Keyword: donutwatch

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Spokane Deputy Promotes MRAP For Constitutionalists, Gun Owners: Full Clip

    12/20/2014 6:14:55 AM PST · by Altariel · 17 replies
    "So I'm thinking that is totally appropriate in Iraq, but where-what kind of situation in the U.S. would you see that happening?" "I mean, we've got a lot of constitutionalists, a lot of people that stockpile weapons, a lot of ammunition. You know, they have weapons here locally." (2:50-3:10)
  • Richmond Police Officer Who Brought Home 4 Pounds of Marijuana Won't Be Charged (California)

    12/19/2014 2:57:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 54 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | December 18, 2014 | n/a
    A Richmond police officer who took 4 pounds of marijuana home instead of filing it in the department's evidence locker will not be charged with a crime, according to the Contra Costa County District Attorney's office. Prosecutors said members of the Richmond Police Department learned in September that Officer Joe Avila had a large amount of marijuana at his house. At the request of the Police Department, the district attorney's office began investigating and searched Avila's home, where they found 4 pounds of marijuana. Prosecutors said Avila had responded to a call at a delivery service company in November 2013...
  • Outrageous and Expanding Civil Forfeiture Tactics: How to Restore 'Innocent Until Proven Guilty'

    12/19/2014 5:00:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 12/19/2014 | Jared Meyer
    Many Americans have not heard of civil forfeiture, but this outrageous, and expanding, law enforcement tactic is becoming more difficult to ignore.Civil forfeiture does not receive the condemnation it deserves because most people cannot believe that, in the United States, the government can take property from individuals without charging them with a crime. This is the type of behavior expected of the Venezuelan government, not of the United States, where individuals are supposed to be assumed innocent until proven guilty. Instead of charging property owners and having to prove guilt “beyond a reasonable doubt,” in civil forfeiture cases, law enforcement...
  • How far will cop unions go to halt reform?

    12/19/2014 7:25:19 PM PST · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 15 replies
    UT San Diego ^ | DEC. 12, 2014 | Steven Greenhut
    The arrest this week of two ex-cop private investigators — charged with felonies related to their alleged attempt to frame a Costa Mesa city councilman for a false DUI — is about more than the disturbing tactics of two hired guns. It offers insight into the way some police unions across California intimidate political opponents into silence. This ugly story starts in 2012. Councilmen Jim Righeimer, Stephen Mensinger and Gary Monahan were loathed by the city’s police union because of their efforts to reduce pension liabilities and outsource services. Costa Mesa had become Ground Zero in our state’s battle over...
  • Family of Toddler Injured by SWAT 'Grenade' Faces $1M in Medical Bills

    12/18/2014 11:03:27 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 67 replies
    ABC News Via Yahoo! ^ | 12/18/14 | ALISON LYNN and MATT GUTMAN
    Alecia and Bounkham Phonesavanh never imagined their family would be at the center of a controversy over the militarization of police. But that’s exactly where they found themselves when their toddler was seriously injured by a SWAT team, also leaving them with a $1 million medical bill they have no hope of paying. “They messed up,” Alecia Phonesavanh told ABC News' "20/20." “They had a faulty search warrant. They raided the wrong house.” In the spring of 2014, the Phonesavanh’s home in Janesville, Wisconsin, was destroyed by fire. Homeless with four young children, they packed one of their last remaining...
  • Salt Lake [non-white] cop cleared in shooting of unarmed white man [no looting or arson]

    12/17/2014 7:18:33 PM PST · by grundle · 27 replies
    wreg.com ^ | November 25, 2014 | George Brown
    The decision of a St. Louis grand jury to not indict a police officer there of shooting and killing an unarmed man has raised new interest in an officer involved fatal shooting in Salt Lake City. Dillon Taylor, a white male, was shot and killed in August. Officer Bron Cruz, who was described as non-white, shot Taylor once in the chest and once in the stomach after he refused to obey police.
  • 76-year-old man Tasered by cop over an Inspection sticker

