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Cress Welsing: The Definition of Racism White Supremacy

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Racism

Anon: What is Racism/White Supremacy?

Dr. Bobby Wright: The Psychopathic Racial Personality

The Cress Theory of Color-Confrontation and Racism (White Supremacy)

What is the First Step in Counter Racism?

Genocide: a system of white survival

The Creation of the Negro

The Mysteries of Melanin

'Racism is a behavioral system for survival'

Fear of annihilation drives white racism

Dr. Blynd: The Definition of Caucasian

Where are all the Black Jurors? 

The War Against Black Males: Black on Black Violence Caused by White Supremacy/Racism

Brazen Police Officers and the Forfeiture of Freedom

White Domination, Black Criminality

Fear of a Colored Planet Fuels Racism: Global White Population Shrinking, Less than 10%

Race is Not Real but Racism is

The True Size of Africa

What is a Nigger? 

MLK and Imaginary Freedom: Chains, Plantations, Segregation, No Longer Necessary ['Our Condition is Getting Worse']

Chomsky on "Reserving the Right to Bomb Niggers." 

A Goal of the Media is to Make White Dominance and Control Over Everything Seem Natural

"TV is reversing the evolution of the human brain." Propaganda: How You Are Being Mind Controlled And Don't Know It.

Spike Lee's Mike Tyson and Don King

"Zapsters" - Keeping what real? "Non-white People are Actors. The Most Unrealistic People on the Planet"

Black Power in a White Supremacy System

Neely Fuller Jr.: "If you don't understand racism/white supremacy, everything else that you think you understand will only confuse you"

The Image and the Christian Concept of God as a White Man

'In order for this system to work, We have to feel most free and independent when we are most enslaved, in fact we have to take our enslavement as the ultimate sign of freedom'

Why do White Americans need to criminalize significant segments of the African American population?

Who Told You that you were Black or Latino or Hispanic or Asian? White People Did

Malcolm X: "We Have a Common Enemy"

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Thursday
Mar302017

White Hanford Cop Claims Gold Chain Crucifix Can be a Deadly Weapon: Attacks Latino Man After Knocking Him Off Bicycle with Cop Car

From [HERE] A Hanford police report says Michael Valdez was riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the street when white officer Larry Leeds attempted to stop him.

What happened next is the subject of a federal civil rights lawsuit in which Valdez, 49, and his attorney, Morgan Ricketts, accuse Leeds of using excessive force to arrest Valdez, actions that they say contributed to blinding him in one eye.

The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Fresno last week, says Leeds used his patrol car to knock Valdez off his bicycle. The officer then punched Valdez several times in the face and torso. After being treated at Adventist Medical Center, Valdez was booked into the Kings County Jail with a medical patch over his right eye.

The lawsuit accuses jail staff of repeatedly denying Valdez’s request for medical help, causing him to be permanently blind in his right eye. It also alleges that the Hanford Police Department and Kings County Jail destroyed evidence.

Valdez is seeking unspecified damages for violation of his civil rights, destruction of evidence, battery, and denial of medical care.

Hanford Police Chief Parker Sever said Friday: “We, unfortunately, cannot comment on pending litigation.”

Valdez acknowledged he has had run-ins with the police before. Around 2005, he said, he was arrested for fighting with several Hanford police officers and was sentenced to six years in prison. He was paroled in October 2009.

“That why I didn’t resist arrest (on New Year’s Day),” Valdez said, “because I learned my lesson.”

The incident at issue happened around 4:15 p.m. Jan. 1, 2016. The Hanford police report gives Leeds’ version of the incident:

After seeing Valdez ride on the wrong side of the street, Leeds activates his patrol car’s emergency red lights and siren. Because Valdez ignored the patrol car, Leeds pulled in front of Valdez to cut him off. Valdez’s bicycle then hit the patrol car, causing him to fall.

Valdez got up and began to walk away from Leeds. When it appeared Valdez was reaching for something in his waistband, Leeds drew his weapon and ordered Valdez to stop, show his hands and get on the ground.

At one point, Valdez grabbed his crucifix that was attached to a chain around his neck. Leeds believed Valdez was going to use it as a weapon. Valdez said in an interview Friday that if he did grab the crucifix, it was to say a prayer to God to protect him.

A struggled ensued. Leeds grabbed Valdez, punched him in lower torso and face, and then forced him to the ground. Another officer then helped Leeds handcuff Valdez.

After his hospital visit, Valdez was booked into jail on charges of felony resisting arrest and drug charges. His criminal trial is pending.

On Friday, Valdez said Leeds’s report is filled with lies, saying he never rode on the wrong side of the road or resisted arrest. He also said Leeds was “lying in wait to get me” and that Leeds never read him his Miranda rights.

In filing the lawsuit, Valdez and Ricketts said they would like another law enforcement agency or the grand jury to investigate the incident. Valdez also wants charges against him dismissed and wants prosecutors to charge Leeds with perjury and assault.

“Leeds went nuts,” Valdez said. “He’s too dangerous to be a police officer.”

Valdez’s lawsuit gives his account:

Valdez and a neighbor were working on a fence at his mother’s home on Malone Street, just south of Hanford High School, when he noticed a patrol car slowly drive by. The patrol car then made a U turn and parked.

After the neighbor went home, Valdez got on his bicycle and decided to visit a relative. He said he rode on the right side of the street, obeying traffic laws, when Leeds started to follow him at a high rate of speed.

Valdez took a shortcut, but once he completed the shortcut, Leeds drove rapidly toward him. Valdez “was forced to quickly dodge Leeds’ car and maneuver his bicycle around it,” the lawsuit says.

“You just tried to run me over,” Valdez yelled at Leeds, according to the lawsuit. Though Leeds ordered Valdez to come to his patrol car, he didn’t because he feared for his safety, the lawsuit says.

Valdez rode his bicycle toward a small store on 10th Avenue where there were customers in the parking lot. Leeds followed him, but “still had not activated his lights and sirens,” the lawsuit says.

Leeds then used his patrol car to ram Valdez’s bicycle, knocking him to the ground and causing him to hit his head on the pavement. The impact propelled the bicycle 10 to 15 feet in the air and caused Valdez’s belt to break and his pants to slip downward.

Leeds got out of his patrol car and drew his gun. “Rather than helping (Valdez), he grabbed (Valdez) and pulled him up off the ground,” the lawsuit says.

Valdez said he was so dazed and disoriented, he was unable to walk normally, unable to process what had happened and unable to respond to any commands from Leeds. The lawsuit says Leeds then punched Valdez in the torso, face and head and that Valdez “never resisted Leeds’ punches and never attacked Leeds.”

When Valdez called out for people in the parking lot to take a video, Leeds “seemed to become angry, and loudly ordered the people not to video,” the lawsuit says.

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Thursday
Mar302017

Without a Warrant White LVMPD Cops Terrorized Latino Teens Watching TV & Murder Dog in Their Own Home - Las Vegas Settles

From [HERE] and [HEREAn excessive force case will cost the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and taxpayers nearly $200,000.   The LVMPD Fiscal Affairs Committee approved a settlement Monday in a 2009 case.  

