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  • Police tackle man who went under tape at suspicious package incident in downtown Milwaukee

    05/22/2018 1:19:32 PM PDT · by BBell · 11 replies ^ | 5/21/18 | JONATHON GREGG
    MILWAUKEE -- Police on the scene of a suspicious package in downtown Milwaukee had to play defense when, out of nowhere, a man rushed to the package and spilled out the contents. The unidentified man was arrested for interfering with members of the Milwaukee County Bomb Squad. The bomb squad was on the scene at Wisconsin and Plankinton Avenues early on Monday, May 21 for reports of a suspicious package. The investigation shut down that intersection and several nearby blocks in the middle of the morning commute.The action was captured on camera by several FOX6 News viewers in the area....
  • Cops Say Suing Them for Killing Man with Down Syndrome Over a Movie Ticket Sets ‘Bad Precedent’

    09/20/2017 9:07:49 AM PDT · by Morgana · 37 replies ^ | September 19, 2017 | Matt Agorist
    A young man with Down syndrome was killed by three cops for wanting to watch a movie—cops claim that suing them sets a bad precedent. The three cops facing a wrongful-death suit in connection with the homicide of a young man with Down syndrome are claiming that they shouldn’t be sued because if the case goes forward, it could set a bad precedent. Apparently, holding police officers accountable for escalating unnecessary force to the point of killing a non-violent, unarmed man with Down syndrome could send a message to other officers that violence against those with disabilities is unwelcome. The...
  • UN panel against torture flags 'excessive force' by Israel

    05/13/2016 8:55:51 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 13, 2016 8:39 AM EDT | Jamey Keaten
    A U.N. panel against torture on Friday expressed concerns about allegations of “excessive use of force,” including deadly force, by Israeli security forces in Palestinian areas, and warned about authorities barring access to detained suspects, including minors. The Committee Against Torture, which works under the office of the U.N. human rights chief, released its “concluding observations” about Israel and five other countries — France, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the Philippines — as part of regular reviews by the panel. […] In a 12-page segment on Israel, the committee pointed to “allegations of excessive use of force, including lethal force,...
  • Santa Rosa, Sonoma County to pay $350,000 in settlement over violent arrest

    07/24/2015 7:35:13 PM PDT · by rey · 17 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | July 24, 2015 | KEVIN MCCALLUM
    A Santa Rosa teenager who was injured during a violent struggle with seven law enforcement officers near Elsie Allen High School in 2011 has settled his federal lawsuit against the city and Sonoma County for $350,000. The agencies admitted no wrongdoing in the case, but faced risks in trying to convince a jury that the force they used to restrain 17-year-old Marlon Whitmore during a psychotic episode — including pepper spraying, Tasering, and striking him with batons — was justified. cut According to court documents filed by Whitmore’s legal team, the youth was ultimately Tasered 19 or 20 times, struck...
  • Appeals court: Marshals can’t be sued for excessive force

    02/13/2015 9:00:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 13, 2015 5:00 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    A federal appeals court ruled Friday that three deputy U.S. marshals who shot and wounded a fleeing teenage driver eight years ago cannot be sued for excessive use of force. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said it was not “clearly established” at the time of the shooting that the deputies violated Michael Fenwick’s constitutional rights when they used deadly force to subdue him. The case in Washington, D.C., unfolded amid a national debate over racially charged incidents of police force in Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City. …
  • 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...
  • Krauthammer: Decision not to indict NYPD officer 'totally incomprehensible'

    Charles Krauthammer said Wednesday on "Special Report with Bret Baier" that a grand jury's decision not to indict a New York City police officer in the death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man who died in July after the officer placed him in a chokehold, is "totally incomprehensible." "It looks like they at least might have indicted him on something like involuntary manslaughter at the very least," Krauthammer, a syndicated columnist and Fox News contributor, said. "The guy was unarmed, and the crime was petty as they come. He was selling loose cigarettes, which in and of itself is...
  • Suit: Seattle police say use-of-force policies unconstitutional

    05/29/2014 12:38:17 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 26 replies
    KOMO Seattle ^ | May 29, 2014 | Staff
    More than 100 officers from the Seattle Police Department are suing the city and the Justice Department, claiming their department's new use-of-force policies put them in danger and violate their constitutional rights. In 2012 Seattle officials agreed to an independent monitor and court oversight of the city's police department as part of a deal with the Justice Department following a report that found officers routinely used excessive force. The civil suit, which was filed Wednesday, names Attorney General Eric Holder, the City of Seattle, Mayor Ed Murray, City Attorney Pete Holmes, and federal monitor Merrick Bob. In the suit, the...
  • Suit: Officer Instructed ‘Tase The Bi*ch’ During Deadly Beating

    05/29/2014 7:33:24 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 51 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 05/28/2014 | Chuck Ross
    On August 20, 2013, Sherman police stopped Lesa Surratt’s vehicle for failing to signal a lane change. An officer removed Surratt from the vehicle. From there, she was placed in the rear of a patrol car but without performing a search, the suit claims. Surratt’s passenger, Monica Garza, was also placed in the patrol car. Brian McClarin, a narcotics officer, had directed the traffic stop. The complaint acknowledges that Surratt removed a small amount of cocaine she was concealing and began swallowing it. One of the officers realized what was going on “and climbed in the back seat, across the...
  • Ohio man who was shot in eye with Taser at traffic stop is suing police

    05/13/2014 9:36:00 PM PDT · by deks · 56 replies (The Plain Dealer) ^ | May 11, 2014 | Associated Press
    Last May, Kelly was asleep in the passenger seat when his friend was pulled over for drunken driving on Interstate 71 between Cincinnati and Columbus, according to The Columbus Dispatch. When Ohio State Trooper Bryan Cook woke Kelly, he was startled and began flailing his arms, according to the lawsuit. Fayette County Deputy Clinton Sines then drew his Taser, opened the passenger door and shouted for Cook to get out of the truck and show his hands as he grabbed the back of Kelly's sweatshirt and tried to pull him out, the lawsuit says. The lawsuit says Sines was apparently...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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/ ^ | 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...