    12/17/2014 9:13:42 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 101 replies
    Legal insurrection ^ | Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 6:00pm | Posted by Kemberlee Kaye
    The incident occurred in Victoria, Texas, a suburb of Houston. A dash camera captured officer Nathaniel Robinson tasering 76-year-old Pete Vasquez. Vasquez was driving a vehicle owned by the car dealership where he works. Officer Robinson pulled him over when he noticed the vehicle’s inspection sticker had expired. When Vasquez exited the car and attempted to show Robinson the dealer plates—which would’ve exempted the necessity for up to date inspection tags—that’s when the altercation happened. “I don’t know what his deal is,” Vasquez told an officer that arrived on the scene later. Vasquez went on, “he came over here and...
  • A Father’s Activism Changed the Law: Cops in WI No Longer Allowed to Investigate Themselves

    12/16/2014 7:21:48 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 15 replies
    thedailysheeple ^ | December 15th, 2014 | lily dale
    Long before the Ferguson situation occurred, another young man named Michael B. was shot and killed by a police officer. Here's his story. Ten years ago, 21-year-old Michael Bell, Jr., pulled up to the house where he lived with his mom and sister in Kenosha, Wis., about an hour south of Milwaukee. A police officer who, according to a police report, chose to follow Bell after observing his driving, arrived shortly after. A subsequent toxicology report showed that Bell had been drinking that night. Dash cam footage from inside the squad car shows Bell exiting the vehicle he was driving,...
  • Woman Who Was Arrested and Called “Teagbagger” by Deputy Awarded $1.12 Million For Illegal Arrest

    12/16/2014 2:24:25 PM PST · by Blood of Tyrants · 29 replies
    Controversial Times ^ | 12/16/14 | Reagan Wilson
    Woman Who Was Arrested and Called “Teagbagger” by Deputy Awarded $1.12 Million For Illegal Arrest A federal jury has awarded Nancy Genovese an amount of $1.12 million for her inappropriate prosecution by Suffolk County law enforcement. It was an innocent enough day for Nancy Genovese of Long Island. After visiting a shooting range, the mother of three stopped to take a photo of a decorative helicopter in front of a National Guard base in the Hamptons for use on a website showing support for the troops. She was on public property the entire time. She was charged with trespassing and...
  • [Supreme] Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law (Roberts v. Fourth Amendment 8-1)

    12/16/2014 7:46:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 12:12 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk. A...
  • Denver Cops Arrest Man who Exposed them Beating Man on Video While Promoting Cop who did the Beating

    12/15/2014 7:13:59 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 25 replies
    Photography Is Not A Crime ^ | 12/14/2014 | Carlos Miller
    A man who video recorded Denver police repeatedly punching a man in the face, causing his head to bounce off the pavement, before tripping his pregnant wife and causing her to fall on her face – sparking an FBI investigation into the department – was arrested Thursday in what appears to be a case of retaliation. After all, Denver police not only arrested him on what they called a “newly activated traffic warrant” from a nearby county after he had just left the FBI office with whom he is cooperating on the federal investigation, they refused to allow him to...
  • 'YOU ARE A 'TEABAGGER!'' LONG ISLAND WOMAN RECEIVES $1.12 MILLION FOR FALSE PROSECUTION

    12/14/2014 11:35:26 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 46 replies
    Breitbart National Security ^ | December 14,2014 | MARY CHASTAIN
    A Long Island federal jury rewarded Nancy Genovese, 58, a mother of three, $1.12 million in compensatory damages after being arrested in 2009 for attempting to photograph a helicopter at a Air National Guard base in the Hamptons. Genovese intended to use the photo on a “Support the Troops” website; she was arrested for trespass and insulted as a "Teabagger." From The New York Post: Southhampton cops searched her and found a legally owned rifle that she was transporting from a nearby rifle range. She contends a deputy sheriff arrived on the scene later and said to her, “I bet...
  • Man Dies During Traffic Stop From Asthma Attack as Cop Refuses to Let them Drive to Hospital