White police officers mistook 4 Latino teens, Henry Rodriguez, Jordhy Leal and David Madueno for potential burglars of the house where Rodriguez lived with his family.  The family dog, a pit bull named Hazel, was killed  - shot in the face by a LVMPD officer, just feet away from her owner inside her own home.  All were wrongfully arrested and originally sued the Metropolitan Police Department in 2010, seeking $5 million in damages.

The case hinged on whether police infringed upon the plaintiffs’ Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches when they entered the residence at 31 Onyx Way following a phone call from a neighbor about a potential burglary in the area. [MORE]

LVMPD says while the settlement was approved, they're not saying the officers involved did anything wrong. What facts did they disagree with? There was no warrant & they had no probable cause. The court's findings in the original case were as follows;

On October 24, 2009, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (“LVMPD”) received a 911 phone call from a witness, Albert Schouten, who said that he saw two white males between ages 18 and 20, one carrying a skateboard, jump a fence and start looking through the windows of a house in the neighborhood. There had been a recent pattern of youths burglarizing homes in the area.

Sergeant Roberts and Officer Dunn of the LVMPD, and later several of their colleagues, responded to the call, and arrived at the residence of Jesus Sandoval, Adriana Rodriguez, and their children. The officers entered the yard and saw open windows, doors, and gates, consistent with residential use, but did not identify any point of entry indicators suggesting a burglary. 

Roberts looked through an open bedroom window and saw “three young males” who were “younger than 18 to 20,” and were “about 14, 15.” Roberts conceded that the boys—Henry, then 18, who lived at the house, and his two friends, David, then 15, and Jordhy, then 16—“did not match” two of the three metrics that Schouten had given him: the number of suspects or the age of the suspects. As to race, Roberts agreed that the suspects, who were Hispanic, were “not the color of a white person that you typically think of as being white,” and that “[w]hen [he] saw them for the first time [he] thought they were either dark-skinned white males or Hispanic.” Two of the boys later testified that they had never before been described as white or confused for a white person. The boys were listening to music, watching TV, and playing video games.

Roberts did not ask the boys any basic identifying questions. Instead, Roberts pointed his gun at the head of one of the boys through the bedroom window, and gave the boys conflicting commands, telling them “don't move,” “[l]et me see your hands,” and “turn the music down.” Roberts told Jordhy to turn down the music, which Jordhy tried to do, and then told him, “I told you don't move, I could shoot you” or “I'll f* * *ing shoot you.” Roberts testified that the boys did not comply with his commands at this stage, but that they complied at all later stages. The boys, to the contrary, testified that they followed the officers' commands at this point and throughout the events that followed. Henry, for example, reported that when Roberts appeared in the window, the boys “all froze,” that they “didn't move,” and that he “didn't want to risk moving at all.” Roberts acknowledged that the boys may not have heard certain of his commands.

Roberts's colleague, Dunn, entered the house through the sliding glass door. Dunn, who could not see the boys, observed his partner pointing a gun and giving commands to someone through the window. He said that he entered the house because he thought that Roberts “could not control the suspects,” since he heard Roberts issue commands more than once and heard the tone of Roberts's voice change. As Dunn entered the house, he began giving commands at the same time as Roberts, and recognized that this could have created confusion.

Roberts ordered the boys to exit the bedroom. Henry asked to be allowed to put away the family dog, Hazel, a pit bull, before letting the officers into the home, but Roberts did not allow him to do so.

As the boys exited the bedroom, Hazel slipped in front of Henry and Jordhy, but continued to walk behind David, according to David's testimony. Dunn shot Hazel in the face, twelve inches from David, and in the direction of Henry and Jordhy. The officers ordered David and Jordhy to the floor, handcuffed them, and brought them outside. Henry was ordered outside, but was not cuffed until later, as he was carrying Hazel, who was bleeding to death. The boys testified that the handcuffing and other treatment by the officers caused them pain.

Only after the boys were cuffed and exiting the house did the officers begin to make their first inquiries as to the boys' right to be in the home.

Henry called his father, Jesus Sandoval (“Sandoval”), and told him that the police had entered the home and shot Hazel. Henry also asked an officer to call the animal hospital, but the officer said, “if you don't shut the f* * * up, I'm going to let your dog die right there.” Sandoval rushed home with his twelve-year-old daughter, Kenya, and found two of the boys handcuffed on the lawn, a swarm of officers and patrol cars, and Henry, covered in Hazel's blood. Sandoval, who was walking with a cane because of back surgery fifteen days earlier, thought his son had been shot, and tried to go to him. When officers told him he could not enter the property, he became upset. Roberts ordered officers to handcuff Sandoval.

As the officers pushed Sandoval against a squad car, Sandoval said, “please don't do this ․ I had a back surgery about 15 days ago․ I had major back surgery.” The officers grabbed Sandoval's arm to handcuff him, “pull[ed Sandoval] up by the arm,” and, “holding [Sandoval] from [his] belt or [his] pants,” “pushed” or “threw” Sandoval inside the patrol car. Sandoval began “screaming” that he was in “severe pain” and that he needed his medication. Sandoval was detained in the patrol car for 25 to 30 minutes, still “screaming in pain,” before officers responded to his requests for medication. Kenya witnessed all of these events.

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Thursday
Mar232017

White Vallejo Cop who Attacked Surrendering Black Man w/ Metal Flashlight has Similar Complaint Against Him From Last Year

From [HERE] The white Vallejo police officer, Spener Bottomley, seen in two viral videos attacking an unarmed Black man, Dejuan Hall, in a street median is the subject of a civil rights complaint filed in federal district court last October.

In court documents obtained by the Times-Herald, the complaint alleges Spencer Bottomley, along with four other Vallejo police officers, used excessive force during an April 2016 arrest. Derrick Shields alleges that while laying face down on his stomach, he was kicked, punched, and struck with a baton by the officers, according to the complaint. Shields also alleges Bottomley struck him with a flashlight during the incident.

“As a result of the police beating, plaintiff lost consciousness, experienced bruises all over his body and spine, swollen face, fractured jaw, abrasions, and broken teeth,” the complaint alleges. Shields is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, along with damages for emotional distress.

Two weeks ago the videotaped struggle between Bottomley and Dejuan Hall, 23, of Vacaville — which went viral nationally — has some residents concerned about excessive force by the police department.

The incident occurred about 3:15 p.m. on March 10, when police responded to a call from employees at the Valero gas station on Fairgrounds Drive that a customer, later identified as Hall, was acting erratically.

After Bottomley confronted Hall outside the store, Hall ran, and Bottomley gave chase. Witnesses said the first arriving white officer (Bottomley) chased him for several minutes until he finally gave up and sat down in the middle of the street.

