On a cold January afternoon, Jerriel Lyles parked his car in front of the P&J Carry Out on East Monument Street and darted inside to buy some food. After paying for a box of chicken, he noticed a big guy in jeans, a hooded sweatshirt and a baseball cap.
“What’s up?” the man said to Lyles. Others, also dressed in jeans and hoodies, blocked the door to the street — making Lyles fear that he would be robbed. Instead, the man identified himself a police officer, frisked Lyles and demanded he sit on the greasy floor. Lyles objected.
“The officer hit me so hard it felt like his radio was in his hand,” Lyles testified about the 2009 incident, after suing Detective David Greene. “The blow was so heavy. My eyes swelled up. Blood was dripping down my nose and out my eye.”
Seriously, Cosby is beginning to make Darren Sharper look like a piker. We’re up to at least 40. How many more are there out there?
Three more women have publicly come forward with accusations that Bill Cosby sexually assaulted them in the 1970s and 80s, when they were in their 20s. The trio of women, including a former Reno bartender, joined the more than 40 women who said they were drugged or sexually assaulted by the comedian.
At a press conference Thursday, civil-rights attorney Gloria Allred, who is representing the accusers, said they are speaking out now because Cosby still refuses to “acknowledge and take responsibility for his conduct towards women.”
I wonder how long this is going to continue before Cosby and his defenders finally acknowledge the truth.
Long Beach has been known for some for unusually agressive policing and use of force incidents, including the infamous Doug Zerby shooting. Mr Zerby was waiting for a ride home at a friends house and was holding a water nozzle when Long Beach police infiltrated bushes behind him and opened fire after getting a report of “a man with a gun”. Mr Zerby apparantly never knew police where nearby and he was never given any verbal commands before he died. His estate was awarded 6.5 million in a lawsuit last year, which the city is appealing.
Police in Long Beach shot and critically wounded a 19-year-old man Thursday afternoon at an apartment where a group of people were reportedly spraying graffiti, authorities said..
Officers were called to the 1100 block of Hoffman Avenue after being alerted to several people trespassing and tagging an empty apartment, said Long Beach Police Sgt. Megan Zabel.
An officer saw a man inside the apartment and opened fire, Zabel said. The man was hit by an unknown number of bullets and hospitalized in critical condition.
His name was not released. It was unclear what immediately preceded the shooting.
Long Beach police are investigating the incident, Zabel said. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office is conducting a separate, independent investigation, which is customary in all officer-involved shootings.
Nice use of the passive “hit by an unknown number of bullets”, like they were a wandering swarm of insects looking to sting somebody at random.
10 to 1 the officer says the kid reached for a weapon at his wasteband, or pointed something looking like a weapon and he “was afraid for his life”…because these guys have been filled with hours of videos showing them how every “civilian” out there is a potential mutant wastelend murderer right out of a Mad Max movie waiting to ambush them.
Something needs to change. Now.
Tagging an empty apartment shouldn’t be a potential death sentence. Opening the door while holding a wii remote shouldn’t be an actual death sentence. Riding a bike and holding a cell phone shouldn’t be a potential death sentence. Getting your crutch out of your truck shouldn’t be a potential death sentence. Getting your wallet out of your car shouldn’t be a potential death sentence.
I am getting sick of posting these things, and I actually can no longer keep straight who died what day and where.
When force protection becomes prioritized over public safety…the public becomes victims that can be exploited instead of citizens to be protected.
Still another edition in our ongoing and never to be ended series regarding “Some of us are more equal than the others…”
This one just came to light today over at the Daily Beast from Palm Beach:
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PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Exclusively-obtained dash-cam video shows Dontrell Stephens, 20, talking on a cell phone while riding his bike on a Friday morning in September 2013. He can be seen turning onto Norma Elaine Road near Haverhill Road and Okeechobee Boulevard as PBSO deputy Adams Lin trails him.
Moments later, Stephens realizes he’s being followed. He pulls over, gets off his bike with a cell phone in his right hand and walks toward the deputy. For approximately four seconds Stephens is out of frame only to be seen again when being shot four times.
Stephens, who is black and has a criminal record for possessing cocaine, is seen running from the bullets then dropping to the ground.
Stephens was armed with nothing but a cell phone.
A short time later, an admittedly shaken Deputy Lin is heard talking to another deputy.
“He starts backing away,” Lin explains. “I said, ‘Get on the ground, get on the ground.”
Then, the other deputy is heard saying, “I got your back man. I got your back. Hey, you hear me?”
Deputy Lin responds, “Yeah, I know.”
That day, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw went on TV to defend the shooting.
“Stop what you’re doing and comply with us,” he told reporters. “There’s nothing in the rules of engagement that says we have to put our lives in jeopardy to wait to find out what this is to get killed.”
Lin was cleared to return to work four days later. Months later, investigators from the State Attorney’s Office and PBSO ruled the shooting justified.
Aaaaaand here we go again.
‘He ignored my commands! I was afraid for my life!’
Problem is…that isn’t what happened on the video:
“There are no records of any commands ever made to Dontrell Stephens,” explained Scarola.
“The deputy’s recorded statements following the shooting were absolutely false. Internal affairs completely ignored that evidence,” he said.
Today, Stephens is paralyzed from the waist down.
While Sheriff Bradshaw was on the record the day of Stephens’ shooting, he’s not talking about the case now. The Sheriff’s policy is to not comment on pending litigation.
Stephens’ shooting reveals a pattern of problems with how deputy-involved shootings are investigated.
