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  • Santa Clara Police Kill Woman Waving Aluminum Baseball Bat

    04/14/2014 11:55:05 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 63 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Apr 14, 2014 | Lisa Fernandez
    Santa Clara police fatally shot a woman who they say started attacking them with a baseball bat. Lt. Kurt Clarke said in a statement the officers, whom he did not identify, feared "for their safety," and fired at her about 4:50 p.m. Sunday in the 5000 block of Lick Mill Boulevard after they were called there because she called 911 "making threats to harm herself and others." When they arrived, police said the woman came out of the front door and attacked the officers with the bat. She was treated at the scene but died later at a hospital. Download...
  • Police supervisor among 3 put on leave during probe of excessive violence allegations

    04/02/2013 9:49:43 AM PDT · by redreno · 4 replies
    www.omaha.com ^ | April 2, 2013 | By Juan Perez Jr. WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
    An Omaha police supervisor has been placed on administrative leave as authorities continue to investigate the circumstances of a controversial arrest in north Omaha. The World-Herald has learned that the command officer is Sgt. Aaron P. Von Behren, a 15-year department veteran and one-time recipient of the department's life-saving award. The World-Herald also learned the identity of an officer who earlier was placed on administrative leave: James T. Kinsella, a veteran of nearly five years.
  • NYPD Handcuffed 7-Year-Old & Interrogated Him For Hours Over Missing $5, Family Claims

    01/31/2013 8:30:46 AM PST · by fractionated · 31 replies
    http://gothamist.com ^ | January 30, 2013 | Jen Chung
    A fight over $5 between Bronx school children escalated to the point where the police were called and a seven-year-old boy was arrested, handcuffed, and kept in custody for 10 hours, according to the child's family, who is threatening to sue the city for $250 million. When Wilson Reyes' mother Frances Mendez arrived at the 44th Precinct, she was shocked to see her son handcuffed to the wall. Mendez said, "My son was crying, ‘Mommy, it wasn’t me! Mommy, it wasn’t me!’ I never imagined the cops could do that to a child. We’re traumatized... Imagine how I felt seeing...
  • U.S. uses excessive force along Mexican border: U.N. (High Commissioner for Human Rights)

    10/18/2012 4:38:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 34 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 10/18/12 | Stephanie Nebehay, Reuters
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States has used excessive force against immigrants along the Mexican border and should cooperate in investigating border killings, including those of many young people, the top United Nations human rights official said on Thursday. "There have been very many young people, teenagers, who have been killed at the border," Navi Pillay, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told a news conference. "The reports reaching me are that there has been excessive use of force by the U.S. border patrols while they are enforcing the immigration laws," she added. The family of a Mexican teen...
  • Police Fatally Shoot an Unarmed Driver on the Grand Central Parkway (National Guardsman)

    10/05/2012 9:48:53 AM PDT · by opentalk · 85 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 4, 2012 | J. David Goodman and Wendy Ruderman
    A New York police detective shot and killed an unarmed man, whose hands, a witness said, were on the steering wheel of his Honda, after he had been pulled over early Thursday for cutting off two police trucks on the Grand Central Parkway in Queens, the authorities said....The shooting, which occurred at 5:15 a.m., was the latest in a series of episodes in which police officers fatally shot or wounded civilians...A passenger in Mr. Polanco’s car, Diane Deferrari, said in a phone interview Thursday night that just before pulling the car over, officers appeared irate that Mr. Polanco had cut...
  • Cain Accuser Accounts Role in Federal Seizure/Kidnapping of Elian Gonzales to Cuba (2000)

    11/09/2011 6:39:21 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 63 replies
    Cubanet, (Miami) April 2000 ^ | April 2000 | Mimi Whitfield, Miami Herald
    Her (INS Agent Mill's) instructions: Locate Elian, get him safely into a waiting van, and stay with him and allay his fears until federal agents reunited him with his father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.After Elian was found in a closet, Mills told him in Spanish: ``I know this seems frightening to you now, but it will all be over very soon,'' said Russ Bergeron, director of media relations for the INS. ``She told him: `We're not going to take you to Cuba. We're not going to put you on a raft. We're taking you...
  • Video: Whitehall Officers Subdue Elderly Woman With Knife (Beer Summit II?)

    08/10/2009 2:54:15 PM PDT · by Callahan · 8 replies · 710+ views
    NBC4i ^ | 8/02/09 | Donna Willis
    WHITEHALL, Ohio—An elderly woman with a weapon was taken to the ground by a Whitehall officer, and witnesses questioned the force used. NBC 4’s Mike Bowersock got right to the point with a balanced report. Virginia Dotson was wandering the Walmart parking lot at 3657 E. Main St. Saturday evening with a steak knife. She was telling strangers she would cut them and already had cut herself. Whitehall officers were called to the scene, but some witnesses said officers used too much force in subduing the woman. Dotson’s daughter said Dotson found a steak knife in the vehicle, cut herself...
  • Chicago Police Tasered 82-Year-Old Woman

    11/07/2007 9:28:13 AM PST · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 15 replies · 38+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 06 Nov 2007 | AP Staff Writer
    Chicago's Police Department is investigating an officer's use of a Taser last month on an 82-year-old woman who was swinging a hammer when police arrived. Officials with the city's Department on Aging went to Lillian Fletcher's home Oct. 29 to make a welfare check, and called police when they saw Fletcher in a window swinging a hammer back and forth, police spokeswoman Monique Bond said Tuesday. Officers arrived and in an attempt to subdue Fletcher one of them used their Taser, Bond said. The department is trying to determine if the officer violated department policy regarding the use of stun...
  • Suit: Beach deputies battered mentally ill woman