Then, while he was sitting - surrendered on the ground in the median - the officer dove or pounced on him from behind. Perhaps surprised, Hall appeared to defend himself as the officer started striking him in his face with his fist and elbow. The officer then strikes the Black man with a metal flashlight. Subsequently, another white cop arrives and although both cops appear to have subdued him the cop continues to hit him with a metal flashlight. 

A second officer arrives and places his knee on Hall in an attempt to subdue him. Bottomley continues to strike Hall, while additional officers arrive on scene and demand the crowd back up from the incident.

“The kid surrendered,” said one witness who didn’t want to give his name. “The cop, on the other hand, came up right behind him and he was tired too. But he immediately dove on the kid and started wailing on him.” [MORE]

In response, numerous speakers at the March 14 Vallejo City Council meeting expressed concern regarding the content of the videos, with many demanding the council, mayor and city manager get involved and prevent similar incidents from occurring. Other speakers said officers need training on how to handle disabled individuals or persons with mental illness.

The local branch of the NAACP, Chapter 1081, issued a statement last week in response to the videos.

“Physical abuse or excessive police force is not an option,” wrote chapter president Jimmie Jackson. “With that on the table NAACP has launched its own independent investigation as to what occurred before, during and after the arrest of Mr. Dejuan Hall.

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Thursday
Mar232017

White Joliet Cops & DA Lied to Arrest, Charge & Detain Black Man: Supremes Rule 4th Amendment Applies to Pre-Trial Detention After Arrest

48 Days in Jail Off Lies & Bullshit. The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that Fourth Amendment [text] protections against unreasonable seizure can continue after the legal process has concluded. In Manuel v. City of Joliet [SCOTUSblog materials], the court reversed the lower court in a 6-2 decision. [MORE] The opinion is [HERE] and [MORE] White supremacy/racism is carried out by deception & violence

Elijah Manuel, a Black man, was riding through Joliet, Illinois, in the passenger seat of a Dodge Charger, with his brother at the wheel. A pair of white Joliet police officers pulled the car over when the driver failed to signal a turn. According to the complaint in this case, officer Gruber immediately dragged Manuel from the car, pushed him to the ground, handcuffed him, and struck him repeatedly. Gruber yelled at him, saying, “[y]ou remember me, street punk? Now I got you, you fucking nigger.” Manuel claims that the police searched his car and tore it apart in the process.

The policeman then searched Manuel and found a vitamin bottle containing pills. Suspecting that the pills were actually illegal drugs, the officers conducted a field test of the bottle’s contents. The test came back negative for any controlled substance, leaving the officers with no evidence that Manuel had committed a crime. Still, the officers arrested Manuel and took him to the Joliet police station. 

There, an evidence technician tested the pills once again, and got the same (negative) result. But the technician lied in his report, claiming that one of the pills was “found to be . . . positive for the probable presence of ecstasy.”  Similarly, one of the arresting officers wrote in his report that “[f]rom [his] training and experience, [he] knew the pills to be ecstasy.” On the basis of those statements, another officer swore out a criminal complaint against Manuel, charging him withunlawful possession of a controlled substance. 

Manuel was brought before a [white?] county court judge later that day for a determination of whether there was probable cause for the charge, as necessary for further detention. The judge relied exclusively on the criminal complaint—which in turn relied exclusively on the police department’s fabrications—to support a finding of probable cause. Based on that determination, he sent Manuel to the county jail to await trial. In the somewhat obscure legal lingo of this case, Manuel’s subsequent detention was thus pursuant to “legal process”—because it followed from, and was authorized by, the judge’s probable-cause determination.

While Manuel sat in jail, the Illinois police laboratory reexamined the seized pills, and on April 1, it issued a report concluding (just as the prior two tests had) that they contained no controlled substances. But for unknown reasons, the prosecution—and, criticallyfor this case, Manuel’s detention—continued for more than another month. Only on May 4 did an Assistant State’s Attorney seek dismissal of the drug charge. The County Court immediately granted the request,and Manuel was released the next day. In all, he had spent 48 days in pretrial detention. 

The Supreme Court held that those objecting to a pretrial deprivation of liberty may invoke the Fourth Amendment when (as here) that deprivation occurs after legal process commences. The Fourth Amendment prohibits government officials from detaining a person inthe absence of probable cause. It applies at arrest pre-legal-process) arrest, but also for a person's (post-legal-process) pretrial detention - after a finding of probable cause by a judge.

In Manuel's case, cops initially arrested Manuel without probable cause, based solely on his possession of pills that had field tested negative for an illegal substance. Manuel could bring a claim for wrongful arrest under the Fourth Amendment. And the same is true as to a claim for wrongful detention—because Manuel’s subsequent weeks in custody were also unsupported by probable cause, and so also constitutionally unreasonable. No evidence of Manuel’s criminality had come to light in between the roadside arrest and the County Court proceeding initiating legal process; to the contrary, yet another test of Manuel’s pills had come back negative in that period. All that the judge had before him were police fabricationsabout the pills’ content. The judge’s order holding Manuel for trial therefore lacked any proper basis. And that means Manuel’s ensuing pretrial detention, no less than his original arrest, violated his Fourth Amendment rights.

Tuesday
Mar212017

Investigation Shows NYPD Hid Violent History of White Cop who Choked Eric Garner - Over 20 Records of Abuse, Among Worst on the Force

ThinkProgress has uncovered the disturbing secret history of the NYPD officer who killed Eric Garner. Documents obtained exclusively by ThinkProgress indicate that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who is still employed by the NPYD (earning $120,000 a year), had a history of breaking the rules. These records are the subject of an ongoing lawsuit, and the city refuses to release them.

As you recall, on July 17, 2014, NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo wrapped his arms around Eric Garner’s neck and squeezed. He held tight as a gang of other white cops pounced on and slammed Garner, 43 years old and asthmatic, to the ground. Garner, who was unarmed at the time, gasped for air, arm outstretched, saying “I can’t breathe” over and over as officers piled on top of him. Then he was silent.

The next day, when the New York Daily News released video of the encounter, Garner had already died from neck and chest compression. His death sparked national protests about police violence against the black community, and his final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. On December 3, 2014, when a grand jury decided not to indict Pantaleo, thousands of people in cities all over the country stormed the streets to chant Garner’s dying words.

Pantaleo became a symbol of law enforcement that acts with impunity — especially with respect to white officers interacting violently with black men. Not only had Pantaleo killed a man accused of bootlegging cigarettes, but he’d used a chokehold prohibited by the NYPD to do it.

Before he put Garner in the chokehold, the records show, he had seven disciplinary complaints and 14 individual allegations lodged against him. Four of those allegations were substantiated by an independent review board.

Neither Pantaleo nor the NYPD responded to ThinkProgress requests for comment.