He lied. The CoC and Internal Affairs covered for him…because who cares about another black man gunned down by the police?
Robert Bates, the Oklahoma reserve sheriff’s deputy who says he mistook his gun for his Taser when he shot and killed a man earlier this month, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to second-degree manslaughter.
A judge set a hearing for July 2. The judge allowed Bates to take a previously planned vacation to the Bahamas. Bates did not address reporters as he entered and left court.
Bates, a 73-year-old retired insurance executive who volunteered with the sheriff’s department in Tulsa, was providing backup during a sting on April 2. He shot and killed Eric Harris, who had allegedly tried to sell a gun to an undercover officer and then bolted.
Shoot a black man in the back and then head off to the Bahamas to sip Coronas and do some quality Marlin fishing on your yacht.
It’s the American Dream…
There are likely many unsolved violent and property crimes in Wichita, so it’s also likely that the resources focused on prosecuting this mom could be put to better use.
Prosecutors are seeking more information before deciding whether to charge a medical marijuana advocate who lost custody of her 11-year-old son following comments the boy made in a drug education program at a Kansas school.
Finney County Attorney Susan Richmeier said Wednesday she has asked Garden City police for follow-up reports in the case of Shona Banda, 37.
Those are expected to be completed within 10 days.
The DC Council recently passed a very good bill called the Reproductive Health Non-discrimination Amendment Act (RHNDA), which would protect DC workers from discrimination based on their reproductive health care decisions.
For example, it would prohibit an employer from firing an employee for using in vitro fertilization or birth control.
Sounds like common sense, right? Your boss shouldn’t be able to fire you for using birth control.
BUT THERE ARE TWO ISSUES FOR RHNDA
First, the DC Home Rule Act sets up a pretty complicated process for how a bill becomes a law in Washington, DC. Congress reviews all legislation passed by the democratically elected DC Council before it can become law, and if members of Congress decide they don’t like what they see, things can get a little messy.
Updated: Exclusive: The Man Arrested At Baltimore Police Brutality Protests Is Watchdog Baltimore Spectator
This is a fast moving story - so please stay with me:
The arrest was caught on video:
The man arrested this evening in Baltimore is renowned police watchdog Baltimore Spectator:
This is notable because two years ago Spectator live streamed an interaction with a S.W.A.T. team at his house, that was a quasi-armed standoff, and lasted for several hours.
This tweet being sent while under arrest from inside @BaltimorePolice Western District station
All said, I'm WORRIED for @BaltoSpectator primarily because I've seen him harassed firsthand for speaking. That's it. I speak. You speak.
Happening now. Trying to find out why the footage was deleted. pic.twitter.com/ptcOeRg4pQ
Being released now pic.twitter.com/5eIemrRenF
update #2: he has since become a sort of super hero:
Um, so like I literally just ran into a burning building and put out a fire. The hell
@BaltoSpectator some kinda night you're having.
A large much more vocal, visibly agitated crowd just reconverged in front the police station. pic.twitter.com/mv1xS25YoV
Crowd beginning to get more and more animated. Great amount of tension and anger in the air. Police looking real nervous.
Funny thing, my citation says I was detained for "protesting" although it's clear what I'm doing here is photo journalism & tweeting.
disclaimer: I was personally involved in that standoff, and spent most of that evening on the phone with the Chief of Police, in an attempt to keep shots from being fired. no shots were fired, and he was not convicted of any crime in the event. I consider him a friend, and fellow police observer.
I will keep this updated as more information comes to light.
A former Inkster police officer caught on video punching a motorist now faces felony charges while the case against the man he arrested will be dismissed “in the best interest of justice.”
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy made the announcement Monday while revealing charges against William Melendez.
He was charged with misconduct in office for mistreatment of a prisoner, a five-year felony, and assault with intent to do great bodily harm less than murder, a 10-year felony, according to the prosecutor’s office. Melendez, 46, has been fired from his police jobs in Inkster and Highland Park, city officials said.
“The job of a peace officer can be dangerous,” Worthy said during the news conference. “But we cannot tolerate those who abuse their authority, violate their oath and prey on citizens rather than protecting them. We cannot turn our heads when the law enforcer becomes the law breaker.”
In a separate case, Worthy said no criminal charges will be authorized against two officers who were videotaped by a citizen punching and kicking a carjacking suspect as they arrested him. Worthy said the suspect was resisting arrest.
In the Inkster case, Floyd Dent, who was hospitalized for injuries he endured during his Jan. 28 arrest, will have a possession of cocaine charge dismissed Wednesday morning in Wayne County Circuit Court, prosecutors said. Dent, 57, of Detroit maintains the drug was planted and his attorney said the longtime Ford worker has no history with drugs.
Everyone knows someone who’s run the marathon. Today’s big-city races—in places like Boston, New York, Berlin, and London—draw Olympic hopefuls competing for hundreds of thousands of dollars and hordes of weekend warriors raising money for their favorite charities or just hoping to check off “complete a marathon” on their bucket lists. Marathoning has birthed an industry of energy supplements and performance gear, training manuals and glossy magazines, corporate sponsorships and fitness expos. And nearly half of marathon entrants are women.deadspin.com morninggloria
It’s an incredible change from 50 years ago. The very few marathons that did exist - even Boston’s, the oldest continuously run marathon in the world - attracted less than one thousand runners. The entrants were all amateurs; finishers at Boston were rewarded with a bowl of Dinty Moore beef stew. Oh, and the runners were all male. Women were banned from running marathons.