    12/14/2014 6:00:40 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 292 replies
    The Free Thought Project ^ | December 13, 2014 | Matt Agorist
    Chippewa Falls, WI — Dashcam video has been released that shows the disturbing last moments of a man’s life as he’s detained by a Chippewa Falls police officer on the way to the hospital. 29-year-old Casey Kressin died after suffering a severe asthma attack when the vehicle that was rushing him to the hospital was pulled over by a Chippewa Falls police officer. After they were stopped, Kressin’s girlfriend immediately starts to beg the officer to take him to the hospital. The officer instead calls for an ambulance. The couple was just 3 miles from the hospital when they were...
  • Obama Flooding U.S. Streets With “Weapons of War” for Local Police

    12/13/2014 7:58:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The New American ^ | December 2, 2014 | Alex Newman
    The federal government and the Obama administration are under fire for a variety of unconstitutional programs aimed at both militarizing and controlling local police and law enforcement, including supplying a vast array of sophisticated U.S. Defense Department “weapons of war” to city and county governments. Billions of dollars in military equipment has already been handed to municipal police departments and county sheriffs’ offices nationwide under the rapidly expanding federal schemes, but concerns from across the political spectrum are growing quickly as well. This year alone, over 150 so-called “mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles,” or MRAPs, used by U.S. forces in Iraq, were...
  • Officers Shoot And Kill 19 Year Old Suspect Armed With Handgun (Topeka, Kansas)

    12/13/2014 1:55:51 PM PST · by rdl6989 · 61 replies
    WIBW.com ^ | 12/13/2014 | Justin Surrency
    TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka Police were forced to use deadly force after a 19 year old suspect, involved in several crimes, refused to put down his weapon. Officers were first called to the 400 block of SW Tyler where a suspect had allegedly strangled a female victim and taking a knife and a gun out of the residence.
  • Undercover cops outed, attacked at Oakland protest

    12/11/2014 2:46:19 PM PST · by dware · 23 replies
    SFGate ^ | 12.11.2014 | Vivian Ho
    An undercover law enforcement officer from an outside agency who was attempting to infiltrate a demonstration against police brutality in Oakland pulled a gun on the protesters after he and his partner were outed and the partner was attacked. The undercover work — captured by a freelance photographer working for The Chronicle — raised questions about tactics employed by police and protesters as authorities seek to get a handle on rallies that have flooded the streets of Oakland, Berkeley and San Francisco, at times shutting down freeways and devolving into vandalism and looting.
  • Undercover cop pulls gun on protesters in Oakland

    12/12/2014 5:08:09 AM PST · by Revelation 911 · 26 replies
    Mashable ^ | 12/10/14 | Patrick Kulp
    check it out - the undercover cops are accused of not identifying themselves, and inciting violence..whatever - there are so many things wrong with the whole issue..BUT - check out the link pics - the Cop is holding his service auto ghetto style
  • Cop Allows Saudis with Dead Baby in Trunk to Drive Away so as Not to Offend Muslims

    12/11/2014 5:47:31 PM PST · by BCW · 24 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | 11 DEC 2014 | Paul Joseph Watson
    An outlandish example of political correctness occurred in Tennessee yesterday when a police officer allowed a car full of Saudi Arabians to drive away with a dead baby reportedly in the trunk so as not to be “disrespectful” towards Muslims. Police in Sumner and Robertson counties are on the lookout for a blue Dodge Charger after a traffic stop on Interstate 65 around 3:15 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle, which had paper tags and a registration violation, contained three Saudi Arabians with Saudi drivers licenses who told the officer that they had a dead child in the trunk prepared for an...
  • Sacramento deputy on leave after video shows beating

    12/11/2014 1:02:07 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 13 replies
    A Sacramento County sheriff's deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave after a video surfaced showing him using his foot to force a man's head against the ground and a flashlight to strike the man.
  • Remember Kelly Thomas?