A pattern of problematic behavior

Pantaleo’s apparent disciplinary history was sent to ThinkProgress from an anonymous source who said they worked at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board (CCRB), an independent agency that receives and investigates complaints against NYPD officers. The source did not disclose their name or identity to ThinkProgress, but four New York City attorneys told ThinkProgress the documents match the appearance of summaries of disciplinary proceedings before the CCRB. Two of these attorneys declined to have their names associated with the verification of the documents, citing fear that they would be associated with the leak. (The documents can be found at the bottom of the article and [MORE on sources])

The documents show four of the allegations were substantiated by the CCRB, which recommended disciplinary action against Pantaleo years before he killed Garner. According to the records, the agency had sufficient evidence of an abusive vehicle stop and search by Pantaleo in 2011, which resulted in a two-part complaint. The agency also substantiated allegations about an abusive stop and frisk in 2012, which resulted in another two-part complaint that was reported by DNAinfo in April 2016.

According to the opinion of experts interviewed by ThinkProgress and our own review of CCRB data, this, along with the sheer number of cases, indicates a chronic history of complaints against Pantaleo and would make his disciplinary history with the CCRB among the worst on the force.

The documents indicate that the CCRB pushed for the harshest penalties it has the authority to recommend for all four substantiated allegations: charges that aren’t criminal, but “launch an administrative prosecution in the NYPD Trial Room,” according to the CCRB, and can result in suspension, lost vacation days, or termination. But the NYPD, which is not required to heed the CCRB’s recommendations, imposed the weakest disciplinary action for the vehicular incident: “instruction,” or additional training.

It also diverged from the CCRB’s stance on the 2012 stop and frisk. While the NYPD found Pantaleo guilty of unauthorized frisking, it cleared him of making an abusive stop. Instead of eight forfeited vacation days, per the CCRB’s recommendation, Pantaleo only had to forfeit two.

Jonathan Moore, a civil-rights attorney who represented Garner’s family and four of the Central Park Five, noted that the previous stop-and-frisk case was telling.

“Imagine that. Here’s the disposition of a substantiated charge for making a bad vehicle search and a bad vehicle stop, and the remedy is instruction,” Moore told ThinkProgress. “What happened on July 17th with Eric Garner was a bad stop and frisk.”

The documents also show allegations that Pantaleo refused to seek medical treatment for someone in 2009, hit someone against an inanimate object in 2011, made abusive vehicular stops and searches on two separate occasions in 2012, and used physical force during another incident in 2013.

The documents indicate that the 2009 and 2013 incidents were unsubstantiated by the CCRB, meaning “available evidence is insufficient to determine whether the officer did or did not commit misconduct.” So too were the vehicular stops and searches in 2012. The 2011 case was closed because the complainant was “uncooperative,” which the agency describes as not answering investigator requests for an interview or missing two interviews.

But legal experts say the number of complaints should have raised red flags, even if they weren’t substantiated.

“Regardless of the outcome, if you get three complaints in a year, you’re supposed to be on performance monitoring,” Moore said. “He got three in the course of two months in 2012.”

A record that stands out

Even a conservative reading of the documents indicates Pantaleo had among the worst CCRB disciplinary records on the force two years before his encounter with Garner. Yet the NYPD allowed him to stay on the streets.

When compared with publicly available data posted on the CCRB’s website, the records show that Pantaleo was subject to far more disciplinary allegations and substantiated complaints than the majority of his 36,000 fellow NYPD officers. The CCRB data, which is based on cases closed from 2006 to 2017, has its limitations: it does not appear to control for variables such as age or how long an officer has been on the force. For example, an officer with a decade in uniform may have the same number of complaints as an officer with just a year’s experience: common sense would say the less-experienced officer is the worse offender, but the records would make no distinction between these two hypothetical cases.


Nevertheless, a ThinkProgress analysis of available CCRB data found that only 1,750 current NYPD officers — or around 4.9 percent of the force — have received eight or more complaints, as Pantaleo has. The same data also shows that only 738 officers — about 2 percent — have two or more complaints with substantiated allegations.

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Ballistic Evidence Shows White Cop Lied in Murder of Black Man: Jury Awards 2.5M & Rejects NYPD Alternative Facts

White Cop Rewarded with Promotion. Won't Face Discipline in Racist System. From [HERE] A Brooklyn jury has awarded $2.5 million to the grieving mother of a 25-year-old Black man shot and killed by white police officer in 2008 — a shooting that cops maintain was accidental.

The surprise jury verdict against the city and Brooklyn NYPD Inspector John Chell was announced Friday following a five-week trial. In reaching its verdict, the jury determined that Chell “intentionally discharged” his firearm at Ortanzso Bovell. Witnesses say Chell shot Bovell as he fled in a stolen car.

On Aug. 7, 2008, Chell was a lieutenant in charge of the Brooklyn South Auto Larceny squad. He and his team found Bovell breaking into a 2004 Mustang GT at Remsen Ave. and Lenox Road in East Flatbush around 8 p.m., cops said.

The police in initial reports claimed that Bovell tried to speed off in the car and sideswiped Chell as he tried to escape.

Chell, who had taken out his weapon, fell and his gun went off as Bovell drove away, striking him in the back. Both the department and the Brooklyn DA, who was white, closed out the case in short order without charging Chell, officials said. White prosecutors believe almost anything white cops tell them. 

During a five-week civil wrongful death trial that began in February, Chell was on the witness stand for three days. He stuck to his claims that Bovell’s death was an accident — but the jury didn’t buy it.

“He maintained that he started to fall and the gun went off,” said Jon Norinsberg, the attorney for Bovell’s mother Lorna Wright-Bovell. “But we proved that the ballistics contradicted this — that the shooting had to be done by someone firing from a standing position.”

Wright-Bovell said the verdict had given her closure. “I’m not saying my son didn’t do anything wrong — but they could have arrested him,” she said. “Don’t kill him.

The shooting marked the third time Chell had fired his weapon.

Since Bovell’s death, Chell has [been rewarded by the system of racism] steadily moved up the ranks and is the commanding officer of the 75th Precinct in East New York, officials said.

He was never disciplined for killing Bovell and the NYPD will not reexamine the shooting in light of the verdict, a high-ranking police source said.

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Tuesday
Mar212017

Released Video Shows Psychopathic White Minn Cop Kicking Black Man in the Face While He is On His Hands & Knees

The Psychopathic Racial Personality From [HERE] Officer Christopher Reiter, 36, is charged with third degree assault for kicking Mohamed Osman, 35, in the face when responding to a May 30, 2016, call, breaking Osman’s nasal cavity and causing a traumatic brain injury. The brain injury still prevents him from working and caring for his children.Reiter is white and Osman is a Somali American. 

The incident was captured on surveillance video, and three other white officers at the scene said they did not feel it necessary to kick him in the face, according to charges.

He was on his hands and knees when he was kicked, which caused facial and brain injuries.

3rd degree assault requires a temporary but substantial loss of body function [like a broken arm]. 1st degree assault requires great bodily harm, permanent or protracted loss of use of body function. The prosecutor said the charges may be amended to 1st degree assault depending on Osman's recovery from his injuries.[MORE

Video and records obtained by Star Tribune appear to contradict official reports filed by two white Minneapolis police officers when they justified kicking a man in the face in May 2016.

