of torture (ex V. P. Cheney please take note—anyone can be “persuaded” to confess to anything) and sent to prison. He’d been regularly photographed with the city’s leaders who’d been only too happy to shine in the glory of his “exploits.”

The innocent received millions. The guilty were never caught.

In San Francisco, a chief who became mayor, regularly sicced his cops on the gays in the Castro District. Indiscriminate sweeps and round-ups netted hundreds. Another lefty lawyer hired me and, as I remember it, we won every case—resulting in no convictions and many thousands in settlements.

Across the bay in Oakland, a protester and her friend were blown up in her car and severely injured. She was charged with possessing explosives without a scintilla of proof. The same lawyer hired me. The charges were dropped. She sued. It had clearly been an attempt on her life by a maniac who signed himself “The Lord’s Avenger.”

Over the course of the next 12 years she died. A series of federal and local officials stalled, delayed and did everything possible to avoid losing the case on their watch.

Finally, after a long, long trial the jury granted the woman’s estate and her companion almost $5 million for false arrest. No one was ever called to account for this debacle.

In New Orleans a black man who’d killed a cop was captured in near-mint condition. The furious gendarmes—in a department I regarded as near anarchical in its culture and behavior—beat him to death over the next few hours. His battered body was turned over to his family who hired a female activist—who hired me—to sue.

Another settlement resulted.

In an analogous case, in the Bronx, in 1975, one of my cops repeatedly beat a drug dealer who’d shot at him, to death.

I called the district attorney—a canny and experienced politico—and we managed to send the cop to prison. No suit followed, although one had certainly been possible. An extremely rare outcome, on all counts.

In the Central Park Jogger rape, sodomy and near-fatal assault, five ghetto kids were arrested, “confessed” and sent to prison. Their admissions were cleverly wrought statements that seemed to point to their guilt but were really police constructions and inventions: “Your friend says you held her down,” etc. etc.—leading to denials and statements shaped into admissions.

In a truly astonishing development, the actual perp confessed, provided DNA and other proof of his lone involvement and a brave, old DA exonerated the five, after years in prison, and issued a long report. The true assailant was in prison for murder—he’d stalked and assaulted a series of young, white, working women on the Upper East Side, and the police had failed to make the connections, and had, besides, at 16, actually raped his own mother.

The police commissioner appointed a panel that whitewashed the police actions. He rescinded no medals or promotions and steadfastly held to departmental denial while they awaited the lawsuit that followed.

Los Angeles had a series of Patton-like chiefs who instilled a militaristic, tough culture, that produced the 1991 Rodney King assault by about two dozen cops. I said, on the Today Show, that no black male could fail to identify with Mr. King, and that the only remarkable feature was that the event was filmed. He secured millions. A couple of cops were convicted after the feds were forced—by riots and demands—to act.

I’d had other cases that attested to the tough, internal, take-no-prisoners culture of the LAPD. I’d participated in another suit that forced them to hire blacks, Hispanics and women.

And so it goes, across the country.

And you are paying for it.

No reform chief—anywhere. Civilian Review Boards everywhere—none work. The media serves as a great watchdog, but usually has to move on. Suits secure millions, but no reforms. The feds can be dragged to investigate, but it takes such pressure as riots.

Accountability is a rara avis.

A Brotherhood In Blue ties white, male, black and female cops together. Chiefs are up-from-the-ranks cops. The union defends everyone.

It’s a calling and resembles no organization so much as the Catholic Church: Unity, Omerta, a Code of Silence and testi-lying abound.

They’re out of control—everywhere.

— Tony Bouza was Chief of Police, Minneapolis MN, and has taught in police administration and public administration programs; the article was originally published in a Minneapolis neighborhood newspaper SOUTHSIDE PRIDE (April 2012)

 

Happy 4/20

Today is 4/20 or April 20 which is National Marijuana Day.

A lifelong lung ailment has prevented me from ever indulging in this widely praised herb but it doesn’t keep me from believing that it should be legalized, or at the very least, sanctioned for medical and industrial uses. I was watching the NatGeo Channel’s new program “American Weed” the other day which documented a police raid on pot smokers.

The officer dutifully reports to the camera, we viewers, that a major raid is scheduled and that it MAY involve a gang, a meth lab, a major drug operation and all sorts of evil-doing. About 30 officers including detectives and a SWAT team descend upon a house trailer rousting the couple who lived there (no gang). There was no meth lab. And the major dealers had 28 plants in their possession for which they were registered medical users. WHOOPS!

Well, this super-sophisticated police op involving many cops and vehicles and hours (wage-hours) as well as time away from REAL law enforcement must have cost a bundle. It was based on such minimal intel that the only end-product was a charge for owning more plants than lawfully-allowed under the medical use permit.

Why?

Another episode showed the cops beating in a door where they held someone “might” be dealing in drugs . . .  they weren’t. The resident in that case didn’t have more pot than allowed, was a registered medical user, and wasn’t dealing. Yet the police battered down the door because maybe he was dealing, maybe he had a huge supply and maybe he wasn’t a registered medical user.

It just seems so silly and such a waste of money, time and resources.

Legalize it, save money, and let people have a little happiness in an otherwise dreary life, and for some, a painful life.

Here’s a thought: Potheads, drop off a kilo at your local police station as  a gift. Perhaps a little toke would enable the City’s Finest to think more clearly before busting down doors.

Happy 4/20!