    12/11/2014 6:19:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Michael Reagan
    Didn't think so, but it's understandable. Thomas was an unarmed mentally ill homeless man from Southern California who was tasered, clubbed and beaten to death in Fullerton by three cops in July of 2011. Thomas' face was pounded to a pulp and, after losing the ability to breathe normally, he died later in a hospital of brain damage. Video of the awful incident - including Thomas' screams and his cries of "Dad! Dad!" -- was recorded on security cameras and there was a minor outcry at the time over police brutality. Unlike the case of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.,...
  • Man Who Speaks Out About Police Seizing His Property Without Charges is Arrested Hours Later

    12/11/2014 9:59:54 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 79 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/7/2014 | Anne Schieber
    A man featured in a Dec. 3 Michigan Capitol Confidential story for being a medical marijuana user and having his property seized and money taken by police without being charged with a crime was arrested at 2 a.m. the next morning by the Michigan State Police within a day after the story was published. Wally Kowalski says he was woken Wednesday to find the police at his door with a felony warrant. He was handcuffed and brought to the Van Buren County Jail where he spent the night in a cold cell without a pillow or blanket. He was arraigned...
  • Attorney: Hooks shot in the back and head during raid

    12/11/2014 10:49:16 AM PST · by TigerClaws · 58 replies
    David Hooks was shot in the back and head as he was lying face down on the floor during a drug raid by Laurens County deputies. That's according to the lawyer representing his family. It's been nearly four months since David Hooks was shot to death during a drug raid at his East Dublin home. 13WMAZ's Paula Rotondo spoke to his wife, Teresa Hooks and the family's lawyer, Mitchell Shook. Hooks died Sept. 24 while deputies served a search warrant at his home. They were looking for drugs, but didn't find any.
  • California Police Chief Joins Anti-Police Violence Protests

    12/10/2014 6:31:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    CBSNews ^ | December 10, 2013 | KRISTOPHER SKINNER
    December 10, 2014 California Police Chief Joins Anti-Police Violence Protests KRISTOPHER SKINNER RICHMOND, Calif. - A Northern California police chief noted for his community policing efforts raised a few eyebrows when he joined a peaceful protest Tuesday, holding a sign with the popular Twitter hashtag of #blacklivesmatter. The Contra Costa Times reported Richmond Police Chief Chris Magnus was part of a group of about demonstrators who lined a busy street, holding signing and listening to recordings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speeches. "I spoke with my command staff, and we agreed it would be nice to convey our commitment...
  • Police made on-the-spot decision not to arrest protesters

    12/10/2014 10:20:32 AM PST · by PeteePie · 29 replies
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | December 10, 2014 | ERIN GOLDEN
    Rather than make arrests, Minneapolis police and State Patrol officials said they made on-the-spot decisions to keep demonstrators safe from traffic... As the group moved onto the freeway, officers told leaders to stop but didn’t intervene when the crowd ignored the orders.... None of the protesters was arrested or cited... Grimm and McDowell (community organizers) said the group plans more demonstrations.
  • America’s Children: The Trials of Growing Up in a Police State

    12/09/2014 5:22:40 PM PST · by Rabin · 110 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec. 4, 2014 | John Whitehead - The Rutherford Institute
    Cleveland killer officer shot to death 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was playing on a playground with a toy gun, no charges filed. Thirteen-year-old Andy Lopez Cruz was shot 7 times in 10 seconds by a California killer deputy early on a clear afternoon, he grand jury refused the case and the DA exonerated. Christopher Roupe, 17, was shot and killed after opening the door to a killer officer, mis-identified a remote control in Roupe’s hand' shot him in the chest with his Glock, at three ft. it exploded both the child's lungs.
  • Beloit Police Ask Residents To Volunteer To Have Their Homes Searched For Guns