Reiter, who is no longer on the force, and Josh Domek were in a group of about four officers who responded to a domestic assault report at 2929 Chicago Avenue south during the early morning hours of May 30.

The video shows Domek and two other officers running out of the building with their guns drawn and toward a silver SUV where Osman was sitting. Osman got out of the car with his hands up and knelt on the ground. Domek then kicked Osman in his midsection. Immediately after, Reiter, dressed in a darker uniform, kicked Osman in the head.

According to the criminal charge, Reiter's kick caused Osman to collapse to the ground "unconscious and bleeding."

A squad car arrives and blocks the camera's view, but when that car pulls away, the video shows Osman at times sitting up unassisted.

In reports they filed after the incident, Domek wrote that as he approached Osman, he ordered him to get on the ground. Domek then wrote that he moved toward Osman "in an effort to push him to the ground to get him in handcuff position. While doing so, I felt resistance from the male, causing me to believe that he was going to attempt to fight as he had just been involved in a violent assault."

In his report, Reiter said when the other officers ordered Osman out of the vehicle, "I could see [Osman] pushing off the ground.

"I made a split second decision and kicked [Osman] in the face one time with the top flat part of my boot."

The video does not appear to show Osman either resisting or pushing off the ground.

In charging Reiter last week with a felony, County Attorney Mike Freeman said, "in this case, a kick to the face is a use of deadly force, and simply not justified," Freeman said.

Domek was not charged.

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Monday
Mar202017

'I Was Told that I Wasn't Being Detained.' fmr Black Police Chief Niggerized @ JFK by Race Soldier Cops - Not Free To Go for 1.5 Hours 

Powerless Class. Targeted by Skin Color & Name. Nigger is What is Being Done to You.

From [HERE] and [HERE] Former Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden claims he was racially profiled when he was recently detained at JFK Airport in New York for an hour and a half. Aden retired in 2015. [MORE] Greensville is 64% white. [MORE]

Aden took to his Facebook page Saturday night to describe his ordeal, which happened on a trip back from Paris, France on March 15. 

Aden said he was returning to the United States after celebrating his mother's 80th birthday in Paris when the incident occurred. Upon his arrival in New York, Aden, a U.S. citizen and retired career police man, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers called him aside and proceeded to take him to a back room.

That's where, according to Aden's account, officers told him he was being detained because his name had been used as an alias by someone on a watch list. Aden said his detention lasted for an hour and a half before CBP officers cleared him from entry in to the country and onwards to his journey home.

He wasn’t allowed to contact his family as he waited–in what he described as a “back office which looked to be a re-purposed storage facility with three desks and signs stating, “Remain seated at all times” and “Use of telephones strictly prohibited”– as he watched some 25 “foreign nationals” quickly be quickly released.

 “I asked several times, ‘How long of a detention do you consider to be reasonable,’ ” Aden says he asked.

“The answer I was given by CBP Officer Chow was that I was not being detained — he said that with a straight face. I then replied, ‘But I’m not free to leave — how is that not a detention?’ ”

He believes that despite the fact that he has served the public in law enforcement for nearly 30 years, he was a target of racial profiling and that his rights were infringed by what he calls an 'unlawful detention'.

"Since I retired as the Chief of Police in Greenville, NC, I founded a successful consulting firm that is involved in virtually every aspect of police and criminal justice reform. I interface with high level U.S. Department of Justice and Federal Court officials almost daily," Aden said in his lengthy post on the social media site.

"Prior to this administration, I frequently attended meetings at the White House and advised on national police policy reforms-all that to say that If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone with attributes that can be "profiled". No one is safe from this type of unlawful government intrusion," Aden wrote.

He also added that the experience left him feeling vulnerable and concerned about the future of the country.

"This experience makes me question if this is indeed home. My freedoms were restricted, and I cannot be sure it won't happen again, and that it won't happen to my family, my children, the next time we travel abroad," he wrote.

"This country now feels cold, unwelcoming, and in the beginning stages of a country that is isolating itself from the rest of the world – and its own people – in an unprecedented fashion. High levels of hate and injustice have been felt in vulnerable communities for decades-it is now hitting the rest of America."

“All that to say that If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone with attributes that can be ‘profiled,’ ” the veteran police brass wrote. “No one is safe from this type of unlawful government intrusion

Aden said he has contacted his U.S. Senators to report the incident. Since late January, there have been similar incidents linked to the controversial travel ban by the Trump administration, which prohibited travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries.

Saturday
Mar182017

No Charges Filed Against Fla Prison Guards who Boiled Black Man to Death Locked in 180 Degrees Hot Shower for 2 Hours

Uncivilized, Unaccountable Government. From [MiamiNewTimes] On June 23, 2012, Darren Rainey, a Black man serving time for cocaine possession, was thrown into a prison shower at the Dade Correctional Institution. The water was turned up top 180 degrees — hot enough to steep tea or cook Ramen noodles.

As punishment, four corrections officers — John Fan Fan, Cornelius Thompson, Ronald Clarke and Edwina Williams — kept Rainey in that shower for two full hours. Rainey was heard screaming "Please take me out! I can’t take it anymore!” and kicking the shower door. Inmates said prison guards laughed at Rainey and shouted "Is it hot enough?"

Rainey died inside that shower. He was found crumpled on the floor. When his body was pulled out, nurses said there were burns on 90 percent of his body. A nurse said his body temperature was too high to register with a thermometer. And his skin fell off at the touch.

But in an unconscionable decision, Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle's office announced Friday that the four guards who oversaw what amounted to a medieval-era boiling will not be charged with a crime.

Rundle, in photo above, is a proxymonoric, coin-operated Hispanic woman, who works in service of white domination. [MORE] Her uncivilized failure to prosecute is probably similar to the logic and thinking done by German prosecutors & judges during Nazi Germany. 

“The shower was itself neither dangerous nor unsafe,’’ the report says. “The evidence does not show that Rainey’s well-being was grossly disregarded by the correctional staff.’’

Rundle's office announced the results of its investigation in a Friday afternoon news-dump, the kind that public officials typically only use to bury unflattering news or information. Rundle's office would clearly like this case to vanish over the weekend — but the facts of the case are so inhumanely grotesque that the decision should haunt the office for eternity.

Rundle took over as Miami-Dade's top prosecutor in the 1990s, after then-State Attorney Janet Reno left to join the Bill Clinton administration. She has remained the state attorney every since. In that time, she has never charged a Miami police officer for an on-duty shooting.

It's important to note that all Rundle had to do to show that she cared was to charge the prison guards with a crime. It is up to a jury to assess guilt. Despite the fact that a man died in a shower, and that multiple witnesses said they saw burns on his body and heard screaming, Rundle didn't think there was enough evidence to bring criminal charges.

Miami Herald investigative reporter Julie K. Brown spoke to multiple witnesses, jail inmates, and staff members, who said the showers were routinely used to scald inmates who acted out or upset the guards. Brown led a 2015 investigative series into abuses at Miami prisons. That series led to lawsuits, firings, rule-changes, and legislative hearings. But Rundle hasn't filed criminal charges.