    09/20/2007 2:48:58 PM PDT · by brwnsuga · 21 replies · 73+ views
    Virginian-Pilot/ www.pilotonline.com ^ | September 20, 2007 | By SUSAN E. WHITE AND DUANE BOURNE
    A 60-year-old woman who is mentally ill has filed a $2 million lawsuit against the city of Virginia Beach, the state and Sheriff Paul Lanteigne. The lawsuit, filed in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on Tuesday, says Janace Johnson, who has schizoaffective disorder, was wrongfully arrested and prosecuted. It also says Johnson did not receive necessary medical care and that law enforcement officers used excessive force against her while she was in the Virginia Beach jail. The retired nurses' aide supervisor was released from jail May 18 with a broken nose, a busted lip, a black eye, broken dentures and other...
  • Male stripper describes alleged attack by off-duty officers

    03/29/2006 9:30:32 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 5 replies · 619+ views
    Court TV ^ | By Emanuella Grinberg | By Emanuella Grinberg
    A Milwaukee man recalled for jurors Wednesday the "torture" he suffered at the hands of several off-duty police officers who allegedly beat him bloody because they believed he had stolen a police officer's badge. "I thought I was going to die," Frank Jude Jr. testified in the battery trial of three former Milwaukee police officers. "All I was thinking about was my little daughter, who was just born." With a scar on his nose still visible from the surgery he underwent as a result of the incident, Jude described the brief yet violent encounter on Oct. 24, 2004, outside a...
  • Another Case of 'Contagious Fire'(shooting in Compton)

    05/12/2005 11:40:37 AM PDT · by Ramonan · 12 replies · 651+ views
    L A TIMES ^ | May 12, 2005 | Richard Winton and Tonya Alanez
    The Compton shooting in which deputies unloaded 120 rounds in a residential neighborhood is one of five incidents of "contagious fire." The phenomenon has become a concern."Just because one person fires, that doesn't mean the use of deadly force is justified by them or others," said Michael Lyman, a professor of criminal justice at Columbia College in Columbia, Mo. Sheriff Lee Baca walked the block where the incident occurred and talked with residents about what happened. . Baca, who has been increasingly critical of the deputies' tactics, was joined on the tour by activist and 2004 presidential candidate the Rev....
  • Home School Group Says Police Used Excessive Force

    02/23/2005 12:03:16 PM PST · by two134711 · 143 replies · 2,735+ views
    FOX Carolina WHNS-TV ^ | Friday, February 18, 2005 | FOX Carolina
    Some home schoolers say they were having a meeting in Simpsonville Park when an officer started bullying them. The group of home schoolers included 6 mothers and about 15 to 20 kids, every Wednesday for the past 5 years the group has come to Simpsonville Park to socialize and meet with each other, but they say this past Wednesday was like no other. One of the mothers in the group, Jan Blanchard says, "We were just sitting there talking..." "I heard a man yelling take your hands out of your pocket and I turned around and he was yelling at...
  • Police stun 75-year-old

    10/20/2004 1:09:55 PM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 83 replies · 1,764+ views
    The Herald ^ | October 20‚ 2004 | Matt Garfield
    The Rock Hill Police Department is investigating why an officer used an electric stun gun on a 75-year-old woman who refused to leave a nursing home where she had gone to visit an ailing friend. The woman, Margaret Kimbrell, said she suffered bruises on her leg and face after she was knocked to the floor by the force of the weapon, called a Taser. Police Chief John Gregory said Tuesday the department is reviewing whether Officer Hattie Macon's use of the Taser was appropriate -- a step that is taken in unusual or high-profile cases. "On face value, it...
  • Dangerous Police Pursuit, LAPD Investigates Officer Use of Force (with video)

    06/23/2004 2:55:18 PM PDT · by Smogger · 95 replies · 1,194+ views
    KABC Channel 7 Website ^ | 6/23/2004 | KABC Channel 7
    LOS ANGELES — Police today chased a man suspected of driving a stolen car and arrested him in Compton, and news footage showed an LAPD officer hitting him repeatedly with a flashlight after he appeared to surrender The chase began shortly after 5 a.m. in an area patrolled by the Los Angeles Police Department's Southeast Station, said LAPD Officer Sandra Escalante of the Media Relations office. The man's name was not immediately released, and it was unclear if he was injured. Patrolling LAPD officers saw a white Toyota Camry that was reported stolen from Compton, Escalante said, adding that the...
  • Even blind old ladies terrify the cops

    04/26/2004 5:21:48 AM PDT · by Ramtek57 · 21 replies · 370+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | April 25, 2004 | Steve Duin
    Even blind old ladies terrify the cops Sunday, April 25, 2004 S he was 71 years old. She was blind. She needed her 94-year-old mother to come to her rescue. And in the middle of the dogfight -- in which Eunice Crowder was pepper-sprayed, Tasered and knocked to the ground by Portland's courageous men in blue -- the poor woman's fake right eye popped out of its socket and was bouncing around in the dirt. How vicious and ugly can the Portland police get? Ladies and gentlemen, I think we have a winner. This 2003 case is so blatant, the...
  • Detroit Officer Severs Woman's Finger

    01/07/2003 5:07:00 AM PST · by AK2KX · 220 replies · 328+ views
    The Detroit Free Press ^ | January 7, 2003 | JIM SCHAEFER
    <p>A Detroit police officer with a knife cut off the finger of a 45-year-old woman he was trying to handcuff in a parking lot on 8 Mile.</p> <p>The police, who were in plainclothes, said she was resisting arrest. The woman, Joni Gullas of Detroit, said Monday that she thought she was being carjacked.</p>