    12/08/2014 11:11:01 AM PST · by lowbridge · 128 replies
    Wisconsin Public Radio wpr org ^ | december 5, 2014 | Gilman Halsted
    Link only http://www.wpr.org/beloit-police-ask-residents-volunteer-have-their-homes-searched-guns
  • Santa Clara Police Attack Fan At Pac-12 Championship Game

    Here is a good example of how to not to police people, as seen at Friday's Pac-12 championship game. According to the video uploader, this confrontation started when the man in white walked down the wrong pathway. The situation then quickly escalated, for no clear reason. A lieutenant from the Santa Clara Police Department confirmed through email that the officers involved worked for the department.
  • Police Chief: Turn in Friends & Neighbors Who Are ‘Gun Enthusiasts’ So Cops Can ‘Vet’ Them

    12/07/2014 5:52:35 PM PST · by Altariel · 88 replies
    FreeThought Project ^ | December 5, 2014 | Jay Syrmopoulos
    Austin, Texas – In what sounds like something out of the Cold War Soviet Union playbook, Austin Police Chief, Art Acevedo urged the community to turn in neighbors and friends who are “gun enthusiasts” or who have “extreme” views, just days after Larry McQuilliams shot-up buildings in Austin.Acevedo, in a press conference, stated that he is fearful of “homegrown” terrorists like McQuilliams who harbor “hate” and have access to firearms.But what Americans should be fearful about isn’t the likes of McQuilliams, but rather the response by Acevedo on how to go about countering these perceived threats. While obviously no rational...
  • Probe Underway After Deadly Police Shooting In Hollywood

    12/06/2014 6:45:31 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 37 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 12-6-14 | unattributed
    A police shooting is under scrutiny Saturday, a day after officers fatally shot a man they say was armed with a knife. Hundreds of protesters in an already scheduled march against police brutality staged a “die-in” at the iconic corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, where a man was fatally shot by police. Cellphone video captured the aftermath of the incident, which unfolded Friday night about 7 p.m. after officers said they responded to an “assault with a deadly weapon” in-progress call. The Los Angeles Police Department says the man did not comply with officers’ orders to “get down.”...
  • Not a chokehold: Truth of the Garner arrest

    12/06/2014 12:25:57 PM PST · by FreeReign · 189 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/14/2014 | Bo Dietl
    It wasn’t a chokehold. That’s just the biggest single distortion in all the talk about the Eric Garner case, in which the public has been misinformed and misled from the start. The Rev. Al Sharpton has never had to put himself in harm’s way to protect our streets against crime, as our police officers do every day. He’s in no way qualified to stand on his soapbox and dictate procedures. I spent decades in law enforcement. During my time with the NYPD, I was responsible for over 1,400 felony arrests — any of which could’ve required the use of deadly...
  • Police officers' shocking responses to the Eric Garner decision

    12/04/2014 11:40:07 AM PST · by EveningStar · 18 replies
    The Week ^ | December 4, 2014 | Bonnie Kristian
    PoliceOne.com is a discussion forum for law enforcement officers, and while anyone can access some of the site content, commenting privileges are available exclusively to verified police. The PoliceOne.com staff "confirm[s] the status of all officers registering for PoliceOne by calling that officer's department directly." That detail is important, because it means that these responses to the Eric Garner verdict were definitely made by actual police officers: ...
  • Unarmed Arizona man shot dead by Phoenix cop who mistook pill bottle for pistol: police

    12/05/2014 12:39:07 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 88 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | December 05, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    An unarmed Arizona man was shot dead by a Phoenix police officer who mistook a pill bottle for a handgun, police said. Police have yet to name the 30-year-old white officer, who fired off two shots that killed Rumain Brisbon, a 34-year-old black man, during an altercation Tuesday night during an investigation into a drug deal, police said. But witness accounts varied on what actually happened, sparking protests in Phoenix Thursday night as the fever pitch from the police killings of unarmed teen Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the chokehold death of Eric Garner on Staten Island, boiled over...
  • Hundreds of officer-involved homicides not recorded by police, report says