The New Yorker magazine centered an entire investigation around Rainey's death. The magazine detailed how a whistleblower who tried to speak out about the incident, Harriet Krzykowski, was bullied, harassed, and forced into therapy after trying to speak out about abuses at the jail.

That story called Rainey's treatment torture.

Fernandez Rundle's 72-page close-out memo leans heavily on an autopsy that has been roundly criticized by civil-rights advocates. The report claims Rainey was not found with burns when he died.  Howard Simon, executive director of the Florida American Civil Liberties Association, has said in the past that the autopsy, which was leaked to the press during the investigation, showed that a federal investigation was needed.

Rundle's office, however, noted that one Miami-Dade County cop reported that nurses said Rainey's body had "red areas" on it, and that his skin was, indeed, "slipping off" after being removed from the shower. Rundle's memo said, however, that this could have instead been due to "body decomposition," rather than burns.

"In response to specific questions by Detective Sanchez regarding burns, Dr. [Emma] Lew advised that Rainey did not sustain any obvious external injuries, and, particularly, that there were no thermal injuries (burns) of any kind on his body," the report says. It then adds that from 2012 to 2014, no cause of death was determined.

This was complicated, however, by the fact that Rainey's family members say they were pressured to rapidly cremate his body. If further evidence of a murder existed, it has long been burnt to ashes.

One witness quoted in the Herald and New Yorker pieces, Harold Hempstead, was an inmate serving time for felony robbery charges. Hempstead kept a diary and reported that he heard Rainey's screams.

But Rundle's Friday memo took great pains to disqualify Hempstead's entire diary as innaccurate and unreliable. Multiple inmates told Rundle's office that they heard screams, but the State Attorney claimed the accounts were "inconsistent" and could not be trusted.

Apparently he was handcuffed during the ordeal. [MORE]

"Accordingly and in conclusion," Rundle wrote, "the facts and evidence in this case do not meet the required elements for the filing of any criminal charge."

She then signed her name.

Saturday
Mar182017

White Prosecutor Believes [whatever] White Seattle Cops [tell him]: No Charges in Public Servant Murder of Che Taylor

From [HERE] and [MORE] Criminal charges will not be filed against two white Seattle police officers who fatally shot a black man last year, a Washington state prosecutor announced Tuesday, saying the officers reasonably believed their lives were in danger when they opened fire.

"Their use of deadly force at that moment was authorized by law," King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg said at a news conference about the killing of Che Taylor, 46, who was shot Feb. 21, 2016. Satterberg is white. 

The death of Taylor prompted demonstrations in the city and NAACP leaders condemned the shooting amid nationwide protests about police shootings. Taylor's family protested the decision regarding charges, calling the killing unjust and saying police should be held accountable.

"In Washington state, there is nothing that an officer can do that makes his behavior wrong when he chooses to use deadly force," the victim's brother, Andre Taylor, told reporters Tuesday. "Even if you comply, you die."

Che Taylor's wife, Brenda, said she was appalled that the officers are "getting away with this."

The officers were conducting surveillance in north Seattle when they claim they saw a man with a holstered handgun and recognized him as Taylor, a felon who was prohibited from possessing a firearm, prosecutors say. Now That sounds like solid gold bullshit. Police said they recovered a firearm from Taylor at the hospital. [HUH?]

The officers with unspecified "long guns" moved in to arrest Taylor as he stood in the space between a car and its open door then leaned down. The officers ordered him to show his hands and get to the ground. On video he appears to comply. Prosecutors say Taylor raised his hands just above his chest area.

Police claim Taylor lowered his body below the door frame and that's when one officer fired five or six times; the other officer fires once. The officers are close to Taylor - within arms reach. They claim he was moving to get a weapon. However, the camera angle shows only the driver side view of the car. That is, the passenger side door where Taylor stood at all times with the dood open is out of view. On witness claims to have seen what happened. However, it is doubtful the witness would have been able to see what Taylor was doing b/c the witness is nowhere in sight on the video. In other words, you have to take the racist suspect police officer's word for it. In a system of white supremacy/racism the presumption should be otherwise.  

Satterberg called the shooting tragic and acknowledged the disappointment by Taylor family. "They lost a loved one and they have many questions about why," he said. But he said "this is not, as a legal question, a close case."

The Seattle King County NAACP said in a statement that it was "deeply disappointed" but not surprised by the decision.

"It proves what we've known all along: that our criminal justice system is set-up to protect police officers, even when it comes at the expense of protecting the community," the group said.

A King County inquest jury found last month that officers Scott Miller and Michael Spaulding had reason to fear for their lives and that Taylor posed a threat of death or serious injury to officers.

The officers were going in to make a legal arrest and they had reason to believe that Taylor had a firearm and was going to use it to resist arrest, Satterberg said Tuesday.

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Saturday
Mar182017

Suit says After Unlawful Traffic Stop White Cedar Rapids Cop told Black Man "I'm going to kill you" & Shot Him Causing Paralysis

From [HERE] and [HERE] Jerime Mitchell, a Black man, is suing white Cedar Rapids Officer Lucas Jones and the city over the altercation that left him paralyzed from the neck down on November 1. Court documents filed in Linn County show he is suing for negligence, assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and loss of consortium.

The details in the lawsuit paint a much different picture of the interaction between Officer Jones and Mitchell than the one presented by Linn County Attorney Jerry Vander Sanden in announcing neither Mitchell nor Jones would face charges in the case. Vander Sanden, in photo below, is white.

Mitchell was wounded and paralyzed from the shooting, causing his car to crash into other vehicles. A dash camera captured video of the encounter but a broken microphone of Officer Jones left little audio on the recording. The police did not explain how or when the microphone became broken. 

The audio is important because the racist suspect cop claims the following; cop said he smelled marijuana after pulling Mitchell over for a burnt out light, later found in the vehicle along with evidence of intent to sell. Jones claimed he got stuck between the open door and truck, and asked Mitchell to stop but he accelerated instead, and Jones feared for his life so he fired three shots at Mitchell’s head. Mitchell, family members and the NAACP disagree with this version of the story. [MORE]

A grand jury ruled Officer Jones' actions were justified and Vander Sanden [racist suspect in photo below] declined to press charges against Mitchell, too.

The lawsuit first questions the reasons Officer Jones stopped Mitchell, arguing "Officer Lucas Jones had no legitimate, articulable reason for initiating the traffic stop." Police have said the stop was for a broken license plate light. However, the lawsuit claims the light was working. It also notes Officer Jones accelerated and ran a stop sign in pursuit of Mitchell from more than a quarter mile away, when a license plate light would not be visible.

The suit argues that Mitchell was never informed of a “true, real and legitimate reason” why he was being pulled over, and that he was never told he was being arrested despite Mitchell repeatedly asking what he had done wrong.