    12/04/2014 8:13:59 PM PST · by Altariel · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | December 3, 2014 | FoxNews.com
    National statistics intended to track police killings show that hundreds of homicides committed by law-enforcement officers between 2007 and 2012 are not recorded by the FBI, the Wall Street Journal reports. More than 550 police killings during that span were missing from the national count of not attributed to the law-enforcement agency involved, the paper reports. The lack of data makes it impossible to determine how many people police kill each year. Demands for more transparency on such killings have been shoved into the spotlight after the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson....
  • Feds Find Shocking, Systemic Brutality, Incompetence In Cleveland Police Department

    12/04/2014 12:06:23 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 27 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12-4-2014 | Dana Liebelson, Ryan J. Reilly
    In recent years, Cleveland police officers have punched a 13-year-old boy who was in handcuffs for shoplifting and shot at an unarmed kidnapping victim who was wearing only his underwear, according to disturbing allegations released Thursday by the Justice Department. The agency's investigation found that officers in Cleveland routinely use unjustifiable force against not only criminals and suspects, but also innocent victims of crimes. The so-called “pattern or practice” report from the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division was released Thursday afternoon as DOJ and the city announced plans to develop a court-enforceable agreement that would impose an independent monitor on...
  • Mentally Ill Man Refuses to Take Medication So SWAT Shows Up and Kills Him

    12/03/2014 8:55:50 PM PST · by Altariel · 91 replies
    FreeThought Project ^ | December 2, 2014 | Matt Agorist
    Midland, TX — Rosendo Gino Rodriquez, 49, was shot dead in an altercation Monday while Midland Police were conducting a routine welfare check. The Midland County mental health unit was conducting a regular welfare check at a home on the 2700 block of Washington Street, when things went sour. According to the Midland police, Rodriquez became “aggressive” during the welfare check. The term aggressive is used loosely by the MPD, as they claim he acted out said “aggression” by running away from them, back into his house, and barricading himself in a room. The Free Thought Project would like to...
  • Officer who fatally shot Tamir Rice judged unfit for duty by police in 2012

    12/03/2014 8:46:48 PM PST · by Forgotten Amendments · 33 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 12/03/2014 | Tom McCarthy in New York
    A police officer who shot a 12-year-old dead in a Cleveland park late last month had been judged unfit for police service two years earlier by a small suburban force where he worked for six months, according to records released on Wednesday. Officer Timothy Loehmann, who killed Tamir Rice on 22 November, was specifically faulted for breaking down emotionally while handling a live gun. During a training episode at a firing range, Loehmann was reported to be “distracted and weepy” and incommunicative. “His handgun performance was dismal,” deputy chief Jim Polak of the Independence, Ohio, police department wrote in an...
  • Obama Planning To Increase Funding For The Militarization Of America's Police Force

    12/01/2014 5:11:25 PM PST · by Altariel · 28 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | December 1, 2014 | Tyler Durden
    Since 2006,MRAPs, helicopters, machine guns, and night-vision-goggle have been increasingly evident across America as the good ol' yankee copper morphs into a full-metal-jacket-looking killer (even as the FBI admits the threats to police have not escalated as much as the media would like). So it isjust 'lucky' that Ferguson has reignited a narrative that enables President Obama "to discuss federal programs and funding that provide equipment to the state and local enforcement agencies," in a series of meetings today at The White House. We suspect funding will increase (for your own protection) and a new SWATification Tzar will be unveiled....
  • Charges Dropped For Cop Who Fatally Shot Sleeping 7-Year-Old Girl

    12/01/2014 2:45:14 PM PST · by Raymann · 122 replies
    Counter Current News ^ | November 30, 2014 | Moreh B.D.K.
    The shooting happened just after midnight, back on May 16, 2010. A SWAT team had conducted a raid to search for a murder suspect. Weekly ended up being first through the door. There was even a film crew on hand to film for a reality show about murder investigations. Weekley says that another SWAT member had thrown a flash-bang grenade, which temporarily blinded him. That’s when he fired the shot that killed Aiyana who was asleep on the couch in the front room of the house. Doubling down on this claim, in court he actually testified that Aiyana’s grandmother had...
  • NYPD rookie calls fatal shooting of unarmed man an ‘accident’