In dash camera video of the incident, after the stop, the white cop orders him out of the vehicle and immediately turns him around to face the car to handcuff him. Mitchell turns to say something to the cop and the cop forcefully pushes him into the car to finish handcuffing him - as his hands are behind his back. Mitchell and the officer get into a struggle. The officer takes him to the ground. At no time does Mitchell attempt to hit or kick the cop. He simply tries to get free. While doing so a police dog runs into the scene and begins to attack Mitchell. Mitchell gets into his car and the officer grabs him and clings on to him- holding onto him as he sits back in the driver seat. Mitchell begins to drive away. The cop could have let go but held on to the car before it begins to move forward. As the car begins to move forward the cop then shoots him multiple times. 

The lawsuit claims Officer Jones never told Mitchell he was being arrested or the reasons he was being detained. It also claims Jones used force against Mitchell without justification or probable cause.

During the scuffle, the lawsuit claims Mitchell repeatedly asked Officer Jones what he did and called for him to stop.

The lawsuit claims Officer Jones told Mitchell "I'm going to kill you, man" while his gun was aimed. At this point, the suit claims, Mitchell attempted to escape to his car. As Mitchell pulled away, the officer fired, and one of the bullets hit Mitchell, causing him to become paralyzed and lose control of the car, crashing into nearby vehicles before being taken into custody.

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Saturday
Mar182017

To Avoid Civil Liability White Guilford County DA Pressures Black Teen, Pile Driven by Cop, to Plead Guilty to Resisting Arrest Charge

White Judge Grants White DA Request to Keep Public Servant's Video Secret. In photo, Guilford County DA William Henderson. 

From [HERE] and [HERE] Jose Charles had removed his T-shirt to stanch the blood from a cut above his right eye after suffering an assault by a large group of boys at the Fun Fourth Festival at Center City Park in downtown Greensboro last July when he was approached by Officer SA Alvarez.

His mother, Tamara Figueroa, had told Jose to wait for her while she took her three younger children and a niece to the bathroom. Jose, who was 15 at the time and is now 16, told Triad City Beat that he recognized one of the attackers from kindergarten and had experienced friction with some of them on Facebook in the past. By the time Alvarez reached him, the boys had scattered.

Jose said Alvarez asked him: “What are you doing?”

“N****, I just got jumped,” Jose responded.

In a matter of moments, the situation would devolve into a melee with Jose incurring four criminal charges, including assault on a government official, and eventually being treated for his injuries at Cone Hospital.

“Instead of administering aid — it says in the police report he’s an apparent victim — they don’t render aid,” said Figueroa, who has reviewed the police body-worn camera footage of her son’s encounter with the police. “They grab him and lift him in the air with all the force they could and slam him on his head.”

Figueroa characterizes Alvarez’s forcible restraint of her son as something like a suplex wrestling move. The police report, which Figueroa allowed TCB to review, describes Alvarez as placing Jose on the ground, but the results suggest a more forceful approach.

The public servant's body camera footage isn’t publicly available -a Guilford County District Court judge ruled Thursday.

The teen’s attorney, Craig Martin, argued Jose should have his own copy of the footage from the officer involved in the incident. He said it was a burden for an indigent family to come to his office, which closes at 5 p.m. Martin said Jose has viewed the body-camera footage once, at the police department.

Prosecutor Monica Burnette said if Jose received his own copy of the footage, he or his mother would distribute it to the media.

District Court Judge Angela Fox ultimately ruled that Martin could have a copy of the body-camera footage for his defense for any potential witness to view, but the footage could not be shown to anyone else, and it could not be recorded or made public.

A law that went into effect Oct. 1 requires a judge’s order for people other than those in the video — or their guardians if that person is a juvenile — and the person’s attorneys to view the footage. The judge reminded Martin that a motion could be filed in Superior Court to make the video public. [MORE]

The police report, completed by Cpl. KR Johnson, contends that Jose’s language could have instigated more violent conduct by juveniles who were bystanders, and that Jose “then resisted a lawful detention and began pulling away” from Alvarez, who told him he was under arrest and attempted to handcuff him.

“As a result of the resistance, Officer Alvarez then placed Charles on the ground and affected the arrest,” Johnson wrote. “As a result of being placed on the ground, Charles’ pre-existing lacerations to his right eye began bleeding rapidly.”

With a large crowd gathering around to witness the confrontation, the police moved Jose to the alleyway across the street from the park, next to the Davie Street Parking Deck. By that time, Figueroa had come out of the bathroom with the younger children, having missed the fight entirely. Figueroa recalled that her son’s friend, Madison, was yelling, “Hurry, they’re beating him.”

Johnson wrote that Jose “became extremely noncompliant and started to move towards his family while cursing officers with great passion.”

In support of the assault against a government official charge against Jose, Johnson wrote, “It was also at this time while Officer [BS] Hilton was attempting to have Charles sit back on the ground that Charles stated to Officer Hilton ‘f*** you’ and spit blood and saliva in Hilton’s facial area.”

Figueroa contends there’s no basis for the charge because her son was only trying to clear the blood out of his mouth.

“You can see the blood squirt out of his head,” she said. “The way he was pinned the blood was going into the mouth. He said, ‘I’m choking, I’m choking.’ When they let him up the blood sprayed at the officer. They tried to say he spit. He did spit, but it wasn’t with malice.”

In addition to assault on a government official, Jose was also charged with affray, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct related to the July 4, 2016 incident.

Figueroa said after she filed a complaint with the police department, and internal investigation determined that there was no excessive force. She appealed the decision to the police complaint review committee, a subcommittee of the Greensboro Human Relations Commission, in December. The committee reviewed the video of the incident, and Figueroa received an official letter from the human relations department stating, “PCRB disagrees with the outcome of the GPD’s investigation and has requested the chief of police to further review your complaint and respond to the board’s concerns.”

The district attorney’s office is offering to drop all the eight charges accumulated after the July 4 incident if her son pleads guilty to the four charges, including assault on a government official, that arose from the Fun Fourth Festival. As part of the deal, he would receive four months probation.

Pleading guilty to assault on a government official would sabotage Jose’s goal to join the Navy, Figueroa said.

“If you’re going to hold him accountable, hold him accountable for something he did,” she added. “Take that assault charge off the table.”

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Saturday
Mar182017

Stay Lifted in Suit Against San Francisco for Murder of Amilcar Perez-Lopez: Cops Shot Fleeing Latino Man 6x in Back & Lied About It

From [HERE] A federal judge Tuesday lifted an almost two-year stay in a lawsuit against two officers who shot a 20-year-old non-white immigrant in the back, citing unreasonably long delay in a criminal investigation of the officers.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam found delaying the case further would impede the immigrant’s family’s right to speedy trial and unjustifiably postpone the resolution of a case “in which the public has a strong interest.”

San Francisco police Officers Craig Tiffe and Eric Reboli shot and killed 20-year-old Guatemalan native Amilcar Perez Lopez in the Mission District on the night of Feb. 26, 2015.