    11/22/2014 9:25:06 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 56 replies
    NY Post ^ | November 21, 2014 | Jamie Schram, Lorena Mongelli and Danika Fears
    A rookie cop working the most dangerous beat in the city killed a man in an unlit housing-project stairwell in Brooklyn — firing off an “accidental” shot that hit a young father in the chest, authorities said Friday. “It was a pitch-black hallway,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said of the Thursday-night shooting at East New York’s Louis Pink Houses. “The deceased is a total innocent.” -snip- With his gun in his left hand and a flashlight in his right, Liang entered the stairwell at the same time Akai Gurley, 28, and his girlfriend, Melissa Butler, walked into the same stairwell...
  • Man arrested after pointing banana at police

    11/27/2014 12:24:52 PM PST · by PROCON · 69 replies
    CBS/AP ^ | Nov. 27, 2014 | Crimesider Staff/CBS News/AP/
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A man is facing a felony menacing charge, because two Colorado sheriff's deputies say they thought a banana he pointed at them was a gun.
  • Footage captures moment officer killed Tamir Rice after mistaking his BB gun (video at link)

    11/26/2014 7:03:35 PM PST · by Tired of Taxes · 107 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 11-26-14 | Lydia Warren
    FULL TITLE: "The moment Cleveland cop shot dead a 12-year-old boy in the playground: Footage captures moment officer killed Tamir Rice after mistaking his BB gun for a real weapon" Cleveland police have released video footage showing the moment 12-year-old Tamir Rice was shot dead by a rookie officer who mistook his BB gun for a real weapon. The boy was shot by Timothy Loehmann, 26, on Saturday after a 911 caller reported seeing a juvenile waving around a gun - but did not know whether or not it was real. Newly-released audio showed that the 911 dispatcher did not...
  • Police: Drunk Washoe deputy threatened helicopter with gun

    11/25/2014 12:12:17 PM PST · by redreno · 10 replies
    http://www.reviewjournal.com ^ | November 24, 2014 - 4:12pm | ASSOCIATED PRESS
    SPARKS — A 41-year-old Washoe County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested in Spanish Springs after police say he was firing a gun while drunk and threatened to shoot at a sheriff’s helicopter. Sparks police say Robert Brunsvold was arrested Sunday for suspicion of possession of a firearm while intoxicated and resisting police with a firearm. His bail was set at $20,000. It was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.
  • Cleveland police officer shoots 12-year-old boy carrying BB gun

    11/23/2014 3:10:20 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 140 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 11/23/14 | Corey Schaffer
    CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A rookie Cleveland police officer shot a 12-year-old boy outside a city recreation center late Saturday afternoon after the boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband, police said. Police were responding to reports of a male with a gun outside Cudell Recreation Center at Detroit Avenue and West Boulevard about 3:30 p.m., Deputy Chief of Field Operations Ed Tomba said. A rookie officer and a 10-15 year veteran pulled into the parking lot and saw a few people sitting underneath a pavilion next to the center. The rookie officer saw a black gun sitting on the...
  • 12-Year-Old With Air Gun Dies In Cleveland Police Shooting

    11/23/2014 6:39:33 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 71 replies
    WIBW-TV / CNN ^ | November 23, 2014 | Michael Pearson, Ronni Berke and Brad Pechanec
    A Cleveland police officer responding to a call about a person with a gun fatally wounded a 12-year-old boy brandishing what turned out to be an air gun that looked very much like a real firearm, police said early Sunday. The shooting Saturday afternoon came as the nation nervously awaited a grand jury decision on whether to charge the police officer who killed African-American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. The attorney for the family of the Cleveland youngster, who also was black, downplayed any possible racial connotations to the shooting. "This is not a black and white...
  • SHOCK: Homeschooling family tasered, arrested after being accused of having a ‘messy’ house

    11/23/2014 7:16:43 AM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 34 replies
    eagnews.org ^ | NOV 21, 2014 | KYLE OLSON
    NODAWAY COUNTY, Mo. – A homeschooling family has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit after they say their home was illegally searched by the sheriff’s department. The Home School Legal Defense Association is aiding Laura and Jason Hagan. Their house was raided by Nodaway County Sheriff Darren White and Chief Sheriff’s Deputy David Glidden.
  • Ex-Maine State Police chief pleads guilty to sex assault, will serve 4 years

    11/23/2014 6:12:02 AM PST · by Altariel · 28 replies
    Central Maine.com ^ | 11/04/2014 | Scott Dolan
    Andrew Demers Jr., a 26-year veteran twice named Trooper of the Year, pleads guilty to sexual contactOne of the mostly highly decorated police officers in Maine’s history was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old child.Andrew Demers Jr., the former chief of the Maine State Police, broke down sobbing at one point during his sentencing hearing at the Cumberland County Courthouse, wiping tears from his eyes many times after he entered a guilty plea to a felony charge of unlawful sexual contact.
  • Cleveland police officer shoots 12-year-old boy carrying BB gun

    11/22/2014 9:53:01 PM PST · by Forgotten Amendments · 102 replies
    Cleveland.com ^ | 11/22/2014 | Cory Shaffer | Northeast Ohio Media Group
    A rookie Cleveland police officer shot a 12-year-old boy outside a city recreation center late Saturday afternoon after the boy pulled a BB gun from his waistband, police said.
  • TPD officer who shot dog files lawsuit seeking $10,000 from neighbor

    11/22/2014 8:26:10 PM PST · by Altariel · 22 replies
    Tuscaloosa News ^ | November 15, 2014 | Crime.Beat
    he Tuscaloosa Police officer who shot a family’s pet earlier this month has filed a lawsuit against a neighbor, claiming that she made untrue statements about the situation. TPD Officer Mike Azwell is asking for $10,000 from Deborah Bosch, who lives next door to his mother in the Eastern Hills subdivision in Tuscaloosa County. Bosch is not the owner of the dog that was killed, but she did call Tuscaloosa Police and made statements about the incident, according to the suit filed in Tuscaloosa County District Court Friday afternoon. The “slanderous, libelous and defamatory accusations” have caused the officer “injury...
  • Witness Recants, Freeing Ohio Man After 39 Years

    11/19/2014 1:57:32 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 31 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2014 | AP
    A man who spent nearly four decades in prison after being convicted of murder is expected to be freed Friday after a witness confessed he lied as a boy when he told jurors he saw the deadly attack. Ricky Jackson had been seeking a new trial and sobbed loudly with his face in his hands as prosecutors dismissed his case Tuesday, The Plain Dealer reported. "I can't believe this is over," Jackson, 57, said, thanking his supporters and his attorneys from the Ohio Innocence Project.
  • Brooklyn Man Fatally Shot by Police Was Unarmed, Bratton Says

    11/21/2014 12:41:07 PM PST · by redreno · 54 replies
    http://www.nytimes.com ^ | 11/21/2014 | By MARC SANTORA and NATE SCHWEBER
    A rookie New York City police officer shot and killed an unarmed 28-year-old man in a darkened stairwell in Brooklyn late Thursday night, according to the police. Police Commissioner William J. Bratton said that the victim, Akai Gurley, was “a total innocent” and called the shooting “an unfortunate accident.” He was not engaged in any activity other than trying to walk down the stairs, Mr. Bratton said. Mayor Bill de Blasio was also quick to offer his condolences to Mr. Gurley’s family. “This is a tragedy,” he said. The officer who shot Mr. Gurley, Peter Liang, has been on the...