At a town hall meeting four days after the shooting, then-Police Chief Greg  said two officers responding to a 911 call about a  man with a knife came upon Perez Lopez and another man he was allegedly chasing on Folsom Street, between 24th and 25th streets. Perez Lopez charged the officers from 5 feet away with the knife “raised overhead,” Suhr said. Also at that meeting, Mission Station Capt. Daniel Perea said the other man, later identified as Abraham Perez, told him the officers had saved his life. [MORE]

After an independent autopsy showed Perez Lopez was shot six times from behind, Suhr qualified his previous statements. During an appearance on KQED’s Forum last July, the chief said Perez Lopez “came at the officers with the knife, and then the officers fired and he turned away, which would explain not all of the rounds going in the front.”

The city now claims Perez was lunging at another victim with the knife when he was shot.

Perez’s parents sued the city in April 2015, claiming two eyewitnesses saw the officers shoot their son in the back as he ran away, and that the autopsy provides “unequivocal physical evidence” to support that.

In April 2016, Gilliam granted a request to separate the trial into two phases — first to decide whether the officers violated Perez’s civil rights and then to determine whether the city is liable.

In that same April 2016 ruling, Gilliam authorized the Perez family to obtain investigative files from the police and interview witnesses, but he barred the family from seeking direct testimony from the two accused officers.

Gilliam found the officers would likely be compelled to invoke their Fifth Amendment right to remain silent due to the criminal investigation, which could prejudice them at trial.

But on Tuesday, nearly a year later, Gilliam found further delay in seeking testimony from the officers no longer justified because “the court cannot predict with any certainty when the district attorney will make a charging decision in the criminal investigation.”

A civil grand jury report issued last year faulted the city for lack of timeliness and transparency in its process of deciding whether to prosecute officers who shoot civilians.

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Saturday
Mar182017

US Atty Seeks 1 Yr of Jail Time for White Tukwila Cop who Repeatedly Attacked Restrained Black Man in Emergency Room

From [HERE] and [HERE] Federal prosecutors are recommending a year in jail for a former Tukwila police officer who plead guilty to a misdemeanor for pepper-spraying a handcuffed patient in a hospital emergency room in 2011.

If U.S. District Judge John Coughenour accepts the government’s sentencing recommendation in its prosecution of Nick Hogan, it would be the first time in recent memory that a Western Washington police officer was jailed for using excessive force on the job, a criminal civil-rights violation.

Hogan, a white man, pleaded guilty in November to a single count of deprivation of rights under color of law. He will be sentenced at 9 a.m. Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Hogan had responded to a fight in Tukwila on May 21, 2011, and arrested a man identified as “M.S.” who had suffered a split lip during the altercation. Hogan transported him to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to have the injury treated before booking him into jail. The victim identified by the initials M.S., is African-American according to Tukwila police internal-affairs documents on the incident. [MORE]

According to reports, M.S. was verbally abusive but was handcuffed in the back of Hogan’s patrol car.

Nevertheless, according to internal-affairs documents obtained by The Seattle Times and federal court papers, Hogan resorted to force, and admitted to using several hard “knee-strikes” to the handcuffed man’s head while he was trying to remove him from the back seat of his patrol car, 

In the ER triage area, Hogan slammed him against a wall in the waiting room and shoved him down a hallway, where M.S. fell. Hospital security officials — who would later complain to Tukwila about Hogan’s actions — took M.S. into a small, curtained bay and restrained him hand and foot on a gurney.

 The court documents say M.S. was put into four-point restraints on a gurney, and he and Hogan were taken to a curtained treatment cubicle, where M.S. reportedly continued to be verbally abusive and threatened to sue Hogan.

Hogan grabbed the retrained man by the neck and sprayed him in the eyes, mouth and face with” pepper spray and made no effort to assist him afterward by washing off his face. [MORE]

“Harborview Security entered the room and observed Hogan calmly drinking water” which would have been used to wash off the powerful irritant.

M.S. was still restrained hand and foot with “teary, red, swollen eyes and snot running down his face” the document says.

Hogan told the security guard that M.S. had been “mouthy.” 

The reports state all of this was captured on hospital video.

M.S., in a recorded statement to Tukwila investigators, acknowledged that he was being verbally abusive to Hogan, but claimed it was because the officer was being rough. He claimed he never resisted, either in the back of the patrol car or in the ER. He also said he was never able to sit up on the gurney because of the restraints.

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Friday
Mar172017

White Minn. Cops Ordered Black Man to Get On His Hands & Knees & Then Kicked Him in the Face Causing Brain Injury, Charges Filed

Public Video Kept Secret. From [HERE] and [HERE] and [HEREA white Minneapolis police officer appeared in court and was briefly jailed Thursday, one day after he was charged with felony assault for kicking a Somali suspect in the face, causing serious injuries.

Officer Christopher Reiter, 36, is charged with third degree assault for kicking Mohamed Osman, 35, in the face when responding to a May 30, 2016, call, breaking Osman’s nasal cavity and causing a traumatic brain injury. Osman is a Somali American. 

The incident was captured on surveillance video, and three other officers at the scene said they did not feel it necessary to kick him in the face, according to charges.

He was on his hands and knees when he was kicked, which caused facial and brain injuries.

3rd degree assault requires a temporary but substantial loss of body function [like a broken arm]. 1st degree assault requires great bodily harm, permanent or protracted loss of use of body function. The prosecutor said the charges may be amended to 1st degree assault depending on Osman's recovery from his injuries.[MORE

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said during a news conference that the three other officers who responded to the call “said the situation did not call for a kick in the face.” Freeman, who is white, refused to release the video to the public. (confusingly the media has been showing video from another incident in 2014 in which Reiter kicked a Latino man in his chest at a gas station - more below. Racists love confusion.) 

“In this case, a kick to the face is a use of deadly force, and simply not justified,” Freeman said.

According to charges, Reiter and other officers were called to a south Minneapolis apartment building in the 2900 block of Chicago Av. after a report that Osman had severely beaten his girlfriend.

“He was in his car, he was asked to exit the car. He did. He was told to get on his hands and knees. He did,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. 

 Osman was ordered to the ground and was complying when video shows Reiter “quickly approaching [Osman] and violently kicking him in the face within seconds of [Osman] going to the ground,” the complaint says.

“They want him to go prone and lay on his stomach, and all of a sudden Reiter comes around the corner and kicks him in the face.”

He collapsed to the ground unconscious and bleeding. Osman pleaded guilty to third degree assault in January as part of a plea deal and will be sentenced March 23. At least one other officer, Josh Domek, was reprimanded for his role in the May assault.

Osman said in an interview that the traumatic brain injury has prevented him from working and caring for his children.

Reiter stood beside his attorney, Robert Fowler, who told Judge Fred Karasov that he would be challenging some of the evidence presented against his client during the next hearing, scheduled for April 20. Reiter was booked into jail and released without posting bail with the agreement of Assistant Hennepin County Attorney Debra Lund. Reiter was released from jail on the condition he does not have any contact with Osman.

Outside the courtroom after the hearing, Fowler described Reiter as an “excellent patrol officer.”

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